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Report for 01/29/06
Stroke Police Chase
CMJ reports: Albert Hammond Jr.'s tour bus was caught in the middle of a high-speed chase earlier this week, but according to reports, it was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hammond's bandmate Marc Philippe Eskenazi explained on the band's MySpace page that, after they left a Texas show January 20, "[i]t turned out that the cops had been chasing a suspect in a pickup truck in a high speed chase a la OJ Simpson since the Texas state border. It seemed that the pickup was going to get away until he came into contact with (sic) youknowwho (us)."

Apparently the truck spun out into the side ramp after hitting the bus and the absconders were promptly arrested. This isn't the first adversity the band has faced while on the road [see the full story for that and also upcoming dates] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Motown Vs Dreamgirls
TMZ reports: Smokey Robinson took a swipe at Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy over what he perceives are inaccuracies in the hit movie "Dreamgirls."

On today's NPR "Morning Edition," Robinson said he is "very upset" over the "false information" in the film. Talking about the character modeled after Motown founder Berry Gordy, Robinson said, "Nobody was paying us. So he (Gordy) borrowed $800 from his family's fund and started Motown so that we could be paid. And for him to be maligned and made out like this villainous character is very, very, very offensive to me."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Young Buck Arrested
AP reports: David Darnell Brown, a rapper known as Young Buck who records on 50 Cent's G-Unit Record label, was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a previous driving violation, police said. 

The 25-year-old was stopped Friday after an officer said he observed Brown weaving in his black Cadillac Escalade near downtown Nashville. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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This Week's Police Reunion Rumor
Launch reports: The Police have booked rehearsal space for their upcoming reunion tour, according to reports. The news seems to confirm claims that the band are on the brink of reforming, more than 20 years since they last played live.

Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland are expected to reunite at Lions Gate Studios in Vancouver in the coming weeks to work on material.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eno Producing Coldplay
Gigwise reports: Perhaps Coldplay may actually release some interesting music after all - ambient pioneer Brian Eno is producing their new album. 

The former Roxy Music musician has told BBC Radio Four he is twiddling the knobs on Coldplay's fourth album, saying the results have so far been "very original and very different from what they've done before". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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BB King Released from Hospital
Gigwise reports: Blues legend BB King was released from hospital in Texas yesterday after recovering from his bout of flu. 

The 81-year-old had been admitted to Galverston's University of Texas Medical Branch's Acute Care for Elders unit on Thursday after suffering flu-like symptoms.[see full story for more and on later in today's report for our original report about his illness]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hairy Invasion Tour
Blabbermouth reports: L.A. GUNS will team up with WARRANT and FIREHOUSE for the '80s Invasion Tour.. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. L.A. GUNS is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Tales from the Strip", which was released in August 2005 in the U.S. via Shrapnel Records. [L.A. Guns is the Phil version not the Tracii version see full story for more including a link to a tour flyer]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Psycroptic Illness Sidelines Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Tasmanian band PSYCROPTIC has been forced to drop off the European tour as the support act for DEICIDE four days before the trek's completion after guitarist Joe Haley was hospitalized due to illness after the show in Essen, Germany Friday night (January 26). "The band regrets that they have to miss the last couple of shows and they will be back in Europe to make up for this as soon as possible," the group writes in a statement.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Devildriver in June
Blabbermouth reports: DEVILDRIVER, the Santa Barbara, California-based band featuring former COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, recently wrapped up the recording sessions for its third album, "The Last Kind Words", at Sonic Ranch studios outside El Paso, Texas. Jason Suecof, known for his great work with TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, GOD FORBID, and BURY YOUR DEAD, is producing the album, with engineer Mark Lewis helping out as well. Working songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Damning the Heavens", "Cattle Call", "The Last Kind Words" and "Monsters of the Deep".

Commented Fafara: "The record is finished and has now begun to be mixed. Most of it was done in Texas, and I finished the vocals with Jason here in Santa Barbara on January 13th. We have named it 'The Last Kind Words'!! Release date for our third record will be June 5th, 2007 [in the U.S., one day earlier internationally]. We are in the process now of locking down tours, and will keep you informed. As of now, [it] looks like we will see ya in late March, early April.[see full story for more from Dez]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Glenn Hughes & Junkman
KNAC reports: Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze) will visit Junkman in the KNAC.COM Hollywood studio Monday at 4pm. 

