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Full Report for 09/09/2009

Stabbing At Cruefest
thebatavian.com reports: John Michael Bieganski is doing fine now, but he might not be doing so great if not for the quick action of a group of people willing to step forward and help him Saturday night after he was stabbed in the leg by a knife-wielding assailant. Bieganski, 23, a Clarence resident, had his leg cut during Cruefest, the concert of Motley Crue at Darien Lake Theme Park.

A friend carried him from the mosh pit (a tangle of dancing males (usually) who typically bang against each other and jump up and down and side-to-side rather violently) after he had been stabbed.

Trouble started for Bieganski, according to a Sheriff's Office report, when he thought he saw a friend being tackled and punched but one or two other men. When he tried to pull one of the men off his friend -- it turned out not to be his friend who was being attacked -- Bieganski said he suddenly felt something warm on his leg, touched it and then saw the blood. - more on this story

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Band Attacked Outside of Show
Lambgoat reports: Liferuiner, clearly no strangers to drama, were the targets of some troublemakers following a show at Jazz Central in Dayton, OH this week. Ultimately, the melee resulted in a few minor injuries. Here's a statement from the band: "Before anyone gets the wrong impression, and runs their mouth to Lambgoat who obviously does not give a sh*t about anything concerning this band, here's what really happened in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday night...

"We showed up at Jazz Central, the only people who were there were our friends in The Gun Show, the promoter and someone working with him, and 2 girls that we know from the columbus area. The opening band Did you mean, Australia shows up, and in the time it took them to play their set some other kids had arrived. During our set 2 or 3 of these kids, one wearing a ski mask started dancing like ---holes, throwing chairs, being overly disrespectful which is something none of us are down with, so we already anticipated there being a problem later on. Once our set was finished I ran outside to check and make sure no damage was done to our vehicles. There was a group of 12-13 kids outside by their cars yelling sh*t about us being faggots or whatever so I ran back inside to make sure everyone was aware, in the time it took me to go inside and back out, Kevin got in a scuffle with one of the kids, and had him on the ground, he was pulled off by security and then all hell broke loose.

We were completely outnumbered so while trying to square up with 1 kid at a time we had to worry about multiple kids 'jumping' us from behind. Our guitar player Dave was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head, so he's got a few small cuts and some bruising around his left eye. Our tour manager Billy got hit in the head with a maglite and had to get 6 stitches which is why our band had to go to the hospital that night. Myself, Kevin and the others are all fine despite the show these kids put on. I was hit by a car, struck in the back with a baseball bat, as well as Kevin being hit moments earlier. - more on this story

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Switchfoot Set New Album Release
Atlantic Records reports: On November 10, Atlantic Records will release Hello Hurricane, the seventh full-length album from the multi-Platinum, San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot.

Hello Hurricane is the group's first album on Atlantic Records and its first studio album since 2006's Oh! Gravity, which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200. Switchfoot has been hard at work on Hello Hurricane, tracking more than 80 songs at the band's self-built home studio and selecting the very best of them for the record. The band recorded the album with noted producer/bassist Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Rilo Kiley, Eminem, and Pink). The edgy, driving lead single "Mess of Me" goes for adds at Modern and Active Rock radio this month.

The back-to-basics approach employed has yielded a career-defining album that lead singer Jon Foreman views as "a new beginning." Elizondo's unique background facilitated a departure for the band, allowing it to build on SWITCHFOOT's foundation, punctuated by hard-hitting instrumentation and soaring choruses, and elevating the music to a new level. - more on this story

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Megadeth Vs Slayer
Rock Radio reports: Classic thrash music is at front and centre right now as Megadeth and Slayer line up to release what are, for both acts, stunning returns to form. There are even rumours about the Big Four - completed by Metallica and Anthrax - touring together for the first, and almost certainly only, time ever.

That's despite wars of words which have spanned the decades, and which have returned to the headlines in recent weeks. You'd think perhaps these iconic musicians would be keeping the olive branch shop busy.

