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Someone Forgot to Tell Led Zeppelin About Reunion
TuneLab reports: Robert Plant has shot down rumors of a re-united Led Zeppelin performing a memorial concert for the late Atlantic Records founder. Plant stated that he hadn't heard anything about the reunion and added "If there was one, then there wouldn't be enough doctors to support it" [so much for the "source" that leaked the rumor - see full story for more rock news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Weezer Returns
DiR reports: Rivers Cuomo has announced via the official Weezer site that the band are back at it. Here is his message: "Hey Party-People,

Weezer is just polishing up a batch of songs for a recording session that is going to start at the beginning of July. This will be the final recording session for our 6th album which we aim to put out in the first half of 2008. We hope you are all having good times.

Love,

R-dawg"- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Monday
Live Earth Show Cancelled
Reuters reports: The Istanbul edition of the July 7 global Live Earth concerts has been cancelled. Organizers are now seeking a site to erect giant screens in the Turkish city to take TV feeds from the remaining eight shows around the world. 

Reports in the Turkish press pointed to the non-appearance of promised government support and a failure to attract sponsorship from big business as the reasons for the concert being nixed.

No tickets went on sale, so the public will not be out of pocket.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Serious Crash Sidelines Band
Lambgoat reports: California metal band Name was involved in a serious van accident this weekend. Here's an account of incident from the band:

"We were heading out on tour and our back left tire blew out and sent us rolling our van and all our equipment 7 times from the freeway down the hill. We lost our van and a lot of merch and equipment and were all hospitalized. We still look to tour and make some major announcements regarding members and tour plans in the band. But about the crash, we are left with nothing and we need to buy new equipment, a new van, and medical bills.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dimebag Family Vs Bio Author
Blabbermouth reports: The publicity firm representing the family of the late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott has issued the following statement:

"The family of the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott has not authorized nor co-operated with Zac Crain on his upcoming book on Dimebag, scheduled for release on Perseus Books in November of 2007. In addition, Mr. Crain did not know Dimebag personally.

"Mr. Crain's request to the family was denied. Among other reasons, during his tenure as music editor of the Dallas Observer, Mr. Crain wrote nothing but negative reviews about PANTERA's music."[see full story for some of the insulting crap that he wrote about Pantera]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Foxy Brown Robbed
AP reports: Rapper Foxy Brown who's on probation for assault and facing a battery charge in a separate case had another brush with violence over the weekend. But this time, she was the victim, police said. 

Four people teamed up to rob the racy rapper of a Louis Vuitton bag, $500 in cash and credit cards around 5:30 a.m. Saturday in the East New York section of Brooklyn, police said.

Roshawn Anthony, 23, was arraigned Sunday on charges of robbery, assault and grand larceny [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rage Against Voodoo Pumpkins
TuneLab reports: Rage Against the Machine and The Smashing Pumpkins are among the acts confirmed for the 2007 Voodoo Music Experience. The event will take place from October 26th through the 28th at City Park in New Orleans.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tuesday
On Tuesday we took part in the Day of Silence. Here is some information on that
Day of Silence for the Day in Rock
PR reports: Tomorrow, June 26, thousands of webcasters / Internet radio stations will be observing a day of silence in protest of the Copyright Royalty Board's outrageous royalty rate hike. While we do not webcast and the royalty hike does not hit us directly we are joining the webcasters in this protest, many of which will have to shutdown if the rates take effect because the rates will exceed 100% of their profit. To add insult to injury, these rates will be retroactive and only hurt online radio as over-the-air radio does not have to pay these specific royalties. So tomorrow the Day in Rock will not be published but will return on Wednesday. 

You can help stop this from happening by contacting your members of Congress and asking them to support the The Internet Radio Equality Act, which will stop this unfair tax on Internet radio while insuring the stations pay their FAIR share of royalties (the same as Satellite radio). See the full story link for more information and to find the contact info for your members of Congress. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Wednesday
Iggy Pop's Paki Uproar
punkbands reports: The BBC has been forced to apologize after Iggy Pop used a racist term live on air. During the broadcaster's coverage of the Glastonbury festival (June 23), Pop made a comment about visiting shops in north London. In an interview after his performance, Pop launched into a long anecdote about going to Camden and visiting: "Paki shops."

