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Roadie Vs Terrorists
antiMusic reports: A former roadie for Motorhead tried to stop the July 7th terrorist attack against London, or at least warn police about two radical Muslims that helped carry out the attack. Martin Gilbertson worked as a computer technician for individuals involved with an Islamic bookshop and youth center Beeston, West Yorkshire. He told the Guardian that he met two of the terrorist involved in the attack, Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, at a party held to celebrate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.. 

Gilbertson went to work for the group helping produce DVDs and encrypting email, according to an AP report. "I was alarmed and disgusted by what I heard, but I kept my views to myself and they were friendly," Gilbertson said. "They needed my skills, and I was perceived to be anti-government."

However, by October 2003 he said he became so alarmed by "what was going on around [him, that he] went to the police." He was instructed to mail police the material he had collected and the list of names, which he did, but he didn't hear back from police until he contacted them again after the July 7th attack on London. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kool & the Gang Death
AP reports: Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, has died. He was 57. 

Smith died in Maplewood, N.J., on Tuesday after a long illness, publicist David Brokaw said Thursday. Brokaw did not know the cause of death.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cypress Hill Sued
Gigwise reports: Hip-hop veterans Cypress Hill are being sued over a sample used on their seminal Black Sunday album.

Songwriter Glen Watts claims the criminally ignored Syl Johnson version of his soul classic 'Is It Because I'm Black?' was used without permission on album track 'Interlude'.

Watts claims the 1993 album "infringed on his copyrights", according to Allhiphop.com.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Drugs Kill
Gigwise reports: Top music producer Dallas Austin is facing a possible death penalty after being arrested on drugs charges in Dubai.

The producer � who has worked with a host of stars including Michael Jackson, Madonna, No Doubt, TLC, Aretha Franklin and Boyz II Men � was on his way to supermodel's Naomi Campbell's three day birthday party at the exclusive Burj Al Arab hotel when he was arrested for allegedly transporting drugs.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Full report including: Roadie Vs Terrorists- Teen Sex Bad- DMX Vs Def Jam- Kool & the Gang Death- Backstreet Geezer Quits- Cypress Hill Sued- Fiddytosh- Anal C*nt- DimeVision- Kittie- Guns N Turkey- Surreal Lita- Supergroup- Zao Vs Dentist- Andrew WK- Aerosmith- Virgin Duff- Morningwood- Motorhead- Jessica's Madonna Rip off?- Unwritten Law- Particle more

Rap Boss Shot
UK reports: The owner of a record label was seriously hurt when she was accidentally shot in the neck by her son with an air rifle. Jill Sinclair, who set up ZTT Records with her husband Trevor Horn, was shot in the garden of their home near Henley, Oxfordshire, on Sunday night. 

A company spokesman said: "Purely accidentally she took a pellet in the neck. She is stable but critical." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Supreme Ja Ruling
AP reports: The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case involving a contract dispute between recording companies over a hip-hop album by Ja Rule and other rappers. 

Lawyers for TVT Records and TVT Music Inc. asked justices to overturn a decision by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which voided a $132 million jury verdict TVT was awarded in its dispute with another recording company, the Island Def Jam Music Group.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Quickies: Vinnie Paul- Estradasphere- Mushroomhead- Wolf- Working Title- Madonna- Morbid Angel
Day in Rock reports: Vinnie Paul will be the featured guest on "Headbanger's Ball", Next Saturday, July 1 at 10:00 PM EST. * Santa Cruz, California's eclectic and unclassifiable musical group Estradasphere has signed with The End Records. The band will release their fourth album titled 'Palace of Mirrors', on September 19th, 2006. * The first appearance of a new Mushroomhead track will be is a demo called "Burn" on a limited edition FYE sampler to be given away exclusively, with purchase of two qualifying CD's, at FYE stores right now. Only 25,000 copies, so hurry! * Sweden's traditional metallers WOLF have announced that Thomas Holm (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond) will handle artwork duties for the band's fourth album, 'The Black Flame.' * In conjunction with the release of their debut LP, about-face, The Working Title will be leaking a new song on Pure Volume every week 'till its release on 7/18... 4 new songs total. See full story for that. * Erik Rutan will rejoin his former bandmates in Morbid Angel for several European dates this summer. * Madonna has failed to sell out the first show of her Confessions Tour in the UK and most think it is due to outrageous ticket prices. They don't call her the "Material Girl" for nothing!- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Full report including: Rap Boss Shot- Supreme Ja Ruling- Gay.Lo Pride- Bush Honors B.B.- Korn on the Roq- New Found UK Glory- Ozzy Solo Date- Vinnie Paul- Estradasphere- Mushroomhead- Wolf- Madonna- Morbid Angel- Jay-Z Unretires- Hip Hop Beck- Bowie- Tool- Candlemass- Twisted Christmas- Betrayed- Cannibal Corpse- Thine Eyes Bleed- Ziggy- Motley Insider- Pixies- Rainbow- Steve Earle- James Brown- Suzanne Vega- Brian Wilson- more

