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Full Report for 02/12/2009

Rocker Cleared of Teen Rape
AP reports: The Alameda County district attorney's office has dropped charges against a member of the group Saving Abel and an employee of the band accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl to perform oral sex after a concert in Oakland, Calif.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys for 33-year-old Jason Null of Corinth, Miss., and 21-year-old Brandon Danger of Tampa, Fla., say a video recording contradicted the girl's claims. The charges were dropped Tuesday.

Assistant District Attorney Tom Rogers says the video taken after a concert in Oakland last week shows the girl led people to believe she was older and was not forced into the sex act with Danger. - more on this story

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Judas Priest Vs Scalpers
antiMusic reports: Judas Priest ironically issued a statement against scalperd this week but suggested fans use Ticketmaster to buy tickets. The ticket giant recently was dragged over the coals for redirecting customers to their ticket scalping site.

Here is the Judas Priest Announcement: Tickets for the Judas Priest UK shows are priced between £22.50 and £37.50 (plus booking fees).

We suggest you only buy them via ticketmaster.co.uk or the venues directly - it has come to our attention that other websites have been trying to sell the tickets for way above these prices - don't pay inflated prices!! - more on this story

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Justice Dept To Probe Ticketmaster
AP reports: The Justice Department will investigate the proposed merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. with Live Nation Inc. to see if the combined company would create an unfair monopoly in the ticket-selling business.

Federal antitrust lawyers are "committed to vigorous enforcement of the merger antitrust laws and will conduct a thorough investigation of the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation transaction," said Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona.

The deal would match the world's dominant ticket seller, Ticketmaster, with Live Nation, which was once it's biggest client and is the world's No. 1 concert promoter. - more on this story

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Borland Not Down With Bizkit Reunion
MusicRadar reports: Some folks might still be "down wit da Bizkit," but guitarist Wes Borland, who played with the critically maligned rap/nu metal band in the '90s, isn't one of them.

While leader Fred Durst and the rest of the Limp Bizkit are planning a reunion/comeback album (dubious on all levels, we must say), the group's popular ex-axeman Borland, who now leads his own industrial rock outfit, Black Light Burns, has told them not to expect to see him rollin' into the studio.

"I have no plans on working with Limp again," Borland told mlive.com. "It's better for me for sure. I'm having a great time doing Black Light Burns." - more on this story [Hold the presses, apparently he changed his mind. Our friends at TuneTabMusic inform us that Bizkit HQ now says Borland is back in the group. We'll have more on that in tomorrow's report.]

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Stone Temple Pilots Plan CD- Big Bird Vs Chris Brown- Ryan Adams To Marry Mandy Moore- Fergie Slashed- Maiden Singer Fest- MC Hammer Vanilla Ice Show and more
antiMusic reports: Scott Weiland says Stone Temple Pilots will release a comeback record sometime in 2010. In a new interview with Spin, Weiland revealed that the DeLeo brothers have begun writing music.more

There is still more fall out from the Chris Brown/Rihanna incident over the weekend. Brown has been dropped from the roster of celebrities who appear in the popular "Got Milk?" ad campaign, and Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Sesame Street will be dropping any re-airings of a 2007 episode where Brown performed and danced with Elmo. more

Oasis will play their first China concerts in Beijing and Shanghai in early April, the musicians announced on their Web site.more

Slash took part in the fifth annual Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation benefit concert on February 5, 2009 in Los Angeles where he jammed with Fergie. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed here

Ryan Adams has become engaged to girlfriend Mandy Moore, best known as a film actress. The engagement was first reported by Life & Style, and Moore later confirmed it to Perez Hilton. more

Romanian rock festival Rock City Open Air will feature two former Iron Maiden vocalists this year in the form of Paul DiAnno and Blaze Bayley. The festival will be held from August 20th - 23rd in the city of Fetesti. more

MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice are teaming up for a one-night-only show called Hammer Pants And Ice. Before you bust out your credit card to scoop up those much-sought-after tickets, be advised: the show is at the McKay Events Center in Orem, Utah more
The New York Times is reporting that Sirius XM Satellite Radio is on the verge of bankruptcy. It has hired advisers to prepare for a possible bankruptcy filing. more
After the news that Blink-182 was reunited, Tom Delonge has confirmed that his post-Blink project Angels and Airwaves will nonetheless continuemore

Pete Yorn just released a rare track called "Can't Hear Anyone". The track was recorded during the Nightcrawler sessions. It is currently being featured along with a playlist of both new and classic Pete tracks on his Facebook Fan page, Facebook Official Group and on his. MySpace page

After a lackluster response to their overpriced and overhyped summer tour last year, Motley Crue are giving it another shot this spring. Click here if you are one of the few who give a damn and need to see the lame hyping for this go round.

Brad Paisley, who won two Grammys this week, got a leading six nominations on Wednesday for the Academy of Country Music Awards including a nod for the coveted entertainer of the year trophy.more

The rap triumvirate of Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent will soar 78-1 on The Billboard Hot 100 to be posted tomorrow morning (Feb. 12) with "Crack a Bottle"; which sets a Nielsen SoundScan record for opening week download sales (418,000).more

New Found Glory has tapped Shai Hulud to replace the recently broken up Verse on their upcoming tour. more

Molly Bee, the country singer who shot to fame at age 13 with the 1952 novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," has died of complications following a stroke. She was 69.more

PJ Harvey & John Parrish have announced three U.S. dates in support of their upcoming album.more

Lacuna Coil has announced that they are the latest band to be confirmed for this years edition of Graspop Metal Meeting which will be held from June 26th-28th in Dessel, Belgium.more

Sting finally found an audience for his lute music. He reportedly thrilled a Romanian audience of 4,000 with his renditions on the lute of Elizabethan music interspersed with classics from his Police days such as "Roxanne." more

The Cribs have confirmed that the man who will produce their next studio album will be Nick Launay.more

Whitesnake are very happy to announce they have committed to playing a one-off UK gig in 2009 at the Download Festival on June 14th with Def Leppard. The show will coincide with action-packed Anniversary releases of the multi-platinum albums, Slip Of The Tongue, marking its 20th anniversary, and the Slide It In album, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is understood there is also a Special Edition of their award winning, 2008 album, Good To Be Bad, featuring bonus tracks, being released around the same time.

