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Day in Rock Report for 08/26/2011


This Weekend's Dave Matthews Band Caravan Event Postponed
Dave Matthews Band Caravan set to take place this weekend at New York City's Governors has been partially postponed due to Hurricane Irene.

The band issued the following update on their website: The Governor of New York has issued a state emergency, therefore the Dave Matthews Band Caravan events on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th have been postponed.

We will announce the new Caravan Governors Island dates as soon as they have been confirmed.

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Watch New Blink-182 Video- Bach Reunites With Skid Row Member- Rare Early Judas Priest Recording- Headbangers Ball Tribute Dimebag- Yeah Yeah Yeahs Psycho Opera- more
(The 1st Five) Blink-182 have debuted the music video for "Up All Night", their first new material since 2003′s self titled album. The song comes from their upcoming new album Neighborhoods, which hits stores on September 27th via Geffen. Watch the video here

(bmn) Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach has posted the following message on his Facebook page: "Just had dinner with Rob Affuso, the original drummer Of SKID ROW! Great times catching up with my longtime buddy! Could there be a special jam this evening [at Bach's solo concert] in Poughkeepsie? Hmmm, we shall see ;)" more

(The Metal Den) TMD has obtained rare concert audio of Judas Priest performing the classic song "Beyond The Realms Of Death" – off their fourth album entitled Stained Class – at San Antonio Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas on March 23rd, 1978. Check it out here

(Lambgoat) The Agonist is currently finishing up work on their next full-length release. Recorded this summer, the effort is currently being mixed and will hit stores in early-2012 via Century Media Records. more

(FMQB) Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O is taking a break from her band to work on a "psycho opera" for Vice and Intel's multimedia Creators Project, which will take place in Brooklyn, NY, from October 12 to 22.

(Loudwire) The late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott is the focus of the most recent web-only episode of 'Headbangers Ball.' The show includes footage of this year's Ride for Dime event in Dallas, which took place Aug. 20 on what would have been the guitarist's 45th birthday. more

(AP) Cracker front man David Lowery has married his band's manager, Velena Vego, during a music business class at the University of Georgia. more

(BW&BK) Def Leppard will be performing on America's Got Talent, on Septermber 7th at 9 - 10 PM (ET) more

(Loudwire) Biohazard have announced plans to hold open auditions for a new lead singer to replace founding member Evan Seinfeld, who left the band earlier this year. If you're interested in auditioning grab more details here

(Lambgoat) Explosions In The Sky and The Drift will team up for touring in Europe this November. more

(AA) Baltimore's WHFS is bringing back its HFStival to the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on September 17th. This year's event features The Avett Brothers, Flogging Molly, Minus the Bear, Gin Blossoms, Dr. Dog, Clutch, and Diane Birch. All total the event features over twenty bands on three different stages. more

(BW&BK) According to Pollstar, in order to avoid problems with Hurricane Irene, the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, N.Y., has moved Sunday's ZZ Top concert to Monday. more


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Rockstar Rejects Metallica Offer
(Gibson) You'd have to be delusional to turn down a gig opening for the biggest metal band on the planet, Metallica, right? The Times of India is reporting that Metallica were in talks with several Bollywood production houses to serve as the opening act for their upcoming, first-ever shows in India, only to get turned down by Ranbir Kapoor's, Rockstar, which features music by A.R. Rahman.

The producers of Rockstar apparently turned down the offer because the score for the film is mainly "Sufi rock," which they thought would be impossible to place next to the metal giants. Just a small technically, don't you think?

Metallica bass slinger Robert Trujillo recently talked about the group's plans to play India in an interview with the Inland Empire Weekly magazine. "We are going to play India in October," he said. "That should be interesting, playing a place we never thought in our wildest dreams we'd [go] to play. It's an honor for all of us that we get to be a part of that whole music scene as a metal band sharing our music with fans in India at this incredible concert!" more on this story

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Avenged Sevenfold Foiled By Hurricane
(Rock News Desk) Festival bosses are taking weather warnings more seriously after the recent spate of storm-fuelled stage collapses which killed a dozen people and injured hundreds. The worst incident took place at the Indiana State Fair where the death toll has risen to seven. Five lost their lives at Belgium's Pukkelpop last weekend and there have been significant collapses at Ottawa and Tulsa during the summer.

