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Report for 04/02/06

Today's report is a little shorter than normal because of April Fools.  We didn't want to post too many bogus stories for ya, being a day late and all. (although we did include a couple of good ones). 
Static-X Week: Win a autographed ESP LTD EX-50 Metallic Silver Guitar
PR reports: Static-X is breaking out of Hell's sub-basement to release their fifth studio album, Cannibal, tomorrow (April 3rd). Comprising 12 of the harshest, most stripped-down tracks Static-X have ever recorded, Cannibal also finds frontman Wayne Static & Co. sounding leaner and meaner than they have in years—a change the vertical-haired guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter attributes to the back-to-basics approach they took to recording the album. "I think it's the most metal record we've ever made, and it's arguably the heaviest record we've ever made," Static explains. 

To celebrate the release of Cannibal, the band is giving you the chance to win an ESP LTD EX-50 Metallic Silver Guitar autographed by the band. So don't miss out on your chance to get your own Static-X ESP guitar. Enter now at the full story link and be sure to pick up Cannibal tomorrow. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beatles iTunes?
USA Today reports: Apple and music label EMI plan to announce "an exciting new digital offering," EMI said Sunday, renewing speculation of a deal to put the Beatles music catalog online. However, a source familiar with the situation said a Beatles deal would not be featured at the event Monday.

"There is no Beatles' announcement," the source said.

EMI said that it plans to hold a news conference Monday at its London headquarters, where EMI Chief Executive Eric Nicoli will be joined by Apple Chief Executive and co-founder Steve Jobs [here we thought it was an April fool's joke.. see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maroon 5 Go Rap
PR reports: In a project already being hailed as the most anticipated rock-rap collaboration since Jay Z teamed up with Linkin Park, Grammy Award winning group Maroon 5 has entered the studio with Oakland emcee Casual to record an album to be released early this summer.

The seed for this most unlikely of collaborations came about last summer when Casual and the members of Maroon 5 met while playing at the Bonnaroo Festival. "We hit it off right away, and the next day, on a lark, I sat in with them during their sound check. I knew all of their hits because I had been listening to them on my tour bus, so I freestyled over a few of their tracks and it sounded amazing," explains Casual. After the initial jam session, they kept in touch and started sending tracks back and forth to each other via email. Both parties were extremely happy with the songs that came out of these exchanges, and agreed that they should put out a "summertime party album," according to Casual. [have a listen at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nine Inch Burnt Bizkit 
PR reports: Fans of multi-platinum bands Limp Bizkit and Nine Inch Nails will soon have something new to look forward to. Former lead guitarist for Limp Bizkit, Wes Borland has now returned to front BLACK LIGHT BURNS with Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese, Telefon Tel Aviv sound designer Josh Eustis and Nine Inch Nails guitarist Danny Lohner. Danny Lohner also produced the band's debut album CRUEL MELODY which will be in-stores on June 5, on famed record producer Ross Robinson's brand new upstart label I AM: WOLFPACK.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Another GNR Leak
Blabbermouth reports: On Thursday, March 29 at approximately 7:00 p.m. EST, a full-length, studio-quality version of the GUNS N' ROSES song "Madagascar" was leaked onto the Internet.

The track, clocking in at 5:41, was released as the result of some "cunning" work by a well-known forum member. 

Many fans initially speculated that the track was a fake. However this theory was dispelled by GN'R guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal who revealed that the recording was "not an album cut, but an old demo."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour
PR reports: Dates have been unleashed for the Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour. Support will come from various bands along the way including: Roots, Guster, Stephen Marley, Xavier Rudd, Toots & the Maytals, Umphrey's McGee, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Wailers, Robert Earl Keen Jr. and Pete Yorn. 

Sun 07/08/07 Bridgeview, IL Toyota Park 
Wed 08/01/07 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center 
Thu 08/02/07 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center 
Sat 08/04/07 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center 
Sun 08/05/07 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Warrant Game
MTV reports: An arrest warrant has been issued for rapper the Game, who missed a scheduled court date in New York on Thursday related to charges of impersonating a police officer — but the warrant will not be activated unless the Game misses his next court date, scheduled for June 13[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Junkie Doll
Gigwise reports: The makers of a new Pete Doherty doll have been criticised for glorifying the singer's drug use. 

