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Report for 12/12/06
Picks of the Day
Before we get to today's news here are our picks of the day featuring our latest reviews and the song of the day to listen to while reading today's report!

Song: Lisa Palleschi - "Learning How To Love Again" mp3

Best of 06: James Hunter

Reviews: Foo Fighters | 2&2: Trail of Dead | Kylesa | Darker My Love

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2&2: Trail of Dead
antiMusic reports: This week's 2&2 features an interview Thrashpit editor Mark Hensch did with Conrad from .. Trail of Dead a few weeks back with the release of their new CD So Divided. We gave the Thrashpit readers an early look at the interview but here it is in its official 2&2 posting. 

2&2: Worlds Apart had some pretty strong political undertones. How exactly do you feel about the state of our country? ** Conrad: I think you're all f**ked! No, I think we can work things out. Maybe not without something really, truly awful happening first. But more important than the state of this country or any other country, I focus mainly on the future of the human animal (as well as all the other disenfranchised animals). I think if all goes well countries, and hopefully organized religions, will one day be a thing of the past. 

2&2: The best part about your music is that it never sacrifices intelligence for catchiness. Do you feel that this brand of "smart rock" will ever replace the trash that is on radio now? ** Conrad: Honestly? No. But homeland security can't arrest us for hoping and pretending that it might someday. [see full story for the entire 2&2 interview. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Van Halen Ready for Reunion
KNAC reports: Eddie Van Halen recently spoke to Guitar World Magazine. This quote is an excerpt from the interview featured in the new issue, and posted on a David Lee Roth fan site:

"I'm telling Dave. 'Dude get your ass up here and sing, witch! Come On!'" says Van Halen. "As it stands right now, the ball is in Dave's court. Whether he wants to rise to the occasion is entirely up to him, but we're ready to go."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol Porn Vandalism
Submitted News reports: A video has surfaced on You Tube this weekend that shows Kelly Clarkson riding in the back of a van with known adult filmmaker and singer for Society 1 Matt Zane en route to vandalize Evanescence's lead singer Amy Lee's house. The clip seems to be an excerpt from a reality show entitled "In The Studio" During the teaser Kelly actually throws numerous rolls of toilet paper into the trees and over the house while laughing.

It is unclear how Matt Zane and Ms. Clarkson ended up in the van together but even Zane seems surprised when he states "I can't believe American Idols Kelly Clarkson is riding in the back of a van going to commit vandalism!"

Ron Jeremy and other varied guests make appearances throughout the 4 minute clip but nothing seems more puzzling than the pairing of Zane and Clarkson. Check it out at the full story link. The clip is also posted on Zane's Myspace: www.myspace.com/mattthelordzane[- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Love Gets Off
TMZ reports: Courtney Love's legal slate was wiped clean in a Los Angeles courtroom today. 

A judge agreed to terminate Love's probation and drop all pending charges after Love proved that she had successfully completed her drug rehab programs. 

Love was in hot water over several drug cases and an assault charge but now it's officially behind her.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aqualung Soph
PR reports: Columbia Records will release Memory Man, the much-anticipated second stateside album from Aqualung, the ongoing musical project of British prodigy Matt Hales, on Tuesday, March 6, 2007.

Memory Man is the eagerly-awaited successor to Aqualung's critically-acclaimed U.S. debut, 2005's Strange and Beautiful collection, a #1 Billboard Heatseekers album which introduced American audiences to the music of Matt Hales with hits like the Triple A chart-topper "Brighter Than Sunshine" and "Strange & Beautiful (I'll Put A Spell On You)." Strange and Beautiful has gone on to sell more than 250,000 copies in the U.S.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dave Matthews Band 07 Tour
PR reports: Dave Matthews Band have unveiled their initial tour plans for 2007 which will kick off with a two-night stand at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on March 23 and March 24, with The Fray set to open. Dave Matthews Band will then head down under on March 31 for a two-week jaunt through Australia, followed by a European run that will include shows in Ireland, Portugal, Belgium and the UK. The tour will conclude with their first-ever performance at Wembley Arena in London, England on May 30th. 

