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Report for 10/18/05
Van Halen Reality TV
Rockdirt reports: According to Billy Masters over at Filth2go.com, Van Halen will follow the path INXS tread over the summer and will do their own reality show search for a new frontman beginning mid 2006. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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KNAC reports: James Barber who has worked as an A&R at Geffen Records was recently interviewed by Poptones. The Guns n' Roses part of the interview follows: "...No expense was spared; they were the biggest band in the history of the label and, even though everyone except Axl was gone, Geffen Records lived and breathed for another G N' R album.

The Robin Finck/Josh Freese/Tommy Stinson/Billy Howerdel/Dizzy Reed version of the album that existed in 1998 was pretty incredible. It still sounded like GNR but there were elements of ZEPPELIN, NINE INCH NAILS and PINK FLOYD mixed in. If Axl had recorded vocals, it would have been an absolutely contemporary record in 1999. People close to the project have since told me that I don't know what I'm talking about, that the current version of the record in no way resembles what I heard in early 1999. That's too bad." [see full story for more of this section of the interview]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Disturbed Illness
FMQB reports: Disturbed has been forced to cancel the remaining dates on their European tour because singer David Draiman was diagnosed with severe inflammation of the vocal chords. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Grunge Hotel
MTV reports: Krist Novoselic cut the ribbon on Saturday to celebrate the opening of what amounts to a grunge hotel in downtown Seattle. Hotel Max features local artists and photographers' work on the guest doors, and of special note, the fifth floor is devoted to the icons of the Seattle grunge scene[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nick Hawkins RIP
MTV reports: Guitarist Nick Hawkins, known for his work with Big Audio Dynamite, died of a heart attack on October 10 in his Las Vegas home. He was 40. Hawkins joined the band in 1990[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Used Xmas
Press Release reports: Forget Bing Crosby this holiday season as the folks at WARCON Enterprises bring the songs of Christmas past into 2005 with the introduction of Taste of Christmas, an 18-track compilation that features such acts as The Used, Skindred, Funeral for a Friend, My American Heart, Emery and more. 

Produced by WARCON founders Bob Chiappardi and Kevin Lyman, this "who's who" of the post-hardcore/ screamo scene will be available October 25th and includes new versions of the classics, including a special rendition of John Lennon's "Happy Christmas" by the Street Drum Corp and TheUsed's Bert McKracken to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Lennon's tragic death.[see full story for more including tracks]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vadar US Tour
Press Release reports: Poland's Vader are set to invade the US on a headline tour that will precede the release of their new ep, The Art of War. Beginning October 31, the equal part US and Canadian tour will be the band's first headline performance in many years; their most recent visit as direct support for Kreator earlier this year.

With an extensive recording history that dates back to 1993, Vader are one of metal's most prolific and active bands. Averaging 150-plus shows a year, the band is a favorite of both fans and critics world over. Newly signed to Sweden's Regain Records (US partnership with Candlelight Records), Vader recorded their new MCD The Art of War at Hertz Studio. Featuring four new songs and a video, the recording will set up the next full-length album that the band plan to start recording in early 2006. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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God Lives Underwater Vocalist David Reilly Dies
Corporate Punishment reports: Corporate Punishment is very sad to announce the passing of our good friend, God Lives Underwater vocalist David Reilly. Complications from an untreated infection are the reported cause of death for Reilly, who was pronounced dead around 5:15 AM on Sunday Oct 16th .

God Lives Underwater was established in 1995 and was quickly signed to Rick Rubin's American Recordings. The group had the radio hit, "From Your Mouth" from their 1998 Interscope/1500 Release, Life In The So-Called Space Age, which was heralded as a cross between Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mudvayne/Sevendust Tour
Epic reports: After a summer on the Ozzfest main stage, Epic recording artists Mudvayne are returning to the road for The Masters of Horror Tour 2005. Featuring openers Sevendust, 10 Years and Bobaflex, the tour kicks off November 18th at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines.

Mudvayne (vocalist Chad Gray, guitarist Greg Tribbett, bassist Ryan Martinie and drummer Matt McDonough) are touring in support of new album LOST AND FOUND, the record featuring the number one smash "Happy?" and follow-up hit "Forget To Remember." The latter, which is the band's second straight top ten Active Rock hit, is also the first single from the SAW II soundtrack. The dark, chilling video was shot by the film's director, Darren Bousman, and features footage from the upcoming Lion's Gate thriller. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Elliott Smith Leak
FMQB reports: Almost two years after the death of beloved singer/songwriter Elliott Smith, 22 previously-unreleased songs of his have leaked onto the Internet. Some of the material is believed to be excerpts from the sessions for Smith's final release, last year's From A Basement On A Hill, though many of the songs could be close to a decade old.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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E! reports: [not music related but we figured there may be a few Rocky fans out there] Cue "Eye of the Tiger"--the Italian Stallion is coming out of retirement for more one shot. 

Sylvester Stallone has signed on to reprise his role as the boxing champ for a sixth installment in the once mighty franchise. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Talking Fatboy Musical
hecklerspray reports: We'll happily admit that we didn't see this one coming.

David Byrne - genius lead singer of Talking Heads and the bloke who did that "Woah I'm wicked and I'm laaaazy" song - has teamed up with Fatboy Slim - baldy DJ, on-the-slide popstar and husband of a ballroom dancer - to write a musical about Imelda Marcos - wife of a reviled dictator, shoe collector and party animal.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead Eye Tour
Gigwise reports: Radiohead's Colin Greenwood has revealed that the band are currently in talks for some live shows in 2006.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beatle Ozzy
Trent McMartin reports: Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne is set to release The Beatles classic "In My Life" as the first single off his upcoming covers album which also features "Ozzified" renditions of songs by the Moody Blues, Joe Walsh, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Cream, Eric Burdon, Mott the Hoople and the Buffalo Springfield among others.

Osbourne has been a lifelong Beatles fan crediting the Fab Four as the main reason he got into music. Speaking about the new single Osbourne said, "What I have done, which a lot of other people don't do, is keep the song ("In My Life") true to the original in terms of melody but then Ozzified it!" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Macca Vs Yoko
Anavona reports: Paul McCartney has hit back at Yoko Ono, calling her not the "brightest of buttons".

It comes after Yoko reportedly ridiculed his songs last week, reports the Mirror.

Macca said: "I don't take any notice of her. She's John's wife so I have to respect her for that, but I don't think she's the brightest of buttons.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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