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L.A. Guns Tour 
Blabbermouth reports: L.A. GUNS founding member Tracii Guns has reunited with original members Paul Black and Nickey Alexander for a special series of shows to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary. 

"It's been great jamming with the guys I started this journey with 20 years ago," says Guns. "All the classics sound better than ever and we will be performing them all as well as some surprises at these special shows!"

Confirmed dates so far (more to be announced soon): 
Sep. 01 - Florence City Music Festival - Florence, SC 
Sep. 02 - Ambrosia Amphitheater - Trinidad, West Indies (w/ SCORPIONS)
Sep. 09 - Prime Time - Burnsville, MN
[see full story for more and Tracii's outspoken thoughts about Phil Lewis and company's statement from last week] 
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Brothermandude Set Sail
PR reports: One of this summer's hottest tickets throughout London's West End is preparing to come to the US - Brothermandude (BMD), one of the UK's most original new bands, have been confirmed to go out with Starsailor on their North American tour this fall.

BMD will be touring the US in support of their upcoming self-titled debut disc out September 26th on Adrenaline Music Group. The first single, "Automatic," already a popular download, is a casual groove-driven summer anthem that slips in to an irresistible chorus.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gomez Jaywalking
PR reports: British rockers Gomez will return to North American shores this September for their first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday, September 22. Gomez will perform material from their critically acclaimed album "How We Operate" (ATO Records) which not only hit the #1 spot on the National Non-Commercial Radio airplay chart but whose powerhouse title track landed at #9 this week on Radio & Records AAA National Airplay chart. 

In addition, Gomez joins Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu this September for a string of dates and will join Mike Doughty for a co-headlining show in Sacramento. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Life of Agony Spoiler
Blabbermouth reports: Alan Robert - bassist, co-founder and primary songwriter for New York's LIFE OF AGONY - has announced that he has launched a new project called SPOILER NYC. The three-piece punk outfit is lead by Robert on vocals and bass and rounded out by longtime friend "Junkyard" Chris Silletti on guitar and Tommy Clayton on drums.

SPOILER NYC's debut CD, entitled "Grease Fire in Hell's Kitchen", will be available in September via the group's official web site.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vinyl Bastards
PR reports: Besides of the cd and slipcase-cd editions of Bastards & Killers, through Megahard and Marquee Records, the brazilian heavy metal band Dominus Praelii signed with the label Dark Sun to release a vinyl edition of their last album, which release is expected to August.

The band is still playing in the Be a Banger or Be a Bastard South American Tour - 2006, which should pass through 50 cities of South America, a number never reached before by a rock/metal band before.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Agalloch Preview
PR reports: Pacific Northwest band Agalloch's long-awaited and much-anticipated new album 'Ashes Against The Grain' (out August 8th on THE END RECORDS) is now streaming on mp3.com [see full story link] 

In other AGALLOCH news, the band will be making their first appearance in Europe in the fall as openers on the NOVEMBERS DOOM headlining tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Motion Man Goes Soph
PR reports: Threshold Recordings proudly announces another Motion Man / Kutmasta Kurt collaboration entitled Pablito's Way that will be released on September 12th, 2006. Although Motion Man has appeared on dozens of other established rapper's songs, Pablito's Way marks Motion's second full-length solo album. Kutmasta Kurt's signature production sound showcases Motion's distinct, animated voice and offbeat flow on Pablito's Way. The album also features guest artists Too Short, Mistah Fab, Fat Hed & LC, Dizzy Dustin from Ugly Ducking, Gift of Gab, DJ Q-Bert, and the legendary Kool Keith. [get a taste at the full story link] 
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Depeche Mode Nix Israel Gig
MTV reports: Depeche Mode have been forced to cancel their Thursday concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. Since the Hayarkon Park performance was supposed to cap the band's tour, there are no plans to reschedule the gig.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lohan Dropped
Contact Music reports: LINDSAY LOHAN has reportedly been fired by her UK record label Island Records after she failed to travel to London for a planned promotional campaign for her album SPEAK. The disc, which was recorded last year (05), ended up being shelved by the furious pop bosses, who are now snubbing her completely. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bono's Clout
Contact Music reports: Campaigning rocker BONO has been named the most influential pop star of the past 25 years in a survey by Britain's MTV channel. The U2 frontman, well known for his campaigns for fair trade and debt relief in the developing world, came top of a poll to mark the music channel's 25 years of broadcasting.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzfest Rebate
PR reports: To help promote the upcoming 2006 Ozzfest Tour and DVD, Live Nation has teamed up with FYE and Alphabit using WindowsMedia.com for a special promotion and contest giveaway. Fans who purchase tickets to this summer's Ozzfest concert will receive a rebate for the Ozzfest: 10th Anniversary DVD exclusively at FYE retail stores. Alphabit, a leading digital content distributor, will work with Microsoft to promote the DVD offer through WindowsMedia.com. To further promote the disc, Alphabit will conduct a special contest offering fans a chance to win an Autographed Ozzfest 10th Anniversary DVD by Ozzy himself. The contest will begin August 1, 2006 and run through August 7th 2006. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stop Oasis
Gigwise reports: Oasis have announced the track listing for their forthcoming greatest hits LP 'Stop The Clocks'.

