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Full Report for 02/18/2009

High School Delays Van Halen Album
SleazeRoxx reports: Rock legends Van Halen have put plans for a new album on hold - so the band's youngest member Wolfgang Van Halen can finish high school.

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen pulled his son out of school in 2007 to tour with the band, as a bassist, when he was just 15 years old. The teenager proved a huge hit and is now a full-time member of the Jump! group. Van Halen wanted to follow the tour with a new studio album, but the band has vowed to wait until Wolfgang has graduated - so he can be a part of it.

Eddie Van Halen tells Hustler magazine, "We're just waiting for the right time. I took Wolfie out of school for a whole year to do the tour. It was just a bad time because the 11th grade is the year when they prep you for college. First he graduates, then we'll sit down, give (frontman) Dave (Lee Roth) a call and see if he feels like whooping and hollering a little bit. I've got a ton of music." - Wonder if he's hot for teacher?

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NIN Member for Sale
MusicRadar reports: Josh Freese will join your band for $75,000. Or, for the same price, he'll work as your personal assistant. Not that flush? No worries. The acclaimed drummer, known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle and Devo, among others, has other ways to make you happy.

For $20,000 Freese will give you a signed drum set. Not only that, but Maynard from Tool, Mark from Devo and Freese will take you miniature golfing. Throw in a drum lesson or a back massage and you're laughing.

For five cool ones, Freese will write a song about you and make it available on iTunes. He'll get drunk with you too! - That's just scratching the surface of these offerings

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Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Hanson and Fountains of Wayne Supergroup- The E.N.D. For Black Eye Peas- Lily Allen No 1- Jane's Addiction Festival and more
antiMusic reports: Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Hanson's Taylor Hanson and Fountains Of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger have formed a new band, Tinted Windows. more

The Black Eyed Peas will release their first studio album in four years, "The E.N.D.," on June 9 via Interscope.more

Lily Allen's It's Not Me, It's You enters the U.K. album chart at No. 1 while in the States it claims the No. 1 spot on iTunes' album chart and debuts at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. The album sold over 70,000 copies in the U.S. last week

The reunited original lineup of Jane's Addiction will play its first major show at the eighth Sasquatch! Music Festival, to be held May 23-25 at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash.more

Steven Tyler has managed to stay busy. The Aerosmith singer is reportedly hard at work on his memoir. (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, bid more than $2 million for the rights.) A source close to Tyler says that David Dalton is ghost writing the book. more

Duran Duran, N.E.R.D. and Groove Armada have been confirmed to play at the Lovebox Weekender festival, set to take place at Victoria Park in London on July 18 and 19.more

The (self proclaimed) King of Pop is lightening his load. At an April auction featuring more than 2,000 personal items, Michael Jackson is set to sell off a wealth of collectables and awards he's received over the years as well as a custom limo and Harley. more

Lamb Of God's new album, "Wrath", is available for streaming on its entirety on the band's MySpace page . The CD hits stores next week.

Deep Purple will perform as the headline entertainment act of the fourth annual Dubai Bike Week and Gulf Bike Expo that will take place at Dubai Festival City next month. more

Chevelle has issued the following update: "For the last six months we have been writing and working on our new record, and finally we are at the recording stage. We are out in Nashville working with Brian Virtue in his personal studio."more

Big band and jazz drummer Louie Bellson, a master musician who performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and his late wife, Pearl Bailey, has died. He was 84. more

Satellite Radio firm Sirius XM has avoided a bankruptcy filing, confirming Tuesday morning a deal with John Malone's Liberty Media that will provide it with cash infusions in return for a minority stake in the company.more

The cover artwork for the forthcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica game, which is due out in North America on March 29, can be viewed here

Scott Gross, who came to national attention as the founding guitarist of From Autumn To Ashes (FATA) has announced he will enter a recording studio sometime over the next month to begin production on a yet unnamed new project.more

After a few fill-in vocalists and multiple tryouts, Saints Never Surrender have added Means frontman Dylan Johnstone to their line-up. more

Down's name has been removed from the list of artists who are scheduled to appear at the 2009 edition of the Bonnaroo festival, set to take place June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee. more

Chris Laney has left Animal, the band led by former W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper, in order to pursue a solo career. more

