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Full Report for 03/27/2009

Britney Roadies Brawl With Police
AP reports: Two employees of a contractor working for Britney Spears' concert tour were arrested early Thursday morning after police said they assaulted officers who tried to break up a fight.

Rockey Lee Dickey Jr., 34, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., was hitting another man on a city sidewalk when a patrol car drove by at around 1 a.m., police said. Dickey swung at one of the officers who intervened, knocking off his hat, and had to be subdued with a Taser, police said.

Police said Alex Montes, 23, of Valencia, Calif., put one of the officers in a headlock. The officers were not hurt. - more on this story

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Teen Metal Fan Accused of Murdering Radio Journalist
Blabbermouth reports: The 16-year-old boy arrested in the fatal stabbing of the radio journalist George Weber was a death/black metal fan who used MySpace to profess his love for sex, violence, knives and Satanism, according to Gawker.com. He was ordered held without bail late Wednesday on charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Officials said the teenager, John Katehis (pictured below), of East Elmhurst, Queens, New York apparently answered a Craigslist ad in which Weber, 47, sought a sexual partner, according to The New York Times. The police believed Weber planned to pay Katehis for sex. The police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, said that the two had arranged to meet on Wednesday, March 18 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, but rescheduled the meeting for Friday evening.

Katehis's MySpace page, which was taken down Wednesday, said he enjoyed "drinking, bike riding, hanging out, roof hopping, hanging off trains," and "extreme violence (chaos, anarchy, etc ...) video games, violent movies and listening to my iPod." - more on this story

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Sharon Osbourne Squares off With Reporter
E! reports: Wanna piss off Sharon Osbourne? Ask her if she thinks there would be any controversy over the fact that a family with past drug issues like hers is hosting a family-oriented variety show. [sounds like a legitimate question]

That's what one reporter did Thursday morning during the press conference call to promote the family's new show Osbournes: Reloaded.

"That must be the most ridiculous question I have ever been asked in my entire career," Osbourne spewed. "I'm really angry. Do you know how many people in this country alone suffer from addiction?" - Sharon doesn't stop at that. Read more of the family matriarch's tirade...

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Metallica Delay- Soundgarden Reunion- Wayna Arrested- Mickey Mouse Still Goofy About Metal- Dan Seals RIP- Billion Dollar Rock Band- Free Kasabian and more
antiMusic reports: Metallica was scheduled to fill up your iPod on March 31 with their entire discography. The iTunes date for the "digital box set" is now April 14th. more

On Wednesday night in Seattle, three former members of Soundgarden - minus Chris Cornell - reunited for a three-song set at the Seattle stop of Tom Morello's Justice Tour. It was the first time guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd played together since the band broke up in 1997.more

Grammy-nominated singer Wayna has been arrested at a Houston airport after trying to get on a plane with a collapsible police baton that she uses while performing. Wayna, whose real name is Woyneab Miraf Wondwossen, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon Wednesday. more

Now that's just Goofy! Daath, who will be hitting the road with Dragonforce and Cynic next month, have been banned from playing the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. The April 15 date will continue without Daath who will rejoin the trek on April 17 in Boise, Idaho. The House of Blues venue is on property owned by the Walt Disney Corporation and the venue must green-light all bands who are scheduled to perform there. Daath was not approved to play the show for undisclosed reasons.more

Dan Seals, who was England Dan in the pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley and later had a successful country career, has died of complications from cancer. He was 61.more

Shadows Fall are pleased to announce two brand-new shows to their itinerary. The band will be supporting Korn on Friday May 22 in Wallingford, CT and will also be playing this year's Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee this June.

