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Surreal 'GNR' Life?
Idolator.com reports: Perhaps realizing that compared to his stint as the drummer for Guns N' Roses, any living situation would be seemingly sane, Steven Adler has reportedly signed on to be a member of the C-list petri dish The Surreal Life. If the reports from Metal Sludge are correct, Adler will be sharing screen time with Coolio, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Nicole Eggert, Lorenzo Lamas, porn star Kobe Tai and "an as-yet-unidentified seventh member."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Van Halen Out of Rehab
Day in Rock reports: Rolling Stone is reporting that not only is Eddie Van Halen out of rehab but he's also gotten a make over. You can check that out at the full story link. Will the reunion now go forward? - Click Here for the Full Story 

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AIDS After Parties
Launch reports: Third Eye Blind, Duncan Sheik, and Lesley Gore will kick off a series of after-concert parties to fight AIDS beginning next week. 

LIFEbeat, the U.S. charity dedicated to informing youth about HIV/AIDS prevention, is giving fans the opportunity to party with these and other musicians after their shows for a minimum $10 donation.

The charity is currently organizing several events and afterparties throughout the U.S. to promote AIDS awareness and raise funds to support their fight against the disease.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paul Rodgers, Heaven & Earth Head Benefit
PR reports: For those of you in the Los Angeles area in June, Heaven & Earth will be playing a benefit concert to raise money for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation that helps the families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty. 

The concert is at The Avalon, (The old Palace) in Hollywood, on Wednesday, June 13th and will be headlined by Paul Rodgers, (Free/Bad Company/The Firm/Queen) with Heaven & Earth supporting. Also on the bill will be the all girl AC/DC tribute band Thund-Her-Struck and an acoustic set by Mark Castrillon. Doors open at 7.30pm. The evening will be MC'd by Jim Ladd of KLOS. All the artists have donated their time free and 100% of the proceeds raised on the evening will go to the 
Memorial Foundation. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Revolver Make it Official, Soph CD out July 3rd
PR reports: "The feel, the energy of LIBERTAD is about the eternal struggle for freedom -- personal and social freedoms."

So says Velvet Revolver's frontman Scott Weiland in describing the band's forthcoming album LIBERTAD, scheduled for release July 3 on RCA Records. It will be preceded by the track "She Builds Quick Machines."

Velvet Revolver has confirmed a swing of 12 North American concerts launching May 3 in Los Angeles and concluding May 22 in New York City. The shows, primarily in intimate settings, will include a sampling of tracks from LIBERTAD.

The road warriors will spend June on tour in Europe with an emphasis on festival appearances, followed by a Canadian swing, and a big American tour at the end of the summer. [see full story for the dates and more from the band about the cd]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sum 41 Set Release
PR reports: Taking their multi-platinum [removed genre term that made this statement an oxymoron and doesn't fit their sound. Please mentally replace with proper description for band's sound] to a new level, Island recording group and perennial road warriors Sum 41 have completed their fourth full-length album, Underclass Hero, and set July 24th as the release date. The new album is self-produced (for the first time) by the band's own Deryck Whibley. Sum 41's new album will be introduced with its first single and title track, "Underclass Hero." The song will impact Modern Rock Radio on May 15th. In addition, Sum 41 will release the song "March Of The Dogs" online April 17th, so fans can get an early taste of the new release. That song will be available for purchase at all digital retailers. According to Whibley, "I wanted to make an album that meant something important from beginning to end. I wanted it to have relevance and significance. It's not a concept album. It's not about fictional characters in a made-up story but there is a constant idea that runs through the record. It's a deeply personal statement that reflects the confusion and frustration in modern society."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute Auction
PR reports: Six String Masterpieces is presenting the Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute Auction to benefit The Little Kids Rock Foundation at the House of Blues Hollywood. This event is held after the induction of Dimebag Darrell Abbott to the Hollywood Guitar Center Rock Walk on May 17th.

The night will start out with ring-master Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and Headbanger's Ball leading us into the 3-ring circus in honor of Dimebag Darrell Abbott and his induction. Jasta opens the night with introducing to the masses the L.A Chapter of the Little Kids Rock. The kids will rock out and show you how a little love from us can help change the lives of these gifted kids that would not normally have the chance to learn and play instruments.

