Day In Rock 2/21: Hunter S. Thompson RIP- Blink-182 Break Up- FBI Vs Danzig- Nobel for Bono- Lohan's Dad Arrested- Doobies Honor Brother- Ozzfest-Beatallica- Sabbath- Slash's Top Hat Stolen- Bon Induction- CBGB's Closing?- Queensryche- Life Of Agony - Bad Religion DVD- Anthrax- Double Hagar- Wallflowers- Dylan Blasts Modern Bands- QOTSA - Napalm Death- AIC Guests- COC- more
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Hunter S. Thompson RIP
ABC News reports: Hunter S. Thompson, the acerbic counterculture writer who popularized a new form of fictional journalism in books like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," fatally shot himself Sunday night at his Aspen-area home, his son said. He was 67. 

"Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family," Juan Thompson said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Blink-182 Break Up
Digital Noise reports: Recent rumors circulating suggest that Blink-182 has decided to disband. 

The rumors were sparked when the band cancelled their appearance at the "Music For Relief" Tsunami benefit concert at the eleventh hour. 

The rumor about them disbanding appears to have been confirmed by guitarist Dave Navarro who wrote in an online posting on his own site, http://6767.com: 

"As I mentioned, Ozzy pulled out due to a family situation, but the big shock came when Blink-182 pulled out. Evidently, they broke up yesterday. I am surprised they couldn't hang in there one more day in order to do Southeast Asia a service like this, but having said that, I know how it can get when it's just not working anymore. Gee, I wonder if Travis's reality show has anything to do with it? Hmmmm. Anyway, best of luck to those guys." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

FBI Vs Danzig
Rockdirt reports: In an interview with KNAC.com, Danzig mainman Glenn Danzig alleged that then President Bill Clinton sent the FBI after him. "I guess they thought I was a threat to Bill Clinton or something," Danzig explained. "It's like, 'Go fu** yourself — come and get me. Talk to my lawyer. Let's go to court on this.'" Asked what he'd have to turn himself in for, Danzig responded, "Whatever, I don't even know. Supposedly there are supposed to be like five files on me, and two of them can only be accessed by upper echelon government officials." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Lohan's Dad Arrested
Contact Music reports: LINDSAY LOHAN's dad MICHAEL was arrested on Friday (19FEB05), and charged with driving while intoxicated, following a fiery car crash in New York. 

A car driven by 44-year-old Michael, left a road and struck a utility pole shortly after midnight in the Long Island town of Syosset, says Nassau County Police Sergeant PATRICIA SCALZO. 

Michael was the only occupant of the vehicle. He got out before it burst into flames and was not injured. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Doobies Honor Brother
AP reports: The Doobie Brothers will donate proceeds from their Doobie Red Wine to the National Veterans Foundation for the next five years in memory of late drummer Keith Knudsen. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Ozzfest Additions
Blabbermouth reports: Word has it that BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and ROB ZOMBIE have both secured slots on the 10-year-anniversary edition of Ozzfest, with Zakk Wylde's troupe slated to kick off the proceedings on the main stage. Meanwhile, ZOMBIE, MUDVAYNE and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are said to be in the mix for the smaller second stage, which is expected to feature more non-rotating slots this summer compared to the last couple of years. 

