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Full Report for 07/13/06
Unseen Week: Talking Bombs
DiR reports: To celebrate the release of Unseen's new CD 'Internal Salvation' this week we have asked Mark to pick his top 5 favorite songs from the CD and tell us a bit about each track. We conclude today with the song "Talking Bombs". Here is Mark: 

I can't exactly say what this is about because we did not write it. It's a cover song by a great Boston band called The Freeze. The Freeze is underrated and looked over. So many punk bands that in my opinion were not half as good gained popularity as this band stayed underground and unseen. We have wanted to do this song for years and finally did it.- http://www.myspace.com/theunseen

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Metallica Dog Rape
Blabbermouth reports: As a child of 11, guitarist Kirk Hammett watched in horror as his pet dog Tippy was penetrated by the guy next door. That's just one of many jaw-dropping facts we learn about ultimate rock monsters METALLICA in the new issue of British magazine Q.

Hammett explains: "I went to my neighbor's. The guy took down his pants and started having sex with the dog! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. When he got up, I just took the dog and left. She was still wagging her tail."

[Why they would go on record about such things is a mystery. Maybe they have a new therapist that encourages such things? They talk about more normal vices as well.- Read about them here with the continuation of this story.

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T.I. Assaults Fan
TMZ reports: According to several TMZ spies, [rapper] T.I. was pissed when a fan launched a cup at the rapper during a performance at an ESPY pre-party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Tuesday night. 

We're told T.I. was so upset, he jumped off the stage, leaping over stars like Brody Jenner and the Duff sisters to confront the person face-to-face. 

When he got to suspected tumbler tosser, T.I. allegedly struck the individual with his microphone, and the bloody patron was quickly escorted out of the hotel.

The fan was then ejected from the venue- more on this story

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Clarkson Vs Old Fart Davis
antiMusic reports: What to do when a dinosaur with an overblown opinion of himself tells you that you need more cheese for your album? If you're Kelly Clarkson you tell him where to put his cheese. 

We are talking about the great war between Kelly Clarkson and RCA label head, Clive Davis. Davis, whose biggest claims to fame are inheriting Barry Manilow when he took over a label after being fired from CBS under a cloud of embezzlement allegations and later taking credit for an employee's discovery of Whitney Houston, didn't care for Clarkson wanting to be a legitimate artist and recording her own material. Instead, he wanted the standard cheese factory to manufacture some hits for her. Clarkson did the unthinkable, she stood her ground against the geriatric label head. 

Clarkson breaks her silence about the showdown with Davis in the August edition of Blender. When Davis approached her to drop her songs in favor of cheese factory "hits," Clarson tells the magazine that she responded, "I don't know you very well, and I am not a bull-sh*ter. I get you don't like the album. You're 80. You're not supposed to like my album."- more fun with Jive here

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Broken Benjamin
antiMusic reports: We have a follow up to yesterday's "Breaking Benjamin Breaking up?" story. Breaking Benjamin frontman Ben Burley took to the band's message board to reassure fans that the band wasn't breaking up and explained the abrupt end to their tour. Here is his message:

"What's up guys? Just wanted to fill you in on what's going on. I regrettably had to postpone some shows, because I'm not feeling well and haven't felt 100% since November when I left the Godsmack tour four days early. I'm a private person, and I would like to keep my personal health to myself but I wanted to go on the record and tell everyone that this is nothing drug or alcohol related. As a matter a fact I have been completely clean and sober for 7 months. I'm working on seeing the best doctors and exploring every avenue possible to fixing this. - more on this story

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Kings of Leon Return to the Road
PR reports: Kings of Leon really love to tour. A big spring tour wasn't enough, so after taking a bit of break this summer they are heading back out on the road again. It's no fun to tour alone so they are dragging along Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to join in the fun. 

Before the full run kicks off, they will first invade Prince's stomping grounds for a two night stand at First Avenue in Minneapolis on August 2nd and 3rd. Then they will head to Chicago to show Ferry Ferrell how it's really done. 

After a month off, the tour will launch on September 2nd in Seattle at the Bumbershoot Festival and run until late October with a finale in New Orleans on the 28th.- grab the dates here

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Circle II Circle Manager Sues Singer
Blabbermouth reports: CIRCLE II CIRCLE executive producer/co-founder/manager Dan Campbell of Global Artists Management has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the group's frontman Zak Stevens claiming "breach of contract" and accusing Stevens of "attempting to embezzle funds from the partnership." 

According to a press release issued by Campbell, "The two have been in business for five years together with the relationship beginning in 1993 when Dan introduced Zak to his longtime friend and partner Criss Oliva which led to the employment of Zak as the new vocalist for the band SAVATAGE.- more on this story and also look for the singers response in another article

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GNR Appetite Anniversary Show
BW&BK reports: On July 28th, ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler and Tracii Guns [the Guns in Guns N' Roses] – will take the stage to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Appetite For Destruction's 1987 release at Hollywood's Key Club. 

