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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 05:55 PM
Sorry folks, I know you all love these guys:

http://www.roadrun.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitem ID=93330


 
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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 06:55 PM
Dude, I thought those guys were a prison band!

 

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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 06:56 PM
Hey Drew, whats happening? You going to the hot Tuna Variety Playhouse show?

 

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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 06:59 PM
So they really are a band?

CANDLEMASS Guitarist Sentenced To Two Years In Prison - Mar. 20, 2008

CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman has been sentenced to two years in a Swedish prison for grand theft, reports Realtid.se.

He was convicted of stealing CDs with a retail value of SEK 3 million (approximately $490,000).

According to prosecutor Mats Jansson, Björkman and and his accomplice Stefan Håkansson skimmed CDs from Entertainment Network Scandinavia AB (ENS), where they both worked at the warehouse. ENS handles product distribution to retail outlets and wholesalers throughout Sweden for the four major labels.

Over a period of several years, Björkman and Håkansson shipped the stolen merchandise to two Stockholm retail outlets who were also allegedly involved in the scheme.

In November 2005, a music company contacted ENS regarding a discrepancy in Björkman's reported sales. ENS investigated the matter and discovered that someone had manipulated the company computer on 301 occasions.

By checking Mats' employee/entry card, ENS determined that the musician's log-in information had been used to access the company's computer system in 279 of these instances.

Mats Björkman denies the allegations and claims that someone else must have used his entry card. But his accomplice Stefan Håkansson has admitted his role in the theft and has implicated his colleague.

The scheme was uncovered after a tip was received that the record stores in Stockholm were selling CDs that were shipped from the Borås-based warehouse for a much lower price than those sold by their competitors.

The information about the weight on orders had been manipulated to conceal how much merchandise had been delivered. A package that according to the computer system contained 8 CDs in reality turned out to include more than 100 CDs plus a few box sets and DVDs.

According to the prosecutor, Björkman was the one that was in contact with the retailers and that received the money for the transactions.

The agreement between Mats and his accomplice was that they were to split the profits — which were estimated to be SEK 1.3 million (approximately $213,000) — equally.

Mats stated in court that he doesn't undertand why Stefan would lie about him being involved in the theft scheme but he thinks it might be because Håkansson was trying to protect other people who might have been responsible for stealing the merchandise.

Before he went to court, Mats told the local paper Borås Tidning, "I'm innocent, no question about it."

During the court proceedings, he continued to deny his involvement in the theft while the other man confessed.

Based on the evidence, the court concluded that Håkansson had no reason to lie about Björkman's role in the scheme and determined that prison was the appropriate punishment for both men.

Björkman's accomplice received a sentence of one year and nine months.


 

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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 06:59 PM
Well now, I didn't know they were playing there! When is it?

 

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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 07:06 PM
I guess when people heard Candlemass and told him not to quit his day job, he should have actually worked on his day job.
 

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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 07:14 PM
May 4th with Little Feat.

Be there or be square.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 09:05 PM


I really don't think Candlemass are that bad anymore. Been playing them on Napster and Pandora. They have some pretty good Metal songs. Not all, but some.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 09:42 PM
Leave it to old Mappe to get in trouble.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 09:51 PM
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May 4th with Little Feat.

Be there or be square.
Man am I glad they're playing with Hot Tuna the night before. I KNEW I did the right thing by getting tix for that one instead of the Variety Playhouse show!!!

 

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  posted on 3/20/2008 at 09:54 PM
will them let him do the doom dance in Prison?

 

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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 12:39 AM
He's that awful ?

 

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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 07:36 AM
Does this mean the BB King show is in jeopardy? I really wanted to go

 

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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 08:28 AM
AHHH, guess Candlemass will have to cancel their U.S. tour. No "Doom Dancing" in the States.

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No, but I bet he'll be doing the "Candleintheass" dance.

 
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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 08:34 AM
LMAO
 

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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 08:44 AM
they are soooo popular he has to STEAL thing's to make some $. f-n funny
 

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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 09:53 AM
WOW I hope they can still open for the ABB in NYC!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 09:56 AM
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He's that awful ?


Yeah. . . . that whole theft and resale of CD's is just a frame job - the real story is that the local police chief heard the latest Candlemass release and decided he had to get the man responsible off the streets as soon as possible . . . kinda like sending Capone to jail for tax evasion.

 

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the real story is that the local police chief heard the latest Candlemass release and decided he had to get the man responsible off the streets as soon as possible


And the charges were "Criminal Assualt on People's Hearing" and "Violation of the "Good Taste in Music" Act". Also, the Dept of Homeland Security caught a video of Candlemass doing the "doom dance" and thought they were Muslim terrorist intent on "musical jihad" of American youth during their next U.S. tour.


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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 11:38 AM
WE LOVE CANDLECRAP!!!!
 

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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 03:26 PM
After serious thinking TopDrool formulated:

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Yeah. . . . that whole theft and resale of CD's is just a frame job - the real story is that the local police chief heard the latest Candlemass release and decided he had to get the man responsible off the streets as soon as possible . . . kinda like sending Capone to jail for tax evasion.


If that's the case then he got the wrong guy. TopDrool wants to be funny, but hasn't done his homework. LOL. Maybe OldDirt can fill you in.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 03:33 PM
Wow, he gets one phone call and he uses it to post here. Ain't we lucky.
 

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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 04:55 PM
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Wow, he gets one phone call and he uses it to post here. Ain't we lucky.
LOL!!! Um...no!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2008 at 05:37 PM
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Wow, he gets one phone call and he uses it to post here. Ain't we lucky.



HAHAHAHAHAHA!


Good one.

 

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Wow, he gets one phone call and he uses it to post here. Ain't we lucky.


Comedy does not get much better than that. I'm crying right now.

 

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