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Full Report for 03/04/2009

Reality Star Sues Sharon Osbourne
SleazeRoxx reports: Sharon Osbourne is being sued by a former reality TV contestant over an altercation during an episode of the star's Rock of Love Charm School show.

The incident, which was screened on VH1 in the US in January, shows Osbourne exchanging insults with Megan Hauserman before she poured a drink over her.

According to Los Angeles court papers, Ms Hauserman claims Osbourne, 56, hit her, pulled her hair and scratched her. The 27-year-old is seeking a jury trial and punitive damages. - more on this story

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U2 Street Now Has a Name as Three Night Live Radio Broadcast Announced
antiMusic reports: Almost every report about this starts off with a really bad pun about U2's hit song "Where the Streets Have Name," we'll skip that (ok, our headline got it out of the way already) and get to the story.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has temporarily renamed part of 53rd street in Midtown Manhattan to honor the release of U2's new album and their week long residency on the David Letterman show. The renamed section is between Broadway and 8th Avenue will be known as U2 Way for the next week.

In other news, "In celebration of the release of No Line On The Horizon U2 will participate in an unprecedented radio broadcast event produced by FMQB Productions. U2 3 Nights Live places the band in three cities for three mutually exclusive radio broadcasts for three consecutive nights." - more on this story

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Pearl Jam Game
Sony reports: Ten, the debut album from Pearl Jam that has sold over 12 million copies, and introduced the band to the world, is being reissued in four new and expanded editions on March 24, 2009 by Epic/Legacy Recordings. Sony Music has found a truly unique way to let fans preview selected tracks from these reissues, The Pearl Jam Ten Game.

Beginning today, fans can go to www.pearljamtengame.com and complete a puzzle to unlock various songs from the Ten reissues. With every row a user gets aligned, a new song is unlocked for them to hear.

Upon completion of the entire puzzle, the user unlocks a special video piece detailing the history of this historic release. Users can time themselves completing the puzzle, and challenge their friends through the 'share' feature. The site also allows users to preview each of the four reissue packages. - wanna play?

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Lars Illegally Downloaded Latest Metallica Album
Blabbermouth reports: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who angered many fans by waging a high-profile battle with Napster in 2000 over illegal music downloading, admitted in a recent interview that he has also used the Internet to obtain a full album's worth of music without paying for it.

"I sat there myself and downloaded [Metallica's latest CD] 'Death Magnetic' [illegally] from the Internet just to try it," he told Eddie Trunk of VH1 Classic's series "That Metal Show".

"I was like, 'Wow, this is how it works.' I figured if there is anybody that has a right to download 'Death Magnetic' for free, it's me. I sat there one night at my house with about six of my friends and a bottle of wine. And what was it called?! [Trying to think of the name of the file-sharing client he used to download the album] We found it this was like two or three days after ['Death Magnetic'] leaked. I was like, 'You know what? I've gotta try this.' So we sat there, and thirty minutes later, I had 'Death Magnetic' in my computer. It was kind of bizarre." - more on this story

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AC/DC Illness- Fray Tour- Zeppelin Jr- Eels Return- Sublime Reunite- Death Cab For Cartoon- Jacko Backo?- High School Musical Chairs- New Found Glory Leak and more
antiMusic reports: AC/DC were forced to cancel Tuesday's show at Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium after one of the bandmembers (reportedly vocalist Brian Johnson) was taken ill. more

The Fray have announced plans for a summer headlining tour. The 35-city trek kicks off on June 12 in Atlanta and ends up in Spokane, WA on August 7; Jacks Mannequin opens all dates. more

Zeppelin Jr: Sons of Albion, a UK export fronted by Logan Plant (Robert Plant's son), are playing SXSW: Saturday, March 21st 1AM - British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 and Thursday, March 19th 1 AM Red Bull Moon Towers Show. But you check out previews of how their new music is sounding right here

Eels will release their first new album since 2005's acclaimed Double Blinking Lights And Other Revelations. The new album, Hombre Lobo, set for June 2nd, 2009 on Vagrant Records, features 12 new songs recorded in Eels leader Mark Oliver Everett, aka E's studio in Los Angeles.

On Saturday night Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh, bassist Eric Wilson and a singer known as Rome played a set of classic Sublime turns following Bud's set with his current band Del Mar. Could this be a sign of a full reunion to come? Del Mar's MySpace recapped the show with this, "What really f---ing killed it was SUBLIME reuniting and playing with new singer, Rome. We're f---ing stoked for Bud, Eric and Rome... Bud's still playing with Del Mar, and Sublime doesn't have any firm tour plans or anything YET, but we'll keep you posted on their progress."