Now organisers of the Uproar Festival set to take place in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Sunday has been rescheduled to the following Tuesday as Hurricane Irene threatens to storm the area over the weekend.

The bill includes Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape the Fate. A7X frontman M Shadows says: "Safety first. We don't want any of our fans to get hurt. We decided to move the show from Sunday to Tuesday so all you crazy f**ks can make it and stay safe." more on this story

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Chickenfoot Name New Member
(Rock News Desk) Chad Smith has officially handed over his Chickenfoot drumsticks to former John Mellencamp skinbeater Kenny Aronoff.

Smith can't tour with the supergroup as they go out on a brief US tour in support of second album Chickenfoot III. He's returned to his main band, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, as they prepare to hit the road to promote I'm With You, their first album since taking a break.

But Smith has emphasised Aronoff is only a temporary stand-in – and he'll be back behind the kit in a matter of months. "Listen, I'm living out back. Things are rough; I've got bills to pay. I've got to go to work. I've got my day job to go to," The drummer says. "But only for a little bit – I'll be back. In the meantime a greta buddy of mine, Kenny Aronoff, is going to come play the drums. He's going to tear it up. He's awesome: you're going to have a great time, so make sure you go out and see the Foot. more on this story

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Amy Winehouse Scores Best Selling Album Of The 21st Century
(Gibson) Amy Winehouse's Back to Black is now the U.K.'s biggest-selling album of the 21st century. Billboard reported on August 24 that after a dramatic increase in sales since her tragic death in July, Back to Black has passed James Blunt's 2005 CD, Back to Bedlam.

Since July 23, the original and deluxe releases of Back to Black have sold an extra 175,000 copies.

U.K. sales of Back to Black are at 3.26 million, compared to 3.25 million for Back to Bedlam. more on this story

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One of the Final Jani Lane Interviews To Air This Weekend
(superLOUD.net) Jani Lane will be featured on this Saturday's episode of That Metal Show at 11 pm EST on Vh1 Classic.

The episode features Michael Sweet of Stryper, Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat, and one of the final interviews with Jani Lane, former lead singer of Warrant. Jani, of course, tragically passed away on August 11, 2011.

The show was taped on July 23rd, just weeks before his death. It's sure to be an interesting but somber watch. A preview of the episode can be seen here

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Singled Out: Blue October
Blue October scored their highest chart debut this week with their top 10 album, "Any Man In America." To celebrate we asked frontman Justin Furstenfield tells us about a couple of songs from the very personal album. Here are the stories:

The Chills: "These are the chills that piss you off, because they're more like feeling that you're being controlled by another person. This is the type of feeling that gives you these chills. Yet you still keep falling for it, again and again and again. And that falling for it perpetuates these chills.

They can be a good thing in a healthy relationship. But in an unhealthy relationship when there is a child involved, those chills are not good news and never really go away. Except now, those chills would come from my daughter looking at us both and saying 'Why can't we just all be together?' Those are the f**kin' chills I'm talking about."

The Follow Through: ""The Follow Through" is the last song on the album and it's meant to convey hope for the future. Hope has to be there; I mean, there's a baby involved. It's basically, 'Look, let's lay down our bullsh*t and move on. We've got to move on and be stronger. Let's stop fighting. Please.' It's the happy ending that every parent wishes for upon getting a divorce. It's divorce's happy ending.

Now put that happy ending in the mix with conniving lawyers, brutal lies, and constant threats and you have yourself trapped with a serial accuser. It is a fact that a serial accuser will do anything in their power for the sake of control - which in my case is to keep me away from our child. The one thing I've learned the most is when a mother loses her child, she is sorrowful, sympathetic, and sad. When a father loses his child he instantly wants to fight and do anything in his power to get them back. Now take those two personalities to court and put a muzzle on the guy and you have my situation."

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

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Evanescence's Amy Lee Talks Seizures
(Gibson) Evanescence singer Amy Lee is busy prepping for the band's forthcoming, self-titled album (out October 11), but she's also spending chunks of time promoting epilepsy awareness. Lee's brother, Robby, experienced his first seizure when he was 8 years old, so the cause is dear to Lee. "People don't know what to do when someone's having a seizure," Lee told Samaritanmag, while in Toronto promoting the new album.

