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Full Report for 06/06/2008

Bangkok Five Week: Day 5 "Outlines Of Us"
antiMusic reports: The Bangkok Five have been favorites of antiMusic since before they were even the Bangkok Five. Explosive but melodic, the band strikes the right mix and have been easily winning over fans since their debut album came out. We celebrate the release of the band's sophomore album, 'We Love What Kills Us,' by asking frontman Frost to give us the inside story on his five favorite tracks from the album.

Here is Frost with today's song "Outlines Of Us": Coatez and I kind of spearheaded this one the day after we'd all stayed in a flophouse back east. Tired and half asleep, we climbed the stairs of this ancient building and went to bed. Next day, we discovered
we'd all had the same dream; blood and brains all over the walls. We concluded there had been a murder/suicide there.

So I romanticized a classic, archetypical "if I can't have you, no one will" story about the anti-hero murdering his one and only true love, when he realizes she doesn't share his desire. The spurned lover then destroys everything, including himself, when he realizes she cannot be his. Sexy times :(

The album hits stores next week but you can grab a taste right now, plus get the latest on the band and more - right here

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Aerosmith Singer Out of Rehab
Sleazeroxx reports: Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler is fine and recovering from a foot problem that forced him into rehab, according to his actress daughter Liv.

The singer checked into a facility in Pasadena, California, last month, prompting speculation he had slipped from sobriety, 20 years after he kicked hard drugs.

And Liv says, "He had a foot problem, but he's fine. There's this funny thing my father says when I ask him how he is. He says, 'I'm F.I.N.E. F'd up, insecure, neurotic and emotional.' So he's F.I.N.E. fine!" - more on this story

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U2 Filling Reissues with Extras
antiMusic reports: At least U2 waits a few decades, instead of months, to reissue their albums as deluxe editions (Yes, Roadrunner we are talking about you). On July 22nd Universal will unleash the remasters and deluxe editions of the first three U2 albums, "Boy," "October" and "War". Fans will be able to choose from the standard remastered single disc reissue, a deluxe edition with a bonus disc of goodies and a vinyl edition.

The "Boy," deluxe will include the previously unreleased tracks "Speed of Life," "Saturday Night" and "Cartoon World" and a previously unreleased mix of "I Will Follow." They also toss in some live versions of "Boy-Girl" and "11 O'Clock Tick Tock".

"October" extras will be of the live variety with tracks from a performance at London's Hammersmith Palais and as well as at Boston's Paradise Theatre, including "Gloria" and "I Will Follow." Also on tap is a BBC session with Richard Skinner and for those that are into bogus world of remixes, this bonus disc will include the Common Ground's remix of "Tomorrow." - more on this story

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A Rose Connection To Velvet Revolver's New Singer?
antiMusic reports: Slash, Matt and Duff can't seem to get away from things related to their old band Guns N' Roses. They named their new band Velvet Revolver after all. Now it turns out there may be a "Rose" connection with their new singer if this Idolator rumor report pans out:

A tipster has very important innuendo regarding the new singer of Velvet Revolver, which will not be picked by reality-TV committee: "I have some new information coming from fans/family close to the hard rock Australian band Rose Tattoo to which Slash & Duff are HUGE fans of and shared the stage with many times, that Duff has been in communications with an Australian singer currently living in the USA.

"This guy can apparently sing up a storm and of course is a bloody Aussie, so that in itself along with the great voice will be a good choice for the band from all marketing angles." - more on this story

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Van Halen Reunion Pays Off
antiMusic reports: Seems the Van Halen tour was a rather big success, they sent over the following: Van Halen arena concerts sell out across the country, grossing more than $93 million. Nearly a million fans journeyed from all over the world to witness the landmark Van Halen tour, which kicked-off in September of 2007 in Charlotte, NC and wrapped up June 2, 2008 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Performing live with Roth for the first time in more than 23 years, Van Halen proved its timeless catalog of hits still packs the punch it did decades earlier. Each night, the band treated the capacity audiences to a dream set list of more than two hours of Van Halen gems plucked from their original era. Favorites including, "Jump", "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love", "Panama" and more, received a jolt of vivacity and spirit.

