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Full Report for 11/03/2009

The Beatles, AC/DC Music Now Available Digitally?
Music Radar reports: The Beatles' entire catalogue is available digitally- for now, it seems - on a US-based website called BlueBeat.com, with individual tracks going for 25 cents (15p) each.

The website is also streaming the recently remastered albums in their entirely, allowing listeners to listen to them for free. All of which is rather strange and shocking news to EMI and Apple Corps, who have fiercely blocked the online sale of all Beatles music.

[BW&BK also reports: In addition to the Beatles, one can find selections from AC/DC and Def Leppard on BlueBeat, artists who haven't licensed their full catalogs to iTunes.] - But is it legit?

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Iggy Pop and The Stooges Reunion Tour Coming
antiMusic reports: Iggy Pop and the Stooges are planning to turn a one-off reunion into a full fledged tour, according to the iconic frontman.

"The band have been rehearsing more without me than with me because I've been doing other things this year. But we have been rehearsing all together more recently," Iggy said in a BBC Report. "We're going to be doing a one-off show in Brazil in a few weeks but the real touring starts next year."

Sadly, original guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead in his Ann Arbor, Michigan home back in January. History has a way of repeating itself as Asheton's high school bandmate James Williamson will once again step in to fill Asheton's shoes in The Stooges like he did three decades ago. - Read the BBC report for more

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Slayer Postpone Megadeth Tour For Medical Reasons
Band Statement reports: It is with great regret that Slayer announces the postponement of its "Canadian Carnage" tour with Megadeth, which was due to begin on November 8. In addition, the band announces the postponement of its appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," which had been set for this Wednesday, November 4. More information will be released shortly regarding the rescheduling of the Canadian dates, as well as the 'Kimmel' appearance.

Slayer's Tom Araya is currently under the care of a specialist for a back injury, thought to be related to his on-stage activity, and the physician has ordered an immediate surgical procedure to take place in Texas tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

"What is foremost in our minds right now is that Tom do whatever he needs to to get this taken care of," said Slayer's Kerry King. "While all four of us are disappointed that we won't be able to see through all of our commitments set for the next few weeks, the most important thing is Tom's health. We thank the fans in Canada and here in L.A., the Megadeth camp, and everyone associated with 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' for their understanding. We look forward to seeing you all soon." - more on this story

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Dashboard Confessional and New Found Glory Tour Canceled
antiMusic reports: The forthcoming Dashboard Confessional / New Found Glory Tour is no longer forthcoming after Dashboard Confessional pulled out of the trek due to "a family situation."

Dashboard Confessional posted the following notice on their website: We have some bad news. Due to a family situation that is beyond our control, we have to cancel our upcoming tour with New Found Glory, Never Shout Never, Meg & Dia and Single File (we are still playing with the Louisville Orchestra on November 7th). We don't take this lightly but family has to come first. As this is a last minute development, we are still figuring out what we will do- as soon as we know, you will know. We apologize to everyone who planned on coming to the shows. We will find a way to make it up to you.

At press time there was still no official word from the New Found Glory camp about the fate of the tour, but Chad Gilbert of the group posted the following on his Twitter (which pretty much confirms the whole tour is off): To EVERYONE WHO IS CONFUSED. NFG and TITLE FIGHT shows are NOT cancelled. Only the Dashboard tour was. Our headline shows are still a go!!!! - more on this story

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Ian Brown Domestic Violence Arrest- Metallica Rock Hall Video- System of a Down Members Reunite- Rise Against Christmas- Paramore- Weezer Snuggie Vid and more
antiMusic reports: Ian Brown has been arrested for allegedly attacking his wife. The former Stone Roses man was arrested on suspicion of assault yesterday (November 2) after his neighbors alerted the Police of a disturbance at the couple's West London home. more

Video footage of Metallica's October 30, 2009 performance at Madison Square Garden as part of the 25th-anniversary celebration of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame can be viewed here

Three members of System Of A Down - Daron Malakian (guitar, vocals), Shavo Odadjian (bass) and John Dolmayan (drums) - plus Scars On Broadway's Franky Perez performed three songs (including SOAD's "Suite-Pee" and Scars On Broadway's "They Say") at Shavo's Halloween party at the Roxy Theatre. More info and video here

Rise Against announce another Christmas radio show performance. Here is what they had to say: After finishing a brief European festival jaunt with our friends in AFI, we knew we all needed to get back on a stage together soon. So we're bringing the party to San Diego. As part of the 91X Christmas show we are playing San Diego on Dec 13th at the Viejas Arena with AFI and more, we can't wait to see our incredible Southern California fans.

