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Full Report for 07/15/2009

Another Aerosmith Injury
antiMusic reports: Tom Hamilton has become the third member of Aerosmith to be sidelined by health issues since the group kicked off their tour with ZZ top last month.

Several dates on the tour have been postponed after frontman Steven Tyler tore a muscle in his leg. Guitarist Brad Whitford sat out the initial dates on the tour after undergoing emergency surgery because he reportedly hit his head getting out of his Ferrari. Sccording to a press release, Whitford is expected to return to the stage when the band resumes the tour on Wednesday night. But now it's bass player Tom Hamilton's turn to call in sick.

Here is the official word from the Aerosmith camp: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton will be sitting out some dates of the Aerosmith tour dates with special guests ZZ Top as he recuperates from non-invasive surgery. - who is filling in?

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Guns N' Roses Leaker Sentenced
Reuters reports: A Los Angeles blogger who leaked new Guns N' Roses songs on the Internet before their official release on the band's first new album in 17 years, was sentenced to two months of home confinement on Tuesday.

Kevin Cogill also received one year's probation and must appear in an anti-piracy commercial under the terms of his plea deal with federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty last December to a single misdemeanor count of violating federal copyright laws, and agreed to help authorities identify the original source of the leak.

Cogill posted nine tracks from the Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" onto the Web site antiquiet.com (http://www.antiquiet.com) five months before the CD came out last November. - more on this story

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Reznor Not Killing Nine Inch Nails, He's Just Trying To Avoid Ended Up Like Gene Simmons
MusicRadar reports: Last week we reported on Nine Inch Nails' last ever US tour dates. But that doesn't mean you've seen the last of Trent Reznor. Or Nine Inch Nails for that matter.

In an interview with the Phillipines' Daily Enquirer, Reznor explains that his decision to get off the road is based on a myriad of reasons, but mostly so he can focus more on the band, outside production work and possibly some non-musical projects. "What I specifically said or meant to convey is that NIN as a touring live band or live band that's on the road all the time is stopping. I've just reached the point...where it has invaded every other aspect of my life," says Reznor.

In the interview, Reznor also admits that his reasons for leaving the road have as much for what he doesn't want to be, namely a certain long-tongued member of KISS. "I'd never want to be Gene Simmons, an old man who puts on makeup to entertain kids, like a clown going to work. In my paranoia, I fear that if I don't stop this, it could become that" - more on this story

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Springsteen Adds 25 New Dates
PR reports: Bruce Springsteen & The Legendary E Street Band have added 25 new US concert dates to their 2009 'Workin' On a Dream' tour.

Springsteen has now sold over 1.5 million concert tickets in 2009 alone, with the new dates expected to push that number over the two million mark.

On June 27, Springsteen played to 135,000 fans his largest audience in over 20 years as the Glastonbury Festival's headliner. Footage of live songs is posted at http://brucespringsteen.net, including a performance of "The River" taken from Glastonbury. - dates

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Chevelle, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Rock Star Supernova Supergroup
Blabbermouth reports: Interview is the name of the new brand new band featuring Dave Buckner (ex-Papa Roach) on drums, Joseph "Joe" Loeffler (ex-Chevelle) on bass, Marcos Curiel (P.O.D.) on guitar and Lukas Rossi (ex-Rock Star Supernova) on vocals.

According to Rossi, Interview "is the secret weapon God has bestowed upon me. The music is very different and an absolute love of mine."

Regarding how the project came together, Lukas said, "We all met through a mutual friend. They sent me some tracks with no vocals to see what I would do and it just worked, so we started to jam and respected each other's past projects, but this... this will be SPECIAL. This will be... a REAL supergroup."
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Punk Gang Bust- Fan Poisoned At Music Fest- Slipknot Member Misses Shows- Limited Edition Blink- Social Distortion Plan New CD- Rare Tim Buckley Recording and more
antiMusic reports: The founder of a street gang that administered beatings and made threats in its drive to control the punk rock music scene has been charged with extorting a Chicago performer, authorities said on Tuesday. Elgin Nathan James, a self-proclaimed founding member of Boston-based FSU -- which stands for "Friends Stand United" -- was arrested on Monday by FBI agents at his Los Angeles home. The attempted extortion charge was then unsealed by the prosecutor's office in Chicago. more

A 23-year-old woman was found dead in her tent at this year's With Full Force festival, which was held July 3-5, 2009 at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany. According to German media reports, the woman died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the source of which has not yet been determined. more

Blink-182 has teamed with artist Maxx242 to create a special limited edition silk screened poster for the bands upcoming tour. The poster will be limited to 1,820 pieces with only 30 pieces sold at each show. Once they are gone they are gone.

Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn was forced to miss the last two shows of the band's most recent European tour — July 10 in Madrid, Spain and July 11 in Barcelona, Spain — due to a "tragic death in his family." more In other news, Slipknot is slated to reissue its 1999 self-titled major label debut on September 9 to celebrate the record's 10th anniversary and the band's decade as recording artists. A video message from the members of Slipknot announcing the upcoming release can be viewed more

The team of Mark Hoppus and Chris Holmes are releasing for free the remix that they have just completed for Peter Bjorn and John. The full length track is available on Hoppus' blog Hi My Name is Mark here

Social Distortion is apparently planning to enter the studio in December of this year or early 2010.more

A rare performance from folk icon Tim Buckley will see the light later this summer, when the Tompkins Square label issues "Live at the Folklore Center, NYC – March 6, 1967" on August 25.more

Testament has cancelled their upcoming South American tour dates, which had been scheduled for early-September.more

Ross CAT of Best of WNY has a new interview with music legend Edgar Winter up. Check it out here

Aimee Mann will perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday July 15th. Check your local listings. Aimee is currently touring throughout the East Coast.

The young San Francisco-based singer/guitarist Meredith Axelrod is featured in this week's Parlour to Parlour, talking about her work with Craig Ventresco (Ventresco contributed to the "Crumb" and "Ghost World" soundtracks), and her affinity for jug band music, among other things. She plays everything from late 1800's "pop" tunes to jazz and rockabilly songs, and in this episode she performs the 1932 hit "The Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia." Check it our here

Nuclear Blast Germany has confirmed an October 23rd release date for Anthrax' new album, Worship Music. The album will be available as a regular CD and limited edition digi. more

Infernal, the project led by David Parland (Necrophobic, Dark Funeral), has parted ways with drummer Tomas Asklund (ex-Dark Funeral, Dissection). According to Parland, "This was mutually agreed today, and there is not much more to say about it." He added, "We hereby seek a new drummer with very good drumming skills". Tough luck for all those drummers with bad drumming skills. more

3 Inches Of Blood will play a CD release show in their hometown of Vancouver, BC, Canada on Fri, September 11, 2009. The show will also be the kickoff for their North American tour and feature special guests Bison B.C. and others to be announced more

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Corgan Defends Calling His Band Smashing Pumpkins
MusicRadar reports: Billy Corgan is defending his decision to keep performing under the name The Smashing Pumpkins in a lengthy post on his website.

Despite the fact that he is now the sole member of the original group, following the departure earlier this year by drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, Corgan says he is "100pct committed to the future of SP. I can tell you that. 100pct!! I've never been happier about being in SP, or a part of SP, than I am now."

Corgan admits that maintaining the Smashing Pumpkins name hasn't been easy, but adds that "the music I am making sounds like The Smashing Pumpkins. It doesn't sound like solo work, I can assure you of that." - more on this story

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Saosin Announce New Album
PR reports: The second album release In Search of Higher Ground by Orange County, CA-based rock quintet Saosin has been set for release September 8, 2009, following a barnstorming summer playing this year's Warped Tour.

Maintaining a hair-raising energy level throughout, the album, In Search Of Solid Ground, is the much-awaited end product of writing, tracking and mix sessions that Saosin fans have witnessed online in real time since last summer, with songs written and tracks demoed in the Costa Mesa, CA, where they self-produced several final album tracks.

In early 2009, Saosin worked with producer Butch Walker (Sevendust, Fall Out Boy, P!nk) which resulted in 5 songs on In Search Of Higher Ground. They also worked with John Feldman (The Used, Good Charlotte, Story Of The Year) who produced 2 tracks and with Lucas Banker/Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, Soulfly, Machine Head) on 1 album track. Band guitarist Beau Burchell mixed all songs on In Search of Higher Ground. - more on this story

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Solo Strokes for Julian Casablancas
PR reports: Julian Casablancas is wrapping up work on his debut solo recording scheduled for release this fall on Cult Records/RCA.

The eight songs were written and recorded over the last 12 months with studio work completed in Los Angeles, New York City and Nebraska. The project was produced by Jason Lader with additional production by Mike Mogis.

