Day In Rock 10/27: Eminem 007?- Usher Sex Tape- Slayer Araya Hospitalized- QOTSA Recording- John Peel RIP- Jay-Z Label Boss?- Pumpkins Tribute- Top 50 Heaviest Bands- Axl Game- Quireboys- U2 iPod- Elvis- Stewart Trial- Everyone Fakes It- APC Preview- Anthrax Wants You for Video- Ramones DVD- Rolling Pirates- Pepper / ASG Tour- Fuse Auction- FCC Feedback on Local Radio- more
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Eminem 007?

Ananova reports: Eminem wants to play a James Bond style spy hero in a movie. 

The star, 32 - real name Marshall Mathers - is set on an acting career after his hit movie debut in 8 Mile reports The Sun. 

A source said: "Marshall is a huge Bond fan. "He has this idea for a spy thriller starring him as a kind of James Bond character. He's getting a script together and may even produce it himself." [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Usher Sex Tape

Ananova reports: [Some hump day fun for ya] Usher is the latest celebrity who has apparently been caught having sex on video. 

The star is allegedly seen romping with two women after a gig when he was 19 reports The Sun. 

Usher - now 25 - was introduced to the pair by the owner of a club where he performed, says a source who has seen the tape. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Ananova also has news on John Peel dead at 65, Usher among winners at Radio Music Awards, Wyclef says Fugees will reunite, Kings Of Leon to perform at London record store, Justin buys lingerie for Cameron and more click here to check it out

Slayer Araya Hospitalized

Abrasive Rock (press release) reports: Under doctor's recommendation, SLAYER has had to cancel four dates on its U.S. Jagermeister Music Tour. The cancelled dates are the tour's kick-off, Friday, October 29 in Springfield, MO, Saturday, October 30 in Des Moines, IA, Tuesday, November 9 in Belle Vernon (Pittsburgh), PA, and Friday, November 26 in Tampa, FL. 

Having just completed co-headlining the 20-date, sold-out "Unholy Alliance" European tour with Slipknot, Slayer's vocalist/bassist Tom Araya was taken to the hospital last Wednesday in Holland immediately following the band's performance. The doctors there diagnosed Araya with vocal fatigue, and directed that he completely rest his voice - no singing, no talking - for at least a week. In addition, the doctors cautioned Araya to not sing more than four consecutive nights, or he could risk doing irreparable damage to his vocal cords. Hence, the cancellation of the Belle Vernon and Tampa dates. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

QOTSA Recording

Xfm reports: The release date for the new Queens of the Stone Age album all but set, mainman Josh Homme has returns to the studio to complete more tracks for the album. Oh, and one of the songs is called 'The Fun Machine Took A ---- And Died'. Need we say more? 

The still-untitled follow-up to 2002's ‘Songs for the Deaf' is currently pencilled-in for a March 2005 release, but the final tracklisting is still yet to be finalised as Josh Homme is set to return to the studio this month to record two new songs. 

According to a message to fans on the band's website, the two new songs, entitled ‘The Fun Machine Took a ---- and Died' and ‘Don't Need a Name', will be added to the 18 already completed. However, whether all twenty tracks will make the final cut is currently unclear. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

John Peel RIP

Xfm reports: The legendary DJ John Peel has died from a heart attack while on holiday in Peru. Peel, whose career spanned 40 years, was on a working holiday in Cuzco when it happened. 

News has just arrived that John Peel, Radio 1's longest-serving DJ, who had been with the station since it's inception in 1967 John suffered a heart attack has died at the age of 65, while on holiday in Cuzco, Peru. 

No single radio broadcaster has done more for music than John Peel, tirelessly championing new and leftfield music throughout a long career unparalleled in respect and sheer quality of output. As one of the original members of the Radio 1 team from it's formation in 1967, he was responsible for playing and supporting such legendary acts David Bowie and Pink Floyd. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Xfm also has news on X-clusive: Goldie Lookin Chain Take London, Supergrass Start Work On New Album , Elvis Tops Richest Dead Celeb List (Again), Franz To Air New Track For Frank, Babyshambles Run Riot In Groucho and more click here to check it out

Jay-Z Label Boss?

