Day In Rock 5/14: KISS Anger Muslims- Korn Rap- Franz & D12 Brawl- March of the Maggots- Audioslave's 2nd- Jet- Manson Sues- Green Day's 'American Idiot'- Sir Paul Too Loud- Henry Rollins USO- Ministry- Eagles of Death Metal- Tommy DVD- The Living End- Another Courtney Plea- more
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KISS Angers Muslims Down Under
News.com.au reports: KISS bass player Gene Simmons has caused an uproar among Australia's Muslim community by launching an attack on Islamic culture while in Melbourne. 

The lizard-tongued rock god who is touring Australia with the world's most enduring glam rock band launched an attack on Muslim extremists during an interview on Melbourne's 3AW radio.

"Extremism believes that it's okay to strap bombs on to your children and send them to paradise and whatever else and to behead people," he said yesterday. 

The Israeli-born US musician went on to say Islam was a "vile culture" that treated women worse than dogs. 

Muslim women had to walk behind their men and were not allowed to be educated or own houses, he said. [see full story link for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Korn Rap
The PRP reports: Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is set to hit the studio to record some new material with rapper Lil Jon next week. In addition, Lil Jon plans to get in the rock game and will soon be working with producer Rick Rubin (Slayer, System Of A Down).- Click Here for the Full Story 

Lamb of God DVD Details
The PRP reports: Details have been announced for Lamb Of God's upcoming "As The Palaces Burn (Ozzfest Special Edition)" release. In addition to featuring the "As The Palaces Burn" album, the outing will also include a bonus DVD containing the videos for the tracks "As The Palaces Burn", "11th Hour" and "Ruin". "As The Palaces Burn (Ozzfest Special Edition)" will hit stores through Prosthetic on June 08th. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: The PRP also has news on Okay Romance, Misery Forged, Track List Of The Molé, Download The Truth, Fabulous Death Metal,Liveset, Wait Two Hear Pt. 2, Track Listing Obsession, Scatter The System and more click here to check it out

Franz & D12 Brawl 
NME reports: A fight between members of FRANZ FERDINAND and EMINEM's bodyguard broke out before the band's performance on a German chart show. 

MTV Germany reports that frontman Alex Kapranos and guitarist Nick McCarthy were involved in the incident, and security had to intervene to stop the scene escalating into a full scale fight. 

According to reports Eminem's bodyguard "snapped" at Kapranos, and tried to move the ‘Matinee' star along. 

Kapranos retorted with "Says who?", before fighting with the well-built guard. 

McCarthy then ran to help his bandmate, and reportedly struck the guard in the face. 

Security then intervened to prevent the fight continuing. [see full story for more details] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: NME also has news on Paul McCartney, Host of top bands for free festival, Oasis announce warm-up show for Glastonbury, 50 Cent faces charges after show scuffle, Paul Weller covers jazz classic for new single and more click here to check it out

Great White Use Fire Cover To Promote Tour?
Boston.com reports: This week marks the release of the first Great White album since the Station nightclub fire last year in Warwick, R.I. It's not an album of new music -- rather, it repackages two previous discs -- but the project has pitted the band against the record label. 

The release, however, caused a conflict because of what the band says was a disagreement over the cover art. The cover has a shark leaping from the ocean, but the band initially thought the cover was supposed to be of a shark jumping out of flames and responded with a statement saying it was "horrified to discover" that the record company "had attempted to profit on the horrible tragedy of February 20th, 2003." (Band manager Obi Steinman did not return calls seeking further comment.) 

Cleopatra Records, though, maintains that the flame design was never going to be used, Gray says. Although the original cover of the "Great Zeppelin" tribute did show a shark jumping through flames, Gray insists the band was told that no such image would appear on "A Double Dose." He added that Great White knew this and yet still criticized the record label purely to raise interest in a coming tour. (The tour dates are all in the Midwest and West.) 

"They still went ahead and released a press statement," says Gray. "They want to be humble, but they're not." [see full story for lots more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

March of the Maggots
siN's metal news reports: To coincide with the release of SLIPKNOT's new CD, "Vol. 3(the Subliminal Versus)" which comes out on May 25th, RoadRunner Records is hosting a "March of the Maggots around New York City". The March will take place on Friday May 21st. Here's the official word: 

"We meet up at the Roadrunner office. We have some set destinations, we dress up as maggotish as possible, and we cause attention around NYC letting everyone know about the Slipknot CD coming in stores. pretty simple, and pretty fun. Lunch will be payed for, and you will reward with CDs and s*** like that. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Audioslave's 2nd
siN's metal news reports: AUDIOSLAVE will be going into the studio to record their second album in the coming weeks, the disc will be released through Interscope Records later this year. This also indicates that the band is no longer under the umbrella of SONY Music.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's metal news also has news on Motograter, Crematorium, Fates Warning, Ancient, Earshot, KSE, Akercocke, December and more click here to check it out

Jet Solo Flight
Pollstar reports: Jet is rising fast. The band has been touring for nearly a year and a half straight, most recently wowing critics as the opening act for The Vines on their North American jaunt, and their debut album, Get Born, is selling well on at least three continents. 

