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Winehouse Gets Away With Crack Video
Gigwise reports: It's rather funny that the same week that the British government is reportedly looking to reclassify marijuana as a harder drug, a pop star gets away with smoking crack on video. Then again the laws have always been for the "little people," not celebrities like Amy Crackhouse.

Gigwise has the story on the cracked justice: Amy Winehouse will face no further action over a video which supposedly showed her smoking crack cocaine. The singer questioned earlier this month after voluntarily attending a police station in East London.

The arrest was in connection with a video that was passed to the Metropolitan Police in January. "The Crown Prosecution Service has now reviewed the case and no further action is being taken," a police spokesperson said. - more on this story

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Van Halen, The Eagles, Linkin Park To Be Guitar Heroes
Blabbermouth reports: According to the latest issue of Game Informer, Van Halen, The Eagles, Linkin Park and Sublime have been confirmed for the fourth installment of the Guitar Hero video game, with developer Neversoft confirming master tracks shall be used for all available songs.

Aside from the special-editions of Guitar Hero III, the true successor will have some funky new additions including custom song creation and support for multiple instruments, reports C3 News.

Guitar Hero IV, due for release this fall, is said to include drum and vocal work (much like EA's Rock Band effort), alongside the expected Bass and Guitar. [Will they then change the name of the game? We also hear that Gibson is working on their own alternative to Guitar Hero and Rock Band. It rumored be a package that includes a real guitar and a real amp, but you'll have to come up with the music on your own.] - more on this story

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Lamb of God Drummer Moonlighting
PR reports: Chris Adler, the blistering drummer of heavy metal giants Lamb of God, will be contributing to Modern Drummer Magazine with a column entitled, "My Two Cents." In his column, Chris will be answering reader's questions from his unique drumming perspective, as well as suggesting and teaching new drum techniques.

Chris commented on his new monthly column: "I'm flattered and amazed to be asked to contribute a column to the magazine. As I mention in the column this month, I'm not the typical MD model. I'm not the Berklee kid - I'm the kid with the long hair and denim jacket that figured it out my way. I hope the column serves as a beacon to players like myself who may feel overwhelmed by MD magazine. It's great of MD to recognize the organic, self-taught style, and I hope to empower those readers who play from their heart, not just from the exercises we read. I'm already receiving very positive feedback and questions from readers and can't wait bring a bit different perspective to them."

Readers and fans are encouraged to write in with questions for Chris. Send an e-mail to miked@moderndrummer.com with "For Chris Adler" in the subject line. - more on this story

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Should Pete Doherty Be Out of Prison?
Gigwise reports: Pete Doherty has admitted to cheating on a drugs test shortly before he was sentenced to jail last month.

The Babyshambles singer said that he only passed the test because he used someone else's urine sample.

"I was pretty much back into the [heroin] cycle. I was banging it," Doherty explained. Doherty was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison last week, after serving just 29 days of a 14-week sentence for probation violation. - more on this story

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Slightly Stoopid Tailgate 2008 Summer Tour
HER reports: For over a decade now, Slightly Stoopid has been supplying its fans with tunes that have served as the perfect summer soundtrack and ultimate live party. So it should be fitting that the group, that has been led from the beginning by Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty (who share vocal/guitar/bass duties), take it to the stage this dog day season for "Tailgate 2008 Summer Tour," kicking off in Las Vegas on August 1 and playing some two dozen cities across the country before they wrap up on September 6 in their hometown of San Diego, CA.

This will be the band's first-ever sole headlining trek of amphitheatres and will feature Pepper and reggae legends Sly & Robbie. And let's not forget the arrival of the group's tenth release overall - the odds and ends collection "Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid" - which is the latest release for the group's newly formed label, Stoopid Records.

"We did an album called 'Closer to the Sun,' and we had a bunch of songs - we went in and recorded 50 or 60 songs because we were having so much fun," explains Kyle. "We had way too much for that album - we put out "Not Stoned Enough' originally as a six-song bonus CD, only available in a limited pressing, with the pre-sale of the original album. People ended up liking it but not being able to get it. We went in and recorded some more songs in a session with the Inner Circle guys at their Circle House Studios in Miami, added a couple of songs from here and there, and just wrapped it up." - more including dates

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Fatboy Slim Is No More
The Sun reports: Norman Cook has decided to retire the name Fatboy Slim after 11 successful years. The superstar DJ will be working under a different name once his new album is released.

But the DJing legend is keeping schtum about them until he makes his decision. He said: "Yes, I am ditching the Fatboy Slim name but I can't tell you the new one.

"I'm going to take the Fifth Amendment on that question and not say because I'll get myself into trouble." - But they did get him to admit to one name he's toying with.

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Oops Britney Crashes Again
TMZ reports: Britney Spears hit a red Ford Explorer, driven by a lady. No injuries, as far as we know -- Britney didn't even get out of the car.

Her bodyguard got out and talked to the other woman. The red Explorer Brit hit [at the time of this report] following her back to Britney's home.

Britney was stopped at a light and, for some reason, accelerated when the light was still red, hitting the Explorer stopped in front of her, causing minor damage. - watch the video

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A Perfect Circle Never Ends
Blabbermouth reports: Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan sent an email to fans last week in which he said that A Perfect Circle, the band he formed in 2000 with guitarist Billy Howerdel, is still a going concern even though both Keenan and Howerdel are both now involved with other projects.

Keenan wrote, "As many of you may have heard, Billy and I are engaged in our own little projects for the moment. His is called Ashes Divide and mine is called Puscifer...Please be advised that A Perfect Circle and Tool are still alive and well. This is simply MORE."

