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Report for 01/31/06
Police Reunite
antiMusic reports: Contrary to what we were told last week by Sting's publicist it does look like the Police will reunite and appear at The Grammys. This according to The Recording Academy, the folks that put on the awards. 

With this new the speculation now is if the band will put on a full reunion complete with tour and maybe possibly new music or if this will be a one off like when Sting, with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers reunited in 2003 for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Winger Vs Metallica
BW&BK reports: Back in the late '80s, Winger became the poster child for hair metal. The New York band drew ridicule from MTV's "Beavis & Butthead" and in the METALLICA video "Nothing Else Matters," in which Lars Ulrich throws darts at Winger's long mane and pearly whites. 

Speaking from a Tennessee tour stop, Winger is quick to defend his eponymous band's credibility, musical and otherwise. 

"Our drummer, Rod Morgenstein, could out-drum Ulrich with one hand tied behind his back," Winger, 45, said. "And Metallica became (the rock joke) they said we were." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Eagles CD?
Reuters reports: Fans of Southern California's classic rock group the Eagles may soon be getting that peaceful, easy feeling all over again. 

Don Henley, one of the group's founding members, said during a private weekend concert appearance he and his old bandmates were nearing completion of their first album of all-new music in nearly 30 years, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Tuesday.

"It's coming out in 60 to 90 days, if we don't kill each other first," Henley was quoted as telling his audience
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Bob Marley Jrs Peace Concert
AP reports: Four sons of Bob Marley will hold a concert promoting peace to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the musician's birth, a family spokesman said Tuesday. 

The Feb. 10 concert, called "Smile Jamaica," will be held in the reggae superstar's birthplace of Nine Miles in St. Ann parish, spokesman Jerome Hamilton said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Brandy Sued for 50 Million
TMZ reports: The parents of the woman killed in a car crash involving Brandy are suing the R&B singer for $50 million.

TMZ obtained the lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Lawyers for the family of the deceased claim, "Defendant Brandy Norwood was driving recklessly in the freeway when her car collided with Awatif Aboudihaj's car."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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BRMC Set May Release
CMJ reports: San Francisco fuzz rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are set to release their fourth album, Baby 81, May 1 on RCA Records. After the release of their Americana-esque 2005 album Howl, the band is going back to the spaced-out supersonic guitars and the wild thrusting drums heard on their earlier records. Baby 81 is named after an infant admitted to the hospital in the wake of 2004's tsunami who was claimed by nine different mothers.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Clear Most Channels
CMJ reports: Clear Channel Communications Inc. will hold a shareholders' meeting on March 21 to vote on an $18.7 billion private buyout. After announcing its plans to sell close to 40 percent of its radio stations (and its 42 TV stations) in November, the media giant is now considering transferring its ownership to the family of L. Lowry Mays, who co-founded the company in 1972, and two private equity firms.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MSI Anger Christians
CMJ reports: NYC industrial group Mindless Self Indulgence has been asked by iTunes to change the genre that they are filed under. The band is currently categorized as "religious" because of their devout fan base and cult-like following. As a result, angered Christian organizations have filed complaints with the digital music company to get the band's music removed from that category. The group's latest album, You'll Rebel To Anything (Metropolis), peaked at #27 on the iTunes Christian/gospel charts, in part due to several Christians having purchased the group's music, on faith, even though it was marked as being explicit material. [you have to admit that seeing the expression on the unsuspecting downloaders face would be priceless. If you're not familiar with MSI go google their lyrics after you read the rest of the story at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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NME Noms
Ananova reports: The Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, Kasabian and Muse have four nominations each for this year's NME Awards.

