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Full Report for 02/19/2009

80s Rocker Arrested For Threatening To Kill His Singer
NME reports: Men At Work's guitarist has reportedly been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill the band's lead singer.

Ronald Strykert, 51, was taken into custody by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on Friday (February 13) on the charge of making criminal threats against frontman Colin Hay.

Strykert allegedly threatened Hay in December 2007, and missed his arraignment last May on the misdemeanor charge, reports the Los Angeles Times.
- Hay shouldn't have offered him a vegemite sandwich

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INXS Singer Now Homeless
Nightwatcher reports: In a case of an artist getting back to their roots, Australian rockers INXS have kicked singer J.D. Fortune out of the band leaving him broke and homeless.

The Canadian artist, real name Jason Dean Bennison, was chosen as the replacement for late rocker Michael Hutchence after winning a reality TV search in 2005.

However, after completing a world tour with the New Sensation hit-makers, 35-year-old Fortune claims he was simply abandoned - and is now living in his car.
- more on this story

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Free Coldplay Album
MusicRadar reports: If Coldplay are trying to win over more fans (and Brits votes) by offering a free live album, they're a tad too late. The 2009 Brit Awards [took] place [last night] and all bets are off.

In reality, though, Coldplay don't need to bribe. So let's just give Chris Martin's sincerity the benefit of the doubt: "What we want to do is try to giveaway a live album for free," Martin told The Sun.

"We're playing a lot of shows in the summer and I think what we would like to do is - bearing in mind the recession we are in - record the live album then give it as a gift." - more on this story

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New Dave Matthews Band Tour and Album Coming
PR reports: On May 27th, Dave Matthews Band will embark on an extensive summer tour. An online ticket request period begins Thursday, February 19th, and continues through Monday, March 2nd, on the band's website

The summer dates come on the heels of the group's already-announced spring tour, which launches with a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on April 14th.Plans are currently being finalized for the European tour from late June through early July with more dates to be announced next week.

RCA Records will release the band's latest studio album on June 2nd. Produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) - more on this story

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Kanye's Sex Addiction
E! reports: Kanye West is on another magazine cover (this time with a sure-to-be-appreciated gray-free beard) and as usual the rapper turned auto-tune singer turned fashion designer is full of Kanye-isms. To name a few:

"Put this in the magazine: There's nothing more to be said about music. I'm the f--king end-all, be-all of music." • "Oh my God, I'm one of the greatest rappers in the world. I'll get on a track and completely ee-nihilate that track, I'll eat it and rip it in half. I wouldn't have to think of it." • "I have, like, nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on."

What other new tales of grandeur might Kanye have added to his repertoire? Just that a sexual addiction at a young age has somehow fueled his drive for greatness... "People ask me a lot about my drive," he says. "I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age. Look at the drive that people have to get sex—to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 a.m., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic..." - [If he's the end-all, be-all it's no wonder the music business is suffering a rapid decline. At least his quotes are entertaining. Read more]

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Ministry Farewell Tour Album
HER reports: Although Al Jourgensen has said adios to Ministry, YOU don't ever have to really say good-bye to the legendary Industrial rock band, thanks to Jourgensen's indie imprint 13th Planet Records. On March 31, 2009, Jourgensen will release "Adios...Puta Madres," a 13-track live audio CD featuring performances from Ministry's Final World Tour, "C U LaTouR 2008," recorded over the course of the band's 75-city global farewell jaunt which kicked off March 25, 2008 in Spokane, WA and concluded with two final sell-out shows in Dublin, Ireland on July 19, 2008. "Adios...Puta Madres" features performances recorded in Serbia, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Chicago, Germany, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, to name a few.

"We had a blast on the final tour and this CD really captures the heart of Ministry live," said Jourgensen, who personally mixed the recordings last fall at 13th Planet Studios alongside his touring front-of-house engineer Michihiro Tanikawa, as well as engineer John Bilberry. - more on this story

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Kill a Cop for God- Green Day Vinyl- Suge Guilty- Kid Rock Beer- Fountains of Wayne DVD- Plant and Krauss Soar- Wilco Book- New Sum 41 Cumming and more
antiMusic reports: The Arizona Star has launched a lawsuit against Tucson-based punk band, Awful Truth. The band came into some controversy due to their choice of the photo of a recently slain police officer on their "Kill a Cop for God" album cover. more

Reprise has unveiled plans to reissue some of Green Day's independent releases on vinyl this March. Both 39/Smooth and Kerplunk! will be reissued on March 24, 2009.more

Marion "Suge" Knight has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for beating a woman in a Las Vegas parking lot last year.

