Day In Rock 3/9: Britney Topless- al Qaeda Vs Crowe- Zep Sues Bar- Dee Snider Takes on School- KISS Apprentice- Nile- Slash- R.Kelly Trial To Proceed- Ozzy Makeover- Yahoo iTunes- Jacko Witness Lied- Kazaa- Kid Seger- Mastodon Maiden?- Priest No 12- Anthrax Reunion- Throcult- Clutch- Elton- Jeff Buckley Studio Fire- SOAD- The Get Up Kids Break Up - Supergrass- Mars Volta Dates-  more
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Britney Topless
Ananova reports: Britney Spears has agreed to strip off for a magazine cover. 

She will appear topless, wearing just a necklace gift from husband Kevin Federline on the upcoming cover of US fashion magazine Allure. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

al Qaeda Vs Crowe
Herald Sun reports: [Not rock related but an interesting story] Australian Oscar winner Russell Crowe has revealed he was the target of a kidnap plot by al-Qaida terrorists. 

The plot was part of a "cultural destabilisation plan" by the terror network, the actor said. 

Crowe explained that he was approached by the FBI in the months leading up to his Academy Award win for Gladiator in 2001 and warned of the threat. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Zep Sues Bar
BW&BK reports: A live rendition of LED ZEPPELIN's ‘Whole Lotta Love' stands to get a Glendale Heights bar in a whole lotta trouble. 

According to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court, 602 North, a bar at 602 E. North Ave., had several bands playing the night of Oct. 2, 2004. Monday, Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and descendants of John Bonham filed suit for the unauthorized performance. 

In reality, the legends of Zeppelin are probably unaware the suit was even filed, said Richard Reimer, attorney for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, which filed the suit but is not named as a plaintiff. 

"There was a lengthy effort to persuade the owners to obtain an ASCAP license," Reimer said. "For an establishment like this, the licensing fee runs in the order of $1,500 or so per year." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Dee Snider Takes on School
BW&BK reports: Snider, the heavy metal star whose 1984 hit ‘We're Not Gonna Take It' saluted teenage rebellion, said he will be at Hamburg Area High School's annual talent show next month when students plug in their amplifiers and let loose. 

School administrators had threatened to bar student rock bands from taking part in the talent show because of the potential for injuries caused by moshing, a form of dancing in which participants slam into each other. 

Snider, now a disc jockey with Philadelphia rock station WMMR-FM, heard about the controversy and ranted on air about it. School officials eventually backed down, and Snider helped arrange for a security company to work the show. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

KI$$ Apprentice
BW&BK reports: According to the Thefutoncritic.com, ten of the biggest names in the rock and rap music industry, including KISS' GENE SIMMONS, will join Donald Trump and the remaining 10 candidates during NBC's star-studded Apprentice (March 10, 9-10pm ET) as this week's episode, unites the worlds of business and music. 

Candidates join forces with music television network Fuse as they petition these 10 celebrities to donate a "personal experience" that will be auctioned off live on Fuse's popular Daily Download program. After enlisting each of the music artists for a donation, Magna and Net Worth select team members to pitch the auction items live on television. The team that brings in the most money will be declared the winner and the proceeds benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

New Nile Bassist
BW&BK reports: The following comes directly from the official NILE site, www.nile-catacombs.net: 

"World Management would like to announce that due to last minute rehearsals with 19 year old bass player Joe Payne, Karl and Dallas have decided that he will in fact be the bass player on the upcoming Euro dates starting next week. Nile and World Management would like to publicly thank Steve Tucker who on the drop of a hat, had offered to fill in if needed. He is indeed a friend and member of our extended family. Thanks Steve." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on ROYAL HUNT Complete Recording New Record ** CLUTCH Complete Drums On New Record ** BETRAYER - A Sneak Preview Of Shadowed Force ** BEN JACKSON GROUP Confirm Release Date For All Over You ** INTO ETERNITY Singer Comments On STRATOVARIUS Tour and more click here to check it out

Slash Helps Addict
Melodic Rock reports: The following story is brought to you with great pleasure. A long time contact of mine in LA sent this through today - eager to pass on his experience with the legendary Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N Roses guitarist Slash. 

