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Report for 12/18/06
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: Sparta - "Taking Back Control" live video

Best of 06: Birds of Prey

Reviews: Ill Nino | MorleyView: Twisted Sister | Scar'd Sanity | Mountain Mirrors interview | Devil Doll

Phish Drug Bust
antiMusic reports: Trey Anastasio, the former frontman for Phish was arrested early Saturday morning in upstate New York. Anastasio was pulled over close to his home at 3:30 a.m. after an officer witnessed the singer failing to keep his vehicle to the right of the road. 

Anastasio was driving with a suspended driver's license and police found several prescription medications in his possession including Hydrocodone, Percocet and Xanax. Police told the local media that the prescriptions were in another person's name. 

Anastasio was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and driving under the influence of drugs. He was ticketed and released. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cobain Wanted Divorce
TuneLab reports: According to a new book, "Nirvana: The Biography", Kurt Cobain had started divorce proceedings against his wife Courtney Love shortly before his suicide.

Author Everett True is an old frind of Cobains and revealed that Love and Cobain had a nasty fight, which resulted in him calling his lawyer. True interviewed the couple's daughter Frances Bean's nanny, who says of the fight, "In the classic Kurt way of saying f**k you, he put a cigarette out in the middle of his forehead.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cinderella Heart Attack
sleazeroxx.com reports: Inga Brittingham, the wife of Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham and bandmate in the Naked Beggars, has posted the following message; 

"It's been a rough week.. I wanted to finally share what we have been through. Eric suffered a mild heart attack last week. We are slowly getting through this period. Even through all of this healing time the rest of the band is continuing to write for the third album. 

Eric is checking his mail..but will probably not be answering a lot of people. So, please leave him a funny comment ...that will make him happy!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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CBS Records Returns
antiMusic reports: CBS Corp is bringing back CBS Records. Sony purchased the original CBS records in 1988 for $2 billion. The new CBS Records will a label for the 21st century with a focus on digital sales and distribution and will utilize their other entertainment properties for promotion, namely placing the label's music in their television programs. 

"CBS is one of the most powerful entertainment brands in the world, and music represents a natural and complementary extension of our content assets," CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves said in a statement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Former GNR Manager Speaks Out
antiMusic reports: Merck Mercuriadis, the now former manager of Guns N' Roses issued a open letter to GNR fans on Friday in response to Axl Rose's letter which announced Mercuriadis departure as manager of the band as well as the delay of the release of "Chinese Democracy" and the March 6th release date for the album. His message follows.

An Open Letter To Guns N' Roses Fans From Merck Mercuriadis: Along with all of the other Guns N' Roses fans around the world I read "An Open Letter To The Fans From Axl" this evening with much interest. About half way through it occurred to me that I had read much of this before. In fact, I had written the blueprint for it in an email for Axl's attention two days ago which I have copied below. 

The reality is all of this year's touring was planned and agreed between Axl and myself, with a view to the album being in the stores before the 31st of December '06. This was confirmed by Axl in numerous interviews - most famously at the MTV Video Music Awards. We planned the tour in February, just after Axl's birthday and we were supposed to finish the album in May, before it started. We sent our engineers to New York, where we all waited, for over a month, for the muse to come but she never arrived. We then scheduled sessions in London in August and had our engineers meet us there at the end of the English tour. August came and went and once again the muse did not show. We postponed our proposed radio date of Labour Day for the first single and we came back to LA and tried to finish before the San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles shows but yet again she eluded us. Axl then asked me to postpone the North American tour which was due to start on 24th of September by a month and finally, early in that period after the euphoria of Inland Invasion, Axl made a break through and got two or three very productive days under his belt. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bush Honors B.B. King
Reuters reports: Legendary blues musician B.B. King, former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky and historian David McCullough were among those awarded the Medal of Freedom on Friday by President George W. Bush. 

Bush lauded King for overcoming his hardscrabble childhood in the South to become one of the world's greatest blues guitarists and singers. King was living alone by the time he was 9 and picked cotton for 35 cents a day, Bush recalled.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Garbage Return
Gigwise reports: Garbage will make their first live appearance for 18 months with an intimate acoustic gig in Calfornia next month. 

