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Full Report for 03/31/2009

Green Day Musical
Billboard reports: Green Day's "American Idiot" is headed from disc to stage. Michael Mayer, the Tony Award-winning director of "Spring Awakening," is adapting the trio's 2004 concept album for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre on Green Day's home turf in California.

The production will run Sept. 4-Oct. 11 to open the company's 2009-10 season, with tickets now on sale for early performances at www.berkeleyrep.org.

Mayer and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong collaborated on the script for "American Idiot," which follows the working class subjects of the album's songs - more on this story

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Grammy Nominee Charged With Harboring Cop Shooter
AP reports: Jamaican police say they have charged reggae singer Luciano with harboring a fugitive who shot and wounded three patrolmen while holed up inside the Grammy-nominated musician's home last week.

Police Superintendent McArthur Sutherland said the 44-year-old Rastafarian was charged Monday and released after posting bail.

A police statement said the hour long standoff last week ended with the fugitive gunman, Andrew Senior, being killed at Luciano's home in Kingston. - more on this story

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T-Pain Hospitalized After Golf Cart Accident
MTV reports: T-Pain was true to his name this weekend after he ended up in hospital for some emergency dental surgery.

Pain lost four teeth and had cuts and bruises when his golf cart flipped over in a backstage accident.

His injuries caused him to miss Lil Wayne's I Am Music Tour in San Jose, California but he was back on stage on Sunday night in Gibson. - more on this story

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Metallica TV
Metallica.com reports: Our friends over at FUSE TV will be covering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony this Saturday and as we all get ready for the big weekend, FUSE is kicking off the week with all kinds of Metalli-TV.

[Monday was] Metallica Monday as we take over FUSE with new specials on starting today at 9:00 pm EDT including Metallica: In Their Own Words and The Metallica Chronicles: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Special along with an airing of Cunning Stunts. Metallica Monday will feature never before seen footage and interviews as FUSE traveled to Manchester, England to chat with us and film some of the show. [with reairings all week long - see schedule below]

Of course it all leads up to the induction ceremony, which will be broadcast live from Cleveland on Saturday, April 4 starting at 9:00 pm EDT. Don't have FUSE? NO worries - you can watch it online! - more on this story

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U2 Expand American Tour
U2.com reports: This morning, after an instant sell-out for the North American tour opener in Chicago on September 12th, a second performance was added for September 13th. In Boston, in addition to the September 20th performance, fans will be able to see the band again on the following night. And the Giants Stadium show in New York on September 24 will be followed by another on September 25th. Tickets for the second show in Toronto also sold out this morning.

Six other North American dates were also announced today : Washington, DC (September 29th); Charlottesville, VA (October 1st); Atlanta, GA (October 6th), Tampa, FL (October 9th), Los Angeles, CA (October 25th) and Vancouver BC (October 28th).

A presale for these dates and for the extra shows in Chicago, Boston and New York will begin [today] for U2.com subscribers. For all the latest on tour dates and onsale details, check - U2's Tour page.

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Travis Barker Teams Up With Busta Rhymes- Bouncing Souls Vs Volcano- Private Pirates- Ace Frehley Anthrax Jam- Rancid Return- The Strokes Recording and more
Billboard reports: According to Travis Barker's Twitter page, Barker is working on song with Busta Rhymes for the soundtrack to Transformers 2.more

Bouncing Souls have posted an update on their ongoing tour regarding an unusual delay which delayed their visit to Alaska: For the first time in 20 years (coincidence?) Mount Redoubt is erupting. Our flight from Honolulu to Anchorage was diverted to Seattle where we have been for 4 hours. Finally reboarded the plane but since the last eruption was 50,000 feet high of ash a couple hours ago we're not sure where we will land. more

The Pirate Bay is beta testing virtual private network (VPN) software, which would enable file-sharers to use the Swedish BitTorrent tracker without leaving a data trail. more

The Dead have announced plans to circumvent scalpers and raise money for charity with their upcoming tour, by auctioning off the first five center rows for the band's Rex Foundation and other charitiesmore

Coldplay, Tool and the Beastie Boys will headline the second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival, to be held July 31- Aug. 2 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan.more

Destruction have issued the following update: "[Thursday] night (March 26) some retard stole Mike's [Sifringer] Dean guitar [see image below] out of the backstage area at the Chain Reaction club in Anaheim, California!" they are offering a reward

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has told Brazil's O Dia Online that the band's new LP will be released in September. He also described it as "a classic KISS album" and a throwback to the "Destroyer" and "Love Gun" songwriting style bit with modern production. more

