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Journey Lip Sync?
antiMusic reports: A Journey fan going by the name of Rockndeano has accused Journey frontman Steve Augeri of lip synching during the band's shows. A discussion of the issue began on Melodicrock.com but he quickly saw the need for a dedicated site to discuss the controversy, so he launched a blog on June 1st. To back-up the claims he has posted several songs via YouSendIt but accused the band of having them removed (we were too lazy to trackdown and listen to any). 

Here is a bit of what Rockndeano has to say: "Lead singer Steve Augeri, has had some serious vocal problems the last year or so, and after many hundreds of man hours breaking down concert bootlegs and analyzing 'live' songs from different venues, I have levied the charge against my once favorite band....They use tapes for lead vocals. Yes, you heard that right. Journey has resorted to using tape for lead vocals live." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Boy George Fugitive
MTV reports: On Friday (June 16), a Manhattan judge issued an arrest warrant for Boy George after the troubled singer didn't show up in court, AP reports. George, whose real name is George O'Dowd, was supposed to explain why he wants to change his sentence for falsely reporting to the police that his apartment had been burglarized.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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EMI Payola Payup
E! reports: EMI agreed to pay $3.75 million to a music-based charity to make New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer call off his dogs. EMI Music North America was the last of the big four record companies forced to cough up big bucks to settle allegations of offering financial and other incentives to [radio stations] to play the music of its artists. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Tony Danza Inferno
SMN reports: Early June 17th a fire erupted in Murfreesboro, TN causing thousands of dollars in damage along with THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA's musical equipment and gear. A PayPal account is being set up and will be available for donations early next week. On a positive note, their tour with MY BITTER END, LYE BY MISTAKE, and PSYOPUS is still on [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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full report: Bon Jovi Vs GNR- Metal Gang War- Beyonce Vs Peta- Boy George Fugitive- Metallica- Dressy Berry- Rob Zombie- Mayer/Crow, MicroPod- Macca's 64- AIC- Dragonforce- Danko Jones Surgery- Eternal Oath- Aerocrue- Maiden- Down- Flotsam and Gilbert- Loudness- DeLonge for President- Emery- Pelican- Keane- AFI- more

Tour Bus Murder
Gigwise reports: A man has been killed at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in America after he was hit by the tour bus of one of the acts.

The as yet unnamed man was hit by the bus of bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs after he wandered onto a highway about a mile from the festival's entrance.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Audioslave Revelations
PR reports: Epic Records has announced a September 5th release date for REVELATIONS, the highly anticipated new album from multi-platinum rock band AUDIOSLAVE.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone.com, guitarist Tom Morello described the record as "Led Zeppelin meets Earth, Wind and Fire," adding that it's a "big hard rock record with a funky bottom." Among the album's many highlights is the groove-driven lead single, "Original Fire," and "Wide Awake," about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "It's probably Audioslave's most political song to date," says Morello. [see full story for more including tracklist]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maiden Japan
antiMusic reports: Iron Maiden are planning a world tour this Fall in support of their forthcoming studio album, A Matter Of Life And Death, which is expected to hit stores in early September. At press time, it looks like the world tour will kick off in Japan this October. 

The tour kicks off on October 25th in Tokyo at the famed Budokan and concludes on Halloween at Shimin Hall in Nagoya. "It's great to be back with our big show in Japan, especially the Budokan which has been a legendary venue for us and other great bands since I can remember," says frontman Bruce Dickinson. "We've always loved playing in Japan over every tour and we all have many friends there.'[see full story for dates and tracklisting for the new CD]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Quickies: Ozzy- Dinosaur Jr- Super Score- Anberlin- March of Flames- Fair Warning- Hammerfall- Agent Sparks
Day in Rock reports: If you dig J Mascis and Dinosaur Jr., then tune into The Henry Rollins show this Saturday, June 24th on IFC. * On June 27th, Rhino Records will release the Superman Returns: Original Motion Picture Score CD featuring music by acclaimed composer John Ottman (Fantastic Four, X2, The Usual Suspects). * Anberlin will be recording their new yet-to-be titled album this fall and are shooting for a February/March 2007 release date through Tooth And Nail. * Fear Before The March Of Flames' new album will be called "The Always Open Mouth" and is expected to hit stores on Sept 19th via Equal Vision. * Fair Warning's reunion album, Brother's Keeper, will be released on Frontiers Records in Europe on August 25th * Hammerfall's new album will hit stores on October 20th * For this week only, Agent Sparks is offering their full new album, "Red Rover" for stream on their purevolume page (see the full story link for that)!- Click Here for the Full Story 

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full report: Gangsta Idol- MTV Enemy- TimberSex- Audioslave- Fear Factory- Maiden Japan- Gigantour- Converge- Unearth- Chaos Down Under- Damone- Modest Mouse- Air- Country Halen- Altercation Bridge- Megadeth- Everclear- Jello Art- Radiohead- Moonspell- Skinless- Ozzy- Dinosaur Jr- Anberlin- Hammerfall- more

Gay Aiken Regrets
antiMusic reports: The man that sparked the "Gay Aiken" controversy five months ago now says he regrets telling his story to a tabloid. John Paulus, a former Green Beret, claimed that he had met American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken through a gay website and had a one night stand with the singer in December of 2005. 

