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Full Report for 09/16/2009


Coldplay Song Theft Case Dropped
Nightwatcher reports: Guitar hero Joe Satriani and British pop-rock band Coldplay have settled their legal entanglements and the guitarist's lawsuit alleging copyright infringement has been dismissed, Satriani's representative confirmed to Billboard today.

While details of the case remain sealed, legal sources said a financial settlement between the two parties may have been reached. Coldplay will not be required to admit to any wrongdoing.

Last December, Satriani filed a lawsuit against the members of Coldplay and their Capitol Records label, alleging the band's song, "Viva La Vida," contained "substantial, original portions" of his 2004 track "If I Could Fly." - more on this story

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Metallica Is Working On Tour With Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax
Blabbermouth reports: Chris Varias of Metromix conducted an interview earlier this week with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo where they discussed the rumor of a possible Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax tour. Here is part of that exchange:

Metromix: There's a rumor going around now about the four classic thrash bands (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) touring together. How would you feel about being part of that?

Trujillo: I think it's great. We've had a few different conversations on the subject. I'm friends with (Slayer's) Kerry King and had dinner with him a few months back, and it came up there. I think (Megadeth's) Dave Mustaine is amazing. I've never had a problem with him personally. I think it'd be great if Metallica shared the stage with his band. Metallica's still great friends with (Anthrax's) Scott Ian. There's a lot of history there. I think it'd be great for metal. I don't think all four bands have played together at the same time.

Metromix: So there's truth to the rumor?

Trujillo: There is, but nothing's concrete. It's not a sealed deal. We're working on it. - more of the Q&A Here

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Beatles Reissues Score 13 Of Top 14 Albums
antiMusic reports: The Beatles reissues snagged 13 out of the top 14 Slots on the Billboard Catalog album charts. (Billboard doesn't count reissues for the Top 200 list) Soundscan's PR sent over this report from Billboard: Preliminary figures indicate the Fab Four's catalog of albums -- including those titles not part of its new reissue series -- sold a combined 626,000 units in the U.S. last week according to Nielsen SoundScan. In the week previous (week ending Sept. 6), the band's collective albums sold just 21,000.

All of The Beatles' individual album reissues are eligible to chart on both the Top Comprehensive Albums chart and Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. The former houses all albums, regardless of their age, while the latter is for those 18 months or older. The Billboard 200 tally includes only current and new releases. So, the band's two new boxed sets "Beatles in Stereo" and "Beatles in Mono" will chart on the Billboard 200, while the individual album reissues of The Beatles' catalog will chart on the Top Comprehensive Albums and Top Pop Catalog Albums charts.

While "Abbey Road" was the best-seller of The Beatles' reissues last week, the rest of the series did quite well. In order of the best-sellers following "Abbey," we have: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (74,000), "The White Album" (60,000), "Rubber Soul" (58,000), "Revolver" (46,000), "Help!" (39,000), "Let It Be" (32,000), "Past Masters Vols. I and II" (31,000), "Magical Mystery Tour" (30,000), "A Hard Day's Night" (29,000), "The Beatles in Stereo" (26,000), "Please Please Me" (23,000), "With the Beatles" (22,000), "Beatles For Sale" (21,000), "Yellow Submarine" (14,000) and "The Beatles in Mono" (12,000).
- read more here

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Alice in Chains Rule
Virgin reports: Hailed by Spin as "one of the catchiest songs of Alice In Chains' history," lead single "Check My Brain" has blanketed rock and alternative radio and rocketed straight to No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Songs Chart and No. 1 on the R&R Rock Chart.

The riff-driven track appears on the band's highly anticipated new album, Black Gives Way To Blue (Virgin/EMI), available September 29th. Alice In Chains will celebrate the release of Black Gives Way To Blue with a special two-night performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on September 29th and 30th. Next up is a headlining tour of Europe, set to kick off November 12th in Glasgow.

