Day In Rock 1/26: Rap Label Bust- Axl's New Deal- Debbie Gibson Porn- KISSworld Implodes- Megadeth Appeal- NE Metal Fest- REM Ministry- Ray Leads Oscars- Coheed & Cambria- QOTSA- Fantomas- Nashville Pussy- Franz 101- Cinco de Manic- Strokes- Pearl Jam- Freese Gets Stung- Ringo Superhero- Oasis- Lou Reed- Charlatans Gig Makes Fans Sick!- Warped Additions- more
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Rap Label Bust
AP reports: A federal investigation of the rap music industry's alleged ties to the drug world has resulted in charges against the founder of a platinum-selling record label and a notorious crack kingpin, law enforcement sources said Tuesday. 

Federal prosecutors were to announce an indictment Wednesday against Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo, head of The Inc., whose flagship artists are Ja Rule and Ashanti, and Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Axl's New Deal
Soundgenerator.com reports: Guns N' Roses main man Axl Rose has signed a new publishing deal with one of the fastest growing music groups. 

Axl Rose follows a string of high-profile artists including Lou Reed, Fun Loving Criminals, UB40, the New York Dolls and Morrissey onto Sanctuary's roster. 

The deal, confirmed by the label yesterday (January 24), will include all Guns N' Roses back catalogue and new material.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Debbie Gibson Porn
Ananova reports: Eighties pop star Debbie Gibson has posed naked for Playboy magazine. 

The 34-year-old shed her clothes for the magazine's March issue to coincide with the release of a new single titled Naked, reports the New York Post. 

The photos are described as "very sexy, feminine." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

KISSworld Implodes
Blabbermouth reports: Less than a year after the announcement was made that KISS would be opening KissWorld, the first official KISS store in Melbourne, Australia, the store appears to be all but a thing of the past, with the tenants allegedly having been evicted by the landlord for failure to pay rent. [see full story for the Blabbermouth exclusive]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Megadeth Appeal
Blabbermouth reports: Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson's attorney, Randall Jacobs, has filed a notice of appeal in connection with a suit filed by Ellefson against MEGADETH singer-guitarist Dave Mustaine, a co-founding member of the metal band, and the group's corporate entities, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

The suit, filed in July 2004, alleged that Ellefson was entitled to a greater share of the band's profits than he was paid . U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of New York, N.Y., ruled on January 13, 2005 that Ellefson has no valid claims against MEGADETH, Dave Mustaine or anyone else, holding that Ellefson had entered into a valid settlement agreement with the band in May 2004, and released all of his claims in that agreement.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

NE Metal Fest
Blabbermouth reports: The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows: 

Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.):
HATEBREED - UNEARTH - OBITUARY - ALL THAT REMAINS - AS I LAY DYING - ION DISSONANCE [see full story for the full lineup]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Metallica Killer Executed
Blabbermouth reports: A Texas death row inmate who chanted the chorus to METALLICA's "No Remorse" after fatally shooting a man in the head in Corpus Christi and robbing him of $13 twenty years ago was executed Tuesday (Jan. 25), according to The Associated Press. 

The execution came after the U.S. Supreme Court refused on a narrow 5-4 vote to block Troy Kunkle's execution. 

Kunkle was contrite as he looked toward the daughter and son-in-law of his victim, Stephen Horton, and sought their forgiveness. 

"I would like to ask you to forgive me," he said. "I made a mistake and I am sorry for what I did. All I can do is ask you to forgive me." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on LOCKUP: Live Album To Receive Japanese Release In March, WITCHERY: New Album Details Revealed, Go Behind The Scenes At A KISS Show: Article Posted Online, DIMEBAG's Final Resting Place: Brand New Photos Posted Online, L.A. GUNS, SLAUGHTER, GREAT WHITE To Perform At 'Stripped' CD Launch Party and more click here to check it out

REM Ministry
MTV reports: R.E.M. have finally found a full-time replacement for drummer Bill Berry: Bill Reiflen, formerly of Ministry. Berry left the band in 1997. Reiflen played drums on R.E.M.'s latest effort, 2004's Around the Sun. ... [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Stadium Rock
Reuters reports: Ten U.S. football stadiums have formed a network to promote themselves and grab a piece of the nearly $3 billion concert and live entertainment business. 

The Gridiron Stadium Network consists of the stadiums of National Football League teams in Washington, D.C., Denver, Houston, Buffalo, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit, Philadelphia and Kansas City. Each stadium can hold at least 60,000 spectators. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ray Leads Oscars
Reuters reports: Ray Charles was an international star for five decades, but in Hollywood the complicated piano man was long considered box-office poison. 

When director Taylor Hackford started pitching a project about the "genius of soul" more than 15 years ago, no studios were interested. Music-themed pictures are a tough sell, especially when the subject is an old, blind, black man. 

