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Full Report for 03/17/2009

Eminem Collaborator Shot?
Jam! reports: Police say Eminem collaborator and gangsta rapper Trick Trick was shot in the leg early Monday at a downtown Detroit club.

But a man claiming to be Trick Trick has told radio station WKQI-FM that he was at home "restin' and chillin"' at the time of the shooting.

Police say 36-year-old Christian Mathis and another man were shot about 1:15 a.m. during a fight at the Esko Lounge. - more on this story

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Fall Out Boy Add 50 Cent To Tour
PR reports: Kicking their highly-anticipated US Tour up another notch, Fall Out Boy has announced that rapper 50 Cent will join the band on five cities on their 'Believers Never Die Part Deux' tour, the band's 2009 headline arena tour, which kicks off April 3rd in Phoenix at Mesa Amphitheater.

The 'Believers Never Die Part Deux Tour' has been selling out in many markets since tickets went on sale in late January. The dates featuring 50 Cent include Dallas on April 14th at Nokia. Each day this week, another city with 50 Cent performing will be announced on www.friendsorenemies.com. The tour comes in support of Fall Out Boy's fourth full-length cd, FOLIE à DEUX, which was released late last year. Full list of tour dates to follow.

In addition, Fall Out Boy has released their new online game, Fall Out Boy trail ), which fans can play and win tickets to see the band. Another way for fans to get involved with the tour includes the Myspace Karaoke contest (http://ksolo.myspace.com/music/Fall-Out-Boy), where the grand Prize is an all paid trip to meet the band anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.
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Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd Team Up for Rock and Rebels Tour
PR reports: Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd announce they will join forces again to provide the best show of the summer, reprising last year's highly successful "Rock and Rebels" tour.

The Live Nation produced tour kicks off in West Palm Beach, FL at the Cruzan Amphitheatre with a 22 market trek through outdoor amphitheaters across the country. Tickets go on sale beginning March 20th, for specific on-sale dates and additional ticket information go to www.livenation.com.

Kid Rock's "Rock 'N Roll Jesus" debuted at #1 in 2007 and became the #1 selling rock album in America in 2008. Sales of the record continue to grow with 4 million albums sold worldwide to date, aided by a pair of Grammy nominations and an amazing performance on the telecast featuring his expanded 11-piece Twisted Brown Trucker Band, who will once again accompany him on tour. His next single, "Blue Jeans and a Rosary" is shipping to radio outlets now.
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Bob Dylan Sets New Album Release
Columbia Records reports: Bob Dylan's new studio album will be released on April 28. Together Though Life, produced by Jack Frost, was recorded late last year, prompted by the composition of a new song, "Life Is Hard," which was written for a forthcoming film by French director Oliver Dahan (La Vie En Rose)

The new album will be the 46th release from Bob Dylan, and follows 2006's Platinum album Modern Times, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and reached the top of the charts in seven additional countries and the Top 5 in 22 countries around the world.

Bob Dylan's three previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while "Love and Theft" continued Dylan's Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album. His most recent studio work, Modern Times, became one of his biggest albums worldwide, selling more than 2.5 million copies and earning Dylan two more Grammys. - more on this story

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Coldplay Expand North American Plans
antiMusic reports: Coldplay will be heading to North America in May for a full tour in support of their latest album Viva La Vida.

At press time the dates are fluid with new dates being added but as of today the tour is set to kick off on May 15th in West Palm Beach Florida and come full circle to conclude in Tampa on August 9th.

The band is currently on tour with dates this month in Auckland, Sinapour, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi. - dates

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Metal Singer To Under Go Open Heart Surgery
PR reports: Susperia vocalist Athera (Pal Mathieson) remains under close observation at Akershus Universitetssykehus Hospital in Lørenskog, Norway following his heart attack last week. The singer has been diagnosed with a previously undetected genetic disorder that will require the replacement of three narrowed arteries and three heart valves.

He will undergo a triple heart by-pass operation through open heart surgery on Monday 16th March 2009. Meanwhile the singer is being kept on heavy doses of medication to keep his blood thin and his heart rate down.

