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Full Report for 05/29/2008
Ready Fire Aim Week: Day 4 "Lush But Dark"
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 "Lush But Dark": This song for me is about losing fear and falling back into something you don't understand but feel is carrying you. It's also a cry to un-know things you have known—almost a "losing my religion" song—a song about some kind of search for meaning.

Shaun basically wrote this one on his own as a sketch that we kept almost to the end. I went into the vocal booth and recorded several lines that the song had inspired in me and then we went and cut them up. I left Shaun to do what he wanted and he produced exactly what I had heard on the vocal lines. It was the essence of collaboration.

Check out song samples, learn more about the album and group
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Aerosmith Rehab Explained
TMZ reports: Rocker Steven Tyler just issued a statement to TMZ about his recent stint in rehab. He claims his "trademark athletic performances" injured his feet, requiring surgery. Guess it was hard on the knees!

Tyler tells TMZ "The doctors told me the pain in my feet could be corrected but it would require a few surgeries over time. The 'foot repair' pain was intense, greater than I'd anticipated. The months of rehabilitative care and the painful strain of physical therapy were traumatic.

"I really needed a safe environment to recuperate where I could shut off my phone and get back on my feet. Make no mistake, AEROSMITH has no plans to stop rocking. There's a new album to record, then another tour." - more TMZ

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Sex Pistols Reunion Tour and DVD
antiMusic reports: With all of the other big name reunions going on, The Sex Pistols activities have gone pretty much under the radar. The big news is that their reunion last year was captured for a new DVD which will hit stores next month as the band hits the road for a world tour that now includes a stop in Russia.

Here is the 411 from John Lydon's site: The Sex Pistols will release a full-length DVD from last years triumphant Brixton Academy shows. 'There'll Always Be an England' was filmed by director Julien Temple and will also include an additional 80 minute interview feature where the band members visit parts of London. John travels on an open top bus. The DVD is set for a June 30th 2008 release via FremantleMedia Enterprises.

The news about the tour: 30 years ago Russia was the enemy of the British establishment. So were the Sex Pistols. Now, in 2008 the Pistols travel to Russia for the very first time. The June shows in St Petersburg and Moscow promise to be THE event of the 'Combine Harvester Tour'. Mr Rotten can't wait to get to the Russian Front and he knows the Russian people are equally as excited about finally getting to see the Sex Pistols! - more on this story

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Rolling Stone Sued for Topless Photo
antiMusic reports: Rolling Stone has a "girls gone wild" section? Has it come to that? Here is the story from the Sun Times:It was a year ago that Melissa Solano and Ceil Stearman graced the pages of Rolling Stone magazine. But it's hardly a photo they have framed on their wall.

The Chicago women were topless, kissing a man, and they say the publication of that picture in the May 2007 issue was humiliating.

The two filed suit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court, seeking unspecified damages for the "reckless disregard" for their feelings and harm to their reputations. - more on this story

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Wentz Confirms Ashlee is Knocked Up
antiMusic reports: Pete Wentz's conspiracy theory to MTV has been debunked, he and his new bride confirmed that they are indeed expecting a child with a new blog posting at friendsorenemies.com. We also learn that Ashlee Simpson is now Ashlee Wentz.

When rumors first surfaced that the lip-synching poptard was with child, Wentz told MTV he saw a great media conspiracy at work and denied she had a bun in the oven. He also make some remarks about a conspiracy about his relationship being a shame to cover up homosexuality. But it turns out that at least the pop Wentz denial was bogus as this blog posting makes clear:

"While many have speculated about this, we wanted to wait until after the first trimester to officially confirm that we are expecting our first child. "This is truly the most joyous time in our lives and we are excited to share the happy news and start our family." - Pete and Ashlee Wentz - the blog

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3 Doors Down Top The Charts Again
PR reports: 3 Doors Down topped the Billboard 200 chart this week for the second time in their career. The self-titled effort, 3 Doors Down, their fourth studio release, arrives as another rock masterpiece in the 3 Doors Down canon, a more-than-worthy follow-up to their multi-platinum 2005 album, Seventeen Days, which also debuted at #1.

