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Full Report for 04/07/2009


AC/DC Announce Summer Tour
Sony reports: AC/DC's highly successful Black Ice World Tour returns to the U.S. on July 28 in Foxborough, MA at Gillette Stadium. AC/DC kicked off their Black Ice World Tour in late October 2008, crisscrossing North America and Europe garnering raves from critics along the way. The Black Ice World Tour was given the 'Major Tour of the Year' award at the 20th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.

Tickets for the Foxborough, East Rutherford, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Tacoma shows go on sale Saturday April 11, 2009. Tickets for the San Jose concert go on sale Sunday April 12. Tickets for the San Diego concert go on sale Saturday April 18. Tickets for the Los Angeles and Anaheim concerts go on sale Saturday April 25. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster and the band's website, www.acdc.com

Released globally on October 20, 2008, Black Ice has been certified Double Platinum in the U.S. Black Ice is AC/DC's first new album in over eight years and its evident the band is still an incredible force in rock.
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Coldplay Deny Song Theft With Unoriginality Claim
AP reports: Coldplay has denied in federal court that it copied parts of Joe Satriani's music for its hit song, "Viva La Vida."

In a response filed in Los Angeles on Monday, attorneys for Coldplay's band members also argued that any similarities between "Viva La Vida" and Satriani's "If I Could Fly" weren't enough to warrant damages.

Satriani's song "lacks originality," Coldplay's response claims, and shouldn't receive copyright protection. [ouch thems fighting words! But what does that say about Coldplay's music?] - more on this story

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Chris Brown Pleads Not Guilty To Rihanna Assault
AP reports: Chris Brown pleaded not guilty Monday to threatening and assaulting his girlfriend, fellow music star Rihanna.

The 19-year-old R&B singer entered his plea, speaking in a soft voice, while standing alongside his lawyer, Mark Geragos. His mother sat in the first row, red-eyed.

Within moments of the hearing, a lawyer for Rihanna said the singer was hoping a plea deal could be reached before the case goes to trial. "She would be pleased if this was over quickly," attorney Donald Etra said. He reiterated that Rihanna would testify if required. - more on this story

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Phish Expand Reunion Tour Plans
PR reports: Phish will kick off its first summer tour in five years with a concert at Boston's historic Fenway Park on May 31st. The band has also added a third date (June 2nd) at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY.

The band will play the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 12th and 14th. Tickets are still available for the festival as are a limited number of seats for the band's August 11th date at Toyota Park in Chicago, IL. The rest of the group's previously announced shows are sold out.

The group has already recorded demos of 20 new songs and entered the studio last week with Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band) to begin work on Phish's first new studio album in five years. Lillywhite produced Phish's 1996 album, Billy Breathes. The Clifford Ball, a seven-DVD box set from JEMP Records/Rhino capturing the band's entire performance at this landmark 1996 festival, recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart. - more on this story

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Jack White To Debut New Band- U2 Musical Stars Wanted- Mall Ratt- Simon and Garfunkel Reunite- Norma Jean Exit Silverstein Tour- Arsis Anorexia Battle and more
antiMusic reports: The Dead Weather, featuring The White Stripes' Jack White and The Kills' Alison Mosshart, along with Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs and Dean Fertita of Queens Of The Stone Age, will play their first public gig next week at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on April 14. more

An open casting call has been announced in the US for the upcoming Spider-Man musical, set to run on New York's famed Broadway. The music and lyrics for the show are written by Bono and The Edge of U2. NME has the details here

Carrie Underwood was named entertainer of the year on Sunday at the 44th Academy of Country Music awards, securing her status as country's hottest star on a night that felt like a changing of the guards.more

Simon and Garfunkel have crossed their personal bridge over troubled water and will reunite for a rare concert tour, kicking off in New Zealand and Australia.more

Norma Jean has dropped off their current tour with Silverstein et al. Here's a statement from the band: "There are just too many reasons to list in the wake of us making this decision and we aren't looking to embark on an Internet crusade, that just isn't necessary." more

The upcoming Bon Jovi documentary When We Were Beautiful will be screened at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, despite still being a work in progressmore

