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Full Report for 06/08/2009


Anthrax Guitarist Has Open-Heart Surgery
antiMusic reports: Former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz underwent open-heart surgery on Friday, June 5 after it was discovered that the main artery to his heart was almost "completely closed," according to Blabbermouth.net.

Dan, who says that he nearly died, has already been released from the hospital and is currently resting. "[I had a] scary few days," he says. "Thanks again for all of the prayers."

According to BW&BK Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante updated his status: "He is recovering well - in a lot of pain but will make a full recovery. They hope to have him home soon. Whew!" - Blabbermouth article

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Pete Doherty Drug Bust
NME reports: Pete Doherty was arrested after an alleged drugs bust on an airplane flight on Friday (June 5).

The singer was detained in Geneva after being found slumped in a bathroom on board a British Airways plane, according to the Sunday Mail.

The newspaper reported a hypodermic needle was found at the scene and wrapped in tissue by airline staff. - more on this story

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Axl Wants Nothing To Do With Chinese Democracy?
Blabbermouth reports: According to the New York Daily News, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has "fired and rehired" famed manager Irving Azoff at least three times in the last five weeks, according to a source.

The reclusive rocker is said to be resisting Azoff's pleas to try to revive sales of the band's recent album, "Chinese Democracy". "Axl doesn't want anything to do with it," says the insider. "He won't come out of his house."

A source close to Azoff admits, "Axl is Axl. People get hired and fired all the time in this business." But Azoff's rep says that, as of last week, he and Rose are talking again: "We're in daily contact with Axl, and we look forward to continuing to support him and Guns N' Roses." - more on this story

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The Yardbirds, Spencer Davis Group and The Zombies Add Dates
antiMusic reports: The Zombies, The Yardbirds and Spencer Davis Group have added more shows to the Rock Royalty tour, set to take place across North America this summer, according to NME.

Meanwhile The Yardbirds had a recent lineup change. Here is that announcement followed by the tour dates: Lead singer and bassist John Idan, has now left the Yardbirds. John has been a great contributor to the band over the years, and the Yardbirds have wished him every success with his career.

Two fantastic musicians, both from the UK, have now joined forces with the band, heralding in a new musical era for the Yardbirds. Andy Mitchell, a powerful singer, songwriter and formidable acoustic guitar player is the new lead vocalist. Andy also plays harmonica with an economical style reminiscent of the original bands sound. David Smale is a brilliant new generation bass player. His joining, bring both power and imagination to an all important rhythm section. - more on this story

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The Bleakest, Darkest Doom Metal Ever Recorded?
PR reports: 'Occult Horror Doom' metal band Moss has completed work on its new album. The sinisterly titled Tombs of the Blind Drugged will drop in North America on July 7th via Rise Above Records.

Hailed as, "the bleakest, darkest doom metal ever recorded," MOSS cooks up eerie "anti-music" that transmits the occult like none other. The band's monstrous groan, which has been described as sounding akin to "An enormous door slamming in the depths of Hell," is an exercise in esoteric, subterranean molten doom metal.

Recorded at Wales' Foel Studios (My Bloody Valentine, Blue Cheer) in the winter of 2008, Tombs of the Blind Drugged sees MOSS' unique brand of extremity and terror reach new depths as monolithic riffs and grim vocals consort with Dr. Phibes-like organ playing, extreme bass frequencies and mysterious "chant atmospheres". - more on this story

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L.A. Guns Get Jizzy Again
antiMusic reports: Tracii Guns announced on his Myspace page that he will reunite with vocalist Jizzy Pearl for a summer tour with their version of L.A. Guns.

Former Rock Star contestant Marty Casey decided to sit out the tour. But his other band, Marty Casey's Lovehammer, has several dates lined up as well.

Here is what Tracii had to say about the outing followed by the dates for both bands: "We were hoping that we (Marty and I) would be touring this summer in support of our new record but no release date has been set so, we decided to do our own thing until that day comes and also that Big Al will not be on this LAG tour either and is looking forward to the record coming out. " - more on this story

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David Lee Roth and John 5 Album Goes Digital
PR reports: Wawazat!! Records and Red Stripe Plane Music are pleased to announce the long-anticipated release of DLR BAND to iTunes.

The album is the creation of legendary Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth and features the song "Slam Dunk," which was a Top 5 rock single. The album was co-written by guitarist John 5 (ex-Marilyn Manson/current Rob Zombie).

