Megadeth is Megamad, Verve Set Release, Jam With Bumblefoot for a good cause, Simple Minds add gig, Carl Barat Out of Hospital, Atheist Frontman Returns and more

(antiMusic) Megadeth is Megamad! They issued the following statement: Megadeth would like to bring to attention that a concert promoter in Turkey is falsely advertising that Megadeth is to play in Bursa, Turkey this coming July. Megadeth is not, and never was, confirmed to play this show. Megadeth's management is aggressively pursuing this concert promoter for false advertising. Can we say Megadeth one more time?

Speaking of Megadeth: "The Reckoning," is the new album from F5. It was produced by Ryan Greene and comes out August 19. F5 features ex-Megadeth members David Ellefson and Jimmy DeGrasso, and they deliver more of F5's characteristic heavy-but-melodic hooks on this sophomore release.

The Verve has christened its reunion album "Four" and will release it Aug. 18 via EMI internationally and a day later in North America. more

The ongoing 30th anniversary salute to the Clash etches a new peak with the long-awaited DVD release of JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN, a film by Julien Temple, which will arrive in stores July 8th. The intimate biographical portrait of Clash frontman, vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and primal lyricist Joe Strummer (b. Aug. 21, 1952 d. Dec. 22, 2002) underscores his passion for the music, and his instincts as a committed social and political activist. Check out the DVD trailer

Following last week's addition of their Belfast Odyssey Arena concert, Simple Minds have added another date to their 2008 UK 30th Anniversary Tour. Tickets for their Newcastle Metro Radio Arena show (December 3rd), goes on sale Friday June 27th at 9am.

Win A 3 Hour Guitar Lesson With Bumblefoot In NYC And A Gibson Les Paul BFG Guitar And A Ton More. A video explaining the promotion can be found here As the video says, this is an incredible prize package, with all of the proceeds going to the Rock Against Diabetes initiatives. The most exciting part of this promotion, and ultimately the draw for the winner, is that the package will continue to grow, as more shirts are sold. You will need to check back frequently to see what new items will be added for the winner. We are currently working on 2 runner up prizes to have a grand total of 3 winners, one being the GRAND PRIZE winner.

Gotta love press releases with very little info. The inaugural 80/35 music festival is July 4 and 5 in downtown Des Moines' Western Gateway Park. Featuring The Flaming Lips, The Roots, Andrew Bird, Jakob Dylan, Black Francis, Drive-By Truckers, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many more on four stages. Get full details at http://www.80-35.com

Chimaira has announced that they will have a signing session on July 12th at 1pm, the same day as their 10th anniversary show at Peabodies Down Under later that night. For the signing session, Matt, Jim, and Rob will be signing autographs and hanging out at the Sam Ash Music Store in Cleveland. more

Dame Shirley Bassey has pulled out of a concert in London to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, a month after having an operation on her stomach. more

Carl Barat has left hospital and is now resting at home, after suffering acute pancreatitis. The Dirty Pretty Things frontman was rushed into hospital after getting stomach pains last Tuesday (June 17th), which also forced his band to cancel two scheduled shows at weekend. more

Forever In Terror singer Chris Bianchi has been diagnosed with a severe kidney infection, forcing the band to cancel their summer tours (including a trek with Hell Within). more

Plans are underway to release the lost Rose Tattoo album from 1980. In between the first album in 1977, featuring 'Bad Boy For Love' and 'Assault and Battery' in 1981, Rose Tattoo recorded a complete album in Los Angeles that to this day has not been released. more

The Chemical Brothers will release a double 'best of' compilation album, 'Brotherhood', on September 1. The album will feature two discs. more

Brian Wilson has been added to the lineup for the 2008 Newport Folk Festival, taking place August 1-3. The legend joins Cat Power, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Buffett and Trey Anastasio at the event which takes place in Newport, RI. more

Voivod will support British heavy metal legends Judas Priest on their August 12 concert at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. more

Last but certainly not least, our old friend Kelly Shaefer (Atheist / Neurotica) has a new project underway and they have already released 6 songs online. The band is called Pyroclastic and Kelly tells us: This is some new music me and my friends have put together in the last few months.. Shizz ,and G.J, my former bandmates from Neurotica, as well as Bezl on Bass formerly of Pimp Slap the Atmosphere. - Go check it out here and crank it the f**k up!

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