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Full Report for 05/23/06
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Ozzy Vs Simon Cowell
Blabbermouth reports: 24dash.com reports that Ozzy Osbourne has challenged sneering judge Simon Cowell of U.K. talent show "X-Factor": "You get up and perform."

Osbourne is furious that Cowell continually slags off kids who take part in the TV show auditions in search of a showbiz break. 

Ozzy believes the show "damns" people just for trying their best. "Tell you what, Simon: get up there and show us how it's meant to be done," he stormed in Heat magazine.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nin Label Fan Rip Off
Blabbermouth reports: Australia's Herald Sun recently conducted an interview with NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor. A few excerpts from the chat follow: Trent: I steal music too, I'm not gonna say I don't. But it's tough not to resent people for doing it when you're the guy making the music that would like to reap a benefit from that. On the other hand, you got record labels that are doing everything they can to piss people off and rip them off. I created a little issue down here because the first thing I did when I got to Sydney is I walk into HMV, the week the record's out, and I see it on the rack with a bunch of other releases. And every release I see: $21.99, $22.99, $24.99. And ours doesn't have a sticker on it. I look close and "Oh, it's $34.99." So I walk over to see our live DVD "Beside You in Time", and I see that it's also priced six, seven, eight dollars more than every other disc on there. And I can't figure out why that would be. 

Herald Sun: Did you have a word to anyone?

Trent: Well, in Brisbane I end up meeting and greeting some record label people, who are pleasant enough, and one of them is a sales guy, so I say "Why is this the case?" He goes "Because your packaging is a lot more expensive". I know how much the packaging costs it costs me, not them, it costs me 83 cents more to have a CD with the colour-changing ink on it. I'm taking the hit on that, not them. So I said "Well, it doesn't cost $10 more." "Ah, well, you're right, it doesn't. Basically it's because we know you've got a core audience that's gonna buy whatever we put out, so we can charge more for that. It's the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy it. True fans will pay whatever." And I just said "That's the most insulting thing I've heard. I've garnered a core audience that you feel it's OK to rip off? F--- you."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Revolver Alice in Chains Tour
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER members Slash and Scott Weiland have confirmed to MTV.com that they and the remaining members of ALICE IN CHAINS will be joining forces late this summer for a run of U.S. and Canadian gigs that will stretch well into the fall. 

"We'll be closing out the shows, as far as we know," Slash said. Texan rockers SPARTA have been tapped as the opening act for the tour's second leg, and VELVET REVOLVER are still mulling a number of potential openers for the trek's first half.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Elton Nixes Red Piano Tour
BBC reports: Sir Elton John's entire European Red Piano tour has been cancelled. 

The six dates in five European cities were shelved after the tour promoter said it "could not guarantee to put the shows on". 

The Red Piano shows, developed in Las Vegas, are separate to other Elton John concerts, which are unaffected.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Babs Still Screwing Fans
AP reports: Italian consumer groups want authorities to cancel Barbra Streisand's concert in Rome next month because of excessive ticket prices. 

The Adusbef and Codacons groups urged the city of Rome and the Italian Olympic Committee to deny permission for Streisand to perform at the Stadio Flaminio on June 15. It is the 65-year-old singer's first-ever concert in Italy and the start of her European tour.

The ticket prices, which range from just under $200 to more than $1,200, are "absurd and shameful," the groups said in a statement Monday. [See full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smashing Ticket Servers
Blabbermouth reports: When tickets for the SMASHING PUMPKINS' nine-night residency at Asheville, North Carolina's Orange Peel went on sale Sunday, TicketWeb servers weren't able to handle the load, and the demand for tickets crashed the site, bringing sales to a halt. Tickets will now be sold via Ticketmaster instead, but Orange Peel spokeswoman Liz Whalen told Asheville's Citizen-Times on Monday morning (May 21) that the venue wasn't sure whether tickets would be available Monday or Tuesday tickets were unavailable via Ticketmaster at press time. [see full story for more. At press time our ticket link below had some] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Foo Fighers To Rehash Later
TuneLab reports: The Foo Fighters have delayed the re-release of their sophomore album 'The Colour and the Shape'. The re-release, which includes covers of Killing Joke's "Requiem", Gary Numan's "Done in the Park" and Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" in addition to the b-sides "Drive Me Wild", "Dear Lover" and "The Colour and the Shape", is now set for a July 10th release.[see full story for more music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Black Crowes Tour
TuneLab reports: The Black Crowes have scheduled the following summer tour dates:

June 15th in Jackson, MS @ Jubilee Jam
June 16th in Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box @ Fonda
June 24th in Aspen, CO @ Jazz Aspen Snowmass
July 3rd in Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium
July 4th in Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
July 6th in Chicago, IL @ Taste of Chicago
July 7th in Richmond, VA @ Innsbrook Pavilion[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radio RIp
Idolator.com reports: Yesterday, the LA Times ran an article on the RIAA's efforts to collect royalties from broadcast radio stations, who have, since radio's inception, not paid artists and labels after playing their songs. The argument for letting radio off the hook for these royalties revolved around the idea of radio stations offering free promotion for singles and albums, thus spurring sales and getting money into artists' pockets. Now, though, with sales in the tank, the RIAA is looking to establish a royalty structure for over-the-air broadcasters, and legislators like California representative Howard L. Berman are on the organization's side. 

The weird thing about all this? It was probably unintentional, but the Times piece curiously echoed a 2002 piece from the satirical newspaper The Onion titled "RIAA Sues Radio Stations For Giving Away Free Music." After the jump, we pair three sets of quotes from each article, and invite you to sniff out which quote is from yesterday's story, and which was culled from the prescient parody. It's actually a little harder than you might think! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stapp Drugged Out in Attack
Jam! reports: The wife of former Creed frontman Scott Stapp pleaded for authorities to come to the couple's home over the weekend as she told a dispatcher her husband was "on drugs and pot" and had just thrown a bottle at her, according to an emergency dispatcher's tape released Tuesday. 

"He just threw a glass bottle at me," Jaclyn Nesheiwat said in a hysterical call Sunday. "He just came home, he's wasted . . . he's been out partying all night." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pennie's Escape Plan to Coheed and Cambria
punkbands reports: Rumors persist that drummer Chris Pennie has left Dillinger Escape Plan to permanently join Coheed and Cambria, with whom he's been working in the studio. We can neither confirm nor deny. Coheed & Cambria are currently in a Los Angeles studio working on their fourth studio album[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Strung Out On the Road
punkbands reports: Strung Out has announced some of their plans in support of their new album. The band writes: In our tour dates section, we've posted just about all of our tour dates for our upcoming European tour (a few more TBA) and we are looking forward to playing. We have not toured Europe for a little while so it will be great to be back. 

We know were not getting everywhere but were doing what time permits for now. We will do another European run in the near future. US touring will begin in August with a West coast run to include the western side of Canada. An east coast leg will follow in September (yes with eastern Canadian dates of course). Dates to be posted once confirmed. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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P.O.D. Get Suicidal with Mike Muir
SMN reports: San Diego based Christian rockers P.O.D. will welcome SUICIDAL TENDANCIES frontman Mike Muir into the studio to guest on a track for their next album. Said P.O.D. lead singer Sonny Sandoval, "It is an honor for us to have someone like Mike on this new album". P.O.D.'s next effort is out sometime this Fall through Colombia Records, complete with their original lineup. [see full story for more metal news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mondo Generator Go Suburban
PR reports: Nick Oliveri and the Mondo Generator have signed with Suburban Noize Records for the release of the forthcoming new album, "Dead Planet: SONICSLOWMOTIONTRAILS."

"I'm really excited about signing with Suburban Noize. They have a cool street credibility and they are the real deal," says Oliveri. "Everyone I've talked to at Sub Noize is on top of what they're trying to do. Mondo Generator couldn't ask for a better home."

Mondo Generator's new album will land in stores on July 17, 2007, just days after Oliveri and the band kick off their summer long stint on Ozzfest 2007 tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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