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Report for 10/19/06
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: Goo Goo Dolls - "Let Love In" video

Artist: James Brown

Reviews: Starsailor | Leah Zicari | Anata

Beatle Wifebeater?
TMZ reports: Sir Paul McCartney says he's going to fight his estranged wife tooth and nail, but not in the press. The ex-Beatle issued a statement through his reps, and Paul has made it clear he will "vigorously" defend himself in divorce court. In court documents leaked to several London newspapers, Heather Mills alleges Paul brutalized her and was often drunk or high on drugs.

In the statement, McCartney's reps say "Our client would very much like to respond in public and in detail to the allegations made recently against him by his wife and published in the press but he recognizes, on advice, that the only correct forum for his response to the allegations made against him is in the current divorce proceedings." [So does she have a leg to stand on? see full story for Mills' allegations.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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iPod Virus
Reuters reports: Some of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod digital music players shipped in the past month carry a computer virus, according to a posting on Apple's technical support Web site. 

Apple said since September 12, less than 1 percent of Video iPods -- the pocket-sized devices that can play music files and video clips -- left the company's contract manufacturer carrying the virus RavMonE.exe. The virus affects computers running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Incubus Private Show on the Verizon
Verizon reports: Multi-platinum alternative rockers Incubus and Verizon Wireless have created a unique opportunity for fans-a private concert and an invitation to help create a music video for the first single off of Incubus' much anticipated new album Light Grenades. Concert clips and songs from the album will premier exclusively on Verizon Wireless V CAST following the event. 

Over six hundred fans will attend a private show in San Francisco this Friday, October 20, and will be encouraged to use their V CAST Music phones to record video of the band's performance of "Anna Molly," the first single from the new album. The final music video, assembled from images submitted by fans, will run on YouTube, Yahoo! Music and Verizon Wireless' V CAST service.[see full story for more info and find out how to snag tickets]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Guns N' Roses Release Confirmed
antiMusic reports: Guns N' Roses manager Merck Mercuriadis confirmed to Rolling Stone that the long awaited 'Chinese Democracy,' will be in stores before the end of the year but would not confirm the Nov 21st date a source gave the magazine earlier this month. "I don't know that we will announce a release date," Mercuriadis says. "You just might walk into your record shop one Tuesday and find it there."

The magazine released a web news post on Wednesday with tidbits from an article by Brian Hiatt in the new issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands on Friday. Sebastian Bach, who is opening for GNR on their North American tour was on hand at a party at Axl's house last month where those in attendance were treated to a full preview of the album. "There's this one song called 'Sorry' that's almost like doom metal with Axl singing really clean over this grinding, slow beat that is f***ing mean," says Bach. "I cannot get it out of my head." Bach had more to say about the album, see that at the full story link. 

Another tidbit in the article is that a source close to the band confirmed that Andy Wallace (mixed Nirvana's 'Nevermind' and Velvet Revolver's debut) is working on the project. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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U2 Web Hunt
MTV reports: U2 is launching an internet scavenger hunt on Monday in which fans who piece together clues posted on different Web sites can win a chance to see the group's final Vertigo Tour show in Hawaii on December 9. The official U2 site will dole out clues in the Hunt the Lyric quest over two weeks[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Solo Strokes Tour
PR reports: Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has announced a string of solo dates kicking off later this month. The short tour features a handful of East Coast shows, including a November 3 stop at the CMJ Marathon, before he hops the pond to play several shows in England and a one-off in Scotland. Hammond is pressing the flesh in support of his solo debut, Yours To Keep (Rough Trade), which was recently released overseas and boasts guest spots by Ben Kweller and Sean Lennon, among others. The album's lead single, "101," will hit radio on November 27, and its American release date is forthcoming. 

Albert Hammond, Jr. Tour Dates:
10/28 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Saint
10/30 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear's Place
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Rod Tops Chart
Reuters reports: Rod Stewart earned his fourth No. 1 album on the U.S. pop albums chart Wednesday with his first rock release in eight years. 

