Day In Rock 2/3: Singer Gouges Out Eye- Megaman Murder- Lamb of God Banned- Green Day Tour- Vinnie May Play Dimebag Benefit- Reggae Star Jailed for Profanity- Is Rock Dead?- Weezer- Slash N Beatles- Motley Hit?- Kountry Kracker- Jay-Z Sues R.Kelly- New Order- God Forbid- Year of Bob- Motorhead- Avril Dual- Def Leppard- Hall of Fame- Foos, Maiden & Pixies for Leeds- Reel Big News- more
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Singer Gouges Out Eye 
Reuters reports: Following a suicide attempt, R&B singer Houston has gouged out his eye while on an overseas performance junket. 

A brief statement was released Wednesday by his Capitol Records label, saying only, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Houston during this tragic time." 

According to sources, the singer first attempted to jump out of a London hotel window last Thursday. Prevented from doing so by his security staff, Houston was locked in his room, at which time the injury occurred. No additional details as to his current condition or whereabouts have been disclosed. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Megaman Murder
NME reports: SO SOLID CREW rapper MEGAMAN is to face trial on September 5 charged with the murder of a man shot in south LONDON last year. 

The star � real name Dwayne Vincent - appeared in the dock at the capital's Old Bailey court today (February 2) alongside unemployed Carl Morgan, who is charged with the same offence. 

The pair are accused of murdering Colin Scarlett, who was gunned down in Tooting's Maskells Road on November 6. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: NME also has news on Neil's Children join �The Rotters' Club' , Engineers to play special London show, Razorlight reschedule UK tour, Franz Ferdinand go highbrow , Funeral For A Friend to headline London festival and more click here to check it out

Lamb of God Banned
Lamb-of-God.com reports: LAMB OF GOD has been BANNED from performing at the Forum in Los Angeles. The band is being forced to step aside from one of their arena concerts on the upcoming Subliminal Verses Tour with Slipknot. 

The venue, The Forum in Los Angeles, is owned by The Faithful Central Bible Church who decided to impose a ruling to BAN LAMB OF GOD from performing at their venue. 

LAMB OF GOD have come off of several extremely successful headlining runs through L.A. in the last year, so this move comes completely unexpected for the band and the tour as a whole. Los Angeles is, and has always been, a huge market for the band, building steadily with each one of their releases and tours and exploding with the bands current release Ashes of the Wake. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Green Day Tour
Punkbands reports: Green Day has announced it's touring plans for the next few months; among the dates are two previously announced sets in Japan and Australia, before heading back to North America for dates which span the months of April and May. Subsequent to those dates, the band will be heading to Europe for another string of dates. They are touring in support of their Grammy-nominated full length American Idiot. [see full story all of the Dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Vinnie May Play Dimebag Benefit
Launch reports: Damageplan and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul may perform onstage at a benefit show in memory of his late brother, Damageplan and Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, according to a posting online by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. Anthrax is joining Disturbed, Drowning Pool and Soil for the February 23 show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, and Ian wrote, "It looks like Vinnie will be playing with us. That's going to be f--king killer. Hope to see you there." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Reggae Star Jailed for Profanity
Reuters reports: Jamaican reggae star Sizzla, already controversial because of his lyrics attacking gays, was sent to prison for two weeks on Wednesday after being convicted of using profane language. 

Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, was told to serve 15 days in prison by a magistrate who said that he was determined to stop artists and entertainers from using profanity. 

Sizzla was charged with using expletives on stage under the Town and Community Act, a British colonial-era public order law that prohibits indecent dress or expression. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Is Rock Dead?
NY Daily News reports: Jim Farber: Is rock dead? Not quite. But judging from its performance on the charts - and compared to its biggest bands and trends from a few years ago - it's wheezing. 

Cast your eye down 2004's Top 10-selling album list and you won't see a single new rock band. The sole hard guitar group is Evanescence - a holdover from 2003. The nearest thing to a new guitar band is Maroon 5, which didn't make it on a rock song but on a soul single, "This Love," and a billowing pop ballad, "She Will Be Loved." 