Speaking of KISS, original guitarist Ace Frehley will perform at the grand opening of the 7,000-square-foot Hard Rock Caf´┐Ż in the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, April 2. Frehley will be backed by guitarist Scott Ian (Anthrax), bassist Frank Bello (Anthrax) and drummer Anton Fig ("Late Show with David Letterman") for a performance of the classic song "New York Groove". more details

Nighwatcher's House of Rock has some fan footage taken when legendary ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons sat in with The Allman Brothers Band on a rendition of "Jesus Just Left Chicago", March 24th, 2009 at New York's historic Beacon Theatre. watch it here

Rancid will release its first album in six years on June 2, two days before it begins a North American tour with Rise Against in Vancouver, B.C.more

The Strokes have announced they are back in the studio working on a fourth album after a nearly three-year hiatus.more

Google Inc on Monday launched free downloads of licensed songs in China, while sharing advertising revenue with major music labels in a market rife with online piracy.more

Former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek says he was inspired by the rock group AC/DC when he mocked Barack Obama's excessive deficit spending as a "road to hell."more

With sales this morning of more than 82,000 tickets sold in New York, 72,000 in Boston and 65,000 in Chicago, the U2 360 Tour will set the largest single-day attendance record in each city, according to tour producer Live Nation.more

Arctic Monkeys will make their live return by headlining the Reading and Leeds festivals this August. The Sheffield band are the first act announced for the eventmore

Sonic Syndicate (Nuclear Blast Records) has announced the departure of singer Roland Johansson. Here's a statement from the group: "Today, March 30th, Sonic Syndicate regrets to announce that Roland has decided to leave Sonic Syndicate due to personal reasons beyond our control. All of us in Sonic Syndicate wish Roland the best of luck in the future and we plan to continue our friendship/brotherhood outside the band." more

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has told Billboard.com that plans are still afoot to stage the band latest release, the 2008 rock opera "Nostradamus", in its entirely later this year. more

Oasis, The Stone Roses, Joy Division and The Smiths all feature in a new book charting the last thirty years of Manchester music. 'The North Will Rise Again: Manchester Music City 1978-2008', penned by journalist and Goldblade frontman John Robb, is published on April 28. more

The Number Twelve Looks Like You has reportedly parted ways with singer Justin Pedrick, one of the group's two vocalists.more

Tickets for this summer's Lollapalooza festival will go on sale today (March 31), with a limited number of early bird tickets to be made available.more

Taking Back Sunday will be releasing a vinyl single for the track "Carpathia" to coincide with Record Store Day on April 18, 2009. The two song single will feature the live recording of "Catholic Knees" on the b-side.more

Serenity has cancelled the remaining shows on its European tour with Kamelot and Delain after the group's lead singer, Georg Neuhauser, came down with "a bad flu with all infections you can imagine."more

Early recordings of a dozen Crosby, Stills & Nash tracks -- including favorites such as "Marrakesh Express," "Almost Cut My Hair," "Deja Vu," "Love the One You're With" and "Chicago" -- will be featured on an album of demos due in stores on June 2.more

Original drummer and founding member of Arsis Michael Van Dyne - who played on the band's 2004 highly praised debut album, A Celebration Of Guilt, 2005's A Diamond For Disease EP, and 2006's United In Regret - has officially returned to the band's line-up.more

A lawyer for Marilyn Manson says that trial of a lawsuit filed by a former band member seeking $20 million from the goth rocker should be delayed until next year because Manson is releasing a new CD and about to go on tour. more

Oscar-winning composer Maurice Jarre, who captured the majesty of the desert in his music for "Lawrence of Arabia" and wrote the haunting "Lara's Theme" in his score for "Doctor Zhivago," has died. He was 84.more

Scarecrow have recruited the talents of Ted Aguilar (Death Angel) on guitar and ex-Hatchet frontman Marcus Kirchen on vocals. The lineup is rounded out by original members Bud Burke (Exhumed) on lead guitar, Will Carroll (Old Grandad, Vicious RumorS) on drums, and Damien Sisson (Points North) on bass. more

The RIAA today filed an appeal to the Copyright Royalty Board's Final Determination on Royalty Rates in the U.S. Court of Appeals - more on this story

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Slash Rocks Middle School
Gibson reports: On March 25, Gibson and Epiphone signature artist Slash made a surprise appearance at East Los Angeles' Belvedere Middle School to support the national music education organization Little Kids Rock.

Slash visited the program's music room, treating 30 lucky students to a Q&A session and jamming with them on guitar to the tune of Guns N Roses' song "Sweet Child O Mine."

He also signed four Epiphone acoustics as gifts to the school. Little Kids Rock brings Music education to schools that have been left behind due to budget cuts. The organization uses unique methodology that teaches kids to play instruments by focusing on the popular music that they love - more on this story

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Andre 3000 Busted For Driving Over 100 MPH
AP reports: Andre 3000 of the hip hop duo Outkast has been charged with driving 109 mph on a highway in suburban Atlanta.

Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton says the entertainer, whose real name is Andre Benjamin, was clocked speeding in a 65 mph zone in his Porsche south of Atlanta about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police say Benjamin told them he was going so fast because he missed an exit and had to turn around. - more on this story

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Smashing Pumpkins Seek New Skins Basher
Smashing Pumpkins reports: Billy Corgan is currently searching for talented musicians to join him. If you have an exceptional drumming ability and a desire to be part of a massive creative and progressive musical project with a rich 20-year history, then continue reading below.

The Smashing Pumpkins are continuing to make music after the departure of original member Jimmy Chamberlin. When Jimmy originally auditioned for The Smashing Pumpkins, he was playing in a locally touring jazz band that was playing weddings and street fairs. It just goes to show that you never know where the next big talent will come from.

The Smashing Pumpkins are taking submissions for recording and touring drummers. There may be multiple positions open for this call for entries. - More details

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Slipknot Singer's Solo Debut
Blabbermouth reports: Korn, Buckcherry, Shinedown and Drowning Pool are among the confirmed bands for the Rockfest 2009, set to take place Saturday, May 30 at The Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

This year's lineup also includes the first-ever solo appearance by SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor. Taylor appeared on KQRC 98.9 The Rock's top-rated "Johnny Dare Morning Show" this morning to talk about how excited he was for his first-ever solo appearance.

Last year, the event sold out in weeks and is now the largest single-day festival in the country, drawing over 50,000 guests from Kansas City and surrounding areas. - more on this story

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Ministry Announce Double DVD
HER reports: While Ministry's studio albums certainly show why the group is considered a stylistic trailblazer, it is on the concert stage that Ministry takes things to a whole other level. And as evidenced by fans that packed venues to catch the group one final time on their worldwide "C U LaTouR 2008," the Al Jourgensen-led band was slaying crowds up 'til the final note. For those unenlightened souls who don't take our word on this, feast your eyes and ears on the new double-disc DVD set, Adios...Puta Madres, to be released on May 26 in North America, on May 22 in Europe, and accompanies the audio release of the same title, out tomorrow, March 31, 2009, on Jourgensen's own 13th Planet Records.

The double DVD disc Adios...Puta Madres is distinguished by secondary titles: the Adios...Puta Madres/En Vivo? disc contains 15 live performance tracks, and Adios...Puta Madres/Fuchi Requiem is a 45-minute on-the-road "rockumentary" that follows the band from rehearsals all the way to their final shows in Europe. Backstage bits, interviews, and live footage abound, while the DVD contains some extra tracks not on the live CD.

While there were no arrests on Ministry's final jaunt (unlike previous tours), it was certainly not a tour for the squeamish - especially if you were a band member. "Highlights" included guitarist Tommy Victor falling down stairs in Calgary, and breaking two ribs and puncturing his lung, Al enduring a vicious seagull attack outside a Swedish hotel (the seagull stole his sandwich and devoured it mid-air), and the group's bus breaking down at 6:00am on a French highway, resulting in a multi-police vehicle escort to a safe haven (the nearest gas station). But according to Jourgensen, he got to experience an unforgettable moment each and every night. "This whole tour, all I really gave a ---- about was 'the balloon drop' at the end of the night. I was like a little five-year-old kid, like 'Hey, when do the birthday cake and clowns come out?' I LOVED that part of the show!" - more on this story

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Singled Out: Black Bone Child
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Donny from Black Bone Child tells us about "Make Me Bleed" from their brand new self-titled album. We now turn it over to Donny for the story:

Make Me Bleed started out as an idea I had stuck in my head for a long time. When I finally went to record the sound I was hearing it ended up sounding nothing like what I had envisioned. To be honest, I didn't really like it but I sent it to Kenneth anyway thinking that he might be able to salvage the song. He sent it back to me the next day with bass and harmonica on it and it blew me away. It sounded like a completely different song and all of a sudden everything made sense. There was a human element that came out of the combination of both of our work that was just undeniable.

It's kind of interesting how you can capture something in the right moment and not be able to re-create it in a professional studio environment. This song is a great example of that. Both the harmonica and the lead vocal are the originals from the demo. We tried to re-record them "more professionally" with better equipment and it just lost its vibe. Whatever happened in those couple days of writing that demo is the reason why I enjoy working with Kenneth so much. That magic is so difficult yet so much fun to find. The coolest part about this song in a live setting is watching Kenneth play his bass and the lead harmonica at the same time. I have a really hard time patting my head and rubbing my belly so that is entertaining for me as a musician.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!

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