Day In Rock 1/03: Club Fire Kills 186- Rocker Vs Ashlee- Navarro Joins Crue?- P2P Battle Pops- Opeth- Armor For DVD-  Life of Agony- Chimaira- Evanescence- Dimebag Murder Club Reopening- Darkness- Tsunami Benefit Show- Vandals Rock Iraq- Phish- NIN Complete CD- Suicidal Plan Two CDs- Professional Murder Music- Death Angel- Frames- Missing GNR Fan Found- Disturbed- more
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Club Fire Kills 186
antiMUSIC reports: 186 people died in a Buenos Aires nightclub on Thursday after a flare ignited soundproofing on the ceiling during a rock concert in the crowded club. The exit doors were locked, trapping an estimated 4000 people inside the club as it was engulfed in smoke and flames. At least 714 people were injured. 

The fire spread within minutes as people rushed to try and escape, according to survivors and eyewitnesses. Investigators found that four of the six exit doors were locked shut with wire or padlocks. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rocker Vs Ashlee
Rockdirt reports: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil took part in an interview with WRIF in Detroit and was asked to comment on the Ashlee Simpson 'Saturday Night Live' lip-synching fiasco. "I'm glad [she was exposed on national TV], too, because there's a lot of people... the majority of the new people that are out there now, these teenagers basically do movies and then figure they can just go out and put out a record," Neil said. "The way the technology is today, you can just go in there and sing, and a guy can actually adjust every syllable and every word that you just sang and make it sound amazing. And then these people go on stage, and they have no talent, so they lip-synch. And it's cheating everybody. I'm glad she got caught. And I've seen her sing since then, and she sucks."- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Rockdirt also has news on Carmen And Dave Hope For Baby In '05, Pete Doherty, Teetering Between Triumph And Disaster, Bush Re-Election Provides More Fuel For System, Brandon Boyd Chats With KROQ's Kevin & Bean, Vince Neil Discusses Weight Loss and more click here to check it out

Navarro Joins Crue?
BW&BK reports: According to BW&BK sources, rumor has it that MOTLEY CRUE guitarist Mick Mars will be replaced by RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Dave Navarro on their forthcoming reunion tour. Mars' ongoing health problems are the reason for the switch. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Opeth Discuss Next CD
BW&BK reports: OPETH singer/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt spoke to Australia's HailMetal.com recently. 

HailMetal: I`ve heard you`ve been having a few ideas for the next album. An epic, occultist, darker concept album was on your mind last I heard. There was also some mention of Celtic Frost influence, as well as Gregorian Chanting. Have any of these ideas solidified in your song writing yet? How much has been written so far, and in what direction? 

Mikael: "Haha, yes, that was said after I`ve written this certain part that sounded a bit like CELTIC FROST, after it came a mellow part with Gregorian chant style vocals. I`ll say these things for the people to have something to talk about. People probably think that that`s what the next album will be like as a whole. Obviously that`s not true, and I don`t really know myself yet. I`m working on maybe four different songs right now and all I know is that it`s gonna be great!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on PURE SWEET HELL - Early Bassist/Collaborator Dies In Motorcycle Accident, STEVE VAI - Inside Real Illusions: Reflections, Bang Your Head 2005 - MORGANA LEFAY Confirmed, Maryland Death Fest - Final Lineup Announced BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - More Live Dates Announced and more click here to check it out

Armor For DVD
Punkbands reports: The first pressing of Armor For Sleep's 2nd full-length "What To Do When You Are Dead" out February 22nd will come with a limited edition dvd filled with videos, live footage, and behind the scenes info. [see full story for a link to a preview of the cd]- Click Here for the Full Story 
P2P Battle Pops
tinfoil reports: Overpeer, the firm that floods P2P networks with bogus files, is corrupting files even more by placing popups and (potentially) adware in some WMA and WMV files. 

The company gained it's notoriety in 2002 by working with record companies to flood P2P networks with bogus files that matched commonly searched songs. These bogus files made it difficult to find true song copies and made life difficult for many using the more popular networks targetted by the company. 

Overpeer plans on selling advertisements based on key word searches. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Life of Agony Plan Spring Release
siN's metal news reports: LIFE OF AGONY have taken a chance this Christmas period to wrap up recording tracks for their forthcoming re-union album. The currently untitled disc will see a release sometime in Spring of 2005 through Epic Records, mixing is scheduled for January.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Chimaira Recording
siN's metal news reports: As a reminder to all, CHIMAIRA will be hitting Spider Studios on January 10th, with Ben Schigel producing, to begin recording their followup to 2003's "Impossibility of Reason". As a side-note, frontman Mark Hunter has also shaved off his once famous dredlocks, and is now said to be sporting a new look, with a completely shaved head.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's metal news also has news on Alrosa Villa - Site Back Up - Uncut Rick Cautela Interview Online, Katafalk - New European Gigs, Mastodon - Live 'Iron Tusk' Video Online, Nine Inch Nails - CD Done, Touring on the Horizon, Dimebag Darrel Memorial - Colorado Gig Set Up and more click here to check it out

Motley Greed
Blabbermouth reports: The four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE were recently interviewed by Metal Edge magazine for a cover story about their upcoming reunion tour. 

