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Full Report for 02/25/2009

Steven Adler Vs Serial Killer
Blabbermouth reports: Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler will portray Stevie in "Dahmer vs. Gacy", an action/comedy about Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy battling it out helmed by and starring Ford Austin.

Adler reportedly plays a guy that Jeffrey Dahmer picks up at a bar and then later murders by sticking a drill into his head.

Check out a few pictures from the movie set at the full story link (courtesy of Adler's official MySpace page). - more on this story

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Barenaked Ladies Singer Quits
Jam! reports: Singer-guitarist Steven Page has left The Barenaked Ladies "by mutual agreement" to pursue solo projects.

The Toronto band and Page together made the announcement last night on BNL's website. "It's the start of a new chapter for all of us," wrote bandmate Ed Robertson.

Page was charged with drug possession in upstate New York last July, only weeks after the band released a children's album.
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Lil Wayne Faces Gun Charges
Reuters reports: U.S. rapper Lil Wayne, fresh from winning best rap album at the 2009 Grammy Awards, will face criminal gun possession charges at a trial scheduled to begin April 20, a New York judge said on Tuesday.

Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, faces one count of criminal weapons possession and one charge of criminal possession of a loaded weapon. Prosecutors allege a gun was found in his tour bus in July 2007.

Rapper Ja Rule was arrested separately on similar charges following a hip hop concert in New York where both men performed. Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, pleaded innocent and a trial date has not yet been set. - more on this story

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The Cure blasts "Idiot" Radiohead
MusicRadar reports: The Cure's frontman Robert Smith says he "disagreed violently" with Radiohead allowing their fans to pay what they wanted for the band's last album, In Rainbows.

"The Radiohead experiment of paying what you want - I disagreed violently with that," Smith said. "You can't allow other people to put a price on what you do, otherwise you don't consider what you do to have any value at all and that's nonsense."

"If I put a value on my music and no one's prepared to pay that, then more fool me, but the idea that the value is created by the consumer is an idiot plan, it can't work." - more on this story

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Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Nine Inch Nails For Summer Sonic Festival
Billboard reports: Creative Man Productions has announced the initial line-up for the 2009 edition of the Summer Sonic festival. Headliners include Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Nine Inch Nails, all veterans of the bash.

This year is the 10th anniversary for the premiere summer music festival in the Tokyo and Osaka areas and it will be held August 7-9, stretching over three days for the first time.

Summer Sonic is held simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The Tokyo leg is staged at the Chiba Lotte Marine Stadium and Makuhari Messe, a convention center directly beside the stadium; in Osaka, the festival is staged at the Maishima Osaka site. - more on this story

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Faith No More Return- Cursed By A Meningitis Scare- Deluxe Leppard- Free Motown- Rock Killer Up For Parole- Metallica and AC/DC Sneakers- GNR Gig? and more
antiMusic reports: Faith No More has announced its first live performances since splitting up in 1998. The band will play a series of European festival dates this summer, according to a statement from frontman Mike Patton's publicist. (see the "Mike Patton Scores Crank 2" story in today's Day in Rock) more

Cursed By A Meningitis Scare: Tony Gambino of Canada's Blessed By A Broken Heart was admitted to the emergency room earlier this week with what appeared to be meningitis. "Tony and his wife are currently without health insurance," reads a post on the site. "As it turns out, Tony's meningitis-like symptoms were caused by a bad reaction to some antibiotics he was taking. . . Because of the lack of insurance, one day in the hospital has generated a hefty bill, and his visit was unavoidable. Please consider giving to Tony and his family. more

Original Destructor bass player Dave Iannicca was tragically murdered on January 1, 1988. His killer, Robert Bedzyk, was sentenced to life in prison and is eligible for parole in May. The friends and family of Dave Iannicca have organized an online petition drive to help keep Bedzyk behind bars to serve out his original sentence. more

Deluxe Leppard. Apparently Def Leppard are planning to put out deluxe editions of their two most popular albums, "Pyromania" and "Hysteria". more

Veteran rockers Midnight Oil are to reform and play alongside Kings of Leon at a benefit concert in Melbourne for victims of the Australian wildfire.more

Beatles Track Legit? Noted Beatles historian Richie Unterberger, author of the book The Unreleased Beatles: Music And Film, believes the mysterious 11 minute Revolution 1 meets 9 track that surfaced online is the real deal, although he does say that without access to the original EMI/Abbey Road tape it's impossible to determine the track's authenticity with absolute certainty. more

