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UFO and Leppard Talk
PR reports: The latest Talking Metal podcast features interviews with guitarists Phil Collen (Def Leppard/Man Raze) and Michael Schenker.

Topics hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy discussed with Collen include Man Raze, Girl, the Sex Pistols, Def Leppard, Tim Mcgraw, The Ibanez Destroyer, and Iron Maiden while topics Strigl covered with Schenker include Gary Barden, songwriting for "In The Midst Of Beauty," his acoustic "Thank You" albums, Dean guitars, the Schenker family, UFO, touring troubles, and the Scorpions.

Additional podcast topics include fuse, Hoboken, New Jersey, and GoDaddy.com. The episode can be downloaded at this - location

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Frightened Rabbit Tour
PR reports: Frightened Rabbit will return to the States this month on the heels of their just-released critically acclaimed sophomore LP, THE MIDNIGHT ORGAN FIGHT, and will be extending their tour, adding dates in New York and Los Angeles.

The band will be joined on the month-long jaunt by The French Kicks for the first leg followed by Oxford Collapse. While in Seattle, Frightened Rabbit will stop in at KEXP for a live, on-air session June 18 at 3 pm PST. - more on this story

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Love Blue Thumb Reissues
conqueroo reports: Love's 1969 Blue Thumb double-album debut, Out Here and 1970 album False Start, which features Jimi Hendrix are being reissued next month.

They recorded one of the most influential albums of the late '60s in the folk-rocking Forever Changes, an album that took 20 years to be fully appreciated and has been recently reissued in a deluxe edition. But the band Love, fronted by tortured genius Arthur Lee, switched musical gears almost immediately after recording its masterpiece. Lee recruited a whole new Love to record the both band's final Elektra album, Four Sail, and its 1969 Blue Thumb double-album debut, Out Here. With a change of guitarists and the recruitment of Jimi Hendrix on one track, Love followed with False Start in 1970. The two Blue Thumb albums will be reissued for the first time on CD by Collectors' Choice Music on June 10, 2008.

The new lineup Lee recruited after Forever Changes included Jay Donnellan, guitar; Frank Fayad, bass; and George Suranovich, who curiously hailed from doo-wop origins, on drums. Donnellan had brought an acoustic guitar to his audition only to be told that Love no longer sounded like that. However, fans of Forever Changes and its predecessors, Love and Da Capo, will discover stray echoes of the classic Love sound amidst Out Here's 17 tracks, namely "Willow Willow," "Listen To My Song" and "Gather Round." Additionally, hard blues-based rock entered the mix on this album, including a heavier version of "Signed D.C." from Love's debut. Out Here, recorded in a shabby home studio just beneath Laurel Canyon in Hollywood, included such songs as "Abalony," "I'll Pray For You," "Instra-Mental" and "Car Lights On in the Daytime." And there's some reassurance to be had that Lee still had a song title in him like "Love is More Than Words or Better Late Than Never."
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Guns N' Linkin Motley Jam
antiMusic reports: When Camp Freddy promised that they would have a host of all-star guests jam with them during their residency at the Roxy, they weren't kidding. This week they were again joined by a who's who of heavy rock.

Camp Freddy is a jam band featuring Billy Morrison, Dave Navarro, Matt Sorum, Donovan Leitch and Chris Chaney and they're in the midst of a five week residency on Thursday nights at The Roxy in Hollywood. Last week they kicked it off with Steve Jones and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, Steven Perkins of Jane's Addiction, Poe, Corey Parks of Nashville Pussy and Die Hunns, Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, Warren DeMartini of Ratt and Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath (McGrath is set to play all five shows.)

This week's show had even more star power. Jones and Cook from the Pistols returned, as did Jerry Cantrell. But they brought in some new guests as well with Slash and Duff from Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Billy Duff of The Cult, and Leah Duors and Hayley Cramer of McQueen. Plus Tommy Lee must be over his being over rock because he showed up as well. - campfreddy.net

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Metallica Recording Epic Songs, Plan Behind The Scenes Site, and Add a Gig
antiMusic reports: Three news rumblings on the Metallica front. A Metallica fansite ran into the band's former producer Bob Rock who filled them in a bit on the new album, plus Lars spoke to a radio station to give a little more details on what fans can expect from MissionMetallica.com, and the band announced their participation in a benefit show that's being organized by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

