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Full Report for 09/21/2009

Band Claims Their Guitarist Is Missing
antiMusic reports: Five Finger Death Punch put out an all points bulletin on Sunday for their guitarist Zoltan Bathory, whom they say disappeared following a show last Friday night. Here is what they had to say:

"We have not been able to locate Zoltan from Five Finger Death Punch since Friday night's show in Las Vegas. He has not responded to calls, text messages, or emails, and he was last seen around 2:00 a.m. Friday night at Wasted Space in the Hard Rock Casino, taking tequila shots at the bar with a group of guys from a bachelor party who came to the show.

"If anybody has any information as to the whereabouts of Zoltan, please email ffdp@prospectpk.com immediately. This is not like him and the band needs to prepare for the upcoming tour. We have already notified the appropriate authorities, but any help Vegas fans might be able to provide is very much appreciated." - However, a posting at Blabbermouth questions if this is legit

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Scott Weiland Suffers Seizure on Airplane
Blabbermouth reports: Stone Temple Pilots/ex-Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland experienced a mild seizure during an American Airlines flight on Friday.

Sources close to Scott tell TMZ.com he suffered the seizure while flying from Los Angeles to Miami. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

UPDATE: A rep traveling with Weiland tells Rolling Stone that the airplane staff called for medical assistance over the loud speaker and had to administer oxygen to Weiland. Shortly after, Weiland had come to and was "in good spirits" as was taken off the plane for the hospital. - more on this story

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Full Pearl Jam Album Preview
PR reports: On Friday MySpace Music exclusively premiered Pearl Jam's long awaited 9th studio album, Backspacer, days before it hits stores. To stream the album in its entirety for free visit the band's official MySpace profile.

While you're there, be sure to check out the "Backspacer Short" mini-documentary about the making of Backspacer which beautifully captures the energy behind the creation of this album and features live performance cuts as well as the band's current hit single "The Fixer," which MySpace Music premiered back in July.

Pearl Jam is Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron. Since coming together in the early 90's Pearl Jam has sold more than 60 million records around the globe making them one of the most successful alternative rock bands around. Backspacer, helmed by long-time Pearl Jam producer Brendan O' Brien, will be released in stores September 20th.
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AC/DC Boxset in a Working Guitar Amplifier?
Classic Rock reports: There are unconfirmed reports that AC/DC are to release a major box set later this year. These reports suggest this will come in a box shaped as an amplifier that actually works.

It will contain three CDs, two DVDs and a vinyl album. There will be a CD of studio rarities, two CDs featuring live rarities, a DVD disc of Family Jewels Part 3 (1992-2009) and a DVD disc featuring a show from 2003 in Circus Krone, Germany. The vinyl album will have all the studio rarities.

There are also plans for a three-disc box version called Best Of The Box Set, which will have the studio rarities CD, one CD of live rarities and the Family Jewels Part 3 DVD. - more details

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U2 Have A Few New Albums Up Their Sleeves
antiMusic reports: Sun Media spoke with U2 frontman Bono last week as the band brought their 360 Degree Tour to Canada. During part of that conversation Bono revealed that the band already has new music underway. Here is that part of the exchange:

"We've got a few albums up our sleeves. We've got a whole album we started with Rick Rubin, which is a rocking club album with beats and big guitars, and I can't wait to get back to that. So we're going to see where the mood takes us. But it's not like we have to start afresh. We have five or six songs on that album.

"We have about 12 on the Songs of Ascent, plus The Edge and myself have written Spider Man: The Musical -- that's nearly done. It's been an incredible time as songwriters ... If you're going to go out on the road, you have to have songs that have the attitude and the ambition to play in a venue like (the Rogers Centre), because if they haven't got it, you're not going to play them because whilst we like people to look a little startled, we're not going to do a crap show just to promote our new album. So they have to be great.

- Read the interview here

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Want Slash's Hat?- Queen Plan Movie- Motley Palsy Benefit- Ace Frehley and Alice Cooper- Def Pistols Support- Maiden Autobiography and more
antiMusic reports: Guitarist Slash, who is currently working on on a solo album and still searching for a new Velvet Revolver vocalist, is auctioning off a personal Top Hat autographed, a copy of his book autographed and an autographed 8x10. The auction is part of the Steve Vai "Where The Wild Things Are" DVD charity release party! more

In an interview with the BBC, Queen guitar legend Brian May has said that a film version of the Queen musical, We Will Rock You, is in the works. more

Massive Attack debuted new songs from its long-awaited fifth album and performed with Blur frontman Damon Albarn at the first night of its tour at London's Brixton Academy.more

Former Motley Crue lead singer John Corabi will headline a benefit concert Oct. 2 for a girl with celebral palsy. Organizers hope to raise $8,100 for an overhead track system in the girl's home. more

Ace Frehley will be performing a show with Alice Cooper on October 28th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Dinosaur Jr. have expanded their tour of North America with more dates across America added. more

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'anno's autobiography called The Beast: Singing With Iron Maiden - The Drugs, The Groupies... The Whole Story will be released on paperback by John Blake Publishing Ltd on February 1st, 2010. more

Green Day have released the newest video from their 2009 album, 21st Century Breakdown. Check out "East Jesus Nowhere" here.

