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Report for 11/28/06
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: Jamiroquai - "Runaway" video

Best of 06: Scissor Sisters

Reviews: 2&2 Q&A: The Cars | Bone Thugs-N-Harmony | Tommy James & The Shondells | Justin Beckler | Marillion

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2&2 Q&A: The Cars
antiMusic reports: For this week's 2&2 we speak with Elliot Easton, guitarist for The Cars who recently reunited with a new line-up (now called The New Cars) which includes legendary frontman Todd Rundgren, original Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes, Utopia bassist Kasim Sulton, and former Tubes basher Prairie Prince. Here are a couple of the questions and answers: 

2&2: How did Todd first become involved? ** Elliot: Well, initially we tried to put the band together with all the remaining original members (Benjamin Orr passed away several years ago). When it became apparent that Ric (Ocasek) and David (Robinson) didn't want to tour extensively any more, and Greg and I did, it became obvious that we would need to find some new members. Rather than seek out a singer who would merely ape the voice on the records, we knew we needed a creative spirit, someone who could write new material with us, sing great, be an excellent live performer, and add something of his own to the legacy of the original lineup. Todd is a kindred spirit, and I have worked with him on projects that he has produced in the past; we also played many shows with Utopia in the late '70's- early '80's so there was a connection and a bit of history there. When his name came up it seemed like such an obvious choice, and it has worked out extremely well musically.

2&2: Speaking of new material, any plans for a new studio album? ** Elliot: While there are no concrete plans at the moment, we all believe in this band and are working hard to establish this new lineup, and gain the acceptance and confidence from our fans, both old and new, in the belief that this band is the real deal. [see the full story for the entire interview] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pam Drops Kid Rock 
TMZ reports: TMZ has learned that Pamela Anderson has filed for divorce from husband Kid Rock. 

Anderson, who is represented by celebrity hotshot lawyer Neal Hersh, cited irreconcilable differences.

The couple was married August 3, 2006 It looks like there was a rush to the courthouse. Kid Rock also filed divorce papers this morning, 53 minutes before her docs were stamped by the clerk.[see full story for more - Hey Borat, here is your chance! ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica in Chains
blabbermouth.net reports: METALLICA frontman James Hetfield joined ALICE IN CHAINS on stage for a renditon of their song "Would?" Sunday night (November 26) at the Warfield in San Francisco. [see full story for more including links to online videos]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Diana Tribute Concert
Gigwise reports: Prince William and Harry are planning a live concert next year to mark the tenth anniversary of Princess Diana's death. 

Amongst those rumoured to be performing at the event are Elton John, George Michael, Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Beyonce. 

The Sunday Mirror claims that the music extravaganza will take place at London's renovated Wembley Stadium on July 1 next year.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Digital Beatles?
MTV reports: The long-simmering feud between Apple Computers and Apple Records, which has kept Beatles music off iTunes, could be close to an end. According to Fortune magazine, iTunes is close to a deal that would not only bring the Beatles catalog online for the first time, it would also give iTunes an exclusive on the Fab Four's music for a limited time.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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EODM Laugh Off Axl's Rant
DiR reports: The Eagles of Death Metal respond to Axl's "Pigeons of Sh-Metal" rant and being dropped from the GNR tour after only one show. MTV reports The Eagles took the Rose kiss-off with their usual fistful of salt. "At first the audience refused to welcome us to the jungle, but by the time we took our final bow, it had become paradise city," reads a statement from the band released on Monday (November 27). "Although Axl tried to November rain on our parade, no sweet child o' mine can derail the EODM night train. We say live and let die."

"My impression was, and I don't want to belittle the GN'R fans, but they didn't really get the inside-joke quality of the Eagles ... or the facial hair," said Soeder of the handlebar-mustache look sported by Eagles singer Jesse "The Devil" Hughes. [they had more to say about the outing, see the full story link for that. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Even Elton's Sick of Elton
AP reports: Elton John left the stage briefly during a weekend concert in Brisbane after being struck by a bout of nausea, according to a news report Monday. 

