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Report for 05/11/06
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GNR's new Guitarist?
antiMusic reports: Metal Sludge thinks they know who the new Guns N' Roses guitarist is. At least, someone on their gossip board does. Sludge says that Bucketheads replacement is heavily rumored to be Daniel Brooks from the Canadian band Shark. We will all know on Friday when GNR play their first show with the new line up in New York City. In fact, dear readers if you aren't luckily enough to be in NYC that night but are close to your computer you can find out who is now in the band within minutes of them hitting the stage by coming here to antiMusic. That's right we're teaming up with Mark Strigl from the Talking Metal podcast to bring you a live live review of the new GNR. Provided the tech gods smile upon us, Mark will send us text messages as news breaks at the show and we'll post them for you in real time. We'll have more details tomorrow or Friday about this Texting GNR special and details about the Talking Metal special podcast to follow as well as info about Talking Metal after party in NYC. For now click the full story for Sludge's report on this rumored guitarist. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nuns Vs Ne-Yo
AP reports: A Catholic girls high school has canceled a concert by Ne-Yo because of sexually explicit lyrics on the R&B singer's first recording. 

Students at Mercy High School in suburban Detroit won the concert, which had been scheduled Wednesday afternoon, in a seat-belt use contest.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Great White Jail
Sleaze Roxx reports: Former Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele is off to the slammer. 

Biechele was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for his role in the deadly Rhode Island nightclub blaze that killed 100 people and injured hundreds more during a February 2003 performance by the heavy metal band. 

Providence Superior Court Judge Francis Darigan imposed a sentence of 15 years, with four years served and 11 years of probation.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Plastic Ashlee
AP reports: Ashlee Simpson is laughing off rumors that she had a nose job but she's not denying it either. 

Recent photos splashed across the Internet and in tabloids suggest the multiplatinum singer has made an alteration to her profile, removing the bump that made her nose distinctive[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sigur Ros Homecoming
Gigwise reports: Sigur Ros are set to play a massive outdoor homecoming show in Iceland this summer. 

The concert will be in front of 90,000 fans in their native Reykjavik at the end of July. No more details have yet emerged. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Inspired Selling Out
Gigwise reports: Jack White has hit back over the criticism he's received for writing the tune for a Coca-Cola advert. 

But White is having none of it, saying: "They (fans) assume someone drove up to my house with a truck full of money and a gun to my head, and said, 'Crack open a Coke on television and give the thumbs up.'

"That's not what happened. I saw a beautiful ad, and I wrote a song for it because I was inspired by it. [We here at antiMusic are inspired by big checks too. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead Tragedy
Gigwise reports: Radiohead have been forced to axe their show in Amsterdam tonight (May 10) after drummer Phil Selway's mum sadly passed away. 

The band have postponed the show and will play it out at a later date, possibly later this summer. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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UK Snow Patrol
Ananova reports: Snow Patrol have announced details of a UK arena tour for later this year.

The band, whose new album Eyes Open has topped the UK album charts, will play their biggest ever indoor shows, reports NME.com.

Birmingham NIA (November 28)
Manchester MEN Arena (29)
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Behind the Metal: antiGUY Special Report
antiMusic reports: Vh1 has gotten a lot cooler this month. Not trendy cool, but really cool. They did it by deciding to dedicate the entire month to METAL! Now how cool is that? They kicked it all off with their 40 Greatest Metal Songs of the All Time but things really start kicking ass on tonight (May 11th ) when they premier the Pantera: Behind the Music and for poppier side of metal Ratt: Behind the Music. They were ever so kind to send over some screener previews of some of the metal specials. So I'll give you a quick review of that and also let you in on the other metal stuff kicking Vh1's ass this month. 

Behind The Music We only received the Ratt episode, but I can tell you that like almost every BTM, it's worth watching even if you're not into the band (which was the case for me). It starts with the early days when Stephen Pearcy teamed up with Robbin Crosby and formed the band in San Diego and then chronicles their move to Hollywood, the early days of rejection by almost every major label, their eventual signing to Atlantic, their quick rise to multi-platinum glory and the excesses that came along with it. Then it covers the fall of Ratt from both internal and external forces. It's a bitter sweet story and I won't spoil it with more details but I have to include the fact that the episode includes rare never-before seen interview footage with Robbin filmed shortly before he died. Premiers 9:00 PM Tonight! (May 11th)

The show I'm most looking forward to is the Pantera: Behind the Music which premiers right after the Ratt BTM. They didn't send a preview so I can't tell you much about it, but I'll be watching right along with many of you. RIP Dime. [see full story for aG's full (p)review of Metal Month on Vh1]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bowie Fest
CMJ reports: David Bowie announced Monday that he will curate the first High Line Festival in New York City next May. The 10-day festival, at which Bowie will play his first full concert in the city since 2003, was created by Bowie and his two partners to be an annual arts and music event that will take place in the neighborhood surrounding the new park being created on High Line, the city's old, abandoned elevated train on the West Side. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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PiL Box
Punk Music reports: If you are a fan of Public Image Ltd, then you better read this. A limited edition vinyl replica of the bands "Metal Box" album will be released in the USA. Just as the 1979 original, it will be comprised of 3 45 rpm records housed in a metal can. Lead man, John Lydon has been overseeing the release, making sure everything is as much like the original as it can be including packaging and sound. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Voiceless Airwaves
AbsolutePunk reports: Angels and Airwaves has cancelled the remaining two nights of their 4-night stint at the Troubador in Los Angeles. Tom lost his voice during the Tuesday night show and as a result the band has decided to call of the final two shows in hopes of still being able to play the KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine on Saturday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Producers
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER bassist Duff McKagan (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) recently spoke to RollingStone.com about VR's upcoming sophomore album. "Lenny Kravitz wants to record us. Daniel Lanois, we want to do a track with. Pharrell will probably do one," said McKagan. "And then a myriad of others are doing two or three songs each." As for his favorite track thus far: "A song called 'Wasted Heart' is great. Kind of a back-to-'Exile on Main Street'-type of song."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Motley Heart
Blabbermouth reports: MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil presented a one-million-dollar commemorative check to the T.J. Martell Foundation at the 10th annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament on May 5, 2006, in Simi Valley, CA. The check represents the over one million dollars Neil has raised over the past ten years for the T.J. Martell Foundation in memory of his late daughter Skylar.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Prong Society
Blabbermouth reports: Former PRONG guitarist Atron (RORSCHACH TEST, TAD) has joined SOCIETY 1 as a temporary replacement for regular axeman Sin, who is currently on tour with REVOLTING COCKS. Atron was asked by SOCIETY 1 to take on touring and recording duties in the vacant guitar slot so they could continue working while Sin is away. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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