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Full Report for 04/24/2009

Boyband Star Arrested For Drunken Public Nakedness
kyodo.co.jp reports: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, a member of the Japanese [boyband] pop group SMAP, was arrested Thursday for public indecency after stripping naked while under the influence of alcohol at a Tokyo park, causing ripples not only in the nation but in South Korea, where the singer, who is fluent in Korean, is also popular.

After arresting the 34-year-old Kusanagi, police searched his home in Tokyo's Minato Ward, spurring numerous telephone calls from his fans in protest.

The suspect admitted to stripping naked and told investigators, ''I regret what I did. I don't remember how I went to the park, and why I became naked,'' according to the police. - more on this story

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Ozzfest To Return
Blabbermouth reports: Revolver TV has uploaded a short interview with Ozzy Osbourne conducted by Full Metal Jackie backstage at the first annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which was held on April 7 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.

During the chat, Ozzy reveals that there are plans for Ozzfest to return in a "major" way in 2010 and also confirms reports that he is featured as a guest on the new solo album from Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.

[In other Ozzy related news] America's first-ever hard rock and heavy metal music award show will be broadcast on MTV2 as a one-hour special debuting Saturday, May 2. The ultimate evening of heavy music featured performances from Megadeth, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, All That Remains and Suicide Silence, along with a very special DJ set from Slipknot's Corey Taylor to kick off the event. The night ill culminated with rock legend Ozzy Osbourne being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. - more on this story

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Rock Star: Supernova Stars Reunite
PR reports: The first time on stage together since the CBS reality series Rock Star: Supernova, winner Lukas Rossi and runner-up Dilana will perform live at Brixton in Redondo Beach, CA on Saturday, April 25th.

Lukas is thrilled to be joined on stage by his dear friend and sista in rock, Dilana. Sparks will fly and who knows what could happen with the closing encore!

An evening with Lukas Rossi & Dilana, one night only performance. Saturday April 25, 2009, 8PM, 21+ Brixton, 100 J W. Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA $15 at the door, or to purchase advance tickets, please call (310) 406-1931 or visit this - link

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Metallica To Time Warp On TV
Blabbermouth reports: Metallica will be featured on the April 29 episode of Discovery Channel's series "Time Warp", in which MIT scientist and teacher Jeff Lieberman — along with digital-imaging expert Matt Kearney — uses new technologies to bring truly never-before-seen wonders into a form that your body can actually process.

Using the latest in high-speed photography, the "Time Warp" team takes some natural events (a cat licking its paw, a champagne bottle being opened) — and some not-so-natural (a water balloon to the face, a raw piece of chicken exploding) — and turns them into a thing of both beauty and learning.

Commented Metallica in a statement: "Want to see what really happens while we're playing? Discovery Channel's 'Time Warp' came to HQ [Metallica's headquarters in San Rafael, north of San Francisco] about a month ago with their high-speed cameras to film us in action and the results air on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m - more including photos and a link to a preview clip

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Metal Star Caught In Drive-By Shooting Crossfire
antiMusic reports: Nachtmystium guitarist Jeff Wilson found himself in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting last week. Blabbermouth posted the band's statement about the incident, "Last Friday (April 17) at about 5:30 - 6:00 p.m., Jeff Wilson left his apartment building here in Chicago (that Blake also has an apartment in) to head two blocks away to our neighborhood grocery store.

"On his way out, walking back down the small side street right near our building….an SUV comes flying around the corner of a small side street just south of where he was walking, two men hung out of the window and opened fire in Jeff's general direction (and many other people, including children…) towards someone located behind where Jeff was walking.

"Fortunately, Jeff's amazing ninja-style, bullet-dodging skills kicked in, instinctively, and he some how managed to escape what became a crossfire of bullets and made it home safely with his smokes and a 2 liter of Diet Coke. Although the Diet Coke was tempting to Jeff, as he was out of breath and parched with thirst after running his ass off from the onslaught of violence, Jeff opted for a can (or twelve) of High Life that he found in the fridge….and then enjoyed one of his cigarettes, which he fought for his life to have. This, dear fans, is just one more example — smoking kills!!" - Now that he has a new lease on life he and the band are hitting the road, find out with who.

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Kills Singer Hospitalized- Kings Of Leon Extend Tour- Clash Of The Classic Rockers- Motley Bones- The La's Returning?- Against Me! Rarities- Saliva Nix Tour and more
antiMusic reports: The Kills' singer Alison Mosshart was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night (April 22) during a performance in Boulder, Colorado. The singer was reportedly suffering from a combination of a cold and altitude sickness, which left her short of breath and caused her to cut short the band's performance at the Fox Theatre more

Kings Of Leon have added a string of dates to their North American tour to support their fourth album 'Only By The Night'.more

Clash of the classic rockers: Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts has blasted the band's drummer Butch Trucks - accusing him of fabricating a clash between late rock legend Duane Allman and Robert Plant.more