Broaden your view to the year's Top 20 sellers and you'll find just one other rocker - and an aging one at that - Prince, who gave away enough copies of his "Musicology" to place it 18th in 2004. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Weezer Update
Weezer.com reports: The album 5 tracklist (that is, whats included, not the exact order) for album 5 has been 97% settled after some heavy listening sessions between the band and producer/mentor Rick Rubin. A few songs got swapped out and switched around, and there is high confidence in the final selection, which now includes a few songs from the late '03 recording sessions that were originally left behind in favor of the new sessions in July-October '04. Currently Rivers is working on finishing up his vocals on 3 songs, and then the stuff should be 99% ready for mixing. Meanwhile the artwork is underway, with the art director assembling cd art that may include exclusive photo selections from the recording sessions, fresh unseen imagery, and/or new photography taken expressly for the album art. More when its known. ...as for the single and album release dates: So far we only know that the first single "Beverly Hills" SHOULD be going to radio in late March (exact date unconfirmed as yet), while the 5th album (title TBA) SHOULD be out sometime in May. (everything still subject to change) [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Slash N Beatles For Grammys
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER will take part in an all-star live performance of THE BEATLES song "Across the Universe" during the 47th annual Grammy Awards celebration, according to Billboard.com. The song, which will also feature U2 lead singer Bono, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Brian Wilson, will be immediately released to raise funds for tsunami relief efforts. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Motley Hit?
Blabbermouth reports: MÖTLEY CRÜE's two-CD "greatest hits" collection, "Red, White & Crüe", is poised to sell between 75,000 and 80,000 copies during its first week of release, making it the week's biggest debut, according to Hits Daily Double. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on MUDVAYNE: New Single 'Happy?' Posted Online, GOD FORBID Embark On First Headlining U.S. Tour; Begin Writing New Album, Former FORBIDDEN Guitarist Says His New Group Is One Of The Few 'Real' Bands, Former INCANTATION Guitarist Records Song For 'Swamp Zombies' Soundtrack, MYNJUN: New Demo In The Works, Debut Release Available For Download and more click here to check it out

Kountry Kracker
MTV reports: Continuing his flirtation with country living, Uncle Kracker has signed on for a spring tour with Kenny Chesney and Gretchen Wilson. The trek, Kracker's second outing with "Last Night, Again" duet partner Chesney, kicks off on March 9 in Houston[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Jay-Z Sues R.Kelly
MTV reports: Jay-Z first gave it to R. Kelly on wax, and now he's giving it to him in court. 

After dissing Kelly for his lawsuit against him on the "Drop It Like It's Hot" remix, the rapper has now filed a countersuit against the R&B singer in Manhattan Supreme Court. 

Kelly filed his $75 million action in November against Jay-Z, his business associates and the tour's promoter when he got kicked off the Best of Both Worlds tour[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

New Order Shorted 
Contactmusic reports: NEW ORDER are still owed money from record sales during their 1980s heyday - but they have no idea how much. 

The TRUE FAITH stars credit defunct record label FACTORY with inspiring them to write and record some of their best-loved tunes. 

But they also hold Factory boss TONY WILSON's incompetence responsible for the company's failure to keep track of album sales and pay New Order enough money. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

50 Cent & Bart
Contactmusic reports: Hip-hop star 50 CENT is set to join the world of animation when he makes a special guest appearance in hit cartoon THE SIMPSONS. The IN DA CLUB rapper, real name CURTIS JACKSON, will be featured in an episode where character BART sneaks out of the house to attend the star's concert before faking his own kidnapping to avoid being grounded, reports MTV. The episode will air in America on 13 February (05). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
God Forbid Album News
Lambgoat reports: More details regarding the new God Forbid album have been revealed. Recording will commence in May, with work set to take place at Audiohammer Studios with Jason Suecof (Trivium) and Trax East with Eric Rachel (Dillinger Escape Plan). The album is tentatively slated for a fall release through Century Media Records.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Year of Bob
Jamaica Observer reports: PRIME Minister PJ Patterson announced Tuesday that the government has organised a year-long celebration of the 60th anniversary of the late reggae icon Robert 'Bob' Nesta Marley.

