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Full Report for 07/28/2009

Velvet Revolver's Duff Films TV Pilot, Slash Restrains Stalker
antiMusic reports: Who said nothing is happening in Velvet Revolver land. Sure they don't have a new singer but that doesn't mean they are leading boring lives either. Check out this BW&BK report:

velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan has issued the following update: "Did a quick trip to New York City. Filmed a pilot for a cool new business show that I may be a part of. We shall see? Talked about Twitter on FOX Business News today and what is the best way for Twitter to start making money - they haven't turned a dime yet."

In other news, VR guitarist Slash stated, "Had to get a restraining order for a crazed stalker this morning, nice." - more metal/hard rock news from BW&BK

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Emo Pioneers Sorry For Helping Create The New Glam Rock
exclaim.ca reports: The Get Up Kids are back together and celebrating the tenth anniversary of their disc Something to Write Home About with some touring. But as one of the originators of emo, the band are not happy with what that word has come to represent. So much so, in fact, that they're apologizing for their part in the whole mess.

No one old enough to remember bands like Boys Life, Cerberus Shoal or Texas Is the Reason likes to hear the word "emo" anymore; Jim Suptic, Get Up Kids guitarist, understands and is now saying he's sorry for the scene his band unwittingly helped create.

In an interview with Drowned in Sound, Suptic had some less-than-kind words for today's emo bands. "Honestly, I don't often think about the state of 'emo,'" Suptic said. "The punk scene we came out of and the punk scene now are completely different. It's like glam rock now." - more on this story

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Slipknot Announce Music Festival And 25 Track Release
Road Runner reports: Slipknot will host a one day festival in their hometown of Des Moines on 9/9/09. The show will feature 2 stages and a host of bands with Slipknot headlining. The second stage, sponsored will feature all local bands. An official announcement will be made soon.

Slipknot have announced a special edition release of their seminal self-titled debut album. This special CD/DVD piece will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Slipknot's first album's release in 1999. Release is set for 9/9/09. The CD will feature 25 tracks, including the original album as well as rare demos, remixes, rare b-sides and more.

The companion documentary, entitled of the (sic): Your Nightmares, Our Dreams, is packed with behind the scenes footage of Slipknot from 1999. This never before seen hour-long piece was directed by M. Shawn Crahan, who combed through his vast archives to compile the definitive chronicle of this important time in Slipknot's career. This inside look features both live and backstage footage from around the world. The DVD also features all the music videos from their debut cycle as well as other surprises.
- more on this story

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Thrice Coming Two Months Early
Vagrant reports: Vagrant Records announces the August 11, 2009 digital release of Beggars, the sixth studio album from Thrice. The digital album will be available exclusively through iTunes. The release date and details of the CD, with bonus material, will be announced shortly.

The digital release date was pushed up from October 13 in response to a leak that was discovered on Monday, July 20. Thrice said in a statement yesterday on their website, "We'd like to thank those of you who have resisted the urge to download this leak, those of you who have been supportive of us in online forums as this thing began to spread, and those of you who have heard the record and are sharing kind words about it. We always appreciate your support, but even more so right now."

The California-based quartet recorded the 10-track set at producer and guitarist Teppei Teranishi's New Grass Studios this spring. Thrice will be performing later in August on the upcoming west coast Warped Tour dates and will soon announce their US tour plans for the fall. - more on this story

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Avril Going Soft
Reuters reports: Get ready to hear a softer side of Avril Lavigne. The Canadian pop singer tells Billboard.com that she's taking a more serious, stripped-down approach to her fourth studio album, tentatively slated for a November release on RCA.

"A lot of the songs are mainly the acoustic and my vocal," says Lavigne of the as-yet-untitled project. "It's a lot different from anything I've done before. It's not a pop-rock record. This is more about emotion and feeling."

