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Full Report for 09/29/2009

Van Halen Guitar Theft Arrest
Rock Radio reports: Three men have been arrested in New York over a fraudulent shipping scam which, it's said, allowed them to steal $55,000 of musical instruments, including a limited-edition replica of Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstein guitar.

Only 300 copies have ever been built, featuring Van Halen's hand-painted stripes, hand-cut pickup cavities with non-functioned third pickup, a 1971 quarter coin jammed under the tremelo unit, master volume pot marked 'Tone' and cigarette burn marks on the head. Complete with EVH case and collector's items, the guitar sells for $25,000.

New York police arrested Jeronimo Frutero, who works in the shipping department of the American Musical Supply store. They also took his associate Richard Rodriguez into custody. - more on this story

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AC/DC Announce Rarities Box Set Housed In Working Guitar Amp
antiMusic reports: Sometimes rumors do turn out to be true. A few weeks back, Classic Rock reported on a rumor that AC/DC were planning to release a massive box set housed in a playable guitar amplifier case. Then last week the band launched a tease website where they promised an exciting announcement. We now know what that is and it IS a massive box set housed in a playable guitar amplifier case. The $199 (plus shipping) AC/DC Backtracks box set includes 3 CDs, 2 DVDs, an LP and more. Here is the official description:

The comprehensive collection of the band's studio and live rarities together in one place, remastered to sound better than ever (many on CD for the first time), on 3 CDs and 1 LP. 2 DVDs brings "Family Jewels" up to date plus the entire 2003 Circus Krone gig. A 164 page hard-cover book, collectible merchandise reproductions, and a working guitar amp make this a must-have for true AC/DC fans. Ships by 11/9/2009.

The 12"x12"x4" (30cm*30cm*10cm) exterior box is designed to resemble a vintage AC/DC guitar amp – complete with the original logo that was spray-painted onto the rear of Angus and Malcolm's speaker cabinets in 1975. The "head" of the amp has a handle that lifts the top off to reveal the contents housed within. Oh yeah, the head is also a WORKING GUITAR AMPLIFIER! That's right, one watt of pure AC/DC makes this box a truly unique collector's item. You can PLAY the box set while LISTENING TO the box set! - details, details, details

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Former 3 Inches of Blood Member Killed
Tacoma Rock City reports: Former 3 Inches Of Blood member Brian Redman, a long-time staple of Tacoma's music scene, was killed in an early Sunday morning scooter crash, according to Tacoma police. He was 31.

Redman was known as the leader of Tacoma hard-rock band, Dirty Knockers, and for a two-year stint with popular, Vancouver, BC-based thrash-metal outfit 3 Inches of Blood, among other projects. He last performed with Dirty Knockers Saturday night at Tacoma's New Frontier Lounge.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner confirmed that Redman died early Sunday morning. Based on details provided by Detective Brad Graham of the Tacoma Police Department, Redman was thrown from his scooter after apparently striking a curb on the 2400 block of N. 21st Street, in Tacoma. - more on this story

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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Dies
Yahoo reports: The woman who inspired the iconic Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" has died, a charity said Monday.

Lucy O'Donnell was a childhood friend of John Lennon's son Julian, and the song title was inspired by a picture that he had drawn of her at school.

Many fans believed that the classic 1967 hit, recorded for the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, was a thinly disguised paean of praise for the hallucinogenic drug LSD. But O'Donnell, a housewife whose married name was Vodden, revealed two years ago that she had in fact been the source. - more on this story

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Weiland Made Velvet Revolver Go Soft
antiMusic reports: Blistering.com caught up with Velvet Revolver's Matt Sorum as the former Guns N' Roses drummer was on tour with Motorhead, filling in for Mikkey Dee. The conversation turned to the past, present and future of Velvet Revolver where Sorum had some interesting things to say about their former frontman Scott Weiland. Here is part of that exchange:

Blistering.com: Do you think Velvet Revolver will get back together? - Sorum: I think it will. We have been e-mailing back and forth, in search of a singer, so we have high expectations. We want to make sure this singer will work and be a better thing. We looked a long time before we got Scott [Weiland], and I don't know if we got Scott because it seemed like an easy way to fill the bill. I know we want to take it up a notch and make it better. When we got Scott, we jumped into it pretty quick. Even though Me, Slash, Duff [McKagan] and Dave [Kushner] have been working together on the first record before Scott came on, then Scott jumped on and we went on the road and did the record pretty quick. The second album, I think, we fell prey to more of what Scott wanted to do and we wanted to straight-up rock and roll. I think this time around we would like to make a real strong rock album and stick with more of our roots.