March 23 MGM Grand Las Vegas, NV
March 24 MGM Grand [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lamb of God Tour
PR reports: Returning to the U.S. after a sold-out tour of Europe, Australia and Japan, Lamb of God is excited to announce a headlining American tour in 2007 with Bay Area Metal Titans Machine Head, modern day metal traditionalists Trivium and France's heaviest metal export Gojira. Having spent the summer of 2006 on the Unholy Alliance Tour with metal pioneer's Slayer and joining Megadeth for the Gigantour tour in September, LOG will kick-off this tour in Dallas on February 16 as they bring their pummeling live show across the U.S. and Canada. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Talking Metal God
PR reports: TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 115 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. In this very special episode, hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy join the Metal God, Rob Halford, at a diner in New York City. In a 30-minute interview, Halford discusses such topics as Metal God Entertainment, HalfordMusic.com, Judas Priest, Halford, Tony Iommi, Nostradamus, UFOs, and the Sci Fi Channel. Additional podcast topics include Paul Stanley, Incubus, Lamb of God, and the new Talking Metal content on Live365.com's Bionic Radio (http://www.live365.com/stations/bionictv ). New photos as well as the 50-minute podcast can be downloaded at the full story link. 
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Stooges Weirdness
PR reports: Reunion albums are one thing. A Stooges reunion album is something else entirely.

On March 20, 2007, the band that predated punk and helped make rock and roll dangerous will release their first studio album since 1973's seminal Raw Power. The Weirdness will feature three of the four original bandmembers - singer Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton and drummer Scott Asheton -- along with ex-Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt and original Stooges sax player, Steve Mackay.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jet Slashed in LA
Launch reports: Slash, Chris Robinson, Steve Jones join Jet onstage in L.A. On January 22, 2003, Jet played their very first U.S. show at the 260-capacity club Spaceland in Los Angeles. And nearly four years and a couple million album sales later, the Australian rockers returned to the venue that gave them their American start--although this time, they brought a few high-profile friends with them.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Busta Rhymes Weapon Charge
E! reports: Busta Rhymes is facing a new weapon count to go along with an assault charge stemming from the alleged August smackdown of a fan who spat on the "Gimme Some More" MC's ride.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office said prosecutors filed a new complaint today in Manhattan Criminal Court, tacking on criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor carrying up to a year in jail, for a machete found in Rhymes' SUV.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Georgia Gibbs RIP
AP reports: Georgia Gibbs, a versatile singer who starred on the popular show "Your Hit Parade" and reached the top of the charts in the 1950s with covers of songs by black artists, has died. She was 87. 

Gibbs died Saturday at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, family friend Leslie Gottlieb said. The cause was complications from leukemia.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead Orchestra
Gigwise reports: Radiohead's ‘Kid A' is to be given a live orchestral makeover next weekend. 

The concert takes place at Bancroft's Great Hall on December 17 and its centrepiece will be the Charity Symphony Orchestra reworking of the Oxford band's fourth album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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U2 Green Day Pearl Jams
Gigwise reports: U2 were joined by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong on the final date of their Vertigo tour In Honolulu on Saturday night. 

The Green Day frontman performed a live rendition of their joint charity single ‘The Saints Are Coming' - only the second time he had done so. 

Meanwhile Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready from support act Pearl Jam came onstage to perform the cover of Neil Young's ‘Rockin in the Free World.' [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Protest
blabbermouth.net reports: Italian GUNS N' ROSES fan site Gnronline.it has announced that it has gone "on strike" to protest the lack of official information regarding the band and the "phantom" album "Chinese Democracy". Specifically, the Gnronline.it administrators are claming that GN'R management is playing favorites with the two big American fan sites, while other worldwide fan sites are being left in the dark despite their efforts over the course of the last ten years to support the group. The Gnronline.it web site is not being updated and the almost 3,000-user forum is not being moderated until January 1, 2007. After that day, the entire site will be closed. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Best of Testament
blabbermouth.net reports: Spitfire Records has set a February 27, 2007 release date for a TESTAMENT "best of" collection, entitled "The Spitfire Collection". No further details are currently available.

As previously reported, TESTAMENT has lined up the following dates during the coming months:

Jan. 27 - San Francisco, CA - the Independent
Feb. 07 - Melbourne, Australia - the Prince Hotel
Feb. 08 - Sydney, Australia - the Manning Bar
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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