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Report for 09/26/06
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: Sparta - "Taking Back Control" MP3

Artist: Jerry Lee Lewis

Reviews: Scissor Sisters | Molten Lava Death Massage | Tommy James

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Aerosmith Hep C Battle
KNAC reports: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has been battling hepatitis C for three years and wants to raise awareness of the disease. 

He explained the infection is "non-existent" in his bloodstream after a year of interferon treatment. 

"Hepatitis C is the one that, of all the people in this room, at least three have it and don't know it. It's the silent killer. I may go on Oprah and talk about this."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dog The Ozzy Hunter
BW&BK reports: If anybody could get criminals to listen, it would be Ozzy Osbourne, claims Duane "Dog" Chapman. With the fourth season of his reality show, "Dog the Bounty Hunter," already in production, Dog says he'd like to see the famous musician accompany him on his next bounty hunt. 

"We're doing a celebrity ride along very soon. He wrote our theme song so he's one of the people we're thinking about," says Dog about Osbourne. However, no final decisions have been made. [maybe they can arrest Kelly for singing in public? See full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Linkin In Chains
BW&BK reports: L.A. radio station KROQ gathered some of the hardest-rocking bands in all the land over the weekend for their annual Inland Invasion show, highlighted by GUNS N' ROSES' first hometown show in years. 

Besides GN'R, musicians backstage seemed especially eager to catch Britain's MUSE, who did not disappoint. Following their virtuosic set, the recently reformed ALICE IN CHAINS came out to a strong response and a lot of curiosity. With new frontman William Duvall, the band got some help from LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington, surprise guest on an inspired version of 'Man In The Box.' [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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B.I.G. Reward
Yahoo reports: Biggie's case is all about the Benjamins again. 

In light of the Los Angeles Police Department's recent decision to assign a new task force to investigate the circumstances surrounding the 1997 slaying of Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls), the Los Angeles City Council decided Friday to reinstate a $50,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party responsible for the killing. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Coheed and Inferno
PR reports: Claudio Sanchez, front man and visionary of prog rockers Coheed and Cambria, has completed his first solo album under the name The Prize Fighter Inferno.

The 12-song album, entitled "My Brother's Blood Machine," will be released this Halloween (Tuesday, October 31st) on upstate New York indie label Equal Vision Records. Original home to Coheed and Cambria albums "The Second Stage Turbine Blade" (2002), and "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3" (2003), Equal Vision entered into a partnership with major label Columbia Records to release Coheed and Cambria's epic third full-length album, "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume I: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness" in the fall of 2005. In total, Coheed and Cambria have sold well over 1 million albums in their five year career.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Trail of Blood Brothers Tour
V2 reports: The Blood Brothers To Tour With Trail Of Dead Young Machetes In Stores October 10

Free in-store performances 
OCT 10 Los Angeles, CA -- Amoeba @ 6PM 
OCT 11 San Francisco, CA -- Amoeba @ 6PM 
OCT 15 Fords, NJ -- Vintage Vinyl @ 2PM 
[see full story for more and the dates with Trail of Dead]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hank III Tour
PR reports: Influenced by "Whiskey, Weed and Women", HANK III's album, 'Straight to Hell', breaks all the rules of country music while somehow managing to honor its traditions at the same time. This two-CD celebration of drinking too much, staying up too late and getting into all kinds of nefarious mischief will no doubt bring an exultant yee-haw from those intrepid souls who have followed the exploits of this third-generation hell-raiser. The surprise is that Williams concocted his two-CD opus on a Korg D-1600 digital recorder a $400 piece of hardware that liberated the artist from temporal and budget constraints. Be sure to check him out on his upcoming trek across the states bringing his brand of hillbilly country, fused with metal sound, to a city near you! 

9/29 - Columbus, OH - Little's Brother's 
9/30 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop 
10/1 - Clinton Township, MI - Silver Spur Music House 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hi Def Nails
MTV reports: Nine Inch Nails will be releasing a high-definition live DVD early next year titled "Nine Inch Nails Live: Beside You in Time." A teaser for the effort has been posted to the band's Web site. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cat Vs Pope
AP reports: The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, who converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam, joined the furor over Pope Benedict XVI's recent comments about Islam by criticizing the pontiff on Sunday. 

In the pope's controversial speech in Germany this month, Benedict quoted words of a Byzantine emperor that characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as "evil and inhuman." [Cat said]...The pontiff "should have looked elsewhere if he wanted to quote but we respect the pope and his position," he said, adding it was good Benedict had retracted his statement "in a way."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Etta Baker RIP
AP reports: Etta Baker, an influential blues guitarist who recorded with Taj Mahal and was awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, has died, her family said. She was 93. 

No cause of death was given, but her health had been failing for years, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported on its Web site.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Solo Pulp
Gigwise reports: Jarvis Cocker has confirmed details of his solo album. 

The Pulp frontman releases ‘Jarvis' through Rough Trade on November 13. 

The album will feature his outspoken swipe at world leaders ‘Running The World' [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Les Assault Plea
Gigwise reports: A 30 year old man has admitted attacking Les Incompetents singer Billy Leeson earlier this year.

Appearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court today Christian Briggs was warned that he may now face jail after pleading guilty to GBH.

The case has been adjourned until October 23 while the court awaits medical reports and a statement from Leeson about how the attack has affected his life.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Switchfoot Bonus
Fanscape reports: Multi-platinum selling alt-rockers Switchfoot offers online fans the pre-released track "Dirty Second Hands" off their highly anticipated album, Oh! Gravity-- due in stores December 26, 2006. Switchfoot has developed a harder rock edge for the sound and songs on the new album. "Dirty Second Hands" is a special first taste for the loyal fans that have supported Switchfoot since the beginning, and it hits digital stores tomorrow September 26th![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Guns N' Canada
blabbermouth.net reports: GUNS N' ROSES has announced the first two Canadian dates as part of its fall 2006 tour:

Nov. 15 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
[a couple of additional US dates have been added too, see full story for those]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Flotsam and Pilots School
blabbermouth.net reports: As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported yesterday, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM has now officially cancelled its previously announced European tour which was set to take place in November. Here is the statement from drummer Craig Nielsen: 

"[Eric] A.K. [vocals] applied some time ago, long before the tour was being put together, for acceptance into a helicopter flight training academy in Arizona. He wants to be a helicopter firefighter which is an amazing career goal at this point in his life. Ambition does not begin to describe the scope of this undertaking. There is an extreme amount of study, determination, commitment, concentration and BALLS that are required to make it through the education. The thing was, nobody really thought he would be approved for the very large loan for the enrollment. Fortunately for him, he was, although somewhat after the dates in Europe were being finalized.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cash DVD
pr-inside reports: A forgotten JOHNNY CASH concert from 13 years ago is to be released on DVD next month (OCT06). Footage from JOHNNY CASH IN IRELAND has rarely be seen, and then only in highlight form. The 1993 concert features performances from the late country great's wife JUNE CARTER CASH, his son JOHN CARTER CASH, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON and Irish singer SANDY KELLY. The hour-long show, at Dublin's Olympia Theatre, was recorded for an Irish television production.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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