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Full Report for 06/23/2008

Killsmith Week: Day 1 "Leave Me Alone"
antiMusic reports: Most people got their first taste of Neal Smith's talent on most of Alice Cooper's classic songs. But to get the full Neal Smith experience you have to hear the new Killsmith album 'Sexual Savior,' where Neal not only wrote all the songs and played almost all of the instruments but also produced it! Last month Morley spoke with Neal about the album in details and we're including just a small part of that conversation here this week as Neal walks us through some of his favorite tracks from the CD. Here is Neal with today's song:

"Leave Me Alone": I find that I have all sorts of inspirations for writing material. But what I try to do some times is put myself into somebody's head and I was imagining what, if I could get inside the head of the kids that did so much damage in Columbine, and try to see what they may have been thinking about days or weeks before this happened. And that's totally where this came from. I mean it was pretty simplistic in its approach. And I wanted to try something just a little bit different.

Instead of just hammering out lines, just to belt out words, that were very powerful words to talk about what someone may have been thinking, and actually, I probably can imagine there's not too many kids in high school that at some point or another, no matter who they are, may have not had those feelings. Now reacting to them the way that people do sometimes unfortunately in some of these instances with weapons which is totally outrageous. Not everybody does that but they still think those things. I mean we're all in high school at one point. So that was sort of the inspiration for that one."

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Celine Butchers AC/DC
Blabbermouth reports: According to the UK's Daily Mail, Celine Dion's cover version of the AC/DC track "You Shook Me All Night Long" has been voted the worst cover song.

Dion, 40, has never released the song as a single but performed the "musical offense" at a Las Vegas concert six years ago. A SUGABABES and GIRLS ALOUD version of "Walk This Way", which had been a huge hit for AEROSMITH and rappers RUN DMC, came second.

Experts also delivered a verdict on the most successful cover versions. Jimi Hendrix's cover of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" topped the list, with the Guns N' Roses' version of the Wings' song "Live and Let Die" and Nirvana's cover of "The Man Who Sold the World" by David Bowie also in the top five. - Read the lists and watch a video of Sealion butchering the AC/DC song. It's not pretty.

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T.I. Murder Charges
AP reports: Two brothers have been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an assistant to rapper T.I. at a party following a Cincinnati performance in 2006.

Hosea Thomas, 34, and Padron Thomas, 40, were charged Thursday in the death of 26-year-old Philant Johnson and the wounding of three others in the rapper's entourage.

Detective Tim Gormly said gunfire erupted after the brothers tried to get into Harris' VIP area at an after-hours club. - more on this story

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When Surfers Attack
antiMusic reports: Not directly music related but a problem with see with a certain caliber of "pop" star. Seems that surfers have found the ultimate solution to the problem of stalkerazzi: give the prying photogs a beat down! TMZ has the story and some fun video of the karmatic happening:

A group of surfers just got gnarly on a group of paps -- all over photos of beach king Matthew McConaughey. Around 12 paps were on the beach in Malibu trying to get shots of Matty hitting the surf, when an all out smackdown was laid on the paps by turf protecting surfers.

One pap was hit the face and suffered a broken nose, while another was thrown into some rocks and had his camera smashed. McConaughey was not involved in the ruckus. - Watch the video! and crank up some Surf Punks!

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Drugs Severely Damaged Winehouse
Jam! reports: Soul diva Amy Winehouse has damaged her lungs by smoking crack cocaine and cigarettes, her father said in an interview published Sunday.

The Sunday Mirror quoted Mitch Winehouse as saying that Amy has an early stage emphysema and an irregular heartbeat, and has been warned that she will have to wear an oxygen mask unless she stops smoking drugs.

