Day In Rock 2/18: Britney Vs US- G Unit Gang Shootings- Misfits Reunion- Satanism 101- Plant Date- Iommi/Hughes Tour- Mieszko Talarczyk RIP- My Ruin Lose 2- Franz Win NME- George Michael Retiring- Usher Movie- Spector Trial Set- Joplin Film Off- Platinum Mouse- Ex-KISS Tour- Testament Reunion- Gov Kills Anthrax Show- Deftones- Tori Amos- Cake- Ataris Add Members- more
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Britney Vs US
MuchMusic reports: When US Weekly printed Britney's honeymoon pics this week without authorization, Britney Spears lashed out. "Other magazines, including the Star, contacted us when presented with these photographs and refused to publish them," Britney said in a statement. "Kevin and I thank those other magazines for respecting our rights of privacy."- Click Here for the Full Story 
G-Unit Gang Shootings
Sohh reports: Homicides detectives are investigating a series of recent shootings that they suspect were committed by a new Tulsa, Oklahoma street gang dubbed The G-Unit. 

According to News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright, The G-Unit is named after 50 Cent's Rap crew and record label of the same name. Tulsa police says the local G-Unit is modeling themselves after the Queens rapper's gangsta image and is leading to waves of violence. Police also suspects the G-Unit to have been involved in six recent shootings. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Mieszko Talarczyk RIP
Punkbands.com reports: Nasum singer and guitarist, Mieszko Talarczyk, who has been missing since the Tsunami Disaster 26th of December 2004, has now been identified and confirmed dead.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Satanism 101
Blabbermouth reports: Worried about ritual killings in Italy by sect members that belonged to a heavy metal band called BEASTS OF SATAN, a Vatican-recognized university has launched a course to help priests and seminarians understand what makes people turn to the occult, according to the Associated Press. The class is billed as the first of its kind, with wide-ranging instruction by exorcists, psychologists and a police criminologist. One of the victims of the ritual killings was a 19-year-old stabbed to death in 1998. She may have been targeted because her killers believed she was a personification of the Virgin Mary, prosecutors allege. Another victim was shot last year and buried alive. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Misfits Reunion
Blabbermouth reports: Glenn Danzig will be joined by his former MISFITS bandmate Doyle for a special 30-minute set of MISFITS classics at two DANZIG East Coast shows in early March, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. The dates are as follows: 

Mar. 01 New York, NY @ Spirit Performance Center
Mar. 02 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Plant Date
Blabbermouth reports: Sanctuary Records has set a May 3 North American release date for the new solo album from former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant. Credited to Plant and his current band the STRANGE SENSATION, "Mighty Rearranger" is his first studio work since 2002's "Dreamland".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Blabbermouth reports: According to TotalRock.com, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION have set "13 Acres" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in June via Sanctuary Records. The follow-up to last year's "Here Come the Brides" is being recorded at a ranch in Malibu with producer Andy Johns, who has previously worked with BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION guitarist Tracii Guns on the L.A. GUNS "Waking the Dead" album (which Guns has referred to as "my favorite L.A. GUNS record."). 

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION will have a camera crew filming them for the next two months of writing and recording, although it's presently unclear if the resultant footage will be released in conjunction with the upcoming album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on LORD BELIAL To Headline Finland's JALOMETALLI Festival, MACABRE, POWERWOLF Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival, UNLEASHED, PRIMORDIAL Confirmed For Germany's UP FROM THE GROUND Festival, GRAVE DIGGER, REMINDER Confirmed For Germany's ROCKHARZ OPEN AIR Festival, MINISTRY Songs Featured In Award-Winning Documentary and more click here to check it out

Iommi/Hughes Tour
Totalrock reports: Glenn Hughes has confirmed to TotalRock that he and Tony Iommi are to tour later this year. The pair are currently working on a new, as yet untitled album[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
My Ruin Lose 2
Totalrock reports: My Ruin have parted with drummer Yael and bassist Johnny Chow. The band have actually now finished recording new album 'Brutal Language Of Being In Love', but are said to be re-recording both the drum and bass parts.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Franz Win NME
ananova reports: Franz Ferdinand have won two gongs at this year's NME Awards. 

The band won the best album award for their self-titled debut album and best track for Take Me Out reports BBC online. 

The Libertines were named best British band, but ex-frontman Pete Doherty did not attend the ceremony. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

George Michael Retiring
BBC reports: Singer George Michael has said that a new film about his life is the start of a retirement from public view. The pop star said it would be a much more "behind the scenes affair", and called his own genre of music "dead". 

The film, A Different Story, chronicles Michael's life and career from the 1980s and his personal struggles. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Usher Movie
Reuters reports: Usher's mini-movie, "Rhythm City Volume 1: Caught Up," will screen at 44 Regal Entertainment Group theaters Monday (Feb. 21). 

