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Day In Rock 4/04: Boyband Mayor?- Idol Arrest- Kanye Fight- Velvet Ozzfest- Neil Young Brain Surgery- Ozzy Curse- Anthrax- Bono Honors Pope- Eyehategod- Early Strummer- Spinal Tap- Beyond The Embrace- DEP DVD- Joplin Reality TV- Jack Keller RIP- Mellencamp Fogerty Tour- ODB- White Stripes- Jacko Mistrial Request- B.I.G. Movie- Bass Wolf Dies- anti Turns 7- Big Machine- more
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Boyband Mayor?
Contact Music reports: NICK LACHEY's former 98 DEGREES bandmate JUSTIN JEFFRE is set to run for mayor in the pair's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jeffre, 32, announced his candidacy for the post at his alma mater, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, with Lachey supporting him yesterday (01APR05).

He tells MTV.COM, "I'm very passionate about my community and I believe Cincinnati can and will be the role model for modernising the American heartland. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol Arrest
AP reports: "American Idol" finalist Scott Savol was once arrested after a confrontation with his son's mother - but it won't cost the singer his shot at stardom. 

Although several past contestants have been booted for not disclosing arrests, Savol was "forthcoming to the `American Idol' producers and the network regarding his misdemeanor" and "the situation did not warrant his disqualification," Fox said in a statement Thursday. 

Ohio police documents posted on The Smoking Gun Web site said Savol, now 28, had a confrontation with Michele Martin in February 2001. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kanye Fight
AP reports: Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West was shuffled out the backdoor of a new urban boutique after a fight cut short the entertainer's autograph-signing session, police said. 

Owners of the FTK store abruptly canceled the grand opening event and locked the doors after the fight broke out Saturday between a patron and a security guard. The brawl erupted about 40 minutes after West began signing autographs. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Ozzfest
BW&BK reports: VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum has told Launch Radio Networks that the band will be joining the Ozzfest 2005 tour for an additional three dates, before taking over the spot that will be departed by IRON MAIDEN.

 MUDVAYNE have also been tapped to take part on this years Ozzfest 2005 main stage as the 'secret band' on the bill. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Neil Young Brain Surgery 
Guardian reports: Singer-songwriter Neil Young is recovering after being treated in a New York hospital for a potentially fatal brain aneurysm, it emerged last night. 

The 59-year-old rock star underwent a successful operation last week and is now recuperating, his doctors said. Young will miss a scheduled performance today at the Juno Awards, the Canadian music industry's equivalent of the Grammys. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy Curse
BW&BK reports: According to Contactmusic.com, OZZY OSBOURNE believes his lavish English country mansion is cursed after suffering a string of bad luck. The frontman suffered a near-fatal quad bike accident on the property in December 2003, while $3.8 million (GBP 2 million) worth of jewellery was stolen last November and last week a fire broke out within hours of the family's arrival from New York, causing $190,000 (GBP 100,000) of damage to the Buckinghamshire mansion. 

He says, "Every time I come back here something f***ed up happens. I came back a couple of years ago and broke my neck and f***ed myself up. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Anthrax Update
KNAC reports: TRUTH BE TOLD: WE ALREADY KNEW. The rumors had been flung all over the internet like so much bulls*** and this press conference was little more than a formality. Yeah, the "classic" line-up of Anthrax is back together and they're going to tour and they're going to put out a live DVD and maybe a live CD and they'll keep touring until they implode or who knows what. No, they're not on OZZfest 2005, which is a bummer. What else? Not one of them has gotten fat or looks that much different than they did about 21 years ago. So- that's it, really. Scott Ian, Dan Spitz, Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante are back together to bring the noise, as it were.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bono Honors Pope
NME reports: BONO paid tribute to POPE JOHN PAUL II during U2's show in ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA last night (April 2). 

Five songs into the Dublin band's sold out concert at the Anaheim Pond the singer began speaking about the head of the Catholic Church, who passed away Saturday evening at the age of 84. 

"I met the Holy Father and I was so taken by this showman, even if I didn't agree with everything he said," the singer, whose father was Roman Catholic, said to the crowd as the band began playing the intro to new song ‘Miracle Drug'. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eyehategod Dates
The PRP reports: Eyehategod's upcoming dates have been revealed, the schedule is as follows: 

May 13th New Orleans, LA - Lounge Lizards
May 15th Lake Charles, LA - Millennium Teen Club
May 16th Monroe, LA - The Paraground
May 17th Little Rock, AR - Downtown Music
May 18th Memphis, TN - The Hi Tone Cafe

 [see full story for a lot more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Early Strummer
Contact Music reports: Previously unheard tracks from JOE STRUMMER's pre-CLASH days are to be released on CD later this month (APR05). 

The exclusive recordings come from the late singer's time in his first band 101ERS. 

