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Full Report for 03/20/2009

Country Singer Rejects Velvet Revolver Job Offer
antiMusic reports: Velvet Revolver found their man. A singer who they felt was the perfect choice to replace Scott Weiland. But the singer turned down the job... twice! Classic Rock magazine broke the story: Country rock star Shooter Jennings has confirmed that he has been offered the job of singer with Velvet Revolver – but has turned the band down TWICE! Shooter, the son of country legend Waylon Jennings, was one of the men Classic Rock tipped as potential VR singers back in April last year.

At that time Duff McKagan admitted that Jennings could make a good replacement: "Shooter's great, actually," he told CR's Scott Rowley. "That's a good idea. He's does a southern rock thing, but his old band was straight up kinda rock. He's a talented guy man, he's pretty awesome. He would be good."

In a new interview with Classic Rock, Jennings confirms that he was asked – but turned the band down. And not just once. [before he returned to his family musical roots, Shooter headed up Stargunn, a popular hard rock band in Los Angeles that had a style similar to Aerosmith meets Buckcherry but with a country kick listen here)and stylistically he would be a good match for Velvet Revolver. His name would also make for a good fit.]

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Behind The Music Returns
Billboard reports: VH1 is reviving its former signature series "Behind the Music." The cable network is ordering about 10 new episodes of "Music," bringing back the iconic documentary program that ran for several years on VH1 starting in 1997.

Lil Wayne and Scott Weiland have signed on to participate, with the network near agreements with several other artists.

"It felt like the time is right," said Jeff Olde, VH1 executive vp original programming. "There's all sorts of new artists on the scene who have emerged and have these great stories. And there's other artists that we always wanted to do the first time around." - more on this story

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Type O Negative Members Take You To The Seventh Void with Vinnie Paul
PR reports: Seventh Void, the new band formed by Type O Negative guitarist Kenny Hickey and drummer Johnny Kelly, will release its debut album on April 21, 2009 via Big Vin Records, the label formed by ex-Pantera/Damage Plan/Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott.

"It's an amazing record," Vinnie recently said. "I mixed the whole thing for the guys. It goes somewhere between Soundgarden meets Black Sabbath meets a little Audioslave, with some Type O thrown in there. It's really nice, dark, sludgy… Kenny's vocals are great." Rounded out by bassist Hank Hell (Inhuman) and guitarist Matt Brown (ex-Supermassiv), Seventh Void continues Type O's tradition of slow, heavy riffs and existential lyrics, but with a slightly sludgier, "stonier" flavor.

A CD-release party will be held at the Clubhouse, the Dallas nightclub founded by Vinnie Paul and his late brother, Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on the day of release.

There is a limited offer for fans to receive an autograph booklet if they - pre-order.

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Blink Reunion Songs- Singer Breaks Up Fight- Boss Scalping Do Over- Mariah Eyes $125 Million Dollar Crib?- Fiddy + Sly Stallone- Where Are Guns N' Roses Now?
antiMusic reports: Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 has revealed the songs that he will be practicing through his Twitter account. The songlist includes favorites like "M&Ms," "Apple Shampoo," "Man Overboard," "Anthem, Pt.2," "Dammit," "Down" and many others. more

Trivium frontman Matt Heafy apparently verbally broke up a fight from the stage at New Oasis Sparks in Nevada. A concertgoer was there to capture it all on video, which can be seen here

Bruce Springsteen fans who complained about how Ticketmaster handled online sales for New Jersey concerts are getting a second chance for seats. A settlement announced Thursday calls for a drawing to be held for more than 1,800 people on March 31. They can buy tickets for either the May 21 or May 23 show at the Izod Center.more

Now! That's What We Call Excessive! Mariah Carey has announced plans to move from New York to California, and if reports today are to be believed, she will be doing it at a cost of $125 million.more

Bring Me The Horizon and guitarist Curtis Ward have parted ways amidst the band's current U.S. trek (as part of the Taste of Chaos tour). Rock Sound states that Ward has temporarily been replaced by the group's guitar tech.more

