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Report for 7/12/05
Whitney Replacing Abdul?
Ananova reports: Producers of American Idol have asked Whitney Houston to be a judge on the fifth season of the show.

The 41-year-old R&B singer is the producers' first choice as a replacement for Paula Abdul. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Meat Loaf Plane Crash
Gigwise reports: Stadium rock super heavyweight Meat Loaf was last week involved in a jet drama after a plane he was on skidded off the runway at Manchester airport.

The ‘Bat Out Of Hell' star was on board a privately hired Eastern Airways Jetstream 41 from Hamburg to Manchester last Tuesday when it left the runway during it's attempts to land. Airport officials originally refused to confirm he was onboard but his press agents have since confirmed he was.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Farm Aid 05
liveDaily reports: The Chicago area will be the site of the 20th anniversary Farm Aid concert, co-founders Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp announced Monday (7/11).

This year's show is set to take place Sept. 18 at Tinley Park, IL's Tweeter Center, the site of the first Farm Aid Concert in 1985. (The venue was known at the time as the New World Music Theatre.) Tickets will go on sale July 30, organizers said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Styx Killed Rock
BW&BK reports: Classic Rock Revisited founder Jeb Wright has compiled a list of songs that he believes contributed to the death of arena rock. The following list has been posted at the official CRR website:

10. 'Beth' - KISS 
09. 'Open Arms' - JOURNEY
08. 'Babe' - STYX 
07. 'Keep The Fire Burning' - REO SPEEDWAGON 
06. 'Waiting For A Girl Like You' - Foreigner
05. 'New World Man' - RUSH
04. Velcro Fly - ZZ TOP
03. 'Another One Bites The Dust' - QUEEN
02. 'Amanda' - BOSTON
01. Mr. Roboto - STYX
[see full story for the lengthy explanations]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cheap Alice
liveDaily reports: Fans of '70s-era rock can look forward to a double dose when Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick join forces for a late-summer run through North America. 

The veteran rockers have lined up a co-headlining trek that kicks off Aug. 20 in Cincinnati and is so far scheduled to run through mid-September. Aside from their joint venture, both artists also have some of their own headlining dates lined up.[see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maiden Hit
Blabbermouth reports: BBC News is reporting that IRON MAIDEN's "Number of the Beast" was the U.K.'s best-selling seven-inch single for the 12-month period ending March 2005. 

Sales of seven-inch vinyl singles have enjoyed a revival — up 87.3% on last year, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Soulfly Memorial
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting at SoulfyWeb.com, Luckyman Concerts has confirmed that the 9th annual D-Low Memorial Festival will take place at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona on August 12. The D-Low show, which is held every year in memorial of SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera's stepson Dana "D-Low" Wells who was killed in a 1996 car wreck[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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SOAD New Zealand Rejection
Blabbermouth reports: An American singer has not given up finding a home in New Zealand after officials turned down his application to buy a west coast beach property. 

Serj Tankian from the band SYSTEM OF A DOWN told the Herald he was "pretty disappointed" the Overseas Investment Commission rejected his proposal to buy a mainly bush-covered 13.69ha site in Bethells Beach. 

"I have learned an important lesson. I cannot place myself in any situation where someone else's decisions will affect my home," he said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Priest 2nd Leg
Blabbermouth reports: JUDAS PRIEST are in the process of booking dates for the second leg of their North American tour, tentatively set to take place this fall. So far, only one date has been leaked: October 11 at the 3,000 capacity Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Alanis and Silent Bob
MTV reports: Bluntman and Chronic are firing themselves up for another adventure, and this time they're bringing God along.

Director/writer/actor Kevin Smith, loyal accomplice Jason Mewes and singer/occasional actress Alanis Morissette will guest star on 

U.S. airwaves next month in a special three-episode arc of the cable TV program "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Smith and Mewes will appear as themselves portraying their cult-classic creations Jay and Silent Bob (as seen in "Clerks," "Mallrats" and the other films in the so-called "New Jersey" series), while Morissette will step down off the heavenly cloud she inhabited in "Dogma" to play the only high school principal willing to give diplomas to the infamous Quick Stop loiterers.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Killer Queen
FMQB reports: An all-star line up will pay tribute to Queen on an upcoming album simply titled Killer Queen: A Tribute. American Idol runner-up Constantine Maroulis will cover "Bohemian Rhapsody," as will The Flaming Lips. Other artists appearing on the album include Gavin DeGraw ("We Are The Champions"), Sum 41 ("Killer Queen")[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jacko Sued
AP reports: A financial company specializing in asset acquisition sued Michael Jackson on Monday, saying it is owed $48 million in fees for rescuing the singer's stake in the publishing rights to songs by the Beatles. 

Prescient Acquisition Group Inc. said in its lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the pop music celebrity enlisted it in November 2004 to provide financial advice and to secure refinancing of a $272 million debt to Bank of America. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Secret Machines Soph
Gigwise reports: Despite only releasing the six track EP ‘The Road Leads Where It's Led' last month in the US, Secret Machines have revealed they've just finished recording their next album.

The New York based trio will release the follow up to ‘Now Here Is Nowhere' next year 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Danko Jones US
liveDaily reports: With their latest single grabbing traction at rock radio stations throughout the U.S., Canadian trio Danko Jones will pay their neighbors to the south another visit this summer. 

The group, which mounted its first full-fledged U.S. trek this spring, launches its latest trip through the country with a July 15 concert in Albany, NY, and is currently scheduled to wrap things up in mid-August. 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pat Glasser RIP
BW&BK reports: MelodicRock.com report that rock producer Pat Glasser has passed away. Says MelodicRock.com, "Pat was the man behind NIGHT RANGER's three biggest albums. Pat was also behind albums from REFUGEE, RAIL and GIUFFRIA."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cryptopsy CD/Tour News
BW&BK reports: Century Media Records report that Montreal's "extreme metal champions" CRYPTOPSY have completed recordings for their yet-to-be titled October release. 

Touring extensively across North America this fall with SUFFOCATION and ABORTED, Cryptopsy are ready to bring the worms to your town.

September
28 at Downtown in Farmingdale, NY
29 at The Muse in Nashville, TN
30 at The Pinkeye in Tulsa, OK
[see full story for more dates and info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Anthralogy
BW&BK reports: Universal Music Canada have confirmed details for the upcoming ANTHRAX CD/DVD release Anthralogy: The Best Of Anthrax (1985-1991).

The set will include the following tracklisting: 

CD: Disc One - ‘A.I.R.', ‘Lone Justice', ‘Madhouse', ‘The Enemy', ‘Armed And Dangerous', ‘Medusa', ‘Gung-Ho' (Tracks 1-7: Produced by Carl Canedy and Anthrax, Executive Producer: Jon Zazula, Engineered by Alex Perialas, Assistant Engineers: Carl Canedy and Norman Dunn, Recorded at Pyramid Sound, N.Y. Taken from Spreading The Disease, released October 1985), ‘Among The Living', ‘Caught In A Mosh', ‘I Am The Law', ‘Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)', ‘A Skeleton In The Closet', ‘Indians' [see full story for disc two and DVD tracks]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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NIN 06
Audio Aggression reports: According to Kerrang! Magazine, Nine Inch Nails may release a new album as early as next year. Trent Reznor told the publication, "We're already in talks about when we can put it out. 'With Teeth' was finished but my creative cycle isn't[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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