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Full Report for 04/21/2009

Jane's Addiction Reunion Marred By Feuds
Reuters reports: War has broken out among the original members of Jane's Addiction, who are gearing up for their first tour in almost 18 years. Singer Perry Farrell told Reuters that a mediation attempt by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, with whom Jane's Addiction will tour next month, was unsuccessful.

But despite the temper tantrums, Farrell is determined to keep Jane's Addiction together. He, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Steven Perkins have toured on and off over the years. Bassist Eric Avery is back in the lineup after declining to play with the band after it first broke up in 1991. His return appears to have changed the delicate chemistry.

"I'm not going to tell you it's been all smooches and hugs. But it shouldn't be because that would be a bore," Farrell said on the sidelines of the Coachella music festival, where he was scheduled to perform on Sunday. - more on this story

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Green Day Tour Plans
Reprise Records reports: Green Day have announced that they will hit the road for their first proper tour of the United States and Canada in more than three years beginning July 3rd in Seattle, WA. The first leg of the tour will cross North America through the summer and finish up with two shows in Los Angeles on August 26th.

Green Day are touring in support of their long-awaited eighth studio album 21st Century Breakdown, which will be released globally by Reprise Records on Friday, May 15th, 2009.

Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool have been at work writing, arranging, and recording 21st Century Breakdown since early 2006 with producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins). The first single, "Know Your Enemy" was released to radio and digital retailers on April 16th. - more on this story

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Nirvana Live DVD Coming
NME reports: Nirvana's headline gig at 1992's Reading Festival is to be released on DVD. Titled 'Life Takes No Prisoners' is set to be released on May 4 in the UK.

'Life Takes No Prisoners', the gig sees the band play 27 songs including covers of 's 'More Than A Feeling', Fang's 'The Money Will Roll Right In' and 'The Star Spangled Banner'.

Notorious due to Kurt Cobain coming onstage in a wheelchair and wearing a white hospital robe for the duration of the performance, the gig is considered one of Nirvana's best. - more on this story

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8,000 AC/DC Fans Scammed
croatiantimes.com reports: More than 8,000 AC/DC fans have been conned in a 3 million GBP ticket scam on the band's world tour.

Organisers raked in 300,000 GBP in ticket sales for a bogus show in Bucharest, Romania, next month before the con was rumbled.

Organisers have apparently fled to Israel and their company PlayCool is no longer trading. - more on this story

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Pink Floyd Vs EMI- The White Stripes: The Movie- Franz Ferdinand Split- Photographer Denies Making Madonna Fall Off Horse- Sonic Youth Giveaway and more
antiMusic reports: Pink Floyd is suing EMI and its private equity firm owners, Terra Firma, claiming that the label has miscalculated their royalty payments. Pink Floyd has been with EMI since 1967, and the music company was purchased by Terra Firma in 2007 more

A movie about The White Stripes is in the pipeline. Details are scarce, but according to Self-Titled magazine, Jack White is currently mixing 40 songs for the soundtrack and it's expected to hit cinemas (possibly) later this year. more

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos says the band have recorded a split-single with Dutch act De Kift. Writing on Franz Ferdinand's MySpace.com blog, Kapranos revealed that the single will see his band covering De Kift's song 'Heisa Ho' - which is sung in Dutch.more

A photographer (aka photo stalker) who says he captured images of Madonna after she fell off a horse in the Hamptons over the weekend disputes the singer's account of how the accident happened.more

Sonic Youth have previewed new album 'The Eternal' by giving away new track 'Sacred Trickster' on their record label Matadorrecords.com.more

Cradle of Filth issued the following statement about canceling their Minsk tour date Monday night: "Due to incorrect travel permits Cradle Of Filth have been unable to get to Minsk in time to do the gig tonight. The band are extremely annoyed and frustrated that people have been disappointed and are trying to get the gig rescheduled."more

MTV Networks International today announced that Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Metro Station and Dutch singer/songwriter Esmée Denters will perform at the Isle of MTV music event in the Mediterranean islands of Malta on July 8.more

Thanks to the 82 exclusive releases and limited availability, customers lined up at record stores all around the country on Saturday morning and helped kickoff Record Store Day 2009 with a bang. Reports suggest traffic pick-ups and sales volume this year will be more than last year's inaugural event.more

Celtic Woman, will make a special appearance this week on the ABC TV's Dancing with the Stars, Tuesday April 21, 2009. The group will sing Brendan Graham's "You Raise Me Up," a longtime Celtic Woman concert favoritemore

