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Full Report for 05/18/06
Dark New Day for Evanescence Line-up
PR reports: Continuing the multi-platinum success of their sophomore album, The Open Door, Evanescence (Windup Records) welcomes drummer Will Hunt and guitarist Troy McLawhorn—both from Dark New Day (Warner Bros. Records)—to the band this week. "I am a big fan of Dark New Day and can't wait for the fans to see what the guys bring to our live show," says front woman Amy Lee.

Evanescence will debut their new formation on Saturday, May 19th at Columbus' sold out Rock On the Range Festival, along with ZZ Top, Hinder, Velvet Revolver and Buckcherry. Following this performance, Evanescence will perform at WMMR (Philadelphia) on Sunday, May 20th at Camden's Tweeter Center, along with Velvet Revolver, Buckcherry and Chevelle. The group will then embark on a one-month European tour making stops in Belgium, France and Russia at select festivals and headline dates. Beginning July 20th in St. Louis, Missouri, Evanescence will co-headline the U.S. leg of The Family Values Tour with Korn.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Interpol Vs YouTube
Gigwise reports: Interpol have spoken extensively about how youtube has taken away the anticipation of waiting for a new album. 

Speaking exclusively to Gigwise, their comments about the video site came the day after they teased fans with just three new songs off their eagerly anticipated third album, ‘Our Love To Admire,' at a London show, on May 15th. 

The bands drummer, Sam Fogarino said: "The advent of youtube, to have your record portrayed in such a low fidelity medium is awful. I mean it's flattering that somebody feels the need to get the live performances up of these songs right away, but the thought of having our whole album on a DV cassette through some broadband wire is ridiculous."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Revolver Cancel Tour, Offer Download
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER's new single, "She Builds Quick Machines", is available for download in its entirety at FMQB. The song comes off VELVET REVOLVER's second RCA album, "Libertad", due on July 3.

In other news, all of VELVET REVOLVER's previously announced tour dates in Europe after June 17 have been cancelled because of scheduling conflicts with promotional activities for the release of "Libertad".

It is expected that the band will come back to Europe later this year to make good on these cancelled shows.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Plant To Play Live Earth?
Blabbermouth reports: According to Mediafax.ro, former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant will perform at Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania on July 8 as part of the Live Earth series of concerts which will be staged at various locations around the world starting on July 7. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beyonce a Sure BET?
Reuters reports: With six nominations, Beyonce heads the field for the 2007 BET Awards. 

The nominations were announced Wednesday (May 16) by rappers T.I. and 50 Cent, R&B newcomer Robin Thicke and "Everybody Loves Chris" cast member Tichina Arnold during a press conference at Hollywood's Renaissance Hotel. 

This year's ceremony will be televised live June 26 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy Plans Two Night Stand On Kimmel
Blabbermouth reports: In celebration of OZZY OSBOURNE's first album of all new studio material in six years, "Black Rain", the rock legend will perform for two consecutive evenings on ABC's fast-growing late-night talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" 

On Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22, the two-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will perform his new single, "I Don't Want To Stop", along with many others on The Pontiac Garage outdoor stage in the middle of Hollywood. 

"Nobody rocks harder than Ozzy. I would like to apologize to our neighbors in advance," host Jimmy Kimmel said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Global McCartney Listening Party
PR reports: On June 5, Starbucks will make history by hosting an unprecedented Global Listening Event to celebrate the release of Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full," the first album ever released by Hear Music. More than 10,000 Starbucks stores in 29 countries and territories worldwide will participate in the event by playing the album in stores, all day, across all time zones. Beginning with New Zealand's 47 stores, the Global Listening Event will roll-out in every Company-operated Starbucks in the world allowing an estimated six million people to discover the new album in a single day. 

"Customers from Taipei to Topeka have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary album all within a span of 24 hours," said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment who oversees the day-to-day operations of Hear Music. "The Global Listening Event is one example of how we are bringing back the sense of event surrounding new releases, allowing fans to discover new music in a very personal way." 

