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Full Report for 11/24/2009

Jimmy Page, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton Supergroup Project?
Led Zeppelin site Lemon Squeezings has a speculative article connecting members of Aerosmith with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page in a new supergroup project. Read and decide for yourself: While nobody knows what's happening with Aerosmith, guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford have apparently been keeping busy, and in good company too.

Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin ) have joined them in recording with engineer Kevin Shirley, the man behind the sound of Led Zeppelin's 21st century releases, How the West Was Won, DVD and the reissue of the soundtrack to The Song Remains The Same.

Shirley says he has been recording these guitarists and "many others." He hints toward some "high profile projects" about which he's been sworn to secrecy.

Writing from Malibu on his online diary today, Shirley spoke of a "supergroup" project. He said that come January he would be "producing what has the promise to be one of the most exciting 'supergroups' to come around in a long time" He adds, "But theory is just that until we see how the dynamics play out in the studio between these superb musicians. And of course the songs will make the real difference." - more on this story

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Near Riot Leads To Record Exec Twitter Arrest
It isn't April 1st, but we still have a hard time believing this is real and not from the imagination of a modern day Orwell or Huxley. But it appears to be true and that truth is that a record executive was arrested for refusing to send out a twitter alert. While you'll see that he probably should have sent out the alert, a felony and several misdemeanor charges for failing to do so? We thought that only happens on Seinfeld.

It all started when a mall appearance by the current flavor of the month disposable teen pop singer turned ugly in Garden City, New York. Thousands of fans turned up for the in-store appearance a couple of hours before 15-year-old Justin Bieber was scheduled to appear. The crowd of young girls started pushing and shoving each other, with the near riot sending five people to the hospital (thankfully for only minor injuries).

It reportedly took the police two hours to restore order with the crowd, estimated at nearly 3,000, refused to leave the area because according to the New York Post, they "were reassured via Twitter that Bieber was going to show." The police then called on James Roppo, the senior vice president of sales at Island Def Jam Records, to help by sending out a Twitter update asking fans to leave. Roppo reportedly refused, for some unknown reason, and was arrested. He now faces a felony assault charge and misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstructing governmental administration, reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance, according to Newsday. - more on this story

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Guns N' Linkin Park- Hotel Cornell- Coldplay / A-Ha / Mew Sideband Set Debut- Haydain Neale RIP- SNL Spoof Ozzy- Green River Project Singer Hospitalized and more
Classic Rock kicks us off with this report: Three former members of Guns N' Roses got together for a live performance of Paradise City in Los Angeles on November 22. Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Alder combined forces, with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington on vocals. They have more including a link to "dodgy" video here

Chris Cornell has announced an intimate show at Hotel Café in Los Angeles on December 3rd more

Apparatjik, the side-project of Coldplay's Guy Berryman are releasing their debut single 'Electric Eye'. Released on November 30 via the bands website Apparatjik.com, the group also includes A-Ha's Magne Furuholmen and Mew's Jonas Bjerre. more

Haydain Neale, a singer/songwriter with the Canadian group jacksoul, and former president of the Songwriters Association of Canada, died today at the age of 39. Neale lost a seven-month battle with lung cancer, his family announced. more

Dave Matthews played Ozzy Osbourne in a "Saturday Night Live" skit this past weekend featuring Andy Samberg as Jack Johnson, hosting "The Mellow Show". Johnson's guests/co-hosts for the evening show included Dave Matthews (played by Bill Hader) and Jason Mraz (played by host Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Matthews himself then comes out, playing Ozzy, and sings his rendition of the Sabbath classic "Iron Man" as "I Am Tired, Man". Watch the skit more

Green River Project singer Andy Law has been receiving hospital treatment for vocal nodules and has been ordered by doctors to rest. Andy, who recently took to the stage at Bloodstock Open Air festival and is halfway through recording debut album 'From Hell To Here' with The Green River Project, had to pull out of a show at London's Relentless Garage but hopes to have recovered soon more

U2 are to headline next year's Glastonbury Festival on the 40th anniversary of the world's biggest green field arts and music event. more

Paramore have released a new music video for the track "Brick By Boring Brick". The clip was directed by Meiert Avis and Chris LeDoux and is now playing on the band's website

KISS is heading to Europe in May and will hit several countries on the continent during a two month run. You can read (and watch) the hype-filled announcement here

Steven Tyler, who may or may not be the lead singer of Aerosmith, was in New York over the weekend to perform as part of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To Cure Parkinson's,'' a benefit thrown by Michael J. Fox at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. more

Queen's Roger Taylor returns to his solo career with 'The Unblinking Eye (Everything Is Broken)' Check out the video here

The Summer Set have been named as the opening act on the AP Tour 2010, with additional bands being announced on November 30th, December 7th, 14th, and 21st. For additional clues for other bands that will be on the tour, make sure to follow the AP Tour on Twitter (www.twitter.com/theaptour).

On Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, RX Bandits perform 2 songs from their recent album Mandala ("My Lonesome Only Friend" and "It's Only Another Parsec...") on Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit" program. The episode, which also features skate legend Tony Hawk, re-airs on Friday, November 27th.

Rise Against will be playing their first show in Singapore on the way home from their Australian run. Muse & Saosin will be joining them for the Big Night Out on FEB 3rd. more

Roger Daltrey's gig in Baltimore, which he had to cancel due to ill health, unfortunately cannot be rescheduled. "Roger only has a short window at the end of the tour before he has to be back in the UK for work committiments and the venue is not available," says the singer's management.

Ben Jorgensen of Armor For Sleep's new band God Loves a Challenge will be playing inaugural gig at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ on Dec 28th.

Goatwhore has been added on as a supporting act for the upcoming North American tour with DevilDriver and Suffocation. more

Fan-filmed video footage has been posted online of Ozzy Osbourne performing with Slash at the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) benefit concert on 11/22 in Hollywood, CA. here

A documentary about the fans of Depeche Mode is set for a special London screening and you can see an excerpt from the film here

Schoolyard Heroes are calling it a day after 10 years together. Find out why here

Pretty Maids are about to enter the studio in January to begin recording their new studio album for a late spring/early summer release on Frontiers Records more -

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The Avett Brothers Hitting the Road
The Avett Brothers are thrilled to announce their 2010 spring tour dates. With their album I and Love and You debuting at number 16 on the Billboard charts and selling over 40,000 units during the first week alone, these North Carolina rockers haven't shown any signs of slowing down.

On the heels of an extremely successful 2009 year with their critically acclaimed Rick Rubin produced album I and Love and You, and an extensive electrifying US tour, The Avett Brothers gear up to remind fans just how powerful a musical force this quartet is. Beginning their spring tour on February 4th in Athens, OH the band will travel throughout the US and end up in Cumberland, MD on May 28th (see below for full itinerary).

The Avett Brothers recently taped a special performance for PBS' Austin City Limits. Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history. With this performance, the Avett Brothers join the celebrated ranks with music legends and innovators from every genre including the likes of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino. This momentous performance will air January 23rd on PBS.
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Megadeth Crew Members Fired For Gig Problems
(Rock Radio) Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has sacked some of his touring crew after a club venue was unable to keep up with the band's power demands. The band played the Madison Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday night, using the in-house PA and lighting system. But due to the requirements of the Megadeth performance, the night was beset with power cuts.

And even though he acknowledges the audience enjoyed the show, and his crew are always professional, Mustaine is still going to replace some of them because, he says, the job is all about performance.

He explains: "We employ professionals and they know all our specifics before we even come to a city or venue. From me to management to the agent to all of our crew - we know better. So I don't understand how it happened - but rest assured it won't happen again. We have some people to buy plane tickets for and some people to replace." - more on this story

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This Time Next Year Announce Tour With Four Year Strong, The Bled, Strike Anywhere, and Title Fight
California's This Time Next Year will kick off 2010 alongside Four Year Strong, The Bled, Strike Anywhere, and Title Fight for a four week tour in January and February.

The pop-punk outfit come armed with an incredible new album, Road Maps And Heart Attacks, and several US tours under their belt, having shared the stage with many of the scene's current heavyweights including Cartel, Set Your Goals, and Hit The Lights.

Produced by Brian McTernan (Hot Water Music, Circa Survive, Senses Fail), Road Maps And Heart Attacks was released in October 2009 through a unique "choose your own price" model for fans. Channeling such genre staples as New Found Glory, Saves the Day, and Blink182, This Time Next Year have also delivered two solid EPs since forming in 2006. - more on this story

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Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton Get Audiophile Remaster
(Nightwatcher) Audio Fidelity has just given one of the most influential albums in blues rock history the audiophile, 24 KT gold compact disc treatment with the release of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers' 1966 classic 'Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton'.

Remastered in original mono from the original Decca LTD. master tapes, the recording was named # 195 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and has been for over four decades a go to primer of British Blues for guitarists world wide.