Jasta will then head up the now famed Black Tooth Bash. This nights Black Tooth Band will comprise of performances by Vinnie Paul Abbott (HellYeah, ex-Pantera), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Tim "Ripper" Owens (Iced Earth, Beyond Fear), John 5 (Rob Zombie), David Draiman (Disturbed), Bob Zilla (HellYeah, ex-Damageplan), Aaron Lewis (Staind), Ace Frehley, Brent Smith and Jasin Todd (Shinedown), Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, Matt Byrne (Hatebreed), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and many more surprise artists![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Static-X Temp
Blabbermouth reports: STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static has issued the following update from the road:

"I want to thank everyone who's been coming out to the shows to support us. Almost every show has been sold out so far and we're having a lot of fun out here as usual. Nick [Oshiro, drums] has stayed on tour with us despite his broken hand so he can participate in band appearances and signings. [Fill-in drummer] Will Hunt [TOMMY LEE, DARK NEW DAY, SKRAPE, STUCK MOJO] has done a great job hitting the drums for the past ten days, but he has prior commitments with DARK NEW DAY and VINCE NEIL, so Orlando was his last show. Next up on the drums is Bevan Davies. He's played with JERRY CANTRELL, DANZIG, and COMES WITH THE FALL, and will stay out with us for the next few weeks until Nick has fully recovered. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Label Society Skip Ozzfest
BW&BK reports: ZAKK WYLDE has announced that his BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will NOT be playing this year's Ozzfest, dubbed Freefest, as there is no charge for tickets. 

BLS had become somewhat of a staple on Ozzfest appearing six of the last seven years, only missing the 2003 trek. However, Zakk will be playing guitar for headliner OZZY OSBOURNE. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RIP CDs? Wal-Mart May Think So
Idolator.com reports: The Dangerfieldian profile of the brick-and-mortar music business is getting bigger, as Wal-Mart--the No. 1 music retailer in the US, as far as units sold--has decided to cut CD shelf space in about 500 of its stores next month, according to Kings Of A&R. Wal-Mart is planning to use the freed-up space to stock iPod accessories, because to consumers, a pink leather carrying case that's going to get scuffed and ripped in two weeks is worth a lot more than a silly song or two or thousand.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Romance Leads to My Chemical Romance Leave of Absence
punkbands reports: So Mikey Way from My Chemical Romance got married. Because of this, he's taking some time from touring to presumably consummate the marriage over and over again. Here's how his brother Gerard put it on the My Chem website...

I'm very proud to announce my brother's recent marriage. Watching him grow up into a man and finding love makes me the happiest brother alive. In light of this joyous event, the band has decided to give he and his wife a much needed break from the road to start a life and have a proper honeymoon and do all of the things a newlywed couple should do. 

I know this is upsetting news, as it is for us, but we will continue to tour with a temporary replacement until he has situated himself in his new life.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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What To Watch
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include The Exies, who perform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' on Monday; Cartel, who visit 'Total Request Live' on Monday; The Format, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Tuesday; The Stooges, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Tuesday; Tom Morello's project The Nightwatchman, who performs on 'Tavis Smiley' on Tuesday and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Wednesday; The Fratellis, who perform on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on Wednesday; Andrew W.K., who visits 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' on Wednesday; Blue October, who perform on 'Late Night' on Wednesday; Aaron Lewis of Staind, who performs on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Thursday; Arctic Monkeys, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Thursday[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Russell Simmons, The New Tipper Gore
SMN reports: In the wake of radio host Don Imus‘ firing over racially insensitive comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team, many activists in the black community have turned their attention to rap's misogynistic lyrics and begun to question what steps the music industry should take to police itself.

Now, Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, on behalf of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, have issued a recommendation that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily censor the "misogynistic" words "bitch and "ho" and the "racially offensive" word "------" from future recordings.

"We recommend the formation of a music industry Coalition on Broadcast Standards, consisting of leading executives from music, radio and television industries," the HHSAN statement continues. "The Coalition would recommend guidelines for lyrical and visual standards within the industries.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Scarlett and Mary Chain?
Earvolution reports: Jesus and Mary Chain were a seminal alt rock band from Scotland in the latter half of the 80s and were one of the few that maintained post grunge success. The band broke up in 1999, but announced a reunion tour in January of this year. 

The band is set to play Coachella, but NME says they may do a warm up gig in Pomona, California on April 26th. The gig may feature [actress] Scarlett [Johansson] on backing vocals.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Juan Ratt Issues Statement Againt Reunion
PR reports: Ratt's Juan Croucier issued an open letter via his Myspace page about the summer reunion of Ratt that he is not involved with. Here is what he had to say: It is with deep regret that I must inform you that there will not be a full reunion of the surviving Ratt members. Considering the original band broke up fifteen years ago and there have been several questionable incarnations of it since then, my hope was maybe this time we could give the Ratt fans what they have wanted all along; the original band. I made an exceptional and painstaking effort to work things out with the others, only to reach an impasse. 

There has not been a sincere attempt at redemption by my former band mates, for their insidious and sometimes malicious wrongdoings in the past, toward me. Even when they withdrew critical conditions to help facilitate a long-term reunion, I continued to hope, trying to stay focused on a positive outcome for everyone, especially the fans. I told them, in no uncertain terms, that if we could reach a point of reasonable compromise, in good faith, I would return to the band. To my dismay, near the end of negotiations, ulterior motives prevailed and I was eventually simply stonewalled. Therefore, since nothing has changed, I am left no other choice but to abstain from a reunion.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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