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Jackson 5 Reunion?
Idolator.com reports: Everybody's getting back together this year: The Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, the Spice Girls--heck, even Al Qaeda has reassembled to put on a bunch of secret shows throughout Pakistan. So it was only a matter of time before Michael, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Jackie, Randy and Squiggy decided to cash in on the craze: I'm told that Michael reluctantly met with his siblings on Monday in Las Vegas. Sisters Janet and Rebbie, as well as Jermaine, Randy, Marlon, Tito and Jackie, all knocked on Jackson's Las Vegas door around 7:30 p.m. Nanny Grace Rwaramba, who runs the door, made them wait between 30 and 60 minutes before allowing the brood in.

What was discussed was the family's financial situation and the fact that Jackson has so far been unable to get work in Vegas. Sources say concert promoter Leonard Rowe of Atlanta, who worked with the Jacksons in the 1980s, was there and made a proposal: a family tour with all members...[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bobby Brown Arrested
TMZ reports: For the second time this year, singer Bobby Brown was arrested in Massachusetts for failing to appear at a child support hearing.

Brown was nabbed around 6:00 PM Sunday night while attending a high school cheerleading competition in which his daughter was participating. Brown was reportedly "cooperative" outside the school -- cops say he even borrowed their cell phone to arrange to get out of jail. UPDATE [4:25]: TMZ has learned that Bobby Brown was sentenced to 10-30 days in jail for failing to appear at a child support hearing.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Doors Get Hollywood Star
antiMusic reports: The Doors will finally get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this Wednesday. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 am outside the Virgin Mega Store at Hollywood / Highland. Legendary Los Angeles DJ Jim Ladd will speak at the ceremony as well as Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman. Unlike some stars that purchased stars on the Walk of Fame (yes we are looking at you Britney Spears and Ryan Seacrest), The Doors earned theirs as 2007 marks the 40th anniversary for the band. 

Earlier this month the band received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 49th Grammy Awards Ceremony. And on May 25th the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will open the "Break On Through -- The Lasting Legacy Of The Doors" exhibit. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fall Out Kanye
MTV reports: The long talked-about at least by Pete Wentz Kanye West/ Fall Out Boy collaboration has finally surfaced. A West-produced remix of FOB's single "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" hit the Internet over the weekend, featuring a reworked track and guest verse by the Chicago rapper. [see full story for more music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Van Halen Interview
Rolling Stone reports: Last week we were hit with the tragic news that Van Halen's highly anticipated and freshly announced reunion tour was being indefinitely postponed. The jury is still out on what all this means especially with regard to the band's performance plans at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony March 12th in New York City. A few weeks ago, our Brian Hiatt spoke to Eddie and Alex Van Halen about among other things the band's thoughts on being inducted and the logistics of going onstage with VH members new and old to play the award show. [RS has posted clips from the interview including topics ranging from the future of the band, replacing Michael and more, see the full story to listen]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol Porn
E! reports: First stop, American Idol. Next stop, Miss Nevada USA? The first scandal to infiltrate the upper echelon of singers on this year's installment of the Fox ratings behemoth has touched ground.

Racy pictures allegedly depicting top-20 finalist Antonella Barba engaged in a variety of risqué acts, some more risqué than others, surfaced on several Websites late last week, prompting speculation as to whether the producers of the most-watched TV show in America will be putting an abrupt end to Barba's Idol journey.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dio Sabbath Song
Blabbermouth reports: According to Black-Sabbath.com, the new BLACK SABBATH track "The Devil Cried" is available for streaming via the Rhino Records web site. "The Devil Cried" will be released in digital form to the public via all digital retailers on Tuesday, March 13. The song was written and produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ronnie James Dio and was recorded with bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice in November 2006 in the U.K. [see full story for links to the streams]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Communism Killed Audioslave?
TuneLab reports: Sources tell The New York Post that Chris Cornell's move to quit Audioslave came down to money. 

