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Full Report for 04/17/2009

Whitesnake Singer Accused of Lipsynching
antiMusic reports: Does Whitesnake's frontman David Coverdale lipsynch, or as our UK friends call it, mime to pre-recorded tapes? One of his peers says that he saw him do it and isn't to happy about the practice. Blabbermouth has the story (and the video):

Spain's The Metal Circus recently conducted an interview with legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen) about the new Sunstorm album, "House Of Dreams", his upcoming concerts in Spain with Big Noize, the Russian connection and the fact that Ritchie Blackmore won't ever reform Rainbow.

When asked if he has ever used pre-recorded tapes for backing and/or lead vocals, Joe replied, "To be honest with you, I have one machine that helps sing the backgrounds it's from DigiTech, and it's a great technology but it's not samples, it's live; you have to sing into the microphone and then this machine will take your voice, whatever you put into this machine is exactly what you get. So if you sing like sh*t, it's gonna sound like ----. So there's no wizardry, there's no tapes. Because recently I heard on the Internet that David Coverdale was using all kinds of tapes. Well, I was in Finland [in June 2008] with Graham Bonnet and we were on the same festival [Sauna Open Air; see video at the full story link] as Whitesnake, and I couldn't believe he was using these tapes for lead singing! Not just backgrounds, but lead! And I was... My mouth was open. I was like, 'What the f**k, David?! You can't do this. You look so stupid, so foolish.' And everyone is complaining about this. No, I'm singing live. This is what you get; that's it. . . I'm not trying to talk sh*t... This is true. Everybody sees this. . . I couldn't believe it, because he [David] was always one of my favorite singers. To use tapes for a lead vocal... I can understand backgrounds if the [rest of the bandmembers] don't sing. But for lead?! You've gotta be kidding!" - Check out the video and judge for yourself

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Woman In Camouflage Arrested For Stalking Britney Spears Home
AP reports: Authorities have arrested a camouflage-wearing, camera-toting woman they say was caught peeking into Britney Spears' windows.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrested Miranda Tozier-Robbins on Thursday morning after security guards stopped her at Spears' suburban Calabasas home.

Deputies say the 26-year-old was issued a citation for trespassing and disorderly conduct and released. - more on this story

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Adler's New Axl- Drunken Eyes- New George Harrison Album- Rise Against, Ignite, Death By Stereo and Reach The Sky Super Group- Rose Funeral Lose 2 and more
antiMusic reports: Adler's New Axl Earlier this week Sheldon Tarsha left Adler's Appetite, the band formed by former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler which covers the band's landmark debut album. Steven didn't waste time filling the Axl Rose role in his band, here is the announcement: Adler's Appetite is happy to announce that they will be joined by vocalist Rick Stitch of the Los Angeles based band Ladyjack for a handful of upcoming shows that kick off this weekend. Rick has currently been recording with Guns'n'roses alumni Gilby Clarke and his song "Make It Right" has recently appeared in the feature film The Grind starring Danny Trejo and Tom Sizemore. more

Drunken Eyes- The singer of the 1980s love song "Hungry Eyes" has pleaded no contest to drunken driving and failing to control his car and has been sentenced to a month in an Ohio jail. A Bedford Municipal Court judge on Wednesday ordered Eric Carmen to report to jail April 25. [Perhaps what drove him to drink was hearing Sealion Dion's (or an American Idoler) butcher his hit "All by Myself"? On the positive side he could himself turn around and cover "I Drink Alone". ] more

A new collection of some of George Harrison's best-loved songs is to be released this June. 'Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison' will feature music from throughout Harrison's solo recording career more

The new band featuring members of Rise Against, Ignite, Death By Stereo and Reach The Sky have announced plans to release their debut 7-inch via Think Fast! Records.more

Rose Funeral has apparently parted ways with guitar player Jesse Biesner in addition to bassist Ryan Neff. Details surrounding the departures haven't been disclosed, but Neff has reportedly been replaced by Ren of The Breathing Process.more

The twin Sound Relief concerts last month raised more than $8 million Australian ($5.75 million) for communities devastated by bushfires and flooding, according to audited financial results.more

Pop Evil are no longer indie. The band has been signed to Universal Republic after the success of their single "100 in a 55," caught the label giant's attention. Pop Evil, now billed as "the little band that could from Grand Rapids, MI," are steadily making their way to the forefront of Rock Radio w/ the hit ballad - currently #17 @ Rock / #13 at active rock radio...w / a 10 wk steady increase in digital sales (40K units). The band is also touring on select dates w/ Buckcherry / Chevelle, Seether, and Kid Rock. Check em out here

The Silent Years is the latest edition to the Sidecho Records roster. The street date for their latest EP Let Go will be July 14 with a plan for a full length due in late 2009.

