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Police Reunion
[update]We featured a story yesterday from Side-line which "confirmed" a Police reunion tour and an appearance at the Grammy Awards. Sting's publicist has informed us that this is incorrect. So if this actually does come off we'll let you know but for the moment it doesn't look like The Police reunion is officially in the works. This is rock n roll and that can change but for now please disregard the previous story. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Social D Bassist Killed
punkbands reports: Former Social Distortion bassist Brent Liles was hit by a truck and killed while riding his bike late last week, according to the OC Register. He was 43. Liles played bass on the group's groundbreaking "Mommy's Little Monster" recording in 1983 and went on to play with other well-known Orange County punk acts including Agent Orange. 

The driver of the truck was not cited but and investigation is ongoing.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Peta Cause J.Lo Stink
TMZ reports: J.Lo's auditions for her new "Glow After Dark" reality show were derailed Friday night when two members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took the stage, pretending to audition, and launched into a tirade against the singer/actress.

TMZ obtained video of the confrontation, secretly shot by PETA at the event, which was held at Macy's in Downey, California. "J.Lo, fur ho!" screamed one of the ladies, who began by saying, "I think the most important thing about being a diva...is not only being sexy and being stylish, but is not wearing real f***ing fur!" [see full story for more including the video] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Snow Patrol Injury
Gigwise reports: Snow Patrol drummer Jonny Quinn has been forced to pull out of the band's upcoming Europe and Australia tour after breaking his arm. 

The sticksman suffered the injury while snowboarding in the Alps and has drafted in an old friend as a replacement. 

Former Therapy drummer and Cranberries collaborator Graham Hopkins will stand in for Quinn when their European stint begins in Offenbach on March 4.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mogwai Myspace Row
Gigwise reports: Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite has got into a beef with former Test Icicles member Rory Aggwelt's new band. The guitarist started the battle of words by leaving a message on Rat: Att: Agg's myspace page slamming their authenticity as a band. 

It read: "Guys, seriously what the f**k is going on here? I keep hearing your song on MTV2 at night and i'm confused. is it a JOKE? I know i'm getting old but am i missing something? Is there an existential element that i don't get? I like the guitarists clothes but the singer needs medical help. Is it a pastiche on bob the builder? I think it is but the thought scares me." [you gotta click the full story link to read the response] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Big Flag Mess
News.co.au reports: MUSIC fans will be able to take Australian flags into the Big Day Out festival despite an attempt from organisers to lock out the "gang colours" they claim incited racial hatred last year.

Prime Minister John Howard said today it was "stupid and offensive" for Big Day Out promoter Ken West to attempt to stop fans taking Australian flags to Thursday's concert at the Sydney Showground. But BDO organisers insisted their plea to the expected crowd of 60,000 not to bring flags was "simply a request, not a command". 

"If people show up with a flag they will not be refused entry if they have a valid ticket," a spokeswoman said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Mills Denies Settlement
AP reports: Lawyers for Heather Mills McCartney said Monday that she has not agreed to a financial settlement in her pending divorce from Paul McCartney. 

Mishcon de Reya Solicitors, which is representing Mills McCartney in the bitter split, denied a report in Sunday's News of the World that McCartney had offered a settlement worth $63 million.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beatles iTunes?
FMQB reports: The music industry has been waiting for The Beatles' camp to enter the 21st century with the Fab Four's catalog, which is unavailable digitally. While the Beatles' Apple Corp. has famously feuded in court on-and-off over the years with Apple Computers (now Apple Inc.), last year it was rumored that the entire Beatles catalog was being remastered for a re-release in 2007. Now the rumor mill is turning again, with release dates being thrown around this time.

The Toronto Sun is reporting that the entire remastered Beatles catalog could be in stores by this June, and that their music could make its way onto the iTunes Music Store as early as February. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Clear Channel Sell Off
TuneLab reports: Clear Channel has released a list of 17 markets where the radio giant has reached agreements to sell off stations. Last Fall, CC announced it would be selling off 448 stations as part of its impending buyout by private equity firms Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital.

Blue Point Media picks up CC's clusters in Laramie, WY - Cheyenne, WY - Casper, WY - Pocatello, ID - Duluth, MN - Burlington, IA - Billings, MT - Bozeman, MT - Missoula, MT and Shelby, MT.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Megadeth & Down Confirmed for Heaven and Hell Tour
KNAC reports: Heaven and Hell have announced their first tour dates for 2007 Currently there are 12 scheduled stops, starting on March 11 in Vancouver and ending on March 30 in New York City. The Heaven And Hell world tour will continue until the end of the year with shows in the US, Asia and Europe. Additional dates will be announced shortly.

Multi-platinum recording artist Megadeth will be joining the tour, previewing never before heard material from their upcoming release on Roadrunner Records, United Abominations. The tour also brings the return of Down, featuring Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown from Pantera, as well as Pepper Keenan of COC. [see full story for announced dates and a little more info]
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Angels and Airwaves Recording
punkbands reports: Angels and Airwaves have entered the studio to begin work on their upcoming album. The band writes: Angels and Airwaves are back in the studio! After much thought and consideration, the band got together and decided that it was time to regroup and write their second record. 

It's a very exciting time.. Not only because of the great success of their first record and the huge potential for the second, but they will also be the first band to use the Macbeth recording studio to it's fullest potential.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mars Volta Find Drummer?
punkbands reports: The new drummer for The Mars Volta is rumored to be drumming prodigy Thomas Pridgen. Confirmation from the band is expected in the coming week or so, and Thomas himself has already answered the question privately for some people at TMV's fan message board- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RATM Return Report
SMN reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, the seminal L.A. band that made heavy music into political manifesto, will reunite after a seven-year lull for one show as the headliners at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Sources say RAGE, which played the main stage at the first Coachella in 1999, will be joined by other familiar faces for the eighth edition of the festival, which covers three days this year and begins April 27: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, which headlined in 2003, are back, as is Björk, who topped the bill in 2002.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rumpelstiltskin Grinder's New Line Up
SMN reports: Philadelphia's self-proclaimed criminal thrash band RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER have restructured their lineup following the departure of vocalist Eli Shaika and announced their first show back.

The vocalist slot will be shared by current RSG guitarist Matt Moore and bassist Shawn Riley. Rounding out the quartet are guitarist Ryan Moll (also of DIVINE RAPTURE and AZURE EMOTE) and drummer Pat Battaglia.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dancing with Has-beens
TMZ reports: TMZ has exclusively learned the names of several celebs set to do the cha cha cha on the new season of "Dancing with the Stars." Country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus (that's "Hannah Montana's" dad for you tweeners), former "90210" star Ian Ziering and Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali will join former 'NSYNC member Joey Fatone in trying to wrestle Emmitt Smith's Season 3 crown.

Despite earlier reports, one star who will not be shaking her royal groove thang is the original Fergie, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. Fergie's fellow countrywomen, Sharon and Kelly Osborne, were set to join the cast but have since backed out.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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