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Full Report for 03/03/2009

Bono Considers Coldplay's Frontman a Wanker
MusicRadar reports: In a bizarre outburst on a UK radio show, U2 frontman Bono has dubbed Coldplay singer Chris Martin "a wanker" and "a cretin".

The star made the remarks during a live interview with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1. The presenter asked Bono about a previous comment that had seen him compare Martin to Paul McCartney. He replied: "Yeah, I think he's that good a melodist… I mean, he's a wanker."

After being reprimanded by Whiley for his language, Bono apologised and continued: "Obviously he is a completely dysfunctional character and a cretin but he happens to be a genius melodist and I think up there with Ray Davies and Noel Gallagher and Paul McCartney. - more on this story

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China Bans Oasis As Band Announces Festival Appearance
antiMusic reports: Good news and bad news in the land of Oasis today. The good news is the band will co-headline the V Festival this summer (The Killers are the co's in this case) and the bad news is the Chinese government has pulled the plug on the band's plan to play gigs in mainland China.

Apparently Noel Gallagher appeared at a "Free Tibet" benefit in 1997 and the ChiComs weren't happy about it. So being ChiComs they grabbed their toys and went home pouting. The band isn't too happy about it. "Representatives from the Chinese government have revoked the performance licenses already issued for the band and ordered their shows in both Beijing and Shanghai to be immediately canceled," Oasis said in a statement.

"The Chinese authorities' action in cancelling these shows marks a reversal of their decision regarding the band which has left both Oasis and the promoters bewildered."
But let's end of a positive note: The V Festival which will take place on August 22nd and 23rd. NME has more details and the
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Prince On Target For Exclusive Release
antiMusic reports: The marketing people at Target have the opportunity to change the strip around their dog mascot's eye from red to purple with news that Prince has inked an exclusive deal with the retailer.

Prince has signed up to release a 3-disc set through Target (online and in-stores) beginning on March 29th.

The package will include two new albums, "LOtUSFLOW3R" and "MPLSoUND," and a bonus disc by Bria Valente. Don't fret; the package will be a real bargain at a list price of just $11.98!
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Spinal Tap Get Unwigged For 25th Anniversary Tour
Spinal Tap reports: Actors/Directors/Musicians and Comedy Icons Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are doing something they have never done before; performing a six week, 30 city multi-media acoustic tour without wigs and electric instruments.

UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED: An Evening with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer has the legendary musical and comedic trio performing music from heavy metal's loudest band Spinal Tap along with the folk music from A Mighty Wind, and more. Tickets for the UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED tour go on sale Friday, March 6th, with the tour starting Friday, April 17th in Vancouver and ending Sunday, May 31st in Milwaukee.

UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED is not about funny costumes and characters, but rather three long time friends and collaborators who make each laugh and love nothing better than to find some excuse to get together and play music. The trio commented, "With this being the 25th Anniversary of the film This is Spinal Tap, we thought this would be a fun and at the same time, a little challenging, as we have never performed as ourselves. Think of the evening as three old friends jamming in your living room. As opposed to OUR living rooms; we won't be home." - more including dates

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U2 To Release Another Album This Year
MusicRadar reports: U2's No Line On The Horizon is just hitting stores now, as in right now. But apparently the band has another set of tunes all ready to go - and they don't want you to wait to hear them.

According to the New York Times, a companion album to 'Horizon' could very well be released later this year.

Comprised of material drawn from the same recording sessions, the as-yet-untitled CD will have a "more meditative and processional tone" than 'Horizon.' - more on this story

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Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction Tour Dates
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=115362 reports: Dates for the Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction North American tour have surfaced online. While official word hasn't been let out about the tour, some online publications have posted articles including what are believed to be at least the initial dates for the outing.

The tour is reportedly set to kick off on May 25th in Ridgefield Washington. This is the day after both bands appear at the top of the bill for the second night of the Sasquatch! Festival.

