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Report for 07/05/06
Picks of the Day
Before we get to today's news here are our picks of the day featuring our latest reviews and the song of the day to listen to while reading today's report!

Song: Starsailor - "In The Crossfire" video

Reviews: Gnarls Barkley | Chris Koza | HHH: Get a Load of This

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Quickies: Mars Volta- Cursed- Deadsy- Iron Maiden
Day in Rock reports: The Mars Volta's new album 'Amputechture' is now scheduled to hit stores a week later than originally expected. You'll be able to legally purchase it on August 22nd. * Family/health issues have caused Cursed to pull the plug on their European tour plans for next month. * Deadsy have been added to the Family Values Tour 2006. * [AP} Hoping to save a piece of hometown history, Willie Nelson has bought the Methodist church where he honed his musical skills as a boy. * Eddie is going to war. Iron Maiden have released the cover art to their forthcoming album 'A Matter of Life and Death'. You can check it out at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Eyed Brawl
Gigwise reports: The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am is being investigated for a fight in Germany this week – but it's got nothing to do with football.

Police are looking into the singer's conduct after a fight broke out at a nightclub in Berlin's 40seconds nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning.

According to reports the group's bodyguard got involved in a fight with the club's doorman, who was pictured with a bloody head. Both men, along with will.i.am – real name William Adams – were taken in by police for questioning on possible serious bodily harm charges, before being released.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Singer Attacked
Gigwise reports: A man has been arrested in connection with the attack which left Les Incompetents singer Billy Leeson fighting for his life. Police have confirmed that a man was held after going to a police station on Sunday (July 2) and still remains in custody. 

As previously reported, Leeson was punched in the face in Kentish Town, London causing him to fall over and hit his head. The incident is believed to have happened after a man made "advances" towards Leeson's girlfriend as they travelled home on the number 29 bus. 

The singer since had an operation to remove a piece of skull putting pressure on his brain. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lohan Injured
Wenn reports: Singer/actress LINDSAY LOHAN was left with 14 stitches in her leg and a damage bill after borrowing rocker BRYAN ADAMS' London home. The 20-year-old was staying at the SUMMER OF 69 singer's luxury pad in Chelsea during a stay in the British capital. She says, "I had a big accident making breakfast. I fell up the staircase. (I) scraped my bacon and egg sandwich off the floor, ate it, then fell asleep." After Lohan woke up she discovered she'd spilled four pints of blood on his bed through a gash in her leg. [gives a new meaning to Adams' song "Cuts Like a Knife"...see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Axl Ransomed
antiMusic reports: Axl Roses' manager Merck Mercuriadis has said the actions of Swedish police following the singer's arrest last month was "tantamount to being held for ransom". Rose was arrested following an incident at a hotel where the Guns N' Roses frontman reportedly bit a security guard in the leg. 

Mercuriadis told the BBC, "We are in the middle of a tour. The Swedish authorities were very aware of this, yet continually threatened us over a 12 hour period with between five days and three weeks incarceration without bail if Axl did not 'co-operate'." 

"They were fully aware that there were millions of dollars at stake, not to mention the hopes of tens of thousands of fans who had paid for tickets to see Guns N' Roses. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jurassic 5 UK
Gigwise reports: Jurassic 5 have announced details of a UK tour this autumn. 

The legendary hip-hop collective play seven dates around the UK, kicking off in Bristol on September 26. 

The band will be airing material from their new long-player ‘Feedback', out on July 24. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rolling Stone Pathetic
Blabbermouth reports: Zakk Wylde didn't mince words when Metal Edge asked him his opinion of Rolling Stone's puzzling Top Guitarist issue. Even though a few years have passed since that issue hit the stands, Zakk still holds strong feelings about it. 

