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Full Report for 04/28/2009

Metallica Fan's Home Raided By Piracy Cops
Blabbermouth reports: According to Jacqui Cheng of Ars Technica, file-hosting service RapidShare has reportedly handed over to the record industry the IP data of the user who had uploaded a copy of Metallica's new album "Death Magnetic" to his RapidShare account a day before its worldwide release.

The issue came to light after the user claimed that his house was raided by law enforcement thanks to RapidShare, as reported by German-language news outlet Gulli.

Metallica's label supposedly asked RapidShare for the user's IP address, and then asked Deutsche Telekom to identify the user behind the IP before sending law enforcement his way. - more on this story

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Creed Reunite, Plan Tour and Album
FMQB reports: The heavily rumored Creed reunion has been officially confirmed, as all four original members are back together for a summer tour and new album.

Singer Scott Stapp, guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall will hit the road starting August 6 in Pittsburgh and tour until October 14 in Nashville.

The reconciliation reportedly began last December when Stapp reached out to Tremonti and the two decided to patch things up. They soon met up with Phillips and Marshall (who left Creed in 2000), and everyone got on the same page. - a lot more on this story

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Corgan Cashing In On Pumpkins Fans
MusicRadar reports: Billy Corgan apparently knows the way to win back the hearts of Smashing Pumpkins fans: charge them.

In a bizarre marketing move, the now lone Pumpkin has launched a new video blog that will document the process of recording the next Smashing Pumpkins record (and, we would assume, the auditioning of potential new band members).

But here's the catch: Corgan is charging $40 for access to the blog (for only 12 weeks of access!), with the promise of five updates a week. Each clip is said to last five minutes in length. - more on this story

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Good Charlotte Vs Airline
Jam! reports: Good Charlotte star Joel Madden has hit out at airline workers after he was banned from boarding a plane until he covered up his tattoos.

The rocker was preparing to fly from Chicago, Illinois' O'Hare International Airport to London to film a new music video when British Airways officials ordered him to hide the body art on his arms.

And he was left stunned when they told him he could not board the jet unless he complied with their regulations. - more on this story

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Slash Gives More Solo Details
Blabbermouth reports: Velvet Revolver and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash has posted an update on the recording process for his new solo album, which he is tracking with former Nine Inch Nails drummer Josh Freese and ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney. Confirmed guest singers so far include Ozzy Osbourne and Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows.

Slash writes on his MySpace page: "...hard at work in the studio. We are six tracks into it and it sounds really great — great playing and super killer tones, not to mention stellar vocals so far. I'm still not at liberty to publicly divulge any singers' names, but trust me, they're amazing. I know a lot of you out there know who at least some of them are. I will however, give you working titles for a couple songs: 'We're All Gonna Die' is one, 'These Last Words' is another. There is one song called 'Crucify The Dead' and another called 'Beautiful, Dangerous'. We have about eight songs left to record and I'm really excited about every one.

"On the Velvet Revolver front, not a whole lot news to report singer-wise, which is a drag. But this is one of those situations where just when you're ready to give up, something great happens. So, we're hanging in there until then, no matter what." - more on this story

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Sebastian Bach Denies Celeb Rehab Report- Aerosmith's Joe Perry Solo Plans- Journey Priest Fest- Linkin Park Score Film- Euro Pearl Jam and more
antiMusic reports: Sebastian Bach is "not" appearing in the third season of VH1's Celebrity Rehab. He said in part about reports that he would be part of the show, "I have no idea where these lies come from. But they are all completely untrue articles, made up of lies, written by liars." more

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is apparently working on a solo CD right now according to this report. As for the new Aerosmith CD? That is anyone's guess, perhaps they haven't lined up the right songwriters yet?

The New York Dolls have confirmed that they will perform songs from their highly anticipated new album 'Cause I Sez So on the popular British music TV show "Later with Jools Holland". The show will be aired live on Tuesday May 12th at 10pm on BBC2 television, followed by a pre-recorded edition of the show aired on Friday May 15th at 11:35pm.

MGMT have announced that they have settled their dispute with France's Union For A Popular Movement (UPM) party after it allegedly used their song 'Kids' without their permission. French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party has reportedly agreed to give the band a settlement fee, which MGMT intend to donate to an artists' rights organization. more

FMQB Productions and Reprise Records present Inside Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown, a one-hour world radio premiere special airing on stations across the country between May 4 – 15. All week, FMQB.com will be presenting exclusive excerpts from the special. more

Linkin Park have let it be known that they're working on the score to director Michael Bay's sequel to Transformers, the sure-to-be bigger, louder, faster Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. more. They still let Michael Bay make movies?

