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Report for 04/07/06
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Gays Sink Idol?
TMZ reports: America's shocking decision to vote Mandisa off 'American Idol' Wednesday night was not a shock at all to those backstage. Sources connected with 'Idol' tell TMZ the buzz behind the scenes last night was Mandisa getting the boot had nothing to do with her performance -- it was all about her openly anti-gay affiliations.

According to TMZ sources, lots of Hollywood types were backstage, including agents, PR flacks, managers and special guests. And the sentiment was clear; as one person put it, "Once you don't have the gays - forget about it."[add your own Clay Aiken punchline here... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Abdul Attacked
TMZ reports: 'American Idol' judge Paula Abdul claims she was physically battered and suffered a spinal injury and possible concussion after an altercation at a Hollywood club on April 2. 

According to law enforcement officials, Abdul claims a man at the club grabbed her by the arm and threw her against a wall, causing her to suffer "spinal injuries and concussion." Abdul told officers she sought her own medical treatment. The LAPD is investigating her claims. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead Scam
Contact Music reports: RADIOHEAD are advising their British fans not to buy tickets to a London concert that will not take place. The PARANOID ANDROID band are playing a UK tour in May (06), but an advertised gig at the capital's Somerset House in July (06) is not happening.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Avril Wedding
TMZ reports: It looks like "punk chick" Avril Lavigne's hellraiser days are over. We're told she's planning a summer wedding with Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley.[yeah that Avril sure was a hellraiser, she even wore punk rawk cloths that clashed! see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Don Alias RIP
Contact Music reports: Jazz drummer DON ALIAS died in New York last week (28MAR06). He was 66. The percussionist, who has played for MILES DAVIS, NINA SIMONE, LOU REED, HERBIE HANCOCK, JONI MITCHELL and DIZZY GILLESPIE during his near 50-year career, died in his home, but the cause of death is yet to be determined.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dogg Pound Return
MTV reports: Tha Dogg Pound have set a June 27 release date for their reunion album, Cali Iz Active, due on Doggy Style Records. Along with Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Daz Dillinger, the album will feature guest appearances by Busta Rhymes, David Banner, Paul Wall and B-Real[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sonic Youth TV
Reuters reports: Sonic Youth principals Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, plus their daughter, Coco, on shakers, will appear on the season finale of the WB drama "Gilmore Girls" to perform an acoustic version of the new song "What a Waste."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bigger Ego Than Kanye
Gigwise reports: Pete Doherty was speaking to reporters after a show at an Austrian Porn Club. 

He reportedly blathered: "The new Lennon — I like that. Honestly, I am the most important rock star now.

"And you will hear lots of great songs from me in the near future."[we keep waiting to hear these songs, why don't you sober up long enough to write one? The new Yoko Ono? Maybe, the new Lennon, go smoke some more crack.. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fiddy Cage Film
hecklerspray reports: When Nicolas Cage makes a film, you're never sure if you'll get the intelligent, quirky, Nicolas Cage or the rubbish action film Nicolas Cage. 50 Cent, on the other hand, has only ever made crap films.

So the news that Nicolas Cage and 50 Cent are teaming up to star in a film together called The Dance has left us unsure of whether the movie will be 50% arse or 100% arse. For simplicity's sake, let's just say The Dance will be 75% arse and be done with it.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Scissorfight Tour
CMJ reports: New Hampshire's Scissorfight, poised somewhere between the heaviest metal and popular rock, have announced their upcoming tour to support their new album, Juggernaut, out April 11 (Tortuga). The tour kicks off tonight and runs throughout May, going first to the UK for a week (including an appearance on BBC radio) and then to the eastern and midwest US. On the stateside portion of the tour, they will be joined by stoner-metal enthusiasts Orange Goblin and the lo-fi synth pop duo the Capricorns.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Retro Chili Peppers
Day in Rock reports: The Red Hot Chili Peppers go retro for their new video for single "Dani California". The band portrays several groups from the birth of rock n roll to the present and wait til the end it contains… gasp… a guitar solo! Click the full story link to watch them ham it up, glam it up and more. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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No Avail
Punk Music reports: Until recently, Suburban Home hasn't been known for going on Drive-Thru style signing sprees, but it looks like that is changing. The label signed on Tim Barry (front man for punk rock/hardcore legends, Avail) as a solo artist and will be releasing his CD this coming fall. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Brand New Free
Mammoth Press reports: Brand New will be playing a free show on April 15, 2006 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. You do not have to be a student to attend.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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VH1 (Hard) Rock Honors
Blabbermouth reports: VH1 announced Thursday (April 6) that it will debut the "VH1 Rock Honors" next month to pay homage to the gods of hard rock. The inaugural honorees are KISS, QUEEN, DEF LEPPARD and JUDAS PRIEST.

The ceremony, to take place May 25 in Las Vegas, will pay tribute to hard-rock legends much like the Rock Hall of Fame does, with "spoken tributes, filmed packages and performances by some of today's hottest rock acts as well as the legends themselves." [That ought to drive Rolling Hippies up the wall. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy Dates
Day in Rock reports: Iron Maiden fans get your eggs out as we now know nine of the ten shows on this year's Ozzfest that will be headlined by Ozzy. Blabbermouth is reporting that the Ozzman will grace the crowd with his presence at the following dates: 

06/29 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater
07/01 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
07/08 - San Bernardino, CA - Hyundai Pavilion
07/16 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
[Ok to be fair, if throwing eggs aim at Sharon or Belly off stage because they were the ones behind the Maiden egging. see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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How the Other Half Tours
BW&BK reports: VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony's website has been updated with more confirmed live dates for THE OTHER HALF, also featuring SAMMY HAGAR, Vic Johnson and David Lauser. Dubbed Livin' It Up 2006, the tour dates are as follows:

May
5 - Harrah's South Shore Room in Lake Tahoe, NV
6 - Harrah's South Shore Room in Lake Tahoe, NV
7 - Harrah's South Shore Room in Lake Tahoe, NV
[yes they are playing other places but you have to see full story those dates.. some big venues too]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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