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Van Halen Vs Zakk Wylde
antiMusic reports: It doesn't get any better than this! A Blabbermouth reader turned the site on to a bit of a showdown between Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth and Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde. They even have video of the event but basically it all went down at a rehearsal show for the reunited Van Halen. Here is part of the Blabbermouth fan submitted story followed by a link to check the video:

"The last of the four secret rehearsals by VAN HALEN took place last night [Sunday, September 16] in Los Angeles. Unlike the other shows where 40-50 people were there, this was a much bigger affair with about 500 friends of the crew and band. Some of the people in attendance were Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) METALLICA's Kirk Hammett and Zakk Wylde. About two songs into the show, Zakk who was front row tried to get onstage with Eddie [Van Halen]. 

The security were wrestling to pull him off and David Lee Roth came over and said, 'Nah, nah, nah. Are you in show biz? Then get off the stage. Get off the f***ing stage.' At that point Eddie came over and acknowledged Zakk, saying something to the effect of, 'Hey, man, I can't do this right now.' Throughout the show though Eddie was smiling at Zakk."- Some short comments on the performance and a video of the incident

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NIN Disbanding
TuneLab reports: Nine Inch Nails main-man Trent Reznor announced that his group's current lineup will disband after their final show of the tour on September 18th in Honolulu, Hawaii.

"At this point, I want to switch things around a bit," he said. "Nine Inch Nails as a rock band configuration, we've done it and we've done it again. I see other ways I can present the material in concert, more challenging, something new. I don't want it to go stale."

"This group has toured together for two years", he said. "It's a well-rounded concert, a good collection of songs from different records."- more on this story

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FBI Investigate K Fed Murder Threat
antiMusic reports: The first person the Feds should have talked to was the nutjob's who "leave Britney alone" video is burning up the web. That being said, the FBI and LAPD were called on to investigate claims that someone put out a contract on Kevin Federline. Possible the only hit the failed rapper and Britney ex could ever hope for.

Sorry for all the Britney news but this stuff is just too fun to pass up. In this case, word came out during the K Fed Britney legal battle royal over the custody of their children. Contact music reports that "LAPD spokesman Lee Sands has confirmed agents investigated a possible contract hit on Federline and passed the information on to police department detectives... Sands confirms the LAPD opened an investigation in June (07) regarding the incident. He adds, 'Detectives found nothing to substantiate the allegations. The case is closed at this time'" Damn. 

That wasn't only news in Britney land on Monday, first her lawyer in the custody battle quit and it seems that her manager has had enough and dropped the pop star, while she reportedly lost custody of her children and got 86ed from a L.A. hotspot for her latest public meltdown.- more on that stuff here

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Manilow Refuses to Defend His Views
antiMusic reports: Another example why music and politics do not mix especially if you can't stand up for your beliefs. You would think that someone with extreme leftwing views would feel right at home on ABC's "The View" but not Barry Manilow. The crooner was pulled from the show after he refused to debate his views with the show's token conservative, former Survivor contestant Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Ann Coulter we can understand but being afraid to debate Elisabeth?

Manilow wears his unwillingness or inability to defend his politics as a badge of honor. "I had made a request that I be interviewed by Joy, Barbara or Whoopi, but not Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Unfortunately, the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request so I bowed out," he writes on his Web site. "It's really too bad because I've always been a big supporter of the show, but I cannot compromise my beliefs." 

Those co-hosts have never backed down from defending their views, which are similar to Manilow's, but somehow Barry seems to think arguing for his beliefs is somehow a compromise when he's really doing a disservice to those beliefs. So much for standing up for what you believe in, which is a real problem with American politics in the current age where people at the extremes of both political parties are quick to spout their views but refuse to honestly debate or defend them. 

A source close to "The View" told Reuters "we canceled him," because producers refused to comply with Manilow's "completely disrespectful" demands. Apparently this wasn't a big issue for Barry when he appeared on the show twice in the past year alongside the fearsome Elisabeth. - You can read more about this here

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Celine Evanescence
PR reports: Ben Moody and David Hodges, the duo behind the Evanescence hit songs, "Bring Me To Life" and "Fallen" have teamed up again to write and produce the new Celine Dion song "This Time", set to appear on her new album, Taking Chances, due out November 13 on Columbia.

This is not the first time these two have teamed together outside of their work with Evanescence. The duo also collaborated on Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway album where they wrote Clarkson's "Because of You" and "Addicted." In addition, they also worked together writing for such artists as Bo Bice, Chris Daughtry, Lindsay Lohan and Anastacia. - more on this story

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Whole Lotta Info on Zeppelin Releases
antiMusic reports: We've told you a little bit about these releases which got a bigger boost to already interested fans when the band announced their one off reunion gig. So here is part of the official word on those Led Zeppelin releases coming next month. 

Available November 13, Atlantic Records/Rhino Entertainment will honor the Rock & Rock Hall of Famers with the release of Mothership, a 24-track, two-CD comprehensive collection that spans their illustrious career. All eight of the band's classic studio albums are represented here, with the tracks being personally selected by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. Mothership includes landmark songs such as "Whole Lotta Love," "Immigrant Song," "Kashmir," "Rock And Roll," "Dazed And Confused," and "Stairway To Heaven." The set will also include new liner notes by famed rock writer David Fricke.

