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Full Report for 09/23/2009

Marilyn Manson Has Swine Flu
antiMusic reports: The H1N1 virus is spreading like crazy and celebrities are not immune to the dreaded Swine Flu. Case in point is Marilyn Manson who has come down with the illness.

On Monday Manson wrote on Myspace's celeb blog: So I have officially been diagnosed, by a real doctor, with THE SWINE FLU.

I know everyone will suggest that f**king a pig is how this disease was obtained. However, the doctor said, my past choices in women have in no way contributed to me acquiring this mysterious sickness. Unfortunately, I am going to survive.
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Alice In Chains Mystery Hunt and Full Album Preview
antiMusic reports: Alice In Chains posted a full album preview online of their forthcoming effort and they are having some fun with fans who hope to score tickets to an upcoming event in Los Angeles. Here is what their camp had to say: Congratulations to AIC fan Won! He was the first to get the pair of tickets and VIP passes to Alice In Chains' performance at the KROQ lunch with Kat Corbett on September 29th.

We still have two LA events that you can find tickets and passes for. Now we present your chance to attend the sold-out taping of the band's mini-concert at the Jimmy Kimmel show with green room passes. Here is your hint...

On Thursday, September 24th, a pair of tickets can be found in Hollywood where the stars are immortalized. The man in black will be holding a package at the commemoration of a certain star who lent a hand on the title track from AIC's new album. He will be there at 8:00pm sharp, and the first person to arrive and ask will be given the package... but BE CAREFUL: if you are seen within eyeshot of that spot before exactly 8:00pm, you will not be able to take the tickets! - Now go have a listen

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Ryan Adams Vs Courtney Love
Jam! reports: Ryan Adams has finally responded to a year of online taunting from Courtney Love, insisting the rocker has him mixed up with her ex, Jim Barber.

Love took aim at Adams in a series of Internet rants and rages, suggesting he borrowed money from her and never paid her back and briefly dated her.

But now Adams has had enough - he's denying all the accusations and suggests Love has him confused with Barber, who produced his 2003 album Rock n Roll.
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Unheard Hendrix Recordings Coming- F**ked Up Prize- Beatles Sell 2.5 Million Albums In 5 Days- System of a Duet- Lennon Film Goldfrapped and more
antiMusic reports: Jimi Hendrix will continue rocking from beyond the grave for another ten years - his family plans to release boxes of previously unheard recordings. The legendary guitarist died in 1970, but his sister Janie reveals the family has enough unreleased material to keep fans happy for another decade. more

Of the all the acts on the shortlist for Canada's Polaris Music Prize, Toronto hardcore band F**ked Up seemed the least likely to take the $20,000 award. But that's exactly what happened as a jury of 10 Canadian music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters awarded the band the prize more

Nearly 40 years after breaking up, The Beatles are still breaking records for album sales. EMI Group PLC says consumers in North America, Japan and the U.K. bought more than 2.25 million copies of the Fab Four's re-mastered albums in the first five days after their Sept. 9 release. more

The unlikely but surprisingly melodic pairing of New Zealand song bird Boh Runga and System of a Down front man Serj Tankian on the "Be Careful" takes on an animated life in a fun and playful video about starting over. The song is off Boh's U.S. album debut "Right Here" which was released digitally in July. Check out the video right here... pun intended

The latest episode of "Talking Metal" features an interview host John Ostronomy conducted with Skinny and Pig Benis of Mushroomhead. Topics include touring, recording, J Mann, and 216. Additional podcast topics covered by Ostronomy and host Mark Strigl include Evan Seinfeld and The Spyderz, Almost Is Nothing, Heaven and Hell, and the Runaways. Pictures as well as the 45-minute podcast can be downloaded here

Ace Frehley was given the opportunity to tour Cobo Hall in Detroit one last time on September 19th before it's gutted and transformed into an auto showroom in the next few weeks. Additional info on the documentary and photographs from the tour can be found at www.acefrehley.com.

Aerosmith will perform in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, as part of the Formula One racing weekend. The band will play the grand finale for the Grand Prix event, following Formula One's first day/night race on November 1.more

The new video for The Oregon Donor's song "Morse Code" from A Pageant's End has been posted online. The album comes out on October 6th but you can watch the video right now here

Third Eye Boyband: Hot Chelle Rae will be the main support to Third Eye Blind for three weeks in October. The tour leads up to the release of the band's debut album Lovesick Electric, coming out October 27th on Jive Records.

