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Jacko Sued for Murder
hecklerspray.com reports: There's a very strong chance that Michael Jackson thought the worst was over - he'd been cleared of fiddling with boys, he'd been cleared of making giraffes wallow in their own blood and he'd even stopped running around dressed as a woman all the time. Neverland's for sale, there's a new Michael Jackson album in the pipeline and everyone now thinks of Jermaine Jackson as the lovely calm one from Celebrity Big Brother instead of the man who tried to sell a book about how Michael Jackson likes to touch boys on the winky. Everything was looking rosy for Michael Jackson again.

But the feeling didn't last for long, because Michael Jackson is now being sued by the family of a woman that Michael Jackson apparently helped to kill. Back during his molestation trial, Michael Jackson held proceedings up because he was suffering from a flu-like condition and he was taken to the Marian Medical Centre in Santa Maria for treatment. But when he was there, the family of Manuela Ruiz allege that their sick mother - who had suffered a heart attack earlier that day - had her life support switched of and was bumped out of her trauma room so that Michael Jackson could be looked at. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Korn Killer Charged
Blabbermouth reports: According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Fulton County grand jury indicted Michael Scott Axley (photo from Korn.Simpol.net), 25, of Douglasville, Georgia on felony murder and aggravated assault charges for allegedly punching and killing a man at a KORN concert in July after they got into an argument over a hat.

According to witnesses, Axley punched Andy Richardson, 30, after the two exchanged words and Axley took Richardson's cap during a KORN concert at Hi-Fi Buys Ampitheater last July.

Richardson fell unconscious onto a concrete sidewalk and Axley allegedly punched Richardson again. Richardson suffered skull fractures and severe head injuries. He died two days later at Grady Memorial Hospital. [see full story for more metal news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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James Brown To Finally Rest in Peace
AP reports: The children of James Brown and his former partner have decided on where the soul singer should be buried nearly two months after he died, a lawyer said on Tuesday.

"The children and the wife, my client Tomi Rae Brown, have come to an agreement and they have decided that he will be buried in a decent place but it's going to be kept confidential," said attorney Robert Rosen.

"Assuming a court order is signed he could be buried in the next few days," Rosen said in an interview[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spandau Ballet Reunion? This Much Isn't True
Gigwise reports: Eighties pop act Spandau Ballet have done something un-heard of in the last few months, by confirming that they will NOT be re-forming. 

Although the likes of Duran Duran and The Police have all recently hit the comeback trail Tony Hadley said: "I'm doing great without the band" 

"I know you should never say never and bands in the past have said hell would freeze over before they got back together, but in our case I think hell is frozen and we still wouldn't do it." He added. [the band member love story can be found at the full story. ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Van Halen Tour Officially Kaput
Rolling Stone reports: [We never heard back from the VH publicist but Rolling Stone confirmed the reunion is off with the tour promoters, here is their report] It looks like David Lee Roth's first tour with Van Halen in twenty-three years won't happen, after all. Over the weekend, employees of tour promoters Live Nation were informed that "the Van Halen tour has been shut down." It's not yet clear what went wrong: Just last week, the band released their first official photo of their new line-up to Rolling Stone. At the time, Roth told us that he was thrilled about the tour, and that the reunion could be permanent [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Post Darkness
BBC reports: Rock group The Darkness are reforming - but without lead singer Justin Hawkins. The three remaining members of the rock act, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, have announced that they have begun work recording a new album. 

The new material will be released by the band under a different name. [see full story for more and find out who will be yodeling… oops... singing for the group ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Adema Won't Die
Blabbermouth reports: According to the band's official MySpace page, ADEMA has signed a deal with Immortal Records for the release of the band's fourth album, tentatively due later in the year. Audio samples of three new demo tracks — "Human Nature", "Out Alive" and "Los Angeles" — can be heard at [their myspace page – see the full story for more including who is fronting the group these days. No Marky Mark is not back.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Yawn… Britney Leaves Rehab Take 2
TMZ reports: TMZ has confirmed that Britney Spears has left rehab -- again.