Arctic Monkeys are up against Babyshambles, Kasabian, Muse and Oasis for the coveted Best British Band award, and are also in contention for Best Live Band, Best Album and Best Music DVD.[see full story for more... but does these noms have cred if they include Babyshambles?]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Linkin Maiden Romance Download
Blabbermouth reports: IRON MAIDEN (June 10), LINKIN PARK (June 9) and MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE (June 8) are the first three officially confirmed bands for the Download festival, set to take place June 8-10 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. Other acts that are rumored (but **NOT** confirmed) to appear at this year's event include MÖTLEY CRÜE (who will reportedly headline the tent on June 9), SLAYER, MEGADETH, EVANESCENCE, FALL OUT BOY, WOLFMOTHER and MARILYN MANSON.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sony BMG Owe Fans Cash
SMN reports: According to BBC News, record label Sony BMG is to reimburse consumers up to $150 (£76) for damage to computers caused by CDs with hidden anti-piracy software.

The settlement was announced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The US regulator said the anti-piracy software wrongly limited the devices on which music could be played to those made by Sony or Microsoft. It also monitored listening habits so targeted marketing messages could be sent to consumers. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Buckcherry "Screws" Radio Station
SMN reports: BUCKCHERRY continue to make friends across the nation upsetting the masses with an 11th hour pull out from KFMX radio's 26th Birthday Bash. A statement from the radio station's official site reads as follows:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, we have just taken a tremendous screwing from the band Buckcherry. They have bailed on their Lubbock date in order to be a last minute addition to an L.A. show. It may or may not be a good career move for them, but it is a very crappy way to treat a market and a fanbase that has supported them for a longtime. We were just given this information this morning (in fact if you go to buckcherry.com you'll see that they still list the Lubbock date, at least as of 7:02 p.m.)." [see the full story to find out who stepped up to replace them.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vh1 Armed With The Used To Be Famous
antiMusic reports: Cat was wrong (Cat of Cat8Dog.com that is), Armed and Famous isn't below the standards of Vh1's past their prime celeb reality as the station plans to show an unaired episode this Saturday as part of a Armed & Famous marathon. 

The show featuring Erik Estrada, Trish Stratus, La Toya Jackson, Jack Osbourne and Jason Acuña becoming cops with the Muncie [Indiana] Police Department, was put on "hiatus" by CBS after suffering from low ratings. 

CBS aired four episodes of the series and Vh1 will air the fifth this Saturday. The original plans for the series was for seven episodes so the last two remain up in the air as CBS has not officially "cancelled" the show but only put it out of its misery, oops put it on "hiatus". There is confusion if the final two episodes are even done. A VH1 spokesman told The Star Press on Monday, "If the producers deliver to us the sixth and seventh episodes of the show, then we will air them. As of now, it's unclear whether they are finishing them or not." Get more gory details at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Good, The Bad & The Queen Tour
PR reports: The Good, The Bad & The Queen, the collaboration between Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), former Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Fela Kuti/Africa 70 drummer Tony Allen, whose eponymous, Danger Mouse-produced debut was released last week, have confirmed the following first-ever series of North American dates:

March 11th Toronto Kool Haus
March 12th New York Webster Hall
March 14th Washington DC 930
March 16th Austin Stubbs (SXSW)
March 18th New Orleans Republic- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Son Volt CD / Tour
PR reports: The Search, the intriguing new album from Son Volt, is set for release on March 6 on Transmit Sound/Legacy, and it's by far the band's most daring and diverse album yet. The follow-up to 2005's acclaimed 'Okemah and the Melody of Riot, 'The Search is a startlingly powerful and inspiring departure from the band's alt-country laden records, employing an exceptional variety of sounds, melodies, and arrangements. Laced with Eastern-style electric guitar and Farrar's signature vocals, the tune fades out to silence only to dive into 'The Picture,' a track that features an upbeat Memphis-style horn section combined with stirring lyrics that reflect on the current and future state of things, "when war is profit and profit is war." There's the buzzing, Zeppelin-esque guitar of "Action"; the hypnotic, other-worldly riff of "Circadian Rhythm"; the vocal harmonizing of chanteuse Shannon McNally on "Highways and Cigarettes"; and the Big Brother commentary of title track "The Search," a solid rock song delivered as only Son Volt can. [you can't release a CD without a tour so full story tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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