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Day In Rock 4/21: Slayer Murder- Culkin To Testify?- More Tupac- AHC Death Cause- Def Pistols- New Order- Cash Box- Halford- Kelly To Assault London- Whitesnake- Mudvayne Beats 50 Cent- Rush Charge Reduced- Iommi/Hughes Tour- From Autumn To Ashes- Gigantour 2nd Stagers- Early Strummer- Jacko Prisoner?-Paria- Symphorce- Daysend- Weezer Listening Parties-  more
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Slayer Murder Conviction
Blabbermouth reports: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a 26-year-old man who wore a SLAYER shirt when he killed four members of a south Whittier, CA family was found guilty Tuesday of murder after forensic evidence tied him to the crime scene. 

According to the paper, SLAYER is a heavy metal band "known for lyrics about violence and death." Nearly a decade ago, three San Luis Obispo youths pleaded guilty to killing a 15-year-old girl, saying SLAYER's songs incited them to commit the crime. The girl's parents sued the band, but a judge threw out the lawsuit in 2001, ruling that the band's music is protected by the 1st Amendment.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Culkin To Testify?
CNN reports: Former child movie star Macaulay Culkin plans to testify on behalf of Michael Jackson in the singer's trial on child molestation charges, a source close to the case told CNN. 

But Culkin's publicist, Michelle Bega, who said last month the actor had no plans to testify, would not confirm any change in his position. [Who to believe? CNN or Culkin's publicist? see full story for more before making up your mind- ] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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More Tupac
Yahoo Music reports: Afeni Shakur, mother of slain rap star, Tupac Shakur, has announced that in addition to a spoken word project, there will be one more album of previously unreleased material from the late rapper. The untitled project will be released next year.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AHC Death Cause
Digital Noise reports: MTV.com is reporting that American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson died of a prescription drug overdose. 

Ottoson was found dead in his bunk yesterday evening in North Charleston, South Carolina. 

Police reportedly found a pill bottle containing "numerous amounts of prescription medicine" in Ottoson's bed. 

Band members told police that they last saw Ottoson alive around 4:00am on the morning of April 18th.... [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Def Pistols
Aversion reports: Dude, sometimes you just have to break down and jam with a two-armed drummer. 

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen joined forces with former Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook in a new act. The outfit, Man-Raze. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Order TV Debut
FMQB reports: New Order will make their first U.S. television appearance ever when they perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC next Wednesday, April 27. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cash Box
Reuters reports: Seven albums released by Johnny Cash on Memphis' storied Sun Records label will be packaged together in a limited edition box set due May 24 from Varese Sarabande's Varese Vintage label, distributed through Universal. 

"The Original Sun Albums -- The Complete Collection" will comprise "Johnny Cash With His Red Hot and Blue Guitar" (1957), "Johnny Cash Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous" (1958), "Greatest!" (1959), "Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams ... and Other Favorite Tunes" (1960), "Now Here's Johnny Cash" (1961), "All Aboard the Blue Train With Johnny Cash" (1962) and "The Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash" (1964). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Halford CD in The Works
Metal-Rules reports: Guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak (PAINMUSEUM / HALFORD / SEBASTIAN BACH) has issued the following update: 

The Metal God's production team, Roy Z. & John Baxter, have been dragging the Halford members across the states for multiple writing and recording sessions. That's right, Halford IV is in production! Serious Metal is taking place, and I wish all of you could experience the atmosphere. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kelly To Assault London
Ananova reports: Kelly Osbourne has announced details of a show in London. 

She will perform her new single, One Word, at a mini-gig at London's Astoria on Saturday, May 7. 

The 20-year-old will perform the song at the G-A-Y nightclub where she previously appeared three years ago to preview her cover of Madonna's Papa Don't Preach backed by three drag queens. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Whitesnake Dates
Blabbermouth reports: WHITESNAKE have added more shows to their upcoming U.S. itinerary. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: 

Jun. 18 - San Juan P.R. @ Clemente Coliseum 
Jun. 22 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount 
Jun. 23 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre 
Jun. 25 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues 
Jun. 26 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Scum of the Earth Tour
Blabbermouth reports: SCUM OF THE EARTH, the band founded by former ROB ZOMBIE guitarist Riggs, will be teaming up with BRAND NEW SIN and SOCIETY 1 for a U.S. tour beginning in June. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: 

Jun. 17 - Chicago IL @ Metro
Jun. 18 Freeport, IL @ Convention Center
Jun. 19 - Omaha, NE @ Ranch Bowl
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mudvayne Beats 50 Cent
BW&BK reports: MUDVAYNE's Epic Records release Lost And Found has officially landed in the #2 position on the Billboard 200 chart, just behind MARIAH CAREY's latest album, The Emancipation Of Mimi. 

A posting at Billboard.com states, "Mudvayne scores the best sales week of its career with Lost And Found (Epic), which moved 152,000 copies to open at No. 2. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rush Charge Reduced
BW&BK reports: Naples Daily News (www.naplesnews.com) has issued the following report from John Henderson: 

A judge on Wednesday reduced the charge that a jury is considering against the son of the guitarist for the rock group, RUSH. 

Justin Zivojinovich is now charged with a misdemeanor - resisting arrest without violence - instead of a felony. 

Retired Senior Circuit Judge Charles T. Carlton's reduced the charge at the conclusion of the prosecution's case and instructed the jury to come back at 1 p.m. to continue with the defense case. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Iommi/Hughes Tour
BW&BK reports: The following update has been posted at bassist/vocalist GLENN HUGHES (ex-TRAPEZE, DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH) official website

 ... A tour with TONY IOMMI (BLACK SABBATH guitarist) is still in the pipeline, but is not likely to happen before November 2005.[see full story for a ton of info on Hughes' other tour plans]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dry Kill Logic Switch Bassist
Digital Noise reports: Dry Kill Logic has announced that they have parted ways with bassist Danny Horboychuk. He has been replaced by Casey Mahoney, formerly of New York-based Downpore. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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From Autumn To Ashes Complete CD
IAYM reports: From Autumn To Ashes have wrapped up recording their upcoming new album "Abandon Your Friends" with a tentative July 26th release through Vagrant being eyed for the effort. [see full story for breaking heavy rock news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gigantour 2nd Stagers
IAYM reports: A number of bands potentially in the running for slots on the second stage of the forthcoming "Gigantour" have been unveiled. Names being thrown around by organizers currently include Dry Kill Logic, Diecast, Otep, Overkill, Pain Of Salvation, Taproot and Symphony X[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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