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Live Earth South Africa Bombs
Contact Music reports: Officials at LIVE EARTH Johannesburg have blamed the effects of climate change for poor audience attendance at Saturday's (07Jul07) South African event. 

Organiser John Langford believes extremely cold weather in the region - it snowed last week (ends06Jul07) for the first time in a quarter of a century - kept people away from the concert, which starred Joss Stone, UB40, Angelique Kidjo and Baaba Maal. - find out where critic place the blame

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No Longer Faster Muscat
KNAC reports: Guitarist Todd Kerns (recently in Brent Muscat's Faster Pussycat, has posted the following update via his MySpace page: 

"Now on to the Faster Pussycat topic. It's starting to circulate over the net so let me just stick in my 2 cents. 

Brent Muscat has decided to forgoe the entire headache of the legalities involved in fighting for the name Faster Pussycat. After much soul searching he decided after the European tour and the couple dates this summer that he's decided to let the other parties carry on with the name. 
- more on this story

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The Misfits 30th Anniverscary Tour
punkbands reports: The Misfits "30th Anniverscary Tour" is about to begin worldwide with 25 dates already announced and many more to come. In August, Jerry, Robo & Dez, will make a few stops in honor of the 30th especially for Fiends in Mexico. In September the ‘Fits will tour throughout Europe and the UK with stops in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland. 

Confirmed dates are as follows:

08/02/07 Aguacaliente, Mexico @ Salon Del Alva
08/03/07 Monterey, Mexico @ Café Iguana
08/04/07 Mexico City, Mexico @ Hard Rock Live
- more dates

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Agnostic Front dates
Lambgoat reports: Agnostic Front has announced a handful of fall shows. Here are the confirmed dates:

10/25 Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
10/26 Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
10/27 Dayton, OH @ 180 Skatepark
10/28 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
10/29 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
- more dates

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A Perfect Murder No more
Lambgoat reports: After seven years together, and just a few weeks after the release of a new album, Canadian metal band A Perfect Murder has called it quits. The group has issued the following statement:

"A Perfect Murder is officially breaking up. There are a lot of things that could be discussed about but we don't wanna go that way. We'd like to think about all the good things music has bring to us over the last 7 years. We've met a lot of people, made a lot friends, traveled to places that we thought we would never go.

1 Demo, 2 Ep's and 4 LPs later we are very proud to say that we, A Perfect Murder, has achieved something truly remarkable. We'd like to thanks the Quebec hardcore/Metal scene for all the support since we've started. - more on this story

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New Great White CD this Month
Sleazeroxx.com reports: Back to the Rhythm is scheduled to release July 17th 2007 which also marks GREAT WHITES 25th Anniversary. Original members Jack Russell (vocals), Mark Kendall (lead Guitar), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (Guitar/keyboards) and Sean McNabb (bass) have created their first albums in 8 years. "It's just like old times," states lead singer, Jack Russell. "There's a bond that forms between people that is very special. I've missed my friends." 

"Back To The Rhythm" was mixed, produced, and engineered by band member Michael Lardie while collectively all are adding their sounds to the mix. "The new songs sound fresh to me, very GREAT WHITE, but with an approach of what we sound like in a live performance situation," explains Michael Lardie. "Kendall and I are having fun channeling our Stones roots and playing off each other in the Richards/Woods tradition." 

With it being their anniversary year and a new album in tow, GREAT WHITE is once again ready to rock all summer long. - grab the tour dates here

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Foo Fighters Set Date
TuneLab reports: The Foo Fighters will release their new studio album tentatively titled 'Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace' on September 25th. 

The band will tour the U.S. this fall with dates in the U.K scheduled for November, Australia in December and a full scale tour of North America expected in early 2008.
- tracklisting

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Joss and Avril's Influences
PR reports: What made your favorite artists who they are today? What music did they listen to? What are their favorite songs? Who influenced them the most? Today's artists are the sum total of everything they've ever heard, ever enjoyed and ever played and 180 Music's Spotlight Influences Series gives them the chance to tell their story.

Music has the power to inspire, influence, and impress and now Target customers will get the chance to listen to songs that have done just that for Joss Stone & Avril Lavigne On July 17, 2007. Each CD is a collection of tracks from their favorite artists highlighting the songs that had a significant impact on their own songwriting and career. Each artist has handpicked an album's worth of specific songs that they have a strong connection with as well as liner notes written by the artist about why they chose their particular selections. - find out who some of those influences are

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Kimmel's Musical Summer
PR reports: JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE welcomes the following musical acts:
July 11 – Flight of the Concords 
July 12 – Velvet Revolver**
July 13 – Maroon 5**
July 17 – As Tall As Lions
July 18 – Jason Aldean
July 19 – Kalai
July 25 – Editors**
July 27 – Sum 41**
July 31 – Common**
August 2 – Sean Kingston
August 3 – Rooney**
August 28 – The Almost**- more on this story

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Uriah Heep Frontman Delivers Blood on the Highway
PR reports: Rock music legend Ken Hensley, who is best known for his work with classic rock groups Uriah Heep and Blackfoot, has just unveiled possibly his most important work to date - the rock opus Blood On The Highway. Germany's Politur Rock Records has just released the critically acclaimed masterpiece in which Hensley, who has recorded 13 studio albums and one highly acclaimed live 2-LP set with one of Britain's hardest rocking ensembles Uriah Heep, could not be more excited!

