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Today's Full Report and Breaking Stories for 01/29/2008
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Bullet For My Valentine Week: Disappear
antiMusic reports: When we heard that Bullet For My Valentine were releasing new CD, we knew that they'd be a good band to do a special week with. So we hit up their publicist and she delivered. As a result, each day this week members of the band will tell a little bit about some of the tracks off of their new CD "Scream Aim Fire." Here they are with today's song "Disappear".

Matt: This was one of the early ones – actually, it was written the same day as "Scream Aim Fire," we had a good day, that day. Moose had a good analogy for what it's about…

Moose: It's like, if anyone's ever seen the movie "Reservoir Dogs" by Quentin Tarantino, there's a scene in there where one of the Misters, I don't know if it's Mr. Pink or Mr. Blonde or whatever, has got some policeman tied to a chair and it's kind of like being in that situation but with the person who used to tease you or bully you.

Matt: It's kind of like a "Waking The Demon-esque" theme, but being bullied and getting them back, getting vengeance and stuff.

Check out tracks from the CD, learn more about the band and grab tour dates (Europe and North America) and more - right here!

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Zeppelin Will Tour
antiMusic reports: Some news did come out of that Jimmy Page press conference. It looks like Led Zeppelin will be touring. Xfm has the story: Jimmy Page has said that Led Zeppelin put enough work in for a tour. Trouble is, you'll have to wait until at least September if it does happen again.

Speaking to reporters in Tokyo earlier today, the guitarist said that Robert Plant's forthcoming tour with bluegrass star Alison Krauss to promote their 'Raising Sand' album would take precedence over any Led Zeppelin activity.

"I can assure you the amount of work that we put into the O2 (concert), for ourselves rehearsing and the staging of it, was probably what you put into a world tour," Page told Reuters. - more on this story

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Eminem & Dr Dre Get Trick Tricked
Gigwise reports: Eminem and Dr Dre are set to be reunited on a forthcoming album by US rapper Trick Trick.

'The Villian', which has yet to be given a release date, sees Eminem perform the vocals on a track called 'Who Want It', while Dr Dre has produced the song 'Hold On'.

Speaking about Eminem's contribution to MTV, Trick Trick revealed that the rapper is still "the coldest that ever did it".

"The game needs his album. He's rapping on [my album track] 'Who Want It.' He's like, 'Who want it?' [In the song] he's hanging out and these f**king idiots are always at it. If you want it, come get it", he said. - more on this story

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R.E.M. Tour
FMQB reports: R.E.M. has announced their 2008 tour dates in support of the upcoming album, Accelerate.

Modest Mouse and The National will open all dates on the trek, which begins in Vancouver, BC on May 23, with dates announced up to June 21 in Atlanta.

R.E.M. will also play the Langerado Festival in Florida on March 8 and the SXSW festival in Austin, TX on March 12. - dates

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Diana Ross Booed
TMZ reports: Diana Ross pissed off a crowd of 40,000 at the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, where she was booed and heckled by Jamaicans attending the festival at in Montego Bay -- after organizers told them that "to honor Miss Ross' wishes, she will not be shown on the monitors." That news was greeted with widespread hissing. Oh no she didn't!

Patrons in the stadium-sized arena were unable to see her, so they wanted to put her performance up on the big screen. A concert organizer said, "It was at the eleventh hour that her manager said she wouldn't allow us to IMAG (In Vivo Imaging) her performance and, if any cameras were present, she would not go onstage." Attendees paid from $80 to $307 to attend the concert, where Ross, who was reportedly paid $300,000 for the gig, performed an hour-long set with fellow headliners Mary Mary, Billy Ocean and KoKo Taylor.

Hisses turned to full-out boos when Ross started her set with Supremes hits -- and the crowd beyond the first section couldn't see her -- and the booing continued throughout her set.
- More including a video is here

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Disturbed May Pull A Radiohead
Metal Underground reports: DISTURBED is looking at a late May release for its fourth studio album, titled "Indestructible". A single is likely to surface at radio stations sometime in March, although the song itself has yet to be finalized.

The group is reportedly working on a number of promotional ideas to support the record. Singer David Draiman, a strong proponent of making music a purely digital product, told The Pulse of Radio that the band will nevertheless add a lot of extra features to the CD.

"I definitely am all for any record companies being as aggressive as they can about moving towards just completely digital-based media," he said. "But we will continue to try and do things, and we're still going to do things this record cycle as well, to try and make it where there's a reason to buy it that's beyond what we're doing just musically." - more on this story

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Ozzfest 08 Rumors
The Metal Report reports: The two most anticipated summer tours for US hard rock and metal fans for 2008 are taking shape. From the creators of the VANS-WARPED tour, we will see the debut of the [Corp name removed] MAYHEM tour, which will compete against metal juggernaut, OZZFEST.

The metal report can confirm that SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, and 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH will in fact be apart of the [Corp name removed] MAYHEM tour line up. Other rumored artists are AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ATREYU, DRAGONFORCE, MACHINE HEAD, MUDVAYNE, SEVENDUST, and WALLS OF JERICHO.

Since the announcement of the [Corp name removed] MAYHEM tour and it's rumored line up, fans have been curious to see what kind of line up OZZFEST will offer. OZZY OSBOURNE stated he will headline each show with his solo band, featuring legendary guitarist ZAKK WYLDE. JUDAS PRIEST has been rumored to co-headline in 2008, however new rumors are now suggesting the band may tour with HEAVEN & HELL instead of OZZFEST. [If the Heaven & Hell/Priest Tour comes off you know where you'll find us.]
- More on this story including speculation about what Metallica might do.

