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Report for 05/15/06
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Taking Back the iPod
antiMusic reports: So we teamed up Fanscape, ARTISTdirect and The Music Edge.com to offer you the chance to win a Talking Back Sunday/Angels and Airwaves prize package. What do you get if you are the lucky winner aside from copies of both band's new CDs? Check this out: A 60 Gig Video iPod, a $200 iTunes gift certificate to fill that puppy up, a $250 buck gift card from ARTISTdirect, $50 gift card for Best Buy and Logitech Z-4i speakers. Pretty sweet huh? Click the full story link to enter and good luck! - Click Here for the Full Story 

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DMX Arrested
AllHipHop reports: Rapper DMX was arrested at London's Heathrow airport yesterday (May 13) for allegedly verbally abusing the cabin crew on a flight to England. 

According to police, DMX, born Earl Simmons, refused to button his seatbelt as the plane started its final descent. 

After the plane had landed, the 35-year-old rapper continued a verbal tired aimed at the flight's crew.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sum 41 Split
MTV reports: Sum 41 lead guitarist Dave 'Brownsound' Baksh has decided to leave the band. In a press release, Dave revealed, "I couldn't continue on creatively in Sum 41 without being a thorn in the side of the band. As people grow, they change." Brownsound added, however, that there is absolutely no animosity between him and the other members of the band, saying "we are brothers." According to Mike Renaud, the president of Upper Management, the split was simply a matter of Baksh wanting to focus his creative energies elsewhere. Brown Brigade will have more of a "classic metal" feel to it, Renaud said, adding that Baksh is currently working on songs and auditioning singers for the band. [see full story for more - wonder if his version of 'classic metal' will be like Sum 41s version of punk? eg pop-metal? ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol Recount?
MSNBC reports: "American Idol" sent rocker Chris Daughtry home Wednesday night, but Daughtry's fans aren't quite ready to let him go. At least one online petition, with more than 16,000 names attached, is calling for a recount of the "American Idol" votes.

MSNBC.com has received numerous e-mails and bulletin board posts claiming that voters who dialed the first of Daughtry's two phone numbers were greeted by a recorded message from "Idol" singer Katharine McPhee, thanking the caller for voting for her. According to Wednesday night's show, McPhee received the second-lowest number of votes, after Daughtry.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gwenless No Doubt
Gigwise reports: No Doubt have started on the path towards a new album but without the presence of Gwen Stefani bassist Tony Kanal has revealed.

While Stefani is away having babies Kanal says that the bands new project is also at the foetal stage.

He told MTV: "I wouldn't even say this album is in its infancy. Its conception, if anything... It's so super-early on. We're easing into it. We're taking it very slowly, kind of just going in and writing here and there."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Return
Day in Rock reports: Guns N' Roses made their triumphant return to the stage on Friday night and GNR fans from around the world that couldn't attend deluged antiMusic as Mark Strigl of Talkin Metal gave us the blow by blow via text messaging. So many fans logged on that our two servers had to be rebooted several times during the special. Here are some of the highlights: We learned that the new guitarist in the band is Bumblefoot aka Ron Thal, who Mark a.k.a. Capt T used to play shows with. Celebs were on hand as well. Furio (Federico Castelluccio) from the Sopranos, Sebastian Bach (who later joined GNR on stage for "My Michelle"), Peter Greene (Zed in Pulp Fiction) hung out with Mark and his crew and even bought Mark's wife a drink, Eddie Trunk hung out for a bit before leaving to do his radio show. On stage the band played a ton of classics from the opener "Welcome to the Jungle" to the closer "Paradise City," they also performed some new songs from the forthcoming 'Chinese Democracy' including "Better," "I.R.S.," and "There was a time". Mark was most impressed by Robin Finck's performance throughout the show. Robin also jumped into the crowd a couple times and Axl delivered, at 1 AM Mark wrote "Axl hitting every note 2 Hours in without a problem!" And Axl even acknowledged the recent leaks when he introduced "I.R.S." by saying "I see you people singing the new songs. You downloaded them f**kers!" You can read Mark's text messages at the full story link as well as get links to Talking Metal's short recap and from there read Mark's blog about the show to find out who in the band he got to hang with back stage and more (click the GNR logo on the right hand menu once on the Talking Metal site). We'd like to thank Mark again for everything. We're sure his fingers are still tired from all of that texting! But if there was ever any doubt, it can now rest, GUNS N' ROSES ARE BACK! - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Macca on the Run
Contact Music reports: SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY reportedly fled Britain last week (ends12MAY06) in a bid to escape his wife HEATHER MILLS MCCARTNEY's constant arguing. Animal rights activist Mills MCCartney has slammed reports her marriage to the former BEATLE has hit crisis point, insisting the pair were spending time apart so she could rest after having surgery five weeks ago (APR06). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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George Goes Wham Again
Contact Music reports: Troubled pop star GEORGE MICHAEL was caught falling asleep while driving on Thursday night (11MAY06), before suddenly waking up and careering into a bollard. The former WHAM! heart-throb received a police caution in March (06) for possession of cannabis after he was found slumped at the wheel of his car in central London in February.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dire Lawsuit
Contact Music reports: DIRE STRAITS rocker MARK KNOPFLER has launched a lawsuit after a road crash left him seriously injured and unable to work for seven months. The BROTHERS IN ARMS star is seeking $540,000 (GBP300,000) in compensation after motorist MONICA BELTRAN suddenly swerved and knocked him off his motorbike in central London in 2003.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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OutKast Summer
Gigwise reports: The new Outkast album will finally be released in August, three days after the film it soundtracks.

