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Full Report for 11/25/2009

Metallica Live CD and DVD Details
Metallica announced details of their upcoming live CD and DVD: In June of this year we were fortunate enough to return to Mexico City for three sold out shows at Foro Sol Stadium and with 155,000 of you there over the three nights, we knew it would be extra special. So we asked our friend Wayne Isham to join us with a film crew and the results of that crazy, magical, most memorable long weekend will be available on DVD and CD starting November 30 as "Orgullo, Pasion y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de Mexico" ("Pride, Passion, and Glory: Three Nights in Mexico City").

The region free DVD's and CD's include songs from all three shows recorded on June 4, 6, and 7. Each show had a unique set list, totaling 34 different songs . . . they're all there on the two DVD set along with interviews with us. Other versions that will be available include one DVD (18 tracks), Blu-ray version of that DVD, a digi-pack with the DVD and two CD's, and finally the aforementioned deluxe version in a slip case with two DVD's and two CD's. In keeping with the local theme, all the credits will be in Spanish (Portuguese for our Brazilian buddies) and will only be available at stores in Latin America. Of course we will also have it in The Official Metallica.com Store, starting sometime the week of December 7.

Most areas of Latin America will have the DVD available on November 30, however if you live in Brazil, check your local music store on December 8 and for fans in Argentina and Chile, "Orgullo, Pasion y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de Mexico" hits the stores on December 10. All DVD's are region free and will play on any player worldwide. - Click here for tracklists and format availablity by country.

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Fall Out Boy, Anthrax and Everytime I Die Members Form New Group
(Rock Sounds) Members of Fall Out Boy, Every Time I Die and Anthrax have joined forces to create a metal supergroup called The Damned Things.

FOB's Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley have teamed up with ETID's Keith Buckley and Anthrax's Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano in what could be one of rock's most unusual comings together in recent history!

The band came together through mutual friend David Karon, who will now also play bass in the band. And despite Scott Ian's initial reservations about meeting with Trohman, the pair hit it off immediately and found themselves jamming. Described by Scott as "Kyuss meeting Thin Lizzy", it's uncertain how long the project will take to come into fruition with day job commitments, but all parties are excited about the songs created. - Read comments from the band members

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Bon Jovi Nosedive From No 1 to No 19
Tony K had this interesting write up at The Screen Door: Last week, Bon Jovi claimed their fourth number-one album on the Billboard Top 200 with The Circle. This week, they made a stunning 70% drop in sales (from 163,000 copies to 50,153 - according to Hits Double Daily sales figures) and dropping from #1 all the way to #19. This is the third largest decline from the #1 spot ever in the history of the Billboard 200 (only Incubus and Marilyn Manson had more devastating declines.) Somehow, I don't think that they will be mentioning this in their next press release.

So what does this mean? It's typical for established acts to have huge debuts and then drop, but considering Bon Jovi has tallied up three platinum records this decade alone, one would imagine they would have more staying power. Lost Highway debuted in 2007 with 292,000 copies sold. The drop from the LH sales to The Circle was 33% in a little over two-years, a dramatic downturn.

Back in 2007, all pre-sale tickets for all ten shows at their New Jersey Prudential Center shows included a download that counted towards first week sales. This time around, if you wanted to buy a pre-sale ticket, you had to buy the digital download ahead of time. One would think with an entire tour going on-sale versus ten shows that sales would have been up, but they weren't. What makes the drop more significant is that the album was $3.99 for the entire first week on Amazon. Not just the first day, but an entire week and it still couldn't crack the 200,000 mark. - So what happened?

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Zeppelin Clapton Aerosmith Supergroup Just Hot Air
(antiMusic) The speculation about a Jimmy Page, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton Supergroup project has sunk like a lead balloon. We have a follow up from a report from yesterday where we ran part of speculative report from Led Zeppelin site Lemon Squeezings which connected members of Aerosmith with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page in a new supergroup project.

They reported that Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin ) have joined Aerosmith's guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford in recording with engineer Kevin Shirley and selectively quoted Shirley. They posted a follow up article on Tuesday, "clarifying" the original report. Shirley wrote to Lemon Squeezings/LedZeppelinNews.com and said "all I said was I am recording a legend (and I have done plenty in the past), and this guy is seriously thrilling! The Page/Zep thing is not what it is. There is a supergroup -- there is a classic rock remix, but the speculation is all misguided."

