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Full Report for 07/13/2009


Ozzy Splits With Zakk Wylde
Rock Radio reports: Ozzy Osbourne has told Classic Rock Magazine that his new home studio has given him a new lease of life. And he's thinking about a new name to go with it. He tells Editor in Chief Scott Rowley: "It's great to have your own studio. I'm just enjoying my life now. I've got a new album and I'm working on it as we speak.

"Zakk Wylde came down and did a bunch of stuff - I don't know if I want to use it but I've got it there if I do. I haven't fallen out with him, but he's got his own band I felt my stuff was beginning to sound like Black Label Society. I just felt like I wanted a change.

"I'm getting a new guitar player. I tried John 5 at one time and I didn't really give him a chance. And I've got a guy from Greece coming in." - more on this story

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Nine Inch Nails Final Dates
antiMusic reports: Trent Reznor told fans last week that the U.S. would be getting one final Wave Goodbye before Nine Inch Nails rides off into the sunset. Now the details of those shows have been revealed.

The tour is set to take place late this summer, kicking off with four nights in New York, two night in Chicago and four nights in Los Angeles.

According to NME: The Horrors will support the band at the August 22, 23 and 25 New York dates. Mew will support on August 28 in Chicago and September 2 and 3 in Los Angeles. Support acts for the remaining dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. - more on this story

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Cruefest Adds Second Stage, Drops White Trash Moniker
antiMusic reports: Crue Fest 2 is no longer being billed in announcements as the White Trash Circus. But the hype does live on. They just announced a second stage for most dates on this year's festival.

Here is part of the official announcement: The new stage doubles the entertainment value at Crue Fest 2 with five additional bands - Rev Theory, Cavo, Shram and 16 Second Stare plus one band chosen locally in select markets, showcasing the next generation of rock.

Crüe Fest 2 stars Mötley Crüe with Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and introduces Charm City Devils. The performances on the second stage will be staggered between the main stage acts creating a non-stop music event and adding to the overall festival atmosphere. - more on this story

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Robert Plant Royally Honored
AP reports: Robert Plant received a royal honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday, putting the former Led Zeppelin front man one notch above his old band mate Jimmy Page.

But, Plant joked he and Page would not be fighting over rank, even though Plant's new Commander of the British Empire is a higher honor than Page's Order of the British Empire.

"If we can remember each other's phone number at this time in life it's a miracle," he joked. "We're still good friends, we both enjoy a rather dark sense of humor that comes, I think, from being from rather the wrong side of the tracks for all those wild years."
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Vains Of Jenna Beat Up Cradle Of Filth Tour Manager
Submitted News reports: Vains of Jenna beats up Cradle of Filth tour manager in dressing room. It seems there was some crazy stuff that went down on tour when English goth rockers Cradle of Filth clashed with the Sweden's bad boys Vains of Jenna.

According to sources the two had numerous confrontations on the Viva La Bands II tour which also featured GWAR & CKY. One of the more serious incidents involved a fight in Florida which Bam Margera talked about this week. The MTV star from Jackass and Viva La Bam has his own radio show on SIRIUS and recently interviewed VOJ lead singer Lizzy DeVine who came on to promote the bands new single "Get it On".

Bam can't help but laugh when he talks about hearing the following from the tour staff: "Vains of Jenna just beat up the guy from Cradle of Filth because they wanted to f**k these girls." And his reply: "That's the best f**king thing I've heard all month." - more on this story

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Blur Play Final Gig?- Warrant Singer Hit and Run DUI- Macca Gets Back- Slaves On Dope Return- Aerosmith Cancel Another Show- Nugent Running Late and more
antiMusic reports: Blur defied illness to headline the final night of T In The Park 2009 Sunday Night (July 12), playing what frontman Damon Albarn described from the stage as the foursome's "last gig". more

The ex-frontman for the 80's hairband Warrant -- Jani Lane -- was officially charged with DUI and hit-and-run. The 45-year-old singer was busted on June 17th when he allegedly hit a parked car in Los Angeles. Lane refused to take a sobriety test. more

Paul McCartney is going back to the Ed Sullivan Theater. The former Beatle will appear on David Letterman's "Late Show" on Wednesday. more

Slaves On Dope vocalist Jason Rockman and guitarist Kevin Jardine have reformed the band and are currently writing material for a new studio album.more

Brand New and Glassjaw will perform, alongside "special guests," Nov. 27, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum.more

Aerosmith's July 13, 2009 concert with ZZ Top at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida has been canceled. Citing an "artist injury," promoter Live Nation made the announcement Friday evening, saying that a new date will be announced soon. more

White Chapel and Job for a Cowboy will spend the summer hitting up all 30 Mayhem Festival tour stops on Harley-Davidson motorcycles – including the new blacked out Iron 883 for just under 8 grand. Both bands recently became certifiably bad ass by getting their motorcycle license through the Harley-Davidson Rider's Edge motorcycle training course. Check out video of their experience here. You can visit your local dealership to learn how they can get licensed in one weekend.. If you go to this tour, check out the Harley-Davidson Dark Custom experience inside the festival grounds to see the latest dark bikes from Harley-Davidson and get band autograph's, tickets to VIP afterparties, and other giveaways.