"We send our thanks to the countless new and lifetime fans that helped make this tour our most successful," said Van Halen in a joint statement. "We also send special gratitude to the tireless efforts of the Van Halen touring crew, Live Nation and the media, as well as opening acts Ky Mani Marley and Ryan Shaw," the band went on to say.
Now that the final bits of confetti have fallen, Van Halen has their sights set on bright horizons with exciting developments on the way.
- Photo Gallery from the tour

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Boston Missing More Than A Singer
antiMusic reports: Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau announced he'll be touring this summer, but warns fans not to expect him out on tour with the Tom Scholz band (a.k.a. Boston).

"I've gotten a lot of online inquiries about my involvement in this Boston tour," says the guitarist. "Tom Scholz is the only original member appearing on this summer's tour".

Barry will be appearing with Ernie And The Automatics at a variety of shows including a June 14th gig at the Bank of America Pavillion with America. - See where else to catch him

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Concert Slump or are Fans Avoiding Ticket Surcharges?
antiMusic reports: The San Diego Reader had an interesting article about how a lot of shows are selling well below expectations. One insider has one take saying the slump will force promoters to bring down ticket prices next year, while another says that fans are just waiting so they can avoid Ticketmaster's outrageous surcharges (and they are outrageous). Here is part of that report: "AEG is hurting with George Michael," says one insider about how AEG Live is struggling with its June 17 booking at the Sports Arena. "Michaels is kicking off his first U.S. tour in 18 years at the Sports Arena, and they have only sold 4000 tickets [out of 15,000]."

The insider notes that tickets for Stone Temple Pilots and Sheryl Crow shows (both to take place at Concerts on the Green, near Qualcomm Stadium) are selling below expectations. "You always hear about the high cost of tickets with extra Ticketmaster charges and everything and that eventually the promoters will respond and bring tickets back down to earth. I think the promoters will get burned so badly this year that this will finally be the year they wake up and start bringing prices down for next year."

One promoter agrees that the local concert industry is in a slump. "I would say that overall sales are down by as much as 20 percent," says the promoter, who agrees that local promoters will take a drubbing this summer. But he doesn't agree that tickets will come down next year. "What you are seeing is that people are waiting until the day of the show to buy tickets. I would say that advance ticket sales are down 30 percent, but day-of-show sales are actually up. By waiting to buy tickets on the day of show, people are avoiding Ticketmaster altogether."
- more on this story

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AC/DC lane Fire, Weezer To Jam With Fans, Times Square To Be Virgin Free, Layne Staley Fund Headliners, Idol Kid Deal, Dillinger Escape Plan Tour and more
antiMusic reports: It's finally Friday and while you watch the clock waiting for the weekend, here are some quicks to help pass the time: It seems that AC/DC lane in Melbourne suffered a "fiery blaze that hit buildings in the laneway" Wednesday night. Never fear, Punkabilly rockers The Living End still plan to carry on with their show on the lane Friday night. more

Wanna jam with Weezer? You may be in luck! Weezer have yet to announce any tour plans behind their new, self-titled "Red Album," but the band is planning an interactive short trek that will get them up close and personal with fans. Frontman Rivers Cuomo told MTV News, "It's called the Hootenanny Tour, and it's coming to your town in June. We're gonna bring ourselves and invite a bunch of Weezer fans down to bring their instruments and, uh, jam with us. more

The Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square will close down in the first quarter of 2009, according to a published report that quotes a senior executive at the Vornado Realty Trust. more

Hurt and Tantric will co-headline the 7th annual Layne Staley Fund tribute and benefit concert. The event will be taking place on August 23rd at Seattle's Showbox SoDo.

Looks like Disney Records may be getting some competition: "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta has signed a record deal and is expected to release an album later this year, his new producers at 19 Recordings/Jive Records said on Thursday. Now this leaves us to ponder this. Does it matter who wins this thing as the Idol corp and RCA seems to get a lock on all of the finalist and seem to sign most of them and screw up most the chances for most of them to have a real career. Not that this kid had much luck of being anything more than a novelty, but still. more on the story of his deal with the devil.

