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Report for 08/23/06
Picks of the Day
Before we get to today's news here are our picks of the day featuring our latest reviews and the song of the day to listen to while reading today's report!

Song: Vaeda - "Battle Song" mp3

Artist: The Sound of Animals Fighting

Reviews: India Arie | Pithy Reviews | Before The Dawn

CBGB Finale
punkbands reports: The line-up of the last ever night at New York's CBGBs has been announced. The legendary venue, which saw early gigs by Television, Patti Smith and The Ramones, among others, is to close on September 30 after complications over its lease.

The final gig on the main stage, featuring Dub Trio and Fishbone, takes place on September 28, but a whole day of performances has been lined up for CBGBs' final day in their Downstairs Lounge. [see full story for details on that]
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bin Laden Loves Whitney
hecklerspray reports: A Sudanese writer - who claims she was Osama bin Laden's personal sex slave a decade ago - says that Osama wouldn't ever shut up about how much he wanted to marry Whitney Houston and then kill her husband Bobby Brown. Although it sounds like a typical case of making your enemies less scary by turning them into figures of fun, perhaps this Whitney Houston information might assist the search for Osama bin Laden - all troops need to do now is to go to the Tora Bora caves and follow the sound of My Name Is Not Susan accompanied by wistful Arab sobbing.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Weezer Carry On?
Punkbands reports: After Rivers Cuomo told MTV last month "I'm not certain we'll ever make a record again," the band posted this on their website: "this PSA has been brought to you by the fine guacamole dip at Scott Shriner's house, co-sponsored by a ring of fine cheese, and a dish of fresh figs from the back yard. Now please, take those "weezer split?" headlines and place them firmly into the "Don't believe the hype" bin. And have yourself a fine afternoon now."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Keane Rehab
PR reports: Keane frontman Tom Chaplin has checked into a rehab from treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. As a result the band had to scrap a number of North American tour dates. The tour was set to kick off next month but all dates in September have been postponed. According to the band's website, make up dates will be announced soon and it does look like the October dates are still a go. The band had canceled some shows in Europe earlier this month, saying at the time that Chaplin was suffering from exhaustion. 

Chaplin said in a statement on the band's website, "I've been having to deal with an increasing problem with drink and drugs, and the time has come to get the professional help I need to sort myself out. I feel desperately disappointed to be letting down our fans, but I want to get myself right now so that I can be back on the road for the rest of the year." - Click Here for the Full Story 

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K-Fed Sucks
Wenn reports: Prominent members of the hip hop community have slammed BRITNEY SPEARS' husband KEVIN FEDERLINE's debut performance at the TEEN CHOICE awards, labelling him a joke. XXL magazine editor in chief ELLIOT WILSON and King magazine executive editor JERMAINE HALL have both hit out at the lacklustre performance.

Wilson says, "I think we ignore him. He's a joke, basically. I just don't think he gets it. "He doesn't get that he's Britney's man and it's hard to take him seriously." Hall adds, "The thing that really hurts him is the fact that he's perceived as Britney's husband. "You know, kinda like Britney's second - I don't even want to say second in command, but - he's like the Britney Boy. "He's like Mr Spears, and it's kinda hard to get over that perception."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Top 25 Live Bands?
punkbands reports: Spin Magazine has published a list of the top 25 bands who are still performing.

