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Full Report for 02/09/2009

Rocker Accused of Teen Rape
AP reports: The cofounder of the rock group Saving Abel and another employee of the band are facing charges after authorities say they forced a 17-year-old girl to perform a sex act following a concert in Oakland.

Thirty-three-year-old Jason Null and 21-year-old Brandon Danger were arraigned Friday on charges of forced oral copulation and forced oral copulation on a minor.

Null, a founder and lead guitarist with the group, pleaded not guilty. His attorney says the charges are "baseless" and his client will be exonerated. - more on this story

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Blink-182 Return: Official Statement
antiMusic reports: Blink-182 have ended the speculation over a reunion, they are back together and recording new music. Here is the statement they sent over on Sunday evening:

Hi. We're blink-182. This past week there've been a lot of questions about the current status of the band, and we wanted you to hear it straight from us.

To put it simply, We're back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album. Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed. 17 years deep in our legacy.

Summer 2009.

Thanks and get ready...
- More info

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Rock Grammy Winners
antiMusic reports: We won't bore you with the pop, R&B, rap and other Grammy winners and get right to rock which actually outsells all of the genres that the out of touch academy (and TV programmers) seem to focus on. Though calling some of these "rock" is a bit questionable. But this is the organization that gave Jethro Tull a heavy metal award.

Metallica took home the best Metal Performance Grammy for "My Apocalypse," from "Death Magnetic." Hard Rock honors went to The Mars Volta's "Wax Simulacra." Alternative Music Album went to "In Rainbows" from Radiohead. And Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals went to "Sex on Fire" from Kings of Leon. Then Solo Rock Vocal Performance went to "Gravity," by John Mayer. (rock?)

Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" took Rock Record honors and the title track took Song of the Year and the rightfully titled Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Record of the Year went to "Please Read The Letter," from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and the album it came from, "Raising Sand," took tops honors for album of the year. - more on this story

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Axl Vs Slash: Death Before Reuniting Classic GNR
Yahoo reports: Axl Rose has said that there is no chance that he and his former Guns N' Roses bandmate Slash will reunite saying that one of the pair will "die" before such an event could occur. The frontman told Billboard that the dispute between the pair would never be healed. He went on to say that Guns N' Roses, in its current guise, could tour in the near future.

"In regards to Slash," he said, "I read a desperate fan's message about, 'What if one of us were to die, and looking back I had the possibility of a reunion now.' My thoughts are, 'Yeah, and while you're at the show your baby accidentally kicks a candle and burns your house down, killing himself and the rest of your family.'

"Give me a f--king break. What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly, or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is. Those decisions were made a long time ago and reiterated year after year by one man.

"There are acts that, once committed between individuals, they are what they are. To add insult to injury almost day after day, lapsing into year after year, for more than a decade, is a nightmare. Anyone putting his own personal entertainment above everything else is sickening." - Read the full Q&A

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Coldplay Summer Tour
PR reports: Coldplay will launch a North American tour in Portland, OR on July 10th. Tickets go on sale beginning February 13th at www.coldplay.com, with additional dates to be announced soon.

Coldplay resumes its enormously successful world tour on February 12th, heading to Japan and Australia before returning to North America for its summer dates.

The band, which picked up two Q Awards and two World Music Awards in 2008, was recently honored with four Brit Awards nominations and more worthless awards at the Grammys. - more on this story

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Chris Brown Investigated For Assaulting Woman
antiMusic reports: This Reuters story might explain Rihanna and Chris Brown's no show at the Grammy awards: Singer Chris Brown is under investigation for attacking an unnamed woman after an argument in his car early on Sunday morning, Los Angeles police said.

The R&B star, who was scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angles on Sunday evening, was identified by the woman as the man who attacked her, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Police said Brown and the woman got into an argument while sitting in a parked car in the city's Hancock Park neighborhood shortly after midnight. - more on this story

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Buffalo Springfield Star Dies- Pearl Jam Recording- Metallica Get Festive- Bury Your Dead Down Under- Nikki Sixx Still Sucks- Ticketmaster Illegal? and more
antiMusic reports: Dewey Martin, the muscular, gregarious drummer and singer who helped found the pioneering country rock band Buffalo Springfield with Neil Young and Stephen Stills, has died. He was 68. Martin was found dead Sunday by a roommate in his Van Nuys apartment, longtime friend Lisa Lenes said. She said Martin had health problems in recent years and she believed he died of natural causes. more

Pearl Jam is about to hit the studio for a two-week session in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien as it continues work on its ninth studio album, which the band plans to self-release in the United States. more

Metallica will headline a series of European festivals throughout June and July dubbed "Sonisphere." According to veteran festival promoter Stuart Galbraith â several events are being staged throughout Europe in the run-up to Knebworth, England on August 1-2 in Holland, Spain, and Finland, among others.more

Bon Jovi will rock the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for the first time this year, returning to Louisiana after donating $1 million in 2005 to build homes for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.more

Bury Your Dead will be touring Australia late next month with support from Confession.more

X frontman John Doe will collaborate with Toronto alt-country act the Sadies on an upcoming record. The Yep Roc Records released project will be titled Country Club and will feature the pairing taking on classic country tunes along with new originals. It's expected in stores on April 14th - more

A bizarre 38-minute set by opening act Jessica Simpson inadvertently stole the spotlight from headliner Rascal Flatts in a show at the Van Andel Arena. She forgets lyrics, fights tears at the show. But at least unlike her sister (and too many pop "singers" to mention), she didn't lipsynch. more

It appears that Nikki Sixx's side project Sixx:AM's new live release sucks as much as their debut studio album. Surprise, surprise. Read the SleazeRoxx review for the predictable results.