From Amazon.com: "Diamond David Lee Roth is back in all his self-congratulatory glory…Roth's voice still oozes with sleaze, and his charisma is palpable…Guitarist John [5] is a studio whiz, capable of approximating Eddie Van Halen's harmonic squeals and lightning-fast leads…the DLR Band sound like prime-era Led Zeppelin, with Roth as frontman. This is certainly a fun listen." - more on this story

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Pedal To The Metal Tour 2009
PR reports: This summer just got a whole lot hotter, harder, faster and louder. The Pedal To The Metal Tour 2009, featuring Mudvayne and Black Label Society, will kick off July 24 in Portland, ME, and conclude September 9, in Oklahoma City, OK.

Joining the two metal juggernauts on the road will be Static-X, Suicide Silence, Dope, Bury Your DeaD, and the extremely twisted Hellzapoppin sideshow review, performing during set changes throughout the evening.

Pre-sale tickets are available to all of the bands' fan club members beginning Wednesday, June 10, at 12pm local time at www.pedaltothemetaltour.com (website will go live June 10), with general public on sale beginning Friday, June 12, at 10am local time. - more on this story

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Kevin Bacon and Friends To Rock Pikes Peak Against Cancer
PR reports: Cancer survivors, supporters, and musicians including The Bacon Brothers, Cy Curnin of the Fixx, and The White Buffalo will join together for the first concert ever performed on top of Pikes Peak, America's most visited mountain.

Put together by the Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHS), an international foundation that uses music to make a difference in global cancer care, the event is scheduled for Saturday June 27th, 2009. The proceeds will benefit global cancer care and a nationwide bone marrow registration campaign to locate matches for patients with Leukemia and other blood disorders.

The Bacon Brothers, lead by singer/guitarist and prolific screen actor Kevin Bacon, (Footloose, JFK, The River Wild and Apollo 13) and veteran musician Michael Bacon will perform at 14,110 for 100 hikers who climbed to the summit to raise money and show support along with thousands of people who are invited to make the pilgrimage for this special performance. The concert atop Pikes Peak will be followed by an encore performance by the Bacon Brothers, The White Buffalo and Cy Curnin at Denver's Hard Rock Cafe that evening.
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Santana's Bill Ortiz Sets Solo Release
PR reports: Bill Ortiz, a legendary name synonymous to San Francisco's music scene, announces the release of his debut CD, From Where I Stand, July 14, 2009. Bill's sweet full tone, and clear, distinctive and assertive style has made this San Francisco native one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the Bay Area Music Scene, as well as the entire west coast, for the past 25-years. From Where I Stand features 13 original compositions that will appeal to all tastes as the disc is, as Bill states, "a diverse musical journey," that transcends his unique Neo-Soul and Nu-Jazz styles and Funk influences.

Bill Ortiz has been a member of Carlos Santana's touring band since 2000, landing the gig after performing on the Santana's 1999 smash single Smooth from the multi-Grammy-winning, 30-million selling smash CD, Supernatural. Ortiz also appears on the Grammy-winning single The Game of Love from Santana's 2002 release, Shaman. Carlos Santana states, "Bill articulates the beautiful language of jazz without loosing the purity and innocence of a child. It's a wonderful experience to share music every night with him."

From the sensual and scintillating jazzy opener, AyeJaye, to the rollicking Reggae infused Judgment Day, to the soulful and searing sexiness of Slip Into This and Ease My Mind, each track is, not only, a brilliant showcase of Bill's prodigal trumpet playing, but also a masterwork confirming this San Francisco musician as a compositional genius. - more on this story

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Guns N' Addiction Supergroup Dates- Free Finch- Service Fee Free Scam- Jay-Z's Blueprint- Dropkick Rancid- KISS Disco Hit- Thrice Fall- Fall Out Comic and more
antiMusic reports: Guns N' Addiction Supergroup: Halloween Jack are the new glam rock supergroup featuring Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses, Rockstar Supernova - guitar, vocals), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction, Porno For Pyros - drums), Daniel Shulman (Garbage, Run DMC - bass), Eric Dover (Jellyfish, Slash's Snakepit, Alice Cooper - vocals, guitar) have scheduled a series of June dates. Buckcherry drummer Muck will fill in for Perkins while he's out with Jane's Addiction.