Instead - and despite a successful double-header tour of Canada last month, further dates planned, and Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine's claim of no longer being the most hated man in thrash - Slayer's Kerry King isn't ready to turn the gas off just yet. He tells GuitarWorld.com: "I just don't have any respect for Dave. As far as playing goes he's awesome. But I know things. I know he's a hypocrite and I have no respect for that kind of person. But when I see him I'll say, 'What's up Dave?' If he's not an ---hole to me, I won't be one to him." - He's just getting warmed up

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AC/DC Top Radio Poll
Rock Radio reports: As reported on Rock Radio and across the web, you came, you spoke and Metallica conquered, when thousands of listeners submitted their top 10 tracks of all time for our Top 500 Weekend.

But with time to look through the full results, we can reveal that while Metallica scored top track with Enter Sandman, and had 14 tracks in the full list, they were fourth most popular band overall.

AC/DC led the pack with 17 tracks in our listings, followed by Led Zeppelin with 16 and Queen with 15. And Rock Radio's top 20 most popular bands list consists entirely of acts who've been on the scene for over 20 years. - Check out the Top 20

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Wanna See Chester Benninton's Dead by Sunrise?- Death Cab for Twilight- Ace Frehley Full CD Stream- Lenny Kravitz US Tour- Porcupine Tree CD Delayed and more
antiMusic reports: Dead by Sunrise, featuring Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, is premiering their new video for "Crawl Back In" on their Myspace page. The band's debut album, Out of Ashes, will be available everywhere on October 13th. Pre-order it from iTunes now and get "Fire" instantly, as well as a live version of "Crawl Back In" on release day. Check out the video here

Lenny Kravitz will continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his "Let Love Rule" album with a U.S. tour, the singer announced today (Sept. 8). Dubbed "LLR 20 (09)", the road trip kicks off Oct. 11 with a five-night stand at New York's Irving Plaza more

The New Moon soundtrack has unveiled a snippet of its first single, Death Cab for Cutie's "Meet Me On the Equinox." Visit www.newmoonthesoundtrack.com to listen now. The entire song will premiere on MTV.com this Sunday, September 13th during the Video Music Awards.

Nick Cave has released an "enhanced ebook" of his recently released second novel, The Death of Bunny Munro. Available through iTunes, the enhanced novel features an unabridged audiobook read by Nick Cave, featuring an original soundtrack by Cave and long-time musical collaborator Warren Ellis.more

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is to participate in this years Children in Need charity event. The long-running event, organized by the BBC, is to feature an album recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.more

This Wednesday Live Nation is expanding its All-In concert ticket deals for shows across the country by offering even more shows by more artists for the low, no fee prices of $10, $20 and $30. Concert fans can pick from more than 350 shows nationwide by such participating artists as Blink 182, Def Leppard, Creed, Juliette Lewis, Maxwell, Rascal Flatts, Ray LaMontagne, Snow Patrol, Toby Keith, The Sounds, The Killers, Widespread Panic and many others. Live music fans should go to www.LiveNation.com to see which shows in their area are included.

Vh1 is streaming Ace Frehley's new album in it's entirety right here

Head on over to Examiner.com for a new interview with former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. Check it out here

Cory Grady, the ex-The Black Dahlia Murder drummer who joined The Classic Struggle (Ironclad/Metal Blade) roughly six months ago, recently left the band.more

Roadrunner Records has announced a one week delay for the tenth studio album from Porcupine Tree. The Incident was initially scheduled for release on September 15th, but will now be available on September 22nd. more

Vocalist Carlos Zema is no longer part of Vougan. Due to personal disagreements, the band decided that it was the best option to have the singer follow his own way.' more

Small Brown Bike has announced plans to reunite and play more shows in the future more

Music industry veteran Skip Miller died Friday (Sept. 4) in Los Angeles. He was 62. Miller started his career in the music industry at Motown Records in 1971, eventually becoming president and working with artists such as Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Smokie Robinson and Diana Ross. more

Nguaroth and Ahephaim decided to part ways with Enthroned due to a lack of time and availability, their future plans couldn't match with the writing - recording and touring schedules of the band. Find out who took their place here

Swedish death metal outfit Miseration has completed work on their second album, "The Mirroring Shadow." The effort will hit streets on January 19th (November 16th in Europe) via Lifeforce Records. more

Despite heavy hitters like Kasabian, Glasvegas, the Horrors and Bat for Lashes populating the shortlist, newcomer Speech Debelle has taken the 2009 Mercury Music Prize for best British album of the year. more. Meanwhile Billboard Biz reports that even digital music sales are in trouble . Wonder why? On the other hand, some predict that the new Beatles reissue deluge may bring a windfall of $1.6 billion to the remaining Beatles more.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil will perform at the grand opening celebration for Vince Neil Ink's newest location inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, September 12. more -

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Announce 3-Disc CD/DVD Set
PR reports: Vagrant Records is pleased to announce their partnership with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to release Live, a 2-DVD, 1 CD set on November 10, 2009 on the band's own Abstract Dragon label.

