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Wife Slashed
Sleaze Roxx reports: Slash has filed for divorce from his second wife, Perla. 

The couple filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 27. 

Slash met Perla after the divorce of his first wife Renee in 1997. The couple became engaged in 2000 and married in Maui later that year. The couple had their first child, London Hudson, in 2002 and then along came Cash Anthony Hudson in 2004. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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ABBA Vs Taxman
Gigwise reports: Former ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus has been told he owes the Swedish government $13 million.

The country's tax authorities have claimed he owes the money, money, money for unpaid taxes, fees and interest rates.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Not So Free Bird
AP reports: Rock bands Cheap Trick and The Allman Brothers Band are suing Sony Music, claiming they are being shortchanged on royalties for songs downloaded legally over the Internet. 

The suit, filed at a federal court in Manhattan, claims Sony has failed to live up to a contract requiring that it pay its musicians half of the net revenue it receives from licensing songs to download services like iTunes and Napster.[you can have "Free Bird" but you're gonna have to pay for it..."see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Candlemass Loss Voice
Blabbermouth reports: CANDLEMASS vocalist Messiah Marcolin contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET today (April 28) to reveal that he has left the Swedish doomsters and that it's 100 percent definite that he will not return. "We could not agree on how to do the new album," he said, but would not further elaborate on his sudden departure.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rapper Shot in the Ass
Contact Music reports: US rapper GRAVY was shot outside notorious New York City radio station Hot 97 when he arrived to give an interview on Wednesday (26APR06). The 28-year-old - real name JAMAL WOLLARD - suffered a bullet wound to his buttocks when a group of men exited a vehicle and opened fire outside Hot 97's offices in SoHo.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slipknot Robber
Blabbermouth reports: Eyewitness News Memphis is reporting that four armed and dangerous gunmen � including one wearing a replica of a mask worn by SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison � stormed into a Memphis supermarket Saturday (April 29) and stole money from the store's cash registers and the First Tennessee Bank inside the store. One of the robbers shot a store employee in the face. A surveillance camera captured it all. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nevermore Kidney failure
SMN reports: According to a post on the official NEVERMORE forum, "NEVERMORE guitarist Steve Smyth has been recently diagnosed with end stage kidney failure, the result of a congenital birth defect. Says Smyth: " I have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, and have been advised to preserve my health as much as possible at this time, as I am facing "complete renal failure" within six months, and ultimately, a transplant. Due to my recently diagnosed condition, I have decided not to join the band on the IN FLAMES U.S. tour. I want to be fair to the fans, and be able to give them a show I know I can deliver night after night. I will, however, join Nevermore on all four of the European festivals on our itinerary in early June[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Final Johnny Cash Recordings
Press Release reports: In the months leading up to his passing on September 12, 2003, JOHNNY CASH had been recording new material with producer Rick Rubin. On July 4, 2006, "American V: A Hundred Highways," the all-new Johnny Cash album taken from those sessions, will be released on the American Recordings label through Lost Highway. It will include the last song Cash ever wrote.

Cash and Rubin began recording the songs that would find their way onto "American V: A Hundred Highways" in 2002, specifically on the day after they finished "American IV: The Man Comes Around" which was released that November. Johnny feared that "American IV" might be his last release, so Rubin suggested that he immediately begin writing and recording new material. Over the next eight months, songs were cut at Rubin's Los Angeles studio and in Nashville at Johnny's main home and at his fabled cabin located across the road. Due to Cash's frail health, Rubin arranged for an engineer and guitar players to always be on call for the days that Cash felt strong enough to work.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead American Tour
antiMusic reports: North American Creeps listen up, Radiohead is coming. That's right the Brits are going to make their way to American shores next month. Don't fret our Canadian friends; they are playing the requisite shows in Toronto and Montreal. So far it looks like the show will run for a month and hit key markets across North America with two night stands at local theatres (not movie theaters, concert theatres. AMC couldn't afford em. ) The fun kicks off on June 1st in Philly at the Tower Theatre and concludes on June 30th in Los Angeles. Additionally lucky creeps in Boston, the afore mentioned Canadian cities, NYC, Chicago, Peoples Republic of Berkeley and San Diego will have a chance to see them. (note: After the shows sellout quick, try that ticket link below for reasonably priced premium tix). [what you want the dates? click the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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98 Degrees Arrest
TMZ reports: Former 98 Degrees band member Jeff Timmons was busted April 23 for alleged drunk driving and driving without a valid license.

Timmons, who sang alongside Nick and Drew Lachey in the popular 90s boy band, was pulled over by deputies from the Brevard County, Fla. sheriff's office for going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, after he left a celebrity softball game.

