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Full Report for 06/30/2008

Bumblefoot Week: Day 1 "Green"
antiMusic reports: With a sound described as "The Sex Pistols meets Queen, with innovative guitar and a Zappa-esque twist" how could your interest not be sparked? We are talking about Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal who was thrust into the international spotlight a couple years ago when he joined Guns N' Roses and quickly won the fans over on their world tour. But that new gig hasn't changed Bubblefoot's DIY ethic as he continues to be a champion of the underground with his new self-released CD "Abnormal". That effort from the critically acclaimed rocker is available this week and we asked Bumblefoot to pick his favorite tracks from the album and tell us a bit about each one. He more than delivered! Here is Bumblefoot with today's song:

"Green": I hate all my f**king songs. It's not that I hate them, it's just that either I change and don't feel the personal connection anymore, or I've gone through such sh*t to make the song happen, that it's like re-living that time you had to pull a rusty hook out of your foot, and couldn't. Such a song is "Green". I wrote the song 10 years ago. What I mean is I heard the music, the melodies, the arrangement, the instrumentation, and the feeling I got from the song and the message of the words that needed to be written, in my head - just needed to get it out of my head and fill in the missing pieces. Had the music ready for the "Uncool" album I was writing for, but could not get the right words. Nothing said it like it needed to be said. I had to search. I searched for 4 years, sleeping each night with a notebook behind my head, and would sometimes wake up at 4am out of a deep sleep and write down a phrase. I finally had the words, depicting what I saw inside.

It took another 4 years before I was *ready* to sing them. I wasn't ready to take on the song, after all of that, it was too big a deal. What the f**k, it's just a song, right? And I'm no Beethoven. So what the Hell's the big deal? I don't know - once in a while a song rules you like that, and you have to be ready to take the leap, it'll destroy you if you act to soon. This was one of those songs. The other was a song called "Heart Attack," written around the same time as Green. That one only took four years to find lyrics for, then record. And it took dying and seeing the white light to get that one out. - Check out the lyrics to this song and find out where you can get a preview of the CD!

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Dude Looks Like A Liar
Sleazeroxx reports: Steven Tyler sought the "safe environment" of rehab last month to recover from more than just surgery, the Aerosmith frontman now says was fighting a dependency on pain and sleep medication.

"To have your feet done, to have your leg done, you have to be on narcotics," Tyler told The Associated Press on Friday. "You have to be on sleep aids at night. I don't know about Joe (Perry) but I was off and running and I didn't like the me that was me."

Tyler released a statement in late May saying he checked into a rehab facility in search of a "safe environment" to recover from several foot surgeries and physical therapy. Tyler said the procedures were to correct longtime foot injuries resulting from his physical performances as the singer for the blues-rock band. - more on this story

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GNR Chinese Democracy in Aug?
BW&BK reports: Today's Running Out of Patience Meter® reading: it has been 5,333 days since the last new Guns N' Roses album was released. Now here is today's GNR related story, this one comes from BW&BK: Amazon.co.uk is now listing the release date of GUNS N' ROSES' Chinese Democracy as August 25th.

It is worth noting that they have previously listed its availability as September 2007, February 2008, and December 2008.

Because of this, it is hard to put any faith in these dates. Amazon only knows what they are told by the record companies. - more on this story

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Fake Poison Rapist on the Loose!
TMZ reports: Some people dress up like members of Poison and cover their music, others dress up like members of Poison and allegedly rape people.

The drummer for everyone's fave 80's hair band, Poison, was arrested in March on a rape warrant out of Mississippi as he got off a flight from New Zealand at LAX. 46-year-old Rikki Rockett was busted by the Airport Division of the LAPD as he was going through customs.

Rape charges were later dropped against Rikki Rockett in Mississippi, because according to Rikki, an imposter named John Minskoff is out there claiming to be him. - Watch the video

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DMX Drug Bust
TMZ reports: That's right, woodchuck-chuckers -- it's Groundhog Day! DMX was arrested for the -- oh heck, we lost count how many-ith time -- busted in Miami for trying to buy cocaine and marijuana.

X, real name Earl Simmons, was popped back on June 23 for driving without a valid driver's license ... and on May 9 on seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and four felony drug possession charges.

And May 7 on charges of racing on a highway, reckless driving, two counts of endangerment, three counts of criminal speed and driving on a suspended license. - more on this story

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Slipknot's All Fans Are Gone Masks, Incubus Orchestra, Van Halen To Rock Quebec, George Clinton Plans His Supernatural, Satriani and Mountain Tour and more
antiMusic reports: On July 1, Slipknot will unveil their goofy new masks in an exclusive partnership with AOL Music, the web's trendiest online music destination. This debut kicks-starts the launch of Slipknot's new album, All Hope Is Gone, which is set for release on Mallcore Records on August 26th when we get to see how much of their fanbase has grown up since their last album came out. If you're not into goofy gimmicks and want a real metal assault then go here instead.

