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Full Report for 07/24/2009

Eddie Van Halen Undergoes Surgery
MusicRadar reports: Eddie Van Halen is recovering from hand surgery that was deemed necessary to alleviate increasing pain in his left hand. According to Rolling Stone, the guitarist says he began to experience pain in his thumb and pinky during the last portion of Van Halen's 2007-2008 tour.

"It got progressively worse to the point that about three months ago I wasn't able to play at all," says Van Halen. "My pinky and my thumb were totally locked up and felt like there was something broken."

Although specialists in Germany initially treated Van Halen for arthritis, they soon found the real problems: a bone spur, twisted tendon and a cyst in the joint of his left thumb. - more on this story

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Jane's Addiction Cancel Tour
MTV reports: Jane's Addiction have been forced to cancel their upcoming Australian tour due to the hospitalization of drummer Stephen Perkins.

According to a press release from the group's spokesperson, Perkins, 41, has been admitted to the Infectious Disease Ward at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for treatment of an infection in his elbow.

"Doctors expect to keep him there for the next few days for further diagnosis and observation while anti-biotic treatment continues," the statement read, noting that a full recovery is expected over the next few weeks. - more on this story

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8-Year-Old AC/DC Fan Cheated?
thestar.com reports: Josh Bowman doesn't want to come across as a "problem child" but his bid to win a contest as AC/DC's biggest fan has become a "highway to hell."

The 8-year-old from Niagara Falls was one of three finalists chosen nationwide to compete in an online contest to become the "Ultimate AC/DC Fan." The contest is sponsored by Bell/MSN Sympatico.

When voting began on July 8, Josh quickly took the lead and within two days had a 20 per cent lead over his nearest competitor. But then someone at Bell decided to "reset" the vote counter, wiping out thousands of votes. - Read on for Bell's reason for this

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Warped Goes To The Movies
PR reports: The Warped Tour will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a special theatrical event in more than 460 movie theaters on Thursday, Sept. 17th at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT and 8:00 p.m. PT (tape delay).

This one-night event will feature two-hours of all-star headliner performances recorded in Los Angeles including exclusive, theater-only appearances from several top acts who have kick-started their careers on the Warped Tour, as well as red carpet clips and special behind-the-scenes access footage.

Performers will include 3OH!3, The Aggrolites, All-American Rejects, Bad Religion, blink-182, The Decaydance All Stars, Ice T, Katy Perry, NoFX, Ozomatli, Pennywise, Rise Against and Underoath captured live at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on September 6th. - more on this story

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James Blunt Vs Weird Al
Jam! reports: James Blunt has refused comedy singer 'Weird' Al Yankovic the right to sell a parody of his single You're Beautiful, vowing he will "never approve" its release.

Yankovic has written and recorded You're Pitiful, his light-hearted take on Blunt's 2005 hit, and had hoped to include it on his upcoming greatest hits album Essentials, scheduled to hit shelves later this year.

But the funnyman - best known for his satirical takes on Michael Jackson's hits - has had to axe the song after Blunt failed to see the humour in the joke track. - A word from Weird Al about this

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Jack White Opens Up White Stripes Vault To Fans
NME reports: Jack White has said he will open up his band The White Stripes' archives to fans who sign up for his new subscription service The Vault.

The guitarist, who is also a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, recently launched the service to offer exclusive content including videos and music of bands he is involved in, as well as sending physical releases to those who have signed up.

Speaking of the new service, which will also offer ticket presale for the bands' shows, he told BBC Newsbeat: "They [subscribers] will get vaulted footage from the past that no one has seen or ever posted on YouTube before. - more on this story

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Announce Double CD Set
Mute reports: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have been creating music together for more than fifteen years, with The Bad Seeds, Grinderman and The Dirty Three. More recently, they have collaborated on soundtracks for such films as The Proposition (2005) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). White Lunar, a two CD set to be released by Mute on September 22, 2009, contains music they composed from the aforementioned films, along with a selection of their cinematic scores, including rare and previously unavailable material.

Cave and Ellis' first soundtrack together was Australian director John Hillcoat's 2005 quasi-Western, The Proposition (for which Cave also wrote the screenplay). The following year, the pair received a commission to compose the music for a film by another Australian director, Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. By the time Dominik's film came out, Hillcoat had begun his adaptation of The Road (Cormac McCarthy's novel of a father and son's trek across a vast wasteland in the aftermath of global catastrophe); once again Cave and Ellis were invited to create music for the film. With The Road as yet unreleased, this album offers a rare opportunity for a sneak preview of the soundtrack.

