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Full Report for 04/06/2009

Bon Jovi Threaten Tribute Band
antiMusic reports: Tribute bands beware. Flattery may get you sued! Metal Underground has this tale of woe for a all female Bon Jovi tribute group: A legal letter from the law firm Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman to the girl group Blonde Jovi has surfaced and states, "It has recently come to our attention that your band is using the mark and name Blonde Jovi in connection with live musical performances; more specifically, a Bon Jovi tribute band.

Our investigation also uncovered that you are using BJP's "Heart and Dagger" Logo trademark prominently on your website. Unfortunately, and despite the fact that our client appreciates the reverence that your band pays tribute to Bon Jovi, as a tribute band, our client nevertheless is charged with the duty of enforcing its trademark rights. In this regard, BJP cannot allow your band to use the mark and name Blonde Jovi (or any other BJP trademarks), as such use creates a likelihood of confusion with our client, and capitalizes on the goodwill and reputation of its well-known marks."

Blonde Jovi posted a statement on their Myspace page about changing their name after receiving the letter: "Due to threatened legal action by Jon Bon Jovi's attorneys, we will be changing our name. The name Blonde Jersey is temporary, until we come up with a new one. If you have any name suggestions, please email us! Nothing containing Jovi, or anything similar to JOVI may be used so Blonde Giovi, Blonde Joe V, BLONDE JOVIE, are not options. Thanks for your support!... Too bad we didn't go with our original name idea of Boob Jovi!" - More news from Metal Underground

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Aerosmith Teaming Up With ZZ Top
antiMusic reports: Aerosmith are teaming up with ZZ Top this summer. That's the good news for Aero fans, the bad news is the group's new album plans have been delayed. Here is part of Billboard report: Health issues and touring commitments have combined to postpone Aerosmith's next album, according to guitarist Joe Perry. Perry tells Billboard.com that the record sessions - for the group's first album since 2004's 'Honkin' On Bobo' and first of all-original material since 2001's 'Just Push Play', were delayed when he had to have surgery earlier this year to clear out an infection in his knee replacement.

Then, last month, singer Steven Tyler came down with pneumonia, after which the veteran Boston rockers "realized there wasn't any chance of getting it finished before we hit the road for the summer. So basically we had to push (the album) back, and when the band gets off the road, that's when we'll pick up the Aerosmith record."

Aerosmith's tour, the group's first since 2007, starts in June with ZZ Top. Perry says about 40 dates are set so far for North America, with South America, Europe and Japan also under consideration. The itinerary should be announced soon. - more on this story

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Singer Not Laughing At April Fools Death Joke
MusicRadar reports: Do you remember the band Space? Well, they've just had their most press in years but only because an April Fool joke claimed singer Tommy Scott had died.

A fake press release was sent out earlier this week, pretending to be from Scott's current label Antipop Records. It claimed that he had expired from heart failure at the age of 37, on 31 March.

Scott, now performing with The Drellas, immediately reacted angrily when local radio subsequently reported on his supposed death. "I can't say how angry I am about this. I'm alive and well, but to have my mum believing I was dead was beyond a joke. I just can't believe this has happened. The phone hasn't stopped, but now we just want to find out who is responsible. There's going to be hell to pay". - more on this story

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Pete Yorn Added To Coldplay Tour
Columbia Records reports: Pete Yorn has been picked by Coldplay to open over a dozen tour dates this spring. Yorn will highlight songs from his expansive new album 'Back and Fourth' (June 23, Columbia).

'Back and Fourth' marks a new musical chapter for the acclaimed singer and songwriter. Yorn wrote all the songs and recorded the album in Omaha, NE, with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley).

Columbia's Co-Chairman Rick Rubin helped guide the project from its earliest demo stages to final mastering. - dates

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Metallica Rock The Hall- Beck Zeppelin Jam- Coolio Pleads- Madonna Denied- Red Hot Honor- Bud Shank RIP- UK Goes Ga Ga- Osbournes Bomb- Beatles Reunite and more
antiMusic reports: Metallica played "Master Of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, with the band's former bassist Jason Newsted and his replacement, Robert Trujillo, both taking part in the performance (the group played as a five-piece). They also led a "surprise jam" at the end of the night consisting of "Train Kept A Rollin'", with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Jeff Beck (see video here)

The NCAA says Motown legends The Temptations will sing the national anthem Monday night before the men's basketball national championship game at Ford Field in Detroit.more. Are any of the original Temps still alive?