 "We believe that this programme is a fitting tribute from the nation of his birth," said Patterson. "The comprehensive programme is designed to involve Jamaicans at all levels throughout the island and overseas."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

More Motorhead
IAYM reports: More dates have surfaced for Corrosion Of Conformity and Motörhead's upcoming North American run, the schedule currently looks as follows: 

March 09th Sayreville, New Jersey Starland Ballroom 
March 11th Worcester, Massachusetts The Palladium 
March 12th New York City, New York B.B. King's Blues Club 
March 13th Clifton Park, New York Northern Lights 
March 15th Hartford, Connecticut Webster Theater 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Leppard Covers
Totalrock reports: Def Leppard have finally confirmed that they've recorded no less than 22 cover versions, although as yet they've not announced how these will be released. The covers are as follows: '10538 Overture' - ELO, '21st Century Boy' - T. Rex, 'Don't Believe A Word' - Thin Lizzy, 'Drive-In Saturday' - David Bowie, 'Hanging On The Telephone' - Blondie, 'Hellraiser' - The Sweet, 'He's Gonna Step On You' - John Kongos, 'No Matter What' - Badfinger, 'Little Bit Of Love' - Free, 'Rock On' - David Essex, 'Stay With Me' - Faces, 'Street Life' - Roxy Music, 'The Golden Age Of Rock & Roll' - Mott The Hoople, 'Waterloo Sunset' - The Kinks, 'American Girl' - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Heartbeat' [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on Razorlight Re-schedule UK Tour, Green Day: Second Night In The Bowl, UK Goes Suicidal, Maiden For Carling Weekend?, Moody Road Trip and more click here to check it out

Hall of Fame
ArrowFM reports: We knew when the 20th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions were - now we know when we'll be able to see the ceremony. The event will be at New York's Waldorf Astoria on Monday March 14th. U2, the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, The Joy's and Percy Sledge will be inducted and all will play on stage. The event lasts anywhere from 4-6 hours. So VH1 will tape the whole thing, edit it down and show us the good stuff on Saturday March 19th at 9pm.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: ArrowFM also has news on Styx Stuff, Get a Taste of Elton, The Edge gets Edgy, Classic Crumbs for Tuesday, Classic Crumbs (Frampton & Aerosmith)and more click here to check it out

Doherty Documentary 
Xfm reports: The full interview from BBC's Newsnight recent interview with Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty will be broadcast in a television special which will include previously unseen footage of the troubled star. The troubled singer was interviewed by Kirsty Wark about his turbulent career, jail time and much documented drug problems shortly before Christmas, for a feature on Newsnight which was first aired on December 21, 2004. Now the full interview including many previously unbroadcast scenes has been made into a 30-minute special which will be transmitted on BBC4 at 23.30 on Tuesday February 15. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Foos, Maiden & Pixies for Leeds
NME reports: FOO FIGHTERS, PIXIES and metal titans IRON MAIDEN are amongst the big names who are set to headline this year's CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
ISC Finalist
press release reports: The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2004 finalists. Songwriting for this year's competition proved to be at an extremely high level, making the selection of finalists out of 11,000 entries from 77 countries a most challenging one. 

Starting February 1 to February 28, 2005, members of the public can take part in the 2004 Peoples' Voice, an online voting contest that allows them to listen and vote for their favorite ISC finalist. The winner of the Peoples' Voice is in addition to, and completely separate from, the regular winners who will be selected by the ISC judging panel. In addition to the $100,000 in prizes given out the ISC winners, the Peoples' Voice winner will receive $3,000 in prizes, including a home recording studio from Xytar Digital Systems. [see full story now to listen to and vote for your favorite song.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Dirty Americans Are Coming
press release reports: Prepare to rethink all that you know about Detroit Rock City, because Liquor and Poker Music has found the Dirty Americans and once again, your idea of what's "cool" is about to be altered forever. Dirty Americans are the next band to be crowned the kings of Detroit "rock" once Liquor And Poker Music releases the band's chopper and whisky-fueled debut album, Strange Generation, in 2005. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Armor For Sleep In Stores
press release reports: Armor For Sleep will be playing a series of FREE acoustic in-store performances in support of their upcoming album, "What To Do When You Are Dead" (out Feb 22nd). 