Fat Wreck Chords has announced that they will be releasing The Original Cowboy by Against Me!. The record, made predominantly of never-before-heard demos were recorded at Goldentone Studio in Gainesville, FL with Rob McGregor on July 15th, 2003.more

After announcing that Saliva would be performing with a fill-in vocalist for their ailing frontman Josey Scott, the band has apparently scrapped those plans. Instead, Saliva has dropped off the SnoCore Tourmore

A judge said Thursday he will reopen a hearing on whether a handgun found on Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne's tour bus can be used as evidence at his illegal-weapon possession trial.more

Arise And Ruin will headline a late-spring tour with support from The Analyst and Heal These Woundsmore

Motley Crue are slated to make a special guest appearance on US television program 'Bones' on May 14more

Rocket Man Elton John bid farewell to the Las Vegas Strip Wednesday after five years and 241 shows at Caesars Palace; but said it won't necessarily be a long, long time before he returns. more

Peter Althin, the lawyer representing Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde, says he intends to demand a retrial following Swedish reports that the judge presiding over the recent trial of four men behind the BitTorrent tracker is a member of the same copyright protection bodies as representatives from the entertainment industry.more

Rereleases of Whitesnake's Slip Of The Tongue (20th anniversary) and Slide It In (25th anniversary) albums are now planned for second week of June 2009.more

Pelican have announced plans to release a new EP as their debut for Southern Lord Records. The record is titled Ephemeral and is due out June 6, 2009. The label is handling vinyl and MP3 while the band will be self-releasing the CD via the band's own Migration Media label.more

Saves The Day is gearing up to reissue their polarizing major label debut, In Reverie. Frontman Chris Conley explained: "Tentatively, we're planning to re-release In Reverie with 12 extra songs which didn't make the record. demos and whatnot." more

Ratt are now entertaining producers for their new CD. Guitarist Warren De Martini, Pearcy and the band (Carlos Cavazo on lead and rhythm guitar, Robbie Crane on bass and Bobby Blotzer on drums) have been writing the last couple months and the band will perform select concerts before they start recording, then hit the road through 2010.more

Nile will be entering Mana Recording in Tampa, Florida on June 8th to work on their forthcoming second album for Nuclear Blast Records. Neil Kernon will serve as producer while Erik Rutan will engineer the effort.more

The European Parliament voted on Thursday in favor of extending copyright on music recordings in the European Union to 70 years from 50 at present, diluting a draft law in a bid to reach a final deal.more

These Are They, a Chicago-based death metal band featuring vocalist Paul Kuhr (Novembers Doom), guitarist Steve Nicholson (ex-Novembers Doom), bassist Wiley Wells (Earthen) and drummer Sasha Horn (Trials), will release its debut, "Who Manifest", on May 12more

Carlos Santana will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards. more

Entwine have announced that their new album, Painstained, will be available in North America via Spinefarm Records US on June 9th.more

Christian rockers Liberty N' Justice have inked a deal with Retroactive Records for the release of thier ninth studio album and fifth "all-star" project, "Light It Up" (formerly "The Cigar Chronicles").more

Children Of Bodom will release a new album, titled "Skeletons In The Closet", in September through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Blooddrunk" is a selection of cover versions, some of them existing recordings, others specially laid down for this release.more

Black Label Society's drummer Craig Nunenmacher's Ford F150 truck was broken into in Houston, Texas as he and his family were in a diner. The band issued a statement about the theft which states "His son and wife were visiting him on the road and all of their belongings were stolen," but the theft was extra personal for Craig and his son. Find out why here

Wynton Marsalis has been confirmed to appear on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' on Wed May13th. The show will air 11.30ET/PT. The Pulitzer Prize & 9-time Grammy Award winner will perform the new song 'School Boy' from his new Blue Note album He & She (which scored a perfect 5 star rating from us!). Preview the new album He & She here

The Roys will be performing the National Anthem at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, MO on April 25th. The race starts at 5 PM with the pre-race starting at approximately 4:30 PM. Tune into the SPEED channel to catch the live performance

A follow-up to The La's eponymous self-titled debut, could, according to Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek, finally see the light of day, after a 19 year wait. And they want Babyshambles to be their "backing band" This revelation follows a recent onstage collaboration with The La's Lee Mavers and Babyshambles mainman Pete Doherty during his recent solo tour. - more

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The Killers Plan DVD, Ponder Covers Album
Billboard reports: Even though The Killers are deep into touring their third studio effort "Day & Age," drummer Ronnie Vannucci tells Billboard.com plans are in the works for a DVD concert release later this year.

"We're working on some ideas for what will be our first DVD," Vannucci says. "We've been kind of hounded about it for a while, and haven't really thought we were due for it yet, but I think it's time. I think we're approaching the moment of DVD mass hysteria."

That's not all the band is currently working on. In addition to tinkering around with songwriting ideas for its next Christmas single, the percussionist admits there have been internal discussions about the long-rumored Killers covers album
- And just what covers might that include?