As exclusively reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on Tuesday, IRON MAIDEN are set to co-headline the entire event with BLACK SABBATH,[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Lars Supports Beatallica
Blabbermouth reports: BEATALLICA, the Internet sensation who combine the work of THE BEATLES with the sound of early METALLICA, have issued the following update regarding the recent "cease and desist" order that was sent to their Internet Service Provider courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. "If you are seeing this news update, you are now aware of the cease and desist letter sent to our ISP [Internet Service Provider] by Sony. And that is just it. The cease and desist was sent to our ISP and not BEATALLICA or BEATALLICA, L.L.C. All we can say right now, is that we are looking into the matter and we will keep you all posted. Is there a chance our ISP could pull the site? Sure there is. Does Sony want the News, Music, Lyrics, and Merch sections removed? Yes, they do. This does not affect BEATALLICA's ability to perform live shows. More on that in just a bit. "Let it be known that BEATALLICA, at this moment, is NOT getting sued by anyone in METALLICA or by any living Beatle. [BEATALLICA frontman] Jaymz actually had a conversation with Lars Ulrich since the cease and desist was sent and we're happy to say that the METALLICA camp is fully behind us and the integrity of BEATALLICA.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Sabbath Sellout
Blabbermouth reports: BLACK SABBATH's headlining concert in Oslo, Norway reportedly sold out in less than an hour after tickets went on sale Saturday morning (Feb. 19). SABBATH's original lineup — Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward — are scheduled to play at the 8,000-capacity Oslo Spektrum on Thursday, July 7. Support at the show will come from VELVET REVOLVER. The legendary heavy metal band's July 3 concert in Stockholm, Sweden also reportedly sold out in less than an hour when the tickets went on sale last Monday (Feb. 14). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Slash's Top Hat Stolen
Blabbermouth reports: Guitarist Slash's (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES) top hat that he's been wearing for the past 15 years was stolen out of the limo that took him to the Grammy Awards last Sunday (Feb. 13), informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The limo driver swears he knows nothing about it and Slash wants the hat back. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on SKID ROW Singer, F5 Among Artists Contributing To 'Waking Up Dead' Soundtrack , ELVENKING Part Ways With Guitarist, SCORCHED EARTH TACTICS: New EP Available For Free Download, MOTLEY CRUE's Fall 2005 Tour: First Date Announced, CRISIS Confirmed For France's FURY FEST, WITHIN TEMPTATION Confirmed For United Arab Emirates' DESERT ROCK FESTIVAL and more click here to check it out

Bon Induction
BW&BK reports: According to Ultimate-Guitar.com (www.ultimate-guitar.com) Simon Collins of the West Australian reports that former AC/DC singer Bon Scott will be inducted into the WA Music Industry Association's Hall Of Fame — nearly 25 years to the day after he was found dead in a car in London. 

The induction will take place next Tuesday, February 22nd, but fans will pay tribute to Scott at a special graveside service in Freemantle Cemetery on Saturday, February 19th, the anniversary of his death. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

CBGB's Closing?
BW&BK reports: The legendary downtown club that ushered in American punk rock is in danger of being priced out of its longtime haunt. 

CBGB is facing the prospect of shutting down when its lease expires in August-and its annual rent could reach nearly half a million dollars. 

For more than 30 years, CBGB has anchored the Bowery with its eclectic mix of live bands. 

When owner Hilly Kristal opened the club in 1972, rent was a mere $600 a month for the space under a Bowery flophouse. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Retro Queensryche
BW&BK reports: QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate recently spoke with The Hairball John Radio Show on several topics, including their recent Operation:

Geoff Tate: "Well on the Priest US tour we are planning on doing really old material. We're gonna kind of go back to the first few records and play around with some of that and not play anything from Mindcrime or the more modern stuff, we're gonna leave that alone." 

Hairball John Radio Show: So you are going back to ‘Lady Wore Black', ‘Walk In The Shadows', and ‘Take Hold Of The Flame? 

Geoff Tate: "Yep, kind of some old stuff, kind of returning to the beginning of the band." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

aG saw the current tour the other night and said it was mindblowing. So if you are fan, don't miss it. 

