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Full Report for 11/19/2009

Aerosmith Members Fear Steven Tyler May Be Back On Drugs
(antiMusic) Aerosmith is trying to get a grip on what is troubling their frontman Steven Tyler who is reportedly taking a couple years off from the group. His bandmates appear to fear that Tyler may be back to battling old demons according to a new report from Reuters.

"I suspect there's a lot more going on than we know about," Aerosmith's Brad Whitford told Reuters. "He has a well-documented history of drug abuse, and I find myself very suspicious. I haven't seen him do this or ... have any personal knowledge, but the isolation is very typical of addictive behavior, and his -- what I call -- irrational behavior."

Joey Kramer says in a different interview "Steven has made some poor choices as of late, and he's got some bad influences around him, and I think that for the most part he's his own worst enemy ... I just really hope that Steven puts the focus on Steven and gets healthy."

- Read the Reuters report for more

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Dio Hospitalized- Stone Temple Pilots Postpone Tour- Rise Against Australia- Protest The Rumors- Death To All But Metal- Fred Durst Still A Hater and more
Dio's European tour has been cancelled after the band's namesake Ronnie James Dio was taken ill. "Ronnie has been hospitalized and we are waiting for further news," explains Ronnie's wife/manager, Wendy Dio. No further information is available at this time

Stone Temple Pilots are postponing the December and January dates until next year. In a notice on their website they say they are doing it "so the band can finish their highly anticipated record which will be coming out in the early spring of next year."

Rise Against had this update for fans on Wednesday: Good news Sydney and Melbourne, we have added headlining shows in both of your cities betwixt our appearances on the now sold out Big Day Out Festival in January. The shows are going down at The Enmore in Sydney and the Hi Fi in Melbourne, tickets go on sale Nov 30th, we can't wait for the chance to play another show for our incredible Australian fans down under. more

Protest The Hero are protesting some rumors in a blog post they call "Lies and bullsh*t and stuff." Here is what they had to say: Some ----in kid has taken it upon himself to inform quite a few people that our next tour and couple dates are cancelled due to an upcoming court date and assault charges. We would just like to acknowledge that it's all bull----, this kid is bat----- crazy. So consider the rumor mill shut down. We'll be in Hamilton at McMaster university Friday see you there." dates

Steel Panther has a single out titled, "Death To All But Metal," and it is being featured as the iTunes Single of the Week. It can be downloaded for free this week only. The single is from the debut album, Feel the Steel, which came out in October on Universal Republic. Get it here. Sadly this is the radio edit with most of the good parts bleeped out.

Jack White spoke with MTV about his recording plans, "It's gonna take as long as it takes ... if it takes three months to do a Dead Weather record, we'll take that long," White said. "The White Stripes record is going to be these two guys [Dead Weather bassist Jack Lawrence and guitarist/ keyboardist Dean Fertita] dressed as me and Meg, so we'll see if something interesting comes out of that." more

Mightier Than Sword has announced the next Blink 182 vinyl reissue due out in limited numbers through the label. The label will be producing 2000 copies of the band's 1997 album, Dude Ranch. more

The Showdown has dropped off the upcoming "Hell Must Fear Us Tour" with Oh, Sleeper, Impending Doom, and A Plea For Purging. more

Sylosis entered the studio this past Friday to record the follow up to 2008's successful debut "Conclusion Of An Age." Again the band is working with Scott Atkins who already worked on the predecessor. more

Ole balding one who wears a mean red cap [a.k.a. Fred Durst] still doesn't care that his merry band of nu metal "nookie" called Limp Bizkit is the most hated musical act on the planet (for over ten years and counting!), so much so that he's taken to the band's newly designed website with his biggest statement yet more

Bob Mould has booked some Italian shows next month and two New York City shows in early 2010 more

Westbound Train has announced that they will be going on hiatus following two east coast shows in December. more

Alkaline Trio have announced that their upcoming seventh album will be released as a joint venture between Epitaph Records and their own newly formed label Heart & Skull. [So it has half of a chance a success?] more

Spin Magazine claims to have debunked 16 Rock Myths. Coming in at No. 1 Radiohead can do no wrong; they say that the band kinda blow. more -

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Bon Jovi Back On Top
Bon Jovi caps the celebration of their 25th year on record with a second consecutive no. 1 debut, as their 11th studio album The Circle--released November 10th--sails into the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart on the strength of first week sales of 163,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Coming after their #1 selling tour of last year, this #1 chart debut for Bon Jovi once again proves they have a loyal fan base that transcends every change in popular music," said Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. "After two and a half decades of uninterrupted success, Bon Jovi continues to stay at the top of their game, with no signs of slowing down."

The new album's success--which includes #1 chart debuts in Japan, Canada and Germany, and a #2 debut in the UK--is fueled by the band's current worldwide single, "We Weren't Born to Follow." Bon Jovi performed the song live at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on November 9th, at the gala 20th Anniversary commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. "We Weren't Born to Follow" is currently sitting inside the Top 10 at Hot AC radio formats, and the video is in its 4th week on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown.
- more on this story

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Live Daughtry HD Webcast Tonight
Free HD concert broadcast via BillboardLive.com featuring Grammy-nominated rock band Daughtry live from Fairfax, VA, this Thursday, November 19 at 8:30 pm EST / 5:30 pm PST.