"People freak out if someone is having a seizure. They think there's something wrong with them or they're on drugs or demon-possessed," she added. "I think, especially in young people, we have enough against us to make us feel awkward and different that things like that we should be able to understand because it's totally not that weird. We all have our little differences and quirks about us. And I want to spread awareness. It's really common."

The Epilepsy Foundation states epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. If someone has a seizure, how should passersby respond? "… You don't put a wallet in their mouth; don't put anything in their mouth; that's this big weird stupid thing – they're not going to swallow their tongue! That's physically impossible," Lee said. "You just want to make sure they're not going to hit their head and give them some space and let them breathe, and just let them get through it. That's it, and just don't freak out. That's part of it, too. It's normal. It's [going to] pass in a second. Call an ambulance if they need an ambulance." more on this story

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Metallica Inspired Art Exhibit
(rock nyc) The exhibit 'Obey your Master – A visual salute to Metallica' will be unveiled on January 20th in Los Angeles at the Exhibit A Gallery.

Gallery founder and artist Richard Villa III and famous skateboarder Tony Alva made an announcement on Tuesday about the exhibit, which will feature a collection of work from artists of different horizons (art, fashion, film, music and skateboarding).

Each one of them has chosen a song of the metal heroes and has made a personal interpretation using a specific medium. The pieces will be revealed at a private reception with all the artists and Metallica in attendance! They also will be available for purchase through March 23rd. more on this story

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Optimize New Album for iTunes
Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album I'm With You is the first rock album specially mastered to optimize digital sound quality for iTunes Store customers.

The album, which will be released Monday, August 29th, was produced by Rick Rubin and mastered for iTunes using high-resolution sourced audio to provide fans with an incredibly rich listening experience.

"We are excited to work with iTunes to make an even better listening experience for fans," says producer Rick Rubin, who produced the band's five previous albums. "We can't wait for everyone to hear it."


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Puddle of Mudd N Stones
(RockAAA) Puddle of Mudd have released their version of the Rolling Stones 'Gimme Shelter as the first single from their new covers album Re:(disc)overed.

The album is set to hit stores on August 30 and is comprised of 11 songs which had great influence on the band as they were growing up.

Recording songs by iconic artists such as Free, Elton John, Neil Young and Bad Company can be a daunting task, but guitarist Paul Phillips was keen to deliver something which paid homage to the originals rather than try to reinvent. He said: "Our goal in interpreting these songs was to pay more tribute rather than reinvent." more on this story

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Jon Stewart Hosting Nirvana Anniversary Special
(PR) Sirius XM Radio announced that Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, as well as Butch Vig, who produced Nevermind, sit down for a rare Q&A session, hosted by Jon Stewart, with a select group of SiriusXM listeners at the SiriusXM studios in New York City.

"SiriusXM's Town Hall with Nirvana," the two-hour broadcast event, will air live on Lithium, channel 34, on Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 pm ET, the 20th anniversary of the release of Nevermind. The live special is part of SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series, an intimate gathering with an iconic musician and a studio audience of SiriusXM listeners.

Hosted by Jon Stewart, the "SiriusXM Town Hall with Nirvana" will feature Novoselic, who founded Nirvana with Kurt Cobain; Grohl, whose first full length recording with the band was the classic Nevermind; and producer Vig answering questions from the live studio audience as well as questions from listeners calling in from around the country.
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Remix Buddy Holly For His Birthday
(Sub) Indaba Music are celebrating what would have been Buddy Holly's 75th birthday on September 7th by inviting fans to remix Jenny O's cover of the classic "I'm Gonna Love You Too" from the best-selling Buddy Holly tribute, 'Rave on Buddy Holly' (Fantasy Records/Concord).

The winning submission, chosen by Concord Music Group and announced October 25, will receive $1,000 plus a vinyl copy of 'Rave On Buddy Holly.' Ten honorable mentions will also receive 'Rave On Buddy Holly' on vinyl. Remix submissions are due 5pm EST September 22, 2011.

The individual tracks to Jenny O's "I'm Gonna Love You Too" are available online at this location

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Gibson Stands Up To Big Brother
(Rock News Desk) The Gibson Guitar Corporation has lashed back at authorities after their offices were raided by federal agents for the second time in two years this week. And they've accused the US Justice Department of bullying the firm – without filing any charges.