The punk icon - who died in 2002 - dropped the 101ers in the 1970s to pursue a new musical direction, becoming the frontman of hit band The Clash. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spinal Tap Top
Contact Music reports: Cult 1984 film THIS IS SPINAL TAP has topped a new list of the best rock movies ever made. 

ROB REINER's mock rockumentary about the fictitious group beat the BEATLES' A HARD DAY'S NIGHT and SEX PISTOL bassist SID VICIOUS biopic SID + NANCY to claim the top spot in America's ROLLING STONE magazine poll. 

The top 10 rock-related films are:

 1. THIS IS SPINAL TAP
2. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
3. SID + NANCY
4. HIGH FIDELITY
5. ALMOST FAMOUS UNTITLED: THE BOOTLEG CUT
[see full story for the rest of the list]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beyond The Embrace Dates
The PRP reports: Beyond The Embrace will be taking to the road alongside M.O.D. and Crisis come June, dates announce so far include: 

June 18th Fayetteville, NC - Jesters
June 29th New York City, NY - Knitting Factory
June 23rd Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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DEP DVD Plans
The PRP reports: The Dillinger Escape Plan are expected to film their upcoming April 11th show at the Camden Underworld in London, England for their upcoming DVD release. In addition, the band have also firmed up their US headilining run, here's the latest: 
April 25th Madison, WI - Luther's Blues 
April 26th Lincoln, NE - Royal Grove 
April 27th St. Louis, MO - Mississippi Nights 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Joplin Reality TV
Reuters reports: Sam Andrew will soon embark on what mildly might be called a challenging task: to replace his rock band's long-dead singer -- Janis Joplin. 

This time around, his band's recruitment may not involve seduction, wild sex, drinking and drugs as, according to legend, happened with Joplin's induction and adventures with Big Brother and the Holding Company. 

Rather, if the aging San Francisco-area rockers have their way, the 21st century auditions to replace a 1960s icon will become a television reality show called "Search for the Pearl," a reference to Joplin's nickname. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jack Keller RIP
AP reports: Pop songwriter Jack Keller, who wrote the theme song for "Bewitched" and other TV sitcoms and was a producer on the Monkees' first album, died Friday. He was 68. 

Keller had leukemia, according to his son, Jordan Keller. 

The son of a musician, Keller got his big break when he joined Aldon Music, Don Kirschner's Brill Building publishing company, which also employed a stable of young pop songwriters including Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, and Howard Greenfield. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mellencamp Fogerty Tour
Billboard reports: John Mellencamp will follow up a successful spring run in primarily secondary markets with a summer amphitheater tour with John Fogerty, Billboard has learned. 

The two rock artists' approximately 40-date trek begins June 14 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and runs through Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C. Tickets for the summer tour go on sale April 23. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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ODB Remix Twist
Billboard reports: Fans of late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will have a chance to intersect with his legacy by entering the contest "ODB Forever: the Remix Project." Fans can download an a cappella vocal track of the song "Dirty Dirty" and use it as source material for a remix. The new version can then be uploaded to the Web site of the Damon Dash Music Group, which will release ODB's posthumous album.

A panel of judges, including Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA, Dash and DJ Clark Kent, will choose the best remix, which will appear as a B-side to a future ODB single. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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White Stripes Fest Plans
soundgenerator reports: The White Stripes have confirmed a release date of June 14 for their fifth full-length studio effort, it has been revealed.

Along with headline slots at Atlanta's Midtown Music Festival on June 10 and Glastonbury Festival on June 24, the band are to play a number of dates in Mexico through May. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dwell in Darkness Additions
siN's metal news reports: The last few bands (LOST SOUL PROJECT, MORPHIC RESONANCE, BLACK TRINITY) have been added to this years DWELL IN DARKNESS II rounding out the lineup for this years event. The lineup for the two day event which will take place from June 10th through 11th in Dayton, Ohio at Elbos [see full story for full line up]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Jacko Mistrial Request
BBC reports: Lawyers representing pop star Michael Jackson have asked the judge in the singer's child sex abuse case to declare a mistrial. 

They say they have evidence that witnesses have discussed their testimony outside the courtroom, in violation of court rules. 

Earlier on Friday, jurors heard for the first time about previous claims of child abuse against the singer. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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B.I.G. Movie
Contact Music reports: SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS is teaming up with film-maker ANTOINE FUQUA and the NOTORIOUS BIG's mother VOLETTA WALLACE to make a film about the late rapper's life. WAYNE BARROW, who still handles BIG's affairs and manages the murdered star's mother tells MTV.COM they're in talks with several studios about the project.

Combs will aid the production creatively, and Barrow and partner MARK PITTS have recruited CHEO HODARI COKER, author of UNBELIEVABLE: THE LIFE, DEATH AND AFTERLIFE OF THE NOTORIOUS BIG to write the screenplay. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Osbourne Illness
Contact Music reports: SHARON OSBOURNE and her daughter AIMEE have pulled out of performing in the London production of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, because Aimee has been struck down with an undisclosed illness.

