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Club Fire Bankruptcy
Blabbermouth reports: The Associated Press reports that a court has accepted a bankruptcy petition from the owners of a nightclub where 100 people died in a 2003 fire started during a GREAT WHITE concert, freeing them from potential civil liability, their lawyer said.

Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, owners of The Station nightclub, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last September, saying their debts far exceeded their assets. They released a statement Wednesday (August 16) saying it had been accepted in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Darkness Not Dropped
SMN reports: THE DARKNESS have, in fact, not been dropped by their US label, Atlantic Records, after only two albums. Despite their 2005 effort, "One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back," failing to garner the same success as their debut "Permission To Land," which went gold in the States and double-platinum in the UK, the band are looking to release their third album in early 2007.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sparta Tour
punkbands reports: Sparta have booked a number of dates with Sound Team and Lola Ray. More stops are pending with As Tall As Lions. Here's the schedule:
September 28th Pomona, CA - Glass House
September 29th Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's
October 02nd Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
October 03rd Austin, TX - Emo's
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C-Murder House Arrest
E! reports: The rapper formerly known as C-Murder's in the house...again. The gangsta star, whose real name is Corey Miller, was ordered back into home confinement Thursday, two days after a Louisiana appeals court rescinded a lower court's ruling granting his release from house arrest while he awaits a retrial in the shooting death of a teenage boy.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Helloween Cancel Tour
SMN reports: The following message has been posted on HELLOWEEN's official site:"Due to unforeseen logistical and organizational problems, the German melodic metal act HELLOWEEN unfortunately has to call off the planned USA shows and the BW & BN festival in Montreal. Despite good advance ticket sales (where pre sales already where available), North American organizers of the tour could not guarantee an economical and adequate routing of the tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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TBS Home Movie
PR reports: Taking Back Sunday have been nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for "MakeDamnSure," the debut single/video from Louder Now. Fans can vote online through August 31 for their favorite artist in the MTV2 category, which in addition to Taking Back Sunday, includes 30 Seconds to Mars, Three 6 Mafia, Lil Wayne, and Yung Joc. The MTV VMA's air Thursday, August 31. In honor of their nomination, Taking Back Sunday has created an exclusive VMA home movie. Click he full story to watch it. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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House of Freaks Murder Conviction
MTV reports: Ricky Jovan Gray was convicted Thursday of killing former House of Freaks bandmember Bryan Harvey, Harvey's wife Kathryn and their two young daughters. The family was found dead in its Richmond, Virginia, home in January. The jury took just 30 minutes to convict Gray, whose sentencing hearing continues Friday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Finger Eleven Recording
TuneLab reports: Finger Eleven have begun work on their fourth studio album. The group has once again opened up the "Fingerphone" where fans can call up the band and get studio updates. In Canada the number is (416) 529-1198, (347) 284-6711 in the US and f11_telephone via Skype.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metal Subways
Gigwise reports: The Subways have revealed that they're taking a 'heavier' direction on their second album. 

Speaking to Gigwise, drummer Josh Morgan hinted that the trio held back on their first album and are now being experimental. He told us that they've already got 20 to 30 songs completed and a whole load more B-sides. 

Asked whether they're changing musical direction, he said: "Yeah we've got a metal song now! We've gone really heavy, we've completely experimented! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Drum Off 06
Guitar Center reports: Guitar Center today announced the launch of Drum Off 2006, the world's largest and most respected drum competition. Now in its 18th year, Drum Off continues to bring together thousands of the nation's top undiscovered drummers for the chance to compete for incredible prizes, national recognition and the bragging rights of being crowned Drum Off Champion.

Sign-ups for Drum Off 2006 are underway at all Guitar Center stores nationwide (open as of August 1st). Store-level competitions, at which drummers showcase their talent by performing a three-minute drum solo, begin on Sept. 19. Contestants are judged on originality, technique, style, stage presence and overall performance. Drum Off is open to contestants 18 years of age and older. This year's winner will take home a grand prize package worth more than $38,000 including a 2006 Scion tC, a $2,500 Guitar Center shopping spree, Roland V Pro electronic drum, custom designed SoBe Adrenaline Rush drum cases, a PC laptop computer with a $250 download card from Napster and a one-year drum and cymbal endorsement deal.- Click Here for the Full Story 


Rainbow Reissues
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on The Rainbow Fanclan Legacy, RAINBOW's entire catalog will be re-released in two different versions in Japan in August and September. First there is the re-release of the regular CDs on August 30.. On September 27, there is then re-releases of the same CDs as limited-edition versions with cardboard sleeves.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Benedictum Nomination
PR reports: San Diego, CA power metal band BENEDICTUM, featuring vocalist extraordinaire Veronica Freeman, guitarist Pete Wells, drummer Blackie Sanchez, keyboardist Chris Morgan, and bassist Jesse Wright, have been nominated in the Best Hard Rock category at this year's San Diego Music Awards. Awards will be handed out on September 18 at Viejas Concerts in the Park with scheduled live performances by P.O.D. and SWITCHFOOT, among others. Balloting is now underway and votes can be cast online through August 31 at the full story link. 

On the live front, BENEDICTUM has been confirmed for two more festivals following the band's earlier appearances at the Gods of Metal in Italy and Metalway in Gernika and Jerez, Spain. The band will make its Los Angeles live debut on August 27 at Power Prog West alongside NEVERMORE, AGENT STEEL, ZERO HOUR and CAGE before heading south of the border for the third installment of the Monterey Metal Fest, headlined by SLAYER and STRYPER under the Hell and Heaven United banner.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nina Simone DVD
PR reports: Eagle Rock Entertainment, through its wholly-owned Eagle Vision subsidiary, is proud to announce the September 19 release of Live At Montreux 1976 by the late Nina Simone. Simone was one of the great vocal stylists of the 20th Century. Her singular and Afro-centric phrasing, timing and delivery-even when unencumbered by instrumentation-was akin to a jazzman blowing his horn.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Doherty Guilty
Gigwise reports: Pete Doherty has been warned that he faces prison after pleading guilty to drugs charges in court. Doherty appeared at Thames Magistrates Court in London facing five counts of possessing drugs including heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis.

Sentencing will now take place on September 4 and Judge Alison Rose told the Babyshambles front man that her options "most definitely include the possibility of custody". [Possibility? Ok, Judge Ito… See full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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