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Day In Rock 3/8: Durst Sues Websites- Nick Carter Arrested- Sharpton Vs Rap- GNR Vs Times- Motley Animation- Static-X- Green Day Jesus Promo- Game Vs 50 Cent- Sex Pistol Blast Dirty TV- Cars Reunion?- Go-Go's- DualBruce - Cave In- Staind- Underground Tour- Jacko-Ja Ruling- CBGB Faces Closure- Force of Evil- Phantom Planet Join Sting- C.O.C. - Oasis Set Date- SOAD Release- more
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Durst Sues Website
Smoking Gun reports: One week after a sex video starring Fred Durst began circulating on the Internet, the Limp Bizkit front man has filed a $80 million lawsuit against web sites that posted the footage and stills from the singer's X-rated romp with a former girlfriend. [see full story for more, including part of the lawsuit and a list of some of the site sued]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Website Responds to Durst
Popdoh.com reports: My hosting company has been named along with popdoh.com in the lawsuit Fred Durst is filing regarding the sex tape that surfaced on the internet. 

His lawyers did not properly file their complaint, or provide my hosting company with information that would serve as grounds for them to take action against me if I should not comply with their request. They seem to exhibit a clear misunderstanding of how the Internet works. 

Though at this time my hosting company do not know whether the presence of simply these links break any laws (their strong assumption is that they do not) they told me it may not be worth the trouble and risk of legal litigation to keep them operational[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Nick Carter Arrested
andPOP reports: Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is in trouble with the law again. This time, Carter was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Southern California on Saturday. He was stopped by police for violating a traffic law in Huntington Beach, police said. He then underwent a sobriety test. He was booked for investigation of DUI. His car was impounded. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Sharpton Vs Rap
FMQB reports: Activist Reverend Al Sharpton wants to institute a 90-day ban on radio and TV airplay for any performer who uses violence to settle scores or hype music sales, reports the New York Daily News. And Sharpton plans to seek the help of the FCC. 

"There has to be a way to step in and regulate what's going on with the airwaves and with violence," Sharpton told the Daily News yesterday. "The airwaves are being used to romanticize urban violence." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

GNR Vs Times
Blabbermouth reports: Merck Mercuriadis, worldwide CEO for the Sanctuary Group and manager of GUNS N' ROSES, has responded to The New York Times article entitled "Success, excess and a music industry phantom" about GUNS N' ROSES' long-awaited "Chinese Democracy" album, which was dubbed by the paper "probably the most expensive recording never released." Mercuriadis' letter to The New York Times reads as follows: 

"Sir, I find it remarkable that the New York Times a newspaper of some repute has chosen to run an article on the making of the forthcoming GUNS N' ROSES album, 'Chinese Democracy', without even bothering to talk to anyone who has actually been involved in the making of the album. You quote five people on the record, all of whom, with the exception of Tom Zutaut, have been out of the picture for between six and nine years, and like the author of your article, have never even heard the album! Tom Zutaut himself has not been involved for three years and has heard virtually none of the actual record. 

"Your journalist Jeff Leeds is this the return of Jayson Blair under a pseudonym? contacted us last Thursday the 24th of February to inform us he had been working on an article about the 'process' of making the album. I explained that it was not possible for him to write such a story as he had not spoken to the band, our two engineers, myself or most importantly, Axl, all of whom have been working on the actual album for the last two years and enquired how he could write an investigative report with any integrity without doing so. I also asked why if he was reporting on the 'process' why we were the last people he was contacting, as it was obvious from the discussion that he had been working on this for a number of weeks. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Motley Animation
Blabbermouth reports: Each show on what Pollstar has called the year's #1 tour, which has already sold out major venues in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles, among others, will begin with the specially created clay-animated short featuring members of the CRÜE saving the world from imminent destruction, taken from Dream Entertainment's upcoming clay-animated feature film "Disaster! The Movie". Additionally, highlights of Dream's full-length theatrical feature, in which the band appears in a cameo role, will be shown during intermission at each concert. The film is scheduled for worldwide release later this year, with several distributors in the U.S. and Europe currently bidding on the finished production. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Static-X Return
Blabbermouth reports: Guitarist Koichi Fukuda has officially rejoined STATIC-X. In a statement posted on the group's official web site, STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static said, "Koichi was with us back in the club days here in Los Angeles, played on our first record, 'Wisconsin Death Trip', and did the first two years of touring with the band. He's been in the studio with us since October working on the new record and this feels like a very natural transition. 