"In an very callow and selfish moment I relayed the story to the National Enquirer," Paulus wrote on his blog last Friday. "The next day I had come to realize what I had done- I defied the trust of someone. I attempted to rectify my error by seeking a solution to stop the story from being printed. Through an entertainment attorney I had a cease and desist letter sent to America Media Corp, the owner of the National Enquirer. The story had been stopped temporarily until it was leaked to Billy Masters by one of his sources inside of Star Magazine. Billy Masters went on to provide the information to the New York Post which ran it as a blind item." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
(see follow up story from Thursday as well)

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Duane Roland RIP
antiMusic reports: Duane Roland, one of the founding members of Molly Hatchet has died. He was 53 years old. A cause of death was not known at press time. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aerosmith/Motley Crue's Evil Tour
antiMusic reports: Some bands are loners and some can't stand the idea of going it alone on the long hard road of touring. Aerosmith fits that last category and after sharing the stage with bands ranging from Cheap Trick to KISS in recent years, the band has decided they needed a bit more decadence for their next tour so they are teaming up with Motley Crue for a co-headlining run at North America this Fall dubbed the "Route Of All Evil Tour". 

The dates have been announced and the debauchery will commence on September 14th in the rock mecca of Holmdel, NJ and conclude with a 'hanging chad' celebration on November 24th in W. Palm Beach, Florida. Tickets to the first few dates go on sale Saturday. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mars Volta Tracks and Art
antiMusic reports: The Mars Volta has announced the tracklisting to their forthcoming album 'Amputecture'. A solid release date is not yet known but they are expected to release it around the time they hit the road with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in August. 

The band also announced that they have enlisted artist Jeff Jordan to design the album cover. [you can check out some of his work at the full story link. Our favorite is the walrus chicken in a boat in the sky with the naked woman. It has sort of a Norman Rockwell on Quaaludes meets Salvador Dali quality to it.]

Here is the Amputecture Tracklisting: 1. Vicarious Atonement - 2. Tetragrammation - 3. Vermicide - 4. Meccamputechture - 5. Asilos Magdalena - 6. Viscera Eyes - 7. Day Of The Baphomets - 8. El Ciervo Vulnerado- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Top of the Pops RIP
thetripwire reports: R.I.P. Top of the Pops. You will be missed. "Top of the Pops has been axed after 42 years providing the latest pop performances and chart rundowns. The final episode of the BBC music show, which made stars of Noel Edmonds and Jimmy Savile, is expected to air later this summer."[see full story for a ton of highlight videos from the show's long run including Nirvana, Duran Duran, The Kinks, Muse, Radiohead and more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


full report: Hater Jesus- Artic Monkey Quits- Duane Roland RIP- Aerosmith/Motley Crue Tour- Final Vandross- Pixies- Mars Volta- Bleed The Sky Hospitalized- AFI- Ion Dissonance- Top of the Pops RIP- Clutch- Lemmy TV- KISS- Jacko-Grant Lee Phillips- Post Audiovent- Through The Lens Of The Dead- Primal Scream- Punker Jewel- Elton Vs IRS- more

OutKast Return
PR reports: Three years since the release of 5-time Grammy Award-winner OutKast's landmark RIAA diamond-certified #1 double-CD Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Antwan 'Big Boi' Patton and André '3000' Benjamin return in a BIG way this August with their first appearance together in a motion picture, and the most eagerly anticipated new album of their career, IDLEWILD, set for August 22nd release on LaFace/Zomba Music Group. 

Three days after the release of the IDLEWILD album, Universal Pictures and HBO Films will open wide with Idlewild, a Mosaic Media Group and Forensic Films Production starring Antwan Patton and André Benjamin in their first movie together. (They have acted separately, Big Boi in ATL, and Dré in Be Cool and Four Brothers.) Set amidst the backdrop of a 1930s rural Georgia speakeasy known as The Church, the film follows its two lead characters, lifelong friends Percival (Dré), the club's piano player, and Rooster (Big Boi), the club's lead performer and manager, through intersecting stories of love and ambition, in a story fueled by non-stop action, music and showstopping dance numbers. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tool Time for America
antiMusic reports: Tool fans of North America� it is on! Maynard and company are currently plotting out their late summer/early fall tour plans and they include a run through the States and Canada. The first handful of dates have been announced. According to their official site, tickets are supposed to go on sale this weekend (except the Honolulu shows). 