Death Cab for Cutie have unveiled a must-see new video for "Grapevine Fires." The animated clip, directed by Walter Robot, a.k.a. the team of multimedia artist Bill Barminski and writer Christopher Louie can be viewed here

Oasis will not play in China for economic reasons and not because of any connection with the Tibet issue, an official at the promoter of the shows said on Tuesday. Sure, maybe they are selling parts of the Great Wall too. more

Sarah Borges & The Broken singles debut video for the first single "Do It For Free" from her forthcoming CD 'The Stars are Out' (March 24th - Sugar Hill Records.) is now available to check out in High Def here

New UK technical death metal sensations The Boy Will Drown have put two brand new tracks up on their official MySpace page. Check out the new tracks, titled "Deep Throat" and "Suis La Luna" here.

Get a first listen of the entire (poppy) Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation on MTV's "The Leak" today. This album hits stores everywhere on March 10. Listen here and try to tell the difference between the original and the cover.

Michael Jackson will be in London this week to make a "special announcement," organizers said Tuesday, and industry sources said it is likely to involve a series of comeback concerts in the city. more

Chimaira, are set to give the world their first taste of The Infection, with the release of their first single, "Secrets of the Dead." The song will be available for purchase via iTunes and can be heard streaming on the band's official MySpace .

A Beatles Masters: The city already has a Beatles museum and a Beatles-themed hotel. Its airport is even named after John Lennon. Now a Liverpool university says it rolling out a graduate program entirely devoted to the Fab Four.more. Good luck with that job hunt!

Walt Disney Co's teen hit franchise "High School Musical" is coming back for a fourth time -- but with a new cast of characters, the company said on Tuesday. more. That makes sense since you don't want your high school students looking like they graduated college already.

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' long-promised box set of previously unreleased solo material, which has apparently had several different working titles over the years including "Monster" and "100" will finally see the light of day in 2009. more

Grand Ole Opry member Ernie Ashworth, whose 1963 smash hit "Talk Back Trembling Lips" was one of the first country tunes to cross over into pop, has died, hospital officials said on Tuesday.more

New Found Glory are steaming new album 'Not Without A Fight' on their MySpace page a week before the LP is released. It hits stores next week but you can listen to it right now, righthere

Arc Angels, the Austin, Texas-based all-star group formed in the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughn's death, are ready to take full flight again. After playing together periodically during the past seven years, the band plans to release a DVD this year, tour extensively more

Matthew McConaughey has just helped produce his first record - Nova Scotia-based reggae artist Mishka's "Above the Bones" - and is releasing it on his own label, J.K. Livin' Productions. more

Jimmy Eat World have announced the release of 'Clarity Live', which is being recorded on their current Clarity x 10 tour. The band are on the road performing their 1999 album over 10 shows, and on April 7 will make the album available via their website. more

Skinlab are close to inking a deal with an as-yet-undisclosed label for the release of the band's new album, tentatively due on July 7. more

Due to "production delays," Judas Priest singer Rob Halford's Metal God Entertainment company has rescheduled the release date for the HALFORD "Resurrection World Tour Live At Rock In Rio III" 5.1 special-edition Blu-ray to April 7, 2009. more

Rumors have been swirling about Metallica possibly making an appearance at Stubb's in Austin, Texas on Friday, March 20 during this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) music and media conference and festival. more

Paradox will release their fifth album, "Riot Squad", on October 26, 2009 via AFM Records. more

Paint It Black have announced plans to release a new 7-inch/digital EP in June via Bridge 9 Records. The EP is the first in the series promised by the band last September. - more

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No Doubt Giving Away Entire Catalog Download
antiMusic reports: Live Nation sent us over this announcement: Fans purchasing top price level tickets online for most dates on No Doubt's upcoming Summer tour will receive a free download of the band's entire digital audio catalog for each ticket purchased.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, March 7. *Offer applies to marked top ticket price levels (tickets priced greater than $42.50 before applicable ticketing related fees) and does not apply to lower price levels and/or lawn seats. Download code(s) will be emailed approximately 30 days before the date of the show purchased and will be good for 30 days after the tour is completed.

