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Full Report for 06/24/2008
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Killsmith Week: Day 2 "Sexual Savior"
antiMusic reports: Most people got their first taste of Neal Smith's talent on most of Alice Cooper's classic songs. But to get the full Neal Smith experience you have to hear the new Killsmith album 'Sexual Savior,' where Neal not only wrote all the songs and played almost all of the instruments but also produced it! Last month Morley spoke with Neal about the album in details and we're including just a small part of that conversation here this week as Neal walks us through some of his favorite tracks from the CD. Here is Neal with today's song:

"Sexual Savior", I'm not going to tell you how it all came about. (Laughs) Now that was just, through the history of the band, I mean, we knew some of the most outrageous groupies in the country. And it was a sort of tribute, or homage to them, if you will, and some of the women that I've known personally through my lifetime. That was pretty much it.

All I'm trying to do is…you know, there are three parts to classic rock and roll, and that's sex, drugs and rock and roll. And I was just trying to sort of highlight the sex part of it, which is always a part of rock and roll."

Learn more about the CD and what else Neal is up to right - here

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Singer Stabbed To Death After Show
punkbands reports: Christopher Johnson of Useless Wooden Toys was stabbed to death Saturday morning after his band played a house show in Bloomington, Indiana on Friday night.

Johnson was taken to Bloomington Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Christopher Johnson was 32 years old.

The altercation began when the two got into a fist fight after Brian P. White grabbed a woman's buttocks at a house party at the Arlington Road residence. A short time later, White came out of the house and stabbed Johnson in the chest, according to the news release - more on this story

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Nate Dogg a Terrorist?
TMZ reports: TMZ has learned hip-hop artist Nate Dogg was arrested around 8:30 AM PT Monday morning while driving on the 405 in L.A.

Cops tell us Nate's estranged wife called into 911 freaking out as she was driving, claiming Nate was making death threats against her and "dangerously" following her as she drove down the road. The CHP stopped them both, and after interviewing both parties, arrested him for making terrorist threats and driving on a suspended license.

The singer, whose real name is Nathaniel Hale, is currently in the process of being booked into the medical ward of the Twin Towers jail in downtown L.A. - more on this story

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Axl's Chinese Democracy Tirade
Rolling Stone reports: In light of the Guns N' Roses leak last week - nine tracks that may or may not be the near-final version of Chinese Democracy - Rolling Stone dialed up Axl Rose pal and collaborator Sebastian Bach to gain some insight into where Rose now stands with the extremely delayed LP. For the full story, see the next issue (out later this week).

For now, here's Bach recalling what happened the time he suggested Rose just put out Democracy: "There's only a couple of times he's ever gotten mad at me. One of them was when I let Ron Jeremy in his dressing room. He didn't like that at all. 'Why the ---- did you let Ron Jeremy in my dressing room?' I was like, dude, he was begging. That wasn't a good time for me. Axl goes from zero to 60 faster than any hemi engine, I'll tell you that.

"When we were first hanging out in 2006, we were just standing around a bunch of people. I go, 'Axl, do you think you might get the record out? It would be a great time, now that we're on tour and everything.' He goes, 'Oh. Great! Everybody! Sebastian has a great idea here, man. Guess what? Sebastian, should I put out a record? Maybe it would be a good idea for me to put out a ----ing record! Hey everybody, listen to this! I never thought of that! That never came to me! Oh, great idea dude.' I felt like Fred Flintstone in Mr. Slate's office." - How does Axl feel about doing a reality show?

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George Carlin RIP
antiMusic reports: A true legend has died. He wasn't a musician but we know that a lot of our readers will "leave a sh*t" about this loss. [inside joke for Carlin fans]. House of Rock has the sad news: Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday, a spokesman said. He was 71.

Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT Sunday after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.

Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine called "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television." A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court. - more on this story

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Megadeth is Megamad, Verve Set Release, Jam With Bumblefoot for a good cause, Simple Minds add gig, Carl Barat Out of Hospital, Atheist Frontman Returns and more
antiMusic reports: Megadeth is Megamad! They issued the following statement: Megadeth would like to bring to attention that a concert promoter in Turkey is falsely advertising that Megadeth is to play in Bursa, Turkey this coming July. Megadeth is not, and never was, confirmed to play this show. Megadeth's management is aggressively pursuing this concert promoter for false advertising. Can we say Megadeth one more time?

Speaking of Megadeth: "The Reckoning," is the new album from F5. It was produced by Ryan Greene and comes out August 19. F5 features ex-Megadeth members David Ellefson and Jimmy DeGrasso, and they deliver more of F5's characteristic heavy-but-melodic hooks on this sophomore release.

