Day In Rock 3/29: Queen Hire Darkness Signer- Download Go To Jail- Lollapalineup- Jacko Movie- Sevendust- Lostprophets- My Chemical CD- The Vandals- Dylan- Siouxsie Postpones- Morrissey- AFI- Auf Der Offspring- Damageplan- Dezfest- Stern Roast Hagar Over Reunion- Hanoi Rocks Again- more
by Keavin Wiggins
The Day in Rock Monday antiMUSIC.com's look at Today's Top Rock News Stories From Across the Web

Click Here To Bookmark our new address DayInRock.com

Sevendust Unplugged
Digital Noise reports: Sevendust have announced that they will be releasing their acoustic album on May 4th through TVT Records.

More details are expected to be announced shortly. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Digital Noise also has news on Skinny Puppy, Autumn To Ashes, SOAD, Edgesfest, The Bled, Devildriver and more click here to check it out

Lostprophets Land Metallica Tour
Blabbermouth reports: According to www.rockreview.co.uk, LOSTPROPHETS have been confirmed to support METALLICA on their upcoming European festival/arena tour. The bill is also set to include SLIPKNOT at most dates. [see full story link for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hawkins To Sing with Queen
Blabbermouth reports: Justin Hawkins of THE DARKNESS plans to take the place of the late Freddie Mercury with QUEEN at a 30th anniversary gig this year. "QUEEN have been talking about a collaboration for a while and they finally got down to sorting it out a week ago," a source revealed. "The plan is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of QUEEN's first chart hit and to raise as much for charity as they can. No one will ever replace Freddie. But Justin will bring a new element to the comeback."

The deal was reportedly thrashed out last Saturday at a private members' club in London's Strand. Present at the meeting with QUEEN guitarist Brian May were Justin, brother Dan and manager Sue Whitehouse. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on Testament, Slipknot, Metallica, Ozzy, Misery Index, Raven, ---hole (Gene Simmons), GNR and more click here to check it out

My Chemical CD
RIFTrock reports: The sophomore album from My Chemical Romance titled Three Cheers For Revenge now has a tentative release date of June 8th. The the new record will be the band's major label debut with Warner Brothers. - Click Here for the Full Story 

The Vandals
RIFTrock reports: The Vandals will be releasing their new album Hollywood Potato Chip on June 29th through Kung Fu Records. More details on the new album will be avaliable soon. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: RIFTrock also has news on Muse, KSE, Blood Brothers, Beautiful Mistake, Bled, Himsa and more click here to check it out

siN's Metal News reports: Lollapalooza will return in July with a two-day format and a more diverse musical lineup. Confirmed acts include MORRISSEY, FLAMING LIPS, SONIC YOUTH and STRING CHEESE INCIDENT. Other rumored acts are RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS, A PERFECT CIRCLE, MARS VOLTA, INCUBUS, TAPROOT, SEVENDUST and BLINDSIDE.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's Metal News also has news on Damageplan, Satyricon, Death, In Flames, Fear Factory, Shadows Fall, Exodus and more click here to check it out

Jacko The Movie
VH1 reports: VHI plans to run a movie that chronicles Michael Jackson's life from the height of his success to his current legal woes, the music channel said Friday. 

A casting search is in progress for actors to play Jackson, family members and others who figured in his life. An air date was not announced for the unauthorized biography. 

The film, with the working title "Family Values," is in preproduction in Calgary, Alberta, VH1 said. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Dylan Tribute Mawn
AP reports: Jamaican musicians have recorded a tribute album to Bob Dylan with reggae covers of some of the singer's most well-known songs, the album's distributor said Friday. 

"Is It Rolling, Bob" includes 16 songs recorded by veteran performers such as Beres Hammond and new-wave roots groups like Sizzla, said Gary Himelfarb, head of Washington D.C.-based RAS Records. 

"Bob Dylan has always been one of my favorite artists," Himelfarb said. "He was a voice of the oppressed in the 1960s, just like Bob Marley was the voice of the oppressed in the 1970s." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: AP also has news on Avril, Howie Day, Jan Berry, Janet and more click here to check it out

Download Go To Jail
Wired reports: Congress appears to be preparing assaults against peer-to-peer technology on multiple fronts. 

A draft bill recently circulated among members of the House judiciary committee would make it much easier for the Justice Department to pursue criminal prosecutions against file sharers by lowering the burden of proof. The bill, obtained Thursday by Wired News, also would seek penalties of fines and prison time of up to ten years for file sharing. 

