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GNR Inspired Va Tech Killer?
Blabbermouth reports: 23-year-old Korean student Cho Seung-Hui, who has been identified as the gunman at the Virginia Tech University massacre, wrote a play which takes its name from the GUNS N' ROSES song "Mr. Brownstone" and tells of a crew of 17-year-olds who skip school to gamble at a casino and fantasize about killing their professor. The play apparently goes through the lyrics of the entire GN'R song, relating Mr. Brownstone to the teacher the main characters want to kill.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Imus Down, Is Rap Next?
AP reports: In the wake of Don Imus' firing for his on-air slur about the Rutgers women's basketball team, a high-powered group of music-industry executives met privately Wednesday to discuss sexist and misogynistic rap lyrics. 

During the furor that led to Imus' fall last week from his talk-radio perch, many of his critics carped as well about offensive language in rap music.

The meeting, called by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, was held at the New York home of Lyor Cohen, chairman and chief executive of U.S. music at Warner Music Group.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cowell Denies Eyeroll
TMZ reports: TMZ spoke with Simon Cowell this morning about last night's incident on "A.I.," in which Cowell sarcastically rolled his eyes [see full story link] after contestant Chris Richardson offered condolences to the families of the victims at Virginia Tech.

Cowell told TMZ, "I couldn't hear what Chris had said. I was talking to Paula. My reaction (rolling his eyes) was to what he had said previously, that singing nasally is a form of singing."

It's true, when the judges are off camera they frequently jab at each other as the singers do their thing.

Simon told TMZ he was shocked when he saw what went down: "When I watched the show back, I was horrified."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ben Lee Gets A Little Help From His Friends
Reuters reports: Australian singer/songwriter Ben Lee has drafted Mandy Moore and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden for his next album. 

"Ripe," the follow-up to 2005's "Awake Is the New Asleep," is due out September via indie label New West.

Moore, who is gearing up for the release of her own album in June, guests on the track "Birds and Bees," which Lee likens on his blog to "Summer Lovin"' from the musical "Grease."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stoned Horses
Reuters reports: Preparations to sedate as many as 300 horses stabled at Belgrade's racecourse to keep them calm during a Rolling Stones concert have enraged Serb animal lovers who are lobbying to have the gig moved to another venue. 

The concert is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to the Hippodrome, Belgrade's largest fenced space. The horses will be only a few meters from the stage.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hellyeah Lose Member
Blabbermouth reports: HELLYEAH, the new band featuring former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott alongside members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE, has parted ways with bassist Jerry Montano (NOTHINGFACE, DANZIG). His replacement will be announced shortly.

In other news, HELLYEAH will launch the "Fire It Up" tour on May 20 in Baltimore before heading over to Australia and making its way to England for an appearance at this year's Download festival. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sanctity Van Crash
BW&BK reports: Roadrunner Records has issued the following update on SANCTITY, who are currently on a European tour with TRIVIUM, ANNIHILATOR and GOJIRA: 

"While touring the UK supporting Trivium, Sanctity was involved in an accident last night (April 17th) in Nottingham, England when a taxi hit the band's van, driving them into a brick wall. Thankfully, no one was injured, just a few bumps and bruises. The band is hitching a ride with their friends in Trivium until the van can be repaired." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Britney Vs Manager
Contact Music reports: Britney Spears has reportedly fired her long-time manager for failing to get her career back on track.

According to the New York Post's Page Six magazine, the troubled pop star even blames Larry Rudolph for the fall out from her much reported recent nights out Paris Hilton because he introduced her to the hotel heiress.

But according to the magazine... the 25-year-old star may now face legal action after breaking her contract with Rudolph.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Runaways The Movie
Contact Music reports: Seventies teen rockers THE RUNAWAYS are set to become the subjects of a new movie biopic, NEON ANGELS. Videomaker Floria Sigismondi has signed on to direct the film, which will follow the fortunes of the all-girl group founded by Kim Fowley and featuring a young Joan Jett. Jett, who went on to become the group's biggest solo success,[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GHP Punk Soap Saga Ends
punkbands reports: Remember this story about the dude from The Germs getting arrested for carrying soap? Well the charges have been dropped. After lab tests, police confirmed the soap didn't contain the date rape drug GHP. Bolles called the incident "a result of strange and anachronistic profiling" in The Union Tribune- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dillinger Recording Plan
punkbands reports: The Dillinger Escape Plan have reportedly booked studio time this spring with producer Joe Barresi (Queens Of The Stone Age, Clutch) for their new album which is expected out in October through Relapse. The band were originally tipped to record the album with producer Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Less Than Reel Authority Tour
punkbands reports: Less Than Jake has announced more dates for their July and August co-headlining tour with Reel Big Fish. The 3rd wave ska era acts will be joined by Streetlight Manifesto and Against All Authority on the tour. 

July 3, 2007 Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO 
July 4, 2007 Milwaukee Summerfest Milwaukee, WI 
July 5, 2007 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
July 7, 2007 The Town Ballroom 
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Rock Charts
SMN reports: Rough charting and sales information for rock/alt/metal acts for this week has been released - it lined up as follows:

#6 - DAUGHTRY - DAUGHTRY @ 51,418 
#9 - HELL YEAH - HELLYEAH @ 43,734 
#27 - CHEVELLE - VENA SERA @ 21,705 
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Haunted Ozzfest Underground?
SMN reports: It's rumored that for one show only, OZZFEST 2007 will combine with THE SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUNDůsort of. Louisville, Kentucky's former tuberculosis hospital, the Wavery Hills Sanatorium, rumored to be one of the most haunted places in America, will play host to the show on August 11. Put on by Terry Harper and the Wavery Hills Historical Society, some of the larger acts from the two powerful summer festivals will combine.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tool Reschedule
SMN reports: TOOL have rescheduled almost 40 gigs following the announcement earlier this year that drummer Danny Carey had torn his bicep, forcing postponement of a number of shows back in March. Kicking off on April 27 in Las Vegas, the trek will route through to Grand Rapids, MI in July.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Styx Join Def Lep Tour
PR reports: STYX is pleased to announce that they will be joining Def Leppard on their summer concert tour of the United States and Canada. The 50 date tour kicks off on June 27th in Cincinnati and ends on September 30th in Edmonton. Foreigner is scheduled to appear on select dates. Tickets for the Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Detroit and Boston dates are going on sale Saturday, April 21st. The tour is being produced by Live Nation.

"We look forward to being a part of this amazing evening of music," says Tommy Shaw. "Just picture the combined set lists! All these songs, one after another being packed into a single concert experience will be incredible---imagine what it's going to be like for us all to get this nightly dose of modern day Rock History tonic. It's going to be downright good for the soul!"- Click Here for the Full Story 

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