Day In Rock 1/04: Love Vs Nirvana- Crue F-Bomb Leno- NIN Tour in Feb?- Rock School- Cannibal Inspires Rammstein- Linkin Park Tsunami- Clash Vs Coldplay- Donnas Don't Lip Synch- MegaDVD- Navarro Denies Crue- Bleed The Sky- Rush Tribute?- Anthrax Join Dimebag Benefit- Double Crow- Snoop's The Boss- Moody Blues- Modest Mouse- Elektra- The Wonder Stuff Return- more
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Love Vs Nirvana
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting at The Internet Nirvana Fan Club, legendary NIRVANA producer Jack Endino talks in his latest newsletter about working on the NIRVANA "With the Lights Out" box set and explains why the fabled FECAL MATTER (Kurt Cobain's pre-NIRVANA outfit) demo was not included (you guessed it — Courtney Love): "This past summer, we got word that the box set was going to happen, yes, really truly this time. Having been semi-officially researching material for the box with co-conspirator Gillian Gaar since 1998, it was hard to believe it, but sure enough, the starting gun was fired, and it became a frenzy to make sure we had the best sources, and the correct credits and dates. A deadline crunch happened at the end, with Silva Artist Management (for Krist and Dave) and Courtney's people (Peter Asher, for Sanctuary) trying to agree on a final track listing for the box set, as the deadline for the booklet art and layout got nearer. That's why there's a picture of the FECAL MATTER cassette in the booklet, but no music from it; Courtney's people decided that it was not really 'NIRVANA' (i.e. it's Kurt and Dale only, so why share it with Nirvana LLC?) and held it back at the last minute, which is why the set starts with 'Heartbreaker', which would not have been my choice. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Crue F-Bomb Leno
Blabbermouth reports: Variety.com is reporting that viewers watching Friday night's live edition of "The Tonight Show" on NBC probably did a double-take when, just after the clock stuck midnight, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil turned to his bandmate, drummer Tommy Lee, and said, "Happy f***ing New Year, Tommy!" Because Jay Leno has aired a live New Year's edition for many years without problems, Peacock execs apparently decided against using a five-second delay on the broadcast. 

Because "Tonight" airs after 10 p.m. — and thus outside the FCC's so-called safe harbor in which indecent programming is forbidden — it seems unlikely NBC will face any financial fallout from the slip-up.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rock School
Blabbermouth reports: DailyLocal.com is reporting that MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine and Alice Cooper are among the prominent artists contributing to the soundtrack of "Rock School", a documentary that focuses on the Philadelphia-based Paul Green School of Rock, which teaches music to children by grouping them into bands and introducing them to the catalogs of rock and roll's musical giants. Everything from AC/DC to FRANK ZAPPA is fair game, with plenty of PINK FLOYD, BLACK SABBATH and QUEEN mixed in for good measure. 

The soundtrack for the documentary will be a mix of cover songs played by the students along with the original artists. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

NIN Tour in Feb?
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting at Bloody-Disgusting.com, NINE INCH NAILS will kick off their upcoming North American tour in February and will concentrate on mostly smaller venues. No further details are currently available.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on RUSH: New Tribute Album In The Works?, KING'S X: New Video Footage From Recording Studio Posted Online, MORBID ANGEL: New Band Photos Posted Online, KREATOR: Fans' Help Requested In Putting Together Setlist For Upcoming Tour, DESTRUCTION: Spanish Festival Appearance Postponed and more click here to check it out

Cannibal Inspires Rammstein
MTV reports: The message posted in an Internet chat room read, "Seeking well-built man, 18-30 years old for slaughter." A few months later, a user responded: "I offer myself to you and will let you dine from my live body. Not butchery, dining!!" 

It wasn't a joke, and what followed was far more gruesome and bizarre than the plot of nearly any horror film. In March 2001, Armin Meiwes, a 42-year-old computer technician in Hesse, Germany, killed, dismembered and ate 43-year-old microchip engineer Bernd Juergen Brandes. While Brandes was still alive, the two dined on parts of his flesh together, then Meiwes stabbed him to death. 

The incident captivated the European media, and provided East German industrial metal band Rammstein with some ripe new material with which to return from a three-year self-imposed exile.The track about the cannibal, "Mein Teil," was released as a single in Europe last year, and will be the second single in North America, following "Amerika." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Linkin Park Tsunami Charity
MTV reports: Awed, humbled and shocked by the destruction caused by the tsunamis that hammered southern Asia earlier this week, Linkin Park have teamed up with the American Red Cross to establish Music for Relief, a charity dedicated to providing aid to victims 

Linkin Park have donated $100,000 to get things going, and they're hoping their fans and musical brethren will follow suit. 

