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Recap of top stories for the week of July 31st
Top 3 stories for this week
Guns N' Roses US Tour
antiMusic reports: Guns N' Roses just completed their 32 date European tour and the band plans to tour the U.S. in September. Axl said in a statement released by GNR management, "We have had an amazing tour and it has been fantastic for the band and I to experience this. I approached this last show with equal parts determination, obligation, responsibility and insanity. It was an amazing night. I want to thank everyone in Europe and the U.K. for inspiring us and for giving us the opportunity to play for them. We are now looking forward to the U.S. in September." [no word yet on dates] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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City Vs Slayer
Blabbermouth reports: The city of Fullerton, California has demanded that the SLAYER artwork be removed immediately from the 17 SLAYER bus benches scattered throughout the city. The bus benches, which "went up" over this past weekend, are promoting SLAYER's new album, "Christ Illusion". This past Monday (July 31), the city officials called the company that the band's record label (American) hired to put the ads in place, demanding that they remove the SLAYER ad/artwork, reportedly because they did not like the name of the band, which they feel refers to a murderer. They are also apparently offended by the antichrist and skull logo on the bench artwork.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Korn Beating Death
Blabbermouth reports: WSBTV.com reports that the man who was beaten in Atlanta during a concert by KORN on Sunday (July 30) has died - and now his family wants answers, and police want your help finding those responsible. It happened at the Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater during a concert by the group KORN. Police say 30-year-old Andy Richardson was beaten by two other concert-goers.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Monday
Axl Sick
Blabbermouth reports: Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach sang lead vocals for the last two songs ("Night Train" and "Paradise City") of GUNS N' ROSES' set at the Wembley Arena in London, England on Sunday (July 30) after singer Axl Rose was taken ill and was unable to finish the show. The band performed an abbreviated set which reportedly featured no new songs, a departure from the rest of the tour where several "Chinese Democracy" numbers were regularly aired at every performance.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story

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Clapton Cancels Red Square
antiMusic reports: [We received the following statement from Eric Clapton's tour publicist] Unfortunately the Eric Clapton performance scheduled to take place on August 3rd in Red Square, Moscow has been cancelled. Eric Clapton was delighted at the prospect of playing in Red Square before 20,000 of his Russian fans. The Russian promoter had been issued a permit for Eric Clapton to perform in Red Square signed by all appropriate Russian City and State authorities. However, earlier today, Russian officials withdrew the permit. Eric Clapton is extremely sorry to disappoint his numerous Russian fans but the circumstances of the cancellation are completely beyond his control. Ticket-holders should return their tickets to the box offices where they purchased the tickets for a refund.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mars Volta Lose Member
punkbands reports: Drummer Jon Theodore has left The Mars Volta. The band cast that performed Amputechture will be modified for live dates that begin imminently, with drummer Jon Theodore replaced by Blake Fleming, formerly of Laddio Bolocko and Dazzling Killmen and actually the drummer who played on the very first Mars Volta demos. 

Pablo Hinojos-Gonzalez will expand his role, contributing both guitar and sound manipulation skills.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Underoath Unwarped
PR reports: Underoath have canceled their upcoming appearances on the Vans Warped Tour due to unforeseen circumstances. "We're deeply frustrated and sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. We felt it necessary to take some immediate time to focus on our friendship, as that's more important than risking it for the sake of touring at this time," the band stated.

Stay tuned for information about new dates. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kid Rock Marries
TMZ reports: Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock tied the knot Saturday on a yacht in St. Tropez, and Pam, unsurprisingly, was no blushing bride - she wore a white string bikini as she walked down the aisle.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tuesday
Pink Floyd Reunion?
Gigwise reports: Pink Floyd are said to be planning a reunion gig to honour the late great Syd Barrett who died recently.

The band played together for the first time in 25 years at last year's Live 8 in London and now talk is of a special tribute gig for their former band member.

A friend of the band told the Daily Telegraph: "They didn't want to let Syd go without a huge send-off."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dupri Shooting
MTV reports: Shots were fired in an Atlanta club Monday morning (July 31) at a party hosted by rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri. A gunman opened fire inside the crowded Atlanta Peach Ballroom after trying to steal another man's gold chain, according to DeKalb County Police Department spokesperson Herschel Grangent. The alleged thief pulled out a gun and fired an undetermined number of times, injuring two women[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Boysetsfire Split
punkbands reports: Boysetsfire have decided to break up after 12 years together as a band. They posted the following statement today: Dear friends, it is not with a heavy heart that we write these words but with a head held high. we wanted to collectively inform you that Boysetsfire has decided to retire. Thank you all for your support and belief in us over the last 12 years...please know it meant the world to us.

