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Full Report for 05/05/2009

Coldplay Accused of Stealing Another Song
Reuters reports: Singer-songwriter Cat Stevens agreed on Monday that the Coldplay song, "Viva La Vida," sounds like one of his 1973 songs, but he stopped short of saying he would sue for plagiarism.

"My son brought it to my attention and said: 'Doesn't that sound like 'Foreigner Suite?'" the musician, now known as Yusuf Islam, told Reuters. "The song definitely sounds like it," he said of his song. "It has such logical chords and the melody has to be what it is..."

Asked during a telephone interview from London whether he would pursue the issue legally, Islam, 60, said "it depends on how well Satriani does."
[Interesting: since Satch says the Coldplay song was lifted from his tune, does this mean Satch lifted it from Cat?]
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Big Names Touring This Summer
antiMusic reports: Live Nation sent over this info, as they today unveiled a preliminary slate of summer tours by some of the world's greatest artists. The company expects to offer more than 6,700 concerts in 35 countries this summer. Live Nation has sold over 20 million tickets so far this year and global ticket sales are in line with 2008, as millions of fans plan to attend concerts in one of the annual rites of the summer season.

"The live music industry has performed consistently well during economic downturns," said Michael Rapino, Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "We look forward to another robust summer as millions of fans come out to support their favorite artists."

Some of the concerts Live Nation is currently scheduled to produce around the world include concerts by: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Beyonce, Blur, Brad Paisley, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Coldplay, Creed, Crue Fest 2 (Motley Crue, Godsmack), Dave Matthews Band, Def Leppard with Poison and special guest Cheap Trick, Depeche Mode, Eagles, Elton John & Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac , George Strait, Girls Aloud, Green Day, IL Divo, Jimmy Buffett, Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kings of Leon, Madonna, Mayhem Festival 2009 (co-headlined by Marilyn Manson and Slayer), Metallica, Neil Young, New Kids On The Block, Nickelback, Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction, No Doubt, Offspring, Phish, Rascal Flatts, Rod Stewart, Slipknot, Styx and REO Speedwagon, Take That, The Dead, The Killers, Toby Keith, U2, Warped Tour 2009, ZZ Top - more on this story

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Coheed and Cambria Join Heaven & Hell Tour
Sony reports: Coheed And Cambria will join Heaven & Hell on the road as Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice select them for Summer Tour. Here is a blurb their label sent over along with the dates:

Coheed and Cambria, the progressive rock outfit who are recording their fifth album, are also spreading their wings by playing to new audiences in 2009 creating more visibility in the metal world, as well as the jam and indie circles more than ever. Earlier this year, the band supported the heavy metal juggernaut, Slipknot, and now mix that with varied festivals such as Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits it's hard to find a current band that can stretch those kinds of boundaries.

There is another reason for Coheed supporting H&H. Black Sabbath (Dio version) was Claudio and Travis' favorite group growing up, and Claudio's very first concert - at NY's Beacon Theater in October of 1992. "The night would prove to be one of the most influential of my life. I got the overwhelming feeling that the whole stage was alive--the lights seemed to be as controlled by the sounds as everyone there, and I would exit the venue that night with a fire lit under me."
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Metallica Fans Finally Get Their DVD
antiMusic reports: Metallica were already multiplatinum selling metal superstars before you saw them on MTV. In fact, the band managed to release a string of albums before producing their very first music video which they did for the song "One" off of 1988's "...And Justice For All." What made the clip unique, aside from being the band's debut video, was the use of clips from the film "Johnnie Got His Gun" to fuse together the storyline. Now the band is happy to report that the film is finally being released on DVD and the release will include the band's famed video as a bonus.

Here is what they had to say on their website: Over the years many of you have asked about the film footage used in the video for "One" and now that cult classic, Johnny Got His Gun, is available on DVD. Including bonus features and our video for "One," the movie tells the story of an American soldier wounded on the last day of World War I as he relives his life through strange dreams, memories, and conversations with Jesus.