"The doctors have told her if she goes back to smoking drugs, it won't just ruin her voice, it will kill her," Mitch Winehouse was quoted as saying. - more on this story

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Phish Reunion, Springsteen Adds Dates, Jay-Z Ridiculous, The Shins Turn Selfish, Fiddy Throws A Fit, Late Night With Motley Crue and more
antiMusic reports: Could Phish be ready to reunite? According to an online report, the beloved jam band will do exactly that at some point in the near future, when it hits the studio to make an album with producer Steve Lillywhite.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have added seven dates to their summer itinerary, which will conclude Aug. 30 with a show in Milwaukee for Harley Davidson's 105th anniversary festival. more

Jay-Z has said the row over his headline slot at Glastonbury is the result of outdated thinking. The announcement has been met with some criticism, with Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher claiming he was "wrong" for the event. But Jay-Z said: "It's ridiculous, if we don't embrace what is new, then how do we progress?" He continued: "I've never actually experienced anything like that before." more

The Shins are likely to self-release their fourth studio album through frontman James Mercer's Aural Apothecary label, Billboard can reveal. more
Taco Bell threw the gorditas to the wind when they asked rapper 50 Cent to change his name to 79, 89, or 99 Cent to match their value menu. Not only did Taco Bell grossly overestimated the worth of rapper 50 Cent, but they stood to lose as much as 49 cents. What's that? 50 Cent not only shot the offer down, but is throwing a hissy-fit about it that puts an 8 year-old girl to shame? Whew! Lucky break, Taco Bell. Lucky break. more
Opiate For The Masses regrets missing out on performing for fans in Oklahoma City, OK and Harrison, AR on this run with Filter and 10 Years. Drummer, Seven Antonopoulos is sidelined in a Dallas, TX hospital with severe complications from a dental issue he has been dealing with. Nothing less would have kept the band from the road. Opiate is due to rejoin the tour on Monday in Nashville, TN.

Former Crown the Lost/current Job For A Cowboy drummer Jon "The Charn" Rice will be handling drum duties for the Former Crown the Lost July 12 show at The Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, PA. "Jon, who is currently on a European festival run with Job For A Cowboy, has gratiously accepted to fill in for us during this time of need, and for that, we will reward him with a case of beer and full access to my ever-unmanageable CD collection," commented the band. more

Tickle Me Pink are streaming their debut album, Madeline, in its entirety on Purevolume . You can also preview four live videos from the live DVD that will be included with the album. Madeline will hit stores on July 1st. Tickle Me Pink will hit the road this summer with Finch and Scary Kids Scaring Kids, as well as play select dates on this summer's Warped Tour.

Wanna watch Paul Shaffer screw up Motley Crue's music with his overblown keyboards? Then turn-in Tuesday night when the band are set to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman. Metal Underground's report

According to CelebrityAccess, the Mountain Rock Festival, which was slated to take place July 17-20 in Farwell, Michigan with performances by Survivor, Jackyl, and Foghat, among others, has been cancelled after unidentified investors had withdrawn their support. - more

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Nine Inch Nails Limit Themselves
Metal Underground reports: Nine Inch Nails' retail version of "The Slip" CD/DVD digipak will now be limited to 250,000 copies worldwide.

The package was originally announced to be limited to 200,000 pieces only (presumably for North America), each individually numbered, while for the UK, Europe, Australia, and other territories, the release would not be limited or numbered, but will otherwise be identical.

Now, this limited, numbered edition of 250,000 units will be the only version of the digipak available. - more on this story

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Slash To Get His Shot At Justice
Daily News reports: Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash and his wife, Perla, can move forward with a $1 million civil suit they filed against a real estate agent and his firm, alleging they were duped into buying a house that did not have the amenities they expected, a judge ruled today.

The suit, filed last November in Los Angeles County Superior Court and amended in mid-March, names Gregory Holcomb and Sotheby's International Realty as defendants.