The second day of the Pirate Bay trial at Stockholm district court began with a surprise move by prosecutor Håkan Roswall to amend the criminal charges. The charges against the Pirate Bay representatives will now be confined to making copyrighted material available. more

Doomriders are currently at Godcity studios in Massachusetts with engineer Kurt Ballou recording their next Deathwish Inc. release. The group has recorded twelve new songs in addition to several coversmore

Cattle Decapitation and Rose Funeral will hit the road together in April for a three-week tour. Psyopus and Woe Of Tyrants will appear on select dates

Coping with costly repairs to their van, Battlefields are looking for a little financial assistance from fans. - more

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Collective Soul Recording New Album
PR reports: Multi-Platinum rockers Collective Soul, who recently signed a worldwide deal with Loud & Proud Records, have begun work on their 8th studio release, the first release for the label.

The band has been hard at work in frontman Ed Roland's lake house studio for the past few weeks, working on the follow up to 2007's Afterwords. Renowned for their ability to write supremely crafted smash hits, the band is wasting no time in creating a new batch of tunes fit to replicate all of their past successes. Roland says, "We are only 2 weeks in to the recording of our new album and feel more like a band than ever. It's reflected in the music, which we all think is our best material to date."

No strangers to charitable initiatives, Collective Soul is confirmed to headline a special benefit concert for the Save Darfur Coalition, a global organization that represents 130 million people worldwide who have united together to help the victims of Darfur. The concert will take place on Friday, March 27th at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. - more on this story

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Former Eagle Says The Band Refused To Take It To The Limit in Concert
antiMusic reports: Our friend Ross CAT from Nightlife Magazine is no stranger to talking to legendary musicians. His latest conversation was with former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. It's a must read for any Eagles fan. Here is one question and answer from the exchange that caught our eye:

Ross CAT- While it may be a rarity one of the criticisms of the Eagles music was being over produced and the lack of spontaneity on stage. In the book you talk about the lack of freedom you felt during the bands live performances, tell us about those frustrations as a guitar player not being able to step outside the box?

Don Felder- For me improvisation is what turns me on as a musician. That being said it's not easily attainable and it's not a zone that everyone feels comfortable in. That's not to say you can't be a gifted artist without having the propensity to improvise. A prime example is Don Henley, he has to have a controlled environment as a songwriter and drummer. As a vocalist Don is brilliant and he's one of the most prolific songwriters ever, but his dexterity as a drummer is limited. I love his style but Don tends to keep it simple and contained so it's difficult for him to just jam. While the music of the Eagles is exceptional, every song and every show was literally scripted, that took away the opportunity for myself and Joe Walsh to be spontaneous which was most definitely frustrating at times. - Read the full interview

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Motorhead Dolls Lacks Balls
SleazeRoxx reports: Lemmy has hit out at the manufacturers behind his own range of action figures because they made him a eunuch. The Motorhead rocker was honored with a seven inch plastic figurine, in his likeness, in 2007.

The British star poses in a range of outfits and with different guitars, but Lemmy isn't happy with one detail - they left off his genitals.

The "Ace of Spades" rocker tells Hustler magazine, "I said to the guy who made them, 'Are you gonna put a d--- on it?' He said, 'No.' I said, 'Then it's not going to get very much action, is it? Not very lifelike.' There are three different ones (figures), two different guitars, and there is a silver one as well. I look like a f---ing Oscar." - More heavy rock news from Sleaze Roxx

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Ziggy Marley For Kids
PR reports: Tuff Gong Worldwide will release Ziggy Marley's third solo album, Family Time, on May 5. Marley produced the album with legendary producer Don Was. The album will feature a variety of family and friends including Rita Marley (Ziggy's mother), Cedella Marley (sister), Judah Marley (daughter), Paul Simon, Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Toots Hibberts, Elizabeth Mitchell, Laurie Berkner, Paula Fuga and two stories narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis.

"Growing up music was an important part of my childhood," Marley says. "I see it being just as important in my children and all children's growth and development. Music helps children to grow with open minds and open hearts and this is my message. This record represents my daily family life and is inspired by my three-year-old daughter Judah and baby Gideon. It was a joy to make and opened up new avenues in my creativity. Family Time is for all families and especially the world family." - more on this story

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Nikki Sixx Issues Half Apology For Fan Attack
Blabbermouth reports: Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx issued a statement apologizing in part for an incident with a female fan last week where he reportedly spit on the woman and tossed a bottle at her. Sixx apologized for the bottling but not the expectoration. Here is what he had to say:

"There was a recent event at one of our shows where someone threw a bottle at me during my speech and I got pretty pissed. The way it happened is, I threw a bottle of water to some fans and didn't realize the very bottle I threw to the fans was thrown back at me.

