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Full Report for 04/29/2009


Fear Factory Are Back
Rock Radio reports: Fear Factory have confirmed a surprise reunion and will play at this summer's Sonisphere and Bloodstock festivals in the UK. Metal Hammer reveals that Burton C Bell and Dino Cazares, who put the band on hold after their seventh album, 2005's Transgression, had known for some time their new project would be the return of their classic band, along with Fear Factory's last bassist Byron Stroud and drummer Gene Hoglan of Testament fame.

Vocalist Bell says: "We were friends before we were in a band together and after a while we forgot what it was all about.

"The first time we saw each other in a long time was at the Ministry show in LA, and we just started talking again. It was like, I don't really remember what it was all about. Friendships will return." - more on this story

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Guns N' Roses Tour Dates Coming
Blabbermouth reports: Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus was interviewed yesterday (Monday, April 27) on the St. Louis, Missouri radio station KDHX 88.1 FM.

Regarding Guns N' Roses' current status, Fortus said, "I've been in rehearsals with Guns for the last little bit here — focusing more on that world right now. . . We, hopefully, will be announcing dates soon, I hope."

He added, "I don't know of any dates in the U.S. yet; I haven't heard any talk. I'm sure that we will . . . Right now that's not where the focus is; I know that we're gonna be probably announcing other dates first." - more on this story

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Metal Legend Opening Golf Course
Birmingham Post reports: Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing who was born in the back streets of West Bromwich, is piling a big part of his fortune into a magnificent golf course around the mansion he bought near Bridgnorth.

"I've played golf all over the world on some of the best golf courses and I want a course to match those," he said. "I'm not cutting corners. I'm aiming at golfers who are passionate about the game and appreciate five-star golf and a five-star clubhouse.

''I'm not after the £20-a-day-including-lunch market. It takes a lot of money, and I mean a lot of money, to provide a great golf course but as long as I can attract enough money to pay for it I'll be happy." - more on this story

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Saving Abel Go NASCAR
EMI reports: NASCAR Media Group and Virgin Records rock quartet Saving Abel announced today that the music video for the band's third single from their gold certified self-titled debut album will debut exclusively on Yahoo! on Thursday, April 30th. [Sorry their PR didn't supply a link]

The NASCAR-themed video for "Drowning (Face Down)" stars NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeremy Mayfield as an aspiring racer who makes great sacrifices for a chance to compete at the highest level. The driver has no sponsor and no endorsement deals, but pushes forward through all obstacles in pursuit of his racing dreams.

"It was awesome and I can't wait until it comes out," said Jeremy Mayfield, who finished 32nd during Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. "Just being a part of that was just cool for me. Those guys are great guys and I'm glad to see them coming up. I didn't really know them that well until we did the video and they have a lot of fun. It's funny how our story kind of fit their song and worked perfect for their video." - more on this story

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Misleading Iggy Pop Ad Protested
BBC reports: A TV commercial for insurance featuring rock star Iggy Pop has been ruled as misleading by the advertising watchdog.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the ad implied the veteran singer had a policy, but Swiftcover did not cover musicians at the time.

It ruled the advert must not be shown again in its current form following complaints from 12 viewers. Swiftcover has since started to offer policies to musicians, while Iggy Pop will continue to endorse the company. - more on this story

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The Cars Elliot Easton Resurfaces With Tiki Gods
PR reports: Famed The Cars' guitarist, Elliot Easton debuts Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods, an Exotica instrumental group featuring some of music's greatest talents on Friday, May 8, at Key Club.

With members from The Brian Wilson Band and The Wondermints, this nine-piece ensemble plans to create waves in the exotica, Tiki music scene.

"There isn't really a word to describe the band's sound," explains Easton. "Think martini lounge, space age, Exotica, with lush, romantic themes from Hollywood 60's movie soundtracks like Pink Panther and James Bond. It's the hybrid sounds of the Tiki culture and Polynesian dance and a combination of surf rock and instrumental mood music. Most importantly, it's a very fun kind of music," he added. "For example, we'll be playing the theme song from Star Trek."
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Skynyrd and 38 Special Members Team Up in Evanscapps
Rock Ridge reports: Evanscapps, the side project of Ean Evans (bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Bobby Capps (keyboardist for .38 Special), is set to release its album, "Last Time," on May 12th via Rock Ridge Music.

The album features eleven songs of "Southern alternative metal," as Evans has dubbed their sound. Capps provides the lead vocals with Evans on guitar on an album that allows each artist to showcase their talents in a harder rock vein than either plays in their other bands.

Says Rock Ridge Music CEO Tom Derr: "'Last Time' is a record I enjoyed the first time I heard it, and I jumped at the chance to work with Ean and Bobby on its release. Here are two guys who I consider synonymous with rock, hard work, and great songs." - more on this story

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Slash May Appear on American Idol
Blabbermouth reports: Slash revealed on his Twitter account that he has been approached to mentor contestants during an upcoming "Rock Week" on "American Idol".

