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Full Report for 05/19/2008
Chili Peppers On Hold
Rolling Stone reports: Anthony Kiedis is keeping busy without his Red Hot Chili Peppers "We're disbanded for the moment," he tells Rolling Stone. For more on the band's year-long break follow the link.

The California dad recently pulled together Bob Dylan, the Raconteurs and more bands for Pittsburgh's New American Music Festival, which takes place August 8 and 9. Kiedis dialed up RS to explain what exactly a festival curator does, where the RHCPs are at and whether he's putting any thought into the ever-evolving business end of the music biz.

How did you get the job?: Basically they came to me saying, "Do you want to curate a show?" And I've known people that have curated festivals before and I thought, "Hmm. Is it real? Do I really get to choose the music? Because if I do, I'm in." I was listening to a lot of very exciting music. I thought, "What a great opportunity for me to basically design a concert for myself, that I would want to go to." So I kept asking, "Do I really get to choose the music? Are there strings attached?" I didn't really want to get into something where I signed on and then suddenly they flipped the switch on me and it wasn't real. And they were incredibly gracious about allowing me to have the final say in choosing. - Go read the full interview

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DMX Scams Hospital and Poor People?
idolator reports: And the scumbag of the week award goes to: DMX. Idolator will tell you why: Police are now claiming that DMX, while suffering from pneumonia, checked into the Mayo Clinic in Scottsville, Ariz., under an alias in hopes of avoiding the bill. It's even being alleged that he told a fellow patient that his bill would eventually be paid by "someone in the projects."

According to Maricopa County Police, the rapper checked into The Mayo Clinic's emergency room under the name Troy Smith and was treated for pneumonia during an eight hour stay.

DMX, born Earl Simmons, is being investigated for theft of services for giving the hospital false information including name and address for billing purposes, although the amount of the bill is not known. - more on this story

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Kenny Chesney A Hypocrite Over Award Vote
AP reports: Kenny Chesney may not have wanted online voters to decide one of country music's top awards, but he still asked his fans to click for him. Chesney criticized the process Sunday night after his supporters propelled him to a fourth straight entertainer of the year win at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Chesney's MySpace page still carried a large banner Monday urging fans to "bring it home for KC," with links to the academy's online page and messages from fans lower on the page.

[Before you try and claim that this was his PR people and record label] The page also included a May 1 posting urging fans to vote, with a video of Chesney saying that awards are important for history's sake. - Read the whole sorted tale here

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Madonna's Official Scalper
antiMusic reports: There is a new scam afoot in the concert business. Remember that big 360 deal Madonna just made with Clear Chann... oops Live Nation? It appears that part of the deal includes an official ticket scalper according to this report from the Wall Street Journal:

"Madonna's coming concert tour is to feature what appears to be a first in the concert business: An official ticket reseller that will peddle seats at marked-up prices to fans who couldn't get them through normal channels," reports WSJ.

"In the U.S. and Canada, eBay Inc.'s StubHub will serve as the 'official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace.' In Europe, the role will be filled by Viagogo Ltd., a ticket reseller that also will sell 'VIP packages' -- higher-priced tickets that include amenities like backstage passes and meetings with performers."

What's the point of this? Live Nation won't sell all the tickets direct to fans so they can hold some to rip off fans for more money? The article doesn't say this, but a cynical mind might connect those dots. - Read more here

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Will Korn Reunite With Head? Jonathan Speaks Up
Metal Underground reports: Korn frontman Jonathan Davis was recently talking with fans on the groups official website chatroom, Korn Korner. He had this to say on former guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and drummer David Silvera:

"Head doesn't want to come back yet. I miss him sooooo f**kin' bad, but I don't think he is ready to be put back in the element he ran from. Drugs are everywere, and I think he's not ready to be around it yet. I think Fieldy can help him a lot because he's Christian too and sober and does fine.

