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Full Report for 04/30/2009

Britney Spears Pregnant Again?
Hecklerspray reports: Humanity could soon be wiped out by couple of Mexican pigs with the sniffles. But relax, Britney Spears is on it. If Ryan Seacrest is right, then Britney Spears plans to repopulate the planet in her image - she's apparently pregnant again.

This means, in years to come, Britney Spears will be seen as Earth's new Eve figure - identical to the old Eve but with worse skin, madder eyes and, somehow, even fewer clothes.

Anyway, Britney Spears is reportedly pregnant again. All that Eve stuff was a distraction to stop you howling in despair like we did when we found out. - more on this story

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Sorum Says Velvet Revolver Need A Singer Soon Or Else
MusicRadar reports: "We need a singer soon," Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum told MusicRadar in an exclusive interview. "We need the right guy in six months. We can't wait another year. Otherwise, it might not matter."

Sorum told MusicRadar that the band was recently close to deciding on a singer, whose identity he declined to reveal ("I want to protect him"), but after a few recording sessions, both he and various band members ultimately decided it wasn't the right fit.

"The way I like to put it is, we were 'dating,' says Sorum, chuckling. "We had already tried out Spacehog's Royston Langdon - came close there. Then we tried out a few more people, including this guy from Canada [Gord Prior], but nobody seemed appropriate. Then we found this other dude..." - more on this story

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Green Day Cover Dylan, Elvis, The Who and Social D
Punknews.org reports: Green Day has announced the bonus tracks that will accompany the digital version of 21st Century Breakdown due out May 15, 2009 via iTunes.

The band will include covers of The Who's "A Quick One While He's Away," Social Distortion's "Another State of Mind," Elvis' "That's Alright Mama" and Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."

The band is also planning a deluxe release packaged with with 10-inch vinyl of the entire album, a 60 page book with exclusive art, and more. You can find more details on that here and get the latest breaking punk related news - here

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30 Seconds To Mars Are Virgins Again
EMI reports: EMI Music's Virgin Records is pleased to announce that it has signed a new worldwide deal with Los Angeles rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. [They apparently worked out their legal disagreements]

30 Seconds to Mars, fronted by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Jared Leto, is currently in the studio in Los Angeles recording their third album with acclaimed producer Flood, known for his work with U2, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and Smashing Pumpkins. Due this fall, the as-yet-untitled album is the follow-up to 2005's platinum-selling A Beautiful Life, which sold more than three million albums and singles worldwide and spawned two Top 10 Modern Rock singles, "From Yesterday" and "The Kill." The latter set a radio record for the longest-running hit in the history of Modern Rock radio play when it remained on the national airplay chart for more than 50 weeks following its No. 3 peak in 2006. "From Yesterday" was the band's first No. 1 at the format. Its epic video was the first American music video ever shot in the People's Republic of China.

30 Seconds to Mars' new album is a collection of the thoughts and ideas that the band (which also includes drummer Shannon Leto and guitarist Tomo Miličević) have experienced after spending several years on the road. The songs reflect a willingness to take chances and create a pivotal, game-changing album. - more on this story

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The Story Of AC/DC Retold
PR reports: Let There Be Rock - The Story Of AC/DC will be re-released on May 1, 2009 featuring a new chapter, an interview with Angus Young from November 4, 2008, new photographs and an audio CD of an interview done with all five band members (including Bon Scott) from their first American tour on December 4, 1977.

Let There Be Rock is the story of AC/DC written by rock journalist Susan Masino, who met the band during their first American tour in 1977. Over the years, she remained in contact with them, watching AC/DC climb to international stardom. Since 1977, Susan has interviewed the band many times and their friendship has lasted nearly three decades. Now she tells the true story of AC/DC's illustrious career and how they became one of the true great rock 'n' roll bands in history.

The book traces the band's history, from their beginnings in Sydney, Australia in the early 1970s to trail-blazing the US mainstream to the devastating death of lead singer Bon Scott in 1980. The band pulled together and rebounded to the top of the charts with new front man, Brian Johnson and the watershed album, Back in Black. Through it all, AC/DC continues their quest to build a legion of new fans in the 21st century. - more on this story

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Hatebreed Team Up With Chimaira for A U.S. Tour
Day in Rock reports: Hardcore metal group Hatebreed has announced a headlining tour of the United States with Chimaira scheduled as the main support.

The tour is entitled, "Decimation Of The Nation" and is in support of the bands new covers collection, "For The Lions."

