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Report for 08/16/06
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Song: Alice in Chains Video Box

Reviews: All That Remains | Kickbacks | Elan | Strapping Young Lad

Blink Fight!
TMZ reports: [we couldn't resist this one..]When Hollywood couples move to Splitsville, it never seems to be a smooth transition. The recent split between Blink 182's Travis Barker and wife and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler is no exception, and now the split has spilled into MySpace.

Shanna "officially" commented on the split last Tuesday on her MySpace page, telling fans that she was devastated by the demise of her marriage. Now, following in her footsteps, Travis Barker has lashed back with a detailed blog on his MySpace page describing in his opinion what life with the Barkers was actually like and what it was that he says wrecked their marriage.

Travis says at one point he found condoms at his house and says "we don't use condoms ever." He talks about her alleged partying and claims that a "normal" day is him and the kids getting up around 7 a.m. while Shanna sleeps in until 2 p.m The nanny, who he says the kids often call "mommy," gets the kids ready for the day while Shanna takes care of more important things like getting her nails done. Barker also says his wife didn't tell him about her turn on "Dancing with the Stars." [see full story for more] [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lil Drug Bust
MTV reports: Rapper Lil Wayne was arrested Monday in Atlanta on charges of possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, according to a copy of his arrest report obtained by MTV.

The 23-year-old MC (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter) was released from Georgia's Fulton County Jail on $11,000 bond following his arrest. Police claim the rapper was in possession of several unlabeled bottles. [see full story for more][see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bruno Kirby RIP
TMZ reports: Bruno Kirby, a veteran character actor who costarred in "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers" and many other films, has died at age 57, his wife said Tuesday. 

Kirby died Monday in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia, according to a statement from his wife, Lynn Sellers. [see full story for more but we leave you with this, Bruno did rock! ] - Click Here for the Full Story 


RIAA Drops Dead Case
music.tinfoil reports: BoingBoing's Cory Doctorow writes: Today, an RIAA spokesperson, Jonathan Lamy, contacted me today with this statement: Our hearts go out to the Scantleberry family for their loss. We had decided to temporarily suspend the productive settlement discussions we were having with the family. Mr. Scantleberry had admitted that the infringer was his stepson, and we were in the process settling with him shortly before his passing. Out of an abundance of sensitivity, we have elected to drop this particular case. 

I wrote back to ask him this followup question: Where was the "abundance of sensitivity" when the RIAA failed to initially drop its case against the Scantleberry family following the death of the named defendant in the case? Given that this "abundance" only materialized within 24 hours of this story hitting several large news outlets and blogs isn't it fair to say that the RIAA is demonstrating sensitivity to its public image, and not its sensitivity to the Scantleberry family?[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


The Mars Urine
The PRP reports: The Mars Volta's recent live set in Auburn, WA this past Saturday, August 12th took a turn for the worse when around halfway through their set, the group were pelted with bottles filled with urine by members of the crowd. Unsurprisingly, the show was cut short.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Madonna Hate Crime?
E! reports: If Madonna doesn't change her ways, she could be going from "Hung Up" to locked up. German prosecutors have announced plans to monitor the erstwhile Material Girl's Sunday concert in Duesseldorf to see if she goes ahead with the mock-crucifixion routine that has been drawing religious ire since her Confessions tour kicked off in May. 

If Madonna goes through with the Jesus-channeling act and the locals find it insulting, she could face a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Meaning, Madonna's next reinvention could be as an inmate.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Peeping Who
thetripwire reports: Like Peeping Tom? Good. You still have several chances to check Mike Patton (and his cast of crazies) out live on their current tour with Gnarls Barkley. However, we just got the word that they are continuing their tour...and this time its with The Who! Oh hells yeah! Peep the dates [at the full story link] and get your mojo runnin'.