The DVD features over two hours of live concert footage from three sold out shows in Berlin, Dublin and Glasgow. The footage documents the end of the band's 2007 tour in support of Baby 81, their most recent full-length release. The live audio was mixed by BRMC's own Peter Hayes and the gritty cinematography keeps the band's music front and center while viewers experience the show both from the stage and from the audience's perspective.

Over ninety minutes of unadorned, intimate behind-the-scenes footage is captured on the second bonus DVD along with additional performance footage. Viewers accompany BRMC as they record songs from Howl, see the making of the "Weapon of Choice" video, and witness inspired, impromptu off-stage performances.
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Ozzy's New Guitarist Talks About Stepping Into Zakk Wylde's Shoes
Blabbermouth reports: This month's issue of the Greek edition of Metal Hammer magazine features an exclusive interview with FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. about his current stint as the lead axeman in OZZY OSBOURNE's solo band. Gus explains how he came to be considered for the position, discusses his first audition with the Prince Of Darkness and expresses his admiration for Zakk Wylde, whom he replaced in Ozzy's group. Read on for some of Gus G.'s quotes from the interview. (Original Greek-language quotes translated for Blabbermouth.Net by Hakos Pervanidis.)

On how the whole thing came about: Gus: "I got a message on my MySpace page from Rob 'Blasko', Ozzy's bass player, asking me what was doing, if was living in America or not and saying that he wanted to talk to me. I never thought he'd want me for something like that [playing with Ozzy]. I initially thought that maybe he wanted to talk to me about doing a project or something and then he told me that one of Ozzfest's managers was looking for me. The manager said that they wanted me to fly out to Los Angeles immediately for a show that Ozzy was about to do in Anaheim, California."

His thoughts on Zakk Wylde: Gus: "Zakk is a tremendous guitar player , just like all the guys that have played with Ozzy. In fact, Zakk is my favorite Ozzy guitar player ever and my biggest influence of them all! It's quite an honor for me to step into his shoes." - A lot more at Blabbermouth

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Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out Set for 40th Anniversary Box Sets
PR reports: November 26 and 27 mark the 40th anniversary of the recording of the Rolling Stones concerts at Madison Square Garden that yielded the epochal Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, the band's definitive live album. In recognition of that historic occasion when "The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band" played "The World's Greatest Stage," ABKCO Records will release Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones In Concert – 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set and a Super Deluxe Box Set on November 3rd and November 17th respectively.

The late Lester Bangs reviewing the original album in the November 12, 1970 issue of Rolling Stone wrote, "It's still too soon to tell, but I'm beginning to think Ya-Ya's just might be the best album they ever made. I have no doubt that it's the best rock concert ever put on record."

The Deluxe Box Set comprises three audio CDs including a remastered disc of the original Ya-Ya's repertoire as well as a disc of five previously unreleased Stones tracks recorded at the same Madison Square Garden shows. The third CD encompasses unreleased performances by the shows' stellar openers: B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner, five songs from the former and seven songs from the latter. The Box Set also includes a 56-page Collectors Edition book featuring photos and an essay by Ethan Russell, the acclaimed photographer who accompanied the Stones on the '69 tour, as well as the original Rolling Stone Magazine review by Lester Bangs and a series of recollections from a cross-section of fans who attended the concerts and a replica of the original Stones '69 tour poster by David Byrd. There will be a code in a limited number of Box Sets enabling fans to download "I'm Free" for Guitar Hero 5. - more on this story

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Dave Matthews TV
PR reports: Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (RCA), has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in June 2009, marking the band's fifth consecutive studio album to enter the chart in the top position - thus tying Dave Matthews Band with Metallica as the only two groups in chart history to have five consecutive studio albums bow at No. 1.