"Chris was unhappy with the financial arrangement within the group - he wrote all the music, yet the other three bandmates took an equal share in the multimillion-dollar publishing rights," a Cornell pal explained. [See full story for more breaking rock news But it's pretty funny how the key problem with communism was exposed using capitalism. Chris not being a communist, must not have understood or he would have let the others do the work while he'd still make the same amount of money.] 
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Super Bowl Boss?
Idolator.com reports: The NFL is apparently figuring that there's only one way to top this year's completely epic performance by Prince at this year's Super Bowl, and that's to bring in The Boss. From Variety: 

Bruce Springsteen and Norah Jones are at the top of the list. The NFL is hoping the recent successes of Prince, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney can be used as leverage to bring in the Boss while Jones would be ideal to sing the National Anthem during the pregame ceremonies, according to NFL VP of programming Charles Coplin.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AFI Expand Tour
punkbands reports: AFI have added another round of shows to their tour itinerary, kicking off March 1 in California. The band will play five shows on the west coast of the US and a show in Paris before hitting the UK on April 26. Following their UK dates the band will resume their tour in Europe, and will finish up with a performance in Vancouver. 

The dates are:
Davis, CA UC Davis Freeborn Hall (March 1)
San Bernadino, CA Coussoulis Arena (3)
Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena (4)
Chico, CA Silver Dollar Fairgrounds (6)[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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More Oasis Stupidity
Rockdirt reports: Nelly Furtado recalled meeting up with Oasis after the Brit Awards at the group's after party. Furtado explained, "I've met Noel Gallagher before, but I ran over to Liam and said, 'Hi, hi, I'm Nelly, I'm a big fan, and you were great tonight', and he went, 'Oh right. I like your song', and I'm like, 'Which one? All Good Things Come To An End?' And he's like, 'Yeah, that one', and I'm like, 'Chris Martin helped me write it', and then he goes, 'Oh, then I hate it, it's rubbish.'" [see full story for more fun rock dirt!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Accident Kills As Blood Runs Black Tour
Lambgoat reports: As Blood Runs Black has dropped off the remainder of their tour with Sworn Enemy, Kataklysm, etc. due to a van accident. Here's a statement from the band:

"On Saturday Febuary 24th at approximately 4:30pm ABRB took a life threatning spill. We hit black ice/slush and spun out of control across the highway in the Oregon Mountains. The trailer fish-tailed forcing the van to go in the direction toward the edge of the mountain. We hit like 4 feet of snow forcing us to do a full 180 and down the side of the mountain we go before this tree luckily stopped us from falling to our deaths. We are all blessed to be ALIVE. Despite the accident we somehow still managed to get to our show that night and still played for our fans. Everyone as well as our trailer is OK. Our van is not in any condition to drive and now are forced to cancel the rest of our tour. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MTV Kills The Video Stars?
altmusictv reports: altmusictv has learned MTV2 is abandoning the concept of VJ-hosted shows, opting instead for a straight-up video block format.

Subterranean, Headbangers Ball, Sucker Free, and all surviving music shows on the network will drop their hosts, voiceovers, and guests. Essentially, this means Subterranean as we know it is gone. This week's episode from the PLUG awards will be the last one with the usual format. Subsequent episodes apparently will not feature host Jim Shearer or bands at all. 

I was told these changes are being made "for the forseeable future," but I'm guessing we'll never see a VJ on MTV2's music shows again. I'd say this is MTV2's way of phasing out its music shows entirely. We're witnessing the end of over 25 years of the VJ concept on MTV. [see
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Slayer Down Under
HER reports: Coming off a 24-date, SRO North American headlining tour and their first-ever Grammy win, thrash/punk icons SLAYER will head off to Australia for their first tour there in five years. The six dates will begin on April 12 in Perth, and will take the band to the country's major markets - Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, with the April 21 closing date in Auckland, New Zealand. The critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated band Mastodon will be special guests on all dates.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Undergone Sophomore Spring Break
PR reports: Bay Area local Alternative Rockers Undergone have announced the release of their second independent album titled "SPRING BREAK '99!" due out this summer. As the band continues to play sold out shows all over the bay area, they plan to expand their fanbase by touring extensively all summer in support of the album. "We are very excited for people to hear this record and get on the road. This is our best material yet, I think people will be rather suprised when they hear the amount of energy, catchy hooks and excellent musicianship on this album. You might discover your new favorite song," states Guitarist Evan Carr. Get ready for this summer, because if you haven't heard of Undergone you will.

You can check the bands myspace for all upcoming events, news, etc. You can also download a 2 song sampler from the upcoming album on Undergone's myspace absolutely free [at the full story link] - Click Here for the Full Story

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