Paramore are releasing a limited vinyl version of their latest, 'brand new eyes'. It's pressed on 140G black vinyl and limited to 5,000 copies worldwide. It will be available in select stores on November 23rd. But you can preorder a copy at their webstore here

Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, The Color Fred) and Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit, Death in the Park) have started a new band called Initials. more

Sherwood enlisted the help of the multi-talented Matt Wignall best known for his work with the Cold War Kids (mattwignall.com) to direct the video for the first single off their latest release, Qu – out now on MySpace Records. Check out the video here

Propagandhi's Todd Kowalski tells ThePunkSite.com that they already have 12-songs for their next album, but don't expect anything soon. Check out the interview here, it's an interesting read.

Funeral For A Friend have announced their homecoming show at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff has been postponed to Monday, November 23rd due to factors outside the bands control more

SongVest, the company that reinvented music memorabilia by auctioning song rights directly to fans, has announced their next auction will feature MTV hits "Fly High Michelle" And "Baby Loves You" from 80's power pop band Enuff Z'Nuff. The auction will take place November 21-28 more

Soilwork has announced plans to enter the studio in January to record their next album for Nuclear Blast Records. The effort will be produced by guitarist Peter Wichers and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost) more

Ex Deo, the roman themed arsenal led by Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono, has officially pulled out of the Ensiferum tour for visa matters beyond the band's control. more

Have you watched the Weezer Snuggie infomercial yet? If not, you can check it out here

Bon Jovi has added a performance at the 20th anniversary celebration for the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany to what's already a jammed promotional schedule for its new album, The Circle. more

Slash guest stars on the track "Rockstar 101" on Rihanna's forthcoming album "Rated R". -

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Cold Almost Done With Album And Plan To Hit The Road
antiMusic reports: Scooter Ward of Cold gave fans an update on what the band plans in the new future: a new album and tour, and also announced a new song stream on the band's myspace page. Here is what he had to say:

Getting geared up for the new year. The new album titled "EPIC" is being mastered at this moment and will be done very soon. I have submitted the song "My Religion'' for the myspace page . We had played that one at a few shows on the last tour so i wanted everyone to hear the finished version. Although the song is not a single from the record i think its cool so here it is.

Upcoming tour dates for our 2 week tour will be available this week so keep checking in. Album will be released early next year and tours will follow. As always we thank you all for the support over all the years as COLD and love you all very much. New merchandise will be coming from our new store in December and I will keep you all updated as things happen. S.W.

- http://www.myspace.com/cold

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Thrice, The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day And Bayside Frontmen Each Perform Solo Sets on the Where's The Band Tour
PR reports: Where's The Band? is a tour featuring solo acoustic performances by four frontmen of successful groups. Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams), Chris Conley (Saves The Day, Two Tongues) and Anthony Raneri (Bayside) will bring Where's The Band? to the West Coast for the first time in January, performing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Anaheim.

The inaugural Where's The Band? tour in January 2009 included 10 dates in the Midwest, all of which sold out. The four singers sat in during each other's sets, creating a unique and special event for fans.

A limited number of tickets have been held for Where's The Band? fans and will be available through an exclusive Ducat King presale that begins Thursday, November 5, 2009. General public onsale is the following Thursday, November 12.

- dates

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The Flaming Lips Reach Career High
Warner Bros. reports: The Flaming Lips have cracked the Top Ten on the Billboard top 200 Album charts for the first time with the release of the brand new Warner Bros. Records release, Embryonic.

The 12th studio album from Oklahoma City's Official State Rock Song authors was the week's second-biggest debut upon release on October 13, which starts at No. 8 with just under 32,000, giving the band their highest-ever chart entry. The Flaming Lips' last album, AT WAR WITH THE MYSTICS, debuted and peaked at No. 11 in 2006 with 48,000 in its first week.

Great news for LIPS fans and collectors: The deluxe double vinyl package will at last hit shelves on Nov 27. These beautifully packaged collections will be pressed on color vinyl (one blue and one yellow disc) and manufactured at Pallas Records, MFG, the world's premier vinyl pressing plant in Germany. Thinking of a European vacation? Good timing as The Lips will embark on a brief tour overseas this coming week. - dates

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Radio Weezer To Preview Raditude Today
PR reports: Weezer is telling their fans that "Weez in charge" once again, as the band prepares to use its own A.P.E. Radio virtual airwaves this week to feature the brand new songs from their highly anticipated album, Raditude.

Beginning on Tuesday, November 3rd at 12:01 am, the multi-platinum band will blast out one new song at the top of each hour on "Radio Weezer," along with exclusive interviews featuring the stories behind the making of their long-awaited seventh album.

