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Full Report for 06/09/2009

Aerosmith Star Calls In Sick For ZZ Top Tour
MusicRadar reports: Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford will be missing the opening string of dates of the band's Guitar Hero tour while he recovers from recent surgery.

The nature of Whitford's medical condition and surgery have not been specified. However, in true show-must-go-on tradition, Aerosmith will hit the road with guitarist Bobby Schneck, who has performed with Green Day, Weezer and Slash as a temporary replacement.

Undoubtedly, Schneck has been listening to nothing but Toys In The Attic and Rocks on his iPod, as in a recent interview MusicRadar, guitarist Joe Perry indicated that the band would be playing both albums in their entirety. - more on this story

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Alice in Major Label Chains Again
EMI reports: Legendary rock band Alice In Chains has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with EMI's Virgin Records and are gearing up for the release of their first new studio album in more than 10 years.

The band and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) began recording last October at Studio 606 in Northridge, CA and recently finished mixing at Henson Studios in Hollywood. The highly anticipated album is scheduled for release this September.

Guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited in 2005 at a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Indonesia. They began touring with new guitarist/vocalist William DuVall the following year. - more on this story

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Michael Anthony Discusses Bitter Eddie Van Halen
antiMusic reports: Classic Rock Revisited recently spoke with former Van Halen and current Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony. During the chat, the subject of Eddie Van Halen's recent Rolling Stone interview came up where Eddie basically said that Michael quit the band. Here is that part of the interview where Anthony has some strong words about Eddie:

Classic Rock Revisited: Eddie Van Halen told RollingStone.com that Michael quit Van Halen and was not fired. Michael: I am so far past that… I wish that he would be too. Unfortunately, he is a bitter guy. At my age, at this point in my life, I don't want to be bitter. I want to hang around positive people, and I could not find three more positive guys than the guys I am playing with now. Why keep rehashing the past? They were asking Eddie questions that had nothing to do with that. They said, "Have you heard Chickenfoot?" And he goes, "Yeah, but by the way, Michael Anthony wasn't fired; he quit." It had nothing to do with anything. I never quit the band. At one point, I was forced to make a decision to sit on my hands, at home, and do nothing for a number of years, or go out and play some shows on a tour with Sammy and Dave [Lee Roth]. What would you do? I felt that I was doing those guys a service by going out and flying the Van Halen flag and letting people know that Van Halen is still here. My last name is not "Van Halen." People tend to forget you. I didn't want people to go, "That is that guy that used to play in Van Halen. What's his name again?" The fans wanted to hear that music.

I was kind of forced into a situation like that. I never quit the band. When we did the 2004 reunion, Eddie didn't even want me to be a part of that because he was so torqued up that I was buddies with Sammy. Why can't I be buddies with Sammy and still play with Van Halen? With those guys, it was a cut-and-dried situation. You are in or you are out. You are with us or you are not. He still keeps bringing this stuff up. I talked to Joe Bosso [of MusicRadar.com] yesterday about it, because Rolling Stone was on his back for a response. I wanted the fans to know that I never left the band. For whatever happened, I am not a bitter person about it. I loved Van Halen; I loved everything we did. Hell, I was one of the only two guys who showed up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. I love the legacy of the band but I am moving on. I am in a great place with Chickenfoot. Ed needs to do that too. [Eddie says he's] got a studio right there at [his] house, and [he says] that [he has] a million songs written. Well, go ahead and record some, and go out and have fun. Let's look back fondly at Van Halen and what it was. How was that? I am not a guy who gets mad. A lot of people are looking at my response and going, "Oh my God, Mike grew a set of balls." I didn't grow a set of balls. I just got tired of rehashing this ----. I am tired of it. I would always skate around the subject, but this is the way it is. I have gotten on with it and they need to get on with it too. They need to go out and remember why they are in this business. - Read the full interview

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Radiohead Frontman Goes Solo For Music Festival
NME reports: Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is set to play a solo slot at the Latitude festival next month.

Yorke will play on the Obelisk Arena at noon (BST) on Sunday July 19 – the final day of the Suffolk bash.

The rare performance will precede Radiohead's headline slot at the Reading And Leeds Festivals - more on this story

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Legendary Metal Singer Dies of Suspected Suicide
Blabbermouth reports: Zhan Sagadeev (a.k.a. Jan Sagadeev, Jean Sagadeev), the vocalist the legendary Russian rock band E.S.T. (Electro Shock Therapy) which combined elements of hard rock and Russian folk music, was found dead in his apartment by his wife on June 4, 2009. He was 41 years old.