"Ray" eventually got made and received an official seal of approval on Tuesday with six Academy Award nominations, including best picture, director and actor. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Coheed & Cambria Bootleg
IAYM reports: In addition to their previously mentioned upcoming DVD effort "Live At The Starland Ballroom", Coheed & Cambria are said to be planning to release a 'bootleg' CD through Columbia on the same date, March 22nd.[see full story for links to live mp3s of some of the new songs]- Click Here for the Full Story 
QOTSA Single
IAYM reports: Queens Of The Stone Age are planning to release a CD single in the UK for their track 'Little Sister' on March 14th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Fantomas in April
IAYM reports: Ipecac have set an April 05th release date for Fantômas' new album "Suspended Animation".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on The Chair , "Subliminal Verses Tour" Update, QOTSA Single Release Date, Ektomorf: "Instinct", :wumpscut: - "Evoke", A Static Lullaby: "Stand Up" and more click here to check it out

Nashville Pussy's New Deal
Metal-Rules reports: Nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1999 for ‘Fried Chicken And Coffee' from their debut release Let Them Eat Pussy, Spitfire Records proudly announces it has signed Nashville Pussy to an exclusive recording deal for North America. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Cinco de Manic
Aversion reports: Manic Hispanic will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a bit of El Goupo Sexxo. BYO Records will release the Hispanic punk outfit's next album, El Groupo Sexxo May 5. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Strokes Recording
Aversion reports: The Strokes are up to their necks in working on a new album. 

According to an email update sent out to fans, the New York act's laid down five cuts for its follow-up to 2003's Room on Fire (RCA) [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Nine Inch Nails Album Hits in May, Maxeen Signs to Warner, Drive Thru to Release Steel Train, Vagrant Signs The Bled, Queens of Stone Age Announce Tour and more click here to check it out

Pearl Jam Recording
Totalrock reports: Pearl Jam are working on a new studio album, the follow-up to 2002's 'Riot Act'. But, they have neither a title nor a release date in mind. The band intend to take their time with the recording process. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Freese Gets Stung
Totalrock reports: Josh Freese, a drummer who's worked with A Perfect Circle, Guns n' Roses, Evanescence and Vandals among many others. is to join Sting's band. According to blabbermouth.net, the former Police frontman is going back to his rock roots for an upcoming tour, due to start in April. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on 'Stop' The Fountains, Melvins In London, Goblin Switch Days, Trashing The UK, Spit The Duke, Aereogramme Cancel More Shows and more click here to check it out

Ringo Superhero
ArrowFM reports: Stan Lee is known for his comic books about Spider Man, the Hulk, X-Men and the Fantastic Four - and now Ringo Starr. In a statement announcing the partnership between Lee and Starr, The former Beatle will star as a reluctant "an evil-battling, earth saving superhero with a great sense of rhythm." Ringo will voice the character and contribute original music.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Oasis Bidding War
Xfm reports: Noel and Liam Gallagher are reportedly set to make a fortune as rival record companies start a bidding war anticipating the end of Oasis' contract with Sony. 

Oasis' current deal with Sony expires this summer and, eager to sign the indie giants, rival record companies have reportedly begun to place offers on the table. 

Both EMI and V2 are rumoured to have offered the group three album deals worth over £15 million, while Sony are yet to rule out an attempt to trump their rivals and resign the group. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Cradle of Foot in Mouth
Digital Noise reports: Contrary to the report yesterday, it appears that Dave Pybus has NOT left Cradle Of Filth. 

A revised statement on the band's official website, www.cradleoffilth.com, reads as follows: 

"For personal reasons Dave Pybus will be unable to take part in the COF European tour in the Spring. He is really sorry he is not going to be able to see everyone out there." "This does not mean that Dave will not appear be appearing on the next album."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Digital Noise also has news on The Bled Sign to Vagrant Records, My Chemical Romance Announce U.K. Tour Dates, More Bands Announced for Warped Tour 2005, More Dates Added to "The Subliminal Verses" Tour, Shadows Fall Announce Headlining Dates, Marilyn Manson Announce European Tour Dates and more click here to check it out

Lou Reed UK
NME reports: LOU REED has confirmed details of rare UK shows. The ex-Velvet Underground singer will play at the Leicester De Montfort Hall on April 21, before heading to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on April 22. [see full story for more, including ticket info]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Charlatans Gig Makes Fans Sick! 
NME reports: An inquiry has revealed that over 500 people fell ill after a sick rock fan vomited at a CHARLATANS concert in Scotland last year. 

