Day In Rock 3/28: Split Enz Drummer Dies- Chiefs Vs Franz- Velvet Ozzfest - Motley Motorhead - Enuff Z'nuff- 50 Cent Ties Beatles- Eazy Reissue- Bold- Jacko Conspiracy- Next Static-X- Darkest Hour- Simple Charlotte- Station Fire Update- Ratt Vs Ratt- Roskilde- Bodom Murder Case- Supreme Court P2P- Drowning Pool- Bravery Silenced- Lamb of God- Staind- MXPX- Solo Bizkit- Studio Shambles-  more
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Split Enz Drummer Dies
Herald Sun reports: CROWDED House and Split Enz drummer Paul Hester has been found dead in an Elwood park. 

Hester, 46, and a father of two young girls, failed to return from walking his two dogs on Friday night. 

Police later found his body in a park near Hester's Elwood home. There were no suspicious circumstances. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Chiefs Vs Franz
Contactmusic reports: KAISER CHIEFS frontman RICHARD WILSON has bitterly labelled Scottish rockers FRANZ FERDINAND a "pop" act. 

Wilson claims the acclaimed TAKE ME OUT hitmakers - who have swept the board at various music awards this year (05) - have ditched their rock roots in favour of chart success. 

He says, "It's pop. Franz Ferdinand are pop. Some people think they've got some hidden, cool art thing. 

"They haven't. It's just pop music." [see full story for the latest dirt on celebs] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Velvet Ozzfest 
antiMusic reports: Who will replace Iron Maiden on the final seven dates of this Summer's Ozzfest? Rumor has it that Velvet Revolver will fill the bill and we now have confirmation that they have indeed signed on for at least one dates. 

Iron Maiden's commitments in Europe that prevent them from performing on the entire Ozzfest tour this summer. Ozzfest organizers have called upon Velvet Revolver to fill the gapping hole in the main stage line up for at least one date, August 27th in Woodlands, TX. [ more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Motley Motorhead 
antiMusic reports: Will Vince Neil dare to go up against the power of Lemmy? Fans Down Under may just find out in December just how motley a crew the Crue are compared to Motorhead. Melodicrock.com is reporting that an Australian tour featuring Motley Crue and Motorhead is on tap with a string of "confirmed" dates. Nothing official has come out of either camp yet. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Underground Dates
antiMusic reports: Can't wait to see if the "Sounds Of The Underground Tour" will be hitting your town? 

Here are some of the unconfirmed initial dates for the tour. 

June 25th Lowell, MA - Paul E. Tsongas Arena 
June 30th Winston-Salem, NC - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds 
July 01st Toronto, ON - The Docks 
July 02nd Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Enuff Z'nuff Reunite on Stage
Day in Rock reports: Southern California Enuff Z'nuff fans got a bonus when frontman Donnie Vie joined the band on stage at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana to conclude the band's set. 

Vie stopped touring with the band two years ago while lead guitarist John Monaco picked up lead vocal duties on the road. Saturday's show was the second to last stop of the groups tour with Mike Tramp's White Lion. 

Half way through Enuff Z'nuff rendition of the Beatles classic "A Day in Life", Vie immerged from the side of the stage and joining in singing harmony, then Monaco turned over lead vocal duties to Vie for the final verse of the song. The group then treated the cheering fans to their two biggest hits "Fly High Michelle" and "New Thing" with Vie singing lead with the exception of one verse during "New Thing" where Monaco took over. 

The usual humor of Vie and Monaco were on display as they prepared to leave the stage. Vie couldn't resist a White Lion reference when he shouted "Wait… Wait…" into the microphone and Monaco quipped about having a Spinal Tap moment. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Judas Queensryche 
antiMusic reports: Judas Priest and Queensryche will be joining forces this year for an arena tour. Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate confirmed the rumor last week during his appearance on the syndicated radio program Rockline. 

Mega Metal news site Blabbermouth is reporting that the first few dates have leaked out for the tour. At press time it looks like the festivities will get underway on May 31st in Minneapolis. 

Here are the leaked dates according to Blabbermouth: 
05/31 – Minneapolis, MN - TBA 
06/10 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center 
06/19 - Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Beer Jovi
antiMusic reports: Not many companies, let alone brewers, make it 150 years. Miller Brewing Company is proudly celebrating this milestone anniversary throughout 2005, culminating with The Big Brew-Ha, on August 20 at Miller Park featuring Bon Jovi. "We are celebrating our 150th Anniversary with the people that have been most instrumental in our success: our employees, our business partners and our hometown community, Milwaukee," said Miller Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Mike Jones. 

