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Full Report for 05/28/2008

Ready Fire Aim Week: Day 3 "I Would for You"
antiMusic reports: Ready Fire Aim's new album "This Changes Nothing" hits stores this week. To celebrate the release we asked front man Sage Rader to give us the inside track on some of his favorite songs from the album.

Here is Sage with today's song "I Would for You": One of the greatest love songs ever written---early Jane's---proves they had the chemistry from the start. I grew up putting this track on mixtapes for girls so to get to actually sing it was ridiculous.

Shaun made me sing it like 6 times through in a row and then kept the take where my voice was starting to crack a bit. Guess he was looking for that edge on the vocal. We recorded and finished producing the track in a 10 hour day. Shaun went from having never even having heard the track, which is even more amazing—just did his own thing.

Check out song samples, learn more about the album and group
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Xzibit's Baby Dies
antiMusic reports: Tragedy hit rapper Xzibit (Alvin Nathaniel Joiner) on Monday when his new born baby died. He posted the following message to fans on his website: "As you all know I told shared with you the announcement of my newborn son Xavier Kingston Joiner on may 15th and also informed you that he was born prematurely. well this week was extremely difficult for him because his lungs were not strong enough to handle regular oxygen on his own.

"Xavier passed away this morning at 3:30am and I must tell you this, It is unnatural for a parent to bury a child. I am telling you this because of the same reason I tell you when I'm having great times, life is too short to be fake.

"Hold on to your kids if you have them, protect them and show them you love them everyday you wake up and see them, them, don't take a second you get to hug them teach them and care for them for granted. You can have all the material wealth in the universe but it is NOTHING compared to having your family. I am thankful for all of my blessings and I'm not one to question God's perfect plan, so I leave you with great love and thanks for the love that was sent earlier on my pervious blog to my son. Of course I need to take some time and handle my loss, STAY FOCUSED PEOPLE. Its not promised to any of us."

On behalf of everyone at antiMusic we too offer our heart felt condolences. Fans can post messages to Xzibit - on his official forum.

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System of a Down Sideband Set Release
HER reports: Scars on Broadway, the long-awaited collaboration between guitarist-frontman Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, both best known for their work in the multi-Platinum-selling, Grammy-winning band System of a Down, has signed with Interscope Records and will see their self-titled debut released on July 29.

With Malakian sitting in the Scars' producer chair, he and Dolmayan entered the studio last September, recorded nearly two-dozen songs for the album, and then whittled down the final track listing to 14 songs.

Many of the Scars on Broadway songs had their genesis years ago. "I like to let my songs marinate over time, that helps determine which ones speak to me the loudest," explained Malakian. Malakian, who penned or co-penned SOAD classics such as "Aerials," "Chop Suey!," "Hypnotize," and "B.Y.O.B.", wrote the Scars songs mostly on keyboards and a drum machine. On the new scars material Malakian injects more rock than metal, citing influences from Iggy Pop to David Bowie to Neil Young. - more on this story

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The Cribs Lose Half Their Friends
antiMusic reports: The Cribs are asking fans to help them reclaim the legion of friends they just lost. Turns out the band's Myspace was hacked and they lost half of their "friends" in the process. The band is asking their remaining friends to re-post a bulletin on their Myspace account to let their friends know about the hacking and advising them to "re-add" the Cribs to their Myspace, so the band can get their friends count back up.

Here is their bulletin: The Cribs Myspace was hacked, though it has now been cured but with consequence. A major problem has occurred in the process. Whilst the myspace was hacked into; thousands of friends were lost, leaving less than half remaining.

As posting a bulletin from The Cribs myspace only posts to existing friends, this will not help, BUT there is something you can do to help... To help The Cribs retrieve their friends, and let people know to re add, please post this bulletin to all your friends. - The Cribs Myspace

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Johnny Rotten To Save Britney?
Hollywood.TV reports: Sex Pistols star John Lydon wants to write a song for troubled star Britney Spears, to help her turn her life around.

The punk pioneer - also known as Johnny Rotten - empathizes with Spears' personal problems and admits he feels inspired to collaborate with the singer.

Lydon insists he would love to give Spears' musical career a boost. He says, "I haven't written a song for Britney yet but I would love to. I'd like to help out because there's a girl who needs some help. - more on this story

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My Chemical Suicide Denial
antiMusic reports: My Chemical Romance have responded to claims that their music somehow inspired a 13 year-old UK girl to commit suicide. Earlier this month an inquest was held where the girl's parents and coroner Roger Sykes testified that the girl, Hannah Bond, was influenced by her love of emo music, specifically My Chemical Romance.

It was also revealed that the girl had a history of self-harm, her father said that Bond had hurt herself before and claimed that it was an emo initiation ceremony. The coroner Sykes testified, "the emo overtones concerning death and associating it with glamour I find very disturbing." The girl reportedly told online friends of her plans to hang herself and live on in the afterlife as a member of "The Black Parade" - the title of a My Chemical Romance album.

The band has responded to this story with this statement: "We have recently learned of the suicide and tragic loss of Hannah Bond. We'd like to send our condolences to her family during this time of mourning. Our hearts and thoughts are with them. My Chemical Romance are and always have been vocally anti-violence and anti-suicide. As a band, we have always made it one of our missions through our actions to provide comfort, support, and solace to our fans. - the rest of their statement plus some commentary about these charges and some real stats on teen suicide

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Godsmack, Sevendust and Alter Bridge Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Godsmack, Sevendust and Alter Bridge are teaming for a summer tour that will start sometime in July. The trek has not been officially confirmed yet, and no dates or cities have been announced.

The tour would mark a change in plans for Godsmack, which went on hiatus at the end of last year after touring for much of 2006 and 2007 behind its "IV" album.

