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Report for 01/06/06
Day in rock reports: Philadelphia's WMMR radio has posted a podcast of the now famous interview Matt Cord conducted with Slash where he said that he heard that the long awaited Guns N' Roses album 'Chinese Democracy' would be released in March. In the interview Slash had nothing but positive things to say about his former bandmate Axl Rose and dispelled some rumors and media reports about a feud between him and Rose. In fact, he said that he has not spoken to Axl for about 10 years and also commented on the mistruths spread in the media. "I think the whole media scene has gotten to the point of being really over the top. Constantly making stuff up… it generates an audience," Slash said. "It's always based on negative stuff.. you find anything really juicy going on that's actually positive. It goes in one ear and out the other but if it's something, talk about dirty laundry then that sticks. They generate a lot of interest in that. It's sort of sad in a way. It's gotten to be really out of hand in this millennium". 

Slash also dismissed claims that Axl was the one that had him barred from a Guns N' Roses New Year's Eve show in Las Vegas a few years ago, saying that he heard it was the building management that made the call. He also laughed off reports about Axl's reported cosmetic enhancements. (For the record when Axl showed up at an antiMusic sponsored DVD release party a couple years back, he didn't look like a redheaded Jacko, he looked rather normal). You can hear the entire interview at the full story link… plus find out what Slash had to say about the rumor that he has a case for his signature top hat and hear his take on GNR after he left. (thanks Blabbermouth for the link)- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Xtina Vs Kelly O
Contact Music reports: Pop star CHRISTINA AGUILERA has dismissed disparaging remarks made by rocker KELLY OSBOURNE, insisting the star must be infatuated with her. 

She says of the 21-year-old, "Kelly must have a crush on me because she's always saying mean things about me."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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No Smiths Reunion
Mammoth Press reports: When former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr's new band, The Healers were scheduled to perform at an event planned by former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, the rumors of a Smiths reunion started to fly. 

But according to Marr via his official website "THE SMITHS WILL NOT BE RE-FORMING AT THIS CONCERT."

BUT... Marr did announce that The Healers' second album is currently in the works, and a tentative spring 2006 release is set[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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CD Sales Tank
Reuters reports: U.S. music album sales last year slid to their lowest level since 1996, squelching any hopes that the recording industry's long downward spiral may have bottomed out, according to sales data issued on Wednesday. 

Tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan, which measures point-of-sale purchases across the United States, said total album sales -- including current and catalog titles -- fell 7.2 percent from 2004 to 618.9 million units, the lowest since 1996, when they were 616.6 million.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Glitter Charged
AP reports: Former British rocker Gary Glitter was formally charged Friday with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 10 and 11 at a Vietnamese resort town, prosecutors said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Obie Recovering
Gigwise reports: Rapper Obie Trice is now recovering at home after being shot on New Year's Eve his label, Shady, have said.

However, the Detroit rapper will have to return to see doctors as he still has a bullet stuck in his head which surgeons initially deemed too risky to remove due to its position.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lohan Druggie
hecklerspray reports: This time yesterday, everyone was concerning themselves with the big asthma attack that Lindsay suffered - but times move fast on Planet Lohan. She's just given a major interview all about her trouble with drugs and bulimia, you see.

2006 - five days in, two Lindsay Lohan headlines. That's good attention seeking, but not great attention seeking.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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iPod Burger
Mammoth Press reports: According to a Florida news report, a 14-year-old girl who received a new Apple iPod for Christmas opened the sealed box and found raw mystery meat inside.[see
full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Misfits CDs
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on MISFITS' official web site, there is talk of some live MISFITS material from some of the highly acclaimed shows Jerry Only (vocals, bass), Dez Cadena (drums; ex-BLACK FLAG) and Robo (drums) delivered in 2005 possibly hitting the streets later this year. In addition, the band plan to return to the studio in 2006 to deliver "the hardest, most aggressive MISFITS material to see the pressing plant since 'Earth A.D.'!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Godsmack April
Blabbermouth reports: GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna recently spoke to MTV.com about the group's follow-up to 2003's "Faceless" CD, which has a working title of "Four".

"The results are so amazing," he said of the album GODSMACK plan to release in late April. Although Erna had served as a co-producer on the band's three previous outings, for this one he rode solo in the producer chair. In about a month, he'll be finished with the final mix, at around the same time the album's first single will hit rock radio. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vinnie Denies Anselmo
Blabbermouth reports: Former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul has released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET refuting previously published reports that the upcoming album from his REBEL MEETS REBEL project may include a guest appearance by ex-PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo.

Described as a unique crossover of country, metal and rock, REBEL MEETS REBEL features three of the founding members of PANTERA (Vinnie Paul, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and bassist Rex Brown) together with legendary country singer/outlaw David Allan Coe. REBEL MEETS REBEL's CD was recorded over a four-year period and is set to contain a total of 12 tracks[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pepper Disturbed
Blabbermouth reports: John Pegoraro of StonerRock.com conducted an interview with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY frontman Pepper Keenan in December. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
StonerRock.com: How's it been going on [the DISTURBED] tour? 

Pepper: "It's f***ing ridiculous. It's nothing… it's the dumbest thing we've ever done in our lives." 

StonerRock.com: So you put "Albatross" back into the set — last time you played "Fuel" instead. 

Pepper: "We're going to switch it around even more, but we just don't feel like it with the stupid crowd [at the DISTURBED shows]."

StonerRock.com: Those kids actually reacting well to your stuff? 

Pepper: "I mean, it's over their head. The average DISTURBED fan is just a shopping mall… they're not music fanatics by any stretch of the musicians.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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W.A.S.P. Assault
BW&BK reports: The following report is courtesy of Metal Sludge: Anyone remember the W.A.S.P. incident in Scottsdale Arizona last fall? The one where Blackie Lawless was allegedly involved in some less than law abiding activity? And threw a temper tantrum too, well guess what? Blackie Lawless (real name Steven Duren) was charged with misdemeanor assault. This is a criminal charge. It would have been a felony if the victim sustained serious bodily injury or it was done with a dangerous weapon. The pre-trial conference is on January 26, 2006. [Wow Blackie is Lawless. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Call Of Mastodon
The PRP reports: The track listing has been announced for Mastodon's upcoming "Call Of The Mastodon" release, an effort which captures the bands early line-up's first foray into the studio, it is as follows:
01 - "Shadows That Move"
02 - "Welcoming War"
03 - "Thank You For This"
04 - "We Built This Come Death"
05 - "Hail To Fire"
06 - "Battle At Sea"
07 - "Deep Sea Creature"
08 - "Slickleg"
09 - "Call Of Mastodon"
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