My friend writes: "I was eating at Casa Vega restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles yesterday with my best friend. I was trying to cheer her up because her 19 year old daughter has a serious substance abuse problem and won't listen to anyone. Sitting at the table next to us was Slash from Velvet Revolver/Guns 'n' Roses, with his small child. After a little debate as if we should bother Slash, she asked him to please call her daughter on her cell phone because he obviously had beaten whatever demons he had in the past and maybe the kid would listen to him. Without hesitation Slash asked my friend a couple of questions and left a message for her on the daughters' phone. The daughter has not been answering her phone or returning calls. The daughter returned the calls today and had the first pleasant conversation with her mom in ages.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

R.Kelly Trial To Proceed
MTV reports: R. Kelly lost another round in court on Friday, when a Chicago judge rejected his bid to declare the Illinois child-pornography statute unconstitutional (and thereby dismiss the charges against him). Kelly's defense tried to make the argument that if it's not illegal to have sex with a 17-year-old, since that's the age of consent, it shouldn't be illegal to take pictures of a 17-year-old engaging in a sex act. [see full story for more, plus those Britney photos]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Ozzy Makeover
Contact Music reports: Wildman rocker OZZY OSBOURNE congratulated himself for giving up alcohol and drugs - with cosmetic surgery. 

The former BLACK SABBATH singer, 56, admits he underwent several procedures to change his facial appearance last year (04) after he was inspired by his wife SHARON's cosmetic enhancement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Yahoo iTunes
FMQB reports: CNet.com reports that Yahoo is close to debuting its own digital music store and software. The company has been working along with MusicNet for quite a while on the new initiative, which is expected to take aim at Apple's popular iTunes. Sources tell CNet that the new project was slated to debut this week, but its launch date has been delayed. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Jacko Witness Lied
AP reports: Michael Jackson's lawyer Tuesday confronted a 14-year-old boy whose brother was allegedly molested by the singer, pointing to discrepancies between the boy's trial testimony and earlier accounts, and extracting an admission he lied in another case. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Kazaa Assets Frozen
Wired News reports: The assets of Sharman Networks, the maker of the Kazaa peer-to-peer software, have been frozen pending the outcome of a lawsuit brought against the software-maker by the recording industry. 

The personal assets of Sharman's directors, including their homes, have also been frozen following the latest legal push. Australia's Federal Court heard the music industry's motion in Sydney on Friday. The assets of Altnet, which licenses technology to Sharman and is a co-respondent in the action brought against Sharman, have also been affected. 

The maneuvering comes just days after Altnet said it would set up a fund designed to give independent record labels a share of Kazaa's advertising revenue. Lee Jaffe, Altnet's president, told Wired News the asset freeze is nothing more than an attempt by the major record labels to choke off a revenue stream destined for the cartel's smaller rivals. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Kid Seger / Stevie Henley
ArrowFM reports: Kid Rock and Bob Seger spent some together last Friday (3/5) working on a duet for Seger's new CD. No release date has been set....Big touring rumor that Don Henley and Stevie Nicks may tour together. The duo has sung together a few times - especially when they had the hit "Leather and Lace". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Mastodon Maiden?
Blabbermouth reports: MASTODON are on the verge of securing the support slot on IRON MAIDEN's summer tour in Europe, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. MASTODON also in talks to play the Roskilde festival, set to take place June 30-July 3 in Roskilde, Denmark. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are BLACK SABBATH, AUDIOSLAVE and GREEN DAY, among others. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Priest No 12
Blabbermouth reports: According to Hits Daily Double, JUDAS PRIEST have sold approximately 58,500 copies of their new album, "Angel of Retribution", during its first week of release to debut at position No. 12 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. PRIEST reportedly saw significant sales from their release in the DualDisc configuration, with approximately half of the total sales coming from the new entertainment product which combines music, film and video on a single, two-sided disc. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Anthrax Reunion
Blabbermouth reports: ANTHRAX have confirmed a one-off show at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on April 30 with the classic "Among the Living" lineup, featuring singer Joey Belladonna, guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz, drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello. This will be the only U.S. show the band will do prior to their European summer festival run.

