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Full Report for 09/25/2009


KISS Slam Original Members
Rock Radio reports: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of Kiss say their 1996 reunion with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss was a disaster mired with delusion. In an attack thinly veiled by not using their ex-bandmates' names, frontman Stanley and bassist Simmons have criticized the band's original guitarist and drummer in the era the band put their makeup back on and recorded the Psycho Circus album.

The reunion ended with Criss leaving in 2001 and Frehley's contract being allowed to expire the following year. The band continued with Eric Singer on drums and Tommy Thayer on guitar despite original plans to split up. Now Stanley tells the Detroit Free Press: "What I learned towards the end of the farewell was, I didn't want to say farewell to Kiss – I wanted to say farewell to some of the members." [A refresher, Paul is talking about when they scammed fans with their bogus farewell tour.]

"It was magical at the beginning. But ultimately the only magic I wanted was to make certain people disappear. It had the potential to be much more than a reunion tour but it quickly became clear it couldn't progress.... I think we had people who were delusional about their songwriting and musical abilities." - He goes on and read Gene's ironic 2 cents too

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Alice in Chains To Take Over Late Night TV
PR reports: In their first late-night network performance in more than 10 years, Alice In Chains will appear on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" for two consecutive nights on Tuesday, September 29th and Wednesday, September 30th, at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT. The appearances follow Alice In Chains' sold-out national tour and coincide with the highly anticipated September 29th release of the band's new album Black Gives Way to Blue (Virgin/EMI).

The much-buzzed-about event kicks off on Tuesday, September 29th on the Bud Light Outdoor Stage—the largest outdoor stage among the late night talk shows—with an electrifying performance in the middle of Hollywood. On Wednesday, September 30th, Alice In Chains will perform a special intimate acoustic set on the late night's indoor lobby stage. Each performance will include one song from new album Black Gives Way to Blue and one classic hit. The September 29th show will see the group performing their brand-new, chart-topping lead single "Check My Brain"—hailed by Spin as "one of the catchiest songs of Alice in Chains' history"—and the show on the 30th will spotlight new acoustic track, "Your Decision."

Alice In Chains (guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez) recorded Black Gives Way to Blue with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush) at the Northridge, CA, studio of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Among the album's many highlights is riff-driven lead single "Check My Brain," currently No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Songs Chart, and its stunning title track, a heart-stirring tribute to Layne Staley, the band's late lead singer. The song features a special guest appearance by Elton John on piano. Playboy gave the album a four-star review and hailed it as "Alice In Chains' Back In Black." This fall the band will head overseas for a headlining tour of Europe.
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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Announces Boxset and Virtual Tour
PR reports: The week of November 22nd Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Reprise Records will release The Live Anthology, a multiple-disc set of recordings drawn from thirty years of live performances. The collection brings together material from 1978-2007 culled from hundreds of hours of live concert recordings covering every era of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tours and represents the best tracks as chosen by producers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate.

The Live Anthology will come in multiple configurations including a 5CD collector's deluxe box set available only at Best Buy that will include a first-of-its-kind audio-only Blu-ray disc. The collector's deluxe package will be in Best Buy stores on November 22nd. All other configurations will be in stores and available online on November 24th.

The Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers SuperHighway Tour is a first of its kind, online-only music experience that delivers 24 of the 48 Live Anthology tracks as high-quality digital downloads and on-demand streams over 8 weeks in advance of the Live Anthology's release. Ticketholders will receive an insider's view of those 24 tracks, through archived memorabilia reproduced on the site, new band commentary, classic reviews, and curated content from the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers vaults. Fans will also be able to share their photos and stories from their favorite Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers shows. Then on the album's November 24th release, ticketholders will receive the remaining 24 tracks on The Live Anthology, thereby completing the digital album. - more on this story

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Chickenfoot Deluxe
PR reports: earMUSIC will release a new, Deluxe Edition of the eponymous debut album by 2009's biggest rock band Chickenfoot. The 2-disc Deluxe Edition includes a bonus DVD disc featuring over 60 minutes of live performances and promotional footage.

