Day In Rock 2/9: Rock Hall Vs Jews- Dobbie Brother Dies- Gay Bashing Ban- Billy Joel Hospitalized- Holy Jack White?- As I Lay Dying- Kravitz Tour- Elton Airlines- Meshuggah- Green Day- Download- Avril- Vinnie Paul To Play with Anthrax?- Priest In Flames- Audioslave- SOAD- Slipknot- Stage Dive Felony- Motley Hit- Great White Do Larry King- Franz Still Poor- Scissor Sisters for V Fest- more
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Rock Hall Vs Jews
Reuters reports: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is all shook up -- or as they might say in Yiddish, all "verklempt" (upset) -- over the name for a virtual museum celebrating the Jewish contribution to rock music. 

The Cleveland-based museum has asked a federal judge to stop two journalists and a radio company executive from putting up a Web site called the Jewish Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying the site will infringe on the original's trademark name and that the public would confuse the two. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Dobbie Brother Dies
AP reports: Keith Knudsen, the longtime Doobie Brothers drummer who was part of the band during a string of hits that included "Taking it to the Streets" and "Black Water," died of pneumonia Tuesday. He was 56. 

Knudsen had been hospitalized for more than a month, according to the band's longtime manager Bruce Cohn. 

Knudsen began drumming in eighth grade and joined the Doobie Brothers in 1974. "After a week's rehearsal, I went on the road with the band," Knudsen said in his biography on the band's Web site. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Gay Bashing Ban
BBC reports: The reggae industry is to refuse to release or stage concerts featuring homophobic songs under a global deal struck with gay rights groups. 

...The Stop Murder Music coalition has reached a verbal agreement with major dancehall reggae record labels and concert promoters covering eight of the scene's biggest stars. 

...The record companies have pledged not to release or re-release any offensive songs - many of which date back a number of years. And it is believed promoters will make stars agree not to perform such tunes on stage. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Billy Joel Hospitalized
E! Online reports: Billy Joel has checked himself into an undisclosed New York hospital after suffering severe stomach pains. 

Joel had been complaining about the cramps for the longest time and, according to the singer-songwriter's publicist, Claire Mercuri, is now undergoing a battery of tests at a medical center on Long Island. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Holy Jack White?
AP reports: Jack White of the White Stripes nearly traded in his trademark red and white outfits for a priest's robe and collar. 

As a young teen, the 29-year-old rocker was nearly on the road to divinity school when an amplifier changed his mind. 

"I'd got accepted to the seminary in Wisconsin and I was going to become a priest, but at the last second I thought, `I'll just go to public school,'" White said in an interview to air on "60 Minutes Wednesday." "I had just gotten a new amplifier in my bedroom and I didn't think I was allowed to take it with me." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

As I Lay Dying in June?
IAYM reports: As I Lay Dying are said to be eyeing a June 14th release date through Metal Blade for their next effort. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Kravitz Tour
liveDaily reports: Lenny Kravitz, who last year canceled a planned fall tour, is now set to hit stages in North America during a spring outing.

 Dubbed "Electric Church: One Night Only!," Kravitz's outing comprises stops at theaters in 27 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The run kicks off April 5 in Dallas, and dates stretch into late May. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hear and Now Benefit
liveDaily reports: Jackson Browne, Collective Soul and Michael McDonald are among the artists who will perform at "Hear and Now," a concert to benefit victims of the recent La Conchita landslide in California. The show is set for Feb. 12 at Santa Barbara's Arlington Theater. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Elton Airlines
liveDaily reports: Elton John's painted mug will appear on the outside 20 AirTran Airways jets beginning this week to promote the airline's launch of XM Satellite Radio in each seat.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Five nominees to perform together at Grammy ceremony, Linkin Park, Jay-Z, No Doubt, others to perform at tsunami benefit, Britney Spears sues tour insurers for nearly $10 million, Minutemen documentary to premiere in band's hometown and more click here to check it out

Meshuggah Complete Catch 33
siN's metal news reports: MESHUGGAH have finished mixing and mastering their new album, "Catch 33", for a European May 17th release, and US May 31st release. The follow-up to 2002's "Nothing" is being described as one continuous 47-minute song divided into 13 parts and is said to be "musically the opposite" of the group's 2004 EP, "I". - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's metal news also has news on Seemless - A Packed February - Headbangers Ball Hosts, WAAF Co-Hosts, and More! , Cryptopsy - "2005 Will Be a Big Year For Us", Keeping Distance - Inks Deal with Iron Summit Records, Galy Records - Compilation Show - Set for June and more click here to check it out

Big Green Day Finale
NME reports: GREEN DAY rounded off their batch of LONDON shows last night (February 7) in spectacular fashion by playing their latest album, ‘AMERICAN IDIOT', in its entirety. 

