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Report for 03/28/06
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Bono Buys Nirvana?
Blabbermouth reports: James Hall of the U.K.'s Telegraph.co.uk is reporting that Elevation Partners - the private equity company whose partners include Bono, the U2 singer - is thought to be the front-runner in a multi-million pound deal to acquire a stake in the back catalogue of NIRVANA, the 1990s grunge pioneers.

The publishing rights to the group's songs are currently owned by Courtney Love, the widow of Kurt Cobain, NIRVANA's singer, who committed suicide in April 1994.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Morrissey Vs Canada
Mammoth Press reports: Statement from Morrissey via True-To-You.net: "We will not include any Canadian dates on our world tour to promote our new album. This is in protest against the barbaric slaughter of over 325,000 baby seals which is now underway. I fully realise that the absence of any Morrissey concerts in Canada is unlikely to bring the Canadian economy to its knees, but it is our small protest against this horrific slaughter - which is the largest slaughter of marine animal species found anywhere on the planet.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Worst Album
Gigwise reports: Duran Duran's 1995 damp squib ‘Thank You' has topped a poll as the worst album of all time. The album was voted ahead of the likes of Billy Idol's ‘Cyberpunk' and Mick Jagger's solo effort ‘Primitive Cool' in the poll by Q Magazine.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kelly Burnt
Contact Music reports: Pop singer KELLY OSBOURNE had to be treated by medics after burning her hand on a cigarette at a London concert. The daughter of rocker OZZY and TV presenter SHARON suffered the injury at the T-Mobile Street gig this week (begs21MAR06). Her spokesperson says, "She got her hand burnt by someone's cigarette during the gig. The St John's Ambulance bandaged it up for her and she was fine. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nikki Sudden RIP
CMJ reports: Nikki Sudden, former frontman for the Swell Maps, died Sunday (March 26) after a performance Saturday night at Manhattan's Knitting Factory that was billed as "Farewell To New York." He was 49. No cause of death has been announced. Sudden had just finished work on a new solo record, The Truth Doesn't Matter, according to Billboard, and was expected to perform a show at London's 12 Bar Club March 29 with his current band the Jacobites.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eels on Tour
Mammoth Press reports: Eels officially announce their 2006 NO STRINGS ATTACHED Tour with many new dates, starting with their traditional tour warm-up shows at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, May 25th & 26th, then winding through the west, midwest and northeast of the United States and Canada on their way to rock Europe[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Alan Confrey RIP
Mammoth Press reports: Irish punk band, Blood Or Whiskey, has suffered a great loss, tin whistle player, Alan Confrey, suffered a heart attack and passed away on March 23, at the young age of 33 yrs. old. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Art Brut US
The Tripwire reports: UK darlings Art Brut have just inked a deal with Downtown Records (Eagles Of Death Metal, Gnarls Barkley), giving them a long-awaited US home base from which to launch their takeover the States.The US version will be released on May 23 and will feature three US-only bonus tracks - "These Animal Me@nswear," "Really Bad Weekend," and "Maternity Ward."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Euro Flotsam
Blabbermouth reports: FLOTSAM AND JETSAM drummer Craig Nielsen has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"We have just been offered, and have accepted, a November tour over two weeks in Europe that will include Moscow and a St. Petersberg, Russia show, along with London, Rome and other major capital dates, including a co-headline play on the German Keep It True festival. The band has never been to Russia, and not to London in a very long time, and we are extremely happy with the itinerary. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Post Helloween
Blabbermouth reports: Frontiers Records will release former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske's new solo album, simply entitled "Kiske", on May 19.

Featuring Karsten Nagel — Michael's old schoolmate — on drums and Sandro Giampietro and Fontaine Burnett on guitars and bass, respectively, "Kiske" is said to be a very personal statement — from the beginning to the end. "The best way of describing what this record stands for in my mind and personal world would be: it's a health-careless and musically free!" said Kiske in less-than-perfect English. "I somehow managed to break down or overcome more subconscious barriers as a songwriter this time. I was able to write and produce a record that could either be a nice ending or beginning for a new career.'[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Linkin Tattoo fest
Blabbermouth reports: LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington has lined up several performers to appear at the 11th anniversary concert for his Club Tattoo shops, according to MTV.com. Bennington's bandmate Mike Shinoda will play with his rap act, FORT MINOR, and other artists scheduled to show up include STORY OF THE YEAR, DJ Z-Trip and WICKED WISDOM, the group featuring actress Jada Pinkett Smith. Bennington himself will also perform with his "fun" side band, BUCKET OF WEENIES. The event will take place on April 22 in Tempe, Arizona.[da plane, da plane... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Evanescence Mixing
TuneLab reports: Evanescence will complete the mixing process for their new album next week. The album was produced by Dave Forman, who also produced the bands 2003 multi-platinum debut 'Fallen', and is expected to be released in August.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Randy Rhoads Scholar
KNAC reports: Delores Rhoads has added $20,000 to the scholarship endowment she created more than 10 years ago at California State University, Northridge, as a tribute to her late son, Randy Rhoads, CSUN said. The endowment, now worth $45,000, is designed to offer financial aid to guitar students.

Delores Rhoads founded and operates Musonia, a North Hollywood music school where her son began taking lessons at age 6. By age 14, Randy was performing with local bands, and at age 20, Randy and friends formed the heavy-metal band QUIET RIOT while he taught at his mother's school during the day. In 1979, Randy became OZZY OSBOURNE's lead guitarist on his first two solo albums. But in 1982, Randy died in a plane crash while on tour with Osbourne.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aussie Lay Dying
The PRP reports: As I Lay Dying are planning to head overseas for an Australian/Asian jaunt in May, here's the dates:
May 12th Perth, AUS - Rosemont
May 13th Perth, AUS - Amplifier Bar
May 14th Melbourne, AUS - Corner Hotel
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Vicarious Tool
The PRP reports: Tool have selected the track "Vicarious" as the first single from their upcoming new album "10,000 Days". The song will impact at radio on April 17th, while the album is on course for a May 02nd release date [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Yakuza Tour
The PRP reports: Yakuza's upcoming May run with Dysrhythmia and Behold...The Arctopus has begun to take shape, here's the dates so far:
May 25th Philadelphia, PA - Khyber (Feat. Hex Machine)
May 26th New York, NY - Tap Bar @ The Knitting Factory
May 27th Allston, MA - O'Brien's (Feat. Continued Without A Finding)
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Superman The Soundtrack
punkbands reports: Jack's Mannequin, The Academy Is, The Receiving End Of Sirens, Sun, Nightmare Of You, American Hi-Fi, and Plain White T's are among the artists confirmed for the upcoming soundtrack to Superman Returns. The album hits stores May 23rd on Rhino Record [able to leap small ponkers in a single bound!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Digital Strummer
punkbands reports: Ahead of the usual onslaught of New Release Tuesday, Joe Strummer's long out of print Earthquake Weather is now available exclusively in Rhapsody. Along with 1988's Permanent Record soundtrack available tomorrow in Rhapsody, these tracks make up Strummer's first post-Clash solo work.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Talkin anti
Day in Rock reports: TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 52 of their 'Talking Metal' podcast. The episode features a world premiere of a portion of "Outer Space" by Enuff Z'Nuff, a track slated for release on the upcoming Ricky Parent benefit CD, as well as a new interview with Keavin Wiggins of antiMusic.com. Hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy also discuss topics including the late Wendy O. Williams, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Kill Cheerleader, and CJ Sleez. iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at the full story link [or download the mp3 to listen]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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