Day In Rock 2/28: Teen Sex Bust- Jacko Flu Kills- Napster Movie- Payola Probe- Doves - New Order- Edward Patten RIP- Voivod- Evil Gays- Taproot- NIN- Velvet Revolver - Mastodon- Nightwish Cancel Tour- Ozzfest Bands?- Metallica Wins Award- Nile Lose Bassist- KISS To Rock Marines- Sum 41- Winwood- Moby Remixable MP3s- Mars Volta- Zombie Movie- Bury Your Dead- Be in a Weezer Video- more
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Teen Sex Bust
antiMusic reports: Tod Salvador, better known as Tripp Eisen of Static-X, was charged on Friday with aggravated sexual assault, child endangerment and kidnapping. Salvador reportedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old New Jersey girl he met over the Internet. 

Authorities have told the press that Salvador met the girl online and told her that he liked to impersonate Tripp Eisen of Static-X, the girl was reportedly a big fan of the band. They began exchanging emails last October. In January, Salvador reportedly went to New Jersey for a rendezvous with the girl. He allegedly drove the underage girl to a shopping center parking lot, parked the truck he was driving and had sex with her. 

Salvador, a Burbank native, is facing similar troubles closer to home. He also was arrested on February 10th by the Orange County Sheriff Department after he was reportedly found sleeping in a parked car with underage girl. Sheriffs charged him with a felony count of committing a lewd act with a child and he was released on $100,000 bail. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jacko Flu Kills
AP reports: Family members of a 74-year-old heart attack victim said Friday that a hospital's focus on accommodating a flu-stricken Michael Jackson contributed to their loved one's death.

The family of Manuela Gomez Ruiz, 74, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she was relocated to a smaller hospital room so Jackson could have the larger room when he was admitted last week. Ruiz was being treated for a heart attack, the family said, and had two more heart attacks after being moved and died the same day. 

Family members said they have hired an attorney and plan to sue the hospital and Jackson. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Napster Movie
FMQB reports: Variety reports that Paramount Pictures and MTV Films are teaming up to tell the story of the rise, fall and rise again of Napster, the innovative file-sharing program that has gone legit. The project was originally conceived as a made-for-TV movie in 2002, but last year was upped to a big screen release. The film will tell the tale of Napster founder Shawn Fanning, who created the file-sharing system in 1999 in his college bedroom.

 Surprisingly, the film is being written by actor Alex Winter, best known for his portrayal of Bill S. Preston, Esq. in the Bill & Ted movies. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Payola Probe
Reuters reports: Artists' groups are applauding the ongoing investigation by New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer into allegations of payola-like practices in the radio industry. Spitzer's office recently subpoenaed four radio groups, requesting full cooperation with the inquiry. 

"We're pleased," says Ann Chaitovitz, director of sound recordings for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. "People should be able to hear music on radio based on quality, not on payments." 

A source in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau suggests that the agency is in a holding pattern awaiting guidance on the issue when a new FCC chairman comes onboard. [see full story for a lot more on this story]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Doves No 1
BBC reports: Manchester rock band Doves have entered the UK album chart at number one with their new release, Some Cities. 

The trio replace flamboyant US act Scissor Sisters at the top. The album follows single Black and White Town, which reached number six. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

New Order US Tour?
Reuters reports: New Order bassist Peter Hook says the pioneering rock act plans to play "as many shows as we can" in North America this year, in lieu of the limited appearances it made here in support of its 2001 album, "Get Ready." 

The British band will on April 12 release its latest Warner Bros. set, "Waiting for the Sirens' Call." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Edward Patten RIP
AP reports: Edward Patten, a member of the Grammy-winning Gladys Knight & The Pips, died early Friday at a suburban Detroit hospital, said his cousin, another member of the group. He was 65. 

Patten, an Atlanta native who lived in Detroit, died at a hospital in Michigan from a stroke he suffered a few days before, said William Guest. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Voivod Projects
Metal Rules reports: "We are still working on the new album, which we intend to record this summer. 

