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Full Report for 11/05/2009

Aerosmith To Replace Steven Tyler?
antiMusic reports: Classic Rock posted a bombshell report on Wednesday about the future of Aerosmith. Could the band be parting ways with frontman Steven Tyler? Going by what members of the band, including Tyler himself, told Classic Rock it is looking more and more likely that it may happen.

Steven Tyler told Classic Rock, "I don't know what I'm doing yet, but it's definitely going to be something Steven Tyler: working on the brand of myself Brand Tyler."

The magazine goes on to report that the members of the band "will reconvene (probably sans Tyler) to discuss future plans, which could be either the announcement of a long hiatus or even possibly include carrying on with a new lead vocalist."

While you may see that as reading too much into things, guitarist Brad Whitford discussed the possibility of bringing in a new singer with the magazine and he seems open to the idea, "if somebody was willing to do it and the chemistry was right, why not?". On the other hand, the magazine promised that "February's issue of Classic Rock will have a full story and a very, very special surprise for Aerosmith fans." - Read more of what Brad had to say and more here

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Fans Ask AC/DC To Change Their Tunes
antiMusic reports: acdcfans.net has issued an open letter to AC/DC in hopes of getting the band to change their tunes. Here is the letter: acdcfans.net represents an extremely vocal group of your most loyal fans. Just a handful of us have collectively attended more than 157 of your concerts (and counting) since 1978 and estimate we've contributed more than USD$84,000 (and counting) to the AC/DC juggernaut. We are just the tip of the iceberg.

Now while those numbers may seem insignificant given your touring history and estimated wealth, for us the numbers represent a passionate investment of time and hard earned money in your music. We are AC/DC fans for life, and we wouldn't change that for the world.

However, there is something we'd like AC/DC to consider changing... The setlist. On the current Black Ice World Tour, during which some of us having travelled across Europe, the United States and flown between the two continents (with flights already booked to Australia to catch the Australian leg), we have listened to you play the same great songs each and every night. We absolutely appreciate every song you play, but we can't help but wonder if the band is getting a little bored of playing the same songs night after night. - more on this story

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Jack White Turned Down Slash
Music Radar reports: With the speculation about special guests continuing in earnest, Slash revealed to MusicRadar that the one artist he couldn't pin down to play on his forthcoming solo album was The White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather star Jack White.

Slash's eponymous solo album will be released early in 2010 on Roadrunner, with Classic Rock magazine set to bundle the CD with a special collectible issue a full four weeks before it is available online or in record stores.

Slash told us: "I wanted to get Jack White to sing on something, but he didn't want to sing. He said I'll play drums, I'll play guitar, but I don't wanna sing. He was one guy that I wanted to work with. Pretty much everyone else that I went after I managed to get." - more on this story

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Another Metallica DVD Coming- No Doubt Sue Over Game Avatars- EMI Sues Over Beatles As First Digital Offering Announced- Springsteen More Album Show and more
antiMusic reports: According to MetOnTour.com, Metallica will release a new DVD featuring footage from the band's Canadian performances in Quebec City, Quebec (October 31 and November 1) and Ottawa, Ontario (November 3). more

In related news: Virginia State Police announced a community search for a Morgan Dana Harrington the missing 20-year-old junior from Virginia Tech who was last seen at Metallica's October 17, 2009 concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia planned for this Friday. more

No Doubt sued video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc over the use of their likeness on its new "Band Hero" product, accusing the company of turning the rockers into a virtual karaoke act. [Not like Gwen didn't already spoil their image enough with her hip-pop solo stuff.] more

The Beatles' catalogue is still available for free streaming and digital download purchase on BlueBeat.com - despite the fact that EMI is now suing the US-based website. EMI, which distributes The Beatles' recordings via an agreement with Apple Corps, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the company Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles. But you gotta get a load of the site owner's response here