Fans can easily access the series by simply logging onto: BillboardLive.com where they will be able to safely and securely download the Microsoft Silverlight and OWL HD player onto their computer free of charge. Fans that already downloaded the software during the premiere R. Kelly concert will not have to do so again.

Building on the global success of its self-titled debut, Daughtry entered the chart at #1 with its second album, Leave This Town. The album's first single, "No Surprise," is the group's fourth #1 hit, extending an extraordinary run of #1 singles that began with its Grammy-nominated, quintuple-platinum debut. - more on this story

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Metallica Add to 2010 World Tour Plans
(antiMusic) Metallica appear to love touring because they will continue on the road well into 2010. The band announced South and Central American dates last week and now this week they are teasing fans across the Atlantic by releasing a handful of dates in April with the promise of more immenant announcements coming.

Here is what they had to say on their website on Wednesday: "Europe??" you're thinking, "weren't you guys just talking about Latin America a minute ago?" Well, yes, but we thought we would mix it up a little here and jump ahead to April to tell you about some shows happening then.

In our effort to get the info out to you as soon as the dates are officially confirmed, here are three more for you: - more on this story

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Mastodon Crack The Skye Again
Fans of Atlanta-based, heavy rock innovators, Mastodon, can't seem to get enough of their favorite band. As their current coast-to-coast co-headline tour with Dethklok, High On fire and Converge draws to a close as it approaches the west coast this week, a brand new, limited version of their current album Crack The Skye will become available online only. The last limited Edition item sold out well in advance of the on-sale date. To accommodate the demand from fans for more, the band wanted to create another exclusive item for those who may have been left out.

Thus, the ROYAL EDITION of CRACK THE SKYE will contain the album in its entirety along with the complete version of the album score. This ultra special edition will come housed in gold foil embossed Digi-book package with all new gold and black logo artwork designed by Paul Romano. The package will also contain an exclusively designed 6"x 6" artwork lithograph available in this package only plus a bonus instantly available downloadable versions of "Divinations," and "Colony Of Birchen," (both Live from XFM UK).

Pre-orders of the ROYAL EDITION are available right now through www.Mastodonrocks.com only and will begin shipping on December 15, 2009. The cost is $38.98, and this will be available one time only--once they are gone, they will not be created again, so don't delay. The first handful to order this Crack the Skye Royal Edition will receive their lithograph personally signed by the members of MASTODON. Don't delay this item is sure to sell out immediately.
- more on this story

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Flyleaf Score Top 10 Debut
Memento Mori, the new album from A&M/Octone recording group Flyleaf, debuts at No. 8 on The Billboard 200, selling 56,400 copies in its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Recorded with Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, The All-American Rejects), who also produced the band's self-titled Platinum debut, Memento Mori is a compelling blend of bold guitars and soaring melodies, anchored by the honest lyrics and transcendent vocals of lead singer, Lacey.

The album's first single, "Again," was Amazon.com's "Free Song of the Day" on Saturday and is already number 15 (with bullet) at Active Rock radio and number 20 (with bullet) at Modern Rock. The accompanying video can be seen on MTV2 and FUSE. "Again" was one of the songs FLYLEAF performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in late October, on the eve of the launch of an intimate club tour of the U.S.
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John Lennon's Nowhere Boy Soundtrack Announced
Sony Music is pleased to announce the CD and Digital Download release of the soundtrack album of the year, "Nowhere Boy" the critically acclaimed hot new film biopic about John Lennon's teenage years which led to his musical career from the Quarrymen to his early relationship with Paul McCartney and George Harrison when the Beatles first set off to Hamburg.

Featuring the directorial debut of Sam Taylor-Wood and screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh (who wrote the script for the 2007 Joy Division filmControl), the film recently closed the prestigious London Film Festival and to rapturous applause and rave reviews, prompting comparisons with the runaway success of Slumdog Millionaire.

An essential addition to Beatles collections, this authentic rock'n'roll album soundtrack is released by Sony Music as a 2-disc CD set on Monday 14th December, two weeks before the film is released in the UK on Boxing Day (26th December). - more on this story

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Will Pop Kill Rock?- Not Hole Lotta Love For the Rock Hall- Ozzy gets Pay-For-Screwed- Beatles 1- Justin Timberlake Sued By Fan and more top stories from 2000
Rewind for October thru December 2000. As we come closer to the year 2010, we're going to be taking a quick look back at some of the biggest stories of the past decade.