Metal Edge: It seems like everyone's got their different reasons for going back to the band. Why do you think MÖTLEY is getting back together right now? 

Mick Mars: "Greed. Not on my part. And I won't say on everyone else's part, but there is greed around me. There's greed in everything, though, not just this. It's everywhere." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Evanescence Get Creepy
Blabbermouth reports: EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's follow-up to their multi-platinum major-label debut, "Fallen". 

Metal Edge: How has the music changed? What's the new direction? 

Amy Lee: "It's really hard for me to explain! It's not like anything I've ever heard, to be honest It sounds like EVANESCENCE, but it's creepy, it's kind of sexy, it's groovy, it's not so . . . It's sort of PORTISHEAD, A PERFECT CIRCLE, bands that take more artistic freedom PORTISHEAD because they have more groovy, weird, sultry vibe, very similar to that. We're literally at the very beginning of this project, though, and it can all change . . . It can be a completely different record." 

Metal Edge: So, for all we know, it could come out like a Gwen Stefani record. 

Amy Lee: "I will never It's not going to be an '80s record! [Laughing] I know the goal is the heavy stuff will be heavier, and the soft stuff will be softer, we just took extremes and pulled them apart." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Dimebag Murder Club Reopening
Blabbermouth reports: Alrosa Villa, the Columbus, Ohio nightclub that was the site of the deadly shootings last month which claimed the lives of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and four others, will be reopening on January 14, 2005 with a benefit show for the victims' families. BOBAFLEX will be headlining the concert, with support from ODIOUS and other bands to be announced. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on PARADISE LOST: Photos Of New Drummer Posted Online, KING DIAMOND, NILE: More U.S. Tour Dates Announced, ETERNAL OATH To Release New Album In March, PURE SWEET HELL Mourn Loss Of Former Collaborator, TOTAL DEVASTATION: New Song Sample Available For Download and more click here to check it out

Darkness Royal Battle
Gigwise reports: The sons of an Earl and a Lord are quaintly battling it out to host The Darkness' homecoming gig. 

The two toffs who have recently had their Suffolk estates handed over to them by their fathers are desperate to prove that they're in touch with the common people. 

The ridiculously named Hektor Rous, 26, who runs a 4,000 acre estate named Henham Hall and Hugh Crossley lord of Somerleyton Hall are both said to be in talks with the band's management, reports The Independent. The pair plan to hold massive gigs in their stately homes' grounds.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Tsunami Benefit Show
BBC reports: Cardiff's Millennium Stadium is trying to stage a 'Live Aid' style concert to raise more than £1m for the Asian tsunami disaster appeal. Stadium bosses are in talks with some of the UK's top performers to mount the charity gig on 22 January. 

They believe the event to aid the victims of the tsunami disaster on Boxing Day could raise more than £1m. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Vandals Rock Iraq
AP reports: While Saddam Hussein spent a second New Year's Eve in a jail cell, a Southern California rock band known for such albums as "Hitler Bad, Vandals Good" and "Look What I Almost Stepped In" played in the heart of his former empire. 

The 3rd Brigade of the Army's 1st Cavalry Division got a one-hour show by punk perennials The Vandals during a modest Friday night party in the Green Zone. The show was one of the few entertainments provided for U.S. troops in Iraq on New Year's Eve, a day marked chiefly by a relative lull in violence. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Phish Dress
AP reports: Drummer Jon Fishman's offbeat "sonic rhythm dress" which is stitched together from recycled cassette tapes is going on display at a museum this month. 

The dress commissioned by Fishman, of the enormously popular jam band Phish, is going on display at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, The Boston Globe reported in Thursday's editions. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

OneSideZero Reunion?
IAYM reports: Abloom have parted ways with their frontman Jasan Radford and are seeking a replacement. As a consequence, Radford's former band OneSideZero are heavily rumored to be plotting a full-scale reunion[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
NIN Complete CD
IAYM reports: According to a fresh update at Nine Inch Nails' official website, www.nin.com, the group's new album "With Teeth" has at last been completed. Frontman Trent Reznor had the following to add: "The band is rehearsing. I can't wait to present this music to you - on your stereo and in your town. Happy New Year." - Click Here for the Full Story 
Suicidal Plan Two CDs
IAYM reports: Suicidal Tendencies are tentatively plotting to release two CD albums in 2005, the first of which is titled "Return To Venice".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Professional Murder Music Covers CD
IAYM reports: Professional Murder Music's long in-the-works acoustic/covers effort now looks to be nearing completion, with an early 2005 release date being eyed at present. Amongst the cover-songs said to be included is a rendition of the Stone Temple Pilots' 'Still Remains'. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on Green Carnation: New Music Online , Chase Pagan On Tour, GWAR Tour Update, City Sleeps Dates, High On Fire Tracklist, Zebrahead Updates and more click here to check it out