Axl Arrested
antiMusic reports: Guns N' Roses hasn't truly returned until someone get arrested and leave it to frontman Axl Rose to make it official. In a bizarre story coming out of Sweden, Rose was arrested for violent conduct, damaging a hotel room and threatening police. Damaged hotel rooms are nothing new in rock n roll but the strangeness comes from reports that Axl bit a security guard in the leg. 

The fun and games took place at the Berns Hotel in Stockholm following the Guns N' Roses concert at the Globe Arena on Monday night. Stockholm Police Department spokesperson told MTV News that the trouble began when Rose got into an altercation with a woman at the hotel's bar and when a security guard stepped in, Rose attacked him. "He bit him on the leg and then the hotel staff called the police and we came and apprehended him," Hagg said. 

Police arrested Rose and placed him in a jail cell to sober up before questioning him. He does face possible jail time; especially for the charge of threatening a police officer (details about that charge were not available at press time). 

Billboard is reporting that Rose was released from jail Tuesday evening, after he admitted to the charges and agreed to pay a fine of $5,500 and $1,360 in damages to the security guard. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sleater-Kinney RIP
Sleater-Kinney reports: After eleven years as a band, Sleater-Kinney have decided to go on indefinite hiatus. The upcoming summer shows will be our last. As of now, there are no plans for future tours or recordings.

We feel lucky to have had the support of many wonderful people over the years. We want to thank everyone who has worked with us, written kind words about us, performed with us, and inspired us.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Deluxe Sublime
PR reports: Anyone familiar with the explosion of alternative rock in the 1990s knows one of the greatest injustices of the period was that Sublime singer-songwriter-guitarist Bradley Nowell did not live to see the release and massive success of Sublime. The Long Beach trio's major-label debut, Sublime, spawned the Top 5 Modern Rock hits "What I Got," "Wrong Way" and "Santeria" and the Top 30 "Doin' Time," and went on to sell more than five million copies in the U.S. alone. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the self titled Sublime and to pay tribute to Nowell's original vision, is the two disc Sublime Deluxe Edition (Geffen/UMe/Gasoline Alley/Skunk) released on August 15, 2006. The digitally remastered Deluxe Edition includes, for the first time ever, the original unreleased version of "Doin' Time" in its rightful place with Nowell's original vocal track fully restored. The Deluxe Edition also contains 15 bonus tracks, 8 previously unreleased, plus remixes and videos. 

Disc One of the Deluxe Edition restores the self-titled Sublime to its original intended sequence as Nowell had created at famed LA mastering studio, Bernie Grundman's. The disc includes both Nowell's initial opener, the Bob Marley cover of "Trenchtown Rock," and the original version of "Doin' Time", the band's interpretation of George and Ira Gershwin's American standard "Summertime". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Arif Mardin RIP
antiMusic reports: 11 time Grammy winner Arif Mardin died at the age of 74. The famed Turkish-born record producer was the man behind the nobs for several hits for artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to the Bee Gees and Willie Nelson during his 43 year career, 30 spent with Atlantic Records. He also operated his own label for EMI where he signed up Norah Jones for her first album. 

Mardin passed away on Sunday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. 

