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Full Report for 07/05/06
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Silverstein Week: If You Could See Into My Soul
DiR reports: Silverstein's new CD ' Arrivals and Departures' hits stores this week and to celebrate we asked Shane to pick his favorite five songs from the disc and tell us a little bit about each. We'll be giving you Shane's picks all week. We continue today with "If You Could See Into My Soul," here is Shane!

"Neil had the intro riff around for awhile but wasn't sure if he liked it. We were all stoked on it and tried to convince him how sick it was. Putting this song together was one of the most stressful times in our bands history. We just could not agree on the structure and there were a lot of arguments. I think this song came out super awesome though, and I think all the fighting was worth it."

Listen to the song, learn more about the group and grab their latest tour dates at the following link. And don't forget to pick up a copy of "Arrivals and Departures"! 
- http://www.myspace.com/silverstein

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Winehouse Hospitalized
Gigwise reports: Amy Winehouse has cancelled tonight's (July 4) gig at Liverpool Summer Pops, amid fears the singer has been hospitalised. 

There is no official word from Winehouse's camp on the reason for the cancellation, but Gigwise has learnt from sources at the Summer Pops site that it's because she is in hospital. The exact condition is not known. 

Many of the thousands of fans arrived at the Summer Pops tent for the show, only to be told that it had been cancelled.
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Ambassador Ozzy
Sleazeroxx.com reports: After 14 failed attempts at joining the United Nations using media campaigns and presidential appeals, Taiwan is turning to a local goth-style rock band backed by Ozzy Osbourne in its quest for membership to the world body. 

The band, named ChthoniC, will travel to at least 80 cities in four countries by the end of the year, supported in part by the Taiwan government, which is providing pro-U.N. literature and a slogan-painted truck. 

ChthoniC has also recorded a song urging the United Nations to let Taiwan join, even though its bid for membership keeps getting knocked down because of objections from Beijing. 

Ozzy Osbourne, a satanic-theme rocker known for biting heads off bats on stage, is helping set up 20 of the U.S. gigs, paying some transport costs and letting the Taiwan band promote U.N. membership as it wishes, Lim said. He said the band hooked up with Osbourne through personal connections. [gotta love the researchers for that comic satanic line] 
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Avril Sued for Song Theft
Jam! reports: Canadian [poser]punk princess Avril Lavigne is being sued by U.S. songwriters who claim that her smash hit "Girlfriend" sounds suspiciously like a single they released in the 1970s. 

Lavigne's manager, Terry McBride, says the pop starlet is one of several people named in a lawsuit filed July 2 that alleges striking similarities to the Rubinoos song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." 

McBride, also CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, dismissed the suit Wednesday as baseless, calling it a "case of legal blackmail."
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Hippies Suck Says Nuge
Sleazeroxx.com reports: It was only a matter of time before Ted Nugent decided to rain on the Summer of Love's anniversary parade. In an article from today's Wall Street Journal titled "The Summer of Drugs," the notoriously opinionated guitar god took some time off his busy hunting schedule to blame "stoned, dirty, stinky hippies" for "rising rates of divorce, high school drop-outs, drug use, abortion, sexual diseases and crime, not to mention the exponential expansion of government and taxes." 

Highlights: 

On Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Mama Cass: "I often wonder what musical peaks they could have climbed had they not gagged to death on their own vomit." 

On the hippie movement: "Turned off by the work ethic and productive American Dream values of their parents, hippies instead opted for a cowardly, irresponsible lifestyle of random sex, life-destroying drugs and mostly soulless rock music that flourished in San Francisco."
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Another Live Earth Show in Danger
Reuters reports: Brazilian organizers of the Rio de Janeiro leg of the Live Earth global concerts were trying to convince authorities on Wednesday not to cancel the Saturday show due to security concerns. 

The Rio state prosecutor's office said earlier there were not enough police to safeguard the climate change awareness concert on Copacabana beach as all security efforts would be concentrated on preparations for the Pan American Games, starting July 13.

Last month, Istanbul was dropped from the list cities set to hold the concerts because of a lack of interest and security concerns. Ticket sales have been slow for most Live Earth shows and organizers had to shift venues in Johannesburg in a bid to improve sales.- more on this story

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Fans Not Buying It
BBC reports: Global CD sales have slumped "more in 2006 than had been expected", according to an industry report. 

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said sales last year dropped to 1.7bn, compared with 1.9bn in 2005. 

Although digital music sales doubled last year, they failed to compensate for the overall fall in music sales. [what generic emo bands don't sell cds?]- more on this story

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Smashing US Tour
CMJ reports: Tired of the newly reformed Smashing Pumpkins already? Billy Corgan and company beg to differ, as the band has confirmed a sweeping North American tour to support the July 10 release of Zeitgeist (Martha's Music/Reprise). 

Taking to the road September 8 in Montreal, the Smashing Pumpkins will embark on coast-to-coast trek, with stops in Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta confirmed thus far. 

Currently underway with their first of two residency sets in Ashville, North Carolina, the seminal '90s radio dominators will head to San Francisco for an 11-night run at the Fillmore before venturing to Europe for 10 headlining festival slots.
- more on this story and the tour dates

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Morrissey Cancels More Shows
Contact Music reports: Morrissey has been forced to cancel more shows on his US tour due to a continued viral infection.

After performing at a gig in Virginia, the former Smiths singer saw a throat specialist in Washington DC and was told he could not perform before July 7th at the earliest.

This means that concerts scheduled in Atlantic City and Holmdel have now been postponed.
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Van Halen Holding Arenas
Blabbermouth reports: Ray Waddell of Billboard.com reports that a proposed summer amphitheater tour by a reunited VAN HALEN that was derailed when guitarist Eddie Van Halen checked into rehab now looks like it may be resurrected as a fall arena run. Several arena holds are in place in major markets for potential VAN HALEN dates, Billboard.com has learned.

The tour would feature David Lee Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen's teenage son Wolfgang on bass. [Rolling Stone also talked to a "source" that hinted that this might be happening]- more on this story

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Hy Zaret RIP
Gigwise reports: The lyricist who wrote the words for the timeless ‘Unchained Melody' has died at the ripe old age of 99. 

Hy Zaret was just one month off his 100th birthday when he died at his Connecticut home. 

The song was originally written alongside composer Alex North and appeared in the movie Unchained back in 1955. 
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Sly Stone Plans New CD
Jam! reports: After 25 years, Sly Stone speaks. 

The famously reclusive funkster broke his silence by granting his first interview since the '80s to Vanity Fair. In the magazine's August issue, the frontman of the late-'60s band Sly and the Family Stone talks about his music, his disappearance from public view and his long-awaited return. 

Stone, 64, who made a brief, blond Mohawked appearance at the 2006 Grammys, says he plans to start work on a new album in the fall.
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Queensryche Jump on Covers Bandwagon
KNAC reports: In an interview today (July 3rd) with BW&BK's Mitch Lafon, Queensrÿche's Geoff Tate revealed that the band will be releasing a new "all-covers" album in December.

Among the tracks to be covered by Queensrÿche for the release are Pink Floyd's 'Welcome To The Machine', Queen's 'Innuendo' and the band's take on the opera classic 'Odessa'.
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