 ANTHRAX's "Among the Living" lineup is said to be planning a series of North American dates this summer, including an appearance at the 10th anniversary edition of Ozzfest. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Throcult Add Axe
Blabbermouth reports: Colorado black metallers THROCULT have enlisted the services of Dan Lynn (SILENCER) on second guitar for all upcoming shows. Former guitarist Nick Jackson left the band back in January In order to concentrate in other things. "The relationship [between] Nick and THROCULT will always continue [to be] great, we wish Nick the best," the band write in a press release. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Clutch Working on New CD
Blabbermouth reports: CLUTCH drummer Jean-Paul Gaster has posted the following update at the band's official website: 

"As for the [new studio] album, things are looking very good. The drum tracks are all put down. The next couple days up here in Woodstock will be jam days. So far we have put down 15 tunes and a couple jams in about 4 days. I expect today and tomorrow should be just as fruitful. We begin overdubs next week. The album is to be delivered to DRT in April for a July/August release date. No titles as of yet. It seems the tunes are heavier and bit more 'out there' than 'Blast Tyrant'. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on Classic TESTAMENT And LAAZ ROCKIT Band Lineups Confirmed For Holland's DYNAMO OPEN AIR Festival ** SAXON: More West Coast Dates Announced ** ROYAL HUNT To Begin Mixing New Album Next Week ** BEN JACKSON GROUP To Release 'All Over You' This Month ** INTO ETERNITY's TIM ROTH Comments On STRATOVARIUS Tour and more click here to check it out

Elton Calls in Sick
liveDaily reports: Elton John, who called off two planned shows over the weekend due to an undisclosed illness, has postponed two additional performances scheduled for this week. 

The latest postponements are John's Tuesday (3/8) gig in Richmond, VA, and his Wednesday (3/9) show in Winston-Salem, NC. Shows were called off over the weekend in New Orleans and Bossier City, LA.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jeff Buckley Studio Fire
NME reports: The studio JEFF BUCKLEY was recording in when he died has been destroyed by fire. 

The Easley McCain recording studio in Memphis suffered considerable damage after an electrical fire broke out on Wednesday last week (March 2). 

"The (fire) inspector said that two fires broke out at the same time at opposite ends of the building, due to some electrical reason," engineer Kevin Cubbins told Rolling Stone. "Within 15, 20 seconds, the whole place was engulfed." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

SOAD Souls Concert
SOAD reports: Multi-Platinum-selling group SYSTEM OF A DOWN will headline "Souls, 2005," a benefit concert presented by Los Angeles radio powerhouse, KROQ-FM, and held in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 24 at the Universal Amphitheatre. All tickets for the concert will be priced at $45.00 and will go on sale at 10:00AM on Saturday, March 12 at the Universal Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets including Tower Records, Robinsons-May, Wherehouse, Ritmo Latino, http://www.ticketmaster.com/, and http://hob.com/. Doors are at 7:00PM and the show will begin at 8:15PM; support acts and other details will be announced shortly. 

This is the third "Souls" benefit concert that System of a Down has organized and headlined, and as before, the four band members - Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan - have earmarked the proceeds from "Souls, 2005" to benefit organizations that work to eradicate genocides across the globe. This includes the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), an organization that supports legislation in the U.S. Congress to recognize the Armenian Genocide that was perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire during World War 1. During this first genocide of the 20th century, 1.5 million Armenians were annihilated and hundreds of thousands deported from their ancient homeland. April 24th was chosen as the date for the concert as this year, it commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

The Get Up Kids Break Up 
Punkbands reports: The Get Up Kids are calling it quits. Here's the confirmation from their website: Ladies and gentlemen, the rumors are true. After ten years, close to a hundred recorded songs and several trips around the world, The Get Up Kids will be playing their last shows this summer. We're celebrating the release of our as-of-yet-untitled live record and we're coming around one final time. We'll be playing gigs in the west, in the east and in the middle of the US. Our very last show will be in Kansas City, MO (our hometown) Fourth of July weekend 2005. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Supergrass UK Tour
Xfm reports: Things have been very quiet in the Supergrass camp for a year now, with only mutterings of a new studio album to keep fans happy. Then all of a sudden – wallop! – they announce a full headlining UK tour. 

Since their Greatest Hits album ‘Supergrass Is 10' came out last year, Supergrass have been quietly at work recording their sixth studio album, with reports claiming the new record will be released later this year. 