Pearl Jam have announced a four-date European tour. The band will play shows in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands this summer.more

Guitar legend Joe Satriani (Chickenfoot) will be featured guest on Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson's BBC 6 Music Friday Rock Show on Friday, May 15thmore

Derek Johnson, who worked on NME from 1957-86, has passed away aged 81.more

Robin Trower will be releasing a new studio album, 'What Lies Beneath', on July 14th. Consisting of 11 tracks, produced by Livingston Brown, the album features Trower on all vocalsmore

After nearly four years and two releases together, Damiera and Equal Vision Recordshave decided to part ways. We are going to spend much of this summer working on our next album, with a planned release in 2010.more

Herod will release an EP titled "Curse of the King" in June via Dark Harvest Records. The effort is the band's first new material in three years and is comprised of four new tracks in addition to a cover.more

Boston thrashers, Ravage, will be performing a special free show in New York City at The Lit Lounge on Monday May 4th.more

The Moondance Jam has announced the final line-up for this year's Jam. 15 bands, including headliners Journey, Judas Priest and Yes, will all appear at the festival slated for July 15-18 at the festival grounds in Walker, Minnesota.more

Norwegian black metal band, Mayhem, has canceled their upcoming tour dates in Mexico. The band comments on the cancellation: 'Mayhem are sorry to inform you that the shows we had scheduled for 1-3 of May in Mexico are unfortunately canceled.' 'Due to the recent outbreak of swine flu in Mexico the shows had to be postponed."more

USA Today is reporting that Verizon and Apple are discussing the possible development of an iPhone for Verizon, with the goal of introducing it next year, people familiar with the situation say.more

Tori Amos has postponed her London show at the Savoy Theatre tonight (April 27) due to illness.more

Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad) is offering a limited-edition EP of tracks from his forthcoming "BK3" CD for sale through his web site, www.kulick.net. The three-song disc was created especially for Kulick's recently completed Australian guitar clinic tourmore

As his first solo album, "WANDERlust," takes flight thanks to the hit singles "Love Remains the Same" and "Forever You May Run," Gavin Rossdale is already plotting his next recording project.more

Cliveaid, the organization which was set up in 2004 as a fund-raising event for former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr who suffers from MS, will host its first concert of 2009 on May 30 at The Asylum in Birgmingham, England. See who is playing here

Corey Taylor And The Junk Beer Kidnap Band, featuring Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, performed a "secret show" this past Friday, April 24 at People's Court in Des Moines, Iowa. Blabbermouth has some video here

Rhino Bucket are offering a bonus track to fans who pre-ordered the group's new CD. details

Moonspell have canceled their upcoming shows in Belarus. The band comments on the cancellation: "the truck with ALL of our tour equipment was held due to a bureaucratic detail in the border made all our efforts worthless."more

Graffiti artists have been asked to spray paint a history of the Royal Albert Hall onto its internal walls. An underground floor of the London venue will be covered with murals of performers like Jimi Hendrix, Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra. more

Oscar and Grammy-winning singer Jennifer Hudson has given her first hometown concert since her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew were murdered in Chicago last year.more

Daughters is heading into the studio in April to record their next full length for Hydra Head. In the meantime Sargent House has re-issued the band's self-titled EP from 2002, which has been out of print since 2003.more

MySpace Music announces the exclusive premiere of the brand new album from NOFX titled "Coaster". Steam the new album in its entirety for free here

The first single off of Dredg's upcoming album The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion is now streaming on Myspace. The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion will be out June 9th

Fearless Records is excited to announce the signing of Breathe Carolina. The group will be on Warped Tour the entire summer. They is currently in the studio with producers Mike Green (Paramore, The Higher, Set Your Goals) and Matt Squire (3Oh!3, Panic at The Disco, The Used). The album is set to release in September on Fearless Records.

