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Report for 05/12/06
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TEXTing GNR Special
antiMusic reports: Tonight Guns N' Roses will return to the stage with the 1st of a string of sold out concerts in New York City. antiMusic has teamed up with TalkingMetal.com to bring you a unique "review" of the concert as it happens. Providing that cell service is available: As the band strikes the 1st note, Talking Metal's Mark Strigl will be texting us updates with details about the show. So you will be getting the details as close to real time as possible as Guns N' Roses make their triumphant return to the stage! 

Because we do not know what time the band will be hitting the stage we can not give you a definite kick off time for this special, but we've set up a special page at the full story link where Mark's updates will be posted as soon as they come in! 

For those in New York City you can join Talking Metal's co-hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy at American Trash on 1st Ave between 76th and 77th Street for the Talking Metal GNR After Party. Talking Metal are expecting to also record a special post show podcast, check TalkingMetal.com for that. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Band Hires Idol?
Extra reports: In an EXCLUSIVE interview, the multi-platinum rock band Fuel comes to Extra and to say they want American Idol's eliminated Chris Daughtry! Fuel bass player Jeff Abercrombie and songwriter/guitarist Carl Bell came straight to Extra's Idol Correspondent Terri Seymour with the offer of a lifetime... they want Chris.

The band has been searching for a new lead singer and definitely took notice of Chris' rendition of their hit "Hemorrhage" March 1st on Idol. "Chris, if you're watching," Bell says, "we've talked about this before, if you wanna entertain it again, we'll entertain it again and go!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slash Rejected
Contact Music reports: GUNS N' ROSES guitarist SLASH offered to join British band the STONE ROSES after their guitarist left, but was knocked back by scathing frontman IAN BROWN. After JOHN SQUIRE announced his departure from the Manchester rockers in 1996, the band were stunned to receive an offer from guitar great Slash. However, Brown refused to entertain the idea of employing a rock rival - and has been regretting it ever since. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Backstreet Seniors Reunion
Contact Music reports: Pop act BACKSTREET BOYS have confirmed a return to music, promising work on a new album will start later this year (06). The boy band took a five-year hiatus after releasing their GREATEST HITS: CHAPTER 1 disc in 2001 but insist they're heading back to the studio and are determined to top the charts again.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Payola Payoff
AP reports: Universal Music Group Recordings Inc., the world's largest record company, has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a payola case that claimed the company provided vacations, electronics and other bribes to increase radio play for their artists, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Thursday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Snoop Outta Da Dogghouse
Gigwise reports: Hip Hop star Snoop Dogg has been cautioned by Police in relation to last months brawl at Heathrow airport.

Snoop returned to London yesterday as part of his bail conditions and was given the caution under Section 4 of the Public Order Act for use of threatening words or behaviour, a police spokesman said. [see full story for more... Another example of how the UK treat celebs that break the law just like we treat Kennedys (ok and O.J. but he at least went to trial). ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy Demoted
BW&BK reports: In an OZZfest first, OZZY OSBOURNE has decided not to perform on the main stage at the festival's July 8th stop at San Bernardino, CA's Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen. According to an OZZfest news update, "the rock icon has chosen to get right in the face of fans on the front line by headlining the down and dirty second stage located in a field adjacent to the venue's proper amphitheatre.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Major Opeth Reissues
BW&BK reports: OPETH's Music For Nations catolog is being reissued by Sony/BMG. The releases are: Deliverance (2002), Damnation (2003), Blackwater Park (2001) and their Lamentations DVD (2004), will all be released on July 3rd. [see full story for more breaking metal news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gin Blossoms Victory
TuneLab reports: A new album from the Gin Blossoms titled 'Major Lodge Victory' will see a August 8th release via Hybrid Records. The band will be on tour all summer[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Audioslave Prophets
TuneLab reports: Audioslave have titled their new album 'Revelations'. The disc is expected to see a later summer release via Epic Records.[see full story for more rock news - maybe that headline should be Audioslave profits? Che would be proud.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AIC Gun Jumping
KNAC reports: Although news broke online late Tuesday (May 9th) that Alice in Chains would be making a "massive" announcement on it's website this Monday (May 15th), a representative for the band's management told us yesterday (Wednesday, May 10th) to disregard that notice, chalking it up to an "overenthusiastic" fan club moderator. The item about the big revelation has since disappeared from the site.[see full story for more.. Maybe be it come later this month about the time $haron announces that mystery band for $haronfest.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Between the Covers
antiMusic reports: Between The Buried And Me have jumped on the covers bandwagon and will release 'The Anatomy of' on June 13th through Victory Records (the number one indie label in the galaxy according to their president. just an fyi) They picked quite a diverse collection of songs to cover for this thing including Metallica, Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins, Motley Crue, Queen, Blind Mellon, Pantera, Counting Crows and more. The tracklisting is at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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JR Ewing is Dead
punkbands reports: Just days after the announcement that their latest album would get a US release, Oslo, Norway's JR Ewing has called it quits. The band made the announcement on their website: We are truly sad to announce that by the fall of 2006 JR Ewing will no longer be a band. After 8 years we feel it's time to move on. [who shot JR? It was suicide. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Origin Tour
SMN reports: More dates have been released for ORIGIN's U.S. summer tour:

July 19 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
July 20 - Fayetteville, AR @ The Dart Room 
July 21 - St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Daysend Voiceless
SMN reports: DAYSEND have officially parted ways with their vocalist and are actively seeking a replacement. An official press release is below:

"Due to personal commitments, vocalist Simon Calabrese has parted ways with Daysend. After over three years together, all members of Daysend and Simon remain close friends and wish all the best to their former band mate for the future."[want the gig? see full story for info on that]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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DVD Sniffing Dogs
tinfoil reports: In their desperate fight to stop DVD piracy, the MPAA is now employing some extremely high-tech methods of detection.

Dogs. That's right, DVD sniffing dogs. This sh*t writes itself folks! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Divided By Zero Get Sik
Press Release reports: San Diego based Divided By Zero have announced the West Coast dates for the Sik World Rock N' Roll Circus Tour scheduled to kick off with the band's CD release party June 2ND, 2006 at Brick By Brick in San Diego.

The tour will feature performances by Divided By Zero along with Spike and Mikes' Sick & Twisted Animation , sword swallowers, dancers and midgets. Sik World, Electric Lingerie, and Hardcore Watches will also be giving away prizes on each date of the tour. Divided By Zero's new album The Black Sea , which was produced by Ex-Snot/Soulfly guitarist Mikey Doling and in Los Angeles, will land in stores on June 6th through Sik World Records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fiddy To Try Acting Again
hecklerspray reports: 50 Cent is far too gangsta to listen to critics. Critics say that he's a terrible rapper, 50 Cent makes another shonky album out of spite. Critics say he's a lousy actor, 50 Cent signs up for another godawful movie.

As if subjecting innocent moviegoers to cock like Get Rich Or Die Tryin' wasn't enough, 50 Cent has just attached his name to Live Bet, a brand new heist film about gambling - possibly the only movie subject in the world less appealing than the plot of Get Rich Or Die Tryin'. Nice move, Fiddy[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Another Bogus Poll
Ananova reports: Pete Doherty has been voted one of the greatest rock stars of all time.

The singer came second behind former Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain in the poll by NME.

Speaking about Doherty's place on the list a NME spokesman said: "Surely he's just a worn-out drug addict who needs help if he's ever going to make decent music again?"[At least the spokesperson got it right... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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