In addition to the Global Listening Event, McCartney fans are also invited to make history by participating in a unique video tribute honoring McCartney's 65th birthday. [see full story for details on that]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Madonna Releases Live Earth Song
PR reports: Inspired by the upcoming July 7th Live Earth series of concerts, Madonna has written a new song, "Hey You," which will be available to be downloaded in the MP3 format on Microsoft's home page, www.msn.com, on May 16. The first million downloads of "Hey You" will be free as Microsoft has pledged to donate $0.25 per download to the Alliance for Climate Protection for the first million downloads.

Madonna is scheduled to perform "Hey You" live at the Wembley Stadium Live Earth concert in London, it was confirmed by her record label, Warner Bros. Records, who have also announced that they will be releasing a live CD/DVD of the Live Earth Concert Series. [on environmentally friendly plastic? - see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Early Axl Songs To Be Released
Contact Music reports: GUNS N' ROSES frontman AXL ROSE has lost his bid to keep early recordings he made with his first band RAPIDFIRE from hitting record stores. Rose's former bandmate Kevin Lawrence tells Blabbermouth.com he has been trying to work out a deal with the singer's attorneys, but insists he's going ahead with release plans with or without his former frontman's approval. Guitarist Lawrence says, "My attorney has been working with Axl's attorney for some time now trying to come out with a way to release these demos which is acceptable to Axl.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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What Song Represents Hillary
Gigwise reports: Hillary Clinton is going all American Idol on our asses by polling the public over what should be her official election song when running for the 2008 Presidency. 

Bill's other half has posted nine songs on her website and is asking Democrat supporters to have their say. 

U2 have two songs in the list, while also up for nomination are KT Tunstall, Dixie Chick, The Temptations, Smash Mouth, Shania Twain, Jesus Jones and The Staple Singers. 

[see full story for more including the song titles and no "running on empty" and "evil woman" are not among them, although if they were it would be fun to watch Obama decide between the two. This brought to you by the Lemmy For President 2007 Cm.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ike Turner Jailed By Mistake
Jam! reports: Musician Ike Turner spent a night in jail this week after he was arrested on a 1989 drug warrant that turned out to be invalid, police said. 

The 75-year-old ex-husband of singer Tina Turner was stopped after police saw him driving at more than 80 mph (128 km/h) and straddling lanes, Officer April Harding said Thursday.

Officers ran a routine check for warrants and found Turner had an old felony drug warrant[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bo Diddley Recovering
Jam! reports: Four days after suffering a stroke, Bo Diddley walked around the intensive-care unit at a Nebraska hospital and doctors were encouraged that the singer-songwriter-guitarist would be able to perform again, his manager said. 

The 78-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told his audience he was not feeling well during a show in Iowa on Saturday. 

Diddley's manager, Margo Lewis, said she had Diddley taken to the hospital by ambulance when he appeared disoriented Sunday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blessthefall Singer Loses Teeth in Video Shoot
SMN reports: Arizona's BLESSTHEFALL have been forced to cancel the five remaining dates of their tour with FOUR LETTER LIE after front man Craig Mabbitt was injured on the set of the band's new music video earlier this week.

While shooting the first scene in Pennsyvania on Monday, Mabbitt was accidentally hit in the face by band mate Eric Lambert's guitar, resulting in several broken teeth and injuries to his face.

BLESSTHEFALL's upcoming dates with PROTEST THE HERO and their summer stint on the Smartpunk Stage at Vans Warped Tour will go on as scheduled.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Peter Leaves Opeth
SMN reports: Peter Lindgren has stepped down from his guitar wielding duties after 16 years in OPETH. Below is an open letter from Peter addressing the issue: 

"It is with sadness I announce that OPETH and I are going separate ways after almost 16 years. The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life. 

The reason behind this is that I feel that I simply have lost some of the enthusiasm and inspiration needed to participate in a band that has grown from a few guys playing the music we love to a world-wide industry. The love of music has always been, and still is, our motive, but I personally have lost something along the way. [see full story for more and to learn who is taking his place]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Offfest Dates for Lamb of God, Hatebreed
SMN reports: LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, BEHEMOTH, and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD have lined up the following off-dates from this year's Ozzfest:

July 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Center
July 15 - Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
July 16 - Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
July 20 - Bakersfield, CA @ Stramler Park (outdoors)
July 22 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
July 23 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
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