"The first shows with Koichi will be at the Galaxy in Santa Ana on March 25th and at the Key Club in Hollywood on March 26th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on JUDAS PRIEST's 'Angel Of Retribution' Enters German Chart At No. 4! ** DESPISED ICON Embark On Canadian Tour; First U.S. Appearance Announced ** AMERICAN DOG: New Video Posted Online ** BRAZEN ABBOT To Release New Album In June ** DARK TRANQUILLITY Film 'The New Build' Video and more click here to check it out
 

Green Day Jesus Promo
Punksbands reports: Though not generally associated with lending its songs to sponsorships, Green Day and its label, Reprise, have entered into a partnership with the Independent Film Channel (IFC). The pact will weave the nine-minute-plus "Jesus of Suburbia," the centerpiece of the punk trio's latest album, "American Idiot," into the fabric of the network's on- and off-air promotions and programming. 

'Jesus of Suburbia' is the ultimate articulation of our national zeitgeist -- it speaks perfectly to the anxiety, emotions and passions of our audience," said Evan Shapiro, general manager and executive vp at IFC.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Game Vs 50 Cent
Yahoo Music reports: The tension seems to be escalating between The Game and his former mentor, 50 Cent. The Game resorted to name-calling during a performance at The Vault 350 nightclub in Long Beach, California, on Friday (March 4). He allegedly called 50 Cent a "coward" and said that he wasn't scared to get shot. The rapper also stated that contrary to 50 Cent's comments, he was not kicked out of the G-Unit, he quit the rap collective. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Sex Pistol Blast Dirty TV
Aversion reports: Glen Matlock, onetime bassist for The Sex Pistols, is fed up with hearing obscenities on television and the radio. 

Matlock told a television show, X-Rated: The TV Shows They Tried To Ban, that he's had enough of rotten language on the air. The 48-year-old father now takes issue with the amount of foul language on British airwaves. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

50 Cent Sells A Mil
DiS reports: 50 Cent's new album The Massacre might not actually be any good, but that hasn't stopped US rap fans snapping up copies like tinned food at the dawn of the year 2000. The album, which features a cover that YOU can remake thanks to our friends at Popjustice, was granted an early release on Friday, and has now shifted well over a million copies. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
This Day in Rock
ArrowFM reports: 43 years ago The Beatles make their television debut, appearing on the BBC program "Teenager's Turn" to play Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby." (1962) 

32 years ago Grateful Dead keyboardist and founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan dies of a stomach hemorrhage in Madera, California. He was just 27. (1973) 

12 years ago "Beavis and Butthead" premieres on MTV as a series. The two mutant characters had previously appeared on another MTV program, "Liquid Television." (1993) 

[see full story for more of what happened on this Day in Rock]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Cars Reunion?
ArrowFM reports: While the members of the Cars haven't gotten together since the late 80's, some figured the next time would be when, or if, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Well, at last month's "Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp" here in Los Angeles, the Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton was overheard saying "We're in the process of trying to put the Cars back together, actually. I don't want to say too much about that, but that's what's next, on-deck, for me. Hopefully, hopefully."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Mustaine Slammed in Book
BW&BK reports: Rock hellraiser Dave Mustaine's behavior during his time with METALLICA has been exposed in no holds barred book This Monster Lives. 

The US rocker slammed writer Joe Berlinger, who also directed the Metallica documentary Some Kind Of Monster, for misrepresenting him in a selectively edited interview featured in the film. 

But the book leaves nothing out, and reveals Mustaine's anguish at being dumped from the band. He said, "When my dad went into a coma it didn't phase me as much as being let go from Metallica." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Go-Go's Spring
liveDaily reports: The Go-Go's will re-team for another round of tour dates that kick off in late May. So far, the quintet has booked four late-May and four early June shows, most of which are set in California. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
DualBruce 
liveDaily reports: "Devils & Dust," the forthcoming album from Bruce Springsteen, will be his first to be issued exclusively in DualDisc format, which allows for the album's audio to appear on one side of the disc and DVD content on the other. 