But in related news: It isn't quite the 'Beatles back catalogue available digitally' news that fans of the band have been waiting for, but the Fab Four are at least taking their first steps into the world of noughts and ones with the limited edition release of a 16GB USB apple. n a curious move, Apple Corps Ltd and EMI Music are manufacturing 30,000 of these, each of which comes pre-loaded with 14 stereo remastered Beatles albums and 13 mini-documentaries. more

Bruce Springsteen is dusting off his catalog once again, as he and the E Street Band have announced two more full-album performances this coming weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York. more

Henry Rollins has announced details of a spoken word tour of the UK. Called the 'Frequent Flyer' tour, the former Black Flag frontman has revealed the dates which start in Dublin on January 12. more

Kid Rock, Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Charlie Daniels and the owner of Tootsies bar on Lower Broadway were named to the seventh class of inductees announced Tuesday for the Music City Walk of Fame. The honorees will be recognized officially with the unveiling of commemorative sidewalk markers on Sunday, Nov. 8, in the Hall of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. more

"Weird Al" Yankovic, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and the Pixies are on the bill together for a unique charity gig in Los Angeles next month. The two-night event will benefit Winston's Village, which supports the family of Winston Bertrand, a nine-month-old baby born with lymphatic and venous malformations. more

Technically still together, though largely inactive, Stretch Arm Strong will play two shows in mid-January. According to the band, "SAS is dusting off the cobwebs to play two benefit shows with our great friends Evergreen Terrace and Bane." dates

Primal Fear were forced to cancel Wednesday's (November 4) concert in Bergen, Norway after their bus crashed while the band was making its way to the city from Oslo. more

Talking Metal has posted an 8-minute video version of host John Ostronomy's interview with legendary guitarist, Ace Frehley. Topics include the making of Ace's new album, Anomaly, Anton Fig, John 5, Pearl Aday, Gibson Guitars, Area 51, and UFO activity in New York's Hudson Valley. Ace also shows John how to play the main riff of "Outer Space," the first single on Anomaly. The video can be viewed here

Jon Oliva's Pain's new album will be entitled Festival and is due for a worldwide release through AFM Records on February 19th, 2010. A European tour is in planning for March / April. That's not all

Kottak will be live in the studio on XRadio's, "The Rock Show", this Friday, November 6th, at 2:30 PM PST. To listen to the show, go to www.xradio.biz and click on the "Listen" link. Fans can call in during the show and talk directly to the band! The call-in number is: (702) 685-1569.

Bob Seger is raiding his vaults for a 10-song set dubbed "Early Seger, Vol. 1" that will be released Nov. 27 exclusively via Meijers stores in the Midwest before becoming available on Seger's official web site three days later. more

Photographer Jeff Findley the man responsible for shooting rock photos for just about every rock band imaginable (Van Halen, Dio, Lynch Mob, Black Label Society, KISS, etc..) from the 80's and onward, sadly passed away this past Monday, November 2nd, 2009. The cause of death is not yet known. more

Agraceful has dropped off the "A Winter To Remember Tour" with In This Moment, In Fear and Faith, and Motionless In White. rumored reason is here -

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John Mayer Teams Up With Michael Franti & Spearhead For Tour
PR reports: There is no substitute to seeing John Mayer perform live and the release of Battle Studies later this month will kick off a North American tour beginning February 8th in Charleston, SC and feature special guest, Michael Franti & Spearhead (dates below). Tickets for the majority of dates are planned to go on sale to the general public on Nov. 21, with an American Express cardmember pre-sale window from Nov. 16-20. For those starting their holiday shopping early, a special offer on www.johnmayer.com allows fans who pre-order Battle Studies now through November 10th to access their own exclusive tour pre-sale to purchase up to 12 tickets before they're available anywhere else. Further information for on sale dates to be released soon on www.johnmayer.com.

