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Full Report for 08/13/2008
ism Week: Day 3
antiMusic reports: Alternative rockers ism's great new sophomore album 'Urgency,' just hit stores last week and to celebrate the release we asked frontman Andre Mistier to tell us a little about his five favorite tracks. Andre went well beyond the call of duty! So let's cut this intro short and let Andre tell you about today's song:

Fly: This one is really important to me. I wrote the chorus a few years ago, knew what the song was about, but had to wait until the right way to say it came along. This song is about the fundamental contract between individuals and society. We all give up some individual rights in order to get some benefits as a group. On the simplest level, I agree not to kill the other people in this group, and together we will be able to hunt better and for bigger prey, or we'll be able to band together and farm, in order to ensue that all of us have more food and security. Small individual sacrifice for big group gains.
Now, it doesn't seem like we've done a fantastic job of getting rid of world hunger or of ending fighting and war, does it? So, society hasn't fulfilled its end of the bargain. If we're going to have a society, isn't the whole purpose to make sure that everyone has at the least food and safety?

When I think of these big goals for humanity, I always think of flight. In my mind, humans have wanted to fly for as long as we could dream. And I don't mean airplanes, I mean straight up fliying. To be honest, when I was a kid I really expected there would be at the least flying cars by the time I was an adult. Didn't you? So, for what we've given, what have we got? We can't even fly!

- Read the rest of this song story

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Velvet Kravitz Revolver Shot Down
antiMusic reports: More fun with Velvet Revolver singer rumors. Blabbermouth has today's entry: Lenny Kravitz has shot down as false Internet reports that he is set to become the new singer of Velvet Revolver.

The singer told RollingStone.com, "I know and love the Velvet Revolver guys but there is no truth to the story about me joining their band."

The UK's The Sun claimed that Kravitz was "spotted" in the studio with the now-singer-less Velvet Revolver and a quoted a "source" as saying, "Velvet Revolver's new album will draw heavily on their messy split with [former singer] Scott [Weiland]. - more on this story

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Isaac Hayes Likely Died of a Stroke
Jam! reports: Isaac Hayes apparently died of a stroke, officials with the sheriff's department said Tuesday.

The deep-voiced soul singer died Sunday after he was found unconscious at his Memphis residence.

No autopsy was performed, but paperwork filed by Hayes's family physician, Dr. David Kraus, lists the cause of death as a stroke, sheriff's spokesman Steve Shular said Tuesday. - more on this story

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John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole, Miley Cyrus Trapped in the Closet?, Radiohead Score Fight Clubbers Latest Film, DMX Warrant and more
antiMusic reports: John Lennon's killer was denied parole for a fifth time Tuesday by a board that said he remains a threat to the public. more

Blink-182 and Morrissey producer Jerry Finn has been taken off life support after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage last month. According to a post on the Prosoundweb forum reprinted on Morrissey-Solo.com, Finn's family made the decision on Saturday. more

DMX is in trouble yet again, after failing to show up to an Arizona court to face 11 charges from drugs possession to animal cruelty. The judge will hold the warrant until 4pm PST today (August 12) to give his attorney time to provide information to the court regarding his location and reasons for his non-appearance more

Amy Winehouse has told a UK gossip columnist that even though her stab at a theme to the new James Bond movie, Quantum Of Solace, was rejected in favor of a collaboration between Jack White and Alicia Keys, she's going to get it together enough to record the song anyway. more

Radiohead have written the score for the film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's latest book, the author has revealed to the BBC. Palahniuk's 1996 novel Fight Club was made into a film starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. His latest book, Choke, is also being adapted for the big screen. more

In the "didn't I hear that before" department, Idolator also has an interesting comparison between Miley Cyrus and R.Kelly's pseudo-southern woman in "Trapped in the Closet, Chapter 8". Read their analysis and listen for yourself right here

Southern Comfort has announced that the SoCo Music Experience scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 18 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium has been cancelled due to an unexpected escalation in production costs. At this time, there are no plans to reschedule the event this year.

