Day In Rock 1/11: 50 Cent Massacre- Wanka Manson- Sharon Bio Pic- Seal Vs Rap- Theft At Dimebag Benefit- Queen UK Debut- Help Oliveri's Niece- Unearth Rescue KSE- KISS Wig- Rock Boat Bust- Father Black- Jacko Trial Child Stars- Isley Vs IRS- Chuck Berry- Franz Lead Brits- KMFDM- DEP- Battle For Ozzfest- Amorphis- New New Order- Mclusky Split- Collective Soul- Green Day- more
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50 Cent Sets Massacre Date
liveDaily reports: "St. Valentine's Day Massacre," the sophomore set from rapper 50 Cent, is due in stores on March 8, according to Interscope Records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Green Day Donate Royalties
liveDaily reports: Green Day has announced that it will donate the royalties from the iTunes Music Store sales of its single "Blvd of Broken Dreams" to the American Red Cross International Response Funds. The money will aid victims of the earthquake and tsunami that affected areas of Eastern Africa and Southern Asia. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Collective Soul Return to The Road
liveDaily reports: Collective Soul, which late last year launched its first new album since 2000 by hitting the U.S. club circuit, will soon return to the road.

 The bulk of the upcoming club and theater shows take place in February, but scattered dates are set before and after the run. More shows are expected, as the group announced late last year that it planned to mount a "massive U.S. tour" in 2005. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on RodeoHouston nabs Martina McBride, Hilary Duff, Alicia Keys and more, Aaron Carter returns with new album and tour, Live Review: Bowling for Soup, others in Tempe, AZ, Dave Matthews Band chronicles new album on website, Motley Crue inks more North American dates and more click here to check it out

Wanka Manson
Totalrock reports: Top screen star Johnny Depp has revealed that he based his performance as Willie Wonka in the upcoming movie 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' on Marilyn Manson. The Antichist Superstar was Depp's inspiration in making the character dark and mysterious. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Queen UK Debut
Totalrock reports: Queen will play their first UK date with new vocalist Paul Rodgers on March 28. It happens at London's Brixton Academy. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Seal Vs Rap
BBC reports: British pop star Seal has condemned rap stars for their derogatory treatment of women in lyrics and videos. 

He told black entertainment magazine Sister 2 Sister that it was damaging for black culture. 

"It's sad when you see the rappers on TV and in the videos making these derogatory videos towards women ... kind of like sexual objects," he said. 

He added: "Take for example the Jewish culture. They've been persecuted just like the black people, right? But you never see them eating their own. They don't. But we will. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Help Oliveri's Niece
Totalrock reports: Former Queens Of The Stone Age star Nick Oliveri has issued a plea on behalf of his eight-year-old grea niece, Kayla. She is desperately in need of a bone marrow transplant, and right now no-one with an exact match can be found. If you're in the US and feel you can help, then go to www.marrow.org/NMDP/nmdp_network.html, for a list of locations where you can donate. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on Biomechanical Land Sneap, Inbreds Expand Tour, Cold Grow 'Calm', Queen Announce British Show, Atrocity Get New Drummer, Dark Blue Signs Deal, Amorphis Get New Singer and more click here to check it out

Sharon Bio Pic
Rockdirt reports: Neil Sean of Sky News reports that Sharon Osbourne's life is set to become a television movie. The Osbourne matriarch is secretly working on the project and hopes her daughter Kelly can play the role of the young Sharon. "It has great potential but it will be hard to cast someone to play Ozzy," Sharon told a spy. "He is rather unique, you see, and it will take a big man to fill those shoes." Sharon hopes the TV movie will start production by spring. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Theft At Dimebag Benefit
Blabbermouth reports: Susan Bray, mother of Nathan Bray, one of the four victims of last month's nightclub shooting in Columbus, Ohio, has sent the following message to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: 

"This was a GREAT benefit concert held in Columbus, OH at the Newport Music Hall on January 7, 2005. It was held for the families of Nathan Bray and Erin Halk. 