The Legacy Edition of Pearl Jam's debut album Ten hit stores this week, and as a part of the celebration, Legacy Recordings have put together an interactive widget that shows how most any band is connected within 6 Degrees of Pearl Jam. Fans can put in artists and see how they're connected to the band. Check it out here

Tool, Widespread Panic and the Fray will headline the second annual Mile High Music Festival, to be held July 18-19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colomore

Kasabian have announced a free download of their new single Vlad The Impaler.
It's the first taste fans will get from the band's third album which is due for release on June 8.more

The Rock Band franchise has passed $1 billion in retail sales, according to the NPD Groupmore

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal will perform with the country sister act Jessalicia at the 31st annual TriWest Superfrog & Superseal Triathlon Concert to benefit the Naval Special Warfare Foundation on March 29more

Great White will release their new album, Rising, in North America via on Shrapnel Records April 21st.more

The fate of music producer Phil Spector was put in the hands of the jury on Thursday after a five month retrial on charges that he murdered a Hollywood actress in his Los Angeles home.more

Relient K have signed to Mono vs. Stereo according to a report from Jesus Freak Hide Out. more

Pop star Madonna is to travel to Malawi in a bid to adopt a second child, government officials from the African country have told the BBC.more

Cradle of Filth has issued the following statement about canceling their scheduled March 28th appearance at the German Tomahawk Festival: 'Attention to those who have bought tickets to the Tomahawk Festival 'Due to circumstances beyond our control we have been prevented from performing at the Tomahawk Festival this weekend.more

Bridge Nine Records has revealed plans to release a limited tour-only split EP featuring New Found Glory and Shai Hulud.more

According to Jam! Rihanna has had a tattoo of a gun inked under her right arm. The 21-year-old flew New York-based body artist BangBang to Los Angeles this week to have the new design finished. more

The Absence will replace Lazarus A.D. on the last three shows of Amon Amarth's "Twilight Of The Thunder God North American Tour Pt. 2" with Goatwhore and Skeletonwitch. more

Apocalypse Hoboken have announced a reunion show this August. The band will be reuniting at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL on August 21st.more

Meliah Rage has announced that founding member Anthony Nichols has composed the music for three tracks on the upcoming solo record being released by Metal Church front man Ronny Munroe. "After the 07 tour, I asked Ronny to make a guest appearance on the next Meliah Rage record," reported Nichols. "We flew him out last year and he sang on the song Last Rites, which will be on Meliah Rage's upcoming record "Masquerade" (due out spring, 2009). "That experience turned out to be highly positive, and lead Munroe to ask me about contributing some music for his solo project," added Nichols. more

Versailles Records is excited to announce the teaming of former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland and Prince and the Revolution keyboardist Matt Dr. Fink on 'Crackerman' as part of the label's forthcoming 'Wicked Garden: A Millennium Tribute to Stone Temple Pilots', due in the summer of 2009! If it's a millennium tribute does that mean it is nine years late?

Scar Symmetry has announced a mini-tour through the Netherlands, Belgium and France on Easter weekend. Textures, Fuelblooded and Before the Dawn will join them. - dates

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Vital Remains Robbed
antiMusic reports: Vital Remains entered Austin loaded up with gear and merchandise but left the Texas city with a much lighter load. And no, we won't make a pun with a play on their name. Here is what the band had to tell fans:

"Tuesday night [March 24] thieves broke into our trailer at our hotel in Austin, Texas and stole some of our gear and 300+ shirts.

"A make-up date is in the works for the canceled performance at the Riot Room in Kansas City and will be announced shortly..." - more on this story

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Green Day Team With MTV for Premiere
PR reports: MTV and VH1 will be the exclusive on-air and online outlets globally for the premiere of Green Day's newest video, "Know Your Enemy."

The video will air exclusively on MTV, VH1, The N, Palladia, MTV Networks' high-definition music channel, MTV2, MTV Hits, MTV.com, VH1.com as well as on MTV and VH1's international channels and MTVNHD, the company's international high definition service on Friday, April 24th at 8pm (international premiere times to be announced locally), making it the first global cross-channel video premiere for MTV and VH1 networks. "Know Your Enemy" will be the first video from the rock trio's eagerly awaited new album, 21st Century Breakdown, which will be released in May 2009.

Green Day's "Know Your Enemy" global premiere demonstrates MTV's unique international scale and connects fans to the latest and greatest acts on the world music scene. "Know Your Enemy" will premiere on MTV's on-air and digital assets which number more than 140 windows, including 66 channels and 200 websites in 162 countries. Via VH1 channels, "Know Your Enemy" will air in 134 countries across Latin America, Europe and Asia.
- more on this story

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Eagles of Death Metal Record Store Day Ambassador
PR reports: Eagles of Death Metal loyalists that have long cried "Jesse Hughes for President" may have not gotten their wish just yet, but the EODM lead lady-killer has been appointed to another post.