Finch have relaunched their official website and to celebrate they are offering up a free download of their 2008 EP. Grab it here

Jay-Z will release his "Blueprint 3" album on Sept. 11 on Roc Nation with distribution through Atlantic Records, numerous sources have confirmed.more

Rancid are apparently planning another split release in the style of their BYO Split Series Volume 3 project with NOFX. Though few details are currently available, the band will apparently be releasing a split with Dropkick Murphys.more

Former Deep Purple members Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes are among the musicians who performed at the ChildLine Rocks concert this past Monday (June 1) at the IndigO2 in London, England. more

As Jeff Buckley fanatics likely already know, a biopic on the late singer-songwriter has been brewing for years. Several attempts have been made but so far Buckley's mother Mary Guibert has put the kibosh on bringing the Buckley tale to the big screen. However, via a report from the Australian press, it appears the film is back on track and could be out as early as 2010.See who might star in such a film

KISS are in the German Top 100 single charts from June 8th, 2009. They re-enter the charts with their 1979 disco song 'I Was Made For Lovin' You' at # 98. 'I Was Made For Lovin' You' was voted the #1 greatest rock hit by the readers of Austria's Krone Newspaper recently. more

In related news: Gene Simmons has raised $15,000 for a good cause - by selling his kidney stone in a bizarre online auction.more

North Side Kings vocalist Danny Marianino, who gained notoriety for allegedly knocking out Glenn Danzig with one punch back in 2004, lost his Phoenix, Arizona-area home in a fire Wednesday night (June 3).more

In September, Pete Wentz will join forces with Image Comics to publish "Fall Out Toyworks," a five-issue miniseries that revolves around a mysterious toymaker, a cyborg gal named Tiffany and a kid in a bear suit that looks lifted from the cover of Fall Out Boy's Folie á Deux. more

Sony Music Entertainment has joined Vevo, an online music video site due to launch this year with the backing of Universal Music Group and YouTube more

Thrice is aiming for a Fall 2009 release for the follow up to their four EP cycle, The Alchemy Index: Volumes I & II: Fire & Water and The Alchemy Index: Volumes III & IV: Air & Earth.more

The category for Best Polka Album at the Grammy Awards has been ditched for next year's ceremony. more. Damn. The one Grammy that mattered is now gone!

Kreator are extremely proud to announce that they will be doing a four club tour in Russia this September. The dates and clubs are here

Raphael Saadiq has documented his live show supporting last year's "The Way I See It" with his first-ever concert DVD, "Raphael Saadiq: Live From the Artists Den," which comes out July 21more

Nevermore will be entering the studio at the end of August to record their brand new studio album, "The Obsidian Conspiracy." The record is expecting an early 2010 release more

Danger Mouse has revealed he is to release an album with London-born folk singer Helena Costas. Working under the name Joker's Daughter, the duo are set to release an album, 'The Last Laugh', on June 15. more

The Cribs have nearly finished recording their fourth studio album, which they are aiming to release in September.more

Dying Fetus's seventh studio recording, "Descend Into Depravity," is set for a September 15th North American release date via Relapse Records.more

Guitarist Mike Greenfield (Deteriorot, Hemlock) has announced his departure from Society 1 less than three months after he officially joined the group.more

Blind Witness has entered Undercity Recordings in Hollywood, California to begin tracking their Mediaskare Records debut, titled "Nightmare On Providence Street."more

Paint It Black and Ceremony will tour the UK together in September.dates

Ephel Duath has parted ways with Earache Records after three releases together,. Band mastermind Davide Tiso had the following to say: "I'm kind of thrilled to announce that Ephel Duath is no more on Earache Records." more

Polvo are set to launch their first record in a dozen years. This week, Merge Records announced it will release the recently reunited group's In Prism on September 8 more

So Much for "No" Service Fees... : Music fans who buy concert tickets during Live Nation's "No Service Fee Wednesday" may be surprised when they check their receipt and see some service fees were charged. "Fans will still be asked to pay parking fees (usually $6) as well as in some cases facility fees and/or charity fees," Live Nation spokesman John Vlautin wrote in a reply to CNN's request for clarification. more. Something to keep in mind: one fee that most fans probably wouldn't mind paying would be a contingency fee to class action attorneys. - more News Quicks

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