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Report for 7/11/05
Grohl Vs Linkin Park, Crue
Blabbermouth reports: According to ContactMusic.com, FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has derided bands, including LINKIN PARK and MÖTLEY CRÜE, for using backing tracks when they perform live.

He explains, "We don't try to play perfect, like on the record. We don't use backing tracks. That's kind of a crutch other bands have up their sleeve.

"I'd rather sound awful and have the chance to change things at a whim than sound like LINKIN PARK or MÖTLEY CRÜE because of today's technology.
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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(c)rap sells!
Gigwise reports: 50 Cent has proved he is the biggest thing in American hip hop at the moment by leading the mid-year album sales charts. The rappers sales in the US have topped the 4 million mark. 

The Top Ten selling albums in the US for this year so far looks like this:

1. 50 Cent – ‘The Massacre'
2. Mariah Carey – ‘The Emancipation Of Mimi'
3. The Game – ‘Documentary'
4. Green Day – ‘American Idiot'
5. Kelly Clarkson – ‘Break Away'
[see full story for more including 6-10]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jacko Live 8 Profit
Gigwise reports: Troubled superstar Michael Jackson looks set to earn a fortune from Macca's performance at the recent Live8 African debt awareness gig.

The singer owns the back catalogue to loads of Beatles songs, so will rake it in from the Fab Fours rocketing sales following Paul McCartney and U2's performance of ‘Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band' and ‘Hey Jude' which was performed at the close of the concert by a whole host of celebrities. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Britney Twins?
Ananova reports: Britney Spears is reportedly expecting twins. 

According to the New York Daily News she only discovered recently that she will have a multiple birth.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Did Live 8 Work?
MTV reports: Thanks to a last-minute pledge from Japan, the G8 have agreed to increase aid to Africa from $25 billion to $50 billion.

...In addition, the G8 pledged to absolve the debts of 18 of Africa's poorest countries, with an additional nine countries being considered should they meet certain established criteria..[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Goodbye Luther
MTV reports: Fans, friends and family came from around the world over the past three days to pay their respects to the late Luther Vandross. The singing legend died one week ago and, following a two-day wake, was laid to rest Friday.

Usher, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Ashford & Simpson, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick were among the thousands inside Riverside Church in Harlem. The church was filled to capacity shortly after the service began at noon and hundreds were turned away at the door. Still, most of those people stayed outside and waited across the street from the church until the funeral was done.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ringo Vs McCartney
Contact Music reports: Ex-BEATLE RINGO STARR has hit out at former bandmate SIR PAUL McCARTNEY for not asking him to play the drums at London's historic Live 8 concert last weekend (02JUL05).

Starr fumes, "I was never asked to do it, he didn't ask me. It's too late now - it's disappointing.

"But I would have only done it if I'd been able to wear my Sgt Pepper suit."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Zep Top Poll
BBC reports: The four members of Led Zeppelin have been voted the UK's ideal supergroup, with Robert Plant beating the late Freddie Mercury to best singer. 

About 3,500 music fans were polled for Planet Rock Radio and were asked to create their fantasy band. 

Jimmy Page won best guitarist, followed by Guns N' Roses' Slash and Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore. [see full story for more including the lists]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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B.I.G. Payoff
AP reports: A federal judge has ordered the city and police department to pay slain rap star Notorious B.I.G.'s family "fees and costs incurred as a result of defendants' misconduct" in the family's wrongful death lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper declared a mistrial in the case, rejecting the city's argument that LAPD Detective Steven Katz had forgotten about documents in his desk drawer until his office was searched last month.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dio Holy DVD
Blabbermouth reports: Just over 22 years after the album was released, DIO will play their classic debut, "Holy Diver", in its entirety on their U.K. tour in October. This is the first time that they will ever have attempted to play the whole record live.

