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Report for 03/17/06
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Gay Aiken Fire Sale?
Faded Youth Blog reports: Although the public face is business as usual and the continued statement being "no comment", the gay sex scandal surrounding the crooner has seriously rocked Team Clay. US magazine quoted an unamed pal of Aiken's, "Everyone is worried. Nobody wants to see Clay go down." Just days after Clay's alleged internet hookup, John Paulus, shared details of their tryst with the nationwide audience of Howard Stern, the official Clay Aiken website placed all Aiken merchandise on fire sale [see full story for more including a bit about a gay club sighting]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lollapalooza 06
antiMusic reports: Lollapalooza 06 has been announced for August 4th through 6th at Grant Park in Chicago. Perry and co are pulling out all the stops this year with 130 bands on 8 stages. This year's eclectic bunch includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Queens of the Stone Age, Wilco, Sonic Youth, Blues Traveler, The New Pornographers, Eels, The Shins, Ryan Adams, The Flaming Lips, Sparta, Andrew Bird, and hundred plus more. 

If the music wasn't enuff, Perry is bringing back Mindfield where the entire festival grounds will become the game board for the text messaging "prankster and scavenger hunt" game. [see full story for full lineup]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rock Star 2 To Feature Jason Newsted, Tommy Lee and Gilby Clarke
CBS reports: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions announced today that legendary musicians from some of the biggest American rock bands have joined forces to form a new band, Supernova, and will use CBS's ROCK STAR (working title) as the competition to determine the new lead singer. 

Supernova will feature drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crüe), Jason Newsted (Metallica) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses). The second edition of CBS's ROCK STAR will premiere on the Network this summer.

After the winning singer is selected on CBS's ROCK STAR, Supernova will record an original album, to be co-written and produced by Butch Walker (hit songwriter/producer for Avril Lavigne, Pink) that will be released in the fall before the band embarks on a world tour starting in early 2007.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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K Fed Strip Threat
hecklerspray reports: Kevin Federline, whose PopoZao single is terrorising innocent music fans all over the Internet, has come up with a clever plan to make the good people of the world buy his forthcoming album - Kevin is threatening to whip his genitalia out and wave it in a grotesque and sickening manner in the faces of gullible paying customers at a strip club near you.

[Mr Spears] is keen to launch a music career - but he's no fool, he's fully expecting a giant failure. Female First quoted Kevin yakking about his horrific back-up plan should his rap career go awry: "I'll be at your local strip club, but I'll be the one dancing." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Download in Chains
soundgenerator reports: Alice In Chains are to play this year's Download festival, it has been revealed.

The seminal grunge act join Funeral For A Friend as the latest acts to join the hard rock three day event, which is headlined this year by Tool, Metallica and Guns N' Roses.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smiths Reunion Not For Sale
Reuters reports: Pioneering U.K. modern rock band the Smiths turned down a $5 million offer to reunite at the upcoming Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival in southern California, former frontman Morrissey said Thursday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Surreal Preview
Blabbermouth reports: The entire first episode of the sixth season of VH1's popular series "The Surreal Life" � featuring POISON guitarist C.C. Deville and WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale's ex-wife, Tawny Kitaen � has been made available for viewing online at VH1.com. Joining C.C. and Kitaen on the show are Steve Harwell of SMASHMOUTH; actor Sherman Hemsley, Playboy TV's covergirl, Andrea Lowell, and Alexis Arquette. Special guest star Florence Henderson also makes an appearance on the show as the cast's full-time and on-call therapist/advisor. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hanoi Earache
Blabbermouth reports: HANOI ROCKS' scheduled concerts in Italy on March 24-25 and in Vienna, Austria on March 26 have been cancelled/postponed, according to a posting on the band's web site. Singer Michael Monroe "has had a severe middle-ear infection for three weeks now and it still hasn't gotten better," the posting adds.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sevenfold Mystery
Blabbermouth reports: Launch Radio Networks reports: Although it's widely believed that AVENGED SEVENFOLD is the yet-to-be-named "mystery" band on Ozzfest this summer, the band is keeping mum about its involvement for now. But guitarist Zacky Vengeance told Launch that the group is excited about what it's got in store for June, after finishing a U.S. run with COHEED AND CAMBRIA. "After we get back from COHEED, we're thinking that we need to go back to Europe because we want to be a band that takes over the world and doesn't leave any uncharted territory," he said. "So we actually got offered to tour with just about our favorite band in the history of the world in Europe for the month of June. I think we're gonna be going out with METALLICA as their main support."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Naked Crash
Blabbermouth reports: At about 1:00 a.m. CST on Thursday (March 16), NAKED BEGGARS � the band featuring Eric Brittingham and Jeff LaBar of CINDERELLA � were enroute to Hudson, WI for an upcoming show when the vehicle they were traveling in lost control on what is suspect to have been a patch of black ice and ran off the road. No one was hurt in the mishap, just understandably shaken, and vehicular damage appears to be light. [gotta watch out for dangers on that gypsy road. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story

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GNR Sellout
Blabbermouth reports: After selling out the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland in about eight minutes, GUNS N' ROSES have added another show at the same venue the following day (July 6). Tickets for the second show will go on sale on Friday, March 17 at 9:00 a.m. The opening act for the Helsinki shows will be BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. GUNS N' ROSES will also be playing at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway on June 28. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fiddy Reprieve
FMQB reports: 50 Cent has an album's worth of new material recorded, but he won't release it this summer as he had originally planned. "Em didn't agree with me," 50 told MTV.com of his Shady Records boss. "My motivation wasn't really right. I get a little frustrated from time to time and I got so much material that I make that isn't being heard that I was like, 'Yo, I just wanna release an album again.' And he was like, 'Nah, you gotta wait.' [Thanks Em! see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blabbermouth reports: The organizers of Cliveaid, which was set up in 2004 as a fund-raising event for original IRON MAIDEN drummer Clive Burr (who suffers from multiple sclerosis), have issued the following update on this year's event:

"It is with great pleasure that we can announce this year's 'Cliveaid' show. As you may or may not know, 'Cliveaid' was initially set up to raise funds for Clive Burr, he of IRON MAIDEN fame... Cliveaid 2006 will take place on May 26th at The Parklands Club in Doncaster, Tickets will be £10.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spreading the Disease
BW&BK reports: ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante will be chatting live with fan club members in the Anthrax CDC (Centers For Disease Control) Worldwide chat room on Monday, March 21st at 6 PM EST/3 PM PST.[see full story for the link hookup]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shinedown Trapt
TuneLab reports: Shinedown will hit the road with Trapt and Equinox on April 22nd. The tour is expected to run though the summer and hit county fair's and festivals. Current confirmed dates are as follows:

March 18th in Miami, FL @ Bicentennial Park (Global Gathering)
March 30th in Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 6th in Monroe, LA @ Fant-Ewing Coliseum[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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