Day In Rock 3/26: Howie Day Arrested- Minister Courtney?- Axl & Maynard- Howard Korn- SXSW Stabbing- Sparta- MC5 Regroup- Simmons Backs FCC- Townshend Suicidal- Spider Man Punk- Megadeth- 36 Crazyfists- Poison Country Glam ?- No Meat Morrissey- Nirvana Krist Pens Book- Breeders-   more
by Keavin Wiggins
The Day in Rock Friday antiMUSIC.com's look at Today's Top Rock News Stories From Across the Web

Today's edition of the Day in Rock is extended because we were off yesterday. We are also launching a new feature called "source" where we will give you some of the other artists being reported on at the source sites for the Day in Rock. Because of this change the articles will now be grouped together by their source. There are just too many things happening in the world of rock to cover here, so we hope this helps you find the news about the artists you want to hear about. .

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Minister Courtney?
Rockdirt reports: Radio stations around the country are giving you and your love the opportunity to win a marriage ceremony performed by Courtney Love. Courtney will perform a wedding ceremony in Lake Tahoe for a group of lucky winners as part of a Grand Prize.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Axl & Maynard
Rockdirt reports: Drummer Josh Freese has worked with two of the most talked-about singers in the rock world: A Perfect Circle's Maynard James Keenan and Guns 'N Roses' Axl Rose. Keenan is often painted as a dark recluse, and Rose as a megalomaniac. But Freese -- who takes A Perfect Circle to the Hard Rock Hotel on Monday -- says he has no odd revelations about either singer. "Axl was always nice to me and always generous," he told Doug Elfman of The Las Vegas Review Journal. "People want to hear horror stories, but I personally don't have any. And Maynard is a serious artist who, on one hand in regular life, could be as normal as you or I. Maynard gets a weird rap, (because) he does very little press. People think he must be crazy. He's just a man of few words." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Rockdirt also has news on Courtney hanging with Kravitz, Kid Rock, Marcy Playground, Judas Priest, Drowning Pool and more click here to check it out

Sparta July
The PRP reports: Sparta are eyeing a tentative June 01st release date for their upcoming new album "Porcelain". - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: The PRP also has news on Kittie, Cave-In, The Blood Brothers, KSE, Static-X, Flaw and more click here to check it out

Love Denies Everything
Digital Noise reports: Courtney Love says that she is completely innocent of the charges against her concerning the fan who allegedly took a mic stand to the head at a surprise appearance by Love in New York last week.

Love told Howard Stern that police were lying about the incident, and that 200 fans in attendance would back up her version of events.

She told Stern, "I didn't throw it. I didn't even have a microphone stand. The whole thing didn't happen." Love continued, "What the police are saying is a lie We just went to a party with people like Boy George and other cool kids to play a small show. I trusted everybody there but I got screwed." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Digital Noise also has news on Breaking Benjamin, In Flames, Scott Weiland, The Haunted, Eighteen Visions and more click here to check it out

MC5 Regroup
Aversion reports: Three surviving members of Detroit's MC5 will tour this summer under the name DTK/MC5. 

Guitarist Wayne Kramer, drummer Dennis Thompson and bassist Michael Davis announced they will play a world tour later this year. No dates have been announced. 

The tour coincides with a DVD, Sonic Revolution: A Celebration of the MC5, due out July 6 from MuscleTone/Warner Bros. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Travis, Cobain, Noise Conspiracy, Jealous Sound and more click here to check it out

Metallica Tell All
BW&BK reports: METALLICA fan site Encyclopedia Metallica (www.encycmet.com) have issued the following news on the forthcoming unauthorized biography, Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, due out through Omnibus Press on April 10th:

"What is better than a surprise on a hard day? That's what I got in my mail here yesterday. A package filled my mailbox and it contained the book Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica. Thick and heavy as a brick this is not the average book. I have only been able to read a few of the 366 pages, but this is the best work I have seen. 

The purpose of the biography is to reveal and debunk the myths around Metallica, and by interviewing more than 75 people to get the facts from those who was there, author Joel McIver has done a good job. There are a few photos in the book to illustrate the text, including never before seen shots from the bus accident in Sweden. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on Zakk Wylde, Exodus, Crisis, Dimmu Borgir, KISS, SJR, Danzig and more click here to check it out

Just (hed)
siN's metal news reports: (HED)P.E, despite a cloud of uncertainty looming over their heads, are still together (sans some original members), but will now be going under the name of just (HED). The band will be recording an EP in the near future, and will be touring the West Coast next month.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Megadeth Risk
siN's metal news reports: MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine has checked in on the bands official Forums. Here's what he had to say: 

"Ok! Risk is officially in the can and we are already a good way into Cryptic Writings. What a rush to hear these songs again! I am leaving now to do some personal stuff, but will be back later tonight to put 'HCWT' to bed. BTW, 'FFF' is fooking Rad! 

