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Full Report for 07/27/2009

Machine Head Guitarist Collapses On Stage
Sonisphere festival reports: Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel is fine after dramatically collapsing on stage during the finale (of the Sonisphere festival in Pori, Finland) to an electric-stomping set that had the crowd so pumped up they were running at each other in a 'wall of death' and charging around in manic circles.

Although he had to be helped off stage, he exclusively told Team Sonisphere that he is now feeling okay.

"Basically I want to apologies to all the fans for cheating them of their last song," he said. After breaking the news on Twitter, Team Sonisphere was inundated with messages from worried fans. - more on this story

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Blink-182 Kick Off Profanity Filled Reunion Tour
antiMusic reports: Spin was on hand to document the kick off of Blink-182's profanity filled U.S. tour. Here is part of their write-up: Blink-182's tour kick-off Thursday night at Las Vegas' the Joint venue was the kind of show that doubled as one prolonged rim shot, a tongue-in-(butt)-cheek time warp back to junior high, starring a band that has long served as the itching powder in pop rock's jock strap.

After sets from openers Valencia and Motion City Soundtrack, who played songs off their excellent 2007 release, Even if It Kills Me (Weezer, Fall Out Boy and others will join the tour later), Blink singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge walked onstage and spit the first words to a sold-out crowd: "Motherf**ker, f**k, sh*t, cocks**ker."

That's it, just a random string of profanities that served as a potty-mouthed precursor for what was to come over the next 90 minutes or so. "Good point," singer/bassist Mark Hoppus chimed in, playing the eye-rolling straight guy to the fount of snark that is his bandmate. - What about the music? Find out here

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Phish Fest Goes West
PR reports: For the first time ever, Phish will combine two of its most cherished traditions - the Phish festival and the band's Halloween event - in a massive three-day celebration. Christened Festival 8, it will take place October 30th, 31st and November 1st at The Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.

Festival 8 marks several additional firsts: it is Phish's first three-day festival, its first held on the West Coast and it will be the first time that a single band has played consecutive dates at the venue.

"We are pleased to support this event," said Glenn Southard, Indio City Manager. "It will bring thousands of visitors to the City of Indio and to the Coachella Valley and will provide a much-needed boost to our local economy. We look forward to a great event!" - more on this story

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Zakk Wylde Discusses Status With Ozzy
Blabbermouth reports: David "Gus" Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com recently conducted an interview with Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne).

When asked about the recent reports that Ozzy was auditioning other guitarists for his solo band, Zakk said, "Everything's cool, man. I mean, Ozzy's always jammed with other people — since we did 'Down To Earth' and all that other stuff. So it's no big deal. If Ozzy's gonna play with someone else, what am I gonna do anyways?

"At the end of the day, when we did the 'Down To Earth' record, Oz had other people coming in and writing with him. [I was like], 'Boss, knock yourself out,' you know what I mean?! What we're supposed to do is there's this date in August — August 20, I guess, down in Anaheim [at the BlizzCon convention] — and then after that, we're supposed to finish the [new Ozzy] record up in September or something like that. We did 16 or 18 songs or something like that, so we'll write some more, finish the record, and then we're supposed to do like a year[-long] world tour." - Watch the chat in three parts here.

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Slayer and Megadeth Go Down- System of a Poet- Burst Live Up To Their Name and Disband- AC/DC TV- Metal Murderer Sentenced-
antiMusic reports: Slayer will team up with Megadeth for a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, August 10.more

System Of A Down's Serj Tankian has announced he is writing his second book of poetry, with art from Roger Kupelian more

Burst has announced plans to disband following their upcoming U.S. tour and several European shows. " "Following a band meeting at the end of June, we have decided that it is time to let Burst sleep. We will honor our commitments, play the planned No Budget fest in Larissa, Greece as well as the US tour, and a possible best-of show in Sweden in late fall. But after that and for the foreseeable future, Burst will lay down its arms." more

Brian Johnson, the lead vocalist of hard rock legends AC/DC, made an appearance on an episode of the hugely popular BBC show Top Gear. You can check out a clip from the show here. In the video, Johnson shares some memorable stories from his time with AC/DC as well as giving an insight into his love of cars, before taking part in the show's "Star in a reasonably priced car" challenge

