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Full Report for 06/04/2009

Metal Singer Killed in Fire
Blabbermouth reports: Boško Radišic, the 28-year-old frontman of the Serbian thrash metal band Space Eater, and his 26-year-old sister died Tuesday night (June 2) when a fire broke out in their apartment building in Belgrade.

According to media reports, the two fled their apartment at the sight of the fire and suffocated in the fumes as the smoke began to rise up the staircase while they were trying to get down to safety.

According to SPACE EATER's official bio, the band had recorded a promo version of its second album, which was supposed to contain eight new songs: "Crush, Kill, Destroy", "Say Your Prayers", "Abort", "F.A.A." , "Up On These Shores", "Quantum Leap", "Divide & Conquer" and "No Retreat". - more on this story

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Chickenfoot Summer Tour
PR reports: Chickenfoot, the new supergroup featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), bassist Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen), and vocalist Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), have announced their first major North American tour, beginning on August 2nd in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This upcoming tour will visit larger venues than the May North American club tour, which sold out in a matter of minutes and received strong reviews.

The North American tour includes a free show on August 15th at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. All dates will go on-sale June 13th, with the exception of the August 24th show in Boston, which will go on sale June 12th. - dates

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Scott Weiland Speaks Out About Estranged Wife's Tell All
Blabbermouth reports: Stone Temple Pilots/ex-Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland has issued a statement in response to media reports that his estranged wife, Mary, will publish a memoir called "Fall To Pieces" on October 27.

Weiland's statement, which was issued Wednesday (June 3), reads as follows: "When I was 16 years old, I dreamed of being a famous rock star. I never knew what came along with it — the good, the bad, and the straight-up bull----. I thought that creating beauty would bring beauty... Not always. At 16, Mary dreamed of being a famous model. She came close but she gave up her career for [the couple's kids] Noah, Lucy, and myself. She never got to see the 'what could have happened.'

Well, as everyone knows by now, we are getting divorced and yes, Mary is writing a book which I have not read. But what I want everyone to know that it has nothing to do with infidelity. Neither the divorce nor the book. Please don't place the red letter upon my children's mother. - more from Scott

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Switchfoot Announce Tour With Ours and Longwave
PR reports: Switchfoot have announced their Crazy Making Summer Tour which is set to kick off July 26th in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The tour will feature special guests Ours and Longwave.

Switchfoot is currently putting the finishing touches on its seventh studio album, Hello Hurricane. Produced by the band and Mike Elizondo {Eminem, Rilo Kiley, Fiona Apple), the album is by turns explosive and elegant, a transcendent work that finds Switchfoot exploring new musical textures.

On June 27, 2009 Switchfoot will present the Fifth Annual Bro-Am, a surf contest and concert, in Encinitas, CA. The event will benefit StandUp For Kids, a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization that began in San Diego and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless, and street kids. Committed to dealing with vital issues on both local and global levels, Switchfoot has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, the ONE Campaign, To Write Love on Her Arms and numerous other charities. - more on this story

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The Mets Tap Paul McCartney To Open Their New Stadium
PR reports: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney will perform the historic first concerts at Citi Field, the new home of the Mets, Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18.

These inaugural concert events at Citi Field mark the latest in a series of landmark performances that link the beloved Beatle with New York City and the home of the Mets. Beginning with The Beatles' legendary musical christening of Shea Stadium in 1965, and continuing with McCartney's special appearance at Billy Joel's "Last Play at Shea" show that closed the stadium last year, McCartney's summer shows at Citi Field will once again mark a momentous occasion in the history of New York – and rock n' roll itself.

"I am really excited about playing Citi Field - The Beatles were the first to play at Shea Stadium and along with Billy Joel, I was the last to sing at the old Shea," said Paul McCartney. "So to be the first to play this stadium is incredible. I am really looking forward to a buzzing show."
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Thrash & Burn Tour 09
PR reports: The second annual Thrash & Burn Tour will be headlined by California metallers DevilDriver, with direct support from New England hardcore outfit Emmure. The North American tour kicks off July 24 in San Diego.

