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Killsmith Week: Day 5
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. To conclude the special, today Neal tells us how he picked "Sexual Savior" as the title track to the album:

As a title, well you know, I guess it's like everything else. When you write a song, you write an album, I like to have a song that's representative of everything you're trying to do; now we always didn't do it. 'Love it to Death,' we didn't have a song called "Love it to Death", but certainly 'Killer,' we did have a song called "Killer", and School's Out as well. 'Billion Dollar Babies' and 'Muscle of Love. ' It's sort of traditional with the original Alice Cooper. I haven't always done that but I like to do that if it works.

And in this situation, that song is tough enough to represent KillSmith, and 'Sexual Savior ' certainly represents the sexual part of rock and roll, and what this project was about. And like you said, the 16 page booklet inside is certainly representative of that.

If you haven't checked out Morley's full interview yet, then hop to it! It's well worth the click. - Read it here

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Weiland Spitting Mad
idolator reports: The Los Angeles Times' Chris Lee has provided a little bit of gross context for his Stone Temple Pilots profile on the paper's blog.

At the same time Weiland was giving the writer quotes like "I live my life the way I live my life. I don't have to make any apologies," he was also launching "huge green" loogies at the wall behind the DeLeo brothers, who did not seem ruffled by the sudden appearance of expectorate.

While I admire Weiland's indignation ("hey, how does it feel to be going to jail for six hours?" is indeed a douche move), Lou Reed knows that while loogies may not be forgotten by those who witness their deployment, retorts along the lines of "What are you, a f**king ---hole?" read better in print. - Read some of the exchange, it's priceless

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Miley Plans Anti Boy Anthem
Hecklerspray reports: Miley Cyrus isn't just kittens and cupcakes anymore. She's angry, and she's attempting to make the predictable jump from super sweet to angry and edgy in her new album. No, really. She totally is. Boys make Miley Cyrus more than mad, they make her (gasp) angry. That's right, her new album is going to be all hardcore and angry, and stuff.

Miley unleashed her terrifying rage to Ryan Seacrest in a radio interview for KIIS-FM on Wednesday. Parental discretion is advised for reading the following statement from Miley as she describes her wrath about ex-boyfriends:

"The word 'hate' could describe how angry I am. [It goes] through all the different stages of what's been going on the past couple years," Miley said. "It was like a little therapy moment for me."

Aside from those stages which include pre-training brassiere stage, training brassiere stage, and post-training brassiere stage, Miley has gone through some difficult stuff when it comes to boys, and she's hoping to get back at them through song. Miley also said: "I want them to be upset. That was my point. I was a little worried, but I'm excited that I just did it." - more on this story

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Go Back To School With Metallica?
Blabbermouth reports: According to Finland's Record Shop X, the Finnish release date for the new Metallica album, "Death Magnetic", is Wednesday, September 17.

Although no official release date has yet been announced, it is likely that the CD will be issued in the U.S. on September 16, with most of continental Europe receiving the album on Monday, September 15

(except Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where fans will presumably be able to purchase the CD on Friday, September 12). - more on the album with some video clips

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Axl Has 4 Albums Worth of Guns N' Roses Songs
antiMusic reports: A couple of readers wrote in and asked why we are on GNR overload. Our plan is to post at least one GNR story a day until a firm release date for 'Chinese Democracy' is set. This is our form of protest over the delay. It may sound crazy to give them press to pressure them to put out an album, but the reality is if they don't hurry it up, then people are going to be sick of hearing about GNR by the time the alleged album comes out. With that in mind, here is today's Patience Meter® reading: it has been 5,330 days since the last new Guns N' Roses album was released.

Now on to today's story: It's a little strange that the best source of information about Guns N' Roses these days is coming from Sebastian Bach, but he and Axl are buddies and we'll take what we can get. Rolling Stone spoke with Bach recently during the conversation Sebastian said that he has heard "at least four albums' worth" of finished Guns N' Roses songs.