Incubus is planning to take a break while its members pursue a variety of endeavors. On Aug. 23, guitarist Mike Einziger will unveil an orchestral piece in concert at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles. more

The Québec City Summer Festival (Le Festival d'été de Québec), in conjunction with the Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec have booked hard rock legends Van Halen to kick off the festivities on Thursday, July 3rd. more

It worked for Santana, now George Clinton is getting by with a little help from his friends on his next album -- a list that includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, RZA, System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, El DeBarge and gospel singer Kim Burrell. more

Count Grishnackh (real name Varg Vikernes) who is currently serving a 21-year jail sentence for murdering Mayhem guitarist Oystein "Euronymous" Aarseth and setting fire to three churches in 1993 - has been denied parole by the Norwegian justice system for the second time. more

Vermont-based hardcore skate punk act My Revenge will play their final show on July 19th. The gig will double as the record release party for their final Thorp released LP Strength Through Nonviolence. The show will take place on July 19th at the Bristol Hub Skatepark in Bristol, Vermont with guests Black SS, Unrestrained, ANS, and Fight Back. band's comments

Guitarist Joe Satriani has announced a full scale tour with legendary heavy rock band Mountain, featuring Leslie West and Corky Laing supporting, beginning in early October. dates

Leonard Pennario, a Grammy-winning pianist and best-selling classical recording artist, has died. He was 83. - more

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Purple Pain: Prince Answers Tribute With Legal Threat
antiMusic reports: Most artists would be honored that other artists would take the time and effort to record tribute versions of their songs, especially if the royalties are properly paid. But Prince is no ordinary artist and continues his recent practice of producing more billable hours for his attorneys than producing new music. Globe and Mail has this on the latest silly legal move by the purple one:

Prince found out about a special cover-song tribute collection that a group of Norwegian musicians had put together in honour of the artist's 50th birthday, and sent a threatening legal letter to the organizer of the tribute, ordering that all copies of the cover-song collection be destroyed or a lawsuit will be filed.

The project was the brainchild of Christer Falck, a Norwegian record-label owner and television star, who asked 50 prominent musicians to pick their favourite Prince song and do a cover version. He then made just 5,000 copies of the resulting 5-disc special boxed set and distributed them around the world, a venture for which (according to a Norwegian newspaper report) he made no money whatsoever. - Read more

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Ratt Singer Too Wasted To Sing?
Blabbermouth reports: According to an article published in Sunday's (June 29) edition of the El Norte newspaper of Monterrey, Mexico, RATT was forced to cut its Friday, June 27 concert in Monterrey short after lead singer Stephen Pearcy appeared to be incapacitated and was unable to complete the concert.

At one point, according to the article, Pearcy lost his balance and fell into the crowd before being helped back to the stage by the venue's security personnel, only to fall backwards. He then got up and resumed singing as if nothing had happened.

After performing for about 50 minutes, the band abruptly left the stage and reappeared a few minutes later, this time without Stephen. Rhythm guitarist John Corabi, who is best known for having replaced Vince Neil as the frontman for Motley Crue in the early 1990s, apologized to the crowd and blamed the mishap on "jet lag" before taking over on lead vocals for the set's closing two numbers — "Body Talk" and "Round and Round". - more on this story

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Winehouse Assaults Fan
BBC reports: Police say they have received no complaints of assault after singer Amy Winehouse appeared to punch a fan during her performance at Glastonbury.

A spokesman at the festival said there would subsequently be no investigation. Founder Michael Eavis defended the star, saying she had appeared to lash out after being touched by a fan.

He added that Winehouse had asked if she could headline next year's music event, and he described her show on Saturday as a "triumph". - more on this story

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Becoming The Archetype Lose Member, Reunite With Old Member
Lambgoat reports: Becoming The Archetype has announced the departure of guitarist Alex Kenis, and the subsequent return of former BTA member, Jon Star. Here's a statement from the band's Jason Wisdom:

"Alex is stepping down from his lead guitar post in BTA. Cornerstone this year will be his last show with us. He has been a huge asset to the band for over 2 years and will be missed by those of us in the band and fans of the band alike. Alex is going to be re-focusing all of his musical energy on Aletheian. If you are going to be at Cornerstone this year make sure to stop by and say thank you to Alex for all that he has done for BTA.

"The position of lead guitar has been filled by none other than Jon Star. For those of you who don't know, Jon was the original guitarist and primary songwriter on our first album 'Terminate Damnation.' - more on this story

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Canada Deports Band
Lambgoat reports: Die Young (TX) was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia earlier this week after playing nearly two weeks in Canada illegally. The band has been deported back to the United States and is currently finishing up their scheduled tour. Here's a statement from the band:

"We were unloading the van in Vancouver on Tuesday night when some cops approached us and told us they knew we had stayed in Canada much longer than we had clearance for. In a matter of minutes a another cop in a paddywagon arrived, and two immigration officers showed up.

"We got whisked off in handcuffs for a long night of several different holding cells, and then we got delivered back to the US border Wednesday morning in handcuffs and shackles."
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