Down will be playing the Barby Club in Tel Aviv after their Turkey date this July. The exact date is said to be July 29th and tickets are priced at NIS 160, which translates to $48. more

Stevie Wonder will tour Europe for the first time in more than a decade, organizers said on Thursday. The Motown icon will open the trek on September 8 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. more

No posing allowed: Dillinger Escape Plan have announced their touring schedule for summer of 2008. Along with the previously announced trip to Europe, the band will be supporting Ire Works on the Warped Tour and with Cavalera Conspiracy, Throwdown, and Bury Your Dead. dates

Rev Theory's video for "Hell Yeah" recently became the first ever video to premiere on XBOX Live. The four minute mini-movie set in the beautiful California desert was directed by Travis Kopach (Black Tide, Buckcherry) and features a high-speed car chase, WWE Diva Ashley Massaro and a rip-roaring performance in an airplane graveyard! Check it out here

Boy George has announced a tour of the US and Canada which will see him perform all across the continent for the first time in ten years. The tour which kicks off July 10 in Aspen will run through to August 23 more

Two keynote speakers for the First Annual Indiegrrl Women in the Arts Conference taking place in Spencer, VA from August 21 - 24, 2008, have been announced: The Donnas personal manager Molly Neuman and singer/actress Bonnie Bramlett. more info

Your honor we now present exhibit 100 to further demonstrate how the music industry is destroying itself: VH1 and VH1.com will exclusively premiere the video of the New Kids On The Block's new single, "Summertime" on-air and online on Sunday, June 8 at 2p (EST).

MJ's US album release of "Mi Sentimiento/My Feeling" offers a fusion of reggaeton, bachata, dances hall, R& B and ballad sounds that combine to create a revolutionary sound unlike anything that Latin music has experienced before. listen to "He Venido"

The MC Magic Story continues to astound as the much-anticipated release of Magic City Part 2 is set for June 10, 2008. Magic City Part 2 features J Records' star Baby Bash, DJ Kane, lead singer for the Cumbia All Stars (formerly Kumbia Kings), hot newcomers Sophia Maria and Tiffany Dunn and special guest star TOO SHORT "All My Life" (Music Video)

"Saving Abel," debut album of southern rock quintet Saving Abel, has achieved a career milestone for the band by taking the No. 1 position on Billboard's Heatseekers listing, in its twelfth charting week. "SAVING ABEL" also tops the Nielsen Soundscan new artists album chart this week.

Chavis Records recording artists The Dogs Divine and Asphalt Valentine announce the Lock Up Your Liquor Tour. Both bands have teamed up for select dates throughout 2008 and are out in support of their debut releases 'Way Of Life' and 'Strip Rock Roll' respectively. 'Way Of Life' (produced by Chip Z'Nuff and Paul Crosby) streets July 1st with "Strip Rock Roll' (produced by Andy Reilly) to follow. The label didn't provide any dates.

Note: If your tour is sponsored by a cosmetics company, please don't bother us about providing coverage. It's not going to happen. And if your tour is sponsored by any other company, we may cover it, but we have a policy of removing the corporate names from the stories. We won't be accomplices to you whoring your band unless these corporations start ponying up tickets for the fans. Sorry.

Quote of the week: This week we get the double honor of providing a funny quote from someone with a rather silly name! Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance explained why you won't see AX7 on Warped: "When Warped Tour lets us blow sh-- up, you'll probably find us there. They probably wouldn't want us 'cuz we would clean house on all the chicks and scare the emo kids." Sounds like someone has been watching too many Motley Crue videos.
- more AX7 goofiness here

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Korn Headcase Releasing Solo Debut
Blabbermouth reports: Former Korn guitarist and founding member Brian "Head" Welch will release his debut solo album, entitled "Save Me From Myself", on September 9 via Driven Music Group.

The CD's first single, "Flush", will be made available exclusively via iTunes on July 8. For more than a decade, Brian "Head" Welch was lead guitarist for the controversial rock band Korn, but in early 2005 he shocked the international music community when he abruptly quit the band and announced that he had been saved by Jesus Christ.

His announcement in front of 10,000 people in Bakersfield, California set off a media frenzy, as people from around the world sought to understand what led this rock star into the light. - more including a link to Head's video blog announcement for the CD

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Sabbath, Marillion and Jethro Tull Members To Buyout Radio Station
BBC reports: Former Marillion frontman Fish has joined three other rock stars in helping save digital radio station Planet Rock from closure.