Investigations are continuing into allegations Gibson have been using illegal wood in the manufacture of their instruments. But chief exec Henry Juszkiewicz claims the only question-mark over their operations has been created by US officials choosing to misinterpret the law of India.

"The Department of Justice has suggested the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal," He says. "Not because of US law, but because of the Justice Department's interpretation of a law in India. If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal. This action was taking without the support and consent of the government of India.

"So our government says wood is illegal if US workers produce it. They are bullying us without filing charges." more on this story

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See What Broke Benjamin
(RockAAA) A video of the track 'Blow Me Away' which fractured Breaking Benjamin recently has been released by Hollywood Records.

Earlier this month, news broke of a furious row between vocalist Benjamin Burnley and band mates, guitarist Aaron Fincke and bassist Mark Klepaski, which ended up in court over the heads of the latter re-recording the song with Syd Duran of the band Valora for 'Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin.'

The video features animation directed by Chris Mills and supports the single which is currently in the Top Ten Active Rock Radio Chart. The album is a double disc which features chart-topping hits including 'Breath, 'So Cold,' 'Sooner or Later,' 'The Diary of Jane" and 'I Will Not Bow,' as well as an entire disc of rare recordings including never-before-released songs, live performances, rare acoustic recordings and remixes. Watch the video here

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Stalker Restrained
(TMZ) The screenwriter accused of relentlessly drunk-stalking former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has just been ordered to stay the hell away from him ... for the next two years.

TMZ broke the story ... Frusciante filed a request for a restraining order earlier this month -- claiming 32-year-old screenwriter August Elizabeth Thomas (sorry, no IMBD profile) desperately wanted to write a screenplay about him ... and wrote him several "long, rambling" and "drunk" letters.

A judge granted the order on Wednesday -- requiring August to stay at least 100 yards away from John and his wife until 2013. more on this story

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Duff McKagan Announces Book Tour
(RockAAA) Duff McKagan's autobiography, "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)" is due October 4 and Duff will help launch the book with a series of book signing events, starting on release day with an appearance in New York City.

Fans should note that Duff will only be signing copies of "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)"….any memorabilia or outside items will not be signed.

McKagan promises the book is "not the same story" as former Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash and Steven Adler told in their memoirs. "Mine's not really a Guns N' Roses book, where I think Slash's ('Slash') really was…and I haven't read (Adler's 'My Appetite For Destruction')," McKagan told Billboard earlier this year. more on this story

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Dream Theater Explain Each Song on New Album With Online Video
(hennemusic) Dream Theater continue to ramp things up as the September 13 release of their new album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events," draws nearer.

The band has released a new interview with vocalist James LaBrie and guitarist John Petrucci, as the pair talk about all of the tracks on the upcoming release, which marks the recording debut of new drummer Mike Mangini.

Last month, DT released "On The Backs Of Angels," the first single from the disc, and have since shared previews of four additional tracks online. check out the video here

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Monster Magnet Announce Full Album Shows
(RockAAA) Monster Magnet have announced two special shows in the UK in which they will play their seminal 'Dopes to Infinity' from start to finish.

The shows at The Garage in Glasgow on November 24 and a day later at London's Koko will also include a selection of 'hits' and frontman Dave Wyndorf can't wait to give fans first hand experience of his 'tripped out journey'

'Hey friends! I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support over the last twenty years," Wyndorf said. "Speaking for myself and all the members of Monster Magnet I'd like you to know how much we enjoy performing our music live and I'm sure you would agree with me when I say that live shows are the ultimate bond between artists and fans. It's in that spirit that I'm excited to tell you of our next live project: performing the album 'Dopes To Infinity' live in it's entirety." more on this story

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Motley Crue Release New Video
(superLOUD) Motley Crue recently wrapped up their summer tour (with Poison and the New York Dolls) which started on June 24th. It was one of the summer's highest grossing tours, drawing a half a million fans.

The Crue issued the following today: "We documented the whole tour, top to bottom (the good, the bad and the ugly) and as we were looking through all the amazing footage, we thought how cool it would be to cut together a 'best of visual' for the fans who made this tour happen. This one is just for the fans, from us."