The 20-minute film incorporates the R&B artist's tracks "Seduction," "Caught Up," "Red Light" and "Take Your Hand." Usher also will sit for a live interview conducted by Lionel Richie and answer questions from fans in the audience. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Spector Trial Set
E! Online reports: Wall of Sound man Phil Spector is finally going to face the music. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame music producer will face trial Sept. 16 for the shooting death of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson, a Los Angeles judge announced Thursday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ray Support Victory
AP reports: A judge ruled that the mother of Ray Charles' teenage son will continue to receive $3,000 a month in child support, not the $15,000 she wanted, an attorney said. 

Judge Coleman A. Swart ruled, however, that 17-year-old Corey Robinson den Bok also should receive money for his education and medical expenses, said Manley Freid, attorney for the executor of Charles' estate. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Joplin Film Off
AP reports: In a Feb. 15 story about Janis Joplin, The Associated Press erroneously reported that her estate had announced plans for a film about Joplin's life starring pop singer Pink and directed by Penelope Spheeris. Estate lawyer John Pelosi says the project stalled and is no longer planned. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Ex-KISS Tour
BW&BK reports: KISS drummer Eric Singer and former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, along with former MOTLEY CRUE singer John Corabi and ALICE COOPER bassist Chuck Garrick, will be touring Europe as ESP (Eric Singer Project) in April and May. While Singer is on a tour break with KISS, and Kulick is in between tours with his current band GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, the two wanted to join forces for a tour of Europe after a handful of shows together as UNION (also with John Corabi in the band, but with Jamie Hunting on bass) last month. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Testament Reunion
BW&BK reports: According to a new press release, TESTAMENT lead vocalist, Chuck Billy, and founding guitarist, Eric Peterson have announced that original guitar player Alex Skolnick, and original bassist Greg Christian, and previous Testament drummer alumnist Johnny Tempesta, are joining them for a Reunion Tour in Europe, May 7 to May 15 ONLY. The tour will last for 9 shows only. Each of the other three musicians have other bands, projects, and recordings coming out, but they have all agreed to join forces with Chuck and Eric to blow out this limited reunion tour in May.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Gov Kills Anthrax Show
BW&BK reports: ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following update at the band's official website: 

"Comrades, The Argentine and Colombian governments have made it impossible for us to come to play for you. Because of the nightclub fire in Buenos Aires, the gov't has put a moratorium on shows. The Colombian gov't would not issue visas. We are bummed that we can't bring the metal for all you maniacs to enjoy. The Bogota show is being moved to Lima Peru. Hopefully these obstructions won't be in the way next time we come down to South America. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on STEVE VAI - A Look Behind The 'Firewall', TESLA Invite Fans To Vote For Acoustic Tour Set List, CRYPTIC WINTERMOON - New Album Complete, Track List Revealed, LORDS OF DECADENCE - New Album Due In March, Audio Samples Online, FOR MY PAIN... Confirm Festival Date and more click here to check it out

Deftones Title
IAYM reports: According to a recent magazine article located by fan-site www.deftonesworld.com, the Deftones are tentatively eyeing "Saturday Night Wrist" as the title to their forthcoming new album, expected out through Maverick later this year. [see full story for more including a tour rumor]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Tori Theatre Tour
liveDaily reports: Singer/songwriter Tori Amos is set to support her forthcoming ninth album, "The Beekeeper," with a month-long, 14-city tour that opens April 1.

 The trek, dub the "Original Sinsuality" tour, will feature Amos alone, playing piano and a Hammond B3 organ without a backing band. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Cake Virgin Tour
liveDaily reports: Up-and-coming New York-based quartet Robbers on High Street will join headliners Cake and the U.K.'s Gomez on the main stage of this year's Virgin College Mega Tour.

The 20-city tour will visit college markets, and will feature "a daytime village on campuses that will include an emerging artist stage, karaoke booth, contest giveaways and the latest games, new product demonstrations and gadgets for the college market," according to a press release. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on AC/DC turns on the juice for new DVD anthology, Mudvayne finishes one round of shows, plots another, Collective Soul strings together more concerts, liveDaily Interview: Alison 'VV' Mosshart of The Kills, Briefly: 3 Doors Down, Kid Rock, Dio, Destiny's Child and more click here to check it out

