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Full Report for 07/01/2009

Chickenfoot Member Seriously Injured
antiMusic reports: Chickenfoot, the new supergroup featuring Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joe Satriani, were forced to cancel Wednesday night's concert after one of the member of group suffered a serious injury on stage during Monday night's concert in Paris.

Here is the statement the band issued: "We are sorry to inform our Spanish fans that Chickenfoot cannot perform tomorrow night in Madrid due to a serious injury to drummer Chad Smith. "

"Chad was performing on stage last night in Paris and during the show he hurt his right arm badly. He has torn his small bicep and cannot play the show Wednesday, July 1st. The band is very sorry they cannot play for their Spanish fans this week and plan to return as soon as possible. - more on this story

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Alice In Chains Preview Album, Announce Tour Dates
PR reports: Alice In Chains are giving fans a sneak preview of their upcoming album Black Gives Way To Blue (Virgin/EMI) by posting a brand-new song online. The seven-minute-long track, titled "A Looking In View," can be heard here. A companion video for the song is forthcoming and its trailer is available on the band's site. "A Looking In View" will appear on Black Gives Way To Blue, in stores September 29th.

About "A Looking In View," Alice In Chains vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell says, "The song basically speaks to any number of things that keep you balled up inside. A cell of our own making with an unlocked door that we choose to remain in. Focusing our attention inward instead of reaching out to a much larger world. I think this is common to us all. It's funny how hard we fight to hang on to a bone we can't pull through a hole in the fence, or how difficult it is to put down the bag of bricks and move on."

On July 18th, Alice In Chains will be sharing the stage with Kid Rock at Comerica Park in Detroit, to be followed by festival shows with Metallica overseas, including an August 1 date at Marlay Park in Dublin and an August 2 show at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth. They'll wrap up the international trip with a string of headlining dates, set to kick off August 4th with a sold-out performance at London's Scala.
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Daughtry Hitting The Clubs
RCA reports: Daughtry will embark upon a short club tour this August, starting just weeks after the release of LEAVE THIS TOWN (19 Recordings/RCA Music Group), the follow-up to the band's Grammy-nominated and quintuple-platinum debut.

Singer Chris Daughtry, bassist Josh Paul, drummer Joey Barnes, and guitarists Brian Craddock and Josh Steely will use the intimate shows to perform many of the songs from the new album on stage for the first time.

The 13-date tour will kick off August 2 in Orlando, FL and end August 22 in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets go on sale July 11. Daughtry will offer limited VIP packages as a pre-sale July 8th - 10th. - more on this story

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Lacuna Coil, Kill Hannah, Seventh Void and Dommin Tour
Fresno Media reports: Lacuna Coil, will make their triumphant return to North America on July 4th embarking on a five-week headlining trek with Kill Hannah, Seventh Void and Dommin. The much anticipated tour also marks the group's first headliner of North America in over two years, so it is definitely going to be a must see event. LACUNA COIL diehard fans can rejoice as this will be your chance to finally see the band perform an hour plus set consisting of many new tracks from Shallow Life, alongside some older classics.

Andrea Ferro (vocals) further states: "We just got back from the great adventure that was the 'Music As A Weapon IV' tour in the States and let me tell you: our fans are the best! Regardless of these hard times with the economy, they were out there night after night to support live music, ready to rock out and have a good time! We couldn't have asked for a better start for the Shallow Life touring cycle and we really want to take the time to thank Disturbed and all of the traveling parties to make it such a great ride. June is coming and we're getting ready for the summer festival madness around Europe and to embrace all of our European fans and friends. We're gonna debut some new songs together with our old material and it's gonna be awesome!"

"Shortly after that, we'll be back in North America for the first leg of the 'American Spellbound Tour." We will be hitting a lot of towns and territories that we weren't able to on MAAW and sharing the stage with old time friends Seventh Void, our new friends Kill Hannah and Dommin. We are looking forward to having a blast as always in the U.S. and are sure you will too. Make sure to get your ticket soon and be ready to rock!" - more on this story

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Aerosmith's Joey Kramer Releases Hard Hitting Bio
PR reports: Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top By Joey Kramer, drummer of Aerosmith hit book stores yesterday.

Book Description: In 1997, amid Aerosmith's sold-out world tour and number one album release, word about Joey's troubles was reported in the press. Despite the advice he had received to play it down, Joey revealed in an interview his ongoing struggles with depression. The response from fans and people battling those same internal demons was overwhelming. Joey-who has been the drummer in Aerosmith since it was founded in 1970 and is the first member of the band to release his own book-now tells the complete story: the early days of the band, glamorous drug-addled events leading up to their eventual sobriety, battles within his family and among bandmates, and the explosive internal dynamics in Aerosmith that continue to unleash a fury of endless creativity.

