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Report for 03/07/06
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Madden Woman Beater?
TMZ reports: TMZ has learned that the Beverly Hills Police Department is investigating rocker Joel Madden, after a female photographer filed a "crime report" claiming he attacked her during a violent confrontation Sunday night.

According to police sources, the woman claimed Madden struck her on the left breast "with the heel of his hand" as the rocker tried to escort his girlfriend, Nicole Richie, out of the back door of Mr. Chow restaurant in Beverly Hills. The photographer told TMZ that she has a welt to prove it, and had to see a doctor for treatment. 

Madden can be seen throwing a forceful, open-handed stiff-arm into the chest of another paparazzo, moments after the alleged incident. Police reps also tell TMZ that they take every claim seriously, and a crime report was taken on this incident.[see full story for a video]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Linkin Park CD in May
PR reports: The anticipation and rumors about multi-platinum Grammy® award-winning Linkin Park's third studio album were finally answered today, with the announcement that the record, entitled Minutes to Midnight, will hit stores May 15th on Warner Bros. Records/Machine Shop Recordings. Co-produced by Mike Shinoda and 2007 Grammy Producer of The Year Rick Rubin (U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run DMC), Minutes to Midnight was recorded at the infamous Mansion at Laurel Canyon and is already being touted by critics who have heard it as the band's best and most important work to date.

The first single, "What I've Done," will be released worldwide April 2, 2007.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rock on the Range
Reuters reports: ZZ Top, Evanescence and Velvet Revolver are among the acts scheduled to play the inaugural Rock on the Range festival, set for May 19 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. 

Also booked to appear are Hinder, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Buckcherry [and a few more see full story for those]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Yoko Blocks Lennon Film
AP reports: The world premiere of "Three Days in the Life," a documentary about John Lennon, was canceled after lawyers for the slain Beatle's widow, Yoko Ono, warned that she had not authorized any public viewing of the film. 

Ray Thomas, the documentary's executive producer, culled raw footage that was shot inside Lennon's apartment down to a two-hour film covering a pivotal time in Lennon's career. The footage was shot by Ono's former husband, Tony Cox, over a three-day period in February 1970, two months before the breakup of the Beatles. Thomas and his partner, John Fallon, were unable to get an artist release from Ono, whose lawyers contend has a copyright interest in the film. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Library of Congress Stoned
AP reports: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But what about an original sound recording? 

Twenty-five culturally important recordings including an episode of "The Lone Ranger," President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to Congress the day after the Pearl Harbor attack and one of the Rolling Stones' most famous songs were selected Tuesday for preservation in a special sound archive [at the Library of Congress - see full story for more includes some other interesting rock and pop selections]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bopper Conspiracy Debunked
AP reports: J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson suffered massive fractures and likely died immediately in the 1959 plane crash that also killed early rock 'n' rollers Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, a forensic anthropologist said Tuesday after exhuming the body.

The performer's son, Jay Richardson, hired Dr. Bill Bass, a well-known forensic anthropologist at the University of Tennessee, to look at the remains in Beaumont, Texas.

There have been rumors a gun might have been fired on board the plane and that the Big Bopper might have survived the crash and died trying to get help.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Motley Evanescence Download
Blabbermouth reports: EVANESCENCE, MÖTLEY CRÜE and MACHINE HEAD have been confirmed for the Download festival, set to take place June 8-10 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

BOWLING FOR SOUP 
BRING ME THE HORIZON 
DEVIL DRIVER 
DIMMU BORGIR 
DRAGONFORCE 
ENTER SHIKARI 
EVANESCENCE 
GALLOWS 
IRON MAIDEN (June 10 headliner)
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hammerfalls on Magnus
Blabbermouth reports: Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have parted ways with bassist Magnus Rosén. An official statement is expected shortly.

