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Full Report for 09/18/2009


Clash Stars Reunite
Yahoo reports: Former members of The Clash, Mick Jones and Nicky "Topper" Headon, have recorded together for the first time in almost 30 years by reworking a version of the punk rock band's 1978 song "Jail Guitar Doors."

The pair teamed up with folk activist Billy Bragg in the studio to promote the singer's campaign to help rehabilitate prison inmates.

Bragg's Jail Guitar Doors initiative, named after the song, supplies musical instruments to prisoners. Several inmates have gone on to pursue careers as performers since the scheme started two years ago. "The guys were telling us how much this scheme had helped them move on from their previous lives before prison," Jones said in a statement. - more on this story

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Frustrated With Steven Tyler
AP reports: Joe Perry is angry that Aerosmith has been sidelined due to Steven Tyler's tour injury. The group had to cancel their summer tour after the frontman suffered injuries when he fell off the stage during a concert in August. "The tour was building up to be a great tour, and I was pretty (upset), you know," Perry said in an interview on Wednesday.

The guitarist hasn't even spoken to Tyler recently: "I haven't talked to him in over five weeks. I don't know what's going on with him. I hear he's getting better, but I don't know I really don't know what's going on with him.

The 61-year-old Tyler fell off the stage during an Aug. 5 performance in South Dakota. He broke his left shoulder and needed 20 stitches in his head. Tyler was ordered by doctors to take the time to properly recuperate from his injuries. "I was pretty (upset), because right before that, he had pulled a muscle in his leg. And we had to take two weeks off and we missed probably seven dates," Perry said. - More from Joe

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Bon Jovi Addresses Kurt Cobain Guitar Hero Controversy and Guitar Hero CEO Says Courtney Love Cashed The Check
BBC reports: Jon Bon Jovi says he understands why Nirvana's former members protested over the use of Kurt Cobain's image in video game Guitar Hero 5.

Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl said last week they were "very disappointed" that Cobain's avatar could be used to play songs by other acts in the game.

"I don't know that I would have wanted it either," Jon Bon Jovi told the BBC. "To hear someone else's voice coming out of a cartoon version of me? I don't know. It sounds a little forced." more.

In related news, NME reports: 'Guitar Hero' CEO Dan Rosensweig has told NME.COM that Courtney Love has "cashed the check" that coincides with a contract relating to her late husband, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and his appearance the game. Love had threatened to sue Activision, the game's makers, for allowing Cobain to be used in 'Guitar Hero 5' to sing songs by other artists. - more on this story

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Dokken Does Not Like Chicken and Wants To Destroy It
SleazeRoxx reports: Dokken wants to have its way with your chicken! Check out the hilarious new set of commercials for Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2010. Don Dokken and his band scored "ungodly amounts of money" to appear in the ad, whose director actually rents a house from Don.

Styx was originally scheduled to appear in the spot, but when they pulled out, Don was literally approached to do it in his driveway after a gig (the ad was recorded several days later).

The narration goes like this: "Imagine this chicken is your hard drive and the eighties heavy metal band Dokken is a computer virus. Dokken does not like chicken. It wants to destroy it. The chicken, not knowing Dokken's intentions, doesn't really have any feelings either way. Now, you have a choice. Would you like to allow Dokken to have its way with your chicken, unleashing a wrath the likes of which the chicken has never seen, or would you like to deny it? Protect your chicken from Dokken. Deny digital dangers with Norton Internet Security 2010." - Check out all three versions (each one has an alternate ending) here

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Final Philly Pearl Jam Bands- KISS's Ace and Peter On Air- E Street Band On Hold- Ramones Cemetery Tribute Jam- Redemption Star Battles Cancer and more
antiMusic reports: Pearl Jam will be providing the final jams at Philadelphia Spectrum next month. Support acts for the four-day run have been announced. Social Distortion will be on the bill on October 27 and 28 and Bad Religion will be the openers on October 30 and 31. Meanwhile, check out Tony K's review of the new album right here.

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was guest on Wednesday night's (September 16th) edition of Rockline. Original KISS drummer Peter Criss called into the program to talk to Ace. Peter and Ace discussed several topics during the four-minute call. Peter mentions his new solo album coming out in the summer of 2010, as well as a new book deal he signed that will able him to write his autobiography. Check out the audio here

Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band are expecting a long break when their current tour ends on November 22. "We are gonna take, I don't know how long -- a year, year and a half, two years," guitarist Steven Van Zandt said during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.more

A magazine signed by the late John Lennon has gone under auction and sold for $12,713. Signed 'John C Lennon' - even though his middle initial was 'W' for Winston - the September 1966 issue of Datebook magazine was won by a New York surgeon. But what made this issue so special? Find out here

British private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd is improving results at EMI, but said it might have "paid too much money" for the debt-laden home of the Beatles and Coldplay. more