Tyler Single Again
BW&BK reports: According to the Associated Press, AEROSMITH lead singer Steven Tyler and his wife of 17 years, Teresa, are separating, the singer announced Sunday. Tyler, 56, asked the public to respect his family's privacy in a statement released through the band's publicist Mitch Schneider.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on KIM MITCHELL Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival, ZAKK WYLDE Pens Material With THEORY OF A DEADMAN, February 20 - 26: THIS WEEK IN..., February 20 - 26: THIS DAY IN..., Brave Birthday Wishes Go Out To The Following This Week..., Rock Fest 2005 Lineup Expands and more click here to check it out

Stars Donate Auction Items To Station Fund
MTV reports: Eminem, Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews, Sting and a host of other artists have donated signed items to an auction benefiting the Station Family Fund, the organization founded to offer relief to people directly affected by the fire at Rhode Island's Station nightclub in 2003. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Life Of Agony Delay
Digital Noise reports: Life Of Agony's upcoming new album "Broken Valley" has been pushed back to a May 31st release through Epic Records. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Bad Religion DVD
IAYM reports: Bad Religion are eyeing a tentative May 24th release date via Epitaph for their forthcoming DVD outing[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Anthrax Reissues
IAYM reports: Megaforce will release both Anthrax's debut album "Fistful Of Metal" and it's follow-up EP "Armed And Dangerous" as one CD on February 22nd. New artwork and liner notes penned by the band will be included within the package.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Double Hagar
liveDaily reports: After returning last year to his role at the helm of Van Halen, rocker Sammy Hagar will pull double duty by fronting his two non-VH outfits during his upcoming tour. 

Hagar is hitting the road in late April for a run dubbed the "Cinco de Cabo" tour, which he'll headline with his band The Wabos; the group features Hagar's longtime friend and solo-band drummer David Lauser, as well as guitarist Vic Johnson and bassist Mona, both of whom Hagar recruited following his 1996 split with Van Halen. 

Hagar and Lauser will also perform on the upcoming run under the moniker of Los Tres Gusanos, a trio rounded out by Hagar's friend and Van Halen bandmate, bassist Michael Anthony. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Wallflowers Plan CD
liveDaily reports: Making good on a promise delivered earlier this week, The Wallflowers announced Friday (2/18) that they'll release a new album this spring.

 Titled "Rebel, Sweetheart," the new disc is due out on May 24, and its arrival in stores will follow the mid-March radio release of first single "The Beautiful Side of Somewhere."[see full story for more including tracks and tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard expand itinerary through April, More details surface for Sammy Hagar's 'Cinco de Cabo' tour, Xzibit loads up tour dates to back 'Weapons of Mass Destruction', Briefly: Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge, Will Smith, Gorillaz, Cake, Gomez, Robbers on board for Virgin college tour and more click here to check it out

Dylan Blasts Modern Bands
The PRP reports: BOB DYLAN has launched a withering attack on contemporary rock bands in the programme notes for his latest American tour. 

"I know there are groups at the top of the charts that are hailed as the saviours of rock'n'roll and all that, but they are amateurs. They don't know where the music comes from," he wrote, adding, "I wouldn't even think about playing music if I was born in these times... I'd probably turn to something like mathematics. That would interest me. Architecture would interest me. Something like that." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

QOTSA Top Chart
NME reports: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have shot straight to the top of the NME CHART tonight (February 20) with their new video for 'LITTLE SISTER'. The Futureheads's 'Hounds Of Love' is toppled from the pole position to Two and Beck's 'E-Pro' jumps three places to Three. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Napalm Death Tour
The PRP reports: Napalm Death, Most Precious Blood and Diecast will be touring the UK and Europe this summer, dates are as follows: 
June 04th Sheffield, UK - Club Zero
June 06th London, UK - The Electric Ballroom
June 09th Copenhagen, DEN - The Rock
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
AIC Guests
The PRP reports: [Sat] night's live performance of the remaining members of Alice In Chains went down with a number of guest vocalists, including Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, Puddle Of Mudd's Wes Scantlin, Pat Lachman of Damageplan and more[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
COC in April
The PRP reports: Corrosion Of Conformity are now plotting an April 05th release date through Sanctuary for their new album "In The Arms Of God". - Click Here for the Full Story 
Jacob's Dream New CD, Dimebag Show
Metal Blade reports: We are on the verge of releasing our new album Drama of the Ages out on Metal Blade Records May 3rd 2005. The album will debut our new singer Chaz Bond. Aside from Chaz, the band is back to its original members. ...March 4th will bring us to the Alrosa Villa in Columbus Ohio, the site where Dimebag Darrel was killed along with 3 other innocent people and the shooter himself. This concert will be a benefit for the victims of that night. This hit home for us because a lot of our early days were spent playing here. We are looking forward to this and hope to see a lot of metalheads come out and lend support for these families.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Cattle Decapitation Rarities
Metal Blade reports: The Crimson Curse Remix LP/CD ep featuring Travis from Cattle's remix of the song "Bloodthirsty Lust" is available now on Coalition Records. 