According to the rumored dates, the tour will span three months and right now it looks like it was conclude with a July 4th show in Irvine, California. - more

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Faith No More Festive- Music Game Boycott Denied- Iggy Goes Jazz- Motley Feelgood Shows- Simple Plan Reset- Neil Young- No More Virgins- Flaming OK- Snot and more
antiMusic reports: Faith No More are the third headliner revealed for the 2009 Download festival, scheduled for June 12th - 14th at Donington Park in in Leicestershire, England. more

MTV Games is not boycotting Warner Music Group artists from the "Rock Band" franchise, despite what an article in the current Wired magazine claims, according to sources from both camps. Rather, the impasse is best described as a stalemate. Apparently the label group wants more money to license their music.more

Iggy Pop has revealed that he has recorded a jazz album based on the French author Michel Houellebecq's novel 'La Possibilité D'une Ile' ('The Possibility Of An Island').more

Apparently Motley Crue are going to perform the entire "Dr Feelgood" album in it's entirety on the upcoming We Are White Trash tour. It's the 20th anniversary of the band's most successful album. To mark the anniversary, the album is getting yet another reissue.

Reset, a Montreal-area band which saw two members go on to form Simple Plan, will be reforming for a one-off show celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Quebec's Musiqueplus Television Station. more

Britney has just posted the set list for her Circus tour on her official website. The tour kicks off today in New Orleans. Is it live or is it Britney? Get the set list here if you care.

Neil Young confirmed that his new album Fork In The Road will be released on April 7, with its first single "Johnny Magic" to be released digitally in late March.more

A personal note from Ace Frehley: Here's a peek at one of the new Anomaly tracks, "Pain In The Neck." I've been tweaking the solo & this is pretty close to what you'll hear on the album......... More to come............ You can view the new video more

Asa is heading back to America to tour in support of her self-titled debut Asa on Mercer Street Records. dates and preview here

Edguy are planning a U.S. and Canada tour this September which will include 18 shows more

M83 have revealed the songs they intend to perform on Saturday (March 7) at their one-off performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.details here

The planned closures of the Virgin Megastores in Times Square and Union Square in New York City and the Market Street store in San Francisco are the beginning of the final wind-down of the Virgin Entertainment Group North America. The remaining stores are going too. more

Moonspell are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England and takes place between August 14th and 16th. full lineup

The Flaming Lips' song 'Do You Realize?' has been named the official song of the state of Oklahoma. more

BudzList.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Mikey Doling of the reunited lineup of the legendary Santa Barbara metal/punk rock hybrid Snot. Regarding the band's recording plans, Doling said, "We're writing a record — our actual sophomore record... 10 years later. We're writing it with Tommy [new singer Tommy 'Vext' Cummings, formerly of Divine Heresy] and the songs are coming out incredible. more

Disbelief have canceled their appearance at the Netherland's Muya Festival. They said in part "Unfortunately [guitarist] Jonas Khalil is also busy with Sacred Steel, so there was no other possibility" more

Juliette Lewis has revealed the details of her highly anticipated forthcoming album. 'Terra Incognita' is due out this spring, and features a new band lineup called The New Romantiques, who are replacing her former band The Licks. more

Live Nation, which is in the middle of a controversial plan to buy leading ticketing company Ticketmaster Entertainment, posted a net loss of $337.5 million, or $4.33 a share compared with a loss of $18.4 million, or 25 cents a share a year ago. 360 deal anyone? more

Facing New York have been forced to cancel their UK tour: The band said, "Brandon is leaving Facing New York. We are canceling the UK tour in the wake of this. We decided that it wouldn't be right to make the journey with last minute replacement players." more

There is hope: Disney's "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert" rung up an estimated $12.7 million to open in second place among domestic rankings. The haul was roughly half what many had expected for the pic based on growing appeal of 3-D projection and anticipated support among preteen fans. more

Desolate Ways are working on the production of their third album, which is being recorded in Nitro Sound Solutions studio and being produced by Roger Fingle. This new release will feature Josie, the female vocalist of the Brazilian dark metal band A Sorrowful Dream, who will sing on the track 'Winter'. - more

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Flight 666 Maiden Movie Theatres
PR reports: Tickets to Iron Maiden: Flight 666, go on sale today in cinemas worldwide. This extraordinary feature length documentary film will be shown in cinemas for one day only on the 21st April - Maiden Day, on over 400 screens in 34 countries. The film will be projected in 2K digital cinema, the highest quality standard in cinemas today, together with 5.1 surround sound by Arts Alliance Media (AAM), in association with Phantom Music Management, EMI Records and Universal (USA only).

