Day In Rock 3/14: Jadakiss Vs 50 Cent- Guns N Rap- C-Murder Denied Retrial- Slipknot- NIN- Ozzy- Coldplay- Queen Dates- Danny Joe Brown RIP- Anthrax- SFU Box- Switchfoot- Geezer Bumped- Soilent Green- McFly- Black Dahlia Murder- Mudvayne- Throwdown- Euro Slayer- Joe Jackson & Todd Rundgren- Robert Cray- Scary Kids Scaring Kids- Gorillaz- Underoath- Jamiroquai- Breaking Benjamin- more
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Jadakiss Vs 50 Cent
MTV reports: 50 Cent may have called for peace with Game at a press conference Wednesday, but he definitely has unresolved issues with some of his other peers. 

Hours after 50's media event, Jadakiss and Fat Joe became the first to retaliate for getting called out on "Piggy Bank." 

On Wednesday evening, Kiss started the verbal melee, sending out his new freestyle to a few parties (including MTV News), which was labeled "Checkmate." In it, the Yonkers, New York, native uses the G-Unit general's own ammo against him: Kiss raps over 50's beat from "Animal" — a dis record aimed at Murder Inc. on 50's 2050: Before the Massacre mixtape — and even plays with 50's original lines from the record.[see full story to learn how Fat Joe got back at fiddy]- Click Here for the Full Story 

C-Murder Denied Retrial
AP reports: A judge's decision to grant a new murder trial to rapper C-Murder has been overturned by a state appeals court. 

The ruling, in an opinion released Thursday, sets the stage for a sentencing hearing for the rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. said. 

Miller, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for second-degree murder, may still appeal, said defense attorney Ron Rakosky. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Guns N Rap
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on the Sp1at.com web site, hip-hop legend BIZZY BONE has told Philly.com that he will be releasing a cover of the GUNS N' ROSES classic "Welcome to the Jungle" this summer. "There's a lot of my archives and some things never heard before," Bizzy told Philly.com. "I will have a rock and roll album out this summer, doing a remake of 'Welcome To The Jungle' with GUNS N' ROSES." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Slipknot Costumes
Blabbermouth reports: PulseoftheMaggots.com spoke with a representative of Morbid Industries, who have confirmed that SLIPKNOT haved signed a license agreement for the company to begin production of SLIPKNOT masks and costumes for fan purchase beginning summer 2005. 

"It has not been officially released yet, but the deal is done," the representative said. "SLIPKNOT has entered into a licensing agreement with Morbid Industries for the production of SLIPKNOT masks and costumes beginning summer 2005. Morbid displayed the prototypes of the masks at the Halloween & Party Show in Chicago last week.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

NIN Voodoo
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on The NIN Hotline, Ticketmaster has started announcements to sellers in the Louisiana area that NINE INCH NAILS are due to headline this year's Voodoo festival in New Orleans. The annual event, which tends to draw in a crowd of around 65,000 people, is scheduled to take place October 29-30.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Ozzy Bonus
Blabbermouth reports: Bilboard is reporting that early purchasers of OZZY OSBOURNE's March 22 boxed set, "Prince of Darkness", will get a little bonus. 

The initial pressing of the set will include a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for this summer's Ozzfest, valued at $40. To redeem, customers go to the Ozzfest.com web site and punch in the code on the coupon.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on Performing With AEROSMITH Was Highlight Of CHRISTINA MILIAN's Life ** AXIS OF JUSTICE Celebrates Farmworkers' Victory ** NIGHTWISH, DARK TRANQUILLITY Confirmed For Italy's EVOLUTION FESTIVAL ** Report: 'Faust' Heavy Metal Opera Surpassed Expectations ** ORPHANED LAND: Early Albums To Be Issued On Limited-Edition Vinyl and more click here to check it out

Coldplay X&Y
MuchMusic reports: Coldplay fans finally have a date to mark on their calendars… the band's highly anticipated new album will be called X&Y and hits stores on June 7th. Coldplay is also expected to announce North American tour dates in the coming weeks. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Queen Dates
Ananova reports: Queen have announced extra dates for their first live tour in almost 20 years. 

