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Full Report for 06/17/2009

Eddie Van Halen Goes After Nike
KTLA reports: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen filed a lawsuit against Nike in Los Angeles Friday, alleging the company used the trademarked striped design from his guitar on their new line of "Dunk Lows" tennis shoes.

The Nike shoes feature red, white and black streaks along the midsole. The suit states that Van Halen received a 2001 copyright for the design on the body of his "Frankenstein" electric guitar.

Court papers allege that Nike infringed on that copyright by using the design on sneakers without "consent, approval or license." - more on this story

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Fear Factory Vs Fear Factory
Blabbermouth reports: Arkaea/Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums) were the featured guests on the June 14, 2009 edition of the nationally syndicated radio program "Speed Freaks".

When asked if Fear Factory was "done," Raymond replied, "We're [Christian and I] actually still in Fear Factory. There's a big legal battle going on right now. Essentially, what's happened is Dino [Cazares, former Fear Factory guitarist] and Burt [C. Bell, Fear Factory singer] have become friends again and they decided to start a new band, and furthermore, they decided to call it Fear Factory.

"They never communicated with us about it, and they're acting like there was never any contract, but there's four members that are Fear Factory Incorporated which is the four of us so it's almost like them two against us two, so it's kind of a stalemate. Moving forward, I don't know what's gonna happen with the trademark, so to speak. It's kind of a weird situation, but it's not a situation that we created that was weird."
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25 Dollar Concert Tickets With No Fees?
Live Nation reports: Live Nation, in its continued effort to give fans more of what they want and make concerts more affordable in these economic times, announced today that all lawn tickets will be sold at an all-in price of $24.99* - no extra fees - as this week's installment of "No Service Fee Wednesday." The special offer, which is for all lawn tickets at Live Nation ticketed amphitheatres, runs for 24 hours beginning on Wednesday, June 17 only at LiveNation.com.

"I read the blogs and emails listening to what concert fans are saying. They've been really clear, they want a break on ticket prices in these tough economic times," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "So we launched No Service Fee Wednesday and removed the service fee on lawn tickets. Then we went a step further last week and eliminated fees on all amphitheatre tickets. These past two Wednesdays we sold a lot more tickets than we normally do. We kept listening and fans asked us to take it a step further and eliminate all fees. So for this Wednesday we've decided to go all in one all-in ticket price for all lawn tickets only $24.99 with no additional fees of any kind."

As with the past two weeks, the offer kicks off at 12:01 a.m. local time on Wednesday, June 17, and will run for ONLY 24 hours at www.LiveNation.com. - list of some of the shows on sale

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Ventures Cofounder Loses Cancer Battle
PR reports: Bob Bogle, who co-founded the best selling rock instrumental band in music history the Ventures after meeting Don Wilson while trying to buy a used car from a dealership owned by his father in 1958, passed away on Sunday at the age of 75 after long battle with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Although he hasn't played live with the band in four years, he remained active in recording and producing. Bogle lived long enough to see the band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2008 and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group's founding in April of this year.

Bogle became ill over the weekend and was taken to a hospital, where he died, according to Wilson, who was his friend and musical collaborator for more than 50 years.
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Velvet Revolver On Hold Until Singer Falls Into Their Lap
SleazeRoxx reports: Velvet Revolver expect their new singer to "land in their laps". The group have been searching for a frontman since the departure of Scott Weiland last year but bassist Duff McKagan insists they are not worried about rushing into the search for a replacement.

He said: "Either you've got the guy or you've not and we've worked with some really talented guys. The trick is getting the chemistry right.

"Slash is making his solo record, which he's desperately needed to do for years, so I'll keep working with my other band Loaded, he'll do that and music will happen when it's supposed to happen. The right guy will fall into our laps when he is supposed to and maybe that's why it hasn't happened yet." - more on this story

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You Can Now Pee on Gene Simmons Face
MusicRadar reports: KISS's Gene Simmons has issued the following statement: "For all of you who have always wanted to pee on my face!!! Now you can."

Yes, it's true. Sorta. Turns out that the only way you can, um, urinate on Mr Simmons is if you're lucky enough to be in a public restroom - a men's restroom, we should stress - that features a Gene Simmons Family Jewels urinal cake.

It's all part of the promotion for the new season of A&E's unscripted series Gene Simmons Family Jewels, which just kicked off a new season on 7 June. - more on this story


Porcupine Tree Set Release
PR reports: Grammy-nominated UK recording artist Porcupine Tree have confirmed the title of their tenth studio album: The Incident. The captivating new record is set to be released on Roadrunner Records on September 22, as a double CD.

The Incident is a stunning 55-minute musical statement, described by vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Steven Wilson as "a slightly surreal song cycle about beginnings and endings and the sense that 'after this, things will never be the same again.'" The seeds of the idea that led to The Incident came to Wilson as he became caught up in a highway traffic jam while driving past an accident.

"There was a sign saying 'POLICE INCIDENT' and everyone was slowing down to rubber neck to see what had happened," he recalls. "Afterwards, it struck me that 'incident' is a very detached word for something so destructive and traumatic for the people involved. And then I had the sensation that the spirit of someone that had died in the accident entered into my car and was sitting next to me.
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Gossip Set Major Label Debut
Columbia Records reports: [oxymoron alert!*] DIY post punk-rock trio Gossip's first major label offering* of new material, Music For Men, hits stores Tuesday October 6, 2009. The album will be available earlier via all digital service providers in the U.S. on June 23, 2009.