Beck Zeppelin Jam: Nightwatcher's House of Rock has for your listening and viewing enjoyment a video or legendary guitarist Jeff Beck (and now 2 time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer) joined by another rock legend Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin after Beck's induction this weekend rocking the house with "Beck's Bolero" which features part of the Zep classic "The Immigrant Song", live in Cleveland, Ohio April 4th, 2009. check it out more

Rapper Coolio has pleaded not guilty to drug possession and battery charges. The 45-year-old rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, entered his plea during an arraignment in Los Angeles on Friday. more

Madonna's mission to adopt Africa hits a snag: E! reports: Despite backing from the government and assurances from her lawyer that it was a done deal, a Malawi court today shot down the Material Mom's request to adopt a second child from the African nation on a technicality. The judge chalked up the denial to Madonna not meeting a simple residency requirement—a would-be parent must live in the country 18 to 24 months ahead of time. more

Fiction Plane's recent live album Paradiso, which had previously only been available in Europe, is now accessible via iTunes.

Check out Cobra Starship's new track, "Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We're Famous," previewing their new album due out this SUMMER on Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen. listen here

An all-star concert on meditation brought Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together for their first performance together in seven years.more

Eminem's new video "We Made You" will debut across multiple MTV platforms this Tuesday, April 7.more

Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis will be honored on May 8 at the fifth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit in Los Angeles with the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award. Kiedis will be recognized for his contributions to the charity, which helps musicians overcome substance abuse.see who he's jamming with

Sevendust were forced to cancel their April 4, 2009 appearance at the Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario with Black Label Society after reportedly being denied entry to Canada. Ironically, one of the other bands on the bill, DOPE, was allowed across the border and made it to the gig without an apparent problem.more

Bud Shank, a flutist and alto saxophonist who worked with such famous acts as the Mamas and the Papas, has died. He was 82.more

U2's "No Line On The Horizon" (Interscope) was the best-selling album by an international act in the U.S. for the first quarter of 2009, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The Irish rock group's 12th album is No. 2 overall for sales this year, behind Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine), which was the best-selling album of the quarter with 824,000 units. U2's set achieved sales of 744,489 in Q1, comfortably ahead of Nickelback's "Dark Horse" more

"Osbournes: Reloaded", the new Fox variety-style show starring Ozzy Osbourne, his wife/manager Sharon and their children Jack and Kelly, premiered Tuesday night (March 31) during prime time and delivered disappointing ratings. It attracted a respectable 9.3 million viewers at 9:30 p.m. — but lost most of its "American Idol" lead-in audience. Among the big four networks, "Osbournes: Reloaded" overall finished fourth, or last, in the crowded 9:30 p.m. half-hour. more. Imagine how few viewers would have tuned in if the show was on NBC!

According to a posting at KISSonline.com, KISS will be making a 'major announcement' on Monday, April 6th at 3PM EST. more

Boston Hardcore act, Death Before Dishonor has re-signed to Bridge Nine Records and is working on completing their next full length. Vocalist Bryan Harris explained: "We really feel at home at Bridge Nine. The label has supported us since day one and when it was time to go label hunting, we heard some people out, but it was a no-brainer for us to stay with B9. "more

The exclusive Best Buy version of Heaven & Hell's new album, The Devil You Know, will be available as a CD/DVD featuring a bonus disc containing 22 minutes of studio performances, interviews about making the new album and other behind-the-scenes content.more

Goatwhore and Abigail Williams will team up for the Conquer & Curse Tour 2009 this summer. Joining them will be Daath, Abysmal Dawn and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky. more

Suicidal Tendencies have scheduled a European tour beginning in June.dates

The French National Assembly has voted to adopt the central clause in the anti-piracy 'Creation and Internet Law,' which would allow a state body to cut off copyright infringers' broadband access after two warnings were issued.more

US pop star Lady Ga Ga tops the UK singles chart, as well as the album chart with her record, The Fame.more

Amber Pacific will hit the road in May with support from Houston Calls, Farewell and Fight Fair. dates

Frodus has announced another reunion show. The influential post-punk band released music on Tooth and Nail Records, Fueled By Ramen Records and others. It saw members go on to form Decahedron, Frantic Mantis, The Cassettes, Man and Waspmore

The final few tickets for this summer's Glastonbury Festival, which sees Bruce Springsteen appear as one of the headliners, sold out this morning in a matter of hours, organizers have told NME.COM. - more

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George Harrison To Get Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star
AP reports: Paul McCartney may have a knighthood, but it's George Harrison who is receiving the royal treatment from the Hollywood Walk of Fame this month.

