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Full Report for 11/30/2009

Dio Fighting Cancer
(antiMusic) We learned the sad news that metal legend Ronnie James Dio is battling cancer after the Day in Rock was published before the Thanksgiving break. If you missed that report, here it is again. While it is disturbing news Dio's wife and manager, Wendy Dio, says that the cancer is in the early stages and she seems optimistic about his recovery. She posted the following update on the Dio website on Wednesday:

"Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans.

"Thanks to all the friends and fans around the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up. Long Live Rock and Roll, Long Live Ronnie James Dio" - Dio Website

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Guns N' Roses Going South
(antiMusic) South American heavy rock fans are looking at a great 2010 with two heavy weight bands planning tours on their continent. A few weeks ago Metallica announced their plans to head south and now their former co-headlining touring partners, Guns N' Roses, have announced plans to play there too. And no they are not touring together.

The official Guns N' Roses myspace was updated on Thanksgiving Day with news that the band were planning a South American tour that will kick off on March 10th and run for a month, ending on April 10th. Dates have not yet been announced.

There is hope for U.S. too. In the same Myspace posting, the band reminds fans that they are planning to tour Canada this January, with a run ending on February 4th. This leaves a month long window open for them to play some U.S. dates but that is pure speculation at this point. - more on this story

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Born Again: Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi Collaborate On New Song
(antiMusic) After Ronnie James Dio left Black Sabbath to form his solo band, his Sabbath bandmates recruited legendary Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan to front the group. That incarnation of Black Sabbath only produced one album, 1983's criminally underrated "Born Again".

The relationship between Gillan and Iommi was said to be strained with Gillan reportedly saying that he felt like "hired help" in the band. After the 1984 Born Again tour, Gillan left Sabbath to reunite with Deep Purple.

Fast forward twenty five years and Gillan recently told a Swedish magazine that he and Iommi finished writing a song together right before they both headed to Armenia to be honored by their prime minister. Gillan says they are thinking of putting together a charity band with a few other musicians.

BW&BK has a report on the honor, plus they translated the part of the interview dealing with this collaboration, - check it out here

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Metallica Expand Tour Plans
(antiMusic) Metallica have released even more 2010 tour dates. While so far it's been great news for parts of Europe and America's southern neighbors, there is still no signs that they'll play their homeland in 2010. But the dates keep rolling in, so there is still hope. Here is what the band had to say, plus their tour plans as they stand now:

We're really excited for today's installment of "where are they going now" as we tell you about four shows coming up in cities we have never played in!! The March leg of the World Magnetic tour kicks off on March 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico (which, btw, we were honored to visit as part of the MTV Latin American Music Awards), heads to Monterrey, Mexico on March 3, and then over to Guatemala City, Guatemala on March 5.

We will close out this leg of the tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 14, where we technically have BEEN before, but two or three of you may remember that unfortunately the show scheduled in 1993 was rained out. - more on this story

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Heaven And Hell Star Having Surgery Today- Rolling Stones 2010 Tour?- Roxy Hot Radiohead Peppers- Sweet Cobra Guitarist Dies- AC/DC Honored and more
Heaven And Hell's Vinny Appice is due to have surgery on his right shoulder on Monday, November 30th for an injury sustained during the last Heaven And Hell tour, according to BW&BK. The surgeon expects Appice to be back on the drums in about five months. more

The Rolling Stones, whose last tour finished in 2007, are planning a mammoth run of shows next year, according to Ronnie Wood's cocktail waitress girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. (So take this for what it's worth) more

(The following is based on a fan report) Bang Tango was scheduled to play the Portage Theater in Chicago on November 25th (Black Wednesday) but early in the night an ambulance took lead singer Joe Leste to Resurrection Hospital with what was said to be a stroke. The show's promoter called Chicago's Veilside to fill in, but as they arrived the remaining members of Bang Tango encountered an uber-fan in the audience named TJ, who sang in a cover band. more

AC/DC won two ARIA awards, Australia's answer to the Grammys. Their Black Ice album earned them honors for Best Rock Album and Highest Selling Album. This is the first time they have won an ARIA award according to Classic Rock

Matt Arluck, guitar player for Sweet Cobra, and bassist for Stabbed By Words, has passed away after a battle with cancer, according to Lambgoat

Three Nirvana songs are reportedly going to be added to the Rock Band game on December 1st. The song that made them superstars, Smells Like Teen Spirit, plus live clips Come As You Are (MTV Unplugged) and Lithium (Live At Reading).

Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry has revealed that he is working on a new solo album that features members of Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In an email to fans the singer-songwriter announced that he is has brought in Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea to play on the album. more

Depeche Mode's Martin Gore has been subpoenaed in a video gamer's lawsuit against Activision Blizzard and their World Of Warcraft game. A San Francisco gamer is suing the company for $1 million U.S. in punitive damages. He takes issue with World Of Warcraft's $14.99 U.S. monthly subscription fee, according to gamespot.com. more

Blur's Graham Coxon is releasing 45-minute soundtrack for a new, as-yet-untitled, British film. Coxon says he created 13 or 14 songs for the soundtrack, and they're mostly interpretations of classic folk songs and nursery rhymes. more

Kid Rock will be headlining next year's annual WE Country Music Fest on Friday, August 6 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The three day event from August 5-7 will also feature headliners Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban with more artists yet to be announced.