My assistant Bo Gardner deserves a huge round of applause as well as Acryl and Dave McRobb. They are amassing tons of photos, quotes, and ‘Lord knows what else?', as well as trying to ‘improve' the artwork for CW and Risk. 

[see full story more more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's metal news also has news on Gwar, Bruce Dickinson, Metallica, Unearth, Five Pointe O, Staind, MuDvAyNe and more click here to check it out

36 Crazyfists Join WMD tour
RIFTrock reports: 36 Crazyfists will be joining Machinehead's upcoming Weapons of Mass Destruction tour with Arch Enemy and God Forbid. A few dates for the tour have been announced and can be found [by clicking on the full story link]. More dates will be announced shortly. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Arista Shakeup
Reuters reports: BMG North America on Wednesday said it reorganized its U.S. labels and operations and put Arista Records under the RCA Music Group umbrella. 

Arista had been without a head since L.A. Reid was ousted as president and chief executive officer in January. He had succeeded label founder Clive Davis in July 2000. 

Davis has since been named as chairman and chief executive of BMG North America, while Reid was named chairman of Vivendi Universal's Island Def Jam Music Group in February. 

Sources said about 75 Arista employees have recently been relocated to other jobs within BMG, while about 150 people across various labels have been laid off, with the bulk coming from Arista. Sources estimate Arista initially employed more than 170 people. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: RIFTrock also has news on Juliana Theory, Sparta, Fear Factory, A link to the Jack White/Bob Dylan Jam, Bleeding Through and more click here to check it out

UK MP3 Warning
AP reports: More than 7 million people in Britain now download music from illegal Web sites, causing a drop in music sales in stores, leaders of Britain's record industry said Thursday as they launched a campaign to curb music piracy. 

The British Phonographic Institute, or BPI, said warnings would be posted on the Internet threatening court action against the pirates. 

Research commissioned by the institute has shown that some 8 million people now download music from the Internet and 7.4 million — or 92 percent — admit doing so illegally. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Poison Country Glam ?
AP reports: The Tennessean reports Poison lead singer Bret Michaels is close to signing a country deal, on the new indie label Lofton Creek Records. 

Michaels lived in Nashville for a few years in the late 1990s and was back there this month spending time with singer-songwriter Jeffrey Steele (news), who recently signed with Lofton Creek. Reportedly, Michaels is planning a country version of his song "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." And he's already dipped his toes into a country career. He makes a cameo in Tracy Lawrence's upcoming video for "It's All How You Look At It." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Maverick Fight
AP reports: Madonna's Maverick Records label sued Warner Music Group and Time Warner Inc. for breach of contract on Thursday, accusing the record company and its former parent of mismanagement and improper accounting that cost the singer and her partners millions of dollars. 

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, is the latest chapter in a long-running dispute between Madonna and Warner over Maverick, a joint venture the singer and record company launched in 1992. 

In the suit, Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Maverick accuses Warner Music and the other defendants of "engaging in acts of self-dealing and profit-taking, falsely accounting for receipts and expenses of the partnership ... and secretly attempting to seize partnership opportunities for their own benefit." 

Maverick claims Warner violated the venture agreement by failing to pay for "guaranteed" services like radio promotion, marketing and sales meant to support Maverick artists. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Great White Apology
AP reports: A record company that released a cover album by the band whose pyrotechnics sparked a deadly nightclub fire apologized Thursday for the title it gave the CD, "Burning House of Love." 

The Italian company, Comet Records, said a producer picked the name without thinking about Great White's connection to the February 2003 fire, which killed 100 people in West Warwick. 

In a statement to The Associated Press in Rome, Comet said it had no intention of exploiting the tragedy, and that distribution of the album will be halted. 

"We at Comet are deeply sorry," the company said. - Click Here for the Full Story 

In a related story and follow up to Wed's report about the new guitarist for the group, a source has told the Day in Rock that the GW camp denies that their new guitarist, Tyler Nelson, wrote the email. They said that he does not even have a computer and therefor could not have sent the email out where he announced he joined the group but also made disparaging comments about Ty Longley, the Great White guitarist that lost his life in the fire.  - We also received an email from a reported friend of Tyler that says that he did not send out that email.

Source: AP also has news on Elvis, Jacko, Jack White, and more click here to check it out

No Meat Morrissey
NME reports: MORRISSEY has banned all hotdog and burger stalls from his highly anticipated comeback show in May. 

The singer has demanded that there be no meat vendors when he plays Manchester's MEN Arena on May 22. 

