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Full Report for 07/22/2009

Metal Vet Commits Suicide
Nightwatcher reports: Marcel Jacob, bassist and founding member of long running melodic hard rock band Talisman has died, committing suicide at the age of 45.

Jeff Scott Soto has issued the following statement: "It is with deep regret and remorse I, along with fellow members of Talisman, am announcing our brother, longtime colleague and overall greatest musician we've ever played with, Marcel Jacob, is no longer with us as of today, Tuesday July 21, 2009. Marcel took his own life after many years of personal and health issues he was battling."

In 1978, he formed the band Rising Force together with Yngwie Malmsteen. In 1987 Jacob played on the album 'Total Control', the first solo album released by Europe guitarist John Norum. Jacob also co-wrote several of the songs included on that album - more on this story

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Anthrax Drop Singer, Reunite With John Bush For At Least One Gig
Blabbermouth reports: Who didn't see this one coming? At least Anthrax ends up with a great singer.... for one show. Who knows what that could lead to? Blabbermouth has the story: Anthrax's manager, Izvor Zivkovic of Split Media, has released the following statement to Blabbermouth.Net: "As announced last week, thrash legends Anthrax regretfully cancelled the first three dates on the second leg of their European tour due to new vocalist Dan Nelson's unexpected illness. An additional seven European dates are also cancelled, those scheduled from July 22 to July 30.

"Anthrax is thrilled to announce that they will play the August 1 Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, England, with their good friend John Bush [Anthrax's singer from 1992 to 2005] joining them for a very special one-off performance. The members of Anthrax have confirmed the departure of vocalist Dan Nelson. In light of this development, Anthrax's slot on the U.S. SLIPKNOT dates set for August and September, has also been cancelled. ANTHRAX is already actively considering lead singer candidates, and looks forward to hitting the road before the end of the year."

***UPDATE: According to Anthrax's management, the band's new album, "Worship Music", which was previously due in Europe on October 23 via Nuclear Blast Records, will now be "pushed back to a later date." - Dan sent Blabbermouth a statement claiming the band let him go, read it here

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Weezer Almost Done With Next Album
MusicRadar reports: Weezer have been doing anything but laying low. Having released their eponymously titled 'Red Album' last year, the group are "close to a wrap" on their 7th record - the color of which is yet undecided.

In a lengthy post on the Weezer website, the group writes, "The bands 7th album, title TBA, is pretty close to a wrap now (after a mild false alarm back in the spring), though there is some work yet remaining to be done. There have also been some other special Weezer studio recordings done recently."

Weezer don't elaborate on what those additional recordings could be, but they do drop hints about a "special non-physical release." - more on this story

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Blink-182 Plan Ridiculous Live Show
FMQB reports: Blink-182 is pulling out all the stops for their upcoming reunion tour, with a stage show designed by Martin Phillips, who has worked with Kayne West, Nine Inch Nails and Daft Punk in the past.

Blink's Mark Hoppus told Rolling Stone that the show production "is just ridiculous. All of our techs have been down there to see the stage set up, and they're e-mailing me, going, 'Oh my God, there are so many speakers, just so many lights.' I haven't seen it myself, but the pictures I've seen look ridiculous. Everything kind of moves and joins and separates to make these huge video screens, so it's pretty complicated."

"I think right now people want to go to a show and see the Blink that they remember seeing or the Blink that they never got to see," Hoppus adds. - more on this story

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Sum 41 Finishing New Album
Punknews.org reports: Sum 41 have posted another update. The band has wrapped up their tour with The Offspring and are now back in the studio to finish their album:

"Now we're going to knuckle down and finish this album!! Deryck and I will probably start rehearsing once a week pretty soon and Cone will come down every month and we can battle about kick patterns, bass parts and guitar riffs.

"Hell, we'll even bring Brown Tom so he can add a new dynamic to the creative experience - strolling around in his tighty orangies." - more punk news

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Wolfmother Tour Plans
PR reports: Wolfmother is back with sharpened chops, and the band will preview new material on the road this summer, including a run of shows with the Killers. The Sydney, Australia, rockers have joined on as the main support for six shows in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada, where they'll unveil the songs they've spent months recording in L.A.

Fans in L.A. can experience the whole album set to mind-blowing visuals on July 27 at the Laserium CyberTheater at the historic Vine Theater in Hollywood. Wolfmother also plays August 22nd at KROQ's Epicenter '09 festival at the Fairplex at Pomona in California.