Now David, I don't know what's gonna happen there. I just think he is done with music; it not his passion anymore. It sucks, but hey, he has to be happy, right?! We are very happy with [current Korn touring drummer] Ray Luzier. Every time I see him, he's got a drum magazine or a drumstick in his hands. It pumps me and Fieldy and Munk up. So maybe one day you will see Head up there with us, I hope." - more on this story

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Metallica Weenie Videos Online
antiMusic reports: Metallica topped the bill for the annual "Weenie Roast", which took place last Saturday, (May 17) at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. Not only has their setlist been posted online but so has pro-shot video of their entire performance.

The event also featured sets from The Offspring, The Raconteurs, Rise Against, Pennywise, The Bravery, Seether, Scars On Broadway (system of a down) and more.

Now back to Metallica. According Blabbermouth their setlist was: 01. Creeping Death 02. Fuel 03. For Whom the Bell Tolls 04. Unforgiven 05. Wherever I May Roam 06. Harvester of Sorrow 07. The Memory Remains 08. Fade to Black 09. Master of Puppets 10. Battery 11. Sad But True 12. One 13. Enter Sandman 14. So What!
15. Seek and Destroy.

- Forget all that, WATCH the set list in action over at Blabbermouth courtesy of "Finck310"

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Beck is Back, No FiddySpace Deal, Coldplay Video, Motorfoo Fighters, Wildhearts, Flobots, Breedapart, Silent Rage, Ego Jam
antiMusic reports: We've got a quick evening quicks for you. Here you go: The world got a first taste of Beck's as yet untitled new album today, as Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show premiered the song 'Chemtrails' and declared it today's "hottest record in the world." The song is now streaming at www.Beck.com and Beck's MySpace page. The album is slated for an early summer release.

Recent news in the media which claimed that 50 Cent is about to sign a mega deal with News Corp has now been denied. 50's management company Violator Management, through their representative Chris Lightly has denied the news stating that it was nothing more than just rumors. more

In honor of this evening "quicks" edition, here is something to help you go to sleep: You may have seen the "dancing politicians" video last week, but here is the OFFICIAL "Violet Hill" video from Coldplay's upcoming "Viva La Vida" out June 17th. Watch it here

Foo Fighters' "Hyde Park" live DVD has been re-released as a "tour edition." Recorded on June 17, 2006 in London, the show features Motorhead mainman Lemmy Kilmister singing "Shake Your Blood" (with cigarette in hand!) Guest performers also include Brian May and Roger Taylor from QUEEN jamming with the FOO FIGHTERS on the QUEEN classic "Tie Your Mother Down".view the Motorfoo video and more

The Wildhearts will perform a special concert to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the release of the "Earth Vs The Wildhearts" album. The show will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at Shepherds Bush Empire in London and will feature "Earth Vs..." performed live in its entirety. more

Flobots will be celebrating the May 20th release of their debut album, Fight With Tools with an in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Hollywood tomorrow [or today if you're reading this on May 20th]. According to the press blast: Fans who purchase a copy of the much anticipated new album will receive a wristband entitling them to a signed copy of the new CD at the Flobots In-store appearance to take place at the Virgin Megastore after the live event. MySpace will also be giving out promotional items. Performing live at Hollywood, California's Hollywood and Highland Courtyard, (outside of the Virgin Megastore) Tuesday, May 20th at 6:00 pm.

Brutal U.K. thrashers Breedapart have announced the addition of a new guitarist, presently known only as Tony, to the group's ranks. According to the band, Tony is "a f**kin' beast of a player and can easily keep up with our drinking habits (which is EXTREMELY hard to find)." more

Frontiers Records will release Silent Rage's highly anticipated fourth studio album, "Four Letter Word", on July 4. It has some surprise special guests

We received the following bold proclamation from a group calling themselves Mississippi Disaster. Here is what they had to say: A group of friends in Mississippi frustrated with the lack of talent and responsibility in the music industry today have chosen to post their jam sessions and improvised songs in protest to the ignorance of potential. In a world full of con-artists, there are few winners; the truly fortunate, and the ultimate posers. New music is rarely released from any artist. In an attempt to raise the bar(and from the very bottom at that) we will be releasing songs that we believe were better improvised in one take than most artists can accomplish with a 50,000 vacation. Currently there are only a few songs, but there are more coming from the vaults and the future. It is unfathomable how pathetic all of you are, and we will spit so hard that it ricochets. - go spit back here

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Yaz Return with Tour and Boxset
PR reports: As they prepare for "The Reconnected Tour" marking their first shows in the U.S. in 25 years, the legendary YAZ--Vince Clarke & Alison Moyet--have announced new performances.

