Day In Rock 2/8: Britney Sues- Timbaland Disses Rap- Jack Osbourne Fireman?- NIN Dates- Nightwish Tour Postponed- Guess Who is Fighting- Black Belt Madonna- Papa Roach- MPPriest- Fates Warning- Dimebag Petition- Black Crowes Fests- Geek Tour- Metal Church Nix Tour- Linkin, Blink Relief- 3 Doors Mudd- Slash- U2 Snow Patrol- Stretch Arm Strong- The Black Dahlia Delay- Lamb Of God - more
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Britney Sues
Ananova reports: Britney Spears is suing eight insurance companies that have refused to reimburse her for cancelling her 2004 world tour. 

She cancelled her Onyx Hotel tour last June after suffering a knee injury while filming a video reports BBC online. 

She is now seeking to be reimbursed for the tour's £5m costs in a claim filed at New York State Supreme Court. 

Seven London-based companies and an eighth Paris firm have been given up to 30 days to respond to the complaint. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Timbaland Disses Rap Wants Coldplay
DiS reports: Maverick hip hop producer Timbaland has grown tired of the genre that he's done so much for, and has gone on record as saying that the only band he wants to work with is... wait for it... Coldplay! The super-sized knob-twiddler, best known for his work with Missy Elliott, told a popular music television channel: "Hip hop is the same ol', same ol'. I can do a beat and keep doing it, but it's not the same. The only musician I'd like to do a song with is Coldplay. That's the only one I really want to work with now." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Jack Osbourne Fireman?
siN's metal news reports: Tonight is reporting that Jack Osbourne is giving up fame to be a fireman. The 19-year-old says he is fed-up with being a celebrity, after starring in hit TV series The Osbournes, and is now desperate to lead a 'normal' life. Inspired by the brave heroes of 9/11, the former drug addict plans to enroll in a course with the New York firefighters. The single-and-searching teenager also quipped the uniform could get him a girlfriend. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
NIN Dates
siN's metal news reports: NINE INCH NAILS have officially confirmed the first two east coast dates of their US tour: 

May 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory May 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nightwish Tour Postponed
siN's metal news reports: NIGHTWISH is postponing their upcoming North American tour, according to Blabbermouth.net. According to a statement from a band representative, "A bandmember has some pressing issues with some outside projects that directly impacted this time period. The band as a whole were looking forward to this tour and are truly sorry for their fans who already purchased tickets.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's metal news also has news on Scars Of Tomorrow- Working on new material., The Cave Soundtrack - Tracklisting, American Headcharge - More US Dates Added - UK Tour Announced , SLUNT - On the Hunt for New Bassist, Black Label Society - Another clip of Suicide Messiah streaming online; More video shoot stills up and more click here to check it out

Guess Who is Fighting
ArrowFM reports: Several members of the Guess Who are arguing over the use of the band's name. Founding members Randy Bachman (guitar) and Burton Cummings (singer & keyboards) are trying to reclaim the rights, which are owned by bass player Jim Kale. He has formed a new version of the group.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: ArrowFM also has news on Paul was Super, Classic Crumbs (Eagles & U2), Clapton's Angel From Heaven, Classic Crumbs for Friday (McCartney, Aerosmith, Yes), Silly Love Songs - NOT! and more click here to check it out

Silly News: Black Belt Madonna
Ananova reports: Madonna has taken up karate. 

She has hired a personal mentor, known as a sensei to help her learn the martial art. 

A source said: "Madonna has been taking her classes very seriously. Guy is into karate and Madonna's daughter Lourdes has taken classes. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rare Papa Roach
Blabbermouth reports: Launch Radio Networks is reporting that PAPA ROACH are re-issuing their independently released 1997 album, "Old Friends From Younger Years", in limited quantities for new members of the group's fan club, P Roach Riot. For $26, fans will receive a PAPA ROACH poster, sticker, membership card and the CD, with the first 2,000 copies signed.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Priest Download
Blabbermouth reports: JUDAS PRIEST will precede the release of their new album, "Angel of Retribution", with a special pre-release download of first single, "Revolution" — available on Judaspriest.com, iTunes, Napster and many more download services from February 21. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Fates Warning Plan Live DVD
Blabbermouth reports: In a recent interview with Greece's Metal Temple magazine, FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder revealed the band will be filming their show in Athens, Greece on February 20 for their next DVD release.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Dimebag Petition
Blabbermouth reports: A petition has been launched to get late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Dimebag was gunned down by a deranged fan on December 8, 2004 while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermout also has news on NIGHTWISH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LACUNA COIL Confirmed For 'The Cave' Soundtrack, WITHIN Y Announce New Guitarist, STRATOVARIUS, CIRCUS MAXIMUS Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA VI Festival, SIX FEET UNDER Frontman Explains 'This Is Our Reign In Blood' Remark, SEPULTURA Hard At Work On New Material and more click here to check it out

Wilson Honor
MTV reports: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michelle Branch, the Backstreet Boys and ?uestlove from the Roots are among the artists scheduled to honor Brian Wilson at the MusiCares dinner and concert Friday at the Palladium in Hollywood. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Bruce Willis To Rock Vegas
Contactmusic reports: BRUCE WILLIS and his blues band THE ACCELERATORS are taking to the Las Vegas stage again, following sold-out performances in the gambling haven last year (04). 

