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Report for 11/13/06
Picks of the Day
Before we get to today's news here are our picks of the day featuring our latest reviews and the song of the day to listen to while reading today's report!

Song: JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - "Ride the River"

Best of 06: Pearl Jam

Reviews: ...Trail of Dead Interview | The Haunted | Lindsey Buckingham | Cougar | Maligno

Ban Religion?
BBC reports: Sir Elton John has said he would like to see all organised religion banned and accused it of trying to "turn hatred towards gay people". Organised religion lacked compassion and turned people into "hateful lemmings", he told the Observer. 

But the musician said he loved the idea of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the beautiful stories about it which he had learned at Sunday school. [So using his logic, Elton should be banned for his hatred of organized religion and turning people into hateful lemmings against religions? See the full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bloc Party Hospitalized
punkbands reports: Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong suffered a collapsed lung following a concert in Atlanta on Thursday night. "Doctors at the hospital in Atlanta say Matt is in a comfortable condition and not in any danger, he will however be staying in hospital for at least the next three days for observation and it's not clear at this stage when Matt will be fit to resume performing," said a message posted Friday on the London, England band's website.

It hasn't been confirmed how Tong was stricken with the problem, but a spokeswoman for the band told Dotmusic that it may have occurred during the group's performance. "Matt is known for his energetic drumming style," she said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RIAA Unconstitutional?
TuneLab reports: In another RIAA sue-for-downloads case, UMG v. Lindor, the presiding judge in Brooklyn federal court has held that the defendant, Marie Lindor, can try to prove that the RIAA's claim of $750-per-song statutory damages is a violation of the Due Process Clause of the Constitution, since she has evidence that the actual wholesale price of the downloads is only 70 cents. 

This decision activates an earlier ruling by the Magistrate in the case that the record labels must now turn over 'all relevant documents' regarding the prices at which they sell legal downloads to online retailers. The judge rejected the RIAA's claim that the defense was frivolous, pointing out that the RIAA had cited no authorities contradicting the defense, but Ms. Lindor's attorneys had cited cases and law review articles indicating that it was a valid defense.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Gerald Levert RIP
AP reports: Gerald Levert, the fiery singer of passionate R&B love songs and the son of O'Jays singer Eddie Levert, died Friday. He was 40. 

"All of us at Atlantic are shocked and deeply saddened by his untimely death. He was one of the greatest voices of our time, who sang with unmatched soulfulness and power, as well as a tremendously gifted composer and an accomplished producer," the label said in a statement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Eminem Film Deal
Gigwise reports: Eminem is set to return to the big screen after signing a multi-million dollar deal with Hollywood agency International Creative Management. 

The star of 8 Mile has previously said that he didn't want to star in a Hollywood film again, but has seemingly changed his mind. 

In the fresh deal, Mr Mathers will feature in the movie revival of popular 50s TV western ‘Have Gun Will Travel.' [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fiddy A Joke
Gigwise reports: The Game has talked some more trash about 50 Cent, dubbing his rap rival an unintentional comedian. 

The pair have enjoyed trading insults for the last couple of years, and now The Game has chosen to attack 50 Cent's "hilarious" attempts at talking.

He says, "I think 50's talking does more damage than his actual rapping. It's always f***ing funny; even when it's about me, I laugh at it. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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OT: Jack Palance RIP
TMZ reports: Jack Palance, the gravel-voiced actor whose career spanned bad guy and, later, funny guy roles, died today at the age of 87. According to family members, Palance passed away at his Montecito, Calif. home of "natural causes."

Palance is best remembered for his Oscar-nominated role as the evil gunfighter Jack Wilson in "Shane" and such dark roles as Dracula and Attila the Hun. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Dublin Death Patrol
blabbermouth.net reports: TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy, former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza have joined forces in a brand new project called DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP). The band, which also features such other San Francisco Bay Area notables as Phil Demmel (guitar; MACHINE HEAD, ex-VIO-LENCE) and Willy Langenhuizen (bass; RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT), is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its debut album, due in 2007.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dir En Grey USA
blabbermouth.net reports: Japanese band DIR EN GREY will bring its "Inward Scream Tour 2007" to the U.S this February. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 01 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Feb. 02 - Lake Buena Vista, FL & House of Blues (Orlando)
Feb. 03 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre
Feb. 05 - Baltimore, MD @ Ram's Head Live
Feb. 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Overkill Tour
blabbermouth.net reports: Veteran East coast thrashers OVERKILL, who are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their 2005 album "Relix IV", have announced the following shows for 2007:

Jan. 19 - Eck's Saloon - Lakewood, CO 
Jan. 20 - Showbox - Seattle, WA 
Jan. 21 - Whisky A-Go-Go - West Hollywood, CA 
Jan. 23 - Good Times Emporium - Somerville, MA 
Jan. 24 - Mark's Showplace - Bedford, NH 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Green Day Reissues
TuneLab reports: Green Day's first two albums, '1,039/Smothered Out Slappy Hours' and 'Kerplunk!', will be re-issued on December 19th by Reprise Records. The albums were originally released in 1991 and 1992 then re-released in 2004 by Lookout! Records.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica For Xmas
TuneLab reports: Metallica have announced the international release dates for their upcoming new DVD entitled 'The Videos 1989-2004'. Check out the dates below:

North America: Dec. 5th
Europe: Dec. 4th
South America: Dec. 4th
Japan: Dec. 18th
Australia: Dec. 2nd
[see full story for tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pennywise 07?
punkbands reports: Pennywise are now writing and rehearsing their ninth full-length studio album. In last month's interview with guitarist Fletcher Dragge, he stated the band will go back in the studio to record it in "the next coming months" and hopes that it will be out sometime around the summer of 2007- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hawthorne Height Victory?
punkbands reports: Kings of A&R hears that at a hearing on Tuesday, the judge ruled in Hawthorne Height's favor stating that the band could terminate for cause, as such, the lawsuit is not over per victory's previous press release. An official statement from the band is expected shotly. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Unseen Robbed
punkbands reports: Tripp Underwood of The Unseen has reported an unfortunate occurrance while on tour in the UK in support of Rancid. Someone broke into his vehicle and swiped all copies of his new book, "So This is Readin'", that he had been advertising for sale on this tour. Adding insult to injury, all of the books had been paid for wholesale, meaning they were paid for in advance with the intention of selling them for cash to support the tour. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Initial Slayer Dates
SMN reports: Initial dates for SLAYER's North American tour with UNEARTH have been released:

January 25 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
January 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG 
February 8 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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