Chickenfoot, Paradise Lost, Hot Leg, Crucified Barbara and Tad Morose have been confirmed for the Rockweekend festival, set to take place July 9-11 in Kilafors, Sweden.more

An anonymous buyer has purchased Roy Rogers' famous OM-45 Deluxe Martin guitar for $460,000. The 1930-built Martin is considered one of the rarest and most coveted acoustic guitars in the world. more

Lily Allen's previously unreleased in the U.S. F.U.E.P. is available now on iTunes. Tracklisting: 1. F*** You (Clean Radio Edit) 2. F** Hag 3. Kabul S*** 4. Womanizer (Acoustic Version). What a class act. Or is it yet another attempted contrived controversy?

Warner Music Japan will reissue Rush's first 12 studio albums this June as mini-lp SHM-CDs, according to a posting on the Rush fan site Power Windows more

Silversun Pickups will be releasing their highly anticipated sophomore full-length, Swoon, next Tuesday, April 14 on Dangerbird Records, and have just premiered the official video for first single "Panic Switch" today on MTVU and MTV2. Grammy-nominated director James Frost (Radiohead "House of Cards" / Coldplay "Yellow") took the reigns in guiding the band through a performance-driven act with stark closeups and chilling footage of the band fleeing an unseen enemy. watch it

Catalepsy is writing/recording a new album with Eric Ellis (formerly of Bury Your Dead) as producer and engineer. According to the group, "Expect a very different album than the last. We're done with the whole 'deathcore' genre.more

In a new interview with Noisecreep.com, Arsis mastermind James Malone has revealed that he's been battling a recurrence of anorexia as of late, which explains the group's recent tour cancellations.more

Poison drummer and Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rikki Rockett has cancelled his appearance at the Fearless Fighting Championship on Saturday, April 11 at Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin. He says, "I have an injury that has sidelined me for this one."more

Mall Ratt: Loud & Proud/Mallcore Records announced today the signing of a worldwide deal with Los Angeles hard rockers Ratt. The band is set to begin recording its first new material since 1999's self-titled album this spring.

Brave Citizens has announced a west coast run of dates with Lydia, PlayRadioPlay and Eye Alaska on the Stay Awake Tour launching May 27 at The Epicentre in San Diego, California. more

Larry McDonald, legendary reggae and world music percussionist who has worked with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Bad Brains and many more, will release the first solo record of his 40-year career this summer on MCPR Music. The album features Toots Hibbert (Toots and The Maytals), Dollarman, and Larry, along with his drum orchestra, playing over 20 different percussive instruments. The "drummical" (as described by Larry) 'Drumquestra' is out 6/2. Listen to "Head Over Heels" here

Youth Group have decided to kick off their stint residing in New York with a 'Live Studio' session which will be aired on April 7th and will then be available on-demand. They'll be performing tracks from their forthcoming new album, The Night Is Ours (out via World's Fair on April 7th), as well as previously released material.more

Hounds.TV has posted some exclusive photos from the ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performance at the David Lynch Foundation benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall. Check em out here

"Sailing," the new single from platinum-selling Capitol singer-songwriter Avant, will appear as an iTunes exclusive EP on April 7, 2009. For the iTunes EP, the album version of "Sailing" is combined with three tracks previously unreleased to the domestic market: "Yes," "You Are More" and "Provocative."

George Lynch is selling the 1990 Harley Davidson softail which appeared in the Lynch Mob video for "River Of Love" and was featured in the "Wicked Sensation" album artwork.more

New Jersey ska-punk act Legitimate Business has returned from a period of dormancy with plans to release their new record First World Problems. - more

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Senate Anti Scalping Bill
Billboard reports: With the backdrop of this morning's second round of U2 tickets for their fall concert in New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled new legislation to improve fans' chances of getting tickets at face price and crack down on ticket resellers.

The legislation imposes a two-day waiting period from when tickets go on sale via an authorized sales channel before a ticket reseller can buy those tickets to put on the secondary market, according to a press release. [So fans will have to wait a couple days to pay the inflated prices for the tickets that were set aside for the scalpers. Typical Washington non-solution.]

