A recap of the this week's Day in Rock stories
|Top 5 stories for first half this week|
|AC/DC Top Album Chart|
As for the new material, the single from the new album is enjoy success of its own. Billboard reports:
AC/DC is currently charting on Mainstream Rock Tracks, where "Rock n Roll Train" is No. 3. "Train" is the group's 29th entry on this tally and its first since "Safe in New York City" peaked at No. 21 in May 2001. "Train" is AC/DC's highest-charting song since "Stiff Upper Lip" spent four weeks at No. 1 in March-April 2000. "Lip" was the Australian group's third No. 1 on this survey, following "Big Gun" in 1993 and "Hard as a Rock" in 1995.- more on this story
|Plant Sinks Zeppelin Tour Hopes|
The latest rumor was sparked from a UK press report that said Robert Plant agreed to a reunion tour after rumors circulated that that Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham were planning to tour with another singer out in front of the group.
"It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward," Robert Plant said. "I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."- more on this story
|GNR's Chinese Democracy To Be A Nov Best Buy?|
Billboard confirmed that Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer for the album and they say it will be out before year's end. This was according to sources close to the situation. The music publication reported that some details of the deal are still being worked out, including the release date. Their full report
Rolling Stone on the other hand did publish a release date, they say the effort will hit Best Buy stores on November 25th. The source of the rumor is a supposed "vendor convention" that Best Buy had on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas. Guns manager Andy Gould told the 900 employees the news about "Chinese Democracy" before previewing three songs from the album.- more on this story
|Travis Barker Out Of The Hospital|
Billboard reported on Monday that "Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has been released from an Augusta, Ga., hospital after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash more than a week ago."
This follows DJ AM's release from the hospital late last week. Both were being treated for burns suffered during a plane crash two weeks ago. Billboard has more on this story- here
|Brett Michaels Truck Crash Leaves 2 Dead|
The local victim was Yasmin S. Jackson, of Florissant, a 2007 graduate of Hazelwood East High School. She was driving northbound on Interstate 57 in West Frankfort when a box truck crossed the interstate median and hit her SUV and a pickup truck head-on, according to the Illinois State Police. She was killed instantly.
The box truck driver was identified as Dennis D. Hernandez, 38, of Lamont, Calif. Police said Hernandez fell asleep at the wheel before crossing the interstate median. Hernandez was hauling sound equipment for the musician Bret Michaels, lead singer of the glam-rock band Poison.- more on this story
|Plant Reportedly Agrees To Led Zeppelin Tour|
Here is the birminghammail.net report we ran last Friday for those that missed it: Rock legends Led Zeppelin are finally set to embark on a reunion tour after West Bromwich-born lead singer Robert Plant [REPORTEDLY] caved in and agreed to join the rest of the band, it was reported today.
Guitarist Jimmy Page, aged 64, bassist John Paul Jones, 62, and drummer Jason Bonham, 42, son of the late Led Zep drummer John Bonham, from Redditch, were resigned to going on the road without Plant.
They even rehearsed with stand-in singers in preparation for a tour next year following the massive success of a one-off concert at London's 02 Arena last December.[We added the reportedly above because this news came from an unnamed source.]- more on this story
|Fall Out From Product Whoring in Fall Out Boy Video|
On his blog, Wentz said that the video the band worked on for 'I Don't Care' was not the one that aired, and that they were not aware of the addition of the camera phone shots that ended up in the video.
The video went on sale on iTunes, and was full of product placement of Nokia phones, reports rollingstone.com, prompting Wentz to have the clip removed from iTunes and Youtube.- more on this story
|Travis Barker To Leave Hospital In Two Weeks According To Friend|
The former Blink-182 drummer and pal Adam 'DJ Am' Goldstein were the only survivors after the Learjet they were passengers on failed to clear the runway in South Carolina last week (19Sep08) and burst into flames.
Four passengers died in the crash, including Barker's assistant Chris Baker. Dupri told People, "He's supposed to send a message out to everybody in a couple of days to let everybody know that he's feeling better. He's definitely feeling the love from everyone.- Read more of what Dupri had to say.
|DJ AM Released From The Hospital|
"While he is deeply saddened by the events he is thankful for all of the love and support he has been receiving from fans and friends," spokeswoman Jenni Weinman said in a statement.
DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, were rushed to a burn hospital in Augusta, Ga., after their Learjet crashed on takeoff from a Columbia airport- more on this story
|My Bloody Valentine Planning New Album|
Shields confirmed the rumors at the My Bloody Valentine-curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival this weekend, taking his earplugs out for long enough to talk to the New York Times.
He will be returning to songs started over a decade ago, during abortive sessions for Island Records. "I realized that all that stuff I was doing in 1996 and 1997 was a lot better than I thought," he said.- more on this story
|Metallica Masters of Litigation|
It their new bassist, Robert Trujillo, had an existing promotional deal with Fernades Guitars in North Hollywood. For being able to use his likeness in advertising, Fernandes was giving Robert a pile of custom bass guitars.
But Metallica has its own promo deal with ESP Guitars - and now that Trujillo is an asset of Metallicorp, their lawyers have slapped Fernandes with a cease and desist letter demanding they no longer use Robert or Metallica's name or likeness.- more on this story
|Ex Korn Head Vs Christian Stores|
"The video for 'Flush' is about crystal meth addiction and the crazy things anyone addicted to meth will do while they're high or to get their fix. Everything the models were doing in the video is what I was wrapped up in while I was addicted to meth. The video is a very realistic look at the addiction and where it will lead you if you get hooked. I understand the images of the models may be too much for some people, but honestly, I was just trying to be real with what happened in my life and show where I was, as well as where I am at now.
