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Kid Rock Vs Tommy Lee… Almost
celebrityweek.com reports: With both Pam Anderson and Kid Rock in Las Vegas to ring in '07 at competing New Years Eve parties, you knew more than just fireworks would be exploding on the strip. But no one figured Kid would fly into a "jealous rage" and start banging on Tommy Lee's door at the Hard Rock Hotel at 6 am on New Year's Eve - only to discover it wasn't Lee's door after all! Hotel rep Spencer Villasenor tells one Sin City newspaper the white trash rocker (Kid, not Lee) showed up "looking to settle a dispute over ex-wife Pamela Anderson."… [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Eyed Jacko
Billboard reports: Black Eyed Peas principal will.i.am was ubiquitous behind the boards in 2006, producing tracks for Justin Timberlake, Fergie, Snoop Dogg and Nas and earning a producer of the year Grammy nomination. But his sights are now set on Michael Jackson's comeback album, which is tentatively due before the end of the year on the Bahrain-based Two Seas Records.[see full story for more including some bits about special guests]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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TV On The Radio Tour
Filter reports: Fresh from their appearances in pretty much everyone on the internet's "Best Of 2006" list, TV On The Radio are going to meet their adoring public. The Brooklyn band is setting out for a wide-ranging US tour this March where they'll be drawing heavily from Filter's #2 best album of '06 Return To Cookie Mountain. Check ‘em out at the following venues. 

TV On The Radio Tour Dates: 

March 
01 Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel 
03 Montreal, Quebec - Olympia Theatre 
04 Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus
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Busta Rhymes Employee Smackdown
hecklerspray reports: Eddie Hatchett, one of Busta Rhymes' drivers, claims that a December 26 visit to the rapper's office to get 19 days worth of unpaid invoices ended up with him on the sticky end of a Busta Rhymes smackdown, and now police are thought to be planning to charge Busta Rhymes with assault. As yet Busta Rhymes hasn't given his version of events, but our state-of-the-art computer prediction unit has calculated that any statement Rhymes gives will be said too fast to properly understand, except for the word "flipmode" which Busta Rhymes will shout 972 times within the space of 20 seconds.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pearl Jam Wins Online Poll
Submitted News reports: Pearl Jam wins "Best Rock Band of the Year" and "Greatest Rock Band of All-Time" in RockinTown.com's annual poll. In addition, Pearl Jam's debut album "Ten" is named the "Best Rock Album of All-Time."

For the first time, RockinTown.com asked rock music fans to select the "Best Rock Band of the Year." To be eligible, a group had to release an album of original material between October 2005 and December 2006. This was the most contested category in the RockinTown polling with 40,000 votes cast. Thirty-five groups were nominated. Evanescence and My Chemical Romance traded the lead before Pearl Jam took control in December finishing with just under 10% of the vote. "It was Pearl Jam's hard rock verses the emo leanings of Evanescence and My Chemical Romance," said Ian Lord, RockinTown's managing editor. "Pearl Jam fans were on a mission."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Uriah Heep Find Sanctuary
blabbermouth.net reports: U.K. hard rock legends URIAH HEEP have signed a new, exclusive worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records. The band will go into pre-production rehearsals in February. Recording sessions for the HEEP's 21st official studio album will take place during March/April with producer Mike Paxman. The follow-up to 1998's "Sonic Origami" will feature at least ten new tracks and is scheduled for release late summer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Darkest Hour Prep CD
blabbermouth.net reports: Washington D.C.-based metallers DARKEST HOUR will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on February 19 to start the pre-production and recording process for their new album with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, SOILWORK). A June/July release via Victory Records is expected.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Britney's Drunken New Year?
celebrityweek.com reports: After rolling into town on a "party bus" from Scottsdale Arizona, where media reports were hinting at a possible romance with NFL star Matt Leinert, Britney Spears kicked off 2007 at Pure nightclub, popping the cork on a $5,000 magnum of Dom Perignon just after midnight. Perhaps that's where things took a bad turn. Just before 1:00 am, the former pop princess .. was reportedly "carried" out of the Caesars Palace hotspot by security guards. Thank God she was wearing panties! And so we begin our new year with reps for the newly single mom in full damage control mode (when aren't they?), diffusing reports that Spears was so hammered that she couldn't complete the hosting duties she was reportedly paid $300,000 for. "She was just tired and falling asleep," manager Larry Rudolph insisted on Monday morning. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Petty Not Ready to Retire
pr-inside reports: Rocker TOM PETTY has reversed his decision to quit touring after proclaiming 2006 to be one of his most rewarding years on the road.

The FREE FALLIN' singer hinted at retirement in a Rolling Stone article last summer (06), but he's now adamant he'll continue to tour and has no plans to break up backing band THE HEARTBREAKERS.

He tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "You never know how things are going to turn out, and I didn't see this year coming. Maybe next year will be even better."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Del Reeves RIP
pr-inside reports: Country music icon DEL REEVES died on New Year's Day (01JAN07) at his home in Tennessee. He was 73.

The Grand Ole Opry star, famous for his impressions of his country music peers, was a hit on the US country charts throughout the 1960s and 1970s, when he enjoyed hits like GIRL ON THE BILLBOARD, BE GLAD and WOMEN DO FUNNY THINGS TO ME.

Reeves, real name FRANKLIN DELANO REEVES, was born in North Carolina in July 1933. He was a child guitar prodigy who had his own local radio show by the time he was 12.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Collective Soul Set Date
TuneLab reports: Collective Soul are planning a March 20th release for their new studio album. The band began tracking the album on December 10th with producer Anthony J. Resta, who also produced the bands 2000 release 'Blender'.[see full story for more music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Opeth Writing New CD
TuneLab reports: Opeth front-man Mikael Åkerfeldt has begun writing for the bands ninth album. Åkerfeldt is also working on a yet to be named side project. The Opeth album is expected to be released by the end of the year.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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K-Fed Beats Wrestling Champ
earvolution.com reports: After a roller-coaster 2006, Kevin "Don't Call Me K-Fed" Federline started off 2007 on a high note, defeating WWE Champion John Cena in Miami, Florida before a crowd that included Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal. Reminiscent of Andy Kaufman's legendary match against Memphis wrestling legend Jerry Lawler, Federline sought to expand his "entertainment" credentials beyond rapping, dancing and freeloading. After his stalling tactics served only to irritate the champ, America's Most Hated received help from WWE Superstars Johnny Nitro and Umaga and got the pin after the Samoan Bulldozer knocked Cena unconscious with the WWE belt.[he can't even do this on his own... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Corporate Idol
punkbands reports: Former Something Corporate guitarist William Tell is hoping to become the next Daniel Powter. Tell's song "Slipping Under (Sing Along To Your Favorite Song)" is the song being used to promote the next season of "American Idol." Powter's song "Bad Day" became a hit after being featured on the show last season. Tell's debut solo album, "You Can Hold Me Down," comes out March sixth.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Good Charlotte Set March Release
punkbands reports: Good Charlotte's fourth studio album, titled "Good Morning Revival" will drop March 20, 2007. The band recently released a DVD called "Fast Future Generation" which is a documentary that was made during their tour of Japan last fall. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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