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Report for 08/09/06
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Song: Breaking Benjamin "The Diary of Jane"

Reviews: Alice Cooper | Motorhead | Crash Kelly | Yattering

Aiken Sued
E! reports: Clay Aiken is finding that fame comes with a thousand different downsides. 

The American Idol runner-up has been sued by the author of an "unauthorized tribute" titled Out of the Blue--"Clay" It Forward, who accuses him of defaming her and conspiring to hurt her book sales. 

According to her court documents, Jeannie Holleman was a neighbor and lifelong friend of the McGhee family--Raleigh, North Carolina, residents who took in Aiken and his mother, Faye Parker, after Parker left her abusive husband, bringing her young son with her. [You can hear the Claybots already… it must all be an anti-Clay conspiracy….. see full story for more. Some of her demands are worth the humor value of a click over. And of course you get to hear the Clayken response] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Korn Murder Arrest
MTV reports: Atlanta police arrested 24-year-old Michael Scott Axley on Monday night and charged him with murder in the beating death of Andrew Richardson, who suffered a fatal brain injury at the July 30 date of Korn's Family Values Tour.

According to police and eyewitness accounts from Richardson's friends, Axley and Richardson got into an argument during the concert and Axley allegedly punched Richardson, sending him crashing to the concrete and causing a fatal brain injury. Richardson died two days later [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Victory Sucks?
punkbands reports: Hawthorne Heights announced this week that they will be leaving their label, Victory Records. The band states that the split is "anything but amicable," and that label head Tony Brummel is to blame.

In the letter, they cite the incident with Ne-Yo (an email from Brummel asking street-teamers to hide his cd's in stores so Hawthorne's own would be more visible to consumers), as well as Brummel's bickering with a program director of a Chicago radio station over airplay (subsequently leaving HH out of radio rotation), as instances of his greed and disregard for the band. The band goes on to explain that they have never received a single artist royalty from Victory, despite selling 1.2 million copies of "The Silence In Black And White."

They describe their relationship with Victory as abusive, claiming they were too afraid of the consequences to speak out against the label. They claim the same is true for every band on Victory's roster. [But it's the biggest label in the universe… oops emo label…. Wait, indie label.. sorry. Their message is pretty damning, see the full story for that. Also they are reportedly suing Victory for lost record sales, lost publishing revenues, lost merch revenues, lost touring revenues and damage to Hawthorne Heights reputation.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Alice in Chains Tour
antiMusic reports: Alice In Chains have mapped out an extensive fall tour of North America. The fun kicks off in Vegas on September 22nd with Hurt coming along for support. Here are the dates: 

09/22 - Las Vegas, NV - the Joint
09/25 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
09/26 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
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Aerosmith Orchestra
Wenn reports: AEROSMITH star STEVEN TYLER is secretly planning a symphonic tour with the BOSTON POPS orchestra. 

The rocker is keen to get back on stage after undergoing throat surgery earlier this year (06) and after rocking with his group this autumn, he wants to front a much bigger band. He says, "My goal is to take songs like HOME TONIGHT and DREAM ON and a s**tload of the good ones and go out with a 50-piece orchestra.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rehab Tour
TuneLab reports: Three Days Grace will be doing a series of free concerts at various rehab centers, treatment facilities and detention centers this summer and fall. "What if you were given the opportunity to turn your life around, if someone looked you in the face when you had no hope left and said: 'This is it my friend... How will you use your three days of grace?'"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spitafield Dewarped
punkbands reports: Spitafield is the latest band to drop off this summer's Warped Tour. In a post on their site, the band had this to say... "we will not be finishing the remaining dates we had on this years Warped Tour. We are very sorry to anyone we've disappointed- but here's how we'll make it up to you: We're playing six of the cities we're missing in a few weeks with our pals Bayside & Valencia. And for the other cities we're missing- we will be back through on a full US tour in October with Lucky Boys Confusion.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blink Divorce
TMZ reports: On the heels of Nick and Jessica's and Dave and Carmen's split, another MTV reality show couple has called it quits.