Redemption's Nicolas van Dyk has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which he describes as "a particularly bad form of blood cancer which is generally considered incurable and which has a five-year survival rate of 34%." more

Steve Vai will be hosting a special screening of his new concert film Live In Minneapolis: Where The Wild Things Are at the Clinton St. Theater on Saturday September 19 more

The legendary guitarist Johnny Ramone of beloved punk group the Ramones will be honored at a special tribute set for Saturday, October 3 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Boulevard) in Los Angeles. more

Def Leppard had this news for fans on Thursday: "We just received confirmation that the band's previously postponed show in Birmingham, will not be rescheduled. more

Starting this Saturday September 19th ,the new video from Shadows Fall, "Still I Rise," will be premiering on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball at 2:00 AM EST.

Twisted Sister's fourth annual "Twisted Christmas" concert take place on Sunday, December 6 at the Nokia Theater in New York City. more

BW&BK has posted a detailed to tribute to Jimi Hendrix to make the anniversary of his death (September 18, 1970). You can check it out here

Nightrage are still doing the show that the Haunted canceled at sticky fingers in Gothenburg Sweden at 18 of September.

Florida industrial metal act Crossbreed have released a new video blog featuring members of Mushroomhead discussing Crossbreed's new album "KE 101" here -

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Ozzy To Receive Legend Honor
Billboard reports: Ozzy Osbourne, the rock music icon whose career spans four decades and has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, will be presented the Legend of Live award at the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards on November 5 in New York. Osbourne will appear in person at the event to receive the honor.

The Billboard Legend of Live award recognizes an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and acknowledges the recipient's commitment to the art of performing live and reaching fans through the concert experience.

"Ozzy has altered the course of rock music and live performance through his work with Black Sabbath and as a hugely popular solo artist, and his continued commitment to playing live makes him the perfect choice for the Billboard Legend Of Live award," says Ray Waddell, Billboard's executive director of content and programming, touring and live entertainment. "There is no doubt that Ozzy's impact on live music, including pioneering the multi-act rock festival touring with Ozzfest, will be felt for many years to come, and his efforts continue to shape the touring landscape in this century." [Who knew that water and jumping jacks could make such an impact! Just kidding, read more of this report - here]

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What Would A Duff McKagan Book Read Like?
antiMusic reports: Duff Mckagan of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and Loaded fame has penned his latest Seattle Weekly blog where he contemplates writing a book. Here is part of what he had to say: "A couple of months back, I wrote that I was going to test little bits and pieces of a potential book I may write. If I do enough of these tests, who knows? I may just have the start of a larger work. To make things coherent and in context, I will present things here in a broader sense. Think of it as an outline. Here goes another installment.

"The memories I have of the mid-to-late-'80s Hollywood rock scene do not necessarily include bands that may pop into one's mind. My band, Guns N' Roses, and the close network of friends that we kept, were a ragtag bunch of outcasts that remained rather insulated and kept to ourselves during this period. We had little in common with the popular L.A. bands then. Though parts of this story may seem a bit dark, this period of my life was one of the funnest and most profound. It also contained many strong elements of a young man's rite of passage, including a loss of innocence in many respects and facing mortality as a result of losing close friends to overdoses. Maybe not the usual rites of passage, but at the time these life hurdles seemed normal.

"I packed my bags and cut my ties with my hometown of Seattle in September 1984. The idea of driving to New York in my beat-up 1971 Ford Maverick became moot as soon as I realized that, on a budget of $360, the East Coast was just too far away. I decided Los Angeles was a safer place for me than the heroin-infested punk scene of the Pacific Northwest. I was badly mistaken."

- read on

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New Rod Stewart Boxset Set To Focus on Unreleased Recordings
Warner Bros reports: Warner Bros. began reissuing Rod Stewart's Warner Bros. catalog a year ago with remastered and expanded versions of some of the artist's best studio work. With its latest effort, Warner Bros. goes deep into the vaults to reveal the secret studio history of this very public performer with a boxed set of unreleased recordings chosen from sessions spanning 1971-1998. The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 will be available September 29.

Producers Andy Zax and Cheryl Pawelski prowled through a warehouse of Stewart's tapes to unearth all the dusty gems four discs could hold. Spanning more than 25 years, the collection's 63 songs, outtakes, and ephemera provide extraordinary insight into the studio work of one of rock's legendary figures and paint a picture of what might have been. Many of these performances are more stripped-down and intimate than their released counterparts, so the set becomes an illustration and a showcase of Rod's creative process. Few major artists have allowed such a revealing look behind the scenes.