The album, entitled Phrazes for the Young, features all new material written by Casablancas. Track titles include: "River of Brake Lights," "Glass" and "Ludlow St." Casablancas, a founding member of The Strokes, plans to announce a special series of U.S. dates shortly to be followed by a solo tour later in the year. - album preview and additional news

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Beatles Box Of Vision
PR reports: In anticipation of the September 2009 release of The Beatles' digitally re-mastered catalog, The Beatles Box Of Vision is now available for pre-order for late August delivery, and will be available at select retailers this Fall. Officially licensed by Apple Corps Ltd., the stunning collection includes:

*A 200-page LP-size book containing all of The Beatles' LP artwork, brilliantly restored in pristine new art prints. This is the first time that all of The Beatles UK and US album artwork has been collected together in a single LP sized book. From Please Please Me and Meet The Beatles through LOVE, this book includes front covers, back covers, gatefolds, inserts, and the complete LP booklets from Magical Mystery Tour, Let It Be...Naked and Love, arranged to create the feeling of holding and enjoying the entire LP collection in your lap.

*The "Catalography," a brand new, full color discography guide with photos, text and track-listings, providing the first-ever side-by-side presentation of the UK albums and their US counterparts, with an exclusive essay by Beatles author and historian Bruce Spizer.

*The BoxOfVision storage book, a unique and elegant way for fans to organize and display all 32 discs of The Beatles' core catalog. Fans may insert CDs and booklets from their existing collections or the new digitally re-mastered versions-the BoxOfVision was built to store and display the digi-pak boxes that will house the newly re-mastered CDs.
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New Tantric Album Delayed
ABC reports: Tantric's fourth album, Mind Control, will now be released August 4 on the Silent Majority Group label (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). Originally scheduled for July 21, the album was produced by Brett Hestla (Creed, Framing Hanley, Dark New Day) and is the follow-up to 2008's THE END BEGINS, which produced the Top Five Rock hit, "Down and Out."

The album's first single, "Mind Control," is currently in the Top 40 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart after only two weeks, garnering spins on over 50 radio stations nationwide including Phoenix, Detroit, Dallas, Houston and Chicago, and including Sirius XM's "Octane" channel.

A video for the track was recently shot in Nashville with director Mason Dixon (who directed the video for "Down and Out") and will be debuting nationwide via MTV2's Unleashed on August 4. - more on this story

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August Burns Red Week: Day 3
antiMusic reports: August Burns Red's new album, Constellations hits stores this week. To celebrate the release we asked JB Brubaker and Matt Greiner to pick some of their favorite tracks from the album and tell us the stories behind the songs. They more than came through! Here is today's song "Ocean Of Apathy":

JB Brubaker "Ocean of Apathy" is probably my favorite song on the record. It's also probably the weirdest song we've ever written stylistically. I had a really hard time writing a beginning to this song. Everything else was written and I was happy with it, but I had complete writers block for an opening riff. I probably tried five different riffs before I settled on starting the song out with a part that returns later in the song, but in a different key.

This song has a ton of over the top melodic guitar work in it, which is probably why I think it's so cool. I was really excited about the first solo in the song. I still think it's the best melodic shred part I've ever written but I guess that's not for me to decide.

The clean middle section of this song seems to throw everyone for a loop the first time they hear it. It is easily the most "out there" thing we've ever done as a band since we seldom play clean. The part was originally written as a dirty black metal progression, but I was jamming it on the clean channel one day and really liked the bluesy feel it had. I wasn't sure if the rest of the band was going to be into the blues lead over top of the clean part but everyone seemed to like it and we went with it.

Suecof (our producer) was really excited to use the tremolo effect on the clean guitars which is an effect we've never used before. I think it gives the part kind of a surfy feel which I like a lot.

Matt Greiner The lyrics for Ocean of Apathy are straightforward. I think it's absurd how easily swayed people are in their beliefs. People sugarcoat the truth to make it more accessible, more universal to the masses. Meanwhile "everything true and complete is cut out…left to drown in an ocean of apathy." It's absolutely fundamental that we know what we believe, know why we believe it, and most importantly, have the courage and persistence to not abandon it when apathy washes all the colors together.

I think this is one of our most dynamic songs to date. JB's guitar solo mid-way through the song elevates the song to a new, melodious level for us as a band. From its thrashy, Euro-metal parts, to its jazzy, groove oriented parts, this song covers lots of ground.

Learn more about the band, preview tracks from the album and more - right here!

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