Blistering.com: I know you, Slash and Duff had your own chemistry. Was it hard to mesh with Scott when he came in? - Sorum: No, not really. The first record, he picked the songs. We had about fifty songs written. He just started to sing on them. That album happened real organically and really quickly. When we went to write the second album, it seemed to take different road, which I always wanted to make a harder record, but I think we went a little lighter and the fans didn't really care for [it] that much. I think the second record is a good one but we did what we did. I think it was a weird chemistry between us.

- Read the full interview at Blistering.com

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Weezer and Lil Wayne Team Up- Slayer Preview- Zombie Delay- Morrissey B-Sides- Limp Bizkit Split- Alice Cooper Keepin' Halloween Alive and more
antiMusic reports: Slayer has just posted the title track from their brand new album, World Painted Blood, online - The World Painted Blood album will be released on November 3.

Weezer's upcoming Raditude album will feature a rap by Lil Wayne. Rivers Cuomo told MTV that he cowrote a song called "'Can't Stop Partying" with Jermaine Dupri and "we got Lil Wayne to come in and do a rap on it". more. In related news, the album's release has been pushed back a week to November 3rd

Rob Zombie's new solo studio album, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool", has been pushed back one week to November 17.more

Morrissey has announced a new b-sides compilation for release later this year. The record is titled Swords and is due out November 3, 2009 in the US and October 26, 2009 in Europe more

Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst has split from his wife Esther just two months after the couple married. He writes on his Twitter.com page, "For those of you inquiring I will confirm that Esther and I have decided to go our separate ways and we both thank you for your support." more

A Cleveland, Ohio woman who was convicted for assaulting a police officer after a Motley Crue concert is claiming his client should get probation because she didn't know she was struggling with a sheriff's deputy more

Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee finished third in the reality-TV competition "Kändisdjungeln", the Swedish version of the U.K. and U.S. show "I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!". Watch his final episode here

U2 set a new attendance record at Giants Stadium last Thursday, playing before 84,472 people in East Rutherford, NJ. more

Suicidal Tendencies will headline this year's installment of the We The People festival, set to take place Saturday, November 21 at the Los Angeles Center Studios more

Alice Cooper has released a new Halloween single, "Keepin' Halloween Alive". You can get it at iTunes starting today. "At home my family all gathers around an old spooky tree decorated with skulls and bones in the living room, and we exchange gifts," says Cooper. "It's our holiday. We even all have matching black-and-orange Halloween sweaters! I wanted a theme song for people like me, and for us Halloween never ends. In the chorus I say, 'I'm keepin' Halloween alive, baby, 3–6–5'... and I mean it!"

Iced Earth are looking forward to returning to the U.K. and has been confirmed to be headlining Hammerfest in the U.K. in March of 2010. more

Universal Music in the UK has released the two-CD Rainbow Anthology 1975-1983 box set. The tracklisting is here

Rhino Entertainment has laid off about 20% of its staff, due to declining physical sales, sources confirm, as part of a strategic realignment of the company's business mandate.more

Razor & Tie has withdrawn its copyright infringement lawsuit against P2P file-sharing service LimeWire. The Kidz Bop label originally filed the suit last October more

Warner Music Group Corp and YouTube are finalizing an agreement that would allow music videos from artists such as Madonna and Green Day to once again be featured on the popular website, according to sources close to the deal. more -

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Poison and Drowning Pool Members For Reality-TV Rock Race
Blabbermouth reports: Kevin Goocher (of VH1's "I Know My Kid's A Star" and singer for Phantom-X) will host a new reality-TV show called "Rock Race". Confirmed judges for the series are Rikki Rockett of Poison and Stevie Benton of Drowning Pool.

The casting producers of "Rock Race" are looking for the top 10 bands to compete on the nationally televised TV show for a record deal and management contract.

Phantom-X will tour in the spring of 2010 with the casting producers of "Rock Race" to twenty U.S. cities. - more on this story

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Queen Set Historic Release
PR reports: The legendary rock band, Queen, announced today that they are making music history with the release of their new album, Absolute Greatest – the ultimate compilation of the band's most popular, enduring and iconic songs on EMI Music's Parlophone Records. In an industry first, Queen are joining up with Logitech to offer Absolute Greatest exclusively on the company's new Logitech Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi music player. As of today, owners of the Logitech Squeezebox Radio can listen to the new Queen album before it hits the shops on November 16 and experience a series of unique Queen photos and track-by-track audio commentaries recorded by the band.

