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Report for 02/24/06
New GNR Leak: Full Demo of Better
antiMusic reports: Another full Guns N' Roses song has leaked onto the internet. This time it is the full demo for the track "Better," the track originally leaked out as a clip that was less than a minute and half but enough to get fans excited about the song. The full five minute demo features a ripping guitar solo as well as some unexpected change-ups from the original leaked clip. If this is the direction Axl has taken GNR, most fans will be pleased with the results. 

Many believe that an announcement is coming really soon regarding the release of Chinese Democracy, with the most prevalent rumor placing the release date as March 28th. However, it is not clear which label the CD would be released by (Geffen or Sanctuary) and reps from both labels told MTV this week they haven't heard anything about the long awaited album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol Porn?
AP reports: "American Idol" contestant Becky O'Donohue just doubled her exposure. The aspiring singer is featured alongside her twin sister, Jessie, in a series of sexy photos on the Maxim magazine Web site. 

The 25-year-old twins pose in bikinis, unbuttoned baseball jerseys, and glistening with sweat in a sauna-like setting, wearing only towels.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stones Riot
AP reports: Argentina - Rowdy fans trying to enter a concert by the Rolling Stones without having tickets fought running battles with police Thursday and authorities said at least 20 people were injured. 

Dozens of the fans were detained, police reported.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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FBI Probe Morrissey
Contact Music reports: Singer MORRISSEY was quizzed by the FBI and British intelligence after speaking out against the American and British governments.

The Brit is a famous critic of the US-led war in Iraq and has dubbed President GEORGE W BUSH a "terrorist" - but he was baffled to be hauled in by authorities.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rotten Sister
BBC reports: A Tesco manager says she has discovered she is the long-lost half-sister of former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon. 

Janet Small, 51, of Chepstow, south Wales, says she traced her link to the singer, and star of TV show I'm a Celebrity, after adoption law changes. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AIC Singer?
Blabbermouth reports: Launch Radio Networks reports: The surviving members of ALICE IN CHAINS are regrouping for at least one live performance and perhaps many more, according to the band's publicist. The group has confirmed its appearance at the Nova Rock festival in Austria in mid-June, with more dates in Europe and North America being discussed. It has not yet been revealed who will sing lead vocals for the group. William DuVall, a member of ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell's solo touring band, will take the mic on March 10 when the group appears on a taping of the VH1 show, "Decades Rock Live!". It is not clear if DuVall will join ALICE IN CHAINS for any other appearances.

DuVall has performed ALICE IN CHAINS songs on tour with Cantrell, who told Launch that he was impressed with the way DuVall handled the material. "William's really a great singer, and he really did that stuff well," Cantrell said. "There are not too many cats that pull that stuff off, and he's one of the few that can. Very talented guy."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Mother Ship Lands Again
Day in Rock reports: LA hard rock fans that were around in the late 80s / early 90s probably have fond memories of two radio stations - KNAC and Pirate Radio. KNAC launched a web station years ago headed by some of the same personnel behind the Long Beach based terrestrial metal station. Now Pirate Radio is represented online. It's unclear if any of the original cast of characters behind the original "mother ship" are part of the online station but the playlist will take former Pirate Radio listeners back. Featuring hardrockers from the 80s and early 90s in several high quality formats with a true radio broadcast (none of those nagging delays between songs). The contacts page list three locations- Los Angeles, UK and PA. The site is registered to a UK resident. 

The original Pirate Radio launched at 100.3 on the L.A. FM dial on March 17, 1989 at 5am with Guns N' Roses "Welcome To the Jungle," shocking the light-rock listeners of the station it replaced "K-Lite". The station initially launched commercial free with the "pirate radio" theme and word quickly spread with the station inviting listeners to "flush" the other local rock stations. The Pirate ruled for four years until its debt heavy parent company (Westwood One) sold it to Viacom who quickly dumped it. On April 2, 1993 Pirate Radio died. A year later on April Fools Day weekend Alternative rock station KROQ shocked their listeners by making them believe Pirate Radio had returned and had taken over KROQ. Click the full story to check out the reborn Pirate radio. Be sure to checkout KQLX.com for a detailed history of the original station. 
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Franz Vs Payola
FMQB reports: When last year's well-documented Eliot Spitzer payola investigation became public knowledge, Franz Ferdinand were one of the many musical acts whose name came up in the news. However, the band themselves weren't exactly thrilled about seeing themselves in the press for this reason.

Speaking to The Daily Yomiuri in Japan, singer Alex Kapranos said, "To put it mildly, I find it embarrassing...It's [this payola issue] something that's got nothing to do with us, and it's something that really gets my back up. I was gonna say that I don't approve of it, but it's something that's more extreme than that--it's actually something that makes me feel really annoyed that people want to do that."[see full story for more his view of American radio!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dylan Tour
liveDaily reports: Folk-rock icon Bob Dylan has begun rolling out dates for a spring roadtrip, some of which will also feature country legend Merle Haggard. 

So far, Dylan has unveiled a small batch of early April dates, all of which are set in the West. The run is billed as "Bob Dylan and His Band" from April 1-5, and "The Bob Dylan Show featuring Bob Dylan and His Band with Merle Haggard and the Strangers" from April 7-May 11, according to Columbia Records.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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21st Century Hippies
CMJ reports: Concert organizers announced yesterday that Bright Eyes, Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Peaches, Devendra Banhart, Chuck D and Fischerspooner will play Bring 'Em Home Now, an anti-war benefit, on March 20, the 3rd anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. The event, which will be held at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, will also feature a speech by the famed "Peace Mom," Cindy Sheehan. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Haste the Day Find Voice
Adrenaline reports: After one European tour and 2 weeks into their tour with Bleeding Through & Every Time I Die, Haste the Day have made Stephen Keech a permanent fixture in the band. Stephen replaces Jimmy Ryan as the lead singer for Haste the Day. Jimmy Ryan made his decision to depart the band known back late November of 2005. His decision to leave was strictly personal and was amicable. 

Haste the Day became aware of Keech in early 2005 through his involvement in bands locally in Denver Colorado. When Jimmy Ryan's decision to depart was made known internally, the search began and Keech's name was one of the first to come up. After several discussions and much thought were put forth, Keech was asked to join the band for a 3 week European tour in January of 2006.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eagles of Slipknot SxSW
Blabbermouth reports: TO MY SURPRISE, the six-piece Iowa outfit featuring M. Shawn Crahan, better known as "Clown" in the seminal metal band SLIPKNOT, will be performing at this year's SXSW (South By Southwest) Festival in Austin, TX. The band will make their SXSW debut at Exodus on Thursday, March 16, at 8:45 p.m. Also appearing that night will be THE EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, THE ANSWER, END OF FASHION, REVEREND GLASSEYE, and MARK MALLMAN.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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