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Report for 05/10/06
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Nickelback Brawl
Contact Music reports: NICKELBACK star CHAD KROEGER has reportedly been caught up in another brawl after taking offence to a heckler in a Vancouver, Canada nightclub. Canada's Jam! Music reports police have confirmed a fight took place at the club but would not name names. Kroeger's publicist has refused to comment on the fracas, which took place on Friday (04May07). According to witnesses, who described the scene to a local radio station, the rocker punched a man in the face after he poked fun at Kroeger and his band.[see full story for more... It's not like you to say sore-y. . . This is how you insult me. . . ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Evanescence Marriage
Blabbermouth reports: According to KHTV Little Rock, Amy Lee, the 25-year-old lead singer of EVANESCENCE, got married to her therapist fiance, Josh Hartzler, 28, this past weekend. 

Amy's father, John Lee, confirmed to Evanescencefan.net that his daughter and Hartzler were married on Sunday (May 6) in a very private ceremony. John said of the wedding, "The big deal at the wedding was the flowers. Many, many flowers. It was absolutely beautiful and everything went perfectly." He also added that the newlyweds are now on their honeymoon on a remote island.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sting Guilty of Sexual Discrimination
Contact Music reports: A Southampton, England tribunal has found STING and his wife TRUDIE STYLER guilty of "shameful conduct" when they fired former chef Jane Martin while she was pregnant. Martin's GBP28,000 ($56,000) a year job with the Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, and Styler was terminated in April 2006 after eight years of service. A tribunal has ruled the couple had unfairly dismissed Martin and that she had been the victim of sexual discrimination. The tribunal heard in March (07) how Styler created an "climate of fear" over her staff. Martin claimed she was forced to work 14 hour days while pregnant and Styler was not sympathetic when she experienced sickness early in her pregnancy. Styler was alleged to have raged, "Who the f**k does she think she is? She's my chef in the UK. She needs to be available if I need her, or she should rethink her position," when Martin fell ill with stomach trouble.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Chevelle Robbed, Cancel Tour
Blabbermouth reports: CHEVELLE has issued the following update via its MySpace page:

"We regret to inform you that we are unable to perform our scheduled tour dates (until further notice) due to the entire trailer full of pretty much ALL our gear we own getting STOLEN TODAY (May 9) from the Clarion Dallas Park Central hotel at approximately 11:00 a.m.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stones Won't Horse Around
AP reports: A planned Rolling Stones concert in Belgrade will not take place at the city's racetrack to avoid upsetting hundreds of horses stabled nearby. 

The July 14 concert will now take place in a vast public park in the Serbian capital, Raka Maric of Music Star Productions said Wednesday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Extra Cheese For Diana Concert
Gigwise reports: P Diddy and Sir Tom Jones have both been added to the line-up for the Diana Memorial Concert. 

The unlikely duo will also be joined by new additions Nelly Furtado, former Pop Idol winner Will Young and Supertramp, who were said to be one of Lady Di's favourite bands. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Weiland Vs Axl
Blabbermouth reports: According to GnrDaily.com, Matt Pains of Metromix Chicago recently interviewed VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland. When asked about his relationship (or lack thereof) with GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose, Weiland replied, "Oh, man. I have never spoken to him, but I've gotten messages from him through [VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer] Matt Sorum. They speak every once in awhile. I know that [Axl] was a fan of STP back in the early days of GUNS. Well, I guess it wasn't the early days; it was just sort of mid-days, early-mid days ... I think that — depending on his mood — he vacillates between being into the idea [of Weiland playing with former GUNS members] and kinda diggin' it and then hating my guts." 

After reading the interview, the webmaser of the GUNS N' ROSES fan site Here Today… Gone To Hell! contacted Beta Lebeis (Axl's assistant and close friend) to check the validity of Scott's quote. Here is her response: "Though Axl spoke with Matt roughly a year ago, Scott doesn't interest Axl, there are no messages, no vacillating, no messages were given to Matt by Axl for Scott. In fact earlier on the same night that Axl ended up speaking with Matt when Scott saw Axl enter the same club that he and Matt were in, Scott immediately RAN out of the club which Axl's guests found mildly amusing, beyond that nothing. I was the one whom Slash spoke with when he came to Axl's house in 2005 and expressed his negative comments regarding the others in his new band. Behind the scenes it is a very different story than what the public is sold." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Thin Lizzy Queensryche Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Baconmusic is reporting that THIN LIZZY and QUEENSRŸCHE will team up for a U.K. tour this fall. 