Converse sneaker brand is planning a new line of products for the fall that will feature Metallica and AC/DC shoes, according to the New York Post.more

El Correo (Spanish for "The Courier"), the leading daily newspaper in Bilbao and the Basque Country of northern Spain, reports that Guns N' Roses will play at the at Kobetasonik festival in Spain on Saturday, June 20.more

In a new interview with the BBC, Adam "MCA" Yauch has revealed a few details about the Beastie Boys' upcoming studio album. MCA says the new record is tentatively titled Tadlock's Glasses, which is unsurprisingly a name inspired by an inside joke among the Boys. more on that inside joke

NOFX have announced the release of their 12th full length studio album. The record is titled Coaster and is due out April 28, 2009.more

In honor of the latest Bruce Springsteen album release, The Avett Brothers were asked to be a part of "Hangin' Out on E Street." Showing how they draw inspiration and are influenced by Bruce's music The Avett Brothers put on a performance of their favorite song, "Glory Days". Check it out here. The Avett Brothers have also added more tour dates to their schedule. Grab those here.

"VH1 Storytellers: Kanye West" premieres Saturday, February 28 at 9PM on VH1 and will premiere on Saturday, March 7 at 9PM* on Palladia, MTV Networks' high definition music channel. Users will be able to view the complete episode at Storytellers.VH1.com beginning February 28 with an online exclusive performance of "Love Lockdown." Beginning today, fans can go online for a sneak peek performance of "Stronger," several days before it will be seen on-air.

The Dead Milkmen have announced that they will continue their reunion run with an April 17th show in Brooklyn, NY.more

Drummer Kevin De Leener has quit the Belgian death metal band Suhrim. The group says, "Kevin call[ed] it a day as drummer in Suhrim for the same reason as Reinier [Schenk, bass]." They didn't elaborate on that. more

Celebrate Motown's 50th with free music from iTunes: Become a fan of Apple Students on Facebook and get 10 free classic Motown tracks including The Temptations "My Girl" and Marvin Gaye "How Sweet It Is". Check it out more. Tracks In Sampler:I Want You Back - Jackson 5 (1969) * It's A Shame - Spinners (1970) * My Girl - Temptations (1965) * The Tracks Of My Tears - Miracles (1965) * (Love Is A Like A) Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas (1963) * How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye (1965) * I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - Four Tops (1965) * Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes (1964) * Please Mr. Postman - Marvelettes (1960) * My Guy - Mary Wells (1964)

Helix have enlisted Crash Kelly frontman Sean Kelly as their new bassist. Commented Kelly: "A childhood dream came true for me last week...I was asked to play in one of my all time favourite bands, Helix! I'll be joining Brian [Vollmer, vocals] and the lads for a number of amazing dates" more

Displeased Records has announced the official reissue of "Syzygial Miscreancy," debut album of Florida's death metal veterans Hellwitch. All pre-album demos will be included on the disc as a bonus.more

The official line-up for this year's T in the Park festival has been unveiled. Lily Allen and Franz Ferdinand are among the new additions to this year's event, due to be held at Balado, Kinross-shire, from 10 to 12 July. more

"You're sweet but you're just four feet." Are you ready to get off your mud flaps and smell the glove again? Why waste good music on a brain? Stay tuned, details are on tap and will be coming soon!

Diecast has announced the addition of bassist Eddie Barton to the group's ranks. Diecast has kicked off a string of weekend dates which will run through April. The band says, "[the shows have] all been amazing so far... It's great seeing familiar faces and new ones in the crowd!" more

Torche has announced details regarding their upcoming 12"/DVD for Hydra Head Records. Available in stores on March 10th, the release features two tracks from Meanderthal, two new songs, and a DVD of music videos - more

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iDepeche Mode
EMI reports: EMI Music today announced the debut of the first iTunes Pass with groundbreaking electro legends Depeche Mode. With iTunes Pass, music fans can get new and exclusive singles, remixes, video and other content from their favorite artists over a set period of time, delivered to their libraries as soon as they're available.

The first iTunes Pass debuts today in conjunction with Depeche Mode's forthcoming 12th studio album, "Sounds of the Universe," to be released on April 21 in the US. Fans who sign up starting today get the alternative/dance pioneers' new single, "Wrong," as well as the Black Odyssey Dub Remix of the new track "Oh Well." They will also receive the new album on its street date plus great music and video exclusives before and after the album's release over the next fifteen weeks. The Depeche Mode iTunes Pass can be purchased starting today for $18.99.

