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Day In Rock 1/14: Metal Murder Trial- Jacko Paternity Suit- Judd Vs Christians- KISS FBI Probe- Society 1- Popstar Admit Childporn- eBay Defends Tsunami Scalpers- Ali G Vs Cowboys- Marley Reburial Denial- Jimmy Griffin RIP- Spencer Dryden RIP- Beloved- SOAD MP3- Kataklysm- Priest Tracks- Weezer- Midnight Oil Reunite- Head Automatica Singer Hospitalized- Coldplay- APC- U2- Oasis - more
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Metal Murder Trial
Blabbermouth reports: Danielle Demetriou of The Independent is reporting that eight members of an alleged Satanic black metal sect, "Beasts of Satan", were ordered to stand trial in an Italian court Thursday (Jan. 13) in relation to three supposed ritual killings. 

The eight suspects, four of whom are members of "Beasts of Satan" from Busto Arsizio near Milan, are facing charges in relation to the murder of three companions.

 On Thursday, a judge in Busto Arsizio ordered three of the suspects to face charges in a fast-track trial starting on February 21. The fast-track system will allow only a limited amount of evidence to be introduced in a closed-door hearing and will result in a reduced sentence if a defendant is convicted. The remaining suspects will stand trial in June. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

KISS FBI Probe
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting at the KISS fan site KissNews.de, the FBI (Federal Bureau Of Investigation) launched an investigation in the early 1980s into the possibility of civil unrest at major pop/rock concerts, including those staged by KISS. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Dimebag Investigation Update
Blabbermouth reports: Ohio's NBC 4 is reporting that the man who killed four people at the Alrosa Villa nightclub last month, including former PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, had several unused rounds before he was shot and killed by an officer, police said Thursday (Jan. 13). 

Police also said that Gale, a former Marine, did not say anything prior to his shooting rampage. There were several rumors from people inside the club who said they heard Gale say something to Abbott before shooting him. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Society 1's New Drummer
Blabbermouth reports: SOCIETY 1 have chosen L.A. drummer Berzerk Kirk (ex-THE AMBULANCE) to take over the drum throne left vacant by Preston Nash, the ex-PRIMER 55/DOPE skinbasher who exited SOCIETY 1 after recording "The Sound That Ends Creation". Berzerk Kirk will make his live debut with SOCIETY 1 in February as SOCIETY 1 hits the road with BILE and PITBULL DAYCARE. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on BELPHEGOR: 'The Goatreich Fleshcult' Cover Artwork Posted Online SLAYER's KERRY KING: The Art Of Making A Nail-Studded Wristband MANOWAR To Perform New Single At Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST POISON Frontman Joins 'Nashville Star' Cast, NIGHTWISH Singer Guests In MARTIN KESICI Video: Clip Available Online and more click here to check it out
 

Jacko Paternity Suit
Foxnews reports: A woman is claiming Michael Jackson fathered her newborn twins and hasn't given her access to the babies. 

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, 36-year-old Sholeh Bocchelli claims the children were born November 26 and are the result of an in vitro fertilization procedure. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Judd Vs Christians
Contact Music reports: Singer WYNONNA JUDD has hit back at Christian fans who have slammed her decision to perform on a lesbian cruise by insisting she has more gay fans than any other country artist. 

Wynonna is planning to set sail on a Caribbean cruise for gay and lesbian couples at the end of this month (29JAN05) and she's annoyed with conservative Christians who are making a fuss about her decision. 

She says, "I've had the biggest gay following in the history of country music since 1980-something. 

"I think it's just the more you talk about love, the more you talk about God, the bigger of a target you are. And so, bring it on." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Keys For Super Bowl
Contact Music reports: ALICIA KEYS has been recruited to perform AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL before this year's (05) SUPER BOWL - making it only the third time the song has been sung at the American football final. 