The "Check My Brain" video premiered yesterday on MTV2's "Unleashed," airing every hour on the hour. It also debuted on MTVu, as well as on MTVMusic.com, MTV2.com and MTVu.com. - more on this story

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Books Solo Shows
antiMusic reports: Aerosmith may be on hold but that isn't keeping Joe Perry from working. He has a new solo album, Have Guitar, Will Travel, coming out on October 6th and he has so far announced two solo shows, one on each coast.

Here is the official word from the Aerosmith camp: Joe Perry's sick of rehearsing in the Boneyard and wants you guys to check out what he and his band have been working on. So head on down to Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA, this Sunday, September 20th and you could be among the first to see and hear the Joe Perry Project play some songs off of Have Guitar, Will Travel as well as other classic JP chestnuts.

Opening act is former Dropkick Murphys co-founder, Rick Barton, with his new band Continental featuring his son Stephen. There will be limited ticket sales – so get there early. Tickets are GA and are $20. Doors are at 7pm. Check out the Memorial Hall website here for details.

The Aeromith site also lists a show at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA on October 6th.

- Aerosmith website

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Rolling Stone Broke
Classic Rock reports: Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is virtually destitute. Now living in a small, rundown house in Suffolk, apparently with mounting unpaid bills, the 61-year-old told the Mail On Sunday:

"In 1982 they stopped paying me [royalties]. They'd signed to a different record company and had new contracts and were advised they didn't need to pay me any more.

"I should have got a lawyer. But instead I called them rude words and asked how they could just stop paying me. They all know it's not right. In fact it is outrageous. They get all the money and I get the plaudits and praise, even from Mick. I've tried to talk to Mick a couple of times, but I realise that hiring a lawyer is probably the only way they'll take me seriously. But they figure I'm not going to do anything about it." - more on this story

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Head Addresses Korn Rejection Claim
ABC reports: Statement from Brian "Head" Welch in response to James "Munky" Shaffer's interview with ALTitude TV: "I recently learned of an interview that Munky gave where he said that I came to KoRn and asked to be taken back in the band. That's definitely not a complete and accurate picture.

"The full truth is that for about a year, ever since Jonathan publicly said he wanted me back in KoRn, KoRn's managers have been requesting my manager to work on getting me back into KoRn. The calls were initiated by KoRn's managers, not my manager. I shut the door on their requests many, many times over the last several months, through my manager. However, Fieldy personally called me during KoRn's last tour in Europe and we talked as friends for a long time. He also told me if I ever wanted to rejoin KoRn, or open for KoRn as a solo artist, the door was always open. Since Fieldy is sober now and a Christian like me, I thought it may be a good idea to visit with Fieldy, a friend of mine, to see what he was up to and what it was all about. I had a great time re-connecting with Fieldy. I mainly went to his house to connect with an old friend. The KoRn stuff we talked about was secondary, but it was discussed. Fieldy thought that Jonathan, Munky, and I should all meet AS FRIENDS; re-connect; and maybe discuss the possibilities.

"Both Jonathan and Munky refused that meeting. I learned a lot visiting with Fieldy. I learned that I love and miss my friends, but the visit confirmed to me that I have a different calling in life than to reconnect musically/professionally. - more on this story

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Woman Rocker Beaten and Carjacked
Jam! reports: The lead singer of an Ontario rock band says she barely escaped with her life after being beaten by a woman she met in a bar.

Sarah Smith of The Joys has been in Winnipeg recording a new album and says that last Friday, she and her drummer Kevin Komatsu decided to take a break and go to a bar for a beer.

At the bar, they befriended a couple and two other women and when the bar closed, the group asked the band members for a ride home. When Komatsu pulled over at a gas station so he and the other man could use the rest room, Smith said one of the women suddenly elbowed her in the head and hijacked the van, leaving both men behind.

