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Full Report for 08/04/2009

Lamb of God Vs Limp Bizkit
Blabbermouth reports: The billing dispute between Machine Head and Limp Bizkit was the subject of much Internet chatter prior to this past weekend's U.K. edition of the Sonisphere festival, with Robb Flynn and Co. pulling out of their slot at the event after having been bumped down the lineup with the addition of Fred Durst and his LB bandmates.

While Machine Head eventually returned to the bill in the slot below Limp Bizkit as the "special guests", many people had their own opinions on the situation, one of those being Lamb Of God guitarist Willie Adler.

Komodo Rock's Krissy Elliott spoke with Adler at the festival and asked for his views on the Machine Head/Limp Bizkit controversy. "I'm glad they came back on. It's a matter of… they just didn't wanna open up for Limp Bizkit, and I agree with them. I wouldn't wanna open up for Limp Bizkit! They've been out of the scene for so long, I mean, who cares? Who cares about Limp Bizkit?" - The real fun comes next when he's asked if he supports Limp Bizkit

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My Chemical Romance Recording New Album
NME reports: My Chemical Romance have returned to the studio in Los Angeles to begin recording their fourth studio album.

The band are working with producer Brendan O'Brien, known for his work with Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and more.

According to frontman Gerard Way, the new record is not a concept album: "At this point, the best way to describe the new album is My Chemical Romance being the purest, most distilled version of itself," Way said in a statement. "No bells and whistles, as the focus has been on melody and songwriting."
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Burton Bell On the Battle for Fear Factory
antiMusic reports: Mark Carras of RockMyMonkey.com spoke with Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell to get his response to comments made by his old bandmate Raymond Herrera over the legal battle for the band. You can listen to both interviews in their entirety at the full story link to get both sides, but here is part of what Burton had to say:

"Mark, before I go off on all the Comments and everything I'd like to make an official statement. First of all thank you for letting me do this statement and I appreciate your time Mark. First of all I want to cut through a lot of the confusion about one issue since it really will be part of every answer. I have not made a public statement about it, not wanting to air dirty laundry, but I have been forced to correct certain misstatements by Raymond and Christian.

"The fact that I have not worked with Raymond and Christian for the past 3 years as Fear Factory is for this one reason. Is that I did not want to be involved with their manager. Her name is Christy Priske and She happens to be Christian's wife. During the Transgression mixing session her and Raymond started a love affair that lasted for a couple years. As manager of Fear Factory this was completely unacceptable to me." - Listen to both interviews here

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Roger Daltrey Solo Tour
Reuters reports: With the Who inactive for the moment, Roger Daltrey is gearing up to launch his first solo tour of North America since 1985.

The Use It Or Lose It theater trek -- a nod to the 65-year-old singer's vocal cords -- kicks off October 10 in Vancouver, B.C., and runs through November 30 in Clearwater, Fla.

Daltrey will dust off material from his nine solo albums, some covers (he's previously preformed songs by Queen, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen) and, of course, a generous selection of Who favorites. - more on this story

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Limp Bizkit Plan New Album
NME reports: Limp Bizkit are set to hit the studio to begin work on their first new album since 2005's 'The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)' in the next few weeks.

"We're about to go into the studio in a couple of weeks and record our new album," explained frontman Fred Durst. "We feel very confident about that."

The reunited rockers, who played at the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth yesterday (August 2), made the announcement in an exclusive video interview with NME.COM, which you can watch - here

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Down's Rex Brown Sitting Out Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Down/ex-Pantera bassist Rex Brown has announced that he will not be part of Down's upcoming North American Tour. He released the following statement:

"It is with my deepest apologies to let you know that I will not be joining [Down] on the first leg of the forthcoming U.S./Canada tour.

"It has been mutually agreed upon between myself and the guys that I take this time to address some personal issues. Make no mistake, I will be joining my brothers on the second leg of the tour and in the studio in the very near future. This is of utmost importance at this time. Thank you all for your support and understanding. I will see y'all really soon!" - more on this story

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Arch Enemy The Root Of All Evil
PR reports: Arch Enemy's new studio album "The Root Of All Evil" contains a selection of completely re-recorded tracks from the band's first three albums "Black Earth" (1996), "Stigmata" (1998) and "Burning Bridges" (1999) reenergized and unified by the band's ultimate line-up! The album will hit stores on on October 6.

Originally recorded with ever changing band members (i.e. former vocalist Johan Liiva, drummer Peter Wildoer, bass player Martin Bengtsson), "The Root Of All Evil" presents classic tracks as "Beast Of Man", "The Immortal", "Transmigration Macabre" or "Bridge Of Destiny" with the insane vocals of Angela Gossow, several completely new bass lines by Sharlee D'Angelo, the ever-present guitar wizardry of the Amott brothers as well as Daniel Erlandsson's merciless punch. The entire project was approached with the idea of having the possibility to re-add these songs to the bands live set and follow up the release with some special touring activity.

