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Van Halen Reunion Set
BW&BK reports: Sources tell Billboard.com a contract could be signed as soon as today for Live Nation to produce a 40-date amphitheatre tour by VAN HALEN this summer, with original frontman DAVID LEE ROTH back in the fold for the first time in more than 20 years. 

As previously reported, guitarist Eddie Van Halen's 15-year-old son Wolfgang has stepped in for original bassist Michael Anthony in the new incarnation of the group, which also features drummer Alex Van Halen.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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K Fed Vs Burger Flippers
pr-inside reports: Members of the National Restaurant Association in the US are furious with KEVIN FEDERLINE for appearing in a commercial demeaning fast food workers.
BRITNEY SPEARS' estranged husband recently taped an ad for Nationwide Insurance, which shows him daydreaming about being a rap star, but really working in a fast food restaurant.

Representatives from the organisation say the ad, which is set to debut during the US Superbowl broadcast next month (FEB07), is "demeaning and unpleasant" to the nation's restaurant workers. [sorry this one was just too funny to pass up, get more at the full story link while you ponder that fastfood workers have an advocacy group!] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Dinosaur Jr. CD Coming
Filter reports: Seems like there is no stopping the reunited Dinosaur Jr.! After globe-spanning tours with the original line-up of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph, the band managed to avoid the usual reunion pitfalls and pulled together to record an album of new material. 

Recorded in J.'s home studio in Amherst, Massachusetts, Beyond will be the first album to feature all three founding member's since 1988's Bug. It is due to be released on May 1st via Fat Possum (home to the Fiery Furnaces, deadboy & the Elephantmen), and will be shortly followed by a live DVD directed by Mascis' brother-in-law, Phillip Virus. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Snoops Pleas in Weapons Case
AP reports: Snoop Dogg pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of possessing a deadly weapon, a collapsible police baton found in his luggage at an airport. 

The rapper did not attend as his lawyer entered the plea in Orange County Superior Court and he remains free on $150,000 bail.

If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Who Will Play Glastonbury
Gigwise reports: The Who look set to play this year's Glastonbury, according to band guitarist Pete Townshend. 

The legend was speaking to xfm when he revealed the band is keen to play the Worthy Farm event and organisers are hoping to book them. 

He said: "I don't know if we're allowed to say. But let me put it this way, I think they want us to do it, and we want to do it. So we shall see."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beastie Boys Aim To Anger Fans With New CD
FMQB reports: The Beastie Boys have been quietly working on a new studio record, the follow-up to 2004's To The Five Boroughs. Fans in Australia could get the first taste of the B-Boys' new material when they headline next month's Good Vibrations Festival down under.

Speaking to Australian news site The Age, Mike D. joked that the new album "is actually really different ... [fans] can expect to be disappointed, they can expect to be angry at us." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Famed Venue To Be Demolished
BBC reports: Hammersmith Palais - the legendary London music venue immortalised in song by The Clash - is to be demolished. 
The decision to close the venue was taken by Hammersmith and Fulham councillors in a meeting on Monday. 

The building is expected to be bulldozed to make way for office blocks by developers Parkway Properties. No date for the closure has been given. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Moonsorrow & Swallow The Sun Tour
Blabbermouth reports: MOONSORROW will team up with SWALLOW THE SUN for a European tour in March/April. The dates are as follows:

Mar. 30 - GER - Lübeck - Treibsand
Mar. 31 - GER - Lichtenfels - Ragnarök Festival
Apr. 01 - GER - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
Apr. 03 - HUN - Budapest - Kultiplex
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Five Finger Death Punch in April
Blabbermouth reports: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, the Los Angeles-based band featuring ex-W.A.S.P. guitarist Darrell Roberts, former MOTOGRATER vocalist Ivan Moody (Ghost), ex-U.P.O. guitarist Zoltan Bathory, former DEADSETT bassist Matt Snell, and drummer Jeremy Spencer, will release its debut album, "The Way of the Fist", on April 3 through an as-yet-undisclosed label.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Godsmack Book Signing
Blabbermouth reports: GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna will be doing a book signing in Los Angeles to promote his memoir called "The Paths We Choose". The details are as follows:

Date: Saturday, February 24
Time: 2:00 pm 
Location: Borders Books and Music 
1501 Vine Street 
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Anthrax Lose Singer
KNAC reports: Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message in the CDC Fan Club section of the band's website: "Finally, we're going back to work. We're going to Chicago to work our asses off and write a record. It's time. We're ready. One problem... no singer.

We were offered a direct support slot on a major tour this spring and (singer) Joey (Belladonna) decided he did not want to move forward. The reunion is over. We tried to make it work but I guess that's the problem, you can't 'make' something work. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Whoring Hendrix
BW&BK reports: Fans of rock star JIMI HENDRIX are unhappy at plans to market an energy drink bearing the guitarist's likeness. 

California-based Beverage Concepts is due to release the non-alcoholic Liquid Experience drink in April. "To see his image and the beautiful feelings it has created in me cheapened by advertising is very disappointing," said RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS star Flea. 

Hendrix's image has also been licensed for products including baby clothing, an air freshener and a lava lamp. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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I Need a Hug Tour
TuneLab reports: Staind's Aaron Lewis has tacked on several dates to his current solo acoustic tour. Latest additions include:

March 1st in Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
March 2nd in Cleveland, OH @ Houes of Blues
March 3rd in Indianopolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
March 5th in Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
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Daughtry Tops Chart, Velvet Revolver Sets Date
TuneLab reports: [A couple of highlights from TuneLab today, see the full story for their breaking rock news coverage!] Daughtry is at the Billboard Top 200 album chart this week. 65,000 copies of their debut were scanned last week. Nickelback moved up to No. 8 moving 35,000 units of their latest, 'All the Right Reasons'. 

Velvet Revolver's new album 'Libertad' is expected to arrive in stores on May 15th in the U.S. and May 14th in Europe.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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