After tirelessly trekking across the globe with his EODM cohorts, Boots Electric will make it back to the good ol' US-of-A for his role as the ambassador of Record Store Day on April 18th.

The Eagles camp will also use the occasion to drop the vinyl edition of Heart On, last Fall's dirty and danceable, rock hard batch of rock tunes. (Rekords Rekords).

For more information on Record Store Day, stop by - www.recordstoreday.com

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Sly Stallone Finds 50 Cent Expendable
NME reports: 50 Cent has been dropped from the cast of the forthcoming action film, 'The Expendables'.

The rap star was going to step in to replace actor Forest Whitaker as a mercenary on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator, acting alongside Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li in the Sylvester Stallone-directed film.

However, he was let go by the former 'Rocky' star for undisclosed reasons. [But speculation blames in on bloggers calling Fiddy out on his lack of acting chops - read about - here]

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Poison Singer Silenced
Blabbermouth reports: The Bret Michaels concert scheduled for Thursday, March 26 at Horseshoe Hotel Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana was postponed.

According to a posting on the venue's web site, the Poison frontman is suffering from a severe case of laryngitis.

Tickets purchased for the show will be honored on the new show date, or refunds will be issued at the point of purchase. - more on this story

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Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers To Headline Forecastle
PR reports: The Forecastle Festival and Nederlander Entertainment have announced the headliners for the 8th annual Forecastle Festival, July 10th – 12th at the Riverfront Belvedere in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

Widespread Panic will perform for two of the three nights, one of only three festival appearances this summer. Performing alongside are the Black Crowes, the Black Keys, the Avett Brothers, and over sixty-five bands and DJs to be announced.

"After eight years of grassroots festival building, we are opening an exciting new chapter in the history of this unique, cultural experience," says Forecastle founder and producer JK McKnight.
- more on this story

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Rob Thomas Goes Soph
Atlantic reports: Rob Thomas has announced the forthcoming release of his second solo album, entitled "Cradlesong."

Due on June 30th, the album features the first single, "Her Diamonds," which will hit radio and video outlets in mid-April. Once again produced by Matt Serletic, "Cradlesong" is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Thomas' 2005 solo debut – the #1, RIAA platinum "…Something To Be."

"I like musical hybrids," says Thomas about the musical direction of the new album. "Like, 'What would it sound like if we took Prince's drummer and mixed him with really amazing Nashville players?' I like to take everyone just left of their comfort zone and record it." - more on this story

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Singled Out! Joe Bonamassa
antiMusic reports: Welcome to a special edition of Singled Out! This time we team up with our friend Nightwatcher. He recently interviewed blues guitar legend Joe Bonamassa and during the conversation Joe discussed the concept behind his new album The Ballad Of John Henry. Here is that part of the interview:

NHOR : The concept of John Henry as an all American blue collar hero you've said is very inspiring to you. What is it about the story which appealed to you, and how does it relate to the songs you've chosen for this album?

JB : The whole thing about the 'John Henry' story to me was not so much the story of John Henry against the machines, but it was more that John Henry did something great and was remembered by it. I think sometimes people in this country lose sense of the difference between being famous and infamous. They don't care how they become famous. They can do something stupid, put it on YouTube and three million people will see it. Famous or infamous. I wanted to make an album, make a track that would be remembered. Not six months from now, when most albums' shelf life come and go. But sixty years from now, like John Henry. Or 100, or 150 years. So that's the concept. Albeit it's a lot of hard work.

It's a lot more work to do something great which gets remembered than it is to do something stupid and be remembered. That's the whole concept, and that's why I called the album 'The Ballad Of John Henry'. Because it really does say a lot about the internal struggle which goes on in this country. Everybody wants to be famous, everybody wants to be rich, but nobody wants to work for it anymore. By and large, that is. People will see MTV Cribs and go, "Wow, how do I get that fast?" Yeah I know. I'll film a lot of college girls taking their tops off and call it 'Girls Gone Wild'. That's the thing that gets me.

- Check out the full interview at Nightwatcher's House of Rock!

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