Grenada has barred a Jamaican rapper from performing because of his raunchy lyrics, a government official said Sunday. Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adija Palmer, was forced to cancel a May 2 concert planned to coincide with the local launch of his line of condoms, brand-named "Daggering," that are already being marketed in Jamaica.more

Aerosmith Dude Looks Like A Lady: Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton was at the House of Blues in Boston Saturday rehearsing for his upcoming Banned in Boston performance of 'I Touched Michelle', a takeoff on Katy Perry's single 'I Kissed a Girl'. Hamilton is always happy to dress in drag for the Urban Improv comedians who write the annual benefit show. more

Gibson.com has posted their list of 10 Songs Inspired By Baseball. Curiously absent is Meatloaf's "Paradise By The Dashboard Light". On the other hand, the whole baseball part of that song was really a euphemism for the international pastime! Read the Gibson.com feature

Bullet For My Valentine have canceled their rescheduled show in Moscow, Russia - originally moved from April 20th to June 25th and their June 27th show at the Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland "due to recording commitments". more

Carl Barat, members of Babyshambles and The La's frontman Lee Mavers were all involved in a one-off, secret gig at London's Camden Crawl early Sunday morning (April 26). more

Chicago's 88 Fingers Louie have announced a reunion show on August 15th in Chicago at the Bottom Lounge. more

In today's frivolous rock star news: Jon Bon Jovi joked his marriage to Dorothea Hurley has survived for almost two decades because he lives in fear of upsetting his spouse. When asked about the secret to a successful marriage, Jon replied: 'Let's get that right here, right now. I'm afraid of my wife.' more

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Benefit Concert For A Craigslist Murder Victim
PR reports: On October 25, 2007, Katherine Ann Olson was murdered in a Minneapolis suburb after answering a babysitting ad online. Katherine was energetic, exuberant, and intensely passionate about life especially music. [A story about the murder can be found here.

As a tribute to Katherine, LP33.tv and Craigslist will sponsor a concert in Minneapolis this Sunday, May 3rd to raise funds for a memorial scholarship in Katherine's name.

LP33.tv has also compiled a free album for download with songs from some of their favorite artists, including Rocco DeLuca, The Webb Sisters, Black Cherry, Breathe Carolina, Bear Hands, Schiller and Madi Diaz. LP33.tv page. And you can read more about the memorial concert in this - report

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Next Leg of Green Day World Tour Announced
PR reports: Green Day's long-awaited and highly anticipated eighth studio album '21st Century Breakdown' will be released worldwide by Reprise Records on Friday, May 15th.

The band commenced work on '21st Century Breakdown' early in 2006 and subsequently enlisted the expertise of legendary producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins). The album is divided into three acts – 'Heroes and Cons', 'Charlatans and Saints' and 'Horseshoes and Handgrenades' – and follows a young couple, Christian and Gloria, through the mess and promise of the century so far. The album's single, 'Know Your Enemy', is out now.

Green Day have also confirmed their first full UK tour since the start of 2005. This tour also represents their first headline dates since here their defining two night stand at Milton Keynes National Bowl that same summer - more on this story

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Hip Hop Is Dead
MusicRadar reports: Last Thursday saw an in-store signing session with rapper Rick Ross at Best Buy in New York. That's nothing new, they do a meet and greet most weeks, except Rick's should be filed under 'this is just embarrassing'…

The sight of an empty queue system is pretty sad, especially as people have a tendency to join a queue even if they have no idea what's at the other end (or is that just in England?).

Get Up Stand Up's picture timeline might say more about failing music shops than the popularity of Rick Ross, but still… ouch. - check out the photos here

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Slayer and Megadeth Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Slayer and Megadeth two of the bands that defined the thrash/metal genre —will perform together for the first time in more than 15 years when they co-headline four shows in Canada in late June.

The tour, dubbed "Canadian Carnage", will also feature Machine Head and Suicide Silence, and will see MEGADETH and SLAYER each closing two of the four shows. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 2.

In the states, Slayer will co-headline with Marilyn Manson on the five-week Mayhem Festival, set to kick off July 10 in Sacramento, California. - more on this story

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Hard Rockin' Sherriff Loses Cancer Battle
the-signal.com reports: Robert "Bobby" Corrales, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was stationed at Santa Clarita Superior Court, died Thursday, April 23 at his home in Valencia following a long battle with acute myloid leukemia. Corrales, of Valencia, was 57.

Members of rock groups Van Halen, Rush, Guns 'N Roses and Velvet Revolver were among the contributors to a benefit auction designed to help Corrales and his family raise funds to cover expenses not covered by Corales' medical insurance.

Corrales was a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He began his law-enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Marshall's Department and became a sheriff's deputy when the Marshall's Department was merged with the Sheriff's Department in 1994. Prior to being stationed in Santa Clarita, Corrales was stationed at the Van Nuys Superior Court. - more on this story

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