"Still the Same ... Great American Rock Classics of Our Time" sold 184,304 copies in the week ended October 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan data provided by the veteran rocker's J Records label.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dumping Bobbie Brown
AP reports: After a tumultuous 14-year marriage marked by drug arrests and stints in rehab, Whitney Houston is divorcing Bobby Brown. 

The pop singer filed divorce papers in Orange County Superior Court this week, a month after filing for legal separation from Brown, Houston's publicist Nancy Seltzer said Tuesday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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OutKast: Guns For Tot
Gigwise reports: Outkast star Andre 3000 has landed in hot water after telling a magazine that he'd like to buy a gun for his 9-year-old son. The rapper - real name Andre Benjamin - said that his son Steven should carry a gun in future due to the heat of everyday life. 

He's quoted as saying: "I would want my son to carry a gun when he gets older. It's just something you have got to have if you want to be safe." But anti-gun campaigners have reacted angrily to the comments, saying that a man in his position should not support carrying guns. [see full story for more and remember guns don't kill people, a**holes do] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Doherty Improving?
Gigwise reports: Pete Doherty's progress in his battle against drugs has been described as a 'mixed bag' by his defence solicitor at court today. 

The Babyshambles frontman appeared at Thames Magistrates Court for an update on his ongoing drug rehabilitation program. The series of reviews have been called after the 27-year-old pleaded guilty to drugs possession in August. 

Defence Counsel Bruce Clark said: "On the whole, progress is being made," and added that Doherty's appearance had "certainly improved."[see full story for more... yes, it's a slow news day]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Conan Pixie
HER reports: Don't miss FRANK BLACK who will be the musical guest on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" this FRIDAY, October 20 (11:35PM Central/12:35AM Eastern, Pacific, NBC). Black will perform "Johnny Barleycorn" from his latest album, "Fast Man Raider Man," and will be joined by his new touring band - Duane Jarvis/guitar, Eric Drew Feldman/bass, and Billy Block/drums, with special guest Jack Kidney/sax. Frank Black & Co. are currently on a major tour of the U.S. promoting "Fast Man Raider Man." Remaining tour dates are as follows:

19 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
20 Warsaw, Brooklyn, NY
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Trail of Dead Instores
PR reports: Pre-purchase "So Divided" - the new album from …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - at any of the following acoustic in-store performances, and you'll get the So Divided CD booklet which the band will be only-too-happy to sign... and anyone pre-purchasing So Divided will ALSO get a limited edition, cool-as-hell red vinyl 7" single. After the album is released on November 14th, anyone purchasing the CD at the tour dates will also get a limited edition 7" while supplies last. Check out the in-store appearances below and plan your road trip accordingly.

Instore events: 
Oct 29 3pm at Vintage Vinyl - St. Louis 
Nov 4 3pm at Rock A Billy's - Utica, MI
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Country Leppard
blabbermouth.net reports: DEF LEPPARD had a surprise guest at their show in Los Angeles on Friday (October 13). For the encore at the Hollywood Bowl, the band welcomed country superstar Tim McGraw to the stage, and he pitched in vocals on a version of "Pour Some Sugar On Me". There's no word on whether McGraw will make further appearances with DEF LEPPARD, or whether they might return the favor at one of his concerts.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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blabbermouth.net reports: The Sydney Morning Herald recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On what he would do if he became president of the United States: "I'd be a really cool president, I guarantee you, man. We'd have a party for a few days and then American sentiment in the world would go up. I'd say, 'We're taking back our soldiers from Germany, Korea, the Philippines and the Middle East. You guys fight your own f—ing battles. And by the way, if you're in the United States right now and you're illegal you've got a 90-day grace period. Get out.' Teachers would get paid a lot of money, so would cops. Politicians would get s***."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Doro's Warrior Soul
blabbermouth.net reports: AFM Records has set a November 24 release date for DORO's "Warrior Soul Winter Edition (20 Years a Warrior Soul)" — a career overview of one of the most successful female hard rock artists of all time. The set will be released in three separate editions:

* The regular "Winter Edition" of "Warrior Soul", which will come with a bonus CD featuring live tracks and a brand new, previously unreleased cut. 

* The "20 Years A Warrior Soul" edition containing a high-quality double DVD[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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