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Full Report for 03/02/2009

Axl Says Slash is a Cancer
Reuters reports: In his latest public interface, published on Friday at AOL Music's spinner.com website, Guns N' Roses mainman Axl Rose sat down for a friendly interview with his pal, songwriter Del James.

The duo sidestepped the commercial failure of "Chinese Democracy," and the topic of a reunion inevitably came up. Rose said it was "highly doubtful for us to have more than one of the alumni up with us at any given time."

"I suppose (former bass player) Duff (McKagan) could play guitar on something somewhere but there's zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash," Rose said. "In a nutshell, personally I consider him a cancer and better removed, avoided -- and the less anyone heard of him or his supporters the better." - Ouch, but he's not done!

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Critics Vs Bono
Reuters reports: Irish band U2 releases its 12th studio album on Monday and while reviews are generally glowing, critics argue that lead singer Bono's dual role as rock star and campaigning "saviour" may be meddling with the music.

The U2 frontman has long juggled a dual career of rock superstar and high-profile campaigner, badgering world leaders and businessmen to fight everything from AIDS to poverty.

There are those who feel his mission is beginning to hinder the harmony, alienating potential fans and colouring everything that U2 does. "It's becoming increasingly difficult to hear U2's music without filtering it through your feelings about the other Bono, that strident, sanctimonious swirl of idealism, agenda and ego," J. Freedom du Lac wrote in the Washington Post. - more on this story

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Barenaked Reason for Exit
AP reports: Singer-guitarist Steven Page said a big reason he decided to leave the Barenaked Ladies was he felt his songwriting voice was occasionally being squeezed out as a result of being in a five-member band.

A day after he announced on the band's Web site that he was leaving the group, Page said the Barenaked Ladies has so many songwriting voices that he's looking forward to a future as a solo artist.

"Frankly, the band itself was a five-way democracy and one of the great things about it is that it's been about the five-way collaboration, but it's also one of the things that's made me decide to be a solo artist," he said Thursday.
- more on this story

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Jack White Working With Bob Dylan On Tribute Project
Angry Ape reports: Jack White has teamed-up with Bob Dylan for a tribute album to Hank Williams.

According to the White Stripes guitarist, Dylan "came upon, somehow, 20-25 unfinished songs by Hank Williams - just the lyrics, no music - and he started to ask people if they would finish these songs."

On his involvement on the project, White told MTV News: "He did one, asked Willie Nelson to do one, asked me to do one, and I think Lucinda Williams and Alan Jackson are on it too." - more on this story

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Cypress Hill Return
Billboard reports: Cypress Hill is finishing its first studio album in five years and planning a fall release on Suburban Noize Records, according to the group's B-Real.

"We're mixing right now," B-Real, who just released his first solo album, "Smoke N Mirrors," tells Billboard.com.

He describes the rap troupe's new music as "gritty. It's aggressive. It's like hip-hop straight-up. We just felt like we needed to go back to that raw, gritty hip-hop sound but try to find a way to bridge it with what's going on now." - more on this story

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Band Labeled Nazis, Fascistly Pulled From Toyota Music Festival
antiMusic reports: Nachtmystium frontman Blake Judd issued a statement about the band being pulled from the Scion Rock Fest. Another reason why corporate sponsorship of music and music events does not work (especially Scion who hires marketing companies that take two years to pay their advertising bills!) Here is what Blake had to say:

"Nachtmystium has sad news today with a once-again recurring issue surfacing from the wake of our past. We've been forced, at the request of the promoters and the folks at Scion/Toyota, to pull out of the Scion Rock Festival, scheduled for Saturday, February 28th.

"This news came to us just this past Tuesday and was very disheartening to say the least. A troubling, and unjustly-applied notion that we are, or ever have been, in any way, a "Nazi" band or a political band on any level, is completely absurd and we are disgusted that there is someone out there who really believes we are of this ilk. It made it as far as the sponsors of this events desks, and now we are forced to pull out of it after some political threatening on the part of these ridiculously uneducated person/people who have caused this ruckus. - more on this story

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Lil Korny Wayne- Fall Out Dogg- U2 Surprise- RIAA Bloodbath- Chart Prodigy- Morrissey Calls In Sick- Motley Godsmacked?- HoobaStaind- AFI Crash and more
antiMusic reports: Rebirth, the rock album from Lil Wayne is almost here. On Tuesday, March 3, Lil Wayne will debut the first video "Prom Queen" with KoRn playing back-up, exclusively on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC 12:05/11:05c) . Want a sneak preview

We received this clip of Fall Out Boy's performance on Snoop's new MTV show "Dogg After Dark". It airs Tuesday 9pm ET/PT on MTV. Wanna preview? go here

U2 capped off a day of promotions for this week's release of "No Line On The Horizon" with a four-song set on the roof of the BBC's London office tower last Friday night (Feb. 27). The band performed "Get On Your Boots," "Magnificent," "Vertigo," and "Beautiful Day."more

No Doubt, the band that Gwen Stefani fronted before embarking on her solo hip-pop career, will make an appearance on the teen-friendly series "Gossip Girl" on May 11, performing Adam and the Ants' "Stand and Deliver," the group announced on its website. more. Pretty ironic who they are covering, maybe Gwen will do an Adam Ant song to complete the sellout parallel?