"As a band, we were in a position to help, but this needs to be a lot broader effort — both by our fans and by other musicians," Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson said. "If one of our fans can donate $10, then that's going to help, and the faster we can do it, the better.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on So Much For 'Taking Time Off': Britney Previews New Song On L.A. Radio Station, Ashlee Attacks Green Day, Lindsay Nearly Loses Her Dress: Backstage At MTV's New Year's, Club Where Dimebag Darrell, Four Others Were Slain To Reopen For Benefit Show, Lady Saw, Remy Martin Team Up To Really Get Your Man, 'Meet The Fockers' Breaks Records At Box Office and more click here to check it out

Clash Vs Coldplay For Honor
NME reports: David Bowie, The Clash, Oasis, Coldplay and The Streets are amongst 25 acts vying for a new award in this year's Brits ceremony that will crown the best British song since 1977. 

The list of 25 was unveiled today (January 2) and it will be whittled down to five by listeners to BBC Radio 2. The five will be revealed on January 10 when the Brits nominations are announced. The ceremony is held on February 20. [see full story for more, including the full list]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Donnas Don't Lip Synch
AP reports: Members of the rock band The Donnas were kind of glad when Ashlee Simpson was caught lip synching on Saturday Night Live. 

They were hoping it would show the world the difference between acts like them who never use backing tracks and acts who are all style over substance. Boy, were they disappointed. 

"We thought, 'Finally she got caught and she's going to get punished an everyone's going to figure it out and it would be like Milli Vanilli, and everyone would return her CDs,'" said guitarist Allison Robertson. 

Sales of Simpson's album "Autobiography" dipped for a week but then rose again, outselling The Donnas' "Gold Medal." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

The PRP reports: The tentative track listing has been revealed for Megadeth's forthcoming "Video Hits" DVD release, which will land in stores through Capitol on January 11th, here's how it looks: 
01 - "Peace Sells"
02 - "Anarchy In The U.K." (Sex Pistols cover)
03 - "Hangar 18" (Short MTV Edit)
04 - "Symphony Of Destruction"
05 - "Train Of Consequences"
06 - "Trust"
- Click Here for the Full Story 
Navarro Denies Crue
BW&BK reports: As reported here first yesterday, it is rumored that RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Dave Navarro may be participating in the upcoming MOTLEY CRUE reunion tour due to Mick Mars' current health issues. Navarro has posted the following message on his official website: 

"There is a rumor here that I might be participating in the upcoming Motley Crue tour. I have not been approached by anyone associated with Motley Crue. I do plan on going to see them. I just figured, "Hey, I have my own site, why not just set it straight now?" I pray for Mick's swift recovery if he is, in fact, dealing with health issues." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Bleed The Sky Lose Bassist
BW&BK reports: Orange County, California-based sextet BLEED THE SKY have parted ways with bassist Casey Kulek due to "personal reasons." "It was a mutual agreement, and we wish him the best of luck in his music and in all other parts of his life," the band write on their web site. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Rush Tribute?
BW&BK reports: According to RUSH fansite 2112.net, there have been more rumblings of one or more Rush tribute albums in the works. Over two years ago guitarist VINNIE MOORE's website announced that "Vinnie is recording tracks in his studio for a Rush tribute CD that will be released by Magna Carta Records (the label that released the Working Man tribute album in 1996). Vinnie is playing all of the rhythm guitars and also a solo or two. Mike Mangini (STEVE VAI) is on drums and Stu Hamm is on bass. There will be many guest vocalists and guitarists on the record. No info available at the moment on who these guest artists will be." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Anthrax Join Dimebag Benefit
BW&BK reports: ANTHRAX, SOiL, DROWNING POOL and DISTURBED have been confirmed to play the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund Benefit Concert on February 23rd at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on DOLORIAN To Hit The Studio This Spring, BEATRIK, NOCTERNITY, ETERNITY Ink Deals With Avantgarde Music, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY To Open For GWAR, Record RAINBOW Cover,,= MOTLEY CRUE - MSN.com Chat Announced, AOL Sessions To Go Live Friday, MORBID ANGEL - New Band Pics Posted and more click here to check it out

Double Crow
Reuters reports: Sheryl Crow is coming back with a vengeance. After sitting out much of 2004, she has not one, but two albums ready to go for 2005. 

