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Full Report for 11/04/2009

Hulk Hogan Tried To Join Metallica
Rock Radio reports: Wrestling star Hulk Hogan tried to audition for Metallica and the Rolling Stones, he says in a new autobiography. The 56-year old explains how he made a living in his college days playing bass in a number of bands. And once he'd made it as a star in the ring, he wanted to be a star on the stage as well.

When Metallica bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus crash in 1986 Hogan decided he'd like to fill the gap, and made contact with Lars Ulrich and co.

Hogan tells the Chicago Tribune: "When Metallica was looking for a bass player I called – and never heard a word back. I would have quit wrestling in a heartbeat to be the bass player for Metallica."

An early 1990s bid to replace Bill Wyman in the Stones also fell flat - more on this story

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Norma Jean Eye 2010 Album Release As They Hit The Road
PR reports: Acclaimed post-hardcore heavy rockers Norma Jean signs with Razor & Tie and plans a 2010 album release. The band will headline the "Explosions 2009" US tour in late November through December.

Norma Jean will play their breakthrough album Bless The Martyr and Kiss the Child in its entirety on select dates. This is the band's first headlining trek since the Fall of last year and boasts an impressive lineup - Horse The Band, The Chariot and Arsonists Get All The Girls - with a few surprises from the powerful live band. In January Norma Jean will head into the studio to record a new album for a 2010 summer release.

Cory Brandan of Norma jean comments, "If we didn't sign to Razor & Tie, I think we would have gone on a killing spree, with no regard for life or limb. I think for the first time in our career, upon presenting our ideas, we get to hear the word "yes" more often. It's like discovering an unknown tribe on a distant island. Except we're the tribe and we don't know your language. Plus we have spears and swords and we're cannibals. Either way, we're insanely animated about R&T showing up and want to try on their Nike Air Jordans. " - more on this story

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Sublime Lose Their Name- Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Recovering From Stem-Cell Treatment- Muse and Switchfoot Release New Videos Online and more
antiMusic reports: A Los Angeles judge has shut down an effort by former members of the ska-punk band Sublime to perform under the name. The preliminary injunction was issued Tuesday in a trademark lawsuit brought by the estate of frontman Bradley Nowell, who died of a drug overdose in 1996. more

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is recovering after undergoing stem-cell treatment on his injured right hand. He says, "It's coming on alright actually. I've already had the stem-cell treatment, so I've just got to wait now. It's been six weeks but it's feeling great." more

Switchfoot have released a video for their rockin' new single "Mess Of Me". You can check it out here

MySpace Music premieres the brand new video from Muse for "Undisclosed Desire." From the band's fifth album, The Resistance, the exclusive debut of the video can be found here

AFI have confirmed more dates in the coming months which include shows in Canada, US and Australia. Grab the dates here

In October a solo album from Nick Oliveri titled Death Acoustic was released worldwide, now Nick is hitting the road in support of the effort. more

Hypocrisy's U.S. tour has been delayed due to visa issues. more

Thirty Seconds To Mars will debut the title track off their upcoming album This Is War in a surprising place: the new video game Dragon Age: Origins. more

Gwen Stacy will perform a handful of headlining dates in December with support from Amarna Reign dates

Saving Abel plan to release their next record in the first half 2010. Drummer Blake Dixon tells Billboard, "Basically right now we've got the album pretty much finished, and I think if we put it out right now people would love it. But we want to make sure we're completely ecstatic with it." more

Bane has announced another new EP. Coming on the heels of their Boston 6:58pm from earlier this month, the hardcore veterans will be releasing six more new songs. The band recorded with Jay Maas at Getaway Studios in June 2009 and six new songs named after American soap operas. more

The documentary Punk's Not Dead will be screened on FUSE on Monday, November 9th at 8pm, and will continue throughout the month. more

In this week's episode of Parlour to Parlour, Michael Fortes heads to northern California to catch up with former Stratford 4 frontman Chris Streng at his home out in the woods, and get a preview up of a song from the soon-to-be-released next album by his current band, the Dazzling Strangers. Check it out here -

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Chickenfoot Named Best New Band of 2009
Noble reports: Classic Rock Magazine named Chickenfoot as 2009's 'Best New Band' at their annual awards ceremony that took place at London's Park Lane Hotel. While unable to attend the London ceremony, the band recorded a personalized video acceptance speech which played out to rapturous applause.