I have to admit, bands get pretty pissed when people throw ---- at you onstage. I didn't even think it was the same bottle, so with that being said, I'd like to say I'm sorry to the fan who threw the bottle back at me. These damn cliches seem to be true, like 'two wrongs don't make a right...'" - Read a humorous biased recount of the incident from the perspective of a Motley Crue fan

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Jeff Buckley Biography
PR reports: A Pure Drop: The Life of Jeff Buckley by Jeff Apter will hit book stores in March. Here is some info the publisher sent over about the book:

Jeffery Scott Buckley lived a nomadic life that took him from what he once ungenerously called a "rootless trailer trash" upbringing in Orange County, California, to Hollywood, and then New York City. Spiritual curiosity and musical experimentation combined with his naturally ethereal voice to give him an aura of otherness that seemed to preordain him for stardom.

His one and only album, Grace, confirms that promise, but he was to die young, before being able to follow up that first dazzling success. A legendary and influential figure, Buckely was still very much a real human being, and in this stunning new biography, author Jeff Apter unravels the complex and sometimes contradictory evidence of Buckley's life. Friends, peers, enemies, lovers, and collaborators offer their reminiscences to build a compelling picture of one of rock's purest spirits. The contents of Buckley's many personal letters are revealed for the first time, and his struggle with writer's block is explored, as are his battles with the concept of stardom, his desire for escape, and his attempts to deal with the unavoidable legacy of his equally gifted father, Tim Buckley. - more on this story

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No Doubt Heading Tiger Jam
PR reports: Tiger Jam is back with renowned musical talent, amazing guests, and, of course, a legendary host. No Doubt will join Tiger Woods on May 16, 2009, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas to celebrate Tiger Jam XII and kick-off their first tour in five years. The event benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation and select Las Vegas-based charities.

"I'm thrilled No Doubt is kicking off their tour at Tiger Jam," Woods said. "They are amazing performers, and I'm honored they are helping raise funds and awareness for the millions of young people my Foundation supports."

Saturday evening's highlights will include top-notch epicurean fare and exclusive live and silent auctions featuring one-of-a-kind luxury items. Following the dinner and auctions, the celebration will progress to the Mandalay Bay Events Center stage, where Woods will introduce Grammy Award winners Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young for a rocking concert.
- more on this story

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George Strait Heads Opening of Cowboys Stadium
AP reports: Since Elvis Presley and The Beatles aren't available, Jerry Jones had to settle for the guy who's sold the third-most albums to headline the opening of the Dallas Cowboys' new $1.1 billion stadium.

Country music star George Strait will have the honors on June 6, topping a bill that also will include Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough from "Dancing With the Stars."

"I have a lot of great memories from playing the many shows we did at the old Cowboys stadium, as well as watching `America's Team' win their share of Super Bowls. I'm very excited about having the opportunity to be the first concert ever in the magnificent new Cowboys stadium," Strait said in a recorded message - more on this story

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REPO! Road Tour Diary: Jackson
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 Jackson.

It's 10:00am. Actor Bill Moseley, director Darren Lynn Bousman, tour manager Spooky Dan, & I, return our rental car, and then hop on a shuttle bus en route to Denver's airport, en route to our 9th stop on REPO Road Tour 3: Jackson, Michigan.

January 22, 2009.: A fellow sitting across from us on the bus takes one look at us, this motley crew of REPO! dudes, and asks a question—the same question that we've been asked in every city of the tour thus far: "Are you guys in a band?" We tell him that we're filmmakers, and about REPO! He seems interested. Bill gives his REPO! DVD (the one that he purchased yesterday) to this stranger, winning what hopefully is another REPO! convert. TESTIFY!

Our 11:30am flight out of Denver is delayed. Worse, our departure is further stalled once we board the plane. Some sort of mechanical error that our pilot monotones about, is keeping our aircraft grounded. Worse yet, I am seated in between 2 very strange individuals. - Read the rest of this entry

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