First Encycmet.com has a cool story about running into the band's former producer Bob Rock at a movie theatre. Here is part of what they had to say about the encounter, " [Bob Rock] says that he actually just spoke to Lars and that he's heard 8 of the new songs and that they are: around 8 minutes long, have really long solos, and that the songs sound awesome and very old-school!! I ask him if we'll hear some new songs during the upcoming summer tour, and he says that we should actually hear the first SINGLE in a matter of weeks." read the full report

Encycmet.com also reports: Lars Ulrich told a Los Angeles radio station on Monday that the new site, MissionMetallica.com, will showcase a "making-of-the-album" like what was available on the DVD in the St.Anger package.. Ulrich explained, "We thought, instead of doing the DVDs and all that, why don't we just do it on the Internet and people can kind of tune in every day, watch clips, contests, get updates for what's going on with the record and kind of watch the last couple of months of song titles, album titles, final mixes...So it's kind of a little bit of a countdown type of thing. It should be fun." full report

Finally Metallica posted an update on their website to let fans know about a new gig they are playing - details are here

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Coldplay Viva La World Tour
antiMusic reports: Coldplay announce their "Viva La Vida" North American Tour in support of their new album of the same name, which will be released on June 17th. The tour, which will be produced by Live Nation, will kick off on June 29th in Philadelphia, PA.

Before kicking off the "Viva La Vida" tour, Coldplay will play free concerts in London (June 16th at the Brixton Academy) and New York (June 23rd at Madison Square Garden). Information on how to win tickets to these shows will be available at http://www.coldplay.com beginning today. The contest will run May 9th through June 1st. Winners will receive notification on June 5th.

Viva La Vida, Coldplay's upcoming album, will be released by Capitol Music Group on June 17th. Produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs, the record is the follow-up to 2005's X&Y, which debuted at #1 in 32 countries and has sold 10 million copies worldwide to date.

The album's lead single "Violet Hill" was downloaded by two million people during the recent one-week period in which the band made the song available to fans for free. - more including dates

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Rap Sheet: DMX Arrested, Foxy Guilty, B.I.G. Victory
antiMusic reports: Here is a round of up rap legal stories today. We start with this report from Jam!: Authorities say DMX has been arrested on drug and animal-cruelty charges in Phoenix following an overnight raid on the rapper's house. The Maricopa County sheriff's office says the 37-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, at first tried to barricade himself in his bedroom. He came out as a SWAT team entered during the early-morning raid Friday.

AP Reports: Rapper Foxy Brown has pleaded guilty to menacing a neighbor with her cell phone last year. She avoided jail based on time already served. Brown and neighbor Arlene Raymond got into a fight last July over Brown blasting her car stereo outside their Brooklyn apartment building. more

AP Reports: A judge has reinstated a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., reversing an earlier decision to dismiss the case. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper threw out the lawsuit March 21 after determining the family missed a state deadline for bringing a claim against the city and two former police officers. The family appealed, and the judge reversed her decision after finding federal claims in the case can proceed, according to court papers obtained Thursday. - more

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Linkin Park and Busta Rhymes Make It On Video
antiMusic reports: A new video featuring Linkin Park and Busta Rhymes has been released online. It's for the track "We Made It". The song comes from Busta Rhymes' new album, "Blessed." The video was originally release exclusively to BET and Yahoo.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda both appear in the video, which was being directed by acclaimed director Chris Robinson. "It ["We Made It"] ain't just about the 'hood, it ain't just about the suburbs, it's about everybody," Busta Rhymes said of the track.

"This is one of those songs that can't be described better than touching the souls of the common people." "We Made It," was produced by Cool and Dre, is Busta Rhymes' first collaboration with a rock band and the first official release from Blessed. Shinoda reportedly also did some production on the album. - check it out

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Look Who's Whoring Miley Cyrus Now- Velvet Revolver Get Schooled- R2D2 Directs 36 Crazyfists- P. Diddy- Zappa Live CD- Free Longwave- Metalmania 09- Hatebreed
antiMusic reports: Happy Friday! Here are some quicks to get you going: Let's just state for the record that if you purchase a product simply because you've seen your favorite pop star with it, then you should be sterilized for the good of society. With that in mind, Starbucks biggest competitor wants us to know that Miley Cyrus prefers their product. A PR company sent over this gem: She may be in hot water for her controversial photo in Vanity Fair, but Miley Cyrus is staying cool with beverages from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. It has been reported that the catering crew on the set of the "The Hannah Montana Movie" film shoot in Tennessee requested that The Coffee Bean send a supply of the singing sensation's favorite drinks. Miley requested the no sugar added, Carmel Ice Blended and the Double Vanilla Latte drink mixes, favorites that she is frequently spotted drinking around Hollywood from the iconic purple straw