The star studded event was attended by such legends as Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Pete Townshend of The Who, Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, Brian May of Queen, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Iggy Pop, Slash of Guns N' Roses, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Joey Tempest of Europe, Ginger Baker of Cream, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Carl Palmer of ELP and members of Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Anvil, Marillion, ZZ Top, Uriah Heep and Mott the Hoople.

The prestigious award follows a successful year for the band, including sold out concerts and their debut album going Gold in America. The band will also release a new Deluxe Edition of their eponymous debut album in the UK on Monday November 9th, available through the earMUSIC label. - more on this story

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Rush Recording Plans Hampered By Music Biz
Music Radar reports: Neil Peart has taken to his website to discuss to state of Rush. According to the acclaimed drummer, the band will convene in Los Angeles very soon to discuss their next recording, the follow-up to 2007's Snakes & Arrows. "These are parlous times in the music business, so our time-honored pattern of touring, recording and touring is no longer the obvious way to do things.""

"The music world - or at least the business of it - is very different now, even since 2006, when we began work on Snakes & Arrows," he continues. "The importance of 'the album' is not what it was, and there is currently a reversion to a musical climate rather like the 1950s, when only 'the song' matters," he wrote. "Radio, downloads and 'shuffle' settings are inimical to collected works. Because of that reality, record company advances that used to pay for album projects are a thing of the past, so if that was what we wanted to do, we'd be on our own...

"To this point, the three of us haven't even discussed what we might discuss, so to speak - so our ideas and shared enthusiasm for the entity of Rush will be fresh, spontaneous and quite likely exciting. For myself, I'm open to anything we can all agree on (I've pointed out before that in a three-piece band, we need consensus, not democracy - it's no good having one outvoted and unhappy member)." - more on this story

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The Starting Line DVD Debut Coming Next Week
PR reports: Image Entertainment, Inc. will release The Starting Line's first-ever live concert CD, film and documentary DVD titled Somebody's Gonna Miss Us on November 10 on a 2-disc set.

The group will throw an official release party on Monday, November 9 at the World Café in Philadelphia (3025 Walnut Street, 8:00pm). For the event, The Starting Line will screen portions of the DVD and fans can expect live performances from the band's latest projects including Person L (Kenny Vasoli), Cheap Seats (Tom Gyskiewicz) and The Traded Series (Mike Golla).

"I feel like this Live CD/DVD will give people some real insight to where we were as a band when we decided to take a much needed 'hiatus,'" explains guitarist Matt Watts. "It was certainly interesting for me to watch all of us give our individual thoughts on our career, life after TSL and see our own differing personalities from that perspective." - more on this story

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The Doors Live Boxset To Be Released Next Week
PR reports: Rhino and Bright Midnight Archives unleash four inspired performances from The Doors' final tour with Live In New York. The latest addition to the band's acclaimed series of archival concert releases, this six-disc collection contains all four of The Doors' performances – in their entirety – recorded in 1970 at the Felt Forum in New York City.

The collection will be available November 10 at all retail outlets, including www.thedoors.com and www.rhino.com, for suggested list price of $89.98 for the physical boxed set. A digital version featuring select highlights from all four Felt Forum shows will also be available at all digital retail outlets for $9.99. An exclusive stream of "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" from the second show on January 17, 1970 will premiere at spinner.com beginning this Thursday, August 27.

Recorded January 17 and 18, 1970 – just a few weeks before the release of Morrison Hotel – these concerts find Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek locked in tight as they deliver smoking takes on soon-to-be-classics from their forthcoming album, including "Roadhouse Blues," "Peace Frog," "Ship Of Fools," and "Maggie M'Gill." The shows also feature a number of driving blues covers, such as Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," Howlin' Wolf's "Little Red Rooster," and John Lee Hooker's "Crawling King Snake." "Those were the bluesy songs we always used to do," Krieger says. "We probably hadn't done them in years, but we resurrected them for these shows."
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Everclear Reinvents Itself
PR reports: The word is out: Everclear is back, better than ever, and ready to re-connect with their audience. Frontman Art Alexakis has gone back to basics: recruiting a new band, releasing In A Different Light, a new album that reinterprets the Everclear songbook with some fresh surprises, and finally returning to the road, to the delight of fans nationwide.

Alexakis says, "It's so amazing to see the enthusiasm and intensity of our fans.....not to mention the diversity in age...they range from 15 to 50...it's great to see kids who were in middle school singing all the words to every song!"

