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Anti-Flag Murder
punkbands reports: Anti-Flag And Chris #2's Family Tragedy - Sister Murdered. A few days ago, Chris #2's sister and boyfriend were murdered. Chris writes: "Thank you all for the kind words. Thank you to everyone surrounding us on the last tour for their help. I want to specifically thank my three brothers in Anti-Flag and everyone in our crew for helping me and dropping everything to get me home and with my family immediately.

For those not completely in the know, my sister and her boyfriend were murdered a few days ago. Of all the people I know my sister was the most proud of our band. If you live in the Pittsburgh area you may have met her, it was not uncommon for her to strike up a conversation with anyone wearing an Anti-Flag pin, patch, or t-shirt. She was anxious to meet anyone who was a member of the community. My sister had two beautiful children, who I'm sure will be just as curious and just as loving.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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James Brown Rape Appeal
pr-inside reports: JAMES BROWN's former assistant has won the opportunity to sue for a slice of the late soul star's fortune after claiming he raped her at gunpoint in 1988.

JACQUE HOLLANDER's shocking claims were thrown out of court in Chicago, Illinois last year (06) after a judge ruled she had waited too long to make the charges, but now the US Supreme Court will hear the case after her lawyers appealed the decision.

Hollander insists she waited for years to bring rape charges against Brown because she was terrified of her former boss, who died on Christmas Day (25DEC06).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica Toss Pots For Real Producer
Blabbermouth reports: Legendary producer Rick Rubin (SLAYER, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, AUDIOSLAVE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), who was named "Producer of the Year" at this past weekend's Grammy Awards, spoke to MTV.com about his work with METALLICA on their much-anticipated follow-up to 2003's "St. Anger", tentatively due before the end of the year via Warner Bros. 

"I saw [the warts-and-all METALLICA documentary 'Some Kind of Monster'], and it made me really nervous," Rubin said. "Then we started working, and it's the opposite direction of that. They're really productive, really communicative it seems like they really like being in the room together. It's a great process. They say they're more excited than they have been in a long time about making music. We're going to start recording in March. I asked them not to reinvent themselves so much as to make a defining album, like the purest of what METALLICA is. That's the aim, so we'll see what happens."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jesus In The Middle of Estate Battle
AP reports: The children of a hit country music songwriter won't get control of his estate, a judge ruled, but a bigger battle looms between them and their aunt, an evangelist with a worldwide ministry. 

Darrell "Wayne" Perry's four children have sued their aunt Darlene Bishop, saying she hastened her brother's death by promising to use prayer to cure the throat cancer that killed him and discouraging him from receiving medical treatment. Separately, a judge on Monday rejected their request to remove their aunt as executor of the estate and replace her with one of Perry's sons.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MTV Clarify Bloodbath
CMJ reports: Looks like this game of cyber-gossip telephone might have gotten its wires tangled. Numerous websites have reported, via anonymous sources, that layoffs at MTV Networks went beyond the 250 announced on Tuesday. Some of those sites have definitively stated that hallmark MTV programming like Total Request Live and perhaps even whole satellite channels, like MTV2 and VH1 Classic, were nixed entirely.

Not so, according to network brass. "There is no truth to the rumors about TRL, MTV2 and VH1 Classic going away," states David Bittler, a spokesperson for MTV Networks. "Some of the staff have been let go from positions within those networks, but those networks will continue. [the bad news is that short attention span theatre aka TRL will continue to entertain tweens with subpar music see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hellyeah Preview
antiMusic reports: Hellyeah the new band featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott(Pantera/Damageplan), Chad Gray (Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell (Nothingface), Jerry Montano (Danzig/Nothingface) and Greg Tribbet (Mudvayne) have posted their first single, "You Wouldn't Know," on their Myspace page. 

The track comes from their forthcoming debut, set to hit stores via Epic Records on April 10. Grab a listen at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Epic Lose Member
BW&BK reports: Los Angeles-based metallers EPIC have parted ways with ex-DIO/WWIII guitarist Tracy G. Says the band in a new update: "We are looking forward to an exciting 2007 with Epic and looking forward to writing/recording a new CD. Tracy G has left the band and we wish him well[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Who Won The Brits?
antiMusic reports: The US has the Grammys and the Brits have The Brits (aka the Hypes). So who won? Here is the list:

Best British Live Act - Muse
Best Breakthrough Act - The Fratellis
Best International Breakthrough Act - Orson
Best British Male Solo Artist - James Morrison
Best International Male Solo Artist - Justin Timberlake
Best British Female Solo Artist - Amy Winehouse
Best International Female Solo Artist - Nelly Furtado
Best British Group - Arctic Monkeys
Best International Album - Sam's Town By The Killers
Best International Group - The Killers
Best British Single - Patience By Take That
Best British Album - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not By Arctic Monkeys
Outstanding Contribution To Music - Oasis.
[we're not sure about that last one. Shouldn't the band they ripped off get that honor? Then again they gave an award to Timberlake so we can't take these too seriously]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tony Wilson Battling Cancer
pr-inside reports: Music mogul TONY WILSON has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. The British entrepreneur founded Manchester record label Factory Records, managing the careers of NEW ORDER, JOY DIVISION and HAPPY MONDAYS.

Wilson was given emergency surgery last month (JAN07) to remove a kidney, and is due to begin chemotherapy treatment at Christie Hospital, Manchester, next week (begs19FEB07).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Evans Blue in June
TuneLab reports: Evans Blue plan to hit the road in spring in support of their new album 'The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends' which will hit stores on June 12th. The first single will make its way to radio in April. Currently two Texas dates have been announced[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Too Much Jagermeister For Lacuna Coil and Shadows Fall
SMN reports: Lacuna Coil and Shadows Fall have announced the following Jägermeister Music Tour "off" dates:

March 29th in Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's (Lacuna Coil Headlining)
April 2nd in Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights (Shadows Fall Headlining)
April 11th in Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater (Lacuna Coil Headlining)
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aerosmith Delay New CD Plans
KNAC reports: Aerosmith won't release a new album by mid-year as planned, according to a post at aeroforceone.com by bassist Tom Hamilton, who wrote, "We've got a busy year coming up. After the European tour...we take a short break and then go back into the studio." 

Hamilton added, "We haven't done a new album in a while, and we really feel enthusiastic about showing everybody what's on our musical mind." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Disappointment On The Water
KNAC reports: The mass performance of Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" that was supposed to take place in London this weekend has been cancelled.

Harrods department store had sent out a call for 2,000 players to get together on Sunday (February 18th) to jam on Ritchie Blackmore's classic riff, in an attempt to break the world record for most guitarists simultaneously playing one song. But a message on the retailer's website reads, "We regret to inform you, that due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to take the unavoidable decision to cancel the World Record breaking attempt on Sunday 18th February.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nofx in Asia
punkbands reports: Nofx has posted more dates for the ensuing world tour. After revealing dates in Australia and New Zealand a few days ago, the band has now included shows in Japan, South Korea, a special private show for Kim Jong Il in North Korea*, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, and others. The full dates are at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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