Premiered on Yahoo! Music today is a new video for "Kickstart My Heart," using this footage. Check it out here

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Skeletonwitch Announce Headline Dates
Skeletonwitch have mapped out a number of headline dates following their run with Arch Enemy and Devildriver.

Skeletonwitch will be playing the dates to celebrate the release of their new album, Forever Abomination, due out in North America on October 11.

Forever Abomination will be issued in three formats: digital download; a six-panel, plastic-free digipak; and a triple-gatefold LP (which in turn will be available in several color variants). more on this story

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Gama Bomb And Sworn Against Tour
(Earache) Gama Bomb have announce a final European tour in support of their most recent album, Tales From The Grave In Space, before the band returns to working on their as-yet untitled new album.

The tour is set to kick off in early October with support from UK thrashers Sworn Amongst. Gama Bomb frontman Philly Byrne comments:

"We've said it a few times in the past, but this time we really mean it: our European tour this October is going to be our final farewell to Tales from the Grave in Space, the album we've been touring for the last two years. In that time we've done a lot of new things and had some amazing adventures as a band, so we're hoping to say goodnight to the album with the help of the European fans who've been supporting us since our first shows on the continent four years ago. We'll see you there for a beer." more on this story

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Dropkick Murphys To Rock Call of Duty XP
Activision have announced that Dropkick Murphys are set to perform the opening night of the first ever Call of Duty XP.

Dropkick Murphys are set to take the stage at 8pm, on September 2nd, the first day of the two-day Call of Duty fan event in Los Angeles that will feature the global premiere of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer, a $1 Million Tournament presented by Xbox 360ฎ and other experiences including these live musical performances.

"With an unbeatable lineup of real-world and in-game experiences, Call of Duty XP was already poised to be an historic event for fans of the franchise," said Eric Hirshberg, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Publishing. "The addition of Dropkick Murphys just makes XP that much more memorable. Few bands fit the bill better-we're thrilled to have them performing on opening day." More information on Call of Duty XP

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Sunset Junction Reshuffle
(rock nyc) The Sunset Junction Fair is cancelled, but bands that were supposed to play at the festival, have now re-scheduled gigs throughout Silver Lake and Echo Park.

So here are the new set times in the new venues according to the LAWeekly and other blogs: Saturday, August 27th: * Butthole Surfers, 400 Blows at The Echoplex

Butch Walker and the Black Widows, The Fling, Useless Keys, Milo Greene, Vanaprasta, Chasing Kings, and more TBD at Dangerbird Records, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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The Day Blur Topped Oasis
(Gibson) On this day in 1995, Blur scored their first U.K. #1 single with "Country House" and won a media battle with Oasis for the #1 position. Both acts released their new singles on the same day. "Country House" topped the chart, selling 270,000 copies, compared to 220,000 sold by "Roll with It," seeing Oasis entering the chart at #2. Gibson looks back: Over the course of a year, the stage had been set for a royal rumble. After initially praising one another, Britpop's two biggest bands had begun to antagonize each other in the press.

In one corner there was Blur, a London foursome who had met while studying at Goldsmiths College. They already had three albums under their belt, including 1994's blockbuster Parklife, and were known for being artsy and working in a variety of musical styles.

In the other corner was Oasis, a Manchester rock band led by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher. They had achieved huge success in Britain, where their album Definitely Maybe because the fastest-selling debut release in U.K. chart history, and made a reputation of celebrating the hedonistic tendencies of rock and roll. more on this story

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Stewart Copeland Rocks Late Night Drum Solo Week
Drum Solo Week II continued Wednesday on The Late Show with David Letterman as former Police drummer Stewart Copeland was front and center.

Copeland followed appearances this week by Tony Royster Jr., and Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree.

This is the second round of spotlight on drummers by Letterman: in June, Anton Fig, Sheila E., jazz legend Roy Haynes and Rush's Neil Peart were in the spotlight. Watch Stewart's performance here

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Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt Rocks Nirvana in Seattle
(hennemusic) Nirvana are on a lot of people's minds these days, as the 20th anniversary of the band's seminal "Nevermind" release happens next month.

Take actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, for example: some cool footage of him rocking a Nirvana classic has surfaced.

Levitt performed "Lithium" at the Neptune Theater in Seattle earlier this week; the song was part of his "HitRecord At The Movies With Joseph Gordon-Levitt" series. Check out video

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