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Full Report for 08/10/2009

Steven Tyler's Broken Shoulder Puts Aerosmith Tour In Doubt
AP reports: Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler has a broken shoulder and stitches in his head after falling from the stage during a South Dakota concert, and the band plans to discuss what that means for the future of its current tour, guitarist Joe Perry said Friday.

Perry told The Associated Press after a stop at a Chicago radio station that Tyler has been flown to Boston and was meeting with his own doctor. Perry did not have further details on Tyler's condition and calls to representatives went unanswered Friday.

Tyler, 61, fell several feet while dancing around as the sound crew replaced a fuse that blew during the song "Love in an Elevator" at the Buffalo Chip Campground, which hosted the Wednesday night concert during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota. An amateur video showed him spinning around before falling off the stage. - more on this story

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Creed Finished With Comeback Album
FMQB reports: The reunited Creed made their return Thursday night (August 6) in Pittsburgh, with their first gig since January of 2003.

Rolling Stone reports that the rockers stuck to their hits, debuting one new song, the upcoming single "Overcome" from their impending new record Full Circle.

Speaking to Rolling Stone backstage, frontman Scott Stapp said that Full Circle (due out in October) is "finished. We worked with Howard Benson [Daughtry, My Chemical Romance], and Chris Lord-Alge [Green Day] is going to mix the record." - more from Stapp about how it sounds

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Slash Planning Solo Tour
antiMusic reports: Velvet Revolver axeman Slash issued another update about his new solo album, the status of the VR singer search and told fans that he is planning a solo tour. Here is what he had to say:

I don't know how I'm supposed to wait until next year to put out this record! It is so ----ing cool & I am so anxious to get it out already. We start mixing soon and that will be that, ready to go. But, I have to wait, there's no way around it, for all kinds of logistic reasons and that's the reality.

But, my VR band-mates and I had a meeting a couple of weeks ago and although the search for a singer will continue, I am going to tour on my solo record most likely through next summer starting in March or April. We (VR) will keep the word of mouth system going and listening to submissions from singers and checking out different singer's sites etc, we know the right guy is out there somewhere. It's possible somebody could turn up before I do my tour and we could start working on new material sooner than later, in a perfect world. - more on this story

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Mustaine Says Metallica Really Did Plan to Fire Lars
Rock Radio reports: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has insisted his claim about Metallica planning to sack drummer Lars Ulrich in 1986 is true - and that, despite their denials, Anthrax did tell him the story.

Last week Mustaine told RollingStone.com that James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett planned to replace Ulrich at the end of the tour during which bassist Cliff Burton died. He said Scott Ian of Anthrax had told him so: "That's what Scott told me. He said when Metallica got home, James, Cliff and Kirk were going to fire Lars."

Anthrax later commented via their Twitter account, saying: "Not true. Little does anyone know but Lars actually owns the Metallica name. Good luck with ever kicking him out." Now Classic Rock Magazine has spoken to the Megadether again, who stands by what he said, and explains he was trying to help plug Ian's book. Mustaine says: "It was something Scott told me. I was trying to help him promote his autobiography. I love Scott and would never do anything to hurt him - never. But it's what he told me, and other people have heard it too." [more from Mustaine and apparently now Ian denies that he issued the denial, it was their webmaster.. but he did deny the book.... all of that - here]

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Death Sidelines Two Def Leppard Shows
Blabbermouth reports: Def Leppard's Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11 performances in Nashville and Birmingham, respectively, have been postponed due to the circumstances surrounding a band member's bereavement.

No further specifics concerning the matter have been released. Ticket holders are asked to hold their tickets, pending further details of the concerts' rescheduling.

