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Full Report for 07/21/2009

Beastie Boy's MCA Battling Cancer, Tour and Album Delayed
EMI reports: Beastie Boys have today (20 July) issued the following statement: 'Adam "MCA" Yauch of Beastie Boys was diagnosed last week as having a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. Luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such is considered very treatable. It will however require surgery and several weeks of additional treatment. Fortunately the cancer is not in a location that will affect Yauch's vocal chords. Beastie Boys have canceled all upcoming concert appearances to allow time for Yauch's surgery and recovery. The release of the band's forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will also be pushed back.

'Paraphrasing from a video statement on www.Beastieboys.com, Yauch said, "I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we'll release the record and play some shows. It's a pain in the neck (sorry had to say it) because I was really looking forward to playing these shows, but the doctors have made it clear that this is not the kind of thing that can be put aside to deal with later."'

A statement from EMI reads: 'Our thoughts, love and prayers are with Adam Yauch, his family and the Beastie Boys. The most important thing is to allow Adam to focus on staying healthy. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.' - http://www.Beastieboys.com

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Wanna Hear New Pearl Jam?
antiMusic reports: Don't want to wait until September to get a taste of the new Pearl Jam album? You are in luck, fans that logged into the band's Myspace page on Monday were greeted with this message "Check out your first listen of 'The Fixer' on the Pearl Jam Myspace page. This is the first single from Pearl Jam's new album Backspacer in stores September 20."

While you listen to the new track at this link, here is some more info from the previous tour and album announcement: Pearl Jam announced today that they will play a series of select North American tour dates in support of their ninth studio album, Backspacer.

Scheduled for release in the U.S. on Sunday, September 20, 2009, the album will be released in the U.S. through Target, the exclusive mass retail partner, Pearl Jam's own Ten Club and independent retailers, as well as online through digital, and gaming platforms yet to be announced. Internationally, the album will be available beginning on September 21, 2009 via Universal/Island Records. The first single, "The Fixer," will be released at radio on July 20, 2009. - more on this story

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Duff Writing New Tunes As Velvet Revolver Stands Still- Peter and Gordon Star Dies, Fogerty Lines up Eagles and Springsteen for New CD- Maiden Monkees and more
antiMusic reports: Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N' Roses) from Duff Mckagan's Loaded has issued a Twitter update saying that the band "be writing new Loaded songs tonight and tomorrow. Some great ideas and riffs have come on this latest tour. Excited for sure!" more

In related news, Slash tells Classic Rock magazine that Velvet Revolver is currently at a "standstill" and that he hasn't gotten "any amazing submissions from singers as of late… Y'know, Velvet when it finds the right guy will be amazing, but I'm in no rush.more

John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1972 solo debut, includes guest spots from Bruce Springsteen and members of the Eagles, and features covers of songs by John Prine, Buck Owens and John Denver, among others, as well as Fogerty's own "Change in the Weather."more

Gordon Waller of the pop duo Peter and Gordon, who were part of the 1960s British Invasion and had a string of hits including several written by their friend Paul McCartney, has died. He was 64.more

Reznor no longer a twit: Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor deleted his Twitter account, officially ending his tenure on the 140-character social network according to Rolling Stone. more

According to the Deep Purple Appreciation Society, singer Ian Gillan was interviewed by Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet in advance of Deep Purple's Istanbul show on July 20th, and mentioned plans for a new studio album: "I think we are ready to make another album. We've been talking about it for some time already. I think we'll start to work on it next February." more

AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour is headed for Auckland and Wellington with two added dates! The band will be playing on January 28, 2010 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, NZ and on February 4, 2010 at Western Springs in Auckland, NZ. Tickets will be on sale starting on Tuesday, July 28.

Sammy Kershaw's "Louisiana Hot Sauce" was featured in last Sunday night's episode of HBO's hit series True Blood. The song written by Sammy and Keith Stegall and was on his "Maybe Not Tonight" record that was released by Mercury in 1999. The episode is being hailed by critics, bloggers and fans of the show as the best episode yet. By Monday morning the song is one of the top downloaded tracks on itunes and SammyKershaw.com was so overloaded with traffic the site crashed several times!

Fan-filmed video footage of reunited Boston hard rockers Extreme performing a cover version of Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" with a special guest appearance by Sheila E. can be seen here

Austrian DJ/remixer DJ Schmolli's hilarious mash-up of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" and The Monkees' "I'm A Believer" can be heard here. It's classic!