GRAMMY-winning beauty Keys, who will join RAY CHARLES and VIKKI CARR as stars who have performed the song at the Super Bowl, will be accompanied by 150 students from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, which Charles attended in 1937. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Popstar Admit Childporn
BBC reports: A former member of pop group Paper Lace will be added to the sex offenders' register after admitting a child pornography charge. 

John Chambers, 54, who had a video tape containing indecent images at his home in Nottingham, was sentenced to 200 hours community punishment. 

Nottingham Crown Court heard Chambers was given the tape but tried to return it when he realised its contents. 

Chambers, who joined the band in 1983, admitted possessing indecent images. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Abbey Road Transformed
BBC reports: London's legendary Abbey Road studios will be opening to the public for the first time for a series of film screenings next month. 

Made famous by The Beatles, the studios are to be transformed into a temporary cinema for a two-week season of films which have been scored there. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

eBay Defends Tsunami Scalpers
BBC reports: The organisers of a major tsunami aid concert are trying to prevent tickets being issued to people who then try to sell them on the internet. 

Cardiff Millennium Stadium manager Paul Sergeant called people trying to profit from tickets "mercenaries". 

Dozens of tickets have been put up for auction on the eBay site alone, although many sellers said they would donate some or all profits to victims. 

But eBay said the resale of tickets on the site was not illegal.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Ali G Vs Cowboys
Ananova reports: Ali G comic Sacha Baron Cohen is being blamed for a hoax which enraged cowboys at a US rodeo. 

The comedian's other alter ego, bumbling Kazakhstani Borat Sagdiyev, is the chief suspect behind the stunt at a rodeo at Salem, Virginia. 

Speaking in broken English, the man said: "I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards. And may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq." 

He then told the crowd to be seated, put his hat back on, and launched into a butchered version of The Star-Spangled Banner that ended with the words "your home in the grave". 

"If he had been out there a minute longer, I think somebody would have shot him," said local radio DJ Robynn Jaymes. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Marley Reburial Denial
xinhuanet reports: Several media reported Rita's announcement that the body of late legend Bob Marley, buried for more than two decades, is to be exhumed from a Jamaica cemetery in February and reburied in Ethiopia. 

And Rita Marley indicated the reburial would take place next month on the 60th anniversary of Marley's birth. 

However, Rita Marley, currently in Ethiopia has denied the reports. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Jimmy Griffin RIP
AP reports: James Arthur "Jimmy" Griffin, who was a founding member of the 1970s pop group Bread and shared an Oscar for co-writing "For All We Know," died of complications from cancer. He was 61. 

Griffin, who died Tuesday at his home in Franklin, sang harmony and played guitar with Bread, whose soft-rock hits included "Make It With You," "Baby I'm-a Want You" and "Everything I Own." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Spencer Dryden RIP
Reuters reports: Spencer Dryden, drummer for the San Francisco rock band the Jefferson Airplane, died of cancer Tuesday in Petaluma, Calif. He was 66. 

On the recommendation of L.A. session drummer Earl Palmer, Dryden was hired by the Airplane to replace the group's original drummer Skip Spence, who left to form Moby Grape. Dryden played with the psychedelic band from 1966-70[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Latifah Grammy Host
Reuters reports: Hip-hop star and actress Queen Latifah will host and perform at the 47th Grammy Awards ceremony, Feb. 13 at the Staples Center. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Beloved DVD
IAYM reports: Beloved will be filming their January 14th final show for inclusion on a forthcoming retrospective DVD.- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
SOAD MP3
IAYM reports: System Of A Down's new track 'Cigaro' has been posted online in mp3 format and can be grabbed at www.srcswccbi36.com. "Hypnotize", the first in line of the group's two upcoming new albums, is currently shooting for a tentative March 22nd release date [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on TRUSTcompany: "Stronger" , Vaux/Black Maria/Alexisonfire/Emanuel Dates, Radiation4/Paria/Into The Moat Dates , GWAR Tour Update, "City Of Champions" Dates, Twin Zero Album Update and more click here to check it out
 

Kataklysm Drummer Returns
Metal-Rules reports: Canuck extremists KATAKLYSM have sent out the following press release regarding lineup changes in the band: 

"(We) have parted ways with drummer Martin Maurais due to "personal and professional reasons" Kataklysm wishes Martin the best of luck for the future. On that note Kataklysm is happy to announce the return of former skinsman Max Duhamel who's performed on five previous albums, latest being the critically acclaimed 2002 Shadows & Dust album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Priest Tracks
Metal-Rules reports: Informed label sources have revealed the complete tracklisting for JUDAS PRIEST's long awaited comeback album, Angel Of Retribution. 