1. U2
2. The Stooges
3. Arcade Fire
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Radiohead
6. White Stripes
7. Green Day
8. The Hives
9. Prince
10. The Dirtbombs
[see full story for the rest of the list and no KISS isn't on the list… AC/DC really should be on there too, near the top.. consider the source]
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Metal Beatles
Blabbermouth reports: On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" - featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever - THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour". [see full story for full tracklisting with players] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slayer World
PR reports: The mighty SLAYER - Tom Araya/bass, vocals/ Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman/guitars, Dave Lombardo/drums - whose new album, "Christ Illusion" debuted at #5 on the U.S. Billboard charts last week, will kick off its 2006 international concert tour playing two of England's biggest annual music festivals - Leeds on Friday, August 25 and Reading on Sunday, August 27. In addition to the UK appearances, the international dates will have Slayer headlining major outdoor festivals as well as their own concerts in South America, Mexico, Singapore, and Japan. The South American dates will mark Slayer's first tour there in more than eight years. [Not in this PR but the band has pulled their planned show at the Monterrey Metal Fest where they were to co-headline with Stryper - see full story for all the dates] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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ETID Lose Bassist
Blabbermouth reports: On Saturday, August 19 at Michigan's Dirtfest, Every Time I Die's bassist Chris Byrnes played his last show with the band. According to one concert attendee, "Right after they finished the first song of their set, they announced that Chris was leaving the band and that it would be his last show. They didn't give any explanations, but right before they played their last song of the set they all gave him a hug and wished him well. [see full story for more - rumor has it that Keller Harbin (The Chariot) will replace Chris]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jane's Addiction Reunion Unlikely
Rockdirt reports: Dave Navarro visited 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' last night, where The Panic Channel guitarist was asked if his former band, Jane's Addiction, is over with forever. "Here's the thing about Jane's Addiction, as much as I love it and was a huge part of my life, we have reunited three times in our career, when enough's enough you kind of pack it up, and Perry [Farrell] remains one of my favorite all-time singers and he has a great thing coming out called Satellite Party. Looking forward to that." When Kimmel pressed the rocker to say Jane's Addiction is no more, Navarro responded, "Never say never.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Global Gathering II
PR reports: On the heels of the successful debut of BACARDI Global Gathering at Miami's 2006 Winter Music Conference this past March, BACARDI and Live2Net announce a second Global Gathering will take place at the prestigious The Palms Casino in the heart of Las Vegas on Labor Day weekend 2006. The three-day music event, beginning on Friday, September 1st at Ghostbar and concluding on Sunday, September 3rd at Rain will feature stellar and legendary artists including Papa Roach, Tommy Lee and Tiesto as well as celebrity hosts. Additional artists to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

This three-day event will marry a rich variety of rock, electronic, hip-hop and pop music, attracting a wide array of audiences making the BACARDI Global Gathering a music event that invites participation of all legal drinking age consumers and appeals to all senses. The entire weekend will express the BACARDI B-Live mantra: Many Artists Collaborate, One Spirit Released, promising to be an unforgettable free-spirited weekend of musical excess and expression, encapsulated by B-LIVE, a global experiential music platform that promotes artist / audience spontaneity through collaboration, interaction and participation, at the heart of the activity. Here, artists such as hard rockers, Papa Roach, and one of the world's leading DJs, Tiesto, will hit the stage alone, as well as together with surprise guests, for an extraordinary gathering of musical talent.
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Forget Cassettes Rock Woxy
RP reports: Nashville trio Forget Cassettes recently visited the WOXY.com studios for an interview and to perform some songs from their newly released Theory 8 record, "Salt". You can hear live versions of "Venison", "Quiero, Quieres", "Lonely Does It", "Nicholas". The band also has the distinguished honor of being the first formal noise complaint filed by WOXY's neighbors since they moved in to their new studio. Check out the performance at the full story link. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pet Sounds podcasts
thetripwire reports: 1966 marked the year of one of the best album releases of all time, according to many music snobs, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Now, 40 years later, the band and Capitol Records are celebrating the milestone by releasing a limited edition deluxe CD/DVD and vinyl package next week. Each audio set comes with one disc with the original mono program, while the second disc features a stereo mix. The DVD will have interviews with Sir George Martin, Brian Wilson, Tony Asher, The Beach Boys, Pete Townsend, Elvis Costello and other various Pet Sounds musicians. 

In the meantime, there are several podcasts that will start running today through October up on the band's fan site that will host interviews about every single song on the record. [see full story for more info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Oasis Cinema
Gigwise reports: To celebrate the release of their forthcoming best of collection, 'Stop The Clocks' on November 20, Oasis' on the road film 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' will be screened in selected cities across the world in November.

The film was directed by renowned promo director Baillie Walsh, and compiles both behind the scenes and in front of the fans footage from their mammoth 'Don't Believe The Truth' world tour 2005/6.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dead Mouse
Filter reports: Having previously shown an affinity for long, wordy album titles (Good News For People Who Love Bad News, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About) Modest Mouse have announced the title for their latest album. 

The first release from the new Modest Mouse line-up (now with The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr) will be released on December 19th and titled We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smoke This
hecklerspray reports: [Not Music related but an interesting story about how far political correctness has gone…] It's hard to watch Tom And Jerry cartoons with children these days. Not because Tom And Jerry relentlessly torture each other with knives, anvils and explosive devices, but because they sometimes smoke.

Luckily, one other Tom And Jerry viewer in the whole country agrees with us here. They complained to TV watchdog Ofcom about how inappropriate it was for children to see images of smoking in cartoons, and have been rewarded with the news that 1,700 cartoons are going to be edited for cartoon smoking. Of course, it's ludicrous to think that children will want to take up smoking after watching a Tom And Jerry cartoon - for instance, we've seen hundreds of Tom And Jerry cartoons and we've never smoked a cigarette. We've exploded more than 50 cats with sticks of dynamite, but we've never smoked a cigarette.- Click Here for the Full Story 


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