The Bluesbreakers, led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall, were formed in January 1963. Eric Clapton joined in 1965 just a few months after the release of their first album. It remains one of the key, seminal releases of the 1960s, and a highly influential record, as the sound of Clapton's Les Paul through an overdriven Marshall stack provided inspiration to a whole generation of blues-based electric guitarists and groups. Clapton's incendiary playing inspired graffiti saying "Clapton is God" on the streets of London. - more on this story

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Creedence Clearwater Revisited Offer Up Christmas Song For A Cause
Doug "Cosmo" Clifford and Stu Cook of the legendary American musical group Creedence Clearwater Revival are pleased to be a part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's charity CD Hope For The Holidays - Rockin' Christmas for a Cure.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section (drums and bass respectively) with their latest project Creedence Clearwater Revisited contributed a version of the Christmas classic "Run Rudolph Run" for inclusion on the compilation CD which serves to benefit the JDRF. The 27 track collection also includes holiday recordings from Weezer, Collective Soul, The Beach Boys, Jon Anderson of Yes, and others. "Run Rudolph Run," written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie, was first recorded by Chuck Berry in 1958. Creedence Clearwater Revisited's fresh take on "Run Rudolph Run" is one that gives the holidays a rousing, classic rock, swampy flair.

Juvenile diabetes (Type 1) is a devastating auto immune disease which can strike children and adults suddenly, but lasts a lifetime. Approximately 24 million Americans have diabetes and this number is on the rise. Evidence suggests that 1 in 3 Americans born in 2000 may develop some form of diabetes in their lifetime and, to date, there is no cure.

Hope for the Holidays is currently available at national retail outlets including Best Buy and can also be found on www.Amazon.com, www.CDBaby.com and is available for download on iTunes. All profits will benefit the JDRF. - Check out the CCR song here

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Founder Dies- Scott Weiland Arrested- Metallica Rehab- Lawyers Kill Van Halen Reunion- Weezer Member In Psychiatric Hospital and more top stories from 2001
Rewind for July through Dec 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.

Leon Wilkeson bassist and founding member of southern rock giants Lynyrd Skynyrd died Friday (July 27) at the age of 49. According to a statement released by the groups publicity company Chipster Entertainment, Wilkenson died in his sleep but the statement did not elaborate on cause of death. A statement on the bands official website said "more details concerning the circumstances surrounding Wilkeson's death will be revealed as they are known." more

Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland has had yet another run in with the police. Weiland was arrested early Monday morning at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and charged with battery/domestic violence. Police were called out to the scene by hotel security following an altercation Weiland had with his wife Mary over prescription drugs, according police reports. more

The Associated Press is reporting that George Harrison has died. The 58 year-old former Beatle lead guitarist and spiritual seeker had been undergoing treatment for cancer. Harrison passed away at 1:30 Thursday Afternoon at a friend's Los Angeles home, longtime friend Gavin De Becker told The Associated Press late Thursday. more The BBC is reporting that some of George Harrison's ashes were placed into the Ganges River on Monday during a private Hare Krishna service in Varanasi, India. more

Death and Control Denied founder Chuck Schuldiner lost his two-year battle with cancer at 4 PM EST last Thursday December 13, 2001 at the age of 33. Considered by many as the founder of "Death Metal", Schuldiner had been undergoing treatment for a cancerous tumor on his brainstem. The tumor was discovered on the vocalist/guitarist's 31st birthday in May of 1999, since then Schuldiner had spent the past two and half years being treated for the cancer and working on new material with his band Control Denied. more

According to a statement on the official Metallica website, vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield has entered a rehab to be treated for alcoholism and other addictions. more

Australian police are in the United States to question Limp Bizkit and their management about the death of a 15-year-old girl. The girl died during Limp Bizkit's performance at the Big Day Out festival in Sydney earlier this year. more

The Deftones were set to rock their hometown of Sacramento Sunday night (July 15) but were forced to cancel the appearance due to illness. Frontman, Chino Moreno was taken to a Sacramento emergency room on Sunday complaining of severe throat pain. more

Napster announced yesterday (July 12) that it had settled lawsuits brought against them by Metallica and Dr Dre back in April of 2000. The plaintiffs (Metallica and Dre.) agreed to drop their suits and will allow Napster to include some of their music in the companies music sharing service when Napster implements their new "pay" model where artists and publishers are paid a royalty when their music is traded on Napster. more

Eddie Van Halen spoke out in July 2001 about the ill-fated and short-lived original reunion with David Lee Roth and explained what killed it. "The last time I spoke to or saw Dave was back in September of last year. I played him a few new tunes, we bullsh-tted a bit, had some laughs," says Van Halen in Maximum Golf magazine. "Everything looked pretty positive about gettin' together. But before you know it, attorneys are involved. These cats had me so beat down and confused, it made the cancer seem like a tiny zit on my ass. Everything seemed to fall apart once these guys got involved. I mean...we used to do it on a handshake. At this point, I don't have a clue what is going on." more