A third of the concertgoers who witnessed the band were struck down by Winter Vomiting Disease during the gig. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: NME also has news on My Chemical Romance hit the road , REM to headline UK festival, Wilco's latest album gets bigger, System Of A Down extend their London stay, Green Day rock London at intimate show, Eels back with star-studded double album and more click here to check it out

Warped Additions
The PRP reports: Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Hawthorne Heights and The Starting Line are the latest confirmations for this years "Warped Tour 2005", - Click Here for the Full Story 
More Slipknot Dates
The PRP reports: More new dates have been added to the Slipknot, Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall' "Subliminal Verses Tour", the latest are as follows: 
April 17th Spokane, WA - Star Theatre (Feat. From Autumn To Ashes) 
April 19th West Valley City, UT - E Center (Feat. Dillinger Escape Plan) 
April 20th Denver, CO - Magness Arena (Feat. Dillinger Escape Plan) [see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Comeback Kid Tracks
punkbands reports: The track listing has been posted for the upcoming release from Comeback Kid. The band will be releasing the followup to 2003's Turn It Around and Victory debut, Wake The Dead, on February 22nd, 2005. 

False Idols Fall - My Other Side - Wake The Dead - The Trouble I Love - Talk Is Cheap - Partners In Crime - Our Distance - Bright Lights Keep Shining - Falling Apart - Losing Patience - Final Goodbye [see full story for an mp3 to the title track]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Tierra Santa's Apocalipsis
press release reports: Locomotive Music is excited to set off the New Year with the release of Apocalipsis by Spanish metal toreadors Tierra Santa on March 15, 2005. 

The sixth album from Tierra Santa, Apocalipsis is a sublime work by a band not afraid of experimentation. The follow up album to 2003's Indomable (Locomotive), the album shows a maturity in Tierra Santa, but is also filled with the same energy and passion they had the day they were formed. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Ben Folds Next Full Length
press release reports: With the finishing touches in place, Epic Records recording artist Ben Folds will release the highly anticipated SONGS FOR SILVERMAN on April 26. The self-produced follow-up to his solo debut Rockin' the Suburbs finds Folds working with a band for the first time since making his mark as the leader of the trio Ben Folds Five. 

After completing Rockin' the Suburbs and an unprecedented series of EP's – Speed Graphic, Sunny 16 and Super D – Folds returned to the studio in early 2004 to record his next solo project. With this new album complete, Folds' boundless creativity summoned him back to the studio to enhance it – this time with bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Lindsay Jamieson. In the fall of 2004, during a six week recording session in Nashville, at the same RCA Studio once used by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins, the trio re-recorded the songs from Folds' unreleased solo album along with two new songs, completing the 11-song collection on SONGS FOR SILVERMAN. 

Track listing is as follows: 1. Bastard - 2. You To Thanks - 3. Jesusland - 4. Landed - 5. Gracie - 6. Trusted - 7. Give Judy My Notice - 8. Late - 9. Sentimental Guy - 10. Time - 11. Prison Food [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Fans Pick HED Video
press release reports: HED p.e. asked for their fans' help and they certainly didn't let them down. About 10 days ago, the band posted 4 advance music streams from their forthcoming album Only In Amerika on their official website (www.hedrocks.com) and asked kids to choose their favorite as the potential first single/video from the aforementioned release. The band's following proved to be one-of a-kind as thousands turned out to vote-in "Represent" as the winner. 

With the voting concluded, HED immediately set out to shoot a video for the song with Director Dale Restighini (Hatebreed, Candiria, Fear Factory). The video was shot this past week-end on location in Orange County and North Hollywood and will be ready in the next 2 weeks.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

In Stores This Week: The Cribs
press release reports: [Here is a bit of info on a current buzz band that released a new cd this week] The single "You Were Always The One" selected as one of NME's "Tracks Of The Year" The Cribs are three brothers (two on vocal & guitars with the third on the drums.) The Libertines, big Cribs supporters, hand picked them to be the first band of their final legendary "Albion Tour" Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols a big fan – made a point to spend some supportive time with the band in studio Ryan from the Cribs plays violin for Hidden Cameras Strokes producer Gordon Raphael just edged out Edwyn Collins (from Orange Juice) as producer of the next Cribs CD. - Click Here for the Full Story 
In Stores This Week: The Stands 'All Years Leaving' 
press release reports: [Here is a bit of info on a current buzz band that released a new cd this week] n the spirit of the Byrds, Dylan Neil Young but drenched in the contemporary reverb-drenched jangle of bands like My Morning Jacket or Beachwood Sparks. Oasis' Noel Gallager's favorite band. The Stands are part of the ever-erupting "Scouse" movement – tightly-knit posse of bands congregating in Liverpool – bands include The Coral, The Zutons, The Bandits. 

Band has toured extensively with Jet, Paul Weller, Spiritualized, Gomez and The Libertines. - Click Here for the Full Story 

The Kills Return
press release reports: The Kills, the Anglo-American duo of VV, aka Alison Mosshart (guitar, vocals) and Hotel, aka Jamie Hince (drums, vocal, guitar), will release their sophomore release No Wow, March 8th on Rough Trade/RCA. 

The band will be performing at SXSW in March and will follow with a full US tour. Tour dates will be coming soon. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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