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Full Report for 03/25/2009

Cash Money Singer Found Dead In Underpass
BBC reports: A singer has been found with his throat slit in a pedestrian underpass. Ian Newtion, who was known as Scoobie Santino, was found dead in the underpass at the Greenford roundabout in Greenford on Sunday.

Officers believe Mr Newtion, 45, was returning from Scout Hut in Rockware Avenue, where he had been singing at a party, when he was attacked.

The singer and delivery driver, from Fulham, had a hit single on the reggae charts with Cash Money in the 1990s. - more on this story

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Slipknot Murder Trial Begins
Blabbermouth reports: According to the San Bernardino County Sun, the trial of a woman accused of helping her boyfriend stab a friend to death after listening to Slipknot started last Thursday.

Terry Ray Taylor, 21, was stabbed more than 20 times, and his neck was slashed, authorities said.

Deputy District Attorney Karen Khim told jurors that Amber Rose Riley, now 22, and her boyfriend, Jason Lamar Harris, lured Taylor to the park, where they attacked him with butcher knives about 1:30 a.m. May 23, 2003. - more on this story

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The Offspring Announce The S*** Is F***ed Up Tour
PR reports: The Offspring have announced they will hit the road this May for their first full North American tour in nearly 4 years. The announcement came via the band's just unveiled "S*** Is F***ed Up" tour widget featuring a mock "presidential address" by Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar). View the widget now on www.offspring.com.

Dexter along with Noodles (guitar), Greg K (bass) and Pete Parada (drums) will kick things off May 15 in Nashville, TN. The tour will feature different openers on each leg and will be highlighted by a hometown show June 5 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA.

Following the success of the single "Hammerhead" and its follow-up "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid," The Offspring remain a favorite on the airwaves with "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?," the band's third radio hit from their latest Columbia Records release Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace.
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Ben Harper and Relentelss7 Debut Set
PR reports: Ben Harper And Relentelss7 proudly announce the release of their debut record, White Lies For Dark Times on May 5 on Virgin Records. The album will be available as CD, deluxe CD with bonus DVD, digital download and 180-gram 2xLP.

Ben Harper and Relentless7's energetic live performance is the heart of the band. In December 2008, the band embarked on a highly successful short club tour with a handful of dates in California and New York.

The sweaty, gritty and energetic vibe of the clubs proved to be an incredible match for the band's new hard-hitting sound, and they are pleased to announce their return to the road on a larger club tour of the U.S. as well as dates abroad. "We thought, this is a new band, a new opportunity, a new energy. Let's earn it the way that new bands do…let's play clubs, let's play small places," said drummer Jordan Richardson. - more on this story

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Gene Simmons To Pimp Soda
PR reports: Dr Pepper has searched the rock legends to find its latest pop culture doc, KISS frontman Gene Simmons, to introduce new Dr Pepper Cherry. Simmons, who [co]founded the legendary rock band KISS more than 35 years ago, will star in a new commercial, letting fans know that Dr Pepper Cherry has just a KISS of cherry flavor, making it amazingly smooth.

Simmons' 'Dr. Love' will be the third Dr in the Trust Me, I'm a Dr advertising campaign, joining the ranks of basketball legend Dr. J (Julius Erving) and Dr. Frasier Crane (award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer). The TV spot will feature Simmons in full KISS Demon regalia. Nick Simmons, Gene's son, will also star in the commercial.

"When initially describing Dr Pepper Cherry's taste, we felt it had just a kiss of cherry and was so smooth, we knew who our third doctor had to be - Dr. Love," said Allison Methvin, director of marketing for Dr Pepper. "Gene will get some help from Nick to introduce the amazingly smooth infusion of cherry flavor that makes Dr Pepper Cherry so smooth." - more on this story

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Jimmy Chamberlin Explains Smashing Pumpkins Exit
MusicRadar reports: The other day we reported to you that Jimmy Chamberlin, longtime drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins, was leaving the band. No explanation was given at the time, but now Chamberlin is speaking out.

In a posting on his blog today, Chamberlin explains that he's quitting the band because his heart just isn't in it the way it used to be.

"By now you have heard the news of my departure from The Smashing Pumpkins," Chamberlin writes. "I will say, without going into any unnecessary details that this represents a positive move forward for me. I can no longer commit all of my energy into something that I don't fully possess. I won't pretend I'm into something I'm not. I won't do it to myself, you the fan, or my former partner. I can't just, 'Cash the check' so to speak. - more on this story

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Dio Sabbath Preview- Maynard James Keenan Handcuffs Reporter- 17 Arrests At Hard Rock Concert- Eddie Bo RIP- Simon Cowell Has No Interest In Music (duh) and more
antiMusic reports: Featuring Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice, Heaven and Hell is essentially the Black Sabbath line-up that was together from 1979-1982 and then again in 1991-1992. They have a new album (The Devil You Know) coming out on April 28th but Noisecreep (AOHell's corporate version of a metal site) has posted a stream of "Bible Black," the first single from that album. Check it out here

Puscifer's Maynard James Keenan Handcuffs Reporter, Suggests GG Allin to Re-Kill Himself at LA Shows during a new interview with our friends over at LA Weekly. Check out the video here.

According to the Lebanon Daily News, seventeen people were arrested at the Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach concert held this past Saturday night (March 21) at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.more

The UK press strikes again! Island Records have brushed off claims that they rejected new material by Amy Winehouse. A spokesmen for Island said, "It's absolutely not true."more

Candlemass are serving up a free stream of their new album, Death Magic Doom, on their MySpace page.

