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Report for 8/18/05
Eminem Ill?
NME reports: EMINEM has pulled his entire European tour after being treated for "exhaustion".

The Anger Management 3 Europe dates were due to start in September, with support at the shows including D-12, Obie Trice, Stat Quo, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, Olivia and Flipsyde.

However, all the dates, including shows in the UK and Ireland have been pulled. A spokesperson said the rapper is suffering from "exhaustion, complicated by other medical issues".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slipknot Vs Burger King
Blabbermouth reports: The Smoking Gun has issued the following report: 

Claiming that its image and persona have been hijacked as part of a marketing campaign for Burger King's new chicken fries, the costumed heavy metal band SLIPKNOT is threatening the fast food giant with legal action. In an August 4 letter [which can be viewed at TheSmokingGun.com], the band's lawyers charge that COQ ROQ a mock metal band featured in new Burger King commercials was created as a "look-alike, sound alike 'band' in order to influence the SLIPKNOT generation to purchase Chicken Fries." Counsel for the band notes that COQ ROQ whose masked members are supposed to resemble badass chickens has blatantly copied several of SLIPKNOT's signature masks, including a gas mask, a kabuki-style face covering, and a mask with dreadlocks attached. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Band Killed in Van Crash
siN's metal news reports: The following message was posted on the Razorback Records website:

"It is a very, very sad day for Razorback Records and the whole Horror Hive. We received a call today from Jason Grinter's wife, Martha, that Jason and the rest of BLOOD FREAK died in a horrible car accident sometime over the weekend. They had left Anaheim, BLOOD FREAK's hometown, on Friday morning and were driving to Seattle so they could begin recording their long-awaited second album, "Live Fast, Die Young, & Leave a Flesh-Eating Corpse," this week. The album was to have been the second released by Razorback Records. Jason and the boys were about to head into Portland when something went wrong and their rented van veered off the road. Tragically, all three passengers were killed in the crash.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Esther Wong RIP
AP reports: Esther Wong, who booked a who's who of punk rock and new wave bands at her popular Madame Wong's clubs in the 1970s and '80s, has died. She was 88. 

Wong, who earned the nickname the "godmother of punk," showcased such popular groups as the Police, X, the Go-Gos, Oingo Boingo, the Motels, the Knack, the Textones and Plane English early in their careers, giving many groups their first major break.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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QOTSA Surgery
NME reports: JOSH HOMME has had knee surgery but has insisted his hospitalisation won't affect QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's long-delayed return to LONDON.

A spokesperson for the band has told NME.COM that the singer has had surgery on his knee after he tore his meniscus on stage in Australia last month. 

The spokesperson added: "The tour will continue because of the band's refusal to separate themselves from their Mistress of London. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hellfest Goes To Hell
siN's metal news reports: After hours of rumors of this weekend's Hellfest being in jeopardy, it has now been confirmed by the Sovereign Bank Arena that it has in fact been cancelled. The press release is as follows:

"Hellfest 2K5 previously scheduled for Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena, has been cancelled, according to arena operators Global Spectrum. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kaiser Leap Injury
Contact Music reports: KAISER CHIEFS frontman RICKY WILSON injured his leg performing a stunt during a concert in Portugal on Tuesday (16AUG05) night.

The I PREDICT A RIOT singer, famed for his onstage high jumps, flung himself into the air but landed awkwardly and was left in agony.

But, despite his pain, Wilson finished the show in a more subdued manner before being rushed to hospital.
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Atlantic Shakeup
FMQB reports: It's now official, the Warner Music Group has announced that Atlantic Records Group Chairman/CEO Jason Flom has resigned and that effective immediately Co-Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman has been appointed sole Chairman/CEO.

In addition, WMG also announced that ARG President Julie Greenwald will continue in her role, reporting to Kallman.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Manson's Holy Support
Gigwise reports: Crazy goth Marilyn Manson was shocked recently when a Croatian Catholic priest jumped to his defence after the Christian community tried to ban him from performing.

After seeing Manson in Germany three years ago, Priest Anton Bobas said it was the best concert he had ever attended.

He went on to ridicule those who claim Manson turns teenagers into Satanists: "How could Manson turn young people into Satanists and drug addicts in the two hours of his act?"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jovi Square
liveDaily reports: New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi will christen New York City's new Nokia Theatre Times Square with a performance that will be simulcast live in movie theaters throughout the U.S., and will also be broadcast via the AOL Music website and XM Satellite Radio.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica Idol
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA's version of BOB SEGER's "Turn the Page" was performed by one of the surviving six hopefuls on "Canadian Idol" Tuesday night (August 16).

Rex Goudie received the loudest performance of the night, when he sang the track, according to CTV.ca.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzfest Scrap Another Date
BW&BK reports: On second thought, Ozzfest is not coming to the Twin Cities area. The 10th annual traveling heavy-metal tour had been postponed from Aug. 7 until to Sept. 10 at Float-Rite Park in Somerset, Wis., because namesake OZZY OSBOURNE was having throat problems.

Late Tuesday evening, organizers canceled the September date, which was to have been the last on the Ozzfest tour, because too many of the bands are unable to appear then in Somerset. (Refunds are available at place of purchase.) [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Phil Lynott Honor
BW&BK reports: This Friday (August 19th), a bronze statue of THIN LIZZY frontman Phil Lynott will be unveiled in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, on the corner of Grafton and Harry streets. The following night, on what would have been Lynott's fifty-sixth birthday, several surviving members of the rocker's band - guitarists Gary Moore, Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson and Eric Bell, plus drummer Brian Downey and keyboardist Darren Wharton - will perform at the tribute concert 'The Boy Is Back In Town' at the Point Theatre in Dublin. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Punk Slayer
BW&BK reports: According to Punknews.org, Mediaskare has announced plans for a hardcore tribute to SLAYER. The tentative list of participants includes DINO CAZARES (ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist), THE WARRIORS, ON BROKEN WINGS, NEW DEAD RADIO, SILENT CIVILIAN, THE TASTE OF BLOOD, COLD WAR, CONTRA and THE BURNING ROOM. The label is aiming for a November 8th release and expects to confirm more artists shortly. 
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Metal Homes
BW&BK reports: CAGE vocalist Sean Peck and AGENT STEEL guitarist Juan Garcia have joined forces to start a full service Real Estate company aimed at getting metal heads their first home purchase or home loan refinance. "I have been in Real Estate for 20 years now and Juan came to me with this idea to market to the heavy metal crowd and help them buy their first home. He lives in L.A. and I am here in San Diego so it made sense to join forces and turn headbangers into homeowners." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy Corpse
BW&BK reports: Despite the "help wanted" ad posted at OZZY OSBOURNE's official website which states he's looking for a guitar player, ZAKK WYLDE's management told Billboard.com today that "Zakk will play with Ozzy until they are both in the grave." A spokesperson for Osbourne wouldn't reveal whether Ozzy's in need of a lead or rhythm guitarist.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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