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Ozzy Emergency Surgery
antiMusic reports: Ozzy Osbourne underwent unexpected surgery for a blood clot on Saturday as the Ozzfest rolled through Denver. Osbourne went under the knife at the Rose Medical Center according to Denver's 9NEWS. 

Ozzy had experience leg pain all day leading up to his headline performance during "FreeFest," and following the show was taken to the local hospital where a blood clot was discovered in his leg. - more on this story

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KISS Star Hospitalized with Heart Trouble
antiMusic reports: KISS had to play as a trio last week after Paul Stanley had heart trouble. The masked rocker suffered what is known as tachycardia where the heart beats at an unusually high rate. In Stanley's case it was beating twice as fast as normal. 

"My heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute, where it stayed for over an hour necessitating paramedics to start an IV and give me a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern," Stanley wrote on his site. The American Heart Assoc lists a normal "at rest" heart beat as between 60 and 80 beats per minute.- more on this story

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Kinks Shooter Gets Off
antiMusic reports: The man that shot Kinks frontman Ray Davies is off the hook after the singer failed to show up for a court date. A second time Davies has failed to appear according to the BBC. So instead of singing "you really got me" to authorities, Jerome Barra is now a free man. 

Barra was charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery after shooting Davies in the leg in 2004. According to reports, Davies was in New Orleans on vacation when two men snatched his girlfriend's purse and the singer gave chase before Barra shot him in the leg.

Davies told New Orleans' Times-Picayune that he was unable to attend court because he was not given enough notice by prosecutors.- more on this story

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GNR Members Reunite At Anniversary Show
antiMusic reports: Axl wasn't on hand but the other members of the classic Guns N' Roses lineup did attend the 20th anniversary party for their landmark debut "Appetite for Destruction," which took place at the Key Club in Hollywood on Saturday night. 

Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan joined Steven Adler's band (Adler's Appetite) during their set to perform "Mr. Brownstone" and "Paradise City". There are some reports that Slash attended the event but did not join the band on stage. We were supposed to attend the event but due to unforeseen circumstance we were unable to so we can not give you a first hand report of the reunion. But we're working on getting comment from the band.

This was the reportedly the first time that Stradlin, McKagan and Alder have performed together since Adler left Guns N' Roses in 1990. Tracii Guns, the guns in Guns N' Roses, also performed a set with his classic lineup of LA Guns. To mark the anniversary we have posted a special edition of our classics series.- You can read that here.

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Offspring Hire Saves The Day Drummer.
antiMusic reports: The Offspring have officially parted ways with drummer Atom Willard. The veteran OC punks have recruited former Alkaline Trio, Face To Face, Saves the Day member Pete Parada to take his place, according to a post on their official website. 

Pete Parada will make his debut with the band when they hit Japan for the Summer Sonic festival on August 11, 12 and 14th. The news of the lineup change comes after a false start earlier this year when it was widely reported that Atom had left the group, only to be contradicted with reports that he was still very much a part the Offspring. There will be life after the Offspring for Atom as he'll reportedly focus all of his energy on his other band, Angels and Airwaves. But remains a friend of the band, according to their website.

Neither Parada or Willard will appear on the forthcoming Offspring album. According to their website Josh Freese (NIN, Vandals, Devo) has recorded all the drum tracks for the new record- more on this story

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Foo Fighters Poke Fun at Emo
antiMusic reports: Once a trendsetting himself, Foo Fighers frontman Dave Grohl is taking aim at the "emo" craze which is currently the darling of the major record labels A&R people. Grohl pokes fun at the genre in a song on the group's new album, "Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace". Grohl said long before bands like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco and Funeral For A Friend were the soundtrack for depressed teenage girls, he witnessed the birth of the "emotional rock" genre back in the 80s. 

"I have a funny relationship with emo," Grohl tells MTV.com. "I'm from Washington D.C., and in the mid-'80s, the hardcore scene changed from what it was - Bad Brains and Minor Threat and the Dead Kennedys and MDC - to a bunch of new bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace, (both of) which Ian MACKaye was the singer for. Everyone started labeling it 'emo-core'. I'd never heard anything like it, and it was a really emotional experience. But in D.C., we all hated that 'emo-core' tag."

