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Full Report for 08/$d/2009

Zakk Wylde Has More Blood Clots
antiMusic reports: Zakk Wylde has had to undergo more treatment for blood clots following last week's visit to the emergency room. Zakk updated fans Tuesday night (via twitter) with the following message:

"To all our Black Label Family Worldwide, thanks for all the Get Wells. Every 48 hours in the ER to check my blood, had a CT scan today and have blood clots in each of my lungs as well as my leg. Can't sing because pushing can cause an embollism."

Just how serious can blood clots be? According to yourtotalhealth : Although most blood clots tend to dissolve on their own with no long-term problems, there are situations in which blood clots can cause medical problems.

Blood clots become dangerous when they block blood flow through an artery or vein. When a blood clot blocks blood flow to an artery in the heart or brain, a heart attack or stroke may result. Blood clots can also block veins and arteries throughout the body, causing diseases that range from varicose veins to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. - more on this story

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Cops Called On Travis Barker, But It's Not Quite The Story You Read In The Tabs
antiMusic reports: You may have read some trash media reports on Tuesday that Blink-182's Travis Barker was threatened with arrest outside his ex-wife's home on Monday night. These reports of course were based on sensational "insider" testimonials from unnamed sources. But a quick read of a report from a real news outlet, who based their story on the police report, tells quite a different tale: Barker was just being a concerned dad to his kids.

The gist of the story was that Barker was dropping off his two kids with his ex-wife, (former Miss USA/ reality show star, Shanna Moakler), but he refused to leave the kids with her without a certified nanny present because the car of someone he says is a pedophile was parked at her house. Apparently this person is in fact barred by court order from being near the children, according to WPRI's report (see below). An argument ensued and she called the cops.

According to WPRI, who obtained the police report from the Barrington RI. Police department, "Moakler provided the officers with the couple's court order that explained the children's visitation schedule. That order did not require that a nanny be certified, but did state that a particular person was not allowed near the children. The person's name is redacted from the police report. The report says that a vehicle registered to that person was parked outside the building. The officers said that person wasn't there at the time, but his wife was."

That's quite a different story than the one reported by the tabs, but you can read more details based on the actual police report and not unnamed trash media sources - here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Denies Drunken Stage Fall
antiMusic reports: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler spoke with Rolling Stone to clear up some of the reports that surfaced last week, including a Boston Herald report based on band "insiders" who claimed that Tyler was drunk during his recent fall of the stage and that has created problems within the band. He tells Rolling Stone that he was "As sober as you can be" while discussing the fall. Here are a couple of excerpts from that exchange:

What happened that night?: I don't really know. There was a torrential downpour and the guys [at the campground] said, "Look, it's still slippery." I watched myself on YouTube, and it could have been my knee buckling or any ankle. The last thing I remember before I hit the ground was people grabbing for me, but they couldn't reach me because of the barricade. At any other Aerosmith show I probably would've been caught and thrown back onto the stage naked and without jewelry [laughs]. I stood up and couldn't raise my arm and knew I'd broken something.

Care to comment on that clip [on a tabloid site] of you in a liquor store?: Oh, Jesus Christ. A good friend of mine and Joe's the brother of the guy who works on my house, my housekeeper passed away. I was at the funeral. And after the funeral, they're Italian and had a feast at the house, a wake, and I stopped at the liquor store and paid for the booze. I did not buy any for myself. It was never proven that I did. Some kid whipped out a phone and took a picture. Anything to sell papers. It was for the wake. I would do it over and over a million times.

He goes on to discuss some of the current politics within the band and more. - Read the full interview here

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Bon Jovi Song Theft Claim Strikes Out
antiMusic reports: Remember that song theft lawsuit awhile back where the writer of a tribute song to the Boston Red Socks claimed that Bon Jovi borrowed from his track? The Boston Herald has this update about the case, or rather the end of the case: A Chelsea musician is back to "Livin' on a Prayer" now that his $400 billion lawsuit against Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora over dueling baseball ditties has struck out with a federal judge.

Samuel Bartley Steele, 38, claimed in his copyright-infringement lawsuit that the rock 'n' roll dream team's "I Love This Town" from their 2007 studio album "Lost Highway" was a rip-off of his 2004 ode to the Red Socks, "Man I Really Love This Team."

In granting summary judgment last week to the New Jersey superstars, District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton found, "Applying the 'ordinary listener' standard, this court detects no musical similarity between the Steele song and the Bon Jovi song."
- more on this story

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Original Cranberries Reunite
Rounder reports: Dolores O'Riordan and the original members of The Cranberries have announced that they will reform for the first time in nearly seven years for a live tour.

"I've decided to reunite with my former band members in The Cranberries and we will be writing new songs and performing tracks off my new album as well as our greatest hits during the shows. I'd love to see you out there." O'Riordan stated.

