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Report for 08/04/06
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Song: Hinder - "Lips of an Angel" video

Reviews: Cheap Trick | Birds of Prey | Eddie Cohn | Peril Interview

Indecent Concert Assault
Blabbermouth reports: Michael Gelbwasser of TheSunChronicle.com reports that a man at Tuesday night's (August 1) Ozzfest at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts was charged with indecent assault for allegedly reaching under a woman's skirt after the show.

Joseph Rinaldi, 42, of Cranston, R.I., was released after posting $860 bail after his arraignment in Attleboro District Court on Wednesday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vatican Vs Madonna
AP reports: Madonna's plans to stage a mock crucifixion during a Sunday concert in Rome have drawn fire from religious leaders, who have condemned the stunt as "an act of open hostility" toward the Roman Catholic Church.

"To crucify yourself in the city of the pope and the martyrs is an act of open hostility," Cardinal Ersilio Tonini was quoted as saying in La Stampa daily on Wednesday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Knack Brain Surgery
PR reports: Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack, underwent surgery today at Cedars Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles for removal of two brain tumors. According to Dr. John Yu, the surgery was successful and Fieger is expected to have a full recovery.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Scam Lee Roth
BW&BK reports: One sure way to lose money in the concert business is to pay an advance deposit to a scam artist posing as a booking agent. These frauds are not uncommon and are generally low priority matters when reported to police. 

Such is the case with a con man posing as the agent for DAVID LEE ROTH. At least three different U.S. nightclubs were taken in by the scam and two of them, including The Venue in Scottsdale, Ariz., lost thousands of dollars in deposits. 

Diamond Dave switched his representation in May from CAA to Monterey International where Garry Buck is the responsible agent. The scammer appears to be working out of the Chicago area and has used a variety of names. Much to the real agent's chagrin, he has even claimed to be "Gary Buck."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica Muzak
Blabbermouth reports: How many sleepless nights have new parents spent trying to soothe a restless newborn? With the August 29 release of "Lullaby Renditions of Metallica", a solution is on the way. Enter Sandman.

That's right, the music that set the standard for aggressive, concussion-inducing rock will soon be lulling infants to sleep through dreamy re-workings of their head-banging fury. Classics like "Battery" and "Master of Puppets" feature glockenspiel, vibraphone, melotron, harps, bells and more. The music is arranged and performed by Michael Armstrong. Part of the Rockabye Baby! series from Baby Rock Records, the METALLICA edition includes 11 of the band's most well-known songs. [see full story for all the gory details and a link to samples.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tony Ogden RIP
thetripwire reports: Some sad news was just forwarded to me regarding the Britpop group World Of Twist. Although they never made a blip here in the States, they did achieve success with songs such as "The Storm" and "Sons Of The Stage." They may have been best known for their cover of The Rolling Stones' "She's A Rainbow," produced by Martin Hannett. The band's career ended abruptly in 1992, with frontman Tony Ogden leaving the life of rock & roll and retreating to his family's home in northern England. 

Although the cause is still unknown, the cult Madchester icon passed away on July 26. The songwriter was working on demos for his new project, The Bubblegum Secret Pop Explosion, up until his death. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Quickies: Rob Zombie- Blind Guardian- Meshuggah- Lamb of God
Day in Rock reports: Rob Zombie's remake of the horror classic "Halloween" is set to his theaters via Dimension Films on October 19th * A couple of members of Blind Guardian will be on hand as hosts of a preview/ listening party at Lit Lounge in New York City on 8/21. Get a taste of their new CD 'A Twist In The Myth' a few weeks before it hits stores on 9/5! * Meshuggah's "Nothing" will be getting the remix/remaster treatment this fall. The new and improved CD/DVD is set to hit North American stores on Halloween courtesy of Noclue Blast Records. * Up for a little online hunt? Lamb of God have posted a brand new yet hidden song at sacrament2006.com . No word if it's a bonus track or from the forthcoming Sacrament (out Aug 22nd) but a free LOG song is a free LOG song. Click the full story link and good hunting!- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Yorke Recants
Gigwise reports: Thom Yorke has surprising removed his comments calling for Tony Blair's resignation on Radiohead's official website.

As reported on Gigwise yesterday Yorke attacked the British Prime Minister for his role is the current Israeli/Lebanese conflict and his relationship with George W Bush.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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All That Remains Dragonforce 
TuneLab reports: All That Remains will tour with Dragonforce after their run on Ozzfest. Dates are as follows:

September 8th in Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9th in San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 11th in Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
September 12th in Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
September 13th in Seattle, WA @ Showbox
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Himsa Brodeo Tour
SMN reports: HIMSA begin their "West Coast Brodeo" tour today with BECOMING THE ARCHTYPE, DEMIRICOUS, PARKWAY DRIVE and HELL PROMISE.

Dates are as follows: 
August 2 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk 
August 3 - Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's 
August 4 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse 
August 5 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
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Tenacious Jesus
Wenn reports: SCHOOL OF ROCK star JACK BLACK will step into the role of KING HEROD when the original stars of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR reprise their roles for a benefit performance.

Cast members TED NEELEY (JESUS), YVONNE ELLIMAN (MARY MAGDALENE), BARRY DENNEN (PONTIUS PILATE) and BEN VEREEN (JUDAS ISCARIOT) are all reuniting. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Darkest Hour Reissue
Blabbermouth reports: Pittsburgh, PA-based label A-F Records has set an October 3 release date for a collection of DARKEST HOUR's early recordings prior to the band's signing with Victory. The set will mark DARKEST HOUR's ten-year anniversary and will feature over an hour of rare and unreleased material, including three alternate versions of songs from DARKEST HOUR's first release.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lollapalooza UK?
Gigwise reports: Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell has revealed that he is hoping to bring the cult US festival to the UK.

The travelling event which takes place in Chicago this coming weekend has always taken place in America but that could be a bout to change.

Farrell told the NME: "Muse are at the top of the list. I also love Kasabian...I'd love to get Arctic Monkeys. They're fantastic!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ruben Vs Clay Pt II
E! reports: Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken are set for a record store rematch this fall, with both the second-season American Idol champ and runner-up releasing their third albums next month. 

Aiken releases his new effort, A Thousand Different Ways, Sept. 19, while Studdard's The Return drops Sept. 26.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Allele Tour
TuneLab reports: Allele has announced plans to tour with 10 Years and Evans Blue next month. Dates for the tour will be announced shortly. The band has also announced the following headlining dates:

August 5th in Marietta, GA @ The Dark Side
August 23rd in Kansas City, MO @ The Grand Emporium
August 25th in Topeka, KS @ The Static Bar
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ra Deal
TuneLab reports: Ra have announced they have signed with Cement Shoes Records and will be releasing a live album entitled 'Raw' on October 24th. The disc will include tracks from both of their studio albums, 'From One' and 'Duality', as well as a new studio track entitled "Don't Turn Away". [but you gotta see em live, see the full story for details on how and with who] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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