Day In Rock 3/30: 50 Cent Satan- Rap Radio Probe- Killers Sued- Lollapalooza Returns- Ray Museum- Alter Ball- U2- Surreal Cast- Court Hears P2P Case- Shyne- Boss- Gorefest- Eels- Gwar- Slash Anthem- Korn Crunk- Foreigner - Priest Dates- Def Leppard- Earshot- Vast- Bile- V Fest- Killers Vs Bravery- Project86- MSI Delay- Rolling Bob- Down The Drain- Joe Stump- Hot Hot Leak- more
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50 Cent Satan
antiMusic reports: Former Korn Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch is convinced that 50 Cent is a "huge force for the devil". The outspoken guitarists has made headlines with his religious pronouncements since leaving Korn and this is the second time that he has focused his preaching toward the controversial rapper. 

Welch made headlines a couple weeks ago after going public with what he called "a personal letter from God" to 50 cent. Welch told MTV that God instructed him to write a song for 50 Cent. Welch has followed up with a new open letter to the rapper which includes lyrics to the song which he titled "A Cheap Name". 

Welch explained in the letter that he wasn't attacking 50 Cent but just relaying a message from God. Welch warned 50 cent that if he didn't change his life we would be in danger because, "God told me there will be many attempts made to kill you by the enemy." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rap Radio Probe
NYDN reports: The Smackfest contest at WQHT (97.1 FM) was always a little bizarre - but no more bizarre than state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office making it the subject of an official "inquiry." 

Smackfest worked like this: Two entrants would take turns slapping each other. Open hands, no windup. Criteria for winning included style and enthusiasm. 

... Smackfest was conceived by Hot-97's sister station in Los Angeles and picked up here in 2004, with no complaints. 

But Hot-97 has come under fire lately for the ill-advised "Tsunami Song" and charges that it has fanned tension among rappers. So six City Council members, all recently critical of the station for various other things, asked Spitzer to probe Smackfest. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Killers Sued
Contact Music reports: THE KILLERS are being sued by their former drummer, who claims he wrote the band's hit tune MR BRIGHTSIDE. 

Frontman BRANDON FLOWERS received news of the impending legal battle via "a really terrible email" from the unnamed musician, who was one of many percussionists used by the American outfit in the years proceeding their breakthrough. 

However, Flowers has blasted the claim, insisting The Killers wrote Mr Brightside without the drummer's creative input. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Lollapalooza Returns
Reuters reports: Lollapalooza -- a marquee touring festival of the 1990s that fell on commercial hard times last year -- is returning this year in drastically scaled-down form. 

Lollapalooza '05 will run July 23-24 in Chicago's Grant Park. The band lineup will not be announced until the third week in April. The festival Web site (www.lollapalooza.com) will go live Friday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ray Museum
BBC reports: A museum dedicated to the career of the late legendary singer Ray Charles is to open in his former recording studio in Los Angeles. His longtime publicist Jerry Digney said the museum would house "archive materials from recordings, to awards, to ephemera, to wardrobe". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Alter Ball
FMQB reports: If you like both Alter Bridge and baseball, you are in luck. Alter Bridge's song "Open Your Eyes" has been named the official song of ESPN's Baseball Tonight and Opening Day of major league baseball. In fact, fans who watch ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball on April 3 at 8 p.m. will be treated to an interview with guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott Phillips.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
U2 Tour Kickoff
FMQB reports: U2 played for nearly two hours on Monday night in San Diego, beginning their long-awaited 2005 Vertigo tour. The band took their fans on a trip through their entire catalog, kicking off the set with "City Of Blinding Lights" from their latest, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Surreal Cast
AZ Central reports: Steroids can make you strong enough to hit a long home run, but are they strong enough to help you get the best of Omarosa? 