Guitarist and co-songwriter Noel Hogan offered "Over the last few years, each member of the band has had time to work on different projects and learn so much from their experience. Now the time is right for The Cranberries to bring all of this together and move forward." - more on this story

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Pearl Jam Leak: Listen To New Song Online- Fenix TX Return- Sabbath Deluxe Sabbath- Ace Frehley Offering Autographed Albums- Who's Flossing and more
antiMusic reports: Spin had some Pearl Jamming excitement on Tuesday with this report: It's been a killer week for Pearl Jam fans. The alt-rockers opened their North American tour in Toronto with a bang, charmed Chicago with a pair of brilliant shows, and unleashed the high voltage music video for the first single single, "Fixer." And now the Seattle band's new song "Supersonic" has leaked! Read more and listen to the song here.

Long dormant San Diego pop punk band Fenix TX is set to hit the studio soon. In an announcement posted online earlier this month, the band revealed that their original line up of Donnie Reyes, Adam Lewis, Will Salazar and Damon DeLaPaz would hit the studio this September. more

Black Sabbath will have five more albums from its back catalogue reissued on September 21 through Universal Music in the U.K., with all five being made into deluxe editions with extras and incentives to purchase, such as new photos and liner notes (but no bonus tracks) more

Ace Frehley is offering up limited amount of autographed copies of his new album, Anomaly, both CD and Vinyl at his official store

Smile Empty Soul released their new album "Consciousness" through EMI/F.O.F yesterday and to celebrate the release, the band has decided to stream the entire album right here.

Obituary are readying to embark on a North American headlining tour in support of latest long player, Darkest Day, released via Candlelight Records this past June. more

Dropkick Murphys have announced their fall tour schedule. The band will kick things off in California in early November, traveling up the US west coast and crossing the border to Vancouver. The group will then head east across Canada, heading as far as Montreal before heading south into the States again. Click below for the details. more

Of Machines has announced the addition of San Diego, CA drummer Lionel Robinson to their line-up.more

Between Community and Resistance, a 2001 documentary about the Long Island punk scene is set to be released on DVD. The movie, originally only available on VHS, focuses on the city's DIY scene and contains interviews and live footage of Latterman, On the Might of Princess, The Insurgent, Seven Days of Samsara as well as other contributors to the scene. The DVD also contains footage that didn't appear in the film's original release. more

Shayna and the Bulldog (SatB) self released their new album States this week. On the album, you can hear influences from their Cali roots, all the way to Motown and the Honky Tonks. If you're a fan of Bowery Boy Blue, Ryan Adams, Limbeck, Camper Van Beethoven, Wilco and Tom Petty check them out here

Dark Tranquility will be releasing a DVD titled, 'Where Death Is Most Alive' in commemoration of their 20th Anniversary which will take you from the band's raw beginnings to their current position as one of the most diverse and influential metal acts. more

The late Kurt Cobain and Muse singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy have been revealed as playable characters in the new Guitar Hero 5. more

In the wake of Cate Blanchett's role as Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, another cross-gender musician biopic is apparently in the works. This time, however, the pairing is even more unlikely. The rumor mill is buzzing that (sometimes) funny man Robin Williams will be portraying Britain's Got Talent web sensation Susan Boyle. more.

Alice In Chains have confirmed a date at The Avalon in Hollywood on September 30, just one day after the release of their new album, Black Gives Way To Blue.more

Pete Townshend updated his page on THE WHO's official website yesterday to alert fans that he's currently working on a new musical titled Floss, "an ambitious new project for me, in the style of Tommy and Quadrophenia." more

Whiplash will celebrate and mark their 25th anniversary this year and a series of upcoming shows will commemorate this significant event, namely the September Slaughter Thrashfest and Thrashing Columbia Volume 4. more -

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KISS Let Fans Vote For Tour Stops But Then Forget To Include The Top Vote Getting City
antiMusic reports: Remember back in April when KISS made a big deal about letting the fans pick the cities where they would tour? Turns out the votes didn't really count when it came down to actually booking the tour, at least that is what fans in the Canadian city of Oshawa felt on Monday when the band announced their North American tour without them on itinerary.

lfpress.ca reported : KISS fans who voted online to win a contest to see the band play in their city got the short end of singer Gene Simmons', uh, tongue today. The car manufacturing capital of Canada was recently named the KISS capital after it beat out every major city in North America in an online competition. But when KISS' fall fan-routed tour schedule was released this morning, the 'Shwa wasn't even on the list. "I'm devastated," Oshawa councillor Robert Lutczyk said. "Gene told us personally that KISS would be in Oshawa. He said the top three in the contest are guaranteed a show." [and he believed Gene!] more

Of course, once you make a stink about something publicly about a PR conscience group like KISS, you might get some results. CBC reported on Tuesday that now the band "will play a show in the city on Oct. 7, Mayor John Gray told CTV. Gray said he spoke to KISS manager Doc McGhee and was told that the band will indeed perform in the city." - The face-saving doesn't stop there


Oasis Going on Holiday, Not Breaking Up
PR reports: Oasis want to dispel any rumors that they are breaking up. Such rumors seem to come up in the UK press almost weekly but when the band pulled out of a large music festival last week at the last minute, it gave the tabs something to actually hang such rumors on. The band says it isn't so, but in a very Oasis way as you will see below:

