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Report for 09/25/06

We're Back! A little longer report than usual due to having a couple days off last week

Picks of the Day
Before we get to today's news here are our picks of the day featuring our latest reviews and the song of the day to listen to while reading today's report!

Song: Blue October - "Into the Ocean"

Artist: Unexpect

Reviews: Depeche Mode DVD | KC and the Sunshine Band Live | Gwynbleidd

Axl Sued Over Art
sleazeroxx.com reports: An art broker has filed a lawsuit against Axl Rose, claiming the rocker backed out of a deal to pay $2.36 million for an Andy Warhol portrait of John Lennon. 

Acquire d'Arte, in a lawsuit filed Sept. 11 in Los Angeles Superior Court, said it negotiated with a New York art gallery and was able to lower the price of the artwork from $2.65 million to $2.36 million for Rose. 

But after agreeing to buy the portrait, the Guns N' Roses frontman paid only $1.21 million, according to the suit. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bad Brains Reunion
CMJ reports: Bad Brains, the legendary New York-by-way-of-DC rasta-punks, have just announced that they will be reuniting next month for two gigs at CBGB, their old stomping ground. Unlike some previous appearances, it has been confirmed that all the original members will be performing, including enigmatic lead vocalist H.R. [see full story for more details] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Napster For Sale� again?
arstechnica.com reports: Napster is evaluating the possibility of a sale by hiring of an investment bank. Citing "recent third party interest," the company has asked UBS Investment Bank to explore strategic partnerships or an outright sale of the company.

The current incarnation of Napster was launched with great fanfare in late 2003. Since that time, the company's fortunes have ebbed against the onrushing tide of Apple's iTunes Store. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Coldplay Snubs Timberlake
Gigwise reports: Coldplay's Chris Martin turned down the chance to collaborate with Justin Timberlake, telling him he only sang on his band's records.

In a TV interview this week Timberlake intimated he made an approach to the singer, only to be rebuffed with the news that Martin only had eyes, or rather vocal chords, for Coldplay. 

The pop star told Channel Four's T4, "I'd like to get Chris Martin in the studio but he won't sing on anything but Coldplay stuff. I respect him and I hate him for that." [see full story to learn how Martin probably said that only as an excuse to get out recording with poodlehead.. But MTV reports that Duran Duran have agreed to collaborate with him. Having the #1 album probably helped convince them] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Supernova Settle on Name
antiMusic reports: So Cal rockers Supernova have settled their dispute with the supergroup from the CBS reality contest "Rock Star: Supernova," according to AP. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Gilby Clark (Guns N' Roses) and contest winner Lukas Rossi will now be known as Rock Star Supernova while the original band will retain just plain Supernova. 

Supernova has released three albums since 1991 and in June when they discovered the TV supergroup planned to use their name they sued CBS, those involved in the show and Mark Burnett Productions for unfair competition and trademark infringement. Did someone forget to do a trademark search? No matter now, since you'll be able to tell the groups apart. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Great White Fire Plea Deal, Owners Get Off Light
antiMusic reports: The owners of the nightclub that used highly flammable foam on their walls for soundproofing which contributed to the tragic death of 100 people during a Great White concert in 2003, have both entered plea deals. Both owners entered "no contest" pleas to involuntary manslaughter and only one will have to serve prison time. 

"Michael Derderian will serve four years in a minimum-security prison, with eligibility for a work release program, and that Jeffrey Derderian will receive a suspended 10-year sentence," Eitv.comn reports. 

About the fire: A Great White concert turned deadly on Feb 20, 2003 at the Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island, when the ceiling of the venue caught fire and the blaze quickly spread throughout the club. 100 people lost their lives including Great White guitarist Ty Longley and more than 160 people were injured after a onstage pyrotechnic display ignited flammable foam on the walls and ceiling of the club. You can read our original report about the fire at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Musical Exodus
MTV reports: Plenty of artists have used the Old Testament as inspiration for their music, but an upcoming album called 10 Plagues (due November 7) takes a new approach. The 10-track compilation collects songs by a diverse group of artists � including Rufus Wainwright, Brian Eno, Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), Laurie Anderson, Imogen Heap and Cody Chesnutt � who each take on one of the plagues associated with the Passover story of the Jews' exodus from Egypt.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Alice Gets Stoned
MTV reports: Alice Cooper will be joining the Rolling Stones for three guest appearances as part of his annual Halloween Tour, which kicks off Saturday in Halifax, Nova Scotia � where the legendary rockers will be joined by Kanye West and local favorites Sloan.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Americana Honors
AP reports: Singer and songwriter James McMurtry took home album of the year and song of the year honors, and veteran rocker Neil Young was named artist of the year Friday at the fifth annual Americana Honors and Awards.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Shuffle
TuneLab reports: Several Guns N' Roses dates have rescheduled to fit into the main body of the tour. Rescheduled dates are as follows