They include a huge open air gig in Hyde Park, London, on Friday July 8. 

The tour will also now take in Belfast Odyssey Arena on May 13 and Dublin The Point Depot on May 14. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Universal Profits
Audio Aggression reports: After earlier reports from Sony/BMG blaming piracy decreased sales, Universal Music Group is starting 2005 like they ended 2004, with record profits. SoundScan sale's charts for this week show UMG artists holding four of the top five albums, and 44% of album sales.With an upcoming release from Nine Inch Nails, Universal Music Charirman Doug Morris doesn't expect sales to slow down anytime soon.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Audio Aggression reports: In an effort to increase earnings, the Warner Music Group filed with the SEC proposing a public offering of it's stock. If approved the stock is expected to go pubic no later than May, and are expected to add $750 million to $1 billion in revenue.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Danny Joe Brown RIP
BW&BK reports: Danny Joe Brown, a founding member of southern rockers MOLLY HATCHET, and singer and co-writer of the band's biggest hits from the late '70s, died on Thursday at his home in Davie of complications from pneumonia. He was 53. The lone voice in a six-piece band that featured three lead guitarists, Mr. Brown, a Jacksonville native, matched the clamor of Molly Hatchet's music with a big, muscular growl on songs such as 'Flirtin' With Disaster', 'Whiskey Man' and 'Gator Country'. Mr. Brown co-founded Molly Hatchet in Jacksonville in 1975. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Anthrax Add Date
BW&BK reports: According to the official House Of Blues website, ANTHRAX have confirmed another show in Chicago, Illinois on May 1 as the band's April 30th appearance at the same venue is sold out. As previously reported, Anthrax are lining up shows with the Among The Living lineup, which features singer Joey Belladonna, guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz, drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello. Unconfirmed reports say that Anthrax will be part of this year's Ozzfest.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
BW&BK reports: According to a posting by frontman Chris Barnes on SIX FEET UNDER's official website, the band's upcoming No Mercy Festival stop in Berlin, Germany (at Columbia Club) will be filmed for their upcoming boxset, due out later this year via Metal Blade. Barnes says that "two songs from the new CD 13 will be included in the setlist.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on BRAINSTORM - Overcoming The Pressure ** IVORY KNIGHT Confirmed For SONATA ARCTICA Show In Ottawa ** OZZY OSBOURNE Reduced To A "Nervous Wreck" When Osbournes TV Series Became A Hit ** LAST CRACK Add Second Iceland Show ** Producer Kevin Shirley Trying To "Get Rid Of Gorgeous Gibson Les Paul JIMMY PAGE Model" and more click here to check it out

Switchfoot Care
MTV reports: San Diego rockers Switchfoot will mount the inaugural Switchfoot Bro-Am Surf Contest on May 14 at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California. The benefit/contest will raise money for Care House Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that helps at-risk and homeless teens.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Geezer Bumped
IAYM reports: Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler's forthcoming new album under the GZR moniker "Ohmwork" has been bumped back to a May 10th release through Sanctuary.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Soilent Green in June
IAYM reports: Relapse have set June 07th as the release date for Soilent Green's forthcoming new album "Confrontation".[see full story for tracks]- Click Here for the Full Story 
McFly Tops In UK
NME reports: MCFLY have seized the UK number one spot with their COMIC RELIEF single. 

The guitar-popsters' AA side ‘All About You' / ‘You've Got A Friend' has knocked Stereophonics' 'Dakota' from the summit. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Black Dahlia Murder July
The PRP reports: The Black Dahlia Murder have set a July 26th release date through Metal Blade for their new album "Miasma". - Click Here for the Full Story 
Mudvayne Dates
The PRP reports: More dates have been revealed for Mudvayne's upcoming run with Life Of Agony, American Head Charge and bloodsimple., the latest are as follows: 
April 12th New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
April 23rd Austin, TX - Backroom
April 27th San Antonio, TX - Live Oak Civic Center
April 29th Lubbock, TX - The Pavillion
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Throwdown tracks
The PRP reports: Throwdown have finished up recording and mixing their upcoming new album "Vendetta", the tentative track listing for it is as follows: 