"What I am asking is if anybody out there finds a frisbee disc signed by all the original members of PANTERA for sale to contact me, The Blitz (99.7) or anybody to get it back. You see, some scumbag stole it from the venue that night. This item was donated for auction. I just can't believe somebody would do such a thing. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Unearth Rescue KSE
Blabbermouth reports: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman Howard Jones was forced to sit out the band's performance in Toronto on Sunday (Jan. 9) due to a "blown-out" throat (as guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz put it in a public announcement before their set). Trevor Phipps from support act UNEARTH joined KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on stage for a few songs, despite having little knowledge of the lyrics. Two fans who apparently knew the songs were also pulled from the crowd to help out in the vocal department, with one managing to sing the entire song "When Darkness Falls". But after four tracks, and a tired Phipps, the band called it a night. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Blabbermouth reports: A wig purportedly used by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley during the making of the group's 1989 video, "Rise to It", is currently being auctioned on eBay. A message on the auction page from the seller, Alexx Michael from the band SHAMELESS, reads as follows: 

"This is a wig for the top of Paul's head that he used in the 'Rise to It' video. His initials are on the inside of the wig. This wig was just a part of his head. It was on top over his real hair. This is the real deal!!!! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on DAMAGEPLAN Guitar Being Auctioned For Families Of Men Who Sacrificed Lives For DIMEBAG, SEVEN WITCHES To Film Allentown Show For Upcoming DVD, A DOZEN FURIES: 'Battle For Ozzfest' Winners Secure Spot On OZZFEST 2005, GENE SIMMONS Attends 2005 ADULT VIDEO NEWS AWARDS: Photos Available, KAMELOT: Bonus Tracks Galore and more click here to check it out

Rock Boat Bust
MTV reports: As 1,800 fans boarded the Bahamas-bound ship at its port in Jacksonville, Florida, they were met by police and drug-sniffing dogs. A dozen people were arrested for attempting to pass through U.S. Customs with illegal substances. 

The Jam Cruise is an annual four-day excursion that features performances, autograph sessions and related events with several major acts from the jam-band genre. This year's cruise featured Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Galactic, Umphrey's McGee, Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and 20 other bands and DJs.

 Searches conducted by United States Customs officials, with the assistance of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Department, yielded an assortment of illegal substances, including ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hashish and brownies laced with marijuana. Steven M. Beatty, the 35-year-old manager of jam-trance band STS9 (booked to perform on the Jam Cruise), was among those detained. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Father Black
MTV reports: Pixies frontman Frank Black has become a father for the first time. On January 7, Black welcomed 7-pound, 9-ounce Jack Errol Thompson into the world. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Jacko Trial Child Stars
MTV reports: If Santa Barbara County prosecutors have their way, Michael Jackson's child-molestation trial will include more celebrity appearances on the witness stand than just his own. 

Prosecutors want to hear testimony from seven other people allegedly sexually linked to Jackson, in order to establish a pattern of behavior, according to ABC News. On their list is said to be a well-known child actor and an Australian who now works in Hollywood, most likely meaning Macaulay Culkin or Corey Feldman and pop choreographer Wade Robson. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Mixtape Monday: 50's Got Game Again; Cassidy Hustles With Jay-Z, Nas And Kelis Tie The Knot, Dip It Low? I Don't Think So, Says One High School Principal, For The Record: Quick News On Hilary Duff, Jay-Z And Just Blaze, Frank Black, Kid Rock, Raphael Saadiq & More click here to check it out

Isley Vs IRS
E! Online reports: Ronald Isley plans to fight the power--of the IRS, that is. Isley, a founding member of the legendary Isley Brothers, pleaded innocent Monday to tax evasion charges. 

Specifically, the feds claim he failed to report performance and royalty income to the agency. 

The 63-year-old was indicted in October on five counts of tax evasion covering the years from 1997 to 2002 and one count of failing to file an income tax return. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Chuck Berry To Headline Elvis Fest
AP reports: Rock n' roller Chuck Berry, known for his hits "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven," will headline the 2005 Elvis Presley Festival on June 3-5 in Tupelo. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Franz Lead Brits
Reuters reports: Franz Ferdinand led the way on Monday when nominations were announced for the Brit Awards, celebrating their 25th anniversary as the UK record industry Oscars.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Universal Top Label of 04
Punkbands.com reports: Universal Music sold more music than any other label in 2004. At the close of play on New Year's Eve, Universal recorded a 29.59% share for 2004 in the USA according to Neilsen-SoundScan. BMG was in number two spot with 15.20% of the market but even when combined with Sony Music to create the new Sony-BMG figure Universal was still in front with Sony-BMG combined registering a 28.46% share. 

