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PC Police Vs Slash
Sleazeroxx.com reports: An investigation has been launched into claims former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash broke the law by smoking on stage during a concert in Cardiff. 

Slash and singer Scott Weiland, members of rock band Velvet Revolver, are said to have smoked cigarettes at Cardiff International Arena. 

Smoking in enclosed public spaces has been banned in Wales since 2 April. 

Cardiff Council said it was "disappointed" to hear the claims and would be investigating.

Velvet Revolver - made up of three ex-Guns N' Roses members and former Stone Temple Pilots singer Weiland - were performing at the city centre venue as part of a tour of Europe and the Americas.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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My Chemical Romance Slam Manson
Gigwise reports: My Chemical Romance have laughed off Marilyn Manson's recent accusations they have copied his sound. 

Singer Gerard Way has accused Manson of self-promotion after he revealed 'Mutilation Is The Most Sincere Form Of Flattery' off his new album ‘Eat Me, Drink Me' is an attack on MCR for peddling a "sad, pitiful, shallow version" of his own work. 

Way tells Rock Sound magazine, "If Elvis Costello said we sucked we would think about it a bit but usually it is comments from someone with a new record to promote so the remarks ring hollow. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gap Band Vs EMI
Reuters reports: The lead singer of U.S. rhythm and blues band The Gap Band sued EMI Music Inc. and Heineken Inc. on Friday for using a song he recorded with rapper Snoop Dogg in a commercial without his permission. 

Singer Charlie Wilson filed suit against Capitol Records, the American label of EMI, and the American division of Dutch brewer Heineken Inc. in federal court in Manhattan for using the song "Beautiful" in an advertising campaign for Heineken Premium Light Beer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Yoko Speaks About the Night Lennon Died
AP reports: John Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York City apartment after deciding he wanted to return home to see his son rather than go out for dinner, Yoko Ono said in an interview broadcast Sunday. 

"We were returning from the studio, and I said: 'Should we go and have dinner before we go home?' and John was saying, 'No, lets go home because I want to see Sean before he goes to sleep.' And it was like he wasn't sure if we would get home before he (Sean) went to sleep and he was concerned about that."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maiden Download DVD
Blabbermouth reports: IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson announced from the stage at this year's Download festival, which is taking place June 8-10 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England, that the group's performance is being filmed for an upcoming DVD. [see full story for more - but when are they doing to put out "Live After Death" on DVD?]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sammy Davis 3000?
Gigwise reports: Outkast star Andre 3000 has reportedly landed the role of Sammy Davis Jr in a new movie. 

The musician has been increasingly branching out into acting, and, according to the New York Times, has scored the lead role in the movie about the Rat Packer's then controversial relationship with actress Kim Novak. 
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Fan Dies at Music Fest
Gigwise reports: A man has died at the Rockness festival in Scotland this weekend. 

Police report the 39-year-old – who will not be named until his family is informed - was discovered unconscious in a car park in the early hours of this morning, but passed away after being moved to Inverness' Raigmore Hospital. 

A police statement says, "A full police investigation is being carried out. There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances at this stage." 
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Quantity not Quality for Billboard
Idolator.com reports: From today's New York Times piece on the Billboard blog-critic competition: The 30 or so youthful critics will file reviews and photos on deadline from concert sites, from late June through mid-September. Their commentary will be posted on personalized blogs, housed on the Billboard Web site (billboard.com).

In true democratic Web fashion, the blogosphere will select the contest's three finalists as well as the ultimate winner, all chosen based on the number of hits to the blogs. [see the full story for Idolator's astute observation about this "contest". ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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George Michael Sentenced
Jam! reports: A British judge sentenced George Michael on Friday to 100 hours of community service and banned him from driving for two years for driving under the influence of drugs. 

Michael, whose real name is George Panayiotou, pleaded guilty May 8 to a charge of driving while unfit through drugs. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nickelback Walk of Fame
Jam! reports: After little more than a decade together -- much of it spent dodging the slings and arrows of critics and other self-styled musical purists -- the members of Alberta hard-rock act Nickelback are being honoured with a spot on Canada's Walk of Fame. 

This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, really. Over the past six years or so, the band has racked up a truly impressive array of awards and chart designations, including several Juno, Billboard, and American Music Awards, as well as four Grammy nominations and a cool 21 million in record sales. After the Walk of Fame ceremony in Toronto on Saturday and a trip to the MuchMusic Video Awards (they're up for five) on June 17, the band will wrap up some 17 months of touring with another North American leg that is almost certain to go into extra innings. [see full story for more including some comments from the band]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Novembers Doom Plan DVD
SMN reports: Chicago's dark metal act NOVEMBERS DOOM will be recording their first live performance DVD to be released in early 2008 through The End Records. The show will take place on November 10th at the Biebob Club in Vosselaar, Belgium with AJATTARA and THURISAZ.

About the recording of the DVD, singer Paul Kuhr comments: "We chose to record at Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium, simply because it was one of the greatest experiences we've had performing in the past. The crowd left a lasting impression on us, and we want to capture that, and share it with others on this DVD. 
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Exodus Begin Landmark Album
SMN reports: Bay Area Thrashers EXODUS startrf recording the new album at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland this weekend. It is going to be produced with Andy Sneap and the release date has been set for late 2007.

"Everyone always talks about how their next record is the next this or that, all I'm going to say is this next record is a crushing landmark in EXODUS history," guitarist Gary Holt previously said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Full Blown Chaos Ink with Ferret
Lambgoat reports: New York hardcore band Full Blown Chaos has officially signed with Ferret Music. The group will release their next full-length, "Heavy Lies The Crown," with Ferret in August. Singer Ray Mazzola comments:

"We spoke to a lot of labels and a lot of big players made offers but no band on Ferret we've known has had bad dealings or picked up and left on bad terms, there's a lot to say about that. We needed a label that is going to work as hard as us, you can only go so far if your team doesn't put as much into your band as you do and we feel we have that with Ferret."[see full story for more heavy news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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No Doubt to Retun in 08?
Tunelab reports: No Doubt have been on a hiatus since 2004, but it looks like that is about to change. While Gwen Stef[o]ni has been touring on her solo project her bandmates in No Doubt have been writing new music and recording demoes. The band's guitarist Tom Dumont told mtv that they have around 4 albums worth of ideas demoed, but said not to expect a new No Doubt record until 2008.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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