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Report for 04/18/06
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Eminem Suicidal?
antiMusic reports: Eminem is having a really tough couple of weeks. First his remarriage to Kim ends, then his friend Proof gets killed and now one of his supposed friends is telling the press that he may be suicidal. 

When you fear for your friend's safety the best solution is always to run anonymously to the press. That's what an "unnamed" friend of Em did. This "friend" reportedly told mediatakeout.com, "I'm not sure that (Eminem) can handle all this ... I'm worried that he may try to hurt himself." 

We won't recount Eminem's other recent misfortunes for enquiring minds, he has enough to deal with right now like checking his friends. 
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Punks 4 Jesus
punkbands reports: The Sundance Channel has given the green light to "One Punk, Under God," a six-part documentary series about Jay Bakker and his Revolution Ministry. The show will follow Bakker, who is the only son of former televangelist turned criminal Jim Bakker and his ex-wife Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner, as he struggles against the odds to bring his counter culture religious teachings to Christian punks around the Atlanta area.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Wham & Run
antiMusic reports: Police are in hot pursuit of George Michael after the pop singer reportedly played bumper cars on a street near his home on Sunday. It wasn't a very even fight as Michael reportedly plowed his Range Rover first into a helpless Ford Fiesta and caped off his smashing morning by hitting a Peugeot 204 which in turn slammed into a Rover 218. He didn't bother to stick around. 

UK press outlets report that police will question the singer about the smash-ups that occurred Sunday in Highgate, north London. A rep for Michael reportedly told police about the accidents on Monday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stripes Vs Diamond
antiMusic reports: Jack and Meg are holding back on the cash. So claims Jim Diamond who co-produced and engineered the White Stripes self-titled 1999 debut and mixed 2000's De Stijl. Diamond filed suit in Detroit federal court claiming the White Stripes owe him millions for work he did on those albums. 

Jack and Meg reportedly consider Diamond one of the "Little People" as they claim in court papers that Jim was paid $35 an hour for his services and use of his Ghetto Recorders studio and is not entitled to more. Their attorney Bert Deixler says, "It is a meritless case which will be defended with vigor." A jury of their peers will get a chance to decide that when the case heads to federal court in Detroit on June 12th. Maybe the court will also discover the true nature of Jack and Meg's relation? - Click Here for the Full Story 

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It's Bad To Be The King
Contact Music reports: More than 30,000 ELVIS PRESLEY impersonators in America may be forced to quit by a New York City businessman who has bought the rights to the late icon's name and likeness in the US. Billionaire AMERICAN IDOL owner BOB SILLERMAN paid $114 million (GBP65 million) for an 85 per cent stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises - and now controls everything except the King of Rock 'N' Roll's music. Now Sillerman plans to open a new Elvis cabaret show in Las Vegas and prevent any one else from dressing up like the star.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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U2 Win Something Else
antiMusic reports: Don't you just love polls? We do too, we conduct them then never publish the results (we can tell you that Good Charlotte and Sum 41 tied our lamest bands of all time poll) but we're not talking about us, we're talking about a new poll that's all the rage over in the UK which places the U2's lyric to "One" as the bestest most wonderful words put to song ever and ever ("and that's a mighty long time" to steal from another song). Now don't let that "leave a bad taste in your mouth" Vh1(UK) did poll 13,000 people for this and the words "One life, with each other, sisters, brothers" were deemed the best in the land that gave us Shakespeare and Byron. Only to be slightly outdone, The Smiths claimed second place with the immortal words "So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die," from their hit "How Soon is Now?" You may be thinking, hey this poll stinks but it really does get better when it begins to smell like teen spirit as Nirvana claims third place with "I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us". 