Jose Canseco and Omarosa will be among those living together in "The Surreal Life 5." Bronson Pinchot, Janice Dickinson and Pepa of Salt-n-Pepa will also be in the house. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Court Hears P2P Case
Reuters reports: Supreme Court justices questioned on Tuesday whether the recording industry's attempts to shut down online file-sharing networks would deter inventors from developing new products like Apple's iPod music player. 

But the justices also suggested that peer-to-peer networks could be held accountable for copyright infringement because they attracted users by telling them that they could copy music and movies for free. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

No Cash for Shyne
AP reports: Jailed rapper Shyne, who signed a $3 million record deal in prison, won't see any money until a lawsuit against him is resolved. 

Justice Michael Garson of Brooklyn has frozen the funds, citing the "Son of Sam" law barring convicts from profiting from their crimes. The money — including a $500,000 advance — will be held in escrow pending the outcome of the civil lawsuit brought by two bystanders wounded in a 1999 shooting at a Manhattan nightclub. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Boss Tease
NYDN reports: A warning to Bruce fans: The latest single from the Boss, which doubles as the title track to his upcoming "Devils & Dust" CD, downshifts into the grim and arid territory of "Tom Joad" and "Nebraska." 

Fans had the chance to hear the song for themselves during a free sneak preview between 12:01 yesterday morning and the stroke of midnight last night over AOLmusic.com. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Gorefest Deal
Totalrock reports: Re-formed Dutch underground metal heroes Gorefest have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast. Expect an album to be released before the end of the year.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Eel With Strings
DiS reports: Eels are to return in 2005 with a new single and LP, plus an 'Eels with Strings' tour... The band's album, 'Blinking Lights and Other Revelations' is released in the UK on April 25th, followed closely by the new single, 'Hey Man', on May 16th. Eels are also to head out on the road with a decidedly non-rock path to follow. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Gwar Live CD
Blabbermouth reports: DRT Entertainment has set a May 31 release date for the first-ever live recording from GWAR. Titled "Live From Mt. Fuji", the enhanced CD contains 12 blistering live versions of GWAR classics including "Bring Back the Bomb", "Horror of Yg", "Krosstika", "Sick of You", "Womb With A View", and "Immortal Corruptor", as well as special bonus tracks and the video for "Bring Back the Bomb". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Slash Anthem
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) will perform the Canadian and U.S. national anthems prior to the 29th home opener in the Toronto Blue Jays' history. The Blue Jays will face the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox on Friday, April 8 on General Motors Opening Night 2005 presented by The Toronto Star (7:15 p.m.). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Korn Crunk
Blabbermouth reports: According to a post on the KORN fan site KornWeb.cjb.net, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis revealed during an online chat Sunday (March 27) that he will once again be collaborating with rapper Lil Jon on an as-yet-untitled "crunk rock" song. Davis was said to be unsure if the track will end up on Lil Jon's next album or it will surface on an upcoming soundtrack. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
New Foreigner Voice
BraveWords reports: Kelly Hansen is officially the new voice of FOREIGNER. 

Kelly will tour with the band on their upcoming live dates, but plans beyond that have not yet been announced. 

In light of Kelly's new role in Foreigner, he will no longer be the voice of HEAVEN & EARTH. Kelly will remain involved in Black Star Records and Heaven & Earth guitarist Stuart Smith is now on the hunt for a new vocalist for the band. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Priest Dates
BraveWords reports: JUDAS PRIEST's official website has announced their complete upcoming US itinerary. Confirmed dates are as follows: 