Hosts Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe made no on-air apology on Saturday night (June 23) prompting three viewer complaints.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Verve Reform
Contact Music reports: The Verve are set to reform for a series of winter shows after recording together in a London studio last week.

Richard Ashcroft, Nick McCabe, Simon Jones and Pete Salisbury will return to the studio after a summer break to complete their next album.

They will then embark on an arena tour with a total of six UK shows in early November beginning with two dates at Glasgow Academy in November 2nd and 3rd.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Revolver Leak
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER's entire new album, "Libertad", is available for streaming on the ClearChannelMusic.com web site.

"Libertad", will be released on July 3.

VELVET REVOLVER and ALICE IN CHAINS will team up for a North American tour beginning early August.[see full story for some video goodies]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ryan Adams Tour
PR reports: Ryan Adams' highly-anticipated ninth studio album, Easy Tiger, hits stores this week. See him on the road at the following dates: 

June
28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
29 - Boston, MA - Somerville Theater
July
10 - Charlottesville, VA - Paramount Theatre
11 - Louisville, KY - Brown Theatre
12 - Germantown, TN - Germantown Performing Arts Center
14 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
19 - Los Angeles, CA - Wilshire Ebell
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eminem Beer?
Idolator.com reports: The music business' latest attempt to create new revenue streams comes from a division of Universal Music Group, which, in an attempt to ape Sammy Hagar's tequila success, has enlisted a beverage company to market drinks emblazoned with the likenesses of its artists: 
Drinks Americas Holdings Ltd., the company behind a Donald Trump vodka, Willie Nelson's "Old Whiskey River" bourbon and a line of Paul Newman-branded juice drinks, is set to announce today an agreement with Universal Music Group's Interscope Geffen A&M label group. Universal Music Group is owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi SA.

The idea of the deal, executives of both companies said, is to come up with brands of drinks -- both alcoholic and nonalcoholic -- that bear the imprimatur of artists on Interscope's roster, which includes Eminem, producer Dr. Dre and Sting. [say what you want about David Geffen but he got rich the old fashioned way... by putting out music that people wanted but no other label had the balls to release. Read more about this lunacy at the full story link.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Thursday
Surgery DeWarps The Used
PR reports: Bert McCracken has just been advised to undergo surgery due to the fact that he has developed a node on one of his vocal chords. Consequently, the band has been forced to cancel their shows on all upcoming dates during June and July, including the Van's Warped Tour. Doctors have recommended treatment as well as rest without singing and are expecting a full recovery. He will be able to sing again in about five weeks. 

The band is incredibly disappointed but promised to return to touring in the USA in early September with headlining dates. "Kevin Lyman and the Van's Warped tour have been amazing supporters of our band and we are truly saddened that we won't be able to perform on this year's tour," states Quinn Allman, The Used's guitarist. We hope to have new tour details ready for release shortly. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Country Jovi a Hit
PR reports: Going from hair rock to country worked for Bon Jovi. The band's new album "Lost Highway" debuted a top the Billboard album charts this week with sales of 292,000. The first No 1 for the band since the "hair metal" heyday of 1988. 

The made of MTV band beat out The White Stripes for the top spot with 50,000 more units sold. Jack Whites latest "Icky Thump" moved 223,000 units for the No 2 spot. Country fans seemed to have turned to Jovi spandex as last week's chart topper Toby Keith's "Big Dog Daddy" suffered a 64% sales decline to land at No. 4 with 73,000. 

Former chart toppers Linkin Park and Maroon 5 are hanging in there, remaining in the Top 10 another week.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Foo and Cambria
punkbands reports: Coheed and Cambria has recruited Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters to play drums on their new album; former drummer Josh Eppard parted ways with the band late last year. The band is currently recording No World For Tomorrow with producer Nick Raskulinecz.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Boyband Con Man Indicted
AP reports: The creator of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges he defrauded a bank out of $20 million. 