CMT has pushed the planned August launch of "Runnin' Wild...From Ted Nugent" to early 2010.more

Atreyu reports that they are almost done with their new album in a short update "It should be done by August and it set for release in October" more

Gwen Stacy (Ferret Music) is currently in the market for a second guitarist.more

Former Runaways member and "Kiss Me Deadly" hard rocker Lita Ford is making it real clear she has nothing to do with the upcoming Runaways movie. The biopic, due for release next year, follows the career of the all-woman hard rock group that also featured Joan Jett.more -

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Def Leppard Planning New Album People Won't Buy
SleazeRoxx reports: Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says the band is currently writing new songs and expects to be back in the studio early next year.

Although, he'll admit releasing new work isn't what it used to be. "It really makes no financial sense to spend a year or whatever making a record the way Def Leppard used to do it because it doesn't pay in the end because not enough people are buying records," said Campbell.

"So you're spending money that you're never going to see back. Although it is fun creatively. We'll always do that and we enjoy doing that. We've also fortunately gotten better at making records quicker and cheaper, so that just kind of pans out in the end, but it's all about playing live. That's what we do really, really well and that's what we enjoy doing.
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Rush's Neil Peart Beats Blink-182's Travis Barker For Drummer Of The Year Honor
Blabbermouth reports: Rush drummer Neil Peart has garnered his third consecutive victory as "Drummer Of The Year" in this year's Drummies. He was also named "Best Progressive Drummer."

Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip, drum magazines worldwide, conducts the Drummies every year, with voting open to anyone from February to May. This year, 5,310 votes were cast in 41 drum/percussion categories ranging from "Best Drummer" to "Best Drum Advertisement."

While Peart has successfully demonstrated his popularity in the last three Drummies, his margin of victory was less than in the last two years, according to Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of DRUM! magazine. Runner-up Travis Barker gave Peart a serious run and had been the most frequent winner (three victories) prior to Peart's popularity. Thus, Barker remains a very influential, popular drummer as well.
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Layne Staley Tribute & Benefit Concert
Blabbermouth reports: Live's Ed Kowalczyk and Second Coming have been confirmed for the eighth annual Layne Staley Tribute & Benefit Concert, set to take place on August 22, 2009 at Showbox Market in Seattle Washington.

Every year in mid-August, Layne Staley Fund celebrates Layne's birthday by putting on its annual tribute and benefit concert. The tribute team takes extra care to create a close, personal experience that shares its love of Layne and its message of hope to everyone by having special guests and surprises throughout the evening.

On what would have been his 42nd birthday, Layne Staley's family, friends and fans will come together to celebrate the life of the former Alice In Chains lead singer, who died of heroin addiction in 2002. - more on this story

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Plain White T's Live From Daryl's House
PR reports: For the 21st, and newest, installment of his critically acclaimed online series Live From Daryl's House, Daryl Hall's guests are Hollywood Records Chicago-based pop-rock group Plain White T's, who earned both a 2008 Grammy nomination for Song of The Year as well as Best Pop Performance by a Group (for the hit single, "Hey There Delilah") and an mtvU Woodie as Best Emerging Artist in 2006.

This brand-new installment debuts July 15 exclusively at www.livefromdarylshouse.com, where it can be seen along with archived footage of past episodes.

Plain White T's recently wrapped up a headlining tour in support of their new album Big Bad World and the platinum selling hit single, "1, 2, 3, 4,". The track's much-seen video has been featured on VH1's Top 20 Video Countdown and earned a spot in heavy rotation at MTV, Fuse, MTV Hits and mtvU. The group recently performed the song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The tour, dubbed "Three Part Harmony: A Show in Three Acts," has the quintet delivering a show in three acts, one apiece devoted to rock, acoustic and a medley of fan favorites. Fall tour dates will be announced shortly. - more on this story

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August Burns Red Week: Day 1
antiMusic reports: August Burns Red's new album, Constellations hits stores this week. To celebrate the release we asked JB Brubaker and Matt Greiner to pick some of their favorite tracks from the album and tell us the stories behind the songs. They more than came through! Here is today's song "Thirty and Seven":

JB Brubaker "Thirty and Seven" was the second song I wrote for the record. I kind of had a feeling it might be the opening track for the record based on how hard it hits right off the bat, and the fact that it is simply a nice segue between our previous record "Messengers" and our new record "Constellations." It has the heavy off time break down stuff, a bunch of fast thrashy parts, and some big melodic parts, all of which I think people expect from us.

This song didn't go through too many changes when we brought it together as a band. We added the little ring out double bass part after the first breakdown in practice. That was Matt's idea and I think it works nicely to transition into the darker middle section of the song.

Matt Greiner The lyrical content of this song is inspired by the story told in 1 Samuel 11 where David sleeps with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. David, in a desperate attempt to cover up his sin, wrote the leader of the army a letter stating, "Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die." Uriah was killed in battle and David married Bathsheba and continued on with his life, but he would later reap the wrongdoing he had sowed. God struck the child that Uriah's wife gave birth to, and it became ill and died.

The song refers to people who cover one sin up with another until they've created a disaster they can't remedy on their own. The lyrics ask the reader to question their dependency on others to get through tough times. The last line in the song offers encouragement in finding freedom from your shame; "You've reached the summit, now transcend the skies."

I wanted to make the first half of the last riff in the song really fast and chaotic while Jake screamed, "What will become of you," over and over again. At the end of the part we pause momentarily before going halftime into the same riff. I think the lyrics are conveyed well through the chaotic music, transitioning into the huge and open 2nd half.

Learn more about the band, preview tracks from the album and more - right here!

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