Grohl pokes fun at the current state of the genre with the song "Cheer Up Boys (Your Make-Up Is Running)" on the new Foo Fighers new CD. He explains, "The title has nothing to do with the song - it's placed right in the middle of the record, where there's a lot of dark stuff. It's a pretty heavy record. We have a couple bummer tunes. I felt the album needed something to sit in the centre and balance it. So we had this lighthearted song, and I called it 'Cheer Up Boys (Your Make-Up Is Running)' because it seemed like a little ray of hope in the middle of all this despair."

That isn't the only surprise for Foo fans on the new CD. - Read MTV's report to learn more.

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Hellyeah's Bus Breakdown
antiMusic reports: Hellyeah were forced to cancel their appearance at Sunday's Family Value's show in Hartford, CT after their bus broke down Saturday night in Washington D.C. The band issued a apology to CT fans on their Myspace page. 

Despite the show cancellation they also informed fans that "Chad & Greg will still be performing a live acoustic set for WCCC." No word at press time if that indeed did come off.- more on this story

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Fugazi Reunion Total BS
antiMusic reports: Remember that supposed Fugazi reunion that was supposed to take place at Fort Reno in Washington, DC on Monday, September 3, 2007? The one we told you we couldn't confirm and the venue website had no mention of despite a Wikipedia entry announcement? Guess what? It's total and complete BS as we and you probably suspected. 

In fact, the site that we mentioned had an article that may have inspired the rumor (that article was about a previous show at the venue featuring members of the band) heard about the new reunion rumor and got to the bottom of it. 

DCist contacted a representative for the venue where this reunion was supposedly going to take place and she emailed them back, " IT IS A HOAX. apparently it was up on wikipedia this morning and my brother took it down but its been popping up on folks' blogs all day."- Read the DCist story and find out what they suspect started the rumor.

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New Led Zeppelin Releases Planned
Gigwise reports: Led Zeppelin will release a ‘best' of this autumn, alongside an exclusive re-release of their ‘The Song Remains the Same' soundtrack. 

The band will release the retrospective, ‘Mothership,' which features tracks chosen by the surviving members of the band - Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones – on November 12th. 

‘Mothership' will include hits from all eight of Led Zeppelin's studio albums and will be available on "deluxe" and "collectors" editions featuring a bonus live DVD. There will also be a 4 LP edition, reports Billboard.- more on this story

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Britney's Bodyguard Assaults Photographers
antiMusic reports: Britney Spears' bodyguard is facing criminal charges following a scuffle with two men that were trying to photograph the pop star and her children at a Las Vegas resort Thursday. 

Britney's bodyguard, Cesar Julio Camera, 37, was issued a misdemeanor battery ticket after being accused of grabbing and punching one photographer and pushing another into a wall about 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the spa at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino, according to AP.

"There were no signs of injuries to her or the children, nor is she listed as a victim," Las Vegas police Sgt. John Loretto said of Spears. "The only person issued a citation was Ms. Spears' private security guard, Mr. Camera," Loretto told AP.- Read the AP report here

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St. Louis Mayor Nixes Ike Turner Day
AP reports: Music legend Ike Turner said he holds nothing against St. Louis' mayor for a decision not to issue a City Hall proclamation in his honor. 

Mayor Francis Slay has turned down a request from organizers of the Big Muddy Blues Festival to make Sept. 2 "Ike Turner Day." Turner, 75, is scheduled to perform that day at the blues festival in St. Louis.

Turner says he never asked for the honor. He notes he already has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. [Despite the wife beating issue with Tina Turner, Ike is credited with what many consider the first rock n' roll song, "Rocket 88"] 
- Ike discusses the Tina issues here

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Revelation Theory Hire A New Axeman
antiMusic reports: Revelation Theory are full of news lately. First they inked a deal with Interscope Records and now they have added a member. According to TuneLab music, former Five.Bolt.Main guitarist Ronny Paige has been added to the band's ranks as a second guitarist.

You'll be able to see the new line-up next month when they join the "Bad Boys of Rock" tour with Hinder, Papa Roach and Buckcherry. That's set to kick off on August 19th in Lima, Oh and run for a little over a month before concluding on September 22nd in Oklahoma City.

The band is currently working with producers Brian Howes (Hinder) and Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Staind) on their sophomore album. No word yet on a release date. 
- Check out the band's Myspace for tour dates etc. 

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Metal in a Box
KNAC reports: Rhinos' Heavy Metal Box is due out on October 2nd. The four-disc set is arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991 - the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth. 

The project will be packaged in a metal box resembling a Marshall guitar amp. The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary, interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford and an essay by Metallica's Lars Ulrich. - Tracklisting

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