The screenplay was written by Dalton Trumbo (he also wrote the book in the 1930's), who later went on to achieve fame for his work on Exodus and Spartacus in the '60's. - Watch the trailer right here

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Fan Bites Singer- Family Tragedy for Idol Winner Cook- Journey Upstage Fall Out Boy- Reznor to Wed- Labels Launching YouTube Competitors?- Sugar Ray Return and more
antiMusic reports: Let's start off with something silly: Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole has vowed to keep her distance from autograph hunters in the future after one over-enthusiastic fan bit the star on the lip as she tried to kiss her.more

Nine Inch Nails' main man Trent Reznor has gotten engaged to Mariqueen Maadig of the band West Indian Girl. The news was announced on West Indian Girl's website over the weekend.more

U2's Bono has managed to broker a deal that merges Universal Music Group (the largest record distribution outfit on the planet) withYoutube that now allows for the creation of a dedicated channel to advertise the label's artists. The channel, to be called Vevo, will debut later in 2009 and will feature content provided by Universal. more

Van Halen's defacto label, Time/Warner, has found itself mired in a year long dispute with Youtube (leading to the removal of Warner Brothers' content, as reported by the VHND). The label has recently announced a partnership with Adobe Systems, makers of Flash and video tools for the internet, in anticipation of a possible video site to feature Warner Brothers artists. more

Last year's American Idol winner David Cook's older brother Adam died on Saturday following a decade-long battle with brain cancer. Despite his loss, David still served as the grand marshal at the 12th annual Race for Hope 5K run in Washington, D.C. on Sunday as a tribute to his big bro.more

Sugar Ray will release its first full album of new material in more than six years when "Music For Cougars" comes out July 21 on Pulse/Fontana/Universalmore

Beef and Cheddar! Warrant's "Cherry Pie" is featured in a new TV commercial for Arby's, a fast-food restaurant chain in the United States and Canada that specializes in roast beef sandwiches. They also have a song featured in an ad for Pure Blonde Beer. Check them out here

Gene Simmons and his unconventional family are back and better than ever for an all-new season of A&E's hit unscripted series "Gene Simmons Family Jewels", premiering with a special one-hour episode on Sunday, June 7 at 10:00 p.m.more

Carlos Cavazo guitarist for RATT and for Quiet Riot in their heyday has rejoined Juan Croucier's Dirty Ratsmore

White Stripes drummer Meg White is reportedly engaged to Jackson Smith, guitarist and son of Patti Smith and late MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smithmore

50 Cent has officially been cleared by New York police of having any involvement in the fire that destroyed his Long Island home. Fiddy's mansion, which his ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins and their 11-year-old son Marquise called home, was set alight in May 2008. more

Sting's teenage daughter Coco is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after fracturing her skull in a freak accident. Coco Sumner, 18, remains in an intensive care ward after collapsing in an L.A. restaurant last weekend and hitting her head on a chair as she fell to the ground. more

Prosecutors in Italy are mulling charges against the same four Pirate Bay administrators that a Swedish court recently found guilty of copyright infringement.more

Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan has been forced to leave the band's Canadian tour due to what singer Corey Taylor has described as "a very terrible, terrible predicament going on in [Crahan's] family"more

Rolling Stone reports that Fall Out Boy were a little upstaged by Journey. Here is part of their report: On the first day of the Bamboozle, the nine-stage rock festival spread across an East Rutherford, New Jersey parking lot, only one group of unlikely special guest superstars could outshine much-adored headliners Fall Out Boy. Still riding a two-year wave of rediscovery, arena-rock diehards Journey appeared as the secret performers for a four-song set.more

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons reportedly has a small part as a "shady lawyer" in Mike Judge's new comedy "Extract", which is set to open in theaters in September. more

John Lennon is to be honored with an exhibition about his life in New York. Items such as handwritten lyrics and instruments belonging to the late former Beatle will go on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York later this month.more

The Wallflowers have announced a tour of the US, kicking off June 26 in Anaheim, CA. The band, fronted by Jakob Dylan, will tour the country through to July 25 more

Warbeast / Rigor Mortis vocalist Bruce Corbitt has issued an announcement about working with Phil Anselmo on the upcoming Warbeast album more

Disturbed Shirt Pirates Busted: Two men were arrested on felony counterfeiting charges because, police said, they were caught selling bootleg T-shirts outside the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York after Monday night's (April 27) Music as a Weapon IV concert (featuring Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil and Chimaira).more

Check out the newest video from rock band Saving Abel. The video for "Drowning (Face Down)" features NASCAR drivers Jeremy Mayfield as well as cameos from Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Martin Treux Jr. & Brian Vickers. watch here

Skeletonwitch will enter the studio on June 14th to begin recording their next album for Prosthetic Records. The record will be produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire)more

Michelle Meldrum's family and son Jake are honoring Michelle and the one year anniversary of her passing with a benefit concert. On May 18, Michelle Meldrum, leader of the band Meldrum and former PHANTOM BLUE guitarist, was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank in critical condition. She passed away late afternoon Wednesday, May 21, 2008 as a result of a cystic growth on her brain more details