Kid Rock has been on quite a roll lately with the success of Rock 'N Roll Jesus, and soon he might be the king of beer too. The Michigan Brewing Company is currently collaborating with the Kid on a new line of beer, which should be in stores sometime in the spring.more

Fountains Of Wayne will release their first ever live DVD on March 3rd. The DVD, "No Better Place" was recorded live in Chicago and runs through 16 tracks of the band's best and most beloved songs. The DVD also contains a never before seen acoustic set from this group of Jersey natives. preview

Sum 41 have announced plans to release a new album later in 2009. Singer Deryck Whibley wrote on the band's official site that the group had started writing for an EP, but now they have enough material for a full record.more

In a week encompassing Grammy boosts and Valentine's Day sales, country star Taylor Swift returned to the top of the U.S. pop chart Wednesday, while Grammy champs Robert Plant and Alison Krauss zoomed 67 places to No. 2.more

A new book, 'Wilco: The Essential Interviews,' is set for official street release through Rock Reader Books/Lulu on May 12, 2009. Collecting the most significant and revelatory media interactions of the band's first thirteen years, 'WILCO: The Essential Interviews' is available for advance purchase and immediate delivery here

A legal turf war has broken out between production company Morgan Creek and the estate of Tupac Shakur. Morgan Creek has sued Amaru Entertainment for backing out of an agreement to sell the rapper's life rights for a film adaptation.more

Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan will premiere his new solo album, "One Eye To Morocco", on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, March 25 at 8:30 p.m.more

Simon and Garfunkel are planning to tour together for the first time in five years, Art Garfunkel has said. The singer revealed the plans five days after making a surprise appearance at a Paul Simon concert in New York where the pair performed three songs. more

The Killers are set to headline this summer's T in the Park. The Las Vegas four-piece will join Blur, Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon as the top acts on the main stage at the event in Balado, Kinross-shire. more

Sam Moore and David Sandborn make a special appearance on David Letterman on Thursday, Feb. 19th along with actor David Spade.

Welsh vocalist Duffy was the big winner at the 2009 BRIT Awards, taking home three trophies Feb. 18 at London's Earls Court.more

It's all over the Internet that Dolly Parton will be in the upcoming "Hannah Montana" movie, but Parton says she didn't make the cut.more

A&E has picked up a new series starring '90s rapper MC Hammer. The performer, his wife and five children will be the focus of a half-hour, 11-episode reality series set to premiere this year. more

Emmure have cancelled their upcoming Canadian shows. The group explains: "To all of our friends, fans and promoters that were planning to come out and see us in Canada on February 21st-23rd, we're sad to say we have to cancel these shows due to a family emergency."more

Behemoth entered Radio Gdansk studio in Poland on Monday to begin work on their next full-length. Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames) has joined the band in the studio to produce the drums.more

Portishead are looking for new ways to release their music, but have decided they won't be giving away their next album for free. The trio, who last year released the widely acclaimed 'Third' album, are free of a record deal and are hoping fans can advise them on how they should deliver the follow-up LP. more

These Arms Are Snakes have announced plans to put out a limited split 7" with upcoming tourmates, All The Saints.more

Blackie Lawless, the frontman for W.A.S.P. (better known to his mother as Steve Duren), has listed his Malibu home at $1,749,000. The house is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom retreat of 1,100 square feet that sits on almost 3 acres. The upgraded main house has an outdoor barbecue area and a "wine cave," according to the Multiple Listing Service. There is also a stone guesthouse. more

UK-based hardcore/punk outfit The Ghost of a Thousand have signed to Epitaph Records. - more on this story

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Mayhem Tour Lineup Expands
DiR reports: Killswitch Engage are the latest band to be confirmed for this summer's Mayhem tour which will be coheadlined by Slayer and Marilyn Manson.

Also on the bill will be All That Remains, Cannibal Corpse, God Forbid, Behemoth, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel and Job For A Cowboy.

