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Full Report for 11/09/2009


Steven Tyler Has Quit Aerosmith According To Joe Perry
Rock Radio reports: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has tried hard not to comment on the problems inside his band for the last few months. But he's finally broken his silence and says singer Steven Tyler is out - but he hopes there's a future for the rest of the outfit.

The frontman recently told Classic Rock Magazine he was going to work on "Brand Tyler". Now Perry has spoken out too, saying Tyler has finished with the band after their F1 Grand Prix concert in Aby Dhabi last weekend. He tells the Las Vegas Sun: "Steven quit as far as I can tell. I don't know any more than you do about it. I got off the plane and saw online that Steven said he was leaving. I don't know for how long."

He says: "Aerosmith is such a powerful band. You can't disregard 40 years of four guys who play together as well as they do. It's not about replacing Steve - it's four guys who play extremely well together, and I'm not going to see that go to waste. I don't know what path it's going to take at this point, but we'll probably find someone to sing where we need a singer, and then we'll be able to move the vibe up a notch." - Read more of Joe's comments and some more background info here

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Morrissey Stops Show After Being Hit in The Head With A Drink
antiMusic reports: Poor Morrissey has had a run of bad luck. Illness has been keeping him off stage more and more lately but when he manages to make a gig, he gets clocked with a drink. Needless to say, that pretty much ended the show.

Here is part of Consequence of Sound's report, followed by a link to watch a video of the incident: Fresh off a stage collapse that led to the cancellation of several shows, Morrissey made another early exit last night (Nov. 7) after a fan threw a drink at his head.

The incident occurred during Moz's second song of the evening, "Black Cloud", and saw the singer simply say "goodbye" before exciting the stage. - Wanna see it?

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Fear Factory Set Comeback Release
PR reports: Candlelight Records today confirms February 9 as the American release date for Mechanize, the seventh studio album from Fear Factory. Mechanize features the highly reported reconciliation of vocalist Burton C. Bell with original guitarist Dino Cazares along with bassist Byron Stroud and journeyman drummer Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad). The anticipated album also welcomes back keyboardist/producer Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly).

Mechanize is a full-fisted blast of passion and innovation that sounds like the missing link between's 1995's groundbreaking Demanufacture and 1998's more texturally nuanced Obsolete. Songs like "Industrial Discipline" and "Powershifter" are crushing and colossal, melding fast and precise rhythms with vocals that pinwheel from raw and scathing to hauntingly melodic while "Fear Campaign," which features harrowing spoken word passages, quickly segues into a showcase of punishing beats, rapid-fire riffs and ghostly keyboards. For the first time in years, the band's industrial roots glimmer through its street-lethal metal, thanks in part to Fulber, who worked on Fear Factory's popular industrial remix albums Fear is the Mindkiller and Remanufacture.

"I didn't want any of the soundscapes to sound natural," says Bell. "I wanted them to be really mechanical because I wanted that aspect of Fear Factory to really shine again. I feel it kind of got dulled over and that's the aspect that I really enjoyed a lot about Fear Factory. I was a huge fan of industrial music and still am. And you don't hear much of that anymore these days."
- more on this story

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Zakk Wylde Speaks Out About Ozzy Kiss Off and More
antiMusic reports: Music Radar has an in-depth interview with Zakk Wylde where he discusses a lot of different topics. One of the more interesting things we learn from the exchange is how Zakk found out that Ozzy had fired him. Here is that part of the interview:

"Well, I found out from Neil Zlozower, 'cause he was doing a photo shoot with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. He calls up and goes, 'Hey dude, I hear you're not playing with Ozzy anymore.' I go, 'Where'd you hear this?" And he's like, 'I heard it from Gene and Paul.' So I go, 'Well, I guess I'm not playing with Ozzy!'" [laughs]

He shows his gracious side as well with this comment: "Gus, who's playing with him, he's f**king awesome. So I hope he has a millisecond of the good time I had - that's a f**king lifetime. Gus will have a f**king blast, you know what I mean?" - Listen to or read the full interview here

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Ozzy Movie Almost Done?- Free Pixies- Digital Beatles Sales Stopped- Dilana Preview- Cave-In- Sick Of It All and Iron Maiden Working on New Albums and more
antiMusic reports: The feature film on Ozzy Osbourne entitled "Wreckage Of My Past" is being directed by Mike Piscitelli, and written and produced by Jordan Tappis. The film is reportedly now only less than one month away from being completed. Behind the scenes shots from the making of the film can be viewed here

To celebrate 20 years of Doolittle and the start of the Pixies USA Doolittle Tour, the band is giving away four live tracks from a recent show in Paris. here

A federal judge has temporarily blocked two music-sharing Web sites from selling songs by The Beatles and other artists for 25 cents apiece. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter on Thursday blocked the sites BlueBeat.com and Basebeat.com and owner Hank Risan from selling copyrighted songs by The Beatles and others. more

Dilana from Rockstar Supernova fame is set to release her album 'InsideOut' on Nov 17. Guests include Adrian Young (No Doubt) on drums and Mick Mars (Motley Crue. Want a taste? Check out the video for "Holiday," here

Cave In's critically acclaimed 12-inch EP, Planets of Old has been announced for a January 26, 2010 on CD+DVD more

As Bold As Lions (formerly known as: This Very Day) will be releasing their first EP on New Line Music Tuesday December 8th worldwide. The EP will ONLY be available digitally unless you see the band live. more

Carmine Appice will make a special appearance at J&R Music and Computer World on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6:00PM to celebrate the release of his latest Guitar Zeus album "Conquering Heroes" with a short performance, followed by an autograph signing session.