Warner Music had 14.68% of the sales market while EMI had 9.91%. Independent labels accounted for a 17.36% market share, making Indies the second biggest force in US music after Universal in 2004.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Tool's D'Amour New Band
The PRP reports: Former Tool bassist Paul D'Amour has joined forces with Mac Burrus of Self fame in a new project dubbed Feersum Ennjin. The group will be releasing their new EP through Silent Uproar in the very near future.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
IAYM reports: KMFDM have once again signed a deal with Metropolis, having terminated their contract with Sanctuary Records in Summer 2004. The band have set "FUBAR" as the tentative title for their next effort which is currently eyeing an early September release date through the label.- Click Here for the Full Story 
DEP Dates
IAYM reports: The Dillinger Escape Plan have lined up a few new live stops, here is where you can catch them(feat. Read Yellow, The End): 

Feb 01st Toronto, Ontario Lee's Place 
Feb 05th Ottawa, Ontario Babylon 
Feb 06th Montreal, Quebec Club Soda 
Feb 07th Syracuse, New York Club Tundra 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Battle For Ozzfest Winner
IAYM reports: A Dozen Furies were victorious in the final round of MTV's "Battle For Ozzfest" series and as a result have secured a slot on the bill for Ozzfest 2005. In addition to the aforementioned prize, the group have also been offered a recording contract by Sanctuary Records[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on Open Hand Ecard, Behold... The New CD, Trivium: New Song Online, More SYL/Agony Scene/Misery Signals/Reflux Dates, Screams Of Susi and more click here to check it out

Amorphis New Voice
Metal-Rules reports: The Finnish long time metal outfit Amorphis have finally found a new vocalist to replace Pasi Koskinen. The new vocalist found from the band's friends, from a local band NeverGreen, is called Tomi Joutsen who has been hired to handle all the vocal duties. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
New New Order
Aversion reports: After working on its next record for nearly a year, New Order will finally deliver a finished product this spring. 

The band's Waiting for the Sirens' Call hits stores in the United Kingom March 28 from Warner Music. Reprise Records will release it domestically, though no release date has been set for the album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Chris Carrabba, FSF Reunite, Ian Curtis Biopic in the Works, Old 97's Planning DVD, Holiday Album, Bosstones Front Man Becomes Radio DJ, Side One Dummy Signs VCR and more click here to check it out

Mclusky Split
DiS reports: Heroes of rock, Mclusky, have disbanded. In a statement posted on their website, singer Andy Falkous said: 

"The three piece rock band known as mclusky have disbanded, as of friday january 7th, 2005. 

The reason for this parting is private, though probably not as entertaining as you'd imagine. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

More Acts for Relief Concert
Xfm reports: Embrace, Manic Street Preachers, Snow Patrol and Badly Drawn Boy are the latest bands confirmed to play the huge Tsunami Relief Concert at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on January 22.

 Last week guitar legend Eric Clapton announced he would be making a rare live appearance when he performs at the concert backed by Jools Holland and The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. While Feeder, Lemar, Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins were all revealed to be playing the event. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Quiet Riot Rockline
press release reports: On Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at 8:30 PM - PST, QUIET RIOT vocalist Kevin DuBrow and drummer Frankie Banali will be interviewed and will take live calls on Rockline hosted by longtime radio personality and music veteran Bob Coburn. The call-in number is 1-800-344-ROCK. 

This will be the first international interview with the two QUIET RIOT members since their recent reunion and they will talk about the rebirth of QUIET RIOT, the January 4 release of the group's first official live CD "QUIET RIOT Live & Rare Volume 1" as well as their forthcoming European tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Cursed Release
press release reports: The CURSED Soundtrack has a new release date of 2/15/05. 

A Dimension Films presentation, Cursed was directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. It stars Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson and Judy Greer. In the film, a werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of three young adults, who, after being mauled by the beast, learn they must kill their attacker if they hope to change their fate.[see full story to hear the first single "Better Now" from Collective Soul]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nanci Griffith Returns
press release reports: The first studio album from acclaimed folk/country/rock singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith since 2001's Clock Without Hands, Hearts In Mind (New Door/UMe), set for release February 1st, 2005, is an uncompromising, unflinching look at war and an ultimately hopeful look at love. "Dedicated to the memory of every soldier and every civilian lost to the horrors of war," Hearts In Mind is the first of her 15 studio albums the five-time Grammy nominee has taken the lead in producing. Among its notable guest artists are Jimmy Buffett, for whom Griffith had contributed vocals for his 2004 hit album License To Chill, Mac MacAnally, who sang the duet vocal on one of her early signature songs, "Gulf Coast Highway," and Academy Award-winning actor Keith Carradine, who both co-authored and sings on the track, "Our Very Own."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Ponderosa Stomp
press release reports: Unsung creators of rock'n'roll, r&b, rockabilly, blues and swamp pop -- ones who made influential vintage recordings, perhaps scored a hit, and have been long forgotten by today's pop mainstream will be once again celebrated as Ponderosa Stomp announces the lineup for its fourth annual music festival. 