He recounted the tale of a night at Electric Lady studios in New York back in January 2007 when Axl had a bit of a listening party from midnight to 6 AM. Bach says Axl told him that one slow, grinding song called 'The General' is "the sequel to 'Estranged,' that goes to the parable that Del James wrote of the trilogy"

"He's like the George Lucas of rock," Bach said. "I know for a fact it's not him saying, 'Let's wait and work on [Chinese Democracy] some more. He has a whole new business team. Irving Azoff is in control, along with Andy Gould. They are trying to figure out the best way to put the music out." - We'll see, read the full RS report

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Ramones KISS Pearl Jam, Madonna Hiring Macca's Divorce Lawyer?, The Time Back From More Jungle Love, Idol Auditions, Cold Replay, AC/DC Get Festive and more
antiMusic reports: Pearl Jam gave a nod to its classic rock influences Wed night (June 25) in New York, drafting Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley and Ramones bassist C.J. Ramone for guest appearances during the second of a two-night stand at Madison Square Garden. more

Madonna has sought the legal counsel of Fiona Shackleton, the divorce lawyer who represented Paul McCartney during his split from Heather Mills, about a possible divorce from husband of seven years, Guy Ritchie more

Inside a red brick Hollywood rehearsal studio, The Time keep on ticking. The seven-man funk band from Minneapolis has reunited once again, 18 years after their last studio album. Band members have made room in their schedules this summer for a series of concerts at the Flamingo hotel-casino in Las Vegas. more

Karaoke wanna-be's get ready! Your chance to butcher classics and mediocre songs is fast approaching! Auditions for the eighth season of "American Idol" will begin July 17 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The other audition cities are: Louisville, Ky. on July 21; Phoenix on July 25; Salt Lake City on July 29 more towns and dates

Rock fans were in a frenzy last night over rumours AC/DC will play Scotland next year. The band are said to have pencilled in a date at Glasgow's SECC in January which could be followed by a world tour. more

Did you miss Coldplay on the Daily Show? Not to worry, Comedy Central has two videos posted on their site. "42" and Lost

In Celebration of Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday Special Airs On Vh1 Monday @ 9pm. The special features host Will Smith, performances from Leona Lewis, Queen, Amy Winehouse, Simple Minds, Annie Lennox, Razorlight, Emmanuel Jal, Eddie Grant and more. more details

This year's "Blackest of the Black" tour, headlined by Danzig, will kick off in October and will feature support from Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, Winds of Plague, and Skeletonwitch. dates

The long-awaited Jesus & Mary Chain boxed set is finally set for release Sept. 30 via Rhino. The four-disc "The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities" is presented in chronological order and offers a host of previously unreleased tracks. more

Baltimore, Maryland's Trapped Under Ice has reportedly been robbed in Florence, Italy. Here's a statement being circulated on the band's behalf: "Tour has been a great success but unfortunately today one of the vans was broken into in Florence. The two U.S. bands have lost passports, laptops, all clothes except what they were wearing, a lot of the merch, money, etc. Basically it's a pretty bad and messed up situation. more

The notorious ticketing company Ticketmaster has been spun off from parent IAC/InterActiveCorp. This just a few months after the company lost its contract with Live Nation/Clear Channel. The two events are notable because it diminishes much of the market power that enabled Ticket Master to control venues, tickets and their famous service charges. [sadly, Live Nation seems to love the very same service charges and per ticket parking charges] more

Starting Thursday, June 27th at midnight EST, you can hear Alkaline Trio's new album Agony and Irony in its entirety on the band's MySpace page. Agony and Irony is out on July 1st through Epic Records. - listen here

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More NIN Details Slip Out
NLM reports: Nine Inch Nails' The Slip, currently available only as a free download at NIN.com, will be issued July 22 as a limited edition physical CD/DVD through the band's own Null Corporation label.

The CD version of The Slip will be limited to 250,000 copies worldwide, each in an individually numbered six-panel digipak that includes a bonus DVD of performances filmed during rehearsals for NIN's upcoming Lights In The Sky tour, as well as a 24-page booklet and exclusive sticker pack.

The gatefold vinyl contains one 180-gram vinyl LP and a 24-page booklet, and is neither limited nor numbered. The Slip is 10 new songs written and performed by Trent Reznor with Josh Freese, Robin Finck and Alessandro Cortini. Justin Meldal-Johnsen will round out this NIN lineup for the upcoming tour - dates

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Kanye Has Hissy Fit and Blames Pearl Jam for Backlash
antiMusic reports: We ran into a few reports about this story but Hecklerspray's as usual was the most honest. So here is party of their report: Kanye West's stock in trade is furious, barely-legible indignation about people not realising that he's the greatest human in history, but he's outdone himself this time.

