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Full Report for 07/31/2009

Zakk Wylde Slams Ozzy
antiMusic reports: Zakk Wylde was asked during in an interview with Oregon's rock station 101.5 KFLY about his status with Ozzy Osbourne and he gave the host an earful!

Wylde told 101.5 KFLY's Standard Ass Rock Show with Carl: "The boss (Ozzy) hasn't even given me a phone call, so I mean… I'm just like… I don't know what's going on over there.... We're working on the new record, we'll be back in September, we'll work on finishing the record. And then we're supposed to do the tour. I mean, it's like, dude, you don't wanna play with me anymore? Fine. Play with whoever the hell you wanna play with. I couldn't give a rat's ass. Like I'm gonna get all jealous or whatever. But you know what?! Man up and give me a phone call and tell me what the hell's going on. You finished with me? Cool.

"I mean, it's just like… Everything's sounding like Black Label? [Referring to Ozzy's claim in a recent interview that his solo albums were beginning to sound like Black Label Society due to Wylde's involvement with both projects] "I guess everything sounded like Black Label when I first started with you, when I was 19. It was still the same guy; I don't know what you're talking about."

The Metal Den picked up this choice quote from the interview "Where I come from, the bottom line is… ---- like this that goes down, I swear to Christ we snap muthaf**kers necks and we beat the living f**k out of people. It ain't cool!"

KFLY is set to air the entire interview with Zakk air this Sunday. You can stream it live and preview the interview including a profanity filled rant against Ozzy here - read the MusicRadar report

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Staind Concert Molestation Arrest
Blabbermouth reports: According to The Brookings Register, Brookings, South Dakota police on Sunday evening (July 26) arrested a 20-year-old city man on several charges, including aggravated assault and sexual contact with a child under 16.

Police Chief Jeff Miller said the man, who was attending the STAIND concert at the Swiftel Center, allegedly molested a 14-year-old female and then body-slammed a 15-year-old male.

The male victim, bleeding from the mouth, was transported by ambulance to the Brookings hospital, where he was treated and released. - more on this story

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Warrant's Jani Lane Going To Jail
Contact Music reports: Glam rocker Jani Lane will spend two days in prison after pleading no contest to a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) on Thursday (30Jul09).

The former Warrant frontman appeared in a Los Angeles court on Thursday and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour DUI charge after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

As part of the agreement, Lane must serve 36 months probation, attend a three-month alcohol education course and complete 30 days of community service where he will help with road work. - more on this story

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Korn Strips
Blabbermouth reports: The second annual Sunset Strip Music Festival has announced the addition of Korn to the lineup for their first Los Angeles performance in two years.

Fresh off their sold-out European tour, the band will join Chris Cornell at the Saturday, September 12 street festival where for the first time The Sunset Strip (between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Blvd.) will be closed to host two concert stages and is expected to draw 10,000 people.

"Although we're all from Bakersfield, the Sunset Strip is really where it all came together for Korn. It's where we had our first breakthrough gigs," states Korn frontman Jonathan Davis. - more on this story

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Panic At The Disco's New Lineup
Spin.com reports: Just days after releasing their first song since Ryan Ross and Jon Walker left the band, Panic! at the Disco's Spencer Smith and Brendon Urie have announced who will fill Ross and Walker's shoes on their upcoming tour with Blink-182.

Smith told MTV.com that -- for the time being, at least -- Ian Crawford of the Cab will replace Ross on guitar, and Dallon Weekes of the Brobecks will replace Walker on bass.

"They're friends, so the decision was easy," he said. "Plus, we're really excited to play with them as musicians." - [and yes they apparently have brought back the silly !. read on]

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Why Dope Dropped From Mudvayne, Black Label Society and Static-X Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Dope frontman Edsel Dope has released the following statement regarding the band's non-participation in the "Pedal To The Metal Tour" alongside Mudvayne, Black Label Society and Static-X:

"We were specifically asked not to make any announcements about our departure from the 'Pedal To The Metal Tour' 'till after the tour got under way. We apologize to everyone that was hoping to catch us on the tour.

"Unfortunately, it was a simple matter of economics. There are so many well-known bands on the tour that there just wasn't enough money to go around. I'm not talking about money to get rich or buy rock star bull---- that we don't need, I'm just talking about enough money to cover the normal, basic, costs to do the tour and to cover our basic bills back home while we are away. Unfortunately, it just wasn't there for us... - more on this story

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Men At Work Heading To Court For Song Theft Claim
Billboard reports: A music publisher that has accused Australian band Men at Work of stealing the melody to their 1980s smash hit "Down Under" from a campfire song won the first stage of its lawsuit on Thursday (July 30) seeking royalties from the Aussie anthem.

A federal judge ruled that publisher Larrikin Music owns the copyright to the tune of "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree" - a Girl Guide favorite from New Zealand to Canada. The judge's ruling clears the way for a further hearing about whether Men at Work is guilty of copyright infringement.

Larrikin claims the distinctive flute riff in "Down Under" was copied from the refrain of "Kookaburra," a song about the native Australian bird written in 1934 by a teacher named Marion Sinclair for a Girl Guides competition. Sinclair died in 1988. - more on this story

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Rock Icon Injured By Drunk Driver
exclaim.ca reports: In an unfortunate turn of events, Sloan bassist and Canadian rock icon Chris Murphy has been injured as the result of a hit and run involving a drunk driver.

Now recovering at home, Murphy was released from the hospital with a broken collarbone on Saturday (July 25).

