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Full Report for 05/15/2008
Rush Founder Died of Heart Attack
Metal Underground reports: It has been revealed that the tragic death of original Rush drummer John Rutsey was caused by a heart attack he suffered in his sleep due to a lifelong battle with diabetes.

The following message was published in the National Post on May 15: "Rutsey, John Howard - It is with deep sadness that John's family announces his untimely passing due to complications from his lifelong affliction with diabetes, at age 55.

Donations may be made in John's memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 7100 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 311, Markham, ON, L3R 5J2 (online: www.jdrf.ca, by phone: 905-944-4631). Online Condolences: newbiggingfh@rogers.com." - more metal news

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Top 50 Nude Music Stars
antiMusic reports: Gigwise continues their tradition of musical photo galleries but this time they do it in he buff. Here you go: Robbie Williams, Britney Spears and Tommy Lee have all got naked to a certain extent in their time. As a result, they're amongst the 50 acts who have made it into Gigwise's new Naked Ambition gallery.

Ever wondered what some of the biggest names in music look like without any clothes on or wondered just what possessed them to do such a thing? Well this is your chance to find out.

Here Gigwise looks at 50 musicians that have either got naked, semi-naked or expose so much flesh that they leave very little to the imagination. - Click here if you have the stomach for it.

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Stone Temple Pilots Add More Dates
antiMusic reports: Stone Temple Pilots have added more than a dozen new dates as they get ready to kick off their reunion tour this weekend. Here is the PR: One of this summer's most highly-anticipated music events has arrived.

Stone Temple Pilots' long-awaited reunion tour, their first trek together in 8 years, is set to kick off this Saturday, May 17th in Columbus, OH. The 60-city tour will bring the iconic band's brand of charismatic musicianship and exhilarating live shows to amphitheatres all across North America.

On the eve of the tour's kick-off, the band is excited to announce newly added dates for their reunion tour, which will keep Stone Temple Pilots on the road through October. - all of the dates

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Race An Issue in R. Kelly Trial
AP reports: Jury selection was completed at R. Kelly's child pornography trial Thursday amid contentious exchanges between prosecutors and defense attorneys, who accused each other of trying to stack the panel along racial lines.

Of the 12 jurors who will open the case, eight are white and four are black. The four alternates include two blacks, one Hispanic and one white.

Defense attorneys objected several times as prosecutors used challenges to have several blacks dismissed from the jury pool. - more on this story

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Courtney Love Recording More Non Hits?
idolator reports: Courtney Love's been working with Linda Perry on Nobody's Daughter, her second solo album, for almost three years.

But word is starting to filter out that she's scrapped everything and will start fresh with her band's guitarist Micko Larrikin, formerly of the British group Larrikin Love (no relation), at the helm.

Wasn't Courtney's album supposed to come out on Perry's label, though? - more on this story

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Gnarls Barkley Secret Show
PR reports: MySpace today announced its 150th installment of the hugely popular Secret Show franchise, an original concert series that fuses the online and offline music experience and further connects fans and bands through intimate, "friends only" performances.

This landmark 150th Secret Show will feature Grammy award winning artist and fan favorite, Gnarls Barkley, who launched their US career two years ago with a MySpace Secret Show, their first live concert in the states.

The 150th Secret Show will take place in New York City on June 8th. The exact location is still a "secret" but fans can visit http://myspace.com/secretshows to learn more about the upcoming show. - more on this story

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3 Doors Down, Staind and Hinder Tour Details
PR reports: 3 Doors Down announced today their plans for a full headline summer tour in celebration of the upcoming self-titled Universal Republic Records release, 3 Doors Down, to be made available everywhere on May 20th. 3 Doors Down promises the shows will be one of the summer concert season's more rocking bills, tearing it up live across the US with two of the most invincible road warrior bands, Boston-based Staind and notorious Oklahoma fivesome Hinder.

In a show of their heartfelt affection for their fans, 3 Doors Down is also taking on the hard-hit economy, creating flexible, fan-friendly ticket prices that will vary in price, starting at $25 at all venues. Front man Brad Arnold affirms he recalls a thing or two as a huge music fan himself about saving a penny in order to see your favorite rock band.

"Being from Mississippi, I remember how great it was to head out to a rock concert as soon as the weather broke," says Brad. "We're so grateful to our fans for being there through thick and thin and supporting our new single "It's Not My Time," the idea of keeping ticket prices down is just one way we plan to return the favor. Of course, the upside to this is we will be accepting no excuses when it comes to having a great time at one of our shows." - dates

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Ashlee and Wentz Have a Price
antiMusic reports: The celebutardity has to stop. Imagine a "magazine" paying over a million bucks for wedding photos of a celeb couple. It's happening. TMZ has the story: At least someone cares enough to pay cold hard cash for pregnant bride Ashlee Simpson's wedding pics!

Sources tell us People mag is shelling out "well over" one milllll-ion dollars (yes, as in seven figures) for pictures of Ash and guylinered Pete Wentz. That's probably more than she's made -- total -- from her "singing."

For their part the mag says "We're thrilled that celebrities continue to choose PEOPLE as the place to share their most intimate photos. We do not comment on specifics of any deals." - more on this story

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Joy Division The DVDs
PR reports: Zeroing in on one of the first bands to go beyond punk music with its dark and gloomy sound, the award winning biopic Control and documentary Joy Division rock onto DVD June 3rd and June 17th, respectively, from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company under The Miriam Collection. Both Control and Joy Division will be available for the suggested retail price of $28.95 and $22.95, respectively.

Winner of nine film festival awards, including three at the Cannes Film Festival, Control profiles Ian Curtis, the lead singer of the pioneering post-punk band Joy Division. Inspired by the energy of punk artists such as the Sex Pistols, the English rockers infiltrated the music scene in the late 70s with a distinct sound of their own. Following the tragic suicide of Curtis, the surviving members regrouped as New Order and went on to achieve great critical and commercial success.

The retrospective documentary Joy Division, directed by music-video veteran Grant Gee, chronicles the band's progression, as well as social and external conditions that influenced them. Blending archival footage and revealing testimonies from band members and key musical players, Joy Division gives an inside look at everything surrounding the rock scene of the 1970's.
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Metallica To Tour This Fall
Blabbermouth reports: Mitchell Peters of Billboard.biz reports: With a handful of U.S. and overseas festival and concert dates lined up this summer, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed that the band will follow the September release of its new as-yet-untitled album with a tour.

The trek will begin in October, Ulrich said last night (May 14) during an intimate benefit concert at Los Angeles' 2,300-capacity Wiltern Theatre.

"That was the first show of the tour," announced METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, who, along with his bandmates, shredded through a nearly two-hour set - more on this story

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