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RIP SOAD?
TuneLab reports: System of a Down's current "hiatus" could possibly turn into a permanent split according to front-man Serj Tankian. In an interview with Kerrang! magazine Tankian said:

"I honestly don't know if System of a Down are over or not. Maybe in a few years we'll want to make another album, or maybe we'll want to tour... It's impossible to tell right now."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blur Reunion
Gigwise reports: Speculation that the original Blur line-up will reform next year has increased following reports in today's papers. 

After bassist Alex James exclusively told Gigwise in November that Graham Coxon could rejoin the band, with drummer Dave Rowntree later confirming the news, The Sun has claimed the guitarist will record with Blur in Febraury.

According to the report the band will see how their first time together in four years progresses before making any plans to play live together again.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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George Michael Court Date
Gigwise reports: George Michael has been officially charged with being "unfit to drive" following an incident in October. 

The pop star was said to have been found passed out in his car at a set of traffic lights in Cricklewood, London by police who had been alerted by worried motorists.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed the 43-year-old will appear at Brent Magistrates' Court in London on January 11 after being formally charged just before Christmas. [Let's hope for George's sake he gets Pete Doherty's judge… see full story for more breaking music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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A Quiet Rio? Mike DiMeo Leaves Riot
DiR reports: [Our friends at Rock N Roll Universe sent over the following] In response to all the mail I have been receiving about my status with Riot: I have had many great years with the band, and I am tremendously proud of all the work I have done with them, Especially 'Army of One', but at this point in my life and career, I prefer to forge ahead with a new path musically. I look forward to a new creative beginning with Masterplan, who are an incredibly talented and motivated group of guys!! I wish Riot the best of luck in the future and will always consider them brothers......thank you, Mike DiMeo 

Masterplan are currently gearing up for an extensive European tour with Saxon kicking off in the UK in February.... 
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What To Buy
punkbands reports: Not many records comming out this week - the release schedule for this week is as follows: 

Unwritten Law - Hit List
Arms Of Orion - The Book Was So Much Better
Frank Black - Christmass (Limited Edition) CD/DVD
Halfmast - Deny Their Vision
One Sided War - Sum Of Days
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paul Stanley Down Under
blabbermouth.net reports: KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley will embark on a tour of Australia beginning in early April. So far the following dates have been released:

Apr. 11 - Twin Towns, Coolangatta 
Apr. 13 - WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong 
Apr. 14 - Civic Theatre, Newcastle 
Apr. 17 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Iced Earth 07 Plans
blabbermouth.net reports: ICED EARTH guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Again I have to apologize for the delay in updates. I've been extremely busy with writing and preproduction for the new ICED EARTH CDs.

"I also lost the one person that was my true mentor and inspiration throughout my life, which was very difficult. My father, Tom Schaffer, died unexpectedly of a massive stroke in October.... "I'm back on track and we are going to start recording on February 1st. We will be releasing a single/EP in June '07 that will feature the 'Something Wicked' trilogy re-recorded and a track that will be an alternate edit of a song that will be on 'Something Wicked Part 2' that now has a working title of 'Come What May'. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stoner Wrestling
blabbermouth.net reports: On December 2, 2006 in Vantaa, Finland at Fight Club Finland's Winter War 2006 event, "The Canadian Rebel" StarBuck — frontman of heavy rock band STONER KINGS — defeated Bernard Vandamme of Belgium to become the new European heavyweight wrestling champion.

In a grueling bout lasting over 27 minutes, StarBuck finally hit a devastating superkick that put Vandamme down for the fatal three count as special enforcer referee — Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen of PRIDE — counted the finishing pinfall. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Butch Walker's New Band
DiR reports: Butch Walker has joined a new band that have dubbed themselves 1969. Below is a little blurb they posted on their MySpace page. [hit the full story to hear some songs] 

we met at a party at corey haim's house in the hills. people kept asking us if we were in a band together, because apparently that's what it looked like. we started rehearsing the next day on Peter Bogdonovich's studio/boat in Laguna beach. we wrote and recorded the songs for our upcoming album "Maya" in 3 days. we still sorta don't know each other that well. why 1969? it's our myspace password.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Another Payola Payup
MTV reports: Radio broadcaster Entercom Communications has agreed to pay a $4.25 million fine to settle a payola lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, according to Bloomberg News. The suit claimed that the Pennsylvania owner of more than 100 stations paid kickbacks for playing certain songs on its stations.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jacko Tributes James Brown
MTV reports: It was only fitting that James Brown's funeral turned into a concert Saturday afternoon (December 30) as he was laid to rest in his hometown of Augusta, Georgia.

More than 8,000 people — Brown's family, friends and fans — watched from the floor of James Brown Arena as the singer's celebrity friends including Michael Jackson, MC Hammer and Bootsy Collins gave tribute onstage at the public "homegoing" service for the singer, who died of congestive heart failure early [Christmas morning -see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Wu-Tang Clan Reform
Filter reports: The legendary rap collective the Wu-Tang Clan have announced plans to reform five years after the release of their last album Iron Flag. 

The reformation follows Wu-Tang's honors at this year's VH1 Hip Hop Honors ceremony, and the group being acquired by SRC Records.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sir Morrissey? Don't Count On It
Filter reports: Morrissey has said that he has wrecked his chances of ever being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II by writing songs like The Smiths' "The Queen Is Dead." However he insists that he is more deserving of knighthood than many of its recipients. On December 23rd at Manchester's G-Mex arena the 47 year old singer said from the stage: 

"Just look at who has been honoured already. Mad Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell has an MBE [Member of the Order of the British Empire] and obese Jamie Oliver has an OBE [Officer of the Order of the British Empire]." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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