The album was recorded at a few different locations in Sweden and produced by Arch Enemy with Daniel Erlandsson and Rickard Bengtsson handling the engineering. Finally, this special release was mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap. In the light of ARCH ENEMY finding their defining line-up and a bigger worldwide recognition with 2002's "Wages Of Sin" album, it has been a logical decision to update the earlier compositions and present them in the splendour of a 2009 shape. - more on this story

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Heath Ledger Directed Modest Mouse Video Released
Spin.com reports: Modest Mouse will premiere the Heath Ledger-directed video for their track "King Rat" Tuesday, August 4. It coincides with the release of their new EP, No One's First, and You're Next,

The animated video was conceptualized and directed by Ledger, but was left unfinished when the Academy Award-winning actor died of an accidental overdose in January 2008.

The Masses -- a film and music company that Ledger was a partner in -- completed the video in his honor. - Find out how Heath and the band teamed up and check out the video (to be posted on Tuesday)

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Eyes Solo Release
Reuters reports: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry gets to spread his wings on his fifth solo CD, "Joe Perry … Have Guitar Will Travel," which he hopes to release in November.

Perry, who sings on four of the tracks, also expects to tour early next year under the guise of the Joe Perry Project. "Have Guitar … Will Travel," a nod to the similarly titled 1959 Bo Diddley album, was named by a fan, Joe Piscitelli, after Perry asked for submissions via Twitter.

Five of the tracks are sung by a relatively unknown German musician called Hagen. He was discovered by Perry's wife, Billie, on YouTube. - more on this story

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Live Nation Add Theatres and Club Shows To No Fee Promo
Live Nation reports: Live Nation announced that this Wednesday, in addition to extending the popular half-price ticket special in its amphitheaters, the company is for the first time expanding its "No Service Fee" program to include more than 1,500 shows in its theaters and clubs, including House of Blues and Fillmore venues, making hundreds of thousands of additional no-fee tickets available for the first time to concerts by new and developing artists across North America.

Both promotions, which together include shows at 86 venues across North America, will kick off at 12:01 a.m. local time on August 5, 2009 and run for 24 hours only at www.livenation.com.

"This summer, through our Wednesday ticket promotions, concert fans have saved nearly 10 million dollars on tickets to amphitheater shows by some of the biggest artists in the world," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "As we near the end of a very successful summer season we want to bring the same value to music fans who enjoy shows at House of Blues and other theaters and clubs across North America. This Wednesday hundreds of thousands of additional tickets will be available with no service fee, making it easier for even more fans to discover and connect with the amazing artists playing in these smaller venues today, some of whom will be headlining amphitheaters and arenas tomorrow."
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Circa Survive Ink Major Deal
Lambgoat reports: Philadelphia, PA experimental rock band Circa Survive, which features two members of now-defunct group This Day Forward, has officially joined the Atlantic Records roster. Here's a statement from the band:

"After completing our contract with Equal Vision we embarked on a long search to find our next home. We met with lots of labels and decided that Atlantic Records is the best place for us to continue our growth as a band and to help us release our music around the world.

"Because this is a big step we feel the need to reassure you that we are and always will be the same band no matter what label we are on. We are so grateful for everything Equal Vision has done for us and having their blessing in this next step couldn't mean more. Our friendship/relationship with them is strong and will continue to be so." - Find out a little about the new album

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Protest The Hero Deal
PR reports: Protest The Hero will release their first live CD and DVD package, Gallop Meets The Earth, on September 15 on Vagrant Records, but fans based in the US can pre-order the package beginning today via this link and also receive a very limited edition exclusive t-shirt.

The 2-disc set will include the live audio recording and footage of the band's sold-out headlining concert at the Sound Academy in Toronto from December 2008 and a number of bonus features and hidden content.

Protest The Hero has a few headlining shows throughout Europe and the UK in August followed by a Canadian tour in September with Killswitch Engage, In Flames and Between The Buried and Me. - dates

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Blues Rock Legend John Mayall Sets 57th Studio Album Release
Kayos reports: Over the years, Eagle Rock Entertainment has developed a strong relationship with legendary blues master John Mayall. On September 15, 2009, through their wholly-owned Eagle Records subsidiary, Mayall's dynamic and masterful new piece of work: Tough will be released.

On this, his self-produced 57th studio album to date, John Mayall once again proves why he is known as "The Godfather of British Blues." Tough tackles a number of topics, deeply exploring the struggles in human relationships, the pitfalls of temptation, and the difficulties we face in the world's current state. However, through the "toughness," he also touches upon one more prominent theme: the promise of hope. Current, gritty, and strong, these 11 tracks are words of wisdom told from a voice of strength and experience.

Taking on multiple instruments (piano, organ, six and twelve string guitar, and harmonica, along with his signature vocals) Mayall is backed by his touring band–guitar phenomenon Rocky Athas, bassist Greg Rzab, drummer Jay Davenport, and organist/pianist Tom Canning.
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