Although suicide is suspected (Sagadeev apparently hung himself with a telephone cord), an investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of death.

E.S.T., along with AC/DC, Metallica, The Black Crowes and Pantera, made metal history when they performed at the very first open-air rock festival to be held in the former Soviet Union. (Black Crowes are metal?) Captured on film, the "For Those About To Rock... We Salute You: Monsters in Moscow" DVD presents a concert feature signalling the arrival of a new political order, demanded by the people and heralded in by the sounds of some of the biggest names in rock music. - more on this story

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Poison Spinal Tapped at Tonys- Lemonhead Vs GM- Bo Diddley Plaza- Free Ministry and More- Lil Wayne Will Try To Rock In Aug- KISSmart? and more
antiMusic reports: Poison performed "Nothin' But a Good Time" with the cast of "Rock of Ages," at the Tony Awards tonight and as Michaels was exiting the stage, a descending set piece smacked him on the head and knocked him to the ground. Tonys spokeswoman Christina Stejskal says the rocker "missed his mark." Though it looked it, he did not break his nose. Stejskal did not immediately know the extent of his injury. more including video!

Lemonheads founder Evan Dando is suing General Motors, saying the auto giant copied one of his songs for an ad. more

Lil Wayne's long-awaited Rebirth album, which is said to be more Rock-focused, is finally set to come out on August 18. Weezy recently told MTV News that production is finished on the album, after it was pushed back several times.more

Officials in Gainesville have renamed the city's downtown plaza after rock 'n' roll legend and former Florida resident Bo Diddley.more

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, co-founders of the rock band KISS, made a surprise stop at the at the 39th annual Wal-Mart shareholders meeting Friday (June 5) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, fueling speculation that the next KISS album will be a Wal-Mart exclusive.more

Soul Embraced has announced the departure of guitar player Devin Castle. As a result, the group has also cancelled their upcoming shows.more

13th Planet Records, the label helmed by Al Jourgensen of Ministry, has released a free digital EP for fans. Included in the download are unreleased songs, remixes and videos from Ministry, Revco, Prong, Burton C. Bell's Ascension of The Watchers, False Icons and Stayte. The download is available here

Pet Shop Boys have announced a tour of North America, set to kick off in Montreal on August 29.more

50 Cent has settled his lawsuit against an engineering firm over repairs and renovations to a Connecticut mansion he bought from boxer Mike Tyson in 2003, a court official said Friday.more

The Tony Awards will include a few bona fide music stars among the usual song-and-dance numbers. Elton John, Dolly Parton and Poison will help toast Broadway's finest at Sunday's ceremony, performing with the casts of top-nominated shows "Billy Elliot The Musical," "9 to 5 The Musical" and "Rock of Ages."more

Huntingtons have released their new album, Punk Sounds via Amazon. The record is a benefit for the Pierce Family (Huntingtons drummer, Mikee Pierce's wife has stage 3 brain cancer). and all proceeds from the album will go to the familymore

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger has backed a campaign to re-open the Walthamstow EMD cinema in London – where his band played in the 1960s.more

Thirty-eight previously unreleased recordings from groups such as the Who, the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane will be included on a boxed set commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock festival.more

The 2009 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle adds The Black Eyed Peas to the bill, along with Metric and Soulsavers featuring Mark Lanegan.more

On August 11th, Winds Of Plague return with their new Century Media Records full-length release, "The Great Stone War"more

Blabbermouth.Net has learned that Ola Hudson, the mother of former Guns' Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash, passed away Friday, June 5 around 6:00 p.m. PST after a battle with lung cancer. She was a professional costume designer named who tailored outfits for such acts as John Lennon, Diana Ross and the Pointer Sisters. more

After a few years of inactivity, Thorp Records is now back in action and has announced the addition of six new bands to their roster.more

Paolo Nutini has hit Number One in the UK albums charts Sunday Night with his new effort 'Sunny Side Up,' knocking Eminem from the top of the chart more

Hackneyed have finished the recordings for their new album "Burn After Reaping," due on August 14th via Nuclear Blast Records. more

The reunited original lineup of Mr. Big will play Italy on September 22 at the Alcatraz in Milan as part of a yet-to-be-announced European tour.more - more News Quicks

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John Fogerty Completes The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again With A Little Help From His Allstar Friends
PR reports: Post-production work on the much-anticipated John Fogerty: The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again is now complete with a late summer/early fall album release date pending.

