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Full Report for 06/09/2008

Sister Hazel Week: Day 1 "Your Winter"
antiMusic reports: We start this week's artist spotlight with some random antiMusic trivia. Way back in November of 1998, Sister Hazel was the very first band to be the focus for a special feature when Debbie Seagle profiled the band. So when we heard that they were release a new album, it was a no brainer for us to do an artist week with them. Fortunately. frontman Ken Block readily agreed to tell us about his five favorite tracks from the new CD, "Before The Amplifiers, Live Acoustic," which hits stores next week. The CD features live acoustic versions of the band's hits, fan favorites, and live concert staples. Here is Ken with today's song:

"Your Winter": I wrote this song in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, sitting next to a filthy pool at a Days Inn. It was back when we were still in a van and trailer. It ended up on our "Fortress" CD but also on the soundtrack to the Movie "10 Things I Hate About You."

The Soundtrack went gold and the song introduced us to a whole new audience all around the world. The acoustic version we did of it is one of my favorite things we've ever done.

Learn more about the new CD, preview some tracks and grab tour dates - here

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Foo Zeppelin Jam
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on the Ramble On Led Zeppelin fan blog, Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones joined the Foo Fighters onstage Saturday night (June 7) during the final encore of the Dave Grohl-fronted band's concert at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

The Zeppelin duo joined the FOOS to play "Rock And Roll" with Dave Grohl on drums and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins singing (see video footage at link). Grohl and Hawkins then switched places for "Ramble On" (see video footage at link).

In the past Grohl has intimated that he would be willing to drum for Zeppelin should they reunite, so this event probably falls in the dream-come-true category for Grohl.
- Stop reading and go see it!

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Warren G Drug Bust
TMZ reports: It was a clear black night, a clear white moon, Warren G was on the streets -- then got arrested for possession of A LOT of marijuana.

G, real name Warren Griffin III, and Ryan Butler, were pulled over for running a red light at around 2 AM PT this morning in Hollywood. Butler was driving. When cops searched the car, they found enough marijuana to arrest both men for possession of narcotics with intent to sell!

Warren and Butler posted $20,000 bail each and were released at around 9 AM Sunday morning.
- more on this story

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Metallica Censoring Critics
idolator reports: Somehow, our invitation to the Metallica listening party got lost in the mail, but Brit bloggers The Quietus had the opportunity to listen to most of the album, then proceeded (as bloggers are likely to do) to write about it. What happened next was a little strange.

The not entirely negative coverage of the album exists only in the Google archive, because Metallica, through a third party (possibly our buddy, the Web Sheriff?) asked for the post to be removed.

The story behind the removal of the article runs as follows: Metallica held an album listening party for selected music journalists in London this Wednesday past. One of the writers was kind enough to write a piece about the album which, if you were lucky enough to read it before it was taken down, was full of praise about a return to form. At no point was the writer ask[ed] to sign a non-disclosure agreement. The Quietus and other websites ran pieces on the album, but were quickly contacted by Metallica's management via a third party and told to remove the articles. - more on this story

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McCartney Retirement Tour, AC/DC New CD Only in Wal*Marts, Nas Preview, More Rock Band Tunes, Judas Priest Gig Moved, Gnarls Barkley Apple Show and more
antiMusic reports: Happy Monday, we start off with this report about McCartney supposedly planning a retirement tour. Here is the NME report: Paul McCartney is set to announce a massive farewell tour, according to reports. The UK press is claiming that the former Beatle is soon to confirm a hundred-date stretch over two years. Keep in mind that this comes from a report from a not always reliable Brit tabloid. But more info is here

Rock band AC/DC will sell its new album only through Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Sunday, citing unnamed sources. The AC/DC album is expected to come out in the fall, the paper reported. more

Judas Priest's recently confirmed a St. Paul, MN live date at The Myth has moved to August 2nd. No word if it's part of the Metal Masters Tour with Heaven And Hell and openers Mot�rhead and Testament. more

Check out the first official single from Nas's UNTITLED album "Hero", produced by Polow Da Don. Nas UNTITLED Album Hits Stores On July 15th more

Harmonix and MTV Games announced today the next addition to the Rock Band Music Store will be tracks from MTV2's "Circuit Breakout" band contest winners The Material, The Myriad and Them Terribles, available on Tuesday, June 13.

Martha Wainwright will be premiering her new album I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too (Zoe/Rounder) on social networking site iLike on June 7 three days prior to the street release of the album.

Gnarls Barkley has scheduled "The June Residency Series," a set of intimate shows in London and Paris, for June 12-18. The shows will feature a core lineup of artist/producer Danger Mouse, vocalist Cee-Lo, and multi-instrumentalist Josh Klinghoffer, playing rare minimalist versions of popular Gnarls songs. A few close associates of Gnarls may make surprise guest appearances. Attendance will be limited. The PR was a bit confusing as they didn't offer any additional details about those shows but also stated Gnarls to perform at Apple Store Soho Tuesday June 10, 2008 at 7pm

Gojira is currently recording the follow-up to "From Mars To Sirius" at Studio Des Milans in France (with drums recorded in Los Angeles with Logan Mader). The new album, titled "The Way of All Flesh," is set for an October release more metal news .

Tony Saputo has decided to leave Lye By Mistake. The singer/keyboardist will be pursuing other life goals (going back to school, etc.). - more

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The Final Police Show
Billboard reports: The Police's last-ever show will be held Aug. 7 at New York's Madison Square Garden, with proceeds to benefit New York public television stations Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21. Tickets will only be available via donations to the station, starting June 14.