The Thrash & Burn Tour 2009 showcases a diverse mix of underground metal bands and features many of today's heaviest hitters and up-and-comers including Despised Icon, My Children My Bride, Veil of Maya, For the Fallen Dreams, Oceano, Periphery, and Thy Will Be Done. Several stops on the tour will see the addition of a special guest band, for a total of 10 national acts each night.

DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara commented on the upcoming tour and his band's headlining slot: "The time could not be better for Devildriver and Thrash & Burn to come together to support the Underground! We are elated to bring our first full headlining tour of major markets and combine it with Thrash & Burn's pick of new, up and coming, heavy bands. Affordable tickets, combined a full package of amazing bands with a wide range of different styles and sounds, will make for an insanely killer time for those who come out to the shows. Raise your glasses; this will be a tour to remember! Hail."
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Johnny Cash Remixed Limited Edition
Noble reports: Edel entertainment's international rock music label earMUSIC is pleased to announce the June 15th release of 'Johnny Cash Remixed', the must have album featuring remix interpretations of Johnny Cash classics from the crème de la crème of re-mixers including Alabama 3, The Heavy, Buck 65 and many more.

'Johnny Cash Remixed' is also available as a limited edition CD/DVD package, including a documentary DVD about the making of the album. This footage features interviews with the re-mixers, filmed direct from their home studios, and sees Snoop Dogg recording vocals at the Cash Recording Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Executive produced by Snoop Dogg, Cash's son John Carter Cash, and Mathew Knowles, the album carries the blessing of the custodians of Johnny Cash's incredible legacy. The original recordings came licensed from the legendary Sun Records; the same label that gave us such luminaries as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. The songs were recorded between 1956-1959 with Cash's first band the Tennessee Two, featuring guitar, light percussion and Cash's unmistakable vocals. - more on this story

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Stevie Van Zandt To Webcast New Label Launch Party
PR reports: Stevie Van Zandt celebrates the launch of his new imprint Lost Cathedral and the label's first release from internationally acclaimed rock band Crown of Thorns with a special NYC event on Wednesday, June 17 at St. Paul The Apostle Church.

"Stevie Van Zandt's Lost Cathedral Presents Crown of Thorns Live" features the band performing songs from their album FAITH, out June 9.

The full concert experience will be broadcast on the internet along with behind the scenes footage, interviews, and a sneak peek of the band's new video -- culminating with a live set of driving rock and roll. Broadcast details TBD.
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Manson Producer Keeping Busy With Other Projects Including Starpacked Love and Rockets Tribute
SOS reports: SOS Management producer/mixer Sean Beavan, who's co-production and mix of Marilyn Manson's "The High End of Low" scored Interscope a #4 Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Charts this week.

Sean is currently finishing up his production and mix of Envy On The Coast's new recording "Low Country", which will be followed by mixing The Shining's forthcoming album.

Meanwhile, 8mm's haunting cover of Love And Rocket's "Judgement Day" will appear on the special vinyl version of the much-anticipated tribute album, "New Tales To Tell", set for release on 8/18. They join luminaries such as Frank Black, The Flaming Lips and The Dandy Warhols. The album is the first release for tastemaker Christopher The Minister's new label, Arsenal Rock N Roll/Justice Records through Fontana.

To hear "Judgement Day" along with other amazing tracks from the album, visit the
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Trent Reznor Says Manson's a 'Dopey Clown'- Stars To Play Playboy Mansion for Pot Legalization- Nashville Star Sues John Rich- MTV Stage Eminem Borat Stunt and more
antiMusic reports: Nine Inch Nail frontman Trent Reznor has hit out at former pal and music protege Marilyn Manson, dubbing him a "dopey clown" and accusing him of allowing booze to wreck his career. more

The Dandy Warhols are set to perform at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles on Thursday (June 4) in support of reforming US marijuana legislation. The event will be hosted by actress Fairuza Balk and will also feature a DJ set by David J of Bauhaus and Love And Rocket more

Jared Ashley, the former "Nashville Star" contestant who filed assault and harassment charges against country star John Rich and is now suing the singer.more

Wow MTV not authentic? Who would've thunk it! The head writer for the MTV Movie Awards has settled the debate: the stunt involving Sacha Baron Cohen and Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards was completely planned.more