In addition, on Thursday, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced a bill that would allow the Justice Department to pursue civil cases against file sharers, again making it easier for law enforcement to punish people trading copyright music over peer-to-peer networks. They dubbed the bill "Protecting Intellectual Rights Against Theft and Expropriation Act of 2004," or the Pirate Act. 

The draft bill obtained by Wired News circulated among intellectual property subcommittee members in the House of Representatives. The document, titled "Closing the P2P loophole in 17.U.S.C. Section 506," was drafted in coordination with the Justice Department in response to concerns that federal prosecutors lack sufficient legal powers to go after serious abusers, people close to the matter said.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Motorcity Honors
Rolling Stone reports: The WHITE STRIPES, KID ROCK, BOB SEGER and ARETHA FRANKLIN are among the nominees for the annual Detroit Music Awards, set for April 23rd at the State Theater.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Rolling Stone also has news on Outkast, David Lee Roth, SOAD, Bobby Brown, Kurt Cobain, Van Hagar, and more click here to check it out

Siouxsie Postpones
Pollstar reports: Siouxsie Sioux's hotly anticipated tour has been postponed until the fall because the singer has developed complications following sinus surgery. 

A post on her official Web site by Budgie, Sioux's husband and Banshee percussionist, states: "The reason for this is that after her recent successful Sinus operation, Siouxsie has unfortunately contracted a 'Secondary Sinus Infection' just three weeks after being given the 'All Clear.' 

"We could have followed the accepted policy and waited another few weeks to see how the condition 'responds to treatment' before taking this decision, but we felt that the risk of having a shorter period of notice would be unfair on everybody.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Pollstar also has news on Jan Berry, Catheters, Van Hagar, Pixies and more click here to check it out

The Darkness Blvd?
NME reports: The Darkness are set to have a street named after them in their hometown. 

Councillors in Lowestoft, Norfolk, want to honour the soft rock stars and mark their recent musical ascent, reports Ananova. 

"I feel that we should do something to celebrate their success," said Councillor Wendy Mawer. "I have suggested that we name a road after them because three of the band, including Justin Hawkins, are from Lowestoft. I don't think Darkness Close would be very popular but I am keen on Hawkins Close or Hawkins Way." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Morrissey Sells Out
NME reports: Morrissey's five night stand in Los Angeles has completely sold out. Tickets for the singer's live return at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles this April were gone within one hour of going on sale yesterday morning (March 27). "It really isn't about money," he said about the shows where ticket prices ranged between $50 and $65. "It's a nice venue and I think it's convenient to people to come on different nights." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: NME also has news on The Streets, Blur, Kurt Cobain, Rolling Stones and more click here to check it out

AFI In Writing Mode
MTV reports: After it caused the cancellation of 10 shows earlier this month, Davey Havok's voice will have plenty of time to get back in shape. AFI have no plans to make up the canceled dates or to follow up their current hit single, "Silver and Cold." Instead, they'll hole up to work on their next album. 

Puget and Havok won't exactly be staring at a blank slate as they begin work on their seventh album, the follow-up to last year's Sing the Sorrow. Having been on the road nearly every day since the album dropped last March, the band has already written a handful of tunes. But the songwriting begins in earnest now, a process that somewhat resembles the first kiss that leads to a long-term affair. "I love writing songs," Puget said. "I do it anyway, on the road throughout the year, but actually to be working on a new record is great. Especially at the beginning, when you don't really know what it's going to be like. That's the most exciting part." [see full story more including how the band is handling the 'major label' pressure.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Courtney Love, Venom, Distillers, and more click here to check it out

Auf Der Offspring
Billboard reports: Former Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur will embark on her maiden North American solo tour May 11 in Minneapolis opening for the Offspring, the artist tells Billboard.com. Auf Der Maur will be on the road to promote her Capitol solo debut, which will be released May 18 under the Auf Der Maur moniker. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Billboard also has news on Jan Berry, Van Halen, Edgefest, and more click here to check it out

Damageplan / Drowning Pool UK
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Damageplan and Drowning Pool are expected to team up together in the summer for a European jaunt. SOiL are also heavily rumoured to be on the bill, for which dates and venues will be announced shortly.- Click Here for the Full Story 

I Ate Your Microphone reports: DevilDriver have been added to the line-up for the 2nd stage on this years Ozzfest tour, it is not currently known whether they will be performing at all shows or just on select dates.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Downset Projekt
I Ate Your Microphone reports: According to their drummer Chris Lee, "downset. have been confirmed along with Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg, Korn, and The Used for the 2004 Projekt Revolution Tour." 