1 - Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, MN 
3 - Tweeter Centre in Chicago, IL 9th April 
4 - DTE Eenergy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI 
7 - Darien Lake in Buffalo, NY 23rd April 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Def Leppard Rockline
BraveWords reports: UK hard rockers DEF LEPPARD will appear on Rockline with Bob Coburn on May 25th. The show airs live at 8:30 PM (PT)/11:30 PM (ET). Fans wishing to ask questions can call in to the show on (800) 344-ROCK (7625). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Earshot Still On
Audio Aggression reports: In a message to Audio Aggression, Earshot drummer Chas Stumbo explains that his "ex-shot" signature line is an inside joke and that positive things are happening with the band.[see full story for his message]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Vast News
IAYM reports: VAST have parted ways with 456 Entertainment and have instead, signed a separate distribution deal for their own label 2blossoms. Frontman Jon Crosby has meanwhile commented upon the project's next offerings as follows: "We are putting the finishing touches on Nude 2, which will have different mixes and vocal takes on ten of the songs people who bought Turquoise and Crimson heard. There are two brand new songs as well.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Bile Hate Radio
IAYM reports: Bile have chosen "Hate Radio" as the title to their upcoming new release. A release later this year through BileStyle/Invisible is expected. [see full story for more including tracks]- Click Here for the Full Story 
V Fest Sellout
NME reports: V FESTIVAL 2005 has sold out. Tickets for this year's event have all been snapped up in record time for both sites, with Chelmsford camping tickets selling out in three hours. 

V Festival 2005 will take place at Staffordshire's Weston Park and Chelmsford's Hylands Park between August 20-21 with a line-up featuring Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Embrace, Maroon 5, Ian Brown, Jet, Kaiser Chiefs and The Music. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Killers Vs Bravery
NME reports: BRANDON FLOWERS has branded THE BRAVERY as imitators of his band THE KILLERS. 

Talking to MTV, the singer claimed that bands like The Bravery have only been signed on the back of The Killers' success, and questioned the New Yorkers' musical motivation. 

"Look at a band like The Bravery. They're signed because we're a band," Flowers declared. "I've heard rumours about [members of] that band being in a different kind of band, and how do you defend that? If you say, 'My heart really belongs to what I'm doing now,' but you used to be in a ska band. I can see The Strokes play or Franz Ferdinand play and it's real, and I haven't gotten that from The Bravery. I think people will see through them." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Project86 Wanted
The PRP reports: Project 86 are seeking out some specific live footage for possible inclusion on their upcoming DVD release which they plan to release later this year. You can find out some more info on that over at www.project86.com.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
MSI Delay
The PRP reports: The double vinyl version of Mindless Self Indulgence's new album "You'll Rebel To Anything" has been pushed back due to conditions beyond the bands control. A new release date for the aforementioned version of the album will be announced in the coming weeks. Despite the delay, the clean and explicit versions of the album will both still see an April 12th release date through Uppity Cracker/Metropolis.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Meat Loaf Tour 
antiMusic reports: He's larger than life, a rock & roll icon and his concerts are legendary. The one and only Meat Loaf, a performer who's been to hell and back and lived to sing about it—twice, in fact—is about to come to a town near you. 

Like all Meat Loaf shows, going back to his days in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this 21-date concert tour encourages fans to "Experience It, Be a Part of It." Local promotions will take place in each city coordinated with radio and press to audition singers to join Meat Loaf on-stage for a performance of his classic, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bonnaroo DVD
antiMusic reports: The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Sanctuary Records/Sanctuary Visual Entertainment are proud to announce the release of the Live From Bonnaroo 2004 double DVD set, due out May 17th. As a run-up to the DVD set's release, the companion live double CD, titled Bonnaroo Music Festival 2004, will hit stores on April 5th. Produced by Lindha Narvaez, Danny Clinch and Gillian Grisman, the DVD set breaks from the traditional Bonnaroo movie format and takes the form of a special four-part series, with two episodes on each DVD. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Donavan Anthology
antiMusic reports: To celebrate Donovan's 40th Anniversary (1965-2005), Sanctuary Midline in association with Sanctuary Records Group is pleased to announce the May 9th release of the must- have 2-CD anthology - "Donovan's Summer Day Reflection Songs". The album coincides with the Donovan's extensive forthcoming 26-date UK tour during May 2005 (tour dates listed below), and the May 9th release of EMI's four digitally re-mastered Donovan albums - "Sunshine Superman" (1966), "Mellow Yellow" (1967), "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (1968), and "Barabajagal" (1969). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Rolling Bob
Noble PR reports: Following on from 2004's critically acclaimed "Is It Rolling Bob? A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan", RAS Records is delighted to announce the May 16th 2005 album release of "Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions: Visions Of Jamaica". 