Iron Maiden: Flight 666 follows on from Iron Maiden being crowned Best British Live Act at the Brit Awards 2009. The film was shot as the band embarked on the first leg of their momentous SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR in February and March of 2008, considered to be the most ambitious and adventurous tour in rock history. The film is a revealing portrait of one of the world's most successful rock bands and an inspirational and often humorous account of the chaotic world of a band on tour around the stadiums of the world. - more on this story

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New York Dolls Ready To Rock Again
antiMusic reports: The New York Dolls are ready to rock your stereos (and iPods) again will all new music. Their new effort is set to hit U.S. retailers on May 5th. And for those heading to Texas later this month for SXSW, the Dolls have booked three events.

The new disc is titled 'Cause I Sez So' and reunites the band with producer Todd Rundgren who was at the helm of the band's debut album way back in 1973.

"It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present," frontman David Johansen said in a statement. - more on this story

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Essential Aerosmith Book Coming
PR reports: 2009 will be a tremendous year for Aerosmith, as the band plans its first album of original material since 2001, which it will support with an extensive summer tour. In celebration of these events and the band's storied accomplishments, a new 298 page book, 'Aerosmith: Essential Interviews' is set for official release through Rock Reader Books/Lulu on May 17, 2009.

Beginning with one of Aerosmith's first extended interviews in 1973, Aerosmith: Essential Interviews lets "America's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" tell its own inspirational story. Spanning the legendary hard rock quintet's 35-plus years, the book chronicles "The Bad Boys from Boston" during their explosive, drug and sex-steered early heyday and the propulsion of mid-70's classics Toys In The Attic and Rocks. The band's fall from grace and initial disintegration as a result of those vices is also explored.

Aerosmith: Essential Interviews documents how Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford not only survived those decadent experiences, but learned from them, evolved artistically and ultimately forged one of the greatest rock comebacks ever.
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The Faces May Reunite After All
MusicRadar reports: Earlier this year it looked as though The Faces reunion was full-speed ahead...until both Rod Stewart and Flea (rumored to be on board as bassist) said, "WTF? We don't know what you're talking about."

Now it looks as if the reunion could be back on, but if it happens, if won't be a full-scale tour or album project, as was originally talked about.

According to keyboardist Ian McLagan, who spoke to Billboard, the latest idea is that guitarist Ron Wood, drummer Kenny Jones and McLagan do "a couple shows and film it. Whether Rod (Stewart) wants to do that...I'm hoping he'll be into that 'cause it'll be such a lot of fun. It's what the three of us would like Rod to agree to." - more on this story

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A Static Lullaby Goes Toxic Britney Cover
PR reports: A Static Lullaby premiere their new music video for their cover of "Toxic" by Britney Spears today on MTV2. The video will play every hour as a part of Unleashed and will begin regular rotation on Tuesday. This cover will also be featured on the upcoming Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation album set to hit stores on March 10.

The video, directed by Robby Starbuck, is based upon the changes that Britney has seen over the years. "Collectively the band and I really dug deep to match the characteristics of what 'Britney' has become. She has really had a tumultuous journey and we wanted to take fun pieces of that persona and bring it to life around the band and in their own performance," says Starbuck. The video features parodies of the different "Britney's" from her various music videos from "Baby One More Time" through "Womanizer."

"Robby is very creative and put together a great video," says vocalist, Joe Brown. The main focus for the band while making this video was to have fun with it. "While doing such a cover it was important for us to not take things so seriously. It was fun, trashy, swanky and mostly light-hearted. We are grateful to have been a part of all of it."
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