No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont had this to say about the offering, "Since the band is heading back to the road, we wanted to find a cool way to get people listening to our music and stoke them with a great deal at the same time. With this download its easy for fans to get psyched up to hear our music live once again and that rocks."
- more on this story

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Muse Moving Away From Rock?
MusicRadar reports: Muse's singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy says the trio's next album could see them move away from rock sound to being more "orchestral".

Bellamy says: "There's some really brilliant songs coming out, some of our best material, I think.

"There's definitely a few things on the album which are segueing into each other and it's all very orchestral, but that could take over the album, so it could actually be kind of classical act basically [sic], and move away from rock all together.

"We'll be knocking on Classic FM's door, you know?" - more on this story

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs CD Coming A Month Early
antiMusic reports: So you thought you would have to wait until April 14th to buy the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, 'It's Blitz!'. Not so. You can download it illegally right now but if you actually want to support the band you will be able buy it legitimately starting next week.

Apparently the album leaked out and as often happens when that happens, the powers that be decided that releasing the album a bit earlier than originally planned would be a good idea.

The album is being released digitally next week (Tues in the U.S. - Monday for the rest of the world) and the physical CD will hit shops on March 31st in the U.S. and April 6th everywhere else. - more on this story

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Interpol Stars Turns Filmmaker
PR reports: My Friends Told Me About You is the filmmaking debut of Carlos Dengler, bassist of infamous NYC based rock band Interpol. The 26 minute short film targets the idea of celebrity as affliction and premieres in New York City at Anonymous Gallery on April 17th. Filmed around Chicago in 2007, MFTMAY charts the journey of a man at the beginning of a downward spiral. Paranoia, confusion, and anger start to color all that he knows to be true and as reality blurs with his subconscious fears, an alternate world propelled by violence and mistrust begins to take over. As sonic as it is visual, Dengler also composed the original score for MFTMAY in collaboration with acclaimed English clarinetist Ian Mitchell.

Carlos Dengler produced, stars in, and composed the original score for MY FRIENDS TOLD ME ABOUT YOU. MFTMAY is co-produced by Todd Eckert, producer of award-winning Joy Division biopic, Control, which won the 2007 Cannes award for Best European Feature.

Dengler writes: "Making MY FRIENDS TOLD ME ABOUT YOU was a chance to explore the narrative potential of sound and spectacle. The idea was to achieve the expression of film as a composition, a tone poem of carefully selected cinematic effects and gestures." - more on this story

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Saving Abel Hit The Road With Seether and Nickelback
PR reports: Rock band Saving Abel will join Seether as openers for Nickelback on their North American tour. Saving Abel's largest outing to date will hit arenas in over 30 cities across the continent. Tickets are currently on sale through Live Nation.

"We're thrilled to be opening for Nickelback. It's crazy, a year ago we were playing small bars and clubs around Memphis and now we're touring the country in a bus and will be playing with one of the biggest touring rock bands in arenas," said Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks.

Saving Abel have been on the road non-stop since the March, 2008 release of their self titled debut from Virgin records and have played with rock heavy weights such as Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold, Puddle of Mudd and Shinedown. - more on this story

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Oh, Oh Living Off My Hair: The Bon Jovi Saga Coming To Book Stores
SleazeRoxx reports: Bon Jovi is ready to spill. [sure] The multiplatinum rockers are marking their 25th anniversary with "Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful," an "insider portrait" that includes previously unpublished photographs and text by the band members.

"The book offers unprecedented insights into the members' lives on stage, on the road, and at home, as well as intimate reflections on the highs and lows of their 25 years together," according to a statement issued Tuesday by publisher HarperCollins.

The book comes out next fall, when a documentary of the same name is released. [So you'll have two opportunities to hop on your steel horse for Bon Jovi!] - More news from SleazeRoxx

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Guitar Hero Metallica Details
antiMusic reports: We've told you bits and pieces about this already but here is the official 411 with track details etc: Metallica's influential music takes center stage this spring when Activision Publishing Inc.'s Guitar Hero Metallica takes music fans through the band's fabled library of songs, plus the music and musicians who influence them.

When the house lights go down this spring, virtual rock stars across the globe will shred, drum and wail to an explosive set list featuring over 45 tracks from Metallica's illustrious career and a wide variety of other legendary artists personally selected by the band, such as Queen, Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer and Judas Priest.

Gamers who have downloaded the Death Magnetic album on Xbox 360 or PLAYSTATION3 will have access to the album while the Wii and PlayStation2 versions will have "Broken, Beat & Scarred," "Cyanide" and "My Apocalypse" included on disc. - a lot more info including full tracklisting

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