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Report for 7/25/05
Bono Snubs Elton
Contact Music reports: SIR ELTON JOHN is reportedly furious U2 have refused to have any part in a charity album he is producing for his Aids foundation.

The ROCKET MAN star was keen to feature the Irish rockers' 1980s hit NEW YEAR'S DAY on the star-studded release - which is set to feature MORRISSEY and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - but BONO stunned John with the snub.

An insider tells British newspaper the Sunday Mirror, "Elton is livid. He can't believe U2 refused to give permission to use New Year's Day. He thinks it's really bad form.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Doors Lose Name
NME reports: Former DOORS drummer JOHN DENSMORE has won a ruling stopping his old bandmates using the band's name.

The Doors of the 21st Century featuring original keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger had been touring and playing the Doors' songs, however an order by the Los Angeles Superior Court on July 22 declared they may no longer use the band's name and must share all profits with the original Doors partnership, reports Reuters.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Love Vs Spielberg
Rockdirt reports: Courtney Love is furious with Steven Spielberg after the director left Love's daughter, Frances Bean, from his son Sawyer's bar mitzvah guest list. The two youngsters are pals through a shared passion for equestrian competition. The former Hole singer ranted to staffers about the slight at the Agent Provocateur/Smashbox Makeup party at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles the other night.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Alice in Mudd
Blabbermouth reports: Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell will be teaming up with PUDDLE OF MUDD frontman Wes Scantlin for a rare "unplugged" performance on Sunday, July 31 at Rain at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bonnaroo Vegas
Reuters reports: After months of speculation, the producers of the Bonnaroo festival have confirmed they will stage a mega-event in Las Vegas around Halloween.

Vegoose is set for Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium Oct. 29-30. Other late-night music events are planned for the area in as many as five different venues from Oct. 28 until Oct. 31. Among those believed to be performing at the stadium shows are Dave Matthews, the Black Crowes and Jack Johnson, all of whom have played Bonnaroo.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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J.Lo Rags
AP reports: State Street, meet J.Lo. Jennifer Lopez has selected Marshall Field's store on State Street as the first U.S. store to house a boutique for her JLo line of products. The first JLo boutique opened in Moscow last year.

Electric-pink cargo pocket knit pants, a faux crocodile leather clutch purse and a wild rose camisole with a removable garter belt are among items likely to be featured at the singer-actress' store within a store.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kanye Rock?
Gigwise reports: Outspoken rapper Kanye West has urged all rock and indie fans to buy his records because they have a lot in common with guitar tracks. 

West wants to blur the boundaries between rock and hip-hop saying if people like Franz Ferdinand and White Stripes fans to get into his music. 

He said: He says, "What I struggle with is that I think my music is rap, but I also think it's alternative. If you have a White Stripes album or a Franz Ferdinand album, you should also have a Kanye West album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Devy in 06
Blabbermouth reports: DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND, the Vancouver-based band led by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend, will enter the studio on August 10 to begin recording their new album, "Synchestra", tentatively due in early 2006. The follow-up to 2003's "Accelerated Evolution" will feature the same lineup as its predecessor: Dave Young on keyboards, Mike Young on bass, Ryan van Poederooyen on drums, and Brian Waddell on guitar.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Motley Reissue
BW&BK reports: Back in 1981, a young Mötley Crüe visited the PRC (Philips Recording Company) pressing plant in Dominguez Hills, California, to greet the staff and thank them for making their records. They also hoped to wheedle a few boxes out in advance of payment, since their Leathür Records debut, Too Fast For Love, was flying off the shelves of local record stores and at shows, putting them in a cash-flow crunch. The band was greeted warmly, but left sans albums, until later in the day, when their manager brought in a check. 

