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Full Report for 03/18/2009

Judas Priest and Whitesnake North American Tour
antiMusic reports: Judas Priest are heading out to the highway this summer in a North American tour with 80s pop-metal MTV favorite's Whitesnake. The first handful of dates are out.

The UK rockers were a little short on details but did say this: "We are proud to announce that we will be touring in the U.S. with Whitesnake for most of the dates. A few of the shows won't be with them. Details to be announced!"

Perhaps part of those coming details will have to do with this little tid bit from Metal Underground: Judas Priest has revealed that next year, the band will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their landmark album, "British Steel" by performing the album from start to finish on a special tour where they will also be performing other classic songs. - more on this story

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Amy Winehouse Denies Fan Attack
Reuters reports: British singer Amy Winehouse on Tuesday denied assaulting a woman after a charity ball in London last year, a case that has already prevented her from performing in the United States.

The 25-year-old bee-hived soul singer pleaded not guilty to a charge of common assault at Westminster Magistrates' Court, the Press Association reported.

She is accused of assaulting Sherene Flash after the Berkeley Ball last September. The case was adjourned until July 23. - more on this story

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Phish Expand Reunion Tour Plans
PR reports: Phish will extend its summer tour with 12 additional dates, including a four-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, marking its first shows at the legendary venue in more than 13 years.

The outing launches June 4th and will include performances on two separate days at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. See the full story link for a complete itinerary.

The band has already recorded demos of 20 new songs and will enter the studio in April to begin work on its new album with Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band), who produced Phish's 1996 album, Billy Breathes. The Clifford Ball, a seven-DVD box set from JEMP Records/Rhino capturing the band's entire performance at this landmark 1996 festival, just debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart. - more on this story

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Thousands of Live Recordings Offered As Free Legal Downloads
antiMusic reports: Love live recordings from big names like the Grateful Dead, Smashing Pumpkings, Jack Johnson, Warren Zevon and more? You can get free legal downloads of thousands of live gigs. Gibson.com tells you how:

"Once we're done with the music, you can have it," the Grateful Dead's late, fabled guitarist/singer/songwriter Jerry Garcia once promised his band's fans. And now, after decades of dedicated fan recordings and countless man-hours spent archiving and trading them, Garcia's free-sharing vision has blossomed in the digital age ― nearly 6500 archived Grateful Dead live shows are just one click of the mouse away.

And if the Dead aren't necessarily your favorites, you can also find over 300 gigs by Smashing Pumpkins, or another 70+ shows by rock songwriting legend Warren Zevon, and a cool 10 dozen (and counting) by contemporary star Jack Johnson available for free download. Indeed, there are now thousands of shows by artists great, small and virtually unknown available for free download at the same online resource, Archive.org. - more on this story

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DJ AM Wants $20 Million For Plane Crash
E! reports: DJ AM is seeking to inflict major financial pain on those he believes responsible for last September's fiery plane crash in North Carolina that killed four others and nearly took his own life.

According to court documents filed Friday, the celeb spinner, real name Adam Goldstein, is seeking $20 million in damages—$10 million in medical expenses, lost earnings and profit, and another $10 million for all the mental and physical pain and suffering he experienced during the harrowing Sept. 19 charter flight.

He and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker were the only survivors, but had to be treated for severe burns. - more on this story

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Now Loud & Proud
PR reports: Loud & Proud announced today the signing of a worldwide deal with legendary American rock outfit Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band is already at work in Nashville recording a new album to be released later this year. This will be the first set of new studio material since 2003's Vicious Cycle.

Singer Johnny Van Zant comments, "Skynyrd has been with a lot of labels over the years and we are excited to be reunited with one of the best, Tom Lipsky and his new label Loud & Proud. We're busy putting the finishing touches on our next record being produced by Bob Marlette and can't wait for the fans to hear it." He goes on to say, "Our brother Billy Powell recorded 6 tracks before his sudden passing and we are confident he'd be very happy with the end result. We're all really proud of this record and who better to put it out than Loud & Proud!"

Signing Lynyrd Skynyrd marks a landmark deal for Loud & Proud, whose roster currently includes Collective Soul and Sammy Hagar. "Very few artists have had the impact on music that Lynyrd Skynyrd have had. We are proud that they are putting their trust in Loud & Proud Records to continue their incredible legacy," says Tom Lipsky, President. - more on this story

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My Chemical Romance Limited Edition
NME reports: My Chemical Romance have announced the release of a limited edition package to accompany an extended version of last year's concert DVD filmed at the Palacio de los Deportes sports arena in Mexico City.

The show was filmed in 2007 on 'The Black Parade' world tour and now live footage of the nine-song encore from that show is being released.

The package features a bullet-shaped USB drive attached to a brand-new custom-designed 'ˇVenganza!' vest – copied from those worn by the band on their world tour - more on this story

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Shadows Fall Launch Label For New Album Release
PR reports: Shadows Fall have announced the formation of their own label in conjunction with Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group and Ferret Music. The band will release their 6th studio album this Fall.

Lead singer Brian Fair has this to say about his bands new venture: "All of us in Shadows Fall could not be more excited about our new working relationship with ILG and Ferret Records. We have always been a band that tried to maintain as much control over our career as possible and this new deal gives us just that.

"The music industry is changing drastically and to stay one step ahead we knew we needed a new business model and perspective. By combining the forces of ILG, Ferret Music and Channel Zero we have created a 'Justice League Of Metal'!!" - more on this story

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New Aphex Twin Album On The Way
MusicRadar reports: Aphex Twin fans who are keenly awaiting the arrival of his new album now officially have a reason to start getting excited: his record label boss has announced that "It's definitely on its way".

Speaking to BBC 6 Music, Warp founder Steve Beckett also revealed: "We're definitely going to be putting out a new album by him. Hopefully it will be this year, if I can prise it out of his hands."

This would be the first release from Aphex Twin (AKA Richard James) since 2006's Chosen Lords compilation. This collated material from the vinyl-only Analord series of recordings. - more on this story

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Psyopus and Rose Funeral Lead Young Guns Tour
MBR reports: This spring, fans will have the chance to witness several of Metal Blade's youngest and brightest bands share the stage at venues across the US.

The tour will include headliners, Psyopus, who are joined by DIY touring vets, Rose Funeral, critically acclaimed shred heavy newcomers, Woe of Tyrants, and Las Vegas' latest and brutal offering to the world of extreme metal, Molotov Solution.

Metal Blade founder and CEO, Brian Slagel comments, "We are very excited to get our cool new bands all on the road together for a great price. We hope that everyone comes out to support the bands and check out the latest in metal." - more on this story

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Agnostic Front Now Backed By New Member
PR reports: The Godfathers of New York Hardcore, Agnostic Front, are proud to announce the addition of new drummer Pokey Mo (formerly of the legendary hardcore/metal crossover band Leeway).

"The band is extremely happy to welcome Pokey to the fold," exclaimed Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret. "He's a pro and we look forward to having him as a part of the band!"

Agnostic Front will conclude the group's final tour in the US in support of "Warriors" this April 1st-12th with support from Ruiner. They will return to Europe this Summer and to South America for a tour with Madball in the Fall. - more on this story

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