Day In Rock 2/24: PETA Vs p.diddy- Osbourne Heist- Jacko Jury Set- QOTSA Illness- Vinnie Paul Performs- Pixies- Boss to Induct U2- Metallica Game?- Motley Vs Hanoi - T. Rex DVD- Libertine Solo Deal- Mellencamp- Ray No 1- Retro Maiden- Rock Never Stops- Hades- Korn- Kings of Leon- Finch- More NIN Dates- Into Eternity- Usher NBA Team?- Mo Game- Leftover Crack- Blink Split- Priest Leaked- more
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PETA Vs p.diddy
MuchMusic reports: P. Diddy has pissed off PETA with a pack of penguins. According to witnesses, Diddy's party planner placed six penguins on a floating platform in the pool at the opening of Florida's Hotel Victor last Friday night. 

Meanwhile, PETA itself has come underfire from the Beastie Boys. The boys claims on their official web site that the animal rights organization wrote an unauthorized letter to KFC on the band's behalf protesting the treatment of chickens. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Osbourne Heist
Reuters reports: British rock star Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack had jewelry worth 200,000 pounds ($382,000) stolen from a suitcase during a flight from Los Angeles to London, the Sun newspaper reported on Thursday.

 The valuables, which included two watches, were probably stolen from the case before it was put in the cargo hold for the flight, the paper said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bling ain't gonna help Jack. Was this the family emergency that kept Ozzy from that benefit?

Jacko Jury Set
AP reports: In surprisingly quick time, a jury was selected Wednesday that will decide Michael Jackson's fate on charges that he molested a teenage boy at his Neverland Ranch. 

"We have a jury," Judge Rodney S. Melville announced. The judge then began the process of selecting eight alternates for a trial projected to last six months. 

The panel consists of four men and eight women, ranging in age from 20 to 79. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Let the book deals begin!

QOTSA Illness Stalls Tour
Punkbands reports: Queens Of The Stone Age have pulled the rest of their European dates, as Josh Homme has been taken seriously ill. The band started touring Europe last week, and were planning to play three shows in one night in London next Thursday (March 3). However, the remaining shows have all been postponed after Josh began coughing up blood in his hotel room. The band insist the dates will be rescheduled. 

The band's management issued the following statement: "Queens Of The Stone Age were forced to halt their mini-tour on Tuesday, February 22nd after singer Josh Homme began coughing up blood in his Paris hotel room. What doctors in Amsterdam initially diagnosed as the flu was found to be a serious lung infection. This resulted in his immediate return to the United States." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Pixies Lead WA Fest
Pitchfork reports: Tickets go on sale this very weekend for the Sasquatch! Festival, taking place at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA over a portion of Memorial Day weekend. Pixies, Kanye West, and Modest Mouse share top billing for the event, with Wilco, the Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, and U.S.E. among the others playing the main stage; smaller stages at the festival boast bands exactly like Joanna Newsom, A.C. Newman, the Frames, Smoosh, and Aqueduct. The schedule has all the music taking place on Saturday, May 28, but the aforementioned camping passes are available for both Friday and Saturday night if you want to make a vacation out of it. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Boss to Induct U2
AP reports: Bruce Springsteen is returning the favor to Bono. U2's talkative frontman, who gave memorable stream-of-consciousness speeches inducting Bob Marley and Springsteen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be saluted by Springsteen when the Boss inducts U2 next month. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Vinnie Paul Performs
Blabbermouth reports: PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul joined ANTHRAX and DISTURBED onstage during Wednesday night's (Feb. 23) benefit show in memory of Vinnie's brother, slain DAMAGEPLAN/PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Vinnie performed PANTERA's "A New Level" with ANTHRAX and he also played the PANTERA signature song "Walk" with headliners DISTURBED, with many other musicians joining in. 

The benefit concert, which took place at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, will help cover bereavement costs for the family of DAMAGEPLAN security guard Jeffrey "Mayhem" Thompson, who was also killed, and medical expenses for DAMAGEPLAN crew members John "Kat" Brooks and Chris Paluska, who were injured during the Dec. 8, 2004 shooting spree. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Metallica Game?
Blabbermouth reports: ContactMusic.com is reporting that METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has confirmed the heavy metal band will be immortalized in a computer game. 

Poking fun at last year's METALLICA documentary "Some Kind of Monster", Ulrich has also made it clear there will be no group therapy levels in the game. 

The 41-year-old says, "With the computer game, there is definitely truth to that (appearing). 

"It won't just be a game where you have to get Lars and James and Kirk through the tour without breaking up, or any of that horses***." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Motley Vs Hanoi Round...
Blabbermouth reports: Wisconsin-Music.com: [HANOI ROCKS guitarist Andy McCoy] has recently gone on the record claiming that certain things that happened in "The Dirt" are "pure lies." 

Nikki Sixx: (laughs) You know what I love about that? You've got a has-been that never was, just f***in' grabbing at straws to get attention. I mean, c'mon, man. And nothing he says makes any f***ing sense! You ever read the interview where he said that his band sold more records than our band? I was like, 'Dude, are you crazy!' [mimics McCoy] 'We sold fifty million records and they sold forty, we were a bigger band than them.' And I'm like, 'Dude, why to you care about my ass so bad? You won't stop talking about it.' He's got a f***in' crush on me or something. (laughs) f***in' fag. 