In A Different Light is the band's first release on record label 429 Records, and, in celebration, finds the band revisiting their past work with refreshed, stripped-down arrangements of some of their best songs. Classics such as "Everything to Everyone," "Santa Monica," and "Father of Mine" stand comfortably alongside new tracks "At the End of The Day" and "Here Comes the Darkness." Like many rock greats before them, Everclear revisits their back pages with ease, intrigue, and a more mature perspective, making for an album that is a listening experience in itself.
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Overkill Set New Album Release
PR reports: Jersey thrash lords Overkill have signed a deal with E1 Music for North America. The new record will be available on CD and Vinyl, entitled "Ironbound" is set for release on February 9, 2010. This celebrates the band's 25 year anniversary. A US tour is also in the works.

Lead vocalist and founding member Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth had this to say: "Good to be with a label that understands what Overkill is about and what metal is about in 2010; exciting!"

E1 Music's VP of Metal, Scott Givens had this to say about the hefty addition: "The entire label and especially myself are extremely excited to be working with the legendary Overkill. The band has influenced most of today's top acts in the genre and as we going into their 25th Anniversary year we can not wait to unleash what I feel is their best record ever." -

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Motion City Soundtrack Release More New Album Details
PR reports: Motion City Soundtrack have revealed the details of their major label debut – My Dinosaur Life today. It's official, the album – produced by Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and mixed by the legendary Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Kaiser Chiefs) – will be released on January 19th, 2010 on Columbia Records. In addition, they have released the final track listing for the new album (see below) and revealed the incredible cover art by renowned collectible toy artist Joe Ledbetter (www.joeledbetter.com) – also responsible for the entire album art.

My Dinosaur Life is the exciting next chapter for Motion City Soundtrack. The band – Justin Pierre, Joshua Cain, Matt Taylor, Tony Thaxton, and Jesse Johnson – first jumped onto the scene with their 2002 debut I Am the Movie (Epitaph). They followed this up with 2005's Commit This to Memory (Epitaph). Also produced by Mark Hoppus, Commit This to Memory debuted at #72 on the Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell more than 300,000 copies. It garnered raves from Spin, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Blender among others and found Motion City Soundtrack making their late night TV debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In 2007, MCS released Even If It Kills Me (Epitaph), a markedly poppier endeavor that found them working with producers Adam Schlesinger, Eli Janney and Ric Ocasek. This third release debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200 and once again, the critics weighed in favorably – Alternative Press featured them on the cover of their "Most Anticipated" issue, the New York Times claimed "they made an album that sounds like one long sugar rush, and so long as the rush lasts, it sounds pretty great" and SPIN proclaimed the album as "near perfect pop." In the Fall of 2008 Motion City Soundtrack further showcased their talents when they released alternative versions of five songs off Even If It Kills Me as an iTunes exclusive. The culturally acclaimed hit TV series Gossip Girl featured the alternative version of "Fell In Love Without You'" in their season premiere that fall.
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The Almost Announce Retail Exclusive Deluxe Version of New Album
PR reports: The Almost's new Tooth & Nail/Virgin/EMI album Monster Monster hits stores this week. In gearing up for the new release, the band has hooked up with retailer Best Buy to release an exclusive fan deluxe package of Monster Monster.

The deluxe package includes limited edition swag from the band: t-shirt, trading cards, collector stickers and two bonus tracks (West and Wrong) and is on sale for $19.99 (the standard album is also on sale for $7.99). Fans can check out live in-stores at Best Buy stores in Houston (11/5) and Dallas (11/6) and also have the opportunity to chat live with the band online at AbsolutePunk.net tomorrow, November 4 at 8pm EST.

Formed by Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie along with guitarists Jay Vilardi and Dusty Redmon, bassist Alex Aponte and newest member, drummer Joe Musten, The Almost's Monster Monster represents the culmination of two years of touring, with the resulting disc a melding of the group's individual talents into a truly collaborative effort. Before the street date, The Almost released a new video for "Lonely Wheel" to fans, which will be followed by their lead anthemic rock single "Hands." - more on this story

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Singled Out: Love and Theft
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Stephen from Love and Theft tells us about "Runaway" from their brand new album "World Wide Open". We now turn it over to Stephen for the story:

We all agreed unanimously on this for the first single. It means a lot to all of us because we all picked up and left our hometowns, dropped out of college and left everything to pursue our country music dreams. This song is about reaching that breaking point where you actually decide to leave behind a negative part of your life, whether it be an unhealthy relationship or a job or a hometown and pursue something different, something new and positive. It's about that point where you stop talking about it and you actually do it. That's what we all did. If we hadn't all been runaways, we wouldn't be here right now. Life is too short to not enjoy the journey.

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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