The Grammy-winning four-piece recently dropped teaser track "Back Round" on iTunes, MySpace.com/wolfmother and wolfmother.com. And the foot-stomping, fuzz-drenched song will soon challenge players of Activision's Guitar Hero 5. Wolfmother is also opening for AC/DC on its "Black Ice Tour," beginning in February in 2010. The down-under tour, featuring two groups of Sydney's finest sons, sold out faster than any in the Australia's history. - more on this story

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Static-X Hitting The Road
Metal Underground reports: Static-X announces additional headlining tour dates along with the Pedal To The Metal tour coming your way this summer 2009.

Static-X front-man Wayne Static says of the tour: "I'm very picky about who we tour with. I think Static-X slaughter most bands live, and I pride myself in our show – I refuse to open for a band that I don't think is worthy, so that says a lot about Mudvayne, Zakk Wylde, and this entire package." - more on this story

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Replace Beastie Boys At Lollapalooza
NME reports: Yeah Yeah Yeahs have joined the Lollapalooza festival lineup as the headliners for Saturday night (August 8).

Karen O and company will replace the Beastie Boys, who were originally slated to perform that night.

Yesterday (July 20), the Beastie Boys announced the cancellation of a slew of summer dates and the delay of their forthcoming album due to Adam Yauch being diagnosed with cancer, as previously reported. - more on this story

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Gojira Set Metallica Off Dates
PR reports: Gojira have announced a series of headline dates on off days from the Metallica/Lamb of God tour which goes from September 14th thru October 18.

Gojira are supporting their 2008 Prosthetic Records' release, "The Way of All Flesh."

Support on these shows will come from Zoroaster and Burst. - dates

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Drivin' N' Cryin' Again
PR reports: Drivin' N' Cryin' will put out their first record in twelve years. Great American Bubble Factory will be released on September 29, 2009 on Vintage Earth Music with marketing and distribution provided by Thirty Tigers/RED.

"This record is the perfect crescendo to a long twenty-plus year career of the band. I think we've found the true essence of what we started to build back in 1985," says Kevn Kinney.

Drivin' N' Cryin' originally started recording demos for this album on September 10, 2001. After 9/11 the band abandoned the sessions after deciding the time wasn't right for their stories of blue-collar optimism. They returned to Sonica Studios in Atlanta earlier this year where the band produced the album in collaboration with Anton Fier, who produced their 1987 album Whisper Tames the Lion and James Barber, their ex-manager-turned-producer. - more on this story

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Sufjan Stevens Presents The BQE
Sacks reports: Sufjan Stevens premiered The BQE, a film and musical suite exploring New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in November 2007.

The critically applauded performance featured 36 performers including a band, a wind and brass ensemble, string players, a horn section, projected film footage of the expressway and five hula hoopers. On October 20, Asthmatic Kitty Records will release The BQE (also available via Rough Trade in the UK, P-Vine in Japan, Spunk in Australia).

The comprehensive package features the CD soundtrack, the DVD of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway film footage, a 40-page booklet with extensive liner notes & photographs and an accompanying stereoscopic 3-D Viewmaster® reel. Furthermore, Asthmatic Kitty will release a limited edition double gatefold vinyl edition of The BQE on 180-gram vinyl with a large-scale 32-page booklet including liner notes, photographs and a black and white version of a 40-page BQE-themed Hooper Heroes comic book. - more on this story

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Singled Out: The Product
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today The Product's frontman BJ tells us about "Nightmare" from their brand debut EP, 'Break the Silence.' We now turn it over to BJ for the story:

A Nightmare is something all of us have experienced, a terrifying dream that sometimes lasts forever or a single quick image in which we quickly awaken. They stick with us, haunt us, and keep us awake.

Nightmare is about a person whose life is incomplete. They are living a nightmare and are afraid they'll never wake up from it. They are searching for help from a friend and looking for a way out. Unsure of what to do they continue doing what they have been all along, living in this nightmare. Eventually they find what they are looking for and wake up from the terrifying dream they have been in.

I wrote Nightmare because I felt it was such a relatable topic. I felt someone could listen to the song and after one time realize they aren't alone in whatever it is they are going through. I also wanted to give them hope in that they can overcome whatever is they are going through. Hope is something we all need.

We all have nightmares and we all eventually wake up.

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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