Though in a serious, but stable condition, a highly spirited and medicated Athera speaking from his hospital bed sent the following message: "Hey everyone out there in the metal universe - friends and strangers. Thanks for all your messages of support. I'm lying here in the hospital reading them all and it's really nice to see that so many of you have taken the time to send them - Its overwhelming. I've had a big shock and it's not something I would want anyone to experience. You know, I always wanted to hit the headlines - but not in this way!!!
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Pantara Boxset- Crue Fest Lineup- Artists Scalp Fans- Rihanna Remaking Whitney Film?- Metallica Club Gig- John Lennon Film- Bullet For My Valentine and more
antiMusic reports: Down/former Pantera bass player Rex Brown reportedly confirmed during a radio interview the rumors that there will be a Pantera boxset released later this year. Although no details have been revealed about the package, Brown claims that it will contain more than just the old albums.

The Crue Fest 2 lineup will feature Motley Crue, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool & Charm City Devils. Worth the inflated ticket prices? You'll have to decide that.

Guess who is screwing you! Performers often scalp tickets to their own performances, using TicketsNow.com and StubHub.com as outlets, says Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor in a blog posting.more

MTV.UK reports that Rihanna looks set to take the lead role in remake of the classic Whitney Houston/ Kevin Costner film The Bodyguard. Channing Tatum of G.I Joe fame has been rumored for Costner's role in The Bodyguard. more. What ever happened to originality? Hollywood is brain dead. Need proof? read this!

As I Lay Dying will be sitting out the first five shows of their upcoming tour with Lamb Of God. However, the crowd will not be disappointed as replacing them on April 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th will be Los Angeles legends Suicidal Tendencies with Devildriver filling in for As I Lay Dying on April 3rd in Los Angelesmore

It's been years since Metallica have played to an audience of less than 20,000, but on Friday (20 March), they'll entertain a crowd one-tenth that size at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.more

"Iron Maiden: Flight 666" the feature-length documentary film which follows the Iron Maiden bandmembers on the first leg of their "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour" in February and March of 2008 had its world premiere Saturday (March 14) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.more

Misfits and Gorgeous Frankenstein guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein unleashes yet another assault on your senses! With robust flavor and a formidable heat level, this hot sauce is truly Made In Hell! The first 100 bottles sold will be numbered and personally autographed by Doyle! more

Madonna has said she may adopt another child from the poor southern African country of Malawi despite the controversy surrounding an earlier adoption.more

Nachtmystium has been forced to cancel their slot on The Haunted's upcoming U.S./Canadian tour. Frontman Blake Judd "had an accident" last weekend and suffered a broken leg.more

DJ AM is seeking $20 million in damages related to a plane crash in South Carolina last year that killed four others.more

Mass Grave and Samothrace have been confirmed for the fifth annual Los Angeles Murderfest, set to take place May 9-10, 2009 at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California more

Earth Crisis has issued the following statement about an upcoming tour alongside Walls of Jericho: 'Hey everyone, we are happy to announce that we will be heading out on tour the entire month of May in the U.S.! Along with us are Walls Of Jericho, Reign Supreme, Unholy and Blood Stands Still.more

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) has told LiveDaily that he will return to the studio in April to continue work on Ozzy Osbourne's new album, tentatively due in early 2010.more

The Weinstein Co. has acquired a host of rights for "Nowhere Boy," the story of John Lennon's tumultuous childhood. The company has secured U.S., Latin American and German rights from producer Ecosse Films. "Boy," with its titular allusion to Beatles song "Nowhere Man," looks at a battle between Lennon's aunt and mother for custody and affections of the young musician. more

A judge quashes an arrest warrant for actress/wanna be poptart Lindsay Lohan, after it transpires she kept the terms of her parole. more

Former Judas Priest and Iced Earth front man Tim 'Ripper' Owens has announced that his upcoming solo album will be titled 'Play My Game.' 'Play My Game' is set for release on May 15th in Germany, May 18th in the rest of Europe, and May 19th in North Americamore