On April 20, NPR.org will stream the highly anticipated St. Vincent album 'Actor' (May 5, 4AD) for 2 full weeks as part of their exclusive "First Listen" series. Hear the entire album starting April 20, 2009 at 11:59 PM ET here

Kreator will be heading to Japan for a tour with are Testament, Heathen and Exodus this September. dates

The video for "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'", the first single from Bob Dylan's forthcoming release Together Through Life, is now available to view exclusively on Amazon.com. The video consists of a montage of Bruce Davidson's Brooklyn Gang series of photographs, one of which graces the cover of Dylan's 46th album, Together Through Life. check it out

UK electro-rock act, The Whip, wind down their first ever North American tour in support of their debut album, X MARKS DESTINATION, in Los Angeles this week! See them Tuesday, 4/21 when they play the Dim Mak party at Cinespace in Los Angeles. Be sure to set your Tivos to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, 4/22 to watch The Whip make their North American live television debut. more

Sony Music Entertainment has revived the Jive imprint in the U.K. under Nick Burgess, who was previously head of A& R at Virgin Records U.K.more

My Darkest Hate announce: "Good news... we found a new bass player! A warm welcome for Mister Roberto Palacios (Insanity, ex-Chinchilla)."more

Black Sabbath fan site Black-Sabbath.com has revealed the details of several "exclusive" physical and digital retail versions of Heaven & Hell's forthcoming debut album, "The Devil In You", which is scheduled to arrive in North America on April 28 - more

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Morrissey Prefers Burnt Human Flesh Over Animals
Hecklerspray reports: One of this year's Coachella performers was Morrissey - a man so removed of happiness that a trip to a furniture shop, a stint watching paint dry and a visit to a cemetery bring more joy than an hour of his company. The much-publicised vegetarian got slightly pissy during his Friday slot as his nostrils sniffed the odour of burgers and other meaty delights. Of course he didn't keep his opinions to himself.

During his performance at Coachella, Morrissey's passion for spreading the joy of non-meat based products came out in force. Whilst we badly wanted him to be dressed as a giant stick of celery, handing out leaflets and confusing drugged up hippies, he didn't. NME reports that midway through the set, Morrissey said:

"I can smell burning flesh and I hope to God it's human," as the smell of barbecued meat from nearby food stands wafted through the air. A few minutes later, the famous vegetarian walked off the stage in the middle of 'Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others'. He returned shortly afterward, saying, "The smell of burning animals is making me sick. I just couldn't bear it." - Far more humor over this silliness here

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Whole Lotta Cash For Zeppelin Cover Band. For Member's Original Band? Not So Much
MusicRadar reports: It's always been hard for original bands to get noticed (and make a few bucks in the process) , but with people scaling back because of the economy, it might be even harder than ever. However, the Chicago-based band Yakuza (Prosthetic Records) have figured out the best way to play music and rake in some dough - play in a tribute band. A Led Zeppelin tribute band, to be exact.

"That's the moneymaker for me," Yakuza singer-saxophonist Bruce Lamont told the Chicago Tribune, referring to his side band called Led Zeppelin 2. "We played House of Blues in January and sold out. Now House of Blues and Live Nation are all about the band, and they booked other shows for us."

"The money is coming in, but I'm not spending it on a Corvette, I'm funneling it into the six other bands I need to feed." - more on this story

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Fireworks Join New Found Glory Tour
ABC reports: Fireworks received an offer they can't refuse: the chance to tour with one of their all-time favorite bands whose guitarist happens to be their producer. New Found Glory axeman Chad Gilbert and the rest of his band mates extended the offer to FIREWORKS this week, so they decided to pull off the tour they started just last week and join up with their mentors through May 10. The band has also been added to Bamboozle on Friday, May 1 in East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

Thee band--Brett Jones (guitars), Chris Mojan (guitars), David Mackinder (vocals), Kyle O'Neil (bass), Tymm Rengers (drums)—is currently criss-crossing the U.S. to promote their debut album, ALL I HAVE TO OFFER IS MY OWN CONFUSION, which was released March 24 on Triple Crown Records.

