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Full Report for 03/05/2009

Guns N' Roses Plan Summer Stadium Tour
Rolling Stone reports: Axl Rose intends to follow last November's release of Chinese Democracy with a worldwide Guns n' Roses stadium tour this summer, according to industry insiders.

If it comes to pass, the tour would mark the first U.S. stadium dates for the current line-up of Guns — their 2002 and 2006-'07 tours were arena outings, with some overseas stadium shows. (And contrary to one persistent online rumor, the band has absolutely no plans of playing Spain's Kobetasonik Festival this June.)

Meanwhile, Guns' manager, Irving Azoff, tells Rolling Stone that the band has big plans for this year. - more on this story

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Woodstock Festival Returns
Nightwatcher reports: Classic Rock Magazine is reporting that The Woodstock Festival is due to return this year to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Woodstock is going to hit both New York and Berlin in August 2009. According to promoter Michael Lang, the New York festival will take place exactly on the 40th anniversary, August 15-16th, while the Berlin event will be from August 22-23rd at an abandoned airport.

The exact location for the U.S. festival has not been determined as of yet and neither have the acts set to fit the bill. - more on this story

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Official Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction Tour Dates
antiMusic reports: So much for rumored tour dates from the pulse of the clueless. The official Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction Tour dates have been announced and they are quite different from what were leaked out a couple days ago.

The outing will kick off on May 08th in West Palm Beach, FL at Cruzan Amphitheatre and will crisscross the country before wrapping up on June 12th at Charlotte, NC's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (how many venues have that name???)

In addition to the tour both bands are set to head the bill Sunday night at the Sasquatch! Festival on May 24th at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, WA. - all of the real dates!

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Lil Wayne Beats Drug Rap
AP reports: A judge in Atlanta has dismissed felony drug charges against rapper Lil Wayne. The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was arrested in August 2006 at a hotel.

Atlanta police said they found unmarked bottles containing hydrocodone and a generic form of Xanax, along with a small amount of marijuana.

On Tuesday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson granted the rapper's request to suppress on the basis of an illegal search. - more on this story

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Guns N' Roses Alums Tour- Wilco Feist- Fatboy Slim Rehab- Oasis Claim Tibet To Blame- Swift Still On Top- Ozomatli Deal- MegaKudos For Metallica and more
antiMusic reports: Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses) and Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) are joining forces for the first time and embarking on the "Lone Guns" North American tour. Clarke will perform songs from Guns N' Roses as well as Rockstar Supernova and Tracii Guns has promised deep catalog L.A. Guns tracks as well as the hits, plus surprises. more

Feist is reportedly making a guest appearance on Wilco's forthcoming album, which is slated for a June release. more

Fatboy Slim has been admitted to rehab for alcohol addiction. The DJ checked into a clinic in southern England on Monday (March 2), reports The Sun, and according to his manager, Garry Blackburn, has been battling a drink problem "for some time." more

He Said Chi Said: Oasis says China has blocked what would have been the British band's debut in the country in April because lead singer Noel Gallagher took part in a free Tibet concert in 1997. more

Michael Jackson sued an auction house Wednesday to halt the scheduled sale of thousands of his personal possessions, an action the firm says caught it completely off-guard.more

With an 18% uptick in sales, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" continues its rule over The Billboard 200 for an 11th week. The Big Machine effort sold 73,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.more

Latin/funk/hip-hop fusionists Ozomatli have signed with Mercer Street, the new imprint on ADA-distributed Downtown Music more

"The Local Radio Freedom Act," the NAB-backed resolution circulating on Capitol Hill that opposes the introduction of "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on radio stations, has picked up nine more backers. It should be called "Save the Retard's Greed From Screwing Themselves Out Of A Killer Source of Promotion Act". Read more at Billboard Biz. But are they gonna slip the censorship. a.k.a. fairness doctrine into this?

Icarus Witch is back in the studio for pre-production on their 4th CD. They say "Writing and demoing new music for the follow up to 2007's 'Songs For The Lost' is not a simple task, as we always strive to better ourselves and grow as songwriters while still staying true to our initial vision. No song or album titles just yet, but the music is finally sounding the way we've always wanted it to."

Saxon have confirmed their appearance at Rocklahoma 2009, taking place July 9th - 12th, 2009 in Pryor, Oklahoma.more

Skinlab are the latest band to be added to this years edition of the Overpriced Energy Drink Mayhem festival which also features Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth amongst others. more

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine penned an open letter to Metallica on his website, congratulating his former bandmates on their impending induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 4more

xDeathstarx have revealed that their final show will take place at Facedown Fest 2009 in early-April. Formed in 2002, the group has released albums with Life Sentence Records and Facedown Records.more

Furious Styles (Eulogy Recordings) have reportedly called it quits. The band's upcoming dates have been cancelled though the group will apparently play one final show in the Northwest.more

Slash has posted the following message on his MySpace page: "I am just about to start recording my solo album and I've been super-busy getting all that together. But it's going smoothly and I've got a great team that I'm working with. The artists are fantastic. Unfortunately, I can't leak any names yet, but I will do what I can to let you know as each collaboration is completed." more

Faith No More has been confirmed for Germany's Hurricane and Southside festivals, set to take place June 19-21 at Eichenring in Scheeßel and Take Off Park in Neuhausen ob Eck more

Huntingtons have announced a reunion show and a new release. The Ramones-influenced pop-punk outfit split up in 2005. more

Big brother! The Chicago event promoter ordinance, first reported back in May, is currently before City Council's License and Consumer Protection Committee. While there have been changes made to the original ordinance, the current version of the legislation would still require promoters to obtain $300,000 in liability insurance on top of paying fees ranging from $500 to $2,000. more

Kiss On Fire reports: Rumor has it that Mercury Records will release a KISS CD in the series "Authorized Bootleg" in late May. This is said to feature the show from Nashville Municipal Auditorium that was played February 9th 1988.