The Aussie rockers are currently making the rounds in their home country, after which they'll head to Europe for some festival dates. 

They've just added a Stateside tour that will take them across the country beginning July 1 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and ending on the West Coast at the end of the month. [see full story for a short interview and then search for the dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Manson Sues Over Release of Old Recordings
Reuters reports: Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner) and bandmate Madonna Wayne Gacy (Stephen Bier) have filed suit against a former band member and a Florida record label, claiming a release of old Manson material constitutes trademark and copyright infringement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Green Day's 'American Idiot'
Green Day.net reports: Green Day's new album, "American Idiot" is tentatively scheduled for release on September 14th. The album's first single will have the same name. Stay tuned for more news!- Click Here for the Full Story 

Thanks to Rick for the story tip! Know of a story that should appear in the Day in Rock? Use the submit a story link at the bottom of the report.

Sir Paul Too Loud
AP reports: He may be one of the world's most popular musicians, but Paul McCartney failed to impress residents in a corner of east London when he began rehearsing nearby. 

The former Beatle's raucous sessions in the Millennium Dome drew complaints from people living on the other side of the Thames River. Local officials have promised to monitor noise levels emanating from the site where McCartney, 61, is preparing for an upcoming tour. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Henry Rollins USO
Reuters reports: Iconic punk vocalist Henry Rollins will participate in a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour of the Persian Gulf this month as part of National Military Appreciation Month. 

- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jacko Gag Order Cool With DA
AP reports: Ripping the news media for pandering to a "gossip-hungry" audience, Santa Barbara County prosecutors urged the state Supreme Court to uphold a gag order in the Michael Jackson child molestation case.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ministry Tracks
IAYM reports: The tracklisting for Ministry's new opus "Houses Of The Molé" has been finalized as follows: 01. "No 'W'" - 02. "Waiting" - 03. "Worthless" - 04. "Wrong" - 05. "Warp City" - 06. "WTV" - 07. "World" - 08. "WKYJ" - 09. "Worm" 

"Houses Of The Molé" is scheduled for a June 22nd release. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Eagles of Death Metal Solo
IAYM reports: Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse "The Devil" Hughes recently outlined plans for a solo album, which is set to feature recently ousted Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri on a number of tracks as well as Fatso Jetson's Mario Lalli. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on killwhitneydead, Chevelle, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage Album preview, Lamb Of God: bonus DVD info, Tribunal comp pushed back, Mayhem DVD and more click here to check it out

Tommy DVD
ArrowFM reports: A new and improved DVD version of the Who's rock opus/opera Tommy will be released on June 14th in the UK and will include digitally remastered sound, and a bonus disc featuring interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. The Ken Russell 1975 title film featured such stars as Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner, Elton John and Eric Clapton.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jackson Browne Goes Back To School
ArrowFM reports: This just in: Jackson Browne will play a small benefit concert at Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School Campus Friday (May 14th) at 8:30pm. This intimate performance will support For The Arts and the Education Foundation of Santa Monica - Malibu, both organizations promote arts education in several local schools. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: ArrowFM also has news on McCartney Disturbs His Neighbors, New Trial Date For Lifeson, More Rock Scraps For Hungry Puppies!, KISS Licks Their History On VH1, Sting Performs On Pepsi Smash and more click here to check it out

Sugarcult Warped Warmups
Knifeparty reports: Sugarcult will be doing some touring around the world, and then heading out for Warped Tour. [see full story for dates (you gotta love the site's name!)]- Click Here for the Full Story 

The Living End Tour
Knifeparty reports: The Living End will be hitting the road later this month in support of their latest effort, Modern ARTillery. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Knifeparty also has news on Tiger Army, Motion City Soundtrack, Stereotyperider, Mission of Burma, The Gamits, Múm and more click here to check it out

Another Courtney Plea
E! reports: On the bright side, with criminal cases pending in both California and New York, at least Courtney Love's racking up some solid frequent-flier miles. 

Love was in East Coast court mode Thursday to plead innocent to bonking a guy on the head with a microphone stand during a nightclub show. 

Love, wearing a red print dress over pink silk pants, showed up two hours late for her arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of assault and reckless endangerment. She entered her now usual not guilty plea to Judge Kathryn Freed and was released on her own recognizance. The case was then adjourned until June 28. [see the full story for the details on her rambling 'press conference' in the ladies room. Court TV just might need a spin-off channel to keep up with Love as she self-destructs right in from of our eyes.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Ace's Moments
A couple days ago, we ran a report from BW&BK about the Vh1 special "100 Most Metal Moments". We now have for info on the special for you. Mark Strigl, who produced directed and co-write 5 of the 100 segments checked in with us to fill us in on a couple more that weren't mentioned before! Here is part of his email: 

Hello antiMusic - 2 of the 100 segments in VH1's upcoming Metal Moments Special deal with Ace Frehley. One deals with his on-stage electrocution 1976 and the other is about his UFO encounter in 2002. I had the honor of producing both 2-3 minute segments for VH1. 