Featuring six previously unreleased tracks by some of Jamaica's biggest stars including Yellowman, The Mighty Diamonds, Gregory Isaacs, Toots Hibbert and Sizzla, the album is set to continue the success of last year's mighty offering. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Down The Drain Chat
Abrasive Rock reports: Abrasive rock is going to be doing a series of live chats starting with a live chat on Wednesday at 6 pm (EST) & 3:00 (PST) with Brett Hoffmann (ex-Malevolent Creation), Chris Benbenek, and Scott O'Dell of Down The Drain. 

People can log into the chat at http://www.abrasiverock.com/chat We can only fit 25 people in and it will be first come first served. So make sure and get there early![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Joe Stump Release
Leviathan reports: Leviathan Records has just released the new JOE STUMP "Shredology" Cd. Joe's new double disc "Shredology" is a collection of some of the most intense guitar known to man. Disc one features tracks that are Joe's personal favorites of his past recordings plus one new devastating bonus track: "The Drill." Disc two is the legendary live "Midwest Shredfest." This official bootleg showcases Joe's amazing live abilities that proves his insane guitar playing is not some sort of studio trickery. In the newest issue of Guitar World that just hit the streets, there is a glowing reviewing that states among other things: "Joe Stump shows why he is the thinking man's shredder. Stump elevates shredding to a high art!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Government Issue DVD
MVD reports: Music Video Distributors and Flipside Video are pleased to announce the home viewing release of Government Issue – Live 1985: Flipside for worldwide distribution on DVD. 

Government Issue was one of the first wave of independent punk rock bands from Washington, DC in the early eighties. This DVD features two live shows from the band's California tours of 1985. Captured raw and up close on video, this footage is hardly pristine, but that it survived at all is amazing.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Scenes Release

Formed in 1995 in Ludwigsburg, Germany by guitarist Chris Lorey, Scenes has been a constantly evolving project. The newest and strongest incarnation of the band is made up of Lorey, vocalist Alex Koch (ex-Powergod, Spiral Tower), drummer Hendirk Edelthalhammer, bassist Jan Ebert and keyboardist Florian Wenzel. Having signed a deal with Escapi Music, the band is looking forward to making new fans and followers as they prepare to unleash their music on the world. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Louder Harder Faster festival
Chipster PR reports: On June 3rd – 5th of 2005 the Earth will shake, the speakers will rumble and the heads will bang. Vyagra Music and Crocodile Rock Cafe are set to bring Allentown, PA to its knees with an impressive hard music festival like no other. The Louder Harder Faster festival promises to be a memorable one, with an amazing lineup and an affordable price that won't keep metal and hardcore fans away. 

Such notable acts as Obituary, God Forbid, Agnostic Front, Macabre, Incantation, Turmoil, Full Blown Chaos, Mushroomhead and Trouble are scheduled to appear. The highlight of the festival will be an extremely rare performance by the classic Testament lineup of Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian and Louie Clemente. Furthermore, Flotsam & Jetsam will perform with original vocalist Erik Knutson. The weekend of metal mayhem will also include a performance by the full original lineup of New York thrash titans Nuclear Assault and a performance by Speed\Kill/Hate, featuring members of Overkill. Such a lineup cannot be missed by any true extreme music fan.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hot Hot Leak
Total Assault reports: Hot Hot Heat's new album, Elevator, can now be heard in its entirety as part of MTV.com's The Leak. Listen to the album, which hits stores on April 5th, by clicking on the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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