The disc sold an incredible 20,000 on that initial run, before it was picked up by Elektra Records and remixed. The original mix has been unavailable on vinyl for over twenty years... until now. Lovingly reproduced sonically and visually, Too Fast For Love returns on the 12-inch black vinyl that launched a million Crüe fans. [see full story for more including bonus info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Amaran Lose Voice
BW&BK reports: Singer Johanna DePierre has decided to part ways with Swedish metallers AMARAN. Her statement reads as follows on the band's official website: 

"Hi everybody. Unfortunately I have some bad news for you, I have decided to leave the band. The reason for this is that I have lost the commitment and ambition that it takes to drive a band forwards and me staying would only result in keeping the other guys back. I will definitely not give up singing, so you can still count on seeing me around in other contexts. I've had a great time with Amaran, many wonderful memories, in particular all you people out there who have supported us, sent us e-mails, been there at our gigs. I'd like to say a big thank you to you guys :).. and also to the other members of Amaran, I'm sure they'll make something good out of this situation as well."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AC/DC Tour?
Audio Aggression reports: According to TotalRock.com, AC/DC are plannig a U.S. tour for early 2006. This would coincide with the release of their new album, details for which are still being kept under wraps.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sony Misconduct
Audio Aggression reports: According to a NY Times article, Sony BMG is close to a settlement with the NY Attorney General to resolve accusations that it used "improper tactics" to influence radio programmers to play its songs. As part of the alleged settlement, Sony BMG is expected to admit misconduct in its radio promotion practices, end its use of independent promoters, forgo future use of "spin programs" (where labels pay stations to play crap over and over again to make it higher on the charts), and pay a multi-million dollar fine.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Enemy Debut
IAYM reports: ENEMY, the project which consists of Troy Van Leeuwen of Failure/A Perfect Circle notority as well as former Handsome bassist Eddie Nappi, look to have now nearly finished hatching their long in limbo full-length debut "Hooray For Dark Matter". A release date through 5KB Records is expected to be announced shortly [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metal Wonka
KNAC reports: Really old dude, and actor, Christopher Lee is reportedly performing at a heavy metal festival in Germany. 

The 82-year-old, who plays "Dr. Wonka" in the movie " Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings, among many other legendary roles, is taking part in the Earthshaker Festival in Geiselwind, Bavaria. 

According to organizers, he will sing with two bands, Manowar and Rhapsody. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Long John Baldry RIP
NME reports: British blues man LONG JOHN BALDRY has died aged 64.

The singer had been fighting a chest infection for four months and passed away yesterday (July 22) at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada, BBC News reports.

Baldry had a single number one hit in 1967 with 'Let The Heartaches Begin', but had been sighted as a strong influence on Eric Clapton, and was friends with Sir Paul McCartney.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gap Drops Joss
Gigwise reports: Soul giant, Joss Stone, has been dumped by retail Goliath, GAP, for her ‘underage' relationship with producer Beau Dozier – meaning the removal of a contract worth one million smackers.

Stone, now aged 18, was revealed as the new face of the chain thanks to her fresh-faced image (not including her piggy currant eyes) – but caused outrage by moving in with Beau at the tender age of seventeen. By Californian law that meant she was underaged.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Oasis Wedding
Ananova reports: Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton are to tie the knot.

They plan to get married in Scotland later this year reports ITN.

The plans for the big day are underway. An insider said: "Fire eaters have been booked and there will be a bouncy castle for the kids".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Double Prodigy
NME reports: PRODIGY will follow their forthcoming Greatest Hits album with a new studio record in 2006. 

‘Their Law: The Singles' is out on September 26. Despite the huge gap between 1997's ‘The Fat Of The Land' and last year's ‘Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned', Liam Howlett said a new studio album will be out by the end of next year.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lamest Songs Special
We're taking a break over the next couple weeks from our Artist Top Five lists to bring you the 101 Lamest Songs of All Time. Our writers and readers were asked to nominate the songs for this special and we've compiled the nominations into our definitive 101 Lamest Songs of All Time list. 

Over the next two weeks we'll be rolling out the list each week day. We're starting backwards with final 10 and will be working our way back. Also to do something a little different we'll also be revealing one song from the Top 10 each week day in the Day in Rock report with comments on why each song was selected and came out at the top of the lame list. 

6) I Think I Love You - David Cassidy
A perfect argument for why girls under the age of 12 should not be allowed to buy music. 

Click Here to find out which songs landed in the 41-50 slots and to post your comments and submit artists for the next Lame list. 

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