Day In Rock 2/16: p.diddy sued- Foo Zeppelin- Suge House Arrest- KISS Shooter Sentenced- Anthrax Lose Bush?- Maiden For Ozzfest- Lohan Barbie- Sabbath #1- Engineer Sues Over Ray Credit- PM5K- Opeth- Jerry Lee Allstars- Hagar Solo Tour- Hanoi Vs Motley- My Dying Bride- Russian Napster Succeeds- QOTSA Reunion- Skindred Get Warped- Sevendust Hire Snot Guitarist- Finch- Pennywise- more
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p.diddy sued
Reuters reports: Random House is suing rap impresario Sean Combs, also known as P. Diddy, for $300,000 to recover an advance payment for an autobiography that was never delivered, the publisher said on Tuesday. "Random House has seldom resorted to a legal course of action with its prospective authors who don't write the books we have contracted for, but Mr. Sean Combs has left us no choice," spokesman Tom Perry said in a statement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

First I stood in this guy's video and made money, then I sampled this guy's... 

Suge House Arrest
MTV reports: Marion "Suge" Knight's stay in state prison was a short one. Exactly one week after Tha Row CEO entered the California Institution for Men in the city of Chino, he was picked up by his family and returned to his Beverly Hills, California, home, where he will serve out the remainder of his parole under 24/7 monitoring by the California Department of Corrections. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Cat Beats Tabloids
MTV reports: Two U.K. newspapers, the Sunday Times and The Sun, have agreed to pay Yusuf Islam (the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens) "substantial damages," after both alleged that Islam supported terrorism. According to a post on his Web site, in addition to paying damages, both newspapers also published apologies, stating that "Mr. Islam is not, and never has been, involved in or supported terrorism." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Lil Jon's Not Worried That You'll Get Tired Of Crunk, Michael Jackson, Suffering From Flu, Rushed To Hospital, Book Publisher Suing P. Diddy For Failing To Deliver Autobiography, 'Rock Star Sexy': Watching Eve Get Dressed For The Grammys and more click here to check it out

Foo Zeppelin
BW&BK reports: According to an excerpt of Grammy Awards article in Canada's Edmonton Sun (www.canoe.ca), LED ZEPPELIN bassist JOHN PAUL JONES will appear on the upcoming FOO FIGHTERS album, due in stores on June 8th. 

The excerpt from the article reads: Dave Grohl is psyched that Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones is playing on the new Foo Fighters album that's due for release June 8. 

"We have a few guests that are playing on the record," Grohl said. "I put (Jones) on our wish list of guests and he actually responded and said that he would do it. And so I talked to him on the phone. Great guy. Nicest guy in the world. And then I got an e-mail the next day saying, 'Hey, if you'd like you can sit with us at our table for the lifetime achievement awards.' [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

KISS Shooter Sentenced
BW&BK reports: Guitarist BRUCE KULICK (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, ex-KISS) has issued the following update: ....wanted to share the news that the gunman who shot me and one other man back in Oct 2003 on Sunset Blvd got 10 years. Justice is slow, but I know alot of my fans were curious to hear what happened with the incident. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Anthrax Lose Bush?
BW&BK reports: SMNNews are reporting on a rumor that has ANTHRAX frontman John Bush leaving the band following their upcoming South American dates, scheduled to run from February 25th in Sao Paulo, Brazil through March 8th in Mexico City, Mexico.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Maiden For Ozzfest
BW&BK reports: According to Launch, IRON MAIDEN are the confirmed co-headliners with BLACK SABBATH on this year's installment of Ozzfest. The UK legends will be joined by ANTHRAX's Among The Living lineup (featuring vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarist Dan Spitz and bassist Frank Bello), with many more main stage and second stage bands to be announced soon. 

In a UK interview today Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne commented: "We've hoped to get Maiden in our tour forever, and this is the 10th year. Both of these old (English) bands will have the time of their lives rockin' America and fans will get their rocks off, too." 

All indications are that this is likely the final year for Ozzfest. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on BLOODBATH - Wacken Open Air Lineup Confirmed; Peter Tägtgren Leaves Band, AT VANCE Enlist Former HELLOWEEN Drummer, OPETH To Enter Studio March 15th, DIECAST Set The Record Straight In Regards To Salt Lake City Brawl, KATAKLYSM - 'As I Slither' Video To Be Featured On Alone In The Dark DVD and more click here to check it out

Lohan Barbie
Zap2it.com reports: Lindsay Lohan, who was inducted into popular girl clique known as the Plastics in "Mean Girls," is going plastic in real life. 

