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Full Report for 08/05/2009


Zeppelin Foo Queens Supergroup
Billboard reports: While festival-goers in Chicago have a lot to look forward to at this upcoming weekend's Lollapalooza, the hottest ticket in town and possibly most anticipated act of all won't be at Grant Park.

Them Crooked Vultures, a long-rumored collaboration between Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and former Led Zeppelin multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones, is set to stage its first ever show at the celebrated rock club Metro.

Grohl revealed the idea four years ago in an interview with British music magazine Mojo, saying only that he'd be on drums, with Homme and Jones on guitar and bass respectively.
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New F***ing Nirvana Controversy
AP reports: The late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is igniting a new controversy in his hometown of Aberdeen, Wash. This one involves one of the quotes attributed to him on a new granite marker at an unofficial neighborhood park honoring him.

Aberdeen city officials are upset about the quote that says, "Drugs are bad for you. They will f--- you up." The marker contains the full F-word.

The Daily World reports the property is considered a right of way for both Tori Kovach, who lives adjacent to the land and had the idea for the park, and the city, which also owns the nearby Young Street Bridge, where Cobain is said to have spent some time in his youth.
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Steven Adler's Felony Drug Case Dismissed
Radar Online reports: Steven Adler had a felony drug case against him dismissed on Monday after successfully completing a court-order drug program.

The former Guns N' Roses drummer was in a Los Angeles Superior Court to hear the good news from Commissioner Donald Kennedy.

Adler, a graduate of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, had pled no contest to a felony drug possession charge in 2008. - more on this story

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Guns N' Podcast- Ozzy Finds Zakk's Replacement?- Down Temp- Paul Is Not Dead- Jack White Solo Release- Snoop Wants To Be A Millionaire? and more
antiMusic reports: The latest episode of "Talking Metal" features interview host John Ostronomy conducted with Frank Ferrer of Guns N' Roses. Topics include Ace Frehley, KISS, Guns N' Roses, and Pisser. Additional podcast topics covered by host Mark Strigl include Anthrax, Judas Priest, and Machines of Grace. The podcast can be downloaded here

HeadbangerNYC.com has this interesting tidbit in their RUMOR MILL: 28-year-old Greek guitarist Gus G. (Firewind) has been tapped to play with Ozzy Osbourne

Down has reportedly tapped Danny Theriot of Metairie, Louisiana to fill in on bass for the band's current North American tour, which kicked off Monday night (August 3) at Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Kansas.more

As expected, Paul McCartney has dismissed the claims of one of those infamous unnamed sources that the UK tabloids seem to pull out of their TMZs. The "source" claimed that the former Beatles was planning on retiring. According to Jam!, McCartney addressed the report with the following, "All I can say is that I'm not retiring. It's like 'Paul is dead'. 'No, I'm not,' is all I could say. I did talk about retirement in one sentence in one story and only to say 'No way, Jose.' But someone must have only read part of that one sentence. " more

That's McCartney, how about some Lennon news?: Sam Taylor-Wood's "Nowhere Boy," which centers on the early life and times of John Lennon, will signal the end of this year's Times BFI London Film Festival, organizers said Monday. more

Jack White is set to release a new solo single titled 'Fly Farm Blues' later this month. The tune is set to be released August 11 as a special vinyl 7-inch single by Nashville's Third Man Records as well as digitally via US iTunes. more

Jason Mraz is planning to film one of his 2009 shows for an eventual DVD release, while he has begun writing for his next release.more

Mnemic have selected producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted) to produce their upcoming Nuclear Blast Records release.more

King has parted ways with Equal Vision Records. The group, which features Jason Hale of Chiodos, signed with the label last winter. The band has issued the following: "We are f**kin' excited to announce we have dropped from Equal Vision Records. We don't have any fake ass reason like 'creative differences' as an explanation here. We're just done." more

This week's episode of Parlour to Parlour spotlights the Bay Area trio The Aimless Never Miss, led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Jonny Latimer. Check it out here.

Drake will need six to 10 weeks of recovery time from surgery on his torn ACL, reports Rolling Stone. more

Atreyu and Hollywood Undead will hit the road together this fall for a U.S. tour.more

Snoop Dogg is set to guest on the 10th anniversary of the TV game show 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' . The rapper is one of several celebrities who will take part in the TV special, which will run over two weeks. more

"Weird Al" Parodies The White Stripes, Charles Nelson Reilly here

Woodstock promoter Michael Lang has reportedly abandoned plans for a free 40th anniversary gig after failing to find funding more

Mob Rules will release their sixth album, "Radical Peace", in November via AFM Records.more

Pelican is in the studio putting the finishing touches on its fourth studio album, entitled "What We All Come To Need". The album features more guests than have ever appeared on a Pelican album before: Greg Anderson of Sunn O))), Aaron Turner of Isis, Ben Verellen of Harkonen and Helms Alee and Allen Epley from The Life And Times and Shiner. more -

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Metalocalypse's Dethklok and Mastodon Team Up For Fall Tour
PR reports: This fall, two of the most popular bands in metal will co-headline a 34-city North American tour as the Grammy Award-winning Mastodon hits the road with Dethklok, the world's most brutal animated death metal band from Adult Swim's Metalocalypse.

The Dethklok and Mastodon tour will kick off on October 2 in Portland, Ore. and bring mayhem and destruction to local venues throughout the nation.

Adding even more layers to this fall's top metal tour, Oakland's High On Fire and Converge will open each show. - more on this story

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Win Travis Barker's Vintage Caddy
PR reports: Blink-182 Tour Sponsor State Farm announces the launch of their exclusive and one of a kind promotion that will enable a lucky fan to drive away in a 1966 vintage Cadillac Coupe DeVille previously owned and customized by drummer Travis Barker.