First Tracii will perform with his own legendary namesake - L.A. Guns - and then Steven will be joined by his own aptly-titled band, ADLER'S APPETITE. 

[Bets are now being taken as to whether Adler will show up or not or maybe fire the band halfway through the set if he does. And will members of Phil Lewis Guns be in the crowd? Go to the show and find out!]- more info at this link

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Biomechanical Pulls Tour Following Fire
Blabbermouth reports: U.K. metallers BIOMECHANICAL have unfortunately had to pull out of the upcoming SIKTH tour at short notice due to the fire which broke out in the recording studio last week. 

This unexpected event at The Ecology Rooms studio has led to the mixing of the forthcoming album, "Cannibalised", being postponed and rescheduled for the same time as the SIKTH tour. This has led BIOMECHANICAL with no option but to pull out of the tour.- more on this story

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Diddy's Amish Summers
DiR reports: Earlier this week it was widely reported that Kim Porter dumped Diddy. We didn't bother covering it because a hip-hop breakup isn't really earth shattering news. However, a story surfaced today that explains so much about the man with silly nicknames we couldn't ignore it. 

Long before he was shoveling musical manure down the collective throat of the world, Diddy enjoyed Amish summers where he got to practice with the real thing. Here is part of Contact Music's report: 

Rap mogul SEAN COMBS spent his childhood summers with an Amish family, shovelling horse manure every morning. The 37-year-old New Yorker's mother enrolled him in the Fresh Air Fund, an organisation for inner-city kids to spend time in rural communities, each year. 

He says, "I went to the extreme Fresh Air Fund. I stayed with an Amish family every summer. "I guess that was my mother's idea of a great vacation for me - no electricity, a bunch of farm work, moving horse manure every morning, no telephones so I could contact her.- more on Diddy's shiddy past here

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The Book of Genesis
Contact Music reports: Reunited rockers GENESIS are set to have the last word about their incredible history in a definitive band autobiography. Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and former bandmates Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett all agreed to be interviewed for Genesis: Chapter + Verse in an effort to clear up myths about the group's history. 

The tome, which will hit book stores later this year (07), also features extracts from one of late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun's final interviews.

Rutherford tells Billboard.com, "It's a nice book. My wife read it and couldn't put it down. It had an effect on me, too, reading all that stuff you say about each other.- Now with that unbiased review we just have to read it! Read more here

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New Book Claims Jim Morrison OD'd in a Toilet
Gigwise reports: A new book alleges that Jim Morrison died of a heroin overdose in a Paris nightclub, seemingly dispelling the theory that he was killed by heart failure. 

The Doors frontman was found dead in the bathtub in his Paris apartment in March 1971 – a death that's always been shrouded in mystery. Coroners did not carry out an autopsy as they believed there were no suspicious circumstances. 

...bar owner Sam Bernett claims in his book 'Life, Death, Legend' that Morrison died from a heroin overdose in a toilet cubicle in his Rock and Roll Circus nightclub. Bernett alleges that two drug dealers tried to revive the singer but failed, so they hauled his body back to the apartment where Morrison's girlfriend Pamela Courson apparently discovered the body.- What a great way to sell a book no one would read otherwise! Read more "revelations" here

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Dr. Queen
Times Online reports: Brian May, the multimillionaire guitarist who founded the rock group Queen, has finally completed the PhD in astrophysics that he abandoned more than 30 years ago.

The 59-year-old composer of hits such as Fat Bottomed Girls and We Will Rock You turned his back on the stars for international fame with Freddie Mercury and his band. His thesis on interplanetary dust clouds lay gathering dust of its own in the attic of his home in Surrey. 

May's interest in the subject was rekindled last year when he co-authored a children's science book with the astronomer Sir Patrick Moore. He discovered that remarkably little research had been done in the intervening 33 years. - more on this story

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Winehouse Not A Good Bet
Gigwise reports: Following a string of cancellations bookies are now offering stakes as to whether Amy Winehouse will show up at her forthcoming gigs. 

Winehouse recently cancelled performances at Oxygen in Dublin, T in the Park in Scotland and Summer Pops in Liverpool citing "exhaustion" - although she was spotted drinking in a North London pub. 

William Hill – one of the countries biggest bookmakers– is currently offering odds of 1/2 on Winehouse fulfilling her commitment to appear at the Eden Sessions at the Eden Project in Cornwall on July 17th. - more on this story

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NOFX Plan Live Album
punkbands reports: NOFX are planning on releasing a live album later this year. The band recorded two nights of recent shows in San Francisco, California. 

Their latest effort "Wolves in Wolves' Clothing" was released in 2006.- More info to come

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