"We were looking forward to returning to Nashville and Birmingham," said the band in a joint statement. "So we're going to do all that we can to get back there soon." - more on this story

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Guitar Hero: Van Halen Preview- Korn Rekording- Pay Per Ozzy- Fans Attack Cops at Music Fest- McCartney To Reclaim Beatles Royalties- U2 Top Gross List- and more
antiMusic reports: What has been reported to be the official trailer for Guitar Hero: Van Halen has been posted on YouTube. The game is set to hit stores on December 22.
link if you don't see the video

According to a posting on producer Ross Robinson's Twitter profile, Korn has finished laying down drums for two new songs with Robinson at the helm. more

Ozzy Osbourne's appearance at the upcoming BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, California will be available as a live broadcast on DirecTV pay-per-view. DirecTV will bring over 16 hours of exclusive HD coverage more

KISS have confirmed their first Canadian live date in support of their forthcoming album, Sonic Boom, due out on October 6th exclusively at Walmart. The rock legends will be performing at the Bell Center in Montreal, QC on Thursday, October 1st. more

Two police officers received minor injuries when they were assaulted by patrons of a beer garden at the Virgin Festival at Canada Olympic Park.more

In a new studio update, Nevermore singer Warrel Dane says that the band are recording two cover songs for this session: 'The Crystal Ship' by The Doors and 'Transmission' by The Tea Party. Get BW&BK's exclusive update about the album here

In nine short years, Paul McCartney will hit the jackpot again when Billboard reports that he will be able to start reclaiming the copyrights to the lucrative Beatles catalog. It's a bit complicated but the US copyright law is in his favor. Read the details here

U2 has already topped the $100 million mark in tour grosses from the "360 Tour" based on the box office totals reported from the first thirteen shows on the schedule. See who else made the Top 10 Grossing tours here. Wonder how much of that $100 million will go to impoverished countries?

At All Cost has announced their "final two shows ever." The group apparently never recovered from the slump they found themselves a year ago following repeated line-up issues, in addition to their dismissal from the Century Media Records roster. more

The Fest 8 has added a few more bands, including a rare appearance from veteran English punks Snuff. Also added are solo performaces from Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price of Drag the River, Ben Lovett (Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves / Heavens) and more

Last week Rush drummer Neil Peart's original Slingerland drum kit (which he used from Fly By Night through 2112) was put up for auction on eBay by owners Main Drag Music in Brooklyn, New York. Find out what hefty sum it ended up fetching here

Hydra Head Records has announced plans to reissue Oxbow's debut effort, "F*ckfest." Originally released in 1989 via CFY/Pathological, the album will be available on September 15th. more

Following the August 12th show, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster will be dropping off their current tour with Emery et al as a result of "personal issues at home more

Whitesnake were forced to cancel Friday night's (August 7) concert at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona with Judas Priest and Pop Evil. According to a spokesperson for Whitesnake, the band's frontman/leader David Coverdale "has a case of laryngitis and his doctors insist that his show NOT go on" more

Skinlab have once again parted ways with guitarist Glen "Glenny" Telford. more

Alice Cooper tells Gary Graff of Billboard.com that he plans on filming and recording his just-launched Theatre of Death North American tour at some point before it winds down in Decembermore -

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Slipknot Singer To Tie The Knot
Blabbermouth reports: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor will get hitched to his fiancee Stephanie in November 2009. This will be Taylor's second marriage.

Taylor told Daily Star on August 4, "I'm getting married on November 13 and a couple of the guys from [SLIPKNOT] will be there.

"My fiancée has worked in entertainment for five to six years so she comes on tour with me. - more on this story

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Beatles Fans Flock To Abbey Road For Anniversary
AP reports: Hundreds of Beatles fans swarmed Abbey Road on Saturday, singing songs and snarling traffic to mark 40 years since John, Paul, George and Ringo strode across the leafy north London street and into the history books on iconic pop photos.

The famous photo graced the cover of the Fab Four's "Abbey Road," the last album recorded together, and shows the bandmates walking purposefully across the zebra-striped asphalt.

It remains one of music's best-known album covers, endlessly imitated and parodied. Although the shoot itself only took a few minutes, so carefully studied was the cover for signs and symbolism that some die-hard fans came to the conclusion that Paul McCartney — who appears barefoot and out of step with the rest — had secretly died. - more on this story

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AC/Free See
CBC reports: A security breach at Thursday night's AC/DC concert in Moncton allowed several hundred fans to see the legendary Australian rock band for free.