No, she hasn't signed up for surgical enhancement. Instead, the 18-year-old redhead will get the Barbie treatment with a Mattel fashion doll made to look like her, reports the AP. 

Barbie and Lindsay fans will be able to get their first glimpse of the doll at the annual American International Toy Fair, which begins Sunday, Feb. 20 in New York and runs through Wednesday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Lip synch fun pack is sold separately

Sabbath #1
BBC reports: Black Sabbath have topped a list of the best British rock albums of all time. The band once [still] fronted by Ozzy Osbourne led a poll of Kerrang! magazine readers with their 1970 self-titled debut. 

The band have three more efforts on the list, including fifth-placed Paranoid. Osbourne appears more than any other act, with two solo records featured. 

The top five includes Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden and Sex Pistols. Queen, Muse, Manic Street Preachers and The Clash complete the top 10. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Engineer Sues Over Ray Credit
Reuters reports: Just after the late Ray Charles' last studio album swept the Grammy Awards with eight honors, a studio engineer filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles claiming he was denied proper credit and shut out of those awards. In a lawsuit filed on Monday, Mark Fleming sued record label Concord Music Group and Ray Charles Enterprises, which administers the late singer's business interests, alleging breach of oral contract and negligent misrepresentation. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
PM5K Additions
Totalrock reports: Powerman 5000 have two new guitarists. They're former Alien Ant Farm man Terry Corso and Johnny Rock of Halfcocked. The new line-up is expected to start touring soon, with an album due later in 2005.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Opeth Start New Album 
Totalrock reports: Opeth are to start recording their eighth, as yet untitled album on March 15. It's expected to be produced by the band themselves, who are currently talking to various labels about a new deal. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on Megadeth Headline Sweden Rock , Life Of Agony: 'Broken' in May, P5K Unveil New Guitarists, Voodoo Glow Cancellation, Win Leppard Dinner, Introducing...Antiproduct and more click here to check it out

Jerry Lee Allstars
ArrowFM reports: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Kid Rock will pay tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis by appearing on his upcoming album. The 70 year old rocker of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" fame will put the record out this summer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Hagar Solo Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Reinstated Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar returns to the solo circuit this spring during his Mexican-themed "Cinco de Cabo" tour. 

The veteran rocker and his band, The WaboRitas, launch the outing with a three-night stand at his Cabo Wabo club in Lake Tahoe, NV; the April 29-May 1 run marks the one-year anniversary of the venue, a spin-off of the Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, nightspot that Hagar and Van Halen opened in 1989. 

A half-dozen subsequent dates are set through mid-May [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hanoi Vs Motley
Blabbermouth reports: HANOI ROCKS guitarist Andy McCoy has slammed MÖTLEY CRÜE over their account of HANOI drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley's death and CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx's heroin overdose, as published in CRÜE's best-selling band autobiography, "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band". Asked by Norway's Metal Express to comment on the book's description of the events surrounding the tragic car accident caused by MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil in 1984 that killed his passenger, HANOI drummer Razzle, McCoy said, "Bulls***, Pure lies. I was there. What happened was Razzle disappeared, and so did Vince. The rest of us were chilling out, man. And he had a wife who was seven months pregnant. After an hour or so, she started getting worried. So me and T-Bone, Tommy Lee [MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer], took his car and we went looking for him. We drove past this accident. So I was like, 'What color was the car he was driving around?' 'Hey, man, we just passed the f***ing scene of an accident with a bright red sports car all smashed up.' I saw Razzle's hat on the street, I went up, 'What the f***'s happened?' They said, 'You have to go to this and this hospital.' In the hospital, I walk in with Tommy, and I was asking about Razzle, and this doctor walks up, 'Anybody here know this guy called Razzle?' I said, 'Yeah, I do, his family.' 'Sorry, your friend has passed away.' I thought he might have a broken leg or something. I had to call the band, and you don't tell this kind of news over the telephone. I asked them to come to the hospital. And it was a pretty sad scene altogether."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Metal Drummer Attacked
Blabbermouth reports: Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have issued the following statement regarding the incident over the weekend that resulted in Emil suffering a broken arm and unable to embark on MARDUK's previously announced European tour: 

"On Saturday night [February] 12th, our drummer Emil and a close friend to the band was attacked by a group of five immigrants. Emil was trying to protect this friend of ours when a dude with a baseball bat suddenly attacked him. When trying to defend himself from the severe beating he broke his left arm. Emil's friend got seriously maltreated and is now hospitalised. Emil is now in plaster and he's unable to play the drums for some months.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rhoads Crash Revisited
Blabbermouth reports: A single-engine plane trying to land at the private airstrip where OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Randy Rhoads died in 1982 crashed into a fence Monday, killing the pilot and a passenger, according to the Associated Press. Two other passengers were injured. 