The final date of four London shows – beginning with two nights at the Brixton Academy and ending at the Hammersmith Apollo – the Bay Area trio finally did what they'd been threatening to do since before the record's release and played an hour's worth of new songs, in order. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Big Names For Download
NME reports: FEEDER, BLACK SABBATH, and SYSTEM OF A DOWN are now confirmed as the headliners for this year's DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL. 

Download Festival are making their 2005 event bigger than ever, adding a third day to this year's bash, which starts on June 10. Garbage, Velvet Revolver, HIM, Slipknot and Billy Idol are also playing. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Avril Leads Junos
MTV reports: With five nominations, including Artist of the Year, Avril Lavigne leads this year's pack of nominees for the Juno Awards, Canada's answer to the Grammys. Jazz songstress Diana Krall follows with four nods, while rapper k-os, Shania Twain, Simple Plan and Billy Talent all got three nominations. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Vinnie Paul To Play with Anthrax?
MTV reports: Vinnie Paul may even return to the stage to play with Anthrax at a February 23 benefit in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says he and Paul recently talked about the possibility, and that the drummer has an open invitation to play with the band.[see full story for an extensive article on Vinnie Paul]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Priest In Flames
The PRP reports: In Flames have been tapped to support Judas Priest overseas on the following dates: 
February 23rd Copenhagen, DEN - Valby Hallen
February 25th Karlstad, SWE - Lofbergs Lila Arena
February 26th Stockholm, SWE - Stockholm Globe Arena
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Audioslave UK
The PRP reports: Audioslave have scheduled a few overseas dates, they are as follows: June 20th London, UK - Brixton Carling Academy June 21st London, UK - Brixton Carling Academy June 24th Manchester, UK - MEN Arena [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
SOAD Single
The PRP reports: System Of A Down are said to be eyeing the track "B.Y.O.B." as the first single from their upcoming new album "Mezmerize". The track is slated to impact at radio in early March[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Slipknot Conan, Tour Update
antiMusic reports: More dates are coming in as Slipknot prepares to hit the road on March 4th to embark on The Subliminal Verses Tour. The arena outing will also feature metal heavy hitters Lamb of God and Shadows Fall as well as a variety of support acts (see tour listings below). 

Fuse has signed on a sponsor for the tour and you can expect some heavy coverage of the outing on the cable music channel. According to Roadrunner Records, Slipknot will appear on Fuse's Daily Download on March 1st and the channel plans to air a tour special in early April on Uranium. Fuse will document the first three stops of the tour for the special. 

Slipknot have also just confirmed an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on March 1st. [see full story for dates and the long list of support acts]- Click Here for the Full Story 

TSTOOL Land Major Gigs
antiMusic reports: Swedish rockers The Soundtrack of Our Lives have lined up some impressive gigs for their North American tour in support of their forthcoming album "Origin Volume 1," which is set for release on March 15th. 

The critically acclaimed band's tour plans include shows with Robert Plant, the recently reunited Black Crowes, the Kings of Leon and a set at the SxSW music conference in Texas. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Doherty Released From Jail
antiMusic reports: Former Libertines frontman Pete Doherty was released from jail on Tuesday after his record label posted bail on his behalf. Doherty spent four nights in jail after he was arrested last week on charges of robbery and blackmail. Doherty was given an conditional release which specifies a curfue, the release of his passport, but allows the troubled rocker to seek drug treatment. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Jacko Trial Delayed
antiMusic reports: The Michael Jackson child molestation trial has been delayed a week by Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville who called for the postponement of the proceedings due to the death of the sister of Jackson's lead attorney, Thomas Meserau, Jr. Jury selection for the trial began last week. Jury selection will resume on February 14th. The judge warned the prospective jurors to avoid all news coverage about the trial. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Stage Dive Felony
Blabbermouth reports: The Associated Press is reporting that a man charged with injuring two women when he dived off the stage at a heavy metal concert said he never realized someone in the crowd could be hurt. 

