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Vegas Rainbow
Blabbermouth reports: ABC ePrep is reporting that members of MOTÖRHEAD were on hand Tuesday (April 5) for a press conference announcing the opening of a Las Vegas location for the Sunset Strip's famed Rainbow Bar & Grill. 

...The Rainbow will be located across the street from the Hard Rock Casino, but is promising that it will cater to musicians and local residents as much as tourists. One room will be an exact replica of the original location, while another will include a small stage for bands to perform. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Plant Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Billboard.com is reporting that former LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant has confirmed dates for a North American summer tour in support of his upcoming album with the band STRANGE SENSATION, "Mighty Rearranger". Plant will open the run June 15 in Providence, Rhode Island, and has shows scheduled through July 24 in Los Angeles, playing mostly theaters along the way. 

"Mighty Rearranger" is scheduled for release on May 10 via Sanctuary Records.[see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jazz Duet Found
Eurweb reports: Jazz fans will hopefully soon be able to discover something new from Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane again. During The Library of Congress announced yesterday the discovery of a previously unknown recording by the two jazz legends. 

The announcement came as the organization revealed this year's additions to its National Recording Registry [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hunter's Big Send Off
BBC reports: The final wish of cult US writer Hunter S Thompson, to have his ashes fired from a giant cannon, will be granted in a ceremony later this year. 

The author, who committed suicide in February at the age of 67, said on several occasions that he would like an artillery send-off for his remains. 

"It's expensive, but worth every penny," said his wife Anita Thompson. "He loved explosions." 

The ceremony will take place at his home in Aspen, Colorado in August. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kataklysm Enlist Fans
Metal-Rules reports: Kataklysm will have their fans, artists and friends around the world design the cover art for their next album. The band encourages everyone that has artistic skills and has an original vision to submit their work via email at this location smdesign@videotron.ca 

The chosen artwork will be selected by Kataklysm and the bands reps. at Nuclear Blast Records.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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More Carling Acts
Totalrock reports: Dropkick Murphys, Simple Plan, Transplants and Funeral For A Friend have been added to the bill for this year's Carling Weekend Festival, which happens in Reading and Leeds from August 26-28.[see full story for tickets and breaking heavy rock news from the UK]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gold Records
FMQB reports: The month of March was a landmark for many diverse artists as the RIAA awarded a total of five Multi-Platinum, 10 Platinum and 26 Gold albums. Jimmy Eat World, Papa Roach and The Used all earned Gold honors, as did Omarion, The Postal Service, Smile Empty Soul and Relient K.[see full story for more including platinum awards]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MTV Broadband
FMQB reports: MTV has released a beta version of a new Web site, called Overdrive, that promises to deliver high quality video content to a broadband audience. The site features content ranging from music videos and live performances to news, movie previews and trailers to MTV show previews and other special content. MTV will also draw much of the content from MTV.com and from their slate of channels and original programming.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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QOTSA Less One
Contact Music reports: Rocker MARK LANEGAN has left QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's American tour, prompting rumours of a bust-up with frontman JOSH HOMME. 

Fans were surprised to find Lanegan on the tour line-up, because he reportedly quit the band after their last road trip, the SONGS FOR THE DEAF TOUR, to focus on his burgeoning solo career. 

Sources suggest a clash with Homme may be the real reason for his sudden departure - but the band insist he is suffering from exhaustion. 

A statement released on Monday (4APR05) reads, "Mark Lanegan is taking a brief sabbatical from the ongoing Queens tour due to exhaustion. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Unseen Guest Take Europe
Day in rock reports: antiMusic's Mark Hensch raved in Dec that "singer/songwriter duo Declan Murray and Amith Narayan (jointly named the Unseen Guest) astound listeners on both sides of the world with music that's international, eclectic, strange, quiet, sparse, and interesting." 