More than a third of THE Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 chronicles the torrent of indelible recordings Stewart unleashed during the '70s. Fittingly, the set opens with a decidedly rough take of "Maggie May," the #1 hit from Stewart's third solo album - Every Picture Tells A Story - that broke him as a solo artist in 1971. SESSIONS offers alternate versions of well-known hits from that era such as "Sailing," "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)," "You Wear It Well," and an acoustic version of "You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)." Alongside those are rarities like the unfinished "Think I'll Pack My Bags" (which later appeared on Ron Wood's solo debut rewritten as "Mystifies Me"), an early version of "So Tired" that finds the band working out the arrangement in the studio, and an acoustic version of the B-side "Rosie." Of special note is the rumored-to-exist but never heard - until now - sequel to "The Killing of Georgie"; "Innocent (The Killing of Georgie Part III)" completes the epic narrative begun on 1976's A Night On The Town album with a ferociously rocking performance taken from the sessions for the following year's Foot Loose & Fancy Free. Stewart ended the decade with a hits package that was to include his cover of British pub-rocker Frankie Miller's "When I'm Away From You" that has remained unreleased until now.
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Singled Out: Hank Williams Jr.
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today we have a special treat as music legend Hank Williams Jr. tells us about not one, but two songs! He tells us about his current hit single "Red, White & Pink-Slip Blues" and also tells us about "All The Roads," a song he recorded with The Grascals which is getting some healthy airplay on country radio at the moment. We now turn it over to Hank for a little bit about each song:

All The Roads (with the Grascals)--I wrote that in Montana at least 15 years ago. They were plowing the snow and the song took maybe ten minutes. It's bluegrass, which is something I love. You can tell by the way I'm singing this that I'm into it. It's like I'm on the Opry, standing there with Bill Monroe.

Red, White & Pink-Slip Blues--Once I heard "Eighteen months and two days ago/the mill closed down and moved to Mexico" on the demo, I really got into it. Then you get to that powerful chorus. A lot of people have let me know they're all over it and what it says. Especially with these economic and political times, it represents the views of a lot of people.

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

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Artshow for Slipknot Clown
PR reports: Slipknot's M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan will be making his debut into the world of contemporary art with his first gallery showing. On September 24th Crahan, best known as the visionary and founding member of hard rock act Slipknot, will host a showing at the Kirkwood Hotel from 7:00pm-12:00am in celebration of his birthday.

The show will feature a wide variety of work by Crahan including a number of acrylic on canvas paintings, framed photography, prints, and some of the Polaroids from his upcoming book, The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey. Also on display will be the jewelry of Chantel Crahan, paintings by Frank Hansen, and paintings and films by Scott Kaven. The evening will be curated by the Des Moines based Moberg Gallery.

There will be live entertainment throughout the night as well as food and drinks. Mike Pfaff and Jeff Karnowski, of Shawn's band Dirty Little Rabbits, will be performing Jazz/World Music during the evening as well as a second set of cover songs with their group The $nack$. Also appearing will be DJ Starscream, better known as Sid Wilson DJ of Slipknot, performing with the Sound Proof Coalition. - more on this story

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Scotland Barr & the Slow Drags' Frontman Loses Cancer Battle
PR reports: Scotland Barr & the Slow Drags' front man Scott Barr Moritz has passed away stemming from complications due to pancreatic cancer. He will forever be remembered for his two loves: music and food.

As an acclaimed singer/songwriter, he worked tirelessly at his craft developing melodies and writing lyrics, never resting until he felt they were complete.

As an exceptional foodie, he co-founded Salvador Molly's Restaurant, and created the renowned Secret Aardvark habanero hot sauce; Secret Aardvark's fans are legion and the sauce can be found on the majority of Portland's restaurant tables.

Friends and family of the band greatly appreciate all your support over the past year and consider it a gift that we all could share this time with Scott. - http://www.scotlandbarr.com

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Pearl Jam and Incubus To Be Honored
Surfrider reports: In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, the Surfrider Foundation is honoring actor David Chokachi, and the members of Incubus and Pearl Jam with the organization's prestigious Keeper of the Coast Award. The Surfrider Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala, hosted by Mark Hoppus from Blink-182, will take place at the California Science Center's Wallis Annenberg Building in Los Angeles. In addition to the presentation of the Keeper of the Coast Awards, the evening will include a live art auction, and a special performance by the rock supergroup Camp Freddy.

The coveted Keeper of the Coast Award is presented only once every five years to those celebrities who have made significant contributions towards helping the Surfrider Foundation fulfill its mission of protecting and preserving our world's oceans, waves and beaches.

"We could not have chosen a more deserving group of honorees for our Keeper of the Coast awards," says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation's Director of Marketing and Communications. "Over the years, David, Incubus and Pearl Jam have continued to help the Surfrider Foundation advance its mission and raise coastal awareness amongst friends, family and the public, and for that we extremely grateful."
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