The Verve has christened its reunion album "Four" and will release it Aug. 18 via EMI internationally and a day later in North America. more

The ongoing 30th anniversary salute to the Clash etches a new peak with the long-awaited DVD release of JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN, a film by Julien Temple, which will arrive in stores July 8th. The intimate biographical portrait of Clash frontman, vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and primal lyricist Joe Strummer (b. Aug. 21, 1952 – d. Dec. 22, 2002) underscores his passion for the music, and his instincts as a committed social and political activist. Check out the DVD trailer

Following last week's addition of their Belfast Odyssey Arena concert, Simple Minds have added another date to their 2008 UK 30th Anniversary Tour. Tickets for their Newcastle Metro Radio Arena show (December 3rd), goes on sale Friday June 27th at 9am.

Win A 3 Hour Guitar Lesson With Bumblefoot In NYC And A Gibson Les Paul BFG Guitar And A Ton More. A video explaining the promotion can be found here As the video says, this is an incredible prize package, with all of the proceeds going to the Rock Against Diabetes initiatives. The most exciting part of this promotion, and ultimately the draw for the winner, is that the package will continue to grow, as more shirts are sold. You will need to check back frequently to see what new items will be added for the winner. We are currently working on 2 runner up prizes to have a grand total of 3 winners, one being the GRAND PRIZE winner.

Gotta love press releases with very little info. The inaugural 80/35 music festival is July 4 and 5 in downtown Des Moines' Western Gateway Park. Featuring The Flaming Lips, The Roots, Andrew Bird, Jakob Dylan, Black Francis, Drive-By Truckers, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many more on four stages. Get full details at http://www.80-35.com

Chimaira has announced that they will have a signing session on July 12th at 1pm, the same day as their 10th anniversary show at Peabodies Down Under later that night. For the signing session, Matt, Jim, and Rob will be signing autographs and hanging out at the Sam Ash Music Store in Cleveland. more

Dame Shirley Bassey has pulled out of a concert in London to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, a month after having an operation on her stomach. more

Carl Barat has left hospital and is now resting at home, after suffering acute pancreatitis. The Dirty Pretty Things frontman was rushed into hospital after getting stomach pains last Tuesday (June 17th), which also forced his band to cancel two scheduled shows at weekend. more

Forever In Terror singer Chris Bianchi has been diagnosed with a severe kidney infection, forcing the band to cancel their summer tours (including a trek with Hell Within). more

Plans are underway to release the lost Rose Tattoo album from 1980. In between the first album in 1977, featuring 'Bad Boy For Love' and 'Assault and Battery' in 1981, Rose Tattoo recorded a complete album in Los Angeles that to this day has not been released. more

The Chemical Brothers will release a double 'best of' compilation album, 'Brotherhood', on September 1. The album will feature two discs. more

Brian Wilson has been added to the lineup for the 2008 Newport Folk Festival, taking place August 1-3. The legend joins Cat Power, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Buffett and Trey Anastasio at the event which takes place in Newport, RI. more

Voivod will support British heavy metal legends Judas Priest on their August 12 concert at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. more

Last but certainly not least, our old friend Kelly Shaefer (Atheist / Neurotica) has a new project underway and they have already released 6 songs online. The band is called Pyroclastic and Kelly tells us: This is some new music me and my friends have put together in the last few months.. Shizz ,and G.J, my former bandmates from Neurotica, as well as Bezl on Bass formerly of Pimp Slap the Atmosphere. - Go check it out here and crank it the f**k up!

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U.S. Rejects Boy George
Tear Filled Statement reports: Boy George is devastated that he will not be able to tour the US as planned this summer. The singer was looking forward to performing for his American fans for the first time in a decade and was especially eager to perform at The City of New York Department of Sanitation's annual Family Day on August 17th.

The concert was planned as a way to thank the DSNY and the workers' families for the kindness shown to him during his community service with them in 2006. Below is an official statement from his management.

"At the moment, Boy George cannot come to the United States of America because he has been refused permission to enter by the USA Administration. This is not in respect of anything he has done in the past but because he is facing a trial in November in London for something that happened in April last year. George's lawyers in London have absolutely forbidden us to speak about the facts of that case and all I can say is that George is astounded at the decision and is having lawyers here in the States look at it in the hope that someone will change their mind. - more on this story

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Beatles Video Game Coming?
idolator reports: Sony honchos in charge of the Fab Four's publishing first voiced their enthusiasm for a Beatles-specific Guitar Hero game back in March, and now Apple Corps and EMI are meeting with both Activision (makers of Guitar Hero) and MTV Games (makers of Rock Band).

Since the death of unofficial CEO Neil Aspinall, Apple has lost some of its usual promotional hesitancy, finally giving American Idol the opportunity to perform Lennon-McCartney songs.

If plans for the game come to fruition, it may only be a matter of time before the band invades the digital marketplace in a big way. Surely the other Apple would be happy to see them warm up to it. - more on this story

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Kings of Leon CD and Tour Coming
RCA reports: Kings of Leon will release their fourth album, Only By The Night, on September 23, 2008. Only By The Night was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN, and was produced by Angelo Petraglia, Jacquire King and Kings of Leon.