September 27th in Fresno, CA will now take place on December 13th
September 29th in Bakersfield, CA will now take place on January 11th, 2007
September 30th in Reno, NV will now take place on January 13th, 2007
October 2nd in Sacramento, CA will now take place on January 10th, 2007

The band has also added several dates to the tour see full story for those... - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Illness Terror
blabbermouth.net reports: UNEARTH frontman Trevor Phipps has checked in with the following update: "TERROR unfortunately will be missing the Dallas, Atlanta, Virginia and most likely Baltimore shows on The Sanctity of Brothers Tour [featuring headliners UNEARTH alongside BLEEDING THROUGH, TERROR, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and ANIMOSITY]. [TERROR vocalist] Scott [Vogel] has become ill and needs to rest up before rejoining the tour next week in New York. Local bands will be filling their spot in most of the cities."[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Seething Over Song
TuneLab reports: Seether front-man Shaun Morgan has commented on the new Evanesence single, "Call Me When You're Sober", to The Rock Radio.com. In a portion of the interview he said, "It saddens me that our whole relationship was reduced to that. That, you know, almost three years we spent together comes down to 'Oh, woe is me, you don't care about me.' I'm disappointed that that's all that really mattered. I'm kind of irritated that our dirty laundry had to be aired, you know, all over the world. I wouldn't do that to somebody."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tiger Army Recruit Finn
punkbands reports: This fall Tiger Army will pair with acclaimed producer Jerry Finn to begin work on their new album. Jerry Finn has produced albums for a wide range of notable acts, including AFI, Morrissey, Rancid, Bad Religion, Sparta[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MTV Guitar Hero
punkbands reports: MTV announced that it will buy Harmonix, maker of the Guitar Hero series. The figure was reported to be $175 million in cash. Harmonix and MTV had previously had an agreement for use of the Guitar Hero name in MTV promotions and contests. - Click Here for the Full Story 


Rancid Makeup Dates
punkbands reports: Rancid have released the rescheduled tour dates in place of those which were postponed earlier this month. The band will be joined, as originally promised, by Big D and the Kids Table. You can find the new dates below. 

December 9th, 06 - Spectrum - Montreal, QC
December 10th, 06 - Kool Haus - Toronto, ON
December 12th, 06 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Destruction 07
SMN reports: DESTRUCTION have announced their return to touring with SADUS and MUNICPAL WASTE with a preliminary 2007 tour schedule being released:

January 20 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox 
January 26 - Denver, CO @ Hubba's House of rock
January 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
[see full story for more dates]
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Raymond "Boz" Burrell RIP
Swan Song Records reports: It is with deep regret and profound sorrow that we announce the death of our dear friend and colleague Raymond "Boz" Burrell, one of the original members and bass player in Bad Company. Boz died on September 21, 2006 at his residence in Spain. We express our gratitude to Boz for his important contribution to Swan Song and to the music of his generation. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife and family. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hinder Tour
PR reports: Continuing their relentless touring schedule, Hinder has announced a headlining tour this fall with Eighteen Visions and Lynam in tow. Hinder has been on the road non-stop since the release of their debut Extreme Behavior, which soared into the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. The gold-certified album continues to be the #3 best selling rock album in the country. 

Wed 10/18 College Station, TX Hurricane Harry's
Thu 10/19 Odessa, TX Dos Amigos
Fri 10/20 San Angelo, TX Grahams - Live Room[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mercy for the Burden Brothers
PR reports: From the heart of Texas, the BURDEN BROTHERS are hard hitting rockers who have been making quite a racket since the release of their debut CD, Buried in Your Black Heart, in 2004. Formed by platinum-selling Toadies vocalist, Vaden Todd Lewis and acclaimed drummer Taz Bentley (Reverend Horton Heat, Izzy Stradlin), the band has shared the stage with the likes of Velvet Revolver, Papa Roach, and Finger 11. The Burden Brothers latest effort, Mercy, featuring the single, "Everybody is Easy (we sink / we swim)" will be in stores on Oct 31.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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