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Full Report for 02/26/2009

80s New Wave Rocker Dies While Driving
Billboard reports: Randall Bewley, guitarist and founding member of new wave band Pylon, died Wednesday (Feb. 25) afternoon after a heart attack on Monday in his hometown of Athens, Georgia, according to a report by The Athens Banner-Herald.

Bewley was driving on Monday (Feb. 23) when his van drifted off the road and tipped over, according to an email circulated by bandmate Vanessa Hay.

Pylon was formed in 1979 by University of Georgia art students Bewley, bassist Michael Lachowski, drummer Curtis Crowe and Hay - then Vanessa Briscoe - on vocals. The group was part of Athens' art oriented dance party scene that also included groups like the B-52's and R.E.M., each of which have often cited Pylon as a favorite and influence. - more on this story

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U2 Spider Man Musical A Go
Hecklerspray reports: You heard it once and thought it was a good joke; you heard it again and thought it was a bad joke, and now it's true. The U2 Spider-Man musical is happening.

Despite being the weirdest thing ever been announced, the Spider-Man Broadway musical - with music by U2's Bono and The Edge - will open in New York next January.

That's right - the Spider-Man musical is by Bono and The Edge. But don't worry about the other two - Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr will be debuting their new Condorman musical next February outside the Basingstoke branch of Clinton's Cards. At 4am. Drunk. - more on this story

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Faith No More Talk About Jim Martin-less Reunion
antiMusic reports: Faith No More have confirmed their reunion plans but one key member from their heyday is missing: guitarist Jim Martin. You want it all, but you can't have it. Sorry.

The 2009 lineup has been reported as follows: Mike Bordin - Drums * Roddy Bottum - Keyboards * Bill Gould - Bass * Jon Hudson - Guitar * Mike Patton - Vocals.

Bassist Bill Gould issued a statement to Blabbermouth.net that said in part: "Faith No More has always stood out as some sort of unique beast; part dog, part cat its music almost as schizophrenic as the personalities of its members. When it all worked, it worked really well, even if the chemistry was always volatile.

"Throughout our 17 years of existence, the mental and physical energy required to sustain this creature was considerable and relentless. Though amicable enough, when we finally split, we all followed paths seemingly destined to opposite ends of the universe. Yet during the entire 10 years that have passed since our decision to break up we've experienced constant rumors and requests from fans and promoters alike. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, none of us kept in regular touch, much less to discuss any possibilities of getting together.

"What's changed is that this year, for the first time, we've all decided to sit down together and talk about it. And what we've discovered is that time has afforded us enough distance to look back on our years together through a clearer lens and made us realize that through all the hard work, the music still sounds good, and we are beginning to appreciate the fact that we might have actually done something right." - Read the rest of his statement here and more info on what happened with Jim Martin

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DMX Assaults Cop- McTallica- No Doubt Tour- Winehouse Husband Out of Jail- New Wilco in June- Taj Mahal of Fame- Hair Metal Fest- No Rush To Record and more
antiMusic reports: Jailed rapper DMX now is facing additional charges after he allegedly threw a tray of food at a Maricopa County detention officer. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was booked on aggravated assault charges Wednesday, according to County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. more

According to a posting on Metallica's official web site, the band will perform at Fairyhouse Racecourse in Dublin, Ireland on August 1. more

Twang for Tweens star Taylor Swift claimed a 10th non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart on Wednesday, while the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire" rocketed up the rankings.more

No Doubt announced a 45-city summer tour, which begins May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., and runs through August 1 in Irvine, Calif.more

Amy Winehouse's husband Blake Fielder-Civil is now a free man after being released from prison Wednesday morning (February 25). more

In a statement in their fan newsletter, Wilco said they are "making major progress on the upcoming soon-to-be-titled LP. They've been hunkered down in the loft with Jim Scott and are just about ready to start mixing. We've got it on the calendar for release in June." In the meantime they have a busy live schedule more on that

Taj Mahal, the blues legend whose vibrant, worldly music encompassed African-rooted sounds of all kinds, will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Mahal, whose real name is Henry St. Clair Fredericks, has been selected along with New Orleans soul singer Irma Thomas, Chicago bluesman Son Seals and ragtime guitar player Rev. Gary Davis to join the Blues Hall in Memphis, Tenn.more

Twisted Sister, Ratt and Extreme will headline the M3 Rock Festival, an East Coast '80s- and '90s-focused rock and heavy metal music event set to take place Saturday, May 30 at Columbia, Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion. more

Lamb Of God's new album, "Wrath", is on track to move between 50,000 and 55,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land in the Top 10 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. more

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler and his band Adler's Appetite have been confirmed for this year's South Texas Rock Fest, set to take place May 22-24, 2009 in downtown San Antonio, Texas at Hemisfair Park. more

Evans Blue are back to work at The Pocket Studios this week, recording their third album with producer Trevor Kustiak. The self-titled album marks the debut of new frontman Dan Chandler, who was selected after an intensive six-month nationwide search. more

the bird and the bee will be performing on The Ellen Degeneres Show today (2/26). The band's current tour will conclude with an East Coast run that culminates March 7 in a performance at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall in New York as part of the WFUV Live at Zankel series.

