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Report for 07/06/06
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Song: Rise Against Preview

Reviews: Peeping Tom | Classics: Johnny Cash | Lansing-Dreiden | Watchmaker

Gays Kill Show
Gigwise reports: A Buju Banton concert in Brighton has been cancelled after protests. 

The Jamaican artist was due to play the Concorde 2, but pressure from the gay community, police and the local council forced the venue to axe the show. 

Banton wrote an inflammatory song called �Boom Bye Bye' in 1992 which talked of killing "batty boys" by shooting them in the head. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Elton John Racist?
punkbands reports: The inscrutable Ted Leo has set his sights on none other than Sir Elton John. Leo took issue to John referring to coach Sven Goran Eriksson as "Sven Goran Abba-dabba" to which Ted replied: 

I'm calling him on this and saying 100% RACIST, and not only racist, but that particular brand of nationalist-racism that even labels other people of the same race, but not the same nationality as somehow "unworthy!" Oh gee, sorry Mr. f***ing shill for Mickey Mouse - only an Englishman would be worthy of coaching the English team, huh? What if they'd have won, you prick? [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slayer Vs Christians
BW&BK reports: Heavy metal band SLAYER are courting controversy among Christian groups by releasing sacrilegious artwork on their latest album. The cover for upcoming record Christ Illusion depicts a tattooed and amputated Jesus Christ standing in a sea of blood and corpses, and has infuriated right-wing religious groups. 

The Californian foursome are preparing themselves for a bitter backlash after the pictures were slammed as hurtful and grossly irreverent. However, guitarist Kerry King defends the shocking imagery, saying, "We wanted Christ in a sea of despair. The first version that came back looked like he was just chilling out in the water!" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Quickies: HOB Sold- Hatebreed- Jaguar- India.Arie- French iTunes Law- Homer n Lars
Day in Rock reports: Concert producer Live Nation Inc. on Wednesday said it has agreed to buy House of Blues operator HOB Entertainment Inc. for $350 million in cash. [Pollstar] * Hatebreed are expected to headline a North American tour this fall featuring The Black Dahlia Murder, Napalm Death, Exodus, First Blood, And Despised Icon. [SMN] * Jaguar have parted ways with bassist Darren Furze. * India.Arie earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Testimony: Vo. 1, Life & Relationship." * Homer and Lars: Metallica will appear in season opening episode of The Simpsons on September 10. * A new law that would open up Apple's iTunes coding to other portable digital players passes in France. [see full story for more on that] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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LL Fiddy J
Wenn reports: 50 CENT has found a new partner in LL COOL J after signing on to produce the rap veteran's new album. 

The IN DA CLUB hitmaker is slated to executive produce LL Cool J's final Def Jam album, TODD SMITH, PART 2: BACK TO COOL, which is set for release later this year (06).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sparklehorse Return
MTV reports: More than five years after Sparklehorse last released an album, Dreamt for Lightyears in the Belly of a Mountain, the group's fourth disc will finally be released September 26. Recorded by mastermind Mark Linkous in his Static King Studios in North Carolina, an array of contributors and collaborators guest on the LP[see full story to find out who]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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They Fought The Web.. 
antiMusic reports: So the major labels (and Metallica) fought digital as long as they could, then comes along Apple to convince them it would be good for business to stay up with the times. Seems the labels were wrong and Steve Jobs was right. Nielsen SoundScan numbers indicate that sales of digital albums jumped 126 percent for the first half of 2006 and digital singles climbed 77 percent. All of that money could have been lost, but they would have made a few thousand from suing granny for downloading that Fiddy Cent song. 

On the other side of the coin, physical album sales are down. Sales dropped 4.3 percent for the first half of 2006 compared to the same period last year. Must be the plastic cases that are doing it! [see story later in today's report] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pirate Keef
AP reports: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is lined up to play the swashbuckling father of a pirate in the third installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, star Johnny Depp said Tuesday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paper Tigers
gigwise reports: Universal Music Group have announced that they will sell CDs in cardboard packaging in an attempt to compete with download sales.

The world's biggest record company home to the likes of U2 and Elton John will introduce a three tier system of packaging in Europe.

The cheapest cardboard packaging will see albums priced at £7 while the standard packaging with stay around £10 and they are also planning a deluxe range costing around £14. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Bob Marley Boulevard
thetripwire reports: Hahaha... Just kidding... kinda. The one and only Bob F-ing Marley had a street named after him in Brooklyn over the weekend. An eight-block stretch of Church Avenue between Remsen Ave and East 98th street in East Flatbush will henceforth forever be known as Bob Marley Boulevard. 

The mayor approved the name change back in May, but the ceremony took place on Saturday and brought out Marley family members, politicians, foreign dignitaries and fans alike. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Holy Moses Illness
Blabbermouth reports: Bassist Robert "Ozzy" Frese of the long-running German thrashers HOLY MOSES is reportedly very ill and will be unable to perform with the band for the foreseeable future. As a result, the group � which has been forced to cancel its July 8 appearance at Italy's Badia Rocks festival � will enlist "old friend" Maurer (WARPATH, TEMPLE OF THE ABSURD) to take over the bass duties until Ozzy can return to HOLY MOSES. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Celtic Support
Blabbermouth reports: Norwegian extreme metal acts 1349 and SAHG (featuring members of GORGOROTH, MANNGARD and AUDREY HORNE) have been confirmed as the support bands for CELTIC FROST for their two shows at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia on September 12-13. It is expected that the same two support acts will be on the bill for much of CELTIC FROST's upcoming North American tour[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tom Waits Tour
Wenn reports: Eccentric rocker TOM WAITS is set for a rare US tour, performing a string of shows in some cities where he hasn't performed for almost three decades.

The upcoming eight August (06) dates, which begin in Atlanta, Georgia, are sure to be among the hottest tickets of the summer because the two-time Grammy winner rarely performs live and hasn't officially toured since 1999. Quirky Waits insists there's an ulterior reason for the dates: "We need to go to Tennessee to pick up some fireworks, and someone owes me money in Kentucky."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dylan Rules Poll
Wenn reports: BOB DYLAN has topped a new magazine poll of the best living songwriters, beating off competition from NEIL YOUNG and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

The magazine top 10 is: 1. BOB DYLAN 2. NEIL YOUNG 3. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 4. TOM WAITS/KATHLEEN BRENNAN 5. SIR PAUL McCARTNEY 6. LEONARD COHEN 7. BRIAN WILSON 8. ELVIS COSTELLO 9. JONI MITCHELL 10. PRINCE.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Diabetes Escape Plan
antiMusic reports: Not only do they rock but they have heart as well. The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced a benefit show to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The event will take place at the Bowery Ballroom (NYC) on August 2nd. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nickelback EP
TuneLab reports: A new live Nickelback EP is now available on iTunes. Track listing is as follows:

1. "Animals" (Live in Atlanta)
2. "Follow You Home" (Live in Atlanta)
3. "Too Bad" (Live in Edmonton)
4. "Savin' Me"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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