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Full Report for 07/16/2009

Guns N' Roses Leaker Vs Slash
Blabbermouth reports: The Los Angeles man who was sentenced to a year of probation (including two months of modified house arrest) for uploading pre-release Guns N' Roses tracks told MTV News that he was offended by the comments former GN'R guitarist Slash made about him.

"A friend of mine conducted an interview with Slash last year in which he called me a thief and wished that I 'rot in jail,'" Kevin Cogill said. "I found that surprisingly crass, especially considering the guy has made no bones about shoplifting cassette tapes with the same rationale as today's downloaders. So if he wants to see me in jail, I'll see him in the cafeteria."

Cogill told MTV News that he carries a great deal of remorse for what he did, though he never intended any harm to Axl Rose he was just a fan who was excited about a band he loved. "I've come to respect the artists' right to determine how their art is released," he said. "I do apologize to Axl for that disrespect. As a fan who had lost faith in all of the promises of release, I didn't see too many other options at the time. But in a fair world, it's not my place to judge, let alone act." - more on this story

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All Time Low Hit All Time High
Hopeless reports: All Time Low's new record, Nothing Personal, has debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, selling a career high 62,992 records in its first week.

This is the band's highest chart position to date, showing tremendous growth over their 2007 debut full length So Wrong, It's Right, which debuted at #62 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. With the release of Nothing Personal, independent label Hopeless Records is also celebrating its highest ever chart debut in the company's 15-year history.

Upcoming for All Time Low is the band's debut of their recently taped MTV Unplugged set coming up later this summer. - more on this story

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Korn Singer Inks Solo Deal
Blabbermouth reports: Although Korn itself has not announced a new recording contract, singer Jonathan Davis has apparently signed a solo deal with the Warner Music Group.

Davis makes a guest appearance on the new album from ex-Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley, and he's listed as appearing "courtesy of Warner Bros. Records." A management spokesperson confirmed the deal to HardDrive Radio.

Davis has been working on his debut solo album for months, with plans to release it later this year or early in 2010. - more on this story

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Courtney Love Is Not Hole Says Band's Cofounder
antiMusic reports: Courtney Love made headlines a few weeks ago by announcing that she plans to release her new solo album under the Hole moniker. That plan isn't sitting well with one of her former bandmates.

Former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson has spoken out against Love's plans to use the name of the band that he cofounded. "There is no Hole without me," Erlandson told Spin in a new interview where he also said, " I'm open to discussions regarding the real Hole, and if she has a solo album together, I think that's great. I think she should finish it and put it out and do that."

Love fired back with a Twitter rant where she claimed ownership of the trademark and this being Courtney Love, she of course includes some credit card conspiracy nonsense in her tirade. - Are you coo coo for cocoa puffs? Follow the conspiracy (which now includes chicken fingers, some hag stealing Love's cloths and more) here

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Unreleased Nirvana for Guitar Hero- Zakk and Ozzy Update- Pearl Jam Debut New Song- Rolling Stoned Vampire- Linkin Park Solo Preview- Temp of God and more
antiMusic reports: The Rolling Stones, Elton John, the White Stripes and Nirvana are among the highlights in the latest wave of rockers who will have songs features on the upcoming Guitar Hero 5 music video game. GH5 will feature an unreleased live recording of Nirvana's Nevermind track "Lithium" more

Zakk Wylde has posted a short update on his Twitter account regarding his meeting with Ozzy Osbourne on Monday (July 13), where he presumably discussed his status in Ozzy's solo band. Zakk wrote, "Hey Berserkers, everything is great with Ozzy/Dad." more

Pearl Jam's new single, "The Fixer," made an abbreviated debut last night (July 14) during Fox's broadcast of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The track officially goes to U.S. radio and digital retailers on Monday. They also released the tracklisting for their new album. more

A painting of the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, depicting him as a vampire, is being auctioned on eBay. Weirdly, the portrait of Wood is by the brother of his currently-estranged wife Jo - the artist Paul Karslake. It was commissioned by FX TV channel to help launch the new series of hit US drama True Blood. more

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington's new side project, Dead By Sunrise, is previewing the song "Morning After" on their Myspace page

Alice In Chains has tapped Alex Courtes (U2, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol) to direct the video for the band's new single, "Check My Brain". more

Buckcherry have lined up two Canadian dates, in Alberta, in August. More Canadian shows will be announced soon. Announced dates are here

Unearth's McGrath subs for Lamb of God's Morton for end of Europe tour Due to the upcoming birth of his first child, Mark Morton will be leaving the end of Lamb of God's European tour to return to Richmond. Subbing for Morton on the last six shows will be Unearth guitarist Buz McGrath.

Kimya Dawson, of Juno Soundtrack fame, does a duet with Third Eye Blind on the song "Why Can't You Be." The song appears on Third Eye Blind's new forthcoming album Ursa Major as an iTunes exclusive. A stream of Kimya/Third Eye Blind duet can be heard more

See You Next Tuesday have announced plans to go on hiatus directly following their current tour with Arsonists Get All The Girls, which runs through mid-August.more

Influential rock radio station WBCN (104.1 FM)/Boston will flip formats on Aug. 13, according to parent company CBS Radio. The station, which has been broadcasting for 41 years, will remain as a Web and HD-cast after the change. more

On July 23rd, 2009 Twisted Sister will be performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. They want fans to appear with them, details are here

Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes has returned! His new band Secret Society premiere "Got No Time", the opening track from their new album 'Death By Misadventure' exclusively at Sleaze Roxx

Throwdown recently completed the tracking process for their forthcoming E1 Music debut, "Deathless," which is due out this fall.more

Authentik Artists is set to release Meeting Of Important People's new self-titled album on August 11th, 2009. Fans of The Shins will embrace the haunting melodies over garage pop, mod-folk, even dancy funk.

