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Report for 04/21/06
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Smashing Pumpkins Return
antiMusic reports: It looks like Billy's newspaper ad worked, The Smashing Pumpkins have reformed. The band is currently writing new material, according to a post on their official website and plan to begin recording this summer. No release date or even details about who rejoined the fold has announced but it looks like the Pumpkins are in for a smashing return.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jagger Sitcom
Gigwise reports: The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger is in talks to star in a sitcom pilot screened by American TV giant ABC. 

Jagger's part will be as a man who becomes the target of a robbery by a group of blue collars boys in New York. 

Jeff Goldbloom was originally touted for the role, but program creators soon switched to Jagger as the centrepiece of the show.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Darkness Reality TV
Yahoo reports: According to the London newspaper The Sun, U.K. hair-metal heroes the Darkness have been approached to star in a bizarre new reality TV show called Band In A Bubble. 

The program would feature the spandex-sheathed rockers locked inside a sealed capsule in London's Trafalgar Square for a month, while they are filmed 24/7 recording their new album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fruit & Nut
Contact Music reports: Dance star MOBY is the favourite to produce rocker COURTNEY LOVE's latest album, revealing they have discussed potential ideas already. The PLAY hitmaker has huge admiration for the former HOLE star and hopes he can steer her music in a new direction. [getting her to sign in key would be a good start. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR audition
Blabbermouth reports: Boston-based guitarist Joshua Craig was called to audition for GUNS N' ROSES last week presumably as the replacement for Buckethead, who quit the group in early 2004. In a statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Craig expressed his "complete admiration and repect for the opportunity to audition for such a great orginazation where everyone was the most polite and kind musicians and crew." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Down DVD
KNAC reports: New Orleans-based super-group, Down featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo (Superjoint Ritual, Pantera), Corrosion of Conformity guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Superjoint Ritual), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera) and guitarist Kirk Windstein (Crowbar), commence their first ever European tour on May 17 in Hamburg, Germany.

The band will be filming/taping the European shows for a future DVD. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Doherty Avoids Jail Again
Ananova reports: Pete Doherty has avoided a jail sentence after pleading guilty to multiple drugs charges.

The singer was sentenced to a community order with two years' supervision, an 18 month drug rehabilitation programme and a six month driving ban at Thames Magistrates Court.[looks like he is gonna have to kill someone before they take him off the streets. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hold On... Doherty Arrested
BBC reports: Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty has been arrested in east London on suspicion of drugs possession only hours after a court appearance. 

The singer, 27, was held with another man by plain clothes officers in Roman Road, London E2, on Thursday afternoon. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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FCC Payola Probe
Reuters reports: U.S. regulators have intensified their probe into four big radio station chains for possible violations of rules that bar secret payments being made in exchange for airplay of music, officials said on Thursday.

The Federal Communications Commission sent letters of inquiry to Clear Channel Communications Inc., CBS Corp., Citadel Broadcasting Corp. and Entercom Communications Corp., two FCC officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stapp Suit Dismissed
AP reports: An invasion of privacy lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she participated in a sex video with Scott Stapp and Kid Rock was dismissed by a judge who said the woman cannot sue if she remains anonymous.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cursive Summer
CMJ reports: The emotional Nebraskans in Cursive are currently in the studio finishing the follow-up to 2003's The Ugly Organ. Though there is no tracklisting available (the band is still referring to songs by number, not title), Tim Kasher and Co. just announced that the album will be called Happy Hollow and that it will be preceded by the July 11 release of a so-far unnamed single. Saddle Creek will release the full record August 22. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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KFed Listening Party
TMZ reports: It promises be the musical event of the year, in a way. Kevin Federline is hosting a listening party this Friday at posh Las Vegas nightclub Pure. Inevitably a large contingent of K-Fed's scruffy hangers-on and his C-list music producers will be in attendance. 

But in an interesting turn of supportive wifeliness, Britney Spears is planning to attend and has even gone so far as to put 11 of her own friends on the guest lists for the party, sources say. [Sat headline: Mass Suicide in LA... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Megadeth Recording
Blabbermouth reports: MEGADETH commenced the recording process for the follow-up to 2004's "The System Has Failed" on Wednesday (April 19) in a studio outside of London, England with producer Jeff Balding. Recording is planned to continue over the next two weeks with director Michael Sarna (who directed the band's "Of Mice And Men" video) filming the process. Exclusive clips will be available to MEGADETH Fan Club members.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy Does Dylan
Blabbermouth reports: MOUNTAIN guitarist Leslie West recently told the Lansing State Journal that Ozzy Osbourne will record guest vocals for an upcoming BOB DYLAN tribute album. The disc will be an electrified take on Dylan's classics and will feature A-list names such as Todd Wolf, who has written, produced and performed for Sheryl Crow's band. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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More GNR NYC Dates
BW&BK reports: According to Live Nation, GN'R will play two additional shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The two new dates are May 12th and 14th. Tickets go on sale April 21st.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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gODHEAD Return
TuneLab reports: gODHEAD have posted the first single, "Trapped in Your Lies", from their new album 'The Shadow Line' on their MySpace player. The disc is set for a July 18th release via Universal.[see full story for a news about a special gig]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Skindred US
TuneLab reports: Skindred will return to the U.S. for two shows on May 26th in Orlando, FL at the House of Blues and May 27th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at The Revolution. The band is also set to begin recording their sophomore album next month with a release date set for late summer/early fall.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Asesino Set Date
The PRP reports: Asesino (Static-X, ex-Fear Factory) are now plotting a June 06th release date for their new album "Cristo Satanico", which will contain 15 tracks. The first single from it, entitled "Regresando Odio", features guest appearances from Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser[see full story for more including a link to the song and tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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3 Inches Of Slipknot
The PRP reports: After having recently helped produce some demos for the band, Slipknot's Joey Jordison will enter the studio with 3 Inches Of Blood early this fall to produce their upcoming new album for Roadrunner.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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