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Full Report for 06/23/2009


Black Eyed Peas Give Perez Hilton A Black Eye
AP reports: Police have charged the tour manager of the Black Eyed Peas with assault after he allegedly gave celebrity blogger Perez Hilton a black eye outside a Toronto nightclub.

Hilton said he got into an argument with band members Fergie and will.i.am at the Cobra nightclub early Monday morning and was punched outside by Polo Molina, the band's tour manager. They were at the club following a Sunday night video awards show.

Molina turned himself in and has been charged with assaulting Hilton, Toronto Police Constable Tony Vella said. Molina is due in court Aug. 5. - more including a photo of the beat down Perez

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Evanescence-Idol Band Facing Legal Challenge
PR reports: On Friday June 19, Alfadog Music issued a cease and desist notice to SKH Music in response to their announcement made on June 18- Carly Smithson is joining the original guys of Evanescence, who are re-launching as a hard-rock band called The Fallen.

"We are truly sorry for the confusion that stemmed [Thursday] from an unexpected announcement from SKH Music." – The Fallen. The band will continue to bring their music to the fans and perform as The Fallen.

The Fallen, based out of Philadelphia, PA, started in late 2005 as an experimental project between musicians Gabe Horning and Mark Bolger, added to in late 2007 with the addition of drummer Dwight Sensenig and vocalist Audra McLaughlin, and completed in early 2009 with the addition of bassist Troy Feuerstein. - more on this story

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Kid Rock Working on New Album with Rick Rubin
Billboard reports: Kid Rock has shifted gears on his next album, hooking up with producer Rick Rubin and telling Billboard.com that "we won't release anything until we both agree that every song on it is great."

Rock says he has 18-20 songs ready for the album that he and Rubin will discuss and "prioritize" during the coming week, while Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band are in Florida preparing for their summer tour.

"Right now we're just looking at where the record is and what's gonna round out the record," he explains. "Do we need a big record? Do we need this or that?' I think we've got everything; it's just a matter of zeroing in on it now." - more on this story

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Slipknot, Anthrax and Black Dahlia Murder Summer Tour
RR reports: Slipknot announced summer U.S. headline tour dates, today. The two week run kicks off on August 22 in Seattle, WA and runs through September 5 in Milwaukee, WI. Anthrax and Black Dahlia Murder will support.

The summer leg of the All Hope Is Gone World Tour marks Slipknot's first headline shows in America since early May, which featured the band playing to over 30,000 people during their headline slot at this year's Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, OH.

2009 is a special year for the band, as it marks the 10th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album. Slipknot will be punishing crowds with classics from their self-titled first record, and will also be busting out tracks from the rest of their catalogue right up to their current album, All Hope Is Gone. - more on this story

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Jimmy Page Slams Guitar Hero
BW&BK reports: According to NME, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has hit out at the popular Guitar Hero video game.

Speaking at a press conference in Los Angeles on Friday (June 19) for It Might Get Loud, the forthcoming documentary film that chronicles the musical careers of Page, The Edge (U2), and Jack White (White Stripes), the guitarist can't imagine that people are really learning anything significant about playing instruments by playing video games.

"You think of the drum part that John Bonahm did on Led Zeppelin's first track on the first album, 'Good Times Bad Times'," Page said. "How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?" - more breaking metal news from BW&BK

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Pearl Jam Looking for Fan Action
PR reports: FUEL TV is partnering up with Sony Music's Legacy Recordings to give their fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear in the unique fan-created music video for Pearl Jam's "Porch," from their debut album Ten!

To enter, fans must submit the best action sports clip of themselves they have – skateboarding, surfing, BMX – anything goes. If it's awesome, they want to see it.

Once all the entries have been received, users will be able to vote on their favorite videos. The winners will have their clip featured in the video next to pros such as Nolan Lee, Chris Martin and Brad Harper, as well as Pearl Jam.

Fans need to go to www.FUEL.TV/pearljam to enter. Entry is closed on July 18th, so they need to get working on it!
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Live Nation's So Called No Service Fee Wednesday Back To Charging Misc Fees
PR reports: Live Nation announced today its "No Service Fee Wednesday" offering for June 24 will eliminate the service fee on its popular 4-Pack program, which already offers fans a 4 ticket bundle at an average 17% discount. With the service fee eliminated on 4-Packs this Wednesday, music fans will enjoy a 40% average discount when compared to the regular price of 4 individual tickets.

The new offer, which is valid for all 4-Packs at Live Nation ticketed amphitheaters, runs for 24 hours beginning on Wednesday, June 24 at 12:01 a.m. local time, only at LiveNation.com. Parking, municipal taxes and certain venue fees may still apply.

The service fee-free 4-packs are available only at Live Nation ticketed amphitheaters in the U.S. and Canada for concerts - more on this story

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Green Day Premiere New Video
PR reports: At Midnight, Grammy Award-winning punk band Green Day premiered the music video for their new single, "21 Guns," exclusively on MySpace Music.

The video was helmed by noted director Marc Webb, who has filmed clips for such artists as My Chemical Romance, Weezer, and All-American Rejects, and is making his feature film directorial debut in July with "(500) Days of Summer."