Only By The Night is a bold and expansive sonic statement that looks set to solidify Kings of Leon's position as one of the most important international acts of 2008 and beyond. It follows rapidly in the footsteps of the band's previous albums, Youth And Young Manhood, Aha Shake Heartbreak and Because Of The Times, all of which have quickly established them as one of the most prolific and acclaimed acts around.

Following on from the end of 2007, which saw the band playing sold-out shows across America, including nights at Radio City Music Hall and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as a sold-out UK arena tour, Kings of Leon will play their biggest shows to date over the summer of 2008. - more on this story

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Boybander Attacks Taxi Driver
BBC reports: Singer Lee Ryan hit a Surrey taxi driver on the head during a row over a traffic accident, a court has heard.

The former member of boy band Blue is accused of hitting Naeem Ibrahim in Oxted on New Year's Eve after his fiancee crashed into Mr Ibrahim's cab.

Mr Ibrahim told Guildford magistrates the singer refused to pay for the damage and hit him as he wrote the vehicle registration number down. - more on this story

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Weezer Playing Games
PR reports: Harmonix and MTV Games have announced their next online pack, new tracks from WEEZER's sixth studio release, WEEZER (Red Album), available on June 24th.

The critically acclaimed LA-based, guitar-pop quintet contribute the following three tracks; "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived," "Dreamin'" and "Troublemaker" to the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content. Each track will be available for $1.99 per track (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) or $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for the three-pack.

Additionally June 24th will mark the third album added to the Rock Band Music Store catalog of downloadable content: the critically acclaimed Pixies' Doolittle. The additional fourteen tracks join "Wave of Mutilation," which was included on the original Rock Band™ game disc. Each track will be available for $1.99 per track (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft) or $18.99 (1520 Microsoft Points for Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360) for the album. - more on this story

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Shaq Vs Kobe
TMZ reports: Shaquille O'Neal took the mic at a NYC club last night, unleashing a freestyle verbal assault directed at his arch-enemy Kobe Bryant -- blaming his former teammate for ruining his marriage and imploring him to "Tell me how my ass tastes."

After spending several verses shredding Kobe apart for losing in the NBA playoffs, Shaq drops the line, "I'm a horse, Kobe ratted me out, that's why I'm getting divorced."

The line most likely references a comment Kobe made during his infamous 2003 rape case, when he told Colorado police that he "Should have done what Shaq does ... Shaq would pay his women not to say anything." The two became famously bitter rivals after the incident. - Watch the video

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The Revolting Cocks To Deliver Sex-O Olympic-O in Rocktober
HER reports: To some, The Revolting Cocks (aka RevCo) is the bastard offspring of Ministry-madman Al Jourgensen and it seems that "Uncle Al" is a damn proud papa these days. "This is the best RevCo album I've ever done," said Al, who produced the album. "As a matter of fact, I think this is the best album - including Ministry, Pailhead, Lard - anything I've ever done, period. Production-wise, song-wise, I'm really, really happy with this record. It's the first CD I've ever gotten back from the mastering studio that I didn't have anything to bitch about. No complaints. I listened to the whole thing and just went, 'OK - that's a wrap. Let's go'!"

While still retaining the unmistakable RevCo industrial-dance-metal sound, "Sex-O Olympic-O" sees the group (Josh Bradford/vocals, Sin Quirin/guitars, Clayton Worbeck/keyboards) let first-wave glam rock seep into their already rich sound. Case in point, the soon-to-be quirky anthem (and first single from the album), "I'm Not Gay," which debuted on Ministry's 2008 "C U LaTouR" live shows and is now a solid staple on MySpace and Facebook homepages around the world.

Set for release October 14, 2008 via Jourgensen's label 13th Planet Records, it turns out that "Sex-O Olympic-O" was supposed to be RevCo's swansong. However, according to singer Bradford, it was the quality of the material that made Jourgensen alter his plan slightly. - more on this story

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Year Long Disaster For The Foo Fighters
PR reports: Year Long Disaster have been selected by the Foo Fighters, one of the world's biggest rock bands, to take the opening slot on five dates during their Midwest run. The shows also feature special guests, Supergrass.

Year Long Disaster, the three-piece blues-based rock band of Daniel Davies (son of Dave Davies from The Kinks), Rich Mullins (Karma to Burn, Speedealer) and Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind) are currently on their own nationwide tour with South Philly's hard-rocking Burning Brides.

Since the release of their eponymous debut on Volcom Entertainment, Year Long Disaster has brought their formidable live show to thousands of enthusiastic fans across the globe. They have toured extensively in both the United States and Europe sharing the stage with the likes of Velvet Revolver, The Sword, Clutch, Turbonegro, Nick Oliveri's Mondo Generator, Dropkick Murphys, Valient Thorr, and The Cult. - more on this story

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