50 Cent has replaced Forest Whitaker in the new Sly Stallone movie The Expendables. Fiddy will now take over from the Oscar-winner to play the role of Hale Caesar according to Ain't It Cool News. Stallone himself sent the site a statement that reads: "The anger of the casting of 50 Cent is understandable, but not fair."more

The MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2009 nominations have been announced, with Coldplay, Ne-Yo and Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro landing three apiecemore

Don Cornelius has been sentenced to three years' probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery.more

The Easy Star All-Stars, a collective of reggae musicians, will release their third album cover of a concept classic on April 14 with their "Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band," their reggae take on the classic album from The Beatles. It follows their versions of Radiohead's "OK Computer" ("Radiodread") and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" ("Dub Side of the Moon").more

Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart should find Kelly Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted" (19/RCA) holding for a second week at No. 1, but with likely less than 100,000 units.more

More dates have been announced for Michael Schenker Group's North American tour, which was postponed due to a delay in receiving the necessary paperwork required for Michael Schenker to enter the U.S. more

Mary J. Blige is set to star in Tyler Perry's forthcoming Lionsgate film, 'Can Do Bad All By Myself.' Scheduled for nationwide release September 11, 2009, the film also stars Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson.more

Poison The Well have announced the third in their vinyl series. The record is titled III/III and is due out May 19, 2009.more

Billy Sheehan will release a new solo effort, Holy Cow! The CD includes guest performances from ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons on "A Lit'l Bit'l Do It To Ya Ev'ry Time," King X's Dug Pinnick on "Turning Point" more
Thyrfing has announced the addition of a new guitarist. The band writes: "We are glad to welcome Fredrik Jansson (ex-Dysplasia) as new full-time member and guitarist of Thyrfing. Fredrik has been helping us out as session member during the shows we made in 2008 and it has been working out extremely well on all levels. So from today, the band is back as a six-piece again!"more

Guns N' Roses' 1987 masterpiece Appetite For Destruction altered the landscape of rock and roll forever. Combining elements of punk, classic rock and glam metal, the album was a seemingly magical collection of songs that hasn't lost an ounce of vitriol or urgency in the 22 years since its release. Since frontman Axl Rose remains the band's only remaining member from this album's lineup, Gibson.com are checking in with all five of the musicians who made this masterpiece to see what they've been up to. - check it out

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Motorhead and Beach Boy Brian Wilson Music Festival
BBC reports: Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and metal band Motorhead will headline this year's Guilfest music festival in July, organizers have announced.

Singer Lemmy Kilmister will perform with his band on Friday 10 July, with Wilson appearing the following day.

"This will be a rare chance to catch a true musical legend - in all senses of the word - headline the main stage," said organizers, about Wilson. - more on this story

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Sno Core 09 To Feature Static X, Saliva, Burn Halo and The Flood
PR reports: Sno Core returns for its 13th year, hitting the road April 1, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. The touring festival is the original winter lifestyle traveling fair featuring both live music and an integrated marketing experience.

For its 2009 outing, Sno Core features Static X, Saliva, Burn Halo and The Flood. The quartet of acts joins the historical tapestry of previous star Sno Core artists which have included Seether, Blink 182, Incubus, Sublime, Everclear, System of a Down, and many others. Venues in 31 markets have been selected for this excursion, each averaging a capacity of 1000-1500, sure to be filled with active young adults whose lives revolve around music, action sports, gaming and social networking. - more on this story

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Placebo Battle For The Sun in June
PR reports: With a thirteen year history that takes in five studio albums, ten million album sales, breakdowns, clean ups and the dizzy swell of global success, Placebo are set to return with their first new album since the release of Meds in 2006. The new album, titled Battle For The Sun, will be released on June 9, 2009 on Vagrant Records in the US and Canada.

Recorded over three months by producer Dave Bottrill (chosen by the band largely because of his work with Tool) in his Toronto studio and mixed in London by My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails supremo Alan Moulder, Placebo's sixth album is a startling, alive, vital and boundary-vaulting record that marks a whole new era for a band that were in need of a change.

Upon completion of the Meds tour that took in stadium appearances in Chile, Mexico, Brazil, France and Germany, personal relationships within the band had become strained leading to an emotional split with Steve Hewitt, their drummer since 1996. - more on this story

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Cops Spoil Rihanna Getaway
AP reports: Los Angeles police put the brakes on a speedy getaway by Rihanna from a trendy Hollywood nightclub.