AP reports: Jay-Z is in final negotiations to become president of Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam label, a source familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. 

Discussions with the superstar rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, have been going on for weeks. Barring any last-minute snags, a deal should be finalized within seven to 10 days, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

What would Mr. Blackwell say to this?

Pumpkins Tribute

The PRP reports: Some more details have been released for the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins tribute album that is currently being put together by Law Of Inertia. The outing is now expected to feature Smashing Pumpkins covers done by Poison The Well, Hopesfall, A Static Lullaby, Underoath, My Chemical Romance, Roses Are Red and more when it sees a release next year.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: The PRP also has news on Robotic Panopticon, Hotter, Delayed, Dead And Counting, Eidolon's Deth, Roses Are Chasing Hurt, Dale's Code, Fatiguemeister, More Dates Hoped For and more click here to check it out

Top 50 Heaviest Bands

siN's metal news reports: Revolver Magazine has put together a list of what they deem the top 50 "Heaviest Bands Ever". That same list, that appears in the December 2004 issue, is below: 

01. Black Sabbath
02. Soundgarden
03. Led Zepplin
04. Neurosis
05. Slayer
06. Kyuss
07. Meshuggah
08. The Melvins
09. Metallica
10. Godflesh
[see full story for the full list]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Axl Game

Blabbermouth reports: MTV.com has confirmed that GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose can be heard as a DJ in the highly anticipated game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas", which became available Monday night. Rose adopts the persona of Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith, of the classic rock station KDST The Dust, who spins an array of tunes such as FOGHAT's "Slow Ride", HUMBLE PIE's "Get Down to It", GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's "Some Kind of Wonderful" and LYNYRD SKYNYRD's "Free Bird". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Quireboys Kicked Off Tour

Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on their official web site, THE QUIREBOYS have been "sacked" from the WHITESNAKE tour by WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale. "We apologise to anyone who has bought tickets especially to see us, and we will keep you posted as to the reasons why on the news page," THE QUIREBOYS write.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Vince Denies Motley Reunion

Blabbermouth reports: There have been lots of reports recently about a MÖTLEY CRÜE reunion, which was supposed to happen this fall but got put on hold when guitarist Mick Mars had hip replacement surgery in early October. CRÜE frontman Vince Neil told Launch Radio Networks his best advice is not to hold your breath waiting for it to happen: "You know, at one point, I thought it was definitely on — now, I don't now. You know, if it happens, it happens — if it don't, it don't. I'm gonna let other people worry about it. You know, I'm not gonna change my, you know, my schedule of anything to conform with something that might or might not happen." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

This is starting to sound like the Van Halen reunion rumblings of a year ago. He said, She said. 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on KORN's Version Of MORBID ANGEL's 'God Of Emptiness' To Surface On Upcoming Covers CD, Former MALEVOLENT CREATION Frontman To Perform Live With New Band, ANTHRAX Singer Becomes First-Time Dad, AMORPHIS, INTO ETERNITY, BEYOND THE EMBRACE To Team Up For U.S. Tour, KING DIAMOND, NILE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER: U.S. Tour Dates Announced and more click here to check it out

U2 iPod Loaded with Tunes

Jam reports: Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday introduced a new larger-capacity iPod with a colour display, as well as a first-of-its-kind digital compendium of the rock band U2's songs. 

U2's lead singer Bono and guitarist The Edge joined Apple chief executive Steve Jobs on stage in a newly renovated 1920s-era theatre in San Jose to unveil the new products. 

The digital album set featuring 400-plus U2 recordings will be available for $149 US at the iTunes online music store in late November. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Jam Music also has news on Apple's ITunes coming to Canada, Veteran DJ John Peel dies at 65, 3 cities on Cdn. Hall of Fame shortlist, Ashlee's gaffe blamed on acid reflux, Usher, Linkin Park take top awards and more click here to check it out

Elvis Still The King

Herald Sun reports: ELVIS Presley is still king of the dead celebrity earners with an annual income of $54 million. 

The rock'n'roll legend is No. 1 in the Forbes.com list of stars who rake it in from beyond the grave. 

