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Bryan Adams Offers To Shoot Obama
antiMusic reports: Bryan Adams new studio album, 11 hits Wal-Mart stores and Sam's Club nationwide exclusively today (5/13). On another front, after successful shooting Hillary Clinton, Adams has now offered to shoot Obama. Before you call the Secret Service, he's talking about shooting him with his camera. He's also has a ton of tour dates lineuped. First here is the "official" info on the shooting:

Adams is also an acclaimed photographer whose work is currently on display as the official lensman for Hear the World (www.hear-the-world.com), a global initiative that raises awareness about the importance of good hearing and the impact of hearing loss. The exhibit opened in New York on May 1, then will travel to Berlin and Zurich in June.

One of Adams' most viewed photographs is a recent portrait of Senator Hillary Clinton, which is currently being used as a campaign poster. "I'm flattered that Senator Clinton would use one of my images for such an important time in American politics," says Adams. "As a Canadian and an impartial observer, I'd be pleased to take Senator Obama's portrait." - more on this story

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Suge Knocked Out in Bar Fight
TMZ reports: How the mighty have fallen -- literally! Suge Knight was hit so hard by a man last night at the Shag nightclub in Hollywood, he lost consciousness.

Lowdown: A TMZ source was there last night [Sat], and witnessed Suge talking to a guy -- and the convo was friendly enough at first. Then it turned. Suge shouted, "I want my money!" Suge then rushed the guy with the help of his posse, and began hitting and kicking him. Get this -- during the fight, Suge put a random guy in a headlock, demanding his cellphone.

People outside the club broke up the fight, and as the beatee got up, he landed a right hook to Suge's face, knocking him out cold. We're told Knight was out for nearly three minutes. - more on this story

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Motley Crue Delay Album to Record New Song
antiMusic reports: Motley Crue have pushed back the release of their new album, 'Saints of Los Angeles,' a week so they could go back into the studio to record a new song for the effort. The "official" reasoning for the move is that the band felt "inspired" by the other bands that are taking part in Crue Fest.

A cynic might conclude that they went back to the drawing board to produce a new song with bigger hit potential, as has been known to happen from time to time in rock n roll. The title track from the effort has reached No 10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart after 3 weeks.

Motley bassist Nikki Sixx discussed the new track in a press release, "Before our performance at the press conference, we were firing on all cylinders at sound check just jamming out, and that's when the new idea came. We quickly laid it down and went to the studio to record it, and liked it so much we pushed back the release one week so that we could get it onto the album – it now has 13 tracks. It's the ultimate song to end the record with and begin the new chapter of our career." - more on this story

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Led Zeppelin World Tour
antiMusic reports: Could it finally be happening? Gigwise seems to think so: Led Zeppelin will mark their 40th anniversary with a £250million world tour, according to reports. Calls for the band to reform for a full world tour have been relentless since they played a one-off show at the O2 Arena in London last December.

Yesterday (May 9th), David Coverdale, the frontman of Whitesnake and a long-term friend of the band, said the tour was "very likely".

"I'm expecting a call from Jimmy any day asking my band Whitesnake to support them on their world tour. Am I on board? You bet. Probably worth billions," he said. - He later denied these statements

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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: 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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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 on this story

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Metallica Recording Epic Songs, Plan Behind The Scenes Site
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

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Get Blitzed With Sweet
antiMusic reports: We told you about the return of Sweet last week, but we got some new info in including the line-up and initial dates. They also just booked an appearance on KLOS's Mark & Brian program on June 5th. We were pleased to learn that longtime antiMusic friend Stuart Smith will be handling guitar duties. Here is the info:

Popular rock band Sweet led by bassist /vocalist Steve Priest will begin their "Are You Ready Steve?" 2008 tour their first in many years, it was announced today. The original Sweet was formed by Priest along with vocalist Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker and guitarist Frank Torpey (later replaced by Andy Scott) in the UK and rose to fame with such hits as Ballroom Blitz, Fox on the Run, Love is Like Oxygen, Little Willy, Hellraiser, Teenage Rampage, Blockbuster, Action and many others. The 2008 Sweet tour will be a tribute to Connolly and Tucker whose tragic deaths were terribly pre-mature.

