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Report for 03/01/06
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Why Music Sucks
New York Daily NEws reports: It's no secret that traditional touring rockers hate the way media conglomerates, MTV and pop music have changed the face of music. But [Rosanna] Arquette's film [ "All We Are Saying."], which airs on Showtime on March 8, gathers together an overwhelming collection of testimonials on the subject by artists like Sting, Elton John, David Crosby, Steven Tyler, Peter Gabriel and Tom Petty.

"There was a time when our catalogue was worth $24 million, now it's worth like 12 cents," moans Tyler, Aerosmith's lead singer. "Why? Because anybody can download anything on the Internet. The only thing an artist today is worth is his happiness, integrity and hard tickets."

"When I look at it now, it looks like professional wrestling to me," whines Petty. Fans "know it's fake, but they don't really care." [see full story for the full article, it's a fun read]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Adbul Sex Change?
AP reports: Paula Abdul probably could hit a fastball about as well as Barry Bonds could impersonate Paula Abdul. 

Bonds entertained and delighted a small gathering of fans and teammates Tuesday by dressing up as Abdul to judge the San Francisco Giants spin-off of the hit Fox show "American Idol," called Giants Idol.[see full story for a comical photo of Mr Abdul]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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China Stoned
TMZ reports: The Rolling Stones will hold their first-ever concert in China in April, Chinese promoters said Tuesday, three years after canceling a pair of shows on the mainland because of the SARS outbreak.

The rock greats will play Shanghai's Grand Stage, an 8,000-seat converted indoor stadium, on April 8, according to an announcement from Emma Entertainment.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Grand Theft Doherty
hecklerspray reports: That Pete Doherty. He never learns, does he? Less than three weeks ago he managed to avoid prison for all kinds of drug offences, but he's reportedly just been arrested again - this time for car theft.

Apparently, Birmingham police detained Pete Doherty and two other men last night on suspicion of stealing a car from London and allegedly possessing a quantity of class A drugs. Really, it's as if he hates doing Babyshambles concerts so much that he keeps getting into trouble to deliberately skip them. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mariah Razzie 07?
hecklerspray reports: Remember Glitter? We don't either. Of course we heard about it, it was the big screen debut of Mariah Carey after all, but it got such horrific reviews that we'd eat our own legs off before watching it.

It's been announced that slow-blinking, award-grabbing, garment-intolerant warbling fruitloop Mariah Carey (CDs) wants to get her foot back in the acting door. She's reportedly to star in Tennessee, a film we already don't like the sound of.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Digital Soundsystem
CMJ reports: LCD Soundsystem's digital release, Intron, will be available from iTunes and other digital depots starting March 14. The virtual album will consist of rare tracks previously unavailable in the US, as well as B-Sides and remixes. These rarities include a Soulwax Shibuya remix of "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" and a cover of Siouxsie And The Banshee's "Slowdive." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beatles Secrets
antiMusic reports: One of the Beatles most beloved songs contains the words "F**king hell!" The hidden lyric to "Hey Jude" is just one of the revelations in Geoff Emerick's new book "Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the music of the Beatles". Although "Hey Jude" was one of the rare Beatles tracks that Emerick didn't engineer, he reveals in his book that the mix to the song contains curse by Paul McCartney. 

"Just after the start of the third verse, right between the lines 'The minute you let her under your skin / oh, then you begin,' you can clearly hear Paul curse off-mic, saying 'F**king hell!'" John Lennon caught the curse during the playback and said "Paul hit a clunker on the piano and said a naughty word, but I insisted we leave it in, buried just low enough so that it can barely be heard. Most people won't ever spot itů but we'll know it's there." 

There have been plenty of "inside story" type books about the Beatles but Emerick gives us the inside story not about the tabloid like going-ons with the band members but instead the inside story of recording of the songs and how the Beatles broke new ground as recording artists. Of course, the book is filled with other interesting tidbits, for example how the album Abbey Road got its name. Many believe it was named in tribute to the EMI recording studios but Emerick gives the real story about the naming of the album. [see full story for that tale]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Walkmen in May
Punk Music reports: The Walkmen will release their third CD entitled A Hundred Miles Off, through Record Collection on May 23rd. The CD will be the band's follow up to their 2004 effort Bows & Arrows. In the newsletter that they sent out, the band apparently took two years to record the CD. Granted, they probably did it intermitently, but give me a break! Two years? And to top it off they hve their own studio in New York called Marcata Studios. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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No Use for a Webcast
Punk Music reports: Take a break from myspace and tune into PunkRadioCast this Saturday, March 4 to catch No Use For a Name playing a full live set beginning around 12:30EST. Their new album, Keep Them Confused, is out now on Fat Wreck Chords[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hammerfall Rocktober
Blabbermouth reports: HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site: Actually, we have more or less completed half the songs for the album, scheduled to be released in the end of October this year. I have a very good feeling about this, the music so far is very varied and, I think, of high quality. My gut tells me we will be building on the foundation of 'Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken' and expanding the horizons of what is HAMMERFALL even further. You all will find out eventually. I will post more news on this as we go, with some song titles and such in the coming months.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tool Download
Blabbermouth reports: TOOL, SOULFLY, SOILWORK, CRADLE OF FILTH, ARCH ENEMY, EIGHTEEN VISIONS, AIDEN, BLOODSIMPLE, TO MY SURPRISE and 36 CRAZYFISTS have been confirmed for the Download Festival, which is set to take place from Friday, June 9 until Sunday, June 11 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Celtic Frost US
Blabbermouth reports: Seminal avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have scheduled more North American tour dates during September-November. The schedule is shaping up as follows:

Sep. 12 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx 
Sep. 13 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx 
Sep. 14 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Global Metallica
BW&BK reports: METALLICA (www.metallica.com) have expanded their upcoming Escape From The Studio '06 tour with the addition of two festival appearances in Japan.

Upcoming dates currently include:

March 
18 - Supersport Park in Centurion, South Africa (situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria)
21 - ABSA Stadium in Durban, South Africa
25 - Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Euro Nashville Pussy
BW&BK reports: NASHVILLE PUSSY has announced the following UK and European tour dates in support of their latest album, Get Some.

March
29 - UK - Glasgow - Cathouse
30 - UK - Nottingham - Rock City
31 - UK - Leicester - Charlotte
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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