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Report for 06/14/06
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Song: Rocco Deluca - "Colorful" video

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Brokeback Eminem
antiMusic reports: Hollywood has remake fever (or a lack of imagination and originality) and after the critical success of "Brokeback Mountain" they are looking at old Westerns to give the remake treatment to. So Paramount Pictures execs have decided to dust off the old 50s era TV Western "Have Gun will Travel" and somewhere in the process they lost the western part by updating it to modern times. 

Now the most important part when making a remake is casting. For this the execs said forget Pitt, who wants Cruise, Russell doesn't bring 'em in like he used to. Wait a minute�. 'Em? That's it! Let's get Eminem! The rapper is set to gunfighter for hire Paladin transformed into a bounty hunter, according to reports. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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DMX Car Crash
Gigwise reports: DMX must be the worst driver in the world, this time he's crashed his car during a traffic jam in America.

Barely a week after he was arrested for driving at high speeds and making dangerous lane changes in upstate New York he's at it again.

According to Allhiphop.com the rapper was hit from behind as he tried to avoid the traffic jam on the Hutchinson River Highway by driving up the hard shoulder on Sunday (June 11).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AFI Rules MySpace and Beyond
antiMusic reports: AFI live up to their acronym as they have ignited a fire inside of their fans and scored a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Album charts for their latest 'decemberunderground' as well as made Myspace history by being the first band to reach 500,000 single-day plays on their MySpace page. As a result, the MySpace powers that be have given the band the very first MySpace Music Award.

"This is the first time a band has had over a half-million song plays on MySpace in a single day so we wanted to recognize this unbelievable accomplishment with something new," said Tom Anderson, president of MySpace. "In recognition of this milestone we're announcing AFI as the first recipient of the 'MySpace Music Award.'" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beach Boys Reunion
AP reports: The surviving founders of the Beach Boys � Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine � made their first public appearance together in 10 years Tuesday, standing atop the historic Capitol Records building in Hollywood. 

The trio gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark "Pet Sounds" album and the recent double-platinum certification of 2003's "Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Germs to Remember
CMJ reports: Legendary L.A. punk band the Germs have announced a tour featuring most of the band's original members and actor Shane West. Germs members Pat Smear, Lorna Doom and Don Bolles have signed on and, since a movie currently in production (What We Do Is Secret) stars West as Darby Crash, the actor will join them, handling frontman duties. West is best known for his recurring role on ER and his starring role in the teenage sobfest A Walk To Remember. Crash committed suicide in December 1980, just a day before John Lennon was murdered. 

The band has a series of West Coast Warped Tour dates planned along with various club dates in the US and Canada. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Many Paths To Heaven: 101 Stairway Covers
antiMusic reports: Just what is the most covered song in history? That's open to debate but as the famous music store scene in "Wayne's World" illustrates there is no shortage of covers of the Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway to Heaven". In fact, freeform radio station WFMU have posted 101 covers of the song on their blog. Yes, you heard it right and as they say it's 101 versions of the song that doesn't remain the same! Some highlights include Gilligan's Island version, Dutch artist Jeroen Offerman's backwards version (he actually learned how to sing it backwards), an instrumental version from the criminally underrated band Redd Kross, The London Symphony Orchestra, an accordion version and much more. 

Be sure to check out the Gregorian Masters of Chant version as well as Zakk Wylde's take on the classic. And why not combine two classics? As Dash Rip Rock offer up Stairway to Freebird. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Masters of Death
Blabbermouth reports: GRAVE, DISMEMBER, ENTOMBED and UNLEASHED will be teaming up for the Masters of Death European tour in November. According to a posting on GRAVE's web site, the four-band combination represents "the most brutal bill that has ever shared the same stage. The package is an idea that all four bands has planned and prepared in the pastmonths and finally we are doing it. Dates and more info will be announced shortly. Prepare for a night to remember..."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Overkill 07?
antiMusic reports: Overkill are set to thrash the U.S. in early 2007. The band latest effort was 2005's "ReliXIV". It's more than likely this tour is support of that release but who knows maybe they'll have another release between now and when the tour kicks off in January. 

