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Full Report for 11/20/2009

Chickenfoot The Movie
Chickenfoot is headed To Theaters... Movie Theaters that is. Here is the official word: Come experience the very first filmed live show of the new rock collaboration Chickenfoot. Yes, Chickenfoot! In Theatres on December 1st.

Chickenfoot Live the concert film features Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony formerly of Van Halen, world-class guitarist and band founder Joe Satriani, and the "funk/alternative" drummer Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Don't miss one of the greatest rock music collaborations of all-time live in Full HD and 5.1 Surround Sound coming to select theatres on December 1st, 2009! - theater list etc here

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Alice In Chains 2010 Tour Plans
Alice In Chains have announced dates for a North American tour set to kick off at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on February 2nd.

The band is touring in support of its critically acclaimed new album BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE (Virgin/EMI), which entered Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 5, with first-week sales exceeding 126,000 copies.

The band's electrifying set list will spotlight classic hits and new favorites, including new single "Your Decision," which impacts radio on December 7th. The band recently shot a video for the song with director Stephen Schuster, who they previously worked with on the video for "A Looking In View." - more on this story

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Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown Team Up For Tour
Nickelback, has announced the 2010 North American leg of their Dark Horse World Tour.

The tour will feature special guests Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown with the opening act and additional dates to be announced.

The newly confirmed dates are hot off the heels of their summer and fall dates where the band played to sold out crowds around the world. Tickets go on sale beginning December 4th in select markets - more on this story

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Ringo, McCartney Duet- Fall Out Boy on Hiatus- Slash N' Adler Jam- The Analyst Guitarist Injured In Fall- Oscars Snub Anvil- Interpol Eye 2010 Release and more
Ringo Starr is joined by his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney for a duet on "Y Not," the drummer's forthcoming solo album due out Jan 12, 2010. more

Pete Wentz is refuting rumors that Fall Out Boy have broken up, telling MTV News the band is taking some time apart. Wentz says the group is on hiatus more

Interpol have revealed that a new album will be released in early 2010. Although a release date, title or tracklisting is still yet-to-be announced, Sam Forgarino revealed how the band had reverted back to their early sound. more

The Analyst has issued the following regarding the recent hospitalization of guitarist Alex Wilkinson: "Our guitarist and best friend Alex was hospitalized late Friday, November 13th (Friday the 13th) as he suffered major injuries from falling from a ladder. Alex was nearly 30 feet in the air when the ladder he was on collapsed beneath him and he fell to a concrete floor shattering his right wrist in several places and fracturing his left wrist. Alex was rushed to a South Bend, IN hospital and then immediately sent to a specialist in Indianapolis, IN for days of surgery." more

The Who had this update for fans: Roger Daltrey's Tour is in its final stages and concludes at the end of November, in time for Roger and the band to take a well-earned rest over the Christmas holidays. As much as he enjoyed last year's shows, Roger is definitely NOT performing with the Transiberian Orchestra this year. Maybe that's because he needs the time to devote to a new project that he's been kicking around, ie writing his autobiography. Kicking around? No. We still don't know the official score on that other rumor either. more

LA Weekly spoke with Slash this week and learned that his former Guns N' Roses bandmate Steven Alder will one of the special guests that will join him at the LAYN Benefit in Los Angeles on 11/22. You can check out the full feature here

According to Hits Daily Double Them Crooked Vultures' self-titled debut album is on track to sell between 70,000 and 75,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. more

Anvil can put away those Oscar acceptance speeches, because they won't be going to the awards next year. more

Skillet will be hitting the road in 2010 in support of Shinedown and Puddle Of Mudd more

Past Lives, one of the new projects from The Blood Brothers have announced their debut full length. The record is titled Tapestry of Webs and is due out February 23, 2010. more

Chuck Berry has postponed his forthcoming UK tour. The move comes after the legendary blues guitarist recently cancelled a gig at The Troxy in London on November 28. more

On November 17, Allman Brothers/Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes joined legendary heavy rockers Deep Purple onstage for the classic "Black Night" in Amsterdam, Holland more

Rose Funeral are heading back on the road with Polish death metal band Vader. Label mates Lazarus A.D. will also be on board for a few dates of this trek and among other bands on the tour are Decrepit Birth, Warbringer, Augury and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky. more

Dark Tranquillity have extended their upcoming Russian tour to three dates. more

The Showdown have canceled their remaining tour dates with Impending Doom and Oh, Sleeper more

L.A. Guns vocalist Phil Lewis and guitarist Stacey Blades will be doing a special acoustic night at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday November 25th. more -

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Green Day Revamp 21 Guns With Idiot Musical Guests
Green Day are in the studio this week recording a new version of their hit single "21 Guns" with the cast of American Idiot - the stage version of the band's 2004 album that has been playing at Berkeley Rep since early September.

