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Full Report for 07/07/2009

Bret Michaels Tour Bus Crash
BW&BK reports: Poison frontman Bret Michaels' website has been updated with the following: As Bret Michaels traveled to St. Paul, MN following Poison's July 4th performance at Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, Ontario his bus was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on the Canadian side of the border.

Police reports indicate a car lost control and slid into the side of Mr. Michaels's tour bus causing a five car pile-up on the roadway. There was damage to all vehicles involved, but no serious injuries were reported.

Michaels and his immediate crew were released from the scene following an investigation.
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Chickenfoot Injury Sidelines Tour Dates
earMUSIC reports: earMUSIC and Chickenfoot are sorry to announce that after the cancellation of last week's Madrid show, also the sold out shows in Hamburg (July 7th) and Copenhagen (July 8th) need to be cancelled.

The band's drummer Chad Smith aggravated an old injury that had not healed while playing the Olympia in Paris last week and is since suffering from a tear of various tendons in the shoulder and upper arm/biceps.

He had an MRI that revealed the injury and waited to see if he could play last week. After the band had already cancelled the Madrid show to allow Smith time for evaluation in Paris he came to Italy hoping to play the remainder of the shows. - more on this story

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Panic at the Disco Split
antiMusic reports: Panic at the Disco have split in two. Guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker have decided to pursue a different musical path but the remaining band members plan to keep going. Here are statements from both sides:

Ryan & Jon said: "Ryan Ross and Jon Walker will be leaving Panic at the Disco to embark on a musical excursion of their own. Though the four of us have made music together in the past, we've creatively evolved in different directions which has compromised what each of us want to personally achieve. Over the years, we have remained close and honest with each other, which helped us to realize that our goals were different and that parting ways is truly what is best for each of us. We are all excited for the future, you should be too.- "

The remaining band members, Brendon and Spencer, issued this statement: We just wanted to let you know, that the news of Ryan and Jon leaving the band is unfortunately true. It's been an amazing journey being in a band with them, but sometimes individual tastes take friends in different directions and you can't ignore it. They are some of the most talented guys we know, and we're sure that whatever they do next will be great. That said, Panic At The Disco is alive and very very well. We are working on new songs that we are excited for you to hear. - more on this story

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The Killers Team With MTV For Sex Trafficking
MTV reports: In an exclusive collaboration, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and alternative rock band The Killers have partnered with UNICEF and USAID to produce a music video that dramatically highlights the dangers and impact of trafficking for sexual exploitation, particularly for young women.

The video, for the band's track Goodnight, Travel Well from the album Day & Age will premiere globally across all of MTV's properties on-air and on-line on Monday July 13 2009. This video represents the second in a series of music video collaborations to highlight the dangers and impact of human trafficking that launched last year with an award-winning film produced by MTV EXIT for the Radiohead single All I Need.

The Killers commented, "We are deeply shocked and appalled that women and children are forced into such exploitative situations. We hope that through MTV's efforts and this powerful video that millions of people across the world learn about this tragic form of modern-day slavery".
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Free Bizkit- High Def Spinal Tap- Paramore Ignorance- The Commodores Reunite- Beatle Beer- Silversun Unplugged Pickups- Cheap Trick Bring Back 8-Tracks and more
antiMusic reports: What do you do when no one will buy tickets to your big comeback show? Give away tickets! That's our guess on what happened with Limp Bizkit who cancelled their reunion tour kick off show but just announced a "free" concert that will take place at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on July 18. more

In related news: This Is Spinal Tap is cranking it up to eleven! In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the film, This Is Spinal Tap is making it's Blu-ray Disc debut July 28th (from MGM Home Entertainment). The disc features cast and crew commentary, deleted scenes, music videos, along with brand new exclusives: Spinal Tap's 2007 Live Earth reunion performance of their hit "Stonehenge" at Wembley Stadium and Nigel Tufnel's interview for the National Geographic Stonehenge special.

Atlantic Records is now streaming Paramore's new single "Ignorance". You can check it out here. The song comes from their new album brand new eyes in stores and online September 29th.

Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." more

The Beatles' 'All Together Now' will be the soundtrack to a new Budweiser advertisement. London duo THE HOURS went into the studio to lay down a new version of the song for the ad. watch it here

Silversun Pickups were recently invited to be a part of the newly resurrected fan-favorite MTV "Unplugged" and the quartet happily accepted. Their intimate performance is now available exclusively at MTV.com, which features 6 songs, including "Panic Switch," "Lazy Eye" and "Kissing Families." watch here

In what might be a last-ditch attempt at reliving the commercial success Cheap Trick enjoyed during the '70s, the power rockers are bringing back another 'colourful' by-product of that decade: the 8-track tape. The band's Latest album (yes, it's called The Latest) is available on CD, Vinyl and 8-track cartridge more

Bad Lieutenant the new project of former New Order front-man Bernard Sumner will release it's debut album, Never Cry Another Tear, is due out on October 5 in the UK from Triple Echo Records more

Radiohead's manager Brian Message has started a new record labeled called Polyphonic. He is reportedly partnering with Vancouver-based Nettwerk and UK's MAMA Group, the label is kicking off with $20 million US in funding. more

The debut album from Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, "Up From Below", will be released tomorrow (7/7) on iTunes and then physically on July 14th. check out the band's incredible video for Desert Song right here

Liferuiner, Years Spent Cold, Through The Fire, and Betrayal will be touring together in August.more

Motorhead mainman Lemmy Kilmister will be designing his own fashion line. Motorhead's collection will be produced by Hurley and will include pieces such as hoodies, jeans, t-shirts and hats. more