What a year! Seems like with every turn Pop dominated the music world. Radio and the MTV airwaves were filled with it. Close your eyes for one second and suddenly the "next big thing" appeared. We had it all, a boy band break sales records, a white rapper climb to number one on the charts, teen female singer/dancers putting out one new dance song after another. Then we had plenty of female R&B singers, who liked turning two syllable words into five notes with their overblown vocal style. Of course, AC/DC returned and ignited the hard rock faithful to show that Rock will never die! But looking back, overall it looked like the music of this year was more about fashion and trends than musicianship and songs that will withstand the test of time. Has music finally reached the point of total commercial dominance, where what is popular today will be forgotten ten years from now? Where music is created with the bottom line of sales numbers in mind instead of artistic expression? The simple answer is yes, because it already has. Now look back over the description above. You may think that I was talking about the year 2000? Surprise, surprise! That was a description of 1990 not 2000. [or 2009] more

We have a long tradition here at antiMUSIC of deriding the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame for being out of touch. When rock greats Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Patti Smith were passed over for induction in the class of 2001, we like so many fans were angry but not surprised. It appears we are not alone in our outrage. According to the New York Times, Courtney Love has demanded that the museum return all memorabilia belonging to her and Kurt Cobain. more

Ozzy is miffed at MCY for airing a Pay-Per-View concert on Nov 10th on iN DEMAND and DirecTV pay-per-view. According to Osbourne's Ozzfest publicity team the concert was taped with the understanding that it would be aired twice as a free webcast. But further reading of the fine print allowed MCY to offer the taped concert on the pay-per-view service. more

Having spent the past seven years in hiding, now Guns N' Roses are making new headlines weekly. The latest news to come out of the GNR camp came from their manager Doug Goldstein. Goldstein reported on Los Angeles's FM alt-rock radio station KROQ Monday that the long awaited new album from the band should be in stores in June. This will be just in time for a supporting tour. [He was only off by 9 years] more

And now for something completely stupid: N Sync's Justin Timberlake is being sued by a 15 year-old fan for an incident that occurred at a St Louis hotel following their November 19th concert according to a report by SonicNet.com. more

While Zack de la Rocha works hard on his debut solo effort the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine carry on without their former frontman with plans for a new live CD and home video releases. First on the agenda for RATM is the release of a new home video/DVD titled "the Battle for Mexico City". more

Even after 30 years the Beatles has top selling power. The compilation of previous No. 1 hits from the fab four dominated record charts across the world last week. The 27 track album features tracks from the 7 year career of the band. The aptly titled "1" sold 594,000 copies in the U.S. alone [Interesting number, since this week's No 1 from Bon Jovi only sold 163K copies. Keep that in mind when you read the next story as well.] more

It looks like Limp Bizkit's 15 minutes of fame are not up quite yet. According to E! Entertainment, music retailers are projecting that once the numbers are tallied the third release from the band "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water" will likely have sold over 1 million copies in it's first week. more

Radiohead's long awaited new CD has captured the top spot on Billboards Top 200 Chart this week. The new CD "KID A" debuted at no. 1 having sold over 200,000 in its first week of release. They also captured the top spot on the English, French and Canadian charts as well as the Internet sales charts. more

Retail chain, Circuit City will be selling the latest Marilyn Manson album Holy Wood (In the Valley of the Shadow of Death ) with an alternate album cover. The original cover art shows Manson crucified, missing his jaw. The Alternate cover will be a close up of the shock rockers face. The original cover art will be covered with a cardboard sleeve featuring the less offense image of Manson. more

Bright Midnight Records, a label formed by The Doors Music Company will make available from The Doors' archives nearly 30 hours of mostly live, unreleased material as well as some rare studio-recorded gems. more

S.O.D. are giving their fans a special home video and DVD for Christmas. The video called "Kill Yourself The Movie" contains concert footage from the band's 1999-2000 tour as well as interviews and behind the scenes footage. The DVD will go beyond the video and offer fans an additional bonus concert filmed live in San Fransico plus videos, special audio tracks animation, commentary from Scott Ian and more. more

We'll be back tomorrow with a look at the biggest stories from January thru March of 2001 as our end of the decade countdown continues. -

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Tool's Maynard James Keenan Wine Signing Mini Tour
Arizona Stronghold Vineyard vintners Maynard James Keenan (Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards owner and front man for Tool and Puscifer) and Eric Glomski (Page Springs Cellars) will host, in conjunction with Whole Foods Market, three bottle signings in the Southwestern U.S. kicking off with a Dec. 6 date at Whole Foods in Tucson.

The announcement follows a year in which the pair did over three dozen signing events at Whole Foods locations throughout the U.S.

Glomski and Keenan's quest to bring the wine industry to Arizona's Verde Valley is the subject matter behind a documentary currently in post-production with a planned February 2010 theatrical release.
- more on this story

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Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin On Tonight's Daily Show
Sire Records' recording artist Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin, will guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th. Andrew will be joined by Jack's guitarist and backing vocalist Bobby Raw, for a rare solo performance of their latest single "Swim," from their current album The Glass Passenger. In addition, McMahon will sit down with Stewart to discuss his recently released documentary Dear Jack, which chronicles McMahon's own personal fight against leukemia. Check local listings for broadcast time in your area.

The Dear Jack DVD was released by Sire Records on November 3rd and quickly became the No. 1 Music Movie on iTunes. In addition to being available for digital download through iTunes, the film is currently for sale in stores and on Jack's Mannequin's website www.jacksmannequin.com. Sire Records has also released The Dear Jack EP (featuring four previously unreleased tracks), which climbed to No. 17 on iTunes Overall Album chart.

Jack's Mannequin 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.
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