Now through September 21, fans can participate by visiting http://www.theretown.com/Blink182 to register for the sweepstakes or visit the on-site State Farm booth at any of the Blink-182 concerts and complete an Official Entry Form (while supplies last). The winner will be announced on September 22, 2009, and will receive an all expenses paid trip for two to see Blink-182 perform in Charlotte, NC on October 1, 2009, along with a cherry red 1966 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, valued at over $80,000 US dollars. For prizing details please visit www.theretown.com/Blink182.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has allowed State Farm to give fans this unique opportunity to win a car that holds significant value to him. "As much as I enjoy giving it to you, I'm really going to miss it," Barker said.
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Pearl Jam Go For Indies With New CD
FMQB reports: The September 20 release of Pearl Jam's ninth studio album, Backspacer, will benefit from a creative compromise that will see the album released physically at Target stores and indie retailers via the Coalition of Independent Music Stores' Junketboy division.

Universal Music will distribute the record internationally. Backspacer will be available digitally at the iTunes Music Store and via the band's website.

"We've put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and we've done it in a way that we think will be good for everybody," Eddie Vedder told Billboard. "I can't think of anything we've ever done without putting it through our own personal moral barometer. Target has passed for us. The fans just have to trust us." - more on this story

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Hendrix Road Rage
Nightwatcher reports: In a brand new exclusive interview by Nightwatcher's House Of Rock with legendary Santana/Journey vocalist/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, the Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer discusses the brand new limited edition live CD from the Gregg Rolie Band 'Rain Dance'. Other topics discussed include his years in Santana and Journey, the possibilities of a reunion by either band, and a near encounter with Jimi Hendrix at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. A short excerpt from the interview follows below :

NHOR : Hendrix was a big fan of the original Santana band. Did you ever meet Jimi? Gregg Rolie : I have a great story about Hendrix. I never really met him, but when we went to go play Woodstock, I was in our truck, and I went swimming every day at this waterhole. I was coming back from it, in our truck, and I got behind somebody in a Corvette doing about 15 miles per hour. I couldn't believe it, and it was on a winding road in Upstate New York. I was honking my horn, and I was really angry. I went by, and looked over, and it was Hendrix. I'm honking and flipping him off, and I went, "Oh my God!" I just kept on going. I'll never forget that. I was like, "Man, he can't drive". (Laughs)

NHOR : And the inevitable question would be, given the hoopla around any major band reuniting these days, what do you feel are the chances of Journey, with you and Steve Perry, reuniting again? Gregg Rolie : I doubt that would happen. Everybody's just kind of moved on, and that's okay. It shouldn't be a big deal. They do what they're doing, and they've got their singer now. Perry... I don't know what he's doing now as a matter of fact. So, I couldn't answer for him. But for me, I love what I'm doing right now, and I would find it very difficult to move away from it. - read the entire interview

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Tantric On the Road For New Mind Control
ABC reports: Tantric's fourth album, Mind Control, was released this week on the Silent Majority Group label (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). Produced by Brett Hestla (Creed, Framing Hanley, Dark New Day), it's the follow-up to 2008's The End Begins, which produced the Top Five Rock hit, "Down and Out."

The album's first single, "Mind Control," is currently #34 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart, garnering spins on over 50 radio stations nationwide including, WRIF/Detroit, WRAT/New Jersey, WIIL/Chicago, WCCC/Hartford, WIYY/Baltimore, and Sirius XM's "Octane" channel. The Mason Dixon-directed video for the track also makes its world premiere today, all day, as part of MTV2's "UNLEASHED" program.

Meanwhile, the band recently started their U.S. tour along with special guests Aranda and Vayden, which includes various radio station festivals along the route. - more on this story

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The Answer Announce More Dates Including AC/DC Run
PR reports: Back for more, The Answer stage a triumphant return to North America for even more touring as the sole opening act for AC/DC from late summer through early fall.

Having already established themselves as the new sound of rock music in Europe and Australia, the band's focus on our fair shores is not to be ignored! Their live chops are unquestionable having played with the Rolling Stones, The Who and Aerosmith, throughout Europe, Japan and Australia.

With a renewed publicity, radio and media push, phase two of the Everyday Demons campaign rocking across the States armed with a new single and video for the epic song 'Tonight'. - dates

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Candiria Volume Two
Fresno Media reports: Experimental Metal pioneers, Candiria, have announced the track list for 'Volume Two' of their upcoming rarities and remixes collection, Toying With the Insanities, which is due out September 9th on Rising Pulse Records.

Volume Two will be released digitally on all major digital platforms (iTunes, Amazon, etc.), with a limited print of 500 LPs in two separate colors.

'Volume One' of Toying With the Insanities will also be released digitally on September 9th, with a limited print of 1,000 CDs, while volumes Three and Four of the four-volume set will be released in early 2010. The remixed tracks on Toying With the Insanities were taken from Candiria's first three albums (Surrealistic Madness, Beyond Reasonable Doubt, The Process of Self-Development). - more on this story

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Primal Fear Tour
Mazur reports: In the midst of a world tour to support its new album, "16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)," German metallers Primal Fear will hit North America for a week of dates.

The US run will be sponsored by BW&BK magazine and will kick off September 7 in Iowa, and conclude in Montreal on September 13. The tour will include stop at the famed ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta on September 10.

"Everyone in Primal Fear is electrified about coming to the US and Canada," said Mat Sinner. "We got such a great feedback for our new album '16.6' and we know that it is time to focus more on our waiting fans in the US and Canada. We can promise a two-hour Primal Fear best-of show with a focus on our new album." - more on this story

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