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Weiland Slashed By Former GNR Manager
Day in Rock reports: Metal Sludge has posted a rather interesting statement that reportedly came from Guns N' Roses former manager Alan Niven. Here is an excerpt but you'll have to click the full story to read it all. 

"Categorically, Slash is utterly accurate - Mr. Weilland is, in my personal opinion, a clueless posturing fraud, of no particular or obvious abilities, including, and most apparently, composition. The band is a thorough waste of a truly great guitar player and terrific rhythm section. [their output has been entirely forgettable and one dimensional]. 

"As for Mr. Rose, I have no doubt he is still genuinely and profoundly gifted, and it is self evident that he has provided more insight and memorability in a single line of composition than Mr. Weilland has managed in an entire career. 

"For the record, Mr. Rose wrote the majority of the melodies and lyrics on the guns records, which include the best selling rock debut of our times, with 16,000,000 sold in the United States alone."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Borland Vs Durst
Day in Rock reports: Wes Borland posted a Myspace Blog in responce to Fred Durst's "free style" song posting that took aim at Wes and he's recent comments that the Bizkit might be over. Here is part of what Wes had to say.

I am actually going to respond to you guys AND Fred. Here it goes: 

It is a shame to have things once again come to head because of lack of communication between two people. Was I right to speak for everybody in Limp? Probably not. But I thought the fans deserved to know what was going on at least from my perspective. After years and years of dealing with each other, it seems that Fred and I still have not figured out how to keep it positive. I'm to blame, he's to blame. It sucks. We never talk. So, it's hard to ever know what's really going on. I still stand behind everything I've said. LB doing something is as much news to me as it is to everybody else. If Fred is making music, that's great, more power to him, but I wasn't aware. So, here we are now.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Suge Label Goes Death Row?
Gigwise reports: A judge has pledged that he will take control of Marion Suge Knight's business and personal assets after he failed to pay a $107million civil lawsuit from last year. 

At the hearing yesterday (March 23), Los Angeles Judge Ronald Sohigian revealed he is to appoint a court officer to organize Knight's assets. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Buck Owens RIP
Reuters reports: Honky-tonk star Buck Owens, who sold more than 16 million albums and popularized country entertainment on television as host of "Hee Haw," died on Saturday at age 76. 

Owens, who helped spread the twangy "Bakersfield sound" as an antidote to Nashville's slick country music, died of heart failure at his home, said his keyboard player Jim Shaw[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


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Nikki Sudden RIP
CMJ reports: Nikki Sudden, former frontman for the Swell Maps, died Sunday (March 26) after a performance Saturday night at Manhattan's Knitting Factory that was billed as "Farewell To New York." He was 49. No cause of death has been announced. Sudden had just finished work on a new solo record, The Truth Doesn't Matter, according to Billboard, and was expected to perform a show at London's 12 Bar Club March 29 with his current band the Jacobites.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Alan Confrey RIP
Mammoth Press reports: Irish punk band, Blood Or Whiskey, has suffered a great loss, tin whistle player, Alan Confrey, suffered a heart attack and passed away on March 23, at the young age of 33 yrs. old. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Linkin Tattoo fest
Blabbermouth reports: LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington has lined up several performers to appear at the 11th anniversary concert for his Club Tattoo shops, according to MTV.com. Bennington's bandmate Mike Shinoda will play with his rap act, FORT MINOR, and other artists scheduled to show up include STORY OF THE YEAR, DJ Z-Trip and WICKED WISDOM, the group featuring actress Jada Pinkett Smith. Bennington himself will also perform with his "fun" side band, BUCKET OF WEENIES. The event will take place on April 22 in Tempe, Arizona.[da plane, da plane... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vandals to Rock Afghanistan
Fanscape reports: Orange County punk rock legends the Vandals will once again take their act to the theater of war next month as they head to Southern Asia to play for the armed forces troops deployed in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Vandals, who first made the trek to the region Christmas 2004/2005 playing for troops in forward operating bases in Iraq and Kuwait, will play 4 to 6 shows in the Afghan region during their 10 day trip beginning April 5, 2006 on a tour arranged by military entertainment contractors AKA Productions. 

Singer Dave Quackenbush said, "The most frequently asked question we get when we tell people we are going to Iraq or Afghanistan is, 'are you going to play for the troops?' The insurgents aren't really interested in us, truthfully. And the only musical activity permitted by the Taliban is the singing of certain types of religious songs, and Taliban chants. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stone Sour Diversify Even More
Day in Rock reports: In his latest MorleyView, Morley caught up with Stone Sour's Josh Rand while the band is in the studio recording their new album. Josh tells Morley a bit about the new CD and the direction it is taking in the following excerpt. 

antiMUSIC: So bring us up to date on how the record is going. 

