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Full Report for 08/11/2009

Jet Singer Collapses on Stage
10th St reports: Aussie Rocker Nic Cester from JET collapsed Monday night on stage at Q The Music Club Live At Hard Rock Café as part of the worldwide promotional tour for the band's upcoming CD, SHAKA ROCK.

The singer had been unwell all day but insisted on coming to the gig and not letting fans down. JET took to the stage at 8pm GMT and performed "Rip It Up" and She's A Genius" before Nic passed out. Nic got up on his feet and jokingly told the audience he had Swine Flu before collapsing for a second time.

Nic was walked off stage by the band's tour management leaving Cam, Chris And Mark to soldier on to perform 3 more songs - "Holiday," "Beat On Repeat" And "Get What You Need." - more on this story

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Crue Fest Going on Hiatus
Billboard reports: After a successful two-year start-up, Motley Crue's Crue Fest may take a year off in order to allow the band to record its next album.

"We have about a month left (of this year's Crue Fest 2) and then we're going to be taking quite a bit of time off," Crue bassist Nikki Sixx tells Billboard.com. "I feel like we're ending being out for quite a long time, touring and 'Saints of Los Angeles' and the Carnival of Sins (tour) and 'Red, White & Crue'...really going away on a big high to start working on writing a new record and looking forward to the next Crue Fest, which'll probably be in 2011."

But Sixx adds that there's a possibility that future Crue Fests could even hit the road without the namesake band on the bill.
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Slipknot Fest Cancelled
Blabbermouth reports: The Slipknot-headlined one-day festival, which was supposed to be held in the band's hometown of Des Moines, Iowa on 9/9/09 (September 9, 2009), has been officially cancelled, a spokesperson for the group's record company, Roadrunner Records, confirmed to Blabbermouth.Net.

The show was to feature two stages and a host of bands, with Slipknot headlining. The second stage was set to include all local acts.

[The gig was the celebrate their anniversary and the reissue of their debut album in a special anniversary package.] - more on this story

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Lamb of God Announce Wrath Tour In Addition To Their Run With Metallica
Adrenaline reports: On September 14th Lamb of God will commence the fall Wrath tour in the United States and Canada, combining 25 support shows with Metallica, with 25 headline shows with special guests Gwar and Job For A Cowboy.

The tour will end at Madison Square Garden on November 15th. This will be Lamb of God's third tour with Metallica after a 3 week run last December in the US and a 7 week tour throughout Europe this summer.

Wrath debuted at number 2 on the Billboard chart and is on target to be the bands biggest worldwide selling record. The cd debuted at number 1 in Canada and Canadian fans will get multiple opportunities to see the band on the fall tour.
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Aerosmith Jane's Addiction Jam- Three Days Grace Set Release- Brand New Video- Andrew Piano Man WK- The Killers Stink Up Chicago- Michael Jackson and more
antiMusic reports: With singer Steven Tyler laid up with a busted shoulder, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has some free time on his hands. Last week, Perry joined Jimmy Buffett on stage and then, over the weekend, the Toxic Twin made a surprise appearance at Lollapalooza, sitting in with Jane's Addiction on 'Jane Says'. Watch the video

Three Days Grace will be releasing their third album Life Starts Now on September 22. The album was recorded in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and reunites the band with producer by Howard Benson.

NOFX, Rise Against and Underoath "rumored" to be playing Liskfest 2.0, September 5.

Built To Spill are set to embark on a headlining tour of the US, kicking off on August 20 in Troutdale, OR.more

MySpace Music scored the exclusive premiere of alternative rockers Brand New's brand new single off their upcoming 4th studio album Daisy due out September 22nd 2009 on DGC/Interscope/Procrastinate Music Traitors. Beginning today fans can listen to "At The Bottom" by visiting the band's official MySpace Music profile at www.myspace.com/brandnew

Audiences will get to see the King of Pop perform one more time after a judge approved a major deal to produce a movie fashioned from footage of Michael Jackson's final rehearsals. more