Halifax newspaper The Coast [via CBC Radio 3] points to the band's official statement, which reads: "Chris is recovering at home having being released from the hospital on Saturday morning. The impact resulted in a broken collarbone and an assortment of cuts and bruises." - more on this story

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A Whiter Shade of Victory
AP reports: He didn't skip the light fandango, but Procol Harum's former keyboardist said he was delighted Thursday after Britain's top court ruled he was entitled to a share of royalties from the band's hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale."

Judges in the House of Lords said Matthew Fisher, who played the track's distinctive Hammond organ intro, should get a portion of future royalties from the song.

"As one of those people who do remember the '60s, I am glad that the author of that memorable organ part has at last achieved the recognition he deserves," said Baroness Hale, one of five judges hearing the case. - more on this story

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Unearth Club Gig
Band Statement reports: Unearth to play a 200 capacity venue in their old stomping grounds the Merrimack Valley! It's been five years or more since we have played a club show in the Merrimack Valley.

We wanted to come back and do it right with a tight stage, small venue and crazy ----ing times.

Don't expect for pre-sale links for tickets as this is a walk up only gig, so get there early and support the other bands. See you in three weeks M.V. for this one time only event! - more on this story

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Shinedown Hitting The Road
Atlantic reports: Shinedown has announced details of its upcoming headline tour. The dates will kick off on September 10th at Baltimore's Powerplant Live, and then traverse the United States though an October 24th finale at Charlotte, North Carolina's Uptown Amphitheater.

The tour carries on the sensational success of Shinedown's gold certified third album, "The Sound Of Madness." The acclaimed collection is highlighted by the #1 smash, "Second Chance," currently standing atop the Hot AC airplay ranking for the eighth consecutive week.

The Jacksonville, Florida-based quartet's biggest crossover hit to date, "Second Chance" has also topped the charts at both Active Rock and Mainstream, while reaching the top 5 at CHR/Top 40 outlets nationwide. The band will be performing "Second Chance" on NBC's The Today Show, airing Friday, September 4. - more on this story

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Green Day and P!nk Added to VMAs
MTV reports: Green Day and P!nk are set to perform at the "2009 MTV Video Music Awards." Green Day return to the VMAs stage to perform a hit off their latest album, 21st Century Breakdown. After an explosive performance at last year's show, P!nk is determined to top herself this time around with a song from her multi-platinum selling album Funhouse. In addition, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo and Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford are the first presenters confirmed for the show. As previously announced, Russell Brand will host and Taylor Swift and Muse are set to perform. The "2009 MTV Video Music Awards" will air live on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT). Additional performers, nominees and presenters will be announced at a later date.

"Last year I got to jump out of a window at the VMAs in LA," said P!nk. "This year I can't wait to blow the roof off Radio City in New York."

"We are excited to be performing at the Video Music Awards," says Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. "You never know what's going to happen, and it's always a memorable experience for us." - more on this story

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The Fall of Thursday Tour
HER reports: The Fall of Troy, one of the hottest bands in the post hardcore genre, will tour this fall as direct support with Thursday, playing twenty-nine shows over a five-week period. The tour kicks off September 18 in Philadelphia, PA and will criss-cross the U.S., wrapping up in Raleigh, NC on October 24 (full itinerary below).

The Fall of Troy - guitarist/vocalist Thomas Erak, drummer Andrew Forsman, and bassist Frank Ene - are touring in support of their upcoming album, In the Unlikely Event, due out October 6. The album was produced by Terry Date (Deftones, Slipknot, Smashing Pumpkins) and recorded in Seattle earlier this year. In The Unlikely Event is Ene's first album with the band, and they are expected to debut new material on these dates. Live in concert, The Fall of Troy has become known for its blazing and relentless, full-on interactive set; one major Southern California daily called one of their shows "the best performance I've ever seen at this venue."

As with the band's previous albums, the new music on In the Unlikely Event remains unpredictable and notoriously hard to pigeonhole. From jaw-droppingly technical rock anthems like "Battleship Graveyard" and blazing punk tracks like "Straight-Jacket Keelhauled," to mathematical melodic rockers such as "A Classic Case of Transference" and the laid-back love song "Nobody's Perfect," In The Unlikely Event is an album that will satisfy long-time fans of the band - but in typical The Fall of Troy fashion, continue to challenge them as well. - more on this story

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Singled Out: The National Rifle
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Hugh Morretta from The National Rifle tells us about "It's Just Whiskey, Mama" from their brand new EP "Man Full of Trouble". We now turn it over to Hugh for the story:

"It's Just Whiskey, Mama" is one I like because of the super emotional vocals ... although it might seem a little emo, which is not cool. Haha. But it also has a weird euro trash sound because of the keys, and that rocks.

It started out with this open guitar thing played with a capo on the verse along with the chorus chords. Just a piece of something, which is how everything starts and usually ends up completely different like in this song.

The weird verse drums were inspired by a pulsing kraut rock sort of Faust thing and the chorus was a drum part from an old song that we retired.

Usually I'd do the bass next, but I found this really distorted club bass sound on the keyboard that I fell in love with and added that to what we had and used it to make a bridge.

The bass was a pain in the ass because we technically had a bass part already with the keyboards, so after thinking about it for a week I had Jeremiah (bass) just ---- around and do some floor tom accents and distorted noise stuff on the verses. The chorus bass was just a rhythm thing I felt when listening to the song demo.

The vocals were also just put together from singing with the demo and the lyrics are really, really personal. It's obviously about a relationship that went bad, which inspired a lot of songs on the EP, but I wanted to do this one from the other person's perspective. At first it was sympathizing with her, but I think it turned out a little mocking. It sucks, but I think it's a reflection of my changing perspective on the situation.

Add some lead stuff which I put together before recording and some help from Buddy (drums) in doing some verse backing vocal parts, and that's it.

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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