On April 21, Rhino celebrates the legacy of Jane's Addiction and unearths A Cabinet Of Curiosities; a 3-CD/1-DVD Jane's Addiction boxed set of demos, live performances and rarities that includes 30 unreleased tracks. Check out a listening party over a Rhino

Longwave has posted an unreleased song via Twitter. Previously exclusive to the Japanese release of recent album Secrets Are Sinister, "Sideways Sideways Rain" was tweeted by drummer Jason Molina as a gift to the band's most ardent followers. You can find the original tweet at Twitter.com/longwavetheband

Forensic evidence in music producer Phil Spector's murder retrial proves he is not guilty of the shooting death of a Hollywood actress six years ago, his lawyer told the jury on Tuesday.more. On the other hand: A prosecutor told a jury that Phil Spector's history of violence against women was like a game of Russian roulette that ended with the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his hilltop mansion.more

Cold War Kids have announced the release of a live EP to celebrate Record Store Day on April 18. The EP is the band's first-ever live recording and was recorded at Fingerprints, their local record shop in Long Beach, CA. more

Smokey Robinson, Michael McDonald and Dave Brubeck will join 800 other musicians and singers performing at this year's Rochester International Jazz Festival.more

Pet Shop Boys will play European festivals this summer as part of the campaign for their 10th album "Yes", including a headlining appearance at Denmark's Roskilde Festival according to keyboard player Chris Lowe.more

New Orleans blues singer-pianist Eddie Bo, who worked with musicians such as Irma Thomas and Art Neville, has died of a heart attack. He was 79.more

Last.fm is moving away from its free, ad-supported streaming music model in some parts of the world in favor of a monthly subscription fee.more

U.D.O., featuring former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, are in studio at the moment to record the "Mastercutor" successor. The album title will be probably "Dominator" and the release date is August 21st 200more

Godhate (formerly Throneaeon) have parted ways with drummer Mike Geerberg and have replaced him with Simon Granath. The band says, "Simon was a part of the Swedish tour and has proven to be the best drummer Godhate has ever had."more

Maroon has had to postpone their two planned shows St.Petersburg and Moscow until June. The band still has a number of records release shows planned listed here

Today's "Well Duh" quote comes from Scottish songstress Amy Macdonald who blasted Simon Cowell and his label Syco for dropping X Factor Leon Jackson. "Simon Cowell has no interest in music, his interest is money." And you are surprised about what? Westlife and the Telletubbies should have clued you in to this a long time ago. Read more about her rant here

Early Graves has announced the addition of bassist Matt O'Brien (ex-Grace Alley, The Sick) to the group's ranks. Matt replaces Tyler Jensen, who has moved to guitar in the band.more

Mike Greenfield (Hemlock, Deteriorot) has joined Society 1 as a second guitar player completing the current line up consisting of Matt The Lord Zane (Vocals), Dirt Von Karloff ( Bass), Eric Franklin (Guitars) and Alpheus Underhill IV (Drums).more

Alejandro Varela from Spain will join Disbelief to do all the upcoming shows. The band says, "He kicked our asses during the rehearsals and is a really nice guy!!" more

Epitaph Records has now officially signed pop-punk/hardcore [isn't that an oxymoron?] band Set Your Goals. - more on this story

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This Much Is True: Spandau Ballet Reunite
MusicRadar reports: If you just saw four men on horses ride by, it's not because you live near a stable. It's because Spandau Ballet, those 'New Romantic' hitmakers of the early '80s, have announced they're getting back together.

All of which means one thing: Every group, no matter how big or small, no matter the genre, will eventually reform.

Spandau Ballet will officially announce their reunion aboard HMS Belfast in London on Wednesday (25 March) when they will reveal plans to release new songs and details of a world tour, which is believed to include a date at FC Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium in Spain - more on this story

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Slayer Limited Edition Vinyl
HER reports: "Psychopathy Red," the first new track from Slayer since 2006's thrashterpiece Christ Illusion, will be available as a 7-inch vinyl disc beginning Saturday, April 18, 2009 as part of the third annual Record Store Day.

Only 5,000 of these limited edition discs will be manufactured worldwide, and will be available exclusively at participating independent record stores - log onto www.recordstoreday.com for the list of participating stores.

The blood-red vinyl "Psychopathy Red" 7-inch collectors item will be packaged in a special Russian crime scene "evidence envelope," as the song was inspired by the heinous Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, aka the Rostov Ripper, who confessed to brutally murdering 56 children. The song was recorded by the band - guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo - in a Los Angeles recording studio last October. - more on this story

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Duran Duran Kaiser Chiefs Collaborate
NME reports: Kaiser Chiefs' drummer and songwriter Nick Hodgson has written a number of songs with Duran Duran for their new album.

The band are currently in the studio with Mark Ronson, who invited Hodgson in to work with Le Bon and co.

"I called Nick a week ago and asked if he'd be interested in coming to work with Duran Duran and write a song" Ronson told NME.COM. The producer says Hodgson worked with the band for "five or six hours", and they wrote three songs together
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Coheed and Cambria Release Limited Edition Boxset
PR reports: Neverender was the landmark event where for the first time ever, Coheed and Cambria performed all four of their concept albums in entirety over four nights.

Today you can re-witness this incredible journey through an amazing box set containing not only a DVD and audio CD of each night's performance, but also a must-have photobook and documentary DVD that captures the journey leading to this spectacular event.

In addition, the limited edition deluxe Neverender: Children Of The Fence Edition box set also contains a collectible dragonfly. ** There are only 15,000 limited box sets available worldwide. ** - more on this story

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