The Human Jerky vinyl picture disc should be available early next month on Accident Prone Records! It's limited to 1,500 copies... [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Six Feet Under in March
Metal Blade reports: SFU's latest effort 13 will see the light of day on March 21st. 13 is another piece of brutal Death Metal. People might be surprised as there have been slight changes again… which make this album sound more old school than the latest outputs from our Florida Deathsters! "It seems like it's more on the up-tempo side", singer Chris Barnes describes the frenzied affair. "I think it's a direct echo of where we were when we wrote it. We had just got off the road, three or four days before we went into the studio. We had no material written. I had an idea of approaching this album in a different way, writing and recording. We just went into the studio and wrote this thing. The aggressiveness and the tempo reflected our mindsets. We really tapped into our feelings and it set our pace. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Gizmachi Released by Clown
Chipster PR reports: Hailing from the land of upstate New York, Gizmachi will release their debut CD, The Imbuing, on May 3rd on Big Orange Clown Records, an imprint of Sanctuary Records. The Imbuing was produced by M. Shawn Crahan, engineered by Josh Wilbur and recorded at Spin Studios in New York City. Gizmachi is comprised of Sean Kane on vocals, Jay Hannon and Mike Laurino on guitars, Kris Gilmore on bass and Jimmie Hatcher on drums. 

A band could not ask for a better endorsement than one from Crahan, who you may know for not only his musical vision, but as Clown (#6) in metal superstar band Slipknot. As founder of Big Orange Clown Records, Crahan chose to be the label's inaugural release, which speaks volumes to his belief in their music. Gizmachi will also be heading out on the road to deliver the message of The Imbuing live. Playing some warm up dates with (hed) pe in February, the band will then jump onto the Subliminal Verses tour with Slipknot, Shadows Fall and Lamb of God. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ash Tour
press release reports: Ash is going out on tour in support of their album "Meltdown" out on March 8th

 03.09.05 - Philadelphia, PA (Theater of the Living Arts)
03.10.05 - Washington, DC (Black Cat)
03.11.05 - Carrboro, NC (Cat's Cradle)
03.12.05 - Atlanta, GA (Vinyl Atlanta)
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Tegan and Sara Land Killer Tour
sanctuary records reports: Fresh off their sold-out headlining tour, Tegan and Sara have been chosen to open the second leg of the Killers' highly anticipated North American tour. The dates kicks off on April 11 in Phoenix and end up in Chicago on May 11. In addition, Tegan and Sara will be performing at SxSW in mid-March and playing at Coachella on May 1st alongside Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Bright Eyes and Arcade Fire in support of their critically acclaimed third release So Jealous (Sanctuary Records/Vapor Records). [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Disaster Records reports: The DUANE PETERS GUNFIGHT on tour with THE WEIRDOS and CIVET 

Tuesday, February 22nd- Seattle-Studio 7 
Wednesday, February 23rd- Portland- Tonic Lounge 
Thursday, February 24th- San Francisco- The Pound
Friday, February 25th- San Diego- Longshot Saloon (21+)
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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