The band's singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong is producing the track, which will impact radio at the end of November and be made available for purchase through all digital retailers.

Green Day, which also includes bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool, are shooting a video for "21 Guns" with the American Idiot cast. American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Rep on September 4th and was extended through to November 15th due to record-breaking sales and unprecedented demand for seats. Called "the hottest fall theatre ticket," by the San Jose Mercury News, American Idiot brought Green Day's blockbuster album to life in a show staged by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), who collaborated with Armstrong on the story.

"21 Guns" is the second single from Green Day's gold album 21st Century Breakdown. The digital version of the track has gone platinum, selling more than one million downloads, while the video won three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in September, including "Best Rock Video." The band recently completed a sold out European Tour and will next appear on the American Music Awards on November 22nd, followed by NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly on December 31st.
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Bonnaroo 2010
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the dates for the ninth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Confirmed to take place June 10 - 13, 2010, the four-day festival will once again be held at the same beautiful, 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles southeast of Nashville.

Ticket pre-sales for the festival will begin on November 27, 2009 and will last until 11:59pm eastern on December 31st. Bonnaroo will once again offer general admission tickets for five easy payments of $50 plus applicable fees through the holiday pre-sale. In addition, with each ticket purchase the festival will send a Bonnaroo holiday greeting card featuring a unique, iconic photo from Bonnaroo's colorful past. To get a card, purchasers must place their order by December 16th. A limited edition 2010 Bonnaroo Calendar will also be available during this period. To see a great stop motion video created by Shadow Machine (Robot Chicken, Moral Orel) about the Holiday Pre-Sale, go to bonnaroo.com.

Always looking for ways to better the festival each year, Bonnaroo's ninth promises to build on the achievements of the previous eight in all facets of the event. From its music programming to the non-music attractions, activities and art, the promoters are already deep into adding new and exciting elements to create yet another incomparable weekend. Since it's inception in 2002, the festival has evolved into a world-class, multi-faceted entertainment experience, swiftly earning its status as the country's premier music and arts event. - more on this story

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Bruce Kulick Taps Members Of KISS, The Knack, Motley Crue For New Album
If you ever play Six Degrees of Bruce Kulick, the former KISS/current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist's résumé will keep you happily busy for hours. Having been tapped by artists as diverse as Meat Loaf and Kanye West, the veteran axeman's boundless creative energy permeates his third solo LP, BK3.

In the works for nearly six years and produced by Jeremy Rubolino, BK3 delivers explosive hard rock arrangements and addictive pop melodies that honor both Kulick's singular past and bright future. And then there's the jaw-dropping guest list, boasting members of KISS, the Knack, Toto, Mötley Crüe and more.

"Bruce was to KISS what Ronnie Wood is to the Stones," says Rocket Science GM & Fanboy Enterprises A&R executive Ken Gullic. "The new guy to one generation, and the long standing stable horse to another." - more on this story

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Smile Empty Soul Announce Headlining Tour With Burn Halo (Ex-Eighteen Visions) & The Last Vegas
Smile Empty Soul has announced the tour dates for their upcoming headlining tour alongside Burn Halo (ex-Eighteen Visions) and The Last Vegas. The tour will start in early December and run into February of 2010. More tour dates will be announced shortly.

"It feels great to get back out on the road again. I've honestly been going crazy just counting the days until get back out there playing shows," says Sean Danielsen. "This upcoming tour is going to be cool as we get the chance to play a longer set, and we can play a couple of the new songs fans have been waiting to hear live. We've also got two great bands on the bill with us, Burn Halo featuring ex-Eighteen Visions frontman James Hart, and The Last Vegas, who are an awesome band signed to Nikki Sixx's Eleven Seven Music. This tour is going to be a big sweaty party, so make sure you get your tickets now."

Smile Empty Soul is currently touring in support of their recently released new album, "Consciousness", which was released through F.O.F Label Group/EMI. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, CA by producer by Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, Ill Nino) and mixed by Jay Baumgardner (Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Papa Roach).
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Metallica Member Quits- Slayer Blamed for Teen Slaying- High Schooler Threatens To Kill Rocker- Guns N' Roses Return- Ozzy Sitcom and more top stories from 2001
Rewind for Jan thru March 2001. 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.

