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Report for 7/26/05
Fatal Stagedive
NME reports: The LEEDS music scene is in shock after a singer died following an onstage accident.

Patrick Sherry, frontman with the up-coming band Bad Beat Revue, was injured after he fell from the stage during the band's set at city's The Warehouse last week (July 20).

Sherry was attempting a spectacular set-closing jump but fell short and landed on the floor, injuring his head.

The Club NME night was immediately halted and the venue closed while the singer was taken to hospital. He later died of his injuries at 3am.
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Love Vs Grohl
Blabbermouth reports: Though some have labeled Dave Grohl of the FOO FIGHTERS the "nicest guy in rock," Courtney Love would beg to differ.

"Dave gets to walk away unscathed and be the happy guy in rock, when he's one of the biggest jerks," Love says in the August issue of Spin, on newsstands Friday. "He's been taking money from my child for years."

The office of Grohl's manager, John Silva, told The Associated Press Monday that Grohl wouldn't comment on Love's criticism.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sony Payola
Audio Aggression reports: New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has announced an agreement to halt pervasive "pay-for-play" in the music industry. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has agreed today, July 25th, to stop making payments and providing expensive gifts to radio stations and their employees in return for "airplay" of the company's songs and will pay $10 million in order to settle a year long investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. The $10 million will be distributed to programs aimed at music education and appreciation in the state of New York.

The inducements for airplay came in several forms including the following: Outright bribes to radio programmers, including expensive vacation packages, electronics and other valuable items; contest giveaways for stations' listening audiences; payments to radio stations to cover operational expenses; retention of middlemen, known as independent promoters, as conduits for illegal payments to radio stations; and payments for "spin programs," airplay under the guise of advertising. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Green VMAs
andPOP reports: Nominations for the VMAs were announced today by MTV, along with all the over-the-top details for the ceremony, hosted this year by P. Diddy.

Green Day leads the nominees pack with eight nods in total, including Video of the Year, Best Group Video, and Viewer's Choice for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams;" while "American Idiot" is in the running for Best Art Direction.

Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott followed with six nominations and U2 with five.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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US Queen
press release reports: Legendary rock icons Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, and Paul Rodgers of BAD COMPANY and FREE, just off a sold-out, 32-date arena tour of Europe under the banner of Queen + Paul Rodgers, are headed for the U.S. later this year. They will bring their acclaimed show to the U.S. for two rare performances this fall, touching down on each coast before heading out for a stadium tour of Japan.

Queen + Paul Rodgers today confirmed much-anticipated shows for October 16 at Continental Airlines Arena (The Meadowlands) in East Rutherford, N.J., and October 22 at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Calif. 

The U.S. dates will be topped and tailed by the release of a live, two-CD set, Return of the Champions, released on Hollywood Records September 13, and a DVD set of the show filmed by renowned director David Mallet, released on October 24. They were also recorded and filmed, respectively, during the May 9 Sheffield Arena performance.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stereophonic Payoff
DiS reports: Stuart Cable, the former Stereophonics drummer who was sacked from the band back in 2003, is to receive a six-figure sum after reaching the end of a two-year legal battle with his former band mates.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dylan UK Hall
Ananova reports: Bob Dylan and the late John Peel are to join the UK Music Hall of Fame.

Dylan will be amongst this year's inductees, whilst John Peel will receive 2005's honorary membership of the UK Music Hall of Fame.

The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Queen, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Robbie Williams become the inaugural members last year.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bon Scott Memorial
Blabbermouth reports: According to The Herald, a fundraising drive is in full swing to erect a plaque to late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott in Kirriemuir, Scotland — Bon's birthplace and home of his family in his early years.

The town's museum, Gateway to the Glens, is currently holding an exhibition entitled Bon Scott – Rock Legend Son of Kirriemuir, featuring an array of musical memorabilia.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Def Blues
Blabbermouth reports: DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell will release his first solo album, "Two Sides of If", on September 6. Campbell will be joined on the blues-oriented album by ZZ TOP's Billy Gibbons, singer Joan Osbourne, and former FRANK ZAPPA and MISSING PERSONS drummer Terry Bozzio. "Two Sides of If" features a collection of Campbell's favorite blues songs, including WILLIE DIXON's "I Ain't Superstitious" and "Spoonful", FLEETWOOD MAC's "Like It This Way" and "Willin' For Satisfaction", RORY GALLAGHER's "Calling Card", and MEL LONDON's "Messin' With The Kid". 