This is not just another rock 'n' roll memoir. In addition to the never-before-told Aerosmith war stories that abound in the book, Hit Hard unpacks the history of a rock star who was both fragile and tough, who after years of insane wildness became willing to accept help and finally kick a serious alcohol and drug addiction, only to find that the real terrors and hard work were still ahead. It's the story of an average kid from an average American suburb who went through physical and emotional trauma. It's about years of depression and the nervous breakdown at the height of the band's comeback success. Ultimately, Hit Hard is about how Joey recognized his confusion between love and abuse, awakening to the kind of self-acceptance and compassion that make relationships possible in the "real world" as a member of the biggest band in American history.
- Joey Kramer in his own words

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Musician Hit With Swine Flu- Smiths Turn Down 50 Million for Reunion- Zakk Wylde For Bones- Rick Astley Death Hoax- Bizkit Added To Linkin Metallica Fest and more
antiMusic reports: Jens Lekman has broke the news that he's contracted the H1N1 virus (aka swine flu) while on tour in South American earlier this month. Lekman is back home in Sweden right now recovering, he says on his blog, and by the sounds of things everything is going to be okay.more

In a recent interview, guitarist Johnny Marr revealed that the Smiths have been offered no less than a whopping $50 million to reform. "I think we were offered $50 million for three... possibly five shows. It's pretty obscene, it's pretty gross."more

Eighties pop star Rick Astley is fighting off sick rumors he has been found dead in Germany, after becoming the latest in a handful of celebrities 'killed off' by Internet hoaxers.more

A spokesman for Grammy winning country musician Ray Price says the singer is home in Texas recuperating after surgery to remove polyps from his colon.more

Microsoft's recently launched Web browser Internet Explorer 8 will be the official sponsor of the upcoming Nickelback tour and the Live Nation-produced Bamboozle Music Festival.more

Limp Bizkit have been added to the line-up of the forthcoming Sonisphere festival. The festival will be headlined by Linkin Park and Metallica.more

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) has revealed via his official Twitter account that he will appear in an upcoming episode of "Bones". more

The legendary New York Dolls today announced they will return to London to play a headline concert at the HMV Kentish Town Forum on Friday 4th December.

Thin Lizzy's management company has confirmed to Blabbermouth.Net that the band has parted ways with guitarist/vocalist John Sykes.more

All That Remains drummer Jason Costa broke his hand last week and as a result will not be able to play on the upcoming Mayhem Festival Tour which kicks off on July 10th. All That Remains will honor their commitment to the tour with temporary replacement drummer Tony Laureano behind the kit. Laureano, best known for his work with bands Dimmu Borgir and Nile, will be sure to keep ATR's set fast and furious!

According to the Rocket Science music label services organization, which lists original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley as one of its clients, Frehley's new solo album, "Anomaly", will be released on September 15.more

News that Global Gaming Factory X, a Swedish gaming company, had acquired The Pirate Bay has executives and experts around the world scratching their heads. The broad goal of the company is to create business models that ensures content providers and copyright owners are paid for downloaded content. more

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'anno has confirmed a string of Western Canada dates in September.more

When U2 kick off their 360 Tour tonight in Barcelona, Spain, they'll do so under a unique, specially designed stage set called The Claw. With no defined front or back, the band will be surrounded on all sides by the audience. more

Candiria is set to release the first and second portions of their four volume collection of rarities and remixes. Titled "Toying With The Insanities," volumes 1 and 2 will hit streets on September 9th.more

Keelhaul will release their first album in six years next month. Titled "Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity," the effort will be available on August 18th via Hydra Head Records.more

Bloody Panda has completed work on its new album, entitled Summon. The record will see an August 11, 2009 North American release date via Profound Lore Records.more

Jackyl singer Jesse James Dupree of Mighty Loud Entertainment has partnered with Arnold Rifkin of Cheyenne ("Die Hard", "Armageddon") and A. Smith & Co ("Hell's Kitchen", "I Survived A Japanese Gameshow") and has just placed his next show with the Tru television network. Based on the world's largest biker bar in Sturgis, South Dakota, the show follows bar owner Mike Ballard through the rally, and what it takes to run the Full Throttle Saloon. Ballard manages over 300 employees (100 of which are quite voluptuous bartenders) all the while having only nine days to generate millions of dollars. more -

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Michael Jackson Breaks Billboard Charts Records
Billboard reports: As predicted, Michael Jackson is once again the King of the Pop charts. Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, the entire top nine positions on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart will house Jackson-related titles when the tally is released in the early morning on Wednesday (July 1). Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday (June 28) night.

Jackson himself has a record eight out of the top 10, while a Jackson 5 compilation also finds its way into the upper tier. The King of Pop's "Number Ones" will fittingly lead the pack at No. 1 with 108,000 (an increase of 2,340%) while "The Essential Michael Jackson" and "Thriller" are in the Nos. 2 and 3 slots with 102,000 and 101,000, respectively. Last week "Number Ones" was the only Jackson title on the chart, at No. 20 with 4,000 copies; both "Essential" and "Thriller" re-enter the tally this week.

