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Full Report for 07/26/06
Evans Blue Week: In a Red Dress and Alone
Dir reports: We're celebrating the release of Evans Blue new CD, "THE PURSUIT BEGINS WHEN THIS portrayal OF LIFE ENDS," this week. We asked the band to pick their five favorite tracks from the CD and tell us a little bit about each one. 

Today they tell us about In a Red Dress and Alone: This is the story of a conversation between a young woman and the device that she holds in her hand. In my story the dress starts out being white. 
- Grab a preview of the CD, get tour dates and more here 

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John Mayer Vs Drunk Kids
Launch reports: John Mayer has been blogging about the arrests made at his show in Pennsylvania at the weekend. Police arrested 63 people at the show at Hershey Park Pavilion on Saturday (July 21), 46 arrests were made for underage drinking.

In a message on his official blog, Mayer had a typically irreverent message for those arrested. "First, to the 46 people accused of underage drinking; what were you thinking? You have your whole life to engage in underage drinking. What's the hurry? I didn't start underage drinking until I was 26. Underage drinking is not an function of age, but of style. And you kids are way too young to truly appreciate the nuances of true underage drinking.

"Though the names of the arrested were not released to the public, I was able to obtain them by way of my well-placed source in the Hershey police department. Upon first glance, I find it interesting that of the 63 arrested, 55 were named Kyle.
- Find out his teabagging solution

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Akon Emo
punkbands reports: Akon wants to work with Fall Out Boy. The singer admitted that he wanted to collaborated with Pete Wentz's emo band. 

Speaking exclusively to NME he said: "I'd love to work with Fall Out Boy, Blink 182 (???) and Good Charlotte would (also) be cool."

He added: "I'd love to work with Beyonce but I've never met her." The singer, who collaborated with Gwen Stefani on the title track of her album 'The Sweet Escape', said that he'd welcome the opportunity to work with the singer again, calling her a "beautiful person".
- see who else he'd like to team up with

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Cobain Movie This Fall
Launch reports: The Kurt Cobain documentary which features voiceover from the Nirvana frontman himself is due to be released in the U.S. in October. 

AJ Schnack's documentary film Kurt Cobain: About A Son is set to come to cinemas in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle in early October.

The film sets impressionistic images of Washington state cities Seattle, Aberdeen, and Olympia to audiotape interviews of Cobain conducted by journalist Michael Azerrad for his book Come As You Are: The Story Of Nirvana., An original score for the film has been composed by Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.- more on this story

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Duff Snubs Kid
Contact Music reports: [it's a slow news day] Pop star/actress HILARY DUFF drove a young fan to tears by refusing to sign autographs, according to U.S. reports. The star was dining out with her family at Pier 36 Seafood and Oyster bar in Richmond, Texas, last week (18Jul07) when she reportedly snubbed the child. 

The young girl was accompanied by a nine-year-old pal, and both were carrying posters and T-shirts for their idol to sign - but they arrived at the wrong moment. 

A source tells the New York Daily News, "...when the youngsters approached, (Hilary) said, 'I don't really get to spend a lot of time with my family; sorry' and walked out the door. 
- more on this story

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John Stabb Out Of Surgery
punkbands reports: John Stabb's wife Mika has posted an update on the Government Issue frontman's facial reconstruction surgery. She commented: The surgery itself took about 4 hours, though we were there all day. It was great to get that time to let each step of the process sink in. I would've wanted to watch the operation, but I didn't press the idea after I first brought it up last fri. w/ Dr. S. (I love that kind of stuff & also didn't relish leaving john's side. 

This is the first crisis of our still-nascent marriage, you know! ~an emotional journey, indeed. I must say, I think we're both handling it w/ panache, don'tcha think? ). John is now the proud owner of some 5 or 6 titanium metal plates shoring up his "zygomatic tripod" bones (around the eye orbit) and his upper jaw, both of which had been sliding around; a screw (I think) under his right eye; a wide, leathery splint over his nose, Silence Of The Lambs-style; and temporary braces readjusting his teeth. The jaw alignment came out "better than expected": so far, they have opted against wiring his jaw shut, although we will reevaluate later this week. He will need to wear clueless-old-guy huge bug eye sunglasses to protect the incision along his right eyebrow, destined to leave a wicked-cool war wound. All in all, a kickass operation

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Sorum Previews New "Sick" Metallica
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA is hard at work on its next album with producer Rick Rubin, and at least one person outside the band has heard the songs: VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum. 