Glassjaw have been tapped to support Brand New's forthcoming headlining show at London's Wembley Arena. more

Autumns Eyes new album release has been set back to early 2010 due to a broken radius bone in sole member Dan's right arm. more

Sick Of It All is currently recording their next full-length album. The group is at Antfarm Studios in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (Behemoth, Earth Crisis) tracking the effort more

Guitarist Janick Gers of Iron Maiden revealed to BBC News that the band has already started writing songs for its 15th studio album. more

Flogging Molly have announced dates for what has become their annual spring tour centered around the St. Patrick's Day holiday. The "Green 17 Tour" kicks off on February 9th in Dallas, Texas more

AFI has extended their touring behind the band's latest record, Crash Love, well in 2010. The new dates run until January 31 in Las Vegas. more

The original lineup of Adema — Marky Chavez (vocals), David Deroo (bass), Tim Fluckey (guitar), Mike Ransom (guitar), and Kris Kohls (drums) — will play its first live show in over five years on January 14, 2010 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. more -

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Echo and the Taxman
NME reports: Echo And The Bunnymen have cancelled their US tour over a tax dispute. Due to start the tour on November 15 in Atlanta, the band have postponed all of their dates after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled the band would have to pay a fee to tour the US.

"It's with the deepest regret that Echo And The Bunnymen have had to cancel their USA November tour," The band announced in a statement.

"This is due to unreasonable demands presented by the IRS for the band to enter the USA to tour." They added. - more details on that

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Christmas Gets F**ked Up
NME reports: F**ked Up are going to re-record the classic charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. [A 1984 song co-written by Bob Geldolf released under the Band Aid moniker that featured a bevy of the pop stars of the day (Sting, U2, George Michael, Culture Club, Duran Duran etc) and became the biggest selling single in UK chart history. The song was released to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia.]

Using the $20,000 they got from winning the Polaris Prize, the Canadian band are going to release the single featuring a host of artists.

"[We already have] David Cross, members of Vampire Weekend, TV On The Radio, Broken Social Scene, the GZA, Bob Mould, No Age, and Yo La Tengo all confirmed." Frontman Pink Eyes told Vulture. - more on this story

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Theatrical Screenings of Metallica DVD This Week
antiMusic reports: Metallica's new live DVD will be shown on the silver screen this week. That's the good news; the bad news is the theaters are in France, which makes sense with the footage having been filmed there. Don't worry you can still get the DVD from the band's website if you don't live in France and watch it on your big screen TV (or your friends).

Here is the announcement: If you live in France or will be visiting this Monday or Tuesday, check out a special preview of Francais Pour Une Nuit, the live DVD filmed in Nimes, France on July 7, 2009.

You can own a copy of the DVD on November 23, but here is a chance to see it first and on the big screen at 17 Kinepolis or Europalace cinemas across the country on Monday, November 9 or Tuesday November 10 depending on the location. - more details

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Will The Real Wishbone Ash Please Stand Up
Glass Onyon reports: Founding member of the legendary classic rock band Wishbone Ash, Andy Powell, is setting the record straight about the recent controversy surrounding the ownership and usage of the group's name. A band fronted by another founding member, Martin Turner, is also being promoted as Wishbone Ash, creating confusion among fans and press.

"It's local promoters taking advantage of the good work this band has been doing," said Powell. Most recently, Martin Turner's German shows have been promoted under the Wishbone Ash moniker, prompting Powell to seek legal recourse. "Myself and the band's business partners—people who have worked for years to keep the band treading the boards and keeping the recorded catalog current—see it as a raiding party," said Powell. "I am now taking legal action in respect of this infringement of my trade mark. It's time to stop this nonsense."

Powell, a guitar legend in his own right, and the only remaining founding member, has recorded and toured exclusively under the Wishbone Ash banner since 1969--more than 40 years. In the last 20 years alone, Wishbone Ash has released 15 CDs (including nine studio releases) and five DVDs. None of these has featured Martin Turner. The band's most recent release, The Power of Eternity, has garnered rave reviews from the music press internationally.

During the band's early history, the lineup changed several times, with founding members leaving and rejoining. When, in 1993, Powell became the sole remaining original member, there was no thought of calling it a day. Powell later registered the trade mark Wishbone Ash in 1998. He has maintained the mark since then, producing numerous DVDs and CDs of new material. In addition to being co-writer on the majority of the recorded works, he's performed around 4,000 Ash shows worldwide. - more on this story

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Thrice Vinyl
PR reports: Thrice announces that the vinyl edition of their latest studio album, Beggars (09/09, Vagrant), will be available beginning December 15, 2009. The limited edition pressing of 2000 numbered pieces will include a full album download card and an autographed 24-page booklet with exclusive liner notes written by the band.