Joseph Seink wept Monday (Feb. 7) while testifying in his trial on two counts of felonious assault. Authorities say two 28-year-old Cleveland women each suffered a cracked neck vertebra but no serious spinal damage when the 195-pound Seink landed on them last June 4 at Scene Pavilion downtown. 

"The last thing I wanted was to hurt anybody," Seink testified during his one-day trial in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. 

He could be sentenced to two to eight years in prison if convicted of both charges, said Jamie Dalton, a spokeswoman for the county prosecutor's office.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Motley Hit
Blabbermouth reports: Hits Daily Double is projecting a first-week sales number of 91,983 and a No. 6 slot on next week's The Billboard 200 chart for MÖTLEY CRÜE's two-CD "greatest hits" collection, "Red, White & Crüe". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Great White Do Larry King
Blabbermouth reports: Jack Russell (vocals) and Mark Kendall (guitar) of GREAT WHITE will be the featured guests on CNN's "Larry King Live" airing on Wednesday, February 9 beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on DANZIG: 'Il Demonio Nera' DVD Details Revealed, BLOODCUM: New Show Announced, NIGHTWISH: Rescheduled New York Date Announced, CRADLE OF FILTH Drummer Launches Web Site, AUSTRALIAN HEAVY METAL MUSIC AWARDS Winners Announced and more click here to check it out

Franz Still Poor
Contactmusic reports: Scots rockers FRANZ FERDINAND may be the toast of the British music industry, but the group are still waiting to become millionaires. 

However despite their huge success, frontman ALEX KAPRANOS admits he is still driving his 22-year-old car as they wait for their royalties to roll in. 

He says, "People assume we're these really rich guys. But it takes a long time for royalties and payments to come through the system and we haven't seen much profit yet. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Scissor Sisters for V Fest
BBC reports: New York pop group Scissor Sisters are set to headline the tenth annual V Festival in August. The gig will be held at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire over the weekend of the 20 and 21 August. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
This Day in Music
This Day in Music reports: 1981, R.E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included 'Gardening At Night', 'Radio Free Europe' and '(Don't Go Back To) Rockville.' 

1973, Max Yasgur the owner of the Woodstock farm where the 1969 festival was held died of a heart attack aged 53. 

Selected Birthdays: 1977 Dave 'Phoenix' Ferrel (Linkin Park)- 1961 Vince Neil (Motley Crue)

 Check out the full story link for more birthdays and to find out what else happened on This Day in Music. - Click Here for the Full Story 

The Academy Is CD/Tour News
press release reports: Fresh from a US nationwide tour with Something Corporate and Straylight Run, Chicago band The Academy Is are set to release their debut album Almost Here on Fueled By Ramen Records February 8. Produced by James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever, Underoath), Almost Here is an impressive debut: a smart, honest record with infectious melodies and sing-a-long choruses. Alternative Press called it 'perhaps the single most promising and tuneful album you'll hear all years' and Absolutepunk.net declares The Academy Is 'may very well be one of the breakout artists of 2005.' 

To support Almost Here, the young Chicago band will head out on the Fueled By Ramen tour. The two-month string of dates, which also includes Fall Out Boy, Midtown, Silverstein and Gym Class Heroes, kicks off March 10 in Rochester, New York. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Slapp of the Day: The L Word
[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 promised that I wouldn't restrict my slapps to just music, so today I am gonna slapp a cable network. Why not? Fox felt all alone with the last slapp action and Showtime just earned my Academy of Slapp Science Slappworthy Achievement Award. First they cancel one of the best Sci-Fi series on television (a show called Odyssey 5) but just today I learned they killed the best show to ever grace their airwaves, "Dead Like Me". A show that almost had it all; wit, sarcasm, offensive language, cute actresses, fun storylines and it wasn't like every other goddamn show on TV! The critics actually got it right for once and heaped praise on the show. So what did Showtime do? They cancelled it. Why? Because they forgot the most important element in any successful TV show in this day and age… Lesbians. 

[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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