After initially being scheduled for release last year, the album will come out three days after Idlewild hits cinema screens in America on 25 August.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kylie's Return
Gigwise reports: Kylie Minogue will make an emotional pop comeback in her home town of Melbourne in November.

The concert at the Rod Laver Arena will be the star's first concert since she was diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago � and will be Kylie's way of saying thankyou to her nearest and dearest for their support during her difficult times.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fan Sues Beach Boys
Gigwise reports: The Beach Boys are being countersued for $20 million by a fan who they accused of stealing band memorabilia.

The legendary sixties group launched legal action against Allan Gaba in January, claiming he had taken band items from a Los Angeles warehouse without permission.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aversion reports: Fans of Weird Al Yankovic can finally give that copy of UHF a rest: The silly rocker's television show is headed to DVD.

The show, which aired a meager 13 episodes in a one season run on CBS in 1997 and '98, will surface on DVD from Shout! Factory Aug. 15, according to Yankovic's official website. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Damned Anniversary Amen
Blabbermouth reports: Over 30 years ago, the biggest tour in punk rock was announced and featured the SEX PISTOLS, CLASH, and THE DAMNED. THE DAMNED were considered the anti-BEATLES, and consisted of the only local punks who could actually play their instruments. Today the founding members of THE DAMNED, Rat Scabies and Brian James, are announcing the 30-year anniversary of the release of their debut album "Damned Damned Damned" and will be performing the album in its entirety at the legendary 100 Club in London. And what's more, they've decided that Casey Chaos from AMEN will be the lead singer for the evening.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Opeth Replace Lopez
Blabbermouth reports: After several months away from his drumming duties in OPETH, Martin Lopez has permanently decided to leave the group. After being plagued by illness and anxiety attacks Lopez decided he wanted to concentrate fully on his own project, currently unnamed. His replacement will be Martin "Axe" Axenrot, who's been filling in for the last five tours and who also recorded with the band during the recent BBC sessions.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nevermore Illness
Blabbermouth reports: NEVERMORE were forced to cancel their scheduled appearance with IN FLAMES, THROWDOWN and EVERGREY on Saturday, May 13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan after the band's lead singer, Warrel Dane, came down with an unspecified illness.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Motley Rags
Blabbermouth reports: According to the New York Post, L.A. rag label People's Liberation has enlisted MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee to help create a limited-edition collection of denim, hooded sweatshirts and hats. Company owner Danny Guez is no stranger to questionable celebrity fashion collaborations: He co-owns the William Rast line with Justin Timberlake and J.T.'s best friend, Trace Ayala.[see full story for more.. they are sure to keep up with every trend and are perfect for bandwagon jumping!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Downboy Jani.. Passed Out on Stage
Metal Sludge reports: We have received a few reports of some new Jani Lane drama in New York. For the record: Metal Sludge is not making fun of Jani Lane - but rather making a point to the "enablers" and 20% 'ers who believe that this man is fit to represent an era of music, and a lifestyle we ALL want to enjoy, take part in and be proud of. 

...yes folks, just got back from the show here in rochester and all the rumors that mister Lane wants you to believe are false are TRUE! the night ended with Jani passing out on stage and being walked to his van where he left right away... first off, only about 100 ppl tops at the show...18 bucks a head may of had something to do with that...first, the band doent go on stage til almost 1....and didnt arrive til after 1230...and to top it off[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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