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Full Report for 06/26/2008

Killsmith Week: Day 4 "Distributed"
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:

"Distributed"...one thing I liked about this book, we went through and really did a nice´┐Żall the lyrics in the booklet as well. And they're pretty clear on the album as well but I do like to do that once in a while. These particular lyrics, when you talk about, I think kids today probably, go to psychiatrist and take medication that probably they don't need. I don't know. I'm not an expert. That's just my opinion. I'm very opinionated about stuff by the way, I hate to tell you. (laughs.) I know it's hard to believe, right? But I think that people take kids, and once they're labeled with some sort of, or anything from schizophrenia to god-only- knows-what, that sort of puts a label on them. The song sort of dwells in that vein. Plus I may be crazy too. You never know. It's one of those two stories, Morley. - more on this story

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Mini Me Sextape
antiMusic reports: We know this has nothing to do with music, but how could we resist a story about a sextape from Mini Me? TMZ has that and some video: Come on, you know you wanna watch.

Yes, that's Mini-Me Verne Troyer in a sex tape shot with his former live-in girlfriend at the couple's apartment. A third party has snatched up the tape and although no deal has been made, we hear dealer Kevin Blatt, who brokered the deal for Paris' video, is entertaining a $100k offer from SugarDVD to distribute the nastiness.

We would have thought the tape was worth at least ONE BILLION DOLLARS. A rep for Troyer could not be reached for comment. - Watch the TMZ video

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AC/DC Set Summer Release
BW&BK reports: According to Sony/BMG, AC/DC's as-yet-untitled forthcoming album will be released in August.

As previously reported, AC/DC will sell its new album only through Wal-Mart Stores Inc in the United States. It is still unclear if the same distribution deal has been negotiated in Canada.

According to Wikipedia, singer Brian Johnson revealed that for the first time since the 1988 album Blow Up Your Video, he would be handling lyrics. He also said that Angus Young has written harder riffs than those on their last album, Stiff Upper Lip (2000). - more on this story

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McGraw Gives Fan A Smackdown
TMZ reports: Don't mess around at a Tim McGraw concert, or he'll pull your ass out of the crowd and have you tossed out! At his concert last night, Tim spotted a over-sized, rowdy fan in the front row -- and proceeded to grab a hold of him, pull him on stage and threaten to punch him with a cocked-back country fist!

Tim's rep told TMZ us: "While Tim was performing at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington last night, he watched a man rush to the front of the stage. This overly aggressive fan attacked a female fan and Tim witnessed this incident.

"Tim called for security, but when they could not respond quick enough Tim and several crew members removed the fan from the audience where he was then turned over to the local authorities." - Watch the video, it's worth the click

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Radiohead Live Rainbows
PR reports: Radiohead has released ten live performance videos recorded at The Hospital studio in Covent Garden with the team from the band's longtime producer Nigel Godrich's 'From the Basement' TV show.

The collection is now available exclusively through iTunes. The videos feature live renditions of songs from 'In Rainbows' and the bonus CD included in its deluxe discbox edition.

Captured in a day, with direction by David Barnard and sound by Nigel Godrich, the videos represent the best recorded representation of Radiohead's live performance to date. - tracklisting

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Dog Kept Axl and Slash From Reuniting
Rolling Stone reports: Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has revealed to RollingStone.com that he nearly got former Guns N' Roses bandmates Axl Rose and Slash back together, to rock out with Sly Stone:

"I actually talked on the phone to Sly Stone because I always wanted to do obscure covers of Sly Stone songs," Bach said. "I want to do them in the style of 'Back in the Saddle' from [Bach's new solo album] 'Angel Down'. I had a whole session ready to go. Sly said, 'I'd love Axl and Slash to come play on this.' I texted Axl and said, 'Would you be interested in singing with Sly Stone on some music?' He goes, 'Yeah. If this is a real album that Sly's doing, I will come down there and sing with you guys.'