New Jersey's attorney general says Ticketmaster should stop steering consumers to a reselling subsidiary offering more expensive concert tickets because it may violate state law. If it's not than it should be. more

Verse has apparently broken up. Singer Sean Murphy comments: "None of us are too sure about how we feel about doing a final show; not ruling it out completely, but sometimes that can come off the wrong way, and none of us want that. If we can do it right, we will do it." more

New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front are currently in search of a touring drummer. The band needs someone to fill in for 2 to 3 (two-week tours) over the course of 2009.more
Wilco's upcoming live DVD Ashes Of American Flags will be released via independent retailers two weeks early, as part of the Record Store Day promotion on April 18.more

You've all heard the new U2 single 'Get On Your Boots' in the last few weeks, but now the Irish rockers present a colorful and heavily animated promo video, as directed by Alex Courtes (who did the promo clips for 'Vertigo' and 'City Of Blinding Lights') - Check it out at AngryApe

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Reality TV Stars David Cook and Ryan Star Team For Tour
PR reports: Mark Burnett Records/Atlantic recording artist Ryan Star has announced details of a major U.S. tour.

The New York-based rocker will join David Cook for the trek, kicking off February 13th at Florida State University's Club Down Under in Tallahassee with a special hometown headline performance at The Bowery Ballroom on March 17th.

The dates then continue through late April. The tour heralds the release of Star's long awaited label debut, "11:59," which arrives everywhere this summer. - more on this story

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Kings of the Leon Spring Arena Tour
PR reports: RCA Records is proud to announce the Kings of Leon spring arena tour. These shows are the first set of US tour dates to follow their epic sold-out performance at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 29th.

Kings Of Leon kick off the upcoming dates on the 19th of April at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA and finish off at the Bill Graham Civic Center on May 21st in San Francisco, CA.

Only By The Night was released on September 23, 2008 and debuted in the top five on the Billboard top 200 and #1 at the iTunes store. The band has since performed on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman. - more on this story

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Filter and Papa Roach Tour
PR reports: Filter are to return to Europe in April 2009 as Special Guest on the upcoming Papa Roach tour.

The tour will take the bands all over Europe's mainland and through the UK. This marks a welcome return for FILTER who toured in the summer of '08, selling out shows in London and making triumphant appearances at Rock am Ring and Rock am Park in Germany.

The group will also be celebrating the release of the greatest hits album, The Very Best Things (1995-2008), due out on March 31st. - more on this story

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Sum 41 Global Hits Release
Punknews.org reports: Sum 41 has announced that their 2008 Greatest Hits album will be released worldwide this year.

The original release was restricted to Japan but this wide release will feature the same material but the band is changing the title and artwork.

The band had this to say: We've been getting a lot of fans asking us to release it around the world. So we've decided to just go for it and release the Greatest Hits worldwide so anyone who wants it can go get it. Thanks to all our japanese fans for making it a way bigger success than we all imagined. - more on this story

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Miley Cyrus Issues Indignant Apology for 'Racist' Photos
Hecklerspray reports: Just because Miley Cyrus is photographed pulling a face that's universally acknowledged to be offensive to Asians, it doesn't mean that Miley Cyrus is a racist. Or at least that's what Miley Cyrus has claimed in spectacularly bad-tempered apology, anyway.

So, to get her public image back on track, Miley Cyrus has taken to the internet to apologize. Well, maybe 'apologize' isn't the right word…

"I've also been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces! Well, I'm sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context. In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy … It seems someone is trying to make something out of nothing to me. I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new 'BAD GIRL'" - more on this story

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REPO! Road Tour Diary: New Jersey
antiMusic reports: We've been telling you all about REPO! The Genetic Opera and the recent REPO! Road Tours. The third tour just wrapped up and REPO star and co-writer Terrance Zdunich (plays Grave Robber) gives us the lowdown! Here is today's entry from New Jersey.

Today, Alexa Vega takes over the role of Repo Road Tour 3 driver- perhaps her most difficult "part" to date. Not because Alexa isn't a great driver. She is. And not because she isn't patient, pleasant, & one hell of a navigator. Alexa's all of these things, and more. But Alexa, poor Alexa, is about to embark on a very long, very stressful car ride in a jeep full of surly REPO! dudes.

January 16, 2009: It's noon. Spooky Dan, Darren Bousman, Alexa, & I, meet downstairs in our hotel's lobby. The snowman from the night before remains, standing tall, just outside of the hotel's doors. It is completely un-melted—in other words, it's still cold outside, really cold. Shivering, the 4 of us load-up our rented car, drive to a local diner for a quick breakfast, then get on the highway for what will end up being a 7-hour drive to Rutherford, New Jersey, the 4th stop on Repo Road Tour 3. - Read more of this entry

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