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Day In Rock 5/19: Guitarist Killed In Car Crash- Plastic Axl- Libertines Suicide Watch- Avril & Manson- AC/DC Fest- RIAA's Fuzzy Math- 
Kreator- Off-fest Dates- 6 Red Hot Solo CDs?- Good Charlotte Death- Andre- The Wallflowers- Evanescence- Mayer Plays The Prom- Ozzy Ice Cream- Eminem Vs. Apple- more
by Keavin Wiggins
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The Day in Rock Wednesday - antiMUSIC.com's look at Today's Top Rock News Stories From Across the Web

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Guitarist Killed In Car Crash
Metal Underground reports: Alex Nelson, guitarist for metal band Lizzy Borden, perished in a head-on collision the afternoon of May 17th , 2004. 

Alex Nelson joined Lizzy Borden, after replacing Tony Matuzak, on guitar before the recording of The Murderess Metal Roadshow. Alex maintained his place in the band and went on to tour with Lizzy all over the world. He loved the music and loved the band, but most of all he loved life. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Libertines Suicide Watch
Aversion reports: The Libertines' guitarist may be on suicide watch while in a drug rehab program. Pete Doherty updated fans on his personal web page, babyshambles.com that he'd been placed on suicide watch at the London rehab facility he entered Friday (May 14). According to the post, signs of self-inflicted harm tipped Priority's staff to put rocker on the watch. Doherty claims suicide is the last thing from his mind. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Brian Wilson to Make Fans Smile, Animal Collective Comes in June, Poison The Well Plans Next Album, Converge Album Out in September, Mike Watt Joins Lollapalooza, click here to check it out

KISS Unsigned Opening
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on their web site, Brooklyn-based trio ZO2 have secured the prestigious opening slot for this summer's KISS/POISON tour. "This would be an outstanding achievement for any band but the truly remarkable fact is that ZO2 is as yet unsigned," the group write. "The thrill of a relative unknown opening for such a legendary act as KISS is outweighed only by the promise of platinum success that position often seems to fulfill. The slot has been held by such musical heavyweights as AC/DC, JUDAS PRIEST, BON JOVI, JOHN MELLENCAMP. - Click Here for the Full Story 

AC/DC Tribute Fest
Blabbermouth reports: A North Wales college will be hosting the world's largest AC/DC tribute band festival the weekend of August 6-8, according to ic NorthWales. 

Headlining the summer event at Newi College, Wrexham, will be AC/DC's original singer, Dave Evans, backed by North Wales tribute group SEEDY/DC. Ten of the top AC/DC tribute bands will also play at the festival. There will also be a record fair and photo exhibition, talks, seminars and music workshops. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Axl's Plastic
Blabbermouth reports: Star magazine recently spoke with Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Griffin and New York-based plastic surgeon Dr. John Sherman about Axl Rose and the GUNS N' ROSES frontman's radical change in appearance. "I'd say Axl had cheek implants put in at some point," Griffin said. "They're very dramatic." As for his nose, "It looks like the tip has been refined, and the width of the nose looks about 30% less than before," Sherman observed. What about the brow? "It looks like he had a brow lift at some point," Griffin said. "And possibly some lower lid work done" to get rid of under-eye circles. - Click Here for the Full Story 

To be fair to Axl, I saw him around the same time that the photo people are commenting on was taken and that photo doesn't do him justice. He still looks normal, in fact really young. That being said, the dude has to do something about the rope, I mean his hair.

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on VELVET REVOLVER: New Live Videos Posted Online, METALLICA Special To Air On BBC, SAMAËL, RUFFIANS, UNJUST,ILL NINO, FLAW Schedule 'Rockline' Appearance, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, SALEM, EVEN VAST and more click here to check it out

RIAA's Fuzzy Math
tinfoil reports: [tinfoil posted a rather illuminating article by Moses Avalon.. here is the opening teaser..] When speaking this month to a representative from Soundscan, the company that provides much of the data for the Billboard Top 200 Chart, I learned things that would contradict reported statements by the RIAA. Mainly that US labels have had a significant reduction in sales over the past three years. Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA, responded personally, put his rebuttals on the record and in the process exposed intriguing insight into the way the RIAA calculates 'losses.' [extract]How is a 10% increase for first quarter of 2004 similar to, or a premonition of, a 7% decrease for the entire year of 2004? 

