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Don Vito Pedophile?
MTV reports: Vincent Margera - better known as Don Vito to viewers of "Viva La Bam" - was arrested in Colorado on Friday and held on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault on a child, according to a spokesperson for Colorado's Lakewood Police Department.

Margera, 50, is suspected of inappropriately fondling or groping 12- and 14-year-old girls during separate incidents at a signing event at Woodward Skatepark at the Colorado Mills mall in Lakewood, Colorado, Friday night. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Singer Suicide
Blabbermouth reports: Swedish heavy metal musician Jon Nödtveidt, 31, was found dead on Wednesday, August 16 at his apartment in Hässelby, a suburb of Stockholm. He shot himself in the head and was surrounded by lit candles, Expressen reports. Shortly before the ritual suicide, he sent farewell letters to his father and his girlfriend and explained to a friend, "I'm going away for a long, long time. I'm going to Transylvania."

Sometime between Monday (Aug. 14) and Wednesday, Nödveidt, vocalist and guitarist in the popular Swedish black metal band Dissection, chose to take his own life.

At 7:21 p.m. CET on Wednesday, a police patrol reported to the police communication center in Stockholm that a man had been found dead, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to several of Expressen's sources, the singer had placed an open copy of "The Satanic Bible" in front of him before pulling the trigger.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cantrell Assaulted
Metal Sludge reports: The post below was taken from the World Famous Metal Sludge Gossip Board. It seems that this unfortunate incident ended the concert abruptly. Hopefully the scum bag will be identified and arrested for this. 

Got home a little while ago from Alice's free show at the Del Mar racetrack in San Diego. What was a great show ended abruptly during the second chorus of Man In The Box when some a**hole pegged Cantrell in the face with a bottle. He threw his guitar down and stormed off stage and that was it. Can't say I blame him. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Busta Busted
TMZ reports: Rapper Busta Rhymes was arrested on assault charges Sat night after a concert on New York City's Randalls Island. The 34-year-old artist, whose real name is Trevor Smith, was being investigated by police for allegedly assaulting a concertgoer who may have spat on Busta's car after his performance at a music festival in New York last week.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MySpace Virus?
punkbands reports: Users of the popular MySpace website have been warned by computer experts that viruses linked to the interactive site, which boasts more than one million regular users, are in circulation. Experts believe that hackers have hit the hugely popular site and say the viruses in circulation can change settings, delete files, secretly track users' movements online and even damage computers. 

They believe that the hackers have hidden dangerous software on the site which means that computers can be attacked unaware to users while they are just viewing pages. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Drummer Suicide
Blabbermouth reports: Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE have issued the following statement: "IN BATTLE wants to announce that their longtime friend and drummer Otto Wiklund, born October 18, 1976 and died August 13, 2006, has passed away by his own hand... 

"Otto Wiklund was a great drummer and did record the debut album of IN BATTLE (1997) and the second album, 'Rage of the Northmen' (1998). He also was the session drummer for SETHERIAL in 1998 and recorded the 'Lords of the Nightrealm' album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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E! Dishonors Dimebag
DiR reports: TV hits new lows every damn day but this is getting down there. It appears that the folks at E! are producing a show called "25 Most Chilling Hollywood Murders" and actually hit up the Pantera camp about licensing footage of Dimebag and want to re-enact his murder. Below is only part of the response Jane Hoffman reportedly sent E!. "I ask that you all please take a moment from your busy days and close your eyes. Live out the fantasy of playing your favorite instrument onstage. Your closest friends in the world surround you, either in the band or in your crew. From one side of the stage, a man approaches. Thinking he's a security guy or a drunk fan who's just a bit out a line, you continue to perform. Two seconds later, he lifts his arms, aims a rifle at your brother, your best friend, your buddy and blows his brains out, not three feet from where you are. In the nanosecond it takes you to comprehend the magnitude of what just happened, he does it again ...and again ...and again ...and again ...and again ...and again before taking aim and murdering additional members of your extended family as well as fans that have come to see you play. Two of your crew are shot but survive, but of course, will never be the same again.

Now imagine it's a few years later and you turn on the TV set. Just in case you may be having at least a five minute respite from that scene that plays over and over in your head, just in case .....you flip through the channels and there it is. Again. Only with some two bit actor who thinks this is his big Hollywood breaků.. The answer is no, and on behalf of everyone that was there that night and everyone that misses him every day, you can take that no and shove it up your collective asses. [KNAC has the entire email; you can read it at the full story link.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Major Injury for Boysetsfire
DiR reports: Hold off on buying your tickets or airline tickets for the last Boysetsfire show!

Guitarist Josh Latshaw has suffered a horrible injury at work and is currently in the hospital with a broken neck, 2 broken vertebrae and a collapsed lung.

We do not know how long his rehab will be and will await the final show pending his health. The band's official website is currently taking donations to help cover Josh's medical expenses. Full details at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tower Chapt 11
TuneLab reports: As expected by many, Tower Records, America's leading independent music and entertainment retailer which owns and operates 89 Tower Records stores in 20 states has announced its intent to sell the company though a process under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code. The process is subject to court approval, but will insure the sale of the company within 60 days. Recently appointed CEO, Joseph D'Amico said, "Tower Records has conducted an extensive sale process and this step will allow buyers to complete a sale in time for the holiday season while maximizing the value for stakeholders." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


More GNR Dates
Blabbermouth reports: GUNS N' ROSES has added more dates to its U.S. itinerary. The schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Sep. 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint 
Sep. 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint 
Sep. 20 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield 
Sep. 21 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield 
Sep. 23 - Devore, CA @ Inland Invasion 2006 
Sep. 30 - Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center 
Oct. 02 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena 
Oct. 03 - San Diego, CA @ iPayOne Center
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CBGB Finale
punkbands reports: The line-up of the last ever night at New York's CBGBs has been announced. The legendary venue, which saw early gigs by Television, Patti Smith and The Ramones, among others, is to close on September 30 after complications over its lease.