According to Edna Gundersen's story on the cover of the Life section in USA Today on May 2, 2008: "A blitz may be coming to your local ballroom. Bassist Steve Priest, a founding member of Sweet, has reconstituted the glittery fuzz-rock band that ignited U.K. and U.S. charts with such '70s hits as Ballroom Blitz, Little Willy, Fox on the Run and Love Is Like Oxygen. The Are you Ready Steve? Tour kicks off June 12 at The Whisky in Hollywood, with guitarist Stuart Smith, singer Joe Retta, drummer Richie Onori and keyboardist Stevie Stewart…Priest's reconfiguration plans to revisit all the historic Sweet spots, including Blockbuster, Action, Hellraiser and Teenage Rampage." - more on this story

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John Mellencamp Set For Life, Death, Love and Freedom
PR reports: John Mellencamp's eagerly anticipated new album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom, produced by T Bone Burnett, will be released July 15 by Hear Music at Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as traditional music retail.

Mellencamp has characterized the album as a collection of "modern electric folk songs." With backing from his legendary touring band, the album's 14 tracks were recorded at his studio in Bloomington, Indiana and mixed in Los Angeles with Burnett behind the boards for all of the sessions. Mellencamp cites Burnett's production as key to "finding the soul of each song." As far as singing to Hear Music is concerned, he noted, "In today's business environment, each artist needs to pursue his own path and determine what works best. For me, Hear is the right way to go for this album. I'm glad to be working with a team of open minded people who seem to be interested in what the music is about and what it sounds like."

The album will be the first ever release in the ΧΟΔΕ (CODE) format. T Bone Burnett and his team of engineers developed CODE, a proprietary audio technology that creates high-definition audio files that are virtually indistinguishable from the original master tapes. The resonance, warmth and presence that has been realized with CODE is unprecedented in the digital era. The CODE version of "Life, Death, Love and Freedom" is a DVD that will come packaged with a standard CD version of the album, available at all retail outlets, at no additional cost to the consumer. The CODE disc is playable on virtually all DVD machines including stand-alone players and drives integrated into computer systems. The DVD's content can be copied into most computer music software including iTunes and can, then, be downloaded onto personal music players such as the iPod. The standard CD is included to answer all possible compatibility questions. Mellencamp commented, "When T Bone introduced me to CODE, it was a remarkable experience. I could hear the music the way it was intended to be heard. I'm very happy the people are going to be able to share this experience in a way that's so true to our original intent." - more on this story

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Poison Rape Response
Sleazeroxx reports: TMZ asked Poison's Rikki Rockett about the rape allegations pending against him...with his current girlfriend roughly 10 feet behind him.

In the video, available at www.tmz.com, Rikki states that he will hold a press conference "hopefully Monday" to discuss the rape charge filed against him. Rikki also says the he doesn't know who the girl is and says that he is "doing a press conference next week, this whole thing is going to be over. It will be the end of it."

In March Rikki was arrested 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. - more on this story

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F**king Madonna
Gigwise reports: The BBC reportedly received complaints following Madonna's performance at Radio 1's One Big Weekend on Saturday (May 10th). The singer swore twice during her short show, which was broadcast live on BBC television and radio.

Addressing the audience, Madonna told fans that they were "going to have to start ----ing it up out there 'cos I need to feel some love."

She later said: "I'm going to do an old song. But not too old. ---- the present. Let's live in the past." - more on this story

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Guns N' Roses Guitarist Explains It All
antiMusic reports: Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal was recently interviewed by Live-Metal.net and discussed a host of issues including his new solo album, how he landed the gig with Guns N' Roses and gave fans an update on "Chinese Democracy". Here are a couple of excerpts from the conversation:

Live-Metal.net: When do you think you will be releasing [your new solo album] "Abnormal"? Bumblefoot: Well, I would like to get it out there as soon possible. It's a plus and a minus that I am doing things all by myself. It's a plus in the sense that I don't have to organize and wait and work it out. I can just put it out as it comes out, which is also a minus because there is no big bang when it comes out. Suddenly it is just there, but I kinda like that. So I am just making it available as I can and hopefully people will discover it and they have the option of deciding whether they like it ot not when it is there.

Live-Metal.net: A lot of people might have become familiar with you by way of GUNS N' ROSES. How did your involvement with the band come about? Bumblefoot: It was about four years ago that we started talking. Joe Satriani recommended me and then I got a funny email from Chris Pitman, the keyboard player, and we all just started talking. It took a minute for us to get it together but we started touring in 2006. We just started jammin' and the next thing you know we are doing it in front of people, then we are doing it in all different places, then I am laying guitar tracks on the album and then here we are in New Jersey!