The Verve have denied rumors that they are on the verge of cancelling their V Festival appearances this weekend (August 16-17). more

A music producer has sued Vanessa Hudgens for $5 million, claiming the actress and her father have repeatedly violated a contract and failed to pay him his share of her earnings. more

The final recordings of "outlaw legend" Waylon Jennings will get a release on October 21st. Waylon Forever will feature eight songs all backed by his son Shooter Jennings and his band the 357's. more

Don Helms, a renowned steel guitarist who played in Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys band and on country classics by Patsy Cline and Lefty Frizzell, has died of an apparent heart attack. He was 81.

Avant is joining the Capitol Records roster of urban chart-topping artists. His first Capitol Records album will be released on October 28th, 2008.

This week Rock The Bayou announced a 4th band stage. That means that we will approach 150 live bands performing over the long weekend! A full lineup of artists can be found here

London folk rock outfit Noah and the Whale have announced their first-ever stateside tour. The short jaunt will kick off in mid-September bookended by several European dates. more

A pretty girl who won national fame after singing at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was only miming. Wearing a red dress and pigtails, Lin Miaoke charmed a worldwide audience with a rendition of "Ode to the Motherland". more

Chiodos, Silverstein, and Escape The Fate will be touring together in October and November. Confirmed dates are here

Tina Turner has announced that she will release an album featuring hits spanning her career as well as rare live recordings and two new tracks. 'Tina!' is due out in the US on September 30 via Capitol/EMI. more

Brian Epstein's copy of his management contract with The Beatles, a pact that proved to be worth millions, is being offered for sale in London next month. The four-page document, signed Oct. 1, 1962, by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey � Ringo Starr's real name � carries an estimated price of $480,000 more

Rock & roll comic C.C. Banana, known for his outrageous interviews with rockers and other celebrities, has written a new song parody exclusively for this project. The song is a comedic take on the Gene Simmons/Vinnie Vincent classic "Unholy," rewritten as a roast of Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley. Despite its humorous overtones, the track is an appropriately heavy recreation of the Kiss original, featuring a guitar solo by Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), guitars and bass by Paul LaPlaca (Zandelle, Z02, Chris Caffery solo band), drums by Dennis Leeflang (Sun Caged, Epica, Bumblefoot solo band) and background vocals by Kelli McCloud (Queen of the Reich) and Vic Rivera (AdrianGale, Crunch, Poley/Rivera).

Finally we offer a overall answer to a few emails we received about yesterday's story "Another Bon Jovi Song Theft Accusation" we will reiterate that the claims were made by a musician who emailed a statement to SleazeRoxx.com. Unlike last week's story about Boston rocker Bart Steele, who claims that Bon Jovi stole his Red Sox tribute song, we did not have access to links to the actual songs where you could compare the compositions and judge for yourself. Also the claims made by the musician in yesterday's report about members of Bon Jovi listening to demos by unsigned bands in order to steal their music was clearly hearsay as he was just passing on a claim that he heard from another person. So take those claims for what they are worth. If we are informed about samples of the original composition being made available online we will pass those on to you so you can hear and make your own judgment about the claims of song theft. With all of that said, Bart Steele let us know that he has penned a new "Boston" song and posted it online. You can check out "Can't Keep Us Down" at - http://www.myspace.com/chelseacitycouncil

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Crue Fest Hype Failed To Fill Seats
antiMusic reports: Today's music business 101 lesson is that overblown hype does not sell inflated concert tickets. Case in point is Motley Crue's stab at a packaged summer tour, which was hyped as "colossal" and "one of the biggest music announcements of the year." According to Blabbermouth, Billboard has revealed the attendance records for a number of stops for this summer's Cruefest; the fest the package tour featuring Motley Crue, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx: AM. Save for Detroit Rock City, almost all of the of the venues were only half-filled when this tour rolled through the various towns.

The July 15th stop at the 15,601 capacity DTE Energy Music Center in Clarkston, MI was the only sellout reported. The Houston, TX show at 11,666 capacity Toyota Center came close to selling out as well with a reported 10,347 in attendance, but the bigger venues on the tour didn't produce the results the hype led us to expect. In fact, the tour played to half capacity venues for most of the tour.