Boysetsfire for us was always a vehicle for changing the world and we believe that change comes about by starting with yourself, so instead of awaiting certain things to come our way, as always we decided to take our destiny in our own hands.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Wednesday
Incubus Lite? No, Light
PR reports: Multi-platinum alternative rockers Incubus are gearing up to release Light Grenades their fifth studio album in November. The highly anticipated new album - which was produced by renowned producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Korn) - is a mix of hard rocking songs and sublime ballads recorded over the last year in both Los Angeles and Atlanta. This is Incubus' first new music since A Crow Left of the Murder which spawned the hit "Megalomaniac." Light Grenades is planned for release in November, 2006.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Alice Cooper Youth Center
KNAC reports: Alice Cooper is opening a center where kids can learn to play guitar, shoot hoops and find Jesus? Apparently so.

The 58-year-old father of shock-rock is teaming up with Grand Canyon University in Phoenix to establish a $3 million youth haven featuring a "school of rock," a concert hall and sporting attractions…. his 20,000-square-foot recreational hall, to be known as The Rock, on the urban campus of Grand Canyon University. It will be open to children 12 to 18 at no charge; the prime target is at-risk teens, whose parents may be in jail or on drugs, and whose brothers are thugs.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Quickies: Motorhead- Deicide- Gwar- Gary Gates
Day in Rock reports: The track "Red White And Blue" from Gary Gates new CD "A Better World" is featured on the Living With War page of Neil Young's website (Neilyoung.com). * DEICIDE have joined forces with Artist Worldwide of Los Angeles, whose client roster includes music legends such as TESTAMENT and THE MISFITS. DEICIDE are currently in the works with Artist Worldwide to book a fall US tour in full support of "The Stench of Redemption" and are ready to bring musical mayhem to a city near you! * This August, Shocker toys will unleash a powerful force onto the sleepy little inhabitants of this plastic buying world. That force is called GWAR!! Like any good army, GWAR will send out some advance scouts to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont... just to freak out the Cosplay kids. * Lemmy love you. He really does. Or at least his label does as they are offering a deal on the pre-order of Motorhead's new CD "Kiss of Death" which hits stores on Aug 29th. Ok, here is the deal you preorder the album at the full story link as a CD or iPod friendly digital download for $9.99. OR preorder with a limited edition T-shirt for just $10 more. See the full story link for all the details or to preorder. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Thursday
Korn Response To Fan's Murder
MTV reports: Korn offered their condolences Wednesday (August 2) to the family of Andy Richardson, who was beaten during a stop on their Family Values Tour on Sunday night and died on Tuesday from the injuries.

… According to Korn's statement, the incident occurred during the Deftones set, "before tour headliners Korn took the stage. Korn are appalled at the actions of these men and are imploring anyone who witnessed this senseless act or has any information about the attack to please immediately come forward by contacting local authorities."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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LeToya No 1
PR reports: Capitol recording artist LeToya's solo career is off to a blazing start, with her self-titled solo debut bowing at #1 on the Billboard 200 and selling almost 165,000 copies in its first week of release. LeToya, an original member of Destiny's Child who co-wrote and sang on the group's gold-certified singles "Bills Bills Bills" and "Say My Name," from their 8-times Platinum album The Writing's On The Wall, is the subject of the new BET reality series "LeToya: The H-Town Chick." To view a trailer for the series click the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Friday
Knack Brain Surgery
PR reports: Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack, underwent surgery today at Cedars Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles for removal of two brain tumors. According to Dr. John Yu, the surgery was successful and Fieger is expected to have a full recovery.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica Muzak
Blabbermouth reports: How many sleepless nights have new parents spent trying to soothe a restless newborn? With the August 29 release of "Lullaby Renditions of Metallica", a solution is on the way. Enter Sandman.

That's right, the music that set the standard for aggressive, concussion-inducing rock will soon be lulling infants to sleep through dreamy re-workings of their head-banging fury. Classics like "Battery" and "Master of Puppets" feature glockenspiel, vibraphone, melotron, harps, bells and more. The music is arranged and performed by Michael Armstrong. Part of the Rockabye Baby! series from Baby Rock Records, the METALLICA edition includes 11 of the band's most well-known songs. [see full story for all the gory details and a link to samples.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Quickies: Rob Zombie- Blind Guardian- Meshuggah- Lamb of God
Day in Rock reports: Rob Zombie's remake of the horror classic "Halloween" is set to his theaters via Dimension Films on October 19th * A couple of members of Blind Guardian will be on hand as hosts of a preview/ listening party at Lit Lounge in New York City on 8/21. Get a taste of their new CD 'A Twist In The Myth' a few weeks before it hits stores on 9/5! * Meshuggah's "Nothing" will be getting the remix/remaster treatment this fall. The new and improved CD/DVD is set to hit North American stores on Halloween courtesy of Noclue Blast Records. * Up for a little online hunt? Lamb of God have posted a brand new yet hidden song at sacrament2006.com . No word if it's a bonus track or from the forthcoming Sacrament (out Aug 22nd) but a free LOG song is a free LOG song. Click the full story link and good hunting!- Click Here for the Full Story 

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