Space is extremely limited, so pre-order your cd at the store to guarantee your spot at show, and receive an Armor For Sleep poster & limited edition version of "What To Do When You Are Dead" including a bonus DVD!

 2/23 - Looney Tunes - West Babylon, NY 
2/25 - Vintage Vinyl - Fords, NJ
3/3 - Rock-A-Billy's - Utica, MI
3/4 - Tower Records - Chicago, IL
3/5 - Vintage Vinyl - St Louis MO
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Lost City Angels CD/Tour
press release reports: Lost City Angels will release their new album, Broken World, on April 5th through Stay Gold Records. 

Lost City Angels will kick off a U.S. tour on March 8th with Catch 22, Spitalfield and Don't Look Down. LCA have also been confirmed for Warped Tour 2005. Check out the dates below. 

3.8.05 Irving Plaza New York, NY w/ Catch 22, Spitalfield and Dont Look Down
3.9.05 123 Pleasant St Morgantown WV w/ Catch 22, Spitalfield and Dont Look Down
3.10.05 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, OH w/ Catch 22, Spitalfield and Dont Look Down
[see full story for more dates and song samples]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Reel Big News
press release reports: Reel Big Fish have announced a April 5th release date for We're Not Happy Til You're Not Happy, their latest Jive Records full-length. The new album was co-produced by Shawn Sullivan and Reel Big Fish front man Aaron Barrett. A cover of Tracy Chapman's "Talkin' Bout a Revolution" has been selected as the first single.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Throcult Mayhem 
press release reports: Denver, Colorado-based black/death metal band THROCULT have been confirmed for this year's Minneapolis Mayhem 2 festival, set to take place on May 6-7 at Star Central in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are German thrash pioneers SODOM, long-running San Francisco Bay Area metallers SADUS, Las Vegas, Nevada thrashers AVENGER OF BLOOD, Michigan-based black metallers SUMMON and Chicago's THE CHASM. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Dry Kill Logic /(hed)pe Dates
press release reports: 2/03 - The Blue Cat - Bellefontaine, OH
2/04 - The Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
2/05 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
2/07 - Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
2/08 - Planet Rock - Battle Creek, MI
[see full story for more dates, including more with AHC, Otep and more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Are You A SLUNT?
press release reports: New York City rock band SLUNT is currently looking for a hot rockin' mama to step up to the bass. Must have good vibes, good looks and great stage presence. Experience and vocals a MUST! 

The band just got off of a five-week stint as direct support for Marilyn Manson, and are gearing up for the release of their debut full-length album which is due out in March on Repossession Records. Extensive touring is planned and they're looking to fill the position as soon as possible. Anyone interested should check out www.slunt.net and www.repossessionrecords.com and can contact the band directly at [email protected].[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Raven's Heart Iron Maiden Auction
Day in Rock reports: Just a quick word. Raven's Heart Foundation has two items donated by Iron Maiden that are currently up for auction on eBay. One is a Fender Strat Guitar donated and signed by Dave and the other item is signed and framed photo from the band. Click the full story link to get info on these items and the links to the actual eBay auction pages. Up The Irons for a great cause! - Click Here for the Full Story 
Slapp of the Day: Metallica 
First off mad props and a shout out to the Emo dorks that sent their love after yesterday's Slapp. Your Ryan Seacrest Fan Club membership has been approved. There, you have a little mini slapp for today and that's all you're gonna get because I actually have something nice to say about someone! 

I just got done watching what has to be the best music documentary ever made, Metallica's "Some Kind of Monster". I walked away with a new appreciation and understand of the band. It's real easy to pick on Metallica. We can talk about the whole Napster thing. (But if someone was ripping me off I'd get pissed too.) The disconnect between them and their fanbase (we can't expect millionaires to empathize with working stiffs). Or that they along with Motley Crue rank right up there as the biggest sellouts in metal history (I do give Motley credit for admitting it). But after watching this movie some of my strongest negative feelings are gone. Some on my lingering questions about the band are no longer there. 

[Scott ran long today. To read the rest of today's Slapp and post comments about it, click the full story link] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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