Aimee, 21, had been set to begin her run with her mother in the West End production of the show on Tuesday (05APR05).

In a statement, a spokeswoman says the family has flown to Los Angeles so that Aimee can have "further treatment and rest". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bass Wolf Dies
Guitar Wolf reports: We regret to inform you that Hideaki Sekiguchi, a.k.a. Billy has passed away by heart attack in the morning of March 31st., at the age of 38.

 Vigil and funeral information is as follows:
Vigil: 18:00p.m. non-relatives 19:00p.m.) on Tuesday, April 5 Funeral: 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m., The Hearse to Leave at 11:00a.m. on Wednesday, April 6
Place: Rinkaisaijo http://www.rinkaisaijo.or.jp
1-3-1, Tokai, Ohta-Ku, Tokyo
Phone: 81-3-5755-2833

 *Since there is NO parking lot, we kindly ask you not to drive to the place. 

We announce that all shows will be cancelled.

 We hope to have your understanding.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rock Bios
press release reports: Black Market Publishing, continuing with our growing tradition of publishing the hottest in cutting edge indie and alternative rock titles, is pleased to announce plans for the release of several new titles in 2006, including "Sanctuary in the Sonic Temple: The Biography of the CULT", "X: A Punk Rock Biography", and "Blister in the Sun: The Biography of the Violent Femmes", all due for publication in the course of 2006! Please visit our website at www.blackmarketpublishing.com for more information on these forthcoming titles. In related news, "Dust N' Bones: The Untold Story of Izzy Stradlin" is currently available for pre-order on amazon.com, and will hit stores in early May, 2005!"- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Got Punk?
punkomatik.com reports: Punkomatik.com is excited to announce it's grand opening. Punkomatik is designed to bring together punk, hardcore, ska, emo and alternative bands, fans and scenes. The website features tools for uniting local and nation punk scenes. The core of the Punk-O-Matik site is the local scene calendar. Bands and labels can add upcoming events to the calendar for each state, to keep their fans informed. Under each states scene calendar fans can find links to local bands and venues. fans can use punkomatik.com's local scene forums and picture galleries to keep informed about local events, news and gossip. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aquabats Return
Earshot reports: The masked, underdog champions of nerd-core, The Aquabats, are back with their first full-length album in six years. The band's most cohesive album to date, Charge!! blends quirky, new wave melodies with the band's hometown signature punk rock sound, concreted with their uniquely sarcastic, Saturday morning cartoon humor. Legions of loyal fans eagerly await this next episode from their rock 'n' roll super heroes, and The Aquabats are ready to deliver, as they embark on a nation-wide traveling road show of unspeakable power this summer. 

Charge!! will be released on Nitro Records June 14th. To download Fashion Zombies (track #2 from Charge!!) and to read the band's announcement click the full story link. Summer tour dates to be announced soon. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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AAA/Common Rider Presale
Hopeless Records reports: The heavily anticipated Against All Authority and Common Rider split is now available for a special pre-order price of $5.99 from HopelessRecords.com! The split contains a total of eight AWESOME new tracks with four from Against All Authority and four never-released tracks from Common Rider's last studio session for their final full-length release, This is Unity Music (Hopeless Records). Be one of the first to pick-up this awesome new release by heading on over to the HopelessRecords.com webstore! Don't forget that shipping is totally FREE always![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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DualDiscs Coming
5.1 reports: The complete 5.1 Entertainment Group DualDisc April releases are: 

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band – XXL
Blue Oyster Cult – Long Day's Night
Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
Stray Cats - Rockabilly Rules 
Utah Symphony/Abravanel – Requiem, Berlioz
Utah Symphony/Abravanel – Symphonies 1 & 4, Sibelius - Click Here for the Full Story 

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anti Turns 7
antiMusic reports: On April 4, 1998 Rocknworld.com, the first site on what would become the antiMusic network was born. The idea was to provide a cool interactive music site that featured not only big name artists but also showcased underrated and cool indie artists. As you can see it's grown quite a bit beyond that early vision and on behalf of everyone here I'd like to extend a big thanks to you the readers for helping making that vision come true and continue to grow. But we also owe a huge thanks to all of our writers past and present because without them, there wouldn't be an antiMusic as we know it. Each contributor has brought a unique perspective to the sites and provided us all with a rather eclectic take on the music scene over the past 7 years. It's been a wild ride, here is to the ride continuing with your help! - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dirty Deeds Done By Big Machine 
antiMusic reports: You've heard the buzz about Big Machine, the new Florida band that features Kelly Shaefer of Neurotica/Atheist on lead vocals, performing songs co-written by AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Doug Kaye. The band had their debut gig last month and it sold out weeks before they played their first note. The industry is abuzz about the band and labels are lining up to bring them to the world, but you don't have to wait to hear for yourself what the buzz is all about, check out the full story link to get your first listen to Big Machine with the four song listening party plus more info on the band. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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