Also the band is scheduled to play many of the same venues in September and October according to Pollstar. So these new dates may just be rescheduling. Their official site is hopelessly out of date but we'll do our best to get to the bottom of this and get you an update and/or clarification.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Opeth Intl
antiMusic reports: Opeth are still touring strong behind last year's 'Ghost Reveries'. The band just announced their very first appearance in Japan. That will take place on October 14th in Tokyo when the band will rock the Loud Park Festival. The band announced earlier this month that they will be hitting venues in the UK in November. (They are spending the Summer touring Europe including several festivals). 

Roadrunner so believes in 'Ghost Reveries' that they plan to release a special edition of the disc on July 25th. According to the band's official website the new version will be loaded with bonus material. [see full story for details and those new UK dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards
antiMusic reports: Metal Hammer magazine held their Golden Gods Awards on Monday night in Camden. Avenged Sevenfold and Trivium appear to be this year's "It" bands at malls across the pond as they both snagged several awards. 

Coheed And Cambria took Album Of The Year honors and Slayer's masterpiece 'Reign In Blood' grabbed the Best Album Of The Last 20 Years award. [see full story for full results]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tate's Got a Fake Gun
antiMusic reports: Queensryche announced Sunday in a rather cryptic message on their official website that the band had been arrested at the Amsterdam airport for smuggling illegal firearms. They promised more details to come but nothing has been added to the official site. However KNAC reports that Geoff Tate's wife Susan issued a short explanation which still leaves us scratching our heads about what really happened, however we do know that it appears to be much ado about a fake gun. Susan says, "Geoff uses a fake gun as a prop in part of the Mindcrime set and it was in his bag going through the airport. This got someone arrested... I am still unclear on all the details."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Izzy In? Yes He Is
antiMusic reports: Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin surprised fans when he joined his former bandmate Axl Rose for the group's Download performance on Sunday night. Now Izzy has given fans all over Europe more good news as he plans to appear with Axl and Company at a string of upcoming dates. 

He announced on his official website: 'Izzy here... I'm in London. I'm planning to join Guns 11th - 21st (June). Cheers, Izzy.'[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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One Less Drummer
TuneLab reports: One have announced the departure of their drummer "Fish". The band recently returned to the studio along with Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose and guitarist John Connolly, who have been producing the band, to record three new tracks for a future release.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slayer Desecration
KNAC reports: A website that glorifies the band Slayer is taking credit for inspiring unknown vandals to spray paint pentagrams and upside-down crosses at the entrance to St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York last week.

The site was set up last month to promote a National Day Of Slayer on June 6th. To participate, according to the site, one had only to play Slayer "at full blast." But the site also included several ways to "take participation to a problematic level," including: "Spray paint Slayer logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Panic over Split
punkbands reports: The split between Panic! at the Disco and former bassist Brent Wilson just got a whole lot nastier, with both sides hurling unpleasant accusations at each other. On Monday MTV spoke to Wilson at his home in Las Vegas, and it quickly became clear that he was in no mood to make nice with his former bandmates.

"I was kicked out of the band," he said. ""It was 100 percent a surprise to me. We were about to leave for a show in California, and they called me the night before and told me I was out of the band. The only reason they gave was that it was for 'musical purposes.'[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Solo Thrice
punkbands reports: Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue has fleshed out his solo touring schedule this summer. The 10-day tour will have Kensrue hitting the East Coast with Ben Nichols of Lucero, and the West Coast with Chuck Ragan, formerly of Hot Water Music and Yellow Red Sparks. 

Kensrue has taken a brief respite from writing with Thrice for their soon-to-be-announced project to finish a solo album which has been quietly in the works for two years. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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