In related news, Maiden's former vocalist Paul Di'anno has posted the following brief update: "My buddy, guitarist Rasmus from Sweden, is gonna join me and the band for our November Eastern Euopean tour and it's really great to have him on board again." more

Manitou are calling it a day: "We had some new rocking songs ready for the recording and we even had a new bad-ass keyboard player Mikko Reinamo on board. Too bad that we failed to get the recordings done due to the lack of motivation. 12 years, three great albums and a big bunch of great gigs, ups and downs. A big thank you goes to all our friends, fans, co-operation partners and supporters, you know who you are!more"

As Cities Burn has officially broken up. Since their inception in 2002, the group has gone from releasing post-hardcore material with Solid State Records to releasing indie rock via label parent, Tooth & Nail Records. [which probably explains the breakup]

Fans of The Stone Roses have a chance to appear in a new 'video' for the classic band. Despite having split in 1996, fans of the band in the London and the south east area are wanted for a clip for TV which is being filmed this Thursday (July 23). details -

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Chevelle Return With Sci-Fi Crimes
Epic reports: Chevelle will return with their fifth studio album titled: Sci-Fi Crimes on September 1st. The band's brand new single "Jars" was the number one most added track at rock radio and the single is quickly becoming one of the band's biggest hits to date entering the Top 20 after only two weeks.

The Chicago-based trio spent seven weeks co-producing Sci-Fi Crimes with Brian Virtue (Jane's Addiction, 30 Seconds to Mars, Deftones) in Nashville, Tennessee. Chevelle are currently on the road all summer long with Staind and Shinedown where they are previewing some of their new material, alongside hits from their previous releases.

Sci-Fi Crimes is the follow up 2007's smash album Vena Sera. Formed in 1995, the Chicago-based band has remained a staple in the rock scene with six Top 5 Modern Rock hits under their belt, including the #1 songs "Send the Pain Below" and "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)" as well as fan favorites, "The Red" and "The Clincher". The band is made up of Pete Loeffler (vocals, guitars), brother Sam Loeffler (drums), and brother-in-law Dean Bernardini (bass). - more on this story

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Shadows Fall With Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Preview King of Nothing
Adrenaline reports: Shadows Fall is giving fans the first taste of Retribution today exclusively on their official MySpace page. The first song to be made available from the album, "King of Nothing," is available NOW at Myspace. The song features a brutal guest appearance by Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe.

Singer Brian Fair comments: "This song opens with my favorite riff on the record. It came out of Matt's late night drunken riff bag, and the song built itself around the heavy vibe that it created. It is a four minute beat down!! The lyrics of this song are about the overwhelming self-medication of our world. There is a prescription for every mood these days, and people are turning into zombies. It's time to toughen up and face your reality, no matter how brutal it may be, otherwise you will just be reigning over a world of nothingness. The bridge features guest vocals from the one and only D. Randall Blythe aka Uncle Goddamn aka The Redneck Assassin of the mighty Lamb of God. Randy came down to the studio in VA to cook us dinner, and we put him right to work behind the mic. We layered his voice with Matt's and myself to create the three part harmony from hell!!"

Retribution streets September 15 on the band's own label, Everblack Industries, which was created in conjunction with Warner Music Group's ILG, Ferret Music, and ChannelZERO Entertainment. For more information on Everblack Industries, please visit www.everblackindustries.com. The blistering new album was produced by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Municipal Waste), with vocal production by Elvis Baskette (Incubus, Alter Bridge). - http://www.myspace.com/shadowsfall

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Wrestler Bashes Rocker With A Chair, Killing Tour Plans
Submitted News reports: It is with our deepest regrets to report the news that Jim Rose of Jim Rose Circus received a brutal beating with a metal chair, wielded by WWE wrestler Kizarny, at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana this past weekend.

"His already fragile neck has been injured even further" reported doctors who have advised Jim to take the month off.

The Jim Rose Circus Tour will be postponed until later this year. The Doctors say he should be healed and hopefully back on tour in September. - random video link they sent with the announcement

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Live Nation Announce Buy One Get One Free (plus fees) Promo
Live Nation reports: Live Nation let concert fans set the ticket-buying terms themselves for this week's concert ticket offer. More than 35,000 music fans voted in the 36 hours that the poll was active, and the winner was clear. 72% of voters picked the buy one get one free offer for lawn tickets for hundreds of shows across the country. "What's better than no service fee?" Live Nation asked. "Half-price tickets," was the fans' clear answer.

Tickets for this week's Wednesday promotion go on sale at 12:01 a.m. local time on July 22, 2009 only at www.LiveNation.com.

"We spend a lot of time listening to fans," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "This week we decided to take it one step further and for the first time ever let the fans choose for themselves what our Wednesday ticket offer should be. Anything we can do to help make it easier and more affordable for more concert fans to get to the show, gets our vote." - more on this story

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Comical Gig For Gwar
Adrenaline reports: Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Intergalactic scumdogs GWAR announce an upcoming headline gig at Comic Con's Brutal Legend "Metal Meltdown" show.