He tells RollingStone.com, "Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] is a good friend of mine. He played me the demos from San Francisco, and I turned and looked at him and I said, 'Master that s*** and put it out.' It's ridiculous. 

"The demos were sick. Eight-minute songs, all these tempo changes, crazy fast. It's like, 'Dude, don't get slower when you get older, but don't get faster!? How are you gonna play this live?'- more on this story

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Now Tops The Charts
Contact Music reports: The latest Now! That's What I Call Music hits compilation album has become the series' 12th U.S. chart-topper after debuting at number one on the new Billboard 200 countdown. 

Now 25 sold 223,000 copies in its opening week to displace rapper T.I's T.I. VS T.I.P, which spent two weeks at number one and now falls to three. 

Miley Cyrus' Disney double-disc set Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus climbs up a spot from three to two.- more on this story

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Alicia Keys Wants To Rock
Gigwise reports: Alicia Keys has revealed that she hopes to go into the studio with The White Stripes in the near future. 

Speaking at a preview for her forthcoming album, the R&B star admitted that time constraints had prevented the two acts from working together already. 

According to the NME, Keys said that she was a big fan of The White Stripes new album, ‘Icky Thump' and that she would also like to work with Queens Of The Stone Age in the future. 
- more on this story

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Coldplay Turn Spanish
Gigwise reports: Coldplay have revealed that the band have moved recording sessions for their next album – the follow-up to 2005's X & Y – to Barcelona, in Spain. 

As a result of the new recording location and recent visits to South America, the band's new material has taken on a "strengthening Hispanic theme." 

Revealing the new direction in a post on their website, the band said: "We've been travelling light on acoustic guitar, a couple of mics, a laptop and some headphones.- more on this story

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Jay-Z To Depart Def Jam?
Contact Music reports: Hip-hop mogul SEAN 'JAY-Z' CARTER is parting ways with his record label, according to reports. 

The rapper is rumoured to be leaving his position as CEO and president of Def Jam following the appointment of superproducer/performer Jermaine Dupri as the president of the label's urban music division in February this year (07), and is alleged to be in negotiations with Columbia
- more on this story

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Rapper Leaves Metal Tour
SMN reports: Brooklyn-based "death rapper" NECRO has issued the following update:

"I decided to leave the tour collectively with my manager and booking agent (both tour organizers) because we felt the tour's demographic was not receiving hip hop well. I was facing hostile, disrespectful crowds and was returning the same energy back ten-fold by being more aggressive than them. It was making a lot of people in the tour crew nervous and there was concern someone might get hurt (NOT ME). It was also being suggested that maybe I tone down my live show and not antagonize the already antagonistic crowd. I couldn't roll with that as it's not my style. I was holding back enough as it is but there is a line. All the bands on the tour loved us and everyone behind the scenes knew we displayed major heart and never once got phased by the hostility. We finished every show with middle fingers up and a big ‘f*** You' to the crowd. 

I will make one thing clear for the haters: we NEVER got booed OFF the stage. Not once. Yes a ton of emo kids booed us at every show, but we had a twenty-five minute set every night and we stayed on stage for every minute of it, and we represented.
- more on this story

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Izzy Comments on GNR Reunion
BW&BK reports: On July 28th, ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler and Tracii Guns (ex-L.A. GUNS) – will take the stage to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Appetite For Destruction's 1987 release at Hollywood's Key Club. 

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist IZZY STRADLIN's (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) ChopAway.com fan site has issued the following update: 

"A number of fans have asked for confirmation regarding whether Izzy will be present at the Key Club for the rumored "GN'R Reunion". Izzy emailed us this today: '....Steven is playing Key Club this Saturday.... I may drop by and say hello. Cheers, Izzy'." - more on this story

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Dimmu Borgir Injury
BW&BK reports: Due to a recently diagnosed injury, DIMMU BORGIR drummer Hellhammer will be unable to play drums for the band on the remaining festival dates this summer and the upcoming European tour with AMON AMARTH and HATESPHERE. 

Hellhammer's x-ray confirmed a severe neck prolapse causing numbness in his right arm. He will be going into treatment soon and could - quite possibly - undergo corrective surgery. 

Taking over drum duties for the upcoming shows will be Tony Laureano- more on this story

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