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Report for 05/23/06
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Rap Party Shooting
Contact Music reports: A launch party for US rapper YO GOTTI's new CD release came to a dramatic close on Friday (19MAY06) after a gunman opened fire on the Tennessee gathering, injuring three people. More than 800 party-goers were present at Plush Club in Memphis when a single shot was fired in the early hours of the morning, according to AllHipHop.com.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Babyface Extortion 
Day in Rock reports: John T. Clark may have watched 'Six Degrees of Separation' one too many times and now faces charges for trying to extort millions of dollars from Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. The 23 year-old Clark claimed to be the illegitimate son of Babyface and tried to blackmail the singer/producer to the tune of $9 million bucks to keep his silence. 

He was in for a big surprise. He was arrested Friday after accepting a fake check for $9 million bucks and signing a fake non-disclosure agreement. The sting was set up by Babyface's attorney. AP has more details if you wanna check it out click the full story link. 
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Free Meat
Fanscape reports: An un-mastered song from Meat Loaf's next chapter in the Bat Out Of Hell series began to appear on peer-to-peer file sharing sites last week, providing Meat Loaf fans around the world an unexpected first taste of Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose, the long-awaited third installment to rock music's most successful series of all time. The escaped title track, "The Monster is Loose", was co-written by Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), John 5 (guitarist for Marilyn Manson) and Bat Out of Hell III producer, Desmond Child. John 5 also performs on the track, which features Meat Loaf's distinctive vocal over the epic, hard-rocking track, the combination that forged the unique Bat Out Of Hell sound. The album is due to be officially released in October, 2006 by Mercury Records.

Said a Mercury Records, UK spokesperson, "We're investigating the source of the leak from the studio, but once the "Monster is Loose", you really can't stuff it back in its cage. Because the track has already been leaked it has been made available at Meat Loaf's website (www.meatloaf.net) and MySpace page (www.myspace.com/meatloaf).- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nobody Loves Elton
Contact Music reports: US TV executives have snubbed SIR ELTON JOHN's new comedy show HIM AND US. The New York Daily News reports TV networks have declined the chance to include John's show on their autumn (06) schedule after watching a pilot episode.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Allmans Die Hard
Contact Music reports: Movie star BRUCE WILLIS is returning to his singing roots this summer (06) as a guest on the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND tour. The DIE HARD star, who scored a string of hits in the 1980s, will join the likes of BEN HARPER, ROBERT RANDOLPH and PETER FRAMPTON as an onstage guest of the rockers. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Order UK
Gigwise reports: New Order have announced details of a brief UK tour this autumn. 

The aging Mancunians play five shows kicking off at Newcastle Academy on October 11. 

As previously reported, the band are also playing a one off show on July 8 at Liverpool Summer Pops. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lou Reed WTC
CMJ reports: [Today](Tuesday, May 23), New York legend Lou Reed will headline a free concert at the grand opening of the building at 7 World Trade Center. The show, which begins at noon, will celebrate the official opening of the first new building at the World Trade Center site in its new outdoor park.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Solo Preacher
CMJ reports: James Dean Bradfield, frontman for political glam punks Manic Street Preachers, is set to release his first solo album this summer. The Great Western will be released July 24 in the UK on Columbia; no US release has been announced yet. The LP includes some of the first material Bradfield has penned on his own (though he did contribute his own tunes here and there to the Preachers). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sexy Peta Prince
TMZ reports: Prince has been voted the "world's sexiest vegetarian" in PETA's annual online poll, the animal rights group announced Monday.

Prince, 47, shares the honor with Kristen Bell, the 25-year-old star of "Veronica Mars," which is being carried over from UPN to the new CW Network this fall.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tour of a Lifetime
Mammoth Press reports: The reunited boys in Lifetime have announced a few July tour dates on the U.S. east coast and midwest. The band influental post-hardcore band will be touring with LA's the Bronx from the 8th to the 16th, with additional support is TBA.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Thunderpussy's new Voice
Blabbermouth reports: ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY have announced the addition of Kyle Thomas as the group's lead vocalist. "Kyle is a world-class singer with an impressive resumé that includes being a founding member of seminal New Orleans metal band EXHORDER and singing with other acts, including FLOODGATE, PITTS VS PREPS and the legendary TROUBLE," ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY drummer Bryan Cox writes in a statement.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Led Zep Honored
Blabbermouth reports: Irish Examiner is reporting that the surviving members of legendary rock band LED ZEPPELIN received the prestigious Polar Music Prize from Sweden's king today (May 22) in the city where they recorded their final studio album 27 years ago.

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones crossed the stage of the Stockholm Concert Hall also the venue for the annual Nobel Prizes to accept the award they shared with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. John Bonham, the group's drummer, who died in 1980, was represented by his daughter, Zoe.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Danzig Down Under
Blabbermouth reports: DANZIG have announced the details of their first tour of Australia since 1993. The dates are as follows:

Sep. 08 - Melbourne, AUS @ The Palace
Sep. 09 - Brisbane, AUS @ The Arena
Sep. 10 - Sydney, AUS @ Luna Park
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Audioslave Skip Europe
KNAC reports: Epic Records in New York confirms Audioslave have cancelled their entire European tour. At the moment however, the label will not say why or if the tour will be rescheduled, just that more information will be made available shortly.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Social D Summer
punkbands reports: Social Distortion will hit the road this summer for two weeks. The tour will begin on July 6 in Seattle, Washington. Earlier this year, various scheduled tours have been sold out, due to frontman Mike Ness' injury in skateboarding accident. He has been replaced by TSOL's Ron Emory.

Social Distortion are currently in the process of working on their follow-up to 2004's "Sex, Love And Rock'n' Roll". Although, there are currently no plans for the album's release any time in 2006. "Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll" is the band's first album featuring new material since 1996[see full story for more yes dates too]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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More Bloodletting
SMN reports: More dates have been released for this summer's Bloodletting North America V tour featuring DEEDS OF FLESH, VILE, DECREPIT BIRTH, and ODIOUS MORTEM:

July 14 - Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
July 15 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumpin Turtle
July 16 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
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