As previously reported on Gigwise the 18 track affair will be released on November 20 and all songs have been chosen by the band.

The track listing is:
Some Might Say
Don't Look Back In Anger
D'You Know What I Mean?
All Around The World
Go Let It Out
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Stones Shuffle
Reuters reports: The Rolling Stones will play a second concert in the Canadian city of Regina during their fall North American tour, and have accordingly rescheduled their dates for Missoula and Wichita. 

In addition to a sold-out October 8 stop at Regina's Mosaic Stadium, the band will now play there on October 6 [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spice Tweens - Biz Hits Another Low
Reuters reports: The Slumber Party Girls, a manufactured group consisting of five multiethnic teens who sing, dance and act, are taking corporate pop to a new level. 

The combo was formed by Geffen Records and merchandising firm DIC Entertainment, who auditioned more than 1,000 girls as part of a strategy of targeting youngsters (and their parents) with a multimedia blitz. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hooker in a Box
PR reports: John Lee Hooker, master bluesman and undisputed father of boogie, recorded for more than 30 labels over a span of nearly 50 years. Amazingly, he has never had a definitive career box set - until now. On October 31, 2006, Shout! Factory will release Hooker, a 4-CD set that culls material from all eras - from a primitive 1948 recording of "Boogie Chillen'" to a version of the same song recorded exactly 50 years later in 1998 with Eric Clapton.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Camp Bisco V
PR reports: The Disco Biscuits have announced Camp Bisco V's artist lineup. Joining them on the bill will be The Roots, Thievery Corporation (DJ set), Shpongle (Simon Posford) Twisted, UK, Brazilian Girls, The ITCH featuring John Medeski (MMW), Eric Krasno (Soulive), and Eric Deitch, RJD2, The New Deal, The Benevento Russo Duo, Younger Brother (Hallucinogen, Sphongle/Prometheus) Twisted, UK, Perpetual Groove, The Juan McLean, Brothers Past, Lotus, Pnuma Trio, Benzos, Burndown All-Stars, Psylab, Infradig, Future Rock (Performing the music of Aphex Twin), Orchard Lounge, Elemental Harmonics, Moonbox, Moving Matter, Japhy Ryder, Mike Myers-local 13/XM RADIO, Adam Deitch Project.

Camp Bisco V will take place on August 25 and 26 at Hunter Mountain Ski Resort and Lodge in Hunter, New York. The festival will take place at the base of this world-class Catskill Mountains resort. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Keys Magic
PR reports: The Black Keys make their Nonesuch Records debut September 12 with their new album Magic Potion. Magic Potion is the band's fourth album and the follow up to 2004's critically acclaimed Rubber Factory, which was named one of the best albums of the year by Entertainment Weekly. The New Yorker called the album, "Direct, consistent, powerful, and loud...one of the best rock releases of the year."

Check out West Coast tour dates at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mailbag: Let Them Hear Pop
antiMusic reports: We got lots of emails here about our coverage. Some just call out for a public response and that's where the Mailbag comes in. Here is an email about an article we ran a couple days about Bo Bice fans launching a petition in hopes of getting Clive Davis to let him rock on his next CD. 

Katherine writes: Your Bo Bice article was stupid! Clive Davis isn't going to listen to a bunch of stupid whiners. Rolling Stone's story was much more realistic especially when they said "Did someone really think Clive was going to let him write his own record?" I agree that's not how the music business works! 

Response: Katherine, Katherine, Katherine. That RS quote is perfect! While they probably intended it as an ass-kissing to Clive Davis (after all, they want to keep covering his lame roster) and his supposed "genius" in producing throwaway pop stars, it really says it all. Clive would never in a million years give the fans what they want. He'd rather give them his vision of what they should hear instead of the music that they would actually buy. What RS and Clive obviously missed was why Bo Bice was actually popular on American Idol in the first place; he was different from all of the "pop" singers on that show. His fans voted for him because they liked his "rock" style and they voted again once they heard Clive's "pop" make-over by not buying his CD. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that his fans loved it when he rocked and expected that from his album. What they got instead was another Clive Davis glossed over pop CD that is the musical equivalent to fastfood. Bo's CD would probably have sold far better if Clive would have allowed him to be himself. Fake and flashy may sell here today, gone later today pop CDs in the millions but it will kill a rock career faster than you can say Kelly Osbourne. Davis may be a mastermind when it comes to disposable pop but he has shown time after time that he hasn't got a clue when it comes to rock. If he was smart he'd give Bo and his fans what they want, a Bo Bice CD not a bunch of Nickelback-Lite prefab, TRL friendly, focus-grouped tunes that no one will remember in a year. Millions voted for Bice for a reason, the same millions didn't buy his album for the very same reason. If they had wanted a pop singer posing as a rocker then they would have voted that Constantine guy into the finals. Though they were on the same show, Bo Bice fans are not necessarily Clay Aiken fans. Too bad the 'geniuses" don't get that simple fact. Wanna know why album sales keep dropping? Look at the RS quote again, it really says it all; the labels are not giving the fans what they want and killing promising careers in the process. That Katherine is what is truly stupid. 
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