So there you have it. This isn't a case like when Antiquiet.com broke the big news about the existence of Them Crooked Vultures. But the good news is that Shirley is working on a supergroup project, we'll just have to wait and see who ends up being involved in that one. Given who he has worked with in the past, it could be interesting. - Read the clarification article here

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Creed Live DVD Coming Next Month
Creed are in for a special treat this Holiday Season as Creed Live, the first-ever live DVD from one of the most successful bands of the past decade, hits stores and all major online retailers on December 8, 2009, the day after its nationwide theatrical screening in movie theaters.

Creed Live, captured during the band's long-awaited "Full Circle" reunion tour, includes every favorite track a Creed fan would want, including "Higher," "My Sacrifice," "With Arms Wide Open" and "Bullets" plus new songs such as "Overcome" and "A Thousand Faces" from Full Circle, the band's first studio effort in seven years.

Full Circle recently debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts second only to Michael Jackson's This Is It. The DVD also includes a revealing documentary that follows Creed throughout "Full Circle" tour with exclusive band interviews and behind-the-scenes, and a photo gallery with over 100 intimate photos from the Summer 2009 trek. - more on this story

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Living Sacrifice Return
After an eight-year absence, Living Sacrifice, the legendary group who have been helping to define metal music in both the Christian and secular worlds since their inception 20 years ago, are back, as loud and vital as ever, with The Infinite Order, released on longtime label SolidState Records on January 26, 2010.

The band's seventh full-length overall, and first since 2002's acclaimed Conceived In Fire, The Infinite Order finds the band returning to its thrash roots for an unapologetic reminder as to exactly why so many of today's heavy music leaders hold LIVING SACRIFICE and their legacy in such high esteem. "The music is fast, heavy and thrashy," singer and guitarist Bruce Fitzhugh said of the new album in an October interview with AOL Noisecreep. "We love metal and playing heavy music. We didn't wimp out at all."

Produced by Jeremiah Scott (DESTROY DESTROY DESTROY) and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, AS I LAY DYING), The Infinite Order finds LIVING SACRIFICE once again pushing the envelope of the metal genre, incorporating new dynamics and thrashier / more aggressive elements into a formula sure to appeal to fans of Conceived in Fire and The Hammering Process in particular, as well as the legions of younger fans who have grown up without LIVING SACRIFICE's direct influence, but rather the influence of the bands who have looked up to them - a long list that includes most of the biggest names in underground metal. - more on this story

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Machine Head, Hatebreed, Bleeding Through and All Shall Perish on the Black Procession Tour
Orange County hardcore band Bleeding Through, preparing to enter the studio to record its sixth studio effort, will be hitting the road in the New Year for an overseas tour with Machine Head. The Black Procession Tour will also include Hatebreed, and All Shall Perish.

Five brand new U.K. and Irish dates have just been announced on the trek. Fan presale links for tickets will be made available on Wednesday, November 25 and general public ticket sales begin on Friday, November 27.

"We are very stoked to be finally touring with our friends Machine Head," Bleeding Through lead singer Brandan Schieppati declares. "It has been a long time coming and certainly a major plus touring with Hatebreed, and All Shall Perish again as well. We always love coming to Europe and especially the U.K. so the fact that more shows have been added and the return to Ireland is going to be the best possible scenario to start off the New Year."
- more on this story

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Rammstein Release Sex Toy Boxset
Rammstein's much discussed LIEBE IST FÜR ALLE DA box set, which features six sex toys, lubricant, handcuffs and a special album version packaged in a custom flight case is now available to U.S. fans.

The unique collection arrives on the heels of the Oct. 20 release of LIEBE IST FÜR ALLE DA, the band's highest charting U.S. album to date (#13 on Billboard's Top 200, #1 on Billboard's Heavy Music Chart). Internationally, the German sextet enjoyed seven #1 debuts as well as numerous platinum and gold certifications upon release.

In keeping with the sexually-charged nature of LIEBE IST FÜR ALLE DA, Rammstein's video for the first single, "Pussy," made music history as the first major recording artist to create an adult-themed video. In recent days, the band has seen their album banned and/or available with age restrictions in their native Germany, Switzerland and Australia. - They are selling it here

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Alice In Chains, Who And Ramones Legends Die- Adam Ant Committed To Mental Hospital- Sebastian Bach Arrested- Motley Sued And More Top Stories From 2002
Rewind for the first half of 2002. 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. During the first half of 2002 we lost a lot of significant musicians as you'll see with the first few stories.

