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Full Report for 06/10/2008

Sister Hazel Week: Day 2 "Happy"
antiMusic reports: Sister Hazel will be releasing, "Before The Amplifiers, Live Acoustic," a new live acoustic album next week. The CD features the band's hits, fan favorites, and live concert staples. To celebrate the release we asked frontman Ken Block to tell us about his five favorite tracks from the CD. Here is Ken with today's song:

"Happy": This was our second biggest single ever and it's has always been a fun song to play live. I actually wrote the song about growing up as an artist and having people always saying "when are you gonna get a real job." The lyrics are actually fairly introspective and a bit darker than the hook would lead you to believe.

For the new acoustic CD, we changed the tempo, the vibe, the instrumentation, the melody - and I think it captures the essence of the song much better. So far our fans have been really excited by the new approach to the song.

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

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Page Ready for Zeppelin Reunion
antiMusic reports: Seems that the little jam on Saturday night with John Paul Jones and the Foo Fighters has put Jimmy Page in the mood for a Led Zeppelin reunion. Here is part of the Telegraph.co.uk story: Led Zeppelin legends Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones performed two of their classic songs ('Ramble On' and 'Rock And Roll') with FOO FIGHTERS at Wembley Stadium last night (June 7).

It was the first time Led Zeppelin had appeared onstage since their hugely successful reunion concert in front of 22,000 fans at London's O2 centre in December.

In an interview after that concert, Page said the band were ready to reunite and perform more live events. But he said that fans could have to wait until autumn 2009 as band members had to tie up individual projects first. - more of this story

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Tool Surgery
Blabbermouth reports: Tool drummer Danny Carey had to have two surgeries on his hand recently, according to a post at the group's official web site, Toolband.com.

The post said that Carey's hand was apparently injured as a result of a run-in with "an unruly marine hazard, venomous and... dangerous... while vacationing in Hawaii. This aquatic critter was most likely a sea urchin or a scorpion fish."

The post was accompanied by a photo of Carey's hand taken by guitarist Adam Jones, which clearly shows a scar. - more on this story

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Winehouse Denies Being A Racist
Jam! reports: Amy Winehouse denied that her singing of a slur-filled ditty made her a racist Monday, the same day it was learned that her husband - who videotaped the performance - pleaded guilty to assault and other charges that could cost him more jail time.

The video, taken by Blake Fielder-Civil sometime before his arrest late last year and published Sunday by the News of the World, shows Winehouse and another woman sitting on a couch, singing a string of racial epithets to the tune of the children's song "Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes."

Fielder-Civil, holding the camera, is heard encouraging them to sing it, insisting afterward he "wasn't recording it . . . I swear on my life." The video goes on to show Winehouse passed out on the couch. - more on this story

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R. Kelly Defense Rests
antiMusic reports: How many years did it take for R. Kelly to finally see the inside of a courtroom? We lost track, but it only two his attorneys two days to put on a defense. E! has the story: R. Kelly' s lawyers have called it a case.

The defense in the R&B superstar's trial on kiddie-porn charges rested its case today, after spending only two days calling witnesses to counter prosecutors' charges that Kelly taped himself engaging in sex acts with a minor.

Cook County Criminal Court Judge Vincent Gaughan dismissed the jury following the brief morning session, which ended minutes after starting when Kelly's crew announced they had no intention of putting anybody else on the stand. - more on this story

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Paul Stanley Defends KISS Idol TV Plans
BW&BK reports: In the wake of numerous reports stemming from an interview done in Norway regarding an upcoming KISS clone reality TV show, frontman Paul Stanley has issued the following statement:

"A KISS clone reality show? First of all, contrary to what was said by anyone, there is no signed deal. Secondly, if we were to do a KISS II, and I don't rule that out, it would be in addition to, and never in place of KISS.

"If we were to do it, I know it would be done in a groundbreaking way and would be tremendously entertaining. KISS has always defined itself by the rules we break, so what's the big surprise? We are in the middle of our biggest and most successful tour of Europe ever, playing to over a half million people, and neither KISS or I have any plans to stop afterwards!" - more on this story

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Janet Jackson Blames Label For CD Failure
Billboard reports: Janet Jackson has aired her frustrations with Island Def Jam, whom she claims is no longer supporting her label debut, "Discipline."