"I was footing the bill for this session on my own. I had everyone ready to go. At the very last minute my manager calls Sly and says, 'What's Sly going to need?' Sly wanted me to buy him a dog. He gave me this information on a specific kennel in northern California in Napa Valley and a specific breed for one puppy that he wanted me to buy for him for $8,500. That was the straw that broke the camel's back on the session." - more on this story

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Suge Attacker Arrested
TMZ reports: Brace yourselves for a shock - the guy who knocked out Suge Knight is not law abiding.

LAPD hooked up Greg Smith late Sunday night on an outstanding bench warrant - seems Greg forgot a court date.

To make matters worse, when cops approached him, Smith bolted. So he's also been booked for resisting arrest. - more on this story

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Slash Plans 'Mindblowing' Project, Weezer Writes Song With Fans, Motley Sales Projections, Cold War Kids Plans, Priest Chart High, Road Kooks and more
antiMusic reports: Another singer has taken himself out of the running to head up Velvet Revolver: Sebastian Bach, who previously ruled out fronting the group because of his friendship with Axl Rose. However, he did just tell Billboard.com that he may be working with Slash: He told them that Slash did contact him "out of the blue ... to talk to me about working together, but it was not Velvet Revolver. It was a completely different project, and I can't tell you what it is 'cause it's mind-blowing, but I've been sworn to secrecy on that. But nothing's happening right now with me and him." more

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has written a new song, 'Turnin' Up The Radio'', with the help of fans. Cuomo posted snippets of the song as he worked on it, then adjusted it after fans posted comments on YouTube and posted their own response videos. Check out the finished song here

According to Hits Daily Double (the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS), Motley Crue's new album, "Saints of Los Angeles", is poised to sell around 90,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release more

Cold War Kids have announced that they intend to release their highly anticipated sophomore album this September. The band will also play several live dates this summer and fall. more

Judas Priest's new double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", has sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks the band's highest-ever chart position in the U.S. more

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman releases his highly anticipated and widely acclaimed Spring and Summer double EP this week on lowercase people records / Credential Recordings / EMI CMG. The double EP follows the June 10 digital release of the Summer EP, which launched to No. 162 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 12 on the Digital Album sales charts in its first week out.

The Kooks have announced a Fall tour of North America, kicking off September 4 with a show for the students at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. more

Spark Is A Diamond has cancelled some of their upcoming shows as a result of financial issues. Here's a statement from the band: "We are extremely sorry to inform you that we have to cancel the rest of our tour dates this month. We had engine failure in Indiana and were forced to leave the van. It is going to be over $2000 for parts and labor for a new engine. Unfortunately, we don't have the money for that right now so we had to rent a U-haul truck to get us and all of our gear back home safely. more

DC4 has been added to the Tri-Label Stage (South) at ROCKLAHOMA 2008. DC4 will be performing on Sunday July 13th, 2008. DC4 recently signed with CHAVIS RECORDS for the official issue of Explode the latest effort from the band featuring Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, Odin), Shawn Duncan (Odin), Matt Duncan, and Rowan Robertson (Dio).

Into The Moat is currently in the studio recording their second full-length for Metal Blade Records. Titled "The Campaign," the album will feature eight new songs and will clock in at roughly forty minutes. more

Did you miss Motley Crue on Letterman? Never fear, RedLasso has it for you. Check it out - here

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The Verve Love Is Noise Tracks and Preview
PR reports: The Verve have not only leaked the first single from their forthcoming album this week, "Love Is Noise", but they've also now given the record the title of 'Forth' and revealed the tracklisting.

It will be released on August 18th in the UK, while North America gets the record a day later (Aug 19th) via their own imprint On Our Own distributed via Megaforce/MRI, and label duties by For The Win!.

'Forth' Tracklisting: 1. Sit and Wonder 2. Love Is Noise 3. Rather Be 4. Judas 5. Numbness 6. I See Houses 7. Noise Epic 8. Valium Skies 9. Columbo 10. Appalachian Springs
The single "Love Is Noise" can be heard on their
- Myspace.

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Metallica Cover Maiden
Metal Underground reports: Metallica has revealed that they recorded a cover of Iron Maiden's "Remember Tomorrow," off the band's self-titled debut album. Here's the update from Metallica'a MySpace blog:

"We were honored to be asked to participate in Kerrang's exclusive 'Maiden Heaven' tribute album... one of those super cool Kerrang! CD's that you can only get when you buy the mag. In this case, the issue (1219) goes on sale in the UK on July 16 and for those of you somewhere else, you can pick it up online at http://www.kerrang.com.

