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Report for 02/21/06
U2 Vs France
Contact Music reports: Campaigning rocker BONO is planning a showdown with French President JACQUES CHIRAC, because the leader's agricultural policies are affecting his battle for fair trade in Africa.

"France is one of the biggest problems in reaching a trade deal.

"People are worried that dismantling the common agricultural policy (CAP) in Europe will really affect small French farmers. We don't think it should.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica Ozzfest
TuneLab reports: Metallica and System Of A Down are strongly rumored to have secured the "headliner" and "special guest" slots at this year's Ozzfest, "industry insiders" have allegedly told blabbermouth.net

The Ozzfest organizers are expected to announce the official lineup for this year's festival sometime in March.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Return.. as well as Alice in Chains.
antiMusic reports: Guns N' Roses fans are getting what Axl promised; they will hear new music this year. The band has been officially booked to headline several music festivals in the coming months including Rock in Rio and Novarock Fest. Rumors are circulating that the band will also take part in the Download Festival, Rock am Ring, and the Gods of Metal Festival. 

Novarock festival will take place on June 15 through 17th in Burgenland, Austria and GNR will join the line-up that also includes Metallica, Tool, Placebo, Opeth, Avenged Sevenfold, Massive Attack and interestingly enough Alice in Chains, according to the official website. 

The fans made it happen in Rio. According to the Rock in Rio official site, "Guns n' Roses was the most requested band by the official site users, amongst all bands, by all fans, whether Portuguese or international." And organizers have confirmed GNR as the headliners of the second day of the festival on May 27th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sounds of the Underground 06
Adrenaline PR reports: The organizers for this year's Sounds of the Underground Tour; Paul Conroy and Carl Severson of Ferret Music, Tim Borror, Larry Mazer of Entertainment Services, with National Promoter House of Blues along with partners Metal Blade, Trustkill and Prosthetic Records, The Syndicate, Music Choice, and tour sponsors Hot Topic, Revolver Magazine, Eulogy Records are Proud to announce the official lineup of the sophomore national tour engagement: The Sounds Of The Underground 2006 with As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, The Chariot and Through The Eyes Of The Dead.

In order to keep concertgoers charged and focused and grant them more exposure to the bands on the bill, Sounds of the Underground has reduced the size of its lineup and increased the length of the set times. As a result, each performance will be more like a mini-concert instead of a variety show appearance. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Holy Diver Live!
antiMusic reports: Get ready to Stand Up and Shout once more to Dio's classic debut album, except this time you'll be able to experience the 1983 album live on DVD! Dio took the stage at London's Astoria in the Fall of last year to perform Holy Diver in its entirety, the event was caught on film and will be released on April 17th as a double DVD from Eagle Records, according to the official Dio site. 

Disc One features the live Holy Diver performance and Disc Two sports some classic Dio, Sabbath and Rainbow favorites.[see full story for full tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Anonymous Supergroup
Equal Vision reports: Anonymous supergroup, The Sound of Animals Fighting, will be releasing their second full- length album, entitled "Lover, The Lord Has Left Us..." through Equal Vision Records this spring.

"Lover, The Lord Has Left Us..." is a 13-song journey which pushes musical boundaries to their fullest. The album was produced by Rich Balling and Matthew Embree, and was recorded and mixed by Ryan Baker.[anonymous? animals fighting? Could it have something to do with Bears and Sharks? see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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More Rotten BS
Contact Music reports: Former SEX PISTOLS star JOHN LYDON has slammed New York punk bands, including THE RAMONES, citing them as repetitive, tatty and spoilt.

Lydon, also known as JOHNNY ROTTEN, insists his transatlantic punk contemporaries lacked the original talent of British bands and were deprived of the chance to prove themselves by wealthy parents.

He says, "The Ramones to me were more like STATUS QUO.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Keane Soph
Gigwise reports: All hail and rejoice the return of the bed wetter's for Keane have finished their second album and can't wait for us to hear the new material!

With the new songs done and dusted piano player Tim Rice-Oxley says the three piece are itching to get back on the road.

"Towards the end of last year we were all kind of completely brain dead and exhausted. I think we all felt like we really wanted to have a break from touring, but it's funny how you have a few weeks off and you start to get twitchy." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Flaming Leaks
Gigwise reports: It's a day of leaks in the music world; first up we had Guns n' Roses, now The Flaming Lips are joining the party.

The bands new album ĎAt War With The Mystics' has appeared on file sharing site a whole six weeks before it's official release.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Oxegen Fest
Gigwise reports: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand have all been confirmed for 2006's Oxegen Festival.

Also on the bill will be Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Primal Scream, The Magic Numbers, Sigur Ros, Richard Ashcroft and Damien Marley.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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K-Fed Backlash
hecklerspray reports: As if Britney Spears didn't have enough on her plate lately, what with all that dangerous driving business. Now she has to put up with her husband talking cack to serious magazines, too.

Because Kevin Federline, husband to Britney Spears and father to Sean Preston, has been talking to Newsweek magazine. And K-Fed says that he's fully expecting a backlash over his new job as a stunningly bad white-boy rapper. Backlash? No, Kevin. A backlash only comes when some people liked you in the first place.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bee Gees Reunite
hecklerspray reports: The Bee Gees, famous for singing songs like castrated infants and getting all narky on a chatshow a few years ago, have reunited for a charity concert. Sort of - two thirds of them reunited at least.

The show, a private concert to raise money for diabetes, was the first time Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb have performed together onstage since the death of third Bee Gee Maurice three years ago. The terrifying reality of a new Bee Gees album just became a little more terrifying, people.
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Lost Radiohead Song
NME reports: Radiohead are working on a song in the studio that they've not been able to get right for almost ten years. 

The track, 'Nude' was played on the tour to promote 'OK Computer', but never properly recorded. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Glitter Trial Set
TMZ reports: British glam rocker Gary Glitter will go on trial March 2 on charges of committing obscene acts with two underaged girls in Vietnam, the presiding judge said Monday.

The trial is expected to last two days, said Hoang Thanh Tung, who will oversee the trial in southern Ba Ria Vung Tau province.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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