A Perfect Circle went on hiatus in 2004 after issuing three studio albums and one live set, while Keenan went back to work with Tool and Howerdel began assembling Ashes Divide. - more on this story

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Megadeth Vs Dickheads
BW&BK reports: Fan accounts are surfacing regarding an incident during Megadeth 's May 12th Gigantour stop in Edmonton, Alberta at the Shaw Conference Center that saw frontman Dave Mustaine come close to stopping the show. Megadeth forum member "kingmidis" has issued the following recap:

"Some dickhead threw a beer or something on the soundboard, thus making Dave, and I'm sure the whole crew, pissed off and on edge. ---- getting thrown on stage fueled the tension and at the pinicle, some dickheads ran across stage during 'A Toute Le Monde' causing the band to walk off stage for 20 or so minutes. (I presume during that time, Dave and co. kicked the f**king sh*t out of the guy who got caught on stage.)

"Dave comes back on stage to give the lowdown and chew out security. Gives a solid speech on the situation and the utter lack of respect it is to have sh*t thrown on stage/people get on stage." - [read more about the dickheads here]

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Coldplay Add Dates, Panic At The Disco, Nick Cave, Robyn Ditches Shows for TV, It Dies Today CSI, Open Alanis, Pendulum UFOs, CSNY Movie, more
antiMusic reports: Starting off as a slow news day but here are some bits for you. First off, Coldplay have extended their upcoming U.S. tour. Before you get your hopes up, they only added two dates to the outing. November 7th in Orlando, Florida at some arena lamely named for a corporation and November 8th in Miami, Florida at "Say Hello To My Little Friend" arena. Sorry, it has a lame corporate name too. Folks in those cities will know where they are.

Australian musician Nick Cave joined by his clan of Bad Seeds have extended their North American tour with a couple new shows. Don't miss out on your chance to see live organ and 12-string lute! dates

Robyn had to postpone the following live dates on her US tour, 5/13 in Portland and 5/14 in Seattle due to TV commitments. These dates are currently being rescheduled for early fall, and are due to be announced within the next two weeks. All ticket holders should hold on to their tickets as they will be valid for the upcoming rescheduled shows.

Alanis Morissette opens up about her new album, Flavors of Entanglement. You'll hear Alanis' personal thoughts on the album in this video clip as well as info about the upcoming tour and her inspiration behind the single "Underneath.". Flavors of Entanglement is due out in the US on June 10th. watch the video here

Check out the brand new video from Panic At The Disco for the track "That Green Gentleman". You can watch it here

It Dies Today is currently working on a new album. The effort has been titled "Lividity" and will be available this fall via Trustkill Records. Singer Jason Wood elaborates: "We're really pumped about this new record! Lividity is a medical term (as I am a huge fan of CSI) that means when you die all your blood in your body settles, so where you're lying is a bruise covering that part of your body. more

Pendulum have just released their U.S. debut album, In Silico. The UK band fuses hard-rock guitars with trance rhythms and techno beats. One critic described their high-energy sound as, "…if Jean Michel Jarre teamed up with Prodigy and jammed with Tool guitarist Adam Jones." Check out the band's UFO filled video for their single, "Granite" here

Rob Dickinson, former frontman of highly influential British band Catherine Wheel is set to re-release his debut solo album, Fresh Wine For The Horses. The album will be released as a two disc set on June 10th. The album will be released with one new song, "End Of The World". The bonus disc will contain 6 acoustic versions of classic Catherine Wheel songs. Check out the mp3 of the single

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are finalizing a deal for U.S. rights to the politically charged Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young documentary "CSNY -- Deja Vu." The feature, directed by Neil Young, chronicles the rock group's 2006 tour in support of Young's "Living in War" album. more

Murphy Lee is debuting the new video for "Murph Derrty," the first single from his upcoming album You See Me. Best known for "Shake Ya Tailfeather" and "Wat Da Hook Gon Be," Murphy Lee returns to the scene with another derrty track. watch it here

Larry Levine, the recording engineer who helped Phil Spector re-invent rock 'n' roll music with his "Wall of Sound" technique and won a Grammy for his work with Herb Alpert, died on his 80th birthday, his family said Tuesday.
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10 Years Week: Day 4 "Drug of Choice"
antiMusic reports: 10 Years' sophomore album, Division, hits stores this week. We spoke with drummer Brian Vodinh to get the lowdown on his favorite tracks from the album. Here he is with today's song:

This song was really fun to create. It's a bit out of character for us. It has a bit of a punk rock feel to it and is so much fun to play. This song is simply about American pop culture and our fascination with being completely over-stimulated. The first line of the song is "Sex always sells, death is a thrill, entertain my lack of patience." I think that line sums up the whole song. Considering all the media coverage of people like Britney Spears and all the other televised train wrecks out there it's pretty damn apparent that as a culture we love to be the fly on the nearest wall to a disaster. America is a buffet of sex, drugs, rock & roll, and whatever else you want. "What is your drug of choice? Pick your poison and enjoy!"

- Preview the album, learn more about the band, grab tour dates and more right here

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. Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest of Times
This album is a great snapshot of what makes Dropkick Murphys unique It's filled with all the things that made the band so popular: a lot of hard-driving songs about hard times. Make sure you crank the volume when you put this on. (4.5 stars) - Read the full Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest of Times review

. Cataract
You know what sucks more than Hatebreed? A Hatebreed tribute band like Cataract. This trendy group has rightfully earned their membership at Metal Blade by proving they are the closest thing to Hatebreed beside Hatebreed themselves. - Read the full Cataract review

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