Dragonforce have been forced to pull out of the "Kerrang! Week Of Rock" due to the "personal circumstances" of one of the bandmembers.more -

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Izzy, Adler and Flea Record with Slash
antiMusic reports: Slash has issued his latest update. Here is what he had to say: Hey all, what's happening? Everything's good on this end. It has been a pretty productive summer so far. My record should be done next month and the recording has gone smoothly and sounds ----ing great.

Steven Adler played on the first of the last three tracks yesterday, along with Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on bass. The song kicks ass and the drums and bass sound so recognizable and sound so ----ing good.

Steven is staying clean, which is great, Flea is just amazing, period. Steven, Flea and I all lived and met in the same neighborhood in West Hollywood back in the day. Yesterday, we had a great time reminiscing about when we all first started playing rock & roll and how school didn't fit into the plan, we were like 15. Flea was the first one to join an "established" band called Anthem, I remember being envious. I had a band called Tidus Sloan but we didn't have a singer. Sound familiar? Steven and I didn't really have a band together until a few years later when we joined Nikki Sixx's old band London after Izzy (Stradlin, ex-Guns N' Roses) left. Which, incidentally, was very short lived. - more on this story

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The Rapture Lose a Member
antiMusic reports: The Rapture's Gabriel Andruzzi took to the band's website on Monday to update fans on the status of the band. That includes the fact that the band are one man down as bassist player Mattie Safer has left the group for unspecified reasons.

Here is Gabriel's update: I've been meaning to catch you up on what' s been going on in Rapture world. First off, I'm sad to say that at the begining of April our buddy Mattie Safer decided to leave the band. We are sad to see him go but it seems it is the best for all of us.

Since then Luke, Vito and I have been on a creative tear. We've been working out of our little Brooklyn make shift studio, writing, demoing and jamming. I'm pretty damn excited to share the fruits of our labor with you. But its still gonna be a minute before we hit the studio for real.

On the other hand, I am very pleased to announce that the people of the great continent of Australia will be some of the first to hear some of our new material live, when we arrive late September for Parklife festival. In the meantime, keep an eye on this blog and another on your neighborhood dance party, who knows maybe we'll be spinnin'. - more on this story

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Nils Lofgren On Demand
PR reports: The man who has rocked with Neil Young, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson and his own legendary band Grin, Nils Lofgren is bringing his much loved instrumental expertise from the stage to the small screen with Comcast's On Demand series, Guitar Lessons.

Nils is helping viewers get in touch with their inner guitar hero by offering personalized lessons through a simple and informative approach that can improve the technical skill and musicality of both novice and skilled guitarists. In each of the 21 five-to-seven minute segments, Lofgren teaches viewers useful and expressive guitar techniques, from "Opening Hammering" and "Muted Strumming" to "Low Rock Riffs" and "One Finger Chords." Nils joins Comcast On Demand's long line of legendary guitar instructors including punk rocker Richard Lloyd of Television, metal masters Steve Vai and Scott Ian of Anthrax and Paul Green, founder of the famed School of Rock. - more on this story

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Grand Duchy Black Francis Tour
PR reports: The Grand Duchy US tour kicks off today in Washington DC and Black Francis is also playing a handful of solo shows, treating audiences to material from his entire career...

'Petits Fours', is the debut album from Grand Duchy, aka Violet Clark and Black Francis.

Featuring 9 tracks, the album is the joint venture between (husband and wife) Clark and Francis, and contains driving bass lines, a healthy dose of synths and some excellent vocals from Clark, alongside Francis' trademark guitar squalls. - dates

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August Burns Red Week: Day 4
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 "Meddler":

JB Brubaker "Meddler" is one of the most upbeat happy sounding songs we've ever written. There is a huge lead section in the middle that is rather triumphant sounding. This song is easily my hardest song on guitar. I think I am play straight up lead parts for about 90 seconds straight and I think they're all kind of hard.

The last breakdown in this song is one of the weirdest rhythms we've ever written, though it certainly doesn't sound that way. The breakdown beat is in 6/8 but there are 3 chords that accompany the melody that comes in over top of the rhythm. Those chords are in 4/4 so the chords cycle through the 6/8 rhythm in a very irregular pattern that we simply had to memorize. It took me a good hour to understand where the chords changed and probably another hour to get it into my muscle memory. Maybe I'm just a slow learner.

Matt Greiner Jake and I collaborated on the lyrics and vocal patterns for Meddler. Initially I didn't have lyrics written for the triumphant sounding lead halfway through the song. Jake thought it would be cool to have the lyrics parallel the music and take a positive turn. We came up with "Everyone together, we will strengthen ourselves," which at first sounded generic to me. However, after tracking the part and screaming gang vocals on the word "together," the part really came together for me.

Meddler is easily one of my favorite songs to play. I experimented with some tom/snare stuff during the beginning of the first breakdown and I think it translates well and intensifies the part. In my opinion, this song is Jake's best vocal performance on the record.

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

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