The band, comprised of former Van Halen and Montrose vocalist Sammy Hagar, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and world renowned electric guitarist Joe Satriani, is being hailed as one of the most exciting rock and roll guitar bands in years.

This deluxe version of the album will be released in the UK on Monday October 26th and will include an additional DVD, containing exclusive live footage, behind the scenes interviews and both the band's official music videos, for debut single 'Oh Yeah' and upcoming single 'Soap On A Rope', set for a November release as a double A side with 'My Kinda Girl'. - more on this story

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Faces Reuniting Without the Head Face
Nightwatcher reports: Classic Rock Magazine is reporting that The Faces are reforming for one night only. But it will be without Rod Stewart.

After 37 years guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Kenney Jones and keyboard player Ian McLagan are getting back together on October 25 at the Royal Albert Hall. This is for the charity event PRS For Music Members Benevolent Fund.

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman will replace the late Ronnie Lane, while a host of special guests will help out on vocals. - more on this story

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Bon Jovi Movie Going Direct To Cable
Showtime reports: Bon Jovi has built one of the biggest success stories in pop music history, now that story will be told by the band themselves. The documentary, When We Were Beautiful, premiering Saturday October 24th at 9 PM ET/PT on Showtime offers an intimate glimpse at these globally celebrated icons who remain, at their core, a band of brothers from New Jersey.

Directed by filmmaker and photographer Phil Griffin and produced by Academy Award -and Emmy-winning producers @radical.media, the documentary was filmed on the road and behind the scenes with the band during their 2008 Lost Highway World Tour, which famously came to a close with a historic concert in New York City's Central Park. At the height of their success - with another number one album and the number one grossing tour of 2008 in Billboard magazine - Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful reveals the secrets behind this legendary band's determined and charismatic leader Jon Bon Jovi, and band members Richie Sambora, David Bryan, and Tico Torres.

Threading intimate band-member interviews with scenes of life on the road, When We Were Beautiful vividly portrays how the band made it through the rough patches, how they reach consensus on their priorities, and how Jon leads them with strength and compassion. Avid Bon Jovi fans will find plenty of new reasons to be so devoted, but anyone can revel in this exploration of the work that goes into the success and longevity of this band's magnitude. - more on this story

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Metallica Interviewing Alice in Chains Now Online- Big Names for Austin City Limits- Creed Preview- Mnemic Recording- Psychedelic Furs In Full Live and more
antiMusic reports: Metallica interviewing Alice in Chains: The special is airing on radio stations nationwide between September 25 and 29, and can also be streamed in its entirety via the player at FMQB

Some of the big names that are scheduled to perform on this season of Austin City Limits are Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson (performing with Asleep at the Wheel), Elvis Costello, Ben Harper and Them Crooked Vultures (the newly formed supergroup of Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Led Zeppelin alum John Paul Jones and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme). more

Creed is back with their first album in 8 years, "Full Circle" (due October 27). If you head over to MSN you can hear the new single, "Rain," plus watch the video for the first single, "Overcome". Check it out here

Longtime record executive Bob Greenberg died Friday, Sept. 11, in West Hills, Calif., from a stroke. He was 75. Over his 50 year career, Greenberg worked with such acts as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Foreigner, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Aretha Franklin, ABBA, Bette Midler, and others. more

According to the Korean concert/entertainment promoter All Access Entertainment, Guns N' Roses will perform at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium in Seoul, Korea on December 13.more

Mnemic have entered the studio to begin recording their fourth studio album entitled "Sons Of The System," set for a January 2010 release via Nuclear Blast Records. more

Psychedelic Furs are to play their 1981 breakthrough album 'Talk Talk Talk' in full this November. The band will play the album in its entirety at their London HMV Forum gig on November 12. more

Former Iron Maiden front man Paul Di'Anno has announced a November European tour with support from Thunderbolt. dates

Spandau Ballet are to release their first new single since 1989's Crashed Into Love this November. The band, who announced that they were to reform in March, release 'Once More' on November 9. It's true

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, has announced the title of their next album, Danza III: The Series Of Unfortunate Events. The band will be recording throughout November more

White Lion singer Mike Tramp will release a new solo album, "Mike Tramp & The Rock 'N' Roll Circuz", on October 5. The CD "promises to be the most profound musical statement" released to date by Tramp, according to a press release. more -

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AC/DC and The Answer Tour Part III
PR reports: The Answer, from Northern Ireland, has been selected to continue as the only opening act for the final North American encore leg of AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour. The itinerary kicks off October 1st at the US Airways Arena in Phoenix, AZ and concludes on November 8 in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center. The Answer will also headline their own club shows on off days throughout the tour.

