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Who's in Smashing Pumpkins?
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on Buddyhead.com, the latest additions to the "reunited' SMASHING PUMPKINS are bassist Ginger Reyes (ex-HALO FRIENDLIES) and guitarist Jeff Schroeder (ex-THE LASSIE FOUNDATION). So far there has been no official confirmation of the new members' identities, although original guitarist James Iha did reveal to RollingStone.com this past week that he is not part of the current SMASHING PUMPKINS album or tour. "I haven't spoken to Billy [Corgan, PUMPKINS mainman] in years," he said. 

The only confirmed original member besides Corgan is drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Punk Hemp Bust
punkbands reports: The net has been abuzz these past few days with rumors that Don Bolles, drummer of legendary LA punk bands the Germs, was arrested on drug charges for possessing hemp-derived soap. While we're still waiting on more official confirmation, here's the bulletin making the MySpace rounds, purportedly from Bolles' recent musical collaborator Nora Keyes. 

This past Wednesday night Don Bolles suffered a bizarre and unfortunate interception with the Newport Police Department. He was stopped for a broken tail light. We believe his unconventional looks and old army green van made him the victim of police profiling in this very affluent, quiet town. They searched his van. The only thing they found was a bottle of Dr Bronner's soap. If you are a good friend of Don's, you know this is the only cleaning agent he uses for every thing from tooth paste to laundry detergent. The police ran a drug field test on the soap and it came up positive. Dr. Bronner's is made with hemp seed oil. Maybe this is the reason behind the arresting officer's error. [this seems a bit far fetched to take it with a pound of salt but it just may be true. Stranger things have happened. See full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bon Jovi Dolls
Reuters reports: Jon Bon Jovi's female fans will soon be able to take the cuddly rocker to bed with them. 

The frontman for New Jersey band Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora are the latest musicians to join McFarlane Toys' line of action figures, which will hit stores in August and sell for $10-$12.

The Tempe, Ariz.-based firm worked closely with the Bon Jovi principals to select the proper pose, accessories and facial expressions.[we could go to town with that last bit but we'll leave you to it. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fall Out Boy Delay Tour Due to Personal Issues
PR reports: Fall Out Boy announces that due to personal issues beyond the band's control, the first few weeks of The Honda Civic Tour have been delayed. These shows will be rescheduled to the end of the tour. 

Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz says, "Just wanted to give everyone a heads up, we are planning on this being the biggest and best Fall Out Boy show that we could possibly have. Unfortunately, because of some personal issues we had to delay the tour a few weeks. We want to put on the best possible show we can and know that this extra couple of weeks will give us the time to put ourselves in the right place to put on the best show we can. The shows from the earlier part of the tour will be rescheduled to the end but all tickets will be honored for all moved shows. Again we apologize. Our fans really mean the world to us and I promise the wait will be well worth it."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Wanna Be Beatles: Oasis, The Killers and Razorlight Redo Sgt Pepper
BBC reports: Oasis, The Killers and Razorlight are to cover songs from The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to mark the album's 40th anniversary. 

James Morrison, The Fratellis, Travis and the Kaiser Chiefs are among the other acts taking part in the special recording sessions for BBC Radio 2. 

The engineer in charge of the original 1967 sessions will use the same equipment to record the new versions.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Van Halen Jr Speaks
Blabbermouth reports: Wolfgang Van Halen, the 16-year-old son of VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen and the projected replacement for VH bassist Michael Anthony, has told People magazine that he isn't disappointed there will be no VAN HALEN tour this summer following his father's decision to check himself into rehab. "My dad's taking care of himself," he said. "I also think I'm too young for the experience, because I know there are a lot of bad things out there."
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Gwar Head Sounds of the Underground
Blabbermouth reports: According to GWAR's official web site, the band has been confirmed as the headliner of the third annual Sounds of the Underground tour, set to take place this summer. Other bands that are rumored to appear include SHADOWS FALL, JOB FOR A COWBOY and EVERY TIME I DIE. An official announcement regarding this year's lineup is expected soon.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Virgins
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER has been confirmed for the U.S. Virgin Festival, scheduled for August 4-5 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Also slated to appear are THE POLICE, SMASHING PUMPKINS and the BEASTIE BOYS. More lineup announcements and information about ticket sales are expected over the coming weeks.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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A Perfect Exit
Blabbermouth reports: Montreal, Quebec-based extreme metallers A PERFECT MURDER have parted ways with bassist Francois-Michel Labrie and are currently seeking a replacement. Interested parties can contact the group via their official web site.

Labrie has issued the following statement regarding his decision to leave the group: "Before I joined the band, I had the chance to grab a university degree. I put a hard time and money into this. Lately, I have been offered to work in the field I have been studying for the last years. This offer has so many advantages that I just could not refuse it. I must also say that playing in a band on a full time basis like A PERFECT MURDER was getting more difficult for me. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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On Broken Wings Hiatus
Lambgoat reports: Massachusetts' On Broken Wings (Eulogy Recordings) has announced plans to disband for an indeterminate amount of time as they focus on other priorities. Here's a statement from the band:

"We have decided to take an indefinite hiatus to work on all the other bands/things we have going on in our lives. We did a lot of tours, played a lot of shows, met a lot of good people, and grew up a lot.

We all have new bands, some of us more than 1, some of us more than 2 or 3, haha.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cute Is What We Aim For Lose Member
punkbands reports: Cute Is What We Aim For's bassist Jack Marin has left the group. Marin addresses his departure on his Live Journal, which reads in part: "At first when I joined the band everything was great and everyone seemed happy. But shortly after, I started having some personal issues with another member. I've tried to just ignore the problems, but the truth is, I'm just not happy at all.

This is a decision that I've been debating for weeks. Even as I was getting ready to tell the guys, I was still wondering if I was making the right decision. But I've finally decided that it's in my best interest to leave this band as soon as possible. It's a matter of principle and to me, being in the band just isn't worth what I have to deal with. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nile Offfest
SMN reports: More NILE headlining shows with CHTHONIC, which will take place on the off-dates of their appearance at Ozzfest this Summer, have been released:

July 13 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
July 18 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
July 20 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
July 25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
July 27 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
July 29 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
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Les Claypool Tour
SMN reports: A full list of dates have been released for LES CLAYPOOL & HIS FANCY BAND's upcoming U.S. Spring/Summer tour:

May 23 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 25 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic
May 26 - Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp 2007
May 27 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
May 29 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
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Bleeding Through Killed The Prom Queen
SMN reports: I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN, following a number of member departures (Vocalist Ed Butcher, Guitarist Jona), has announced their final goodbye to all this includes a cancellation of all US tour dates:

"We regret to announce that I Killed The Prom Queen will no longer continue as a band. The final nail in the coffin came when Jona was asked to join USA Metal group Bleeding Through as second guitarist. This, coupled with our inability to find a replacement vocalist, aided the decision to end the band." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Semper Soulfly
SMN reports: SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo will be playing a concert welcoming home the India 3/12 Artillery Battery Marines of Camp Lejume in Jacksonville, North Carolina from their recent tour of duty in Iraq. The troop is familiar with Marc as SOULFLY has played for them before on their base in North Carolina.

The concert, which is open to the public[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Great White Request Lawsuit Dismissal
KNAC reports: According to ww2.wpri.com, Great White band members, whose pyrotechnics ignited a deadly fire at The Station nightclub are asking to be dismissed from lawsuits stemming from the blaze. 

The band members say they weren't involved in the decision to use pyrotechnics and had no role in setting them off the night of the 2003 fire. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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