The release of Absolute Greatest on the Logitech Squeezebox Radio is the latest in a long-established record of firsts Queen has brought to the music industry. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975) was at first considered too long for successful radio play, but is now recognized as one of the greatest singles of all time. Its video was also the first genuine promotional video. In 1981, Queen became the first band to make a stadium tour of South America. There, in March that year, they played a single concert to 131,000 people in Sao Paolo, the largest paying audience for any band anywhere in the world. A second concert the following night drew an additional 120,000 people.

Ten years later, Queen made the first-ever commercial release of a collection of videos (Greatest Flix, 1991). And more recently still, the band brought their music to new generations through different art forms, like choreographer Maurice Béjart's "Ballet For Life," and their stage musical with Ben Elton, "We Will Rock You," now in its eighth sell-out year in London and seen worldwide by over 10 million people. - more on this story

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Sid Vicious Documentary Coming
MVD reports: Odeon Entertainment and MVD Visual are proud to announce the release of Sid! By Those Who Really Knew Him on November 17th in North America.

This package, the first intimate full-length 80 minute documentary on Sid's life, marks 30 years since his death from a heroin overdose (he was just 21 years old). Many of those closest to Sid speak for the very first time about this true punk icon who burned out, but never sold out.

This brand new documentary, in association with ITN Archive, charts the fall and rise of Sid Vicious from punk's hero to society's cultural icon of the twentieth century.
- more on this story

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All That Remains and The Devil Wears Prada Tour
PR reports: All That Remains and The Devil Wears Prada will co-headline the Napalm & Noise Tour this winter. The tour will hit both coasts and will feature support from Story Of The Year and Haste The Day.

Prada vocalist Mike Hranica said "We're excited to hit the road with All That Remains, Story Of The Year and Haste The Day. Being a co- headline tour, we'll be able to play a longer set, too, which means more brand new songs off 'With Roots Above and Branches Below.' I'm stoked to be hitting up cities that we haven't played in a while, and playing songs that we haven't had the chance to play within the previous tours."

Phil Labonte of All That Remains adds, "We're really excited to be hitting the road with a The Devil Wears Prada, Story Of The Year, and Haste The Day. ATR had such a great time playing on The Warped tour in 2008 with both DWP and SOTY were so we're looking forward to the same kind warm reception we got all last summer! We're hoping that ATR fans will come out and check out the other bands and rock with us!" - more on this story

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Dandy Warhols Star Releasing Graphic Novel
PR reports: One Model Nation, the first cinematic, action packed, graphic novel of its kind, will be released by Image Comics on October 28, 2009, in book-stores nationwide.

Donovan Leitchn, C. Allbritton Taylor of The Dandy Warhols and Street Angel illustrator Jim Rugg piece together the complete story of the political art-noise band One Model Nation, revealing just how they kick started the revolution that revitalized a country, the final dark days of the Baader-Meinhof Gang and the band's mysterious disappearance a few months later.

The story is set in Germany in 1977, when the country is still shattered from the devastation of war and the harsh realities of communism. The country's youth are fighting back against a repressed nation with their only figurehead for this violent, well dressed revolution, a band, later to be forever lost in time, One Model Nation.
- more on this story

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Arch Enemy Song Giveaway
Fresno Media reports: Swedish melodic Death Metal veterans, Arch Enemy, have teamed up with GuitarWorld.com to offer fans an exclusive download of a new track off the upcoming release, The Root of All Evil.

The Root of All Evil is a collection of rerecorded Arch Enemy classics, taken from the band's first three studio albums, reenergized by the current Arch Enemy line up. "Pilgrim" was originally released on the band's third album, Burning Bridges, which came out in 1999. The Root of All Evil is slated for a US release on October 6th, and is now available in Europe courtesy of Century Media Records.

The new song, "Pilgrim", is now available for download at http://www.guitarworld.com/ae-pilgrim. Two other songs off the new record, "Beast of Man" and "Bury Me An Angel", can be heard at www.myspace.com/archenemy . An official album trailer can be watched at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6venf6mZUM . - more on this story

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Senses Fail Add New Member As They Hit The Road
PR reports: Senses Fail recently announced the addition of guitarist Etay Pisano to their lineup in preparation for the band's upcoming headline tour.