There are plans for DIO to both film and record this landmark event, but it won't happen on the British tour. Rather, they're going to do this in Russia. "We're gonna be spending a month out there, and decided that's where the filming and recording would happen. That's not meant to be any slight to our British fans at all. But to go on tour in Russia is a special event in itself." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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CKY Vs Rolling Stone
Blabbermouth reports: CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller has slammed Rolling Stone journalist Jenny Eliscu over a scathing one-star review (out of five) of the band's latest CD, "An Answer Can Be Found". Deron Miller's (CKY) response to Jenny Eliscu's review: "If Rolling Stone was ever a credible music magazine, it certainly no longer is. They actually paid some woman that calls herself Jenny Eliscu money to write a review of our new album that isn't even suitable for inclusion in a free high-school fanzine. She gives the album one star based on the behavior our fans (the CKY Alliance) exhibited after our last disc got two stars. They raided the RollingStone.com message boards demanding for it to be revised. How predictable, tiresome and unprofessional it is for a magazine of this stature to have Jenny Eliscu employed there as a 'journalist,' with her personal playlists only consisting of Top 10 platinum acts. Jenny actually uses the term 'ex-squeeze me' in her review after citing lyrics from our album that she just simply isn't intelligent enough to understand. This woman should be fired for this trash. I can be juevenile and 'clever,' too, Jenny. By saying things like 'Jenny's friends and family should know that she is an aging, ugly skank, and I really pray that she doesn't live too much longer'... Jenny Eliscu... no stars."[see full story for more including the review]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Opeth Set Date
BW&BK reports: Roadrunner Records have confirmed August 30th as the release date for OPETH's new album, Ghost Reveries.

As previously reported, the 65 minute album was mastered in Stockholm, Sweden on June 16th.[see full story for tracks]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzfest Dread
BW&BK reports: BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler spoke to Chartattack.com recently about the possibilities of a new studio album. "I'd only make it if it was really good," Butler says. "I mean, we've got like six or seven songs, three of which I consider pretty good. To put an album out we've got a lot to live up to..." 

"I mean, I think we're all desperate to do new stuff," Geezer says of the thorny subject of the Sabbath live setlist. "But Mr. Osbourne won't do it. We're dying to do new stuff. I'm almost dreading playing the same 10 songs again, so hopefully we're going to talk Ozzy into doing some things." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metal Supergroup
BW&BK reports: CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster, WATCHTOWER/SPASTIC INK guitarist Ron Jarzombek and LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler have formed a new project tentatively dubbed MACHINATIONS OF DEMENTIA. Jarzombek has posted the following update on his website about the project:

"For the past several months, I have been writing some heavy, brutal, technical, psychedelic, doomy music with Mr. "Hammer Smashed Bass" himself Alex Webster, bassist for Cannibal Corpse. Yeah, I know, holy crap! At the rate we are going, we will have enough material for a full CD by the end of the year. Of course, I don't want to give out a 'release date', but so far, we have about 40 minutes of material and aren't slowing down any time soon. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hard Rock Fire
BW&BK reports: Priceless guitars played by THE BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES and THE WHO were rescued from a fire at London's Hard Rock Cafe last night (July 9th). The restaurant - famous for it's huge collection of rock and pop memorabilia - went up in flames early yesterday evening. Dozens of tourists were evacuated safely, as more than 30 firefighters battled the blaze at the seven-storey building in the heart of the British capital.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rick James Forever
Billboard reports: Tracks that funk legend Rick James was working on before his death last August will form the new album "Rick James Forever," due Aug. 16 via Sanctuary. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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...Top Five Special: Ricky Warwick (Almighty)
Today we hear from Ricky Warwick (Almighty)

Ricky Warwick's Top Five Albums of All Time!

5.  Kick Out The Jams - MC5
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4.  Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
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3. Scattered, Smothered and Covered - Unsane
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2.  Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
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1.  Inflammable Material - Stiff Little Fingers
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About Ricky Warwick: Ricky Warwick rose to international fame as the charismatic frontman of The Almighty, a band that made their mark in the late 80s and through the 90s by bridging the gap between punk and metal. Since the break up of The Almighty, Ricky has taken a change in musical direction with his solo career, going more into a roots rock direction with country rock and blues influence. He teamed up with Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot who produced his 2003 solo debut "Tattoos & Alibis" and his latest effort "Love Many, Trust Few," which hit stores in May. Ricky is expected to hit the road later this year in support of the new CD. Check out his music at the links below. 

For more on Ricky Warwick 

Official Website for Ricky Warwick
Preview and purchase Ricky Warwick music

  Click this link to check out Ricky's comments on why he selected these albums and also check out past lists! 
 

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