The new album is, after 36 years, the conceptual follow-up to 1973's Blue Ridge Rangers, the first release from Fogerty following the break-up of Creedence Clearwater Revival. That album yielded two Top 40 hits: "Jambalaya" and "Hearts of Stone." As with the earlier album, the repertoire featured in The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again consists of 12 songs, both classic and arcane, that illustrate the influence country and roots music have long had on Fogerty and his own songwriting.

Unlike the first Blue Ridge Rangers album where Fogerty anonymously transformed himself into his own backing band by playing all of the instruments, an all-star cast of supporting musicians were on hand for the new BRR project. These include Buddy Miller, Kenny Aronoff, Greg Leisz, Jay Bellerose, Jason Mowery, Herb Pedersen, Jodie Kennedy, Oren Waters, Chris Chaney, Dennis Crouch, and Hunter Perrin. "I'd long thought I'd do another Blue Ridge Rangers album," Fogerty commented, "and not make the mistake of playing all the instruments. These are fantastic players who really understand what the Blue Ridge Rangers vibe is about." Also joining in were Bruce Springsteen and Eagles' Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit who worked, respectively, with Fogerty on the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved" and Rick Nelson's "Garden Party." The album was produced by John Fogerty with Lenny Waronker and Julie Fogerty serving as associate producers. - more on this story

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Live Nation's So Called No Service Fee Wednesday Expanded
Live Nation reports: Live Nation announced today that it is expanding its "No Service Fee" program to every single available ticket in each of its amphitheaters this Wednesday, June 10th, for 24 hours only, exclusively at LiveNation.com. (the fine print: the reason "no service fee" is in quotes: While the service fee has been dropped, parking and certain venue fees and taxes still apply.)

Last week's debut of "No Service Fee Wednesday" generated a sales spike 500% higher than the average number of tickets sold on a typical Wednesday, as music fans everywhere took advantage of Live Nation's no service fee offer, which helped more concertgoers get to more shows for less money.

"Music fans, we heard you loud and clear," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "So we have made 'No Service Fee Wednesday' even bigger and better by making even more tickets more affordable. Our job is to get as many fans as possible to the show to see their favorite artists. We're helping to do that by dropping the service fee on all tickets in our amphitheaters this Wednesday only at LiveNation.com." - more on this story

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Secret Chimaira Show
PR reports: MySpace Music is pleased to announce an upcoming Secret Show featuring Chimaira at Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH, on Wednesday, June 10. The Secret Show performance will be held exclusively for MySpace users who were notified via MySpace Music's Secret Show profile . Doors for the concert will open at 8:00 PM.

Cleveland metal outfit Chimaira's fifth release, "The Infection" (Ferret Music), isn't for the faint of heart—or the casual heavy music fan. Produced by longtime producer Ben Schigel and mixed by the mighty Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall), every downstroke feels like a bludgeon to the face, every snare hit a pistol-shot to the chest. Topped off with keyboardist Chris Spicuzza's dark electronics and singer Mark Hunter's this-means-war growl, "The Infection" clearly finds the band at the top of their powers. Given the amount of sonic territory "The Infection" covers, the band's power and vision remains consistent. While the individual members will pledge allegiance to disparate-sounding bands ranging from Carcass, Slayer and Nine Inch Nails, the commonality they share is 100-percent Chimaira.

The band's 2009 is slammed with a relentless touring campaign beginning with a slot supporting Disturbed this spring, followed by trips to Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the band will visit Russia for the first time, and are also looking forward to appearing at the Desert Rock Festival in Dubai. With a decade of service to the metal masses behind them, Chimaira are embracing their future with an unwavering enthusiasm. - http://www.myspace.com/secretshows

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Green Day List Videos
PR reports: MySpace Music hosted a performance for "The List" with Grammy Award-winning punk (isn't that an oxymoron?) band Green Day on Tuesday, May 19 at Webster Hall in New York City. MySpace fans who were notified via the social-networking community days before the actual event were instructed on how they could obtain entry.

Throughout the evening, the band performed new songs from their highly-anticipated new album "21st Century Breakdown," a selection of which can be found at the full story link.

"The List" is a live concert event where MySpace users are provided a chance to see the biggest bands by responding to a series of blogs and bulletins posted from the program's official profile at http://www.myspace.com/thelist. Fans across the world are then able to watch the performance when footage of the entire show is presented on MySpace Music shortly after the concert. Past shows for the concert series have included performances by My Chemical Romance, The Roots, LCD Soundsystem, Smashing Pumpkins, Taking Back Sunday, and Serj Tankian. - da videos

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