"...I have also been informed that my CD is being pulled from a handful of retailers' shelves because of my music video's content. I totally understand that the video may be a bit too much for some conservative people and I respect everyone's choice. But to me, taking my CDs off the shelves because of a music video (that isn't being sold with the CD) is a bit too extreme! There is a huge message of hope on my CD and I believe those retailers that are pulling the CD from their shelves are robbing someone spiritually by taking it off of the shelves. But thank GOD for iTunes!"- more on this story
|Pretenders Live In Store and On The Web|
The two will perform an acoustic set, featuring songs from their ninth studio album 'Break Up the Concrete'.
If you're not in that area, no worries, there will be a live stream cast of the performance as well.- more on this story
|Kanye LAX Attack Not A Felony|
Yet another example of what a celebrity should do when they get into trouble -- hire attorney Blair Berk.
The case has been sent to the L.A. City Attorney for possible misdemeanor prosecution. No decision yet.- more on this story
|Curved Air Reunion Expands|
Curved Air's new album 'Reborn', (Classic Curved Air Revisited) is available at all concerts and from www.curvedair.com
Curved Air originally formed in 1969. They were a groundbreaking progressive art-rock band renowned for their showmanship.- more on this story
|Funeral Party Become Fearless|
With appearances on Indie 103.1, Southern California largest commercial indie music station, and support from college radio, Funeral Party began carving their way into the Los Angeles music scene. Bob Becker, President / A&R at Fearless Records, signed the band after hearing their demos which were recorded by Lars Stralfors at the Mars Volta's rehersal/studio space in Los Angeles. "We are excited to have Funeral Party join our label," says Bob. "They write amazing songs and have the live show to back it up." - more on this story
|Carcass Reeks Again|
The genre-defining 1988 debut album, Reek Of Putrefaction shocked the metal world upon its original release, from its controversial cover art to the sickening lyrics. Available once again after many years out of print, Reek Of Putrefaction is the fourth of the five CARCASS albums to be reissued and is out now as a limited edition DualDisc (combined CD and DVD) housed in a deluxe digipak with extra artwork. It includes 13 unreleased bonus tracks from the Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment demo, along with part 1 of a mini-documentary series entitled The Pathologist's Report as bonus video material, all specially packaged in a white medical bag which conceals the shocking original cover art.- more on this story
|Kittie Reissues and Tour|
"Spit", "Oracle", "Until The End", "Paperdoll (EP)", "Safe (EP) and "Spit In Your Eye DVD" will be available again in new digipack editions, each limited to 2000 copies. The re-issues will include bonus material and all titles are digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden discs!!!
Kittie starts their European Tour 2008 on October 18th in Amsterdam- more on this story
KAT - the godfathers of Thrash Metal music in Poland. The band was formed by Piotr Luczyk (guitar) in 1979. Fascination with music of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath shaped the style of the band and after 2 years of searching for a Polish equivalent of David Coverdale, KAT finally found a vocalist - Roman Kostrzewski.- more on this story
|Rock With Skeletonwitch For A Good Cause|
Bands providing support on select dates include Trap Them (Deathwish) and The Gates Of Slumber (Profound Lore).
In addition, on October 30, Skeletonwitch are teaming up with Dallas/Ft. Worth based Music Feeds People to raise monetary and food donations for the North Texas Food Bank. Fans in the area can hang with the band after their Blackest Of The Black performance in exchange for donations.- more on this story
|An Album For the iPod Generation?|
"I have been trying to go with my whims… ---- it, let's make an iPod album." This statement from Team Genius leader Drew Hermiller was the jumping off point in the creation of the band's debut full-length -- one of the most interesting and eclectic pop records of the year.
"Basically it's a reaction to the modern way music is consumed and listened to," Drew says of the disc. "The idea of an album with a focused sound and a complete statement kind of gets lost now-a-days. Everyone shuffles around, so I thought 'why not write an album that does the same thing?' Luckily, the band did an awesome job of keeping up with it."- more on this story
|Lukas Haas Debuts This Week|
The self-titled EP, to be sold online, was produced by Tim Anderson of Ima Robot. The song "We're All the Same" will be offered as part of a free promotion on Amazon.com from October 21st – 27th.
A full album is due out in early 2009 and features collaborations and guest appearances from artists such as Ben Harper, Chris Cester (Jet) and Blake Sennett (Rilo Kiley).- Myspace page
|Attack! Attack! UK Week: Day 1|
Say It To Me: We recorded the album in LA and it was our first time in the US , we had the music written for the track before we went to America but had no real lyrics or concept in mind for the song. Time was creeping up on us to record the vocals and we still didn't have lyrics or a concept so Stuart, our producer, said write a song about Hollywood and how fake it is. When we got back from the studio that night around 1am in the morning myself and Ryan sat at the table in our apartment eating flammin hot cheetos and basically wrote the song lyrics around the concept Stuart had mentioned in about 30mins .
The lyrics seemed to flow out of us and it was kinda weird cos normally lyrics take a long time to perfect but with this it all seemed to click, we just bounced lines off each other and loved the final lyrics . We took them to the studio the next day and the producers loved them too and we tracked them there and then!
Check out tracks from the album, get tour dates, read the members blogs and learn more about the coming attack right
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