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Full Report for 02/20/2009

AC/DC Show Turns Violent
SleazeRoxx reports: An AC/DC concert in Norway Wednesday night (February 18) ended in violence with fans clashing with police outside the venue.

The rock legends were performing a show at the Telenor Arena near Oslo, but concert-goers were forced to endure long traffic jams to get to the venue. The problem got worse after the gig, with stationary traffic and apparent poor transport links leaving many people stranded.

Norwegian website Budstikka.no reports that things soon turned ugly with many fans venting their anger on police officers - throwing bottles at patrol cars and tearing down fences erected to control the crowds.
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U2 Coldplay Boyband Killers
Reuters reports: It's not often that Coldplay, one of the world's biggest bands, agrees to play backing vocals to a one-time boy band heartthrob like Gary Barlow of Take That.

But that is exactly what happened in the early hours of Thursday when the rockers performed on stage with Barlow, and later with U2's lead singer Bono and U.S. band The Killers at a charity show following the BRIT pop awards.

The event was in support of the War Child charity, which aims to protect children living in the world's most dangerous war zones. It has just released a compilation album "Heroes." - more on this story

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Aerosmith Working With Brendan O'Brien On New Album
SleazeRoxx reports: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton recently checked in with www.aeroforceone.com regarding the band's upcoming plans.

"The big news is that we had our first meeting and strategy session with our producer Brendan O'Brien. We've been wanting to work with him for a while. The meeting came on the heels of the band all working together for the first two weeks.

"Things are moving along and it's now on the fast track. We had a day where we all got to listen to everyone's songs and ideas. In the next few weeks we'll be narrowing down what we've got. We can already see things coming into focus - even as new ideas are popping up right and left. Joe survived his knee operation and has obviously done lots of playing during his recuperation." - more on this story

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Clay Aiken Dropped By RCA?
Faded Youth reports: Worried Claymates are noticing the same indicators that preceded official announcements in the dropping of other past idols.

Firstly, on RCA's website, Clay Aiken has now been demoted to the same degree as other previously dropped idols (Blake Lewis, Katharine McPhee, etc.) including the deletion of all his press material.

Were that not enough, the American Idol reject's RCA artist page and message board has now been deleted and the URL redirected to the non RCA owned fanclub. - more on this story

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The Bronx North American Tour
PR reports: The Bronx will be heading out on a North American headlining tour beginning on March 23rd in Albuquerque, NM.

This will be the first U.S. tour in support of their new album The Bronx (III). The Bronx continues to wow critics and fans alike with their stellar live shows.

The Bronx's new album The Bronx (III), released last November, has also received glowing reviews from the press. Entertainment Weekly called the album "near-transcendent", while Outburn referred to THE BRONX (III) as "a master crafted collection of fist punching songs." - more on this story

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Coheed and Cambria Boxset
PR reports: Neverender was the landmark event where for the first time ever, Coheed and Cambria performed all four of their concept albums in entirety over four nights. Now for the first time, on March 24th, you can re-witness this incredible journey through an amazing box set containing not only a DVD and audio CD of each night's performance, but also a must-have photobook and documentary DVD that captures the journey leading to this spectacular event. In addition, the limited edition deluxe Neverender: Children Of The Fence Edition box set also contains a collectible dragonfly.

Good things take time. Originally slated for a March 3rd release, the band was determined to provide their fans with the ultimate package and decided to include additional content to the box set. On March 24th fans will see that it was well worth the wait.
Neverender was originally intended to take place in New York and Los Angeles exclusively. The 15,000 tickets for these shows sold out entirely within an astounding three hours of going on sale. When the band saw how fast all 8 shows sold, they decided to extend the tour to include Chicago and London.

"Neverender came about because we wanted to celebrate the end of the Coheed and Cambria saga in a special way," says Coheed frontman Claudio Sanchez. "We wanted to come up with an idea that paid proper respect to this phase of our career, while at the same time gave our fans something truly unique and different. Many of these songs have never been played in front of an audience before so I think we're going to be freaking out at the same time our fans are. It's going to be a major challenge. We're psyched our fans have been so loyal and amazing. We figured they deserved this." - more on this story

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Lamb Of God's Internet Plague To Hit Next Week
PR reports: On Tuesday February 24th Lamb Of God will release their latest album entitled, Wrath. In conjunction with the album's launch, the band's Escape The Plague contest site will go live at lamb-of-god.com/escapetheplague. As previously announced, the first 100,000 copies of the physical cd will contain a coded card insert that will enable 100 fans to win extraordinary prizes.

One of those prizes anticipated to be quickly claimed are two trips for two to see Lamb of God at a major UK festival. It can now be revealed that the highly coveted trip will be to see Lamb of God support Metallica at Knebworth Park on August 2nd.

The Wrath album will be released in four configurations, an LP, a CD, a Deluxe Edition CD with bonus disc - which contains isolated recording parts - , as well as a Super Deluxe version featuring a limited edition box containing an LP, deluxe edition CD and USB drive containing 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
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ELO Member Dies
Nightwatcher reports: Kelly Groucutt one of the members (bass/vocals) of The Electric Light Orchestra and ELO2 has died. A message on his official website said:"It is with great sadness that I have to inform the fans that Kelly Groucutt died on the afternoon of 19th February 2009 of a heart attack."

