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Live Earth Details
Day in Rock reports: Live Earth is taking shape according to Earvolution. Organizers announced performers for the U.S. event that will include The Police, Roger Waters, Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Dave Matthews Band, KT Tunstall, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Kayne West, Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, Rihanna, AFI, Akon and Fall Out Boy. The total event will be a global affair with shows on all 7 continents during a 24-hour period on 7/7/07. The concert was organized in part by former Vice President Al Gore to help bring awareness to global warming. How an event that uses a lot of electricity will do that is not clear but Gore says, "We hope the energy created by Live Earth will jump start a massive public education effort. Live Earth will help us reach a tipping point that's needed to move corporations and governments to take decisive action to solve the climate crisis."

The U.S. event will not take place at the Capital like previously planned, instead Giants Stadium in New Jersey will be the venue and tickets go on sale Monday, April 16. We assume that profits will be used for education efforts. No word yet if MTV plans to televise the event so they can break away for commercials during most of the important performances.

The London event will take place at Wembley Stadium and will include performances by the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol, Madonna, Bloc Party, Keanne and more. The Rolling Stones are not scheduled to take part in the event contrary to earlier rumors announcing their participation. 

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Snoop Felony Rap
TMZ reports: Snoop Dogg was charged today with two felonies related to arrests last year on gun possession and marijuana charges, the District Attorney's office of Pasadena announced.

Snoop will be arraigned at 10:00 AM [Wed] morning at Pasadena Superior Court.

Snoop was arrested on October 27 outside the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank after police found a gun and marijuana in his car. He was then arrested on November 28 outside the NBC Studios after an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Police say they found the rapper in possession of cocaine, a firearm and a large amount of marijuana. He was also cited for allegedly having a false compartment in his vehicle.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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100 Million iPods Sold
PR reports: Apple announced [on Monday] that the 100 millionth iPod® has been sold, making the iPod the fastest selling music player in history. The first iPod was sold five and a half years ago, in November 2001, and since then Apple has introduced more than 10 new iPod models, including five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle. Along with iTunes® and the iTunes online music store, the iPod has transformed how tens of millions of music lovers acquire, manage and listen to their music. 

"At this historic milestone, we want to thank music lovers everywhere for making iPod such an incredible success," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "iPod has helped millions of people around the world rekindle their passion for music, and we're thrilled to be a part of that." 

"It's hard to remember what I did before the iPod," said Mary J. Blige, GRAMMY Award-winning singer. "iPod is more than just a music player, it's an extension of your personality and a great way to take your favorite music with you everywhere you go." 
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Linkin Park Set Record
Day in Rock reports: Linkin Park is now in the record books after scoring their sixth consecutive No. 1 single with "What I've Done," the first track from their forthcoming album Minutes to Midnight, which hits stores on May 15th. 

The single also grabbed the top spot on the Alternative radio chart and No 3 at Active Rock according to siN's Metal News. 

Digitally, the band has already logged over 100,000 sales of the track at iTunes. [more at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Nightwatchman Tour
PR reports: Tom Morello is set to rage for capitalism (in the form of ticket sales) as he heads out on the road with his group The Nightwatchman in support of their debut album One Man Revolution. The CD doesn't hit stores until April 24th but the group began their touring activity with a special show at the Hotel Café in Hollywood on Tuesday night. Don't fear if you missed it, they'll be doing a residency at the famed venue this month before heading out on the road opening for Ben Harper. Rumor has it that the Hotel Café shows will also sport a who's who of guest performers including Alanis Morrisette, Jerry Cantrell, Nuno Bettencourt, David Draiman from Disturbed, B Real and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill and more. 

4/17 Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Café
4/24 Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Café
4/25 Los Angeles, CA - Amoeba Music (in-store appearance & signing)
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Neil Aspinall Quits Apple
Day in Rock reports: Neil Aspinall has quit Apple Corps (The Beatles Apple, not the iTunes/iPod/Mac Apple). AP reports that no explanation was given for the longtime friend of the Fab Four exiting the top position at the company. Jeff Jones, a former executive vice president at Sony BMG, will now head the company.