EMI Music Group, with subsidiary Capitol Records, has joined in the lawsuit against Internet music search engine SeeqPod, joining Warner Music Group which originally took action last January.more

Within Temptation singer Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt are expecting their second child this summer. more

Shockwaves NME Awards were named the most pointless in a sea of pointless "awards" shows that are becoming more like organizations masturbating their own egos than awarding anything to do with actual art. Congrats!

The reunited Cold (Scooter Ward on vocals, Jeremy Marshall on bass, Terry Balsamo on guitar and Sam McCandless on drums ) are eager to hit the road in anticipation of their long-awaited new studio album, tentatively due in the fall on Sonic Star Records. The tour will kick off on March 17 in Atlanta, Georgia. more

Rush have denied the rumors that their next studio album will be another concept album along the lines of their classic "2112." Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee says: "We haven't even discussed our next work yet. Right now we're all taking a well-needed break. We're pooped and we're not spring chickens anymore, so we do need that break."

Telegraph have announced a March 13th reunion show featuring the final lineup of the band. That includes Jeff Sanguis, Mark Penxa, John Reynolds, Matt Van (Uncle Kracker, Parka Kings), Chris Brock, Steve K, and Derek Grant (Suicide Machines, Alkaline Trio)more

Architect has announced the addition of Montreal, Canada's Mark McGee to their line-up on drums.more

The first annual Arizona Metalfest will take place on March 27th at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ. band info

Emmure has been writing material for a new album as of late and expects to enter the studio in June to record the effort.more

Poison vocalist Bret Michaels has announced several solo tour dates. Bret states, "Hey everyone! The dates have been coming in so fast, just wanted to take a minute & give you a quick update incase you may have missed one near you!". - more

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Starsailor Record With Killers and Rolling Stones Stars
MusicRadar reports: A version of Starsailor's new single Tell Me It's Not Over, featuring The Killers' Brandon Flowers on vocals, has leaked online.

The song, which features Flowers on backing vocals, was remixed by the singer alongside and Stuart Price (aka Thin White Duke), who has produced both The Killers and Starsailor in the past.

The song is the band's new single, due 2 March, and was to come with a 'b-side' of their fourth album's title track, All The Plans, featuring Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood on guitar. - more on this story

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Motley Crue's White Trash Hypefest 2
PR reports: Motley Crue will hit the road again this summer for Crue Fest 2: The White Trash Circus. The Live Nation produced tour will visit cities across North America beginning July 19th in Camden, NJ through September 5th in Darien Lake, NY.

Full tour details, including the line up, will be revealed at a major press conference broadcast from FUSE TV studios in New York on March 16th, before Motley Crue hits the stage at Madison Square Garden that evening. - more on this story

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A Decade of Black Label Society Revisited
Kayos reports: Seven albums deep, Black Label Society has compiled their greatest material into a special one-shot package. On April 21, Eagle Rock Entertainment will unleash the massive greatest hits CD/DVD Skullage, brewing with 10 years of heavy, ferocious, rock.. The individual 115 minute DVD ($14.98) and individual CD ($13.98) will also be available separately.

The career retrospective Skullage CD portion includes a cross-section of the most brutal BLS tracks, including "13 Years of Grief," "Doomsday Jesus," and "New Religion." The DVD is a mash-up of material, with various live sets (including acoustic versions of "The Blessed Hellride," "Spoke In The Wheel," and "Stillborn") and some of the most visually innovative BLS music videos. Spend time with Zakk as he shares his memories of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, explains the motivation behind his most well known songs, and displays his treasure trove of axes. You get what you expect with Zakk pranks and antics abound as we visit his home, hang with him and meet his dogs.

BLS frontman Zakk Wylde has spent the last twenty years establishing himself as not only a guitar icon, but also a rather prolific songwriter. Studying at the alter of Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, and Randy Rhoads, Wylde is now revered by the latest wave of metal guitarists.
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Senses Fail Tour Plans
PR reports: Senses Fail today announces a four-week headlining tour of Europe, their first in over two years to support their latest release Life Is Not a Waiting Room (Vagrant 10/08).