Chimaira touring in support of their just released "The Infection" which debuted on the Billboard Album charts at a career best of No. 30. - more on this story

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Led Zeppelin Vs Crickets
Discover reports: Mormon crickets have no taste in music, and Nevadans are using it against them. Residents of Tuscarora are getting ready to blast their boomboxes to ward off the crickets' semi-annual invasion, after the townsfolk realized three years ago that the pests don't like Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones.

Mormon crickets are a real problem in northern Nevada and other parts of the Great Basin: They march in columns up to two miles long and one mile wide from about May through August. They hatch in April and invade all aspects of life before they finally lay eggs and die. They destroy crops, invade people's homes (one resident said, "You'll wake up and there'll be one sitting on your forehead, looking at you"), and clog roadways—even requiring snowplows to clear out their piled-up carcasses.

People do what they can to steer the pests away, trying poison bait and other tricks. But in 2006, after reading about a woman in the 1930s who had driven the insects off with a Chinese gong, a Tuscarora resident was inspired to try out some modern music. - more on this story

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Blink-182 Reborn- Duff and Slash Would Play With Axl Rose Before Weiland- Deluxe Leppard- Prince Slipknotted- Lil Wayne Vs Producer and more
antiMusic reports: Blink-182 are set to release their comeback single 'Reborn' this June, according to internet reports.more

Italian gothic metal group Lacuna Coil has entered the Billboard Top 200 chart with their latest studio offering, 'Shallow Life.' The record debuted at number 16 which makes it not only the highest charting album for Lacuna Coil, but also their record label Century Mediamore

"The Devil You Know" is either the first album by Heaven and Hell or the third studio set from the third lineup of Black Sabbath. Either way, guitarist Tony Iommi says there's much more where that came from.more

Video footage of Corey Taylor And The Junk Beer Kidnap Band featuring Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor performing a cover of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" and a new original song at a "secret show" this past Friday, April 24 at People's Court in Des Moines, Iowa can be viewed here

Duff McKagan and Slash would go back to playing with their former Guns N' Roses bandmate Axl Rose before reteaming with former Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland according a Jam! report. McKagan says, "Some bad s**t happened at the end of the last Velvet Revolver tour. It was brutal... There were late gigs... I just wanted it to be over." more

Rapper Lil Wayne is suing the producer of a song he performed that allegedly sampled another singer's work without permission. Lil Wayne was sued last year for using a sample of folk singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel's song "Once" on his rap track "I Feel Like Dying. more

Rick Ross easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Deeper Than Rap" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam), shifting 158,000 in its first week. It's the third topper for the artist.more

Def Leppard is set to release deluxe editions of the classic albums "Pyromania" and "Adrenalize" on June 8 (U.K.) / June 9 (world) / June 16 (North America). more

Part three of FMQB's sneak peek at the upcoming broadcast special, Inside Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown is now live here

Rihanna will get back US$1.4 million in borrowed jewelry she was wearing the night she was allegedly beaten by Chris Brownmore

Withering Soul in conjunction with Pitch Black Productions has announced that the band will be canceling their May 2nd show in Mount Prospect, IL due to an injury to drummer, Marek. Marek's injuries are only minor and he will return to his drum kit shortly.more

U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has benefited from the closure of rival Zavvi and the Woolworths retail chain, recording a year-on-year sales volume increase of 11.7% for the 16 weeks ending April 25, 2009.more

Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) says of her upcoming events in Mexico: "I want to let all my fans know that as long as the government of Mexico does not cancel the public events, I am heading to Mexico and I'm going to have my show there. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the disease gets under control and people can return to their normal life."more

Long Island, NY hardcore band This Is Hell and record label Trustkill Records have parted ways after two releases together.more

Viva La Metallica: While bands are cancelling appearances left and right in Mexico after the outbreak of the deadly swine flu, Metallica is taking a different approach: They have added dates in the troubled country. This according to an update from Avenged Sevenfold, the group supporting the dates. more

Prince has spoken out for the first time about his battle with epilepsy crediting the seizure disorder with inspiring his eccentric musical persona. He tells PBS, "I've never spoken about this before but I was born epileptic. I used to have seizures when I was young. My mother and father didn't know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had."more

A judge issued a restraining order against Britney Spears' former manager and attorney, which says that they must steer clear of her and avoid any contact with her for the next three years.more