"I want to put out an artist record first and then a pop record in the fall," she says. "I'm going to hand both my records in (to Interscope) probably in the last bit of January." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Please no more covers of GNR tunes

Thorp Relief
Day in Rock reports: Indie Punk label Thorp Records has joined in the relief effort in South Asia. The label, home to bands like Blood for Blood, My Revenge, and Down To Nothing, have pledged part of the proceeds from the month of January to organizations adding in the relief effort. They also encourage fans to make individual donations. To see a list of organizations click the full story link to visit Thorp Records to learn more. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Moody Blues Return to US
liveDaily reports: The Moody Blues will open their touring year with a stint of dates at a mix of theaters and casinos in California and Nevada. 

The British classic-rock mainstays launch the outing in late January, and will make stops in nine markets over two weeks. 

Core group-members Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals), John Lodge (guitar, vocals) and Graeme Edge (drums) will again tour without longtime Moodies flautist/vocalist Ray Thomas, who decided to stop traveling with the band in 2003. [see full story for more, including the dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Modest Mouse Add Dates
liveDaily reports: Alt-rockers Modest Mouse return to the road at the end of January to tackle a tour itinerary that continues to grow. 

Since first announcing its winter tour plans last month, the group has more than doubled the size of the outing, extending the run into early March. Tickets for many shows are on sale now. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Elektra Sounds
liveDaily reports: Wind-Up Records has announced a Jan. 11 release date for the soundtrack to the upcoming superhero film "Elektra." The 15-track set will include cuts from Evanescence, The Donnas, Switchfoot, Alter Bridge and others.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Site of "Dimebag" Darrell shooting to reopen for benefit, More dates surface for Jill Scott's winter/spring jaunt, New Found Glory adds more shows to spring outing, Linkin Park heads up relief effort for tsunami victims, 2004's Best Albums: 'American Idiot' is tops among liveDaily's critics and more click here to check it out

Motley Expand Tour
press release reports: During their live performance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on New Year's Eve, Mötley Crüe announced that, per intense fan demand, they are adding 25 new dates to their "Red, White & Crüe Tour 2005…Better Live Than Dead," presented by VH1 and VH1 Classic. Reuniting for a major tour for the first time in six years, Mötley Crüe has been the hottest ticket around. Since initially going on sale December 11 with the first 25 dates, the tour is now #1 on Pollstar's "Top 50 Tours." 

After the initial 25 dates were announced at a Los Angeles press conference on December 6, fans in markets where dates had yet to be announced took to the internet with "Bring The Crue" campaigns, with thousands of fans using online petitions and the support of local radio stations to plead with Motley Crue to bring their show to them. At last count, campaigns had been launched in over 30 cities in North America. 

According to Billboard Magazine, this is the touring industry's worst year in history. Despite that, Mötley is seeing great success. [see full story for more, including all of the dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

The Wonder Stuff Return
press release reports: You know you've missed them and they've missed you as well. UK chart and critical darlings The Wonder Stuff are gearing up for the North American release of their first studio album in twelve years. Escape From Rubbish Island will be released on March 22, 2005 on Reincarnate Music (formerly iMUSIC) via BMG Distribution. The band achieved U.S. alternative radio success with "The Size of a Cow" off of their Never Loved Elvis record and a fan base on these shores attracted to their witty, biting and melodic tunes. Of their twenty-two UK singles, seventeen of them reached Top 20, including a number one and four of their albums have hit the UK Top 20.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Stutterfly and Letter Kills Tour
press release reports: Stutterfly and Letter Kills have announced a string of dates, which are as follows:

 January 20 - San Diego, CA - Soma
January 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
January 22 - Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's
January 23 - Tempe, AZ - Big Fish Pub
January 26 - Austin, TX - Emo's
January 27 - Houston, TX - Engine Room
January 28 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Gold Finger Preview/Dates
press release reports: Goldfinger have launched a media player to support the release of their upcoming album, Disconnection Notice, which hits stores on Feb. 15th. To preview music from the release, click the full story link 

The band have also announced some dates:

 2/15/05 NYC, NY
2/18/05 Philly, PA
2/19/05 Providence, RI
2/20/05 Washington, DC
2/26/05 Cleveland, OH
- Click Here for the Full Story 

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