The Big Brew-Ha will begin with a tailgate party surrounding Miller Park and will continue inside the stadium with great food, great Miller beer and great music from Bon Jovi. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ozzfest Battle Expands
antiMusic reports: The Battle for Ozzfest tour will be making some additional stops. The tour feature three of the bands from the hit MTV series, A Dozen Furies, CYN (Curse Your Name; formerly Cynder) And Manntis. Current "Battle for Ozzfest" tour dates: 

03/ 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Martini Ranch 
04/ 01 - El Paso, TX - Xcape 
04/ 03 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's Backroom
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

50 Cent Ties Beatles
MTV reports: This week, 50 Cent became the first artist since 1964 to score four simultaneous top-10 hits on Billboard's singles chart. "Candy Shop" and "Disco Inferno" — from his chart-topping album The Massacre — and the Game's "Hate It or Love It" and "How We Do" tracks, which feature 50 on guest vocals, are sitting at #1, #5, #6 and #8, respectively. The Beatles were the last act to achieve such a feat...[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Eazy Reissue
MTV reports: On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of Eazy-E's death, the rapper's label has announced it will re-release Eternal E: The Best of Eazy-E[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Bold Reunite
Lambgoat reports: Old school hardcore band Bold have reunited. As you may recall, the band released material with Revelation Records in the late-80s. The group will play several one-off shows (their first since 1989) and tentatively plan to write and record a new album.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Web Radio
Reuters reports: Clear Channel Communications plans to make a big push into Internet radio next month with a new music-performance series that will be syndicated weekly to hundreds of its local-station Web sites across the United States. 

The radio giant also is upping its commitment to the streaming business by bringing the programing from all of its stations in the top 25 markets -- 300 stations in total -- to online listeners by May 1. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jacko Conspiracy
AP reports: Declaring himself "completely innocent" of child molestation charges, Michael Jackson said Sunday that he is the victim of a conspiracy and asked fans around the world to pray for him.

In an interview with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the entertainer would not elaborate on his conspiracy belief, citing the court-imposed gag order that prevents him from discussing his trial in detail. 

However, he said he believes he is just the latest of several "black luminaries" to be unjustly accused [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Next Static-X
IAYM reports: Static-X are said to have chosen "Start A War" as the title to their forthcoming new full-length release which is scheduled for release via Warner Bros. on June 14th.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Darkest Hour Date
IAYM reports: A tentative June 28th release date through Victory is now being eyed for Darkest Hour's forthcoming new studio album which is currently being mixed. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Simple Charlotte Dates
liveDaily reports: The first handful of dates for the Noise to the World Tour--a run headed up by Good Charlotte and Simple Plan have surfaced. 

Five early May dates in Oklahoma and Missouri are confirmed, and online presales are now underway. Presale information is available at Good Charlotte's website, as well as at Simple Plan's website. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Westerberg Hits
liveDaily reports: A best-of collection covering Paul Westerberg's post-Replacements solo career is being readied as the Minnesota-bred rocker lines up another round of tour dates. 

Rhino Records plans to release the 20-track album, dubbed "Besterberg: The Best of Paul Westerberg," on May 17. It includes selections from his three major-label albums as well as the two recent albums he recorded for indie label Vagrant Records. [see full story for more including tracklisting and tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Station Fire Update
BW&BK reports: The Station nightclub was overcrowded the night of a fire that killed 100 people, and the club's owners broke the law by repeatedly allowing the establishment to exceed its legal capacity, prosecutors charge. 

In briefs filed Tuesday, the state claims there were 458 people inside the West Warwick club on the night of the fire, Feb. 20, 2003 — 54 more than allowed by the town's fire marshal. 

Many of the victims died when they were caught in a pile at the club's main doorway as they tried to flee. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ratt Vs Ratt
BW&BK reports: STEPHEN PEARCY's Mickey Ratt CD was pulled recently after Pearcy and Cleopatra Records were served with a cease and desist letter by RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini. DeMartini was upset at the use of the doubled T in (Mickey) Ratt. The album will be re-released as Rat Attack. Only the title will be changed - the songs and bonus DVD will be unchanged.[see full story for up to the minute heavy music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Roskilde Fest
BW&BK reports: The 2005 edition of the Roskilde Festival is set to take place June 30-July 3 in Roskilde, Denmark. The latest act confirmed for the event are Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED. Previously confirmed acts include BLACK SABBATH, AUDIOSLAVE , FOO FIGHTERS and GREEN DAY. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Bodom Murder Case
BW&BK reports: According to the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes-of-Bodom.com, the police investigation of the 45 year old Lake Bodom murder case, from which COB takes their name, is complete and is now going to the prosecution for consideration. The website has filed the following report: 

"According to the crime investigators, the evening at the lake was all about jealousy, alcohol and sex. They claim that Nils Gustafsson, the sole survivor, had lost his temper because of an old relationship of his girlfriend Irmeli Björklund, the victim who was stabbed in an extremely brutal manner, unlike the other two victims who were killed rather quickly. Tuulikki Mäki and Seppo Boisman were apparently a couple as well. 