The two-night music festival, scheduled for April 26-27, 2005, again will take place on two stages at the legendary Mid City Rock'N'Bowl Lanes in New Orleans from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. each night. [see full story for more, including ticket info lineup]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Oslo Debut
press release reports: OSLO has just completed the finishing touches on their self-titled and self-produced debut album, due out March 29 on FKE Records (distributed via Majestic Recording Inc). With their subtly poignant anthems and haunting guitar soundscapes, the group have built a loyal fanbase on the West Coast.

 The Los Angeles-based OSLO--MATTIA BORRANI (lead vocals, guitar), GABRIAL MCNAIR (lead guitar, backing vocals) and KERRY WAYNE JAMES (bass)--have received a strong welcome with their moody first single "Minutegun" on Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles, which has considerably increased the band's fanbase in the city. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Unearth Announce Tour
press release reports: Unearth have lead the way in the metallic/hardcore tornado which like a brutal storm keeps building momentum. Unearth has made their name in the hardcore underground for the last few years. However, during the last 6 months this Boston based phenomenon have ALSO made themselves known as a viable act to metal aficionados while supporting the release of their Metal Blade debut "The Oncoming Storm" June 2004. Unearth have been touring non stop with such greats Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Lamb Of God, Damage Plan with Hatebreed on two MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tours; as well as the hard to top bill of Ozzfest 2004 (Slayer, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Hatebreed, Slipknot, Superjoint Ritual, Atreyu etc). After which the band were off to Europe to devastate audiences then returning to the states to tour with hardcore and metal underground favorites Terror, Black Dahlia Murder and Remembering Never. There were some extra stops the band fit in such as legendary Hellfest and WSOU's "Not so silent night" and some dates in Canada with Slipknot and Killswitch Engage January 2005 [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Over It Preview
press release reports: Beginning [today] and every Tuesday thereafter until release date (March 8th), Purevolume will be unveiling a new song off of OVER IT's highly-anticipated Lobster Records release, Silverstrand. 

So be sure to visit [the full story link]to hear the first track ("Siren on the 101") and check back each Tuesday for a new song. 

Also, don't forget to catch OVER IT on tour with Acceptance and Kill Radio in February. Silverstrand arrives in-stores March 8th![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Devildrive Eye Spring Release
press release reports: Extreme American Metal will get a kick in the ass when DevilDriver release their sophomore album The Fury of Our Maker's Hand on Roadrunner Records this coming Spring. The follow up to DevilDriver's 2002 critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album, The Fury of Our Maker's Hand will be a much more brutal, metal release for the Santa Barbara-based quintet that features lead vocalist Dez Fafara. Commenting from the mixing board at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX Fafara says, " We all stepped it up for this album. It is way heavier and much faster. Expect brutality." 

Produced by Colin Richardson (Machine Head, Fear Factory, Napalm Death) The Fury of Our Maker's Hand will feature such mind-expanding songs as Grinf***ed, "Pale Horse," and "End of the Line." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Music, Fashion and Compassion
press release reports: Akasha Multimedia Group, New York City's premiere promotions, marketing, and publicity firm, along with legendary New York City DJ Ian Fford, have joined forces to bring the world two (2) nights of music, fashion, and all the pleasure that you crave, and promises to bring the once-underground fetish world into the mainstream. 

Le Freak Fetish Festival will first make its mark on February 12, 2005, at Club 2686's Ritual, where Columbia Records recording artist D.J. X-DREAM will be spinning all the best in dark wave, gothic, and hard rock music. There will be a fetish fashion show with New York City's most beautiful models, featuring designs by Vagenius Clothing, as well as some of the world's most devious fashions provided by Utopia Where The Uninhibited Shop (located in Long Island). 

The price of admission will now also include bringing something for the victims of the tsunami that devastated SouthEast Asia. [see full story for all the details]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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