Andrew WK has announced details of his new album, the follow up to 2008's 'The Japan Covers'. Called '55 Cadillac', the album was recorded by WK in just two hours, and then edited down to eight piano-led tracks. more

Poison The Well has lined up a handful of late-summer shows in the Southeast with Vanna, This Time Next Year more

The Jonbenet has scheduled what they claim to be their final shows. The group has issued the following: "The Jonbenet has three shows left. One is Fallcore in November where we will be playing an unorthodox. yet memorable set. The other two are December 18th and 19th in Austin and Houston. These will also be the final shows for At All Cost. Come out. It's been fun." more

Doomriders has publicly addressed the recent cancellation of their upcoming tour dates with Kylesa. Here you go: "Due to scheduling issues between Doomriders and Nate's other band, Converge, we had to pull out of the tour." more

Spin wasn't impressed with The Killers set at Lollapalooza, they write: "There might have been more people wearing Killers T-shirts than those of any band at Lollapalooza this weekend, but it was hard to imagine, merch sales notwithstanding, a more insipid headliner." Ouch! Read the review here. (we can imagine a couple more insipid "acts" ... Limp Bizkit? Missy Elliot?)

Jersey Dogs, the late '80s band formed by the ex-Attacker members Lou Ciarlo and Mike Sabatini, will have its original EP, "Don't Worry, Get Angry!" (1989) and full-length album, "Thrash Ranch" (1990), released as a double CD in early 2010. more -

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$10 Concert Tix With Zero Fees?
Live Nation reports: Summer is ending with a bang as Live Nation's No Service Fee Wednesday promotion goes deep discount and all-in, bringing fans $10 lawn tickets and $15 reserved seats with absolutely no service fees.

Let the movies wait and put down the remote control, for 24 hours only, on August 12th at 12:01AM at LiveNation.com, live music fans can purchase tickets at the absolute lowest price of the summer season. The special All-In pricing means fans pay zero fees and can save up to 60% on summer concert tickets for shows by artists such as Creed, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Depeche Mode and Lil' Wayne.

"In these tough economic times we have been offering fans deep discounts all summer long, from no service fee tickets, to all-in pricing, half-priced tickets and more with an overwhelmingly positive response from fans week after week," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "This week's final blow-out sale is our biggest and best value offering yet. With these unprecedented low prices, we want everyone to have the opportunity to see their favorite artist in their local amphitheater, before the end of summer."

For a full list of concerts included in the one day ticket sale, please visit
- www.LiveNation.com.

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Bill Champlin Leaves Chicago
PR reports: After 28 years with Chicago, singer-songwriter-keyboardist Bill Champlin is parting ways with the classic jazz/rock band to focus once again on his solo career. The announcement comes on the heels of the August 4th release of No Place Left to Fall, Champlin's first solo album in more than 10 years. The two-time GRAMMY award winner will launch a West Coast tour on November 6th at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

"This music is callin' me," said Champlin, who first came to prominence with Sons of Champlin, a seminal late-60's San Francisco band whose soul stylings and complex song structures set it apart from other groups of the psychedelic scene, and a series of critically acclaimed solo albums.

From the funky "Total Control" and soulful "Lookin' For You" to the exquisite "Never Been Afraid" and the kick-ass come-on "Angelina," No Place Left to Fall is a career-defining record for Champlin. Released by the East Coast indie label DreamMakers, the CD is accompanied by a 70-minute bonus DVD that includes a documentary on the making of the album directed by news anchor and longtime fan Rod Simons, live footage of Champlin performing recently with the Sons of Champlin and much more. Champlin has already begun readying material for a follow-up album and fans can look forward to more music from Sons of Champlin as well.
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Jack Black's Brutal Legend Soundtrack a Whose Who of Metal
PR reports: Electronic Arts Inc. and Double Fine Productions, Inc. today announced the complete soundtrack for Brutal Legend, the face-melting action video game from Tim Schafer starring Jack Black as the roadie Eddie Riggs.