Josh Rand: Right now we're in Los Angeles doing the follow-up, obviously. We've brought in Nick Raskulinecz to help produce this and help steer the ship. We've wrapped up drums and are working on guitar now. We're going to track 18 songs. Probably only 12-13 will be on the record. That's yet to be decided. They're very diverse. If you like the first record, and certainly mainly people comment on the diversity of that one�.this one will be far and beyond that one. There's some really heavy stuff. There's some really melodic stuff and a new direction we've yet to go until now. It's going to be cool. I'm really excited about it. [Click the full story link to read the full MorleyView!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kanye Injury
Contact Music reports: Rapper KANYE WEST was forced to halt a concert in Australia on Sunday night (26MAR06) after he twisted his ankle. The GOLD DIGGER hitmaker hurt his ankle early in his first set and was forced to take a break to have it tended to.[see full story for more.. A cynic might say he tripped over his ego.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pete Wells RIP
Contact Music reports: ROSE TATTOO guitarist and founder PETE WELLS has lost his battle with prostate cancer in a Sydney, Australia hospital. He was 59. The Australian blues rocker was diagnosed with cancer in 2002. As a member of Sydney heavy metal band BUFFALO, Wells recorded the first Australian metal album to go gold (VOLCANIC ROCK) in the 1960s and founded Rose Tattoo in the mid 1970s with iconic Aussie rocker ANGRY ANDERSON. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beatles Vs iTunes
Aversion reports: The latest battle in a decades-long trademark tiff between The Beatles' Apple Music and Apple Computer is scheduled to start before a London magistrate tomorrow (March 29).

The suit, filed by Apple Music, alleges that Apple Computer's iTunes service infringes upon a previous settlement that placed all music-distribution interests under the Beatles' umbrella [Didn't The Beatles start Apple to change the world? see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Motley Bob Rock
The Gauntlet reports: Motley Crue is expected to head into the studio this June and July for the follow-up to 2005's compilation Red, White and Crue. The eighties metal legends have been at work with rock producer Bob Rock, who produced the group's 1989 album Dr. Feelgood, and have a month of rehearsals scheduled to prepare. 

"We need a month to get all the songs together and demo them, because there are lots and lots of ideas floating around," said singer Vince Neil to Rolling Stone. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Broken Jovi
Contact Music reports: BON JOVI guitarist RICHIE SAMBORA was treated for a broken left arm after a fall at his home in Los Angeles last week (ends24MAR06). Although his arm is in a sling, Sambora will still perform when Bon Jovi begins the Japanese stadium leg of their HAVE A NICE DAY world tour on 8 April (06). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Moz Boycotted
Gigwise reports: Canadian Morrissey fans have made a fight back against the star for boycotting the country over its seal �culling.'

Fans on the website Stille Post � Canada's biggest indie music message board � have launched a campaign urging Canadians to boycott buying Morrissey records. 

A small minority of the fans are outraged that Morrissey has decided to axe shows in the country because of what he sees are �barbaric' acts, reports the BBC. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Prince is King of charts
Reuters reports: Innovative funk rocker Prince scored his first No. 1 album on the U.S. pop charts in almost 17 years with his latest release, "3121," his record label said on Wednesday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Red Hot Space Peppers
TuneLab reports: Each disc in upcoming Red Hot Chili Peppers double album, 'Stadium Arcadium', will have its own title. The twenty-eight track set will be divided between two discs, 'Mars' and 'Jupiter'. Track listing for the albums are as follows:

'Jupiter': 1. "Dani California" 2. "Snow (Hey Oh)" 3. "Charlie" 4. "Stadium Arcadium" 5. "Hump de Bump" 6. "She's Only 18" 7. "Slow Cheetah" 8. "Torture Me" 9. "Strip My Mind" 10. "Especially in Michigan" 11. "Warlocks" 12. "C'mon Girl" 13. "Wet Sand" 14. "Hey"[see full story for more info include the tracks to Mars]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cancer Hits Close To Home
punkbands reports: Bassist Bradley Quinn Andress of the up-and-coming rock band Close To Home was recently diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer while on tour with his band across the U.S. Andress, 20, was told he would die when flu-like symptoms brought him into a hospital after a show and it was discovered he had a seven-inch tumor on one of his lungs. That lung was removed, but Andress will still have to undergo an additional surgery to see if the cancer has spread. 

To aid Andress in his fight against cancer, a benefit show is being scheduled in the band's hometown of Cincinnati, OH. Two tickets and on-stage seats to the Warped Tour in Cincinnati are also being auctioned off by the T.J. Martell Foundation, with proceeds going to "Brad's Fight For Cancer Fund."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nirvana Sold
FMQB reports: After the death of Kurt Cobain, his widow, Courtney Love, inherited 98 percent of Nirvana's publishing rights. Now Love has revealed to Rolling Stone that she sold 25 percent of her share to Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music Publishing, former COO/GM of Virgin Records. Another source close to the deal told Rolling Stone that Mestel likely paid in excess of $50 million for the rights.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Wembley Delay... Jovi Won't Play
BBC reports: The new Wembley Stadium is not due to open until 2007, BBC News has learned. 

The project is already more than six months behind schedule and over budget. Now four concerts planned for the summer will no longer be staged there. US rock band Bon Jovi were due to be the first band to play at the rebuilt stadium on 10 June. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Replacements Two Off
punkbands reports: From Billboard.com: "As tipped yesterday (March 28th) on Billboard's Jaded Insider blog, Replacements members Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson and Chris Mars have reunited to record two new songs for an upcoming retrospective, Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best of the Replacements. Due June 13 via Rhino, the set will feature "Message to the Boys" and "Pool & Dive," the band's first new recordings in 16 years.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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