Additionally, his classic 1979 studio set "Off the Wall" re-enters at No. 4 with 33,000 while his 1987 album "Bad" returns at No. 6 with 17,000. At No. 5, the Jackson 5's "The Ultimate Collection" debuts with 18,000. Jackson's fourth studio album for Epic Records, 1991's "Dangerous," re-enters at No. 7 with 14,000 while his 2001 compilation "Greatest Hits: HIStory -- Volume 1" also comes back to the list at No. 8 with 12,000. Finally, Jackson's 2004 box set "The Ultimate Collection" charts its first week on the Pop Catalog chart, arriving at No. 9 with 11,000.
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So Called No Service Fee Wednesday Continues
Live Nation reports: Live Nation announced today that its "No Service Fee* Wednesday" program for July 1 will continue to give music fans "deep" discounts on 4-Pack ticket packages and will expand the offer to include 6-Pack tickets as well.

These programs already save fans money with lower prices for purchasing a 4 or 6 ticket bundle. With the service fee eliminated on 4-Packs this Wednesday, music fans will enjoy a 40% average discount when compared to the regular price of individual tickets. Fans who buy 6-Packs will save even more an average 54% over the purchase of individual tickets.

The new offer, which is valid for all 4-Packs and 6-Packs at Live Nation ticketed amphitheaters, runs for 24 hours beginning on Wednesday, July 1 at 12:01 a.m. local time, only at LiveNation.com. * Parking, municipal taxes and certain venue fees may still apply. - more on this story

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Tim McGraw Sets Release of New Album Featuring Nickelback Penned Single
Red Light reports: This fall, Curb Records will release Southern Voice, Tim McGraw's first studio album in two and a half years. Recorded in Nashville with his longtime producer, Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Sugarland, Phil Vassar), Southern Voice is the follow-up to Let It Go, which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in April of 2007. McGraw will support his new album with an extensive tour in 2010.

Lead single "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You" goes to radio today. Written by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and singer-songwriter Brett James (who has penned numerous hits, including "Jesus, Take the Wheel" for Carrie Underwood), "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You" is an uptempo, tongue-in-cheek tale about the price of love.

As Southern Voice reflects, McGraw is a self-made man with more interest in where he's going than where he's been. His restless instincts have led him down roads seldom traveled by his contemporaries and the new album finds him pushing the boundaries of his artistry once more - with characteristic honesty, grit and soul. - more on this story

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Ticketmaster Scam Sites Shut Down
Billboard reports: A Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. subsidiary has reached an agreement with the Illinois Attorney General after complaints of overly high-priced tickets to Hannah Montana and Bruce Springsteen concerts.

The state attorney general's office announced Tuesday that it had discovered TicketsNow operated Web sites with domain names that misled customers to believe it was affiliated with the concerts' event operators. Customers thought they were paying face-value prices but instead were paying higher resale prices.

TicketsNow agreed to close such sites and not use ones that practice similar tactics. - more on this story

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Bob Dylan To Appear On Beastie Boys Album
MusicRadar reports: Bob Dylan appears on The Beastie Boys' upcoming Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 (due after Pt. 1, natch), but as you might imagine, his contribution is anything but conventional.

We sampled his ass," Beastie Boy MCA tells Drowned In Sound. The Boys previously borrowed a bit of Dylan's Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues for Check our Head's Finger Lickin' Good, and this collaboration is no different.

The Brooklyn trio says that Bob Dylan's sample is a "spoken word" piece lifted from the iconic singer's Theme Time Radio Hour show. - more on this story

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A Vh1 Channel To Actually Feature Real Live Music
vh1 reports: Calling all classic fans! VH1 is about to rock your world! Beginning July 6 and spanning 100 days through October 13th, VH1 Classic is airing some of the biggest concerts in rock history with "100 Concerts in 100 Days." All concerts will air at 11AM* and 11PM* each day.

VH1 Classic will kick off the fun on July 6 with the "Us Festival" from 1983 featuring INXS, The Clash, Men at Work, and The English Beat. Additional highlights from the 100 days of programming include: "Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same," "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live in NYC," "Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon," and "Iron Maiden: Somewhere Back in Time." Additionally, each Friday, VH1 Classic will premiere concerts including "Tina Turner Live in Holland," "John Lennon: Live in NYC '72," and "Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: Live in London.

VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" hosts Eddie Chump, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson are coming together across the pond for two exclusive, must-see premiere concerts. First Eddie, Jim, and Don take fans to Donnington, England for the two-day "Download Festival" featuring performances by a reunited Faith No More, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, and Def Leppard. Coverage includes back stage interviews with Anvil, Chris Connell, Tommy Lee, and Brian May of Queen. - more on this story

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