Yes the woman was ultimately arrested but click here for Sarah's blow by blow account of what went down - more on this story

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Deerhunter on Hold- Radiohead Wilco Collaboration- Metallica Motorhead Jam- Ratt Finishes CD- Anthrax Reissue- Eagle Flies Solo and more
antiMusic reports: Atlanta's "ambient punk" act Deerhunter are taking a hiatus. Frontman Bradford Cox announced the news while performing at this weekend's All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Catskills, NY. more

Looks like Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood aren't the only Radiohead members to have all the solo fun: drummer Phil Selway is recording an album of his own in the band's Oxfordshire studio. Selway, who sings on the as-yet-untitled record, is working with Wilco members Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone, as well as 4AD vet, multi-instrumentalist Lisa Germano. Bassist Sebastian Steinberg is also said to be contributing. more

Motorhead mainman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister joined Metallica on stage last night (Monday, September 14) at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee to perform two Motorhead classics — "Damage Case" and "Too Late Too Late".Fan-filmed video footage of Lemmy's appearance can be viewed more

RATT have just completed recording their long-awaited new release. It's been ten years since their last studio album and the band will soon announce dates for their World Tour 2010. The as-yet-untitled album is tentatively due in January more

Anthrax will be re-releasing their third studio album, 'Among The Living' this November through Island/Megaforce Records. The deluxe package will include the album and a number of bonus tracks, including out-takes and b-sides, as well as a bonus live DVD of a full concert in Londonmore

Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit is planning an Oct. 20 release date for "Expando," his first solo album in eight years, on Lost Highway. The 11-track set includes a variety of guests, including Kid Rock, Dwight Yoakam, Graham Nash, Keb' Mo', Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Van Dyke Parks, Gary Burton and Greg Leisz.more

Punk star Iggy Pop will collect a living legend award at the Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards later this year. Pop, who was the lead singer of The Stooges, will pick up his prize on 2 November in London. more

U2 will take time away from its "360 Tour" to join Laurie Anderson, Rufus Wainwright, Antony Hegarty, Scarlett Johannson, and Courtney Love for a (RED) Campaign benefit concert on October 4 at New York's Carnegie Hall. more

Prong's line-up for their upcoming US tour with Soulfly, Cattle Decapitation and Mutiny Within will feature founder / frontman Tommy Victor, bassist Tony Campos (Static-X) on bass and drummer Alexei Rodriguez (ex-3 Inches Of Blood, Walls Of Jericho)dates

Relapse Records will release Suffocation's only official live record, The Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City, this October. The Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City was recorded in 2005 during the band's Souls To Deny world tour.more

The Scenics are returning with a new (lost) record and a short tour. The band's upcoming album is titled Sunshine World and features previously unreleased material, recorded to a four-track recorder between 1977 and 1978. It features 13 original songs along with covers of the Kinks and Tommy James and the Shondells more

Cyanosis have inked a deal with Rotting Corpse Records. The group's upcoming new album, "Murderology 101: Fascination with Eradication," is tentatively due in early-2010.more

Absu have announced the addition of session lead guitarist Vis Crom (pronounced "Vish Krahm") to the group's ranks. He replaces Zawicizuz, who was recently dismissed due to irreconcilable differences.more

Here is a video on Indonesia's Marjinal punk scene might be of interest. The group started on the streets of Jakarta in the late 1990s, their music echoing the hostility felt toward the authoritarian regime of Suharto. Since then the band has become dedicated to helping pave the way for street kids in Indonesia. Marjinal's music is still about the message and not the money, focusing on issues of corruption, poverty, and governmental change. While they may not be as iconic as the Sex Pistols or as hard core as Leftover Crack, it seems they have embraced the true spirit of punk, that everyone owns the music. watch it here

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Foreigner Preview New Album
Rhino reports: Foreigner, one of the world's most popular and enduring rock bands, will release a new three-disc collection, including a CD album of all new music, a CD album of the band's original hit recordings, and a DVD of the band in concert and beyond. Foreigner's latest will be available from Rhino Entertainment September 29, exclusively through Walmart, for $12.00.