Singer Sully Erna planned to work on a solo record, while the other members of the group released a CD under the name Another Animal. - more on this story

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Music Causes Violence? University Studies Cause Stupidity!
antiMusic reports: Yippy! Another useless university study has been conducted so that professors can justify themselves! Let's forget the fact that people in bars that drink too much will become violent if the circumstances are ripe for it. But somehow we can blame this all on music!

Blabbermouth has the story: Times Online reports that researchers from Glasgow University, who monitored the playlists and outbreaks of fighting at eight pubs and bars in Glasgow city centre, found that loud rock and rap music encouraged customers to drink more, increasing loutish behaviour that often spilt over into violence. The pounding rhythms also made it difficult for customers to hear one another, causing misunderstandings.

Rock music such as AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" was found to encourage macho posturing and aggressive behavior among male customers. However, researchers also discovered that Sonny And Cher's "I Got You Babe" and Robbie Williams's hits could be used to defuse potential disputes. Easy listening and "slushy" romantic songs were sometimes used to deter gangs of young men from entering pubs. [The key word there is "entering". But what happens if they are already in the pub and the owners turned on Sonny and Cher? You would think that would turn them violent in a hurry.] - more on this story

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Bullet For My Valentine American Tour
PR reports: Bullet For My Valentine will kick off their 2008 headlining tour on Tuesday, July 14 at the Rave in Milwaukee, WI. The dates are in support of the band's latest album "Scream Aim Fire," which debuted at #4 in the U.S. and simultaneously in the Top 5 in the UK, Australia, Germany and Japan.

The first leg of Bullet For My Valentine's North American tour will run to mid-August, the second leg will run throughout September, dates to be announced shortly.

Joining Bullet For My Valentine for the tour will be Bleeding Through and on select dates, Cancer Bats and Black Tide. A "fan club presale" begins tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28, while tickets go on sale to the general public the following weekend. - more on this story

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Death Cab for Aids Feist, Judas Priest Down Unda, The Doors, Queen, 311 Recording With Bob Rock, R. Kelly Trial, Abigail Williams New Member, Sigor Ros and more
antiMusic reports: A ton of quicks for you today, so let's get to em: Feist and Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard are reportedly teaming up to record a song together for the forthcoming 'Red Hot' charity album, which benefits AIDS research. more

Metal gods Judas Priest will be heading down under this September to tour in support of their forthcoming album "Nostradamus". Also joining them on the tour will be Cavalera Conspiracy and Australian metallers Daysend. dates

The Doors' Ray Manzarek has a host of new Morrison and co. projects in the works for 2008. To celebrate the forty-first anniversary of the band, there is also a Doors documentary on the way. "This is the anti-Oliver Stone. This will be the true story of the Doors," Manzarek said of the film, which will feature rare footage of the group. more

27 years after their legendary South America tour Brian May and Roger Taylor return to Buenos Aires, Argentina. They will play two concerts in the Estadio Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on November 21st and 22nd. more

311 have entered the studio to record with producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, The Offspring). The band has not revealed any details about the title or tracks, but have announced plans to spend a lengthier than usual time in the studio more

A former employee of R. Kelly testified Tuesday that she was "110 percent sure" the Grammy-winning R&B singer appeared with an underage girl on a sex tape at the center of his child pornography trial. more

Less than six months after joining Atrocity and Leaves Eyes, drummer Nick Barker (ex-Testament, etc.) has left the group. Here's the official word: "Atrocity and Leaves Eyes are sorry to inform you that Nick Barker cannot continue to play with the bands due to a drastic change in his private life. more

Former Iron Maiden/Wolfsbane frontman Blaze Bayley has commented on his non-appearance at the upcoming Cliveaid event on June 30 at the Les Caves Saint Sabin in Paris, France. Says Blaze: "Just to make things clear, we want to let you all know in France that Blaze Bayley band never confirmed this appearance, it was booked and announced by Cliveaid without confirming with the management and we were booked for something else already" more

Abigail Williams has officially disclosed the addition of drummer Samus Paulicelli (ex-Mutiny) to their line-up. more

On the heels of their 2007 live release "Heima," Icelandic group Sigur Rós is preparing to release its next studio album, "Meš suš ķ eyrum viš spilum endalaust." The album is due June 24 via XL. Fans, however, will have several opportunities to hear the set even earlier. details on that and more

SIKTH have issued the following statement: "It deeply saddens the four of us to announce that we are closing the book on SIKTH... it's time to split up. more

M Ward and actress/singer Zooey Deschanel have announced the dates of a North American tour this summer. The duo, known as She And Him, are set to kick off their tour in Toronto on July 23. more

Elvis Costello and the Imposters, the Roots and Broken Social Scene have been tapped for this year's inaugural Whistler Music Festival, to be held July 19-20 at Tube Park at Base II on the side of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, B.C. more

Earle Hagen, the prolific Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning composer of theme songs for "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "That Girl" and "The Mod Squad" died Monday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 88.
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Joe Perry Clueless About Tyler's Relapse
Sleazeroxx reports: The Aerosmith camp has been tight-lipped about reports that after two decades of clean living, 60-year-old frontman Steven Tyler has checked himself into a drug rehab clinic in Pasadena, California.

Now guitarist Joe Perry is breaking the silence ... not that he knows (or will reveal) much about the situation. "I actually haven't talked to [Steven] in a while," Perry tells Blender during in an interview to promote the upcoming Guitar Hero: Aerosmith game.

"We spend most of our time off the road split up -- that's just how it goes." Does he know what Tyler's in rehab for? "I'm not sure, but I hope he's doing OK." - more on this story

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