Ken Hensley still has his dreams: for example to perform Blood On The Highway on stage. "One of my dreams is to perform the album with my band, the guest vocalists and a 25-piece string section in as many big cities as possible, not only in England and America, but also all over Europe, Australia and Japan." The idea doesn't seem far-fetched as Ken Hensley performed his fascinating rock opera, Blood On The Highway, in Hamburg, Germany on May 22, 2007. Likewise, his autobiography (under the same title) is to be released on July 20th and a live DVD is scheduled for release later this year.
- more details on the CD and special guests

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So They Say Preview
PR reports: So They Say has posted a new track entitled "Wake Me Up" from their upcoming album Life In Surveillance. The album was produced by Matt Hyde (No Doubt, Sum-41, Hatebreed) and will be hitting stores this fall. Behind the scenes footage is also available on their Myspace page

You can catch the band on this summer's Vans Warped Tour from July 28th to August 25th.- Get the dates and check out the preview by clicking here.

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The Octopus Project Set Third Release
PR reports: Austin's The Octopus Project will release its third proper full-length on Peek-a-Boo Records October 9th, 2007. The as-yet-untitled record is the follow-up to the band's collaborative album with Pittsburgh's Black Moth Super Rainbow, The House of Apples and Eyeballs, released last year on Graveface Records.

The band's new album, was recorded and co-produced by The Octopus Project and Ryan Hadlock (Blonde Redhead, The Gossip) at Bear Creek Studio in Seattle during February, 2007 and was mixed by Erik Wofford (Voxtrot, Explosions In The Sky). Guest musicians include Stacy Meshbane (Cue) on Violin, Jherick Bischoff (The Dead Science) on upright Bass and Violin, and Nick Smith (Nick and The Six Sick Sticks) on Trombone. The band will kick-off three months of touring in Huntsville, Alabama in mid-August.- tracklisting

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All Teeth And Knuckles
PR reports: San Francisco's All Teeth And Knuckles take on post-electro-kraut-punk-who-knows-what delivers with the type of intensity that infects listeners with the relentless to desire shatter unsuspecting dance floors while also beckoning them to insinuate bar fights, thieve away coupled beauties, and indulge in excess. 

Sure, there's solid amounts of straight up pump n' clap, synth-thick, sex-ready party jams to be had, but it's the prominent demeanor of spite, humor, and recklessness that adds in that special flavor that breaks the formula, flips up the script, and keeps the band on razor's edge status. 

On August 7th, the duo of Sick Face Fallon and Gio Fo Rio are releasing their Lujo Records debut full length, "Club Hits To Hit The Clubs With" - check out the three song stream

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Sun and Wyclef Jean Deliver China Wine
PR reports: SUN AKA GEISHA and Wyclef Jean announced today the official release of their first single off SUN's debut North American album, executive produced by Wyclef Jean. SUN, a four time platinum music artist and singing sensation in Asia , has an overall production deal with Wyclef Jean, and "China Wine" is their first collaborative effort. The single was co- written by SUN and Wyclef who also sings and appears in the single's music video.

"China Wine" was penned by SUN and Wyclef Jean at Wyclef's Platinum Sound Recording Studio in New York . It was an immediate hit with both SUN and Wyclef's creative teams. "China Wine" is the follow-up to the very popular Caribbean urban/reggae single, "Dutty Wine," which swept through the U.S. and the U.K. last year. Tony Matt erhorn, writer and recording artist behind "Durty Wine," was so impressed with "China Wine" after receiving an early edit from Wyclef Jean that he asked if he could record on "China Wine" as well. Soon after the outrageous talents of reggae artist Elephant Man were added to the single as well. Elephant Man is currently signed with VP Music Group Inc. and is releasing his next record on [P.Shiddy's] Bad Boy Records. - more on this story

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Wanna Make a Drowning Pool video?
PR reports: Drowning Pool recently launched a create-your-own video contest with www.fliptrack.com for a chance to win an iPod and other gifts from the band. The contest runs from July 1st, 2007 to July 20th, 2007. 

The contest is in support of 15 year-old YouTube video producer Lizzie Palmer's recent video she made for the band and the recent launch of the 'This Is For the Soldiers' campaign that is asking Americans to support legislation currently before congress which addresses the urgent need to get better mental health care for veterans. 

The campaign includes a website www.thisisforthesoldiers.org which hosts a petition urging congress to support the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform bill along with a powerful music video created by Palmer. - view Lizzie Palmers here

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