Man Raze, the rock outfit featuring Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Simon Laffy from Girl and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols, has been added as the opening act on the final leg of Def Leppard's 2009 tour. Also scheduled to appear is Cheap Trick. more

Chimaira rhythm guitarist Matt DeVries will sit out the remainder of the band's European tour starting on September 22 so that he can fly home in time for the birth of his son. Filling in for him for the rest of the European dates will be Emil Werstler of Daath.more

Gwen Stacy will headline a fall tour with support LoveHateHero, Ice Nine Kills, and Stray From The Path.more

Rockline is listing a Wednesday, November 18th date for Montrose - Live In Concert. No word yet if the show will feature original Montrose singer Sammy Hagar more

Muse went straight to the top of the UK album chart, with their fifth album 'The Resistance'. More include a free preview of the album is here

Ryan's Hope's 2006 full length Apocalypse in Increments is set for release on vinyl soon via Huntington Beach based Goodcore Records. The Joliet, Illinois based three piece originally released the album on CD on Punknews Records. more

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Steven Adler Plans DVD and Rehab Return
SleazeRoxx reports: 2010 will see Steven Adler returning to "Celebrity Rehab 3" as a special guest and the worldwide release of his first instructional drum DVD. Steven also recently contributed drum tracks to former "GN'R", current "Velvet Revolver" guitarist Slash's solo record.

The track, which marks their professional reunion, also features Flea from "The Red Hot Chili Peppers". Looking to conquer the literary world as well, Steven is finalizing a major publishing deal for his tell all biography. Of course Adler's Appetite will continue to tour extensively and is currently working on new material set for a 2010 release.

Now, with the completion of two U.S. tours and a highly successful South American tour in 2009, with nothing short of a stellar response, "ADLER'S APPETITE" is giving the fans what they want and breathing new life into the legacy that is "Guns N' Roses". - more on this story

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Metallica Rocks For A Cause
marinij.com reports: Metallica's first-ever Marin County concert netted $200,000 for the "Marin Rocks" museum project, Marin History Museum officials have announced.

Metallica fans paid up to $350 a ticket to the sold-out Sept. 11 show at the 2,000-seat Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The money goes to Marin Rocks, an interactive museum of Marin music history scheduled to open next summer on Fourth St. in downtown San Rafael. - more on this story

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RHCP/Chickenfoot's Chad Smith Talks Meatbats
antiMusic reports: antiMusic's Morley Seaver recently caught up with Chad Smith whom many fans already know from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the supergroup Chickenfoot. Chad just released an album from another project called Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats and in the two excerpts below Chad fills Morley in on what that is about as well as the injury that sidelined Chickenfoot briefly this summer.

antiMusic: Considering I would imagine when it's time for the Chili Peppers to do their thing, you spend a lot of time jamming out with Flea. What do you get from this band that is different than that kind of experience --- just less of a familiarity?

Chad: When you play with somebody for over 20 years, there's sometimes just no words needed. There's an unspoken connection, that's a very special chemistry. It's based on the same thing, you know. It's improvising, and jamming; that's how we came up with a lot of these songs. That's where a lot of Chili Peppers songs come from too. It's just a way of thinking where you can really inject your personality into the music when everyone is involved with the exception of a songwriting situation. You know instead of a guy brings his demo, he's all finished, and here, play this drum machine beat, you know whatever.

And you know, people who want you bring what you do to the table are smart-(laughs) because it's going to make it more unique. It's going to make it sound, you know, it just sounds better to me when everybody is involved. Because then everyone is encouraged to have their musical input and it's just going to make that sound more unique, when it has that chemistry of the different personalities coming out through the music. And that's really what we do. That's what's happening in the Meatbats. Everybody's doing their thing and together we have a certain sound and a chemistry and I just think that's the best way to make music. It's honest. It's real. It's from the heart. It's from your soul. And I think people connect with that. It's the kind of music I like to hear and so it's the kind of stuff I want to make.

antiMusic: I almost forgot to ask: how are you feeling?

Chad: Yeah, I tore my tendon in Paris. It was weird. I never had anything happen to me. But I am kind of physical. I play kind of hard. (laughs) I had a motorcycle crash a long time ago where I separated my shoulder. I had a lot of scar tissue in that area. The muscles in the shoulder and the tendon that connects the bicep to your shoulders is just a skinny little thing and with all the wear and tear of years of banging on the drums it just started to fray at that tendon a little bit. In Paris a little piece of the tendon came off and it really freaked me out. I was like ah ----, this is not good. I can't do my thing. Luckily it wasn't that bad. I just needed to rest it. So we did have to cancel some shows and I feel bad about that. But there was no way I was going to be able to play right away so I needed to take a little time off. So I got three weeks off and did some acupuncture and stuff and it's healing up and I'm fine right now thank goodness.

- Read the full interview right here!

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New York Dolls Expand Tour Plans
Noble reports: The legendary New York Dolls have added Leamington Spa, Liverpool and Edinburgh concerts to their forthcoming UK December 2009 tour.

David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and their fellow Dolls will now play Leamington Spa Assembly on Tuesday December 8th, Liverpool o2 Academy on Wednesday December 9th and the HMV Edinburgh Picture House on Thursday December 10th. The Dolls will also perform a concert at the London HMV Forum on Friday December 4th.

The forthcoming December UK tour follows the band's critically acclaimed Todd Rundgren produced new studio album 'Cause I Sez So, their television appearance on Later with Jools Holland, and a rapturously reviewed London 100 Club show which sold out in 4 minutes. - more on this story

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Shadow Gallery Return With New Album
PR reports: Shadow Gallery, widely considered a major and innovative force within the realms of progressive rock and metal, have returned with their 6th studio effort "Digital Ghosts".

Following up 2005's "Room V" as well as the "Prime Cuts" compilation release of material from previous albums in 2007, "Digital Ghosts" will be released on October 26th, 2009 in Europe and November 3rd, 2009 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

After the tragic passing of lead singer Mike Baker in October 2008, "Digital Ghosts" introduces new lead singer Brian Ashland and not only sees the entire band once again sharing additional vocal duties but also features guest vocal appearances by Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Clay Barton (Suspyre) to compliment the release.
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