Zakk: "Oh, God… That thing was pathetic. I mean, dude, I think they had Eddie Van Halen at, like, 70-something, Randy Rhoads almost didn't even make the list. I was like, 'You gotta be kidding me!' Then they had Kurt Cobain, he's like, 12??? God bless his soul, Kurt was a great songwriter - you know what I mean? - who happened to be playing guitar. He would have been laughing his balls off, above Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads. Yngwie wasn't even on the friggin' list! Steve Vai wasn't on the list. I don't even know if Slash was on the list, and we're not even talking about rock guitar players. Danny Gatton, Albert Lee, none of these guys were on that list. I mean, I don't know who figured out that list." [see the full story link to read what Zakk has to say about his involvement as a "studio guitarist" on the last Ozzy CD. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ratts Reunited
Blabbermouth reports: Original RATT singer Stephen Pearcy and RATT bassist Juan Croucier have announced plans to tour together starting in late August. "There is no 'lack of communication' between these two rodents as Stephen and Juan will hit the road with their own bands and then take the stage together to perform some of the great RATT classics," reads a posting on Pearcy's web site.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Producer Pardoned
AP reports: Dubai's ruler pardoned American R&B producer Dallas Austin on Tuesday, hours after he was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of cocaine, two of the producer's lawyers said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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It Dies Tomorrow
TuneLab reports: The new album from It Dies Today entitled 'Sirens', which had been scheduled for a September 5th release, will now see an October 3rd release via Trustkill. The band had been scheduled to take part in the Warped Tour from June 30th through July 15th, but have canceled the dates due to a vocal injury to front-man Nicholas Brooks. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RIAA Insurance
Boing Boing reports: P2P insurer will pay your fines if RIAA sues: $19/year! ..."Apparently, a company in Sweden is offering file-sharing insurance - they'll pay your fines if you're sued by the RIAA. The /. submitter translates the link as follows: 'For a mere 140 SEK ($19 USD) per year, they will pay all your fines and give you a t-shirt if you get convicted for file sharing.'" [see
full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dam Ozzfest Problem for SYL
antiMusic reports: Strapping Young Lad's July 4th Ozzfest set in New Mexico was 'dammed' due to traffic laws. The band missed the stop on the tour and quickly posted the following explanation for their disappointed fans. 

"Our sincerest apologies to our fans in Albuquerque… we had some trouble making it to the venue in time and thus were too late to make our set." Jed Simon wrote on the band's MySpace page Tuesday afternoon. "We lost alot of time on the trip when we had to backtrack around the Hoover dam...we were coming from an 'off-show' in Vegas, and our driver wasn't aware that bus traffic was not allowed across the dam...and we were all asleep...so again...sorry everyone." 

The next Ozzfest stop is Friday in Phoenix, AZ. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mastodon Tease
antiMusic reports: Mastodon fans have been eagerly awaiting the band's major label debut 'Blood Mountain,' which should hit stores later this year. But the fans don't have to wait that much longer to get a taste of the album. They announced on their MySpace page that they will be previewing a brand new song this week. "This Friday, July 7th everyone will get to hear 'Crystal Skull' off our forthcoming album Blood Mountain [on MySpace]" they write in a blog. "The song features additional vocals from our good friend Scott Kelly (guitar/vocals) of Neurosis." 

And while they are using their MySpace page to reach fans they haven't forgotten about their official online presence. They concluded the message with this announcement, "We'll also be launching our new website this week at www.mastodonrocks.com keep checking for that." Maybe they'll give fans more a taste with the site launch? - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Supernova and Friends
antiMusic reports: Supernova, the supergroup put together for the second season of CBS's Rock Star will be getting a little help from their friends when it comes to judging the aspiring singers in the television contest. Dave Navarro, host and an executive producer of the show revealed to Tara Merrin of the Calgary Sun that he's personally calling on some friends to guest judge this season. 

"We are going to have a weekly guest judge that I'm bringing from my own personal Rolodex -- Macy Gray, Slash, Rob Zombie and Moby," says Navarro. "They are going to give their opinion of who they think should stay and who should go."

He also warns that the hopefuls better keep in mind which band they are trying out for, "What they chose and how they perform it will say more to Supernova than if they had to do one of their songs because if someone picks a Duran Duran song, I am simply going to say, 'You want to join Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted and Gilby Clarke and that's the song you choose?'" [click the full story link for the entire Calgary Sun article] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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