Musician Hit With Swine Flu- Smiths Turn Down 50 Million for Reunion- Zakk Wylde For Bones- Rick Astley Death Hoax- Bizkit Added To Linkin Metallica Fest and more

(antiMusic) Jens Lekman has broke the news that he's contracted the H1N1 virus (aka swine flu) while on tour in South American earlier this month. Lekman is back home in Sweden right now recovering, he says on his blog, and by the sounds of things everything is going to be okay.more

In a recent interview, guitarist Johnny Marr revealed that the Smiths have been offered no less than a whopping $50 million to reform. "I think we were offered $50 million for three... possibly five shows. It's pretty obscene, it's pretty gross."more

Eighties pop star Rick Astley is fighting off sick rumors he has been found dead in Germany, after becoming the latest in a handful of celebrities 'killed off' by Internet hoaxers.more

A spokesman for Grammy winning country musician Ray Price says the singer is home in Texas recuperating after surgery to remove polyps from his colon.more

Microsoft's recently launched Web browser Internet Explorer 8 will be the official sponsor of the upcoming Nickelback tour and the Live Nation-produced Bamboozle Music Festival.more

Limp Bizkit have been added to the line-up of the forthcoming Sonisphere festival. The festival will be headlined by Linkin Park and Metallica.more

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) has revealed via his official Twitter account that he will appear in an upcoming episode of "Bones". more

The legendary New York Dolls today announced they will return to London to play a headline concert at the HMV Kentish Town Forum on Friday 4th December.

Thin Lizzy's management company has confirmed to Blabbermouth.Net that the band has parted ways with guitarist/vocalist John Sykes.more

All That Remains drummer Jason Costa broke his hand last week and as a result will not be able to play on the upcoming Mayhem Festival Tour which kicks off on July 10th. All That Remains will honor their commitment to the tour with temporary replacement drummer Tony Laureano behind the kit. Laureano, best known for his work with bands Dimmu Borgir and Nile, will be sure to keep ATR's set fast and furious!

According to the Rocket Science music label services organization, which lists original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley as one of its clients, Frehley's new solo album, "Anomaly", will be released on September 15.more

News that Global Gaming Factory X, a Swedish gaming company, had acquired The Pirate Bay has executives and experts around the world scratching their heads. The broad goal of the company is to create business models that ensures content providers and copyright owners are paid for downloaded content. more

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'anno has confirmed a string of Western Canada dates in September.more

When U2 kick off their 360 Tour tonight in Barcelona, Spain, they'll do so under a unique, specially designed stage set called The Claw. With no defined front or back, the band will be surrounded on all sides by the audience. more

Candiria is set to release the first and second portions of their four volume collection of rarities and remixes. Titled "Toying With The Insanities," volumes 1 and 2 will hit streets on September 9th.more

Keelhaul will release their first album in six years next month. Titled "Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity," the effort will be available on August 18th via Hydra Head Records.more

Bloody Panda has completed work on its new album, entitled Summon. The record will see an August 11, 2009 North American release date via Profound Lore Records.more

Jackyl singer Jesse James Dupree of Mighty Loud Entertainment has partnered with Arnold Rifkin of Cheyenne ("Die Hard", "Armageddon") and A. Smith & Co ("Hell's Kitchen", "I Survived A Japanese Gameshow") and has just placed his next show with the Tru television network. Based on the world's largest biker bar in Sturgis, South Dakota, the show follows bar owner Mike Ballard through the rally, and what it takes to run the Full Throttle Saloon. Ballard manages over 300 employees (100 of which are quite voluptuous bartenders) all the while having only nine days to generate millions of dollars. more -

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