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Report for 06/20/06
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Gangsta Idol
TMZ reports: Taylor Hicks is back kickin' it in is home state of Alabama. The recently named "hottest bachelor" winner, is so hot that he got to drop some rhymes with none other than Snoop Dogg this past weekend.

Snoop was in 'Bama performing at Birmingham's City Stage Festival on Saturday. Hicks hopped up on stage to join Snoop on "Gin and Juice." Hicks played a little harmonica and busted a few dance moves as well. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tour Bus Murder
Gigwise reports: A man has been killed at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in America after he was hit by the tour bus of one of the acts.

The as yet unnamed man was hit by the bus of bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs after he wandered onto a highway about a mile from the festival's entrance.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MTV Enemy
Contact Music reports: PUBLIC ENEMY star CHUCK D has attacked MTV for censoring music before fans ever the get the chance to hear it. The rapper insists the internet is the only true and honest medium because it gives artists and fans a direct link.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gigwise reports: Justin Timberlake will return with a new album this Autumn, the follow up to his huge solo debut �Justified'.

The album entitled �FutureSex/LoveSound' will hit shops on September 11, a date to put in your diary pop pickers![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Audioslave Revelations
PR reports: Epic Records has announced a September 5th release date for REVELATIONS, the highly anticipated new album from multi-platinum rock band AUDIOSLAVE.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone.com, guitarist Tom Morello described the record as "Led Zeppelin meets Earth, Wind and Fire," adding that it's a "big hard rock record with a funky bottom." Among the album's many highlights is the groove-driven lead single, "Original Fire," and "Wide Awake," about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "It's probably Audioslave's most political song to date," says Morello. [see full story for more including tracklist]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fear Factory Go To War
antiMusic reports: Fear Factory are planning to go to war this Fall. The band will be headlining the Machines at War tour of North America and brining along Suffocation, Hypocrisy and Decapitated as their allies. 

The barrage kicks off on October 26th in San Francisco and concludes on December 9th in New Mexico. Before this onslaught kicks off they plan to invade Europe with a string of festival dates beginning with the Monsters Of Rock on August 3rd.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maiden Japan
antiMusic reports: Iron Maiden are planning a world tour this Fall in support of their forthcoming studio album, A Matter Of Life And Death, which is expected to hit stores in early September. At press time, it looks like the world tour will kick off in Japan this October. 

The tour kicks off on October 25th in Tokyo at the famed Budokan and concludes on Halloween at Shimin Hall in Nagoya. "It's great to be back with our big show in Japan, especially the Budokan which has been a legendary venue for us and other great bands since I can remember," says frontman Bruce Dickinson. "We've always loved playing in Japan over every tour and we all have many friends there.'[see full story for dates and tracklisting for the new CD]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gigantour CD/DVD
antiMusic reports: Did you miss Gigantour last year? Don't feel bad, most people did but you are in luck as Image Entertainment will issue both a double CD and double DVD of the tour this summer. 

The CDs will hit stores on August 22nd and the DVDs will follow a few weeks later on September 5th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Friends Converge
antiMusic reports: Converge are hard at work on their new studio album. The band issued a studio update on Monday letting fans know that the drum and bass tracks are done and work is underway on guitar and vocals but the big news came in the form of the band receiving a little help from their friends. The CD is set to feature a plethora of guest performances. Here is what the band announced. 

We've had some guests perform on the album so far: JR Conners (ex Cave In, now of Doomriders) and Alex Garcia-Rivera (Bloodhorse, ex-454 Big Block, ex-GUTG) added a bit of percussion during a recent session. Kurt and Jake also added a bit of percussion as well during that session. Vocally, Jonah Jenkins (Septic Youth Command, ex-Only Living Witness, ex-Miltown, etc) will be contributing shortly, as well as Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy). We all excited to have those two aboard as guests on this recording. It means a great deal to us.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Unearth Bonus
antiMusic reports: Unearth fans mark you calendars as the band's new album, "III: In The Eyes Of Fire," will hit stores on August 08th. As an added incentive to pick it up, a limited edition version will also be released that will sport a bonus DVD containing a 'making of' feature as well as live videos of "The Great Dividers," "This Lying World," "Only The People," and "Black Hearts Now Reign". [see full story for tracklisting for the new CD]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lansing-Dreiden Tour
antiMusic reports: The Dividing Island is Lansing-Dreiden's second full-length album, just recently released May 9th on Kemado Records. Live, L-D Section II are astonishing and refreshing, especially with their new line up bringing hints of shoegazed synth pop struts with new lead singers Sect and Ion. The band hit the road for a mini-tour in support of the album on Monday. Here are the remaining dates: 

Jun 20 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR 
Jun 22 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA 
Jun 24 - Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA 
Jun 30 - Bowery Ballroom - NYC, NY 

Click the full story link to check out the new video for "A Line You Can Cross"- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Chaos Down Under
antiMusic reports: Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Anti-Flag, Underoath, Senses Fail, Saosin, Parkway Drive and Cold By Winter will be bringing chaos to Australia this October when the "Taste Of Chaos Tour" heads down under for a week long assault on the continent and a one off in New Zealand. 

The chaos kicks off on October 8th at St James Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand. Then the tour hits Australia on the 10th for a show at the Burswood Dome in Perth followed by shows in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney before concluding on the 15th in Brisbane. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Damone Rejected
antiMusic reports: Damone has been added to the east coast leg of this year's Warped tour from 8/2 to 8/11 but before then they will spend a month supporting All-American Rejects' summer Tour. Those dates are below: 

06/30 Amphitheater at Celebration Park Indianapolis, IN
07/01 Summer Fest Milwaukee, WI
07/02 Stars & Guitars Rockford, IL
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Modest Mouse Delay Tour
CMJ reports: Here's some good news for people who like bad news: Modest Mouse has announced that they will postpone their August tour dates to remain in the studio and finish their new album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Solo Air
the tripwire reports: It has been a few years since we have heard much from the French duo Air. In a recent interview with Billboard, JB Dunckel has confirmed that they are nearly finished with the follow-up to their '04 album Talkie Walkie.... Although we won't hear the new album until '07, we will get to enjoy a self-titled solo album from Dunckel, which will be released via Astralwerks on September 19 under the name Darkel. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Country Halen
Blabbermouth reports: Eddie and Alex Van Halen joined country artist Kenny Chesney on stage during his Saturday, June 17 appearance at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. They reportedly performed two songs � "Jump" and "You Really Got Me" � with Kenny handling the lead vocals in the former and lead guitarist Clayton Mitchell singing the latter.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Altercation Bridge
Blabbermouth reports: ALTER BRIDGE have issued a statement refuting LIVING THINGS singer Lillian Berlin's claims that the 26-year-old vocalist/guitarist's brother, drummer Bosh Berlin, 21, and the band's touring guitarist, Corey Becker, were attacked and beat up onstage Wednesday night (June 14) during a show at the Rohstofflager club in Zurich, Switzerland, by the crew of the band ALTER BRIDGE and at least one member of that band. ALTER BRIDGE's statement reads as follows:

"As some of you may know, claims have been made that ALTER BRIDGE band members and crew attacked an opening band on stage during their set in Zurich, Switzerland the night of June 14, 2006. That is simply not true.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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