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Day In Rock 6/23: MP3 Tax- Blur Vs Blur- Rufio Robbed- B.I.G. Denial- Live 8 VH1- Corgan Speaks- Slipknot Vegas X 2- Queen in 06- Temple Of Ellefson- Foo Hit- Fiona Starts Over- Ozzfest- Used Glassjaw- Megadeth- In Flames- Nugent Love Child- Incubus- 40 Below Summer- Every Time I Die- Nevermore- Akercocke-  PUNK: attitude- Graves Brother Delay- Bloc Party Podcast- Trapt-  more
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MP3 Tax
FMQB reports: Lawmakers in New Jersey and Wisconsin are considering taxing online music downloads with a state tax. Nicknamed the "iPod tax," it would be collected on purchases of any digital content. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has already proposed the tax in his state, though some members of the legislature are already saying they will block the proposal. "It's an issue of tax equity," said Jessica Iverson, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, told CNet.com. "If you go into a Main Street business and purchase a CD, you are paying tax." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blur Vs Blur
Ananova reports: Blur's bassist Alex James has revealed that the band are suing each other. 

Speaking to Orange World he said: "It's a shame really. I thought we might all get together again for Live 8 and try and save the world but no. 

"I think my management and my lawyer are both having mental breakdowns. It's mad, it's the hardest thing ever - a combination of new technology and aging rockstars." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rufio Robbed
press release reports: RUFIO, currently on the road with Alkaline Trio in support of their upcoming release, The Comfort of Home, had the misfortune of losing all of their gear, merch and luggage last night when the bands trailer was stolen after their show in Montreal, Quebec. 

The band issued the following statement today to their fans, asking for their help: "Hey Everyone, After an amazing show in Montreal we returned to our hotel to find our trailer containing all of our music equipment, merchandise, and luggage, gone. Police officials say the trailer was unhitched from the van and pushed back with enough room for a vehicle to reattach itself to the trailer and leave with the trailer in tow. Needless to say, all of us in Rufio are in a state of despondency and are asking for any help you can give to get us back on our feet. These people took our livelihoods and everything we have from us. If you can find it in you to give even $10, we would deeply appreciate it. You can donate money by sending money to rufio@newnoisemanagement.com through PayPal or to: Rufio c/o New Noise Management 207 N. Broadway Suite I Santa Ana, CA 92701 - Click Here for the Full Story 

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B.I.G. Denial
Los Angeles Times reports: A man testified today that a document he signed linking the murder of singer Notorious B.I.G. to rap competitor Death Row Records is false. 

Kevin Hackie told jurors in federal court today he never told attorneys for the family of the slain rapper, Christopher Wallace, that ex-LAPD officer David A. Mack worked for the rap record label. 

The family's lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles hinges on proof that Mack, who has denied any involvement, planned Wallace's murder in 1997. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Live 8 VH1
AP reports: MTV and VH1 will telecast eight hours of the Live 8 concerts on July 2, the networks said Wednesday. The performances, featuring artists U2, Coldplay, Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z and Destiny's Child among many others, are being held in eight cities to raise awareness of poverty in Africa.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Corgan Speaks
Blabbermouth reports: Billy Corgan spoke to Jim Derogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times about his decision to announce the reunion of the SMASHING PUMPKINS

"The door is clearly open," the star said when asked if he will perform again with the best-known lineup of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, guitarist James Iha and bassist D'Arcy Wretzky. "What I've done is I've set the intention. It's going to happen." 

Does that mean that Corgan has spoken with his former bandmates? 