The album has sold 392,000 copies in the United States since its February release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Jackson told SOHH.com that Island discontinued promoting "Discipline" after her single, "Rock With U," failed to chart. - The label's response to this is priceless, read it here

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Metallica Management Refuse To Comment on Censoring Critics
Blabbermouth reports: Metallica invites bloggers to preview new album. Bloggers write about album. Metallica management demand bloggers take down comments about album. Management won't comment on their censorship.

Blabbermouth has this: One site, The Quietus, told Blinded By The Hype that its reporter at the listening session was not asked at the time to hold back from reporting on what he heard or sign a non-disclosure agreement.

The site itself was later contacted and asked to remove the article, which it did to "protect the professional interests of the writer concerned." A representative for Metallica's management had no comment on the matter. - more on this story

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From Autumn To Ashes To Dust As Band Splits
Lambgoat reports: Long Island, New York's From Autumn To Ashes has apparently called it quits, though members are refraining from using the word "break-up." FATA frontman Francis Mark has issued the following:

"At this point I feel that we have accomplished everything we could have hoped for with FATA. It doesn't feel much like a break up. Just feels like the end. It's complete. I would say that we are going on indefinite hiatus because the term breakup suggests a more negative circumstance.

"There have been no quarrels between band members. It is also not a question of fan support because we are lucky to have some of the most loyal and impassioned friends a band could ask for. - more on this story

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Warren G Off The Hook
TMZ reports: After getting popped this weekend for possession in Hollywood, Warren G's reps issued this truly original statement to TMZ.

"They were in the Hollywood area for Kanye's party. He was a passenger asleep in the front seat when the car was pulled over. They charged him because he didn't debrief. Whatever was found wasn't his, it was in the car."

The L.A. County District Attorney has rolled up and thrown out drug charges against Warren G and buddy Ryan Butler. - find out why

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Miley In Trouble For Slutting Online
antiMusic reports: Leave it to the good folks at Hecklerspray to turn a non-story into a bit of fun. We couldn't resist this one: Miley Cyrus' mother has grounded the little harlot for her incessant slutty behavior. The latest crime to add to the ever growing list is chatting online to boys and older men.

What is the matter with the girl? Is she human or something? It all kicked off with her Annie Leibovitz photo-shoot, when she let down herself, her friends, her family and, judging by the media response, the entire planet, as she showed the world her filthy, naked, underage back.

She also posed for a 'got milk?' commercial that made it look like someone had neatly spunked over her top lip all in order to sell more milk... She posed for a photo where she was holding a microphone in front of her gaping mouth which, to the untrained eye, seemed little more than a picture of a singer singing but, to the trained eye, Miley was clearly pretending the microphone was a cock.
And now, to rub salt into the wound, she's 'chatting' to boys and older men on the internet. [I swear she told me she was 18]
- Read the rest of the Hecklerspray report

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The Late Game
idolator reports: The Game's upcoming album Lax- sorry, L.A.X., has been pushed back two weeks from its original street date of July 8.

His latest single, "Game's Pain," is actually his first top ten track on the Rap Singles chart since 2005's legendarily awful "Dreams" (not to be confused with Big Dreams"), but it has barely dented the Hot 100.

Maybe a Keyshia Cole hook isn't enough to get listeners interested in the Game yet again filling a song entirely with references to other, more successful rappers. - more on this story

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Happy Birthday Les Paul
antiMusic reports: Gibson marked the occasion of Les Paul's 93rd birthday on Monday: Musical pioneer and namesake of Gibson's most iconic guitar, Les Paul was born 93 years ago, on June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Any player who knows his guitar history is already aware that Gibson's Les Paul guitar was pioneered, developed with the assistance of, and endorsed by Les Paul, a famous jazz-pop artist and musical and electronic genius.

Paul wanted a guitar that better served the needs of jazz guitarists, one that would offer more sustain and feedback resistance than the hollowbody archtops that were the norm at the time, and would also be more versatile sonically.

In the early '50s, he and Gibson worked together to develop the cutting-edge guitar of his dreams. What resulted was the Les Paul, and with its unrivaled tonal capabilities it soon landed in the hands of top guitarists from every genre. Though Les Paul may be best known for developing the electric guitar as we know it, the sum of all of his contributions is immeasurable. - a lot more on Les

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