A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys was recently admitted to a rehab. The 23 year-old will undergo a 30-day treatment program for alcoholism, depression, and anxiety. more

Weezer have decided that the show must go on. With their bass player Mikey Welsh currently residing in a psychiatric hospital, (see story) Weezer put the word out that they were looking for a temporary replacement. Earlier this week it was announced on the band's official site that Scott Shriner will fill the post on Weezer's upcoming tour. Shriner was the bass player for the Los Angeles "Punk and Roll" group Broken more

A lawsuit against Slayer and the music industry has been thrown out of court by a California Superior Court judge. The judge ruled that Slayer and the music industry could not be help liable for the 1995 murder of a 15-year-old girl. more

Anticipating trouble from retail outlets like Walmart and Kmart, Slayer wants to insure that their fans get the cover art to their forthcoming American Recordings release "God Hates Us All". According to a statement released by the band's publicist last week, "The CD will sport two different covers ¬ well, one cover, and then a 'cover of the cover,'" reads the statement. " more

Controversy continues to follow Marilyn Manson on and off the stage. The shock rocker is wanted on one felony count of criminal sexual conduct and a misdemeanor count of assault and battery. According to a statement by the prosecutor, Dave Gorcyca, Manson sexually assaulted a security guard during the concert . The prosecutor alleges the g-string wearing Manson attacked security guard Joshua Keasler from behind. "he began masturbating over the G-string, as he got closer he spit on the guard. He then placed him in a headlock with his legs, and began rubbing his genitals on his head and neck area," says Gorcyca. more

Poison has been forced to cancel the remaining 22 dates of the Glam Slam Metal Jam tour with Warrant, Quiet Riot and Enuff Z'nuff due to an injured member. According to an official statement from Poison, "bassist Bobby Dall was rushed by ambulance to Omaha's University of Nebraska Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery on his back for an injury suffered while performing onstage more

Courtney Love filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last week (September 28th) against Nirvana LLC, a company owned by Love, her child and former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl , as well as Geffen Records and Universal Music Group. Grohl and Novoselic are also directly named in the suit. In the suit, Love is asking the court to declare the recording contract between Nirvana and Geffen Records void and that she be awarded all rights to Nirvana. She is also seeking damages for breach of contract. more

Nirvana's Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are fighting fire with fire in their battle with Courtney Love over rights to Nirvana's music. The surviving members of the grunge supergroup filed a lawsuit against Love yesterday (Dec 12th) according to various press reports. more

Dick Clark has filed a $10 million against Michael Greene, president of the Recording Academy (the folks who bring us the Grammy Awards). In the suit filed Wednesday, Dec 19th, Clark accuses Greene of the unfair practice of banning artists who appear on Dick Clark's American Music Awards from later appearing on the more widely viewed Grammy broadcast. more

Some things never change. While Guns N' Roses has undergone vast roster changes over the year the group's frontman and only remaining founding member Axl Rose still seems prone to temper tantrums during concert performances. According to a live review of Guns 'N' Roses December 29th concert at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino posted at MyGNR.com the temperamental singer stormed from stage twice during the concert after his microphone cut out. more

We'll be back tomorrow with a look at the biggest stories from 2002 as our end of the decade countdown continues. -

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Marley's Ghost Returns With New Album
Marley's Ghost will return from a three-year absence from recording with a new album, Ghost Town, due out February 23, 2010 on Sage Arts Records. The new album was produced by Cowboy Jack Clement, in whose Nashville home studio it was recorded. The cover was painted by acclaimed American watercolorist William Matthews.

The album follows Marley's Ghost's 2006 album Spooked, which was produced by Van Dyke Parks and featured a cover by R. Crumb. Of Spooked, No Depression remarked, "The band's eighth full-length in 20 years glides with deadpan sincerity through sea chanteys, perverted mountain gospel, country-rock, vintage pre-WWII pop, Jazz Age vamps, Dylan, western campfire songs, and a rib-tickling salute to 'the French Elvis,' Johnny Hallyday. Brilliantly sung and played, Spooked is a heady, subversive treat."

The latest development in the band's recording career may prove to be the crucial link for Marley's Ghost. Clement, the country music cornerstone whose career entwined with those of Jerry Lee Lewis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and so many others, is the beloved dean of Nashville producers, and the presence of Marley's Ghost in his studio earned the band its first Music Row buzz. - more on this story

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