"I don't want to talk about the specifics," he said. "I'm just going to take the CIA route of 'mum's the word.' The door is open. Here's the thing: I am ready to go back to the work of the band."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slipknot Vegas X 2
Blabbermouth reports: ABC ePrep is reporting that SLIPKNOT have added an additional August show at the Las Vegas House of Blues. The band are now set to play there on August 21 and August 22, following their sole Ozzfest appearance on August 20 in San Bernardino. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Queen in 06
Blabbermouth reports: The QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS tour that was expected to hit North America later this summer or in early fall has now been officially bumped into next year. QUEEN guitarist Brian May confirmed what Launch reported last week — that the Western Hemisphere will get a few key shows in 2005, but the bulk of the road work on this continent will be in the early part of 2006.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Temple Of Ellefson
BW&BK reports: Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson and current W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland together form the rhythm section of a brand new band called TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY. Their debut album, Lethal Agenda, is complete and awaiting release. [see full story for a Q&A with Ellefson]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Foo Hit
Audio Aggression reports: The Foo Fighters recently released their new dual-disc album 'In Your Honor', which has registered the following first week chart positions around the world: 

#1 in Australia
#1 in New Zealand
#2 in USA
#2 in U.K.
#2 in Ireland
#7 in Switzerland
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fiona Starts Over
FMQB reports: Though Fiona Apple's shelved third album Extraordinary Machine leaked onto the Internet earlier this year, it looks like she is abandoning the album and starting from scratch. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzfest Songs
IAYM reports: A compilation dubbed "Ozzfest Summer Sampler" is currently being produced with the following track listing: 

01. Ozzy Osbourne – "21st Century Schizoid Man"
02. Tony Iommi – "Dopamine" 
03. GZR - "Pardon My Depression"
04. A Dozen Furies – "The Everlasting Grudge" 
05. The Black Dahlia Murder – "A Vulger Picture" 
06. The Haunted – "No Compromise" 
07. It Dies Today– "Freak Gasoline Fight Accident" 
08. Soilwork – "Stabbing The Drama" 
09. Arch Enemy – "Nemesis" (Rough Mix) 
10. Bruce Dickinson – "Tyranny of Souls" 
[see full story for more tracks and info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Used Glassjaw
IAYM reports: Initial dates have been revealed for Glassjaw's upcoming run with The Used, they include: 

August 13th Colorado Springs, Colorado City Auditorium 
August 15th Las Cruces, New Mexico Pan AM Center 
August 16th Albuquerque, New Mexico Albuquerque Convention Center 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Megadeth DVD
IAYM reports: Megadeth's forthcoming 2-DVD retrospective release "Arsenal Of Megadeth" will now see the light of day on October 04th.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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In Flames Dates
KNAC reports: In FlamesIN FLAMES have added seven new dates to their upcoming North American tour schedule. 

Offest Dates 

7/16 in Glens Falls, NY at Aggressive Music Festival
7/20 in Toronto , ON at Docks Concert Theatre (with MUDVAYNE)
7/22 in London , ON at The Drink (with ARCH ENEMY)
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nugent Love Child
KNAC reports: Ted Nugent has reached a support agreement with the Dover woman he fathered a child with in 1995. 

Nugent will pay Karen Gutowski $3,500 monthly in child support, and she will have sole custody of their son, now 10, under the agreement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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...Top Five Special: James "JY" Young From Styx

James "JY" Young (Styx)'s Top Five Albums of All Time!

Today we hear from James "JY" Young, a founding member of Styx. 

5.  Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger - Bo Diddley: The first vinyl LP I ever purchased; I am to this day learning by revisiting this record.  How many thousands of people have been influenced by the Bo Diddley-beat and those amazing maracas?
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4.  Highway To Hell – AC/DC:  Adolescent rebellion is at the core of all rock music. These guys led the heavy metal convoy to the place we're all probably destined to go.
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3. The Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra:  Another group of individuals, who I thought initially were from another planet, who applied classical and jazz virtuosity with rock instrumentation and a sprinkling of Eastern philosophy. 
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2.  Aqualung - Jethro Tull: This is an album that combines classical elements with rock guitar and the incredible intelligence, insightful, and unapologetic irreverence for all things created by man.
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1.  Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix combined the African American blues experience with the psychedelic trends emanating from the Timothy Leary-maharishi spirit permeating Britain.  Here's this man from another galaxy and this is the album that changed it all... for me.
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About Styx: The timing for this special couldn't have been better to include JY as Styx just released "Big Bang Theory," an album that features covers of some of their favorite songs. The band is currently touring Europe to support the album and will return to the states early next month to kick off their North American tour. 

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