Two music videos which represent actor Heath Ledger's last directorial work before his death in January 2008 will be released this year. One for Modest Mouse and one for Grace Woodroofe more

Bullet For My Valentine has revealed that they are currently writing the music for their third studio album. Frontman Matt Tuck claims that there are around four to five songs that are completely finished so far.more

Down, Lacuna Coil, Chris Cornell and Journey are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's Download festival, set to take place June 12-14 at Donington Park, United Kingdom.more

On March 10, The Northern California man who started the petition drive to get Led Zeppelin a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame reached his 1,000-signature goal.more

Royksopp will release their new album Junior on March 23 and ahead of that have given MTV the exclusive artwork for your viewing pleasure. The Norwegian duo have scattered a design relating to each song on their new album across the internet with fans challenged to track them down. check it out

Sentinel Beast tells fans, "We would like to announce the departure of bassist, Nic Atomica X. Nic decided to leave the band to pursue his career as a Recording Engineer." more

Toubab Krewe have added another exciting festival to their summer itinerary. The Asheville-based quintet are set to play the second annual Rothbury festival (July 2-5), after the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (June 11-14).

For the first time in the history of the Academy of Country Music, fans can vote online in the Entertainer of the Year category. George Strait's peeps ask you to vote for him here.

Teenage Rehab have announced via their myspace page that their new full length album will be titled Let's Be Enemies and will include 17 tracks, one which features punk rock legend Wimpy Rutherford on lead vocals.more

The Paper Chase have announced plans to release their next full length this Spring. The record is titled Someday This Could All Be Yours, Part 1 and is due out May 26, 2009.more

P2Free: Forty-five percent of Canadians believe that those using peer-to-peer services to freely download music and movies are "doing what people should be able to do on the Internet," according to a poll by Canadian firm Angus Reid Strategies. [Wonder if the other 55% opted for porn? ] - more

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Red Hot Alice Cooper Dropkick KISS Guns N' Bad Company Supergroup Concert
Blabbermouth reports: Alice Cooper will headline the second annual "Supergroup" benefit concert on April 26 at Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Joining him for the 7:00 p.m. show will be guitarist Ace Frehley (ex-KISS), guitarist Ricky Byrd (ex-Joan Jett And The Blackhearts), drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), drummer Simon Kirke (ex-BAD COMPANY), guitarist Barry Goudreau (ex-Boston, Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis (ex-Guns N' Roses, Alice Cooper), bassist Will Lee ("Late Show with David Letterman"), singer-harmonica player James Montgomery, singer Kate Taylor, bagpipe and tin whistle player Scruffy Wallace (Dropkick Murphys) and guitarist Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper).

The event, which will benefit the Arlington-based recovery center for artists and entertainers, will be hosted by Lynn Hoffman of A&E's "Private Sessions" and comedian Chris Zito. - more on this story

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Beastie Boys Recheck Your Head
PR reports: On March 30, Beastie Boys' third album Check Your Head will be the next B Boys classic to receive the remastered expanded reissue treatment by Beastie Boys and Capitol/EMI, with pre-orders beginning at beastieboys.com for multiple configurations ranging from a high quality DRM-free digital download of the album (including its numerous and classic b-sides and bonus tracks) to an ultra-deluxe 4 LP 180HQ vinyl version packaged in a fabric-wrapped hardcover coffee table book case and limited to 2000 copies. The retail release date of all physical editions other than the 4xLP version will be April 7, with the ultra deluxe following close behind.

The Check Your Head reissue news coincides with the announcement today that Beastie Boys will headline the Hollywood Bowl on September 24. Following on a confirmed appearance at this summer's Bonnaroo festival and ongoing speculation regarding the band's appearances at various summer festivals, the Hollywood Bowl show is both the first headline show in the run-up to a new Beastie Boys album due later this year, as well as the first time Beastie Boys have ever headlined the hallowed L.A. venue. - more on this story

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Breeders EP
HER reports: Hot on the heels of the Breeders' 2008 studio album, Mountain Battles, comes a four-song-EP, Fate to Fatal, set for an April 21, 2009 release.