The material going to prosecution is 500 pages of questioning material and several DNA, blood samples, fingerprints and various items, such as the tent that the victims had supposedly slept in. The police now claim, however, that the victims never slept in the tent, but just had sex in it.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Supreme Court P2P
andPOP reports: Some are calling this one of the most important cases ever with regards to online file swapping. Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the cases against peer to peer file sharing programs Morpheus and Grokster, as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Music Publisher's Association of America (NMPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), attempt to convince the judge that the aforementioned services were created for the sole purpose of trading material that is copyright online. Case number 04-480 will be heard on March 29.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Drowning Pool Dates
Digital Noise reports: Drowning Pool has announced a number of tour dates beginning in April. 

Confirmed dates are as follows:
April 2nd - Denton, TX @ Denton Music Festival
April 21st - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
April 23rd - Destin, FL @ Yesterdays
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bravery Silenced
NME reports: THE BRAVERY were forced to cancel their show on Friday night (March 25) in MIAMI when frontman SAM ENDICOTT lost his voice. 

Upon arriving in Los Angeles the following morning, the singer was rushed to a specialist who previously treated Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and Coldplay singer Chris Martin. So as not to put the band's co-headlining tour with Ash in jeopardy, the doctor advised The Bravery singer to rest up and refrain from speaking during the day. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Eagles of Death Metal Dates
The PRP reports: The Eagles Of Death Metal have announced a few new live dates in support of their forthcoming album "Death By Sexy", here's how the schedule looks: 
April 01st Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
April 02nd Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
April 04th Philadelphia, PA - The Khyber
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Lamb of God DVD
The PRP reports: Lamb Of God's upcoming "Killadelphia" live DVD release looks to have now been pushed back to a May 03rd release date via Epic. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Staind in May
The PRP reports: Staind are said to now be looking to release their new album "Chapter V" through Flip/Atlantic on May 31st. - Click Here for the Full Story 
MXPX Release
Punkbands reports: MxPx have announced the title and the release date of for their new record. The new record is called "Panic" and the release date is July 12. [see full story for more including release party info]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Solo Bizkit
Rockdirt reports: Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland posted the following update on the recording sessions for his upcoming solo album: "Hauling ass on finishing the record. Hopefully we are looking at it to be released a few months after the Limp record with a sh**load of touring being thought about as well. No breaks for me this year. "As soon as LB takes a break in the later part of this year, or early part of next, it's on (touring is on, that is... the record will be out this summer, or early fall (crosses fingers.). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Studio in Shambles
Rockdirt reports: Pete Doherty and his band Babyshambles went on an orgy of destruction at the Twin Peaks studio in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, The People can reveal. "The bedroom where Pete has been staying has this lovely four-poster bed, complete with silk and satin drapes," a source said. "Things in there have been collected over the years from all over the world. Now it's completely trashed. The carpet is full of cigarette burns and stained with vomit and blood. Partying goes on until 4am." - Click Here for the Full Story 
Callenish Circle Recording
Metal Blade reports: After a long silence finally some news again from the Callenish Circle camp… Last couple of months we have been working very hard on our new (and meanwhile 5th) studio album. So far we have written the complete basics of 6 new tracks and we have plenty of cool material & ideas left for the rest of the album. It's just a matter of putting the right ideas into song structures and work out the details. Some of the new song-titles are ‘This Day You Regret', ‘Sweet Cyanide' and ‘As You Speak'. 

The recordings for the new, yet untitled, album are scheduled in May & June over here in The Netherlands with Gail Liebling (mastermind behind Gail of God). The mix will be done in Denmark with Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Illdisposed, Mnemic) at the well-known Antfarm Studio. Last but not least Peter Neuber at Mega Wimp Sound in Germany will master the album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

YOB Recording
Metal Blade reports: Hello! Mike from YOB here. YOB has entered Dogwood Studio to start recording our new album as of last week. The album will be titled The Unreal Never Lived. Is has 5 songs clocking in at about 67 minutes: 

1) Quantum Mystic
2) Grasping Air
3) Kosmos
4) The Mental Tyrant
5) Essence
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Studio Vermin
Metal Blade reports: THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER studio update from Trevor! "The studio has been infested with mice. We have constructed makeshift vermin control suits and capture methods to aid us in this annoying turn of events. Last night while I was doing my vocals, 10 or 12 of them broke the door in to the control room with a log they had procured on the premises. Brian, Dave, and John are now dead, and Zach and I will see you at Ozzfest." Trevor Strnad[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Kasabian State Side
RCA reports: Now that KASABIAN have had a little taste of the US, they're coming back for more…a lot more. With an inaugural Stateside tour-a bonafide hit with fans and critics alike-already under their belts, the Brit-rockers are looking ahead to a very busy 2005. 

