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Metallica Sideline Member for Rock Hall Reunion
Reuters reports: Nobody's more surprised that Jason Newsted will be playing again with Metallica this weekend than ... Jason Newsted.

Newsted said he had modest expectations for his role in the group's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on Saturday in Cleveland. "I just planned on going, looking good in my suit, hanging out with my family, going up and getting the award, making a nice speech...," he said. Then, last Thursday, he got a call from drummer Lars Ulrich that changed things.

"He said, 'We want you to rock with us,'" Newsted said. Ulrich told him that Robert Trujillo, Metallica's current bassist "'is not gonna play at all. We want you to play.' And my first question was, 'How's Robert with that? How does he feel about that? I don't want to create any kind of negative anything. I want this all to be proper.'
- Find out the response and more from Jason here

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Osbournes Not Welcome In Florida
SleazeRoxx reports: Some Panhandle residents looking forward to the new variety show hosted by Ozzy Osbourne and his family might be out of luck.

Panama City Fox affiliate WPGX has decided not to air "Osbournes: Reloaded," which premieres Tuesday night after "American Idol." General Manager David Cavileer says the show does not fit with "community standards." Instead, the station will air an episode of "The Simpsons."

Cavileer says he would have been willing to air the show after 10 p.m., but the 8:20 p.m. scheduled start time was too early. - more on this story

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MP3s Go High Def
PR reports: Thomson, worldwide leader of services to the content creators, today introduces mp3HD, the latest addition to the mp3 family. The new mp3HD format allows mathematically lossless compression of audio material while preserving backward compatibility to the mp3 standard.

Content creators, the music industry and end users are now able to enjoy the ultimate audio quality experience with the same ease of use as the mp3 format. Users and content owners can organize their music library with the simplicity that they are used to with mp3 files. With the mp3HD format, the music industry can engage in user-friendly distribution of lossless music and audio files. The added file size required for lossless compression no longer being a limiting factor thanks to the continuous increase in Internet bandwidth capacity and file storage size.

"Over the past years, most of the music download services have adopted mp3 as their format of choice. By introducing this new mp3HD format, Thomson enables users and content providers to enjoy ultimate audio quality while preserving the convenience of the mp3 format," said Rocky Caldwell, General Manager, mp3 and Audio Licensing for Thomson. - more on this story

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Rocker Sings Song Asking To Be Dropped By Crap Record Label
MusicRadar reports: While there are still tons of musicians who would kill to get a record deal, one artist wants off her label - so much so that she's written a little song about it. [once you hear what label it is you will understand].

Truth be told, Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls only wrote the words to Drop Me, which she dedicated to Roadrunner Records during a recent performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The music, as you'll recognize when you click on the link to the video, is none other than Moon River. [The lyrics are classic, you can watch the video and read the words - here]

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Josey Scott Undergoes Emergency Surgery- Rivers Cuomo CD/DVD- Anti-Flag Dummys- Kelly Rowland Leaves Label- Videos Return to MTV- Seeqpod RIP and more
antiMusic reports: Today's quicks are really quick. So here are the quicky stories that made waves in the past 24 hours: The lead singer of the rock band Saliva, Josey Scott, was forced to undergo emergency surgery on Monday morning (March 30) to repair a hemorrhaged arterial bleeding ulcer

Rivers Cuomo of Weezer fame has announced plans to release a new CD/DVD titled Live At Fingerprints. Due out April 28, 2009, as the name implies, the release documents Cuomo's visit to Fingerprints Record Store and features live tracks performed by Rivers from Weezer and his solo albums.more

SideOneDummy Records has announced that Anti-Flag will be releasing their next album via the label. The record is titled The People or the Gun and is due out June 9, 2009. The record comes after the band finished their two-record contract with a major, RCA Records more

Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland has parted ways with Columbia Records after recording two solo albums for the label.more