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Korn Going Old School on New CD
FMQB reports: KoRn singer Jonathan Davis, bassist Fieldy, guitarist Munky and drummer Ray Luzier have been working together in Fieldy's basement studio in Laguna Hills, CA coming up with a bunch of material for a new record, as well as an album of cover songs.

The group is working with original KoRn producer Ross Robinson, which is bringing them back to their roots.

Fieldy told Billboard.com that working with Robinson "really brings out old school Korn. It's heavy riffs and we're trying to strip it down raw and get those heavy groove riffs that make you want to hop around or jump around or just go crazy. We're going towards that." - more on this story

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The Dear Hunter Announce Album Release and Tour
PR reports: The Dear Hunter will be releasing the third chapter of their rock opera on June 23 via Triple Crown Records. ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH chronicles the latest endeavors of "the boy," now a man, looking (and finding) love, loss and reinvention.

To celebrate the album's release, THE DEAR HUNTER will hit the road as direct support for Mewithoutyou starting June 8 in Richmond, VA and concluding July 11 in Boston, MA.

ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH was produced by singer/pianist/guitarist/lyricist/multi-instrumentalist Casey Crescenzo and guitarist Andy Wildrick. It was recorded at the band's studio in Providence, Rhode Island, and features a number of guest musicians playing everything from strings and horns to harps and woodwinds. The music for this epic project is once again a joint venture between all the band members—Casey Crescenzo, Andy Wildrick, Erick Serna (guitars), Nick Crescenzo (drums) and Nate Patterson (bass).
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Beyonce Screech Recording Reportedly a Hoax
Jam! reports: Beyonce's singing abilities are no longer in question the person behind the recording of the singer's screeching version of If I Were A Boy has admitted it was all a hoax.

An alleged "board mix" from the singer's performance on America's The Today Show was played by shock jock Howard Stern on his radio show on Wednesday, and the audio quickly circulated the internet.

[AOL's tabloid site] has posted an interview with the [supposed] faker behind the recording, who admits the prank went too far. The unnamed hoaxer tells the site, "It's a little bit crazy. No one in their right mind would sound like that, and no one would cheer for someone singing like that." - more on this story

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Alexisonfire Set Summer Release
Vagrant reports: Alexisonfire have announced they'll release their fourth studio album Old Crows/Young Cardinals June 23 on Vagrant Records.

For the new album, the St. Catharines, Ontario-based rock group re-teamed with Julius "Juice" Butty (Protest the Hero, City and Colour) to produce. Even more intense and focused than before, the sound here is bracingly rhythmic, shot through with a do-or-die vocal urgency and sharp harmonies.

"Old Crows/Young Cardinals was built on the foundation of Crisis, musically it moves at a feverish pace," explains singer Pettit. "The lyrics span from metaphysical rebellion, to living as a nomad. This album is the culmination of the history of our band. Personally, I feel it is our best record yet, but you get to be the judge of that."
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Singled Out: Into the Presence (Primus, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer)
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Luis Maldonado the vocalist/guitarist of Into the Presence, the new duo that features Luis' partner in crime Tim Alexander (Primus, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer), gives us an in-depth look at the band's first single "End Game" from their brand new album self-titled debut which hits stores next Tuesday (4/28). A lot went into the recording of this track and Luis gives us the lowdown on how it all came together:

When we first began recording the INTO THE PRESENCE album we decided to record on the analog tape format. We experimented with tape speeds from 30ips to 15ips.
With 30ips we discovered a cleaner and tighter sound image, with "shiny" highs and tight low end that did not give us the effect we were looking for. We felt the drums sounded a little un-natural and stiff. The cymbals sounded slightly artificial. The guitars however were ok. With 15ips tape speed we quickly discovered the "meat" of what we were looking for in the sound. Tim's drums sounded large and natural, not quite as tight but big in the tone department. The guitars as well seemed to thicken up. The bass was a little tricky to control. With 30ips the bass guitar stayed tight and the notes had good clarity. With 15ips the bass guitar seemed to get a little "loose" and so we had to balance it with the right eq's. We decide not to go direct and ran the bass guitar though a Hiwatt tube amp and cab mic'd. It gave us the perfect balance we needed.

After deciding the tape speed we were able to continue the recording process with few adjustments. We started recording "End Game" by laying a basic click track on the last channel of the 2inch machine. After that I would begin to lay a simple scratch guitar track as a guide for the song. The following became a series of writing actual parts and setting the "mood" for what the type of music we wanted to create. We knew that we did not want to write typical parts. Tim was adamant in not playing a typical 4/4 drum beat. In recording the drums we used a custom made TAMA Starclassic made for Tim with concert Toms and no front head for the Kick drum. It gave us a very huge, open sounding drum sound while still retaining the tone. The attack was very cannon like but at the same time able to get the subtle nuances of his playing. The drums unique sound helped with the creation of the unique drums beats we agreed to. And unique was what we were after. - Luis is just getting started, read the rest of this song story here

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