Bach's New Gig
Metal-Rules reports: DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie was unable to reprise his role in FRAMESHIFT for the upcoming new album, Human Grain, thus a new body was brought in to replace him. According to ProgRock Records president Shawn Gordon, taking LaBrie's place is none other than Sebastian Bach. The vocals are due to be recorded next week, with a tentative release date planned for February. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Death Angel Boxset
Metal-Rules reports: a three-CD/DVD box set featuring newly remastered versions of DEATH ANGEL's "The Ultra-Violence" (1987) and "Frolic Through The Park" (1988) outings is being readied for release by Restless Records under the moniker "Archives & Artifacts" on February 1, 2005.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Brides Recording Soph
Metal-Rules reports: Ex-L.A. GUNS/current BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION guitarist TRACII GUNS has posted the following update on his official website: 

"...This year we are starting rehearsal Jan 3rd and recording starts Feb 1st. The Brides have a new bassplayer... he has black hair and tattoos (DUH!!) and is 100 percent Brides approved including Nikki. 

...We will hit the road as soon as the record is released or shortly before. Looking at a June release for the new record. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Metal-Rules also has news on MORGANA LEFAY At Bang Your Head Festival!, PURE SWEET HELL - RIP JEFF WOLFE, George Lynch on California Tour, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN - February 23rd Japanese Release, NEIL TURBIN & EVILHEART Sign with Cage Management and more click here to check it out

Frames Plan Feb Release
Aversion reports: Ireland's Frames will drop their fifth album on the world in early February. 

The band's next Anti- Records release, Burn the Maps, is scheduled for a Feb. 7 release in Europe. The band's American fans will have to wait an extra day to get their hands on it. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Grindcore Supergroup 
Aversion reports: A group made up of some of hardcore's most high profile acts will test its hand at grindcore. 

Alternative Press reports that Thursday's Geoff Rickly and Glassjaw's Daryl Palumbo have started playing with a couple other less notables in a grindcore project. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on DVD Comes with Armor For Sleep's Next, Roger Miret, Disaters Prep Album, Boy Sets Fire Plans to Record, Bid to Meet Elvis' Cup, Linkin Park Starts Tsunami Relief Fund and more click here to check it out

Missing GNR Fan Found
Totalrock reports: A Guns n' Roses fan who's been missing for two years has been found safe and well. According to blabbermouth.net, Kirsty Ormerod flew fron Newport in wales to Chicago to see the band in November 2002 - and then disappeared. Now she's been located, having got married and settled down in America. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Disturbed Plan Spring Release
Totalrock reports: Disturbed are planning to release their new album in the Spring. The record doens't yet have a title [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
30 Seconds To Mars Soph CD
Totalrock reports: 30 Seconds To Mars are to release their second album through Virgin in July. It's to be called 'The Battle Of One'. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Royal Who
Totalrock reports: Congratulations to The Who's Roger Daltrey. He's been awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours List, for services to music, the entertainment industry and charity.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on New Found Single, Dozer Join Mastodon, Glassjaw Star Is Torpedoed, Fear Factory Join Rainbow, Nasum Singer Missing, Begging For 'Demons', Diamonds Are For Mega, Hell Bent For Paperback and more click here to check it out

Prong, Bird Added to Raven's Heart Benefit
Day in Rock reports: A quick update on the Raven's Heart Foundation Benefit concert that will take place on Jan 20th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Beverly Hills. Prong has been added to the line-up as well as former Bird3 frontman Bird who will open the show. Not to mention the all-star jam that will close out the night. Confirmed so far: members of Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Ministry, Misfits, Guns N' Roses, Murderdolls, Fear Factory, Disturbed, Type O' Negative and more. It's for a great cause, see the full story link for more info on the show and the Raven's Heart Foundation.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Jack White Single
DiS reports: In a disappointment to all who dream of red and white weddings, White Stripes frontman Jack White has split with his celebrity girlfriend Renee Zellweger. 

Rather distressingly, the announcement was made to People magazine via Zellweger's publicist who says that they "remain good friends" and that there is "no scandal" and "no new relationships". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: DiS also has news on Art Brut hit the road, John Peel Festive 50 - The Fall take top spot, Razorlight add extra Ally Pally date, Tip for 2005: Jeniferever bring their beautiful Swedish epicness hither, Noel Gallagher: New Oasis record ready to roll and more click here to check it out

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