Judge Mel Red Recana denied defense motions to dismiss the portions of the suit alleging fraud, constructive fraud, negative fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, and to strike the claim for punitive damages. - more on this story

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David Gilmour Live In Gdansk Details
Sony reports: David Gilmour Live In Gdańsk is a double live album plus concert DVD to be released on September 16th on Columbia Records. David Gilmour Live In Gdansk, the first solo live album from Pink Floyd's singer / guitarist, captures the magic of his concert held in front of 50,000 in the Gdansk shipyards, the final performance of his critically acclaimed 2006 On An Island tour. It also features the first ever recording of selected Pink Floyd classics performed with an orchestra.

The double live album David Gilmour Live In Gdańsk, produced by David Gilmour and Phil Manzanera, features the Gdansk concert and demonstrates a musician and his band playing at the very peak of their musical brilliance. The six piece band is accompanied for the only time on the On An Island tour by an orchestra: the 40-strong string section of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic conducted by Zbigniew Preisner, orchestral arranger on David Gilmour's On An Island album (multi-platinum around the world, number 1 in Europe, number 1 in the UK and number 6 in the U.S.). It is the first ever live recording with an orchestra of Pink Floyd's 'High Hopes' and 'A Great Day For Freedom', the latter performed here as a one-off for this special Solidarity anniversary.

The two and a half hour DVD which accompanies the live album evocatively portrays the drama of the Gdansk concert, set against the urban landscape of the shipyard and crane-filled skyline. - more on this story

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Legendary Guitarist Books First U.S. Shows In Over 3 Decades
antiMusic reports: Most people think of Motley Crue as having the wildest story in rock and roll, thanks mostly to their autobiography "The Dirt." But their sordid tales are no match for those of Fleetwood Mac. The band's history was already worthy of a blockbuster bio-pic long before they became the chart topping darlings of 70s AM radio.

The band's founder went from inspiring someone to add to the famous "Clapton Is God" graffiti on a UK wall with the line "Peter Green is Better Than God," to quitting the group and becoming a grave digger. Then when he was about to make a comeback, he refused to sign a record contract because he thought it was a deal with the Devil. (that's actually not far off).

Green's story is tame compared to how Jeremy Spencer left the group. The band was on tour and arrived in Los Angeles right after a major earthquake shook California. The band was scheduled to play the Whiskey A Go Go that night and a few hours before they were set to hit the stage, Jeremy stepped out to check out a local shop (a head shop by some accounts, bookstore by others) but he never returned. In fact, he went off and joined a cult! 36 long years have passed and Jeremy is back to his calling as a guitar god. With a new album under his belt, he has announced his plans to play in the U.S. for the first time since 1972. - more on this story

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New Order DVD Preview
imeem reports: imeem has your front row seat to the premiere of New Order's new concert DVD, "Live in Glasgow," days prior to its retail release next Tuesday! Starting today, fans can stream the entire concert for free exclusively on imeem

"Live in Glasgow" documents a rare two-night appearance by the influential synth-pop group at Glasgow's Carling Academy in October 2006. Rhino highlights the very best moments from the celebratory shows, capturing songs that span the band's extraordinary career, including several rare performances of Joy Division favorites. The set list covers songs from New Order's entire career, from the band's first single "Ceremony" and its biggest hits, including "Blue Monday," "Temptation" and "Bizarre Love Triangle," to a trio of Joy Division classics, "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Transmission" and "Shadowplay." The video also includes interviews with all three band members, filmed exclusively for this DVD.

New Order music playlists are also available on the band's imeem profile for free streaming. On imeem, fans can create their own custom music, video and photo playlists and embed them on blogs and social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. Simply cut and paste the embed code located under each player.
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Britney The Vegas Years
TMZ reports: TMZ has learned that Britney Spears is working on a new album, and Vegas kingpin George Maloof is behind it!

Our sources say the album is being recorded at Maloof's Palms Casino in Las Vegas. We hear former manager Larry Rudolph is back in the picture -- and producing the album.

Maloof is trying to extend his long arm into the music biz -- and is also behind Ali Lohan's upcoming album. - more on this story

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