Twelve tracks on the new album are produced by Mick Jones and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith and Buckcherry), with celebrated Grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse) contributing the Mick Jones-penned "Fool For You Anyway." The title track, CAN'T SLOW DOWN, was written by Mick Jones, Kelly Hansen, and Marti Frederiksen as a tribute to NASCAR in celebration of Foreigner's appearance at the Samsung 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year. NASCAR fans bought so many CDs that day that Foreigner's 2008 release No End In Sight: The Very Best Of Foreigner was propelled back into the Billboard Top 200. The collection's second disc contains 10 remixes by Marti Frederiksen and Anthony Focx of some of the band's most well known songs, including "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," "Urgent," "Hot Blooded," and "I Want To Know What Love Is." The remixes bring a new energy and sound definition to these classic songs.

The DVD captures the band performing many of its hits live in 5.1 surround sound. The DVD also contains performances filmed during the band's recently completed European tour. Also featured is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of CAN'T SLOW DOWN, from writing sessions in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles to the Walmart shareholders meeting where the exclusive partnership behind this project was finalized.
- Click here for the listening party via Rhino

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Rammstein To Debut Pussy Video Today
PR reports: As Rammstein prepare for the release of their first studio album in four years, Liebe Ist Für Alle Da (Oct. 20, Universal Music Germany), the band is unveiling a video for the single "Pussy" that will likely be banned by video sharing services and simultaneously be one of the most viewed music videos of the year.

Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, the video (available via Rammstein.com) will premiere on Sept. 16 at 4 pm eastern/1 pm pacific (with ongoing availability thereafter). Teases from the video have been splashing across German TV in the overnight hours with websites posting the grainy images worldwide. Åkerlund has an impressive resume including directing the feature film "Spun" and videos for Madonna (five videos including Grammy winning video "Ray Of Light" and "Celebration"), U2 ("Beautiful Day"), Metallica ("Whiskey In The Jar," "Turn The Page") and Lady Gaga ("Paparazzi").

"Pussy" will be released as Liebe Ist Für Alle Da's first single exclusively in the U.S. via iTunes on Sept. 22 with album track "Rammlied." - more on this story

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Rocky Horror Metal Show
PR reports: In the late spring of 2010, Versailles Records will release 'Time Warp: A Metal Tribute to the Rocky Horror Picture Show', which will feature metal renditions of the full film soundtrack

Featuring current/former members of Lillian Axe, Fuel, Mountain, Steelheart, Megadeth, Alice Cooper Band, Black Sabbath, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Pigface, Macabre, Ozzy Osbourne Band, L.A. Guns, Warrant, the Cro Mags, Kiss, Badlands, and others to be announced.

The Tribute will additionally include a bonus CD entitled 'Horror Rock Vol. 1/2', featuring original bands whose sound could include any variety of Industrial Metal, Death Metal, Goth Metal, Rocky Horror-esque tribute band (with original music), Black/Progressive Metal, Rocktronica (i.e. Rob Zombie, etc), Punk-Rock, Post-Punk, or any other genre of hard rock or metal with a darker theme to the song/sound. Interested groups in the bonus sampler should email a myspace link to horrorrock09@yahoo.com. -

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Slayer Offering Up Different Covers
HER reports: Die-hard Slayer fans, get ready. Slayer's World Painted Blood, the band's highly-anticipated new album set for a November 3 release (American Recordings), will initially ship with four special collector's edition CD covers. Each of the four covers will display one-fourth of a provocative continental map illustrated with human skulls and bones; when placed together, the four images form a complete and grisly map of the world.

All four of the initial CD packages will include a special blood-red, see-through top panel with the map displayed beneath it.

The World Painted Blood Deluxe Edition will have its own special layout of the map cover art and will be in a double-digipak housed in a blood-red, see-through plastic sleeve. The Deluxe Edition will include the World Painted Blood CD, the "Playing With Dolls" DVD, a 20-minute animated graphic novel featuring music from the album (including part of a new non-album song), and an expanded booklet.
- Go to www.slayer.net to view all four of the CD covers for World Painted Blood.

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