Lou Pearlman, 53, was indicted on three counts of bank fraud, and single counts of mail and wire fraud for business with Evansville, Ind.-based Integra Bank N.A., according to court documents.

Pearlman is most famous for forming boy bands in the '90s, but was also involved in airplane charter, real estate, model scouting and restaurant ventures.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mom sues RIAA
Idolator.com reports: A disabled single mother from Beaverton has filed a federal lawsuit against the Recording Industry Association of America, claiming that she is the victim of abusive legal tactics, threats and illegal spying as part of an overzealous campaign to crack down on music pirating.

The recording industry sued Tanya J. Andersen, 44, in 2005, accusing her of violating copyright laws by illegally downloading music onto her computer. Andersen claims in a suit she filed last week in U.S. District Court in Oregon that the recording industry refused to drop its case after its own expert supported her claims of innocence.

Instead, industry officials threatened to interrogate Andersen's 10-year-old daughter, Kylee, if she didn't pay thousands of dollars. The intimidation included attempts to contact Kylee directly. A woman claiming to be Kylee's grandmother called the girl's former elementary school inquiring about her attendance, according to Andersen's suit. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Friday
50 Cent Lip Sync
Contact Music reports: 50 CENT was left red-faced at the B.E.T. Awards on Tuesday night (27Jun07) after fans spotted him lip-syncing his new single onstage. Sources tell MediaTakeOut.com the rapper was caught out when he mimed the lyrics to Amusement Park over an instrumental version of the track mistakenly played by his DJ Whoo Kidd. One eagle-eyed audience member who spotted the split-second gaffe, says, "The whole thing was so embarrassing. To get caught like that in front of millions of people is almost unimaginable." [see full story for more while you ponder why in the hell anyone would need to lip sync a rap song?] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dark Payola
Idolator.com reports: The hearing on Internet radio royalties is still going on, and while we haven't heard many updates on it (testimony from WOXY's Bryan Jay Miller is already up on YouTube), we did come across a piece in the SF Weekly that talks about another potentially homogenizing twist within the Copyright Royalty Board's new rate structure:

If Net radio stations don't win their fight, playing whatever they want will become prohibitively expensive. Playing crap, however, won't be. Under the new rules it would be economically logical for cash-strapped Webcasters to take discounted rates to play music the labels want them to play. Instead of the labels paying the Webcasters, the Webcasters pay the labels less. Dark payola.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Old Spice Tour
Jam! reports: The Spice Girls wannabe stars again. Following a calculated publicity buildup, the original Girl Power group of the 1990s announced Thursday they had agreed to get together for 11 concerts around the world in December and January. 

The group said the shows would be in Los Angeles on Dec. 7; Las Vegas on Dec. 8; New York on Dec. 11; London on Dec. 15; Cologne, Germany, on Dec. 20; Madrid, Spain, on Dec. 23; Beijing on Jan. 10; Hong Kong on Jan. 12[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tantric Lose Members
TuneLab reports: Tantric members Matt Taul (drums) and Bruce LaFrance (bass) have announced their departure from the band and will now focus on the band Nova Red. Former Fuel drummer Kevin Miller will step in behind the drum kit and Eric Leonheart has been added as their new bassist. The band has also named their new guitarist, Joe Pessia[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kittie Temp
PR reports: KITTIE regrets to announce that bassist, Trish Doan, will not be performing on their upcoming SWEET REVENGE tour. Standing in for her on the tour will be Jeff Phillips from THINE EYES BLEED. Doan has written a note to fans explaining the hiatus... Dear Kittie Fans,

Due to pressing personal health matters, I must sadly inform you that I will be taking a hiatus from touring with Kittie commencing immediately. With the complete and ongoing support from the band and management it is clear, as unfortunate it is, that these matters be addressed promptly. I want to thank everyone for the tremendous support over these past two years. It has been nothing but an amazing experience so far and this decision has been made to do what is best for everyone. 

Sincerely 

Trish Doan- Click Here for the Full Story 

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