Bob Dylan tops the UK album chart for the seventh time in his career, nearly 40 years since his last number one.more

Academy Award winning composer and musician AR Rahman will perform at the TIME 100 Gala in New York City on Tuesday, May 5. Rahman, who is also honored in the current issue of "The TIME 100," will participate in the Gala fresh off the heels of a major concert event in Kerala, India on Sunday, May 3 where nearly 100,000 fans are expected to attend. Proceeds from his "Jai Ho Concert 2009" will go to 'Keraleeyam,' a NGO Global Kerala initiative for rehabilitating HIV positive orphaned children.

Saints may never surrender but the band Saints Never Surrender have. The group has been put to rest, with members launching a new group called Continuance. more

Slash wrote on his MySpace page, "As you may or may not know, the producers for 'American Idol' have asked me to be the mentor for 'Rock Week' next week. I was reluctant at first, but they offered me the freedom to do it however I wanted. More importantly, there are a few singers this year who are really impressive. It's the first time any 'American Idol' lineup has really caught my attention." more

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Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 09
PR reports: Celebrating what would have been the 58th birthday of punk icon Joey Ramone, the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash will take place Tuesday, May 19th at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza.

Mickey Leigh, event organizer and brother of Joey Ramone, has announced that, as part of the 9th annual Bash, fans will be treated to a special advance sneak peek listen to rough mixes of never- before-heard Joey Ramone solo recordings. Various producers, including long-time Ramones producer Ed Stasium, are currently preparing tracks for a full album worth of material, slated for posthumous release at the end of the year.

This year's headliners are Fishbone and Supersuckers. The spectacular party will conclude with The Friends Of Joey featuring Richie Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jean Beauvoir, Ivan Julian, George Tabb, Al Maddy and Mickey Leigh. Also appearing are Death and Rough Francis (both bands were the subject of a feature story in the New York Times on March 12), Uncle Monk (featuring Tommy Ramone), Bebe Buell, and Tom Clark & The High Action Boys. - more on this story

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Metal Star Breaks His Shoulder on Tour Bus
PR reports: Alexi Laiho, guitarist and frontman for the award-winning Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom has sustained a serious injury while on the road as part of the "No Fear Energy Tour" alongside Lamb of God.

Laiho broke his shoulder when he was ejected from his bunk as a result of the band's tour bus taking an irregularly harsh sharp turn. Laiho and Children Of Bodom are touring North America in support of the band's critically acclaimed album, Blooddrunk.

Against recommendation, Laiho has decided to remain on tour and will "bite the bullet" to give metal fans the electric live performances they have come to love from the Finnish act. For the duration of the tour – set to run through May 15 - Alexi will be resigned to wearing the arm in a sling, restricting movement at all times when he is not on stage. - more on this story

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Ozzy Stoned On Reality TV
antiMusic reports: The following report from the Daily Record/Sleaze Roxx shouldn't come as much of a shock to anyone. In fact, more people are bound to be surprised by the news that the sky is blue but here it is for the three or four people out there who couldn't put two and two together on their own: Ozzy Osbourne has admitted he was wasted during all the three years of filming his reality television show.

In The Osbournes, which featured wife Sharon and two of his kids, Jack and Kelly, the former hell-raiser would often be seen running on a treadmill and getting fit. But he says it was all a charade. Once the cameras stopped rolling, Ozzy, 60, supposedly a recovering alcoholic, would go to a room and get stoned.

Sharon said: "As Ozzy will tell you, the three years that we were filming, Ozzy was stoned the whole time. He wasn't sober for one day." Ozzy revealed: "When the filming ended, I'd go in my little bunker and smoke a pipe and drink about a case of beer every day." - more on this story

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Legendary Guitars Going on Tour
PR reports: Guitar Center will take its iconic "Legends Collection" on the road beginning May 23 for a 4-city tour that will make weekend stops in Fountain Valley, La Mesa, San Francisco and Hollywood.

The "Legends Collection" will feature three of rock's most famous guitars - Eric Clapton's "Blackie" Fender Stratocaster and Gibson ES-335, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Lenny" Fender Stratocaster. Purchased for over $2.4 million from the Clapton Crossroads Centre charity auction at Christies New York in 2004, these three guitars are among the most treasured guitars in rock history.