Not so long ago Kanye West performed a set at the Bonnaroo music festival that didn't go so well, possibly because he kept his crowd waiting for eight hours before finally dragging himself onstage at about 4:30am. And since Kanye West is a sage so wise that he rivals all of history's greatest thinkers, he's taken to the internet to construct a well-considered explanation for the mix up.


Just kidding - Kanye West's gone batsh*t! Properly, 94-exclamation-marks-in-a-row batsh*t. All-capital batsh*t. Confused, badly-formed batsh*t that doesn't make any sense. Hecklerspray commenter batsh*t. We're scared: "This Bonnaroo thing is the worst insult I've ever had in my life. This is the most offended I've ever been… this is the maddest I ever will be. I'm typing so ----ing hard I might break my ----ing Mac book Air!!!!!!!! JUST SAY THIS OUT LOUD IN A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE, "KANYE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT GIVING A GOOD PERFORMANCE." CAN ANYONE HONESTLY SAY THAT ????????? PEARL JAM ENDED ONE HOUR LATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AT THAT POINT WE'RE RACING AGAINST THE SUN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
- more on this story

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Metal Head Vs Church
Blabbermouth reports: It seems church services at Believers Fellowship Church [in Revloc, Pennsylvania] have become part of a rock 'n' soul showdown between a lively congregation and a heavy metal-loving neighbor.

Since Joe Vermeulin moved into the former Holy Redeemer Church parsonage next door, church members say their services have been interrupted by outdoor speakers blaring Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson and AC/DC's ditty "Hell's Bells", creating friction between the sides.

But Vermeulin, whose home is about 15 feet from the church, and some neighbors believe the church's musical worship and electric praise band are too loud. [could be worse, he could be blasting Slayer] - more on this story

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Dr Zeppelin
antiMusic reports: Paging doctor Page, paging doctor Page... Blabbermouth explains: The University of Surrey has conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of the University to Jimmy Page for services to the music industry. The award was made on Friday, June 20 at Guildford Cathedral.

Jimmy generously signed a guitar (see photo at link) which will be given away in a competition at the upcoming GuilFest festival. Surrey's involvement with GuilFest this year celebrates its innovative music programmes that reflect the diversity of contemporary musical practice.

James Patrick "Jimmy" Page, OBE is a world renowned guitarist and composer. Born in Middlesex in 1944, he grew up in Epsom, Surrey where he developed a passion for both painting and music. - more on this story

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T Pain Accused of Ripping Off Huggy Bear
idolator reports: So here's how the great "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)" heist of 2005 went down. Three producers—Rodney King (no, not him), Jeff Byrd, and James Reese—wrote a song named "Makin' Luv 2 A Player" in 1997, which was then recorded by Antonio Fargas, a.k.a. TV's "Huggy Bear."

A year later, King and Fargas met with Steve Rifkind, then-owner of Loud Records, who was interested in having the Wu-Tang Clan or Fat Joe redo the track. The parties couldn't come to a mutual agreement, but Rifkind allegedly kept a copy of the song.

Eventually, according to the producers, T-Pain was given a copy of the song by Akon; his label Konvict Music, which signed T-Pain, was connected to Rifkind's SRC Records. Because this Antonio Fargas track is just that damn good.... More than 100 parties are listed in the lawsuit, which helps explain why the writers waited until well after the song reached its maximum cultural saturation to file suit. - Grab all the details here

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Extreme Reunion CD and Tour
PR reports: This summer, Extreme will release Saudades de Rock (pronounced "sow-dodge"), their first studio album in thirteen years which will coincide with their first world tour in over twelve years. Saudades de Rock will be released on August 12th on Open E Records and distributed by Fontana.

The rock foursome - vocalist Gary Cherone, guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, bassist Pat Badger and new drummer Kevin Figueiredo – recorded their fifth studio offering at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with Bettencourt at the helm as producer and mixer. Saudades de Rock boasts 13 tracks.

"'Saudades' was always a beautiful word to me,"
Bettencourt explains about the Portuguese album moniker. "It expresses a longing; an underlying sadness for something or someone that's been missing in your life, and never quite sure if it will ever return. In this case, for us, it's Rock and Roll. Saudades de Rock."
Gary Cherone adds, "I like how it expresses that longing we've been feeling to play for our fans and be together again."
- more on this story

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