According to The Sun, Morrissey said: "It would be hypocritical to sing 'Meat Is Murder' amid smells of hamburgers." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Wham! The Musical
NME reports: Following in the footsteps of ABBA and QUEEN's 'WE WILL ROCK YOU', GEORGE MICHAEL has revealed plans to stage WHAM!, THE MUSICAL. 

The elusive star says he and fellow Wham! member Andrew Ridgeley are currently sifting through offers from producers. 

"Two or three different producers have approached Andrew and I about this and I'm a bit torn. I absolutely hate the idea on a creative level. But on another level I know that a certain generation of people would love it," Michael told Heart 106.2FM. - Click Here for the Full Story 

SXSW Stabbing
NME reports: A security guard was stabbed during a SOUTH BY SOUTH WEST showcase in TEXAS for electro-rock outfit CHIKINKI. 

The altercation occurred at around 1am last Saturday (March 21) after the Bristol-based band had finished their set at The Copper Tank in Austin. 

A spokesman for the bar said the incident had not been fatal but the victim had needed surgery. 

"There was a problem in one part of the bar and a security guard went over to deal with it. It was at that point that he was stabbed," he told NME.COM. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: NME also has news on Travis, Ash, Cooper Temple Clause, UK Downloaders warned and more click here to check it out

Nirvana Krist Pens Book
MTV reports: Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has written a book called "Of Grunge & Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy!," which is scheduled for release in September. The book, part memoir, part political dissertation, will be published by Akashic Books/RDV Books.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Breeders Mini Tour
MTV reports: Just three weeks before the Pixies kick off their reunion tour in Minneapolis, bassist Kim Deal will head out with her other band, the Breeders, for a jaunt of her own. Beginning Wednesday (March 24) in Fairfax, California, Deal and crew will play seven dates in the Bay Area and Southern California, ending with an April 1 show at Los Angeles' Spaceland.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Howie Day Arrested
MTV reports: Howie Day was arrested early Thursday in Madison, Wisconsin, for allegedly using physical contact to stop a woman from leaving his tour bus and another from calling the police. After being jailed on charges of disorderly contact, criminal damage to property and intimidation of a victim, Day was released on $850 bail. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Fozzy, String Tributes to Korn, Coldplay, Evanescence, plus New Found Glory, and more click here to check it out

Simmons Backs FCC
Jam! reports: Since the incident at the Super Bowl, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has cracked down on objectionable content and recently warned it could fine broadcasters up to $500,000 for airing questionable material. 

Simmons says he agrees with the FCC. 

"Because there is a time and place for boob-age. The only thing I think that Janet did wrong was in only airing out one. It gets musty. The other one should have come out too. 

"But in terms of decision, I think the FCC was right," added the outspoken God Of Thunder. "Because very young kids are also watching and it's just football. It's not a strip joint." [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Townshend Suicidal
Jam! reports: Pete Townshend has said he considered suicide after his arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography, and the stress he suffered was apparent in a BBC documentary shown Tuesday night. 

The program, following police investigations of several different child pornography cases in Britain, briefly focused on The Who co-founder's ordeal. 

He was arrested in 2003 as part of Operation Ore -- the British arm of an FBI-led crackdown on Internet child pornography -- and eventually cleared of possessing pornographic images of children. But the rock guitarist was placed on a national register of sex offenders as part of the formal police caution that he received for accessing a Web site containing images of child abuse. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Jam! also has news on Soundscan, Great White, Metallica (review), Eminem's Ex and more click here to check it out

Spider Man Punk
Chart Attack reports: Remember the classic theme song to the very cheesy/incredibly awesome Spider Man cartoon? Well, the song has been chewed up and spit out in true punk rock fashion, courtesy of The Distillers. 

The harder and louder Spider-Man theme by The Distillers will be included on the soundtrack to the highly anticipated Spider-Man sequel. Brody Dalle and company recorded the track just before they hit the road on their spring tour. Additional tracks and a release date for the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack have not been confirmed. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Coheed Inspired by AFI
Chart Attack reports: Just as Coheed And Cambria were becoming comfortable in their opening slot seat, AFI singer Davey Havok was forced to kill the tour in order to save his own voice. While it was a down note, Eppard assures nothing but concern revolves around the Coheed camp. 

"It was a bummer to have to cancel those shows, but what can you do?," Eppard asks. "Let the guy totally destroy his voice? I hope he'll be alright and I loved the shows we did play. It was crazy to see how big that band is, yet they're still so down-to-earth. We're playing these 6,000 seat venues and they're coming up to us being nice and making us feel at home. On the first night of the tour, we were so nervous, we didn't want to leave our dressing room. They're the stars and they came over to say hi and shake our hands. Man, they rule. If we get to do this for a long time, I really hope I can keep my head as well as those guys have. It's inspiring." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Chart Attack also has news on Jacko, The Vines, Norah, Steve-O and more click here to check it out

Cobain Guitar Auctioned
Billboard reports: The late Kurt Cobain's Mosrite Gospel Mark IV electric guitar will be offered for auction beginning April 17 in Texas. The auction, by Dallas-based Heritage Galleries and Auctioneers, will take place in association with the 27th Annual Dallas Guitar Show and Music Fest. 

