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Report for 06/07/06
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Song: Under the Influence of Giants - Mama's Room

Reviews: Angels & Airwaves | Anti-Flag | Pithy: Less Than Jake, Mardo - more | MorleyView: Sabrina Korva

Billy Preston RIP
AP reports: Billy Preston, the exuberant keyboardist who landed dream gigs with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and enjoyed his own hit singles including "Outta Space" and "Nothing From Nothing," died Tuesday at 59.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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666: Mark of the Aiken
antiMusic reports: Some Claybots were incensed that we dare link Clay Aiken with the Biblical Mark of the Beast yesterday. We have bad news for them; we didn't make this up as his birth name Clayton Holmes Grissom really does translate to 666 using Gematria (the Greek method of assigning numerical values to words). If you take Clay's first and middle initial and last name of birth it totals 666. Good thing that those researches we reported on yesterday contend that the mark of the beast is really 616. An interested aside; strange as it may sound Ryan Seacrest's name equals the divine number 888. So that should tell you how much stock to put in this!

C=18 H=48 G=42 R=108 I=54 S=114 S=114 O=90 M=78 Total=666
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MTV reports: To commemorate punk rock's 30th birthday, Sanctuary Records will release U.S. Vs. U.K. Punk, a 16-track collection featuring selections from several pioneering British and American � well, New York and Los Angeles � punk acts, including the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Damned, but not the Clash.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Silly News: Hilfiger Loves Axl
TMZ reports: Last month, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose were involved in a heated altercation at a Manhattan nightclub after Rose allegedly moved Hilfiger's date's drink. But now it seems that the two have kissed and made up. 

Last night, Hilfiger -- making light of the situation -- arrived at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York forgoing couture and sporting a Guns N' Roses t-shirt instead. When asked what he thought about Rose, Hilfiger responded, "He's cool," adding that the two have "no more beef." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Decemberists Rocktober
Gigwise reports: Cult American heroes The Decemberists have revealed the first details of their major label debut.

Since signing to Capitol Records the band has been working on the follow up to 2005's rather brilliant �Picturesque'. The record they have produced �The Crane Wife' will hit shops on October 2 with the band working on around 22 songs for the album [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eurotrash TV
Gigwise reports: The United States is set to get its own version of the Eurovision Song Contest. Speculation has been rife for some time that American would adopt the contest, but now plans have become concrete after the European Broadcasting Union sold its rights to the show. 

Broadcasting giant NBC is apparently eager to find a show to compete with the viewing monolith �American Idol' shown by Fox. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Em Tones Stopped
TMZ reports: Eminem's publishing companies have settled a lawsuit filed in what they said was an effort to illegally sell the Grammy-winning rapper's songs as cell phone ring tones.

Michigan-based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated filed the lawsuit last October in U.S. District Court against five companies. The lawsuit asked for an order to prohibit the companies from illegally selling Eminem song ring tones on the Internet.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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N Sync Metal
Mammoth Press reports: Dillinger Escape Plan have covered Justin Timberlake's 'Like I Love You' in the studio and will release it as part of an internet-only EP, out later this month.[see full story for more breaking news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Celtic Frost Illness
Blabbermouth reports: As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported over the weekend, CELTIC FROST cancelled their scheduled appearance at the Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany Saturday night (June 3) after mainman Thomas Gabriel Fischer was rushed to the hospital as a result of suffering from "acute kidney problems" and was flown back to Switzerland on Sunday.[see full story for his comments about what happened]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pumpkins Addiction?
Blabbermouth reports: Former JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Eric Avery has been tapped to join the reunited SMASHING PUMPKINS, according to a posting on a fan site dedicated to Avery's long-defunct POLARBEAR project.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Head Case Movie
Blabbermouth reports: Former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch (photo) has announced plans to release a documentary film, "Washed by Blood", and his debut solo album, "It's Time to See Religion Die".

According to the film's official synopsis, the "Washed by Blood" story, in a nutshell, "is the unraveling of the man, 'Head', as well as the unraveling of a culture. Head is the multi-platinum winning rock star who takes us on a roller coaster ride to the heights of fame and fortune and then into the pit of hell. Through his unraveling, the true man is revealed... the father, the poet, the musician. Untangled from the encumbrances and lies of materialism, Head comes through with the faith of a child.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stoner Victory
Blabbermouth reports: On Saturday, June 3, 2006 in Reggio Calabria, Italy, STONER KINGS vocalist and top European pro wrestler "The Canadian Rebel" Starbuck won the Italian heavyweight championship, defeating longtime title holder El Dinamico in a hard-fought outdoor match. With the rain pouring down in this outdoor event in front of a capacity crowd, Starbuck managed to nail his famous spike piledriver, dropping Dinamico hard on his head, for the fatal pinfall victory. This marks the first time in Italian history that a foreign wrestler has held their heavyweight title.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica Debut
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA premiered a brand new song during their headlining appearance Tuesday (June 6) at Waldbuhne in Berlin, Germany. According to several fans that attended the gig, the as-yet-untitled track is about eight minutes long with a "killer main riff" and "lots of double-bass parts." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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36 Crazyfists Tour
TuneLab reports: 36 Crazyfists, Trigger Point, and Falling Closer will be embarking on a tour this summer with The Autumn Offering and Re:Ignition joining on select dates. More dates are expected to be announced soon, but those announced so far are as follows:

July 3rd in Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
July 5th in Wichita, KS @ JC's House of Rock
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Faktion Rockline
TuneLab reports: Faktion will be featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on Monday night June 19th, 8:30 PDT. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rx Bandits Set Release
punkbands reports: After months of speculation, Rx Bandits have announced that their upcoming album, ...And The Battle Begun will be released on frontman Matt Embree's MDB Records on October 10th. Though the retail date is in October, the band is promising to have advance copies tentatively by June 25th for their headlining tour. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Anger as Art in Sept
SMN reports: L.A. based Thrash Metal leaders ANGER AS ART have completed the recording process of their next album for Old School Metal Records - www.osmrecords.net . "All we gotta do now is mix!" says main man Steve Gaines. " Chris Trent (producer) has done an amazing job - and we are excited about it".

Entitled "Callous And Furor", the band is still aiming for a September 2006 release[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bury Your Family
The Gauntlet reports: Bury Your Dead will be taking part in this years edition of The "Family Values Tour". The group will more than likely be performing on the Second Stage of the trek[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hell of a Lawsuit
antiMusic reports: Meat Loaf is mad as hell and he ain't gonna take it any more! Actually Meat is upset at his former creative partner Jim Steinman (the man that penned most of the singer's hit songs.) Loaf, real name Michael Aday, is battling Steinman and his former manager David Sonenberg over trademark rights to the term "Bat Out of Hell" and says his former partners are interfering with his career. 

The term was used as the title of Meat Loaf's 1977 multi-platinum album that featured songs that Steinman wrote. Turns out that 11 years ago Steinman trademarked the term and Meat is suing for more $50 million saying the term should legally be associated with him not Steinman and further accuses Steinman and Sonenberg of blackmail in the federal lawsuit filed on May 26th in Los Angeles. 

Aday is currently recording the second follow-up album to "Bat Out of Hell" and claims that his former partners are interfering with distribution contracts by refusing to release the trademark rights to the name. You can read more details about this case at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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