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Cops Vs Metallica Fans- Sparklehorse Suicide- The Kinks Plan New CD- Michael Anthony Tubed- Lillywhite Idol?- Good Charlotte Ditch Bad Songs and more

03/08/2010
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Here are the quick stories for the morning edition of the Day in Rock. We'll be back later today with the latest and greatest stories. We start off with news of a bit of trouble at a Metallica concert last Friday: According to elPeriódico via Blabbermouth, Guatemalan police fired warning shots in the air and used pepper gas to disperse hundreds of Metallica fans who tried to rush into the sold-out Estadio Mateo Flores (reported attendance: 27,000) in Guatemala City Friday night (March 5) in order to see the veteran metal act perform. more

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous, best known for his acclaimed work with Sparklehorse, committed suicide last week, his publicist confirmed to Rolling Stone. more

The Kinks' drummer Mick Avory has confirmed that the band are planning to release an album featuring old as-yet unreleased songs and possibly new material. The band, who officially split up in 1996, already have "eight tracks" lined up for a new LP, he said. more

Chickenfoot's Michael Anthony has started his official YouTube channel. Check out what the former Van Halen bassist Mad Anthony TV is all about here

Steve Lillywhite wants to "help America find the next Elvis Presley." And that's why the Grammy Award-winning producer -- with U2, the Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Morrissey, the Rolling Stones, Phish and scores of others on his resume -- wants to be "American Idol's" next Simon Cowell. more

In an unexpected pairing, Elton John and Leon Russell are recording an album together in Los Angeles with producer T-Bone Burnett. Both artists have written songs for the project, which has no title or release date as of yet. See who else is involved here

Benji Madden scrapped Good Charlotte's latest project, insisting it lacked "the magic" of their previous albums. Madden admits he was worried about voicing his concerns to his bandmates but knew they had to start over from scratch. more

"The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett from the movie "Crazy Heart" was named best original song and Michael Giacchino won for best original score for "Up" at the Academy Awards Sunday night more

Bad Religion have announced plans to give away a free live album this spring to members of their mailing list. more

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal spoke with Mitch Lafon from BraveWords.com recently about a number of topics including the ongoing Chinese Democracy tour and his solo career. Check out the chat in four-parts here

Bobby Long will make his debut appearance at the South By Southwest Conference (SxSW) in Austin on Thursday night, March 18 at 11PM at the Hilton Garden Inn Creekside as part of the "Bedford at SxSW" week-long event. -

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