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Beatles Hitler Cover
pr-inside reports: SIR PETER BLAKE has revealed ADOLF HITLER is featured on his iconic cover shot for the BEATLES' SGT PEPPER album. JOHN LENNON's request to place Hitler on the cover alongside famous faces like BOB DYLAN and MARLON BRANDO was believed to have been vetoed on grounds of taste, but Blake insists Hitler is there - albeit obscured behind the HEY JUDE hitmakers. Blake reveals, "If you look at photographs of the out-takes, you can see the Hitler image in the studio. With the crowd behind there was an element of chance about who you can and cannot see, and we weren't quite sure who would be covered in the final shot, Hitler was in fact covered up behind the band." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Van Halen Announce Reunion
Press Release reports: In what is no doubt one of the most anticipated moments in rock and roll, VAN HALEN officially announces their 2007 North American tour.

The tour will mark the first time since 1984 that original VAN HALEN front man David Lee Roth will perform with Eddie and Alex Van Halen along with new bassist Wolfgang Van Halen for 40 shows this summer.

VAN HALEN fans can look forward to legendary high intensity performances, featuring a set list of the most iconic hits ever produced by America's premiere rock band. 

Eddie Van Halen states, "I am very excited to get back to the core of what made VAN HALEN".
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Rick Rubin Columbia Exec?
BW&BK reports: The following report is courtesy of NYTimes.com: Rick Rubin (SLAYER), the star music producer who had a hand in three of the five albums up for album of the year honors at the Grammy awards on February 11, has rarely found his services more in demand than right now. 

Mr. Rubin, acclaimed for his work with artists as disparate as JAY-Z and JOHNNY CASH, has been offered a job as co-chairman of Columbia Records, associates said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spinners Henderson Passes
AP reports: Singer Billy Henderson, a member of the band the Spinners who sang "I'll Be Around" and other hits, has died. He was 67. 

Henderson died Friday of complications from diabetes at a Daytona Beach health care facility, his wife, Barbara, said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Joe Hunter RIP
Gigwise reports: Motown legend and Funk Brother Joe Hunter died on Friday aged 79. 

Hunter was the first musician hired by Motown boss Berry Gordy and went on to become the legendary record label's first bandleader, backing many of the artists with the Funk Brothers. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Come On 80s
Gigwise reports: [yes another band has returned..]The perennially influential Dexys Midnight Runners have written their first new song for 22 years. 

The new song, a kind of statement of intent for projected comeback album ‘It's Ok Joanna', has been posted on frontman Kevin Rowland's Dexys' Myspace page. "...The world had caught up with us. 2007 could be a good year for fans of Kevin and Dexys." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Peta Drops Mills
pr-inside reports: SIR PAUL McCARTNEY's estranged wife HEATHER MILLS has reportedly been dropped by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to safeguard future support from the former BEATLE's daughter MARY. Photographer Mary only agreed to work on PETA's latest campaign after she was assured her stepmother, who is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with the former BEATLE, was no longer involved with the organisation.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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P.O.D. Major Deal
TuneLab reports: P.O.D. have signed a new deal with INO & Columbia Records. Currently involved in pre-production, P.O.D. and are scheduled to release their new project late Summer 2007 with the bands original formation[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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My Chemical Muse
TuneLab reports: My Chemical Romance have added a second leg to their current headlining tour. Muse will provide support on all but the last three of the following dates:

April 14th in Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena
April 16th in San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
April 18th in Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
April 19th in Tampa, FL @ St Pete Times Forum
April 22nd in Ft Lauderdale, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
April 24th in Atlanta, GA @ Gwinnett Center
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Fivespeed giantkiller
TuneLab reports: Fivespeed vocalist, Jared Woosley, has a new project called giantkiller. The band also consists of Larry Elyea (formerly of Bionic), Eric Fiori (formerly of Resist the Embrace), Brian Smyth (formerly of Gift and Mink Rebellion), and Chris Alvarez. They're currently unsigned, but will most likely put out a record sometime this year. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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California Metal Fest
KNAC reports: Testament, Flotsam and Jetsam, Sadus and Necrophagist are among the confirmed acts for the second annual California Metal Fest, which will take place March 31st – April 1st at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA.[see full story for the full (current) lineup]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Brujeria Global Dates
KNAC reports: Brujeria drummer Adrian Erlandsson aka El Podrido has revealed the band's upcoming tour plans.

The confirmed dates are:

2/21 - UnderWorld - London, UK 
2/23 - New Age Club - Roncade, Italy 
2/24 - Rock Planet - Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy 
2/25 - Circolo Degli Artisti - Rome, Italy 
3/2 - House Of Rock and Roll - El Paso, Texas 
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Marty Friedman's Instrumental CD in March
KNAC reports: LOUDSPEAKER is an album that will change all preconceptions about instrumental albums. It is an emotionally fueled work of genius, mixed with brilliant guitar solo mastery that has become Marty Friedman's signature. 

LOUDSPEAKER features guest appearances by Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Mick Karn and Billy Sheehan. "For me it was a big experiment," Friedman explains. "I knew they were amazing, butI wanted to get these guys to play the most aggressive way they could because as a fan I really wanted to hear them like I never heard them before-in a full metal context." 

LOUDSPEAKER will be released on March 13th, 2007 in the U.S. [see full story for a lot more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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None More None More Black
punkbands reports: From a MySpace message sent out by NMB: Well, ya heard it first from our STUPID friends at punknews. (who couldnt be more f**king annoying) it's true, we've decided to call it a day. it's unfortunate for us, but we came to this conclusion and all agreed. we did all we could with this band, and ya know what.. we had a blast. we ended it on the highest note possible, like every band should. we were never a full time "touring punk act". we got together and played rock for fun. we tried something new, did what we did, got lucky, put some records out, and made the best out of what we could.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Distillers No More
punkbands reports: The Distillers, who recently lost Andy Granelli (to Darker My Love) and Ryan Sinn (to Angels and Airwaves), have disbanded, and formed a new band, Spinnerette, with remaining Distillers members Brody Dalle and Tony Bradley, as well as "Wizard A" and Jon T Bonerham.

The new project promises some new music coming soon, and cites a label affiliation with Sire Records[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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