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Report for 05/03/06
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Jesus Vs 50 Cent
Gigwise reports: 50 Cent has been feeling the wrath of a Christian organisation calling for him to stop wearing crosses. 

The rapper, famous for his bling attire, is being targeted by the group – named The Resistance - because of his provocative lyrics and actions and what they claim are the negative connotations tied to wearing the jewellery. 

Group founder Mark Dice said: "50 Cent is not Christian and if you listen to his lyrics it becomes clear that he is more of a Satanist than anything. He is defaming the cross and committing blasphemy by wearing it while he raps about killing people for no reason...I think a large diamond studded platinum satanic pentagram would be a little more fitting." [see the full story for the Fiddy response] 
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Go Away Paris Hilton
PR reports: "Go Away Paris Hilton," the song everyone in America is talking about (save one...or maybe two if you include her sister), is now available for download at iTunes. Written by Mr. Smith and recorded by Citizens for a Better America, the song is the centerpiece of a campaign to collect over 100,000 signatures for the "Go Away Paris Hilton" initiative.

Once the PAC (Paris Action Committee) has attained the target number of signatures, the initiative will NOT be included on any upcoming ballot but will be delivered to the editors at US Weekly, People Magazine, The Star, The Globe, The Enquirer and anyone else who pays for photos of the...uh...[celebutard]. [see full story to get the single]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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OutKast Ballet
Launch reports: OutKast's Big Boi is set to perform an onstage collaboration with the Atlanta Ballet Company. 

The rapper will perform at the opening of the ballet's new season between April 10-13, 2008.

Although only a few details are forthcoming, it is understood that Boi will collaborate with choreographer Lauri Stallings and performers from Purple Ribbon Entertainment.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jack White Gets Hives
Launch reports: The Raconteurs have collaborated with the Hives on their new album. As previously reported, the band have written 12 songs for the follow up to their 2006 debut Broken Boy Soldiers, and are currently holed up in Blackbird Studio in Nashville.

Posting on Hivesmusic.com, the Swedes' frontman Pele Almqvist explained in his online diary he had collaborated with Jack White and company.

He wrote: "April 21: Had breakfast with Jack White. Recorded footsteps for the new Raconteurs album. Those are some great guys."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bon Jovi to open The Rock
AP reports: New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi will be the first act to rock "The Rock," the state's newest arena, officials announced Wednesday. 

The band will play several shows at the Prudential Center starting Oct. 26, said Pat Smith, a spokesman for AEG New York/New Jersey, part of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is booking concerts and special events for the arena.
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Lap Dancing Britney Lip Syncs at Comeback Show
TMZ reports: A stripped down Britney Spears showed up to her first mini-concert at the San Diego House of Blues last night, performing "Breathe on Me," while writhing in a sparkly bra and mini-mini-skirt around a lucky guy plucked from the audience. The Britster appeared to lip-sync the number, as four other skimpily-clad dancers surrounded the seated man. [see full story for more BS about BS]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Enuff Dokken
Blabbermouth reports: DOKKEN will enlist drummer Vik Foxx (ex-ENUFF Z'NUFF, Veronicas) to fill in for regular skinsman Mick Brown for several live shows that Mick is unable to play this summer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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One Less Drive-By Trucker
Contact Music reports: Guitarist JASON ISBELL has left cult rockers DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS to pursue a solo career. Isbell, one of three singer/songwriters in the US band, joined Drive-By Truckers in 2001 and played on their last three albums. He releases his solo debut Sirens Of The Ditch in July (07). Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood says, "It's with a wide range of emotions and feelings that I'm announcing that we have parted ways with Jason. "The split, which I consider extremely amicable is the result of a period of personal and artistic growth from all sides which has left us with differing dreams and goals.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Web Radio Bilking Delayed 
Idolator.com reports: Kurt Hanson's Radio And Internet Newsletter is reporting that the due date for online radio stations to pay higher royalties for streamed music has been pushed back from May 15 to July 15 by the Copyright Royalty Board. While the fate of the Internet Radio Equality Act, a law that would overturn the new royalty rates, is still up for debate, Hanson sees the push-back on the due date as a good sign for webcasters[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blackie Lawless Rushed to the Hospital
KNAC reports: W.A.S.P. had to abort their concert in Karlskrona, Sweden on Saturday, April 28th, after 50 minutes when frontman Blackie Lawless had pain in his chest.

