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Full Report for 09/01/2009

Van Halen Accused of Scalping Fans
Blabbermouth reports: According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Van Halen netted an extra $1 million dollars in the fall of 2007 when up to 500 of the best seats to each of about 20 of the band's concerts were pulled from the Ticketmaster system and passed directly to ticket scalpers.

The brokers allegedly kept 30% of the marked-up sale price for themselves, and the remaining 70% was divided among Ticketmaster, the band and its handlers.

The move, according to the report, was part of Ticketmaster's initiative, codenamed "Project Showtime," to capture a piece of the sky-high prices charged by scalpers, which can exceed a ticket's face value by hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars. - more on this story

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Sublime Reunite For Pot Fest
Reuters reports: Sublime, the chart-topping punk-reggae group that split up more than 13 years ago when its lead singer overdosed, is gearing up to play its first official gig with a new vocalist at a festival celebrating cannabis.

The trio, famed for such radio hits as "Date Rape" and "What I Got," will perform at the Smokeout festival, to be held October 23-24 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Calif., 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Sublime's original lead singer, Bradley Nowell, died of a heroin overdose in 1996 just as the band was achieving its biggest mainstream success. Surviving members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson went on to form the Long Beach Dub All-Stars, but earlier this year played a gig with Northern California-based singer Rome that Gaugh later called a Sublime reunion. - more including the other big names on the bill for the festival

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New Order Offspring Bad Lieutenant Set Limited Release
PR reports: Bad Lieutenant, the project formed in 2007 by New Order's Bernard Sumner (guitar, vocals) and Phil Cunningham (guitar), along with Jake Evans (guitar, vocals), will see the long-awaited North American release of their debut album, Never Cry Another Tear, on October 6 on their own Triple Echo Records imprint. Initially and for a one-week period, the album will be available as a digital download exclusively through Amazon.com; subsequently, for one month beginning October 13, the full, physical CD can be purchased only at Amazon.com.

On November 10, Never Cry Another Tear will be distributed to all other retail outlets via a partnership with Original Signal Recordings. In addition, "Sink or Swim," the first single from Never Cry Another Tear, is now available as a free download for a limited amount of time on Bad Lieutenant's website http://www.badlieutenant.net. "Sink or Swim," along with the new track "Dynamo," will be released as a single on September 28 via digital retailers.

Working with his management and booking agency, Sumner opted to release Never Cry Another Tear through an innovative do-it-yourself system for the digital world. For brick-and-mortar outlets, a more traditional retail and marketing approach will be implemented. Sumner's team has already put into place online social networking, marketing, retail and publicity platforms to build a solid global fan base, digitally connecting Bad Lieutenant directly to its fan base. - more on this story

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Blink-182 Cancel Show For DJ AM- Fogerty Returns- Clapton and Hornsby Team of Leno- Kurt Cobain A Guitar Hero Character- Evanescence One Off and more
antiMusic reports: Blink-182 pulled out of its show in Saratoga Springs, New York on Monday, saying band members were grieving the death of their friend, celebrity disc jockey Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein. more

The Arctic Monkeys scored their third U.K. No. 1 album and Dizzee Rascal his third No. 1 single, while 92-year-old wartime entertainer Dame Vera Lynn achieved her highest ranking on the album chart. more

John Fogerty has a new album out this week titled The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again. It is being featured as a Daily Deal on Amazon.com You can download the entire album on Amazon for only $3.99 here.

Guitarist Mike Sifringer from German thrash legends Destruction broke his finger in Belgium last week. more

Civilization One has finished recording its sophomore album, Calling The Gods. The band is led by singer Chitral "Chity" Somapala (ex-Firewind, Faro, Avalon) and bassist Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (Maladaptive, Ex-Heavenly) more

Less than two months after releasing their Tragic Hero Records debut, Knives Exchanging Hands has called it quits. more

The Misfits have announced extensive touring this fall. In late September the band will head down to Mexico for a week of shows. Following those dates they'll kick off a US leg in Tucson, AZ on October 3rd. Early November sees the veteran band in Canada for a number of shows, followed by more US touring throughout December.details

Bruce Hornsby and his band the Noisemakers will be joined by Eric Clapton for a September 17th performance during the inaugural week of the new Jay Leno Show. more

A Kurt Cobain playable character is making its way into Guitar Hero 5, due out September 1. Along with the avatar, for the first time, Nirvana's songs will appear in the game. Fans will be able to rock out to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and a live version of "Lithium" more

Ignite and Biohazard will headline this year's Persistence Tour, set to take place in November and December. Also scheduled to appear are Walls Of Jericho, Evergreen Terrace and Death By Stereo. dates

Evanescence will play a one-off show at the Maquinária festival in São Paulo, Brazil in November, which will feature additional performances by Faith No More, Jane's Addiction and Deftones, among others. more -

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Weiland Tell-All Release Set
Blabbermouth reports: Mary Forsberg Weiland, the estranged wife of Stone Temple Pilots/ex-Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, will publish her memoir, "Fall to Pieces", on November 10, 2009 via William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. A description of the book reads as follows:

"A visceral, rollercoaster ride inside bipolar disorder, rock 'n' roll, celebrity culture, and the competitive world of modeling from a rock star wife and recovering drug addict

"On the surface, Mary Weiland had a fairy-tale life. She was a highly paid fashion model married to successful rock star Scott Weiland, the notorious frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Then came the rampage in a Burbank hotel room and the resulting media frenzy that revealed to the world her bipolar disorder and drug abuse.
- more on this story

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Weezer Admit First Hit Was A Complete Metallica Rip-Off
Rock Radio reports: Remember (Welcome Home) Sanitarium, the last track on Side 1 of Metallica's 1986 LP, Master of Puppets? Remember Undone – The Sweater Song, the first track Weezer released in 1994? If you know both, do you detect any comparisons?

