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Recap of top stories for 2006: Oct - Dec
Instead of just taking our usual Christmas break off and leaving you hanging until the 27th, we figured we'd use these "off" days to recap the most popular stories of the year. These were the most read individual stories from each month.  We'll see you back with the regular Day in Rock report when we return tomorrow (Wed 12/27)
 
October
Original Van Halen Reunion
KNAC reports: MelodicRock.com has issued the following report: "No more teasing. Never tease where Van Halen is concerned... I have information from a highly placed source that Van Halen will likely tour in 2007 with David Lee Roth as frontman. 

Negotiations are currently underway to re-unite Van Halen with their original frontman for a tour in 2007 that will take in America and possibly other territories. While nothing in the world of Van Halen is set until the band walk out on stage, I can confirm that negotiations between all parties have been underway for some time, trying to put together a big 2007 reunion tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Snoop Arrested
tonight reports: Snoop Dogg has been arrested on suspicion of illegal drug and gun possession, police said.

The rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, has been arrested at 3:45pm on Thursday at Bob Hope Airport, police said. Snoop Dogg posted $35 000 (about R260 000) bail and was scheduled to appear in court December 12.

Airport police officers stopped Snoop Dogg at a loading zone for a vehicle code violation. When officers searched the vehicle they found a gun and marijuana, police said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dio Sabbath Reunion
sleazeroxx.com reports: Ozzy Osbourne's bandmates in heavy metal group Black Sabbath have reunited without the singer for a planned tour early near year, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. 

The threesome have joined forces with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who sang in the band during two stints in the 1980s and 1990s after Osbourne was ousted for his prodigious drug abuse, but will bill themselves as "Heaven and Hell." 

Lest anyone think that Osbourne has been ostracized again, representatives for the so-called "Prince of Darkness" issued a separate statement, announcing "there is only one Black Sabbath," and that he would join forces with his old Birmingham buddies for a tour and new album late next year.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Green Day Thieves?
punkbands reports: Paul McPike, a 32 year old grocery store clerk has filed a copyright infringement complaint in a U.S. district court where he claims, according to Oregon's Mail Tribune, "he composed both the lyrics and melodies" of Green Day's hit album, American Idiot in early 1992. A magistrate judge moved to dismiss the complaint after McPike, who's representing himself, could only produce as evidence a copy of Green Day's album and his claim that "the words lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong sings don't exactly match those printed on the album's cover."

According to the article, McPike "theorizes that a friend must have recorded a cassette of him singing at home and somehow that recording reached Green Day." He says he sung the song for classmates at an alternative school back in 1992.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cobain Tops Elvis
SMN reports: Rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley ceded his crown to NIRVANA lead singer Kurt Cobain on Forbes.com's list as the top-earning dead celebrity.

The list, published on Tuesday, said grunge rocker Cobain earned $50 million between October 2005 and October 2006. Presley wound up in the No. 2 slot with $42 million, down from last year's $45 million.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica RockStar Injury
TuneLab reports: Rock Star Supernova have suffered a major setback with the loss of bassist Jason Newsted. The former Metallica member is scheduled for immediate surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and a rotator cuff and bicep tear in the right. Newsted suffered the injuries while trying to catch his 90-pound bass head that had fallen from his amp. The surgery and rehab could have him sidelined for up to nine months.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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K-Fed Ass Kicked
TMZ reports: Perhaps you have seen Kevin Federline in all his slacker glory and thought to yourself, "Man, I would love to body slam that guy!" Well, WWE champ John Cena has lived out your fantasy.

During a taped episode of "Monday Night RAW" last week in Los Angeles, Federline made a surprise appearance in the ring and received a chorus of boos from the sold-out crowd at the Staples Center. After an argument between K-Fed and Cena got a little physical, Cena unleashed his signature move -- the F-U slam -- on Mr. PopoZao…. John Cena, you have acted on the wishes of millions. For that, we salute you. [see full story for more including clips] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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RockStars Fired
TMZ reports: Magni and Storm Large, two finalists in the top 5 on the CBS reality show "Rockstar: Supernova," have been essentially fired from the opening act on the upcoming Rockstar Supernova tour.

With a tour scheduled to begin on New Year's Eve in Vegas, the bill's opening act was to include The Panic Channel, host Dave Navarro's latest band, as well as, fellow contestants Toby Rand, Dilana, Magni, Storm Large and the program's House Band. 

But now TMZ has learned that due to financial reasons Magni, Storm Large and the House Band have been kicked off the tour. Toby and Dilana are still on board (thank God!), but will now be backed by Toby Rand's Australian group Juke Kartel. Evs! [looks like the tour lived up to the band name and supernova'd before it even began! See full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blink Cancer?
Take 40 reports: Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker has injured his arm and may have to postpone the gigs for his new band "+44" as well as being told he may have a tumour in his arm.

After experiencing extreme pain in his arm during the European leg of his promo tour for the band, Barker sought medical attention. "i'd been playing with a broken arm for 3 weeks and or possible tumor in my arm. I'm at a loss of words, just taking everything one day at a time," said Travis in a statement yesterday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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November
We should rename it Britney month as stories about her broke some readership records.... why?  who knows.
Britney's Crotch
AP reports: Fresh from her split from the club-hopping Federline, Spears looked hip and wholesome weeks ago in a surprise appearance on David Letterman's show and while ice skating in New York's Rockefeller Center in a Gap sweater. But now she's unleashing her inner wild child, running around with party girls Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, sporting unflattering hair extensions and flashing her apparently panty-less crotch to the paparazzi. (Be prepared to cringe if you dare to view the uncensored photos, splashed unceremoniously across the Web). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rock Star Superflop
blabbermouth.net reports: ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA - the band featuring Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Jason Newsted (VOIVOD, ex-METALLICA) and Gilby Clarke (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) and vocalist Lukas Rossi - sold less than 17,000 copies of its self-titled debut to land at No. 101 on next week's chart. [see full story for more]- 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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Britney Sex Tape Blackmail
hecklerspray.com reports: One day we fully expect that the rumoured Britney Spears sex tape will be talked about in the same sentence as Atlantis, the abominable snowman and King Arthur's knights - unless Kevin Federline flogs it on the internet, of course.

