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Full Report for 08/25/2009

Slipknot Cancels Tour For Health Reasons
Blabbermouth reports: Slipknot has cancelled all of its previously announced shows in August and September after drummer Joey Jordison was taken to the hospital this past Saturday for undisclosed health reasons.

The band initially hoped to be able to resume touring on Sunday, but has now made the decision to call off all remaining dates.

Video footage of Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor announcing the cancellation of the band's concert in Seattle on Saturday, August 22 can be viewed - here

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Pearl Jam Still Rock Solid As They Kick Off New Tour
antiMusic reports: Pearl Jam returned to the stage this past weekend in Chicago to kick off their U.S. tour. Our very own Tony K was on hand Sunday night and he now gives us a full report. Here is part of his review:

Pearl Jam hit the windy city in all their glory Sunday night for what was originally supposed to be one of a handful of US appearances that has now evolved into a larger scope tour in support of their newest record Backspacer. The last time Pearl Jam played here, it was the headline spot on Lollapalooza in 2007. This time they brought their no-holds barred show indoors to the United Center (although it appears the band was attempting to have these shows at Alpine Valley). For over two hours, the band ripped through a muscular twenty-seven song set that left the heavy-in-attendance Ten Club (Pearl Jam's fan club) crowd in pure ecstasy.

Opening with "Long Road" from 1995 (done for the Merkin Ball/ Mirror Ball project with Neil Young) was especially poignant and featured Vedder capturing magic inside of an arena. From the first goose bump inducing notes to the final note of Mike McCready's "Star Spangled Banner" coda to "Yellow Ledbetter" the band hit all the right emotional notes for the fan club intensive crowd. However, it doesn't mean the evening was not without some pacing issues.

The show featured confounding highs; a deafening "Corduroy", the raging "God's Dice", the melancholy "Small Town", the spiritually soaring "Given To Fly and a longing "Dissident" where Vedder's vocals proved to be as incandescent as they ever have. "Come Back" featured the band evoking Motown soul in the 2006 track in a way to oozed, drained and dripped soul. "Rearviewmirror" was received with a tidal wave of rejuvenation as the arena shook while "Smile" (which featured Gossard and Ament switching instruments) was pining and passive. During a particularly concentrated performance of "Insignificance" it became evident what a tight knit group of musicians they are. When they hit the stage, they have the sway and the leeway to pull anything out from their back pocket and convey it in a performance that most acts would fall on their face doing. "Sad" reverberated with the crowd on this lost track from Lost Dogs. "Man of the Hour" was tender while a pair of Who covers lifted the roof; "Love, Reign o'er Me" and "The Real Me". Artists will often rely on covers for a money shot of sorts, but not Pearl Jam. You can tell when an artist is performing a song for a reaction or trying to emulate its inner soul. Pearl Jam does the latter. Vedder spoke of listening to Quadrophenia while waiting for the train to take him home to Evanston as a youth. The whole evening was sprinkled with cool stories and anecdotes from Vedder about his childhood and hometown adding to the intimacy. The second encore opened with Vedder performing a stunning rendition of the Neil Young song "The Needle And The Damage Done", a fresh cover which found Vedder talking about Michael Jackson and listening to him in Evanston. - Read the full review here

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KISS Announce North American Tour
PR reports: As they celebrate 35 years of rockin', KISS today announced the dates of the KISS ALIVE 35 North American tour. The tour kicks off with a rapidly-selling, special multiple-show engagement in Detroit Rock City beginning September 25th, where KISS will be playing the classic album that started it all: KISS ALIVE! The tour leg will then hit more than 40 additional cities before concluding in December.

This incredible show will feature a new stage set, pyro effects that only the "hottest band in the world" could deliver, and all new costumes. Fans will be treated to a 2 hour set of some of rock's greatest hits, including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "I Was Made for Lovin' You," "Detroit Rock City," "God Gave Rock & Roll to You" and "Shout It Out Loud," as well as songs from the band's new album SONIC BOOM. Buckcherry will be main support on all of the KISS ALIVE 35 North American dates.

Said Gene Simmons, "For 35 years, KISS raised the bar for what a rock concert should really be. This year is no different - all new, all killer... all KISS! The master's class in rock is in session! KISS rules. Oh yeah!"
- more on this story

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Nine Inch Nails Surprise Fans With Downward Spiral Set
Billboard reports: Nine Inch Nails fans in New York got more than they bargained for Sunday, when the rock band played its 1994 classic "The Downward Spiral" in its entirety for the first time ever.

The Trent Reznor-led act, on a "Wave Goodbye" tour of small venues, had the 1,000-strong crowd at Webster Hall drenched in sweat within minutes of launching into the punishing rock of "Mr. Self Destruct."

It was soon clear that the band was plowing through "Downward" in sequence." Reznor later told the audience, "I've always wanted to play that whole record, and this seemed like the time to do it." - more on this story

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AC/DC Cop Assault
Winnipeg Free Press reports: A Toronto, Ontario, Canada woman has been arrested after a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada police officer was allegedly assaulted at the AC/DC concert Saturday night, police say.

The 29-year-old woman was removed from the rock concert for "disruptive behavior" around 10:30 p.m., police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said.