A San Bernardino, California man was sentenced on Friday (July 24) to nearly 60 years in prison for murdering a member of the California heavy metal bands Contortion and Prolific with his car battery more

Director Chris Weitz has confirmed rumors that a new solo recording from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is slated to appear on the soundtrack to New Moon, the anticipated sequel to Twilight.more

Arctic Monkeys have announced plans to stream a special online gig showcasing tracks from their forthcoming album 'Humbug'. The Sheffield four-piece will perform the one-off show through a web transmission via their official site this Thursday more

Billy Joel and Elton John have postponed a second upstate New York concert on their top-grossing tour after Joel fell ill with flu-like symptoms.more

Tom Jones has been forced to cancel a series of US dates after falling ill with bronchitis.more

The band that launched the career of Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, Brujeria, Divine Heresy, Asesino) has recently resurfaced. THE Douche Lords were formed by Dino (his first actual band) with childhood friend Tony Cortez (vocals). more

Jorn Lande has confirmed that he has been in talks with his former band Masterplan about laying down the lead vocals on the group's new CD. "We have discussed recording an album together and it's looking pretty good that it will work out," he told Germany's Rock Hard magazine.more

Sunn O))) has lined up a two-week tour of the East Coast, once again sharing the stage with Eagle Twin. Grab the dates here

Dredg added a second show to their L.A. itinerary. They're now performing Sunday, August 30 as well as Monday, August 31 at the El Rey with RX Bandits and As Tall As Lions. They're currently criss-crossing the U.S. in support of their new album, The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion, which came out June 9 on their Ohlone Recordings through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. dates

Alice In Chains will headline this year's Buzzfest on September 11 at the Riverfront Park in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee.more

The Raveonettes has announced the dates for a fall tour in support of its fourth studio album, Billboard.com can exclusively reportmore

Thick As Blood and Venia will hit the road together in late-August for a full U.S. tour that will also feature Endwell and Lionheart on select shows.more

Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force Records will release "The Genesis", a collection of Malmsteen's early recordings, in the U.S. on August 25, 2009.more -

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Foreigner Hope To Match AC/DC and Journey Success
Reuters reports: Can WalMart work its magic for yet another '70s rock act? The retail giant's exclusive September 29 release of Foreigner's "Can't Slow Down" will be its first major exclusive since AC/DC's "Black Ice" in October.

The album (Foreigner's first since 1995's "Mr. Moonlight") has much in common with Journey's 2008 Wal-Mart-only release, "Revelation." Like its predecessor, "Can't Slow Down" will be a three-disc set that features a CD of new material, a concert DVD and a best-of collection. But whereas "Revelation" included a CD of rerecorded Journey favorites, Foreigner remixed the band's original master recordings to make its hits sound more contemporary.

Perhaps most noticeable to longtime fans of both bands, each release features a replacement lead singer -- in Foreigner's case, Kelly Hansen, who takes the place of original frontman Lou Gramm. - more on this story

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Monsters of Folk Hitting The Road
Filter reports: Monsters of Folk was born on the road five years ago when My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, and singer/songwriter M. Ward toured together and regularly sat in on each other's sets. Now armed with the eclectic collaborations that make up their debut album, the illustrious quartet will reconvene for several Fall tour dates.

Throughout each show of the tour, the four members will be switching instruments and trading roles, maintaining the freewheeling and highly collaborative spirit of their work together thus far.

Pre-sale tickets for the US and Canada shows will be available beginning Tuesday, July 28, followed by the public on-sale beginning Friday, July 31.
- more on this story

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Guns N' KISS In Chains Jam
BW&BK reports: KISS guitar legend Ace Frehley headlined a special charity event to benefit Paul Green's School Of Rock , Saturday night (July 25th) at The Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Ace jammed out the KISS classic "Rock and Roll All Night" with original Guns 'N Roses drummer Steven Adler and the video has made its way online.