A federal court says a former manager of 1950s doo-wop group The Drifters could be entitled to millions of dollars from concert promoters who've infringed on the band's trademark.more

In pointless awards news: Take That have won a second Silver Clef award, which makes them 'better' than The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, officially, because the '60s legends have only ever won once.more

Death Cab For Cutie Perform with Orchestra. The indie band and the 50-piece L.A. Philharmonic battle sound issues at the Hollywood Bowl. Spin reviews the show here

More than three years since the release of her last album, Fiona Apple has two songs on the way -- albeit not original ones. The emotive songwriter will contribute two new recordings to The Best Is Yet to Come, a forthcoming compilation honoring Cy Coleman more

Broadcast The Nightmare issued this bad news: "We are disheartened to announce that, due to the sudden departure of our drummer and bassist, we had to drop off the 'To Hell and Back' tour with Knights of the Abyss." more

Sixx: A.M./Guns N' Roses guitarist D.J. Ashba will take part in an online chat on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. PST / 10:00 p.m. EST at AshbaLand.com. more

Generation Kill, the new crossover outfit featuring Exodus frontman Rob Dukes, has released its first demo track, "Hate", via the band's official MySpace page. more

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Metallica Fight Leads To Rocker's Eviction
reports: Jason Decay, frontman of the Canadian traditional metal trio, Cauldron recently underwent as surreal an experience as one can have at home. Like most touring musicians, Jason has his share of strange road stories, but he surely didn't expect one of the weirdest ones of all to happen in his very own apartment:

"A few weeks ago before the end of June, I was told by my landlord company that I have to be out of my place by the end of the month, apparently due to too many noise complaints. Funny thing is, the guy making the complaints makes more noise than me, only difference is that I tend not to complain. Anyway, he was doing his regular 2am monday morning Metallica S&M ritual when I had enough and went down to confront him about it with a copy of Kill Em All explaining that if he's got to crank Metallica at 2am, they have more than that symphony ----.

"Well, he took my presentation of Kill Em All as an insult and it resulted in a heated argument that ended with him running back into his place and slamming the door. I then smashed his door with a hockey stick. I just received a written notice from the landlord saying I have to be out by the end of the month. Fine with me!" - more on this story

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Live Nation Goes All In With No Fees and Hot Dogs
Live Nation reports: Since the June 3rd launch of "No Service Fee Wednesday," Live Nation has delivered a steady stream of value for summer concert fans each Wednesday at LiveNation.com.

This week, Live Nation goes all-in with the industry's first ever one price concert experience, announcing an all-in price of $29.99 including lawn ticket, parking, all fees, a hot dog and a soda. The special offer, which is good on all lawn tickets at Live Nation ticketed amphitheaters, runs for 24 hours beginning on Wednesday, July 8 only at LiveNation.com.

"Over the last five Wednesdays, music fans have saved millions of dollars on concert tickets at LiveNation.com," says Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "Now fans have asked that we take it one step further and give a truly all-in price and so this week we're offering a $29.99, one price deal that includes the ticket, parking, all fees and a concert meal." - more on this story

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Nine Inch Nails Heart Transplant Fan Dies at 27
exclaim.ca reports: Long-time Nine Inch Nails fan Eric De La Cruz was the recipient of much charity from NIN front-man Trent Reznor.

When De La Cruz was recently in need of a heart transplant, Reznor put out a call to the Twitterverse, arranging meet-and-greets with fans during his tour with Jane's Addiction to help raise money for the fan in need.

Well, Reznor raised over $850,000 U.S., and even got a tip of the hat from a number of New York politicians. Unfortunately, De La Cruz tragically passed away on Saturday (July 4) at the young age of 27. While the money was enough for a transplant, and De La Cruz was approved for Medicare, his condition deteriorated too rapidly. - more on this story

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Tool Tour Gets Tweaked
PR reports: Tweak Bird, the Los Angeles by-the-way of Carbondale, IL brotherly duo are proud to announce that they will be supporting TOOL on 12 shows in the U.S. and Canada in July and August.

The band made the announcement to their fans and friends over the holiday weekend and also stated their intention to record their first full-length album when they return, a follow up to their 2008 EP, Reservations.

The Bird Brothers are extremely excited to announce this Independence Day that we will be touring the U.S. and parts of Canada supporting TOOL! We will be playing 12 shows over three weeks so check the tour page for all the show dates. We are sure this will be a most rad time, and when it's all over we will pour all that professional experience into recording our first full-length record. Happy Birthday America… start the van.
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The Used Set New Release
PR reports: Orem, Utah's The Used, who have been tantalizing fans by previewing new songs during the Bamboozle and Bamboozle Left Festivals and during recent headlining dates, are proud to announce the release of their fourth studio album, entitled Artwork, on September 1, 2009.

Produced by Matt Squire, Artwork is a raw collection of eleven songs that not so delicately teeter the line between being aggressively discordant and charmingly hooky. The first single, "Blood On My Hands" premiered June 30th; it sold over five thousand copies in the first day and shot to #9 on the iTunes Alternative Chart. The track, which guitarist Quinn Allman describes as the song that "sums up everything about The Used" hits radio July 14th.

"Blood On My Hands" is confined chaos, brutally thrashing one moment and proffering a pop-driven, sing-along chorus the next. "Empty With You," a track frontman Bert McCracken says is "about feeling empty and lonely but as long as you have someone who can feel lonely with you then everything's okay," surges with passion and gripping honesty, while "Kissing You Goodbye" balances the album's predilection for propulsive rage with its quieter, piano-driven exploration of what it means to have someone to lean on. - more on this story

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