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Full Report for 06/27/06
Circus Diablo Week: Mad Parade
Day in Rock reports: Circus Diablo, the band fronted by The Cult's Billy Morrison and also features Billy Duffy (The Cult), Ricky Warwick (Almighty), and Brett Scallions (Fuel) are releasing their self-titled debut album next week. The album features a guest appearance by Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, The Cult, Velvet Revolver) who played the drums on all of the tracks. Slut's Charles Ruggiero will be drumming on the upcoming tour with Mondo Generator and on Ozzfest. 

To celebrate the release, we asked frontman Billy Morrison to give us the lowdown on his top five favorite tracks from the CD. Here's Billy will today's song. MAD PARADE. All about a certain friend of mine that seems to hire and fire his friends!! It's not hard to figure out who I'm singing about if you listen to the words. But although I don't hold any deep grudge, I did find writing this song a very cathartic experience. The bad taste he left in my mouth started to disappear as I wrote these lyrics. Kinda like Listerine for the soul. When a friend f**ks you over, it's never a nice experience. [grab a listen at the full story link and pick up the CD next Tuesday!]
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Led Zeppelin Reunion
Launch reports: Led Zeppelin are reportedly about to reunite for a one-off memorial concert. If true, it would mark the third time that the '70s legends have played since disbanding.

After the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, founding members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones regrouped for Live Aid in 1985 (with Phil Collins) and for Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary concert (with Bonham's son Jason).

It is now suggested that the latter formation will play a special concert in memory of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in London. A source said: "Page, Plant, and Jones spoke and agreed to do the memorial concert. They are waiting for a definite date. [deja vu? see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Legal Free Download Service?
TuneLab reports: A new, free and legal, file sharing service will be launching in October. Qtrax, an online record label and file sharing service, will offer between 20 million and 30 million copyrighted songs. The service has the backing of all four major labels, EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, and will generate revenue via advertising.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eminem Beer?
Idolator.com reports: The music business' latest attempt to create new revenue streams comes from a division of Universal Music Group, which, in an attempt to ape Sammy Hagar's tequila success, has enlisted a beverage company to market drinks emblazoned with the likenesses of its artists: 
Drinks Americas Holdings Ltd., the company behind a Donald Trump vodka, Willie Nelson's "Old Whiskey River" bourbon and a line of Paul Newman-branded juice drinks, is set to announce today an agreement with Universal Music Group's Interscope Geffen A&M label group. Universal Music Group is owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi SA.

The idea of the deal, executives of both companies said, is to come up with brands of drinks -- both alcoholic and nonalcoholic -- that bear the imprimatur of artists on Interscope's roster, which includes Eminem, producer Dr. Dre and Sting. [say what you want about David Geffen but he got rich the old fashioned way... by putting out music that people wanted but no other label had the balls to release. Read more about this lunacy at the full story link.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Iggy Pop's Paki Uproar
punkbands reports: The BBC has been forced to apologize after Iggy Pop used a racist term live on air. During the broadcaster's coverage of the Glastonbury festival (June 23), Pop made a comment about visiting shops in north London. In an interview after his performance, Pop launched into a long anecdote about going to Camden and visiting: "Paki shops."

Hosts Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe made no on-air apology on Saturday night (June 23) prompting three viewer complaints.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Top BET Winners
DiR reports: Here are some of the top winners at the BET Awards, see full story for entire list. 

Beyonce - "Irreplaceable"

Gnarls Barkley


Jennifer Hudson



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Crowded House UK
Gigwise reports: Crowded House have announced details of some huge UK dates this winter, which will serve as the culmination to their world tour. 

The New Zealand songsmiths who reformed at the start of the year after 11 years apart, will play ten arena dates starting at the Dublin National Stadium on November 26 and ending at London's Wembley Arena on December 9. 
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The Verve Reform
Contact Music reports: The Verve are set to reform for a series of winter shows after recording together in a London studio last week.

Richard Ashcroft, Nick McCabe, Simon Jones and Pete Salisbury will return to the studio after a summer break to complete their next album.

They will then embark on an arena tour with a total of six UK shows in early November beginning with two dates at Glasgow Academy in November 2nd and 3rd.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Revolver Leak
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER's entire new album, "Libertad", is available for streaming on the ClearChannelMusic.com web site.

"Libertad", will be released on July 3.

VELVET REVOLVER and ALICE IN CHAINS will team up for a North American tour beginning early August.[see full story for some video goodies]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hostility Lose Drummer
Blabbermouth reports: After recently coming off the Face of Aggression tour with SKINLAB, ANKLA and PAIN PRINCIPLE, San Francisco Bay Area metal band HOSTILITY has parted ways with drummer Andrew Holzbaur due to "musical differences."

Comments the group: "We've been the same lineup since we were 14 years old, [but] unfortunately we just could not move forward with Andrew. Musically he was going in a different direction then the rest of us. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."[are you a drummer? see full story for info on filling the slot]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aerosmith Running Out of Coheadliners?
Blabbermouth reports: AEROSMITH is rumored to be teaming up with JOAN JETT for a U.S. tour in the fall. So far the following dates have been leaked:

Sep. 08 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 10 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
Sep. 12 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Ampitheatre
Sep. 14 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweetercenter
Sep. 16 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
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Secret Shadows Fall Show
Blabbermouth reports: SHADOWS FALL will play a "MySpace Secret Show" on Thursday, June 28 at Pearl Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. Support at the gig will come from THE PROBATES, THE UNCOMFORTABLES and HOT BLACK. Entry to this all-ages show is free. Space is limited and entry will be allowed on a first-come-first-served basis, so get there early to ensure success. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hippy Orchestra
Jam! reports: It may be the longest, strangest trip the Grateful Dead's music has endured - a performance by a symphony orchestra under the baton of a classical composer. 

But to Lee Johnson, the guy with the baton, the real surprise is that his world of high culture took as long as it did to embrace the world of counterculture for which the Grateful Dead provided so much of the soundtrack. 

The work, assembled from nearly a dozen songs and recorded by the Russian National Orchestra, was released as a download in May and on CD on Tuesday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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What To Buy
punkbands reports: Ready to spend some cash on great albums this week? There are A LOT of releases comming out this week - the release schedule for this week is as follows: 

Social Distortion - Greatest Hits
Pierce The Veil - A Flair For The Dramatic
Beastie Boys - Mix Up
Bad Brains - Build A Nation
108 - A New Beat From A Dead Heart
Boys Night Out - Boys Night Out
Only Crime/Outbreak -Split 7"
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Thrice Leave Island
punkbands reports: Thrice is no longer with Island Records. Here's how they put it...

"Over the past couple of years, we've realized that we have different visions for the band's future and we both agree that we'd be better off going our separate ways at this point. We're very grateful for all the help and support they've given us for the past four years. Thankfully, they've been generous enough to let us keep the record we're currently recording, and we're hopeful that this change in plans won't delay its release. We're currently in the process of finding a new home, and will let you all know once we do so."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mars Volta Bedlam
punkbands reports: The Mars Volta have confirmed the title of their new album, The Bedlam in Goliath, currently being finished in New York. The album is tentatively scheduled for release in late August or early September. [see full story for more news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cold Bizkit
PR reports: Limp Bizkit drummer John Otto will record drum tracks for Cold vocalist Scooter Ward's new project, When November Falls. Ward began recording the album, 'Series of Emotion', earlier this month. A fall release is expected.[see full story for more music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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