On Monday night (April 27) former Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell played a sold-out show at Seattle's Showbox SoDo. Good friend and former Soundgarden bandmate Kim Thayil was at the concert, as was former Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmomore

Wilco have revealed the title of their highly anticipated forthcoming album. The Chicago band will simply call the new album 'Wilco (The Album)'. It will also contain a track titled 'Wilco, The Song'more

Best Buy is reported to be considering allotting eight square feet per store (or about 200 titles) to vinyl albums in all of its 1,000-plus storesmore

Dream Theater will take their Progressive Nation tour back on the road for its second incarnation with a run through America and Canada in July/August 2009 that will also feature Zappa Plays Zappa and Pain of Salvation. more

The Lemonheads have announced the dates of a US tour in support of their forthcoming covers album, 'Varshons'. Evan Dando and company will begin their jaunt in Boston on May 30 more

The Rods will be shooting their very first HD-DVD at the legendary Haunt night club in Ithaca, NY on Saturday, May 16th. They would like to invite all Rods fans to be a part of the making of this special video. more

Country Weekly announced today that Chuck Wicks, Jessica Harp and GAC's Suzanne Alexander will be hosting the Country Weekly Fashion Show & Concert this year, benefiting Musicians On Call. Now in its third year, the event will take place at noon on June 10th at the Wildhorse Saloon on 2nd Avenue in Nashville. more

According to The Boston Phoenix, Cave In recently regrouped to prepare a new vinyl-only EP, which will be available in July through Hydra Head Records.more

Primal Fear have announce a string summer dates across the globe in support of the forthcoming release of the new album "16.6. (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)more

Kansas will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of their self-titled 1974 debut with a live DVD, "There's Know Place Like Home", which will be released on August 4. A hi-def for Blu-ray release (mixed in 5.1 surround sound), the show was filmed on February 7 of this year in their home state. more

After an eight-year year hiatus, R&B singer Maxwell returns to stores on July 7 with his fourth studio album, "BLACKsummer'snight."more

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Anthrax Infecting Europe This Summer, The World This Fall
HER reports: Anthrax will be hitting the road in Europe this summer with a series of festivals and headline dates as a precursor to the band's forthcoming new studio album, Worship Music will have a Fall worldwide release. The European dates kick off in Estonia on June 13 and continue into August, with the band returning to the U.S. for their July 9 headline appearance on the opening night of the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK.

The band has been putting the finishing touches on Worship Music, their first new studio album in six years. The album marks the studio debut of new singer Dan Nelson who joins longtime members Scott Ian (rhythm guitar), Frank Bello (bass), Charlie Benante (drums), and Rob Caggiano (lead guitar). A return to Anthrax's heaviest best, confirmed tracks include "Vampires," "Crawl," "The Devil You Know," "The Giant," "Fight 'em 'Til You Can't" and "Earth On Hell." The album was produced by Caggiano and Anthrax.

Said Charlie Benante, "NEW SONGS, NEW VOICE, NEW ENERGY! Here we go, back in the metal saddle again. I am happy to be a part of all the festivals this year. We've been away and I know you've missed us. It is time to worship the music that we all love, ANTHRAX METAL!" - more on this story

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Singled Out: The Bronx
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today The Bronx frontman Matt Caughthran and guitarist Joby Ford tell us about their new single "Knifeman". Matt tells us the story behind the song while Joby gives us the lowdown on how the song came together musically. We now turn it over to The Bronx for the story:

Matt Caughthran: "Knifeman" this is the first song on the new record and currently my favorite song to play live. Knifeman's title is a tribute to a neighbor I had growing up in Pico Rivera CA. He would wash his driveway down with gasoline and chop down his hedges with a machete every other week. My father called him knifeman. He committed suicide at a church down the street after a police standoff. His spirit lives on in knifeman's lyrics. This song is about being born outta place. Trying to keep sanity in an insane world.

Joby Ford: The opening riff for "Knifeman" I had floating around forever. I really liked the repetitive-ness of it. And f# is my favorite key. I had written about 3 different version of the tune that never seemed to work as the song progressed. I had been trying to finish the song since Bronx (II) in the studio. It never happened. Matt and I sat down one day and decided we were going to finish it. I spent all day writing different parts and finally found parts that seemed to complete the song. Jorma Vik's monster beat made it all come together. I like this song the most on our new record because it always feels like I am playing the drums on guitar, and Jorma is playing the leads on drums. Juxtaposed.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself while you check out the brand new video! Watch it - here.

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