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Report for 12/08/05

Today's Day in Rock report is dedicated to the memory of John Lennon and Dimebag.  We will never forget.
 

Martha Buys Nirvana?
Punkbands reports: An article in London's Sunday Mirror claims that Kurt Cobain's widow and all around disgusting, drug addled, freehole, Courtney Love is selling a quarter of Nirvana's back catalog to homemaking crook Martha Stewart for 70 million pounds (that's over 121 million american dollars to you gringos). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Evanescence Sexual Assault Claim
Blabbermouth reports: Singer Amy Lee of EVANESCENCE has sued her former manager, Dennis Rider of Rider Management, for breach of fiduciary duty, professional negligence, conversion, sexual assault and battery, and other claims. 

Lee claims in her complaint that "Rider has made repeated overt, unwelcome sexual advances to Lee (his client). On one occasion he put his head in Lee's lap and ran his hand up her leg, when she sat next to him on a couch to listen to a demo of songs for her next album. On a different occasion, Rider put his hand on Lee's leg while he sat next to her on an airplane where she was captive to his advances. On a third occasion, Rider told Lee that he wanted to perform a gynecological examination on her."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Yoko Blocked Beatles Reunion
Contact Music reports: JACK DOUGLAS, who produced Lennon's final album DOUBLE FANTASY, has revealed that Lennon and PAUL McCARTNEY were talking about working together on a RINGO STARR solo album.

Douglas says, "He and Paul planned to play on a Ringo album and that's how they were planning to do it, and GEORGE (HARRISON) had not come aboard yet.

And Douglas also claims Lennon's wife YOKO ONO actively blocked a Beatles reunion.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stapp Attacked, He Says
MTV reports: For almost a week, Scott Stapp has suffered a public-relations beatdown stemming from reports of a Thanksgiving-night fracas in a Baltimore hotel between him and members of 311. Now he's firing back.

"This is a very unfortunate situation; however, there are two sides to every story. I was at the hotel celebrating Thanksgiving and my engagement with my new fiancee when the fight started," the statement read. "As The Associated Press reported and confirmed, I did not instigate this altercation." [see full story for more including 311's response]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dimebag's Family Sues
Blabbermouth reports: A night of heavy metal music turned into a night of terror when Nathan Gale got onto the stage with a loaded gun and began firing.

Four people were killed, including Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott of the band DAMAGEPLAN. Abbott's family, along with two other people injured by flying bullets, are suing the bar's owner.

Details of the lawsuit, obtained by 10TV, blame a lack of security for the bloodshed. Among the allegations: security at the bar was inept. Security guards identified Gale as a trespasser hours before the concert and failed to intervene. Overall, security was lacking according to the lawsuit, which also noted the bar had no metal detectors.[see full story for more including a link to a video report]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Linkin Resolution
Rockdirt reports: Linkin Park and Warner Bros. are close to resolving their contract renegotiation dispute, guitarist Brad Delson tells Billboard.com. "We're resolving our differences and we're looking forward to putting out a record next year," Delson said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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CBGB RIP in 06
siN's metal news reports: Famed club CBGB is set to close it's doors by the end of 2006. An official statement by the birthplace to punk rock, and much more, is below:

"We are closing. Our landlord had neither the obligation nor the interest to give us a new lease when our old lease expired in August. Since then, we have been fighting a losing battle, trying to buy time, against our eviction."

"CBGB is officially closing by October 2006. No postponements, no court dates, no appeals... that's it." [see full story for more including future plans in NYC and Vegas]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stern Staind
FMQB reports: Staind will be part of the festivities next Friday, December 16, when Howard Stern says goodbye to terrestrial radio. The band will be on hand to perform[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kid Rock 06
Reuters reports: Kid Rock is preparing a live album for release in February, and expects to follow up with a studio recording later in the year, sources told Billboard.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fiddy, Green Day Rule Billboard
antiMusic reports: Yet another awards ceremony is over (this time for Billboard) and 50 Cent and Green Day ruled the day with six awards each, beating out the queen of oversinging Mariah Carey who only snagged five awards. 

The funniest award of the night went to Gwen Stefoni (that's not a typo) who actually earned a best new artist award. Maybe they were thinking of her new ghetto personality and solo career and no doubt forgot that's she's been around the block a bit? 

50 Cent won the artist and album of the year honors as well as the most important award of the night for best ringtone but was too busy pimpin' to attend. Green Day snagged rock artist and best pop group awards as well as best rock song honors for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". 

Tom Petty was honored with the Century Award recognizing his 30 year career. Kanye West won something called The Artist Achievement Award. Exactly what that achievement is we do not know. [see full story for full list of winners]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tweedy Solo
liveDaily reports: Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy is set to return to concert venues in late January for another set of appearances, the second time in the last three months that the busy singer/guitarist has taken his solo act on the road.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Supreme Stabbing Case
Punk Music reports: RF7 Guitarist Stabbing Case Goes To Supreme Court 

Once jury selection is completed, Felix Alanis (RF7 lead singer) and Tony Calderone (RF7 guitarist) are expected to testify to the Supreme Court regarding the events that lead up to the October 13th stabbing of the RF7 guitarist. Frank Medina has been formally charged with Attempted Murder after he allegedly opened a 6 ½" gash in Tony's neck with a "shank" he was concealing. The incident took place outside The Anarchy Library in Downey Ca. where RF7 had just completed their headlining slot. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spiritual Beggars DVD
Blabbermouth reports: SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, the Swedish band featuring ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott, will release their first-ever live DVD, entitled "Live Fire!", on December 21, 2005 in Japan on Toy's Factory. The disc will be issued in Europe on January 30, 2006 via InsideOut Music (January 27 in Germany).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MTV Rush
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on the RUSH fan site Power Windows, Canadian rock legends RUSH will appear on MTV's "Hanging With", on Sunday December 11, with an encore airing on December 15. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paul Stanley Finished
BW&BK reports: He is, of course referring to his new solo album, the legendary KISS guitarist adding that, "I'm just looking and talking with various labels to see where it will wind up. I mean, it's done, mixed and ready to go, and according to everybody who's heard it, it's damn good."[see full story for Martin Popoff's complete report]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dimebag Lives On
MTV reports: "There's a lot of stuff in the archive that Dime has left us with," Dimebag's brother and bandmate Vinnie Paul told MTV News. Speaking on-camera for the first time since his brother's tragic death, Paul said that in addition to the oft-discussed collaboration that he and Dime recorded with controversial country singer David Allan Coe, there's a trove of previously unreleased Dimebag footage being compiled for a DVD collection and an assortment of songs that had been intended for the second Damageplan album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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