Pro-Pain will embark on a U.S. tour in June/July. Support on the trek will come from Sworn Enemy and Mantic Ritual. more

Epitaph Records is proud to confirm the worst kept secret of 2009, the signing of one of hardcore-rock's most notorious bands Every Time I Die. With the ink on the contract barely dry, the band is eager to enter the studio this spring to record their debut for the label, which is expected for release this fall. more

Knights Of The Abyss, Dance Club Massacre, and The Analyst will tour the U.S. together in June and July.dates

Indie blues label Fat Possum Records has licensed the entire Hi Records catalog, including Al Green's 1972 album "Let's Stay Together" and several of his greatest hits compilations. - more on this story

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The Boss Demoted
E! reports: The Fray just demoted the Boss. One week after Bruce Springsteen scored the first No. 1 debut of the year, the Denver rockers displaced him with their eponymous sophomore release.

The Fray sold 179,000 for the week ended Sunday, per Nielsen SoundScan, to 102,000 for Springsteen's Working on a Dream at No. 2.

The Fray's breakthrough debut, How to Save a Life, never cracked the Top 10, but the success of singles like "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and the title track pushed sales of the 2005 release north of 2 million. - more on this story

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Morrissey Deluxe
PR reports: Morrissey's new studio album "Years of Refusal" will be released on February 17th on Attack/Lost Highway and is preceded by the single "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris".

The Deluxe edition of the album will feature a DVD with exclusive content including "Wrestle with Russell", a revealing 20 minute filmed interview with Russell Brand recorded at the comedian's home in LA in November '08. The friends talk candidly about music, lyrics, image, fame and hair in a piece that is both serious and highly entertaining. Morrissey's performances of "That's How People Grow Up" from Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and "All You Need Is Me" from Later With Jools Holland will also feature, as will the video promo for the single "All You Need Is Me". iTunes have an exclusive digital booklet for those who purchase the standard album version via their site.

"Years of Refusal" was completed in 2008 at Conway Studios in LA with the late Jerry Finn, producer of Morrissey's acclaimed 2004 UK No.2/Billboard Top 20 album "You Are The Quarry". - more on this story

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Nine Inch Nails and the Industrial Uprising Movie
PR reports: Metal Machine Music: Nine Inch Nails and the Industrial Uprising is the fascinating history of an often overlooked, but vital, contemporary musical form. It's coming to DVD on April 7th from MVD.

Providing inspiration for the title of this DVD, Lou Reed's 5th solo album split opinion dramatically upon its release in 1975, but while many saw it as a contractual obligation designed to shock the listener, its long term influence has been nothing short of startling.

The likes of Genesis P.Orridge and Throbbing Gristle in London, Cabaret Voltaire in Sheffield however, were concurrently performing a UK brand of what would soon be termed 'industrial', and these seeds collectively not only assisted and influenced the rapid rise of that period's Punk assault, they also moved electronic music into a new era. This new era would run its own course and influence greatly an American drift in the mid-1980s towards a home-grown, danceable variety of electro-industrial rock, with the remarkable Nine Inch Nails at its heart and soul.
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Brandi Carlile Intimate Tour
Columbia reports: Columbia Records recording artist Brandi Carlile will embark on an intimate spring tour starting on Saturday, February 21 at Louisville, KY's Whitney Hall showcasing songs from her upcoming new album for the first time.

Carlile will make 27 tour stops through April 29, including the Cayamo: A Journey Through Song music cruise from February 28 – March 7, as well as being joined by the Louisville Symphony on February 21 and the Spokane Symphony in Spokane, WA on April 23.

The remainder of Carlile's headlining performances will be acoustic, joined by Tim and Phil Hansenroth and a cellist. Additionally, Gregory Isakov will open all shows from March 24 – April 11 and Angel Taylor will open from April 14 – April 21. - more on this story

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REPO! Road Tour Diary: Cincinnati
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 Cincinnati.

Today we are losing Alexa Vega. She's been a real trooper, braving the REPO Road Tour for the past 3 nights, putting up with us, the REPO! Boys, and our REPO! Boy antics. I'm sad to see her go. Alexa's been a real source of light on the tour—for us, and the fans—and because of her role in REPO! (Shilo), I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Ms. Vega. Hell, in person I almost always refer to her as Shilo. And sometimes, just sometimes, she responds back to me as Mister GraveRobber. I hope that 30 years from now we're still doing this.

January 18th, 2009. We have a 2:00pm flight out of Baltimore today en route to our 6th stop on REPO Road Tour 3: Cincinnati, Ohio.

We board the plane. Spooky Dan, our Goth-clad tour manager, is seated at the front of the aircraft next to this little, old, blue-haired lady. I so want to stand up and take a picture of this comical pairing, but I refrain; my diabolical intentions would be way too obvious to the other passengers in this confined space, and considering that I'm a hostage aboard this plane for the next 2 hours, I want to avoid 120-minutes of dirty looks, and the inevitable interrogations that will follow: "Why did you steal grandmother's clothes?" Growling, "Because I wanted Red." - read the rest of this entry

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