On Wednesday, April 29, Tony Bennett will present his painting of Duke Ellington to the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery to mark the 110th anniversary of Ellington's birth in Washington, D.C. Immediately following the presentation, the portrait will be hung in the museum's "New Arrivals" gallery. It will be on view when the museum opens to the public at 11:30 a.m. No info on the website at press time but you can check the site out here

Tom Waits will release a live seven-inch single on Saturday (April 18) to mark Record Store Day. The release will feature live versions of the songs 'Lucinda' and 'Ain't Going Down The Well' more

The Audition debuted their new album entitled "Self-Titled Album", in its entirety via VictorStream on Thursday. VictorStream is the only label-oriented, free, media player that can be hosted on any website, blog and social network profile page. VictorStream highlights news, music, and videos from Victory's expansive catalog of artists. yadda, yadda, yadda, go check it out here

The former guitarist for the band Lovedrug, David Thomas Owen IV's will release his debut solo LP, Solace My King, July 14th on Esperanza Plantation (Colour Revolt, Bear Colony). Recorded at Insomniac Studios in Arkansas with friends and former Lovedrug members Matthew Depper (bass) and Matthew Putman (drums), Owen composed most of the songs on piano, an instrument he wasn't very familiar with but one he quickly realized better suited his vision.

According to country singer Jessica Miller, Blue Tears vocalist Gregg Fulkerson passed away Tuesday morning.more

The Destiny Program has announced the addition of Christian Bass on drums. Bass has previously done time in Night In Gales, White Eyes, and Deadsoil.more

Transatlantic, the progressive rock "supergroup" comprised of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) and Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), has reunited after a seven-year hiatus to record a brand new studio album more

Timothy B. Schmit who was part of pioneering country-rock outfit Paco from 1970 to 1977 -- stepping in for Randy Meisner, who joined the Eagles, then subsequently replacing Meisner in the Eagles -- is joining fellow Poco alumni Richie Furay and Jim Messina for the group's April 26 performance at the Stagecoach festival in Indio, Calif. more

Apothys announced the following lineup change: Jesse 'Corvus' has decided to part ways with Apothys due to personal obligations. We are pleased to announce our long-time fan and supporter, Jason 'Pyr' Heishman, is now the official bassist of Apothys. more

UK copyright laws "needlessly criminalize" music fans and need to be updated, a consumer watchdog says. UK laws that make it a copyright violation to copy a CD that you own onto a computer or iPod should be changed, says Consumer Focus. more of this BBC report

Equal Vision Records has added We Came As Romans to its roster. The band is hitting the road with A Plea For Purging and Burden Of A Day on April 24th. The forthcoming full US trek will conclude May 22nd in Minnesota, just before the band heads to the studio to record their debut LP which is expected out this Fall. - Their Myspace

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Trash A Rockstar's Ferrari, Go To Jail
BBC reports: A Suffolk chef who admitted causing more than 9,000 ($13.3K) of damage to a Ferrari owned by Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay has been jailed for 20 weeks.

Aaron Billington, 21, of Aldeburgh, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court after previously admitting causing criminal damage to the Ferrari Enzo.

The incident happened on 3 March outside a hotel in Aldeburgh. At an earlier hearing in Lowestoft, Billington said he committed the crime in a "moment of madness". - more on this story

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Chris Cornell Co-writes Heartfelt Song With Fan
MusicRadar reports: Chris Cornell recently co-wrote a song with a fan. Called I Promise It's Not Goodbye, the story behind the track is quite extraordinary. Texan fan Rory de la Rosa lost his six-year-old daughter Ainslee to cancer last year. Shortly afterwards, he himself was diagnosed with the same illness. Rather than losing himself to despair, however, de la Rosa reached out to Cornell to tell him how much his music impacted his life and of the bond it helped create for him and his daughter.

Through a caregiver at de la Rosa's hospice, the two succeeded in contacting Cornell via the internet. "It was a pleasure to put it to music and an honor that he ask if I would ever consider it" Chris Cornell on the poem "I Promise It's Not Goodbye," written by Rory de la Rosa

"I have had a friendship with him by telephone and e-mail for a while now," says Cornell. "I was made aware of his story and that he wanted to talk to me because my music had been important to him and his family through what I think of as an unimaginably hard time. - more on this story

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The Beatles: Rock Band Features Rumors
MusicRadar reports: The Beatles: Rock Band video game is likely to appall and appeal in equal measure, but if rumours are to be believed, what can't be denied is that its developers are going all out to ensure that it's as authentic as possible.