"21 Guns" is the second single from the band's latest album "21st Century Breakdown," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, as well as on the Rock, Active Rock, and Alternative charts, fueled by the Alternative radio No. 1 single "Know Your Enemy." - Nuff of all that, go watch the video here

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Springsteen Vs Ticketmaster Round 3
antiMusic reports: Bruce Springsteen's manager Jon Landau took to the Boss's website to answer a recent report that the Springsteen camp (label, etc) were holding back the best tickets to shows, which was used partially to deflect Ticketmaster's practice of redirecting fans to their scalping site when regularly price tickets were still available. The old adadge that took wrongs don't make a right come to mind in this latest battle. That being said, here is the statement from Landau:

Somehow, a new flurry of interest has been created around Thrill Hill's ticket holds for the recent Izod Center shows. These are the same shows that became such a subject of controversy when they went on sale on February 2nd. The new theory is that Bruce's holds were the problem on February 2nd, and not Ticketmaster's already acknowledged failures on that day. But the truth is that Bruce's holds had nothing to do at all with the breakdown of Ticketmaster's system.

These are the undisputed facts about February 2nd. On that morning, when our fans went to buy their Bruce and Band tickets for the face value of $95, they were in many cases immediately linked to Ticketmaster's wholly owned ticket reselling company TicketsNow, where prices were many times higher than $95. We call this "bait and switch." As a result, an undetermined but large amount of money flowed into TicketsNow (and eventually Ticketmaster) even though there were still tickets at normal prices yet to be made available on Ticketmaster. We perceived this to have been a major abuse of our fans, complained about it mightily, and added that because of behavior like this, the pending merger of the number one ticketing company and number one management company (both owned by Ticketmaster) with the number one venue owner and operator (Live Nation) might not be such a hot idea. - more on this story

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Jessica Simpson Signs Up For More Celebretardity... oops Reality
vh1 reports: No matter where you are in the world, chances are, you know that Jessica Simpson is no stranger to the spotlight. Her hit pop and country songs, movies, television and eponymous collection of shoes, clothes, bags etc. have helped to keep her in America's eye, but we all know Jessica for more than just her career achievements. Jessica has been followed, studied and scrutinized since she released her first hit single at the age of 19. Now, Jessica turns the tables on our culture and cultures all over the world to find The Price of Beauty, her new original series on VH1.

The new VH1 docu-series, produced by RDF USA ("Wife Swap", "Secret Millionaire"), takes Jessica all over the world to meet every day women. She may also discover some local pop culture icons on their own quests for beauty along the way. Jessica will study the local fashions, dietary fads and beauty regimes and even participate in some of the extreme practices she discovers.

"When Chris approached me with his idea for a show about true beauty, I was immediately intrigued," Jessica stated. "I have always believed that beauty comes from within and confidence will always make a woman beautiful, but I know how much pressure some women put on themselves to look perfect. I am really looking forward to discovering how beauty is perceived in different cultures and participating in some of the crazy things people do to feel beautiful. I know we will all learn a lot on this journey and I am so excited that VH1 is coming along on what I'm sure will be a wild ride." - more on this story

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Chris Brown Guilty of Rihanna Assault- Injury Sidelines Thin Lizzy- Moby's Restaurant Destroyed by Fire- P2P Leaker Arrested and more
antiMusic reports: We have a shorter than usual Quicks for today. Let's get started: Chris Brown pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting Rihanna and the two were ordered to stay away from each other, in a deal that keeps the singer out of prison but requires him to clean up graffiti or roadside trash. more

Thin Lizzy have announced that due to a recent accident suffered by drummer Tommy Aldridge, in which Tommy broke his collar bone that they have withdrawn from last Saturday's Kobetasonik festival in Bilbao, Spain and have to postpone the two UK shows scheduled for this weekmore

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will present and discuss a rare screening of an unusual documentary that plays like a provocative game: The Five Obstructions, co-directed and written by Danish filmmakers J๘rgen Leth and Lars von Trier.more

A 33-year-old man has been arrested in the U.K. in connection with a group leaking pre-release music on P2P file-sharing networks. The BPI claims that DV8 are believed responsible for leaking in excess of 2,500 titles, including content from both major and independent labels. more

Moby's New York restaurant has been destroyed in a fire. An electrical fire ignited vegan eatery Teany and gutted the building on Rivington Street, in Manhattan's Lower East Side on Thursday night. more

Tesla will be Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Friday, July 10 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio program, dubbed "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show".more

Rise And Fall has parted ways with drummer JP, and subsequently added Daan to their line-up as a replacement.more

Linkin Park's only North American concert of 2009 will be at Epicenter '09: So. Cal's Rock Explosion on August 22 in Pomona, CA.more

Soil has set "Picture Perfect" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in September in Europe via Germany's AFM Records and in North America through Driven Music Groupmore

In addition to their previously announced west coast tour dates (and new album news), The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have added two east coast shows for August. dates

The Walkmen have announced the dates of a North American tour this summer.more

Banner Pilot have completed their sophomore LP. Bassist Nate Gangelhoff blogged: We mastered it yesterday. Really excited for it to come out-- it's definitely the best thing we've done so far. more

Children Of Bodom will team up with The Black Dahlia Murder and Skeletonwitch for a North American tour in September/October. Blabbermouth has the initial dates

"Bury Me Alive", the first song from The Fallen — the new band featuring original Evanescence members Ben Moody (guitar) and John LeCompt (guitar) and Rocky Gray (drums) along with "American Idol" powerhouse vocalist Carly Smithson — is available for free download at WeAreTheFallen.com (e-mail sign-up required). It can also be streamed here

Galactic Cowboys, the heavy-hitting Houston, Texas band responsible for such classic albums as "Space In Your Face", "Machine Fish", and "At the End of the Day", will reunite this August for three concert performances only in the group's home state — in Houston, Dallas, and Austin.more -

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