The Beechcraft Bonanza stopped 200 feet short of the runway at Flying Baron Estates just outside Leesburg, said Sgt. Christie Mysinger of the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Leesburg is about 35 miles northwest of Orlando. 

The pilot was identified as Bryan Uridel, 41, of Fruitland Park. The name of the other victim was not released pending notification of relatives. In 1982, Randy Rhoads, the lead guitarist for rock star OZZY OSBOURNE, and two others were killed at Flying Baron Estates when their small plane struck Osbourne's tour bus, then crashed into a mansion. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

My Dying Bride DVD
Blabbermouth reports: Britain's MY DYING BRIDE are putting the finishing touches on their second DVD, "Sinamorata", tentatively due in April. 

The disc will reportedly include live footage (12 songs) shot on November 2, 2003 in Antwerpen, Belgium, as well as backstage extras, the "The Blue Lotus" video (exclusive to this DVD) directed and conceived by David Palzer, the "Prize of Beauty" promotional clip, two videos made by MY DYING BRIDE fans ("Hope the Destroyer" and "My Wine In Silence") and a photo gallery featuring fan-created artwork inspired by the band's music. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on KATAKLYSM: 'As I Slither' Video To Be Featured On 'Alone In The Dark' DVD, AC/DC Tribute Band DIRTY DEEDS INDEED To Launch Finnish Tour, LIFE OF AGONY: 'Broken Valley' To Surface In May , POWERMAN 5000 Almost Done Recording; New Lineup Revealed, DIECAST 'Set Record Straight' In Regards To Salt Lake City Brawl and more click here to check it out

Russian Napster Succeeds
tinfoil reports: Since November 2003 the web music merchant www.allofmp3.com, operated by the Russian company Media Services, has been openly selling some of the most popular western music at a fraction of the cost of widely touted American sites, such as Apple's hugely successful iTunes, Rhapsody, MusicMatch, Napster, Sony Connect. Clients can select from a wide variety of encoding options (e.g., AAC, MP3, OGG, WMA 9 Lossless, Monkey's Audio, OptimFROG and FLAC) starting at rates of 128kbps all the way to full CD (.wav files). Unlike its major competitors Allofmp3 sells the tracks by the megabyte. Beginning in January rates were doubled to USD 0.02/MB. Instead of paying USD 1.00 per track AllofMP3 users pay less than USD 0.10 and less the USD 2.00 per album. Currently the site boasts almost 30,000 albums from all genre and it all appears legal for the moment. 

The legal skinny 

How does www.allofmp3.com prevent being shut down? They do it the old fashion way: legally. There is a loophole in the Russian copyright legislation that makes services like Allofmp3 possible. Apparently this loophole cannot be closed easily. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

QOTSA Reunion
NME reports: MARK LANEGAN made a surprise appearance with the QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE last night (February 14) in MILAN. 

Despite the band announcing almost a year ago that Lanegan would "officially no longer be playing" with them, the former Screaming Trees man sang co-vocals on eight songs at the Transilvania Club. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Skindred Get Warped
The PRP reports: Skindred have been added to this years Warped Tour, an exact listing of dates is currently being put together.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Sevendust Hire Snot Guitarist
The PRP reports: Sevendust have officially recruited Sonny Mayo of Snot/Amen fame as their new guitarist. He replaces Clint Lowery, who recently exited the group.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
New Finch in June
Punkbands.com reports: Finch have named their new album: Say Hello To Sunshine. Also on the horizon is a tour starting april 15th that will take us across this country to Bamboozle in NJ then across the pond to play some UK, German, and French dates. Their new album is slated for early June 2005(tentative: June 7th)[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Pennywise Reissues
Punkbands.com reports: Pennywise will reissue four of its classic albums through Epitaph Records on March 8th 2005. The group's beloved 1991 label debut Pennywise, 1993's scorching Unknown Road, 1995's explosive, inspirational About Time, and 1997's emotional and pivotal Full Circle have all been fully re-mastered and will boast expanded artwork. [see full story for more on the reissues and a blurb on the new studio album]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Billy Idol Returns
antiMusic reports: "Enough!" said Billy Idol,"2005 is the time for an original punk rocker to show his stuff." 