The final gig on the main stage, featuring Dub Trio and Fishbone, takes place on September 28, but a whole day of performances has been lined up for CBGBs' final day in their Downstairs Lounge. [see full story for details on that]
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bin Laden Loves Whitney
hecklerspray reports: A Sudanese writer - who claims she was Osama bin Laden's personal sex slave a decade ago - says that Osama wouldn't ever shut up about how much he wanted to marry Whitney Houston and then kill her husband Bobby Brown. Although it sounds like a typical case of making your enemies less scary by turning them into figures of fun, perhaps this Whitney Houston information might assist the search for Osama bin Laden - all troops need to do now is to go to the Tora Bora caves and follow the sound of My Name Is Not Susan accompanied by wistful Arab sobbing.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Weezer Carry On?
Punkbands reports: After Rivers Cuomo told MTV last month "I'm not certain we'll ever make a record again," the band posted this on their website: "this PSA has been brought to you by the fine guacamole dip at Scott Shriner's house, co-sponsored by a ring of fine cheese, and a dish of fresh figs from the back yard. Now please, take those "weezer split?" headlines and place them firmly into the "Don't believe the hype" bin. And have yourself a fine afternoon now."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Keane Rehab
PR reports: Keane frontman Tom Chaplin has checked into a rehab from treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. As a result the band had to scrap a number of North American tour dates. The tour was set to kick off next month but all dates in September have been postponed. According to the band's website, make up dates will be announced soon and it does look like the October dates are still a go. The band had canceled some shows in Europe earlier this month, saying at the time that Chaplin was suffering from exhaustion. 

Chaplin said in a statement on the band's website, "I've been having to deal with an increasing problem with drink and drugs, and the time has come to get the professional help I need to sort myself out. I feel desperately disappointed to be letting down our fans, but I want to get myself right now so that I can be back on the road for the rest of the year." - Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Queen CD?
blabbermouth.net reports: After successful tours of Europe, Japan, and North America, it looks like QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS have decided to continue their working relationship with some new material. A message on QUEEN guitarist Brian May's web site reads, "We will be heading into the studio in October... There was an intent there for a while, but we have all been busy picking up our lives in different ways... but now it really looks as if we are on... We will take it gently at first, the priority being to feel good, and put ourselves in the mood to create."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Korn Murder Charge
MTV reports: A judge set bond for 25-year-old Michael Scott Axley at $40,000 on Tuesday and bound him over to Fulton County Superior Court on felony murder and aggravated-assault charges in the death of 30-year-old Andy Richardson during a fatal fight at the July 30 Family Values Tour show in Atlanta.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dead or Alive?
blabbermouth.net reports: Reactivated Swedish black metallers SHINING have issued the following statement regarding the widespread rumors that the group's leader, Niklas Kvarforth, has committed suicide: "There have been many rumours saying that our front-man, founder Kvarforth is dead. We wish these speculations to be put to an end by telling you what we know: A couple of days ago, we received a letter from a person very close to Kvarforth telling us that Kvaforth had decided to leave this world behind and also introducing as a kind off last will, a new singer to replace him for future events of SHINING.

"All that we know for 200% is that Kvarforth has been missing for the past four weeks and might be dead; we don't really know.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aerosmith Cancer
KNAC reports: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton will be sitting out a few gigs at the beginning of the band's upcoming Route Of All Evil tour. Hamilton has just completed a seven-week course of radiation treatment for throat cancer. He will be with his family recovering and will join the tour in mid-October. He and his band mates look forward to his return. Filling in for Hamilton will be David Hull, a longtime friend of the band who played in the Joe Perry Project."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slayer Vs Stryper
Blabbermouth reports: STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has commented on SLAYER's decision to cancel their previously announced appearance at the third edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest, which was to take place Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. SLAYER, who were scheduled to co-headline the event with STRYPER, cited "personal reasons" as the cause of the cancellation.

Commented Sweet: "We found out a few days ago that SLAYER pulled out of the Mexico festival. According to the promoter, it was due to the fact that STRYPER was on the bill. We only decided to take the show when we found out that SLAYER was on the bill. We've always wanted to do a show/tour with SLAYER in order to reach out to their fans/followers but since they cancelled, we have decided to shoot a new video to the song 'Passion'.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Who CD
PR reports: Universal Republic Records will release new music from the legendary rock band The Who, it was announced today by Mel Lewinter, Chairman and CEO of the Universal Motown Records Group, and Monte Lipman, President of Universal Republic Records. The historic signing with Universal Republic will include the first studio album by the band in 25 years, Endless Wire, scheduled to hit stores October 31, 2006.

Universal Republic will inaugurate the new pact with the release of the first new Who studio album since 1982. The disc will include all new songs, as well as music culled from a 29 minute operatic work, described by The Who's co-founder Pete Townshend as "A Mini-Opera inspired by his Novella The Boy Who Heard Music." Townshend has made the book available online at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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