Still reading? Ok well the good folks over at Gigwise have reprinted the Top 20 for your reading pleasure. But before you click over, take a guess at where Radiohead's Creep landed on the poll and these immortal words from the poet Tupac "Now Let Me Welcome Everybody To The Wild, Wild West, A State That's Untouchable Like Elliot Ness". 
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Britt Naked
CMJ reports: Canadian pop-punker Bif Naked is set to tour with fellow Bodog labelmates Britt Black (formerly of Live On Release) and the Vincent Black Shadow. The tour will set-off in Jersey later this month and wrap up mid-May in Anaheim. While Bif Naked released a full-length (Superbeautifulmonster) last year, both Britt Black and the Vincent Black Shadow have records slated for summer release (Black's Blackout July 18 and VBS' Fears In The Water June 2).[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tool Clubs
antiMusic reports: We know you were cursing our European brothers and sisters as lucky bastards when Tool made plans to play a bunch of festivals across the pond this summer. But us North American bastards are getting something better, the chance to witness Maynard James Keenan and company perform in a small venue. That's right, Tool have announced a 15-show club tour where the band will be playing material from their forthcoming album 10,000 Days

The tour kicks off in Seattle on the very day the CD hits stores. [see full story for dates! looks like a road trip to Vegas is in order]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pearl Jam On The Record
Day in Rock reports: "It feels like it's the end of the world and we all got a good seat," so says Eddie Vedder in Pearl Jam's new EPK appropriately enough titled Pearl Jam On The Record. In this cool mini-documentary the band discuss their new self-titled album which hits stores on May 2nd. The EPK also features some "in studio" performance footage. So click on over to the full story link to check it out and figure out what Eddie is talking about when he says the vocals and the sounds are like surfing and learn what the band is doing to make sure they literally have a positive influence on the planet. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Talkin Mindcrimes
Day in Rock reports: TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 57 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. The episode features a 30-minute interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with Queensryche frontman, Geoff Tate. Interview topics include "Operation Mindcrime II," Twisted Sister, Ronnie James Dio, Chris Degarmo, Buell Motorcycles, and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Additional podcast topics include Bill Ward, John 5, Michael Angelo Batio, and Guns N' Roses. Pictures as well as the 55-minute podcast can be downloaded at the full story link (also available on iTunes)- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Daniel Johnston's Due
The Tripwire reports: Ten years of struggling to gain acceptance in the music and art worlds would be enough to make most men throw in the towel and get a job at MacDonald's, but not Daniel Johnston. He's been making music and art in relative obscurity (save for a few minutes in the '90s when Kurt Cobain wore his t-shirt) for more than twice that long. 

But finally, after 23 years as a struggling artist, Johnston is having the year of his life. For starters, on March 31, Sony Pictures Classics released the Sundance award-winning film The Devil And Daniel Johnston, a documentary about his troubled yet exceptional life.Last week, Johnston performed at a tribute concert in his honor at Barbican Hall in London featuring Teenage Fanclub, Vic Chesnutt, Jason Pierce of Spiritualized, James Yorkston and Howe Gelb. [see full story for a lot more including album news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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KISS Stink
Blabbermouth reports: As a band, KISS has long been known for its outrageous costumes and explosive stage shows. Now the hardcore glam rockers hope they'll be known not only for their makeup but also for their new pair of fragrances, which are due on 2,000 department store counters this September. A photo of the proposed fragrances can be seen at KissOnline.com.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica Toss Pots
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA's Lars Ulrich has exclusively revealed to Kerrang! magazine that the band's new material has an "old-school" METALLICA flavor.

"The new stuff is much more organic, more old school. It certainly doesn't feel like 'St. Anger' Part Two," Ulrich adds. "When we were rehearsing for our South African shows and started playing the 'St. Anger' stuff, it definitely felt very different to the rest of the set because of how the songs were put together. It was really important to make that record in the way we did because of the chaotic internal vibe at that time: 'St. Anger' was a statement, 55 minutes of brutality packed onto a CD, proving to ourselves that we still had the spark. 'St. Anger' was fun but we don't need to make that album again."[no pots and pans for drums, no shrink and a better producer. Could it be? see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Coachella DVD Deal
Contact Music reports: In a merchandising ploy that could be dubbed, "Buy the Concert Ticket; See the Movie," DVD supplier Image Entertainment is teaming up with Ticketmaster to provide special deals on concert DVDs to anyone purchasing tickets for the Austin City Limits Festival in Texas and the Coachella Valley Music Festival in California. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Yes Say No
Contact Music reports: The future of prog rock supergroup YES looks shaky following news that a planned 2006 reunion tour has been scrapped. The oft-feuding group had scheduled to join up this summer (06), but guitarist STEVE HOWE has set solo dates instead after tiring of one unnamed former bandmate's deliberating. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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