The Velvet Revolver guitarist simply wrote, "'American Idol' has asked me to do the mentor bit for 'Rock Week'," with no mention of whether he would actually agree to do it or when it would air.

Previous stars who have mentored hopefuls on the show include Mariah Carey and Neil Diamond, while Jon Bon Jovi has mentored Rock Week. - more on this story

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Franz Ferdinand Injury- Lilith Fair Returning- Ambassador Avril- Nine Inch Nails- Macy's Guns N' Cult Jam- Faith No More Comp- Austin City Limits and more
antiMusic reports: Franz Ferdinand rocker Nick McCarthy is performing shows sitting in a chair after injuring his foot during the British band's North American tour

Lilith Fair, the successful summer North American female-oriented festival created by Sarah McLachlan which ran from 1997 to 1999, will make its return next year, Nettwerk founder Terry McBride has confirmed to Billboard.com.more

Avril Lavigne has been picked to represent Canada as an ambassador at China's forthcoming 2010 World Expo.more

Faith No More have announced plans to release a two disc retrospective compilation collecting greatest hits and rarities. The record is titled The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection and is due out June 8, 2009.

Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and the Beastie Boys will make their Austin City Limits Music Festival debuts as headliners of the eight edition of the event in Austin's Zilker Park on Oct. 2-4.more

The Capitol Hill Block Party will return once again this summer in downtown Seattle on the weekend of July 24-25. Sonic Youth, the Jesus Lizard, the Gossip, Deerhunter, The Black Lips and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart anchor this year's lineupmore

Check out part two of FMQB's sneak peek at the upcoming broadcast special, Inside Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown. Also, the band announces North American venues and European tour dates.more

Automatic Static 's new EP "The Murder Of California" is now available on iTunes, Amazon.com and most other online retailers. The 6 song release was produced by Shaun Lopez (Deftones, Far) and will capture fans of bands like Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots and Buckcherry. The band features ex-members of Simon Says (Hollywood Records) and is currently scheduling a West Coast tour for June 2009. Myspace link

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced a spring tour of the US, which will include stops at the Sasquatch, Bonnaroo and All Points West festivals.more

Four men sentenced to jail for breaching copyright in connection with Pirate Bay should be given a new trial because the judge was biased, according to court documents filed in Sweden.more

One of the most treasured and by far, hardest to find Motley Crue collectable records ever is now available on eBay. Entitled "Unleashed & Unreleased", this 45 PROMO COPY record is sought by every diehard Motley Crue collector and is much harder to find than any Leathur release pressed by the band themselves.more

Sixteen Pearl Jam songs are set to be featured in the season finale of the US television crime drama series 'Cold Case' in Maymore

Nine Inch Nails has announced a number of new European festival appearances for this summer: 24 June 2009: Prague, Czech Republic - 26 June 2009: Milan, Italy [idroscalo] - 05 July 2009: Werchter, Belgium [Rock Werchter] - 18 July 2009: Istanbul, Turkey [Rock N Coke Festival] - 24 July 2009: Budapest, Hungary [Syma Sport and Event Centre]more

Macy Gray backed by former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and The Cult's Billy Morrison on guitar covered Radiohead's 'Creep' at the Los Angeles premiere of the music documentary film 'The Heart Is A Drum Machine' on Saturday (April 25). Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell also performed with the Guns N' Roses and Cult men on a cover of The Rolling Stones' 'Sympathy For The Devil' more

The dates and venues have been unveiled for this year's Rock The Bells festival featuring The Roots, Big Boi, Common and Nas & Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley. The hip-hop festival will hit ten cities across the US this summer. dates

Swine Flu has claimed another tour victim: Not surprisingly, Impending Doom has cancelled their Mexican tour, which was set to begin this week.more

Ronny Munroe, singer of the legendary band Metal Church, has announced that he has been forced to cancel his appearance at Mexico's Mortal Fest 200more

Wolfmother are set to perform at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on Friday (May 1)more

Sugarland has been added to the all-star performance line-up for the 2009 CMT Music Awards, which will premiere LIVE on Tuesday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. The superstar duo joins Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Def Leppard.

W.A.S.P. By Request: The organizer of the U.K.'s Hard Rock Hell festival has revealed to Rock Radio that he has persuaded Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. to play the band's first-ever request-only set at this year's event, which is scheduled to take place in Decembermore

This Is Hardcore Fest 2009 is slated for August 14, 15, and 16th at the Starlight Ballroom/Club Polaris in Philadelphia, PA. Notably, Reach The Sky and The Suicide File are among the scheduled performers. Check out who else is set to play here

Sparks The Rescue and Purevolume.com team up to give fans an exclusive listen of their new album, Eyes To The Sun, which is set to hit stores everywhere on May 5. The stream will give listeners the opportunity to hear the entire album along with four tracks off their deluxe album which will be offered solely on itunes.check it out here

Miss Kittin (Caroline Hervé) & The Hacker (Michel Amato) are back together again, double the trouble and double the fun, with a brand new album, TWO which will be released on May 19 on Nobody's Bizzness.