Recorded at Shangri La Studios in Malibu, CA, Music For Men was produced by multi Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin. Music For Men finds Gossip taking drummer Hanna Billie's pulsating rhythms and guitarist Brace Paine's raucous whaling to a whole new level. Syncopated beats, punk rock attitude, dance energy and ominous bass thumps provide the perfect canvas for the unique vocal power and range of the band's renowned front woman Beth Ditto.

Gossip will spend Summer '09 touring Europe before returning for a stateside tour to coincide with the U.S. release of Music For Men on October 6. Gossip have toured extensively over the past couple years, covering the major festival circuits in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. - more on this story

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Antony and the Vinyl Johnsons
PR reports: Antony and the Johnsons will release the "Aeon"/"Crazy in Love" double A-side single in the US on August 4th on CD and 7" through Secretly Canadian and on August 3rd in Europe and UK on 7" through Rough Trade.

Those who preorder the 7" of "Aeon" will receive a free copy of Zoetrope Magazine. The issue was curated by Antony and features his artwork. Zoetrope is Francis Ford Coppola's quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short-fiction and one-act plays.

The band is currently on a European leg of their world tour. The summer shows see them playing with some of the most esteemed symphonies in Europe in prestigious venues including La Carre in Amsterdam, Manchester Opera House, and the Grand Theatre Romain de Fouviere in Lyon - more on this story

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Faces On Film Support The Veils and Foreign Born On Tour
PR reports: Boston quintet Faces On Film will support all Midwest and East Coast dates on The Veils' and Foreign Born's co-headlining tour in July and August.

Faces On Film will join the tour in Minneapolis on July 22, and continue through the last date in Brooklyn on August 3, playing 11 dates on their first U.S. tour in support of their debut album, The Troubles.

Faces On Film is the project of songwriter Mike Fiore. Showcasing both the epic and the intimate on The Troubles, its self-released debut LP, guitars drone and pianos alternate between plucking out fun and eerie melodies, all while Fiore makes veiled references to unspoken crimes, abandoned plans, and dysfunctional families, with his rich and enigmatic lyrics. - more on this story

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Rock Legend Won't Sue Coldplay- White Stripes The Movie- Unlimited MP3 Deal- New Name for New Order- Against Me In Hot Water- Creed TV and more
antiMusic reports: Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) has accused British pop-rockin' sensations Coldplay of ripping off his material. But Islam has now decided to make peace with the band over some tea, rather than sue like Joe Satriani.more

U.K. telco and cable TV company Virgin Media has partnered with Universal Music on an unlimited download service described as a "world first" in that users will be able to keep all the MP3 downloads forever.more

Following an extensive 2007 trek across the Great White North, the White Stripes are set to release a new documentary about their Canadian adventure. While in Toronto over the weekend to play a last-minute show with the Dead Weather, Jack White leaked the plans for the yet-untitled film, explaining that it will be anything but run-of-the-mill.more

With bassist Peter Hook having left New Order under acrimonious circumstances, the other three members of the group have formed a new band called Bad Lieutenant.more

Due to overwhelming fan demand, Paul McCartney has added a third concert at Citi Field the new home of the Mets Tuesday, July 21 after tickets to his historic July 17 and July 18 shows sold out in 5 minutes.

George Rebelo of Hot Water Music has joined Against Me! as their newest drummer. Rebelo replaces the recently departed Warren Oakes, who left the band after a number of years to, at least in part, focus on his new Mexican restaurant.more

The reunited Creed will take part in an interview and live performance on the "Fox & Friends" show on the Fox News channel on Friday, June 26 at 8:00 a.m. EST.more

Gene Simmons tells fans in his latest update that he will be the "Grand Marshall of the Toronto Indy Car Race, July 12th. Both Rich Abramson and I will be there (Rich and I have the marketing company, Simmons/Abramson, which works for a number of high end companies)." He's also doing some film work including a stupid movie and more. more

Bada bing, bada twang! "Sopranos" star Drea de Matteo and her longtime boyfriend, country singer Shooter Jennings, are engaged.more

Gorefest discover internet porn, quit.' OK, that's not entirely true, we knew about the porn all along. But, after two albums, both of which we're hugely proud of, and about a hundred shows, all of them memorable in their own way, the question that remained for us was: what's next? The answer can be short: nothing.more

Soilent Green has not only toured with the notorious masters of animated death metal, Dethklok, but have recently recorded the opening theme song to Squidbillies fourth season, which just kicked off on May 17th on Adult Swim.more

After he received a great reception from over 12,000 fans at the Sweden Rock Festival, Over The Rainbow has officially added keyboardist Paul Morris to the band's roster for several USA concert dates in July. more

Blur made their official return to the stage on Saturday night, playing over two hours for just 150 people at the East Anglian Railway Museum, the site of their first gig over 20 years ago.more

"Mantra", the sophomore album from Norwegian extreme metallers In Vain, has been delayed until early 2010.more

Eminem is planning to reunite his rap group D12, three years after the death of friend and bandmate Proof.more

Dinosaur Jr, Butthole Surfers, and Lou Barlow And The Missingmen have all been announced to perform at the 2009 Pop Montreal Music Festivalmore

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are gearing up for a free outdoor show in New York City, set to take place this Wednesday (June 17)more

Ion Dissonance is currently writing a new album, which they hope to record later this year.more

The Scorpions extended their record deal with Ariola (Sony ). The band's new album is not expected to arrive before 2010. more

Lita Ford has recruited P.J. Farley from TRIXTER/RA as her new touring bassist. Farley joins a band that also includes GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and BUMBLEFOOT (the band) drummer Dennis Leeflang.more

Susan Boyle, who became famous the world over after appearing on the "Britain's Got Talent" television show, returned to the stage on Monday after cancelingmore

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