The Associated Press is reporting that a body was found at the home of Layne Staley, lead singer of Alice in Chains. Although the authorities cannot confirm the identify of the deceased at press time, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer quoted unidentified law enforcement sources as saying the body was Staley's. Staley was 34 years-old. more

In a follow up story: Fans are upset at various media outlets especially Viacom's MTV and VH1 cable channels over the lack of tributary coverage of Layne Staley, which has only been exacerbated with the cable music channels widespread coverage of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of the R&B group TLC who was killed in a car accident last week. more

Legendary bass player for The Who John Entwistle died in Las Vegas of a heart attack today (June 27) at the age of 57. Just one day before The Who was to launch their latest North American tour. more

Another founding member of the Ramones has passed away. Dee Dee Ramone (real name Douglas Colvin) died Wednesday night in his home according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Dee Dee was found apparently unconscious by his wife at around 8:40 PM last night (6-5). When she couldn't rouse him she called the police and paramedics pronounced him dead soon after they arrived at his Hollywood home. more

Exodus vocalist Paul Baloff passed away just before noon on Saturday February 2nd. The 41-year-old vocalist suffered a stroke last Thursday (1-31-02) that resulted in massive brain damage. Baloff lapsed into a coma following the stroke and according to reports never regained consciousness. more

Drummer Randy Castillo passed away Tuesday night at the age of 51. Castillo who was best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne had been battling cancer since mid 2000. He had joined Motley Crue in 1999 to replace Tommy Lee and played drums on the group's 2000 release "New Tattoo" but was unable to tour in support of the album. more

Record Producer Tom Werman, the man behind the knobs on Motley Crue's "Shout at the Devil", "Theater of Pain" and "Girls, Girls, Girls" albums is now suing the band and their record label for unpaid royalties. Werman filed a lawsuit against the band and their record label, Beyond Music, in the Los Angeles branch of the California Superior Court seeking damages of over $400,000, plus interest, attorney's fees, and court costs. more

Adam Ant best known as the frontman of the New Wave group "Adam and the Ants" and solo pop star who scored a hit in 1982 with "Goody Two Shoes," has been committed to an institution following an incident at a London area bar where he reportedly "snapped" and threatened an individual with a pistol. more

The President is about to receive an unusual guest. It is now confirmed that Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon have been invited to attend this year's White House Correspondents Association dinner. more

Fred Durst got more than he was expecting last Sunday (Jan 13th) in Clackamas, Oregon while Limp Bizkit was in town auditioning guitarists to replace Wes Borland. According to New Music Express, Durst was walking back from a lunch break with his bandmates when Richard Petrillo rushed past a line of fans and pied Durst in the back of the head with a coconut cream pie. more

It looks like former Van Halen frontman, David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar are contemplating being strange bedfellows for a possible co-headlining tour this summer. more

Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach was arrested after getting into an altercation with a bartender at a Middletown, New Jersey pub Wednesday night. According to witnesses, Bach, real name Sebastian Bierk, became agitated when he wanted to go outside to have a cigarette and the bartender wouldn't allow him to take his drink with him. Witnesses told police that Bach then proceeded to shove the bartender and other patrons pulled Bach to the back of the bar where he reportedly told those who were holding him that he wanted to go home, get a gun and return to the bar to shoot the bartender. He then reportedly asked the other bar patrons who were holding him, "Don't you know who I am?" more

There is a new documentary being filmed as you read this. The project will center on the band Metallica and the ups and downs of being a best selling rock band as well as the personal lives of the members. The film is being produced by filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky who are best known for their two documentaries on the West Memphis Three--"Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills," and "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations". more

Rapper C-Murder looks to be living up to his name. The New Orleans rapper, real name Corey Miller, was arrested last Friday and is now facing charges for the murder of a 16 year-old at a nightclub. more

Dave Mustaine may have put an end to Megadeth but his bandmates refuse to call it quits. It appears that former Megadeth members Dave Ellefson (bass), Jimmy DeGrasso (drums), Al Pitrelli (guitar) and Marty Friedman (guitar) have formed a new band and are currently looking for a frontman. more

All four members of Alien Ant Farm were injured in an accident that claimed the life of their bus driver early Wednesday (5-22) morning in Spain. The band was traveling in their tour bus from Luxembourg to Lisbon when at approximately 2:20 a.m. local time their bus hit a parked truck on the highway just outside of Madrid. more

Widespread Panic's concert appearances in Pelham, Ala this past weekend will not soon before forgotten by area locals. One fan died from an Ecstasy overdose and over 200 other concertgoers were arrested on drug and alcohol related charges. more
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was arrested Tuesday night at a Tampa, Florida nightclub for refusing to follow a police officers' order to leave. The 21-year-old singer was charged Wednesday morning with a misdemeanor count of resisting/opposing a law enforcement officer without violence. more