That day, the stations will air a Police retrospective featuring new interviews with the band and vintage concert clips.

Beginning Monday (June 9), members of the Police fan club will get first crack at tickets to the show, which will feature support from the B-52s. There is speculation that the concert will be broadcast at some point on public television, but details have yet to be announced. - more on this story including ticket prices

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Injured Fan Sues Korn, Mudvayne, Radio Station and Live Nation
Rocky Mountain News reports: Nicole LaScalia was knocked to the floor of Magness Arena and trampled by concertgoers moments after the heavy metal band Mudvayne took the stage. The Thornton waitress had gone to the KBPI-FM (106.7) "Birthday Bash" on March 8, 2006, eager to see Mudvayne and Korn.

She left in an ambulance, her leg crushed. Those details emerged two years later in a lawsuit LaScalia filed against radio station owner Clear Channel Broadcasting, concert promoter Live Nation and the University of Denver, the site of the concert. She also sued members of the bands.

Injuries continue to pose legal problems for the businesses that host and promote rowdy shows and raise questions about who is responsible. Many cases involve festival seating - or general admission - areas. - more on this story

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New York Dolls Plan New CD
Blabbermouth reports: New York Dolls lead singer David Johansen has told Goldmine magazine that the band will hit Europe for some dates this summer, and after that, "I think we're probably going to think about making a studio album," he said.

"Yeah, it's an interesting time, because we have no idea how like we're going to proceed with that. I mean, we know we're going to make songs, and we know how to do that, but as far as how we're going to get it out there, we haven't figured that out yet, and that's kind of exciting I think.

"You know, we've always been kind of like mavericks � mavericks ... now I sound like John McCain (laughs) � but as far as the record business is concerned ... I see people coming up and getting awards, and they go, 'I want to thank this great industry,' and I'm always thinking, 'Oh, f*ck you, this great industry. What a joke.' We've always kind of done our own thing." - more on this story

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Megadeth Singer Walks Off Stage During Gig
Blabbermouth reports: Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site: "Over the last six months, we have had almost a dozen [road crew] changes at monitors and sound due to visas, deaths, and inadequacy.
"Tonight [Friday, June 6 in S�o Paulo, Brazil] I had to walk off the stage for only the second time ever. The first [time it happened] in Toronto [during the first Gigantour].

"My apologies to everyone who didn't understand, but my ears are very important to go forward in my career, and I had to stop the show to fix this - more on this story

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Bleeding Through Pissed at CareerKill Records
Lambgoat reports: Bleeding Through has publicly voiced their displeasure with Trustkill Records over the label's recent announcement of plans to release a "special edition" of Bleeding Through's 2006 album, "The Truth." The group had the following to say on the Headbangers Blog:

"Let it be known that Bleeding Through is 100% against this so-called 'special' edition. We did not approve the title, cover artwork (whatever it is), track-listing or bonus features for this transparent and obvious cash-grab of a re-release from a record label that despite selling a quarter of a million of our albums worldwide is having problems.

"Over a year ago we suggested the idea of a re-release of the album to Trustkill � on our terms, of course, with our artistic vision � and he said he'd consider it if we could land a 'big' tour. We confirmed a tour with Marilyn Manson and Slayer, followed by a tour with HIM, and he said, 'NO' to us. He thought we should put out a new album instead. Now we have a new album finished that we are very proud of and he wants to squeeze our fans and our band by throwing out an unapproved 'special' edition in a fast and overt attempt to pay some bills."

[It's not like the label didn't warn you not to trust them, they are called Trustkill after all. CareerKill might be a good name as well. - The plot thickens though, the band go on to call out the label for other issues including money!]

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Def Leppard Slams Fakes Motley Crue and Poison
Blabbermouth reports: During Friday's press conference at the Sweden Rock Festival in S�lvesborg, Sweden, Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott was asked how his band managed to avoid getting caught up in the whole "glam-rock" scene of the '80s even after citing such image-oriented artists as Mick Ronson, David Bowie and T.Rex as major influences.

"If you actually look at the way that the 'glam' bands, if you want to call it that, from Los Angeles dressed themselves up, they totally missed the point," Elliott replied. "When English glam bands from the '70s came on 'Top of the Pops' [long-running British music chart television program], it was almost an afterthought to what they were actually doing � music always came first, and then they'd be like, 'What are we gonna wear?' . . .

"The only band � and I'm not saying it because we're here � the only band that did pull it off was [Finland's] Hanoi Rocks. I thought Hanoi Rocks were a good band, and they looked� Michael Monroe [Hanoi frontman] was one of the best� I would have shagged him. [Laughs] I like Michael, I think he's sexy, and I'm not gay. And I think Andy McCoy [Hanoi guitarist] does the best kind of Keith Richards... so much better than Motley Crue or Poison or any of those bands. They [Hanoi Rocks] were real � the rest of the guys, it was all a bit fake for me." - We edited down his comments a little, read them in full and get to the real fun with the fan comments here

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Warped Additions
MSO reports: The Warped Tour has announced two more mainstage additions for portions of this summer's trek. Southern California's Pennywise has been added to the June 20 kick-off show (Pomona) and will continue on the tour through June 29 (Denver).

Minneapolis-based pop-rockers Motion City Soundtrack will also join the tour for a two-week trek from July 29 (Pittsburgh) through August 13 (Fresno), which includes a headlining hometown stop at Minneapolis' Canterbury Park August 3.

The 46-date Warped Tour kicks off June 20 in Pomona, CA and wraps August 17 in Los Angeles, CA. For a full list of tour dates and venues for North America's longest-running touring festival, go to - www.warpedtour.com

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