While in Southern California for two shows at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre (9/9 & 10) and a night at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine (9/13), the band will perform on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (9/14) and "Ellen" (9/16).

Dave Matthews will be interviewed on "Tavis Smiley" on September 14th. The October 3rd season premiere of "Austin City Limits" will feature Dave Matthews Band - for further details, please check your local listings. - more on this story

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Ace Frehley Announces In-Store Appearances
PR reports: Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, announced today he will be appearing at 3 upcoming retailers to sign copies of his new album, Anomaly which will be released September 15th on his own Bronx Born Records label.

When fans purchase Anomaly at the following locations, they will receive a wristband (starting Sept 15th) ensuring their place in line at the signing event. Space will be limited, and the only way to receive a wristband will be by purchasing the new album.

Don't miss your chance to meet the legendary Spaceman and get your new copy of Anomaly signed by Ace!
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X Classic Gets 180 Gram Vinyl Reissue
PR reports: It's no secret that vinyl is back and the demand for this format is soaring. So, we at Porterhouse Records have created a new imprint, Prime Vinyl specifically focusing on releasing fan favorites and out-of-print gems in the 12" vinyl format.

The first scheduled Prime Vinyl release will be "Wild Gift," the second studio album from Los Angeles' greatest punk rock act ever X, which will arrive in stores October 6, 2009.

Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as "the finest American punk album ever" "Wild Gift" has long been considered one of the most relevant recordings of it's time and stands as a landmark to the originality and creativity of the Los Angeles quartet. Out of print in vinyl format for well over 15 years, long time fans will appreciate the time and care that has gone into creating this re-issue product. Including re-mastered audio at today's highest standards, 180 Gram premium vinyl and dead accurate artwork and lyric sheet reproductions as per the original Slash and Electra releases. - more on this story

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Singled Out: FranKo
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today FranKo frontman Tommy Bastow tells us about both tracks included in their single which hit iTunes this week. We now turn it over to Tommy for the story:

Night Time was one of the earliest tracks that we wrote - and being nearly two years old, there is still something very special and unique about this one and it's a killer to play at gigs! Beau came up with the bass line on the piano long before FranKo were formed… it was an idea "floating about" I remember him saying. After a half an hour phone call with Chris (our bass player) the line was converted from piano to bass guitar. We built the chords for the verse around this line and then came up with a chorus for the song - the melody came quickly, as did the lyrics, and we pretty much completed the song in one band rehearsal, which is rare. The inspiration behind the lyrics comes from the attached feelings of the anxiety you get when you're going out and the excitement that comes with it. Also, the need for excitement that we all crave "looking back on day, and speaking out for more" shows the frustration which often is spent waiting to go out! I think that communicates to the audience - it's definitely an exciting listen and is an upbeat number. It's also a song which absolutely everyone can relate to, which always helps. The track has some definite pop elements but throughout the song there's an underlying feeling of mischief and anarchy which gives it its FranKo sound. After the guitar solo, there is an epic build up to the climax of the song (the last chorus) – and when we play this live (usually it's our last song) they go crazy for it, especially for the first time listeners.

Today: This song took AGES to get right – we've been gigging with it since the very beginning, but some changes have been made over time. I remember writing the lyrics to this one when I was filming- Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging. On set you always have hours upon hours of time waiting around so I thought I'd make use of the time. After spending about an hour doodling on a page I began to write lyrics, I thought of all the things which make me happy and then figured out how I could turn those into lyrics for a song which Rich had already recorded a demo for. The song has simple and catchy lyrics which make you feel good. Prior to writing the lyrics I was indulging in the likes of "What a Wonderful World" and "Perfect Day"; both beautifully written songs. At that time I wanted to write a song that focused on what's good in life instead of usually writing about what's bad or corrupt. The lyrics and melodies were changed around a number of times, but when we recorded it in late 2007 we were happy with the end result. I remember going to record the vocals with Rich at Jim Lowe's recording suite in the Townhouse in London - it was a tiny room with rugs all over the walls and incense burning. It was also filled with guitars from famous artists which Rich and I were more than happy to mess around with!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the songs, listen for yourself and learn more about the group - right here!

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