Sad but true, Jason Newsted has announced that he has left Metallica. Newsted was hired away from Phoenix speedmetal band Flotsam & Jetsam in 1986 after the tragic death of Cliff Burton. Over the past fourteen years Newsted has played bass on six of Metallica's albums. The following is part of a statement issued by Jason announcing his decision: "Due to private and personal reasons, and the physical damage that I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love, I must step away from the band." more

Metal group Slayer will once again face allegations that their music was partially responsible for the murder of a 15 year-old girl in 1995. In January, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Burke ruled that the attorneys for the slain girl's family failed to present sufficient evidence to warrant a trial. Allen Hutkin the attorney representing the parents of the 15 year-old victim, Elyse Pahler, filed a third amended complaint last Friday (March 23rd) in hopes of bringing the case to trial. more

It appears an Buffalo Grove, Illinois high school student has been sending death threats via email to Enuff Z'nuff guitarist Monaco. Monaco, real name John Monaco, started receiving harassing and threatening emails from this individual on December 30th. The address line of the first email stated that it came from a JACK PACIOLLA using an earthlink email account. In this email the sender told Monaco he looked like Tori Amos and accused him of being a "crazy petifile" (that's pedophile for those who can spell). more

After a long seven year absence Guns N' Roses returned to the stage at 3:30am Jan 1st at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. The latest incarnation of the rock supergroup played mostly music from the chart topping debut "Appetite for Destruction", but treated fans to a preview of five new songs that will appear on the forthcoming "Chinese Democracy" album. more

TheThreshold.com are hoping to launch a new sitcom based on the life of Ozzy Osbourne. The website has been hired to produce Ozzy's websites and is also working on plans to develop a new sitcom based around the legendary metal vocalist, tentatively titled, "Ozzy and Harriet." more

Reading between the lines on a news update today at the official KISS website, it appears that Peter Criss has bowed out for the remainder of the Reunion tour and former KISS drummer Eric Singer has rejoined the group for the remainder of the tour. more

Karen McNeil, the women who was convicted of stalking Axl Roseafter she violated a restraining order, will be sentenced for violating her probation on March 1st. She was charged with the violation after she left an Ohio mental hospital last December without permission. more

On Feb 19th Napster put a $1 billion dollar offer on the negotiating table in hopes of settling the copyright infringement lawsuit brought against them last year by various major record labels. So far, one record label went on record in a press statement dismissing the offer as not being enough. more

David Lee Roth filed a lawsuit against the etailer VanHalenStore. Roth is seeking injunctive relief against the website for fraudulently claiming to sell "official" Van Halen merchandise. more

In January, Elektra Records upgraded sales figures for fourteen AC/DC albums placing their total sales in the US at 63 million according to The Recording Industry Association of America newest certification numbers; this is up from their previous listing of 46.5 million. With the new sales numbers tallied, AC/DC is now the fifth highest certified band in U.S. history. Only the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Eagles have sold more records in America. more

System Of A Down and producer Rick Rubin will enter a Los Angeles studio on Monday, February 12 to begin recording one of the most highly-anticipated albums of this year—the follow-up to the group's self-titled debut album which was released in 1998 on the Sony-distributed American Recordings label. more

We have some bad news for fans expecting to see Slash's Snakepit open for AC/DC on the current North American Tour. Slash has been forced to cancel the remaining dates on the tour due to a bout with pneumonia. more

Sean "P.Shiddy" Combs walked out of court March 16th a free man after a jury found him not guilty on all charges. Puffy was facing a possible 15 to 30 years in prison (depending on who you ask) on bribery and illegal gun charges stemming from a shooting at a New York nightclub in 1999. here

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

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Nils Lofgren Discusses Springsteen Tour Finale
On Sunday night Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will roll into Buffalo for the last gig of the monumental "Working On a Dream" tour. They will close it out the tour where it all began by performing songs from their first record "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J." in its entirety for the first time in the bands history.

The Rock Rapport had the great fortune to catch up with Nils Lofgren during the final week of the tour and here are a couple of excerpts from the interview so you'll see why this show will be even more special for the band and fans.

Ross CAT- Good Morning Nils I consider this my "Lucky Day" to be able to speak with you; Buffalo is extremely excited about hosting the final show of this amazing tour. Nils Lofgren-The band is really excited too, we're in the best shape of our musical lives. While we're all a little homesick its bittersweet to see a great band like this have to stop workin' it for the time being.

Ross CAT- To make this evening even more memorable Buffalo will get to help Steven Van Zandt celebrate his birthday. Nils Lofgren-Yeah it's actually on the day of the show, I'm certain we'll have something planned to embarrass him properly. - Read the full interview here

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Crash Kings Hitting The Road With Rooney
With their single "Mountain Man" starting to take over Alternative radio (one of the top added tracks this past week keeping Them Crooked Vultures, Pearl Jam and Green day company).

Spending time on the road with Stone Temple Pilots in Canada Crash Kings are honing their rock chops to head back out on the road this Holiday seasons with Rooney.

The musical siblings (along with drummer Jason) have created unique and raucous BIG rock sound without the use of guitars (see the history of rock guitar video here). - more on this story

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