The Black Ice World Tour represents The Answer's third tour of America with AC/DC. Their mammoth sound is often compared to The Black Crowes and Free, and is fully primed for stadium and arena shows. In Europe, they've opened concerts for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Aerosmith and just completed a tour of Europe with AC/DC. In addition, the group has headlined tours in the U.K., Europe, Japan and Australia.

Everyday Demons is The Answer's explosive new album which was released on March 31st on The End Records, distributed through RED and was recorded in summer '08 in Los Angeles with John Travis (Kid Rock, Static-X) producing. - dates

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Chiodos Fire Singer
antiMusic reports: Chiodos parted ways with their frontman on Thursday. Here is what the band had to say about it: To all of our friends, family, and fans: We would like to let you know that we have let Craig Owens go as the singer of Chiodos. This decision was a necessary one.

Out of respect for all of the hard work that we have put in together for all of these years we will not be discussing the specific reasons that this needed to happen. We wish Craig well.

We will absolutely be continuing on as a band and we will keep you informed as this next chapter unfolds. Chiodos fans are the best fans in the world and all we can ask of you, after everything you have already given us, is to share in our excitement for this next album. We promise you will not be disappointed
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John Legend Turns Teacher
PR reports: If you have GarageBand '09 on your Mac and you have always wanted to learn how to play piano like John Legend, well now's your chance.

Apple just released another GarageBand Learn To Play Artist Lesson, this time featuring John teaching how to play 'Ordinary People'. Using just three chords, he guides you through a simple version to get you started fast.

Then in the advanced lesson, John explains the complete chords and some of his signature gospel-inspired embellishments. You can purchase and download John's lesson directly in the Lesson Store in GarageBand '09. - Check it out here

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You Can Set Your Goals But You Can't Plan For Illness
antiMusic reports: Set Your Goals were supposed to kick off the Fall Ball '09 on Friday in Michigan. But the band announced that an illness will cause them to miss the first few dates of the tour (which also features Mayday Parade.) Here is what they had to say:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we just wanted to let you guys know that unfortunately we have to cancel our performances on the Fall Ball '09 Tour in Pontiac, MI, Columbus, OH, Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL.

One of the members of Set Your Goals is very ill right now and is unable to make it to the first several dates. We will know more about his condition and when we'll be able to re-join the tour by Monday.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival Boxset
conqueroo reports: Creedence Clearwater Revival's golden era of hit singles (fall of 1968 through spring of 1972) rivals that of any band in rock 'n' roll history. The Southern-flavored quartet from El Cerrito, Calif., turned out 17 hits in a 44-month stretch, nine of them in the Top 10, five of them in the Top 5.

On November 3, Fantasy Records will release The Singles Collection, a two-CD, one-DVD box with a slip case, containing all of the band's U.S. singles -- 30 songs in all. Top 5 smashes like "Bad Moon Rising," "Green River," "Down on the Corner," "Travelin' Band," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Run Through the Jungle," "Up Around the Bend," "Long As I Can See the Light" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door" are joined by seldom-heard singles that never charted ("Porterville" and "Call It Pretending" on Fantasy's Scorpio subsidiary, and later singles "Tearin' Up the Country" and "45 Revolutions Per Minute [Parts 1 & 2]").

The 30 songs, (which are presented in their original single mixes, many of them in mono --- are making their CD debut), housed on two CDs, will be joined by a DVD containing four never-before-available, long-pre-MTV music videos: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," "Bootleg," "I Put a Spell on You" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door." Also included in the package are a poster featuring the dozens of international single sleeves, and a 16-page booklet with liner notes by former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, who lived and wrote in the Bay Area during CCR's golden half-decade. - more on this story

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