"We picked 'Remember Tomorrow' from Iron Maiden's self titled first album... it was basically the blueprint for songs like 'Fade to Black' and 'Sanitarium' and when we were jamming our way thru most of our favorite early Maiden songs, this one stood out and also came together somewhat effortlessly... we had a blast recording it at HQ in the middle of all the insanity of the last two weeks of finishing the new album back in May. Some of our other favorite bands recorded their own versions of Maiden songs too... Machine Head, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed And Cambria, Dream Theater to name a few. - full tracklisting

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Be Your Own Pet Drop Off Warped Tour
antiMusic reports: Be Your Own Pet pulled the plug on their Warped tour plans. They broke the news to fans with the following statement on their Myspace page on Tuesday:

"We regret to inform our fans that we will not be participating in this year's Warped tour. We have been going non-stop for the past 6 months and didn't realize how much the intense schedule would take out of us. Something had to give and sadly it's this tour."

The gig they had planned for August 7th with Tapes 'N Tapes and The Black Keys in Brooklyn was also nixed. However it looks like they still plan to take part in the Reading and Leeds on Aug 22nd and 23rd. At least the dates are still listed on their - Myspace.

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Fan Arrested After Harassing Cher
AP reports: A Nashville man has been charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication after he repeatedly harassed Cher at the famed honky-tonk Tootsies Orchid Lounge.

Police say 36-year-old Calvin Hutton Houghland tried to make contact with Cher early Wednesday morning and was asked to leave the club.

He complied, police said, but returned a short time later and grabbed Cher by the waist as the singer-actress sat in a roped-off area of the lounge. - You think at this point the fan would leave well enough alone. Not a chance,

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Scars on Broadway Announce North American Tour
PR reports: Scars on Broadway, the much-anticipated collaboration between guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan - best known for their Grammy-winning, multi-Platinum success in System of a Down - announce that they will headline their first North American tour, performing in some two dozen cities during October and November.

The tour is in support of Scars On Broadway's self-titled debut album due out July 29 (Interscope). Tour cities are listed below; dates and venues will be announced shortly.

In addition, the band has shot the first Scars on Broadway music video for the track "They Say," which is set to premiere this Friday, June 27 on Yahoo!'s home page and Yahoo!'s music front page. - more on this story

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Senses Fail in October
PR reports: Senses Fail announces an October 7 release for Life Is Not A Waiting Room (Vagrant), their third full-length and follow up to 2006's Still Searching. Brian McTernan (Hot Water Music, Thrice) produced the twelve-track set at his Salad Days studio in Baltimore, MD.

"There is a real sense of urgency in the songs we've been writing," singer James "Buddy" Nielsen stated previously. "The songs have a lot of grit and power and remind me of how I felt when we wrote From The Depths of Dreams."

Nielsen, along with guitarists Garrett Zablocki and Heath Saraceno and drummer Dan Trapp, were joined in the studio by bassist Jason Black (Hot Water Music, The Draft). The band will be unveiling more pre-release details and their fall touring plans in the coming weeks. - more on this story

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Reggie & The Full Effect's Final Tour
PR reports: Reggie & The Full Effect have announced their final tour that is scheduled to begin August 20 in Orlando, Florida. Last Stop: Crappy Town, the band's fifth full-length, was released last week (6/17) through Vagrant.

James Dewees, the conservatory-trained keyboardist (for The Get Up Kids, New Found Glory and My Chemical Romance), drummer (for seminal metal act Coalesce) and protagonist behind Reggie & The Full Effect, formed the band eight years ago in Lawrence, KS.

Earlier this week, Reggie & The Full Effect filmed a video for "J" with directors John Carlucci and Adam Rothlein, and it includes a star turn from Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance, whose band Leathermouth will be main support on the farewell tour. The storyline is still top secret, but is based on the idea that "every monster deserves a shot at love."
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