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Full Report for 03/09/2009


Metallica Singer Hospitalized
antiMusic reports: Bad news from the Metallica camp, frontman James Hetfield was hospitalized this weekend. Here is what the band had to say on Sunday:

"Tonight's [Sunday] second show in Stockholm has been cancelled due to James falling ill and receiving medical attention at the hospital. The show WILL be rescheduled sometime this spring, so keep watching this space for more details.

"We apologize to all our fans who have travelled from near and far and we look forward to coming back soon." - Look for updates @ Metallica.com

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U2 360 World Tour
Billboard reports: U2 will kick off its world tour in Barcelona on June 30, and will begin the North American leg at Chicago's Soldier Field on September 12, sources told Billboard.

The official announcement of the "U2360" stadium trek in support of the Irish rockers' new album "No Line on the Horizon" will be made on March 9.

The shows will boast 360-degree audience configuration, ambitious staging and a cylindrical video screen. - A lot more info

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Iron Maiden Fans Riot
colombiareports.com reports: The concert of British heavy metal group Iron Maiden in Bogotá, Saturday, became the scene of heavy unrest and riots.

Trouble started when a group of fans climbed the fence that separated the VIP space from the general public, and reportedly managed to get as close as 30 meters from the stage. Later on, those that hadn't secured a ticket began causing troubles in the area around the Parque Simón Bolivar, where the concert was held.

A large group of heavy metal fans clashed with police forces and broke into private areas. Some were arrested and taken away. However, a City TV camera crew documented several of the arrested troublemakers managing to escape and run away.
- more on this story

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Stage Dive Injury Kills Anti-Flag Tour
BBC reports: A US punk band's European tour has been cancelled after the lead singer broke his collarbone diving into the audience while on their English leg.

Justin Geever of Anti-Flag leapt into the crowd at the University of East Anglia in Norwich on Wednesday.

A statement on the group's website said the singer, also known as Justin Sane, "landed awkwardly and that was that". - more on this story

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Guitar Hero: Van Halen Coming- Rotten' Roses- Winehouse Assault- Coolio Drug Bust- Lollapalooza 2009- Kanye Clarkson Idol- Motley Crue Day and more
antiMusic reports: Sorry to our readers who were unable to reach us on Friday and early Sat morning. The datacenter which holds our servers had some major issues (including a fire) which took us offline for hours. We've been assured that all is well now and the issues have been taken care of. Knock on wood! Now to today's music news quicks:

Guitar Hero: Van Halen coming: While it remains focused on building the highly anticipated "Guitar Hero: Metallica" game, franchise publisher Activision reportedly already has its sights set on its next artist-specific title with classic rockers Van Halen. more

Rotten' Roses: Tune into the Opie and Anthony show Monday, Howard Stern and The Danny Bonaduce Show (6:45 a.m. EST) on Tuesday to check out interviews with Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses) and Chip Z'nuff (Enuff Z'nuff/Missing Persons). The duo are currently on tour with Adler's Appetite but the interviews may include some info on the new anonymous supergroup release "The Death of Harry Potter" under the banner of Johnnie Rotten Jr. which features appearances by both stars as well as Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons), James Morrison Jr and more. Preview that here

Amy Winehouse has been charged with assault following an incident at a charity ball in London's Berkeley Square in 2008, her spokesman confirmed who said, "She was charged with common assault and will attend a court hearing in the coming weeks."