Travel entrepreneur Malcolm Bluemel is to buy the station, backed by Fish and Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and Gary Moore.

"I always knew there was a visionary out there who would see Planet Rock's huge potential," Fish said. Media group GCap said earlier this year it would either sell or close it. - more on this story

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(Hed)p.e Kick Off DIY Tour
PR reports: (Hed)p.e have announced the dates for their upcoming "The D.I.Y Tour" featuring OPM, Dirtball and Potluck. The tour comes in support of the group's upcoming 2-disc live album and DVD, "The DIY Guys", which is set for a July 8, 2008 release through Suburban Noize Records.

"The DIY ethic is the band's lifeblood and without it we could not exist in 2008," says frontman Jared Gomes. "This tour is another great example of how we've embraced our independence. The band feels it has a purpose and is empowered to actually do something that makes a difference, not just some useless piece of pop junk. Come out, smoke with us and get in the pit." - more on this story

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Seether Tap Sick Puppies for Support
EMI reports: Sick Puppies will join Seether on a month of national tour dates this summer. The new single "What Are You Looking For," taken from Dressed Up As Life, the Australian band's North American debut album, is off to a fast start, ranking as the second-most-added track at modern and alternative rock radio stations nationally.

In a reminder of the way that the massively-popular homemade video of "All the Same" ignited a worldwide viral wave of interest in SICK PUPPIES, the band is launching a "make-a-video" contest on their official on-line home pages.

The contest winner will receive a signed electric guitar, an iPod Touch, and a Sick Puppies prize pack, including band merchandise, and a meet-and-greet opportunity at a future show date. [You're on your own on finding where to sign up for this as the label didn't provide a link. But they did give us the dates] - get those here

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Punk Murder Documentary Hitting Theaters
PR reports: The documentary film The Gits has been confirmed for theatrical release on July 7, the 15th memorial anniversary of death of lead singer Mia Zapata.

For all you unfamiliar with the band of the same name, this is the story of the Seattle punk band led by lead singer Mia Zapata who was senselessly murdered with the band on the brink of breaking.

While this is indeed a tragic story, The Gits is a truly moving and loving documentary that is also uplifting and hopeful even after many years Zapata's death was thought to be unsolvable. This July, The Gits will receive national theatrical screenings in selected cities throughout the US and Canada along with a DVD release around the same time.
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Nine Inch Nails Lineup Change
antiMusic reports: Nine Inch Nail's lineup has been shuffled a bit. Out is Rich Fownes and in is Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Garbage). Frontman Trent Reznor made the announcement via the official Nine Inch Nails site as he also offered up fans a free sampler of the various bands that will open the North American tour for them which kicks off in late July.

Trent writes: I am proud to announce the final personnel lineup of nine inch nails for the foreseeable future. We've added, we've subtracted and we've wound up with unquestionably the strongest lineup I've EVER had. Joining me onstage will be Robin Finck, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Freese and Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

We've been working on something really special for these shows and so far I couldn't be happier with the results. We'll be revealing some live performances shortly here on nin.com

Meanwhile, I assume some of you may not be entirely familiar with the acts I've chosen to join us on various legs of this tour, so we've compiled a sampler EP for you. CLICK HERE to download this for free. If you like what you hear, be sure to show up early to the show (and please remember to support them by purchasing their music, if so inclined). - And don't expect a Nine Inch Nails branded Microsoft Zune player anytime soon

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Ozzy's Big Payday
E! reports: Being called a freak may not be such a bad thing after all. Ozzy Osbourne has accepted undisclosed damages and an apology from Britain's Daily Star over a story alleging he collapsed twice before hosting February's Brit Awards, creating behind-the-scenes chaos for the major U.K. music ceremony.

In the article titled "Ozzy's Freak Show," the tabloid also claimed the 59-year-old rocker was in such a poor state that he had to be transported around the show on an electric buggy and that event organizers held last-minute discussions to determine whether he should be allowed to carry on his emcee duties.

"The claimant is a highly successful touring artist who has just completed a sell-out world tour," John Kelly, Osbourne's attorney, told the London High Court today. "The publication of false allegations that the claimant was in such a poor state of health that he was incapable of hosting an awards ceremony...are extremely serious."
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