Gibbons guests on the two FLEETWOOD MAC tracks, while Osbourne performs on "Spoonful". Bozzio plays drums on the entire album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Will Smith Plays Ozzfest
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on the Rock N Roll Experience web site, actor/rapper Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who fronts WICKED WISDOM, rapped/jammed with BURY YOUR DEAD during the last song of the band's set at Ozzfest 2005 on Sunday, July 24 at the Nissan Pavillion in Bristow, Virginia. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eddie Van Halen Book
Blabbermouth reports: Backbeat Books has announced plans to publish a book dedicated to VAN HALEN's virtuoso guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Entitled "Eddie Van Halen: Know the Man, Play the Music", the book was authored by Malcolm Dome and Rod Fogg and is scheduled for release on August 29. It will retail for $24.95.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Oasis Slam Manowar
Blabbermouth reports: Canada's ChartAttack.com is reporting that British rockers OASIS have an unlikely new adversary — Auburn, New York heavy metal band MANOWAR. 

That's what happens when you stop singer Liam Gallagher in mid-brag about how OASIS are "like, the loudest band in the f***ing world onstage" and tell him that the Guinness Book Of World Records instead favors MANOWAR. 

"But they're loud and s*** though, aren't they? They're just s***," Gallagher says emphatically. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Camp Freddy Debut
BW&BK reports: CAMP FREDDY, headed up by Billy Morrison (DOHENY, THE CULT), Dave Navarro (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, JANE'S ADDICTION), Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER), Donovan Leitch (son of legendary folk singer DONOVAN), and Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction, ALANIS MORRISETTE) have posted the following message at their website (www.campfreddy.net):

"Camp Freddy have begun talking to a few ‘business types' about the release of their first record. The band have finished and mixed two tracks, MARC BOLAN's ‘20th Century Boy' (featuring CF's own Donovan Leitch on vocals, and Steve Jones from SEX PISTOLS on lead guitar) and THIN LIZZY's ‘Jailbreak' (featuring JERRY CANTRELL on vocals and BILLY DUFFY on lead guitar) and they are currently being played on Indie 103.1 FM. 

The rest of the album is in various states of completion and the band have begun to talk to a few people about the release of the record. Expect it to be in the early part of 2006."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fantomas Down Under
The PRP reports: Fantomas have booked some Australian shows for September, here's the schedule:
September 10th Brisbane, AUS - Tivoli
September 11th Sydney, AUS - Enmore Theatre
September 13th Melbourne, AUS - The Palace
September 15th Fremantle, AUS - Metropolis
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Scars Of Tomorrow Dates
The PRP reports: Scars Of Tomorrow will be hitting the road shortly with The Acacia Strain and more, here's the dates:

August 25th Hartford, CT - Underground (Feat. Sworn Enemy)
August 26th Poughkeepsie, NY - Club Crannell (Feat. Sworn Enemy)
August 27th Rochester, NY - Penny Arcade (Feat. Sworn Enemy)
August 28th St. Catherine's, ON - L 3 (Feat. Sworn Enemy)[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kid Dynamite Reunion
Punkbands reports: On the heels of recent recent announcements from labelmates Lifetime, Kid Dynamite has confirmed earlier rumours about a reunion to benefit CBGB's. Jade Tree had this to say: Both Kid Dynamite and Damnation AD will be reuniting for shows next month. Although the exact dates have yet to be determined, Damnation AD will be performing at Hellfest and Kid Dynamite will be playing CBGB along side good friends Greyarea in support of the Save CBGB campaign. Exact details and dates will be announced soon, stay tuned... [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. 

7) Sweet Child of Mine - Sheryl Crow
A cover that was so incredibly bad that it inspired a movement to ban all cover tunes (not really, but it should have).  This may be the real reason why the new GNR album has been delayed; Axl is still recovering from hearing this song butchered so badly. 

Click Here to find out which songs landed in the 31-40 slots and to post your comments and submit artists for the next Lame list. 

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