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Report for 02/20/06
More GNR Leaks
antiMusic reports: The good ship Guns N' Roses is leaking like crazy. Two more songs have surfaced online following two leaks last week. One of the new leaked tracks is a studio quality demo of the song "Twat" and the other leak is what appears to be a demo studio mix of the song "The Blues". The rumor mill is also churning at full speed with speculation that the tracks "Prostitute" and "The General" will soon be leaked as well. 

The Axl Rose led Guns N' Roses performed "The Blues" during their 2001 New Year's Eve concert in Las Vegas as well as on their 2002 tour. While the GNR leaks have been big news in the underground and among the Gunner faithful, the mainstream media by-in-large have ignored the story. This has opened the doors to some interesting conspiracy theories. [see full story for those]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gay Aiken Suit
Contact Music reports: Nine fans of AMERICAN IDOL star CLAY AIKEN are considering launching a class action lawsuit against the singer and his record company bosses following US tabloid allegations he's gay.

The unnamed fans were shocked by recent unconfirmed claims from a retired soldier that he enjoyed a gay romp with the singer in a hotel room. In the absence of a firm denial from Aiken, the upset devotees are deliberating filing a class-action lawsuit and a possible Fair Trade Commission complaint [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Guitarist Kidnapped in Van Heist
Lambgoat reports: Wisdom in Chains (Spook City Records) had their van stolen this weekend. What the thief didn't know is that one of the band members was still in the vehicle. See the full story for a statement from guitarist Richie Krutch- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Doherty a Hoax or A Doherty Hoax?
hecklerspray reports: The Internet, famously, is full of a lot of bollocks. But every now and again we hear something that we want to be true so much that it hurts. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. You be the judge. According to an email we got, Pete Doherty is a giant hoax created by Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty of KLF/ burning a million quid/ firing blanks at Brits audiences/ leaving dead sheep lying around fame. Evidence? You want evidence? [see the full story link, this one is rich! Inspired by Weezer no doubt]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rollins' Jihad
punkbands reports: Henry Rollins ran into trouble while flying from Auckland, Australia during the Big Day Out Tour. Apparently, the former hardcore vocalist and author made the mistake of reading Jihad: The Rise of Militant Island in Central Asia while on the flight.

The individual who sat next to Henry had reported him to the government because of the book; while the letter he recieved from the government dismissed the accussation as "idiocy," Henry responded: "I was reading a book called Jihad by Ahmed Rashid which is a history of Central Asia. I didn't speak to the man next to me past how do you do. I think Ahmed Rashid is published by Yale University Press. Bush's alma mater. Please tell your government and everyone in your office to go f*** themselves. Tell them twice. If your boss is looking for something to do, you can tell him I suggest he go f*** himself. Baghdad's safer than my hometown and your PM is a sissy." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Station Fire Update
Blabbermouth reports: According to the Associated Press, prosecutors say the former tour manager of GREAT WHITE, who ignited a deadly fire at a West Warwick nightclub almost three years ago, will testify against the club's owners. Daniel Biechele (BEEK'-lee) pleaded guilty this month to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter and will serve less than 10 years in prison.

When Biechele pleaded guilty, he told a judge that one of the club's owners, Michael Derderian, gave him permission to use pyrotechnics inside the building. Derderian's lawyer denies that allegation. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Queen Doll
Blabbermouth reports: According to ClassicRockRevisited.com, late QUEEN frontman Freddie Mercury has been immortalized in plastic by NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association), which plans to release the 18-inch-tall figure in late May. The designers portrayed Mercury as he was at QUEEN's famous Wembley Stadium concert in 1986[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cult Vs Foos
Blabbermouth reports: THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury was recently asked by a fan on the band's official message board if it's true that while recording their last studio album, 2001's "Beyond Good and Evil", they titled one of the demos "Bring Me the Head of Dave Grohl". "Yes, [it's] true," Astbury replied. "It all started with comments that [Dave] Grohl [ex-NIRVANA drummer and current FOO FIGHTERS frontman] had made about coming to see THE CULT on a dare that appeared in Alternative Press. He went on to say that 'overproduced' music like that made him want to shoot himself." [see full story for more including how Ian feels Lava botched the band's last release]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Complete Orbison
Reuters reports: Sony BMG's Legacy Recordings label is embarking on a two-year campaign to release virtually everything Roy Orbison ever recorded. At the same time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will curate a special exhibit with the help of the rock 'n' roll icon's family.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Suge Vs Dealer
AP reports: Rap-music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has filed a $106-million federal fraud, conspiracy and racketeering lawsuit against a drug dealer he claims tried to extort money from him to curry favor with authorities. The suit was filed Thursday against Michael Harris, who is incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison for narcotics distribution and attempted murder.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Coldplay Leftovers
Gigwise reports: Coldplay aren't going to take a break after all they'll release a new album next year.

Despite reports the band were going to take a break following their upcoming tour Chris Martin has confirmed Coldplay will release new material in 2007.

However, the album will consist of songs which didn't make it onto their last LP X&Y[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Streets Streets in April
CMJ reports: The Streets, aka twentysomething Mike Skinner, earned his break after releasing A Grand Don't Come For Free, and the man's back at work. On April 10, the Streets will release their third studio album, The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living. The full-length will be preceeded with the album's first single, "When You Wasn't Famous"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RIAA Redefine Fair Use
Inquirer reports: Remember when the RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) was arguing in front of the US Supreme Court in the Grokster case, and it said that ripping a CD that you lawfully own to your MP3 player was "perfectly lawful"? Well, now it isn't.

The RIAA is now arguing that it is illegal, and wants to get it legally shut down. No, really, something as trivial as sworn statements to the Supreme Court should be simply taken in jest, right? [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stones Rock Rio
antiMusic reports: The Rolling Stones rolled into Rio on Saturday for a free concert on Copacabana Beach to give a million fans some satisfaction. Saturday's 'beach party' concert marked the Stones' third performance in Brazil during their half-a-decade long career but the first time they played for free. 

Fans began staking their claims spots on the beach a full 12 hours before the show began shortly before 10pm Saturday night. Those that couldn't find a spot on the beach watched from nearby windows as well as from boats, kayaks, an Ocean Liner and surfboards from the water. For those that couldn't get close enough to the action on the seven-stories high stage, the band set up Eight video screens and 16 sound towers, according to the Associate Press. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dead Poetic Vices
Mammoth Press reports: Dead Poetic's new album has been given the name of, Vices. This album will give a closer look into the lives of the band. Below is a message from the band. Release date is to be announced soon, keep checking back for more details.

Our new album, Vices, will be a closer look into our lives, and our true selves. It's our chance to show ourselves in our most honest form, in hopes that you "get it" once you've taken the time to understand who we are.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Moody 3Faced
TuneLab reports: Former Evanescence guitarist and solo artist Ben Moody has taken a hiatus from working on his debut solo record to produce unsigned So-Cal rockers 3Faced. The band is comprised of vocalist Jade Russell, guitarist Patrick Kennison (ex-Union Underground), bassist Marty O'Brien (ex-Tommy Lee, Methods Of Mayhem), and drummer Duncan Black (ex-Wildgift, Floor 13). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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