Slated for a simultaneous release, Warner Home Video debuts brand-new DVD editions of The Song Remains The Same, now for the first time with all 14 songs from the original concert. The DVD features newly remixed and remastered sound, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, and boasts more than 40 minutes of added bonus material- whole lotta additional info including tracklists

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The Cure's New North American Tour Plans
antiMusic reports: It's a good thing that boys don't cry because The Cure delivered bad news to North American fans last month when they announced that their tour that was set to kick off this month has been pushed back until next spring so the band can remain in the studio. 

The good news is that the new dates have been announced and they will be hitting our shores next month for a few special shows including the Download Festival in Northern California.

The new tour will take place May and June of next year instead of September and October as originally expected but fans that hold tickets to the original dates are told to hold on to them as they will be valid at the new dates. 
The three night stand in Mexico City that was part of the original tour schedule was not cancelled and neither was the Download appearance which takes place on October 6th.

The new North American tour is set to kick off on May 9th in Fairfax, Va and will wrap up at Madison Square Garden on June 20th. - dates

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Fiddy Pulls Tour, Accuses Kanye of Cheating
antiMusic reports: "If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I'll no longer write music," Fiddy told SOHH.com last month. "I'll write music and work with my other artists, but I won't put out any more solo albums." Now that Kanye has handed Fiddy his ass, could 50 Cent be living up to his promise? Doubtful but he did just pull the plug on his European tour.

The BBC reports that 50 Cent has "temporarily postponed" his European appearances after Kanye West topped the UK charts on Sunday, and is expected to claim the number one CD in the US later this week. A spokeswoman for 50 Cent refused to comment to the BBC on his retirement plans. She said that "unforeseen circumstances" had led to the temporary postponement of his tour.

Now that his 15 minutes of fame are quickly ticking away, Half a Buck just can't believe that his popularity is slipping. He is now trying to blame Kanye West's label of somehow rigging the sales numbers this week. "He's never had a fraction of the sales 50 Cent has," Fiddy whined this week according Uncut.co.uk. "They could have one scan and have it count four times. West's entire career hasn't sold half what I sold on my first album." - final thoughts

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Madonna to Bring Peace To The World
antiMusic reports: She's no longer a material girl, she's a beacon for peace on earth! Why didn't we think of that? All we need to achieve world peace is a Madonna song. You mean we could have avoided years of bloodshed by allowing Madonna to be an ambassador of peace? With one note of "Like A Virgin" the terrorist will lay down their suicide bombs and join hands together and sing along. It really is as simple as that in the minds of those with fake British accents.

Doesn't seem likely does it? But you have to love pop stars that want to change the world. Gigwise had the fun story: Madonna has been involved in peace talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres whilst on a visit to the Holy Land to welcome in the Jewish New Year. 

On top of exchanging gifts with Peres the aging singer attended a Jewish mysticism conference and has faced criticism from some Rabbis who frown upon non Jewish celebrities becoming involved in Kabbalah. A spokeswoman for the President said: "The pop star pledged to use her songs to promote peace, and the two toasted the Jewish New Year."- more on this story

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James Blunt Sophomore Promo Plans
PR reports: Custard/Atlantic Records has announced the release this week of "All The Lost Souls," the eagerly anticipated second album from multi-platinum singer/songwriter James Blunt. The album - which features the hit single, "1973" - arrives today in international markets, with its U.S. release set for tomorrow. 

"ALL THE LOST SOULS" comes nearly three years after the original October 2004 UK release of Blunt's breakthrough debut, "BACK TO BEDLAM," and two years following its U.S. release in October 2005.

Blunt is heralding the album's release with special sold-out performances in New York and Los Angeles. He plays two shows this week at New York City's Highline Ballroom, on September 19 & 20, followed by a show at the El Rey in L.A. on September 25. Blunt will begin a full-fledged tour of North America in February.

As part of an extensive slate of media activities, Blunt is set for a string of major television appearances, including both "The Today Show" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" tomorrow, "Nightline" on Friday, September 21, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on September 25, and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on September 28. - more on this story

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iTunes All Over The Spill Canvas
PR reports: The Spill Canvas release their new single "All Over You" on iTunes today. You can now also download the track "Saved" while you're there. Both songs will be available on their album No Really, I'm Fine which comes out on October 2nd. 

After two successful full lengths on indie 111 Records, the South Dakota band now find a home at Sire Records. Label president, Michael Goldstone, caught the band's live set at the 2006 installment of the Bamboozle Festival and offered them a spot on the label's roster soon after. 

Armed with the full support from their new label, the band chose to work with producer Neal Avron.- more including tour dates

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Shout Out Louds Tour
Filter reports: Swedish wonders Shout Out Louds will return to North American for another round of touring in support of their new album. Our Ill Wills was released last week via Merge Records. 

The month long trek, which kicks off at the Detour Festival in downtown Los Angeles, will also include Swedish rockers Johnossi who release their debut album in the U.S. on Oct 9th via Control Group Records. And female-fronted Los Angeles trio Nico Vega who release a new EP on Oct 2nd via MySpace Records.

06 Los Angeles, CA - Detour Festival
09 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10 Eugene, OR - Wow Hall
11 Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan
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The Polyphonic Spree Tour
Filter reports: Still leaving their technicolored robes at home, The Polyphonic Spree are taking their army fatigues on the road once again. The massive 20 plus member band have announced dates for an upcoming North American trek. 

It all kicks off in mid October to mid November, with California fun club, Rooney, inhabiting the opening slot for the entire tour.

The Polyphonic Spree Tour Dates:
12 Atlanta, GA - The Echo Project 
14 Detroit, MI - Crofoot 
15 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's 
- more dates

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