The vinyl will be available in a variety of colors, each limited to 500 copies or fewer. Fans in the US can pre-order the vinyl here and the UK/EU pre-order Is here here

Thrice kicked off their fall tour dates with Brand New last week with a sold out show in Austin, Texas. Their leg of the tour ends in Philadelphia on November 14 and the band begins their own headline dates the following night in Pittsburgh, PA at Diesel with The Dear Hunter and Polar Bear Club.
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Singled Out: BM LINX
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Tony Diodore from BM LINX tells us about "The Outlaw Jimmy Rose" from their brand new album "Black Entertainment". We now turn it over to Tony for the story:

"The Outlaw Jimmy Rose" is about a guy I met while locked up in Huntington County Jail in Indiana. Before I broke out of Indiana in search of fame and fortune, I worked at a factory called Hartson Kennedy in Marion Indiana (in Grant County). Third shift, back breaking work. But factory jobs pay better than anything else so if you can get one, you never turn it down. When the weekends came we'd sometimes pack up our cars and drive 25 minutes to the Salamonie Reservoir in Huntington County and blow through as much Wiedemann beer and SoCo as we possibly could.

For some reason this time around the campgrounds were just slammed. We set up and started drinking, got some food going and just started out having a great time. Got a little buzz on and a couple of us set off to find our friend Josh, which we did, but he was busy defiling some poor girl in a nearby tent so we kept walking and came up on some hippies in a trailer playing hacky sack. I started off toward them, but I'm the only one that didn't notice the police en route to intercept the hippies, and unfortunately me.

So I got cuffed and questioned, I lied about my age and my name which they didn't believe. The others broke out so at this point I was the only one that got caught. They really wanted to know where I was camping, so I led them by the site, hoping that my friends would see that I was cuffed and they could at least hide. But even when I was 10 feet from them, they were too into whatever the hell they were talking about to notice me. I thought for a second I could run away from these fat f**k cops, but they know the deal and were wise to my smart ass so I was screwed. They threatened me and I gave in, walked them to my campsite.

Now I'm in county jail. They decide to put me and my friend in the work release wing, so most days we just sat around playing chess and watching cartoons while the rest of the inmates were at their jobs. My cell mate was named Matt, and he was in there for armed robbery. He was a chef at a decent Ft Wayne restaurant that I went to after I got out, but he was off that day. His thing was hip hop, and he'd rap to me every night. He had tons of rhymes and it was really uncomfortable to try to sleep while some dude is rapping to you but he was actually pretty good. Hope he went somewhere with it.

My friend, however, and the misfortune of being locked up with a kid named Jim Rose who was in there for murder. He was 17 and wiry, full of energy almost like he was doing lines of crystal in his cell every 20 minutes. He had written "ROSEBUD" on the top of the pocket of his orange inmate garb. Like in the song, the deal was that Jimmy didn't actually kill the guy, but they used his gun so he got some kind of accessory rap. He must have had a ----ty lawyer cause he was going to prison for a long ass time. Not that he minded.. He was really psyched and couldn't wait to "own that f**king place". Guess he didn't have HBO.

Jim thought I was alright but didn't like my friend, his cell mate.
After lights out Jim liked to box and my friend just wasn't that kind of guy, so Jim thought he was a pussy. One day Jim approached me and told me that my friend had better take a shower. We weren't in there for very long so I assured him that since we'd be out pretty soon, it wasn't a big deal and went on to my chess game. Jim was adamant, and let me know that he'd f**k him up really good if he didn't take a shower. It seems like small potatoes to me but after my friend took a shower, I took one too. F**k getting shanked in county for some little ---- like that. A shower is easy.

I wasn't in for very long, just a few days. Never heard from Jim again but he certainly left an impression on me. I think what struck me the most about him was that he seemed so uninformed about almost everything, that he was way too violent and had too much to prove, and he was completely insulated having never traveled out of Huntington County Indiana his whole life. All this posturing seemed to expose his fear of the world outside the imaginary county borders, and it made me consider what could have caused that to happen. I didn't want to get too preachy in the song, though, so it's up to the listener to consider if Jim is really an outlaw or just some punk ass that has been manipulated by pop culture to believe that, even though this is one of the safest places in the world to live, he needs to have the "courage" to carry a gun around with him.

The song was originally called The Ballad of Jim Rose because Jon (our bass player) thought his name sounded kinda western.. We worked with that for a while til I came up with The Outlaw Jimmy Rose as a tribute to one of my favorite movies, The Outlaw Josie Wales. The first version that I made has a sample from the film in the second breakdown, right before we go into the end chorus, but we didn't even try to get it cleared because it would have been way too expensive and time consuming. When you see us live, the sample is still in there:

"We'll find em up in Kansas. They're with the Union. We're going up there to set things a right."

It gives me chills every time I hear it. I think there's something in men that makes us want to "set things right", but that energy can turn dark when someone has too much time on their hands, no leadership, no purpose. I'm sure by now Jimmy has found God.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!

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