Alison Goldfrapp has confirmed that her band has written the score for Nowhere Boy, the forthcoming movie based on John Lennon's childhood and teenage years.more

David Gray has a new album out called Draw The Line. The album is being featured as an Amazon Daily Deal. This week only you can purchase the entire album for $3.99 on Amazon Mp3. Buy it here

Samael will no longer be appearing alongside Moonspell on their North American tour this October/November. Taking their place will be Century Media recording artists Divine Heresy. more

Carl Barat has revealed he is hoping to star in two plays early next year. The former Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things frontman remained tight-lipped about what the plays are, but said he is likely to tread the boards next January.more

Eddie Van Halen played himself in an episode of "Two and a Half Men" Monday night. If you couldn't stomach watching a sitcom for a full half hour, or watched the show and happen to blink when Eddie appeared, you can view a video over at Blabbermouth

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Slash Recording With Dave Grohl and Duff
Blabbermouth reports: Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash recorded a song Tuesday night (September 22) with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Them Crooked Vultures) and Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses) for inclusion on Slash's forthcoming solo album, tentatively due in early 2010. The axeman states, "It promises to be killer."

Slash tracked most of the CD with former Nine Inch Nails drummer Josh Freese and ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney. Confirmed guest singers so far include Ozzy Osbourne and AVENGED SEVENFOLD's M. Shadows.

The CD was produced by Eric Valentine (Good Charlotte, Queens Of The Stone Age) and features additional appearances by ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Freese told MusicRadar.com that Iggy Pop, Fergie (a.k.a. Stacy Ann Ferguson) of the Black Eyed Peas and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) will also appear on the LP.
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Metallica's Marin Concert Offered For Download
Warner Bros reports: The Marin History Museum has just announced the results of the recent benefit concert by Metallica at the Marin Veteran's Auditorium. The concert, a first by the band in their "adopted" hometown, was highly anticipated and overwhelmingly received, selling out in three days, and providing a financial boost to MHM's Marin Rocks exhibition scheduled to open in 2010. The concert grossed approximately $375,000 and MHM expects to net an estimated $200,000 in proceeds which will help pay for the costs associated with the Marin Rocks project.

"We are thrilled and delighted with the results from the concert," said Merry Alberigi, Executive Director of Marin History Museum. "We've received so many phone calls and emails telling us what a great event it was and what an incredible time was had by all. We're extremely grateful to our donors, our board and staff, and especially to Moonalice, Metallica and their crew, and the wonderful fans who made this event such a success. Marin Rocks will benefit the entire Marin community and it would not be possible without the generous support of our donors, staff, volunteers, and the musicians who live and work here."

In addition to the net proceeds from the live event, the band will donate the proceeds generated from the sales of the mp3 of the Marin show to also benefit Marin Rocks. The Marin show at Marin Veteran's Auditorium can be downloaded from the Metallica website for a fee of $9.95.
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Green Day Get Artsy
Warner Bros reports: Green Day has commissioned 21 original pieces of art inspired by music from the band's most recent album release, 21st Century Breakdown.

The paintings will be shown exclusively at the StolenSpace Gallery in Shoreditch, East London, from 23rd of October until 1st of November to coincide with Green Day's sold out UK concert tour and opening the day before the band's two sold-out performances at the O2 Arena in London.

The band, who have sold over 60 million albums world-wide, feel that art and music share a common bond. "We're really excited to be associated with this incredible show," Green Day front-man Billie Joe Armstrong said. "Seeing the pieces that our new album has inspired is very exciting. We feel a strong connection to that type of creative expression; we think the fans coming out will love it."
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Motley Ex Linked To Cocaine Smuggling Ring
ninemsn reports: A US Playboy model has been named as part of an elaborate cocaine smuggling ring allegedly orchestrated by Sydney Bra Boy Wayne Cleveland using airport caterers.

The role of Brandi Brandt, a Playmate of the Month in 1987 and former wife of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, in the drug syndicate has been detailed in Australian Federal Police court documents, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Cleveland and Brandt were captured on CCTV footage at the Swiss Grand Hotel in Bondi after the model arrived on the same United Airlines flight in which $1.6 million of cocaine was allegedly found hidden in a toilet rubbish bin. It is alleged the role of Brandt, 43, and her former surfer partner Rusty Setser, was to make sure the cocaine was hidden on flights from Los Angeles.
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Creed Webcasts To The Troops and You
PR reports: Rockpit.com, the new music website dedicated to all things rock, has aligned with the USO to bring Friday's world record-breaking Creed concert LIVE from Houston to our troops overseas. Be a part of the action as it happens for FREE at www.Rockpit.com starting Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. CST.