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Israel Lifts Beatle Ban
Gigwise reports: Israel has invited the remaining members of The Beatles to visit their country, a massive 43 years after banning them.

The Middle Eastern nation banned the fab four from performing in the country back in 1965 over fears that their music would corrupt the youth.

Now, the Israeli ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, is calling on Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to visit the country this May as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. - more on this story

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Neil Young High Def
Filter reports: Following Radiohead's footsteps of thinking outside the industry box, Neil Young has decided to release his archives not on the antiquated compact disc, but rather, on a high definition interactive DVD and Blu-ray.

Young, who has not been a proponent of the CD for this project because of its audio limitations, claims technology has caught up with the times, and unlike major record labels, Young has decided to embrace it.

The tentative release date was February 19th, but will now be closer to October. - more on this story

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Testament Hitting the Road
PR reports: Thrash legends Testament have announced upcoming tour dates for 2008. The band will be touring to support their April 29 release of "The Formation of Damnation."

The album marks Testament's Nuclear Blast debut, and it is the first new studio album from the band since 1999's landmark "The Gathering."

"The Formation of Damnation" features the classic lineup of Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick on guitar, and Greg Christian on bass - more on this story

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Labels Deny Free Downloads
BBC reports: Three major record labels have denied signing deals allowing their music to feature on a new file-sharing service offering unlimited free downloads.

The service, Qtrax, boasted it would carry up to 30 million tracks from "all the major labels".

But Warner, EMI and Universal all say they have not licensed their music. - more on this story

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Hopesfall Vs Trustkill
Lambgoat reports: As expected, Trustkill Records has responded to recent comments made by Hopesfall regarding the label. As you may recall, as part of their recent break-up announcement, Hopesfall drummer Jason Trabue stated that "I hate Trustkill and its owner. Hahahaha. He's not the reason we broke up but I (we) do hate him."

Soon thereafter, Trabue was interviewed by Ryan's Rock Show and claimed, among other things, that Trustkill left Hopesfall $20,000 in debt.

Ryan's Rock Show has since conducted an interview with Trustkill president Josh Grabelle, during which Grabelle responded: "[Trabue] does not speak a shred of truth... I heard those guys got into some pretty hardcore drugs... and they are just miserable." - more on this story

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Judas Priest for Download?
Gigwise reports: Heavy metal legends Judas Priest are believed to be amongst the acts set to appear at Download Festival 2008.

Despite many rumours, up until now organisers have stayed tight-lipped about the line-up for the highlight of the rock calendar. However, according to Virtual Festivals, Download organiser Andy Copping has hinted that the Priest will play.

He made the admission at the second fans' forum in London, where organisers met the punters themselves to discuss the event in detail. - see who else is rumored to play

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From Autumn To Ashes Injury
Lambgoat reports: This past weekend From Autumn To Ashes drummer Jeff Gretz broke two bones in his foot. Gretz has issued the following statement:

"Last night of UK. Show goes great as all of the previous ones have. We've broken even on expenses with 3 weeks of tour left. This is great. Spirits are high. After the set the bus is loaded we're saying goodbye to Hundred Reasons and taking pictures. I'm walking in between the side of the bus and the club -- tight fit, it's dark – and an inconsistency in the sidewalk causes me to lose balance. I can't fall completely over, because I fall into the bus. I land on the ground straight down onto my ankle. I hear and feel a distinct crack. "Are you okay?". "No. No, I'm not." They help me up and usher me into the lower lounge of the bus. Not much ice in the club. Anthony, our tour manager, gets me some cubes wrapped in a napkin and I try to ice it down. No "visible" damage. Nothing feels out of place with some cursory pokes around the area. Feeling in the extremities, everything is moving. It's sore but not terrible. For now.

I go to bed, I'm gonna sleep this off. No such luck. It feels like someone is holding my foot in the mouth of hell itself. I retire to the the TV lounge. I watch a movie. This thing hurts. I take off my shoe, my foot looks like someone inflated it with a bike pump. Everyone that comes into the TV lounge says the same thing, "Holy ----!" Really, that's exactly what everyone says. OK, I'm not sleeping at this point, No ibuprofen, no ice on hand. I'm toughing this one out, there's a lot of DVD's here, I'm gonna watch 'em! - A bit like the Energizer Bunny, Jeff's story continues here

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Kurt Cobain About A Son DVD Release Set
PR reports: Timed to coincide with Kurt Cobain's 41st birth anniversary, KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON is an intimate and moving portrait of the late musician and artist Kurt Cobain as told entirely in his own words. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006, was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award, was screened at numerous top international film festivals around the world, and will be released on DVD from Shout! Factory on February 19, 2008, the day before Cobain's birthday. The DVD also contains a behind-the-scenes featurette and has a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Not since the late 1960s and early 1970s has there been a musical artist who so completely spoke for an entire generation. After the breakup of the Beatles and the tragic deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, there were few music icons left of their magnitude – until the meteoric success of Nirvana and their breakthrough Nevermind. Following Kurt Cobain's suicide three years later, Kurt became the icon for Generation X and remains so for today's youth as well. - more on this story

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