THE SECRET: "SHIPMENTS" = "SALES" 

Now armed with the secret decoder formula, I went back and read the RIAA and International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Web sites more adroitly. Sure enough, every time the RIAA complains of large drops in "unit sales" it includes international sales, not strictly domestic. Every time it speaks to domestic "losses" it is speaking ONLY of "units shipped in the US" to record stores. It seemed obvious that if the RIAA confined their revenue statistics to the US market alone they may not be able to publish ANY losses in REVENUE at all. [see the full story for all the details] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Avril & Manson
Rockdirt reports: The Glasgow Daily Record spoke with Avril Lavigne in a wide-ranging interview where she touched on her friendship with Marilyn Manson and rumors she's dating Sum 41's Deryck Whibley or *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake. "When we're in the same city we get together and he's so cool," Lavigne said of Manson. "One time, we hung out in his room and watched movies. I went to his show a couple of times and we hung out on the tour bus after. When we're together it's really cool because we just sit there and totally talk. It's so healthy when I can sit down and talk to another artist who's doing what I'm doing." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Stars Race to Erase MS
Rockdirt reports: Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction, Carmen Electra, and former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, and Jenny McCarthy were amongst those on hand for The 11th Annual 'Race to Erase MS' at the Century Plaza Hotel on Friday (May 14) in Los Angeles, California. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Rockdirt also has news on Watch Avoid One Thing's 'Chopstick Bridge' Video, Dave And Carmen Attend Taurus World Stunt Awards, Sweden's Richard Sjöberg Refuses To Interview Ozzy, Bono, Gene Simmons and more click here to check it out

Kreator Hit the Studio
siN's metal news reports: KREATOR, after releasing a double live disc last year, are set to enter Backstage Studios with famed producer Andy Sneap to record a brand new long awaited studio album. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Hatebreed Off-fest Dates
siN's metal news reports: Here are all of the latest confirmed HATEBREED Off-fest dates: 

July 17 - Glens Falls, NY @ Glens Falls Civic Center
July 21 - Johnson City, TN @ Rafters (with DEVILDRIVER, THROWDOWN, OTEP, GOD FORBID
July 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Mountain West Hardcore Festival (with LAMB OF GOD)
July 26 - Nampa (Boise), ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater (with JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER)
August 13 - Davenport, IA @ Quad City "Pigstock" (with LAMB OF GOD, SHADOWS FALL)
August 20 - Traverse City, MI @ Streeters (with DEVILDRIVER, THROWDOWN, OTEP, GOD FORBID 
[see full story for an major update from the band]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's metal news also has news on In Flames, Converge, Fear Factory- Sworn Enemy confirmed to open tour, Roses Are Red, Grave, Dark Tranquillity, Nightwish, and more click here to check it out

6 Red Hot Solo CDs?
MTV reports: Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante plans on recording and releasing one full-length album a month for the rest of 2004. So far, six records are scheduled, beginning with The Will to Death, which hits stores June 22. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Good Charlotte Death
MTV reports: Good Charlotte have given the title The Chronicles of Life and Death to their follow-up to 2002's The Young and the Hopeless. The band is halfway through recording its third album in Los Angeles. The LP is expected to drop in late September.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Lil' Flip, T.A.T.U., Eminem, Nas, John Mayer, Tamyra Gray, Tenacious D, Da Band, When A Soldier Faces Court-Martial, What Does That Mean?, X-ecutioners,Franz Ferdinand and more click here to check it out

Andre The Actor
NMC reports: Andre 3000 is really getting into the act these days. 

Billboard reports that the OutKast member will star in a music drama for Element Films. The as-yet-untitled movie is set in the mid-1970s and will start shooting around September in New Orleans. The film tells the story of a romance between an upper-middle-class musical prodigy named Valentine (played by Benjamin) and a lower-class free-spirit. The couple's families oppose the interracial relationship, and an accidental shooting creates more problems for the pair when it's blamed on the innocent Valentine. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: NMC also has news on Beyonce Helps Global AIDS Initiative, 3 Doors Down Starts Foundation, Usher, Teen People Name Britney "The Hottest", Incubus, Three Days Grace and more click here to check it out

Brian Wilson Smiles
Ananova reports: Brian Wilson is to release an all new recording of the lost Beach Boys album Smile. 

Smile was to have been Wilson's "teenage symphony to God," designed to better The Beatles and surpass his own Pet Sounds. 

But it was put on hold as the rest of the Beach Boys were uncomfortable with its avant garde nature and ambitious structure. 