We just signed a deal with Music Video Distributors Inc/Eclectic DVD. They will release our first DVD, which will cover the original line-up ('80s videos, shows, demos, artwork etc...). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Evil Gays
Totalrock reports: Watch out for a new band called The Evil Gays. TotalRock understands it will include members of certain major acts, as yet unnamed, led by vocalist Jamie Wreckless.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Taproot in June
Totalrock reports: Taproot are to release their new album, 'Blue-Sky Research', in June. It was produced by Michael Beinhorn, and includes guest appearances from Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) and Billy Corgan. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on Jairus Get Scary ** A On The Road ** Suicidal In July ** Hagar Rocks Sweden ** Seps Guitarist Signs Solo Deal and more click here to check it out

Durst Sex Tape
antiMusic reports: Fred Durst joins the long list of celebrities to have their homemade sex tape leaked. Late last week encoded video and still photos from a home made porn tape of the Limp Bizkit frontman and an unidentified woman leaked onto the Internet. 

Many believed at first that the video was somehow obtained by the same hackers that recently broke into Paris Hilton's T-Mobile Sidekick, but Durst told MTV that the video was stolen by "Somebody that was repairing" his computer that "was smart enough to go through anything he could [and found the movie]." 

Durst told MTV that he has previously been contacted about officially releasing the video footage but said that he turn them down. A publicist told MTV that he has been negotiating the release of the tape with Durst and the thieves since October when they first contacted him about it. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

NIN Tour
antiMusic reports: Nine Inch Nails will be busy on the road this year supporting their forthcoming album "With Teeth", the first set of North American dates are now known. 

The North American tour is set to kick off on April 27th at The Warfield in San Francisco. At press time it looks as if the band will crisscross North America for a month before wrapping up the run San Diego with a two night stand at Soma on May 30th and 31st. The band will head to Europe in June. 

A series of warm-up dates are scheduled for March, including two shows in London. 

Interscope has set a release date of May 3rd for the new album "With Teeth". [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Velvet Revolver Arena Tour 
antiMusic reports: Velvet Revolver are bringing their show back to North American arenas this Spring. Hot off their Grammy win for Best Hard Rock Performance the band plans to kick off the tour on March 19th in Phoenix in support of their debut "Contraband". 

At press time it appears that Hoobastank will be supporting most of the dates. The North American run will conclude on May 25th in Miami, just in time for the band to head over the pond to appear at the Download Festival on June 11th . 

Velvet Revolver Dates: 
03/19 - Phoenix, AZ - International Raceway 
03/22 - Montreal, PQ - Bell Centre 
03/23 - Ottawa, ONT - Corel Centre 
03/24 - Hamilton, ONT - Copps Coliseum 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Mastodon Extends Tour
antiMusic reports: Mastodon is currently burning up Europe with Converge and Isis, but that hasn't stopped them from extending their North American tour plans. According to online reports, a new leg is now planned in May for a month long run of dates with Death By Stereo and Cult Of Luna. 

The band is touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2004 release "Leviathan". The new leg with Death by Stereo and Cult of Luna will commence on May 2nd in Milwaukee, after the band wraps a run of headlining shows in March and April with Burning Brides. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nightwish Cancel Tour
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on the web site of the Jaxx nightclub in West Springfield, VA, Finland's NIGHTWISH have cancelled their fall U.S. tour. The group were originally scheduled to tour the U.S. in April but ended up postponing those plans "due to commitments close to home on the part of vocalist Tarja Turunen," according to the group's U.S. record label, Roadrunner Records. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Ozzfest Bands?
Blabbermouth reports: Century Media recording artists SHADOWS FALL and THE HAUNTED have secured slots at this year's Ozzfest, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. SHADOWS FALL are expected to appear on the main stage while THE HAUNTED are said to be in the mix for the smaller second stage, which will apparently feature more non-rotating slots this summer compared to the last couple of years. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Metallica Wins Spirit Award
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA's acclaimed film "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" won the Best Documentary prize at the 2005 IFP Independent Spirit Awards, held earlier today (Feb. 26) in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica, California. 

The Independent Spirit Awards honor films whose funding comes at least in part from sources outside of the major Hollywood studios. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nile Lose Bassist
Blabbermouth reports: NILE have parted ways with bassist Jon Vesano. "He has decided that he will stay at his day job, which was not mutually compatable with NILE's touring commitments, and work on his DARK MOON project on weekends/spare time," NILE mainman Karl Sanders writes on the group's web site. 