Presley's vast earnings go to Elvis Presley Enterprises, owned by his daughter Lisa Marie. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Stewart Trial Begins

E! Online reports: Rod Stewart is facing the music in a Los Angeles courtroom this week. 

A trio of concert promoters have dragged the popster into court over a scuttled 2002 concert tour of Central of South America. 

The promoters are suing the rocker for keeping a $780,000 advance and is also seeking to recoup the profits it would have made from the concerts. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ringtones Chart

Reuters reports: Those synthesized tunes that send people grabbing for their cell phones and annoy patrons in restaurants and theaters have been recognized as part of the music industry by Billboard Magazine. 

The weekly entertainment industry publication, which tracks top record and CD sales, said it was launching a new chart that will track the popularity of cell phone ringtones, as they are called. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Everyone Fakes It

New York Daily News reports: In the world of video-driven pop stars - from Janet Jackson to Britney Spears - it's a given that the performers can't sing and dance hard at the same time. Earlier this month at an awards show, Elton John ridiculed Madonna for cheating her fans by lip-syncing during "live" shows. 

What's less commonly discussed, or accepted, is the rash of enhancements used at rock shows. Even a group as respected as U2 clearly needs synthetic help to boost its three spare musicians. 

As Rolling Stone editor Joe Levy explains, "When bands go on tour, they often use anything from an added rhythm track to a keyboard player hidden under the stage. The drummer can trigger samples from his drum kit, the guitarist can hit a pedal that adds a guitar part. 

But Levy believes music fans should grow up on this issue. 

"If people are shocked and disappointed by this, they ought to get a look at what the girls in Playboy look like before they airbrush them," he says. 

"All entertainment involves some kind of enhancement." [see full story for more including details on the various types of "enhancements" artists use live]- Click Here for the Full Story 

APC Preview

IAYM reports: A Perfect Circle are making new material from their upcoming new opus "eMOTIVe" available for online streaming, rotating the tracks on a daily basis, [see full story for direct link]. The effort will arrive in stores through Virgin on November 02nd, followed of course by the DVD/Remix CD package "aMOTION" on November 16th. [see full story for info on an upcoming Leno performance]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on Codeseven Video Update, 4 Slayer Shows Cancelled, Page/Helmet Update , Soilwork: New Album Update, Most Precious Blood Remixes and more click here to check it out

Garden State Goes Gold

antiTainment (press release) reports: Garden State – Music From The Motion Picture continues to bloom for Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax. The hit album was recently certified gold by the RIAA for album sales exceeding 500,000 units. Since its release on August 10th, Garden State has planted itself at the top of the charts, and continues to be a top seller at Amazon.com, Tower Records and Virgin Megastores. 

The blockbuster soundtrack, featuring songs by The Shins, Frou Frou, Coldplay, Simon & Garfunkel and Zero 7, has garnered praise for capturing the poignant and emotional themes of the critically acclaimed film. Entertainment Weekly spotlighted Garden State on their "Must List," writing, "Coldplay, The Shins, and Simon & Garfunkel remind us of how much we loved Zach Braff's sweet gem of a film." 

The Shins will perform "New Slang," one of their two contributions to Garden State, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, airing November 5th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Anthrax Wants You for Video

antiMUSIC (press release) reports: In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of being one of the few truly fan-friendly heavy metal bands in the world, ANTHRAX has offered an open invitation to headbangers around the country to participate in the filming of their latest video, an updated version of the classic cut "Deathrider", taken from the forthcoming historic release The Greater Of Two Evils. 

