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Full Report for 07/20/2009


Doctor Says Hendrix May Have Been Murdered
BW&BK reports: The doctor who attempted to revive Jimi Hendrix on the night that the guitarist died believes that it is "plausible" that he was murdered.

John Bannister said that medical evidence was consistent with claims in a book that Hendrix was killed on the orders of his manager, Mike Jeffery.

James "Tappy" Wright, a former road manager who worked for Jeffery, writes in his new memoir, Rock Roadie, that in the early hours of September 18, 1970, a gang hired by Jeffery broke into the London hotel room where Hendrix was staying with his girlfriend, Monika Dannemann, and forced sleeping pills and wine down his throat until he drowned. - more on this story

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Fred Durst Off The Market
Blabbermouth reports: Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst announced via Twitter Friday (July 17) that he married his girlfriend Esther Nazarov.

Durst, 38, announced his engagement via Twitter in April. "I've never known true love until now," he Tweeted at the time. "So grateful."

The newlyweds are now reportedly vacationing in Las Vegas. According to Usmagazine.com, Durst has two children — a teen girl, Adriana, from his first marriage, and a 7-year-old boy, Dallas, from a previous relationship. - more on this story

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Kings Of Leon No Match For Mother Nature
BBC reports: US band Kings Of Leon were forced to cancel their headline performance at the Benicassim festival in Spain because of bad weather.

In a statement the group's publicist said that due to "high winds and the subsequent unsafe conditions" they made the decision to pull their Friday slot.

Maximo Park also pulled out, but sang on Saturday night instead and Lily Allen cancelled because of illness. - more on this story

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Former Singer Discusses Strange Van Halen Experience
antiMusic reports: Van Halen III, the pairing of Van Halen with Extreme frontman Gary Cherone was short lived and even Cherone agrees that they didn't make beautiful music together. He discussed the ill-fated teaming in a new interview with KNAC. Here is part of that exchange:

Q: What did you learn or take away from your experience, with regards to being in Van Halen? Cherone: Well, looking back on the three years I spent with Van Halen I guess, if I had to do it all over again I think I would have preferred to tour with them and then put out a record…it would have been a better idea to establish myself first and then hit the studio with the band. At the time it may have looked odd on paper but it actually worked live! I made a concerted effort to do the old Van Halen tunes that Sammy was not doing. I wanted to do the deep cuts…as a live act we did songs their fans had not heard in years! I don't, however; think we made a great record. I think there were some great ideas and some little gems but it was not a great record. I had fun but at times it was like being a stranger in a strange land.

Q: How intimidating was it to be in the band? Cherone: It was very intimidating. Most of the time the criticism just rolled off my back, but if I had a bad night or my throat hurt…sometimes it would get to me but what are you gonna do? I will say, each night when we came into town I would hear the radio DJs take their shots at me and the band, but at the end of most of the shows the same DJs would be backstage and almost apologize to me or at the very least admit that the show was way better than they had originally thought. - read the interview

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Anthrax Singer Calls In Sick
PR reports: The members of Anthrax regretfully announce that the first three shows of their European tour are canceled.

Yesterday, lead singer Dan Nelson unexpectedly informed the band that he was seriously ill and unable to travel or perform at this time. Options for the balance of Anthrax's European tour dates are being addressed posthaste.

The members of Anthrax are devastated by this unfortunate turn of events and ask all of their fans to join them in wishing Dan the speediest of recoveries. - more on this story

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Deadly Music Fest- Rock Band Goes Indie- Muse Treasure Hunt- Cheap Trick on Conan- Brian Wilson Tour- Knitting Factory Closing and more
antiMusic reports: Strong winds caused a marquee to collapse at a music festival in northern Slovakia on Saturday, killing one person and wounding dozens, the Health Ministry said. Trencin's hospital director Rudolf Lintner said 52 people were injured, including three with serious head-injuries. more

Rock Band has announced a major new addition to their online track sales program. Later this year, the game will allow bands to upload their own music for the game. A given band or artist can submit their music to freelance developers or develop their own "track charts" in house. (Track charts are the split up set of notes that you need to match with your plastic instruments in the game.)more

Muse are offering fans a chance to hear a new song called United States Of Eurasia by way of a global treasure hunt involving four hidden USB sticks.more

Cheap Trick is scheduled to perform their song 'Sick Man Of Europe' on The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien on September 1st.more

Pearl Jam's upcoming Philadelphia shows at the legendary Spectrum will be the final concerts at the arena.more

Arch Enemy have confirmed that they will perform a concert in Moscow, Russia on October 9th at the DK Gorbunova venue.more

Brian Wilson has announced a tour of the US, set to kick off October 23 in Michigan.more

The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles will reportedly shutter this fall, according to the company's CEO Morgan Margolis. Margolis says the Hollywood club is opting not to renew its lease, which expires on Oct. 31, according to Los Angeles Times music blog Pop & Hiss". more