All That Remains will appear on a special edition of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" this Thursday (April 30) at 11 p.m. more

Culted have recently completed work their debut album, Below The Thunders Of The Upper Deep, which will see its international release this July on Relapse Records. more

Snoop Dogg says he didn't hit a man with his microphone during a 2005 concert melee when he took the stand Monday afternoon in a civil trial. He is being sued by Richard Monroe Jr., who claims he was seriously hurt by Snoop and his security guards after he came onstage during a show near Seattle. more

Love Equals Death have called it quits. The band made this statement: "It's been a back and forth battle with everyone here to move on or to let go of this thing we love so much. We here at camp Love Equals Death have decided to let go of Love Equals Death and preserve the good times we had and the hurdles we had to overcome."more

Propagandhi recorded a live session and interview for BBC radio's 'Lock Up' punk show. The show will air on Tuesday April 28th more

Long-defunct extreme metal pioneers Pentagram will reunite for an appearance at the Cumbre del Metal Chileno festival, set to take place June 14 in Santiago, Chile. more

Starsailor are set to perform a string of dates across the US leading up to London's Hard Rock Calling concerts in Hyde Park this summer.more

Beyonce's latest foray into acting scored her the Number One movie at the US box office over the weekend. 'Obsessed' took in $28.6 million. more

After seven months in the studio, former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman has completed work on his ninth album, "Tokyo Jukebox". Produced and arranged by Marty, the new disc reflects the chaotic lifestyle of Tokyo, its unique music and Marty's futuristic interpretation of it. more

Cannibal Corpse will embark on the European Plague Tour in the fall. Direct support will come from Dying Fetus. On the mainland, the package will be completed by Evocation and Obscura, while Trigger The Bloodshed and Annotations Of An Autopsy will support the bands in the U,K. dates

Teenage Bottlerocket will be hitting the studio next month to record their Fat Wreck Chords debut. The band had this to say: "Our recording session at the Blasting Room begins next month. This will be our 3rd record with the studio. We are slated to track the new full length with Andrew Berlin, and mix with Jason Livermore. "more

The Bronx have just rolled out two new videos for their latest release, The Bronx (III). "Knifeman" is an official video, shot in a friend's backyard pool in the UK. Watch It Here and "Past Lives" was put together by a fan in January, the band loved the concept so much they made their own edits to create perfect synch. Look for a Cuba Gooding Jr cameo at the 2:13 mark, no joke. watch it here.

Sepultura and Soulfly (featuring former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera) will share the stage for the first time ever at the Devilside Festival in Germany. current lineup

World Record? Beginning Tuesday, April 28 at 10 am EST, United States soldier Troy Yocum will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for continuous drumming, by drumming for 125 hours in a five day drumming marathon ending on May 3 at 10 am. Watch him attempt it live here.

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Former Korn Head Hitting The Road
ABC reports: It's the announcement his fans have been waiting for: Brian "Head" Welch will launch his first solo U.S. tour in support of his debut album, Save Me From Myself, which was released September 9 on his Driven Music Group label.

With a new band at his side--Scott Von Heldt (guitars), Ralph Patlan (guitars), Michael Valentine (bass), Dan Johnson (drums), Brian Ruedy (keyboards/programming)—Head will embark on a brief tour starting May 14 in Colorado Springs, before hitting the road for a major trek in the coming months. Later this summer, he'll be appearing on the main stage at the Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, IL on July 2, and in Las Vegas at the 20,000 seat Thomas & Mack Arena in August (exact date and billing to be announced May 1). More tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Head is very excited about hitting the tour circuit again, exclaiming, "me and my band just played our first warm up show...totally insane! I have no doubt that I'm doing what I was born to do--musically and spiritually. We can't wait to get out there this summer and play tons of shows--from small clubs to huge arenas--it's all good to me because I haven't been on stage in over 4 years. Me and the guys are ready to kill it this summer!"
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Creed Reunion Won't Kill Alter Bridge
Blabbermouth reports: Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy has shot down reports that the newly announced reunion of Creed will effectively put an end to Alter Bridge, the band he formed with then-former Creed members, guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall.

Kennedy says, "Many of you are wondering how this CREED reunion tour will affect the future of Alter Bridge. No worries, it won't. I can assure you that as soon as they finish in October, we will move forward.

"Contrary to false statements that might lead you to believe otherwise, Alter Bridge continues to be paramount to the four of us." - more on this story

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