Frank Zappa fans can soon enjoy a previously unreleased 1972 concert recording, the latest material from the deceased rock star's archives to be unveiled. "Wazoo," a two-disc set documenting Zappa's September 24, 1972, show at the Boston Music Hall, will be released May 27 more

Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum went to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California on May 3 to speak to a full house of students. The event was hosted by music instructor Terry Newman as a special treat for students taking his history of rock classes. Sorum grew up in Mission Viejo and attended Mission Viejo High School before graduating from Silverado High School. He recalled his musical career starting at a very young age when in 1966 he saw The Beatles perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show". After seeing Ringo Starr play drums, he immediately asked his mother for a set of his own. more

P. Diddy has praised the actors in the upcoming biopic about slain rap star Notorious BIG. The rapper/business mogul said that actor Jamal 'Gravy' Woolard's portrayal of Notorious BIG is "eerie". He also has praise for the actor that plays him. Of course it doesn't take that great of acting chops to portray someone standing around in other people's videosmore

After a very successful Metalmania Festival 2008 the event's organizers are proud to announce the dates of the 2009 edition. As every year, the Festival will take place in Poland and in Czech Republic. Friday, 6th March 2009, Zlin (CZ), Novesta Hall and Saturday, 7th March 2009, Katowice (PL), Spodek Hall The 23rd edition of the Metalmania Festival - the biggest metal fest in Central-Eastern Europe – will guest over 20 bands that will perform for thousands of metal freaks.

36 Crazyfists will proudly see the Exclusive debut of their first single, "We Gave It Hell", this coming Saturday, May 10 on Mtv2's Headbanger's Ball (at Saturday, 11:00pm EST). The band tapped director XD2X (Behemoth, Unearth, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, C3PO) for the video. The track is off of the band's Ferret Music debut, The Tide And Its Takers which releases on May 27.

Hatebreed had this news to share: We are gearing up to headline the Jäger tour and we're VERY excited to get back out in the states and play for everyone. Please keep in mind this will probably be OUR LAST TOUR IN 2008. We really want to go work on a new studio album and we plan on taking most of the end of the year off besides Stillborn Fest which will still be December 26th - 30th like it has been for the last 7 years!

New York band Longwave is offering a free download of their new song "Sirens In The Deep Sea." The song the first single from their Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) can be downloaded here

Feel the Sleaze! It's Friday, time to unwind a bit and get ready for the weekend, so we have this video treat for you: The Worlds Greatest Gypsy Flamenco Sleaze Glam Rock n Roll group Gypsy Pistoleros ( The real Gypsy Kings ) album 'Para Siempre' will be out in the US in July, but if you feel the need for some sleaze right now, then - click here for a video assault.

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OK Go To Rock Against Genocide
antiMusic reports: OK Go have signed on as headliners of the Mighty Mic Human Rights Awareness Concert that will take place on the UCLA campus on May 29th. The lineup will also feature Rock & Roll, Rhymefest, Zion I, Little Dragon, Arepa, and Star Afrisound.

Here is a little more info on what it's all about from the organizer's website: Mighty Mic is a 9-day event at UCLA, consisting with Genocide Awareness Week, ending in a Human Rights Awareness Concert.

Our event coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the 1948 Genocide Convention, founded by Raphael Lemkins, where the world first proclaimed its opposition to genocide and ethnic cleansing at the international level. The week will consist of events intended to promote awareness about past and present genocides. We are a group of students dedicated to social justice and human rights. Last year, we brought artists such as Peaches and the Fall of Troy among others.
- http://www.mightymic.org/

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. Animosity - Animal
The live show was phenomenal but it could have been the crowds everlasting love for Animosity that had me pumped for this band when I saw them and not so much the music. - Read the full Animosity - Animal review

. Genesis - Remembering Knebworth 1978 DVD
This documentary, while interesting, is a bit of an odd duck, especially for the American market. There are basically three groups of people who will enjoy it; those who were there in England in 1978, rock critics and historians, and hard-core fans of Genesis. (3 stars) - Read the full Genesis - Remembering Knebworth 1978 DVD review

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