Wisconsin-Music.com: The only way I've actually heard of HANOI was through everything that happened with Vince. 

Nikki Sixx: Sure. It's a very sad thing to happen, but dude, stop already trying to get attention for yourself. He's like the drunk chick at a party, that won't stop splashing everybody. But she has bad tits. Stop! (laughs) No one's gonna f*** ya, no matter — Andy, no matter how much you talk about MÖTLEY CRÜE, your band still isn't gonna make it! Figure it out! I mean, go talk about Keith Richards, maybe that will give you another f***in' one album sale. (laughs)[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on Tampa Residents Want Festivals Like OZZFEST To Turn Volume Down, SLIPKNOT's CLOWN Says Upcoming Tour Will Be 'Unique And Cool', FOZZY To Return To U.K. For Exclusive London Show, HIGH ON FIRE: European Tour Dates Announced, MARILYN MANSON's Jealous Rages, Classic HADES Albums To Be Reissued In May and more click here to check it out

T. Rex DVD
Reuters reports: It's been a long time coming for T. Rex fans, but the group's Ringo Starr-directed 1972 film, 'Born To Boogie,' will make its DVD debut in May via Sanctuary.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Libertine Solo Deal
Aversion reports: Libertines front man Carl Barat will soon be starting a career as a solo artist. 

Barat, half of The Libertines' songwriting unit, inked a deal with Vertigo, a Mercury Records imprint. Vertigo is the British home to Razorlight and The Rapture. A still-untitled debut is scheduled for a late 2005 release. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

The Day in Rock
ArrowFM reports: 62 years ago Beatle George Harrison is born. Until his 40s, Harrison thought he was born on February 25th. (1943) 

29 years ago "The Eagles -- Their Greatest Hits" becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. [more]1976) 

24 years ago John Lennon's "Double Fantasy" LP wins a Grammy posthumously for Best Album. (1981) 

7 years ago Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is arrested and charged with hitting his wife Pamela Anderson Lee. (1998) 

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Mellencamp Reissues
ArrowFM reports: John Mellencamp kicks off a big re-issue series with new versions of five of his early albums on March 29th. The albums: "A Biography" (1978), "John Cougar" (1979), "Nothin' Matters And What If It Did" (1980), "American Fool" (1982) and "Uh-Huh" (1983) will be re-mastered and include bonus stuff. The rest of his catalog will be released throughout the year. [see full story for more classic rock news]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Ray No 1
liveDaily reports: Riding the wave of its eight Grammy wins earlier this month, the Ray Charles duets album "Genius Loves Company" shoots to the top of the U.S. album chart, up from No. 15 the previous week. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Retro Maiden
BW&BK reports: According to Rte.ie, IRON MAIDEN's first four seminal albums (1980's Iron Maiden, 1981's Killers, 1983's The Number Of The Beast and 1984's Piece Of Mind) and their subsequent tours will be the theme for their new stage production and their set will feature a number of songs that the band have not played in many years. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Rock Never Stops Dates
BW&BK reports: More dates have surfaced for the 2005 edition of the Rock Never Stops Tour featuring CINDERELLA, RATT, QUIET RIOT and FIREHOUSE. 

Confirmed dates are as follows: 

18 - Kelseyville, CA at Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa 
22 - Lemoore, CA at The Palace Indian Gaming Center 
23 - San Manuel, CA at SM Casino [see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hades Reissues
BW&BK reports: According to a press release, on Tuesday, May 10, Rock Ridge Music will reissue two albums from the '80s heavy metal band, HADES. The two recordings, Resisting Success and If At First You Donít Succeed, each include a newly-recorded, previously unreleased track. Hades was formed by guitarist Dan Lorenzo back in 1978, playing around local rock clubs in New York and New Jersey. The band went on to open for groups such as TWISTED SISTER, OVERKILL, ANTHRAX, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT and more, touring in the States and Europe until their eventual break-up in 1989.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on DEEP PURPLE - Knee Deep In Buffalo! , OBITUARY - Detonator.tv Interview Available , STRATOVARIUS - Vote For Your Dream Setlist , Gibson Guitars And Celebrities Join Forces For Charity Auction , WAYSTED Schedule Party In The Pub , HIGH ON FIRE Announce Euro Tour Dates and more click here to check it out

Korn Won't Replace Head
IAYM reports: KoRn are not planning to seek out a replacement for their recently departed guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, and will instead remain as a 4-piece in the live setting. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Kings of Leon Extend UK Tour
NME reports: The KINGS OF LEON have announced three more dates for their UK summer tour due to exceptional demand. 