Wilson and lyricist Van Dyke Parks, who collaborated on the original Smile sessions in 1966-67, listened together to the 37-year-old tapes in November last year. 

Now, an all-new studio recording of Smile will be made available by Nonesuch Records on September 27. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

The Wallflowers Return
liveDaily reports: The Wallflowers get busy with a two-week tour of the West Coast before heading into the studio to begin work on a new album. 

Dubbed the Back to California tour, the aptly named outing kicks off on June 10 and visits a mix of West Coast clubs, theaters and outdoor venues. 

During the run, the group plans to perform some of its hits, as well as rarities and covers, and will also debut some new songs, according to a press release. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Evanescence Plan Summer Tour
liveDaily reports: Evanescence hits the North American tour circuit during a summer run that will also feature Seether, Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin. 

Currently touring Europe together, Evanescence and Seether launch the North American run in early July. The two acts play four Canadian shows before Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin sign on for additional U.S. and Canadian dates that run through the end of July. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Willie Nelson, Jessica Simpson, Johnny Cash, Johnny Winter, Lollapalooza adds The Von Bondies to day-one bill, Liz Phair headlines Chicks with Attitude tour and more click here to check it out

Mayer Plays The Prom
AP reports: Students at Pennsbury High School had a surprise guest at their prom — singer John Mayer. Mayer's song "Your Body Is A Wonderland" had become sort of a theme for the senior class and senior class president Bob Costa had been working on getting Mayer for the prom for two years. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Silly News: Ozzy Ice Cream
AP reports: The co-owner of a Woodbridge ice cream shop is serving up ice cream flavors honoring rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon. 

Ed Dubroski Jr. — who owns the Country Cow Creamery along with his sister, Jenn — sent an e-mail in January to the Osbournes offering to design an ice cream flavor in Sharon Osbourne's honor. 

The Osbournes accepted the offer, and asked for a flavor for Ozzy, too, Dubroski said recently. The result: Ozzy's Carnivorous Carrot Cake and Death by Sharon. [if you really gotta know, click the full story link for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Eminem Vs. Apple... 
Economic Times reports: Rap singer Eminem's lawsuit against Apple Computer, in which he accused the company of using his hit song in a TV ad without his permission, can proceed, his lawyer said on Tuesday, citing a federal judge's ruling. 

According to attorney Howard Hertz, US district judge Anna Diggs Taylor on Monday ruled that the suit brought by 8 Mile Style, Eminem's publishing company, can continue against Apple, MTV parent company Viacom and advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day. [more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Ryan Adams Oasis
Xfm reports: After being played on Xfm repeatedly over the past few weeks, comes the news that Ryan Adams' acoustic version of Oasis' ‘Wonderwall' will be getting a full release later this year. 

The track has been a firm fixation on the Xfm Playlist for the past few weeks, and features Adams covering the famous Oasis song with just the American singer/songwriter's vocals and acoustic guitar. 

Now, Ryan Adams version of ‘Wonderwall' will be released for the first time as a stand alone single on June 28 on Mercury/Lost Highway Records. [see full story for more - plus info on Ryan recording his own version of The Strokes' "Is This It". ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Pixies Frontman Solo Album Delayed
Xfm reports: Prior to The Comeback Of The Year, Frank Black had a solo album on the way including his own personal reworkings of some Pixies classics. However, since the Pixies are now booked to play every venue under the sun for the next decade, the release has been put on the back burner. 

Black had been working on a two-disc set entitled 'Frank Black Francis' scheduled for a spring release. However, SpinArt Records, the label set to release the double album have been reportedly unable to pin Black down for a completion date. [see full story link for more Plus news of another Pixies biography.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Most Played Record In UK
Xfm reports: The most played record in the United Kingdom of the past 70 years has just been named by Phonographic Performance Ltd. And despite what you may think, it's not ‘Seven Nation Army' by The White Stripes. 

The chart was compiled by the British performing rights group PPL (the Phonographic Performance Ltd) who took in data from 70 years of radio, club, shop and jukebox plays to find out which song got the most airing (from its original release through to recent exposure) from 1957 until 1994. 