According to the police report, Timmons was driving with two "very intoxicated" passengers, one of whom Timmons identified as Mitch English, host of the syndicated tv show "The Daily Buzz." The police report indicates that English said he was "unable to drive because he had way too much to drink."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rapper Killed
AP reports: Big Hawk, a rapper whose 2001 album reached No. 45 on Billboard's rap chart, was shot to death, police said Tuesday. 

Hawk (real name: John Edward Hawkins) was a member of the late DJ Screw's rap collective the Screwed Up Click and brother to rapper Fat Pat, who was killed in 1998.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RHCP North American Tour
antiMusic reports: Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced summer and fall tour dates supporting their new CD Stadium Arcadium, which hits stores next Tuesday (May 9th). The double album contains 28 new tracks. 

08/11 - Portland OR US Rose Garden 
08/15 - Boise ID US Taco Bell Arena 
08/16 - Salt Lake City UT US Delta Center 
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Sevendust Injury Forces Tour Delay
Press Release reports: Due to a broken bone in the left hand of guitarist John Connolly, Sevendust has been forced to forgo its initial U.S. tour dates in early May. The group will resume its performances May 13th in Corpus Christi, TX. [see full story for confirmed schedule]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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T.I. Murder
MTV reports: One person has died and three others were shot during a gun battle involving members of rapper T.I.'s crew and unidentified shooters early Wednesday morning (May 3) in Cincinnati. Police have identified the man killed as 26-year-old Philant Johnson, T.I.'s friend, personal assistant and an employee of his Grand Hustle Records.

Police identified the other three victims in the shooting as members of T.I.'s crew: Janice Gillespie, 22, who was admitted to the University of Cincinnati Hospital and is in stable condition, and T.I. security guard Ronald Hausley, 40, and Elijah Edwards, 31, who were both treated and released. T.I. was not injured.[see full story for details about the shootout]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AC/DC Scam
Blabbermouth reports: Dylan Welch of The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that AC/DC producer and former EASYBEATS guitarist George Young (Malcolm and Angus' older brother) was the victim of identity fraud that has seen aspiring musicians in the U.K. fleeced of thousands of dollars.

A man befriended a series of people at a pub in London, convincing them he was George Young and claiming he managed and produced AC/DC.

But the industry hopefuls ended up with only empty bank accounts and stolen IDs after the fraudster skipped the country after extracting all he could.[so much for doing those dirty deeds dirt cheap. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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SOAD On Hold
The Gauntlet reports: System of a Down are not breaking up. But if you'd like to catch them live, you may want to consider buying an Ozzfest ticket.

"We're not breaking up," Malakian insisted. "If that was the case, we wouldn't be doing this Ozzfest, because we're a little nervous" about trying to fill Ozzy Osbourne's shoes. Ozzy will be headlining just 10 of this year's Ozzfest dates, with System topping the bill on Ozzy's off days. "We're going to take a very long break after Ozzfest and do our own things," he added. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Warner Reject EMI
AP reports: Warner Music Group Corp. has rejected a $4.2 billion cash-and-stock offer from its larger rival EMI Group PLC � the latest development in a long-running bid to unite the companies.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Exploding Goo
AP reports: MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - A failure in an underground electrical line apparently caused a series of gas explosions that sent utility hole covers flying and forced cancellation of a Goo Goo Dolls concert, officials say. The blasts Wednesday afternoon forced evacuation of part of the downtown for several hours. The blasts caused some property damage but no injuries, said Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel.[There are easier and safer ways to dizzy up the girls. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Piracy worse than child porn
Inquirer reports: THE NEW look Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) seems to be giving the world an unusual moral code.... It appears that the DMCA will have a maximum sentence of ten years inside for the crime of software and music piracy. It will also give the FBI the powers to wiretap suspected pirates.... assaulting a police officer will get you five years, downloading child porn will get you seven years, assaulting without a weapon will get you ten years and aggravated assault six years. 

So in other words if you copy a Disney CD and sell it you will be in the same league as a paedophile who is distributing pictures of sexual attacks on children. [the Feds can't control the border but they want to wiretap DVD and CD pirates? see full story for more on this from CNet]- Click Here for the Full Story 


REM Plot Return
Gigwise reports: REM are to return from their hiatus at the end of 2006 to record a new album according to drummer Bill Rieflin.

The band are currently taking time out after two years of touring which finished last July in London.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Club Fire Update
Blabbermouth reports: A former rock band tour manager being sentenced next week for his role in a nightclub fire that killed 100 people asked a judge to show mercy Thursday by imposing community service rather than sending him to prison. 

Daniel Biechele, 29, the former tour manager for the band GREAT WHITE, will be sentenced next week to serve up to 10 years in prison for igniting the pyrotechnics that sparked the deadly 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick. He pleaded guilty in February to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter that accused him of igniting the pyrotechnics without the required permit. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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