The DIE HARD star and his band performed in the Nevada City in September, and they've decided to return after the positive response. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Colonics for everyone!

Downloads Count
BBC reports: Digital music downloads are being included in the main US singles chart for the first time. Billboard's Hot 100 chart now incorporates data from sales of music downloads, previously only assigned to a separate download chart. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
EMI Shortfall
AP reports: EMI Group PLC, one of the world's largest music companies, warned Monday that its full-year sales and profits will be below expectations because of the delayed release of two key albums and market weakness in the fourth quarter. Its shares fell more than 16 percent. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
MSG AllStars
Melodic Rock reports: Michael Schenker Group's new album will be titled Tales Of Rock 'N' Roll and is a celebration of 25 Years of MSG. The 18 track album features all new songs, performances and recordings. Various vocalists have been called in for the album, including Jari Tiura, Robin McAuley, Tommy Shaw, Kelly Keeling, Gary Barden, Leif Sundin and Chris Logan.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Black Crowes Fests
Reuters reports: The reunited Black Crowes have been added to the bill for the Bonnaroo festival (June 11 in Manchester, Tenn.) and New Orleans' annual Jazz and Heritage festival (April 22). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Geek Tour Dates
IAYM reports: The schedule looks to be shaping up for the forthcoming 2005 installment of the "Ipecac Geek Tour", which as previously reported will feature Fantômas, The Locust and Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant. Currently confirmed dates are as follows: 

March 31st Phoenix, Arizona Old Brickhouse Grille 
April 03rd Dallas, Texas Tree's 
April 04th Austin, Texas Emo's 
April 05th New Orleans, Louisiana House Of Blues (sans The Locust) 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Metal Church Nix Tour
Raise Your Fist reports: Metal Church Cancelled! Shortly after the annoucement that Metal Church would play on Raise Your Fist Festival, the band had the guts to cancel their tour for the third time. Reason: Unknown!!! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Linkin, Blink Relief
NME reports: On February 18, Linkin Park, Jay-Z, No Doubt and Blink-182 will come together to play Music for Relief's Concert for South Asia. All proceeds from the show benefit Music For Relief, the charity Linkin Park helped establish to provide aid to tsunami victims. The concert, which takes place at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, also stars Ozzy Osbourne, Jurassic 5 and Story of the Year. Organizers hope to raise $1 million from the event. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
3 Doors Mudd
Totalrock reports: 3 Doors Down have replaced recently departed drummer Danil Adair with Puddle Of Mudd's Greg Upchurch. Adair quit the band to pursue other projects. He's being linkd with the vacancy in Nickelback, following Ryan Vikedal's exit. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Slash Grammy Director
Totalrock reports: Slash has been made the Musical Director for a special verison of the Beatles' 'Across The Universe, which is to be performed by all-star cast at the Grammy Awards on February 13. Among those participating are Velvet Revolver, Bono of U2, Stevie Wonder and Brian Wilson.[see full story for info on how you can get the song]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on Nightwish, Lacuna Coil Enter 'The Cave', Seps' Inferno, In Flames Win Award, Top Names Grab Juno Nominations, Priest Song Available For Download, Black Label Tour and more click here to check it out

U2 Get Snow Patrol
NME reports: SNOW PATROL have confirmed they are to support U2. 

The band, who have spent the last few weeks working on songs for the follow-up to ‘Final Straw', have confirmed they will play with the Irish rockers [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Stretch Arm Strong Signs To Warner Bros 
Punkbands reports: Columbia alternative weekly paper the Free Times is reporting that Stretch Arm Strong has signed to Warner Bros. Records. The article reports that Trustkill, Ferret Music, Epic and Warner Brothers had all taken an interest in the band once they fulfilled their obligations with Solid State/Tooth & Nail, which released the three full lengths Rituals of Life (1999), A Revolution Transmission (2001) and Engage (2003).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
The Black Dahlia Delay
The PRP reports: While The Black Dahlia Murder are now seven songs into the writing process for their upcoming new album "Miasma", the re-release of their "A Cold Blooded Epitaph" has seen some snags and as such has been delayed for the foreseeable future. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Lamb Of God DualDisc
The PRP reports: Lamb Of God will be issuing a DualDisc edition of their latest album "Ashes Of The Wake" through Epic on March 22nd. Aside from having the album itself presented in LPCM Stereo on the DVD side of the outing, video footage is also set to be included as bonus extras:[see full story for a list of videos plus news about another reissue]- Click Here for the Full Story 
It Was 41 Years Ago Today…
Day in Rock reports: So you are here to read about today in rock. But what about what happened on this day in music in the past? If you are itching to find out what happened on this very day in rock history, then you only need to click the full story link to find out! Being the nice guys that we are here at the Day in Rock, we'll post a couple but if you want to the full list you gotta click the link.