After taking himself out of the music business "to regenerate, get free of myself and make an album for the right reasons," Billy Idol has completed his first album featuring new songs in over 10 years, aptly titled DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND. The CD, which may or may not be named after a location deep inside the Idol mind, is scheduled for release on March 22, 2005, and is the English rocker's first for CSP Records/Sanctuary Records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jacko Hospitalized
antiMusic reports: Michael Jackson's child molestation trial suffered another delay on Tuesday when the pop singer was taken to a hospital to be treated for the flu. The judge halted the jury selection process in Jackson's absence. 

The presiding judge in the case, Rodney Melville, told perspective jurors Tuesday that Jackson had been on his way to court but was diverted to an emergency room en route after he become ill with flu symptoms during the drive. Melville said that Jackson would be admitted to the hospital for treatment and that jury selection would resume next Tuesday (February 22). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Tiger Army Dates
press release reports: Dates have been announced for Lost City Angels' run with Tiger Army and The Unseen. Lost City Angels' new album, Broken World, hits stores on April 5th. To preview four tracks from the record, head to the new Lost City Angels media player here: http://www.staygoldrecords.com/LCA/player.html. 

March 31 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
April 1 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues 
April 2 - Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's/Neonopolis 
April 3 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre 
April 5 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hidden Hand Dates
press release reports: Southern Lord recording artists: The Hidden Hand will be hitting the road on the upcoming Mastodon/Burning Brides tour! the Hidden Hand will also be headlining a few shows on their way back home. Also of note is a show before the Mastodon tourin New York city with: OM (featuring the rhythm section from Sleep! record release show) and Unearthly Trance. 

3/19/05 KNITTING FACTORY NYC W/ OM. and Unearthly Trance 

3/23 New Orleans, LA United States House of Blues w/ Burning Brides 
3/24 Houston, TX United States Engine Room w/ Burning Brides 
3/25 Austin, TX United States Emo's w/ Burning Brides 
3/26 Dallas, TX United States Trees w/ Burning Brides[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Soilwork In March
press release reports: In just a few years, SOILWORK's success has catapulted from a diminutive, yet promising, melodic- metal band to one of the most popular and audacious bands on the circuit today. 

On March 8, 2005, they will solidify this status with the release of Stabbing The Drama through Nuclear Blast Records. 

To support the release of Stabbing The Drama, a North American tour with Hypocrisy, Mnemic and Dark Tranquillity will begin in the Spring. SOILWORK will be in good company as they once again cause thousands of fans to drop their jaws and bang their heads in 2005. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jem World Tour
press release reports: Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Jem will be supporting Gavin DeGraw on his U.S tour in April and May, it was announced today. The tour will visit college campuses along the eastern seaboard and will kick off on March 29 at Richard Stockton College in Pomona, NJ. In addition, Jem will be joining the amazing line-up at the Coachella Valley Music Festival on May 1, in Indio, CA. 

Jem set off to the U.K last week, after a stop in New York to perform on Conan O'Brien and The CBS Early Show, to celebrate the U.K. release of her debut album "Finally Woken." Jem's album will see its U.K release end of March and is already taking the U.K by storm. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

The Great Slapp Off
After ten daily slapp adventures it turns out that it was just too much slapp for people to handle. Or there was just too much slapp to go around. It's been a fun ride and I appreciate everyone that wasted precious minutes reading my ramblings, but like quality TV shows, not many people seemed to tune in for the daily slapp. I now know how those middle-aged overweight groupies must feel when Motley Crue finds their spandex and lipstick wanting and play X-box instead. The boss took pitty on me and offered to let me dig myself deeper in a hole and finish out the month in hopes that more people would become slapp-happy, but I'm taking the low road and calling it a slapp. So I wanted to say thanks to the groovy people that supported me and to those that didn't, you won't have Scott to slapp around any longer… Ha, thought you could get rid of me that easily? Think again. I'll continue my slapp action but back in a monthly installment. Think of it as mega-slapp and you'll have to wait patiently to get it each month. Until then, no slapp for you! - Click Here for the Full Story

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