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Day In Rock 6/9: Velvet Revolver Nix Tour- Live 8 Spice Free- Bon Jovi Vs LA Reid?- Franz Espionage- AC/DC- Sad Lit News- Tom Petty- Def Leppard- Motley VH1- Ozzy, Slash Pull A Bono- Indie RIAA- Stone Sour- Opeth- Les Claypool- Arch Enemy- All That Remains- Flaming Lips Cruise- Jacko- USO Idol- Idlewild- Hellfes- Randies- Helloween- Backyard Babies- Couch Tour 2005- Twisted Sister- more
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Velvet Revolver Nix tour
AP reports: Rock supergroup Velvet Revolver abruptly cut short its overseas tour Tuesday, leaving many wondering if the band's future was in jeopardy. 

A newspaper and television station in Finland reported that the band had split, but Velvet Revolver spokeswoman Kristine Ashton-Magnuson disputed those reports. 

"The band has not broken up," she said. "In fact, theyre coming back to the U.S. early to start the next record." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Live 8 Spice Free
Ananova reports: Bob Geldof has put an end to a Spice Girls reunion at Live 8. 

Bob says the girls will not perform at Live 8 because they are not popular enough reports IOL.com. 

Geldof said: "I can't afford to have bands who won't pull the crowds. This is a political event, not a cultural one. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Franz Espionage
Rockdirt reports: The Daily Star reports that during his recent visit to Russia, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos was held by intelligence forces under suspicion of being an international spy. Kapranos was travelling under his mother's maiden name Huntley, giving him the same moniker as the former MI6 agent. "Alex protested his innocence, but the officials, initially, would not believe his story," a source said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bon Jovi Vs LA Reid?
Rockdirt reports: Island Def Jam chief L.A. Reid celebrated his 48th birthday with several of his music acts, but Jon Bon Jovi wasn't one of them. "L.A. wasn't satisfied with Bon Jovi's new album," a source told The New York Daily. "He didn't believe it had a radio hit. So - just like they did with Mariah - he sent Jon back into the studio." But Reid denied the feud and blamed Bon Jovi's no-show on the weather.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Back in Black: 21 Million Rocked!
Yahoo reports: AC/DC's 1980 breakthrough "Back in Black" has been certified for U.S. shipments of 21 million copies, tying it for fifth place with Billy Joel's "Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & II" on the Recording Industry Assn. of America's all-time best-sellers list. 

The Australian hard rock group's first album with lead singer Brian Johnson, who replaced Bon Scott following his alcohol-related death, "Back in Black" was originally released by Atco and was reissued in 2003 by Epic along with the rest of the band's catalog. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sad Lit News
Lit reports: A. Jay & Jeremy Popoff of the Orange County rock band Lit received terrible news this past weekend. Their mother, Sheri Suglia, and their step-father Kerry Suglia, were travelling on the Ortega Highway following an afternoon visit with A. Jay, Jeremy and their children when their motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver in an SUV. Kerry Suglia was killed on impact and Sheri is in extremely critical condition with massive multiple injuries. A memorial fund has been established: 

Kerry Suglia Memorial Fund
c/o R & R Business Management
17609 Ventura Blvd. Suite 203
Encino, CA 91316- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tom Petty LA
Press Release reports: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will headline a concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA on Sunday August 14 as part of the band's first major North American tour in nearly three years. The Irvine date marks the first Los Angeles-area concert that the band has played since November, 2002. Joining Petty & the Heartbreakers as Special Guest will be the legendary Jackson Browne. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, June 11 at 10:00AM, and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, at ticketmaster.com, and at the venue's box office.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Def Leppard Add Dates
liveDaily reports: British rockers Def Leppard, who recently launched a co-headlining run with Bryan Adams, have lined up lots of new headlining dates for themselves, including a late-summer swing through Canada. 

The group, which wraps up its first batch of shows with Adams in Texas on Saturday (6/11), will then tackle a dozen additional June dates, most of which will feature fellow rock quintet Tesla. A handful of July headlining stops--for which a support act has not yet been named--will follow, as will a 12-date run through Canada with Canadian rock trio The Tea Party in the opening slot. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Motley VH1 Reality
Blabbermouth reports: Mediaweek.com is reporting that VH1 has acquired rights to the six episodes of NBC's upcoming reality series "Tommy Lee Goes to College"; a spokesman for the network said the first episode will run on cable just three days after the broadcast premiere, which is scheduled for August 16, with two back-to-back episodes slated to air on NBC starting at 9 p.m. ET.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy, Slash Pull A Bono
Blabbermouth reports: Ozzy Osbourne, Slash (VELVET REVOLVER) and Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN) are among the music icons from across the globe that have come together to design the ultimate collectable wristbands for one aim — to raise a minimum of $3 million for worthwhile causes and support fair, sustainable employment in developing countries 

The wristbands contain a message and symbol of hope for the future and 100% of net profits of sales will be donated to a chosen cause or charity, important to each celebrity. 

21st Century Leaders is the unique organisation that has gathered original artwork from over 200 celebrities in all fields: film, music, sport, literature, royalty and Nobel peace laureates. Each leader has donated a self-portrait, in addition to the message and symbol of hope. The artwork will be used to create ‘merchandise with a meaning' under fair working conditions. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Indie RIAA
Audio Aggression reports: TVT, Beggars, Roadrunner, Lookout, and Tommy Boy records are among 125 independent record labels who have joined forces to form the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). The main focus of A2IM will be to represent indie labels in Washington, D.C. and lobby for better treatment from online music services such as iTunes and Napster.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stone Sour Soph
Audio Aggression reports: Slipknot / Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor told toazted.com that he will be entering the studio in January '06 with his side project Stone Sour to record the band's second album, which is tentatively due next Spring/Summer via Roadrunner. [see full story for a link to the full interview]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Opeth August
The PRP reports: Opeth are shooting for an August 30th release date for their new album "Ghost Reveries". The outing will be the groups first for their latest label, Roadrunner. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Les Claypool Tour
The PRP reports: Les Claypool of Primus fame has announced the line-up for his touring band this summer. The group will feature Skerik, Mike Dillon, Jay Lane and Gabby La La at most stops. They will be touring throughout the summer and dates include: 

June 19th San Francisco, CA - The Independent
June 30th - 01st Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
July 07th - 08th Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
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Arch Enemy Lose Member
The PRP reports: Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott has decided to step away from his touring commitments to the band for the near future. In turn, he will temporarily be replaced by Gus G. (Firewind, Nightrage) at the bands upcoming live dates. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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