Arctic Monkeys are pleased to announce they will be releasing their as-yet-untitled third album on Monday 24th August 2009. Produced by Josh Homme in the Mojave Desert and LA, and with James Ford in Brooklyn, the album features ten new Arctic Monkeys songs. more

Blue October have announced their Crazy Making Summer tour with Switchfoot, which will kick off July 26 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Special guests Ours and Longwave will also be along for the ride.more

According Yahoo music, Michael Jackson has hit out at his London O2 Arena gig bookers, saying he believed he only signed up to play 10 shows--not the 50 he is scheduled for--at the venuemore

Poison will sing with the cast of "Rock of Ages" at the at the 63rd annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The event will air live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. EST.more

Guitarist Oz Fox of reactivated Christian hard rockers Stryper will marry Annie Lobért, a 41-year-old former call girl who founded the international Christian ministry Hookers for Jesus, on June 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.more

Madonna will play in Tel Aviv on Sept. 1 for the last stop on her Sticky and Sweet world tour. The pop star's website quotes her as saying she's "very excited about returning to Israel for my last and final show."more

Children Of Bodom will embark on a South American tour this fall, supported by fellow Finns Amorphis, who have just released their Skyforger album.more

Minsk and Wolves In The Throneroom will meet up in mid-July for a few West Coast showsmore

Bonded By Blood has issued the following 'We are sorry to announce that Bonded by Blood has been forced to cancel the rest of the European Massacre Tour with Fueled by Fire." more

Altaria, known for its traditional but yet catchy heavy metal, has inked a new record deal with Escape Music. The band's new album, "Unholy", will be released this summer.more

Daath has been forced to cancel its previously announced summer festival appearances. Commented guitarist Eyal Levi: "These fests were booked so far apart with no gigs in between that there was no way we could financially afford to stay in Europe all that time without resorting to either begging for change or selling our bodies in the red-light districts." more - more News Quicks

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Singled Out: Machines Of Grace
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Matt Leff from U.S. hard rockers Machines Of Grace tells us about "Fly Away" from their self-titled debut. We now turn it over to Matt for the story:

The song we've chosen to be Singled Out is called "Fly Away" and it's one of the titles from our debut CD, "Machines Of Grace", due out this summer. The framework for Fly Away was originally written by Zak Stevens and myself, before he joined Savatage. At the time, we were both attending Musicians Institute where we first met. After Zak and I graduated, we met drummer Jeff Plate and the three of us gigged around Boston for a couple years before they both joined Savatage. Jeff and I had discussed doing a record together a few times and when this band started coming to life, we were both thrilled that Zak was excited about joining us.

The first thing we did was get producer/engineer Paul David Hager on board because he's phenomenal and we knew we wanted a very modern sounding mix. The song was torn apart from top to bottom, new parts were written and we played around with alot of different sounds in an effort to make the song as fresh and interesting as possible. I personally think the bass guitar and drum sounds Paul got are awesome, plus he was able to create a really lush sounding mix while still keeping the track nice and heavy.

Drums were recorded in Ithaca NY with Alex Perialis, guitars were recorded in NH at Studio Metronome with Paul Hager, guitar and bass overdubs were done in Boston, Zak did his vocals in Tampa FL, the mix was done in Los Angeles on one of the largest mixing consoles I've ever seen and mastering was done at Sterling Sound in NYC. Certainly not the easiest way to do a record but we're all very happy with the end result!

The lyrics to "Fly Away" are about a woman who lived an unfortunate life. She experienced a scarred childhood which led to a tough existence and she basically just got a raw deal in life. She didn't get to enjoy any type of normalcy because she had one bad luck streak after another. In the end the main character of this song winds up losing her life to a disease that she didn't have the money or resources to fight. Unfortunately there are lots of people who are in this situation every day. They may be homeless or destitute and this has always been a problem in our society. Of course, now it seems worse than ever as the world economy has experienced this recent recession.

We've got a lot of potential singles on this record and feel there's something for everyone on it. From acoustic ballads, to melodic hard rock with really hooky choruses, to borderline progressive metal with an 80's twist, this record runs the gamut. it's been tough trying to choose which one we want everyone to hear first, but we've decided to go with "Fly away" and we hope everyone digs it as much as we do. Hopefully we'll be seeing some of you soon when Machines Of Grace hits the road!

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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