Recorded both at a professional studio in England and in the basement of Breeders' singer/guitarist Kim Deal, Fate to Fatal is the EP where they boast, "we've discovered the treble knob."

"We started with a song called 'Fate to Fatal,'" recalls Kim. "The Breeders were on tour all of last year, so we booked time at a place called the Fortress in London, England, and worked with a guy named Gareth Parton. At the beginning, Gareth and I were really snitty towards each other, which can turn out bad or good. And it turned out really good. The second song, 'The Last Time,' I wrote, but I recorded it in my basement - we have a guest vocalist on it, Mark Lanegan [Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, The Gutter Twins]. The third song is a cover of a Bob Marley and the Wailers song, 'Chances Are.' Kelley and I recorded it live in Chicago at Steve Albini's. And the last song, 'Pinnacle Hollow,' I did in my basement on a four-track - tape hiss and all." - more on this story

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The Dead and Bob Dylan Head Festival Lineup
PR reports: The Dead (their ONLY summer appearance!), Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes will top the bill of over 60 diverse and stellar artists at the second annual Rothbury Festival at the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan on July 2-3-4-5, 2009.

Also on the bill are Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, STS9 (2 shows: full band/Live PA Set), G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Guster, Les Claypool, Chromeo, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Ani DiFranco and many others. A complete list of confirmed artists follows. More artists will be announced in the coming months.

Rothbury emerged last year as a new Fourth of July celebration. With The Dead performing their only summer show, The String Cheese Incident together for their only show for 2009, and cultural icons Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Ralph Stanley, ROTHBURY 2009 continues to honor America's extraordinary festival lineage. - more on this story

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Death Cab for Cutie EP Details
PR reports: Death Cab for Cutie has announced the upcoming release of an all-new EP, titled "The Open Door." The five-track set will be released online via all digital retailers – including the band's own www.deathcabforcutie.com – on March 31st. Physical CDs will first be available at venues on DCFC's upcoming spring tour – beginning April 5th at the Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario– followed by an official in-store release on Tuesday, April 14th.

"The Open Door" features four previously unreleased songs recorded by Death Cab during the sessions which yielded last year's RIAA gold-certified, Grammy Award-nominated "Narrow Stairs." In addition, the EP includes a demo version of "Talking Bird" – found on "Narrow Stairs" – which sees the band's Ben Gibbard accompanying his own vocals with ukulele.

All five songs on "The Open Door" were written by Gibbard, except "My Mirror Speaks," written by Gibbard and bassist Nick Harmer. The EP was produced by guitarist/keyboardist Chris Walla, except "Talking Bird (Demo),"produced by Gibbard (see attached tracklisting). - more on this story

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Singled Out: Sugar Red Drive
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Archit Tripathi the lead singer of Sugar Red Drive tells us about "One More Time" from their brand new album (out this week at www.teamtunez.com). We now turn it over to Archit for the story:

The scoop on our first single, 'One More Time'? I've often said that the gist of it is to say what you believe in and stand for, to have the strength and courage to stand up for your convictions and assert them with your head up high. It's a song that came from a place of angst and frustration, I can tell you that.

More specifically though, back in the day when that was written, things between me and a lady were not going so well. I had a lot on my mind that I couldn't say and that many people advised me not to say. So right around then I get myself into this band with these delightfully crazy lugs called PJ, Dave and Jim and we decided one night to jam out a righteous new song. We had been playing some of the band's older catalog, stuff written with their old singer, before I came on board, and now it was time to actually crank out one with the new lineup. Well crank it out we did! The song has gone through several changes since the original version, but the song we wrote that day had the main riff, lyrics, melody and chorus. The lyrics were, of course, about not being able to speak my mind freely with the lady at hand, and I was not happy about the whole scenario. - Read the rest of this song story

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