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Report for 04/05/06
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Guns N Rehab
Metal Sludge reports: Well as always Metal Sludge is being tagged as the "bad" people because of our recent blurb about Slash allegedly bailing on Velvet Revolver. Of course there is no hard facts for this yet, but like the old saying goes: where there's smoke, there's fire.... Now an additional source has told us that Duff McKagan has indeed entered a rehab center in the Cascade Mountains in the state of Washington near his home. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Country Kidnapping
AP reports: The ex-wife of country music star Garth Brooks was kidnapped at gunpoint by a man who worked on her farm after she cooperated with a bail bondsman who wanted to arrest the worker, authorities said Tuesday. 

Sandy Brooks had allowed the bondsman onto her property Monday to apprehend the man, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The worker responded by drawing a weapon, forcing her into a car and ordering her to drive away, said Barry Lamb, undersheriff of Rogers County.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Clay Aiken Conspiracy
Day in Rock reports: What half way through the week and no salacious Clay Aiken stories? Yes they are getting as old hat and boring as "Pete Doherty Arrested Again" headlines but celebrity terrorist site Faded Youth has an interesting story about Claymate Hysteria over the recent gay accusations. Some Clay fans see Gay Aiken stories as a big conspiracy. Faded Youth reports, "working feverishly in efforts to disprove or derail any and all talk of the scandalous allegations, insistent that the stories must be the conspiratorial work of gay extremists or others. Taking notes from Al-Qaeda, scandal talk is above top secret and forbidden on the Claymate message boards, instead hidden away in private forums where they plot retaliation in their ongoing Clay jihad. The more resourceful Claymates have called for boycotts of media reporting the story), and the less resourceful have simply resorted to spamming sites that dare to reference the story. Some of their more hilariously bizarre efforts are their C.S.I. type examinations of the infamous webcam, while one of the more devious efforts is a story leaked to the media of a supposed conspiracy to frame Aiken by impersonator Coti Collins." 

They also report that John Paulus, the man that claimed a gay tryst with Aiken, has launched his own blog. Among the most interesting things on Paulus' site is a story by Q-Notes that reports "To the gay community of Charlotte - many of whom knew Aiken during his time spent at UNCC - the revelation comes as no surprise." Click the full story and Faded Youth will hook you up with all the links, but better act fast before the men in black shut down that site! Clay isn't gay according to the Aiken camp. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Suge Goes Bust
TMZ reports: One of Hollywood's original "Kings of Bling" has gone bust. Marion "Suge" Knight, head of Death Row Records, has filed for Chapter 11 personal bankruptcy this morning in federal court, TMZ has learned. The groundbreaking record company he founded is apparently planning to also file for bankruptcy later today, sources say. 

The legal maneuvering comes after Knight recently lost a $107 million judgment to Lydia Harris, who claimed to be half-owner of the rap empire. In her complaint, Harris alleged that Knight schemed to "destroy her ability to lay claim to her rightful share of the ownership and profits" of the label. Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigan found that Knight did not answer legal inquiries in the case nor did Knight provide information requested by the court, so he found in favor of Harris before the case even went to trial. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Rob Prison
Reuters reports: Rapper Black Rob has been sentenced to seven years in prison for grand larceny in connection with a November 2004 hotel robbery. The artist, whose real name is Robert Ross, was caught on a security camera leaving a New York hotel with a woman's purse. Authorities said he pocketed more than $6,000 in the theft.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hank Surrenders
Reuters reports: Hank Williams Jr. surrendered to police in Memphis on Tuesday to face an assault charge involving a waitress, officials said.

The country music entertainer was released without bond and ordered to appear in court on Wednesday to face a charge of assault to commit bodily harm stemming from an incident last month at a hotel. His publicist said he was innocent.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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SOAD Vs Genocide
Columbia reports: Serj Tankian and John Dolmayan of the Grammy Award-winning band System of a Down will travel to Washington, DC on April 24th for a three-day campaign to urge Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and other Congressional leaders to end their complicity in Turkey's ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide.

On the evening of Monday, April 24th - starting at 5:00pm - the multi-Platinum-selling group members will join with the Armenian National Committee of America and Armenian Youth Federation in leading a grassroots demonstration outside the gates of the Turkish Embassy at 2525 Massachusetts Ave, in Northwest Washington, DC. The Turkish government, through its Embassy in Washington, spends millions of dollars each year to bully, threaten, and blackmail the U.S. government not to recognize the Armenian Genocide.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sounds of the Underground
antiMusic reports: Sharon Inc has some more competition this summer. Details about this year's Sounds of the Underground have been announced!

The tour will feature As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, The Chariot and Through the Eyes of the Dead. Also according to the press release "SOTU is excited to have some special guests join the tour in select cities. Killswitch Engage will join in Mansfield, MA on July 14. Joining SOTU for the Phoenix and San Diego shows only are new American metal pioneers Shadows Fall, modern metalcore band It Dies Today, and Still Remains. Starting in Orlando, FL on July 19, Jacksonville's own true hardcore champions Evergreen Terrace have been added to the majority of the tour."

The underground mayhem kicks off in the rock n roll heartland on July 8th when the tour descends on the Plain Dealer Pavilion in Cleveland to rattle the ageing hippies at the near by Rock Hall of Fame and show them what rock is all about in the 21st century. [see full story for dates and presale info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Martin Gilks RIP
Gigwise reports: Martin Gilks, former drummer with the Wonderstuff, has died in London following a motorcycle accident.

Gilks, who enjoyed success with tracks such ‘Welcome To The Cheap Seats' and ‘The Size Of A Cow' with the band, had more recently worked as a manager for bands such as Reef, Hundred Reasons and A.

He died on Monday (April 3) in St Georges Hospital, Tooting as a result of internal injuries following the accident on Sunday reports the BBC.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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PJ Harvey DVD
CMJ reports: PJ Harvey is set to release her first ever DVD May 23 on Island Records. Titled PJ Harvey — Please Leave Quietly, the DVD collects live performances from her 2003-2004 Uh Huh Her Tour and pairs them with interviews, a video diary and behind the scenes footage.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzfest Fresh Start
Blabbermouth reports: The Ozzfest 2006 organizers have announced a new kick-off date for this year's festival tour: June 29 at the White River Ampitheater in Auburn, Washington — two days earlier than the previous start date of July 1 in San Francisco, California. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Goo Goo Crows
TuneLab reports: The Goo Goo Dolls will hit the road this summer along with the Counting Crows. Exact dates have yet to be announced, however the tour will begin in June and is expected to run through December.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sat Night Jam
TuneLab reports: Pearl Jam will make their first appearance in over ten years on "Saturday Night Live" April 15th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hip Hop Revolver
TuneLab reports: It looks like Velvet Revolver are in fact moving in quite a different direction. Rapper and hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams has confirmed to Billboard.com that he is collaborating with Velvet Revolver on their upcoming new album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dickinson Anthology
KNAC reports: Sanctuary Visual Entertainment has set a June 20 U.S. release date for the three-disc DVD release of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson's "Anthology." This is the definitive Dickinson package, and includes over six hours of videos and live performances, and previously unreleased and archive material.

Bruce Dickinson is still the proverbial human whirlwind of activity, having made his mark both as the frontman of the legendary Iron Maiden and as a longstanding solo artist, with a catalogue that includes six studio albums of his own plus several concert releases[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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