 1970, Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Led Zeppelin II'. Featuring the US single 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to stay on the chart for 138 weeks and sold over 6 million copies in the US.

 1964, Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Salem Plan April Release
press release reports: Salem is currently in the recording studio, putting the final touches to their up and coming release "No Strings Attached", scheduled to be out this coming April through a local distributor in Israel,The End Records in North America and Raven Music for the rest of the world. "No Strings Attached" contains 11 songs from the band's past repertoire and one brand new song, all re-arranged to be played with one of the most respected all-girl Srting Quartets in the country.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Ian Hunter Symphony
press release reports: Former Mott the Hoople vocalist and guitarist Ian Hunter recently announced the beginnings of a US Tour that includes performances at the preeminent music industry convention South by Southwest, as well as a special appearance in New York with a string section that will replicate the sound of his new album, Strings Attached. Recorded in January 2002 in Oslo, Norway, Hunter enlisted a full symphony orchestra to accompany him on new arrangements of his most classic hit songs for the live DVD and double CD set. Strings Attached will be released on March 8 on Sanctuary Records.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Oasis US Dates
press release reports: To coincide with the release of their long awaited new album this summer, Oasis will be playing a limited number of very special live shows in the United States including some of their biggest shows to date. Special guest on all shows will be Jet. These shows will be the band's first performances in America since the summer of 2002. Tickets for all shows go on sale Saturday, February 12th. 

Oasis with special guest Jet will be playing the following venues: 

Saturday June 18- Detroit- Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Monday June 20- Chicago- UIC Pavilion
Wednesday June 22- NYC- Madison Square Garden
Saturday June 25- Philadelphia- Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing 

[see full story for extended info on these dates including ticket info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Robert Plant Finds Sanctuary 
press release reports: Robert Plant and Strange Sensation are pleased to confirm that they have signed a major record deal with Sanctuary Records and their eagerly anticipated new album, Mighty Rearranger, will be released May 3, 2005. 

"Myself and the band have received great encouragement from Sanctuary Records. We have made a very committed and powerful record and feel that Sanctuary's representation can be a great help to us in pushing these songs out into the great big music machine". Robert Plant Mighty Rearranger finds Robert working again with his band ‘Strange Sensation' who were so vital to his 2002 critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated ‘Dreamland' album. The new album follows his definitive solo retrospective, ‘Anthology' released in 2003 on Mercury Records and is an electrifying tour de force.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Peter Himmelman Sets March Release
press release reports: Peter Himmelman, of whom USA Today called, "one of rock's most wildly imaginative performers." has completed work on his forthcoming album Imperfect World. The album will hit the streets on March 29 on Majestic Recordings (MRI), distributed by Navarre. 

The self-produced album, recorded at Himmelman's Chelsea Studios just outside of Los Angeles, features such guests as drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello & the Attractions), bassist Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Beck, Ryan Adams), Jeff Young (Jackson Browne, Donald Fagan, Sting) on Hammond B3. and Willie Aron (Victoria Williams, Balancing Act) on backing vocals. The record's hard-edged electric guitar work -- which was played entirely by Himmelman, will come as surprise only to those who think of him as an acoustic player. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Fall Out Boy Spring Tours
Day in Rock reports: Fall Out Boy will be hitting the road next month for "THE FBR & FRIENDS TOUR" / (March 10 - May 3rd)

 (with Midtown, The Academy Is, Gym Class Heroes on most dates)

 3/10 "Water Street Music Hall-Outdoor" / Rochester, NY
3/11 "Newport Music Hall" / Columbus, OH 
3/12 "Clutch Cargo's" / Pontiac, MI 
3/13 "The Intersection" / Grand Rapids, MI
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Slapp of the Day: Lindsay Lohan
[The following is an opinion column. If you only came here for news or are easily offended by other people's opinions, then you can skip this] I think I'm gonna sprain my wrist today with all the slapping I have to do. If anyone has even been ubber slapp-worthy it 'tis little miss Lindsay "OH MY GAWD, like, um, like, you know, okay!" Lohan. Not to say that she could take up scuba diving by attaching air-hoses from her ears to a mouth piece, she may be a rocket scientist for all I know, but what I do know is this girl just keeps on irritating me. 

Slappable offense number one: What's with all the bad Disney remakes? Did we really need a new "Freaky Friday"? Isn't this like the 15th time they remade that movie? And sorry Lindsay but you are no Jodi Foster. I hear tell that the geniuses over at Disney are using their latest Hayley Mills clone to remake the "Love Bug". Someone please tell me who let the acid freaks out at Disney again. The fricken "Love Bug"? If ever a movie was just asking to be buried in the graveyard of cinematic shame it is this classic piece of dross. Lindsay honey, you need to stick to new bad rip off of a dozen other films like "Mean Girls," instead of these bad Disney remakes. 

[Scott isn't done slapping yet, click the full story link to read the rest of today's Slapp] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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