The very limited deluxe edition, featuring a bonus DVD including a 40-min documentary and 7 live tracks (filmed during shows in Barcelona and Valencia, Spain in June 2004), will include the following tracklisting: ‘Judas Rising', ‘Deal With The Devil', ‘Revolution', ‘Worth Fighting For', ‘Demonizer', ‘Wheels of Fire', ‘Angel', ‘Hellrider', ‘Eulogy' and ‘Loch Ness'. [see full story for info on the bonus DVD]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Weezer Almost Done
Aversion reports: Weezer is on track to finish its fifth album later this month. 

Although the release date and title for the follow-up to 2002's Maladroit haven't been revealed, the act said most of the recording for the upcoming album has been finished. Front man Rivers Cuomo plans to add his final touches to the album after the end of the fall semester at Harvard, where he attends college. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Midnight Oil Reunite
Aversion reports: Midnight Oil will come out of retirement at the end of the month to raise money for victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami. 

The reunited act will headline Australia's second start-studded benefit concert. Dubbed Wave Aid [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Bjork Releases Album to Aid UNICEF, Turbonegro Goes Village People, Offspring to Play Warped, Blue Meanies' 'Full Throttle' Returns to Print, Snapcase's Final Show Celebrates Band, Armor For Sleep Preps Concept Album and more click here to check it out
 

Head Automatica Singer Hospitalized
Totalrock reports: Head Automatica have been forced to pull out of their support slot on the upcoming Used UK tour. This is because singer Daryl Palumbo has once again been hospitalised due to his ongoing battle with his Crohn's Disease condition.- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Johnny Winter Reissue
Totalrock reports: Johnny Winter is to have his classic 1969 album 'The Progressive Blues Experiment' re-issued by EMI on February 14. It has been re-mastered.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on 'Black' Fire, Napalm Sell Charity Single, Mistress Headline Nottingham, Dropping Into The UK, Waysted Postpone Tour, Bach For Bloodstock and more click here to check it out
 

Belle and Sebastian Best Scottish Band
DiS reports: Belle and Sebastian have been voted the ‘Best Scottish Band of All Time' by Scottish music fans... 

The poll was produced by Scottish magazine, The List after they nominated the top 50 Scottish bands of all time. 

1. Belle & Sebastian 
2. Travis 
3. Idlewild 
4. Wet Wet Wet 
5. Sensational Alex HarveyBand 
[see full story for more of the list and a quote from the band]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

500K Date For Spicegirl
DiS reports: Would you pay half a million to date Halliwell?

 Well, would you?

 72-year-old billionaire Dickie Lugner is doing just that, coughing up £500,000 Geri's way in return for her being his date at Austria's Opera Ball in Vienna. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: DiS also has news on Comets On Fire - full dates, Exclusive: Bloc Party to play Barfly gig, Dropkick Murphys tour, Rilo Kiley: new album, Bright Eyes dates..., Anthony Wilson launches F4 and more click here to check it out
 

Coldplay CD Details
Ananova reports: A few more details about Coldplay's new album have emerged. 

The band's third album is said to feature a "70's electronica sound" with tracks titled What If, Square One and The Hardest Part. 

