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Report for 11/20/06
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Beatles Reunion?
soundgenerator.com reports: Liverpool could cement its reputation as the European 'Capital of Culture' next year with a live performance by the two surviving Beatles.

The city has been given the honour by the European Commission, and organisers for the opening ceremony reveal that Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Star could reunite for the first time since the mid-sixties.

Speaking this week, event organisers reveal McCartney is as good as signed up for the opening ceremony, and could persuade Starr to join him in honouring his home city.

"It's already expected that Sir Paul will be involved but to get Ringo to join him on stage would be the icing on the cake," a source reveals.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Label Sues MySpace
punkbands reports: Universal Music has issued an infringement lawsuit against MySpace. The lawsuit continues a string of similar suits launched against other sites which allow users to upload and share copyrighted works. Universal filed the action in the US District Court in Los Angeles late Friday, alleging that MySpace "harbors no illusions" that its destination contains infringing content. 

The action also asserts that MySpace "knowingly and intentionally operated its business on the fiction that it has obtained the licenses it needs to exist from members that MySpace well knows are not the true copyright owners." Additionally, the label noted that MySpace "encourages, facilitates and participates in the unauthorized reproduction, adaptation, distribution and public performance" of its works. The suit is seeking damages of $150,000 per infringing track, either in audio or video form. [will Myspace remove all Universal artists pages now? Why give a free promo vehicle to a company that's suing you?]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Game Arrested for Impersonating Cop
MTV reports: The phrase "Let's Ride" may have gotten the Game into some deep trouble.

The rapper was arrested in New York on Thursday and charged with criminal impersonation of an undercover police officer after jumping into a taxi and telling the driver to ignore traffic lights.

According to a New York Police Department spokesperson, the Game (born Jayceon Taylor) stopped a Lincoln Town Car outside Park Central hotel near 56th Street and 7th Avenue and told the driver he was an undercover cop.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bono & Vedder Protest Jam
Gigwise reports: U2 frontman Bono and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder launched G20 summit protests in Australia yesterday � by singing a duet. 

The self-reverential rockers belted out Neil Young's mawkish �Keep On Rockin' In The Free World' at the Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne, before calling for world leaders to give more cash to the poor in Africa.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ruth Brown RIP
AP reports: Singer Ruth Brown, whose recordings of "Teardrops in My Eyes," "5-10-15 Hours" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" shot her to rhythm-and-blues stardom in the 1950s, has died. She was 78. 

Brown, who later in life won a Grammy and a Tony, died Friday of complications from a stroke and heart attack at a Las Vegas-area hospital, said Lindajo Loftus, a publicist for the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, which Brown helped establish.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Nirvana Flipper
blabbermouth.net reports: Former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic is coming out of retirement to play bass on the first tour in more than a decade by influential punk group FLIPPER. Novoselic, who played in various groups after NIRVANA's 1994 demise, put music on the shelf in recent years to concentrate on local politics in Washington state, where he has championed free speech and voting issues and even considered a run for lieutenant governor at one point.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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KISS Leppard Tour?
blabbermouth.net reports: Richmond Coliseum general manager Dolly Vogt told Melissa Ruggieri at the Richmond Times-Dispatch that a KISS/DEF LEPPARD tour is being explored for early 2007. There has been no official word as to whether this trek will see the light of day.

When asked by The Baltimore Sun if KISS will tour again, guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley said last month, "KISS will tour. Even if I wanted to destroy KISS, I couldn't. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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KNAC Friend
blabbermouth.net reports: Lonn Friend, the former editor of RIP magazine and former editor-in-chief of KNAC.COM, will be the returning special guest of the Junkman on KNAC.COM Monday, November 20 at 3:00 p.m. PST. Friend will be discussing his book "Life On Planet Rock" as well as his days as the editor-in-chief at KNAC.COM and his current plans. You can listen to the interview on www.knac.com and log into the chatroom to post questions for Friend to answer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Out Cold
TuneLab reports: After calling it quits in February, then deciding to just take a break in April, Cold has now called it quits once again. In a MySpace blog, Scooter Ward stated that none of the band members speak to one another and they have pretty much "disappeared". 

Ward's new project, When November Falls, will release their first album titled 'The Series of Emotion' next year.[see full story for more news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Killswitch Engage Key Club for Free Show
DiR reports: Killswitch Engage will be playing a free all-ages Myspace show tonight (November 20th) at the Key Club in Los Angeles in support of their new "MallCore" Records release 'As Daylight Dies' which hits stores on Tuesday. The band's Myspace blog promises "Special Guests" 

The Key Club
9039 Sunset Blvd 
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 274-5800
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GNR Iran Ban
KNAC reports: Dozens of literary masterpieces and international bestsellers have been banned in Iran in a dramatic rise in censorship that has plunged the country's publishing industry into crisis.

Companies that once specialised in popular fiction and other money-spinners are being restricted to academic texts under a cultural freeze instigated by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.... Another publishing house has been banned from selling a successful series of books featuring lyrics by THE BEATLES, ROLLING STONES, THE DOORS, BLACK SABBATH, QUEEN and GUNS N' ROSES. Stores were told to remove the books or face closure. Permission was subsequently denied for the publisher to reprint.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bob Rock Offspring
punkbands reports: The Offspring just announced on their official website that they are finally back in the studio begun working with producer Bob Rock on their next album. Armed with a fistful of demos, the band have entered a Hollywood, CA studio to begin recording their first album of new material since 2003's Splinter. Look for it to be released in 2007 with a world tour to follow - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Reel Big 80s
punkbands reports: Reel Big Fish and Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer are of the opinion that we get enough of 80's cover songs, so they are working on a new split CD-EP of them now. Now for the bad news... Zolof is covering songs from Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson (Say Say Say), Madonna's "Dress You Up." The fish, on the other hand, have a bit more taste by covering some stuff by Fishbone and The Smiths.... The EP will be out on February 20th on ReIgnition records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Boy Sets Fire To New Group
punkbands reports: Former Boy Sets Fire vocalist Nathan Gray has joined members of Ann Berreta/The Foundation Band to form Gimme Shelter. More info about the band can be found at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Doherty Busted for Crack
The People reports: Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was arrested on Saturday (November 18) for possessing crack cocaine. The singer was stopped by cops as he was erratically driving a Jaguar at 8:20 AM with three pals. "His driving was all over the place," a police source said. Kate Moss was said to be furious with Doherty, who was bailed out later, because the rocker had vowed to quit drugs.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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