In Dallas they sold 12,155 tickets out of a possible 20,033. In Selma they sold 9,252 tickets out of a possible 19,921. In Maryland Heights, MO they sold 10,908 tickets out of a possible 20,950. In Noblesville, IN they sold 15,012 tickets out of a possible 24,680. In Bristow, VA they sold 11,527 tickets out of a possible 23,287. In Camden, NJ they sold 11,102 tickets out of a possible 25,326. In Wantagh, NY they sold 8,990 tickets out of a possible 13,827. In Virginia Beach, VA they sold 10,238 tickets out of a possible 20,015. In Charlotte, NC they sold 12,544 tickets out of a possible 18,808. In Tampa, FL they sold 10,020 tickets out of a possible 17,459, and in West Palm Beach, FL they sold 8,700 tickets out of a possible 19,438. - more on this story

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Death Cab for Cutie Announce Rocktober Tour
Atlantic Records reports: Death Cab for Cutie has revealed details of a string of headlining dates beginning in early October. The shows support the Seattle-based band's acclaimed new album, "Narrow Stairs." Released this past May, the collection made a stunning debut atop the Billboard 200, marking Death Cab's first-ever #1 record.

DCFC will perform in their hometown of Seattle for the first time in nearly two years at the annual Bumbershoot Festival. They close out the mainstage of the festival on Monday, September 1st. Indie rock legends Superchunk have agreed to make an increasingly rare appearance and join the bill.

Death Cab will then kick off their fall tour on October 3rd at Boston's Agganis Arena, with dates thus far announced through an October 13th show at St. Louis' Fox Theatre. Among the tour's highlights is an October 6th date at New York City's legendary Radio City Music Hall. - more on this story

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Queen + Paul Rodgers Set Album Release
antiMusic reports: Queen + Paul Rodgers have announced that they will release their debut studio album "The Cosmos Rocks" world wide on September 15, 2008. However, that release date does not include North America. The press release did not include the U.S. release date but Amazon is showing that it will hit U.S. shelves on October 14, 2008.

Coinciding with the release of The Cosmos Rocks, Queen + Paul Rodgers embark on a 33-date Europe and Northern Eurasia tour beginning mid-September. The tour reaches the UK on October 10 with 11 dates including two at London 02 and the tour's final date at Wembley Arena on November 8.

Here is the press release with details about the release (followed by a link to preview clips): The first thing you notice about The Cosmos Rocks, the much anticipated first album from rock legends Queen + Paul Rodgers is "all tracks written by Queen and Paul Rodgers"�"produced and performed by Brian May, Paul Rodgers and Roger Taylor" (indicating that between them they played all instruments, including bass - Paul and Brian swapping duties - in case you were going to ask). This is obviously not a case of Rodgers lightly stepping in to fill a vocal gap, as some might have been drawn to assume would be the case when the three of them got into the studio together. - more on this story

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Daughtry Debut Expanded For Reissue
Billboard reports: Daughtry's four-times platinum self-titled 19/RCA debut will be released in expanded form Sept. 9, led by a newly recorded cover of Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time."

The original album is also appended with acoustic renditions of "What About Now" and "Home" plus a live version of "It's Not Over."

A bonus DVD boasts videos for "It's Not Over," "Home," "Over You," "Feels Like Tonight" and "What About Now," along with live clips - more on this story

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The Cure Emo Remix EP
UMe reports: The Cure announce an EP of remixes of the first 4 singles taken from their imminent new album to be released digitally and on CD on September 16th.

Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Pete Wentz & Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Jade Puget (AFI) , 30 Seconds To Mars and 65 Days Of Static (who supported The Cure on most of their recent 59 date World 4Tour), have exclusively remixed the four singles from the forthcoming studio album for this special EP, entitled Hypnagogic States as follows:

The Only One" remixed by 30 Seconds to Mars ** "Freakshow" remixed by Wolves at the gate � Jade E. Puget (AFI) ** "Sleep When I'm Dead" remixed by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Julien-K ** "The Perfect Boy" remixed by Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) ** "Exploding Head Syndrome" (all 4 singles) remixed by 65 Days Of Static ** All Artist royalties from the EP will benefit The International Red Cross. - more on this story

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Misheard Lyrics of the Day: Bon Jovi
antiMusic reports: Who hasn't misheard a song lyrics. We thought it might be fun to feature some favorites here for you to enjoy.

Today's misheard lyric is to Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer" and the line "It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not." That lyric has been misheard as "It doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not."