When the public first tuned into "Radio Weezer" upon its August 28th launch, they heard selected playlists of some of the band's favorite songs, plus members' personal contributions and band news. That was just the beginning. Starting Tuesday morning, fans can hear frontman Rivers Cuomo on a multitude of topics such as his favorite track on the new album ("Can't Stop Partying" which he co-wrote with Jermaine Dupri); the band's new sound; his addiction to Twitter; writing a song with Aly & AJ; and the singer's choice in fashion, including facial hair and why he grew that mustache. Also joining the station will be band friend Karl Koch- Webmaster, historian and "unofficial fifth member." All that content and music serves to make "Radio Weezer" an alternative station unlike any other. - more on this story

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Lost David Gilmour Produced Unicorn Albums See The Light
Glass Onyon reports: Pink Floyd fanatics rejoice with the first time release of two rare David Gilmour produced albums by UK country rock band Unicorn! The CDs 'Blue Pine Trees' and 'Too Many Crooks' will be released by premier reissue label Renaissance Records in conjunction with ItsAboutMusic.com on November 11th. When you think of 'country rock' band's like Firefall, Pure Praire League, Poco, Flying Burritto Bros probably come to mind first, but one band that could well be called the godfathers of the genre actually came from England. The meeting between Unicorn and Pink Floyd's renown guitarist is a curious one.

Early in 1973 Unicorn played at the wedding reception for Transatlantic publicist Ricky Hopper. One of the guests was David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, who at the end of the evening got up and jammed with Unicorn on Neil Young's "Heart of Gold". Afterwards Gilmour told the band that he really liked Country Rock. A week later the Pink Floyd guitarist phoned the band to say that he had just installed a studio at his country retreat and asked if they wanted to demo some songs there. The band immediately accepted. A few days later they travelled up to Essex to Gilmour's estate. He showed them into the studio and said there was no need to bring any of their gear in from the van. Hanging on the walls was his collection of vintage Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker and Martin guitars and underneath them Fender amplifiers and a Premier drum kit. They recorded three songs and Dave added some Fender Pedal Steel Guitar which he had just brought on his last American tour and was learning to play. They were invited back on several occasions to record.

"Unicorn were playing at the wedding reception of an old friend of mine, Rick Hopper," related David Gilmour, "when I first saw them and while I was impressed by their vocal harmonies, their tightness and the fact that it was the drummer that sang the lead vocals, it was the songs themselves that I liked the best. Ken Baker's songs, while firmly seated in the American country rock genre had a very original and unusual wry English feel in the stories he told. The one that really made me notice was 'Sleep Song', about a trip to the dentist. Not a common subject for the popular song. Largely on the strength of this I invited them to my tiny home studio in Essex to record some demos. This was the start of an association that was to cover two and a half albums over the next couple of years." - more on this story

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Motorhead's Lemmy Teams Up With Slayer Star
PR reports: On the soundtrack to the new Flip Skateboards film, Extremely Sorry, created by the producer, Baron, and released digitally this past Tuesday, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead)–accompanied by Dave Lombardo of Slayer on drums–sings a cover of Ben E. King's classic song, "Stand By Me".

The collaboration came as a result of the film's director and star, Geoff Rowley, who is massive fan of Motörhead (Rowley is in the forthcoming "Lemmy" movie) and who is also especially fond of Lemmy's work in The Head Cat and their 2006 release, Fool's Paradise (an album comprised entirely of covers), asked Lemmy if he would lend his vocals to Baron's instrumental re-imagining of "Stand By Me". Lemmy graciously accepted. Listen here

Following Baron and Lemmy's collaboration, Rowley interviewed Lemmy at the Rainbow Room in Hollywood for a feature in the November '09 issue of monthly skateboarding Bible, Thrasher Magazine, which has now been posted online in video form on Thrasher's website. Over the course of the 4 part interview, Lemmy discusses the Beatles, Sex Pistols, life, death and his ongoing work on a forthcoming solo album. watch it here

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Jack's Mannequin Announce Headlining Shows To Follow Weezer Tour
Sire reports: Jack's Mannequin, led by Andrew McMachon, will hit the road in December as very special guests of Weezer. They will also be part of an exclusive WRXP show along with Phoenix and Manchester Orchestra on December 2nd at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. In addition, Jack's Mannequin will launch their own headlining tour of the U.S. in February 2010.

A fan pre-sale for the February headline tour begins today through the band's website, http://www.jacksmannequin.com/, and will continue through Thursday, November 5th. Tickets will go on-sale to the public beginning Friday, November 6th.

The band is on the road supporting its second album, The Glass Passenger, which was co-produced by McMahon and Jim Wirt. The Glass Passenger is the follow-up to the band's debut Everything in Transit. Both albums have been critically embraced and continue to garner endearing and enduring adoration from fans and musical peers around the globe due to McMahon's gift of rare melodic sensibility and universal lyrical insights that have resonated so deeply and personally with his ever-expanding audience. - more on this story

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