Shadows Fall have cancelled their previously annual December 26, 2009 concert at Pearl Street in Northampton, Massachusetts due to "unforeseen family commitments." more

Wanna see The Muppets offer their take on the Queen classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'? BW&BK will hook you up more

Dropkick Murphys have announced a run of headlining dates early next year leading up to their annual hometown St. Patrick's Day performances. Prior to the six shows in Boston, the band will hit 13 cities beginning February 24th more

Rob Zombie will release his new album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2, on February 2nd 2010

Neil Young cover the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air last night? Well, not really, but "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon threw on a wig, a hat and some flannel last night for what was the hands-down best impression of Young Neil ever seen more

The new I Am The Icarus music video for "The Secret To Living Is Dying Well" has been posted on Youtube. The video was directed by Shawn Butcher (Sonny Moore, Secret Empire) Check it out here

Nonpoint have posted the third Studio Update clip on Youtube.

Ratt have announced they are canceling their two U.K. headline dates at London's Islington Academy on December 1st and Wolverhampton Civic Hall on December 3rd. more

Napalm Records have announced the signing of New Jersey rockers Monster Magnet. The band is currently writing new material to record in January. more

Muse will be appearing on Saturday Night Live! The band will be performing on the pre-Christmas show recorded live from New York's Rockefeller Centre on Saturday 19th December. more

Music publisher Omnibus Press has announced a new book covering the history of hardcore pioneers, Black Flag. The book is titled Spray Paint The Walls: The Story of Black Flag more

F**ked Up have announced details of a February North American tour. Beginning in Ohio on February 12, the Canadian band will then play venues across America and into Canada. more

With their new album set for release on January 19, 2010, Spoon have begun announcing dates for an expected extensive world tour in support. The record will be issued on January 18, 2010. more

The line up for the 2010 New York edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, dubbed "Don't Look Back," is starting to come together. The event will feature punk godfathers Iggy and The Stooges performing their landmark 1973 full length Raw Power in its entirety. See who else is already on tap here

With the Key Club shutting its doors forever, Steel Panther will be making the move for one special night only to The Roxy on Sunset. That is right, after several years making their home at the Key Club, the longest running rock show on the Sunset Strip will be returning to The Roxy for one night only. The band will take the stage at 11:30pm. This is a show you do not want to miss. As reported earlier, Steel Panther will will begin their run at the House of Blues Sunset starting Dec 7th. -

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The Who Confirm Super Bowl Half Time Gig
This story broke over the long weekend; here it is again in case you missed it. (Band Statement) The Who will perform in the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show on CBS Sports at Dolphin Stadium in South Florida on Sunday, February 7, the NFL announced today during halftime of the Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys game on CBS.

The Super Bowl halftime show is one of the most anticipated musical events of the year. More than 151 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's show. The Super Bowl and halftime show will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories.

The Who join an esteemed list of recent halftime acts that includes Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney. - more on this story

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Ultra Rare Slash Les Paul On eBay?
Sleazeroxx is reporting that one of the four extremely rare custom made Gibson Les Paul's that were made for Slash is now up for auction on eBay. Here is part of their report:

This flaming red beauty is one of four Les Pauls made for Guns N'Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash by J.T. Riboloff of the Gibson Custom Shop. Slash ordered the guitar and its three mates after attending a NAMM show and seeing a slim-necked '59 replica that Riboloff made for guitarist/Marshall amplifier artist rep. Richie Fliegler. The all-black hardware and screaming yellow binding were Slash's ideas. The tuning machines are specially made black chrome Schaller M6's with Kluson-style buttons.

Other personalized features include Dunlop 6100 jumbo frets and a "stripped" look - no pickup covers or pickguard - that shows off the guitar's figured Western maple top. Considerable hand-antiquing went into areas like the binding, says J.T. "I even put the old holly veneer on the headstock - like Gibson used to use in the old days." Of the four Les Pauls Riboloff made for Slash, three are still in his possession. The fourth, the one being auctioned, he traded for another guitar in the Gibson vault. - more on this story

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DMB In 3D, Film Also Features Ben Harper and Gogol Bordello
(Dave Matthews Band) This December, the first in a series of 3D concert events will debut with the digital cinema 3D release of "Larger Than Life... In 3D" featuring Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper and Relentless7 and Gogol Bordello.

The Larger Than Life concert event featuring DMB will screen nationwide, one week only December 11-17th. Shot in Digital 3D, the format essentially brings viewers onstage, giving them a stunning 360 view of each live performance.

Filmed by inconcert3d at critically acclaimed music festivals this summer, the performances include DMB at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Ben Harper and Relentless7 at the Mile High Music Festival in Denver, and Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello at All Points West Music & Arts Festival in New Jersey. - DMB Myspace

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Singled Out: Steve Conte (New York Dolls Solo Album)
(antiMusic) Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Steve Conte of the New York Dolls tells us about the song "Gypsy Cab," from his new solo album Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth. We now turn it over to Steve for the story!

The music for "Gypsy Cab" from the album Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth was written in my sleep on a flight to Japan w/ New York Dolls. I was sitting across from Sylvain and I told him that I had just dreamed a great riff for a new song. I had no recording device so I used my own musical hieroglyphs & wrote it down on an airplane vomit bag. A year later when I was writing for my album I found the vomit bag in a pile of papers and finished the song.

At first I was singing a Chuck Berry lyric along with the song's main riff ("Sweet little rock and roller...") and considered making it about a young girl that was in love with Arthur Kane - but then I decided to keep it about myself. Like they say, "write what you know". It's about my former life...being out in the streets till the sun came up. I used to get off on the risk & danger of being places I shouldn't be, doing things I shouldn't be doing. It was like playing Russian roulette. The thing is, in this song I didn't want to glorify addictions the way some cats do, romancing memories of the good old days with their drug of choice. I wanted to talk about the insanity of it, admitting it, getting through it and being able to have a real life after. I'm not necessarily Mr. Clean now, but I'm much better than I was.

I'll be making a video for it next month...on location...like the songs says, "Way up in Harlem...."

The album hits stores in the UK this week, just in time for the kick off of the New York Dolls tour! You can preview Steve's new album and learn more about it, plus the tour plans - right here!

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