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Report for 02/21/06
Van Halen Reunion Off?
Pollstar reports: It's true. The Van Halen tour that was never officially announced is now officially postponed indefinitely, sources told Pollstar.

The rumored tour took on an air of reality after a trade magazine announced that original singer David Lee Roth was about to sign on the dotted line, and that was soon followed by a press release via Eddie Van Halen's spokeswoman-slash-girlfriend.

Unfortunately, the worldwide frenzy of a VH reunion was too good to be true, at least for the present day. [not so fast, read the full story for that… we've also emailed the publicist for confirmation] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Leak
idolator.com reports: Why is this frontman smiling? Because an anonymous tipster has sent us what is purportedly the first single from Guns N' Roses' delayed-far-beyond-the-point-of-hilarity Chinese Democracy album. All we can say at a time like this is, "Holy crap!" Also: "This thing better be real!" [see full story for a link to the mp3 – it appears to be the release version "Better"] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Britney Rehab Take 2
TMZ reports: TMZ has learned Britney Spears is back in rehab. Sources say the singer has checked into an in-patient facility in Los Angeles. We're told the move came after family members pressed her to check in. 

Spears entered the facility today.

Last week, Spears checked herself into a rehab facility in Antigua but checked out less than 24 hours later.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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EMI Bros?
Gigwise reports: EMI has revealed that it has been approached by Warner Music in what could turn out to be a takeover bid. 

The two firms have previously tried to buy each other several times over the past seven years including moves made in 2000, 2003 and last year. 

Last week EMI was forced to issue its second profit warning in two years after a slump in sales but the news of the new takeover bid has today pushed up the companies shares by 7.1%. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Tori Amos in May
Gigwise reports: Tori Amos has revealed details of her new album which is due for release later this year. 

The follow up to ‘The Beekeeper’ and Amos’ eighth studio album will be entitled ‘American Doll Posse’ and is set to be issued on May 1 in the US. 

According to the Rolling Stone the album was recorded in Cornwall and was completely written and produced by Amos herself. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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13 Bucketheads
Blabbermouth reports: Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Buckethead will release a set of albums, entitled "In Search Of The", on February 21. While not much is known about this collection, it has been confirmed that there are a total of thirteen albums that have each been personally numbered and monogrammed by Buckethead himself.

According to musician/producer and frequent Buckethead collaborator Travis Dickerson, "This is not a regular CD. It's hand-made, hand-burned. The cover is whatever is deemed to be written on it. This is not a manufactured deal; each one is different and will be numbered and monogramed. No two of these will be the same. I have never heard of an artist doing something like this. This is as direct from the artist to the fan as I have ever heard of.
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Slash The Book
Blabbermouth reports: Matthew Flamm of Crain's New York Business reports that former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash just sold his autobiography to HarperCollins. The British born, California-raised axeman will work with writer Anthony Bozza, who helped MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee pen his memoir, "Tommyland". The manuscript is due to be delivered in the fall. [sounded good until the Tommyland part. Maybe he'll write a chapter to his top hat?... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Killswitch Damageplan Engage?
Blabbermouth reports: Reliable sources have informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET that former HALFORD/DIESEL MACHINE guitarist and ex-DAMAGEPLAN vocalist Patrick Lachman will fill in for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz on the band's upcoming North American tour with DRAGONFORCE, CHIMAIRA and HE IS LEGEND.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Helion Lose Singer
BW&BK reports: Finnish melodic metallers HELION have issued the following update: "We are sorry to announce the following: A little while ago, Jukka (Salo - vocals) told us that he no longer has neither the time nor the required interest to stick with Helion. These are what we call personal reasons, which we understand. Naturally, we’re disappointed in his decision, but considering the situation by large, it’s best for both parties that we move on. 

Jukka may post a brief statement on his behalf, in a while at least. Until that, we close this chapter of the Helion saga. We remain friends, this has nothing to do with chemistry. [see full story for more including info on what to do if you want the job]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mary Kaye RIP
pr-inside reports: Singer/guitarist MARY KAYE, who is credited with introducing the word "lounge" into Las Vegas shows, has died of heart and respiratory failure. She was 83.
Kaye, who had been in declining health, died Saturday (17FEB07) at a Las Vegas hospital.

The singer, who was part of the MARY KAYE TRIO, was the one who suggested building a stage in the bar area of the Last Frontier hotel and calling it a lounge.

The group performed in the early hours of the morning, helping to turn Las Vegas into a 24-hour entertainment capital. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Springsteen Tribute
pr-inside reports: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's music will be honoured in an all-star tribute gala concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.


Each artist will perform one of the singer's tunes during the Springsteen Tribute fundraiser to benefit Music for Youth, an initiative that supports music education for underprivileged youth.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Puddle of Mudd Lineup Shift
TuneLab reports: Ryan Yerdon, formerly of the band Citizen, has joined Puddle of Mudd behind the drum kit. Yerdon replaces Greg Upchurch who left the band in 2005 to join 3 Doors Down. The band has also announced the addition of guitarist Christian Stone who replaces Paul Phillips who left the band due to creative differences.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lagwagon UK Tour
punkbands reports: So-Cal overlords Lagwagon get in the van and have a little trek round our fair isle in April. Catch them at:
Birmingham @ Barfly Apr 10th
Nottingham @ Rock City Apr 11th
Manchester @ Hop and Grape Apr 12th
London @ Mean Fiddler Apr 14th
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Amy Lee Defends Britney
Rockdirt reports: Evanescence singer Amy Lee surprisingly came to the defense of Britney Spears after a fan named 'Strat' posted a YouTube video making fun of the troubled pop star using one of Evanescence's songs. "OK, hold on a second. I have to post that I in NO WAY am going to endorse any kind of Britney bashing after everything she's been through," Lee wrote at the EvClub forums. "I can't control what people put on YouTube or anywhere else on the internet, but I would NEVER want my picture or our music connected to something that's based on getting enjoyment out of someone's pain. I know what it's like to feel manipulated, used and helpless - so do most of you, that's why you're here - and by now I know what it's like to feel like your entire life is open to the world for judgement. I don't read tabloids and I don't care about celebrity, but it is impossible to escape the whole world just loving to watch her suffer. Remember that this is a human being we're talking about - and who wants to be like those horrible people that have hurt you to feel better about themselves? 'Everybody's Fool' is about the fact that the whole celebrity thing is fake and empty. I think Britney Spears is more aware of that now than anyone.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dont Call it a Comeback Tour
SMN reports: Fresh off cancelling their European tour with THE HAUNTED and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE after the departure of vocalist Mat Bruso, BURY YOUR DEAD are returning to headline the Stateside Dont Call it a Comeback Tour. Full lineup and tour dates are as follows:

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