"We are very excited that our friend Etay has jumped in to help us out with the upcoming tour and are excited for everyone to meet him," said singer Buddy Nielsen.

The One More Brick tour is set to begin September 30 at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY. The NJ five-piece will be bringing along A Skylit Drive, Closure in Moscow and label-mates FACT. The tour will end with a very special Halloween show at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
- more on this story

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Tribute To Legendary 10cc Alumnus Kevin Godley
PR reports: Foremost internet radio program Listening Through A Glass Onyon, hosted by Billy James, will be paying tribute to legendary music artist and video producer extraordinaire Kevin Godley.

This special edition of Listening Through A Glass Onyon will be aired on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm EST (USA) / 5:00 pm (UK) and can be accessed here. The program will showcase music from various points in Godley's career - from Hotlegs to 10cc to Godley and Creme to his most recent celebrated collaboration with former 10cc partner Graham Gouldman, under the guise GG06.

Kevin Godley, former half of the pioneering duo Godley and Creme, has directed and produced some of the most successful music videos in rock and roll for such artists as Duran Duran, U2, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Rod Stewart, Keane and The Police to name just a few. The six new GG06 tracks are graced with his tremendous voice - Kevin is arguably one of the great vocalists in music today. "I always figured Kevin had the best voice in the band," complements Graham Gouldman, "ironic that he never sang lead on a 10cc single… Even I managed that. Now justice has been done. Kevin's voice and razor sharp lyrics take us places we haven't visited before… Always a good place to start!" - more on this story

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Life of Agony Comic
PR reports: Life of Agony bassist/Spoiler NYC front man, Alan Robert, joins forces with IDW Publishing to release a new horror/conspiracy miniseries titled Wire Hangers. Created, written and illustrated by Robert, with covers by comic fan-favorite Nelson DeCastro (Marvel Masterpieces), Wire Hangers makes its worldwide debut in March 2010.

Robert is no stranger to comics. He studied cartooning under Walter Simonson (The Mighty Thor) at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he attended on scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Best known for being the primary songwriter behind Life of Agony's critically acclaimed River Runs Red concept album, Robert is also an accomplished artist. His illustrations and designs have appeared on merchandise, ad campaigns and Web sites for multi-platinum rock acts such as 3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd and Shinedown.

In Wire Hangers, which will debut with a 32-page, ad-free first issue, a series of abductions are plaguing New York, leaving no one safe. When Anna Davis, a feisty young female reporter, goes undercover to try and snag the big exclusive, she stumbles upon clues that give us a glimpse into what could be the most disturbing government conspiracy of our time. Pill-popping detectives, corrupt secret agents and a mysterious, disfigured homeless man are all inter-connected in this horrific tale of revenge and redemption. - more on this story

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Al Jourgensen Teams Up With Mission UK Guitarist
PR reports: While his prodigal step-child, RevCo is out on the North American LuBriCaTouR promoting the upcoming 13th Planet release "Sex-O MiXXX-O", Uncle Al Jourgensen has hooked up with guitarist Mark Thwaite (Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Tricky, Mob Research) in the studio, collaborating on several projects simultaneously. Jourgensen and Thwaite, both long-time friends of Killing Joke/Ministry bassist Paul Raven, who passed away October 20, 2007, joined forces recently at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in Texas on RevCo projects and another Jourgensen side project.

Thwaite brings his remix skills to RevCo's upcoming "Sex-O MiXXX-O" on Abundant Redundancy (Dambuster Metalmorphosis Mix), to be released digital only as a bonus supplement to the physical release. Thwaite's previous remix credits include Gary Numan, Methodman and Licky to name a few.Additionally, Thwaite collaborated with Ministry/RevCo guitarist Sin Quirin on Filthy Senoritas, for the upcoming RevCo release slated for Spring 2010. B

ut the crowning jewel of the Jourgensen/Thwaite collaboration is the newly penned as yet untitled Christmas Song to be released via digital download exclusively this Thanksgiving. - more on this story

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Green Carnation Live Album Remastered
MMP reports: Green Carnation, this Norwegian band has created songs from both progressive rock and progressive metal genres. The band's music was continuously losing its heaviness with each release - from straight forward death metal, doom metal/progressive metal, to a more hard rock-sounding form of progressive rock and in 2006 went as far as to an entirely acoustic album.

Metal Mind Productions presents a remastered recording of the band's great show in Kraków in January 2004.