According to PEOPLE magazine, blink-182's Travis Barker has filed for divorce from his "Meet the Barkers" co-star and wife, Shanna Moakler. The couple were married in 2004 and have two children: son Landon, 2, and daughter Alabama, 7 months.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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punkbands reports: The latest band to drop off of the Vans Warped Tour is Tooth and Nail's own mewithoutYou. They cite tour bus repair, as well as lead singer Aaron Weiss' throat problems, as reasons for discontinuing their stay on the tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Venom Reschedule
SMN reports: After having their original tour (which was supposed to kick off this Sunday) cancelled, VENOM have rescheduled their North American tour. Initial rescheduled dates, which will no longer feature DEVILDRIVER, are as follows:

September 5 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
September 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metal Church Tour
SMN reports: METAL CHURCH have lined up the following tour dates to kick off the new year:

January 12 - Aurora, CO @ Hubba's House of Rock
January 13 - Ft Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
January 14 - Topeka, KS @ Static Bar
January 15 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Early November Tour
punkbands reports: The Early November / Steel Train / Valencia / Pete Nischt Tour will take place before the NFG tour. This tour is a small east coast tour and The Early November is headlining it! According to the bands website it is going to be a more intimate setting with songs you want to hear- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Audioslave Tour Delay
Blabbermouth reports: AUDIOSLAVE will release its third album, "Revelations", on September 5, but don't expect to see the band on the road until 2007. Frontman Chris Cornell told Launch that unlike the group's previous releases, this time AUDIOSLAVE plans to let fans spend some time with the album before it goes on tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dismember Russia
Blabbermouth reports: Long-running Swedish death metallers DISMEMBER will embark on a tour of Russia and Ukraine in September. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sep. 03 - Kiev (UA) - Ckm nau 
Sep. 06 - St. Petersburg (RU) - Arctica 
Sep. 07 - Rjazan (RU) - Planetarij 
Sep. 08 - Moscow (RU) - Relax
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Porcupine Tree Deal
Blabbermouth reports: Roadrunner Records U.K. has announced the signing of epic rockers Porcupine Tree. 

Evolving from one man's self-indulgent creative outlet back in 1992, PORCUPINE TREE has grown into a well-respected major-label-signed four-piece who have released several albums. Their most recent, 2005's "Deadwing", served to further skyrocket the band's renown and they are currently hard at work on a brand new record - set for release on Roadrunner (excluding North America and Japan) in early 2007.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gamma Ray Still Free
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on GAMMA RAY's official web site, the German power metallers' next album, which is due out late 2007, will be entitled "Land of the Free Part II". As the name suggests, the CD will be a conceptual continuation of the group's 1995 classic "Land of the Free".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Grease Is The Turd
TMZ reports: NBC today announced a new reality series to air mid-season which will allow viewers to choose the leads in the Broadway production of "Grease." The show will take its title from the musical itself -- "You're the One That We Want."

The new production of "Grease" will open on Broadway in June 2007 [in related news NBCs rating will hit an all time low in the new season… see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bloated Boss
Billboard reports: An expanded edition of Bruce Springsteen's latest album, "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions," will arrive in stores October 3, a month later than originally planned. 

The "American Land Edition" of the Columbia Records set takes its name from a Springsteen original that debuted at the tail end of a recent North American tour. [the cd will also sport 4 more tracks from the DualDisc version and more, see full story for full details…] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Want a New Drug? It'll Cost Ya
AP reports: Mario Cipollina, a founding member of Huey Lewis & the News, has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of heroin and methamphetamine possession, court officials said. 

Cipollina, 51, who played bass in the band, entered the plea Monday. He was being held in the Marin County jail without bail because the charges violated the terms of his probation for previous felony burglary and petty theft convictions, said Deputy District Attorney Linda Witong.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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