As many of you may be aware, Liam took to his private Twitter page yesterday to apologise for Oasis not being able to play at Sunday's V Festival and quash tabloid trash about it being the last ever Oasis UK gig: "The voice may of disappeared but I'm still here.1st things first V I'm gutted your gutted, I'm sorry what can I say ---- all at the moment. Secondly, respect to those bands who covered Oasis last night, even though I might of given some of you ---- in the past... Finally reports in smartarses column about Oasis last british gig ever. The kids talking out his arse, I mean rkids, bware of darkness. LG"

V Festival was always scheduled as the last UK gig for this 'Dig Out Your Soul' World Tour. Oasis will complete the rest of the world tour in Europe and then take some well-earned time off before they begin to think about the next album and tour. -

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Saving Abel, Red, Pop Evil and Taddy Porter Go Back To School for Class of 2009 Tour
SKH Music reports: Saving Abel will headline the inaugural "CLASS OF 2009" TOUR, with Red, Pop Evil and Taddy Porter along for the ride. The excursion will get underway on October 27th in San Antonio, TX and continue until the end of the year. The first leg of dates will go on sale the weekend of August 28th, with additional blocks of performances to be announced shortly.

The concept behind this new annual tour is to bring together rock artists who have achieved substantial TOP TEN hits at radio in the current calendar year. Each year, an unsigned band, a.k.a. "The Freshman," will be selected to open the show for the full tour, providing an opportunity that is nothing short of a launching pad. Each of the acts on the inaugural run outside of Taddy Porter (this year's "Freshman") is riding major airplay at radio, and could be touring as a headliner on their own. The submission process outlining eligibility for consideration to be "The Freshman" for the "CLASS OF 2010" tour will be unveiled soon.

Headliner Saving Abel is the first act in over three years to have three top five rock hits off their debut release. The band's debut singles" Addicted," "18 Days," and "Drowning (Face Down)" have delivered a massive fan base for the Corinth, MS. quintet. Saving Abel's biggest hit "Addicted," was a #1 rock hit, crossed over to peak at #7 on Billboard's Top 40 Airplay Chart and also sold over a million downloads. Both RED and Pop Evil have had hits in the Top 10 this year and are quickly becoming staples at rock radio as well.
- more on this story

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Metal Guitarist Leaves Band To Learn How To Bury People
antiMusic reports: Guitarist Quinn Lukas will play his final show with Icarus Witch on September 17 in Pennsylvania because he's leaving the band to learn how to bury people.

Blabbermouth had this comment from the band: "When Quinn joined the band in 2006, he put his mortuary science schooling on hold. Since that time, we've played with Heaven & Hell, Candlemass, 3 Inches Of Blood, Kamelot, Doro and many more. Toured with Trouble, trekked around the North East, the South, the Midwest. Played Germany with Metal Church and partied in Los Angeles with, well... everyone else! He provided half the guitar for the 'Songs For The Lost' album (with the other half laid down by former Witch shredder Steve Pollick).

"Now Quinn's going back to school to become a funeral director and Icarus Witch will enter the next chapter in our twisted tale as we prepare to release our fourth CD in time for a full U.S. tour this winter." - Read the Blabbermouth report

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Weird Al Leaks
Jive Records reports: "Weird Al" Yankovic's 5-song digital-only EP Internet Leaks drops today at iTunes, Amazon and all other online retailers. The EP is comprised of four tracks that Yankovic has recently "leaked" to the Internet, plus one brand new song called "Ringtone," a Queen pastiche about a man who evidently has the most annoying ringtone in the world.

The music video for "Ringtone" was directed by Josh Faure-Brac and Dustin McLean from Current TV's popular series "SuperNews," which hosted its world-premiere last Friday night.

"Ringtone" is the fifth in a series of "leaks" which began last October with the release of "Whatever You Like," a parody of the T.I. smash hit with the same title. Beginning in June, Yankovic released four new original songs over a ten-week period, each with its own music video. Liam Lynch directed "Craigslist" (an homage to the Doors, featuring Ray Manzarek himself on keyboards); Divya Srinivasan animated "Skipper Dan" (a poignant tale of a promising actor who winds up bitterly working as a Jungle Cruise tour guide); the JibJab team helmed "CNR" (a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the superhuman powers of classic TV icon Charles Nelson Reilly); and the SuperNews crew tackled the new "Ringtone" video.
- more on this story

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Singled Out: Ellsbeth
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today we have part one of a two part special where Ellsbeth tells us about two songs from their new album "Well Dressed Killing Machine". We now turn it over to Shannon for today's story:

First up Shannon Quamme (singer / songwriter) tells us about the song "Defy": This song is about a soldier who was the golden boy of his peers. He got cocky, ventured out on his own without telling anyone, wanting to play the big hero. But he got caught. In the end, his ego got him killed.

The underlying message simply being to stay humble, regardless of where you are at in life. Confident, but humble. Ego isn't confidence. It's peacocking. No one likes someone who is full of themselves. At the end of the day, it's always best just to keep it real.

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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