RCMP officers at the concert estimated several hundred people were trying to climb over the fence to get into the show without purchasing a ticket. AC/DC was almost an hour into their set, and thousands of fans were still outside the Magnetic Hill outdoor concert site in a huge line trying to buy tickets.

As police and concert organizers saw the fence jumping as a safety hazard, security guards eventually stepped away from the ticket gate, and the few hundred people left in the queue got into the concert late but for free. - more on this story

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Win A Golden Ticket To Every Live Nation Show For A Year
Live Nation reports: Live Nation announced today that for the rest of August it's giving concert fans a chance to win a golden ticket – Live Nation's Ultimate Concert Access Pass – which allows the winner and a guest to attend any and every show at any and every Live Nation owned and operated venue across North America for 1 year, beginning January 1, 2010.*

In addition, Live Nation will give away 38 Ultimate Local Venue Passes in 38 cities across North America, giving winning fans and a guest access to every concert at one Live Nation owned and operated venue of their choosing for an entire year.*

The Twitter sweepstakes will be held on Live Nation's national and local Twitter pages beginning on August 4th and running through August 31st. Fans can enter Live Nation's Ultimate Concert Access Pass sweepstakes, and each market's Ultimate Local Venue Pass sweepstakes, once a day every day to increase their chances of winning.
- more on this story

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Daryl Hall and Smokey Robinson
PR reports: It's a historic, one-time-only collaboration between two of the pre-eminent singer/songwriters of their time, joining forces on such classics as "Sara Smile," "Tears of a Clown" and "Ooh, Baby Baby."

Daryl Hall's youth was spent as being an integral part of the Sound of Philadelphia, but he had a special feeling for the music of Motown's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson. Now, the two will join forces in an intimate session that can be shared by everybody on the new, 22nd edition of Live From Daryl's House on Aug. 15 at www.livefromdarylshouse.com.

"This truly is a highlight of my career," said Daryl about the pairing. "Smokey Robinson is one of my heroes as a singer and songwriter, a major influence on my own music from the very start. To be able to join forces on Live from Daryl's House is a real treat."
- more on this story

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Singled Out: The City And Skyway
antiMusic reports: You may have heard of The City And Skyway before since former lineups featured members of Dashboard Confessional, The Promise Ring, Lifetime, Hey Mercedes, Limbeck and Maritime, among others, but now you finally get to hear them with the release of their debut album, 'Everything Looks Worse In Black & White'. To celebrate the release we asked vocalist Mitch Lyon and guitarist/vocalist Barry Johnston to give us the inside story to the first single from the effort, "Killing Pill". Here they are with the story!

Mitch Lyon "Barry introduced me to a riff he was working. We sat down and wrote the first verse and chorus right then. We then recorded what we had. This was before any of the other guys had even heard the song. It seemed to come together really quickly and felt really fresh to us."

Barry Johnston "When the initial idea for the song struck it sort of took over and wrote itself. We wanted to do something pretty stripped down and to the point. The first drafts of the song were pretty true to what ended up being on the record. We did change the intro and outro guitar parts quite a bit from the demos. Those parts didn't really take shape until we entered the studio. We just needed a time to figure out the little nuances. The bridge was actually written with James Alex Snyder from the band Cordova…also formerly of Weston. We asked him to do a cameo…recording schedules conflicted so we had to cut the vocals for the bridge ourselves. All in all we were really in a good place in the writing process when we finished this one. I think it shows"

Mitch Lyon "Killing Pill, to me, is not necessarily about the habits of recreational users. For me, it's about the rush of whatever gets you there. It's a sadness, a letdown, for whatever is kicking you. It's about an escapist's reality and how escaping does not work forever."

Barry Johnston "I think this song could mean different things to different people. We all have difficulties and how we deal with those difficulties ultimately speaks volumes about who you are at the core. I'm more interested and more drawn to real people that make mistakes. Squeaky clean people are a little unnerving to me for some reason. All of the glitz and glamour that some people surround themselves with isn't reality. We wanted to try and to encompass some of that idea in the song."

Now that you know the story behind the song, take a listen for yourself. Learn more about the band, the album and preview music - right here!

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