If you have a misheard lyric we'd love to hear from you. See the contact link at the bottom of the page for how to get ahold of us to tell us about your favorites. If you want to check out more misheard song lyrics like this one you can go - here

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Todd Rundgren's New Album Coming Next Month
Noble PR reports: Todd Rundgren is set to release his first full-length record of original studio material in 4 years, entitled Arena in the UK on September 29th and in America on September 30th (via newly launched music venture Hi Fi Recordings).

Rundgren has been on the road in support of the release on a 20 + U.S. city tour this summer which kicked off with a week-long celebration in Hawaii, culminating with the first-ever live performance of Arena in its entirety on Todd's birthday, June 22nd. Rundgren will also hit the road in support of Arena this fall in Europe and the UK where the album will be released simultaneously to the U.S.

Former Utopia bass guitarist, Kasim Sulton, is confirmed to play guitar, keyboards and sing vocals on Rundgren's forthcoming American and European "Arena" tours. Sulton, who recently was the musical director for Meatloaf's North American and European tours, will join Rachel Haden (bass), Jesse Gresse (guitar), former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince and Todd Rundgren (vocals, guitar). - more on this story

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Counting Crows Selling Live Recordings
PR reports: Counting Crows are excited to bring you LiveCountingCrows.com, where the band offers the opportunity to download quality soundboard recordings of live shows.

You'll be able to download and purchase shows, but it's also your new resource for the entire live concert experience. You'll be able to post your review of a show, make a compilation of your favorite songs and even buy gift certificates for your family and friends.

Each show is available in FLAC files for the ultimate in audio quality, and MP3 for easy files that you can listen to from the moment you download. All downloads come with CD booklet and labels to print, or you can purchase a CD option which will send the disc, complete with artwork right to your doorstep. - more on this story

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Tegan and Sara Tour
Filter reports: Sisters Tegan and Sara are heading back on tour to continually promote their latest album The Con.

The Canadian twins will play a handful of festivals, including San Diego Street Scene and ACL, before kicking off their headlining tour.

Joining them are fellow Canucks City and Colour (fronted by Dallas Green from Alexisonfire) and San Antonio-based rockers Girl in a Coma.

Tegan will start off the tour by playing one solo show in New York. - more on this story

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Portugal. The Man Announce Four Different Bundles. The Album
HER reports: The members of Portugal. The Man have always preferred to give away as much of their music as possible, while offering for sale to fans unique items that are in keeping with the theme of a particular project. The band's upcoming release, "Censored Colors" (September 16/Approaching AIRballoons/Equal Vision) won't be available for free, but the guys have created a four-tier, pre-order program that will give fans extra bang for their buck.

Tier One will include the new CD, an 18" X 24" signed and numbered limited edition original lithograph painted by P.TM's vocalist/guitarist John Baldwin Gourley, a special double-gold-disc vinyl edition of "Censored Colors" with a die-cut gatefold, a wearable monkey mask, a project t-shirt that is exclusive to these special album bundles, and a "Censored Colors" wheat paste poster. The Tier One package will sell for $80.00, and only 100 of these top-drawer packages will be made available.

The Second Tier package will go for $45.00 and includes the new CD, the double-gold-disc vinyl, and the exclusive album-package-only t-shirt. - more on this story

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Mayhem On the Road with Five Finger Death Punch Part III
antiMusic reports: This summer we're taking you on tour vicariously with some of today's best bands. We continue with the Mayhem Festival with this entry from Five Finger Death Punch's Matt Snell:

I'm gonna go ahead and say the title of the tour should have been .. "after party". See, on this run every band hosts a sponsored after party at one stop along the tour. The folks at mayhem give you a nice budget to work with and you get to theme your party. The parties seem to get more creative as the tour passes .... from The Dragonforce Hawaiian party to 5fdp's karate inspired party..."relax...no one was hurt"... except for the victims of my patented .. five finger DEATHPUNCH ... a drink only the insiders will ever taste...hahahaha ..

Disturbed right now hold the #1 spot on the people to damage ratio...."again.. no one was hurt" LOL ... but Slipknot's party is yet to come...I'm sure they will pull out all the stops. On a personal note.. the tour seems to be getting bigger at every stop. Gaining momentum at a pace I don't think anyone was prepared for. There are only a few stops left so my advice.... beg borrow or steal your way to this show....

Five Finger Death Punch are on the Mayhem Festival supporting their latest release "The Way of the Fist". Now go grab dates and hear why you should grab tix to this tour - right here!

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