"Jon has emphasized that while he realizes the incredibly bad position his sudden decision puts the band that there is absolutely nothing personal towards the other members of NILE involved in his decision, only that it is in his long-term personal interest not give up his day job and lifestyle for the sake of the upcoming NILE tours. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

KISS To Rock Marines
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting at KissOnline.com, KISS, along with Cedric the Entertainer (Master of Ceremonies), DESTINY'S CHILD, GODSMACK, Jay Mohr, Louis Anderson and TED NUGENT, have been confirmed for an April 1 performance at the Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California. 

Rockin' the Corps is a patriotic celebratory concert for an audience of more than 25,000 marines and their families. Executive producers Quincy Jones and Joseph E. Robert, Jr. have joined forces with producers Doc McGhee and Spencer Proffer to create a high energy, patriotic celebration for the dedicated men & women of the United States Marine Corps in a show of appreciation.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on Booking Agent Says 25 TA LIFE And Concert Crowd Had Nothing To Do With Suspicious Death ** RAMMSTEIN: 'Keine Lust' Video Posted Online ** DECEIVER To Open For DEVIL LEE ROT In Europe ** SPIRALARMS: Mixing New Demo ** ANGTORIA: 'Demo Of The Month' In German, French Metal Magazines and more click here to check it out

Sum 41 Announce Dates
liveDaily reports: With an early 2005 tour through their native Canada now behind them, pop-punkers Sum 41 head to Japan, but will soon return to North America.

 The group launches its next leg of North American shows April 7 with a two-night stand in Toronto, and a handful of subsequent Canadian and U.S. shows are confirmed so far. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Winwood Tour
liveDaily reports: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, who re-emerged after a long respite to tour North America in 2003 and 2004, is set embark on another U.S. jaunt this spring and summer.

 Winwood is scheduled to play 10 shows over the course of 12 days in April, a run highlighted by an April 22 performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He returns to the U.S. in June for a month of theater, casino and outdoor appearances.[see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Briefly: Johnny and June Carter Cash, Michelle Branch, Edward Patten ** Marc Broussard to launch new round of North American shows ** Ryan Cabrera works the road to back debut album ** Briefly: Lisa Marie Presley, Daft Punk, Rodney Crowell, Whitney Houston ** Sevendust hits the road with new guitarist and more click here to check it out

Moby Remixable MP3s
NME reports: MOBY will launch a new digital music format when he releases his new single 'LIFT ME UP' on Monday (February 28) 

The format, called di, will allow the listener to edit and personalise tracks using alternative, original material recorded by the artist that is also included with the single. 

Users will then be able to resave their mixes as MP3 files. [see full story for more, including tour news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Mars Volta Single
The PRP reports: The Mars Volta will be issuing a single for their track "The Widow" overseas in various formats on March 14th. Both a limited edition picture disc and CD single featuring the title track and the non-album bonus song "Frances The Mute" will be made available. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Zombie Movie
The PRP reports: Rob Zombie's new film "The Devil's Rejects" (aka the sequel to "House Of 1000 Corpses") will now arrive in theaters on July 22nd. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Bury Your Ozzfest
The PRP reports: Bury Your Dead have posted on their official website www.buryyourdead.com that they have in fact been confirmed for this years edition of the annual "Ozzfest" tour.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Voodoo Glow Skulls Cancel Tour
Punkbands reports: Voodoo Glow Skulls have cancelled their previously announced April tour of Europe. The band reported: One of the Casillas three, Jorge's wife is having a baby and they think she might have it early. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Be in a Weezer Video
Punkbands reports: Weezer is going to film a video for their new single "Beverly Hills" on Monday, February 28. Here are the details on how to be in the video: Southern California Weezer fans! (or weezer fans who happen to be in SoCal right now) Read on, for we need 150 of you to be in the NEW WEEZER VIDEO for "Beverly Hills": 