In other news, they recently recorded video footage at their March 19th show in Studio 7 of Seattle, Washington. This will be sent to television stations as a promotional clip for the band in preparation for their upcoming new album "Universal", which will see a release on May 11th through Hawino Records. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: I Ate Your Microphone also has news on Skinny Puppy, Faction, Abloom, Earshot, Dillinger Escape Plan, Sevendust, Static Lullaby, Blood Brothers and more. click here to check it out

It's About Eve
MusicDish Network reports: After losing his cousin to breast cancer, music executive Hernando Courtright was looking for the best way to honor her memory. While walking or running in a marathon to raise funds is great he took another approach. Looking to creating project that would have more impact he decided to create a CD on his record label, Fore Reel Records, and combine it with his support of indie female artists. Who better than women to bring attention to this deadly disease? 

The result was "It's About Eve," an album of fourteen tracks contributed by different female artists primarily from the East Coast, including a bonus track featuring Joan Jett, whom Courtright had known going back to his days with the Runaways. Producer/mixer Rob Stevens (John Lennon, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yoko Ono,Toshi Reagon) handled the recording sessions at Quad Recording. Stevens is represented by Courtright Mgmt., Inc. Being well connected in the music industry with his wife (both former A&R executives for three major labels) he felt he could reach out to his friends to help with the project. 

The one thing that made this even more special was that almost all his contacts had also had encounters with breast cancer in their life's. "Nine out of ten of my industry friends had a breast cancer story and how it affected them," he says. "Either their mothers, sisters, aunts, girlfriends, or best friends have or had been affected by breast cancer, and that to was a real eye-opener." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Crowbar All Stars
Metal Hammer reports: Seminal New Orleans-based sludgecore outfit Crowbar have recruited ex-Black Label Society bassist Steve Gibb and ex-Pantra bassist Rex 'Rocker' Brown into their ranks. 

Steve Gibb is of course playing guitar. 

The group will be unveiling a series of UK shows in support of their fourthcoming album, 'Life's Blood For The Downtrodden', shortly. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Metal Hammer also has news on Evanescence, H.I.M., Korn, Amen and more click here to check it out

Stern Roast Hagar Over Reunion
liveDaily reports: "Alright, explain," Stern demanded of Hagar after playing the clips. "How did it come about that you had a complete change of heart?" 

"Howard, I'm gonna kill you," Hagar shot back. "That was way back then. That was the way I felt then. Things change. People wake up one morning and feel different. I was being honest back then. ... I have no explanation [for] anything. It's like, it's a rock-and-roll band. Let's start right there, OK? Like the Rolling Stones, or anybody else. Mick and Keith are always gonna kill each other ... and then they go out and tour and do great." 

Hagar then recounted for Stern how he and the Van Halen brothers--Eddie (guitar) and Alex (drums)--reconnected late last year, and how that turn of events blossomed into a reunion. 

"Ed says, 'Man, wait till you hear this stuff I've been working on; I've been jamming with Al every day,'" Hagar said. "And, so, I was interested. I love music. There's no question about the brilliance of the music of Van Halen from the beginning till the day they die. So, when I heard the music, it was just extremely inspiring. I started writing lyrics. We started jamming. We just jammed. That's what it was." 

"Now wait a second," Stern pressed. "... Is it not uncomfortable when you're in a room with a bunch of guys that summarily fired you with, like, just a quick phone call on Father's Day morning? I mean, how do you get past that? Like, all of a sudden, 'Hey, we're bros.' I mean, to be in a band together, you gotta be tight. There's gotta be a weird vibe." 

"We've been jamming and playing music for about three months, so we've gotten past all kinds of stuff," Hagar responded. "Believe me, the first time I started trying to play music with these guys, I was nervous until the music started playing. The music is why I joined the band to begin with way back in 1985. I didn't plan on joining Van Halen; I was doing fine out there with my solo career. I started playing music with these guys and just I go, 'Wow. You gotta do this. This is good. This is great.'" [liveDaily has lots more - click the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hanoi Rocks Again
http://www.livedaily.com/musicnews.html reports: Prototypical hair-metal band Hanoi Rocks--which faded away after drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley was killed in a 1984 car crash while riding with Motley Crue's Vince Neil, who was driving drunk--has returned for its first new album in almost two decades. "Twelve Shots on the Rocks" features Hanoi Rocks veterans Michael Monroe (lead vocals, multi-instrumentalist) and Andy McCoy (guitar), along with newcomers Costello (guitar), Timpa (bass) and Lacu (drums). - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Kurt Cobain, Steve Earle, N.E.R.D. and more click here to check it out