The group are still finishing the untitled album which is due to hit the shops in March. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Ananova also has news on REM announce single details, Kelis marries rapper, More acts join tsunami benefit gig, Geri paid £500K for date, Kylie to release new single and more click here to check it out
 

A Perfect Circle Imagine Again
liveDaily reports: A Perfect Circle has unveiled a new, interactive version of its video for "Imagine," a cover of the John Lennon original that the group recorded for its 2004 album, "eMOTIVe." The clip, which is streaming at Virgin Records' website, "assembles stock and news footage into a powerfully confrontational statement on the current social and political climate," according to a press release, and the new interactive version features clickable "hot spots" that link to websites where viewers can find more information on the imagery and lyrics of the video and song. - Click Here for the Full Story 
 
U2 Top Download
liveDaily reports: "Vertigo," the lead-off single from U2's latest album, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," was the top-selling digital download in the U.K. during 2004. [see full story for details on the next video]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Joe Satriani reschedules postponed concerts, George Thorogood follows 30th anniversary tour with more roadwork, liveDaily Interview: John McCrea of Cake, Briefly: Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Green Day, Eminem, Slipknot's 'Subliminal Verses Tour' continues to grow and more click here to check it out
 

Oasis Fest Dates
Xfm reports: With the band's sixth studio album expected in 2005, Oasis have confirmed they are to air the new songs in public at two German festivals this summer. 

The album, which Noel has described as his favourite of the last four Oasis long-players, is currently set for release on May 16 and German fans will be some of the first to hear the new material live as the band play two festival dates this Summer. 

The band will be playing the Hurricane and Southside festivals which take place on the weekend of June 10-12. Oasis are due to play Hurricane on Friday 10 June, and Southside on Saturday 11 June. Other bands confirmed for the festivals include Audioslave, Rammstein and Die Äerzte. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Starwood and George Lynch Group Tour
press release reports: [Martin Anderson (bass player of Starwood, Lizzy Bordan and George Lynch group) checked in with live dates
01/14/05 - Sacramento, CA The Roadhouse (George Lynch Group)
01/15/05 - Concord, CA. Bourbon St (George Lynch Group)
1/18/05 - Anaheim, CA. House of Blues (Starwood and George Lynch Group)
1/19/05 - Malibu, CA. Show cancelled because of flooding (Starwood and George Lynch Group)
01/20/05 - Long Beach, CA. The Vault 350 (George Lynch Group) (also performing: Michael Schenker Group, Gilby Clarke of Guns and Roses, Bruce Kulick of Kiss, Frank Hannon of Tesla.)
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Bon Jovi Contest
Want the new Bon Jovi Box Set "100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong"? How about a Samsung YH-920 MP3 player (value $300) with 2 free months to Napster? Here is your chance, all you have to do is click the full story link to enter the contest and you may just win! Good luck! - Click Here for the Full Story 
 
2 Cents: I'm Your Biggest Fan
[Chuck DiMaria is checking in to give us his 2 cents.]

 "I'm your biggest fan!" 

Those four little words are enough to strike fear into any performer's heart. 

Talk about a dichotomy: You need the fans desperately, but they'll be the first ones to turn on you. And when they do, it usually gets pretty ugly. 

I've been onstage enough to know a few things and one of them is that it's really no big deal to be onstage. I mean, given the right lighting and sound, anyone can look like a rockstar up there. However, it doesn't matter how good you look or sound, if there's no one in the audience, it don't mean a thing. 

And that's where the fans come in. They are the true measure of success. If you can sell tickets, you're a star, but if no one shows up, you're not. Period, end of story, film at eleven. 

So as an entertainer, you learn early on that you need fans. Your job is to get new fans all the time and keep the ones you have happy. And it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination. 

It's not easy because times change, people change, you change and when that happens you just might lose fans because they really don't want you to change. 

I mean, which would you rather have, the skinny, young Elvis or the old, fat, bloated Elvis? 

But you will change and so will your music and your outlook and your attitude and just about everything else. Sometimes, that's the way you get fans. That growth as an artist is important if you want to keep things fresh. But sometimes that change isn't a positive one, or at least isn't viewed as such. 

And that's when you can lose fans. [That's 1 cent, click the full story link to get the other] - Click Here for the Full Story 
 
 

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