The UFO piece reports on Ace's UFO encounter with commentary from Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Sebastian Bach, Eddie Trunk and John Ostronomy. Ace originally told DJ Eddie Trunk about his encounter on Eddie's radio show, "Eddie Trunk Rocks", in July 2002. 

100 Most Metal Moments starts airing May 31st on VH1. 

Frontline Music
Day in Rock reports: We got a heads up from a fine friend (and past antiMUSIC contributor)that works for one of the television programming publications (wonder what that could be) that a future episode of the PBS investigative series FRONTLINE will be tackling the music industry (The Fall of...) "It talks about Woodstock, they interview David Crosby and they talk about how the industry has changed so much since then - internet piracy, layoffs etc." According to our friend, the special is set to air on May 26th. So mark your calendars, should be interesting viewing! Click the full story link if you want to learn more about the series and some of the other topics they have covered.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Reel Big Tour
press release reports: Nothing says summer like a Reel Big Fish tour ('cept maybe sandy beaches, surfboards, BBQ'd weenies, chicks in bikinis and lemonade...but whatever.) To help usher in another season of fun in the sun, everyone's favorite, lovable ska/punk/pop/rock ensemble have teamed up with their pals in Rx Bandits, Catch 22, Luck Boys Confusion, Big D and the Kids Table, Jenoah and Suburban Legends to bring music fans a jam-packed, non-stop, live music extravaganza, officially known as the Coast To Coast Roast. 

Not since Monsters of Rock, Live Aid or the freakin' Jackson Family Victory Tour has so much raw talent come together for the sole purpose of rockin' yer sun-damaged ass off. Make history and be there. Pretty please? 

Reel Big Fish's Coast to Coast Roast gets underway on June 15th in New Haven, CT and winds down on July 31st in Chicago, IL. [see full story for the dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

2Cents: Britney Lip-Synchs?
reports: We now have the perfect way to end the week - 2Cents with Chuck DiMaria! antiMUSIC is pleased to welcome Chuck aboard while he gives us his 2Cents on the most buzzed about music topics of the week. We'll give you a preview of each week's column in the Friday Day in Rock report. To kick things off the right way Chuck gave us his 2Cents on two hot topics! Because this is the first week we're giving you the full treatment. But you have to click on the full story link to get Chuck's 2Cents on Avril performing with The Darkness. 

Britney Lip-Synchs?

 So, I'm surfing the net the other day and I ran across something that actually pulled my attention from the porn I was downloading. (Which, by the way, is no small feat.) 

It seems that the internet news services were all buzzing with the latest piece of Britney Spears gossip. According to The Sun Newspaper Online Britney had actually - are you sitting down? - lip-synched her entire set at Wembley Arena. 

I was shocked. I read on… 

It seemed that the 12,000 or so rabid fans that bought tickets for the show were actually expecting her to sing, the poor fools. 

Stunned, I was. Flabbergasted. 

I mean, I couldn't believe that this was actually news. Isn't there a war going on? Aren't bombs going off right around election time? Isn't Jennifer Aniston out of a job? And you people are actually wasting breath on this topic? What's next, a spirited discussion on the legitimacy of her boobs? 

Let me get this straight - 12,000 people went to a Britney Spears concert to hear her sing? No, you went because you're hoping for a wardrobe malfunction just as badly as I am. (Nasty lil' thing, ain't she?) 

We've become a society where we not only enjoy being lied to, we pretty much expect it. And if anything happens to somehow send that façade crashing down, we're ready to go to litigation in order to get our pain and suffering food stamps. 

Case in point: A group of fans actually tried to bring a class action suit against the lead singer of Creed because he sounded bad during a concert. (Apparently no one noticed that he always sounds bad.) Maybe he should have lip-synched, but I digress… 

So, just in case any of you are still either in the dark or in denial, here's a quick test that you can use at the next concert you attend. If the performer is jumping around on stage like they're in a Tae-Bo infomercial and yet they never miss a single note, they are synching their ass off. In other words, if it sounds just like the CD is playing, it is. 

I blame MTV. 

Music used to be something you listened to, now it's something you watch. So why should anyone be surprised when an artist resorts to using canned music and vocal tracks so that they can adequately recreate their latest million dollar plus video for you? (Kinda tough to dance and sing, kids. Try it sometime.) 

So what's the problem here? In the immortal words of Gladiator, "Are you not entertained?" 

In the case of Britney Spears, of course you are. You got exactly what you paid for: A hot little slice of ex-mouseketeer ass smothered in raunch dressing with stilettos a la mode for dessert. No cherry on top, though - she lost that a long time ago. (Damn you, Justin Timberlake. Damn you to hell!) 

But just in case you're still aching for the real thing when it comes to live vocals, don't watch MTV, watch American Idol. 

Hey, THOSE kids can sing! 

That's my two cents, now gimme my change. 

[For the record we reported on the Britney story on antiMUSIC. Hey, if you can't make fun of yourself… Click the full story link to get Chuck's 2Cents on Avril & The Darkness… warning you might need to switch the Cyber Nanny or computer V-chip on…) - Click Here for the Full Story