Heres the lowdown...
Director: Marcos Siega (of 'Hash Pipe' fame and many more)
Shoot Date: Monday, Feb. 28th, 2005
Call time: 3 groups needed: 50 at 7 am, 50 at 12 noon, 50 at 5 pm
Schedule: From your call time (be it 7, 12, or 5) till 10pm.
Location: Los Angeles
[see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Unearth Bonus
Metal Blade reports: With over 80,000 records sound scanned in the US on their Metal Blade Records debut, Unearth's "The Oncoming Storm" is now available with two newly recorded songs: "One Step Away" and "The Charm". Front man Trevor Phipps is excited to continue playing to thousands of fans each night on their current "Thick as Thieves Tour" with Atreyu, Norma Jean and Scars of Tomorrow, "UNEARTH Touring as main support for Atreyu has been nothing short of amazing. So far, all the shows have sold out and the crowds have been killer. We want to thank all the fans for treating us so damn well."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Mortiis Tour
Earache Records reports: Mortiis has announced the support slots on his UK tour in April 2005. The legendary Norwegian goth-rockers Mortiis will supported by the UK's premier Digital Harcore Industrial band Panic DHH and then followed by NFD, featuring members of Goth legends Fields Of The Nephilim. The tour will coincide with the release of the second single "Decadent & Desperate" from Mortiis' critically acclaimed album ‘The Grudge'. This is going to be one of the most talked about tours of the year so get your ticket early! 

APRIL 2004 
Tue 19th CARDIFF - Bar Fly 
Wed 20th CAMBRIDGE - The Junction 
Thu 21st LEICESTER - The Charlotte 
Fri 22nd CAMBERLEY - The Agincourt Rock Venue 

[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

NOW Again
Epic reports: NOW That's What I Call Music, Vol. 18! hits stores on March 15, and features chart-topping favorites from artists such as U2, Nelly featuring Tim McGraw, Omarion, Destiny's Child, Chingy, John Legend, Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell, Skye Sweetnam, Lindsay Lohan and Ashanti amongst others.


1. U2 - Vertigo 
2. Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For? 
3. Lindsay Lohan - Rumors 
4. Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot 
5. Destiny's Child - Soldier 
6. Ashanti - Only U 
7. Chingy - Balla Baby 
8. John Legend - Used To Love U 
9. Nelly featuring Tim McGraw - Over & Over 
10. Frankie J featuring Baby Bash - Obsession 
11. Omarion - O 
12. Howie Day - Collide 
13. Hoobastank - Disappear 
14. Chevelle - Vitamin R 
15. Three Days Grace - Home 
16. Lenny Kravitz - Lady 
17. Good Charlotte - I Just Wanna Live 
18. Frickin' A - Jessie's Girl 
19. Skye Sweetnam - Tangled Up In Me 
20. Keith Urban - You're My Better Half 
- Click Here for the Full Story 

Liberty n' Justice Samples
Press release reports: Christian rockers, Liberty n' Justice, have already announced three of the sixteen vocalists for thier new all-star CD "Soundtrack Of A Soul": Jamie Rowe (Guardian/ Adriangale), Dale Thompson (Bride) and Scott Wenzel (White Cross). We are proud to announce three more singers at this time; Ted Poley (Danger Danger), Leif Garrett (70's Teen Idol) and Russell Arcara (Surgin/Prophet/Arcara). And on Saturday February 26th we will put samples of thier songs on our new website. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Missy Higgin Coming To America
Warner Bros Records reports: Missy Higgin's album has gone back to #1 in Australia on the strength of her second hit single "Ten Days". The album has also been certified 4x platinum. 

Her album The Sound of White is hitting US shores on May 24th and she's heading out on a US tour with Ray LaMontagne in April. A number of US tour dates from February and April have yet to be announced. You can also catch Missy performing at SxSW this coming March. She will be appearing at La Zona Rosa on the 15th[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Al Basile Releases Blues Masterpiece
Press Release reports: Al Basile remembers Patti Page singing "Tennessee Waltz," Les Paul and Mary Ford's "Mockingbird Hill," and the first day he heard Elvis sing "Heartbreak Hotel." His world would never be the same. Melody and tone became an important facet of his listening experience early on. Basile is a multi-faceted talent. In addition to his musical talents writing jazz, blues and roots music, he is the author of poetry, plays, and fiction. 

Basile takes a lifetime of the blues and musical experiences and puts it all into his latest release Blue Ink (released 2/24/05). He reaches back to those roots, his early years as a member of Duke Robillard's band Roomful of Blues, and his many years with Duke as a writer and player on Duke Robillard Band CDs, to record a modern day blues classic. Robillard and his band backup Basile in typically grand fashion on all 13 tracks. Duke's tasteful and potent guitar licks make each song weep the tears of the blues while Jerry Portnoy's harp (whose resume includes playing with Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton) answers the calling of the guitar parts in one synchronous beat of the heart. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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