Lavigne's husband (and Sum 41 frontman) Deryck Whibley produced eight of the album's projected 12 tracks, half of which she wrote by her herself. For the other half, she's been working with former bandmate Evan Taubenfield and songwriter/producer Butch Walker, who co-penned her 2004 single "My Happy Ending." - more from Advil

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Smashing New Song- Weezer Preview 2 New Songs- Coldplay On The Simpsons- Sebastian Bach Working With John 5- Madden Goes Metal and more
antiMusic reports: A Billy Corgan-fronted group called Spirits in the Sky performed a new Smashing Pumpkins song at a tribute concert for psych-rock pioneer Sky "Sunlight" Saxon in Los Angeles on Sunday. Corgan was joined onstage by new Smashing Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne. More including video is here

Sunday night at the Jisan Rock festival outside of Seoul, Weezer debuted two new songs. The first, "I'm Your Daddy," is a straightforward blast of power-pop, and Spin says that the second track, "The Girl Got Hot," is the better of the two new numbers. Watch videos of each and judge for yourself here

Coldplay are the latest band to appear in 'The Simpsons', following in the footsteps of Aerosmith and Michael Jackson, among others. Chris Martin will play himself in the episode in which Coldplay perform a private show for Bart and Homer, after Homer wins a million dollars in the lottery. more

Black Sabbath , Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are among the featured artists on the soundtrack for Madden NFL 10 from Electronic Arts Inc.more

Metallica tell fans: "In addition to LAMB OF GOD, MACHINE HEAD will join us for the five shows in December!" more

Sebastian Bach has issued the following update: "Just got off the phone with (guitarist) John 5. We are going to write and record more tunes in August. He is fired up to help with my new record! I am stoked" more

Motorhead have added five more US shows to their upcoming North American tour. Grab em here

Graves Of Valor will hit the road in mid-September for a three-week tour with Salt The Wound and Within The Ruins Dates are here

Manic Street Preachers have announced details of their first North American shows in 10 years, kicking off in Seattle on September 21. The band are hitting the road in support of their new album 'Journal For Plague Lovers' set to be released in the US via Columbia Records on September 15. more

D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) are currently scheduling rehearsals and gearing up to play shows again starting in the fall. The band says, "We expect to start playing on weekends, then week-long mini-tours, and eventually being able to tour again spring or summer 2010." more

Hatebreed is recruiting extras to participate in a video shoot this week. The video will be filmed on Thursday, July 30th at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CTmore

Killswitch Engage have announced a string of extra South American tour dates in October. All of their upcoming dates, including the U.S., are here

The line up for this year's V Festival has grown, with Ladyhawke, The Lightning Seeds and Alphabeat now added to the bill.more -

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AC/DC 30 Years Down The Highway To Hell
Band Statement reports: On July 27, 1979, AC/DC released Highway To Hell, a timeless rock n' roll classic that ultimately marked both a triumphant beginning, and a tragic end for the young band from Down Under. Thirty years later, and after going platinum seven times over in the USA alone, it remains an undeniable classic of the genre, and has served as a musical touchstone for countless acts in the years since.

By the time the band began recording Highway To Hell, their follow-up to 1978's Powerage, AC/DC had earned their reputation as a jaw-dropping live act, so much so that few bands would agree to let AC/DC open for them, for fear of being upstaged by the electric young Aussies. Despite their live reputation, their previous two albums, Let There Be Rock and Powerage, hadn't achieved widespread commerci al success, topping out in the twenties on the Australian charts, and in the mid-hundreds in the USA. Stepping into 1979, it was time for AC/DC to make the album that undisputedly captured their massive sound in its full glory. It took three months of recording, and the end result not only catapulted AC/DC to superstardom, but also served as a sonic blueprint for a generation of hard rock acts to come.

The full impact of Highway To Hell would come into focus as the band grew (and grew and grew) over the coming decades. Still, Highway To Hell stands today as a testament to the fact that in any era, on any continent, there will always be a place for cranked-up, dialed-in, earth-quaking, hip-shaking, head-banging rock & roll. - more on this story

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Guess The Queen Hit and Win Cool Stuff
Queen Online reports: This autumn Queen will be releasing their ultimate one disc greatest hits album! It will contain 20 of the biggest rock tracks of the last 40 years. The album title and album artwork are still under wraps, but as part of a unique and exclusive competition at Queen Online they will be revealing the tracklisting and attaching a prize to each track.