Live-Metal.net: Do you ever tire of being asked what is slowly turning into the million-dollar rock journalism question, "When is 'Chinese Democracy' going to be released?" Bumblefoot: How can you not ask that question? It's like, "Doesn't anyone notice that elephant in the room?!" We have new management and they are good guys, and it's in negotiations. - read the full interview

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Lit Cancer Battle
antiMusic reports: Lit posted the following on their Myspace page earlier this month: We are sad to have to be writing you all this letter. Our brother, Allen Shellenberger, is currently in the hospital undergoing testing and treatment for a brain tumor that was just discovered. We are still not sure what his prognosis is and we are all standing by and waiting for test results to come in. Please say a prayer and keep him in your thoughts.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to make the shows this week in the UK and Europe. We were all so excited to come. At this point we have to just stay put and be by Allen while he goes through this difficult time. We will make it up to you as soon as we can. We know some fans who made travel plans from other countries to see us and we apologize for the inconvenience. Our West Coast dates right now are on hold until we know what is going on.

We will post another update soon. Allen sends his thanks for the well wishes and he's sorry we had to cancel these shows. We'll be showing Allen the Lit myspace page with your comments of support. Thanks for your understanding. [our thoughts and prayers go out to Allen and his family, you can post your comments to him - here]

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Weiland Jailed
Blabbermouth reports: According to People.com, former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland checked into a Van Nuys, Calif., jail on Monday (May 12) to serve eight days for a second DUI conviction.

The Stone Temple Pilots frontman surrendered at 8:55 a.m., according to the sheriff's inmate web site. Weiland was sentenced on April 28 to 192 hours in jail for a November 2007 DUI in Los Angeles. The singer also received four years' probation, was fined $2,000, and was ordered to take part in an 18-month alcohol program.

He was potentially looking at a year behind bars for DUI with a prior conviction. At the time of his November arrest, Weiland had just finished a previous three-year-probation for a 2004 DUI arrested. - more on this story

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Miley Cyrus Gets Playboy Offer and May Sing With Pulp Fiction Star
antiMusic reports: Seems that everyone wants a piece of Miley Cyrus these days. Of course, her Disney show had a rating drop after the now infamous Vanity Fair photoshoot. But she does have other options once that well runs dry. We learn that John Travolta wants to make music with her and Hugh Hefner wants her to finish what she started with Vanity Fair.

TMZ has the Playboy story: Hugh Hefner doesn't get what the big deal is about 15-year-old Miley Cyrus showing a little skin. The Playboy founder told "Extra" (via NY Daily News) that he's open to having Miley really bare all and stop being a tease when she turns 18.

And Marc Malkin of E! Online has the Travolta story: "Not only are they both voicing characters in the upcoming animated flick Bolt, but Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, tells me they could be making music together. 'Johnny may sing with Miley,' Preston said at last week's Step Up Women's Network's Inspiration Awards luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel." - Which offer should she take? While you think about it, read the rest of the E! article

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Top Reviews of the Week

. Emmanuel Jal - Warchild
Emmanuel Jal is an atypical rapper, and Warchild is an atypical rap album. Jal, a former Sudanese child soldier, mixes hip-hop with soul and traditional African music to tell his story. (4.5 stars) - Read the full Emmanuel Jal - Warchild review

. Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest of Times
This album is a great snapshot of what makes Dropkick Murphys unique It's filled with all the things that made the band so popular: a lot of hard-driving songs about hard times. Make sure you crank the volume when you put this on. (4.5 stars) - Read the full Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest of Times review

. The Mother Truckers - Let's All Go To Bed
Everyone's looking for a higher concept and the big statement. Whatever happened to bands like AC/DC and Skynyrd who just knew how to bring the rawk when it needed to be brought? These songs will rock the hell out of you and thank God. (4.5 stars) - Read the full The Mother Truckers - Let's All Go To Bed review

. Cursed - III: Architects of Troubled Sleep
III confronts a variety of cultural failings with rage, sadness, regret, and even defeated acceptance. It is a testament to the band's talent that such a gamut of emotions comes across clearly in such a short album length while still being entertaining too. - Read the full Cursed - III: Architects of Troubled Sleep review

. 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


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