Aspinall was a childhood friend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Their professional relationship started when he was asked on as the group's first road manager during the band's formative years. Promotions followed as he went from personal assistant to a big wig at Apple Records in 1968. The company started out with a grand idea of being a creative outlet for aspiring artists and others in the hippy counter culture and even included the famous boutique but those dreams faded away as the Beatles grew apart personally and the company evolved in its present form which handles the business side of the Beatles empire. 

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Diddy Hops on the Peace Train
E! reports: Diddy and Manchester United and England football star Rio Ferdinand are teaming up to put together a "peace gig" to take place next year. 

Both the celebrities represent campaigns to tackle gun and knife crimes in their home countries.

"I've been touched by gun crime personally, I've lost friends and I want to get the point across that the violence has to stop," said Diddy of his plans[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead Tease
Gigwise reports: Radiohead have posted snippets of new material online, which could possibly be a taster for their seventh album. 

Typically ambiguous, under the header Ďa wee troop doon memori lane' on the Dead Airspace section of their website, Thom has posted a link. 

The short video has been made by long-term collaborators The Vapour Brothers and features various shots of the band jamming, plus Mr Yorke himself DJing.
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The White Stripes Set Icky Date
FMQB reports: The White Stripes have set June 19 as the release date for Icky Thump, the duo's sixth album and their first under Warner Bros. Records. Additionally, the cover art for Icky Thump has been unveiled and can be seen at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Incubus Postpone More Dates
FMQB reports: Incubus have been forced to postpone more dates, due to an injury to guitarist Mike Einziger. The band has announced it will reschedule seven shows in May, as well as its two-night stand in Los Angeles on June 1 and 2[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fire destroys Johnny Cash house 
BBC reports: The lakeside Tennessee home of late country music superstar Johnny Cash has been destroyed in a fire. It burned down on Tuesday while renovations were being carried out for its new owner, Bee Gee Barry Gibb. 

The interior of the house, in Hendonsville, Tennessee, was used in the video for Cash's final hit, his 2002 cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Revolver Liberation Delayed
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER has pushed back the release of its second album, "Libertad", to late June, sources have told Launch. An exact arrival date for the disc has yet to be determined. Although it was never officially confirmed, June 5 was widely reported as the record's initial release date.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mike Tramp Joins Poison / Ratt Tour?
Blabbermouth reports: According to Metal Sludge, WHITE LION has been added to the POISON/RATT summer tour, which is tentatively scheduled to kick off June 12. This information, however, has not yet been confirmed by an official source.

The current touring version of WHITE LION (a.k.a. TRAMP'S WHITE LION) features original member Mike Tramp (vocals) alongside Claus Longwood (bass), Troy Patrick Farrell (drums), Jamie Law (guitar), and Henning Wanner (keyboards). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Free Helmet
Blabbermouth reports: HELMET will play a free show tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 11) at Cinespace in Hollywood, California. Also appearing on the bill are NATIONAL DUST and AIRIEL DOWN.
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Memorable Beach Boys Loss
Contact Music reports: The BEACH BOYS have lost $60 million (GBP30.7 million) in an intellectual property lawsuit against a memorabilia collector. Former rocker ROY SCIACCA won a resounding victory against The Beach Boys last week (ends06APR07) when a judge in California tossed out a $60 million lawsuit filed last year (06) by the group's corporate entity, Brother Records, Inc. The lawsuit accused Sciacca of stealing a haul of original Beach Boys lyric sheets, sound recordings, videotapes, photographs and other items from a warehouse in 1994.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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R.E.M. Ticket Heist
Contact Music reports: Irish police are investigating the apparent theft of 122 R.E.M. concert tickets for the band's upcoming sold-out Olympia Theatre show. The tickets for the 30 June (07) concert disappeared in transit between the UK and the venue box office in Dublin on Friday (30MAR07). R.E.M. are now strongly advising fans not to purchase tickets at inflated prices from unofficial sources as they run the risk buying cancelled tickets. All the missing tickets have now been deemed invalid by promoters[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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