Authorities say rapper Coolio has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of drug possession. He was arrested and booked on felony narcotics possession after being stopped at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning. more

Kanye West and Kelly Clarkson will share the stage as performers during American Idol's Wednesday night elimination show. more


The Sweet will be playing at The Canyon Club in Agoura, California again this Friday, March 13th. Lead guitarist Stuart Smith tells us that the band are finishing up mixing a live album which was recorded on the road last year entitled, "Sweet, Live in America." Copies of that are available from the bands main website at www.thesweetband.com

Kings of Leon will be among the headliners of this year's Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits festivals, Billboard sources have confirmed. Depeche Mode, the Beastie Boys and Jane's Addiction are also playing Lollapalooza, which takes place in Chicago's Grant Park Aug 7-9more

Phish wasted no time getting funky on Saturday (March 7) at the second of three reunion concerts this weekend at Virginia's Hampton Coliseum. Proggy keyboards, a mix of '90s-era material and covers of the Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" and the Beatles "A Day in the Life"were among the many highlights. more

Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, Glasvegas, Pet Shop Boys and Lady GaGa have been added to the line-up of the T In The Park festival for 2009.more

Eminem's record label, Universal Music, has won a jury verdict after being sued for money the rapper's former publishing company, FBT Productions, claimed it owed to the artist.more

Decapitated guitar player and sole remaining member Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka has expressed a desire to continue the band and is currently seeking new members.more

Arsis has reportedly cancelled their participation in the upcoming Carcass tour, which kicks next week. more

The home where Jimi Hendrix used to play the ukulele as a teen has hit a sour note with the city of Renton, Washington. The owner has to move it by March 27 or steps will be made to tear it down. more

Erie, Pennsylvania mayor Joseph Sinnott declared March 7, 2009 "Motley Crue Day" onstage during the band's performance at the Erie Civic Center. moreIn other news: sadly for the band, even after roping off half the seats, the band are still not able to fill the venues they are playing. It might have to do with the overpriced tickets (almost a hundred bucks!). Maybe they should call their excessively priced tours ScruFests? the numbers.

Anvil will attend advanced screenings of their documentary, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil", and will perform at several "The Anvil Experience" events. details here

Warship have cancelled the week's worth of Southern dates they had scheduled for the remainder of this month. - more

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Rihanna May Testify Against Chris Brown
antiMusic reports: A new twist in the Chris Brown criminal case for assault on singer Rihanna, it appears that Rihanna may end up testifying against her boyfriend after all.

Billboard reports Rihanna's attorney says the singer would testify against Chris Brown if called as a witness in her boyfriend's assault case.

Donald Etra, who is representing the 21-year-old Barbados native, said Friday that Rihanna would be required by law to testify if prosecutors subpoena her.
- more on this story

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Razorlight Split
MusicRadar reports: Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows has quit the band, after five years. Burrows told NME: "The past five years in Razorlight have been an amazing experience. I am very proud of everything that myself, Johnny (Borrell, guitar/vocals), Carl (Dalemom, bass) and Bjorn (Agren, guitar) have achieved together, but for personal reasons I have decided to leave the band. I will be pursuing other musical ventures".

Frontman Johnny Borrell said: "Over the last two albums and five years Andy has been an integral part of Razorlight and we will miss him. From the day he walked into our rehearsal studio it was obvious that he was an amazing drummer and he's contributed on many levels beyond that.

"He's been a great player and a great friend and I think we'll both always be proud of the music we've made together."
- more on this story

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The Who's Roger Daltrey Slams Animal Lovers
Nightwatcher reports: Roger Daltrey has criticized the public for donating money to animal charities and not young cancer patients.

The Who legend said he was amazed that many people donate their money to help mistreated animals but ignore human plight and suffering.

He said: "It is a blot on our society when, if these teenagers had four legs and fur or feathers we would raise the money in a year. It's tragic and it makes me want to fight even harder." - more on this story

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Boston Singer's Wife Loses Cancer Battle
antiMusic reports: Very sad news from the Michael Sweet camp, the Boston and Stryper frontman's wife Kyle Rae lost her year-long battle with cancer. Michael Sweet issued the following press release:

Kyle Rae Sweet has passed on and is now at peace with her Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. Please continue to pray for the Sweet family. We ask that if you wish to express your sympathies within an e-mail that you send them to the following e-mail address: thesweetfamily@michaelsweet.com.

