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Blunt Date
PR reports: James Blunt brings his "Back To Bedlam World Tour" back to North America this fall for an extensive headlining concert tour that will hit 35 cities from coast to coast. A limited amount of the best tickets for each show will be available via pre-sale on James' website www.jamesblunt.com. Pre-sale of tickets for New York will begin July 26th, with all other date on August 8th. As on his previous U.S. tour, Blunt will be raising funds for Doctors Without Borders, the international medical humanitarian organization. At each venue, a personal, one-on-one after show meet and greet with James is being auctioned at the show's merchandise booth, with all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).[see full story for dates. There is a sh*tload of them if we are being blunt.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sam Myers RIP
Wenn reports: Blues great SAM MYERS has died at his home in Dallas, Texas after losing his battle with throat cancer. He was 70. The harmonica player and singer was diagnosed with cancer last year (05), according to the Los Angeles Times, and had been unable to perform since late 2004. A former drummer with blues legend ELMORE JAMES, the Mississippi native enjoyed success with his own track, SLEEPING IN THE GROUND, in the mid-1950s.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


The Real Idol
DiR reports: Forget about those plastic American idols on Fox and Ford ads, Billy Idol is still alive and kicking major ass. One of our readers kindly sent in the following update to let us know just how much ass he is kicking! 

"Billy Idol just returned from a sold out European tour and will be recording a live DVD of his July 28th concert at the Congress Theatre in Chicago. He will then continue onto a few more U.S. dates including Sturgis and Vegas. Check out his website www.billyidol.net for all the info." There you have it, click the full story link for more 411, 100% Clay Aiken free. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ultimate Guitar Zeus
PR reports: Escapi Records proudly announces the official release of the long-awaited underground classic, Ultimate Guitar Zeus, created, produced and co-written by drummer Carmine Appice. The CD features performances by 14 of the world's greatest guitar players including Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian May of Queen, Stevie Salas, Slash of Velvet Revolver, Steve Morse of Deep Purple, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, , Ty Tabor of King's X, Vivian Campbell of Whitesnake, Mick Mars of Motley Crue, Zakk Wylde, Neal Schon of Journey, Pat Travers, Seymour Duncan, Ted Nugent and guest vocalists Edgar Winter and Doug Pinnick. 

Previously only available on Appice's website for fan club members, the release of Ultimate Guitar Zeus showcases 14 different stylized electric guitar solos in songs spanning the rock gamut from "Gonna Rain" (Beatlesque) and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" (hard rock style) to "This Time Around" (imagine Yngwie shredding a solo for King's X). Between the blues, the psychedelica, and the rave-ups, The Carmine Appice Project-Appice, drums/vocals; Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm), bass; Kelly Keeling, lead vocals/guitar-with these particular lead guitarists, has never before sounded so varied, accomplished and downright mean.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fab 4 Ever
PR reports: Emmanuel Santarromana's second studio album "Fab 4 Ever" is far more than a cover album. Created with sweet melodies, robot-pop, Irish folk and southern ecstasy, "Fab 4 Ever" is a great way to revisit those classic songs from John, Paul, George and Ringo. [Out October 10 2006][see full story for track and guest info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Can't Touch This? Why Not Buy it? 
Contact Music reports: New music company EverGreen Copyright has purchased MC HAMMER's back catalogue from the rapper's bankruptcy trustee for $2.7 million (GBP1.5 million). Hammer's back catalogue features a string of hits from the late 1980s and early 1990s, including TURN THIS MUTHA OUT, TOO LEGIT TO QUIT, PRAY and the global smash U CAN'T TOUCH THIS. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dylan Returns
PR reports: Bob Dylan's first new album in five years, Modern Times, will arrive in stores and online August 29. The artist's 44th album features 10 new Bob Dylan songs recorded this winter with Dylan on keyboards, guitars, harmonica and vocals, accompanied by his touring band.