According to HardRickInfo, the band came back on stage after about 10 minutes and did a final song, 'Blind In Texas', but after that Blackie was immediately taken to the hospital. He was released from the hospital after a few hours of observation and stood on stage in Lund, Sweden the following day. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Zakk To Induct Dime
KNAC reports: May 17th marks the day of Dimebag Darrell Abbott's induction to the Hollywood RockWalk. Many of rock's top players will be in attendance to honor Dime. 

At the induction, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy) will perform live on Sunset Boulevard in tribute to his friend and brother. Wylde will play "In This River" - a song forever dedicated to Dimebag Darrell – According to Wylde, the song will never leave the set list for Black Label Society.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Drag the River No More
punkbands reports: Good news and bad news. I'll let the Jon Snodgrass say it: Drag the River for now and perhaps forever is over. Chad and I are still buddies. That was never the issue. We do have different releases including that DVD to finish and will work on those together but we won't be touring. Sorry. Yes. Dave is in Rocky Votolato's band and I wish him well with that.

The Aug./Sept. Armchair Martian tour that had been suggested will now actually happen. The "Good Guys, Bad Band." retrospective and the "Who Wants to Play Bass?" re-release will surface simultaneously from Suburban Home Records/Mars Motors. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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More Downloads
SMN reports: More dates have been released for the U.S. version of the annual Download Festival:

August 18 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
August 25 - George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
September 1 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
October 6 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
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CODC Singer Hospitalized
SMN reports: Pennsylvania-based grinders Circle Of Dead Children have posted the following update: "CODC founder & vocalist, Joe Horvath, ran into complications following a surgery he had to have done about a month ago. He was re-hospitalized last week after developing a very serious and potentially fatal staph infection which has rapidly traveled into his body and bones. He's undergone another surgery recently and is due to be under the knife again for at least three more surgeries in the near future. He is currently out of the Intensive Care Unit but has to remain hospitalized for undetermined time after which he will be under the care of home health nurses, etc. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Almost, Bayside, The Starting Line Secret Show
PR reports: Free Myspace Show featuring The Almost, Bayside, The Starting Line.

The Stone Pony in New Jersey - All Ages
913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Friday May 4th - Doors 7pm
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Bush Idol
Gigwise reports: American president George [Dubya] Bush found time to make a taped appearance on last night's episode of American Idol, and thanked viewers for their donations. 

He and his wife Laura were acknowledging the $70million raised by viewers, who voted during last week's charity special which featured the likes of Bono from U2. 

George Bush said the money raised for impoverished children in Africa and the United States showed "the good heart of America". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paul Rodgers on Queen and Solo Touring Plans
Day in Rock reports: Morley got to speak with legendary frontman Paul Rodgers. Here are a couple of excerpts from his interview with a bit out the future plans for Queen as well as his touring plans with his solo band to promote the new 'Live in Glasgow' CD and DVD. 

antiMUSIC: What is the status of you and Queen. Will there be a record of original material at some point or are you simply planning on doing the live thing with both your catalogues?

Paul Rodgers: Well it's a kind of a go with the flow situation. We haven't a plan. We didn't really plan a world tour. It just kinda grew into that. Since then…the relationship is great. We've been in the studio and recorded some things, just to kind of suck it and see as they say, kinda situation and see what we put together, cause we've been around the world playing basically our hits, you know. And we did do one new song in North America, a song I wrote called "Take Love" and so it remains to be seen what we can create, and it's exciting too because we don't really know. We go in there and say okay, what do you got? (laughs) We just kick something around and see where it takes us. We're just the three of us in the studio and we're kinda sharing the bass honors. Brian's doing some and I'm doing some, and it turns out actually Roger is a, I mean a great drummer. This we know. A great singer. This we know. He's a great songwriter. This we know. And he's also a fantastic guitar player.

antiMUSIC: With several new songs on here(the new live CD/DVD), can we look forward to another solo record in the near future?

Paul Rodgers: Well, yeah, I'd love to do one. Yes I would love to do a solo album. I'm writing all the time. My focus at the moment though is going to be the dates that I'm doing with the solo band. And then I'll go out to Holland for a show out there, and stay over and go to England and meet up with Bryan and Roger and we'll go into the studio again and take that next level. I'm just doing 10 U.S. spring dates. That's all I'm doing this year, solo wise. So I'm kinda moving forward on two fronts with the solo band and with Queen, but I'm keeping…I'm not doing too many shows so that they're pretty exclusive then I guess. So that's going to be my focus. When I get to the other side of that --- (laughs) --- I will look at doing a solo album I guess. [read the full interview at the full story link]
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