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Eminem The Night Club
Launch reports: Eminem wants to buy a Detroit venue which was featured in his film 8 Mile. 

The rapper is in negotiations to purchase the St. Andrew's Hall venue from Live Nation for an undisclosed amount.

As part of the deal, Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg will manage the operation[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Freed Willie
AP reports: Willie Nelson and his tour manager were spared jail time Tuesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. 

Nelson and tour manager David Anderson, along with Nelson's sister, Bobbie Nelson, and two drivers, were issued citations on Sept. 18 after state troopers said they found marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms on the country legend's tour bus during a commercial-vehicle inspection on Interstate 10.

State District Judge Paul deMahy fined Nelson and Anderson $1,024 each and put both on probation for six months. 
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The Arctic Monkeys To Set Record?
BBC reports: The Arctic Monkeys sold 85,000 copies of their new album on its first day in shops, putting it on course to be the year's fastest-selling new release. 

Music chain HMV said Favourite Worst Nightmare outsold the rest of the top 20 albums combined on Monday. 

The album is likely to surpass the 151,000 one-week sales recorded by the Kaiser Chiefs in February, HMV said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR 2007 World Tour
Blabbermouth reports: GUNS N' ROSES havee announced that their 2007 World Tour will begin on June 2 in Monterrey Mexico. The tour had been delayed due to an injury to bassist Tommy Stinson's left wrist. Fortunately, the sprain is healing nicely and soon the band will be ready to rock like only they can. 

June will see GN'R perform three concerts in Mexico before heading to Australia and New Zealand. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Manson 3D
Blabbermouth reports: MARILYN MANSON's new single, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides The Hand)", has been posted at the band's MySpace page. The song will reportedly be accompanied by a video shot in 3D, which is said to be an excerpt from a larger project that Manson is filming with "Titanic" director James Cameron, although that collaboration has yet to be officially confirmed. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Guest of the Underground
Blabbermouth reports: LAMB OF GOD, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, TESTAMENT, MUSHROOMHEAD, HATEBREED and BEHEMOTH have been announced as special guests in select cities on the Sounds of the Underground tour. 

* Thrash metal veterans TESTAMENT will play before GWAR at the Starland Ballroom on July 14 in New Jersey. 

* MUSHROOMHEAD will close the show in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on July 21 and will also perform as special guests in Columbus on July 22, Chicago on July 23, and Minneapolis on July 24. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aretha The Musical
Contact Music reports: Soul superstar ARETHA FRANKLIN will be picking the stars for an upcoming musical based on her life after signing on to sit through auditions. The singer will join producers at the try-outs for the show in her native Detroit, Michigan early next month (May07). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beyonce Saves You Money!
Contact Music reports: Superstar BEYONCE KNOWLES has withdrawn the deluxe edition of her latest album B'Day from sale, after British singer DES'REE launched a lawsuit, accusing her of ignoring copyright rules. Des'ree filed a lawsuit in Manhattan, New York last Wednesday (18Apr07), alleging Knowles never obtained proper clearance to use her song Kissing You. As a result, Knowles' record label bosses have agreed to temporarily halt distribution of the CDs that include the track, reports MTV.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Download's Second Stage Named After Dimebag
KNAC reports: The Download Festival, June 8th-10th at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England, issues the following news in a press release:

"We are proud to announce the second stage at this year's festival will be called The Dimebag Darrell Stage. One of rock's great guitarists, Darrell was shot dead in 2004 while performing on stage. His bands Pantera, Damageplan and Rebel Meets Rebel all had great success, and festival organizers felt that this was a fitting tribute to a legendary man that has influenced and inspired many great bands. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Arsonists Get All The Girls... and Deals
Lambgoat reports: Century Media Records has officially announced the signing of Arsonists Get All The Girls. The Santa Cruz, CA six-piece released their debut offering, "Hits From The Bow," on Process Records in 2006. The band describes themselves as "the derailment of a gay train on its way to straight town. We're not really sure what that means, we just know we like it."

The group just completed their new record, "The Game of Life," with Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate studios (Animosity, Light This City).[see full story for more including a link to a preview]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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I'm a Sellout, Your a Sellout, Wouldn't You Like To Be a Sellout too?
punkbands reports: Pop punkers Cartel are getting paid by Dr Pepper to live and record their new album in a transparent bubble at tourist attraction Pier 54 in New York City. Cameras will be set up to record the band's every mind-numbingly boring move. Of course MTV is getting their hands on the project and will produce a series of shows also. If that's not enough, feel free to be put to sleep by the constantly running internet stream.