Kicking off release week, Fuse today announced that their "Fuse Presents: John Mayer Live From the Beacon Theatre," broadcast will now be broadcast overseas to U.S. troops and their families by AFN, The American Forces Network, to reach those stationed in 175 countries and on 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea. Fuse, Madison Square Garden's national music television network and Madison Square Garden Entertainment have teamed up with the American Forces Network (AFN) now Mayer's performance will air live on Fuse, in HD and SD, on November 17th at 9pm ET in the U.S. and will be simulcast live that night via AFN Radio. Additionally, AFN Television's "Spectrum" channel will air the concert on December 6, 2009 at 8pm and on New Year's Eve.

In addition to an intimate performance of his current single, "Who Says" on the Today Show on Thursday, November 19, Mayer has another special event up his sleeve with The Late Show with David Letterman. Mayer will perform as Letterman's musical guest, and then take over the studio for an extended concert for fans that will be webcast on Letterman's website. On November 19, Mayer will appear on The Late Show as a both a sit-in artist with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra and as the show's musical guest before performing a post-show fan concert, which will stream live and remain online through the beginning of the Battle Studies Tour. Other television appearances and special announcements are planned for December, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Jay Leno Show and Larry King Live.
- more on this story

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Benji Madden's Taintstick Lose Sting Challenge But Jam With Ozzy Bandmate
PR reports: Taintstick, featuring Sirius XM Radio host Jason Ellis and Good Charlotte's Benji Madden, charted at #120 on the Billboard Top 200 this week with their debut album "6lbs of Sound". Taintstick's album outsold new albums from Carly Simon, Weird Al, and Devendra Banhart this week to make their musical presence felt.

"Number 120 on Billboard Top 200 baby! Boom! OK, so we're gonna just take a mulligan on the whole Sting holiday album challenge thing. Past-their-prime pop stars, Taintstick can handle, but when you add Wal-Mart Christmas-shopping impulse-buying grandmas to the has-been mix, well, that's a potent commercial cocktail. Kudos to Trans-Siberian Orchestra (#4) for handing Sting (#5) his sleigh bell and candy cane loving ass,," commented Cow----er. "Luckily, Taintstick has disposed of the real enemy: Carly Simon (#134). Trying to see you, Carly, all the way down there, 14 big spots below us. But it's not working out for us. Weird Al (#178), we're sorry it had to come to this. Devendra Banhart (#139), hang your head in shame. Jesus man - even Carly Simon beat you. Just wait 'til everyone sees the sweet video we cooked up for 'Monkeys of War'! Viva La Taint!"

Taintstick are currently putting the final touches on their new video for "Monkeys of War", which is expected to surface in the coming weeks. For now video footage of Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko performing "Crazy Train" at Taintstick's sold-out CD release party at Wasted Space in Las Vegas, NV has been posted online
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Andrew W.K. Back With More Destruction
PR reports: Who better to host a television show about destroying stuff for fun than the world famous rocker Andrew W.K.? Cartoon Network could not have hit the nail on head (literally) any better than they did by assigning wild rock star, multi-talented musician, and motivational speaker Andrew W.K. to host the second season of a show that celebrates resourcefulness, originality, and teamwork while participants destroy large structures and rebuild them using the wreckage all with the guidance and assistance of professionals in the field.

Second season premiering Wednesday on Cartoon Network, Destroy Build Destroy promises to ignite the child in all of us who yearns to play with explosives, destroy things for fun, and never get in trouble no matter what. [Nothing like waiting until the last minute to send this news out! Hopefully there will be repeats]

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34. - For more information on Destroy Build Destroy

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Cracker Headed To Iraq
PR reports: After seven months of successfully touring the U.S. and Europe in support of Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey Cracker will embark on a very special tour of Iraq for U.S. [troops*] in November.

For safety reasons the promotor is unable to give specific dates/cities for this tour. Interestingly enough, the band won't even get their itineraries until arriving in Kuwait and Iraq. Freedom Radio in Baghdad (the only American radio station in Iraq) has already gotten behind Cracker with heavy spins from both their new record and extensive back-catalogue of hits.