The band – who have recently been the focus of reports they are set to split – will play the Alex Theatre in Glendale in a benefit for fellow musician Wally Ingram, who is recovering from cancer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kaiser Chiefs Vs Girls Aloud
Gigwise reports: Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson has slammed Girls Aloud for covering their biggest hit - and changing the lyrics. 

The frontman says he is now "after" the girl band after they played 'I Predict A Riot' on their recent tour without permission and changed the line 'borrow a pound for a condom' to 'borrow a pound for a phone call'.

He tells the Daily Star, "I'm gonna cover a Girls Aloud song and change all their words but make them really filthy. They said 'Borrow a pound for a phone call'. What? It's illegal, Girls Aloud. We're after you."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smashing Festivals
blabbermouth.net reports: The reactivated SMASHING PUMPKINS likely will return to the stage for the first time since their final December 2000 concert "at some European festivals this summer," according to a post on the band's MySpace page. Meanwhile, the PUMPKINS continue plugging away at their reunion album. "We are four songs deep and about a hundred guitars in," writes drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Despised Guitarist
blabbermouth.net reports: Singer Alex Erian of the Montreal-based deathcore six-piece DESPISED ICON has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Some great and bad news to report. First, we'll start off with the good. We have our first European tour finally confirmed in March and April with UNEARTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY and DAATH. Should be an amazing tour. We want to thank Paul Conroy and everyone in the UNEARTH camp for hooking this up for us. Right before we leave, we'll be doing a bunch of Canadian and a few U.S. dates with JOB FOR A COWBOY. 

"Next off, our guitar player, Yannick St-Amand, will unfortunately be leaving the band to focus more on his family life. It's hard to see him go.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Country Disco for Bee Gee
pr-inside reports: Pop and disco icon BARRY GIBB is set to try his hand at country music after announcing his next album project will be recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with top honkytonk writers and guests.

The STAYING ALIVE hitmaker insists he's always been a fan of the genre and really got into country music in the past year after buying JOHNNY CASH's former lakeside home near Nashville.

Gibb admits the country retreat offers him great inspiration as he pens songs for his upcoming solo album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Macca Ex Threatened
pr-inside reports: British police have briefed SIR PAUL McCARTNEY's estranged wife HEATHER MILLS on a potential threat to her safety as her divorce battle with the former BEATLE intensifies.

Sussex Police have informed Mills that officers in Merseyside, northern England, uncovered a "non-specific threat" and McCartney was also told about the incident. 

Mills recently spoke of receiving death threats in the wake of her split from McCartney earlier this year (06).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jacko's Xmas now in March
BBC reports: US pop star Michael Jackson has postponed an appearance at a Christmas party in Japan, where tickets cost up to 400,000 yen (£1,787). 

Jackson was due to attend the party in Tokyo on Tuesday, although he was not planning to perform. 

The event has been put back to 8 March, with a fan appreciation event being held the following day.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy 07
TuneLab reports: Ozzy Osbourne is expected to hit the road in April in support of his new album. Ozzy is rumored to be working on two different albums with the first expected to hit stores in February.[see full story for more news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Buy An Artist Out For Life
tinfoilmusic.net reports: Michael Arrington of TechCrunch brings us a tale in which he was present at a Microsoft sponsored event to try and win over some bloggers to the dark Zune side…At said event, the bloggers got the opportunity to grill The Gates on various subjects including DRM. Bill's response wasn't expected. 

Gates said that no one is satisfied with the current state of DRM, which "causes too much pain for legitimate buyers" while trying to distinguish between legal and illegal uses. He says no one has done it right, yet. There are "huge problems" with DRM, he says, and "we need more flexible models, such as the ability to "buy an artist out for life" (not sure what he means). He also criticized DRM schemes that try to install intelligence in each copy so that it is device specific. His short term advice: "People should just buy a cd and rip it. You are legal then." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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