The tireless rockers will be rolling out several songs from the new 3 Doors Down album on a brand new tour this summer. The 3 Doors Down Summer Tour With Staind and Hinder presented by Wrigley's Extra Fruit Sensations is scheduled to kick off on July 9 in Maryland Heights, MO.

In a show of gratitude to all rock n' roll fans, 3 Doors Down will be taking on the hard-hit economy on this year's summer jaunt, creating flexible, fan-friendly ticket prices that will vary in price, starting at $25 at most venues. - dates

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Phish Reunion?, Metallica Leaving Label, Chris Cagle Arrested, T.I. Reality Show, Ozzfest Tix, Winehouse U, Motley Response, Rush, Def Leppard and more
antiMusic reports: Happy Thursday, here are some stories to get you moving: Nearly four years after their break-up, the four members of Phish may have some unfinished business together. In an interview with Rolling Stone last week, Trey Anastasio didn't exactly say the band has talked about a reunion, but he did drop some heavy hints. more

Metallica's future at Warner may be short-lived. The band already sells recordings of its concerts over the Internet. The company lost MADONNA to Live Nation Inc., which signed her last year. Other popular artists, such as JAY-Z, NINE INCH NAILS and Radiohead, have also abandoned major labels in this decade. more

Country music singer Chris Cagle has been arrested for domestic assault in Nashville after police said he and his girlfriend got into a drunken fight. Corrections officials say Cagle and his girlfriend, Jennifer Tant, have been jailed on misdemeanor domestic assault charges. more

Rapper T.I. is turning his legal woes into an eight-episode MTV documentary series. Ish Entertainment will follow the hip-hop star while he performs more than 1,000 hours of community service before starting a one-year prison sentence more

Amy Winehouse's lyrics have been used in a Cambridge University exam question. One of the institution's final exams asked English students to compare Winehouse's words to the 'Back To Black' track 'Love Is A Losing Game' to works by another writer. more

The Cribs are set to play a one-off gig consisting solely of B-sides when they support Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks at the London Shepherd's Bush Empire on June 5. more

Motley Crue has a message for Sarnia [Ontario, Canada] councillor Dave Boushy and his objection to their upcoming performance at Sarnia Bayfest [music festival taking place this July in Sarnia]. Speaking via conference call Wednesday, rock's bad boys jumped at the opportunity to comment on Boushy's claim their off-stage antics are pornographic. "He's right," said bass player Nikki Sixx. "People like him are always out to attack rock and roll, you know. God bless them, man. They keep our name in the press and re-ignite our passion to hold up our middle finger to all those people who really don't understand." more

The members of Canadian rock band Rush have donated $100,000 from the sale of tickets to last weekend's Winnipeg concert to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.more

Ozzfest 2008 takes place at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, August 9th. The MySpace Ozzfest ticket pre-sale takes place this Friday, May 30th. more

After a six-year absence, Def Leppard returns to Japan in 2008 to play two shows at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on October 23 and October 24. more

Psyopus has issued the following update: "Psyopus is happy to announce the enlisting of new vocalist and Rochester, NY native Matt Dalberth. Matt is replacing vocalist Harrison Christie. more

Robert Pollard's first release on his own label, Guided By Voices Inc., is out June 3 and early reviews are some of the best of recent releases. His first book, "Town of Mirrors," a collection of the many collages Pollard has worked on over the years (some have graced the covers of GBV and his solo releases) is due out Aug. 6 on Fantagraphics.

Deborah Harry has released a new track, "Fit Right In" which was produced by the Brooklyn based team, Super Buddha, which consists of Barb Morrison and Charles Neiland.check it out here

Sony has just set up a stream for an unreleased live version of "Just The Way You Are" from the upcoming The Stranger 30th Anniversary releases. The album is being released as a two-disc Legacy Edition and a two-disc and DVD Deluxe Limited Edition set. The second disc (which this track comes from) is of Billy's June 3, 1977 performance at Carnegie Hall, which has never been released before. - Check it out here

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Coldplay Set Late Night Debut of New Music
PR reports: Coldplay is set to make their late night debut with their latest album Viva la Vida or Death and All his Friends on ABC late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" June 4th at 12:05 am/ET.