01 - "We Will Rise" 02 - "Speak The Truth" 03 - "Vendetta" 04 - "Burn" 05 - "Discipline" 06 - "To Live Is To Sacrifice" 07 - "Give My Life" 08 - "The World Behind" 09 - "Shut You Down" 10 - "Annihilation (N.W.D.)" 11 - "This Is Where It Ends" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Euro Slayer
The PRP reports: Slayer have been mapping out a number of overseas dates for the summer, here's where you can see them: 

May 27th-28th Fuenlabrada, SPA - Festimad
June 01st Clermont-Ferrand, FRA - La Cooperative De Mai
June 03rd-05th Nurburgring/Zeppelinfeld, GER - Rock Am Ring
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

B.I.G. Murder Probe
antiMusic reports: The FBI has closed their investigation into the murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G., according to the Los Angeles Times. The FBI probe reportedly focused on a Los Angeles police officer and rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight as the primary suspects. B.I.G. was murdered on March 9, 1997 following an industry party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. 

Controversy around the murder abounds with accusations of an organized cover-up by B.I.G.'s mother, Voletta Wallace. Wallace is suing the city of Los Angeles for wrongful-death and claims that the Los Angeles Police Department has covered up police involvement in the murder by a reported rogue officer. That case goes to trial on April 12th and may have contributed to the FBI shutting down their investigation. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Battle for Ozzfest Dates
antiMusic reports: The bands that were featured in the MTV reality series "Battle for Ozzfest" will team up later this month for a tour. The tour featuring A Dozen Furies, Curse Your Name (Cynder) and Manntis is set to kick off on March 26th in Hollywood. Going by known dates at press time it appears that the tour will run for just under a month before concluding in Washington DC on April 22nd. 

Here are the dates at press time: 
03/26 - Hollywood, California The Avalon Theater 
03/28 - Phoenix, Arizona Martini Ranch 
04/01 - El Paso, Texas Xcape 
04/05 - Houston, Texas Meridian 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

antiMusic reports: The Queens of the Stone Age plan a summer return to Europe in support of their forthcoming album "Lullabies To Paralyze," which will hit stores on March 22nd. The group will hit a number of festivals on the continent during their three week tour. The tour details are below: 

06/11 - Stuttgart, Germany Southside Festival 
06/12 - Munster, Germany Hurricane Festival 
06/14 - Thessaloniki, Greece Amphitheatre 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Broko Jacko?
antiMusic reports: Prosecutors in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial claimed last week that the pop singer is in financial trouble and that his money problems may have led Jackson to conspire to hold his accuser and his family captive in an attempt to minimize the financial damage. 

A hearing was held on Friday to determine if Jackson's financial records could be used as evidence in the trial. The prosecutors claim that Jackson is a "spendaholic" with "a billionaire spending habit for only a millionaire's spending budget". The prosecutors told Judge Rodney Melville that Jackson has debts of $300 million and that his liabilities could be as much as $400 million by the end of the year. 

"We have more than reason to believe that Michael Jackson is on the precipice of bankruptcy," Assistant District Attorney Gordon Auchincloss said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren
Nobel PR reports: Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren today announced details of their forthcoming UK and European Tour. The internationally renown-recording artists and singer/songwriters will undertake a joint solo tour where they will be backed by US string quartet, Ethel. 

Tickets go on sale Friday March 11 at 9am for the following eight UK concerts: Portsmouth Guild Hall (Monday May 30), Bristol Colston Hall (Tuesday May 31), York Opera House (June 2), Leicester De Montfort Hall (Friday June 3), Carling Apollo Hammersmith, London (Sunday June 5), Newcastle The Sage (Monday June 6), Edinburgh Usher Hall (Wednesday June 8) + Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (Thursday June 9).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Robert Cray CD
conqueroo reports: The Robert Cray Band, notched its 1,000th live performance as a unit at the beginning of 2005, just after completing their new album, Twenty. The new album combines the band's skills with legendary, Grammy winning engineer Don Smith (The Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Miles Davis) to craft an intelligent and sophisticated CD that draws from a diverse pool of influences to create a signature sound and a varied menu of songs. 