Ataris Recording, Add Members
Punkbands.com reports: Singer/guitarist Kris Roe of the Ataris has posted an update on the band's website in regards to the band's forthcoming followup to 2003's So Long, Astoria. The band will begin a 2-month recording session next week with producer Nick Launay (Silverchair, Nick Cave, P.I.L.) for fifteen songs for Welcome The Night. Also, the band is now a seven piece, officially adding Bob Hoag of the Go Reflex on keys, Angus Cooke of Bad Astronaut, and a thus far unnamed third guitarist [see full story for more on the new CD... hint there is a concept to it]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Animosity Deal
The PRP reports: Animosity have inked a deal with Black Market Activities and will be entering the studio to begin recording their new album entitled "Empires" for the label shortly. A release later this year is expected.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Morrissey Live CD and DVD 
antiMusic reports: Morrissey is releasing a live DVD and CD

 The DVD, Who Put the "M" in Manchester? (Attack/Sanctuary Visual Entertainment), was filmed May 22, 2004 shortly after the release of You Are the Quarry at his now legendary homecoming/birthday show in Manchester, England. The DVD showcases not only the album, but includes both Morrissey and Smiths classics. The concert was filmed by Bucky Fukumoto from A/V Club, who also directed Morrissey's three music videos for this album, all of which are included as DVD extras. 

The CD, Live at Earls Court, captures the end of the tour and was recorded over the final 5 sold out dates in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Brighton and Dublin this past December. The CD will have a different track listing from the DVD and will also include additional never before performed b-sides as well as rarely performed Morrissey and Smiths classics. [see full story for more, including tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Eagles Box Coming in March 
antiMusic reports: The Eagles' original vinyl Asylum Records catalog, including each of the chart-topping albums the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers released between 1972 and 1980, will be released as the EAGLES BOX, a limited-edition, nine-disc set including the debut of their "Please Come Home For Christmas/Funky New Year" single on CD. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Mudvayne Tour 
antiMusic reports: As they gear up for the April 12th release of highly anticipated new album LOST AND FOUND, Epic recording artists MUDVAYNE have announced plans for a seven-week headlining tour that begins March 29th at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also appearing on the bill will be openers Life of Agony, American Head Charge and bloodsimple. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Unheard Finishes Mixing Their Debut L.P.
press release reports: UNHEARD, the new band featuring former Atheist/Neurotica vocalist Kelly Shaefer have just completed work on their debut record @ Southern Sound Studios in Florida entitled "On my way to the sun" the album was produced by Kelly Shaefer and Unheard, and mixed by Doug Kaye it will be released on Starrfactory Records this spring through the bands website, while distribution is sorted out. The guitars are just f***ing nasty, and in your face says shaefer, the music is just huge!! The vocals are like no one I have ever heard, Callahan did an amazing job says Shaefer of his new singer. I would not have stepped off the mic to guitar if he was not the s***! The title track can be heard for a limited time at www.isound.com/unheard The band features Shaefer on Guitar/Backup vocals along with former "Burial" vocalist "Callahan", filled out by "Donny Jaurols-Guitar M.Fiscina-bass, and Mike Brissete-drums [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Linkin Park Guests on Z-Trip Debut
press release reports: He's remixed artists as diverse as Beastie Boys, Jane's Addiction, Linkin Park, Divine Styler, Butthole Surfers and Del Tha Funky Homosapien. He's rocked both Bonnaroo and Coachella and opened for The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park. He's been covered in the pages of Vice, XLR8R and URB, was featured in the acclaimed documentary Scratch and has been called the progenitor of the modern "mash-up." He's a veteran DJ and producer who's traveled the globe spinning for both packed-house clubs and arena-sized crowds. He's the artist Spin called one of the ten best turntablists in the world. 

We're talking, of course, about acclaimed DJ Z-Trip. On April 26th, Hollywood Records will release his highly anticipated major label debut, SHIFTING GEARS.SHIFTING GEARS features a plethora of guest-stars, including Public Enemy's Chuck D ("Shock & Awe"), Soup of Jurassic 5 ("Listen To The DJ"), Chester Bennington ("Walking Dead"), and Whipper Whip ("All About The Music"), among others. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bloc Party in March
press release reports: Bloc Party's first full length album, "Silent Alarm" out on Vice Records will be out March 22. Their album was just released in the UK this past Monday to amazing reviews and record sales. They will be touring in support of this release, the first few dates are below. See full story for more dates

 Mon. March 21 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Tue. March 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Wed. March 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
- Click Here for the Full Story 

PINE*am Debut
press release reports: Hailing from Osaka, Japan PINE*am is gearing up for their U.S. debut this spring with the release of "Pull The Rabbit Ears" on May 31 (Eenie Meenie Records). "Pull The Rabbit Ears" is a dusting of pop smarts and art-school invention blending machinated drum loops, synthesized swirls, rip-roaring guitars, back-bone bass, and three-part harmonies creating a musical cocktail that effortlessly sways between rock and electronica.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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