Nobody really knows if a Britney Spears sex tape even exists; a court case was meant to settle it once and for all, but it sort of backfired because the judge thought Britney Spears was a slapper, or something. But now reports are suggesting that Britney Spears' soon-to-be divorced husband Kevin Federline has a copy of a four-hour Britney Spears sex tape, and he's apparently going to sell it for millions of pounds unless Britney gives him custody of their kids. Although why anyone would want to watch Britney Spears have sex with Kevin Federline for four hours when they could watch her 2002 masterpiece Crossroads twice in a row is beyond us, right? Right? Anyone? Hello?[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aerosmith Injury
blabbermouth.net reports: So Hood magazine reports that AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry will be onstage tonight (Nov. 7) for the band's show at the Hollywood Bowl despite being in substantial pain having suffered a concussion Saturday night (Nov. 4) at the group's concert at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Three songs into their set, in the midst of performing the band's immortal "Back in the Saddle" - footage of which will be an integral part of ESPN's NASCAR telecasts in 2007 - Perry was struck in the head and face by a camera boom (one of 14 cameras that were filming the band).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Britney Divorce
TMZ reports: Britney Spears has filed a petition for divorce from Kevin Federline. Spears filed legal papers today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences." In her petition, Spears asks for both legal and physical custody of the couple's two children, one-year old Sean Preston and two-month old Jayden James, with Federline getting reasonable visitation rights. 

As for money, sources tell TMZ the couple, who married in Sept. 2004, has an iron-clad prenup. Not surprisingly, Spears is waiving her right to spousal support. She's also asking the judge to make each party pay their own attorney's fees. 

Spears gives the date of separation as yesterday, the same day she flaunted her incredible revamped physique during a surprise appearance on David Letterman's show. Sources tell TMZ there was no single reason for Britney pulling the plug, rather it was "a string of events." [see full story for more including a copy of the filing]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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December
Axl Sets GNR Release Date, It's official
antiMusic reports: Axl Rose published an open letter to Guns N' Roses fans today on the band's official website. He addressed several issues including a split with management, the canceling of several shows and a release date for the long awaited Chinese Democracy album (if all goes according to plan). Unfortunately, the 2006 release date isn't going to happen but the good news is the wait is almost over. The first time Axl has given a firm date (with some qualifications) and bell roll please…… the release date is March 6. 

"In the end, it's just an album, but it's one that I, the band, our record company and all involved believe and feel is a true Guns N' Roses album," said Axl in his statement. "Ultimately the public will decide, and regardless of the outcome, our hearts, lives and our passion has been put into this project every step of the way. If for no other reason, we feel those elements alone merit your consideration. We do hope you can hold on just a bit longer, and if not, please take a break and we'll be more than glad -- if you so choose -- to see you again later."

You can read Axl's Full Statement at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Phish Drug Bust
antiMusic reports: Trey Anastasio, the former frontman for Phish was arrested early Saturday morning in upstate New York. Anastasio was pulled over close to his home at 3:30 a.m. after an officer witnessed the singer failing to keep his vehicle to the right of the road. 

Anastasio was driving with a suspended driver's license and police found several prescription medications in his possession including Hydrocodone, Percocet and Xanax. Police told the local media that the prescriptions were in another person's name. 

Anastasio was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and driving under the influence of drugs. He was ticketed and released. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cobain Wanted Divorce
TuneLab reports: According to a new book, "Nirvana: The Biography", Kurt Cobain had started divorce proceedings against his wife Courtney Love shortly before his suicide.

Author Everett True is an old frind of Cobains and revealed that Love and Cobain had a nasty fight, which resulted in him calling his lawyer. True interviewed the couple's daughter Frances Bean's nanny, who says of the fight, "In the classic Kurt way of saying f**k you, he put a cigarette out in the middle of his forehead.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Worst Band Ever
tinfoilmusic.net reports: We love/hate lists of the best/worst things. These lists are highly subjective and are almost always mostly wrong. Blender's list of the 50 worst bands ever is one of them, but atleast they got Insane Clown Posse in the top spot, so that has to count for something.

1 INSANE CLOWN POSSE
They sound even stupider than they look 
Two trailer-trash types who wear face paint, pretend to be a street gang and drench cult devotees in cheap soda called Faygo, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope are more notorious for their beef with Eminem (who pistol-whipped an ICP homey in 2001) than their ham-fisted rap-rock music. 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mariah Vs Porn Star
pr-inside reports: MARIAH CAREY is threatening legal action against MARY CAREY, because the adult entertainer is planning to trademark her similar-sounding stage name.

The WE BELONG TOGETHER singer is worried fans might confuse the two performers if Mary Carey's application to trademark her name for audio and video recordings is successful. However, the porn star - real name MARY COOK - insists she's not intimidated by the Grammy Award winner, saying, "It's kind of funny because I'm a porn star and I've been being myself for a long time. I think she's being silly." [how can you confuse the two? Mary is a much better actress - see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dimebag Murder Suit
TuneLab reports: Two rock fans who witnessed the fatal nightclub shooting spree two years ago in which Dimebag and 3 others were killed, have filed a lawsuit against the Alrosa Villa Nightclub owners, saying the club provided inadequate security.

Jerry and Karen Wessler suffer severe and permanent emotional injuries, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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