Boasting an impressive list of over 100 fist-pumping tracks sure to make your blood boil, Brütal Legend puts metal's most celebrated rock Gods in the forefront of this unique 3rd person action experience.

With a total of 75 killer bands showcased, including legends such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Megadeth and Motörhead Brütal Legend will unleash the inner headbanger in every gamer on October 13th in North America and on October 16th in Europe. - Full tracklist

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Radiohead Singer Says Another Album Would Kill Band
Launch reports: Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has hinted that the band aren't currently planning to release another album conventionally. The singer said that he still had a lot of time for the album as an artform, but explained that to release another batch of songs in that format would "kill" Radiohead.

"None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off," he told The Believer magazine. "I mean, it's just become a real drag. It worked with [2007 album] 'In Rainbows' because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we've all said that we can't possibly dive into that again. It'll kill us."

Instead, he hinted that the band may release new music via EPs or online (as they did with new song 'Harry Patch (In Memory Of)' on August 5).
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Surprise Swell Metallica B-Side
Punknews.org reports: The Swellers have accidentally appeared on a split release with Metallica. As drummer/vocalist Jonathan Diener explains in his blog: Today we received our test pressings from Paper & Plastick for our new 7" with the songs "Welcome Back Riders" and "Montreal Screwjob"...

Side A was awesome, the song sounded great. Then we flipped it, put the needle on, then heard applause… we didn't have that on our song. Then we hear "I am iron man" …what the ----?

We then realized, it was Metallica covering the song "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath on both copies of the 7" instead of our song "Montreal Screwjob".
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The Used Hitting The Road
ESM reports: The Used have announced a nationwide headlining fall tour. The month-long run, which kicks off October 9th in Las Vegas, NV and runs through November 14th in Portland, Oregon, will support their new album, Artwork, out August 31, 2009. The Almost and TK will be supporting.

Early critical acclaim for the Matt Squire-produced Artwork has been effusive. Outburn (which the band currently graces the cover of) praised its "humbling ability to sound scrappy and raw while being perfectly polished and huge," while Alternative Press states "The Used have delivered not only the definitive album of their career but arguably one of the best records you'll hear in 2009. 4 ˝ stars."

The Used's legions of fans are responding as well. The first single, "Blood On My Hands" premiered on iTunes with over 5k downloads in the first day, the highest digital debut in the band's history. The video for the song debuted on MySpace and shot directly to the #1 spot, with 200,00 views in the first 24 hours. The band is one of MySpace's Top 15 artists, with over 100,000 streams a day on the site. The second track to premiere on iTunes will be "Born To Quit." It will be released on August 11th.
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Singled Out: Gwar
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Gwar's Beefcake the Mighty gives us the story behind "Let Us Stay," off the band's new album "Lust in Space," which hits stores next week! Now here is the story, enjoy!

It was week 12 in the rehearsal chamber of our Antarctican stronghold, and we hadn't played a single note. For 3 months we did nothing but celebrate the epic record we hadn't written yet with feasts and orgies that would shame Caligula. As a matter of fact I do believe him saying how ashamed he was at some point during the debauchery. Anyway it was a wonderful party and everyone had a bang up time! Oh, wait. This is about the song. I digress...

At some point in the festivities, our manager Sleazy (Killjoy, as I call him) turned on the lights and kicked everyone but GWAR out. Apparently the party was over. Apparently we were grossly overbudget and months behind schedule on the record we hadn't even started. As our guests were given their hats and coats and ushered out of the top tower window, Oderus protested to Sleazy saying "let them stay!" Balsac misheard this and started chanting "let us slay" and the rest of us followed suit. At some point Flattus Maximus woke up and grabbed a guitar from his guitar pile. He wrote the music to "Let Us Slay" note for note before passing out face down in an inflatable kiddie pool of celebrity vomit. Fortunately we were recording everything. Oderus garbled something incoherently, which we later found that if played backwards, were lyrics that perfectly matched up to the song! Ta Dah! Hit song. So you can see, the writing process with GWAR is a very taxing and lengthy process, calling on every shred of our talent and intellect.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!

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