They're more or less the same song, according to Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo – although he didn't realise that when he was writing his version. He tells Rolling Stone: "It was the first Weezer song I wrote, back in 1991. I was trying to write a Velvet Underground type song because I was super into them, and I came up with the guitar riff. I picked up the guitar and the first thing I played was that riff.

"It just feels so classic to me. Even now when the band starts to play it, it takes over the energy in the room and you're transported into the world of Weezer. It wasn't until years after I wrote it that I realised it's almost a complete rip-off of Sanitarium by Metallica." - But guess what? The Metallica song itself was inspired by another hit

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Chevelle Announce Three Special Events
PR reports: Chevelle have just released their fifth album this morning: Sci-Fi Crimes. Later this week on Thursday September 3rd Chevelle will take part in three events in their hometown of Chicago, IL. Early that afternoon the band will be on hand for an induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Café. Chevelle will be donating an item to the restaurant for display.

Following the conclusion of that event Chevelle will perform two special hometown shows at the Lasalle Power Company. At 4:30pm that day Chevelle will perform a 30-minute set for the first 350 fans who show up and purchase the new album. Later that evening the band will perform a full set for Q101 listeners. Tune into Q101 to find out how to win tickets for that private show.

"There's nowhere we'd rather be than in our hometown during our release week, remarked lead singer Pete Loeffler. "Our Chicago fans have been a huge part of our success since we started and we're thrilled to be doing two special shows just for them."
- more on this story

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Deluxe Hendrix Albums Coming
PR reports: Sony Music Entertainment and Experience Hendrix L.L.C. have agreed to a monumental catalog licensing deal to set the stage for a worldwide campaign to make all of Jimi's extraordinary music, including classics, never before heard archive recordings, and filmed concerts available through every type of media.

Legacy Recordings, Sony's catalog music division, will issue definitive deluxe editions of the classics released during Jimi's all too brief career including GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductees "Are You Experienced", "Axis: Bold As Love", "Electric Ladyland" and (outside the US) "Band of Gypsys." In addition, Legacy will also release those posthumous compilations produced by Experience Hendrix during its stewardship. Each title will also be available through major Digital Service Providers.

Dagger Records, Experience Hendrix's "official bootleg" division, now in its eleventh year, offers recordings that are of great historical significance. The company has also sponsored numerous Experience Hendrix tours that have showcased contemporary artists performing the music of Jimi Hendrix in concert to underscore the never ending vitality and inspiration of Hendrix's music. Participating artists on these tours have included Robert Randolph, Carlos Santana, Paul Rodgers, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, members of Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, the Doors, Los Lobos and many others. Details about the 2010 Experience Hendrix Tour will soon be revealed. This historic partnership will include Legacy's participation in Dagger Records, the Experience Hendrix tours and other Hendrix-related businesses. - more on this story

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Taste of Chaos Tour Taking Shape
Band Statement reports: In Flames are proud to announce the first additions of bands to The Taste Of Chaos Tour 2009 Featuring In Flames & Killswitch Engage:

Every Time I Die will be one of the support bands for the entire tour (more to be announced soon).

For Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Finland) Dead By April have been added to the bill. (Please note that Killswitch Engage headline UK dates (*) and In Flames Germany Scandinavia - more on this story

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Los Lonely Boys Look Back To 1969 For New Release
PR reports: Los Lonely Boys (Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza) announce the upcoming release of 1969 (Lonely Tone/Playing in Traffic), an EP of covers that pays tribute to one of America's most musically hailed years.

Five years after crossing into the mainstream with the GRAMMY winning single "Heaven," the brothers take this opportunity to invoke the sound of a generation that walked the moon and transcended Woodstock. They lend praise to songs that provided a soundtrack for so many and inspired their own multi-platinum success. With their signature blend of Latin rhythms, searing guitar leads and impeccable harmonies, the band takes the opportunity to trace their musical lineage through the following tracks Carlos Santana's "Evil Ways," The Beatles' "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie," and The Doors' "Roadhouse Blues."

Legendary engineer Andy Johns provides his signature, timeless sound to 1969. In addition to recording Blind Faith's "Well All Right" – also a featured track on the EP – Johns is well known for his work on Led Zeppelin II, III, IV and The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. - more on this story

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Ace Frehley Goes Digital
PR reports: The Spaceman has landed! Ace Frehley's debut single "Outer Space" is now available exclusively on iTunes worldwide. The original KISS guitarist's fifth solo album, Anomaly will be released worldwide September 15th on Frehley's own Bronx Born Records with Rocket Science providing worldwide sales and marketing support.

The packaging of Anomaly pays homage to the collectible album art of the 70s, and includes a foldout pyramid with Frehley's own original artwork.
Different versions of the packaging will be available through different retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy and Wal Mart. The Best Buy version features a silver foil package, while the Wal Mart version includes a Frehley – designed tattoo and poster. The standard version also features a fold out pyramid with a Frehley poster.

Preorders for Anomaly are available through Amazon, as well as limited edition autographed copies of vinyl on - http://www.acefrehley.com

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Dimmu Borgir Lineup Shakeup
antiMusic reports: Dimmu Borgir have issued a statement that officially confirms the loss of two members of the group: Vortex (bass) and Mustis (keyboards).

Here is what the remaining members had to say: "We regret to inform you that we have parted ways with both Vortex and Mustis.

"However, we do want to make it perfectly clear that the creative force in the band is highly intact, perhaps even more so than ever. - more on this story

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