John left the stage without a word about two hours into his Sunday concert. He was gone for about five minutes, the Australian Associated Press reported.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Razorlight Extortion
Gigwise reports: Razorlight reportedly cancelled a gig in Russia this weekend after officials demanded a huge sum of money before they played. 

The band were due to play at Moscow's Railway Depot on Friday night (November 24) when promoters apparently called for them to pay up.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Three Days Buckcherry Tour
blabbermouth.net reports: BUCKCHERRY and THREE DAYS GRACE will tour together in early 2007. Dates and venues for the trip will be announced in the weeks ahead, and it's not known yet whether any other acts will be added to the package. Guitarist Keith Nelson told Launch that BUCKCHERRY likes to play with all kinds of bands on all kinds of bills, from alternative radio festivals to hardcore motorcycle rallies. "I think that this band has been able to go and play with BREAKING BENJAMIN and HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, we did these radio shows with those guys, and we've been able to go to Sturgis (motorcycle rally) and play for that crowd, and we've been able to play for every crowd in between.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Danzig Toys
blabbermouth.net reports: Michael Christopher of DelcoTimes.com recently conducted an interview with Glenn Danzig. A few excerpts from the chat follow: On his ultra-cool, limited-edition, toy figure series called "The 3 Faces of Danzig":

"They're pretty funny. When they started sending over prototypes, I thought they were cool they weren't dorky looking, they were different; big head, little body, it was kinda cool. Obviously they're collector toys but they're toys. It's not like they're superheroes or anything, like when the McFarlane people did Ozzy and he had muscles, it was like, come on!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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36 Crazyfists Breakdown
blabbermouth.net reports: 36 CRAZYFISTS has been forced to cancel its participation in the Calgary (Nov. 27), Edmonton (Nov. 28), and Winnipeg (Nov. 30) shows of the KILLSWITCH ENGAGE tour as a result of mechanical failure on their RV. "The band is very disappointed to have to do this but there is no way to avoid it at this point," reads an official statement.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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End of Destiny Lose Founder
BW&BK reports: Open Grave Records recording artist END OF DESTINY announced today the departure of guitarist Patrick Daniels. 

The band had to say to the following regarding his departure: "We are sad to announce the departure of guitarist Patrick Daniels. Patrick has been with the band since its very begging and we are sad to see him go, but we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."[wanna join the band? see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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What To Watch
TuneLab reports: Rock acts on TV this week include the following:

Tuesday:
Chris Daughtry on "Ellen DeGeneres"
Chris Daughtry on "Jimmy Kimmel"

Wednesday:
Sparta on "The Late Late Show"

Thursday:
Barenaked Ladies on "Jay Leno"
Tenacious D on "Jon Stewart"
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Agnostic Front 07 Plans
PR reports: Hardcore legends Agnostic Front have issued the following update: "Just so you all know we have been working on a new record and have 10 songs already!

We are set to start recording by February but right before that we will be doing 10 shows down the East Coast from Baltimore, MD to Orlando, FL. and look out Japan, Australia and New Zealand here we come! April is dedicated to those 3 countries![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ward Opts Out of Dio Reunion
KNAC reports: Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will not be participating in Heaven And Hell - the new project featuring Ronnie James Dio (vocals - DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and the recent addition of Vinny Appice (drums - ex-Dio, Black Sabbath).

Says Ward in a statement: "I realize there has been some speculation as to whether or not I am participating in the Heaven And Hell project. I want to confirm that I will not be involved in either the recordings for the upcoming CD or the subsequent tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dirk Dirksen RIP
PR reports: Dirk Dirksen, who ran San Francisco's Mabuhay Gardens nightclub in the 1970's has died. He's considered by many to be the Godfather of the punk rock scene in that city. Some of the acts Dirksen brought to his club included Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, The Ramones and The Mutants. He got his start in the music industry as a tour manager for Ray Charles, the Supremes and Iron Butterfly. Dirksen was 69 years old.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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