As cofounder David Lowery explains of the tour, "After writing a red meat politically incorrect song in the slangy dialect of US serviceman in Iraq, it's no surprise that we were asked to walk the walk in addition to talking the talk. So be it. Yalla Yalla." - more on this story

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Rooney Announce EP and Tour
PR reports: L.A. five-piece Rooney is gearing up to release a new, limited-pressing EP, Wild One and will embark on a national headlining tour beginning November 27th at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre, in support. Fans can get a first listen to Wild One as the EP will be available exclusively at these upcoming shows before becoming available at iTunes in early 2010. Only 5,000 EPs will be pressed.

Wild One was produced and engineered by the band, and features four brand-new tracks. The EP was mixed by Dave Trumfio (Wilco, Built to Spill and My Morning Jacket) and mastered by Dave McNair (Willie Nelson, Patti Smith.)

After signing with a major record label and working with some of the music industry's most esteemed producers since their inception, the band is proud to showcase this collection of songs they crafted entirely themselves. Rooney's latest offering features some of their best, most inventive and original material to date. - more on this story

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Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell Tour Coming To DVD
Kayos reports: Released in October 1977, Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell went on to become one of the most iconic albums of the seventies, blending Rock 'N' Roll and theatrical flourish. Touring in support of this album, Meat Loaf appeared on Rockpalast in June of 1978. On November 10, Eagle Rock Entertainment, through its Eagle Vision subsidiary, will release this concert on DVD, when Bat Out Of Hell: The Original Tour hits stores.

Filmed at the Stadthalle Offenbach, Bat Out of Hell: The Original Tour captures the raw excitement of Meat Loaf's epic stage show. Larger-than-life songs like "You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)" and "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" sounded absolutely extravagant performed live. Not only does Meat Loaf dominate the stage, but also he captivates audiences with the riveting nature of his songs, with the help of the album's songwriter Jim Steinman and female vocalist Karla DeVito. It's visual proof of the power of Bat Out Of Hell, which certified 10x Platinum and sold over 40 Million copies. Also included is a bonus interview from 1978 with Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman.

In addition to Bat Out Of Hell: The Original Tour, Eagle Rock will release two other Rockpalast DVDs in November, as performances from Thin Lizzy and UB40 will also hit the shelves.
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Cloud Cult Reissues
PR reports: On December 8th, 2009 Cloud Cult will release a double-disc reissue of They Live on the Sun (2003) and Aurora Borealis (2004) two of their earliest albums. These two home recorded releases have been re-envisioned, remixed and remastered for the first time by Cloud Cult's Craig Minowa and this special double-disc release will contain previously unreleased bonus tracks.

The albums, which are now out of print and could only be purchased at live gigs and select Independent record stores, will be available for the first time nationwide and fans can take advantage of a presale on the band's web site in late November www.cloudcult.com.

Cloud Cult's lead singer/songwriter Craig Minowa created these albums during 18 months of seclusion at his Northern Minnesota organic farm after his two-year-old son passed away unexpectedly in 2002. Originally released on the band's own Earthology Records, they were mainly available on a local level due to a shoe-string credit card budget.
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RX Bandits Go iPhone
PR reports: It's been a landmark year for Southern California's multifaceted prog-psych-rock quartet RX Bandits, and now the band has even more big news to report. This week, the band launched its own iPhone application available free to download at the iTunes Store. And, to get iPhone users even more excited, RX Bandits also have 2 songs featured in the popular game Tap Tap Revenge 3 for the mobile device.

Additionally, the group's widely popular new album, Mandala is available on Amazon.com's "50 for $5" promotion throughout November. That album catapulted to Amazon's #1 Top Selling MP3 Album upon release and later landed on its Most Downloaded Albums of 2009.

Also hot on the heels of a wildly successful South American tour, RX Bandits has just announced three very special shows with Glassjaw in California. - more on this story

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