The publicity stunt begins may 24th. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Negative Reviews Sink Abigail Williams?
SMN reports: Phoenix metalcore act ABIGAIL WILLIAMS have posted the following update: "ABIGAIL WILLIAMS has decided to disband. It's no secret that the band has had more than its fair share of lineup problems and the time has now come to close the doors. The MySpace page will remain active and we'll continue to sell merchandise until we run out of stock. ABIGAIL WILLIAMS released their debut EP, "Legend," via Candlelight Records earlier this year and it is currently available in stores everywhere. Thanks to everyone at Candlelight who believed in this band and every fan who has supported our music. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Infest 07
SMN reports: Initial bands have been announced for this year's Infest, which will take place on June 2nd at The Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA:


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Cryptopsy Lose The Voice, Can They Use Yours?
SMN reports: CRYPTOPSY have posted the following update:

"CRYPTOPSY is currently looking to audition candidates to fill the positions of Singer/Front man and Keyboardist/Sampler. Singers must be able to sing in clean voice, on pitch, and also be able to scream/growl. If you are motivated and would like to try out please e-mail the band at crymusic@hotmail.com. If you have a criminal record please don't bother contacting the band, this means you can't tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Faster Pussycat Fight
Sleazeroxx.com reports: [Faster Pussycat's label issues a counter open letter to Muscat's of a few days ago here is an excerpt] In Brent Muscat's "open letter" to Taime and Greg, he alleges the following: 

"P.S.: FASTER PUSSYCAT is a Trademark in accordance with the requirements of U.S. Trademark, Patent & Copyright Law. Additionally, FASTER PUSSYCAT is a Federally Registered Trademark as certified by the USPTO. Any use of the name FASTER PUSSYCAT without the express written consent of Brent Muscat shall result in severe civil and criminal prosecution." 

Is that trademark you flaunt all bark and no bite? The executives at www.fulleffectrecords.com will take great pride in tossing you your Milk Bone to gnaw on. Taime and Greg are waiting by their mail boxes for their royalty checks for all the merchandise you've been pimping for how many years? Additionally, each time you perform the songs TAIME and GREG WROTE, (see examples at the full story link), we will be counting . . . [more drama at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Monolith Fest Set
PR reports: MONOLITH and AEG Live Rocky Mountains have partnered to co-produce the inaugural MONOLITH Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on September 14 and 15, 2007. 

MONOLITH will host over 70 "emerging artists" from international headliners to unknowns - making this the first music festival of its kind for Colorado, and the only annual "destination" event for music's legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. MONOLITH Founders Matt Fecher (South Park Music Festival) and Josh Baker (Midwest Music Summit) will co-produce the event with AEG Live. Baker says of the partnership: "AEG Live is one of the greatest producers of events like ours, and their new Denver operation has a lot of enthusiasm for new ideas and projects." AEG Live Rocky Mountains Vice President Don Strasburg adds: "It's hard to believe that MONOLITH is the first true multi-day festival at Red Rocks." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Claypool's Fancy Live DVD and mockumentary Releases
PR reports: On May 29, renowned bassist and legendary Primus front man LES CLAYPOOL will release FANCY (Prawn Song), his first solo live concert DVD from his 2006 summer tour with his latest group of accomplished players. A major market tour commences May 23 in Minneapolis and wraps July 14 at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, WV. CLAYPOOL will also perform at the Wakarusa and High Sierra festivals.

FANCY shows the latest band at its peak performance. With long time associates Skerik on sax and Mike Dillon on vibes, marimba and percussion (both of Garage a Trois and Critters' Buggin'), the band is rounded out by Cake drummer Paolo Baldi and multi-instrumentalist Gabby La La. The 2006 tour was in support of Claypool's then-current CD release Of Whales and Woe, and thus material from this album is favored here. Other songs are drawn from 2002's Purple Onion and the 1996 Interscope release Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel: Highball With the Devil.

In other exciting news, National Lampoon has announced its first feature film acquisition, Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo, the directorial debut of Les Claypool. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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