The new shows will take place in Las Vegas Sunday, July 6 at the Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms and in Dallas Tuesday, July 22 at the Lakewood Theater. The Las Vegas date marks the kick off of YAZ's summer tour and their first U.S. show in 25 years.

The Reconnected Tour will be preceded by In Your Room, a 4-disc box set to be released July 8 via MUTE Records in the U.S. The package includes remasters and 5.1 mixes of both YAZ classic albums Upstairs At Eric's and You And Me Both, b-sides and remixes plus a DVD featuring a new short film containing exclusive new interviews with Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet and the promo videos for "Don't Go," "The Other Side Of Love," "Nobody's Diary,"" "Situation (1990)" and "Only You (1999)." A limited edition vinyl 12" with new dance mixes will also be released to promote the set. - more on this story

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Jennifer Hudson Finally Gets Around To Releasing An Album
antiMusic reports: And for today's dose of Idol Hype, we turn to this press release about Jennifer Hudson. The comedy is in the adjectives: After her critically-acclaimed performance in Dreamgirls, Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson makes her long-awaited foray into the music scene with "Spotlight," her official first single from her self-titled debut album, set for release in September on Arista Records. "Spotlight" impacts radio June 9 and will be digitally available at iTunes on June 10.

Written and co-produced by Ne-Yo and produced by Stargate, "Spotlight," which addresses insecurities within a relationship, is one of many stellar songs which showcases Hudson's amazing powerhouse vocals. An all-star team of writers and producers have been assembled to contribute their talents to Hudson's highly-anticipated debut album, including Timbaland, Robin Thicke, The Underdogs, Diane Warren, Tricky Stewart and more. - more on this story

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Testament Take Over MTV
PR reports: Riding high on a wave of critical acclaim for their new record, The Formation of Damnation, thrash titans Testament are MTV's 52/52 Artist Of The Week. For the uninitiated, 52/52 is a way for MTV to shower love on its favorite bands, giving one artist each week over 11 hours of on-air promo time filled with live performances, interviews, skits, and more.

For Testament's appearance, MTV filmed the band's BB King's gig in NYC in April, as well as a special performance on Alcatraz in the band's hometown of San Francisco. There will also be tons more extra footage available at the below addresses.

Check out the MTV 52/52 Spots and Artist of the Week And don't forget, Testament hits the road with Judas Priest in July to gear up for the Metal Masters tour with Priest, Heaven and Hell and Motorhead throughout the month of August. - dates

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Annuals Start Label and Announce Tour
PR reports: Members of Raleigh, NC six-piece Annuals and friends are excited to announce the national launch of their Terpsikhore label. As an organized collective-style entity, Terpsikhore has revealed its first set of releases for 2008 from Sunfold and What Laura Says.

Sunfold is Annuals guitarist/vocalist Kenny Florence's latest and most potent collection of songs to date, under its newest incarnation (formerly Sedona). Introduced through the recent Wet Zoo split EP w/Annuals (Canvasback), Kenny's full-length debut, Toy Tugboats, will be released on Terspikhore July 22.

The second Terpsikhore release is an incredibly like-minded act out of Tempe, Arizona (the label's first and only out-of-state signing) called What Laura Says, showcasing their reworked debut album, Thinks and Feels, out August 19.

Annuals and Sunfold are also heading out on a short tour. - grab the dates here

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Junkie XL Tour Plans
Filter reports: Junkie XL will continue Booming Back at You, with a handful of dates this summer.

The eclectic DJ has also been hard at work with exclusive remixes for Eagles of Death Metal and Madonna.

The Dutch one man band, will also make a stop at this year's inaugural Pemberton Festival in Vancouver. - more on this story

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