The DVD side of the disc, which hits stores April 26, will feature filmmaker/photographer Danny Clinch's footage of the first live performances of material from the album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Cave In Eye Release
The PRP reports: Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky recently revealed that the band are compiling a collection of songs they recorded throughout 2004 for a summer 2005 release through Hydra Head. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Staind Complete CD
The PRP reports: Staind have completed work on their upcoming new album which is expected out late this spring/early this summer[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Underground Tour
The PRP reports: The tentative line-up has been revealed for the upcoming "Sounds Of The Underground Tour", here is how the bill is set to look: Lamb Of God, Clutch, Poison The Well, Opeth, Unearth, From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Gwar, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost 

The tour, which is expected to run June 25th through to late July, will feature numerous rotating slots for a number of the bands on the bill with an average of 25 to 30 minute sets. Headlining acts like Lamb Of God and Clutch are expected to have a 50 minute set...[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Jacko Witness
BBC reports: The younger brother of the boy accusing Michael Jackson of abuse has told a US court that he twice saw the star molest his brother at his Neverland ranch. 

Star Arvizo, 14, also said Mr Jackson plied him and his brother, Gavin, with alcohol, showed them pornography and walked around naked with an erection. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

FTC May Probe Download Sites
AP reports: The Federal Trade Commission is being asked to investigate Web sites that claim to offer legal music downloads for a low price but actually sell popular software that is available free elsewhere on the Internet and is commonly used to steal songs. 

Such Web sites typically charge $30 to $40 and prominently advertise services as "100 percent legal." Some sites include smaller print warning that downloading songs without permission violates copyrights and encouraging customers to learn more about copyright law at the Library of Congress [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Ja Ruling
AP reports: Ja Rule apologized to the city of Toronto after pleading guilty to assault in an altercation at a downtown nightclub last year. 

"I'm just sorry about my actions," said the 29-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, as he stood on the courthouse steps Monday with his lawyer, wife and bodyguards. 

He received a $1,200 fine after pleading guilty to assault for an incident that took place at La Rouge Nightclub in June 2004. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

CBGB Faces Closure
Reuters reports: [follow up to a previously reported story]New York's legendary rock club CBGB, which helped launch everybody from Blondie to the Ramones, faces closure if it does not resolve a dispute over unpaid rent with the homeless charity that owns the building. 

Club owner Hilly Kristal said the dispute dated from 2001, when the landlord presented a $300,000 bill for unpaid rent. 

Though most of that has now been repaid, the club was handed another bill earlier this year for $76,000 which CBGB has not paid. The club's lease comes to an end in August and talks on renewal are stalled. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Force of Evil's "Black Empire" Coming 3/29
Chipster PR reports: FORCE OF EVIL, FEATURING MEMBERS OF MERCYFUL FATE AND KING DIAMOND, TO RELEASE 'BLACK EMPIRE' ON MARCH 29, 2005, THROUGH ESCAPI MUSIC SONGS ARE INSPIRED BY CLASSIC HORROR WORKS 

Denmark-based Force Of Evil was formed in 2002 by guitarist Hank Shermann and guitarist Michael Denner, veterans of gothic metal pioneers Mercyful Fate. Shermann composed all of the music for 'Black Empire.' Vocalist Martin Steene wrote all of the lyrics. Rounding out the Force Of Evil lineup are bass guitarist Hal Patino and drummer Bjarne Holm. Shermann and Denner have worked together for more than 20 years, most of them as members of Mercyful Fate, for which Holm also served. Mercyful Fate's influence on heavy metal was profound; Metallica proudly cites the the band as a major influence. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Phantom Planet Join Sting
Epic reports: Epic recording artist Phantom Planet is just returning from a week in the UK, where they performed on Top Of The Pops, Cd:uk, and T4, but they won't be resting for long. After spending 2004 on the road, they are heading back out on tour with legendary musician Sting on his Broken Music Tour. Kicking off at San Jose State University's Events Center on April 1st, they will be playing at college campuses across the US as well as venues in select cities. 

Prior to touring with Sting, they will be warming up with a few dates around the Los Angeles area. They will be opening a two night stint for close friends Maroon 5 at Universal Amphitheater on the Honda Civic Tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

C.O.C. In April
Chipster PR reports: CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, the Grammy-nominated heavy rockers from North Carolina, will release 'In The Arms Of God' through Sanctuary Records on April 5, 2005. It's the band's first studio album in five years. 