As we first reported, the singer checked into Promises treatment center yesterday. But she just couldn't deal with it and left for home. It's the same story as last week, when Britney was in and out of rehab within 24 hours.

"EXTRA" is reporting that Spears tried to get into a tattoo parlor before going home but it was closed. [see the full story for the new "Chia Brit" commercial] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fall Out Drop
TuneLab reports: Fall Out Boy's reign at No. 1 was short. Sales for their latest album 'Infinity on High' fell 54% dropping the album to No. 5. Daughtry has lost their grip on the No. 3 slot on this weeks Billboard Top 200 chart. The bands self-titled debut fell to No. 9 despite a 34% sales increase at 102,000 units. The Red Hot Chili Peppers jumped from No. 39 to No. 12 with a 154% sales increase with their latest 'Stadium Arcadium'.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Purdue Ignores RIAA
idolator.com reports: The AP reports that the Recording Industry Association of America is focusing its gaze on music swappers at colleges, where fat pipes allow illegally downloaded songs to travel even faster:

Purdue, which has received 1,068 complaints so far this year but only 37 in 2006, said it rarely even notifies students accused by the RIAA because it's too much trouble to track down alleged offenders. Purdue said its students aren't repeat offenders.

"In a sense, the (complaint) letter is asking us to pursue an investigation and as the service provider we don't see that as our role," spokesman Steve Tally said. "We are a leading technology school with thousands and thousands of curious and talented technology students." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Police Sellout
punkbands reports: As expected, initial on-sales for the upcoming Police reunion tour sold out in minutes and more shows were quickly added. The band will also soon announce shows for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on June 23, and McAfee Stadium in Oakland on June 13. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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P.O.D. Reform
SMN reports: San Diego based rockers P.O.D. have announced the reformation of their original lineup, that includes guitarist Marcos Curiel, as well as their signing to Colombia Records/INO. Currently in pre-production, the band will release their new disc sometime in late summer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jager Ozzfest
SMN reports: A longtime sponsor of Ozzfest, Jägermeister will roll out its own state of the art mobile stage for the summer's biggest heavy metal festival. All second stage acts will play on the Jägermeister stage, a fully self-contained stage hauled cross country by a custom Showhauler toter home, complete with a full audio sound system provided by JVC Mobile and amped by one whopping generator. The stage measures 34' long, 16' deep, and 20' high. The entire PA system, provided by Peavey Electronics and Schecter Guitars, will be hung for optimum sound. The stage will include state-of-the-art lighting by Chauvet. "Jägermeister has been kicking around this idea for a long time. The fact that we've spent a year designing and building this stage proves our dedication to music," says Rick Zeiler, Director of Marketing and Brand Development for Jägermeister. "We can't wait to showcase it at Ozzfest."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica To Begin Recording
SMN reports: METALLICA will begin recording its new album with producer Rick Rubin on March 12, according to a recent post on its Web site. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2003's "St. Anger" has been in pre-production for several months.

"We really have to feel secure about the music and know it's good," Rubin told Billboard in December about the process. "Then in the studio, we're free to only worry about performance and not worry about writing a song. Hopefully, we've done our homework."

Meanwhile, METALLICA has lined up seven summer shows in Europe as part of its semi-annual Sick of the Studio tour
[see full story for more including dates - no word yet if Lars will auction off his pots and pans on eBay but we'll keep you posted]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Classic Case Go East
Lambgoat reports: Classic Case will tour the East Coast briefly with The Transit War next month. Here's the schedule:

3/1 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
3/3 Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship
3/4 South Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock
3/5 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mars Volta Take The West
PR reports: The Mars Volta Announce West Coast US Dates
3/31 – Berkeley – Berkeley Community Theater
4/3 – Los Angeles – Orpheum Theater

Tickets go on sale this Sat, but if you want in on the presale, click the full story link for info. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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