Fireworks entered an Orange, CA recording studio with Chad Gilbert for two weeks, where he helped the band turn their songs into eleven raucous, lively tracks that encompass a broad range of styles. - more on this story

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UFO Return With the Visitor
antiMusic reports: UFO's new studio album "The Visitor" is set to hit stores 06/02/2009 and the band has announce their initial tour dates behind the effort. Here is what their label SPV sent over about the album and tour:

UFO composed more than 35 new tracks in the run-up to the recordings, 13 of which were short-listed and produced at the studio. The current lineup continues to consist of the three original members, Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (guitar, keyboards), and Andy Parker (drums), as well as American world-class guitarist Vinnie Moore. Bass legend and original member Pete Way is currently suffering from a liver disease and was unfortunately not available for the studio production.

"All those who have been into UFO for a long time will find all our characteristic trademarks on 'The Visitor', and anybody new to the band will be impressed by our enthusiasm and dynamism," frontman Phil Mogg enthuses on the subject of the new songs. "The Visitor" sees the band benefiting especially from their collaboration with Vinnie Moore, who joined UFO in autumn 2003 and has made an excellent impression on the albums "You Are Here" (2004) and "The Monkey Puzzle" (2006), and on the band's tours. Mogg says,"Without running down previous UFO lineups, it's been a long time since we had a team as strong as this one. Vinnie contributes his youthful energy and amazing guitar technique, and in Andy's return we've seen the reappearance of a musician who has always been very important to the band's original sound." - more on this story

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The Avett Brothers North American Tour
Columbia Records reports: Coming off a set of highly acclaimed shows at SxSW, North Carolina based rock band The Avett Brothers gear up to begin their cross country tour starting April 16th in Indianapolis and wrapping on July 25th in Myrtle Beach. This 48 show schedule includes 8 supporting dates with The Dave Matthews Band and one with Widespread Panic. The Brothers will also be stopping at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Sasquatch! Music Festival, and the Forecastle Festival.

Having played over 200 shows in the last year, the Brothers have long since perfected the art of live performance. Their electrifying force on the stage radiates onto the crowd creating a charge of energy and excitement throughout their fans of multiple generations. The bond that The Avett Brothers form with the audience is both intimate and treasured to both fan and artist alike. To be witness to The Avett Brothers performance is to become part of a family who welcomes back the true pleasures, beauty and magic of music.

"They're traveling troubadours of the inner workings of the heart and head, these men in their stage suits wielding banjos with the force of weapons," says Paste Magazine. "They communicate all the gray areas and intricacies thereof through simple sonic textures; bluegrass strings join keys, kick drums, sweet crooning and guttural screams."
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Singled Out Classics: Jimi Hendrix's Room Full of Mirrors
antiMusic reports: It was 40 years ago today that Jimi Hendrix entered the studio to record one of his most famous songs: "Room Full of Mirrors" Obviously we couldn't ask Jimi to tell us the story of this song but we are lucky enough to hear from Hendrix expert John McDermott, bassist Billy Cox, and legendary producer Eddie Kramer who was the sound engineer for Hendrix. They recently teamed up for pen "Ultimate Hendrix: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Live Concerts and Sessions," a new book that is a wet dream for any Hendrix fan looking for the inside story to their favorite songs and Hendrix performances. Backbeat Books was kind enough to send us an excerpt of the book which deals with this historic date and the recording of iconic "Room Full of Mirrors". Here it is!

Record Plant, New York, New York. Engineer: Gary Kellgren.: When Cox arrived in New York to meet Hendrix, he realized that Hendrix's problems were not entirely musical. "Jimi had told me all of these fabulous stories about how a limousine would pick me up at the airport, and I believed all this of course," Cox explains. "Nobody from the office, however, was there to pick me up. That's when I started to realize that Jimi wanted me here, but the office didn't seem so sure. At that point, I knew it was going to be a battle from there on."

Following Cox's arrival, Hendrix revealed some troubling news to his friend. "When I arrived in New York, Jimi sat me down and admitted that his creativity had drawn dry," Cox recalls. "He just felt that he couldn't think of anything new."

By reaching out to Cox, Hendrix may have been trying to find his musical compass, someone who might allow him—privately—to examine just where and how he had veered off the track. "With me, Jimi knew that I had a direct link to him musically," says Cox. "He knew that I was familiar with his style, sound, and creativity. I hadn't played with him in a long while, but when I first heard 'Foxey Lady,' I knew that to be an old song of his we used to call 'Stomp Driver' in Nashville. Jimi's creativity had been stifled, and I guess he thought of me because even in the early days we had always been able to make up stuff. We enjoyed doing that, but we could never use any of it because our living depended upon playing cover tunes or behind an artist who had already recorded his own songs. Jimi must have felt that I could help him pull all of the pieces of ideas that he had together into something as good as those three albums he had released." - There is a lot more to this story here

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