Oh, and there's a rumor that there might be more dates after September 21, so watch out![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Warped Crashers
PR reports: DC-based Hotspur, recent loser of the Warped Tour Battle of The Bands, won't take rejection sitting down. "We had a ton of plays in that contest, more than a lot of bands. We didn't win. So, we had to take matters into our own hands." Appearing at The Nissan Pavilion on August 10th, uninvited, with their merch mannequin, Jenna, the band wove through the crowd, selling CDs to concert-goers, and soliciting people waiting in signing lines at merch tables. After selling over 100 copies of their new album 'Beta' and slowing down the lines for other bands, Hotspur were eventually confronted by an irritated Armor For Sleep. After winning them over, and selling their album to the entire crew from The Academy Is, Hotspur continued their sales pitch to fans and artists alike, eventually selling out their CDs and tickets for their upcoming radio showcase on Thursday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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All that Radio
PR reports: All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte will take a break from the band's busy touring schedule to hang with his good friend and Hard Attack host Mario inside the Sirius sattelite radio studios Aug. 16. Labonte holds nothing back, and will be talking about past band troubles, vocal influences, the band's spot on the second stage of Ozzfest, the band's new record, and of course some of his favorite bands. Make sure to tune in Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 9pm (eastern) to hear tracks from All That Remains record, 'The Fall of Ideals,' (5 stars on anti) alongside hand-picked music from some of Labonte's favorite bands, new and old. The interview will also be re-broadcast Sunday, Aug 20 at 12pm (eastern) for those that can't catch it the first time. Additionally, the lead single/video from 'The Fall of Ideals,' "This Calling," can currently be seen on Fuse's "Uranium" as well as MTV2's "Headbangers Ball." The video can also be found at online on the band's website at the full story link- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Genghis Tron UK
SMN reports: Genghis Tron have confirmed the following UK tour dates:

November 10 - Hastings @ Heroes Club
November 12 - Coventry @ Jailhouse
November 13 - Bournemouth @ The Gander
November 14 - Brighton @ Engine Room
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Radio Rebellion Tour
SMN reports: Dates have been announced for the Radio Rebellion Tour featuring Norma Jean, Between The Buried And Me, Fear Before The March Of Flames, Misery Signals, The Fully Down, And The Confession:

October 6 - Nashville, TN @ Rcktwn 
October 7 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall 
October 8 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues 
October 10 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House 
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Guns N' Frisco
SMN reports: GUNS N' ROSES has announced two small San Francisco shows at The Warfield in the month of September. Tickets for the gigs will cost $75 and go on sale this Sunday with opening bands yet to be announced.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Deep Zeppelin
blabbermouth reports: Robert Plant has signed on for a benefit concert in London that will also feature DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice and former PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord. They'll perform with a house band that includes ex-WHITESNAKE guitarist Bernie Marsden, ROXY MUSIC guitarist Phil Manzanera, and former PAUL MCCARTNEY keyboardist Paul "Wix" Wickens. The September 14 event at the Porchester Halls is billed as The Sunflower Jam, and it will raise money for complimentary therapies like spiritual healing, therapeutic touch, reflexology, and aromatherapy massage, which will be administered alongside more traditional cancer treatments[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blind Melon Reissue
blabbermouth reports: BLIND MELON's "Live at the Palace" CD will be reissued on October 17 with expanded packaging on Capitol/EMI. 

Recorded in Los Angeles on October 11, 1995, BLIND MELON's "Live at the Palace" CD captured the band at their creative and dynamic peak: the group was touring in support of their second album and had hit its collective stride. It would turn out to be BLIND MELON's swan song, as their charismatic frontman Shannon Hoon would only live 10 days longer, felled by drug addiction. Now, the group's surviving members - bassist Brad Smith, guitarists Christopher Thorn and Rogers Stevens and drummer Glen Graham - have updated the CD release with expanded packaging that includes intimate liner notes by Stevens and never-before-seen tour photographs by Danny Clinch.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eagles of Blackhearts
punkbands reports: Fresh off this summer's Warped Tour, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have announced tour dates for the fall with the Eagles Of Death Metal. Jett just released her new record Sinner via her Blackheart Records label. Eagles of Death Metal, which features Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, recently released Death By Sexy.

The tour will be supported by Volcom acts Valient Thorr and the Riverboat Gamblers as well as BYO band Throw Rag. [see full story for dates]
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