According to a report from Wired, controversial music industry group, the RIAA, is apparently undergoing serious layoffs, with some describing it as a "bloodbath."more

The Prodigy's new album has topped the UK album charts Sunday night (March 1). According to the Official Charts Company, 'Invaders Must Die' sold nearly 100,000 copies since its release last Monday. more

Morrissey has cancelled the first dates of his world tour in support of his new album 'Years Of Refusal'. The former Smiths frontman was set to kick off the jaunt Saturday (February 28) in Boca Raton, Florida, but has cancelled all four dates in the southern state, reportedly due to illness. more

Autographed Fender Stratocaster guitars from 3 Doors Down, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and Nickelback are up for auction with all proceeds benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation. Bidding is open until March 2nd, 2009 at 5:00pm PST. go here. Poor Sum 41, their autographed CD (for another charity) isn't exactly inspiring bids. But they could always do a dollar value meal ad if no new bids come in.

A few years ago Godsmack was part of Metallica's sold out tour; now there are rumors they are playing the Motley White Trash Crue's half-filled venue tour. Ouch! And supposedly Theory Of A Deadman, Saving Abel and Drowning Pool round out the bill. This according to a premature radio station website ad. that's here along with more info.

Cursive is selling their brand new album, Mama, I'm Swollen, for $1.00 on Sunday. The band will increase the price by one dollar each day from now until the release on March 10, 2009.more

AFI have announced the title for their eighth studio album. The record is titled Crash Love and is expected later this year via Interscope Records.more

Staind and Hoobastank will team up for a spring run of casino shows, starting on April 18 at the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, Maryland and finishing up on May 24 at the Tachi Palace Hotel in Lemoore, California. more

Thursday have announce plans to perform their fan-favorite full length, Full Collapse, in its entirety. Set to take place on March 2nd at Lupo's in Providence, RI, as part of the Taste of Chaos tour. more

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have filed a federal lawsuit against the makers of high-end baby carriages over the unauthorized use of their images.more

Nearly 182 years after Beethoven's death, three musicians are getting ready to give the first known performance of a lost piano trio by the immortal composer.more

Obituary has completed work on their new album, slated for a May/June release via Candlelight Records.more

Boston sludge/doom metal band Grief has called it quits. Bassist Eric C. Harrison states, "Our reasons for disbanding are our reasons. We have chosen not to get into it but it may or may not include the following reasons

Wintersun, the Finnish band led by former Ensiferum singer Jari Mäenpää, has has cancelled its previously announced appearances at the Summer Breeze (August 13-15, 2009 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany) and Bloodstock Open Air (August 14-16, 2009 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England) festivals. more

Klaxons have almost finished work on their second album, according to producer James Ford. "It's kind of most of the way there," Ford tells BBC 6 Music. "There's still some things to do but it's gonna be really good, I think." - more

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Free Music!
antiMusic reports: The producers of the new film The Graduates are giving away the soundtrack to the film ABSOLUTELY free. Here is a little info they sent over followed by details on how to download the free songs!

The Graduates is an award-winning coming-of-age comedy like Dazed and Confused, playing in festivals around the country. We have an incredible indie soundtrack, featuring 25 songs from mostly NYC-based indie bands including Plushgun and The New Rags.

How to get the music? Go to link below * Click "MUSIC" * Drop the soundtrack in the cart and enter the code "GOGRADS" * Download soundtrack. It's really that easy. - thegraduatesmovie.com

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Mastodon To Perform Entire New CD On Tour
Reuters reports: The members of Atlanta-based Mastodon have a strange story to tell on their new seven-song, 50-minute heavy metal opus, "Crack the Skye."

And the best way to hear the whole twisted tale will be live and direct: the band plans to perform the album, due March 24, in its entirety on their upcoming tour.

Hometown fans got a preview Saturday night (February 28) when the band headlined a free, 40-band heavy metal festival at Atlanta's Masquerade nightclub. - more on this story

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As I Lay Dying 3 DVD Set Coming
PR reports: With This Is Who We Are, As I Lay Dying steps into new territory by releasing their first ever DVD consisting of a 3 DVD set produced and directed by Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse) that provides viewers with live performances and a complete As I Lay Dying audio/visual history. This Is Who We Are: available everywhere April 14th 2009

"It's hard to believe that we've been a band for as long as we have yet have never released an official DVD documenting our first 7 years. As a result, we've included so much content that you hardly have to like our music to be entertained. With that said, it feels good knowing how many diehard fans over the years have supported our band and their simple enjoyment of our music has given us the chance to see the world!" - As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis - details

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Michael Schenker US Tour
PR reports: A new Michael Schenker era is continuing with the "In the Midst of Beauty World Tour" headed for the United States.

The line up for the US Tour is: Michael Schenker — Guitars * Gary Barden — Vocals
Chris Slade — Drums * Wayne Findlay — Guitar & Keyboards * Robbie Crane — Bass

The band begins their 21-date tour on Wednesday, March 18th in Las Vegas and wrap up on April 18th in Yucipa, CA - more on this story

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Dope Album Reloaded
MMP reports: Metal Mind Productions presents European release of Dope's "American Apathy Reloaded". The album contains remixes and alternate versions of songs taken from Dope's 2005 "American Apathy" album along with a DVD featuring 9 incredible live performances. The album will be available in a digipak edition on 16th March in Europe only.

Dope is an American nu metal band from Chicago, IL, formed in 1997. Over the course of a decade Dope has recorded 5 studio albums, established an incredibly devoted touring fan base, and sold more than a million albums worldwide. They've shared the stage with bands they love and respect, had their music featured in major motion pictures and in hit videogames like "Guitar Hero".

According to Edsel Dope, all of those things got topped when he learned that Dope's cult classic song "Die Mother F*cker Die" was on a short list of songs actually used by the US military to interrogate Iraqi P.O.W's. Yes, the success and growth of Dope is complex and impressive and on their new album, appropriately titled "No Regret" (out on 10th March 2009), Dope continues to show a plethora of reasons that their fans keep coming back for another fix. - more on this story

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