Kyle was diagnosed with cancer in February 2007. She passed away at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 5, 2009. - more on this story

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Pet Shop Boys Say Yes To New Release
PR reports: Pet Shop Boys return with their tenth album and first for Astralwerks on April 21, 2009. Filled with sparkling state of the art pop songs, Yes is an affirmation of the duo's knack for mixing innovative artistry with exuberant commercial appeal.

Produced by the acclaimed Xenomania (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Cher, Kylie Minogue, Saint Etienne), the album features guitar work by ex-Smith Johnny Marr and orchestral arrangements by Owen Pallett (Last Shadow Puppets, Final Fantasy).

"We can't seem to remember how we came up with the title Yes," says Neil. "Our official story is that we may have taken it from the famous Yoko Ono exhibition in 1967 where you had to climb up a step ladder – as John Lennon famously did - pick up a magnifying glass, look at a tiny word written on the ceiling, and the word was 'yes'. I think it partly came from that." (Chris adds: "We thought No was a bit negative.") - more on this story

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Preview
PR reports: MySpace Music is proud to announce the exclusive U.S. premiere of It's Blitz!, the brand new album from popular alternative rock group Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Beginning Saturday, March 7, the MySpace community will be able to stream the album in its entirety from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' official MySpace Music profile giving fans a chance to preview it days before the album is available for purchase.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs revealed the title of this album back in January 2009 through a cartoon drawing on their MySpace Music profile and exclusively premiered their latest single "Zero" for their more than 350,000 friends and fans on MySpace. It's Blitz is the group's highly anticipated 3rd studio album. Additionally, lead singer Karen O released new music from her recently created side-project under the name Native Korean Rock & The Fishnets exclusively on MySpace Music.

For more information about Yeah Yeah Yeahs concert dates or to stream It's Blitz! visit the band's official MySpace profile at
- http://www.myspace.com/yeahyeahyeahs.

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Kelly Clarkson Goes Back On TV To Promote New CD
RCA reports: Kelly Clarkson is primed to dominate television surrounding the March 10th release of her 4th album, All I Ever Wanted (19 Recordings / RCA Records).

Clarkson is set to perform her hit single "My Life Would Suck Without You" on 3 of television's most prestigious programs during release week. She kicks off her whirlwind, cross-country promotional tour on release day with a performance on Good Morning America then jets to the west coast to make a triumphant return to the American Idol stage. Then it's back to NYC where Kelly will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on March 14th. Additionally Kelly will be performing on Live! With Regis & Kelly, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Ellen.
- more on this story

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Oh No Not Stereo Week: Day 1
antiMusic reports: Oh No Not Stereo's new album '003' hits stores this week and to celebrate we asked Sky Nielsen (vox, gtr, etc) to give us the inside story to five favorites from the effort. Here is Sky with today's song "12 Years Later":

This is the deepest, most personal song I've ever written. It's about a time when I almost died, and how the repercussions from that day still affect me. I was 11 years old, riding an ATV with my best friend WAY out in the mountains of Utah, far from where anyone ever goes. We had a very serious accident and were both unconscious in the middle of a dry riverbed. I had a basal skull fracture, which left me deaf in my right ear, and was bleeding heavily.

We were both lying unconscious when a 17-year-old hunter named Austin Lloyd randomly discovered us. He picked me up, carried me however far it was to where his truck was parked, and then went back for my friend. He got us both to a hospital and most definitely saved our lives.

Six months after the accident, Austin and his friends were fishing in a reservoir in Utah when their boat mysteriously capsized and all aboard were lost and presumed drowned. Their bodies were not recovered. Twelve years went by, with me having an enormous grateful appreciation for my life beyond any combination of words, and giving deep tribute to my hero. I was constantly thinking about all the time I had to chase my dreams now, because of him, and how he didn't have that time, didn't even get past the age of 18. He pulled my half-dead ass out of the wilderness, but nobody was able to do the same for him.
- Read the rest of this song story

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