Schumer's legislation is geared to help ensure fans get first crack at good seats at face value prices before ticket resellers buy up tickets to sell on the secondary market. [Again, does this prevent the "set asides" of choice tickets for the scalping market? No, but it gets a Senator some press. ] - more on this story

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KISS Army To Book Bands American Tour
Billboard reports: KISS' upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour will be entirely routed based on demand at event-based social networking site Eventful, a first for a major act.

Fans will "demand" where Kiss will perform on their tour across the top-voted North American markets beginning this September.

And in order to keep the competition fair for smaller cities, final site selection will weigh population size versus total votes. - more on this story

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Red Hot Stars To Guest on Beach Boy CD
MusicRadar reports: A stellar cast of musical legends past and present have joined forces to appear on ex-Beach Boy Al Jardine's new solo album.

Among the contributing artists are Neil Young, Glen Campbell, Stephen Stills, Steve Miller, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and former Beach Boys colleague Brian Wilson.

The album, A Post Card from California, recalls the laid back West Coast vibe that made the Beach Boys one of the most revered bands in the world. - more on this story

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Otep Ink With Victory Records
Victory Records reports: Victory Records has signed Los Angeles recording artist Otep. The first release under the new alliance is Otep's fourth full-length studio album "Smash the Control Machine". The new studio album will be released August 18, 2009.

Otep was originally signed after only four shows, without a demo, strictly on the power of the band's live performance. Sharon Osbourne offered the unsigned act a spot on the 2001 Ozzfest Tour leading to three appearances on the festival.

Otep had this to say about signing with Victory, "When I received the news of a possible Otep/Victory alliance I could swear I felt the sky tremble. This triumvirate (of myself, my manager Jack Ponti and Victory Records) is going to be a terrifying coalition for some and a righteous confederation for others." - more on this story

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The Black Crowes Double Live Album
Kayos reports: Specializing in a free-spirited, blues-infused form of rock 'n' roll, The Black Crowes are an essential piece of rock music history. Through its Eagle Records subsidiary, Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing a 2CD set from the rock luminaries. Warpaint Live is hitting the shelves on April. An accompanying DVD will be released later this year.

After ten years of touring around the world and 20 million records sold, The Black Crowes took a five year hiatus. In 2005 the band re-united and re-ignited. Three years later, they released Warpaint, their first new studio album in seven years. Warpaint Live is a celebration of this new album, performed before a sold-out Los Angeles crowd.

The first live Black Crowes release since 2006's critically acclaimed Freak 'n' Roll…Into The Fog CD and DVD (Eagle Rock), they took this fresh work of art and allowed fans to experience this new album in its entirety live, with extended versions of the Warpaint tracks. Throwing in a few classic songs, such as "Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye", as well as some previously unreleased covers, The Black Crowes deliver, proving that they are one of the most powerful and best live rock 'n' roll acts around. - more on this story

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Acoustic Rancid
Punknews.org reports: Rancid's upcoming seventh full length Let The Dominoes Fall is set to arrive on June 2nd. In addition, Hellcat Records will release a special expanded edition of the record.

Along with the songs from the standard version, the expanded set will feature 2 CDs and a DVD.

The second disc will include an acoustic CD featuring unplugged renditions of all 11 songs plus a track not from the regular version, plus a DVD chronicling the making of the record. - track info

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Singled Out: Sacred Oath
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Rob Thorne from Sacred Oath tells us about "Counting Zeros" from their brand new album. We now turn it over to Rob for the story:

I wrote Counting Zeros at the height of my frustration with our involvement in Iraq. I was seeing daily reports on the cost of the war, and the corporations that were profiting from it, and I was angry that our democracy had become enslaved to these powers.

Now we're in the middle of an economic meltdown, and as the greed and corruption are exposed, we're watching the same thing happening again. The very people that have brought us to ruin are collecting multi-million dollar bonuses for their actions. While Americans are losing their homes and jobs, these criminals are counting zeros.

Starting today iTunes is offering a free download of the song as their Discovery Download Pick Of The Week! You'll find it on the iTunes rock homepage. You can also get the full album for just $5.99 on iTunes five weeks before you can get it in stores. Learn more about the band and album - right here!

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