Lead singer Chris Martin has described this album as a new direction for Coldplay as their past three albums have been referred to as a 'trilogy.' Martin has also revealed that this album features much less of his falsetto, allowing his voice's lower register to take precedence.

Coldplay will perform two songs from their new album "Viva la Vida" and "Violet Hill" on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Pontiac Garage Outdoor Stage. - see who else is coming up on Kimmel

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Arrest at Fiddy's Crib After Woman Assaulted
Jam! reports: Police said an employee of 50 Cent was arrested for allegedly attacking a woman at the rapper's mansion.

Police said Dwayne McKenzie, 27, was arrested Tuesday after they received a call from the 22-year-old New Britain woman.

McKenzie was charged with assault, strangulation, breach of peace and unlawful restraint. - more on this story

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Madonna Gets To Keep Her Adopted Malawian Boy-Slave
Hecklerspray reports: Break out the overpriced Kabbalah water and whatever the hell it is that makes Madonna's arm all veiny and crap, Madonna's won her adoption case!

It's been close to two years in the making, but today a Malawi court finally made Madonna's adoption of her three-year-old Malawian son David Banda official. At last - now the courts are off her back, Madonna can finally force little David to work backbreaking chore-filled 21-hour days around the house without worrying that he'll get taken away.

We're just kidding. It's disgusting to assume that Madonna only adopted a poor Malawian boy to use as a dirt-cheap houseboy. She did it because now she can go out and carry him around and everyone will look at him instead of noticing how weirdly immobile her face looks these days.
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Rocker Plans Anti MySpace Anthem
antiMusic reports: Donnie Vie has had about enough of MySpace Tom's pussyfooting around that he may take his frustration out in song. Vie has been locked out of his Myspace page for a couple months and has been trying in vain to have the powers that be at the online giant reset his password for almost a month to no avail.

He signed up for the account with an email address he longer has, and tells antiMusic that he has done everything they've asked and is so frustrated that he's ready to record an anti-Myspace anthem set to his 1991 song "Blue Island," except this time the lyrics won't be about being left back in Blue Island, Ill by a lover, it will be about being forced to go with Myspace's biggest competitor, FaceBook.

Vie just wrapped up recording the new Enuff Z'nuff album which is set to feature former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee. On the solo front, this past weekend he released the second digital album in his "Raw Memories" series, where he records some of his and fan favorites live in the studio acoustically. This edition deals with some of the more melodic music from his career and is called "Poppin' A Few". It also includes one brand new track and is available exclusively at - DonnieVie.com

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Surprise Witness Causes R. Kelly Trial Adjournment
AP reports: R. Kelly's child pornography trial abruptly adjourned Wednesday after a lawyer for the R&B singer said he received a call from a mystery man who claimed to have information that could help the defense.

Judge Vincent Gaughan said attorneys needed time to depose the man, who could impeach someone else's testimony, but he didn't elaborate. Kelly attorney Sam Adam Sr. said the man was flying to Chicago Wednesday night from another state.

"We never knew about this witness until approximately 9 o'clock this morning, when the witness called us," Adam told the judge. If need be, Adam said defense attorneys would interview the man into the early morning hours Thursday. - more on this story

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David Cook Officially Inked
RCA reports: American Idol winner David Cook has been signed to 19 Recordings / RCA Records and is preparing to start recording his debut album which is due for release in fall 2008.

"David Cook is an extraordinarily versatile and talented artist with an impressive sense of musicality," says Tom Corson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, RCA Music Group. "He is a natural performer and a true star. We are thrilled to welcome him into our family."

Cook, who's first single, "The Time Of My Life" skyrocketed to #1 on iTunes, will be recording his album over the summer while on the road with the American Idol's Live tour. The tour kicks off on July 1st in Glendale, AZ and wraps on September 13th in Tulsa, OK.
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