Groucutt was bassist for the Electric Light Orchestra between 1974 and 1983. The first Electric Light Orchestra album to feature him on bass guitar and as a backing vocalist was 1975's Face the Music.

He continued contributing on the following albums A New World Record (1976), Out of the Blue (1977), Discovery (1979), Xanadu (1980) and Time (1981). He is credited with playing bass on 1983's Secret Messages, although it has been stated from an official source that he only played on four songs. - more on this story

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New Bob Dylan DVD Coming in April
MVD reports: MVD Visual and Highway 61 Entertainment are pleased to announce the home viewing release of BOB DYLAN NEVER ENDING TOUR DIARIES, Drummer Winston Watson's Incredible Journey for worldwide distribution on DVD April 7, 2009. This is an insider account of Bob Dylan's current "Never Ending Tour" that continues today.

Drummer Winston Watson performed 400 shows with Bob Dylan over five years, traveling the world 10 times over. Watson energized Dylan fans and Bob Dylan himself with his joyful and dynamic drumming style, as he helped launch Dylan's "Never Ending Tour" in 1992 that continues to this day.

Winston Watson chronicled his incredible 5-year journey with Bob Dylan in daily personal diaries and in home video footage with his Video 8 camera. Now Watson shares it all in a never-before-told insider account, revealing behind-the-scenes details of the thrilling and challenging journey as drummer for the legendary Bob Dylan. A skilled storyteller, Watson paints an intimate portrait of the inner-workings of Bob Dylan's band, life on tour, and the mercurial, brilliant Bob Dylan himself. - more on this story

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Diddy Rebranding His Hip-Pop
PR reports: Sean "Diddy" Combs has revealed new details of his sixth LP. The album, entitled "Last Train To Paris," is slated to arrive on September 22nd. [Talk about pimping this thing WAY WAY early! Did he hire Motley Crue's hype people?]

The LP features what Combs describes as electro-hip hop soul funk – welcoming in an unexpected mixture of sight and sound.

"I'm ushering in a new movement called 'train music'," says Combs. "Last Train To Paris" is Diddy's follow-up to his 2007 release, "Press Play." [which some called "shiddy music"] - more on this story

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Mat Kearney Goes Soph
PR reports: Mat Kearney is set to release his new album, City of Black & White, on May 19 on Aware/Columbia Records. Following the success of his major label debut, Nothing Left To Lose, Kearney has returned with an evolved sound and a world of new experiences.

After spending five years traveling the country establishing himself as a new artist, Mat dug his roots into his new hometown of Nashville, TN, allowing the songs on City of Black & White to evolve from various places and sources – in the back room of a studio where he stopped in to visit a friend, writing with people he met at coffee shops, hearing someone fiddling around with the guitar and humming along. He opened up the writing process to friends and to the community of musicians in Nashville, and crafted songs such as "Fire and Rain," "Here We Go," and "Closer To Love."
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REPO! Road Tour Diary: Los Angeles
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 finale in Los Angeles.

The original plan was to make the 400-mile drive from Phoenix to Los Angeles—our 11th and final stop on REPO Road Tour 3—but somewhere along the tour director Darren Lynn Bousman and I decide to fly today instead. This is the 12th straight day of traveling for us and we knew that we'd be exhausted, so the choice of an hour-and-a-half flight vs. a 6-hour drive seemed an obvious one. Especially since L.A. is our hometown, and we'd like to have some energy leftover for tonight's REPO! homecoming.

January 24, 2009.: Many of my closest friends will be at tonight's 10:00pm screening at the Royal Theatre. None of them have experienced REPO! on the road tour. Some of them haven't seen the film at all. I'm curious how they will respond to the hysteria that surrounds a REPO! event. What will they think of fans showing up dressed as REPO! characters? If everybody else is singing-along to the movie, will they join in, or just sit there uncomfortably? How will they respond to seeing me, their dirtbag artist friend, being received as a celebrity? All of this makes me nervous.

And that's if everything goes right. What if tonight is tame compared to the rest of the tour? What if—in typical L.A. fashion—people in this city regard themselves as too cool to commit to the wonderful REPO! weirdness? What if all the wild and crazy things that my pals have been hearing about the tour don't happen tonight? And it's not just my friends who will be in attendance tonight…2 of REPO!'s producers, Mark Burg and Carl Mazzocone of Twisted Pictures, as well as 2 REPO! cast members, Paris Hilton (Amber Sweet) and Ogre (Pavi Largo), are showing up. They too want to see what all the road tour fuss is about. Though the 4 of them are technically "virgins" to the RRT, Darren and I have sent them (and everybody involved with REPO!'s film production) tour email updates and photos, sharing the wild and unorthodox reception to our film. What if they show up tonight and there's silence in the theatre? Now, I'm really nervous. - Read the rest of this entry

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