Song titles on Modern Times include "Thunder On The Mountain," "Spirit On The Water," "Workingman's Blues," and "When The Deal Goes Down."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Voivod Vinyl
PR reports: VOIVOD's new album 'Katorz' was released in stores today yet the Canadian metal band has plans to see the album released again in November. This time in vinyl format.

The band plans to release a deluxe vinyl version of 'Katorz' in November via THE END RECORDS. The release will come in color vinyl and include special artwork and packaging designed by VOIVOD artist/drummer Michel "Away" Langevin. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hagar Bash
antiMusic reports: Sammy Hagar has announced the dates for his annual Birthday bash at his Cabo San Lucas club, Cabo Wabo. According to his official site the festivities will take place on October 6th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 13th this year. The site promised more details soon. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Augustana Tour
SMN reports: Fresh off a tour with COUNTING CROWS, AUGUSTANA will continue their relentless touring with a headlining run with BRADY SAILS. Check out AUGUSTANA at the following dates:

July 31 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room
August 1 - Austin, TX The Parish 
August 4 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dark Tranquillity Down Under
SMN reports: Dark Tranquillity will be heading down under for a full blown tour this September. Tour info is listed below. Tickets go on sale Thursday 3rd August. Support bands will be announced closer to the shows:

September 15 @ Capitol - Perth - 18+
September 16 @ Unibar - Adelaide - All Ages
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Napalm Death Tracks
antiMusic reports: Napalm Death's new CD, Smear Campaign, is set to hit stores via Century Media on Sept 19th. Here are the tracks: Weltschmerz(Intro) * Sink Fast Let Go * Fatalist Puritanical Punishment Beating * Well All Is Said And Done * Freedom Is The Wage * Of Sin * In Deference * Short Lived * Identity Crisis * Shattered Existence * Eyes Right Out * Warped Beyond Logic * Rabid Wolves For Christ * Deaf & Dumbstruck * Persona Non Grata * Smear Campaign- Click Here for the Full Story 

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KSE, Lamb of God Unearthed Down Under
TuneLab reports: Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God and Unearth will team up for an Australian tour in October. Dates are:

October 17th in Brisbane, AUS @ Arena
October 18th in Sydney, AUS @ Big Top Luna Park
October 19th in Melbourne, AUS @ Palace
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Canada Avenged
TuneLab reports: Avenged Sevenfold have added the following dates to their tour schedule:

September 7th in Anchorage, AK @ Egan Civic Center
September 9th in Calgary, AB @ Stampede Corral
September 10th in Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Center
September 12th Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Convention Center
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Alove For Enemies
PR reports: Alove For Enemies' new album "Resistance" is in stores now! Head down to your local FYE, Hot Topic, Hastings, Tower, Best Buy (select stores only), Newbury Comics, Bull Moose, Zia, Dimple or your favorite indie store and pick up a copy. You can also order it at the Facedown Records online store.

To support the effort the band has lined up extensive touring. 
8/1- Annapolis, MD (Riva Trace; RTBC)
8/2- Philadelphia, PA (The Boiler Room)
8/4- Virginia Beach, VA (Club Relevant)
[see full story link for a lot more dates and to preview the songs]
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Look What the Cat Dragged In Again� Poison Reissues
PR reports: Celebrating their 20th Anniversary, Poison are set to re-release their first three multi-Platinum albums on August 1st. Digitally remastered with rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks, Poison's triple-Platinum 1986 album debut, Look What The Cat Dragged In, the septuple-Platinum Open Up And Say�Ahh! and the Platinum Flesh & Blood will be released in commemorative 20th anniversary CD packages.[see full story for track info including bonuses. Lipstick sold separately]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kinky Release
PR reports: Latin electronic rockers, Kinky are set to release another highly anticipated album in the US on September 5th. Their third album, REINA will be released on the bands own imprint, Kin-Kon via Nettwerk Records. The five piece ensemble will spend most of the summer touring as they turn live concerts in full blown dance parties, including a string of dates with Los Lonely Boys. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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