MTV is currently launching a program called AMTV which will feature music videos between 3am and 9am. The network, which began in primordial times in this fashion, later changed their focus to retarded TVmore
2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the event, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based band Benjy Davis Project is confirmed to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival again this year after a rousing set at the last two annual fests. The band is scheduled to appear the first weekend of the festival, with date and time as follows: Friday, April 24th Fairgrounds Race Course New Orleans, LA 12:45 p.m. set time (Gentilly Stage)
Music search engine Seeqpod has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of California, according to TechCrunchmore

After filling in as guest drummer on dates with TSOL Dave Raun of Lagwagon will be joining Black President full time replacing drummer Roy Mayorga.more

Rehasher, the skate/pop-punk side project from Roger of Less Than Jake has wrapped up recording and mixing for their second full length.more

A series of special, one-time performances including a reunion of the original Amboy Dukes and a Motown 50th Anniversary Revue will highlight this year's 18th annual Detroit Music Awards (DMA), taking place at 7:00 p.m. on April 17 at the Fillmore Detroit. - more

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Hendrix Childhood Home Dismantled
Jam! reports: The childhood home where rock guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix is said to have first discovered music has been dismantled after eight years of preservation efforts failed.

Barely a shell of the 85-square-metre house originally in Seattle's Central Area neighbourhood remains on a lot across the street from where Hendrix was buried.

Owner Pete Sikov told the Seattle Times for a story Tuesday that parts have been saved and may be sold later. - more on this story

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God Forbid Replace Guitarist
BW&BK reports: God Forbid has officially stated that longtime guitarist Dallas Coyle has left the band and Kris Norris (ex-Darkest Hour) will join the group for the Lamb of God tour, which kicks off Thursday.

Doc Coyle further comments: "There have been a barrage of rumors and questions on whether or not Dallas has left God Forbid. It's true that Dallas has left the band. It's taken us a few days to confirm this definitely, and figure out what we were going to do considering the fact that we are starting a very important tour with LAMB OF GOD this week.

I don't want to go into the hairy details, but all I can say is that there was a mutual disagreement between Dallas and I, and the disagreement became angry on both sides, and he decided to sit out the tour the day we were supposed to leave. We later learned he did not want to tour anymore at all. - more on this story

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Kasabian Set June CD Release But Giving Away Download Now
RCA reports: UK powerhouse Kasabian are primed to release their third record The West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum on June 9th, 2009 in the United States on RCA Records.

Produced by Serge Pizzorno and Dan the Automater (Gorillaz, DJ Shadow), it is a follow up to their second album Empire which debuted at #1 on the UK charts

Kasabian will be giving fans a sneak peek of their new record by releasing 'Vlad The Impaler' as a free download. The track will be available beginning at 3:30pm on March 31st until 8pm EST, April 3rd - more on this story

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Black Label Society's DeServio Delivering Cycle of Pain To Fans
PR reports: John "J.D." DeServio's career as a bassist can be defined only as formidable and impressive. His time spent with Black Label Society has taken him around the world and made him a sought after bassist for clinics from Japan to South America and back.

But long before he began globetrotting, J.D. started out like most accomplished musicians, in the garage with a band and a bottle of Captain Morgan. Twenty-five years later, that same band has emerged as Cycle of Pain with an intense and diverse self titled hard rock album.

The album will be released on April 21st, 2009, by Reform Records/Rock Ridge Music, and Cycle Of Pain will begin its tour that same day opening for Black Label Society. - more on this story

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NY Yankee Bernie Williams Sets Album Release
PR reports: Critically acclaimed guitarist/songwriter and famed NY Yankees star Bernie Williams has signed a recording contract with Reform Records for his sophomore album Moving Forward set for release on April 14.

The Puerto Rico native and five-time All Star is a classically-trained musician who developed his love for playing guitar alongside baseball, while listening to salsa, merengue and 80's rock. Moving Forward embraces those early influences, while also reflecting a unique mixture of classical and jazz guitar topped-off with additional Latin rhythms. In conjunction with the album's release, Williams will give an April 18 concert (featuring very special guest artists) at New York's Nokia Theatre Tickets go on sale December 6 at 12 noon via TicketMaster and the Nokia Box Office.

