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U2 Spidey Musical
Contact Music reports: U2 frontman Bono and guitarist the Edge have reportedly signed up to write music for the forthcoming Spiderman musical.

The musicians will be working with the show's producers to create a soundtrack for the webbed crusader's Broadway debut, with rehearsals to begin later this summer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ratt Reunites
Blabbermouth reports: According to the official RATT MySpace page, the group's current lineup is as follows:

Stephen Pearcy - Vocals
John Corabi - Guitar
Warren DeMartini - Guitar
Bobby Blotzer - Drums 
Robbie Crane - Bass

RATT and POISON will join forces for a summer trek starting June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wrapping Aug. 19 at the Coors Amphitheatre in Denver.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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KornKnot: Korn Recruit Slipknot Drummer
Contact Music reports: SLIPKNOT drummer JOEY JORDISON is set to join KORN for the summer (07) after announcing he'll replace Terry Bozzio for the group's upcoming tour. Former Frank Zappa drummer Bozzio quit the group last month (Mar07), leaving Korn a man down as they planned their Family Values tour in North America and a series of festival shows in Europe. But frontman Jonathan Davis couldn't be happier with his new bandmate: "Joey is the s**t! We can't wait to rock onstage with him this summer." Meanwhile, Jordison adds, "I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to perform with bands that have influenced me as a musician over the years.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Family Values Dates
PR reports: The much anticipated return of THE FAMILY VALUES TOUR, co-headlined by KORN and EVANESCENCE, will commence on July 20th in St. Louis and close out the summer on September 2nd in sunny California. With a line-up including Atreyu, Flyleaf, Hellyeah, and Trivium, the tour is poised to be the biggest and best Family Values Tour in history and the best-priced lawn tickets at $9.99, tickets goes on sale beginning April 28 and can be purchased at www.livenation.com. 

On April 19 a star-studded "Halloween in Spring Costume Ball" at the infamous Hollywood Forever Cemetery will celebrate the announcement of the tour. In 2006, the second annual kick-off event drew rockers and Hollywood stars alike as Axl Rose, Avenged Sevenfold, Jessica Alba, and others attended. 

Fri, July 20 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
Sat, July 21 Somerset, WI Float-Rite Amphitheatre
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Fuel Find Their Voice
Extra reports: The hard rock band Fuel breaks big news on "Extra." The platinum rock band has named a new lead singer. 

After lead singer Brett Scallions quit last year, band mates Carl Bell and Jeff Abercrombie were left without a front man. They went on a worldwide search, auditioning thousands of singers and today are pleased to announce first on "Extra" that Toryn Green has officially been tapped the new lead singer of the hit band.

Green says, "You come from playing literally on sidewalks, small stages and all of a sudden it's like… would you like to play in front of a few thousand people! I think I can do that!" 

Fuel is fired up about their new front man, a tour starting in May and their fourth album, which will feature wild rocker Tommy Lee on one of the tracks. The album, unofficially titled, Angels and Devils, will be out this July. Long onto www.extratv.com for more with Toryn Green and "Fuel."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dimebag Rock Walk Induction
KNAC reports: Dimebag Darrell Abbott, will be posthumously inducted into Hollywood's Rockwalk, the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock ‘n' Roll. A bronze bust of Abbott will be unveiled during the ceremony and later installed along the RockWalk posthumous inductee wall, which also includes Robert Johnson, Elvis Presley and Bill Graham among others.

The event this Thursday, May 17th at noon, at Guitar Center at 7425 Sunset boulevard, in Hollywood, California, is open to the public and free of charge. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Bland Leading the Tone Deaf – Osbourne Snags Talent Judge Job
E! reports: It's official: Brandy has been eliminated from America's Got Talent. 

NBC [Normally Broadcasting Crap]announced Thursday that Sharon Osbourne will join David Hasselhoff and British TV personality Piers Morgan on the judging panel for the next season of the Simon Cowell-produced competition series. 

"Sharon Osbourne is show business personified and she has seen and done it all," Craig Plestis, executive VP of alternative programming, development and specials, said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Law of Supply and Demand
AP reports: U.S. album sales are down 17 percent so far this year, a downward spiral caused in part by a surge in online music purchases and fewer big-name albums being released in the first quarter. 

A total of 135.8 million albums were sold in the U.S. through the end of last week, compared to 163.3 million in the year-ago period, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Phil Spector Jury Selected
AP reports: A jury of nine men and three women was sworn in Thursday to decide whether music producer Phil Spector murdered actress Lana Clarkson four years ago. 

The panel of 12 — many appearing startled when they realized they were the jury — stood, raised their hands and were sworn in to serve on the case.

A panel of six alternates remained to be selected. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beyonce Sued By Singer You Forgot Even Existed
hecklerspray.com reports: Hey kids, remember Des'ree? If you do remember Des'ree we're sure it's only a vague recollection - unlike Beyonce, who remembers Des'ree so much that she covered one of her songs for her newest album and is now getting sued for it.

When Beyonce decided to repackage her six-month-old album B'Day to [screw over her fans for cash] give her fans something special and new, she thought that covering old Des'ree track I'm Kissing You would be a sound idea. And it would have been, had Beyonce thought to properly get clearance for the song. Which she didn't. And now Des'ree wants revenge, either by suing Beyonce for $150,000 or by challenging her to the ultimate R&B challenge - seeing who wail the American national anthem in the most preposterously overblown way at some godforsaken sporting event.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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A Year With Sigur Ros
CMJ reports: Icelandic rockers Sigur Rós announced today on their website a June 1 release of In A Frozen Sea—A Year With Sigur Rós (Artist In Residence), a book compiled by industry veteran and longtime Sigur Rós fan Jeff Anderson. The collector's item is a photographic essay comprised of exclusive photos and interviews collected from the band's iconic tour of Iceland last summer[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lordi Whack Wacken Appearance
Blabbermouth reports: Finnish heavy metal monsters LORDI have cancelled their previously announced appearance at this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. 

LORDI management has issued the following statement regarding the matter:

"It is with deep and genuine regret that LORDI are forced to cancel their scheduled appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air. The band has been offered a headline, main stage slot at this year's Ozzfest, and so are unable to leave that tour in order to perform at Wacken.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Revolver Yahooed
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER will play on April 27 at West Los Angeles, CA for Nissan Live Sets. The first 200 people who e-mail Invites@YahooLiveSets.com will get in the door for this exclusive taping. Plus they get to bring a friend. Please e-mail them your name, your location, and tell them how much you love VELVET REVOLVER. This will be broadcasted on Yahoo! with exclusive pictures.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mnemic To Head The Ball
Blabbermouth reports: Danish metallers MNEMIC will headline the very first Danish "Headbanger's Ball" tour, with support from AS WE FIGHT and THE PSYKE PROJECT. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sep. 06 - Ridehuset, Århus
Sep. 07 - Studenterhuset, Ålborg
Sep. 08 - Store Vega, København
Sep. 21 - Posten, Odense
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Baby Metallica is Legit
Blabbermouth reports: James Savage of The Local reports that Metallica Tomaro a seven-month-old girl from western Sweden, will be allowed to keep her unusual name after authorities withdrew their objections.

Young Metallica's battle has attracted attention from around the world, and has prevented the family from travelling — the youngster has been unable to get a passport before the dispute was solved.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mastodon and Against Me! Contest
Total Assault reports: Mastodon and Against Me! are launching a contest to give away two guitars and tickets to their tour kicking off this May. Winners will be selected to receive two tickets for every stop of the tour. At the end of the contest a guitar will be given away from each band. [see full story to enter]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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