Assembled in 1973 by Eric Clapton himself from the parts of several guitars, Clapton played "Blackie" almost exclusively on stage and in the studio from 1973-1985, recording hits such as "Cocaine," "I Shot The Sherriff," "Wonderful Tonight," "Further On Up The Road," "Lay Down Sally" and various live versions of "Layla" as well as being featured on several album covers and videos. His Cherry Red Gibson "ES-335" was used to record Cream's versions of "Badge" and "Crossroads" as well as many other historical performances during the 40 years he owned it. Steve Ray Vaughan's "Lenny," which Guitar Center purchased for $623,500, was used to record his classic love songs including "Lenny" and "Riviera Paradise." - more on this story

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High Def Diana Krall
Kayos reports: Eagle Rock Entertainment will release one of today's finest singer/songwriters, Diana Krall, Live In Rio, simultaneously on DVD and Blu-ray May 26.

Live in Rio features Krall with her quartet—Anthony Wilson (guitar), John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums)—plus a full orchestra on 18 lush, romantic, and evocative songs.

This DVD showcases Krall performing standards such as "Where Or When," "Too Marvelous For Words," "I've Grown Accustomed To His Face," and Hal David and Burt Bacharach's "Walk On By," among others. Many of these tracks are off the Quiet Nights (Verve) CD release, her 12th studio album. What makes this performance so special is that Krall recreates these classics, imbuing them with her unique fusion of jazz, samba, and bossa nova. The bonus feature "Conversations" provides an intimate interview with Diana and her band during their stay in Rio de Janeiro, the city that she credits for inspiring her fascination with these latin styles. Also included is the new video for "The Boy From Ipanema." - more on this story

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Nigel Dupree Band Bringing Old School Hard Rock Back
Chipster reports: Nigel Dupree Band offer good old fashioned "rock and roll" on debut single/forthcoming album due May 26th, 2009 on Mighty Loud! Here is a bit on an intro to the band:

Hailing from Kennesaw, Georgia and comprised of members Nigel Dupree (vocals, guitar), Josh Hilton (bass), and Adam Townsend (drums), the Nigel Dupree Band manages to be a throwback of sorts - musically and visually - to such renowned goliaths as KISS, Def Leppard, AC/DC, and Bon Jovi. And the proof is in the trio's debut single, "Rock and Roll" , and forthcoming full-length debut, 'Attraction,' both of which offer a healthy helping of raw high-energy rock and roll.

"We're definitely going against the grain," explains Dupree. "We're throwing back to the '80s a little bit, and mixing in our own thing. We have a modern sound and we're not indulging ourselves as much as some bands with the stereotypical '80s image.' It's just where we find our influence, and that's what we like to stick with."
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Home Town Tributes AC/DC's Bon Scott
BW&BK reports: Kirriemuir, Scotland is rightly famous for its excellent gingerbread and association with the writer JM Barrie. But the "wee red toon" is also the birthplace of Bon Scott, the late vocalist with AC/DC, a band with distinct Peter Pan tendencies.

Now in their 50s and with their lead guitarist still wearing school uniform, the surviving members continue to tour the world's enormodomes with songs about sex, excess and the righteous power of rock. They play Hamden Park at the end of June.

This is the fourth time that Kirriemuir has hosted a tribute, and this year's is known as "Rock On Bon!" Hundreds of AC/DC fans have descended on the town. The manager of the Thrums Hotel says he could have filled the rooms two or three times over, and there are a number of hardy rockers camping in the fields round the town. Local bands are playing all day in pubs, but the big draw is a performance at the town hall by High Voltage, an AC/DC tribute act from the badlands of East Anglia. - more on this story

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Singled Out: Evanscapps (Lynyrd Skynyrd/.38 Special)
antiMusic reports: Evanscapps, the side project of Ean Evans (bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Bobby Capps (keyboardist for .38 Special), is set to release their new album, "Last Time," on May 12th. To celebrate the release we asked Bobby Capps to give us the inside story to the first single from the album, "Innocence". Here is Bobby with the story behind the song!

The song "Innocence" was a musical passage that Ean had played for me. Just like a lot of the songs on the CD, he had written the music as well as a title. On this one, he had written the lyrics on the chorus, "now I finally found my innocence" and the radio man parts, "you're free to go now."

This rang true to me at that moment in my life as I had been struggling so hard for so long to make a mark as a singer/songwriter. Every door I knocked on was slammed in my face. I was told "you're too young" for many years, you need to do this or that and trust me, I did everything!!! Then one day I was told, "you're too old!!!"
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