Twenty, like its predecessor Time Will Tell, was co-produced by Cray along with Jim Pugh, his keyboardist of 16 years. Set for May 24 street date, fans can look for U.S. tour dates throughout the balance of the year.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Earshot reports: Phoenix, AZ's, Scary Kids Scaring Kids are putting the finishing touches on their highly-anticipated Immortal Records debut full-length, which is set for release mid-summer. The self-titled set was produced by Brian McTernan (Thrice, Hot Water Music, Moments In Grace, Cave In) at his Salad Days studios. Scary Kids Scaring Kids are scheduled to perform on two weeks of the Vans Warped Tour this summer. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Gorillaz in May
Cornerstone reports: Cartoon quartet Gorillaz will on May 24 release its sophomore Virgin album, "Demon Days." A video is in production for first single "Feel Good Inc.," featuring De La Soul. Album track "Dirty Harry," which features what sounds like a children's choir, has been making the rounds on the Internet for several weeks. 

The brainchild of Blur frontman Damon Albarn and "Tank Girl" creator Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz comprises the characters Noodle, Murdoc, 2-D, and Russell who inhabit a virtual world on Gorillaz.com.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Underoath Tour
MSO reports: "Crushing melodic and affecting all at once…" praised Alternative Press (9/04) of the FL-based sextet UNDEROATH, whose breakout third album THEY'RE ONLY CHASING SAFETY on Seattle's Tooth & Nail has already sold over 140,000 copies. Now in the midst of the Taste of Chaos Tour also featuring The Used and My Chemical Romance, UNDEROATH will launch a headlining U.S. trek in late March before hopping on the Vans Warped Tour this summer. 

In other news, the band just received their two millionth play on the popular PureVolume.com music site, making UNDEROATH the second-most downloaded band in the history of the site.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jamiroquai Date
Epic reports: The release date for Jamiroquai's forthcoming release, 'Dynmaite' has changed to June 21st. The first single will be "Feels Just Like It Should." - Click Here for the Full Story 
James LaBrie Solo
Chipster reports: The musical ideas percolating within vocalist James LaBrie are endless. His new solo album, 'Elements Of Persuasion,' will be released on April 5, 2005, via InsideOut Music America. Three East Coast tour dates are scheduled shortly after. These are the only U.S. dates planned at the moment. 

'Elements Of Persuasion' is the first one the Dream Theater vocalist is releasing under his own name. Using the moniker MullMuzzer, LaBrie has actually released two previous solo albums, 1999's 'Keep It To Yourself' and 2001's '2.' 

The 12 songs on 'Elements Of Persuasion' are "Crucify," "Alone," "Freaks," "Invisible," "Lost," "Undecided," "Smashed," "Pretender," "Slightly Out Of Reach," "Oblivious," "In Too Deep" and "Drained."[see full story for more including tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Breaking Benjamin Add Dates
Day in Rock reports: Breaking Benjamin have added dates to their current tour with Theory of a Deadman and The Exies. The band have also added dates with 3 Doors Down, and the first dates of a seperate headlining run. 

w/ Theory of a Deadman, The Exies
4/9 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater
4/10 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
4/16 Austin, TX – The Backroom
4/18 San Antonio, TX – Sunset Station
4/19 Beaumont, TX – Antones

 w/ 3 Doors Down
5/1 West Palm Beach, FL - Sunfest

 Headlining w/TBA
5/13 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
5/14 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart's
5/18 Springfield, MO – The Oasis- Click Here for the Full Story 

Michael Franti Recording

Guided by inspiration from his journey to Iraq, Palestine and Israel this past summer, musician/poet/activist Michael Franti heads to Kingston, Jamaica to team up with legendary godfathers of riddim Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and long-time Beastie Boys collaborator, Jack Johnson producer, Mario Caldato, Jr.

 The album is scheduled for a fall 2005 release via Palm.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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