50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct now has a new release date of September 29, and the rapper told MTV News that he thinks the album is "perfect."more

Six Feet Under have issued the following update: "Just wanted to let all of our fans know that we are currently in the studio working on Graveyard Classics 3. [where they cover classic albums] We are about 60% finished with tracking. Everything is going great and we are having a lot of fun laying these new songs down. More info and track listing to come!!!" more

Salinas, California hardcore band No Truce is breaking up after four years together. The group's final show will take place on August 14th at the Castle in Soledad, CA.more

In a strange coincidence, three American rock drummers sustained injuries while on separate tours during Europe's summer festival season: Chad Smith (Chickenfoot), Tommy Aldridge (Thin Lizzy), and Mike Vanderhule (Y&T). Chickenfoot and Thin Lizzy cancelled their shows, but Vanderhule insisted on finishing Y&T's European tour, performing to near perfection with only one arm. more

Iowa's Rock Gone Wild festival is being moved from Freedom Park in Algona to The Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood. -

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Radiohead Thom Yorke Interested In Twilight Sequel
exclaim.ca reports: Move over, Paramore! It looks like New Moon, the second movie in the beloved Twilight series, might be enlisting some less teen-obsessed music for its soundtrack.

In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, director Chris Weitz revealed that Radiohead front-man Thom Yorke is among those interested in contributing new music.

"Fortunately, I'm not at the stage where I have to turn anybody down yet, because everything is still kind of up in the air," Weitz said, "but I am surprised at some of the bands that have said they're interested. It's kind of great. - more on this story

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Under New Management
Blabbermouth reports: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's wife has confirmed via Twitter that the band's lead singer, Steven Tyler, has left the Boston rockers' longtime handlers, HK Management, and signed a separate deal.

"Steven has new management," Billie Perry wrote. "We [and] the [rest of the] band still have the honorable Howard Kaufman/Trudy Green", who have managed Aerosmith since 1999.

Tyler, 61, is now being represented by Union Entertainment Group, which also manages Nickelback, Cinderella, Lynch Mob, Hinder and Lynam). [the whole split management thing didn't work out so well for the Beatles] - more on this story

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McCartney Opens Stadium
Jam! reports: Sir Paul McCartney knighted another New York Mets baseball stadium Friday night, playing the first concert ever at Citi Field.

"Long time since I've been here," the former Beatle told the crowd, then paused to take it all in.

Citi Field is the successor to Shea Stadium, the baseball park where the Beatles played a historic concert in 1965 that's regarded as the precursor to the stadium rock concert. - more on this story

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Rammstein Vs Fans Over Leak
Blabbermouth reports: German music web site Laut.de reports that a brand new Rammstein song entitled "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da" has been leaked onto the Internet. Although the German industrial metal band's representatives, Pilgrim Management, have not publicly confirmed the track's authenticity, the fact that Pilgrim is being listed as the registered owner of the www.liebeistfueralleda.de web domain seems to suggest that the song is, in fact, the genuine article.

According to Laut.de, Rammstein's management has threatened legal action against any web sites that post links to the copyright-infringing material.

As a result, Europe's largest Rammstein fan site Rammstein-Austria.com is currently directing all of its traffic to its forum. Other Rammstein fan sites have also reportedly been told to refrain from posting links to the song, which is expected to appear on the band's new studio album. - more on this story

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Metallica, Clapton, Springsteen Rock Hall Anniversary Event
Blabbermouth reports: According to Roger Friedman of Showbiz411.com, Metallica will take part in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary event this fall at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The two-day extravaganza will be held on October 29-30, with Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon as a solo act, Stevie Wonder, and the whole posse that includes Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young performing on Thursday.

Then on Friday: Aretha Franklin headlines, with U2, Metallica, and Eric Clapton.
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Singled Out: Circle of Fate
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Danny Charatin from Circle of Fate tells us about "My Religion" from their brand new album. We now turn it over to Danny for the story:

"My Religion" was mixed by Larry Sturm (Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Disturbed) at Pressure Point Studios in Chicago, IL. Larry had spent some time with the band mixing and learning what the songs were about. Larry heard the song and said "This song has all of the ingredients of a hit song". After the song was mixed Gary Tannin Mastered it. Gary did a wonderful job bringing out the flavor of the song with his unique style and touch. Michele was inspired to write the lyrics and coming up with the melodies to the song when she observed her parents watching the news.

Their eyes were glued to the T.V. and you could see they were actually feeling the words and images that were being aired and they were outraged. Michele read the lyrics to Danny and sang him the melodies and within minutes the music=2 0came to him. Everything fell right into place. The words to this song are about some of the top stories in the news over the past couple of years. Although nameless, it's funny how history repeats itself. The words to this song will live on and on from this generation to the next. T.V. destroys me, it corrupts me, it engulfs me it's my religion…..Dear God, we hope not.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!

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