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Report for 05/02/06
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Rapper Shot in the Ass
Contact Music reports: US rapper GRAVY was shot outside notorious New York City radio station Hot 97 when he arrived to give an interview on Wednesday (26APR06). The 28-year-old - real name JAMAL WOLLARD - suffered a bullet wound to his buttocks when a group of men exited a vehicle and opened fire outside Hot 97's offices in SoHo.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slipknot Robber
Blabbermouth reports: Eyewitness News Memphis is reporting that four armed and dangerous gunmen � including one wearing a replica of a mask worn by SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison � stormed into a Memphis supermarket Saturday (April 29) and stole money from the store's cash registers and the First Tennessee Bank inside the store. One of the robbers shot a store employee in the face. A surveillance camera captured it all. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Madonna Booed at Fest
Gigwise reports: Madonna made her festival debut [Sun] night (April 30) at the Coachella festival. 

She rattled through the tracks �Hung Up', �Get Together', �I Love New York', Ray of Light', �Let It Will Be' and �Everybody' to a rammed Sahara Tent. 

Things didn't kick off too well, with Madonna turning up twenty minutes late onstage which caused some agitated audience members to boo. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Coldplay Retirement Plans
Gigwise reports: Chris Martin says he wants to study classical music once his career is up with Coldplay. 

The singer made the revelation while attending a New York Philharmonic concert playing the music from the films of Steven Spielberg. 

He told the New York Post: "When I'm 40, and too old to be a rock star, I plan to go back to college to study classical music."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Proof Estate Sued
AP reports: The family of 35-year-old Army veteran Keith Bender have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of rapper Proof, who police say shot Bender before he was killed.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Greatest Metal Songs of All Time Day II
antiMusic reports: As Vh1 airs their '40 Greatest Metal Songs of All Time' this week to kick off their Metal Month special, we're hosting our own special at our sister site Thrashpit.com. Every day this week we'll be bringing you lists of the top 3 metal songs of all time according to our crew- with their full top 12 (or more) lists posting over at Thrashpit with their explanations. We kick things off with our editors' lists from head-thrasher Mark Hensch and anti-boss Keavin Wiggins. Check back tomorrow for three new lists from the crew.

1. Electric Funeral - Black Sabbath 2. 5 Minutes Alone - Pantera
3. Angel of Death - Slayer

1. Fade to Black - Metallica
2. Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
3. Iron Man - Black Sabbath

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Ernie Thacker Hospitalized
Contact Music reports: Bluegrass legend ERNIE THACKER is fighting for his life in a Virginia hospital after sustaining multiple injuries in a traffic accident. Thacker's family has been keen to keep the news of the mandolin player's condition out of the press since his accident on 18 April (06), but reports finally surfaced at the weekend (29APR06). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nevermore Kidney failure
SMN reports: According to a post on the official NEVERMORE forum, "NEVERMORE guitarist Steve Smyth has been recently diagnosed with end stage kidney failure, the result of a congenital birth defect. Says Smyth: " I have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, and have been advised to preserve my health as much as possible at this time, as I am facing "complete renal failure" within six months, and ultimately, a transplant. Due to my recently diagnosed condition, I have decided not to join the band on the IN FLAMES U.S. tour. I want to be fair to the fans, and be able to give them a show I know I can deliver night after night. I will, however, join Nevermore on all four of the European festivals on our itinerary in early June[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Merauder Guitarist Dies
Blabbermouth reports: According to postings on MERAUDER's MySpace.com page, the band's former guitarist Sob has passed away. A founding member of the acclaimed New York-based metal/hardcore act, Sob played on all three of the band's albums � 1996's "Master Killer", 1999's "5 Deadly Venoms" and 2003's "Bluetality" � which were released through the Century Media label. Services will be held Tuesday (May 2) at Schaefer Funeral in Brooklyn.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Final Johnny Cash Recordings
Press Release reports: In the months leading up to his passing on September 12, 2003, JOHNNY CASH had been recording new material with producer Rick Rubin. On July 4, 2006, "American V: A Hundred Highways," the all-new Johnny Cash album taken from those sessions, will be released on the American Recordings label through Lost Highway. It will include the last song Cash ever wrote.

Cash and Rubin began recording the songs that would find their way onto "American V: A Hundred Highways" in 2002, specifically on the day after they finished "American IV: The Man Comes Around" which was released that November. Johnny feared that "American IV" might be his last release, so Rubin suggested that he immediately begin writing and recording new material. Over the next eight months, songs were cut at Rubin's Los Angeles studio and in Nashville at Johnny's main home and at his fabled cabin located across the road. Due to Cash's frail health, Rubin arranged for an engineer and guitar players to always be on call for the days that Cash felt strong enough to work.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Royal Ozzy Gig
Blabbermouth reports: DotMusic.com is reporting that OZZY OSBOURNE has been signed up to play at the Prince's Trust Tower of London concert. 

Ozzy and the band MCFLY will join the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate the charity's 30th birthday. 

Surviving BEE GEES Barry and Robin Gibb, Pink, Annie Lennox, the SUGABABES, Lionel Richie and Ronan Keating have already been announced as performers at the concert. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bullet for GNR
Blabbermouth reports: According to Ticketmaster.com, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will be the opening act for GUNS N' ROSES at all four of their scheduled concerts at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The dates are May 12, May 14, May 15 and May 17. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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My Morning Symphony
MTV reports: My Morning Jacket will collaborate with conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on June 21 and 22 at the Boston Symphony Hall. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Red Hot Weenie
MTV reports: The Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline KROQ's annual Weenie Roast festival in Irvine, California. The May 13 event will also feature Matisyahu, AFI, Dashboard Confessional, Angels & Airwaves, Rob Zombie, She Wants Revenge, Panic! At the Disco, Taking Back Sunday[...see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Free Napster
Reuters reports: Napster Inc., the one-time renegade music download service, has returned to its roots with a new Web service which offers fans the chance to listen to over 2 million tracks for free.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Glitter Sex Appeal
AP reports: A court in southern Vietnam will hear the appeal of disgraced British rocker Gary Glitter against his conviction for child molestation next month, state-controlled media reported Sunday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Solo Furnace
CMJ reports: Matt Friedberger, the male half of Brooklyn duo Fiery Furnaces, is set to release his solo debut, a double album called Winter Woman/Holy Ghost Language School, August 8. The record will also be the debut release of newly formed 859 Records, which is run by the former head of Rough Trade America, Keith Wood. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead American Tour
antiMusic reports: North American Creeps listen up, Radiohead is coming. That's right the Brits are going to make their way to American shores next month. Don't fret our Canadian friends; they are playing the requisite shows in Toronto and Montreal. So far it looks like the show will run for a month and hit key markets across North America with two night stands at local theatres (not movie theaters, concert theatres. AMC couldn't afford em. ) The fun kicks off on June 1st in Philly at the Tower Theatre and concludes on June 30th in Los Angeles. Additionally lucky creeps in Boston, the afore mentioned Canadian cities, NYC, Chicago, Peoples Republic of Berkeley and San Diego will have a chance to see them. (note: After the shows sellout quick, try that ticket link below for reasonably priced premium tix). [what you want the dates? click the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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