See the full story link for an indepth 2003 interview of Mardin by All About Jazz- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Full report including: Axl Arrested- Sleater-Kinney RIP- Babs Busted- Smashing Courtney- Sublime- Minus the Suicide- MC5 & Iggy- Muse- Arif Mardin RIP- Church- Sevendust- Comics of a Down- Hypocrisy- Lifetime- Breaking Benjamin- Sugarcult- Behold...The Arctopus- Suffocation- Daniel Johnston- Pearl Jam- Babyshambles- Green Matthews Band- Fu Manchu- more

Naked Britney
antiMusic reports: Taking a page out of Demi Moore's playbook, pregnant pop star Britney Spears has appeared nude in the pages of a magazine. In the August issue of Harper's Bazaar Spears appears in several layouts as well as the cover in the nude, using creative angles and her arms to cover up her famous chest. 

The pictures come as a surprise and finally fulfils the longtime wishes of some Britney watchers. Some that do not have a pregnant fetish may be a bit disappointed in the photos of the former blond bombshell, now sporting dark hair and a big belly. 

If you want to see the photos, click the full story link as jnd has posted them in their report. Hopefully this shoot won't "help" Britney's career in the same way it helped Demi's. 
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Rap Gang Attacks
Day in Rock reports: Lakewood, Wa police are warning residents to stay out of Fort Steilacoom Park at night after 23 people were victimized in three attacks last week, according to the Tacoma based News Tribune. The people - who told police they didn't know their attackers - were beaten with sticks, threatened with a machete or robbed of their cell phones, wallets or shoes during incidents after the park closed Tuesday and Wednesday, police Lt. Dave Guttu said. 

The attackers told their victims they were Juggalos, devoted fans of the Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse.

"We haven't confirmed that but that's what they are claiming," Guttu said.

You can read more at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rock Star: Supernova
PR reports: Epic Records and Mark Burnett Productions have re-teamed for "Rock Star: Supernova," the highly anticipated second season of the hit CBS reality series. The ambitious show, executive-produced by Mark Burnett, follows SUPERNOVA, an all-star band featuring famed Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted on their quest to find a lead singer. Supernova's Epic debut, tentatively scheduled for a fall release, will feature the winner of the competition. The highly anticipated album will be produced by Butch Walker (Avril Lavigne, Bowling For Soup, Pink).

After an exhaustive search for contestants that spanned 25,000 entrants, 22 cities and 6 continents, "Rock Star: Supernova" will debut on CBS Wednesday, July 5th at 8PM EST with 15 rock vocalists vying for the gig of a lifetime.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nickelback DUI
MTV reports: Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger was arrested for drunk driving last week, Canada's national wire service, Canadian Press, confirms. The rocker was pulled over in British Columbia after police officers became suspicious of his driving.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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DMX Jailed
E! reports: The DMX man finally cometh to court on Thursday--and was quickly senteth to jail. 

A city court judge in White Plains, New York, ordered the Ruff Ryder back behind bars a day after he failed to show up for a hearing stemming from his arrest earlier this month for a slew of traffic violations. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Band Vs CBS Rockstar
Day in Rock reports: Orange County punk band Supernova is reportedly taking legal action against CBS over the second season of Rock Star which debuts on the network next Wednesday (July 5th). The show features Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted searching for a singer for a group that they have named Supernova. 

The OC band, who's song "Chewbacca" was featured in the film "Clerks," claims they own the rights to the name they have used for 20 years. "You can't just waltz up and use our name," Supernova drummer Dave Collins told MTV. "We're willing to fight for our name, our band. We have trademark rights to the name and we can prove those rights." 

The band has reportedly sent CBS a cease-and-desist letter as they don't want their name associated with a bunch of "washed-up metalheads", but their attorney says that the disput haven't gotten that serious yet. [see the full story link for MTV's full article about this legal dustup.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lil Kim Parole
MTV reports: The rapper, who has been serving a 366-day prison sentence for federal perjury, will be released nearly three months early on Monday due to good behavior. She will remain under house arrest for 30 days and be on probation for three years. 
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Johnny Jenkins RIP
AP reports: Johnny Jenkins, a guitarist who worked with Otis Redding in the early 1960s and influenced Jimi Hendrix through his acrobatic playing style, has died. He was 67.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


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