When Wes Scantlin included the "smack my ass" lyric in the song "Control", some thought it was just a line in a song designed to sell CDs, but it seems to hold some truth after all. Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin was arrested Sunday morning (3-10) on a highway near Piru, California and charged with domestic violence. more

For those who think that Boybands are a crime, you may be right. Lou Pearlman, the producer responsible for creating 'N Sync, The Backstreet Boys and O Town is under investigation for violating child labor laws. more

Fuel have asked Toyota to refrain from using the "Fuel The Music Tour" moniker in conjunction with a rock concert tour that the car manufacturer is sponsoring. more

The New York Post is reporting that Kurt Cobain's family is shopping a collection of the late singer's journals with publishing companies. Cobain's journals are said to include drawings, essays and other material by Cobain. more

Nickelback and fellow Canadian Matthew Good maybe the participants in the next round of rock feuds to fill the headlines. Matthew Good fired the first salvo in an interview last year in Chart Attack where Good called Nickelback little more than a carbon copy of Staind and Creed. Now Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger has kicked the feud up a notch. In an interview with Rolling Stone , journalist Mark Binelli asked Chad who he hated, without hesitation Chad answered Matthew Good. A puzzled Binelli asked "Who?" and here is what Chad had to say, "Exactly! 'Who?' He's a Canadian artist who sells hundreds of thousands of records in Canada but couldn't sell ---- in America" more

Creed has cancelled the dates on their North American tour due to injuries lead singer Scott Stapp suffered from an auto accident. Not many details are known about the accident except that Stapp's car was hit by another car that was traveling at a reported sixty miles an hour. more

Former members of Guns N' Roses will reunite in Hollywood at a special benefit concert for former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo. According to online reports Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum will take part in the tribute concert scheduled for April 29th at the Key Club in Hollywood. [This gig led to the founding of Velvet Revolver] more

Only in Hollywood could the actor who brought us Wayne Campbell and Austin Powers take on the role of legendary Who drummer Keith Moon. British tabloid, The Sun is reporting that Roger Daltrey , who worked with Moon in the Who, is considering Mike Meyers to play the part of Moon in a biopic he is developing on the life and times of the famed drummer. more

The battle between Courtney Love and former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic just keeps getting weirder. Siteing a stipulation in the partnership agreement between the band members(Grohl and Novoselic) and the widow of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain (Love), Grohl and Novoselic filed a motion on April 11th asking the court to order Courtney Love to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to see if she is mentally competent enough to exercise her side of the partnership. more

The criminal charges stemming from Marilyn Manson's crotch rubbing incident have been settled with a guilty plea from the shock rocker. more

Henry Rollins has put together a benefit concert to aid the West Memphis Three. The concert will be on March 8th at theTroubadour in Hollywood. Scheduled to appear Rollins Band, Wayne Kramer's Ship of Fools , and Exene Cervenka's Original Sinners. more

We'll be back after the holiday with a look at the biggest stories from second the half of 2002 as our end of the decade countdown continues.

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Singled Out: Kidneys (Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion/Tenacious D)
(antiMusic) Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Have you heard about Kidneys? It's a group fronted by Bad Religion's Brooks Wackerman. Today Brooks tells us about "Christian Cheerleading" from their self titled debut, which was released digitally via Porterhouse Records this week. Brooks played all the instruments on the album and produced the effort. To fill out the ranks for live shows Brooks recruited John Spiker (Filter, Tenacious D) and Todd Hennig (Death By Stereo). Now that you know the background on the band, we turn it over to Brooks to tell us about the background of the song:

"Christian Cheerleading" is a song about general relationship tensions in which one party is a bit more insane than the other. It relates to a feeling that I think every individual has experienced at one time or another, in the past or maybe in the future.

Due to the subject matter I wanted the beat and rhythm to be driving, so I choose a loopy ska rhythm against punk sounding guitars. I felt this combination worked in making the groove magnify exactly what the music and lyrics were trying to say.

Since I was a one man band in the studio, I approached the tracking by laying down guitars first as a reference point followed by the trap set and so on. One focus and challenge that I was up against was that I didn't want the music sounding like a drummer playing everything, so the feel was paramount. I had to wear a lot of hats in making this album, but I quickly learned that by listening back I became aware of when to shift more into band mode. Sonically, I wanted the song to sound tight-since it's spunky so the engineer made sure we had fancy compression to suck the world in.

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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