Los Angeles police say they stopped Rihanna's sport utility vehicle early Thursday on Hollywood Boulevard after noticing it didn't have a front license plate.

A department spokeswoman confirmed Rihanna was inside, but did not have details on the citation issued to her driver. - more on this story

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Denis Leary Rocks Rehab
The Syn reports: Denis Leary is back with a timely new song, "At the Rehab," skewering the celebrity church of the 21st century - the rehabilitation center. Recorded live with his band The Enablers, Leary calls out by name pop culture icons and their rampant substance abuse to an up-tempo calypso beat. The single will be released on Comedy Central Records digitally on March 24th. The single is digital-only and will be available exclusively through iTunes for the first two weeks.

In March, Leary and his band will embark on "The Rescue Me Comedy Tour" - a multi-city tour including Radio City Music Hall and the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Leary last toured in 1997 coming off a stretch that produced the lauded HBO special, "Lock 'N Load." Prior to that, he performed his smash hit one-man show, "No Cure For Cancer," which became one of the highest grossing comedy albums of all time.

Leary has since appeared in over 30 feature films and can next be seen in "Rescue Me" season 5 which premiers on April 7, 2009 on FX. He recently released his book Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat Loud Lazy and Stupid, which made the NY Times Best Seller List. - eCard where you can hear "At The Rehab"

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Overcharging Doesn't Pay: Ticketmaster Lose A Billion Dollars
Billboard reports: Ticketmaster Entertainment, which in February announced plans to merge with Live Nation, has reported a net loss of $1.07 billion for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008.

The loss is a result from the ticketing company taking an impairment charge to account for its falling share price since spinning off from IAC/InterActiveCorp last August. The $1.1 billion goodwill write-down reflected the decline in the company's stock price, which debuted at $20 when it spun off from IAC/InterActiveCorp.

Ticketmaster Entertainment shares closed today (March 19) down 3 cents at $4.09 before the earnings were announced. Free cash flow increased to $49 million from negative $15 million in the same period a year ago. - more on this story

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I'm Rick James! The Definitive DVD
Submitted News reports: As the Motown 50 celebration continues, I'm Rick James! The Definitive DVD (Hip-O/Motown/UMe), released March 24, 2009, focuses the spotlight on slick Rick like never before, with his performances of his Motown classics on video.

Rick James had to be seen to be believed. The outrageous "Super Freak" whose soul-pop-punk-funk continues to rock parties today was infamous for his live performances. Bare chested, sporting long braids and skin tight spandex, James--backed by his Stone City Band--was more exciting and "badder" than any other artist commanding a stage.

In conjunction with the DVD and the reissue of Anthology (Motown/UMe), available April 14, 2009, Rick James' smash hit, "Super Freak," will be predominantly featured in the new VISA commercial, beginning April 2009. - more on this story

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Singled Out: Burn Halo (ex-Eighteen Visions)
antiMusic reports: Good news for Eighteen Visions fans, James Hart is back fronting a new group called Burn Halo. Their debut album hits stores on March 31st and asked James to give us the inside story to the first single "Dirty Little Girl". Here is James to tell you all about it:

When I was writing the album with Zac Maloy, we were throwing around ideas for subject matter. He brought up the idea of a girl that just gets herself into a lot of trouble. I actually knew a girl just like that with the perfect story to go along with it. I decided I wanted to capture this very common story about the crazy things people will let slide when they are in love.

One of my closest friends was dating a girl for a couple of years. Her entire persona was just one huge lie. As she started to unveil who she really was over the course of a couple years, things started to get a little messy. They were always fighting. Break up then make up the next day. She seemed to get her way and was always lying about something. She started partying really hard, flirting with and hooking up with other dudes. It was a vicious cycle that was never ending.

For some reason, he kept this girl around. Maybe it was the sex. Maybe it was just the fact that she was crazy and that turned him on. Whatever the case, she was a dirty little girl and he was in love.

Hearing is believing! Learn more about the band, check out songs from the album and more all - right here!

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