While being escorted out, she allegedly assaulted the officer. Alcohol was a factor in the incident, Michalyshen said. The woman faces two counts of assaulting a police officer and was detained at the provincial Remand Centre. - more on this story

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Chickenfoot's Chad Smith No Chicken As He Braves A Hurricane and 70-Year-Old Airplane Pilot To Play Show
MusicRadar reports: Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot, collapses into a sofa backstage at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 'The Foot,' as he calls the supergroup he's a part of, are due on stage in 20 minutes, and he's only now arrived - barely.

Smith had planned on being at the venue hours prior, but Hurricane Bill's crushing winds kept two planes grounded, forcing him to charter a two-seater ("I got a 70-year-old pilot to fly me, and he was awesome!") to transport him from his Montauk, Long Island home to tonight's show. "I have two hands and two feet," Smith says, ripping open a bag of beef jerky, "but sometimes I feel like I need three of me to be in all the bands I'm in. Not that I'm complaining."

In addition to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot, Smith is also a member of The Bombastic Meatbats, or Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats to be precise ("I didn't choose that name," he insists. "A promoter in Japan came up with it and it stuck"), a loose, funk-rock collective who are issuing their debut album, Meet The Meatbats, 15 September. - more from Chad about that group, Chickenfoot and the Chili Peppers

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Megadeth Radio
antiMusic reports: Megadeth's frontman Dave Mustaine is getting his very own radio channel. We'll let him fill you on the details: Recently I made a post about my new radio show and that I was blessed to be able to be working with Clear Channel with my own Channel, like the Christina Aguilera and the Eagles Channels. I am unaware of if their Channels are accesable yet, but I know mine will be in just a few weeks. Here is an update:

I talked to the Clear Channel people again last week and we are ready to go. We are going to do the first show from the Clear Channel station in San Diego, and I will hopefully be able to do an interview for the local San Diego Clear Channel Rock Channel. After that, I will determine what I need to make my studio ready to do the show.

I am going to play music I like, music that influenced me, and "zingers" - which are songs that you would never know that I liked (like The Beatles, or stuff like the Dead Kennedy's). - more on this story

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Alice Cooper Slashed
Undercover News reports: Alice Cooper is back working with Slash. The former Guns N' Rose/Velvet Revolver member is making a solo record with a whole host of special guest singers.

"I just finished writing a couple of songs for Slash's new album that is going to be coming out," Alice tells Undercover News. "He is working with a bunch of lead singers. It is sort of a nice idea of Slash and Alice, Slash and Iggy, Slash and Meat Loaf or whoever is going to be on it. It is a great idea".

Slash and Alice Cooper go way back together. Alice sang on the Use Your Illusion song 'The Garden'. Slash guest starred on the track 'Vengeance Is Mine' from Alice's last album Along Came A Spider. - more on this story

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Former Guitarist Sues KISS
Blabbermouth reports: Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who has sued the band several times since he left the group back in 1984, has filed another complaint, but this time he's thrown a cable network into the mix.

Vincent is suing the band, along with A&E Television Networks, for using his image without his permission. According to a lawsuit filed earlier this month, Vincent claims his image was used in a DVD boxed set called "Kissology: Volume 2 1978-1992". In addition, Vincent claims his image was used as part of the "roast" episode of A&E's show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels", the "reality"-TV program featuring KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons and his family.

Vincent also claims Simmons defamed him on an A&E show called "Private Sessions", though he doesn't specify what defamatory statements were made. - more on this story


Rex Brown Still Down But Was Still Out Monday
Blabbermouth reports: Despite last week's announcement to the contrary, bassist Rex Brown did *NOT* rejoin his Down bandmates on the road at Monday night's (August 24) show in Austin, Texas.

Brown announced earlier this month that he was sitting out most of the band's current tour in order "to address some personal issues." However, he was quick to add that he "will be joining [his] brothers on the second leg of the tour and in the studio in the very near future."

Down tapped Danny Theriot of Metairie, Louisiana to fill in on bass for the group's current North American trek, which kicked off on August 3 at Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Kansas. - more on this story

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3 Inches Of Blood Unleash Battles and Brotherhood Online
Century Media reports: The world is eagerly awaiting the triumphant return of one of the biggest defenders of traditional heavy metal, 3 Inches Of Blood, and after one listen to the new album's vicious lead-off cut, "Battles and Brotherhood," it is very evident that the band has crafted the definitive offering of their already much heralded career.

Head over now to www.myspace.com/3iob to stream the new track. The group will shoot a video for this song in the coming weeks that will be produced and directed by the acclaimed Rick Podd, who has worked on such movies as The Watcher & Hellraiser.

3 Inches Of Blood will be performing a very special headlining, one-off CD release show at The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sept. 9th, so if you are in the Southern California area, you don't want to miss out on this one. Also, look for the band touring throughout North America all this fall with In Flames, Between The Buried and Me and The Faceless. Here Waits Thy Doom will set the new standard for heavy metal, so be sure to mark your calendars as this monumental offering is set for a Sept. 8th release. - http://www.myspace.com/3iob

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$10 Tix Extended For Another Week
Live Nation reports: Summer may be drawing to a close, but live music fans still want the ticket savings that have been a part of Wednesdays all season long. So Live Nation is giving fans another chance to see summer concerts under the stars and to get tickets at savings of up to 60%.

This week's No Service Fee Wednesday promotion will offer $10 All-In lawn tickets and $15 reserved seats with absolutely no service fees in Live Nation amphitheaters across the country.

The great deals on tickets begin on August 26th at 12:01 a.m., run for 24 hours only and include shows by artists like Creed, Motley Crue and Def Leppard.
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