Simply guess which track follows the next and submit your details. Correct entries for each track will then be collated and a winner selected at random. The same process with continue until the complete tracklisting is revealed. Check back daily to enter, view the winners and see what prizes are up for grabs.

We are also running a bonus prize of a Signed Art Print for the person who gets the most right. Once the competition is over we will gather up all the correct entries for each track and see who got the most in the right order, so keep entering over the next few weeks!

We have given you a head start by revealing Track 1, 'We Will Rock You', the rest is up to you... - To enter and to get started go here

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Ride for Dime 5 Announced
Ride for Dime reports: Legendary Musicians Come Together in Celebration of Guitar Hero and Friend to All "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott to Raise Money and Rock Dallas, TX Sunday August 16th.

Ride For Dime is pleased to announce it's next installment, Ride For Dime 5 BBQ & BASH All Star Jam. The All Star lineup will include Ace Frehly, Corey Taylor of Stone Sour and Slipknot, Aaron Lewis of Staind as well as members of Shinedown, Machine Head, Testament, Buckcherry, Snot and many more! The show will also feature performances by Souless Intent, Bound and Texas Hippie Coalition.

Ride For Dime is a 501c3 Non Profit and this event proudly gives back to the charities that were of interest to Dime during his life and charities he would have been proud to be a part of including Covenant House, Little Kids Rock and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America - Grab all the details here

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Slayer Unleash Hate Worldwide
HER reports: Last October, one of Slayer's brand new songs, "Psychopathy Red," leaked online, and since then the song has been streamed more than a half-million times. Nine months is a long stretch to go without a new Slayer track, so the band is making available another morsel from their upcoming album, World Painted Blood, due out later this year. The limited-edition single, a Kerry King composition, is titled "Hate Worldwide," and will be available exclusively as a CD-single at Hot Topic stores beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28.

"It's a really cool track, and Tom's voice sounds incredible on it," said King. "The last line in the song's chorus is '..spread a little hate worldwide,' and that's what we've been doing for 25 years."

As World Painted Blood is a Slayer album, it deals with topics such as death and destruction, war, serial killers, and the Apocalypse. The album was recorded in Los Angeles over two time periods, during October 2008 and then between late January and March 2009. World Painted Blood was produced by Greg Fidelman, who's spent time in the studio with Metallica, the Gossip, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Slipknot and others, and executive produced by long-time Slayer colleague, Rick Rubin, who suggested Fidelman for the project. - more on this story

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Shakespeare And Heavy Metal, Together At Last
LA Times reports: What do William Shakespeare and heavy-metal rock have in common? Why, a lot more than you might think, according to Jason Simms, a musician with the Portland, Ore.-based band called the Metal Shakespeare Company.

"There's sort of an element of exaggeration to both," Simms told Culture Monster. "'Romeo and Juliet' is really hard to fathom in our day and age two teenagers declaring their love after knowing each other for 15 minutes? Also, a lot of metal lyrics from Manowar and Iron Maiden are about going into battle, and so they work well with the historical dramas like 'Henry V'."

He added: "And both have a lot to do with gender bending and costumes I mean, Iron Maiden wore tights, had long the hair and put on makeup." [we won't fact check the last part of that claim] - more on this story

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A Slice of Five For Fighting Coming
Columbia Records reports: Aware/Columbia Records recording artist Five For Fighting, aka John Ondrasik, will release the new studio album Slice on October 13, 2009. The album is led by the first single, "Chances," which is available now on iTunes.

The Grammy nominated Ondrasik, who recorded the new album in Los Angeles and New York, reunited with his producing partner Greg Wattenberg ("Superman," "100 Years") for three of the album's tracks including "Chances," while producing the remaining songs himself.

Written with the perspective of one man's views on his life and the experiences and surrounding world that have shaped it, SLICE harkens back to the golden age of American songwriting in the 1970's, an era that greatly influenced Ondrasik's own introspective style. Comments Ondrasik, "It's great to be back with new songs from old places."
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