Other artists participating in the event included Mike Starr of Alice In Chains, Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, Shifty from Crazy Town, Bob Forrest from Thelonious Monster, Dr. Drew, and the kids from the School Of Rock - Check out the video here

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Grateful Dead Songwriter Dies
Billboard reports: John "Marmaduke" Dawson, a longtime Grateful Dead collaborator who co-wrote "Friend of the Devil" and developed a devoted following with his psychedelic country group New Riders of the Purple Sage, has died. He was 64.

Dawson died Tuesday from stomach cancer in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he had retired several years ago, said Rob Bleetstein, archivist for the band.

With the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, Dawson co-founded New Riders in 1969 to showcase his songs along with Garcia's pedal-steel guitar playing. - more on this story

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New John Lennon Song?
Nightwatcher reports: The UK's The Sun is reporting that a new John Lennon song could be published from beyond the grave - 30 years after his death. The lyrics to the song "Tell Her Now" were penned by the murdered Beatle in the 1960s, but no music was ever written to go with them.

Now it has been revealed his son Julian is working on a project to write music for the song and to publish it.

The lyrics are part of a private collection which Julian acquired after his father was killed on December 8 1980. - more on this story

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Mnemic Guitarist Undergoes Surgery
PR reports: Mnemic updates fans with this news: We apologize for the lack of news. We have been really bad with updates, but we can assure you it will change as we are taking the very first steps towards a new Mnemic album.

There has maybe been some speculations regarding our last show, which featured an unknown guitarist handling the duties as a stand-in for our very own Rune Stigart. To clarify the situation, Rune had to undergo surgery for an old wrist injury, in which the doctor advised not to perform over a specific period of time.

The band had already been booked in advance to headline the Sardinias Heavy Sands festival, which was impossible to postpone. The band's and Rune's decision was to carry on with a stand-in guitarist. His name is Victor Ray Salomonsen. Some of you might recognize his mom, Sanne Salomonsen, the great and famous Danish rock mama. - more on this story

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Previously Unreleased Jeff Healey Album Set For Release
Nightwatcher reports: Ruf Records announces a September 8 release date in the U.S. for 'Songs from the Road', a new album featuring 11 previously unreleased live tracks from the late, uniquely-gifted guitarist Jeff Healey.

The recordings were done over a 15 month period at the famous Notodden Blues Festival in Norway (8/5/06), the Islington Academy in London (5/20/07) and Jeff Healey's Roadhouse in Toronto (11/15/07). Germany-based Ruf Records is distributed in the U.S. by the Allegro Corporation, and will also release the album internationally, except in Canada, where Songs from the Road will be released by Stony Plain Records.

'Songs from the Road' is the follow-up to 'Mess of Blues', which was released just weeks after Jeff's untimely death from cancer at age 41 on March 2nd of last year. - more on this story

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Singled Out: Pennan Brae
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today we go indie with Pennan Brae who tells us about "Something's Missing" from the brand new album "Shaded Joy". Here is the story:

I finished writing the songs for my debut CD, 'Shaded Joy' last fall and headed into the studio. I recorded on a small island in Canada, which is actually a province, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.). I hooked up with some fantastic musicians; there's a lot of talent on that Island. We recorded the music in a restored 19th Century farmhouse, with views of the Atlantic. The air was fresh, the leaves were changing colour & you could taste winter in the air; a nice time of year.

I wrote 'Something's Missing' when I moved from the East to West Coast of Canada. I was feeling a bit down at the time & wasn't with a girlfriend or anything. I recall seeing lots of other guys with their girlfriends & I think just the sight of that provided motivation, inspiration…due to my frustration!

I'm happy with the recording of it; Nat on drums is a very creative drummer. He doesn't just keep the beat, but changes things up which adds to the songwriting process. Remi, handling the bass, is as good as they come. He's played across North America & Europe; he's the most talented bass player I've had the opportunity to play with. Last but not least, Phil on guitar is a real gem; he comes up with parts out of left field, which is great; he doesn't remind me of anyone I've heard before & that to me is a nice quality to have. As for myself, I had fun laying down the keyboard & vocals.

If curious, the name 'Pennan Brae' is named after a small Scottish village, Pennan, along the North Sea. My grandfather was born there and I've had a chance to visit twice. I always have a special affinity for Scotland in my heart and the band's name is in its honour.. Cheers & thanks for listening, Rob of Pennan Brae.

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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