The concert will be held at this year's San Diego Comic Con on July 23. The show also features 3 Inches of Blood, Unholy Pink and a DJ set from Keith Morris.

GWAR's lead singer Oderus Urungus, "We are pleased as pus to bring GWAR to the largest gathering of geeks and losers since the last time GWAR played there…which was never." - more on this story

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Old School and Metal Rule 2009 Tours
Billboard reports: Despite the uncertain state of the economy, Billboard's midyear touring charts indicate a pattern of success that could well carry through the end of the year.

And, even more so than usual, the top 25 list is dominated by acts that first achieved success a quarter century ago or more, including Madonna, Tina Turner, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, the Dead, Neil Young, Iron Maiden and Leonard Cohen. That said, there's still a freshness to the chart, with some names not typically associated with the box-office elite.

The time period for the midyear numbers is Dec. 6, 2008, through June 20, 2009. When tardy reporting is factored in, overall numbers stack up favorably to the same time period last year. In the period covered, global concerts grossed $1.8 billion and drew 30.6 million attendees from 8,744 shows reported. - more on this story

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Metalocalypse's Dethklok Sets New Release
PR reports: Williams Street Records announced today details on the most highly-anticipated death metal album release of the year -- and it's for none other than the animated band from Adult Swim's Metalocalypse.

On September 8th, the world's most brutal animated band will once again reign supreme with the all-new release of Dethklok: The Dethalbum II. Featuring the band from the hit Adult Swim's series, the album features 12 full-length tracks detailing Dethklok's exploits in murder, mayhem and all things brutal.

Written by series co-creator Brendon Small and recorded alongside legendary drummer Gene Hoglan, Dethklok: The Dethalbum II will be released as both a standard edition and a two-disc deluxe edition on CD and digital download beginning September 8th. Additionally, a limited edition vinyl of the album will be released in to local record shops on September 29. - more on this story

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Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket Side Project Offers Free Song
PR reports: Monsters of Folk (comprised of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket's Jim James and singer/songwriter M.Ward) have made a track from their forthcoming self-titled debut album available for FREE on their website.

http://www.monstersoffolk.com is giving away the song, titled "Say Please", to anyone who visits the site and types "please" into the request form. The highly anticipated full length album will be released in the US on Shangri-La Records on September 22nd.

Monsters of Folk began as folklore of sorts, when James, Oberst, Ward and Mogis did their first run of shows together in 2004. Like the musical revue shows that went town to town when rock 'n' roll was newly born, the tour was called "An Evening With: Bright Eyes, Jim James and M. Ward," although amongst friends and crew, it became affectionately known as the "Monsters of Folk Tour." While entertaining audiences coast to coast with gorgeous acoustic melodies and world-weary tales, the foursome vowed to make their way to a studio at some point after the tour's completion. Instead, the songsmiths went on to individually release some of rock music's most exciting and essential albums of the last five years – Bright Eyes' I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning & Cassadaga; My Morning Jacket's Z & Evil Urges; M. Ward's Post War and Hold Time. Never ones to forget their promise, when downtime presented itself they convened in the studio multiple times over two years, with Mogis at the helm of their first recorded effort. The result is as stunning and storied as you would expect it to be. - http://www.monstersoffolk.com

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Singled Out: Lee Memorial
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Lee Memorial main man, Karl Smith tells us about 'Long Days In Bed': We now turn it over to Karl for the story:

"Long Days in Bed" was one of those songs that kind of wrote itself. It's always an exciting thing when a song arrives in your mind fully formed and this was one of those lucky moments. Not to say all the lyrics were clear in my mind or anything like that, but the tone, the structure and the idea behind the song all fell into place very quickly. The rest of the process was more akin to dressing the song and getting it ready for a night out on the town, rather than just finishing off the words.

When I wrote it I was back studying again after a ten year break and found myself thinking about my early days in Perth, Western Australia during my early twenties. I was seeing a girl at the time and we spent our days and nights in bed, cafes, at the beach and getting drunk at local gigs. My friends, band-mates and I were all on the dole or at uni and no one had much pressure to do anything productive. The song is about those times, the connections with people and most importantly the time spent with a partner lazing about the house and just living in the moment with them.

Over the years I have spent a lot of time travelling and this gives you a great perspective from which to look back on those times and rediscover the magic in them. Because, regardless of where you go and what amazing things you might see, it is how we interact with people that carries the most weight and stays in our memories the longest.

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

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