We just got word that the band has landed a new deal in Europe with start-up label Tuition (from Schott Music & Media, Germany) and the album that earned a 4 star review from Mark, "Out There" will be released across Europe on April 11th. So if you are looking for something cool, new and interesting, check this band out! See the full story link for more on the group and this album and see the related news link to read Mark's review- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dig DVD
Palm Pictures reports: Seven years in the making and culled from over 2000 hours of footage, DIG! plunges into the underbelly of rock 'n' roll, unearthing an incredible true story of success and self-destruction. Anton A. Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols are star-crossed friends and bitter rivals - DIG! is the story of their loves and obsessions, gigs and recordings, arrests and death threats, uppers and downers, and the delicate balance between art and commerce. Special Edition 2-DVD Set out on April 12th! Bonus Features: Dig deeper with band member commentary tracks and over 2 hours of deleted and extended scenes, music videos, live performances, rare interviews, and band member updates. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bullet Train to Vegas
press release reports: Nitro Records announced today the signing of Bullet Train to Vegas. The band will release their debut full-length, We Put Scissors Where Our Mouths Are, June 14th. 

Shunning any apparent influence from their sunny, palm tree-lined Southern California surroundings, We Put Scissors Where Our Mouths Are is a finely-sharpened attack of angular, Gang Of Four-esque guitars mixed with a disjointed and infectious songwriting sensibility. Produced by Alex Newport (At The Drive In, The Icarus Line) We Put Scissors Where Our Mouths Are follows up 2003's Letterbomb-release, Profile This EP. [see full story for tracks and tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Circa Survive Bonus
Equal Vision reports: Preorder Circa Survive's upcoming album, "Juturna" from TowerRecords.com, and receive a free limited edition t-shirt. The t-shirt offer is also available at these independent retailers [see full story for info] on the album's street date, April 19th. Act quickly! These shirts are going fast! 

Preorder from Interpunk.com or Smartpunk.com and as a bonus, you'll receive one of three limited edition Circa Survive posters autographed by the band! 

Catch Circa Survive on tour now! Visit www.circasurvive.com or www.equalvision.com for details.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Redwalls Are Coming
press release reports: Capitol recording group the Redwalls have set June 21st for the release of their much anticipated label debut, "De Nova." Recorded with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith, the Vines), the album finds the Chicago-based quartet offering up a baker's dozen tracks of brilliantly natural harmonies, roaring riff packages, and crisp rock melodies. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stranglers DVD
press release reports: Music Video Distributors and Target Video are pleased to announce the home viewing release of the The Stranglers Live 1978 in San Francisco for worldwide distribution on DVD. 

The Stranglers were among the predecessors of Punk who began by playing the raucous UK pub band scene. When the notion of punk manifested, The Stranglers were a perfect fit for the movement. Founded in Chiddingfold, England in 1974 by Hugh Cornwell (guits/vox), Jean-Jacques Burnell (bass/vox), Dave Greenfield (keys) and Jet Black (drums), The Stranglers maintained an unmistakable stage presence by always dressing in black and producing a hard, dark, and intriguingly moody sound. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mars Volta Party
drillTEAM reports: The Mars Volta just launched an online contest that will award one lucky grand prize winner a trip to Manchester, TN to see the band perform at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The contest runs now until May 9th.

[see full story to enter the contest and good luck!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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3 Doors Platinum
press release reports: In less than 7 weeks after it's release, Seventeen Days (Republic/Universal ) the album by rock favorites 3 Doors Down has been certified platinum by the RIAA. The band hit the million mark while touring in Europe in support of the new album. The record's first single "Let Me Go" is in the top 5 at Rock radio across the country and at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart while Seventeen Days continues to hold strong at the top of the albums charts, this week at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. 

Seventeen Days is the Mississippi rock band's third studio album and their first #1 album debut. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #1 on February 8, 2005. No strangers to hit records, 3 Doors Down have sold over 12 million albums with their previous releases, The Better Life (2000) and Away From The Sun (2002. They have written six #1 hit singles: "Here Without You", "When I'm Gone", "Be Like That", "Loser", "Duck and Run" and "Kryptonite." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
 

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