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Report for 12/14/05
Britney's Boil
MTV reports: DivorceKevin.com started by noted grass-roots organizer (and late-night DJ at Little Rock, Arkansas, radio station Alice 107.7) Jason Cage urges disillusioned Britney Spears fans to sign a "K-Fed Up" petition calling for the erstwhile princess of pop to ditch her husband and "remove the boil that is Kevin from herself and her payroll."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bono + Jesse Helms
AP reports: Bono and Jesse Helms? Not only are they friends, but the Irish rocker and archconservative former North Carolina senator also share a common cause: fighting AIDS in Africa. Helms, who is 84 and suffers from a number of serious health problems, arrived backstage before the show and was joined by Bono for a casual meal. [Bono just got dropped from Babs' "holiday" card list - see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Top Tours 05
Day in rock reports: U2 lead the touring pack in 2005. The Irish rockers brought in $260 million during their sell-out tour according the Billboard. The Eagles were a distant 2nd only managing $117 million showing for the year and Neil Diamond trailed with $71 million to round out the Top 3.

Press releases and hype aside, Motley Crue is strangely absent from top 10 having been beat out by Kenny Chesney, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett and Green Day.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smiths Semi-Reunion
Billboard reports: Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Andy Rourke will perform together at an English charity show January 28 for the first time since the legendary act split up in 1987. 

Rourke is overseeing the lineup for the Manchester v. Cancer show at the Evening News Arena[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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DJ Dylan
Reuters reports: Legendary folk rocker Bob Dylan will start a new career as a radio DJ when he launches a new weekly music show on XM Satellite Radio next March. 

The station said on Tuesday the show would feature music hand-picked by Dylan[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Life For Studio Slayer
AP reports: A man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole in the shooting death of the owner of a recording studio once used by rapper Eminem, authorities said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Decemberists Major Deal?
Aversion reports: The Decemberists will release their next album through Capitol Records.

The indie-rock balladeers will leave Kill Rock Stars for Capitol, according to reports by Pitchfork.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Over-It Now Virgins
Punk Music reports: According to their former label, Lobster Records, Over-It has officially signed to Virgin records. When I spoke with Lobster Records owner Steve Lubarsky, he not only said they had the label's blessing, but he was extatic for the band (to say the least). He believes the jump to Virgin will be enormously beneficial to both Over-It and Lobster. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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3rd Place Korn
Blabbermouth reports: According to Hits Daily Double, KORN's "See You on the Other Side" appears on track to sell just over 200,000 copies in its first week of release to capture the No. 3 slot on next week's The Billboard 200 chart (right behind EMINEM's greatest-hits collection, "Curtain Call", and fellow rapper LIL' WAYNE's "Tha Carter II")[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Malaysia Vs Metal
Blabbermouth reports: A Malaysian government official has commented on a recent incident in which over 100 youths were rounded up by police in Seremban for participating in a black metal concert. 

According to Malaysia's The Star Online, Pahang Mentri Besar (chief minister) Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said such culture was not suitable for Malaysian youths as it glorified violence and death. 

He said enforcement activities alone could not resolve the problem as awareness against such unhealthy activities must come from the home or school. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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M.ill.ion's New Hire
Blabbermouth reports: Gothenburg, Sweden-based hard rockers M.ILL.ION have announced the addition of American guitarist Duane Cole to the group's ranks. "With a CV which includes major U.S. touring with top selling rockband LIFEHOUSE, and studio work with the likes of MADONNA and ROGER WATERS, Duane stood out from all the other fifty applying," the band write on their web site. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Navarro Radio
Blabbermouth reports: Live365, the world's largest community of Internet radio stations has teamed up with rock icon Dave Navarro (ex-JANE'S ADDICTION, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) to launch Spread Radio using Live365's turn-key Internet radio services. Navarro will be personally hosting a live broadcast Tuesday and Thursday nights between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (PST) and spontaneously at other times all from his home studio. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Allhelluja US
Blabbermouth reports: ALLHELLUJA, the Danish/Italian project featuring HATESPHERE frontman Jacob Bredahl and Stefano Longhi from Scarlet Records, will release their debut album, "Inferno Museum", in the U.S. on January 1, 2006.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Chuck Remembered
BW&BK reports: On the 4th anniversary of the passing of metal legend Chuck Schuldiner, December 13th, the following update has been posted at the DEATH website (www.emptywords.org):

Day of Remembrance...

Message from Chuck's mom: "To friends and fans of Chuck.

First I want to thank you for all the emails telling me of the ways you are remembering Chuck today by lighting candles or saluting him with a drink. Whichever you choose, he would be so pleased by the gesture. I told a friend yesterday of how proud I am that he is remembered by so many, and it is always such a comfort to me on all the Decembers that have passed and those that will come. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Monster Magnet March
BW&BK reports: US stoners MONSTER MAGNET have officially entered the recording phase for the follow-up to 2004's Monolithic Baby. The new album (title tba) will be released in March 2006 via SPV and will coincide with their European Tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aaron Lewis Unplugged
Audio Aggression reports: When the Fall Brawl tour comes to an end later this week, Staind front-man Aaron Lewis will hit the road for a series of acoustic sets at select casinos across the country. Current dates are:

December 22nd in Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort and Casino Showroom
December 28th - 31st in Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Cabaret
January 1st in Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Cabaret
[see full story for more "My Father Didn't Love Me" tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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April Godsmack?
Audio Aggression reports: In a blog entry on NHL.com, Godsmack bassist Robbie Merrill said the band is currently winding down their recording session for the follow up to 2003's 'Faceless'. The mixing and mastering process will take place in January with an album release rumored for April 2006- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bizkit Side Job
The PRP reports: Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit fame has signed on to play bass for From First To Last at a number of their upcoming live dates.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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