The band will kick things off on August 5th at the Street Scene in San Diego, then head up the coast to Fresno for a show the next night. From there they head off for a couple dates in Japan and will hit Hawaii for a two-night stand upon their return before hitting Canada and then returning to the U.S. [see full story for confirmed dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ashcroft Arrested
Gigwise reports: Richard Ashcroft was arrested by Police on Monday night after bursting into a youth club drunk and announcing "I'm Richard, I'm going to be doing some youth work round here".

The former Verve man apparently refused to leave The Bridge Club in Chippenham, Wilts which led to the Police taking him into custody and fining him £80 for disorderly behaviour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Chart Busta
MTV reports: The Big Bang will open at #1 on Billboard's albums chart, marking Busta Rhymes' first chart-topping LP in his 15-year career� Week-one sales of The Big Bang, Busta's first collection of fresh material since 2002, topped out at nearly 209,000 copies - more than enough to earn Rhymes his inaugural chart-topping debut.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Quickies: Weezer- Culture Club- Gay Games- Jacko- Big 80s Web
Day in Rock reports: Having just graduated from Harvard, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo probably felt it was time to tie the knot and he did take the matrimonial plunge with Kyoko Ito * A Boy George-less Culture Club are planning a world tour. In place of the famed singer, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig and Phil Pickett plan to use three or four young singers in his place. Karaoke club? Maybe Elvis' backing band can do the same thing and stil call it Elvis? * Erasure lead singer Andy Bell will perform at the Opening Ceremonies of the Gay Games at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 15. * The mother of Michael Jackson's accuser Janet Arvizo plead not guilty in an LA court Wednesday to charges of welfare fraud and perjury. * Child of the 80s? Miss seeing all of those videos? You're in luck; click the full story link to check out a site featuring over 1400 music videos from the heyday of MTV.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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full report: Public Enemy Vs 50 Cent- Stapp Sexless Tape- Foxx Song Thief?- Tool- Ashcroft Arrested- Chart Busta- Weezer- Culture Club- Gay Games- Bono Pirate- Hicks Hit- Adolescents- Strapping OFFfest Dates- Suffocation- Stone Sour- Mastodone- GNR Postponed- Deicide- All That Rocks- Anberlin- Dissection- Circa Survive- Gomez- Zero 7 Tour- more

DMX Gun Charge
antiMusic reports: DMX's rap sheet is growing and if he keeps up at this rate it may soon challenge Pete Doherty's criminal record. The rapper has been cited in Scottsdale, Arizona for carrying a concealed handgun. 

He was reportedly in a 1964 Chevy convertible near Scottsdale nightclub Buzz, when police saw him place a handgun under the front seat of the vehicle. Police cited him for failing to have a permit for a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Zakk Wylde Scam Suit
antiMusic reports: Zakk Wylde has filed a lawsuit against 357 Customs, a company that was selling Zakk Wylde branded products that apparently wasn't filling fan's orders or promising more than they delivered (see below). The following post was made to the official BLS site about the situation: "Berserkers - I know you have been awaiting my response to 357 Customs' unscrupulous conduct in connection with their promotion. I have filed a lawsuit against 357 Customs."

The following is some information from wikipedia about the 357 situation: There is currently a dispute involving several 357 Customs promotions and Zakk Wylde Gibson (Epiphone) guitars. Although the promotion was not run, or personally endorsed by Zakk Wylde, the company 357 Customs does have a business relationship with him. This promotion is a purported scam regarding a promotion run by 357customs.com in which they promised a "free" Zakk Wylde branded Epiphone guitar upon the purchase of several Zakk Wylde branded goods included in a variety of bundles. Said goods included $100 gift certificates, diecast miniatures, and mp4 audio/video players, as well as miscellaneous Zakk Wylde styled paraphernalia. The cost of bundles was significant, often in the range of a few hundred dollars and many customers willingly made several purchases in order to receive several Zakk Wylde branded guitars. [see full story more it does go a lot deeper according to this article] 
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Pearl Benefit Jam
liveDaily reports: Pearl Jam currently in the midst of a US tour, has unveiled plans to play a rare theater show at Portland, OR's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to raise money for the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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full report: iPod Murder- Bulimic Idol- SOAD Vs Media- DMX Gun Charge- Zakk Wylde Scam Suit- Hollyhood- Kylie Tour- Seal- Waters Vs The Wall- Jet- Pearl Jam- Decemberists- Rollins, X Tour- Throwdown- Commit Suicide- Brutal Truth- Dirty Rig- Adler Bangs Pussycat- Redding- Staind- Clash- Nightrage- Hatesphere- Tyde- Early November- Saosin- Starsailor- more

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