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Report for 02/06/06
GNR Reunion?
Blabbermouth reports: Will GUNS N' ROSES's classic lineup and METALLICA perform at this year's Download Festival? Legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin seems to think so. According to a February 3, 2006 posting on Halfin's official web site, "the original lineup [of GUNS N' ROSES] is supposed to play Download in June with their metal chums, METALLICA, if Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] can be bothered to turn up."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Simonless Idol
Contact Music reports: Image-conscious pop mogul SIMON COWELL will quit hosting AMERICAN IDOL as soon as his five year contract runs out, because he doesn't want to grow old on television.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fury Van Crash
Mammoth Press reports: The following is a message from Jeremy Lublin of We Are The Fury

Hey everyone. Friday afternoon we were involved in a serious accident while driving through Colorado. We crashed our van around the Vail Passage area of Route 70 near Breckenridge. We were driving through a heavy snowstorm on our way home from Los Angeles when we hit ice and lost control of our vehicle and slammed into the guardrail. Surprisingly, the guardrail held and we didn't fall down the five hundred foot mountain drop, which is a miracle. As we were sliding toward the edge our trailer jackknifed and snapped off. This prevented the van from flipping and rolling over the side of the mountain, which is a damn good thing because if we had gone over the edge I definitely would not be here describing the accident to you. For the most part, we are all alright aside from being a bit shook up. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Love Freed
Gigwise reports: Seemingly reformed rocker Courtney Love has been released from a court home detention order by a judge in Los Angeles.

The decision came after Love's recent attempts to clean up her lifestyle and combat her well publicised drug addiction.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smashing Reunion Confirmed
CMJ reports: Though no official, Corgan-sanctioned announcement has been made, news is trickling in from different sources confirming that Smashing Pumpkins are indeed reuniting this spring. NME is reporting that a spokesperson for Azoff Management confirmed Thursday that they had signed Jimmy Chamberlin and Billy Corgan, who are working on new music together, as Smashing Pumpkins. Melissa Auf Der Maur, the band's former bassist, also confirmed a reunion in interviews this week.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jason Sears RIP
MTV reports: Former Rich Kids on LSD frontman Jason Sears, 38, died Tuesday in Tijuana, Mexico, where he was receiving treatment for a drug addiction at an alternative detox clinic, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The cause of death was determined to be pulmonary thrombosis[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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It's the Bad Music Stupid
AP reports: While one-quarter of the nation's music fans say they've downloaded songs onto their computers legally or otherwise a new nationwide poll suggests music executives should look elsewhere to explain their business woes. 

Three in every four fans complain that compact discs are too expensive, and 58 percent complain that music in general is getting worse, according to the poll conducted for The Associated Press and Rolling Stone magazine. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Armstrong Leaves Crow
AP reports: Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow have split, the couple announced in a joint statement Friday night. The seven-time Tour de France champion and the rock star announced their engagement in September. It would have been her first marriage and his second. He has three children from a previous marriage.[Rumor has it that Lance finally heard Crow's version of "Sweet Child of Mine" and that caused the split.. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lipsync Warning
Gigwise reports: A new campaign is being launched to try and persuade broadcasters to inform viewers when an artist in miming or playing live.

The Musicians' Union is to launch the movement in March and will be campaigning for a logo to be flashed up on screen to tell the audience whether a performance is live or has recorded or mimed elements according to the BBC. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Behind the Ratt
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on former RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy's web site, VH1's upcoming "Behind the Music" special focusing on RATT will air the first week of April. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy Diet Ad
Blabbermouth reports: U.K.'s Checkout magazine is reporting that Unilever UK Foods is launching a TV campaign for its "I can't believe it's not Butter" brand featuring Ozzy Osbourne and impersonator Jon Culshaw.

The 7-million-pound campaign goes live this month and is designed to support the relaunch of the product[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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With Honor Voice Swap
Blabbermouth reports: Connecticut hardcore heavyweights WITH HONOR have parted ways with vocalist Todd Mackey. However, "despite the recent departure of our singer, we will still be appearing on all upcoming tours and shows, including the East Coast run with STRIKE ANYWHERE and a European tour this summer with IGNITE," the band write in a statement. "We are stoked to announce that our longtime friend Kevin White 'Whitey' (former SICK OF IT ALL tech/current SCREAM OUT vocalist) has agreed to take on vocal duties for all upcoming shows.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Concert Assault Verdict
Blabbermouth reports: The Associated Press is reporting that a Pennsylvania couple who claimed they were roughed up by security guards at a POISON concert won $650,000 from Clear Channel Entertainment Inc. 

An Allegheny County jury on Thursday (Feb. 2) found Clear Channel participated in the "assault, battery or false imprisonment" of Marco and Kathryn Lopez, of Crafton, and was negligent in the hiring, training or supervision of its guards at the Post-Gazette Pavilion.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Take Action DC
Punkbands reports: To kick off The Sub City Take Action Tour, a press conference will be held on March 1st at 10:30am inside the U.S. Capitol Building followed by an acoustic set by tour headliners Matchbook Romance. Speaking at the event will be Democratic Senator Patrick Kennedy from Rhode Island, Louis Posen (President of Hopeless and Sub City Records), Reese Butler (founder of The Kristen Brooks Hope Center), and others. Punks and politicians alike will demand the government fully fund and support suicide prevention efforts in this country.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Chevelle-in-law
The Gauntlet reports: Chevelle have added their brother-in-law Dean Bernardini as the permanent replacement for bassist Joe Loeffler, who departed from the group this past year. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Collective Soul Rock LA
antiMusic reports: Collective Soul rocked a packed house on Thursday night during their CD/DVD release party at the Roxy. The band played a full set including many of the songs featured on the new Double CD & DVD releases of "Home: A Live Concert Recording With The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra" including "Run," "December," "The World I Know," "Heavy," and the show stopping encore "Shine". antiMusic was on hand for the show and can report that the band was in fine form and never sounded better. You don't see many shows in LA where members of the audience leaving singing the songs. 

The DVD and double CD hits stores on Tuesday and will be released on the band's own El Music Group record label. See the full story link to watch the video for "How Do You Love Me" from the new DVD. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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