Surprisingly Procol Harum's 1967 single ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale' hit the top spot, beating Queen's ‘Bohemian Rhapsody' into second place. [see full story for more and the top 10 list]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Xfm also has news on Franz To Appear In 'Porn' Movie, The Shins, Brian Wilson To Release 'Smile', Green Day Rear An 'American Idiot', UK-'palooza: US Festival To Come To Britain? and more click here to check it out

Sabbath Tribute Sabbath
press release reports: Magick (the metal division of Cleopatra Records) is set to unleash "Evil Lives A True Metal Tribute to Black Sabbath" on June 1st 2004. While Black Sabbath are one of only a few Metal groups to enjoy "household name" status, many people think only of the first 4 members or the first 4 records. While proudly acknowledging the roots, this tribute is also the demonic chronicle of the other 30+ musicians who have kept the Sabbattack strong for 30+ years on 30+ albums & collections! The 13 bands on this tribute represent several generations of Head Bangers as well. From old school legends to current Power Metal gods to the rising stars of tomorrow's dream, the torch of True Metal that Black Sabbath sparked so long ago is burning brighter than it has in years. Featuring Iced Earth, Primal Fear, Agent Steel, Jag Panzer Racer X and many more on 13 Godlike tracks. 

01. Iced Earth - Black Sabbath | 02. Primal Fear - Die Young | 03. Jag Panzer - Children Of The Sea | 04. Racer X - Children Of The Grave | 05. Lynch/Neil - Paranoid | 06. Icarus Witch - Falling Off The Edge Of The World | 07. Forever Say Die! - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath | 08. Order Of Nine - Disturbing The Priest | 09. Steel Prophet - Neon Knights | 10. Agent Steel - Hole In The Sky | 11. Dofka - N.I.B. | 12. Twisted Tower Dire - Glory Ride | 13. October 31 - Danger Zone [Forever Say Die! Feature's antiMUSIC's very own Happenin' Harry on lead vocals along with Jeff Duncan of Armored Saint on lead guitar! - Click the full story link to check out the artwork and get an MP3 preview of the CD] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Pearl Jams For Charity
press release reports: Rock group Left Hand Smoke, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready & Friends (UFO Tribute Band), Brad, Vast Capital and surprise guest Eddie Vedder performed a benefit concert for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) to a sold-out rowd at Seattle's Showbox on Friday, May 14. 

All of the artists who performed at the sold-out CCFA benefit show autographed a custom-made guitar and snare drum, which will be auctioned off on eBay beginning today, May 18, at 5pm PT. The auctions will end at 5pm PT on May 24. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Northwest Chapter of the CCFA. For more information, visit www.ebay.com, or www.pearljam.com.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Steriogram
press release reports: "Schmack!," the debut album from irrepressible New Zealand rock/hip-hop quintet Steriogram was released in the U.S. yesterday, May 18th. The album was produced by David Kahne (Sublime, Sugar Ray, Fishbone). 

Entertainment Weekly called it "Giddy...a schizo blend of vintage AC/DC riffs, bratty early-Beasties humor and Weezerish harmonies...a refreshing schmack upside the head." 

And Blender called the album "Cool...an enhanced package of punky riffs and honky rhyme-spitting." 

The spectacular Michel Gondry-directed video for lead single "Walkie Talkie Man," which Entertainment Weekly called "a stunningly hand-crafted clip," has been added to MTV rotation and can be seen [by clicking on the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

The video IS pretty damn cool and the group does brings something new to the table. 

Ben Kweller Set To Rock Carson
press release reports: Quickly becoming THE television show for bands to perform on, Ben Kweller will be rocking Last Call with Carson Daly tomorrow, Wednesday May 19. It's shaping up to be one rowdy show, the first show in a series taped in Las Vegas. Ben's charm is undeniable live, make sure to check him out. You can get a preview of BK live over at MTV.com - check out the live streams [by clicking on the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rufus Folds Guster
press release reports: Ben Folds continues on the road in anticipation of his new album due in early Fall. Starting in the Spring with a series of college campus gigs, Folds will team up with Rufus Wainwright and Guster for a triple- headliner Summer tour. Ben will be showcasing songs from his next release as well as from his recent EP's (speed graphic / sunny 16 ) and esteemed catalogue of albums. [see full story link for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sabbath Reunion Is On
Reuters reports: British heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath will reunite for the first time since 2001 for Ozzfest, which begins July 10 in Hartford, Conn., a spokeswoman for the annual road show said on Tuesday. 

Ozzfest co-founder and headliner Ozzy Osbourne will revisit such hard rocking classics as "War Pigs" and "Paranoid" along with guitarist Tony Iommi and bass player Geezer Butler. But original drummer Bill Ward will be replaced by Mike Bordin, who backs Osbourne on his solo gigs. - Click Here for the Full Story 
 
 

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