Senses Fail vocalist Buddy Nielsen adds, "Europe in the spring, there is no better place to be. I wish we could tour there more often. We are very excited to see people and places we haven't seen in years and to be going to cities we have never been to before. We are a looking forward to hanging with our fans and drinking a few pints with them at the bar. Come out and say hello and order six Jameson's - one for each of us and, of course, one for you."

US headlining dates are underway this week as the band travels south to begin the Saints & Sinners tour with Hollywood Undead, Haste The Day, and Brokencyde. Senses Fail has also been confirmed to play Bamboozle Left followed by a string of dates across Canada in April. Senses Fail will be performing on all dates of Warped Tour 2009 - playing at the same time every day as headliners of the Smart Punk stage. - more on this story

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Senator Presses Ticketmaster To Sell Their Scalping Site
AP reports: Sen. Charles Schumer has urged Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. to sell off its TicketsNow resale subsidiary that was at the core of an uproar over Bruce Springsteen concert tickets.

Schumer, speaking Tuesday at an antitrust hearing on Tickemaster's proposed merger with leading concert promoter Live Nation Inc., accused Ticketmaster of redirecting Springsteen fans to higher priced tickets on TicketsNow, despite cheaper tickets being available on the main site.

What the company has called a glitch, Schumer said was "more about moneymaking than malfunction." He noted Ticketmaster collected $7 in fees* for every Springsteen ticket sold on Ticketmaster, but $30 for every ticket sold on TicketsNow. "You, Ticketmaster, need to sell TicketsNow and make them independent of you in every way," said Schumer, D-N.Y, in the hearing that was Webcast live. [*that $7 number seem way way way way low for Ticketspammer- yes spammer as they also collect your email and will spam you (or their "partners" will). The best part is their opt-out link doesn't stop the spam! A violation of the Can SPAM law!] - more on this story

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All That Remains Is To Play Shows
PR reports: All That Remains have confirmed two warm-up concerts prior to their headlining appearance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass. on Apr. 17. The dates are as follows:

These three shows mark the group's first American concerts in five months. The band will play additional dates throughout the spring, including the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio in mid-May alongside Motley Crue, Slipknot and three dozen others. They will also perform live at the inaugural Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on April 7.

All That Remains just completed a successful European co-headlining tour with The Haunted and is currently touring Australia as part of the Soundwave Festival, which also features Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains and Lamb of God, among others. From there, the band will head to Japan to support Dragonforce.
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Rod Stewart Unplugged. . .And Seated
Rhino reports: More than 20 years after Rod Stewart achieved superstardom, the shag-topped rocker took to the stage at Universal Studios in Los Angeles for a performance filmed for MTV's Unplugged series. The stellar concert featured a reunion with guitarist Ron Wood -- with whom Stewart played in the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces -- and resulted in a hit album that peaked at #2 on the Billboard album charts and contained a Top 10 cover of Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately."

Warner Bros. captures the excitement and emotion of Stewart's ebullient performance with a Collector's Edition that contains a remastered and expanded version of the original album. Also included is the DVD debut of the performance, which aired on MTV but has never been released in any format. The CD features two songs that did not appear on the original album. UNPLUGGED. . .AND SEATED will be available March 10 from all retail outlets, including www.rhino.com, for suggested list prices of $24.98 (CD/DVD) and $11.99 (digital/audio only).

Recorded February 1993, UNPLUGGED. . .AND SEATED encompasses many of Stewart's most beloved songs, such as "Maggie May," "Every Picture Tells A Story," "Tonight's The Night," and "Hot Legs." The Collector's Edition includes two tracks on the CD not included on the original: "Gasoline Alley," the B-side of the single "Have I Told You Lately"; and the previously unissued "Forever Young."
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Fiction Plane Live Release
PR reports: Power rock trio Fiction Plane is back! On March 23, the band releases its first-ever live DVD and CD package, simply entitled Paradiso, through XIII Bis Records.

Recorded on December 7, 2008 at the band's sold-out performance in Amsterdam at the renowned Paradiso, the threesome of Joe Sumner, Seton Daunt, and Pete Wilhoit were captured in top form. Known for their highly animated and energetic live performances, PARADISO is the purest representation of Fiction Plane outside of an actual live show.

PARADISO is offered in three packages. One set consists of a DTS Sound DVD of the show and two CDs featuring the entire audio performance. Special features on the DVD include the unedited version of the "It's A Lie" video (directed by Sumner's brother Jake), and a photo gallery comprised of images taken along the band's touring journey. The DVD will also be available separately, as will a limited edition Blu-Ray disc.
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