"As we work to better understand music consumers and help create stronger connections between fans and artists, we are pleased to work with Apple and Depeche Mode to kick off iTunes Pass," said Ronn Werre, president, Music Services for EMI Music.
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Britney's Ex Charged With Three Felonies
AP reports: Prosecutors have charged Britney Spears' former boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib, with three felonies including assault with a deadly weapon.

Ghalib allegedly struck a process server with his car outside his apartment on Jan. 30.

The server was attempting to deliver papers notifying him that Britney Spears' father and attorneys were seeking a restraining order against him. - more on this story

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Mike Patton Scores Crank 2
PR reports: Mike Patton (Fantomas, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Peeping Tom and the forthcoming Mondo Cane amongst others) has just completed his first major motion film score for the film "Crank 2: High Voltage" (Apr. 17 release).

While Patton has often dabbled in film whether it was lending his voice to the creatures in "I Am Legend", his score for the indie film noir short "A Perfect Place" or Fantômas' film scoring interpretation via The Director's Cut, this marks his first proper film score.
Created during the latter half of 2008, Patton holed up in a Los Angeles studio and eliminated all other projects during the recording, a point worth noting as he is well known for being one of modern music's most prolific artists.
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My Dying Bride Sets Release
PR reports: My Dying Bride have been the leading light of doom metal since their debut album As The Flower Withers was released on Peaceville Records back in 1992. Influenced by acts such as Celtic Frost and Candlemass, the band's heavy atmospherics have carved a huge worldwide following over the years and they remain at the pinnacle of the genre and one of the most instantly distinguishable metal bands.

For Lies I Sire, the band's tenth studio album, is set for release March 23rd 2009 and consists of nine songs of crushing doom, recorded and mixed at Futureworks in Manchester, with long-time producer Mags, throughout the second half of 2008. It is the band's first album since re-signing to long-time home Peaceville Records, and looks set to become another quality addition to the MDB catalogue, such is the scope of this latest journey into the depths of despair.
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Flaming Lips Heads 2009 McDowell Mountain Music Festival
PR reports: The sixth annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF) lineup has been secured for 2009. Performances at the April 24th and 25th event include international and national acts The Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matisyahu, Hot Tuna, Railroad Earth, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Indigenous, Assembly of Dust, and Young Dubliners— as well as four local bands from the Phoenix area.

"We have always focused on bringing a unique mixture of musical acts to the Valley,'" said John Largay, event founder of the MMMF. "This year is no different – we have the classic rock, reggae, bluegrass, and local band representation— and now we can add The Flaming Lips to our portfolio."

Largay added that during these hard times, the charities need support more than ever – and feels grateful for the continued support of the Festival, and hopes to pass that into the community that supports us as well.
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Singled Out Classics: Black Magic Woman
antiMusic reports: We have a very special edition of Singled Out for you today! Legendary rocker Gregg Rolie (founding member, lead singer and keyboards for Santana and Journey) checks in with the inside story of one of Santana's biggest hits "Black Magic Woman" which Gregg sang lead vocals on. You can hear and see him sing the classic tune on his forthcoming live DVD- more on that later, but right now here is Gregg with the story behind "Black Magic Woman":

Black Magic Woman is still one my favorite songs to sing and perform even after almost 40 years. It took me about a year to convince the band that we should do this song. It was one I had a passion for and I knew I could sing it. Some songs are made for you and other songs you just sing. This one was made for me. A little known fact is that Mike Shrieve (drummer for Santana) turned me on to Black Magic Woman. He knew I was a big Peter Green fan from his involvement with John Mayall's Blues Breakers where Peter took Eric Clapton's place as the lead guitarist and played on the album "Hard Road". Mike gave me the Fleetwood Mac album with lead guitarist Peter Green and I found Black Magic Woman penned by Peter. It became a #4 Hit for Santana and one of the most recognizable Santana songs for decades to follow. I'm sure glad Mike gave it to me.

Now about that DVD. Here is the official announcement: You've heard his voice and keyboards on such classic Santana hits as "Black Magic Woman", "Evil Ways", "No One To Depend On", "Everybody's Everything" and "Oye Como Va", now legendary Santana / Journey founding member, and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Gregg Rolie is preparing to release a DVD of his band in concert at the Sturgis Motorcycle Ralley in 2007. Shot with 17 cameras, the Gregg Rolie Band whip up an exciting memorable performance featuring all the beloved Santana hits, as well as tracks from his 2001 critically acclaimed solo CD 'Roots'.

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