The tour kicks off on July 10th in Marysville, California and will rage until August 16th when it wraps in San Antonio, Texas. The outing is sponsored by an overpriced energy drink. - more on this story

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Ronnie Wood Getting Axed For Being Rolling Stoned?
Nightwatcher reports: Guitarist Ronnie Wood faces being axed from the Rolling Stones because of his drinking. The 61-year-old rocker - who has been treated for alcoholism several times over the last 30 years - has been warned to curb his partying or risk being banned from a proposed autumn tour of America with bandmates Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts.

A [unnamed]source told Britain's Daily Express newspaper: "All the band have to have a compulsory pre-tour medical to make sure they can get insurance.

"Ronnie failed his medical for the 2002/2003 tour because he was drinking seven times the recommended number of alcohol units a week. He had to spend months drying out at a clinic in Arizona."

[Before you get all upset remember this report is based on an unnamed source in a UK paper, so it may or may not be true. - Read more here. ]

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Black Sabbath Extra Paranoid
Blabbermouth reports: On April 6, Universal Music in the U.K. will release the deluxe expanded edition of Black Sabbath's classic Paranoid album.

"Paranoid" is the first release in a set of Black Sabbath deluxe expanded editions. Each remastered album includes an additional disc of previously unheard outtakes, demos and instrumental tracks taken from the original studio sessions.

"Paranoid" is expanded to a triple-disc containing the extremely rare 1974 Quadraphonic mix of the album. The album also includes deluxe digipak gatefold packaging with expanded booklets containing rare and previously unseen photographs, comprehensive sleeve-notes telling the story behind each album and include images of rare single covers and memorabilia from the period. - more on this story

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NOW That's What I Call Hairy
PR reports: Grab your spandex, lift your lighter and crank up the cheese! The latest edition of the "NOW That's What I Call Power Ballads!" series will be released March 24.

Only the strength of NOW could bring together for the first time rock heavyweights Journey, Aerosmith and Def Leppard for "NOW That's What I Call Power Ballads!" Their "Faithfully", "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" and "Love Bites", respectively, are among the collection's 18 classic power ballads.

From Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" to Whitesnake's "Is This Love", from Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" to Extreme's "More Than Words", the track list spans the greatest songs of the genre. The other bands heard are HEART, Cheap Trick, Bad English, Warrant, Survivor, Sheriff, Scorpions, Slaughter, Boston, Tesla and Queensr˙che. - more on this story

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Tour Plans Go Down in Flames Due To Rehab
antiMusic reports: In Flames have pulled the plug on their upcoming UK/Ireland tour, but they gave a couple of really good reasons for doing so.

"We are very sad to announce that the UK and Ireland tour will not happen as planned. As you already know, Jesper is currently at an alcohol rehabilitation clinic and is taking some time off to get better. Peter is about to become a dad.

"We obviously knew about Peter becoming a dad and originally planned to have a replacement bassist, but with the recent events surrounding Jesper we simply feel that it is not fair on the fans to see a completely different line-up, which in our eyes is not In Flames. Again, sorry to make any UK and Irish fans disappointed and we hope to make it up to you very soon!" -

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REPO! Road Tour Diary: Phoenix
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 Phoenix.

Phoenix, Arizona: stop number 10 on REPO Road Tour 3. There are 2 REPO! screenings tonight (a 9:00pm and a midnight) at Chandler Cinemas. And hopefully good things come in 2s in AZ, because this is our 2nd tour stop at the Chandler—the 1st being in December on RRT2. Since this is the only venue/city that we're visiting twice, we'll find out tonight whether our road tour efforts have started a raging REPO! fire in Phoenix, or if our spark is already burning out.

January 23, 2009.: Phoenix was not originally on the RRT3 schedule. We were set to visit Milwaukee instead. But when a last-minute scheduling conflict forced us to find a replacement venue, and fast, Chandler Cinema seemed the natural choice; not only was REPO! well received here last month, but the theatre's managers, Matteo and Andrea (who are also behind "Come As You Are", Phoenix's Rocky Horror cast), are super cool people who have promoted the hell out of REPO!

Another added benefit of this unexpected scheduling change, is that we're in town for the opening day of Phoenix's Comicon. As such, Chandler Cinemas has arranged a REPO! booth at the convention where director Darren Lynn Bousman, actor Bill Moseley, & I, will pop in this afternoon to sign a few REPO! posters and promote tonight's screenings. - Read the rest of this entry

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