Rockn The News – August 31st, 2004

****** Dave Matthews Band Offer DNA ******

AP reports: The Dave Matthews Band says it is cooperating with authorities to determine what happened when a tour boat with more than 100 passengers was doused with raw sewage.

A lawsuit by Illinois attorney general contends the bands tour bus emptied its septic tank while crossing a grated bridge over the Chicago River on Aug. 8.

The band issued a statement on its Web site saying members have offered to provide DNA evidence to help authorities determine the source of the sewage.

In its statement, the band also said that if its bus is found to be responsible for the incident, the band will “work quickly to make amends, with the people on the boat and with Chicago.”

Yahoo has the full scoop on the poop.

****** Rare Cramps ******

MTV reports: As a treat to fans and a testament to their vast catalog, the New York-bred band [The Cramps] has compiled two discs worth of unreleased rare tracks, alternate takes, demos and live performances. “How to Make a Monster”, due October 19.

Get more Cramps at Mtv.

****** System of a Downs New Album ******

IAYM reports: System Of A Down are now eyeing a December release date for their as-yet-untitled new effort, frontman Serj Tankian offering the following update on the progress made thus far: “Were in the thick of it still, doing a lot of overdubs. Its going great. Im happy with all the songs, the diversity of it.”

I Ate Your Microphone has more. Great name btw…..

****** Eminems Eminent Elation ******

liveDaily reports: Aftermath/Interscope Records has scheduled a Nov. 16 release date for “Encore,” rapper Eminems first full album of new material since 2002s “The Eminem Show.”

Livedaily has more.

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