All three movies, with their epic landscapes and acutely incised psychology, find a correlative sweep and depth in the scores that Cave and Ellis have devised for them, and a poignancy that imbues the films with a timeless aura; the music from this triumvirate is on Disc 1 of the 2 CD set. In addition to these large-scale efforts, Cave and Ellis have also contributed a resonant musical dimension to a pair of lesser known, but striking documentaries, represented on Disc 2. - more on this story

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Bret Michaels Tour Dates
Bret Michaels with tons of !!!s reports: After the remaining Poison shows this week in Noblesville, Indiana tonight and Detroit, Michigan tomorrow, it's time to focus on the Bret Michaels Band shows while the Poison tour takes a short break!

This Saturday night, July 25th, is the Dakota Rock Fest in Sioux Falls, SD! This show also includes Dokken, Skid Row, White Lion, L.A. Guns, Enuff Z'nuff and others! Check out the banner ad (on the left, click to enlarge) for full details! Or visit DakotaRockFest.com for details and ticket info!

Then Sunday, July 26th, the BMB pulls in to Lake Ozark, Missouri for a show at Horny Toad - Next week will feature 2 more exciting shows!

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Jeff Hanson Died of Drug Overdose
exclaim.ca reports: As we told you in early June, Minnesota singer-songwriter and Kill Rock Stars recording artist Jeff Hanson tragically passed away.

Hanson, who was 31 at the time, was thought to have died from a fall or some sort of other accident in his new, concrete-floored apartment.

Now, an autopsy by the St. Paul, Minnesota police department has revealed that Hanson's death was caused by a drug overdose. - more on this story

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Platinum Kings of Leon
MusicRadar reports: Kings Of Leon are finally - finally! - bona fide stars in the US. Their latest album, Only By The Night, has been certified platinum by the RIAA, for shipments of one million units in America.

For the Nashville-based band, who have sold millions internationally since their 2003 debut, The Holy Roller Novocaine EP, it's sweet relief to achieve success in their homeland - and to celebrate, they've just announced a headlining arena tour of the States.

Kings Of Leon will start their North American trek on 7 August with a bill-topping performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago and end the run on 24 October in Monterrey, Mexico. - more on this story

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Santana Officially A Guitar Hero
MusicRadar reports: Carlos Santana has been a guitar hero before the term was even coined. But now he's a character in the upcoming Guitar Hero 5 video game, minting his status in a whole new way.

Santana will feature as what Activision calls an unlockable "in-game artist," meaning the guitarist's image will be seen on screen as you play along to the Santana music, which, in this case, is the classic No One To Depend On, from the band's self-titled third album released in 1971.

"We're thrilled to showcase one of the top guitarists of all time in Guitar Hero 5 and offer fans the opportunity to experience Carlos Santana's signature sounds and iconic likeness first-hand," said Tim Riley, Vice President Of Music Affairs for Guitar Hero. - more on this story

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Billy Talent III Coming
Road Runner reports: Billy Talent's new album Billy Talent III has found a new home in the States and Japan on Roadrunner Records. The album, which will be released on September 22, was recorded by noted producer Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, Stone Temple Pilots) in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

The first single "Rusted From The Rain" will be serviced to Active and Modern Rock formats in late August. A video for the track was recently shot in Los Angeles with director Wayne Isham (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Avenged Sevenfold). To watch, click here.

Billy Talent III, will was released in the band's native Canada on July 14 and debuted at #1. Billy Talent III has the highest one week sales of any Canadian release in 2009.
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Paradise Lost One Off Reunion
Band Statement reports: Due to a long-standing commitment made prior to him joining Paradise Lost, Adrian (Erlandsson, drummer) will be unable to perform with the band at the Alternavigo Festival in Vigo, Spain on August 7th.

So for one-night-only, former member Jeff Singer will occupy the Paradise Lost drum stool. Jeff's return for this show, not only allows everyone to honour their prior commitments but gives Jeff a chance to say 'goodbye' to the loyal Paradise Lost fans in style.

This will be the band's final summer show before they kick off their European Tour on October 30th at King Tut's in Glasgow, Scotland - more on this story

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