HAMMERFALL recently extended its contract with Nuclear Blast Records for another six albums. The signing took place on January 31 before the band's concert at the Filharmonie in Filderstadt, Germany.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vital Wacken Remains
BW&BK reports: US extreme death metal heroes VITAL REMAINS are the latest act confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2007. scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

 Acts on the Wacken bill now include: 1349, All That Remains, Amorphis, Belphegor, Benedictum, The Black Dahlia Murder, Black Majesty, Blind Guardian, Bullet For My Valentine, Cannibal Corpse, Chthonic, Communic, Destruction, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Dimmu Borgir, Dir En Grey, Disillusion, Enslaved, Falconer, Grave Digger, Haggard, Heaven Shall Burn, Iced Earth, Immortal, In Flames, J.B.O., Kampfar, Lacuna Coil [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radio will still suck
Idolator.com reports: Yesterday's settlement between four major radio-broadcasting groups and the Federal government, in which radio stations will be required to pay out fines and give chunks of time over to indie labels, is being hailed as an historic moment by the more optimistic members of the media. But Jerry Del Colliano, a USC professor, isn't so sure: 

These four major "angels" will give up a collective 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for indie record labels and local artists according to the AP report. I'll bet these half-hours will be in morning drive at about 7:20 am, right? I was talking to an old PD friend of mine and we were kidding about how early Sunday morning these half hours of freshness will run. Hell, 8,400 half hours is only a pimple on the program director's butt -- an insignificant amount of time.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nickelback Walk of Fame
Jam! reports: Canada's Walk of Fame organizers pushed ahead in their mandate to promote the country's cultural history Tuesday as they announced a new list of inductees that includes a veteran newsman, a former wheelchair athlete, several actors, a rock band and a hockey legend. 

"It reflects everything about the Canadian cultural fabric," Walk of Fame founder Peter Soumalias said of the list, which features Alberta rockers Nickelback, "SCTV" alum Catherine O'Hara, "Crossing Jordan" star Jill Hennessey and veteran actor Gordon Pinsent. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mastodon Against Me! Tour
Lambgoat reports: Mastodon will co-headline a tour with Against Me! in May. The trek will also feature Cursive in addition to support stints from Planes Mistaken For Stars and These Arms Are Snakes. Here's the schedule:

dates w/ Planes Mistaken For Stars
5/1 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern LG
5/2 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
5/4 Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
5/5 Seattle, WA @ The Fenix
5/6 Boise, ID @ Big Easy
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Whining Chiefs
Gigwise reports: Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson has hit back at journalists who have slammed the band's new album calling them "wrong" and "liars." 

The band's second effort has received a damning response from many quarters, with Gigwise labeling it "the sound of a band hitting a creative brick wall." 

But Wilson is defiant in the face of adversity, saying that the band believe they have made "a great record."

He told 6music: "I don't want to sound big-headed, but anyone who says they don't like the new album is just lying. It's weird, we know it's good." [denial = don't even notice I am lying.. see full story for more blathering from said asshat] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Randy Rhoads Documentary
Blabbermouth reports: With the blessings of the family of late OZZY OSBOURNE/QUIET RIOT guitarist Randy Rhoads, Dakota Pictures and director Peter Margolis will begin filming the "Randy Rhoads Documentary" on March 19, 2007 at the Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino, CA between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. In hopes to fully capture the significance of the 25th anniversary of Randy's passing, the filmmakers will be interviewing as many of Randy's fans as possible. [see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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CMJ Music Marathon
CMJ reports: Clear your calendars! The 27th Annual CMJ Music Marathon will take place from Tuesday, October 16 to Saturday, October 20 in New York City. And for the first time in over a decade, the headquarters have moved downtown. Together with NYU, the world famous Puck building, and dozens of legendary venues, this year's Marathon will continue to feature performances from the best of the best new artists from around the world. 

Join 12,000 music professionals and over 100,000 music fans in New York this October. CMJ Music Marathon has helped thousands of artists gain worldwide success including the Shins, Arcade Fire, Black Eyed Peas, Modest Mouse, the Killers, and Wilco, just to name a few. The five-day festival also features panels, keynote speeches, film premieres, mentoring sessions, and tutorials.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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