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Report for 05/30/06
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: Zero 7 - "Throw It All Away" video

Reviews: Dilated Peoples | HHH: Divine X | Endstand | Cataract

Rap Vs Oprah
Contact Music reports: ICE CUBE has joined LUDACRIS and 50 CENT as the latest rapper to attack US media mogul OPRAH WINFREY for her apparent dislike for hip-hop stars. He tells men's magazine FHM, "I've been involved in three projects pitched to her, but I've never been asked to participate. "For Barbershop, she had CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER and EVE on, but I wasn't invited. Maybe she's got a problem with hip-hop. "She's had damn rapists, child molesters and lying authors (JAMES FREY) on her show. And, if I'm not a rags-to-riches story for her, who is?"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Roth Wants Reunion
antiMusic reports: David Lee Roth sees a Van Halen reunion in the future. "I see it absolutely as an inevitability," Roth told Billboard. "There's contact between the two camps, and they have legitimate management; Irv Azoff is part of their loop now. 

"To me, it's not rocket surgery. It's very simple to put together. And as far as hurt feelings and water under the dam, like what's-her-name says to what's-her-name at the end of the movie 'Chicago' -- 'So what? It's showbiz!' So I definitely see it happening."

VH fans don't hold your breath; Roth hasn't seen Eddie "in a couple of years". But now that Roth isn't tied down to his radio job after CBS freed him of that responsibility last month, he has plenty of time to try and bring the original Van Halen together. Click the full story to read Billboard's article. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fest Arrests
Gigwise reports: Police took a firm stance at Hi: Fi North on Saturday arresting 53 people. 

Around 3,000 people attended the music extravaganza with police admitting that they took robust action against drug users. 

Northumberland police told the BBC: "The policing operation went well. We said we'd take a robust approach, and we did this using a variety of resources, including drugs dogs." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jethro W Bush?
Contact Music reports: JETHRO TULL flautist IAN ANDERSON hopes to form a band with GEORGE W BUSH when the US President is out of office, so he can persuade him to perform a concert for climate change. The folk flautist wants to get Bush together with British leader TONY BLAIR, who plays guitar, and former US president and saxophonist BILL CLINTON to start a globally aware pop outfit. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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KFMcPhee
MTV reports: "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee is already fielding sponsorship offers. KFC has offered the singer $10,000 and a year's supply of Famous Bowls to write and star in an advertisement[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Classical Sting
Gigwise reports: Sting has somehow decided it's a good idea to release an album of 16th century lute music.

We've got guitarist Dominic Miller to blame. He gave Sting a lute two years ago, which apparently reminded the former Police frontman of a dormant love of ancient songwriter John Dowland, who composed exclusively for the instrument.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Petty Nicks
Reuters reports: Rock star Stevie Nicks will open the first eight shows on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' North American tour, which kicks off June 9 at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Charlotte, N.C.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paris Reggae
AP reports: Paris Hilton says her upcoming album will be a mix of reggae, pop and hip-hop, with the first single being a reggae song called "Stars Are Blind."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spoon Reissues
CMJ reports: It's going to be a banner summer for Spoon fans. Merge will re-release Spoon's early recordings, Telephono and the Soft Effects EP on July 25. The early works have been remastered by Kevin Nettleingham and will be released as two CDs in separate sleeves within one slip case. The original artwork will be used for both. Additionally, the entire Spoon catalog will be available at a 10 percent discount to celebrate the reissues.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rollins X Tour
Blabbermouth reports: ROLLINS BAND featuring punk rock icon Henry Rollins will be hitting the road this summer with seminal Los Angeles band X. The "As The World Burns" tour is scheduled to kick off July 28 in San Francisco and run through mid-August. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Jul. 28 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Jul. 29 - Costa Mesa, CA - Orange County Fair
Jul. 30 - Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Annihilator Nix Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have been forced to cancel their previously announced European tour, which was slated to kick off in July. In a posting on the band's official forum, mainman Jeff Waters wrote, "We were, of course, really looking forward to doing this tour but will unfortunately have to push it back to late 2006. We had planned on finishing up our new CD by tour time. However, the recording is taking longer than anticipated and some of the people involved in the recording/mixing are not avaliable after the tour. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Korn Off The Kob
TuneLab reports: According to Korn Unleashed, the band has parted ways with touring guitarist Rob Patterson, who joined the band after Brian "Head" Welch announced his departure last year. An currently unknown replacement has already been made for the bands European tour. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Helmet
antiMusic reports: You know you've been wanting a new Helmet. You are in luck as Warcom has set a July 18th release date for 'Monochrome'.[see full story for tracks]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Talking Maiden
PR reports: TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 67 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. The episode features an interview host Mark Strigl conducted with legendary vocalist Paul Di'Anno. Topics include Di'Anno's new album, "The Living Dead," his "Beast In The East" DVD, former Iron Maiden drummer, Clive Burr, Di'Anno's autobiography, "The Beast," and touring the United States. Strigl and co-host John Ostronomy also discuss topics including World War III, Accept, Guns N' Roses, Slash, and Ronin. Tthe 50-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location ( http://www.talkingmetal.com ). iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Final Ministry
antiMusic reports: If you've been putting off seeing Ministry, you better act now as Al Jourgensen has told Billboard that following this tour the band will make their final album (hopefully followed by a tour). And unlike KISS, Al says he means it. 

"I've got other things to do," Jourgensen told Billboard. "I just started a label (13th Planet Records), and I want to sign some bands and really build it up like I did with WaxTrax in the '80s, not just a vanity label. I think it's time -- and I'll be leaving on the top of my game instead of hanging on too long and doing crappy Aerosmith and Rolling Stones albums 30 years later." You can read more about Al's plans and the concept behind this final album at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Venom Touring Hell
antiMusic reports: Venom is teaming up with Devildriver to bring 7 Days of Hell to North America this summer. The initial four dates are below. 

08/18 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
08/20 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
08/22 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
08/24 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Emo Trash
antiMusic reports: The Warped Tour is known for one thing. Recycling. Not just a dozen bands recycling the same songs year after year, emo CD after emo CD but they literally have a recycling program in place where if you're willing to pick up recyclable trash around the shows you can get a ticket, t-shirt and what they call other bonuses (no idea what that might be. free emo cds?). They're looking for trash collectors in the following cities (no crap bands do not count as trash) Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Bonner Springs, Nashville, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Ladsen, Raleigh, Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio, Las Cruces, and Phoenix. Find out more about a wonderful career in waste management at the full story link. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Punkrocks.net RIP
punkbands reports: Punkrocks.net have called it quits. This was one of the first truly great sites which started in the early ages of punk rock webzines (AKA 1999). The long-running site posted this message on their website:

"After seven years, three redesigns, two Warped Tours, several tragedies and one positive review of an Allister record (which we're still a little red-faced about), we've decided it's time for punkrocks.net to close our doors. While most of you may have noticed this two years ago, we've really lagged on providing new content, and it's become painstakingly clear to us that no one (particularly myself), has the motivation to keep this zine as a priority anymore.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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