The auction will mark the first time since Cobain's death on April 5, 1994, that one of his instruments will be available for sale to the public. [click full story link for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Howard Korn
Billboard reports: Embattled shock jock Howard Stern has found a theme song: Korn's "Y'All Want a Single." The song, and especially its video, is an attack on radio conglomerates and the music industry, Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis says. 

Clear Channel pulled Stern's morning radio show off six of its stations last month because of indecency concerns, and Stern has since positioned himself as the poster child for free speech. The Korn song has fallen so in line with Stern's political rants that a remixed version featuring Stern is available at the band's official Web site. [click full story link for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Billboard also has news on David Lee Roth, Frankie Valli, United States Of Leland and more click here to check it out

Tesla Top 40
Electric Basement reports: TESLA's reunion album, Into The Now, entered the Billboard Album Chart at 37, selling over 31,000 copies in its first week. This is a major accomplishment for the hard rock band who have not had a studio release in a decade, and are not getting support from trendy music channels. This is also one of the highest charting records for Sanctuary Records. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Electric Basement also has news on Van Halen, Dream Theatre, Judas Priest and more click here to check it out

From Autumn To Guitarless
I Ate Your Microphone reports: From Autumn To Ashes have officially parted ways with their guitarist Scott Gross, who is pursuing other interests. A temporary replacement has been lined up in This Day Forward's Vadim Taver for the time being, it is not known if he will be continuing in the position full time.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Slaves on Hold
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Slaves On Dope have gone on hiatus, issuing the following statement on proceedings: "Due to personal life changes Slaves on Dope have decided to place their career on hiatus for the for-seable future. We'd like to thank our fans, once again, for their incredible support and lasting patience. We've always known that without "you" there is no "us". Fortunately, the current situation has resulted in the birth of a new project called, All For Fame. Frank, Rob, Kevin, and Montreal new comer Andrew W. wish to invite "you" to possibly join "us" (All For Fame) on this new ride. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Otep Secrets
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Otep's new album will be titled "House of Secrets" when it sees a release through Capitol Records on July 27th. In other news, they will be releasing a limited edition DVD titled "Abominations" on May 18th, which is to include live footage from the band's Ozzfest performances as well as interviews with band members Otep Shamaya and Evil-J.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: I Ate Your Microphone also has news on Neurosis, Crisis, Fear Factory, 36 Crazy Fists, Crowbar, Breaking Benjamin, Insolence, Finch & more click here to check it out

Talking Head
liveDaily reports: David Byrne, best known as the frontman for Talking Heads, sets out on a solo tour this spring in support of his latest album. 

The run kicks off in mid-May, and dates are confirmed through late June; more shows will be added, according to Byrne's website. 

Byrne is backing his just-released solo set, "Grown Backwards," which hit stores on March 16. The album is his first for Nonesuch Records. - Click Here for the Full Story 

3 Doors Nickelback
liveDaily reports: Multi-platinum rockers Nickelback and 3 Doors Down join forces this summer for a month-long co-headlining tour. 

The outing--for which specific dates, cities and venues have not yet been announced--will kick off at the end of June and run through the end of July, according to a press release. 

Both bands will perform "full sets produced with their trademark sound and performances that include laser lights, pyrotechnics and video special effects," the release said. 

Opening acts have not yet been announced. Tour dates and ticket information will be announced next week, according to organizers. 

[click the full story link for the smoochfest between the bands]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Aretha, Elvis C, George Thorogood, Prince, RIAA, Huey Lewis & The News + more click here to check it out

This Day in Rock History
BW&BK reports: [Since we were off yesterday, here are the listings for Thursday and Friday.] 
... 1967 (March 25), THE WHO perform their first U.S. concert. 
... 1990 (March 25), MOTLEY CRUE drummer Tommy Lee is arrested for allegedly exposing his buttocks during a concert in Augusta, Georgia. 
... 1993 (March 25), IRON MAIDEN's Real Live Tour of Europe begins. 
... 1983 (March 26), MOTLEY CRUE open the first of five shows for KISS on the West Coast leg of their Creatures Of The Night tour. 
... 1988 (March 26), IRON MAIDEN's 'Can I Play With Madness' single is released. 
... 1991 (March 26), BLACK CROWES are dropped as the opening act on ZZ TOP's tour for repeatedly criticizing Miller Beer, the tour's sponsor. 
... 1991 (March 26), VINCE NEIL and wife Sharise have their first child, Skylar Lynnae. - Click Here for the Full Story