Hughes is busy promoting the long-awaited U.S. release of his solo album Music For the Devine (January 30 on Demolition Records).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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A Vulgar Display of Power Release Set
DiR reports: We just got an update from MJS Music Publications and 'A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa' is set to be released on April 14, 2007. Here is a little bit about the book from the press release and what you can expect: Could this be the most important book ever written about Heavy Metal? Mistress Juliya, formerly of Uranium on Fuse called "A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa" a "beautiful thing" for metal fans.

Over the span of 14 months, author Chris A. has researched the people, places and circumstances leading to the horrific murders of beloved guitarist, Dimebag Darrell Abbott, bodyguard Jeffery "Mayhem" Thompson, professional roadie Erin Halk and fan, husband and father, Nathan Bray. The result is an insightful, thought provoking book that induces a powerful range of emotions. While the book explores the background and motive of the killer who callously took the lives of these four innocent people, the focus goes far beyond the specifics of the crime. "A Vulgar Display of Power" crosses many genres; its part rock 'n' roll history, part true-crime and part biography. The result is a modern-day inspirational chronicle of good versus evil. At times graphic in its content, its intention isn't to shock or sensationalize, but rather to clearly articulate the raw courage and selflessness of those who paid the ultimate price. Above all, the author placed great emphasis on recounting the events with accuracy and taste. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gun To Axl's Head
C.C. Banana reports: As an epilogue to his 2006 Bananiversary Celebration, rock & roll comic C.C. Banana has interviewed all 5 members of Twisted Sister. In the last of this series of holiday-themed interviews, C.C. Banana speaks with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider about their current album "A Twisted Christmas," the possible future of the band and a number of Dee's outside projects. Here is an interesting story Dee had to tell about how a promoter got Axl on stage. [see full story for the full interview including more Axl stories, Strangeland 2 and more]

Dee:.. We hear all kinds of stories from promoters, stuff most people probably don't even know about. A lot of times, Twisted Sister will come to town soon after Guns N' Roses has played there. Or Rose N' Roses, as I like to call them!... Another really good one was told to us by a promoter in Spain. Axl was running a couple of hours late and he still wasn't ready to go on stage. Naturally, the crowd was getting restless. We were told that one of the promoters actually pulled out a gun and put it to the head of Axl's tour manager! He said that he would literally shoot the tour manager if Axl did not get on stage! Remember my theory about putting a gun to Axl's head? Well, I guess it also works if you put a gun to the head of someone Axl cares about, because he was on stage within 15 minutes! This apparently did not make the press, but we were there the next night and the promoters told us about it.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Joel Madden Beat Up By Another Poser?
DiR reports: The Superficial has posted a rather entertaining video clip of a supposed fight between Joel Madden of Good Charlotte and Shifty "What Happened To My Career" Shellshock of Crazy Town. You remember Crazy Town? The dorks that acted all gansta while signing a really really really really really really really really really really lame song called "Butterfly"? The site says they have no idea how old the video is but since Crazy Town's fifteen minutes were cut short to five minutes a few years ago it may be a bit old since Shifty [yes, that's the name the bozo goes by] isn't likely to much access to hang outs of the stars. [see full story for the video]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pearl Jam Euro Tour
TuneLab reports: Pearl Jam have announced dates for a European tour set to kick off on June 8th. Dates include:

June 8th in Lisbon, POR @ Passeio Maritimo Alges
June 9th in Madrid, SPA @ Festimad
June 12th in Munich, GER @ Olympichalle
June 13th in Katowice, POL @ Chorzow Stadion Slaski
June 15th in Italy @ TBA
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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NIN DVD Screenings
TuneLab reports: Nine Inch Nails will screen their new DVD 'Beside You in Time' on the following dates:

January 28th in Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater @ 6pm
January 29th in New York, NY @ Knitting Factory @ 8pm
February 1st in Dallas, TX @ Addison Studio Movie Grill @ 7pm
February 1st in Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East @ 8pm[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hawthorne Heights Fire Manager
punkbands reports: Hawthorne Heights has fired their manager John Germanario and booking agent Jeremy Holgerson. Below is a message from Eron of Hawthorne Heights in response to HitsDailyDouble's recent article about the band parting ways with their manager and booking agent:

"Don't believe the hype, especially from HITS Daily Double (the only "news" site that didn't pick up our story on us suing Victory, because Tony is a paying advertiser, but did pick up Tony's countersuit). The decision to terminate our agreement with our booking agent and management was purely ours and not due to poor legal counsel as HITS and Tony would have you believe. We made the decision because we want a fresh start in every sense of the word. New label, new management, new booking, new record and more. When a football team fires the head coach, all support staff are let go as well. Same idea applies to us.
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