Altair have lost a member, " After 2½ years of thrashing, our "new guy" Martin Ström has decided to leave the band to focus on softer kinds of music. No hard feelings, though - we still hang out and drink together! Now we need to find a new guitar player. If you dig our stuff, live in the Stockholm area…" go here for details

Season of Mist is immensely proud to announce that Atheist and Gnostic just inked a deal with their label!
- more

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Free Phish
PR reports: Phish will celebrate playing its first shows in over four years by offering fans free, high-quality downloads overnight of the band's March 6th, 7th and 8th concerts at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. Tickets for the concerts sold out just seconds after they went on sale last fall.

"We really wanted to show our gratitude to all the Phish fans for their support and the overwhelming response they've had to these shows. It's going to be an amazing celebration and we only wish everybody could be there," said Phish lead guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio.

The band is bringing in a recording truck to capture the concerts and each multi-track recording will be professionally mixed onsite. (Previous livephish.com offerings have been matrix recordings - the soundboard feed combined with audience microphones.) Twenty-four hours after each show, 256kbps MP3s will be made available for free for a limited time - more on this story

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Rihanna Won't Press Charges Against Chris Brown
NME reports: Rihanna is allegedly refusing to press charges against singer Chris Brown, who was arrested on suspicious of attacking her on February 8.

Brown released a statement following the incident saying he was "saddened" by what happened, but now the couple are allegedly set to reconcile - with the Telegraph reporting that Rihanna will not testify in court.

Instead, Los Angeles prosecutors will have to decide whether the case against Brown is strong enough to go ahead without Rihanna's cooperation. - more on this story

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Radiohead Classics Expanded
EMI reports: On March 24, Radiohead's first three studio albums, Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995) and OK Computer (1997) will be released by Capitol/EMI in expanded "Collectors Edition" and limited edition "Special Collectors Edition" packages.

Each "Collectors Edition" includes the original album plus a second CD of rarities, including demos, sessions and live recordings. Each "Special Collectors Edition," in deluxe, lift-top box packaging, includes both audio discs and adds a DVD with a variety of promotional music videos, TV performances and filmed concert performances, as well as a series of postcards. - details about each reissue

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Surviving Beatles Head Star Packed Benefit For A Kooky Cause
PR reports: Paul McCartney and special guests Ringo Starr, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Bettye LaVette, and Jim James will perform at the David Lynch Foundation's benefit concert, "Change Begins Within," at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday, April 4th, 7:30 p.m.

David Lynch, Russell Simmons, Laura Dern, and other surprise guests will fill out the star-studded slate as presenters. - more on this story

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Lamb Of God's Wrath Tops Tweens
PR reports: The plague is now unleashed. WRATH, the new release from Epic recording artists Lamb Of God, rocketed onto Billboard's Top 200 this week at # 2, with an impressive 67,631 copies sold making this the highest-charting album debut and biggest sales week of the band's career.

The band finds themselves smack in the middle of the Top 3, bringing metal back to the top of the charts between mainstream artists Taylor Swift, and The Jonas Brothers. WRATH is the band's third album on Epic Records and their first with Grammy-winning producer Josh Wilbur.

WRATH'S plague continues its spread overseas, wreaking havoc worldwide with massive chart positions – album debuted at # 1 in Canada, # 8 in Australia, # 14 in Japan, # 25 in the UK and chart debuts in the following markets in which Lamb of God have never charted in previously including; Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany and that's only the beginning…
- more on this story

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New Osbournes Show Set To Debut This Month
Blabbermouth reports: According to ETonline.com, "Osbournes: Reloaded", the new Fox variety-style show starring Ozzy Osbourne, his wife/manager Sharon and their children Jack and Kelly, will premiere on Tuesday, March 31.

According to The Week, the first six episodes include "a blindfolded audience member duped into kissing a grandmother, a visit from Pam Anderson (complete with wardrobe malfunction) and "Candid Camera"-style video of The Prince of Darkness slinging burgers at a fast-food drive-through.

"We are letting them go as far as they can. They are raunchy and funny and also a warm, real family," Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment on the Fox network, told reporters last month.
- A three-minute preview of "Osbournes: Reloaded" is available here

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Singled Out: Last November
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Last November frontman Luke Pilgrim tells us about "Seventeen at Three in the Morning"". We now turn it over to Luke for the story:

I actually started writing "Seventeen at Three in the Morning" when I was seventeen years old. That being said, it took a considerable amount of time to complete and become our single as that was nearly four years ago.

I remember it was around Christmas time when I came up with the first verse. The only reason I remember that is because my family and I went to my grandparent's house the morning after I wrote it. My family always wants me to perform when we have any kind of gathering… I'm like a juke box. I don't mind though. I am an entertainer after all.

So I decided I'd try out the first verse on everyone. If you've heard the song, you know the lyrics are somewhat racy. Especially for a seventeen year old I suppose. But I've always been very interested in pushing the envelope with things like that. And I've never filtered my writing even in the company of my grandmother. So after I stumbled through my rough version of the first verse, I waited eagerly to hear what they had to say. And then I waited a bit more. It was pretty quiet. I guess I caught them off guard talking about sleeping in a car with a girl and foggy windows and such. After they collected themselves they all assured me they loved it!

- Read the rest of this song story

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