Fresh from their recent support slot with DEEP PURPLE, THIN LIZZY will this time be playing a full headline set, led by legendary guitarists John Sykes and Scott Gorham. QUEENSRŸCHE will return to the U.K. for the first time since their performance at last year's Milton Keynes Monsters of Rock. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Akon Sorry for Dirty Dance
Jam! reports: Akon, under fire for doing a sexually explicit dance onstage with a 14-year-old girl, has offered an apology to the teen and anyone else who was offended by the display. 
Akon was videotaped simulating sex with a girl invited onstage as part of his act during an April 12 concert in Trinidad. After the video was circulated widely on the Internet, it was revealed that she was 14. 

In a statement released Wednesday to The Associated Press, Akon, 34, said he was sorry for the incident but also said he didn't know the girl was underage. "I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me onstage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert," Akon said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jonny Z RIP
punkbands reports: Jonathon 'Jonny Z' Zanin of Richmond's Tigershark passed away this past monday. Jonny was found under the Boulevard Bridge, and his bike above on the pedestrian walkway. Foul play has been ruled out by police, but the actual cause of death is still under investigation. Aside from being an accomplished musician, Jonny also contributed a great deal of time to many social causes; including fundraising for Food Not Bombs. (Punknews.org)[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sikth Lose Their Voices
SMN reports: SikTh's forthcoming tour in July under the ‘This Ain't The Summer Of Love' banner will be the last with singers Mikee Goodman and Justin Hill.

The decision for the frontmen to part company with the North London troupe is an entirely amicable one, with Goodman leaving to pursue other musical activities, including his longstanding SAD SEASON project, another brand new outfit (based in Brighton) plus work on the production side. Hill, meanwhile, is going to focus on the production work that is becoming increasingly successful for him.[see full story for more including how you can get the gig]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Band To Debate Satanism on BBC
SMN reports: The upcoming release of UK death metal giants AKERCOCKE's latest album Antichrist has caused uproar amongst Northern Ireland's religious community, and is set to be the subject of a major religious debate live on BBC1 Northern Ireland.

The overtly satanic content contained within Antichrist has come under attack by religious forces, leading to the band's vocalist Jason Mendonca facing a head- to-head live TV debate that will air on BBC1's ‘Nolan Live' show. The debate will be broadcast live via satellite link at 10.45pm on BBC Northern Ireland following AKERCOCKE's gig on May 16th at Nottingham's Rock City.
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Ozzy Smackdown?
SMN reports: It's being reported that OZZY OSBOURNE will perform live on next week's WWE Smackdown. The news was leaked during last night's ECW/Smackdown taping. [see full story for more metal news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Y&T Delay DVD
Sleazeroxx.com reports: Since the first-ever Y&T DVD is jam-packed with all kinds of stuff, the DVD release date has slipped a bit. We're now looking at end of June for Europe, July for the States, and probably August for the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. 

Look for a 2 DVD set including the 2 hour concert plus a 2nd bonus DVD that includes backstage footage, sound check, outtakes, Bang Your Head Festival 2006 footage, and more! Take the show with you in your car with the added bonus of a LIVE audio CD of the show. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paris Hilton Issues Statement
TMZ reports: Paris Hilton has issued the following statement through attorney Richard Hutton: "After reading the media's coverage of my court hearing, I feel the need to correct what I believe are misperceptions about me. I absolutely realize how serious driving under the influence is. I could not live with myself if anyone was injured or killed while I was driving while impaired. Clearly, no one should -- no matter how slightly.

I am ready to face the consequences of violating probation.

No one is above the law. I surely am not. I do not expect to be treated better than anyone else who violated probation. However, my hope is that I will not be treated worse."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol Censor Pink
PR reports: "American Idol" may be able to tell their contestants what they can and can't sing, but they can't censor P!nk!

P!nk's pre-taped performance of her song "Who Knew" is scheduled to air tonight on "Idol" (after being bumped from the "Idol Gives Back" charity episode), but TMZ has learned that the pop star was originally set to sing her current racy hit, "U + Ur Hand." 

We're told when the "Idol" powers-that-be realized the song made references to self-love, they asked P!nk to alter the lyrics to make them more appropriate for the "family-friendly" show. You know, like an exhumed Elvis! Well-placed sources tell TMZ that P!nk wasn't willing to compromise her artistic integrity (you go girl!) and agreed to sing her last single, "Who Knew," instead.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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