Making the website's launch a truly global event, Rockpit.COM is delivering the high definition live stream of the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning rockers' "Full Circle" reunion tour from Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion to our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and at USO locations around the world, as well as here in the U.S. Representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand as Rockpit.com breaks Two world records as a cinematic experience that night: Most Cameras Used in a Live Concert Recording (227) Most Still Cameras Used in a Sequence

Creed fans and rock enthusiasts can register Now to receive a free All Access webcast pass to be among the 200,000 live viewers worldwide by visiting www.Rockpit.com. The Creed live webcast, produced by DC3 Music Group, LLC and directed by awarding-winning director Daniel E. Catullo III (Rush in Rio, Nickelback Live From Sturgis, Godsmack: Changes), will include simultaneous filming of backstage footage, extended aerial "Fly Cam" stadium views, the full-length concert and pre- and post-concert band interviews.
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Set Rocktober Release
PR reports: Trans-Siberian Orchestra has announced the upcoming release of its hugely anticipated new album. "Night Castle" will arrive in stores and all digital retailers on October 27th.

Years in the making, "NIGHT CASTLE" is without question TSO's most ambitious and adventurous work to date. Founder Paul O'Neill and crew have created 26 songs that run the gamut from hard rock to classical, taking the listener on a journey through different points of history. "NIGHT CASTLE" details the triumphs and follies of man but is ultimately an epic story of transformation and love. The two-CD set will be released at a special low price, and will include a unique 68-page booklet, featuring story, lyrics, and full-color illustrations by legendary artist Greg Hildebrandt.

"Obviously our fans have been unbelievably patient," O'Neill says. "This was supposed to come out a few years ago. But we were dedicated to making something really special, and the longer it took, the more pressure we felt to give people the best possible piece of art we could. - more on this story

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Marillion Set Release
Noble reports: earMUSIC, the international pop-rock label of European entertainment group Edel, is proud to announce the release of the new studio album by worldwide acclaimed UK band Marillion. The album "Less Is More" will be released in the UK on Monday 5th October.

Hailed as one of the English music scene's best kept secrets; Marillion were chart aficionados during the eighties have since been one of the few names in pop to get more and more creative and fascinating album after album. The band are constantly reinventing themselves while keeping the unique sound that made them loved by millions of fans all over the world.

The new studio album "Less Is More", released in cooperation with the band's own label Intact, sees the band performing hits from their back catalogue in an acoustic style. It's a chance for Marillion to shine a new light into their songs, pushing them into unexpected new musical territory that showcases the essence of their songs in an alternative, intimate and exciting format. Less is more... - more on this story

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OK Go Set New Release
PR reports: The mind-bending band that gave us what is largely considered the decade's most viewed music video (even the Simpsons parodied it), the treadmill-manned "Here It Goes Again" is back. Never content to rest on their laurels, OK Go is preparing to tread anything but familiar territory with their upcoming new album, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky releasing on January 12, 2010 on Capitol Records.

The 13-track opus is the long-awaited follow-up to their acclaimed Oh No, which spawned the 2007 Grammy-award-winning video hit "Here It Goes Again" (setting numerous viewing records as it helped transform the then-fledgling YouTube into a household name)." Of the Blue Colour of the Sky is currently primed to kick off 2010 as one of the new year's most buzzed-about releases. According to lead singer, Damian Kulash, the new album springs from a different departure point than previous OK Go releases. "It's not so much that we headed in a new direction. I think we've just expended the guitar-rock ideas from our teens and we're starting to get at more root-level influences. There's a lot of Purple Rain on this record - an album I haven't stopped listening to since I got it when I was eleven."

Kulash added that record's title comes from an 1876 book promoting the erroneous theory that blue light cures all ills. As fits a record influenced by Prince and crackpot 19th century arm-chair scientists, the record is both danceable and contemplative; it's introspective, with a vein of surrealism running through it. There's a song that considers the earth before it was round, one sung by a man who's traded places with his reflection, and plenty of heartbreak and (attempts at) hope, mostly hung on a groovier backbone than we've heard from OK Go before. "We started these songs with a groove," Damian says. "They started as base feelings, not chord progressions or lyrical ideas, and then we layered." After 2005's Oh No, recorded nearly live with minimal overdubs, and their swaggering 2008 EP You're not Alone, backed by the trombone band Bonerama (a benefit for musicians displaced by hurricane Katrina), this new sound comes as something of a departure. - more on this story

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