Now comes the unexpected news that the band will be debuting the new material when they undertake a 12 date headlining UK tour in May. The jaunt kicks off in Manchester takes in a date at Koko, in London and culminates in a show at the Liverpool Academy. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

All American Rejects Tour Crazy
Earshot Media reports: Stillwater, OK's The All-American Rejects have announced plans for a spring headlining tour that will kick off March 29th in Atlanta, GA and run through May 29th in Orlando, FL. Tickets for all shows may be purchased directly through the band's newly relaunched website at: www.theall-americanrejects.com. Number One Fan (Pat's Record Company) and Action Action (Victory Records) will fill out the support slots from 3/29-4/29. Hellogoodbye (Drive Thru) and Armor for Sleep (Equal Vision Records) will open from 4/29-5/29. 

The Rejects are eyeing a mid-summer release for their yet to be titled, long-awaited sophomore cd, produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Vendetta Read, Head Automatica). Fans should expect to hear never-before-heard songs on the upcoming dates along with all of their favorites from the band's platinum self-titled debut. 

The All-American Rejects have also been confirmed to perform on the main stage of this summer's Vans Warped Tour from June 17th to July 28th.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Fuse's Vid IQ
Fuse reports: "Video IQ" gives viewers a chance display their knowledge of music facts that were totally useless – until now. This fun, interactive show will allow viewers to follow clues on the videos and participate either on-line or through text messaging to solve puzzles and win fun prizes, all for a shot at one spectacular grand prize. Finally, a chance to turn your worthless knowledge into worthless prizes![see full story for more, including air times]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Mars Volta Dates
drillTEAM reports: The Mars Volta has announced North American tour dates in support of the band's latest release Frances the Mute. Tickets for most shows go on sale either March 11th or 12th. (see full story link for on-sale dates)

 4/22 - San Diego, CA - RIMAC
4/25 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
4/26 - Houston, TX - Version Wireless Arena
4/28 - New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theater
4/29 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
5/01 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
5/05-5/06 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
5/07 - Providence, RI - Lupos
5/09 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
5/10 - Boston, MA - Avalon
5/12 - Montreal, Canada - Metropolis
5/13 - Toronto, Canada - Kool Haus
5/15 - Detroit, MI - State House
5/16-5/17 - Chicago, IL - Riviera
5/19 - Minneapolis, MN - Wilkins
- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jamiroquai Set Release
Epic reports: The highly anticipated sixth studio album from multi-platinum artist JAMIROQUAI is set for release. "Dynamite" is due out on Epic Records, May 24, 2005. 

Stay tuned for more details! - Click Here for the Full Story 

British Sea Power Open Season
Gigante Media reports: In the past two years since the release of The Decline Of British Sea Power, the world has been a tumultuous place where not even a tree-bound bassist is safe. Amongst the menace and the madness, British Sea Power emerged capturing a sense of urgency, of the chaos building, and in turn held up triumphantly the spirit of man to survive and excel despite the odds. Those who took notice were swept up and their hearts swelled. Now BSP return with Open Season, a view of the world from great heights, a record that expresses clarity brought forth by new adventures and experiences. Open Season out April 4th[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Intangible To Preview Debut
i.e. marketing reports: Southern California's INTANGIBLE--led by singer/songwriter JUSTIN WRIGHT, along with bassist ANDREW JOHNSON, guitarists JACO CARACO and BRETT FARKAS, and drummer KYLO SHANE--are set to release their debut album ELEVATE May 24 on Larkio Music. The band will preview songs from the album--which features the newly released first single "Those Around You"--when they perform at The Roxy in Los Angeles on March 14. 

Self-produced by WRIGHT, ELEVATE showcases 11 original compositions where dreamy, pop-inflected melodies give way to explosive choruses. It's an album that makes no apologies for its sumptuous, hard-rocking accessibility. On the lead single "Those Around You," WRIGHT delivers stream-of-consciousness lyrics only to arrive at the spiritual question: "Do you believe in only those that are around you? Could you believe in something calling from within?"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bottom Line Add Dates
Earshot Media reports: Bottom Line has jumped on some additional dates with Goldfinger and theSTART: 

3/8 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
3/9 Salt Lake City, UT - Lo Fi Cafe
3/11 Tuscon, AZ - The Rock
3/12 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
3/14 West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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