The tracklist of "Alive And Well… In Kraków" features a great variety of songs, including the first part of the album "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" and the highlights of the "A Blessing in Disguise"! Digipak edition is limited to 1000 copies. Release date is scheduled for 19th October in Europe and 26st January 2010 in USA (via MVD). - more on this story

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Rick Wakeman's The Six Wives Of Henry VIII Set for CD, DVD and BluRay Release
Kayos reports: On October 13, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Six Wives Of Henry VIII on DVD and Blu-ray via Eagle Vision and CD through Eagle Records. This eagerly anticipated release for Rick Wakeman fans is his first solo release on Blu-ray.

Rick Wakeman's The Six Wives Of Henry VIII is one of the landmark albums of the seventies, a critical and commercial success that has sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide.

In May 2009, Wakeman finally achieved his long held dream of performing the entire album live at Hampton Court Palace. It was the first time the whole album had ever been performed in concert and included the Henry VIII track "Defender Of The Faith," that had to be cut from the original album for space reasons, plus new opening and closing pieces. The two spectacular sell out concerts were a never to be repeated event, which give those not able to attend the ability to experience this epic performance. - more on this story

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JamBase Release Version 2 of iPhone Ap
PR reports: JamBase, the largest database of show listings and ticket information, announced today the availability of an upgrade to its free application (Version 2) for the iPhone and iPod touch.

"As a site built by fans, for fans, JamBase is tapped into this audience's dynamic needs," said Andy Gadiel, president and founder of JamBase. "With our latest iPhone App, we listened to what fans were requesting in order to deliver them the best mobile access to the world of live music."

The JamBase application for iPhone and iPod touch gives today's mobile music fan instant access to the largest live show database, which uniquely combines member-contributed concert information along with data received from thousands of music industry partners such as booking agencies, venues and record labels. JamBase's listings are up-to-date and highly accurate, featuring 60,000 artists across more than 50 genres, performing in 70,000 venues worldwide. - more on this story

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Chthonic Kick Off North American Tour
PR reports: Taiwanese metallers Chthonic just kicked off their North American tour in support of their new album "Mirror of Retribution". The tour features Satyricon, Bleeding Through and Toxic Holocaust and runs through October 27th in Montreal, Quebec.

Bassist Doris Yeh comments: "After 2 years, we finally have our new album 'Mirror of Retribution' out on Spinefarm Records, and this is our second North American tour. We're very excited to see the fans here, and we just met the members of Bleeding Through, they're very nice people, but including the members of the band and staff, there will be a total 15 people on the bus!! Whew! That will be a huge family on the bus!" Doris continues: "This tour will be an awesome one, and the fans will kill themselves if they miss the show!!!!!!!!!!!!"

CHTHONIC is touring to support their latest release, Mirror of Retribution, which is in stores now on Spinefarm Records. After years of controversy surrounding how to classify CHTHONIC, the band has clearly asserted themselves on Mirror of Retribution. There is no proper label for the type of dark, melodic, extremely heavy sound the band conveys on their latest release. This sound conveys the deep sadness and despair from old Eastern mythos as well as the unforgivable wrath from the history that Taiwan has experienced.
- more on this story

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Live Nation Continues All-In Wednesday
Live Nation reports: This week, Live Nation continues All-In, No Service Fee Wednesday with deals on more than 200,000 tickets for the hottest concerts around. Beginning on September 30th at 12:01 a.m., concert fans can buy tickets at the All-In, No Fee Prices of $10, $20 and $30 to shows by such artists as blink-182, Widespread Panic, Peaches, The Sounds, Moby, The Gossip, and many others.

With this week's All-In ticket specials and The Live Nation Club Passport, which allows fans access to see unlimited club shows in their area for the rest of the year for just $49.99, it's easier and more affordable than ever for fans of live music to see shows.

The great deals on tickets begin on September 30th at 12:01 a.m. and run for 24 hours only at LiveNation.com. Lawn, General Admission or Reserved Tickets. Subject to availability at participating venues and select shows. Includes print at home and US mail delivery, parking where applicable. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. - more on this story

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. Root 66: Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan- Blackberry Smoke
Gary Schwind takes a listen to recent rootsy releases including a collaboration between Blues greats Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as the new album from classic rockers Blackberry Smoke. - Read the full Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan- Blackberry Smoke review

.... UFO - The Visitor
UFO's latest opus sets a new standard for legendary bands making a revolutionary comeback. It is one reaching into old-school habits while absorbing brave approaches that craft something so daring and focused, that it should be commended. - Read the full UFO - The Visitor review

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