Cult British toy company Fishy Toyz are launching the new doll through internet retailers today, and the mini-model of the Babyshambles singer comes complete with a miniature guitar, cigarettes, syringe and crack-pipe. 

The crack-pipe lights up when placed against the doll's lips, whilst the eyeball features a hole in which to place the syringe. [see full story for more - keep in mind this was posted on April 1st]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spidy Songs
CMJ reports: If your spider senses have been tingling double time this week, then you must have been anticipating the release of the tracklist for the upcoming soundtrack to Spider-Man 3. On May 1, Record Collection (home to John Frusciante, Murs, Walkmen) will release a collection of a who's who in todays top alt-rock acts. Snow Patrol, the Killers, Wolfmother, and Yeah Yeah Yeah's all contribute new material to the album which was produced by D Sardy, known for his work with Cold War Kids and Oasis.[see full story for tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Motley Crue Europe
Blabbermouth reports: MÖTLEY CRÜE has announced the following European tour dates:

June 01 - Wintherthur, Switzerland - Eishalle Spirit Of Rock Festival 
June 02 - Milan, Italy - Gods of Metal 
June 05 - Stockholm, Sweden - Globen 
June 06 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum 
June 08 - Brussels, Belgium - AB 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dimmu Borgir Ban
Blabbermouth reports: Artwork for Norwegian melodic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR's upcoming album, "In Sorte Diaboli" — which is scheduled for an April 24 release in North America — has been banned by retailers. 

The North American version of the "The Serpentine Offering" single will be available for digital download at iTunes.com beginning April 3 (not March 30 as previously stated) and will include three songs[see full story for a link to the banned artwork and more info on the single, cd etc]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Warped Engaged
Warped reports: The Warped Tour pre-sale has begun and some more band updates have been announced with Killswitch Engage and Chiodos playing the entire tour, Sum 41 playing 8/14-15 and 8/23-25 and Desperation Squad playing the Pomona Show.[see full story for the presale thingy bopper]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RIAA "Idiots" Nailed NIN Promotion
Idolator.com reports: Not to toot our own horns, but today we got a nice little bit of confirmation that those Nine Inch Nails leaks from a month or so ago were actually the work of Trent Reznor, and that the RIAA acted a bit too hastily in calling in their lawyers. From Billboard: According to one post, a male fan, allegedly by happenstance, found a USB drive in a bathroom stall during a NIN concert at the Coliseum in Lisbon, Portugal. This flash drive (yes, Reznor's idea) contained an MP3 of album track "My Violent Heart." Additional USB drives were purportedly found in Barcelona and Manchester, England; they included MP3s of album tracks "Me, I'm Not" and "In This Twilight," respectively.

Excited fans then began swapping and sharing these music files online. Another Web posting alleged that all this activity resulted in entertainment blog Idolator and other sites receiving e-mail from the Recording Industry Association of America, demanding that they remove the MP3s from their sites. An RIAA representative confirms this, a move that boggles the minds of many. "These f*cking idiots are going after a campaign that the label signed off on," the [label] source says.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Luck of the Irish for R.E.M. Fans
Jam! reports: R.E.M. plan to give fans a taste of tracks from their upcoming album during a series of gigs in Dublin this summer. 

In a statement posted Friday on the R.E.M . website, the band said it would hold a five-night "working rehearsal" for the album at Dublin's Olympia Theatre June 30, July 1 and July 3-5. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fall Out Screech
punkbands reports: If been taken to court by 2 bands already (Give Up The Ghost/Knives Out), wasn't enough, Fall Out Boy, and in particular master 'lyricist' Pete Wentz are in trouble again. This time a former writer on the hit U.S show Saved By The Bell has accused the pop goons of at least 28 counts of plagarism, stating that " hearing the bands songs is like going over old scripts". He then when on to say "this is ridiculous". [ok, this was posted April first but was funny enough to reprint]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Disfear Make CD Plans
SMN reports: Sweden's DISFEAR will enter the studio this summer to record their follow-up to 2003's Misanthropic Generation. 

This still-untitled full-length effort will be recorded in August with CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou at his God City studio in Salem, MA. Working song titles include: "Deadweight," "In Exodus," "Failure," "The Cage," and "Testament." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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