Not only has the group been tapped to perform with Oasis and Jet on the former's amphitheatre trek this September and October, but Kasabian will also return with headlining dates of their own later this Spring. Kicking off May 1 at this year's Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Kasabian will play clubs across the US through June 21. While on the west coast, look for the band to perform on The Late Late Show May 2.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

No Trigger Go Nitro
Earshot reports: No Trigger, a hardcore/punk band from central Massachusetts, have signed to Nitro Records. Their aggressive yet melodic sound is highlighted with socially conscious lyrics, recalling moments of Strike Anywhere, Against Me!, and Kid Dynamite. 

Currently they are writing their debut album and will be heading into the studio later this year. Look for their Nitro Records release early '06.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Story Of The Year DVD
Total Assault reports: Story Of The Year officially announces Live In The Lou / Bassassins, a jam-packed musical CD+DVD to be released by Maverick Records on May 10. Live In The Lou features live performances from two November 2004 concerts in the band's hometown of St. Louis. All the visual excitement of a Story Of The Year show is captured on the DVD portion, while the audio from the performances is available on a separate CD (included with the package). The DVD expands further with the breakthrough videos for "Until The Day I Die," "Anthem Of Our Dying Day" (directed by Linkin Park's Mr. Hahn), and "Sidewalks." Also included is the band's "AOL Sessions" performance plus (drum roll….) Bassassins. Quite the package, and one that "will rip your goddamn face off!" says bassist Adam Russell. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Citizen Cope Expand Tour...
RCA reports: On the road since last summer and currently in the midst of a highly successful East Coast headline tour, CITIZEN COPE shows no signs of slowing down. Sell-out dates include Washington DC's 9:30 Club, Boston's Paradise, Pittsburgh's Dowes, Philadelphia's TLA, Baltimore's Recher Theatre, Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley and NYC's Irving Plaza where fans were treated to a surprise appearance by alternative hip-hop pioneer Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) during the encore. 

In addition to a slew of just-announced April and May dates, Cope will also perform at this summer's Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Spiralarms STP Connection
press release reports: Eric Kretz is a long time friend of Spiralarms, one of the Bay Area's most exciting and talked about emerging rock acts. In fact, he is producing Spiralarms up coming record at his Bomb Shelter Studios in Los Angeles Ca. Unfortunately, as the recording began, Drummer Steve Jacobs sustained a debilitating shoulder injury that has prevented him from playing in the band for at least a year. Because of Spiralarms explosive sound and exceptional musicianship, Eric is pulling double duty as producer and drummer on the yet to be titled record. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Dry Kill Logic Tour
Repossession reports: Fresh off their tour with Otep, American Head Charge, and Bloodsimple... Dry Kill Logic have their own set of headlining shows this time around! 

Dry Kill Logic Tour Dates:
Sunday, March 27th Saskatoon, Canada The Roxy
Monday, March 28th Winnipeg, Canada Pyramid
Wednesday, March 30th Eau Claire, WI House of Rock
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Chino Solo Details
MAD Ink reports: What started as a couple of friends trading tapes in 1994 has since turned into a full-fledged band in 2005. With their self-titled debut album set for release on May 10 through Maverick Recordings, TEAM SLEEP are prepared to finally unleash their project to the anticipation of both fans and critics alike. 

After years of ‘messing around with a four-track recorder', friends Chino Moreno (the founder and frontman of the critically acclaimed band, DEFTONES) and Todd Wilkinson got serious about what would become TEAM SLEEP. After recruiting DJ Crook, whom they'd met through a mutual friend, the threesome started recording and trading tapes they made while Chino and Todd were living in Sacramento and DJ Crook was still living in Los Angeles. In 2001, Maverick (home to the DEFTONES) heard the early demo-tapes and signed the group. After adding Drummer Zach Hill and Bass Player, Rick Verrett, the final "Team" was complete.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Stretch The Skies
press release reports: Vision Music USA and Stretch The Skies have fused their talents and resources to provide independent musicians with a technology driven, one-stop shop for achieving their musical goals. This union brings together teams of like-minded individuals focused on identifying problems and creating positive solutions for the artists with whom they work. 

Stretch The Skies addresses the hurdles all independent artists face, including selling merchandise and CDs and receiving credit for CDs sold. For example, they've created a revolutionary piece of technology called "The Music Button" that is designed to increase CD sales. And through their state-of-the-art, patent-pending technology for online distribution, artists have the ability to sell their music virtually anytime, anywhere from any website that allows for the retail link. Additionally, artists receive vital Soundscan credit for these sales. 

In total, there are twenty-five different artist development services at Stretch The Skies, including commercial retail placement, college and commercial radio promotion, publicity campaigns, bio writing, graphic and web design and a pro bono press kit and demo evaluation. Artists are given a free account, allowing them the opportunity to research the system and servic[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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