The 12 tracks on 'In The Arms Of God' are "Stone Breaker," "Paranoid Opioid," "It Is That Way," "Dirty Hands Empty Pockets/Already Gone," "Rise River Rise," "Never Turns To More," "Infinite War," "So Much Left Behind," "Backslider," "World On Fire," "Crown Of Thorns" and "In The Arms Of God." 

To promote 'In The Arms Of God,' COC is embarking on a major North American tour this spring with Motorhead. Keenan, Weatherman and Dean have recruited longtime friend and former Cry Of Love member Jason Patterson as their touring drummer. Schedule permitting, Moore might sit in occasionally with COC. For more information, visit www.coc.com. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Taste of Int'l Chaos
Total Assault reports: The TASTE OF CHAOS Tour will hit Australia and Japan in October 2005 and UK and Germany in November 2005. Bands playing the show will be announced shortly.- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Vendetta Red To Support Finch
Epic reports: Epic recording artist Vendetta Red are just finishing up their latest album "Sisters Of The Red Death", and after a few warm-up dates in the Washington area, the Seattle quintet will head out on the road supporting Finch to showcase their new songs. The tour begins April 14th at Los Angeles's famed venue The Roxy and concludes on April 30th at 2005's The Bamboozle festival at the Asbury Park Lot. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Oasis Set Date
Epic reports: On May 31st 2005 Oasis return with a brand new album entitled Don't Believe the Truth on Epic Records. Don't Believe the Truth is the sixth Oasis studio album - their first since Heathen Chemistry, released in 2002. 

Oasis will revisit the U.S. for the first time since the summer of 2002, playing their biggest U.S. shows to date. Taking only an hour to sell-out 14,000 seats for their June 22nd show at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City, Oasis will begin their stateside run on June 18 in Detroit. For all other Oasis shows visit www.oasisinet.com. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Thousand Foot Krutch In Studio
Tooth and Nail reports: EMI/Tooth and Nail Records rock band THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH is currently in the studio with legendary rock producer Arnold Lanni working on their upcoming album The Art of Breaking. Lanni being known for producing famed rock bands like Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Simple Plan, and Kings X, to name just a few, will assist in helping the Toronto-based band fine tune their new sound. Lanni is also lending his writing skills to the album collaborating with TFK front man, Trevor McNevan. The synergy of these two has produced some amazing songs. "We are so excited to turn over a new page, and evolve stylistically into a record that will better represent who we are as a band. We try to keep giving our fans something fresh." says McNevan.

 New Album, The Art of Breaking, To Be Released July 19th[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

M.O.D. Theme Fat Actress
Megaforce Records reports: Hardcore rock band M.O.D. will have "Bubble Butt" featured as one of the songs in the new show, Fat Actress, which debuted last night on Showtime. The unscripted reality show is based on the real life tribulations of actress Kirstie Alley, who is previously known for her role in the hit TV show Cheers, for which she one an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Billy Milano, lead singer of M.O.D., comments: "Stairway To Heaven, Dream On, Sgt. Peppers... and now Bubble Butt. I have joined the infamous. That's exactly where I belong!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
SOAD Confirm Release
press release reports: System of a Down has confirmed that Disc One ("Mezmerize") from the band's 2-disc set, "Mezmerize/Hypnotize," will be released on May 17, 2005. Disc Two ("Hypnotize") is expected to see a late fall release. The first single from "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" will be the track "B.Y.O.B." [Bring Your Own Bombs] which will hit the airwaves this month.

 System of a Down will relaunch their website - www.systemofadown.com ­ this evening [last night]. The revamped site will offer intriguing glimpses of the artwork for "Mezmerize/Hypnotize," much of which was designed and painted by Vartan Malakian, guitarist/producer Daron Malakian's father. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

QOTSA Game
Fanscape reports: Queens of the Stone Age's new CD 'Lullabies to Paralyze' will be in stores March 22ND, but you can get a taste right now and have some fun at the same time. Check out the new Lullabies To Paralyze Game by clicking on the full story link! - Click Here for the Full Story 
 

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