Bernie Williams comments: "I'm thrilled to be recording again and to be a part of the Reform Records family. They share my vision for this album and for my music. Creating my debut album was a great experience, although my primary focus at that point was still baseball. For the past two years, I have been able to fully dedicate my time to music, and I could not be more excited with the results." - more on this story

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Miley Putting Big Screen Hannah Out To Pasture?
AP reports: Miley Cyrus plans to be back on the big screen, and soon. Hannah Montana? Not likely. So says the 16-year-old whose alter ego brings her secret double life as a pop star to U.S. theaters on April 10 with "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

"We got really lucky with having the material to make one movie," Cyrus said in an interview Monday. The film reveals Hannah Montana's identity to the world in a way Cyrus says is "very clever" and diminishes the chances of a sequel but doesn't dampen the future of the popular Disney TV show.

"I don't know if I would do another (Hannah Montana) film, but I would love to do another season," said Cyrus - more on this story

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Luther Dickinson, Alvin Hart and Jimbo Marthus Form The South Memphis String Band
conqueroo reports: The South Memphis String Band, a trio composed of Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Alvin "Youngblood" Hart (Grammy-winning bluesman) and Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers), launches its first tour on April 23, 2009 in Dallas, Texas, targeting the East and South.

The three friends, bound by Memphis and North Mississippi roots, will tour ahead of recording their debut album later this year. So far only two songs have been unveiled, both at the trio's MySpace page myspace.com/southmemphisstringband. So the April and May dates will be an opportunity for fans to get in on the ground floor.

Although they'd known each other for years, the trio's musical spirit gelled last year when they recorded a yet-unreleased album with Luther's father, legendary producer Jim Dickinson, called New Moon Jellyroll Freedom Rockers. - more on this story

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Chimaira Music As A Weapon Tour Blog: Entry One
antiMusic reports: Chimaira are currently out on the road on the Music As A Weapon Tour. Guitarist Matt DeVries wants to keep antiMusic readers up to date on all the happenings on the tour and will be checking in with a tour diary. Here is his first entry:

What's up everyone, right now I am sitting on our tour bus in Phoenix, AZ on what is day 6 of the Music As A Weapon Tour with Disturbed, Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil. Also there is a second stage that includes our good buddy's Spineshank, Suicide Silence (on select dates) and more.

The crowds have been amazing! This is definitely a great way to start off a tour cycle. Also on April 21st our new record "The Infection" is going to be in stores so we are having fun playing a couple new songs every night. So far so good! Great bands, great friends, booze, and great times! This is one of many blogs I will be posting weekly so stay tuned for more news, debauchery, and crazy stories!

Until Matt checks in again, you can preview the news album and find out if the tour is hitting your town on the official - Chimaira Myspace

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April Fools! Due to the nature of the day we are limited the Day in Rock for the next two days. Normally we'd jump into the fun of the day but decided to opt out this year but we'll do our best to bring you only legitimate stories. But there is a chance a couple might slip through the cracks, so we ask that you read with skeptical eyes! We should be back to normal on April 2nd.

. Thin Lizzy - Still Dangerous
Still Dangerous is a companion live recording to Thin Lizzys much-revered 1978 release Live and Dangerous. Some bands could not recreate their studio sound live- Lizzy on the other hand excelled on stage and that quality is on full display on Still Dangerous. (4 stars) - Read the full Thin Lizzy - Still Dangerous review

. The Weight - Are Men
If youre a rocker, with a soft spot for country, or a country fan that isnt embarrassed to rock out, please do not wait for The Weight. Put this one on your must-listen-to list, right now. The Weight may just give Drive-By Truckers a good hard run for their money. (4 stars) - Read the full The Weight - Are Men review

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