Harrison will receive a star on the fabled walk on April 14, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Friday. His widow, Olivia Harrison, and his son, Dhani, are expected to attend the unveiling.

Harrison, who died of cancer in 2001, already shares a Walk of Fame star with all four of the Beatles, but only he and John Lennon, who died in 1980, will have their own stars. - more on this story

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Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Guests on Rolling Stones Solo CD
Billboard reports: After inducting Bobby Womack into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Cleveland, Rolling Stones' Ron Wood said that he's recorded about a dozen songs for a solo album called "More Good News."

During an after-party at the House of Blues, producer Bob Rock confirmed that he worked on an as-yet-untitled track with Wood which features a guest appearance by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

Womack, meanwhile, predicted that Wood's album -- his first studio outing since 2001's "Not For Beginners" -- "is gonna be great" and acknowledged he's "trying to get on it." - more on this story

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The Killers Add Wild Light To North American Tour
PR reports: The Killers have tapped New Hampshire quartet Wild Light to be the main support on their upcoming North American tour, which kicks off April 17, 2009 at the highly anticipated re-opening of Las Vegas' premier rock club, The Joint.

During this 10 city trek Wild Light will play to packed crowds at arenas including the San Jose Events Center in San Jose and the WAMU Theater in Seattle, before closing the tour with a final show at the Capitol Federal Park in Bonner Springs, KS on May 2nd.

This highly coveted main supporting slot comes on the heels of what has already been a wildly successful 2009 for Wild Light. The band kicked off the year with a bang when they hit the road with Tapes N Tapes for their first ever National tour, in support of the March 3rd release of their debut album Adult Nights (Startime International).
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Ozzy Sabbath Reunion Door Wide Open
Nightwatcher reports: Classic Rock Magazine is reporting that despite the imminent release of the Ronnie James Dio helmed Heaven & Hell's debut studio album 'The Devil You Know' on April 27th, Bill Ward has been speaking out about the possibility of another reunion from the original Black Sabbath.

In a recent interview, the iconic drummer insisted that the door is very much "wide open" for a full-blown, original line up, Sabbath reunion tour.

"I have an open mind when it comes to Sabbath" says Ward, adding: "We just haven't done anything for the last three years. But the door's wide open as far as Black Sabbath is concerned." - more on this story

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New York Dolls To Rock Historic Punk Venue
Noble reports: Following the announcement of the highly anticipated Todd Rundgren produced new studio album 'Cause I Sez So', released in the UK on Monday 4th May, the New York Dolls have announced a rare London concert at the legendary historic punk venue, The 100 Club on Thursday 14th May.

The 100 Club has promoted live music on the same premises since 1942. Originally a restaurant called Mack's, the venue has gone on to become one of the most historical concert venues in Europe. The venue's heritage is legendary and has seen performances from acts as diverse as the Sex Pistols, Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones and the White Stripes.

In 1976 the 100 Club was host to the first ever Punk festival. Seen for the first time in London, on the 100 Club stage were the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, Siouxsie & the Banshees the Buzzcocks the Vibrators and Subway Sect. - more on this story

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Dandy Warhols Get Remixed for Record Store Day
PR reports: In honor of the second annual Record Store Day, April 18, 2009, the Dandy Warhols are releasing a super-limited 4-song remix EP, Earth To The Remix EP, Volume Two.

Last summer, to coincide with the release of their fifth full-length, the self-released …Earth To The Dandy Warhols…, the band remixed four of the album's tracks themselves and gave them out for free through independent retail outlets.

The overwhelming fan response to the EP prompted the Warhols to put their talent to work again. A digital version of Earth To The Remix EP, Volume Two will be available on Tuesday, April 21. - more on this story

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