The band, who release new single ‘King Of The Rodeo' on April 11, have added extra Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff shows to the jaunt. [see full story for more, including all the dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Finch Dates
The PRP reports: Finch have scheduled a bunch of dates in support of their upcoming new album "Say Hello To Sunshine" (due June 07th), here's where you can see them: 

April 16th Tucson, AZ - Coconuts
April 19th Oklahoma City, OK - Green Door
April 21st Columbia, MO - Blue Note
April 23rd Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

More NIN Dates
The PRP reports: nine inch nails have firmed up a number of new overseas dates, here's the latest: 

June 02nd Mexico City, MEX - Palacio De Los Deportes
June 10th Scheesel, GER - Hurricane Festival
June 12th Neuhasen, GER - Southside Festival
June 14th Vienna, AUT - Arena
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Into Eternity Dates
The PRP reports: Into Eternity will be hitting the road in April with a couple of other as-yet to be decided bands, the schedule is as follows: 

April 01st Bellafonte, OH - Blue Cat
April 02nd Dayton, OH - Elbo's
April 03rd Battle Creek, MI - Planet Rock
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Usher NBA Team?
FMQB reports: One of Pop music's top stars, Usher is buying a minority ownership in the NBA franchise Cleveland Cavaliers, which boasts one of the NBA's top stars in Lebron James, reports the Bloomberg News and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 

Usher, whose full name is Usher Raymond, is reportedly part of an ownership group led by Dan Gilbert, who recently agreed in principle to buy the Cavs for $375 million. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Mo Game
AP reports: The Game's major label debut, the Documentary, has sold more than 1.2 million copies since it was released last month, and now JT The Bigga Figga will be releasing an album of material he recorded with the rapper before the Game signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment label. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Leftover Crack on Hold
Punkbands reports: Leftover Crack has announced that they are planning to take a break for the forseeable future. Stza posted this on their message board: The crackparty is over... at least for a while. You know we had some problems last year.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
More on Blink Split
Rockdirt reports: A music industry insider tells The New York Daily News reports that blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus, guitarist Tom Delong and drummer Travis Barker were tired of feuding over who would get songwriting credit, money, and the "musical direction", prompting Tuesday's announcement that the trio were on indefinite hiatus. "Officially they are claiming they are on an 'indefinite hiatus'," a source said. "But they are done." - Click Here for the Full Story 
Priest Leaked
Day in Rock reports: Judas Priest's long awaited new album "Angel of Retribution" hits stores next Tuesday but you don't have to wait to hear it. VH1 is featuring the CD as this week's "leak". Click the full story link to listen in full streaming glory. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Dry Kill Logic Kill Dates
press release reports: Due to personal and health issues, DRY KILL LOGIC will not be on the (HED)P.E. tour from 2/22 - 2/27. The band in a released statement said, "We apologize for any inconvenience and promise to reschedule the shows asap. Thanks for understanding."- Click Here for the Full Story 
Soilwork CD/Tour
Chipster PR 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]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Beyond The Flesh Set Release
Chipster PR reports: Beyond The Flesh to Release 'What The Mind Perceives' on Screaming Ferret Wreckords/Escapi Music on March 29, 2005 

The new breed of metal has arrived. Rocketing out of New Jersey with a devastating sound and an impressive local fanbase, Beyond The Flesh have quickly gained a foothold in the heavy music scene of today. After their 2001 debut, Spawned From Flesh and Bone, the band became legendary in the Garden State, drawing curious metal fans from far and wide and leaving a trail of converted followers in their wake. With a sound that not only borrows from all that is and once was great in metal, while still standing well on their own eight feet, Beyond The Flesh have carved an upwards swathe through the metal scene. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jam Band Supergroup Acetate
Sanctuary Records reports: Sanctuary Records announces the debut release of Athens, GA based band Acetate with This Band Makes Me Feel, to be released on March 22, 2005. Acetate is Dave Schools (Widespread Panic, Stockholm Syndrome) on bass guitar and vocals, Kevin Sweeney (Hayride, Sunshine Fix) on guitar and vocals, and Ben Mize (Counting Crows, Cracker) on drums and vocals. Three longtime chums from Athens who got together in 2003 to jam and found they had rediscovered the meaning of 'garage band,' and the simple pleasure of playing music without rules or expectation.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Life of Agony CD/Tour
Epic Records reports: Epic Records has announced a May 31st release for BROKEN VALLEY, the highly anticipated new album from New York rock quartet LIFE OF AGONY. Fans have waited eight long years for a new LOA studio album and the reunited band doesn't disappoint. Produced by Greg Fidelman (Jet, Audioslave, Slipknot), BROKEN VALLEY is a potent, poignant and perfectly paced rock album from a band whose creative spark is still smoldering. 

LIFE OF AGONY will preview BROKEN VALLEY during a much-buzzed-about spring tour opening for headliners/Epic labelmates Mudvayne. The seven-week trek begins March 29th at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also appearing on the bill will be openers American Head Charge and bloodsimple. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Will Diehl Release
press release reports: Will Diehl, Singer/Songwriter from Gloucester, MA will release "From The Vine" on February 29. Recorded in California at The San Francisco Folk Festival and The Placerville Folk Festival, the album's 10 live acoustic tracks capture a snapshot of one of Will's solo tours. Diehl has been compared to Jimmy Buffet, The Replacements, REM, Peter Gabriel and The Eagles, among others.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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