It's being speculated that the game may support multiple microphones, thus enabling players to perform the vocal harmonies that were crucial to The Beatles' sound.

There are also unconfirmed reports that there'll be some kind of 'harmony training' mode. - more on this story

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Alice Cooper Rebroadcasting Billy Bob Thornton Interview
PR reports: In the wake of the widely reported imbroglio involving Billy Bob Thornton's responses (or lack thereof) during an interview on CBC radio's Q program that has become a Youtube sensation, Billy Bob's November 11, 2008 session as a guest on Nights With Alice Cooper will be re-broadcast on the Monday, April 20th edition of the syndicated radio show.

The interview, heard over a network of more than one hundred affiliated stations, found the actor/musician extremely forthcoming about the acting-music dialect, the philosophy behind his band, The Boxmasters, and a variety of other topics. It was both convivial and revealing, the polar opposite of the CBC session. As host of Nights With Alice Cooper, the rock legend anchors 30 hours per week of original Classic Rock programming. Produced and distributed by the United Stations Radio Networks, Nights with Alice Cooper has 110 affiliates broadcasting a combination of weeknight and weekend programming. Alice's time slot reaches 1.1 million listeners (12+) each week, and his affiliates have a weekly reach of over 6 millions listeners.

We've provided a link so you can hear key excerpts of Alice's interview with Billy Bob or you can catch the whole show by listening on line or on the air. - more on this story

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Pepper Revisit Kona Town
Volcom reports: Recorded live at the sold out Fox Theater in Boulder CO in August of 2008, KONA GOLD captures Pepper's raucous live and uncensored performance of songs from their career pioneering 2002 full length debut album, Kona Town.

Pepper "Kona Gold" was recorded live and mixed by Ryan Hewitt (Flogging Molly) and will arrive in stores and online April 21, 2009.

The 19 track CD also includes popular tracks from In With The Old, No Shame and Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations including 2005's Alternative radio hit "Give It Up", "Ashes" and other fan favorites like "Stone Love", "No Control", "Tradewinds", "Stormtrooper" and "Freeze". - more on this story

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Cursive and Ladyfinger (ne) Split for Record Store Day
PR reports: Cursive will release a split 10" picture disc with label mates Ladyfinger (ne) in honor of the second annual Record Store Day on April 18th via Saddle Creek.

This limited edition vinyl - only1,500 copies printed - will include "From The Hips" from Mama, I'm Swollen and "Universal Shrug," a fan favorite from the band's shows last spring, recorded during the Mama sessions and previously unreleased.

Full track listing is as follows: A-Side: Cursive 1. From The Hips (from Mama, I'm Swollen) 2. Universal Shrug (previously unreleased)

B-Side: Ladyfinger (ne) 1. Little Things (from Dusk) 2. Old News (previously unreleased)

- A list of participating stores can be found here.

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Steve Martin Sets Album Release
Rounder reports: After a successful run with a limited release of The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, multi-talented Grammy and Emmy winning actor/comedian/musician and bestselling author Steve Martin will release the album on Rounder Records on May 19, 2009.

Originally released exclusively through Amazon.com on January 27, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo reached #1 on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Albums chart, #7 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart, #38 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and reached #2 on Amazon's Top Music Sellers. All of the songs on The Crow were written by Martin.

The Rounder release will feature an instrumental version of "Calico Train" as a bonus track that was not on the Amazon version. Rounder will also release a deluxe version of The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, with several additional tracks and special pop-up artwork, the details of which will be announced shortly. - more on this story

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Singled Out: Pat McGee
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Pat McGee tells us about "Come Back Home" from his album "These Days (The Virginia Sessions)". We now turn it over to Pat for the story:

"Come Back Home was written in the wake of me losing my longtime drummer and former Army soldier John C. Williams. But the song started off as a reflection of how a military couple deals with separation. After the release of Come Back Home, Johns little brother was killed by an IED in Iraq. His name was Blake Williams. His platoon used this track as the audio to a memorial slide show presentation they did in March of 2008. It was for all the courageous men and women they had lost in the month of March.

"I am humbled by their service to our great country and I hope this song brings them some peace. My father served in Vietnam and I truly appreciate their dedication and bravery."

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, check out the slideshow video - right here!

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