The video is being filmed at the new SNITCH Night Club (59 West 21st Street; between 5th and 6th Avenues) on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28th between 10pm - 2am. The video is slated to contain everyone from your "average joe", to porn stars, the Naked Cowboy in Times Square, the hot strippers from TENs down the street, special celebrity guest appearances, and ample amounts of banging heads and slamming fists. In classic ANTHRAX form, "Deathrider" is designed to display the band in their natural setting, united among the people! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ramones DVD Top 5 Debut

antiMUSIC (press release) reports: RAMONES RAW (Image Entertainment)--the first DVD from the world famous Ramones--is off to a strong start by debuting at #5 on the Billboard Top Music Videos chart, marking the highest-ever charting release in the pioneering group's 30-year history. The just-released DVD is topping the music video charts at Tower Records (#1) and ranked #3 in overall DVD sales at Virgin Megastore (just behind Stars Wars Trilogy). In addition, RAMONES RAW is storming its way through Europe with equally strong debuts: U.K (#5), Italy (#5), Sweden (#3), France (#4) and Germany (#7). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

More Ashlee Denials

antiMusic reports: Ashlee dismissed the charge of lip syncing when Today Show's Katie Couric questioned her about it. "I was singing with the track. Like on the first song. I was singing with the track but my voice was not strong enough to hold up the song alone," Simpson said. 

When asked what the audience hears when a singer uses a backing track, Simpson responded "You hear both [the singer and the backing track]. The sound bites fade in and out depending on how your voice is. I have never done it before. . . . My drummer, who I love and adore, accidentally pressed the wrong button." 

Simpson seemed shocked at the controversy surrounding the mishap, " I am not anorexic. My boob didn't pop out. I am not on drugs. I had a bad performance and I got sick." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

You should use a fake band next time to avoid such mistakes. 

Rolling Pirates

ArrowFM reports: Ahoy, mate! Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will make his film debut as Depp's father in two sequels to the blockbuster film The Pirates of the Caribbean. If you remember correctly, Depp cited Richards as his sole inspiration for his Pirates character, Captain Jack Sparrow. Shooting back to back, filming for the first, Pirates of the Caribbean: Treasures of the Lost Abyss, is due to begin in February.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: ArrowFM also has news on Queen Fail To Convince German Court of Origin, Bon Jovi's New Album and Tour, Simon & Garfunkel Reunion Tour Comes To DVD and CD, Nixon Tried To Get John Lennon Deported and more click here to check it out

Pepper / ASG Tour

press release (volcom) reports: Volcom Entertainment artists, Pepper a Hawaiian dub-rock band and ASG a punk/metal band from North Carolina will be touring the West Coast in November. 

Date/Venue/City/State are as follows: 
11/4/2004 Jerry's Pizza - Bakersfield, CA 
11/5/2004 The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA 
11/7/2004 SLO Brew- San Luis Obispo, CA 
11/9/2004 Senator Theatre - Chico, CA 
11/10/2004 WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Fuse Auction

press release (cornerstone digital) reports: Tune in to the Daily Download on Fuse this Wednesday 10/27 for your opportunity to bid on items from Barenaked Ladies, Busta Rhymes, Eve , Lil Jon, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Moby, and Gene Simmons in the Fuse Rock Auction! Watch the Daily Download at 6pm ET and logon to www.fuse.tv/auction to bid against your friends in a live online auction. This is your chance to get your hands on the inside stuff only the biggest fans can get! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

FCC Feedback on Local Radio

Future of Music reports: [A friend sent this along from a musician's organization. It deals with providing feedback to the FCC as they look at localization standards for radio. What that means is making sure radio stations serve the local community. The full story link will take you to an online form where you can submit comments to the FCC.] On July 1, 2004, the FCC issued a "Notice of Inquiry" (NOI) on localism in broadcasting. This NOI is part of the FCC's broader Localism Task Force - an initiative that grew out of the contentious media ownership proceedings of 2003 during which millions of citizens filed comments at the FCC on the state of their local media. http://www.fcc.gov/localism/ 

Since issuing the NOI, the FCC has been collecting comments from stakeholders and members of the public on localism in radio and television. Considering how important access to radio is for musicians, we think it's essential that musicians, performers and citizens weigh on this topic by submitting a written comment to the FCC before November 1. 

Why Comments Matter 

Past experience and conversations with folks at the FCC have taught us three things: 

1. that comments CAN make a difference in the proceeding -- just look at what happened with the media ownership debate; 

2. that the FCC wants to receive comments that are "empirically based", productive, and that address the questions posed in the NOI; 

3. that form letters and postcards are not given the same consideration as a unique comment from someone. - Click Here for the Full Story 


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