News items of the week, May 21, 2010

According to Bret Michaels’ Tour Manager, Janna Elias, in a statement issued today on the singer’s website, “Bret is being treated as an outpatient for the Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO). The condition is operable and treatable and for now he is taking two additional injections daily of a blood thinner.”

The Poison frontman’s staff said they are cautiously optimistic that he will attend the live finale of Celebrity Apprentice this Sunday, May 23.

As most rock fans know, Bret Michaels  suffered a PFO (Patent Forum Ovale) this week, which is in addition to the brain hemorrhage he suffered a few weeks ago.  As his website explains, “Bret Michaels was readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands which doctors described as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke. While MRI and CT scan tests were being conducted, Michaels also received a Doppler Ultrasound of his legs and lower abdomen looking for blood clots and most importantly an Ultrasound Bubble Test of his heart was conducted which proved positive for a Patent Forum Ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart. Dr. Zabramski (Bret’s neurosurgeon), Dr. Becker (who ordered the test), Dr. Cook (who conducted the test) and Dr. Frey (Director, Outpatient Stroke Program) all confirmed the results.”

It is still unknown whether the Celebrity Apprentice star will attend the show’s finale this Sunday.

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U2 front-man  Bono had emergency back surgery on Friday at a hospital in Munich Germany.  Sources say that Bono had undisclosed injury while rehearsing for U2′s 2010 world tour.  Tour dates have been postponed, with the second leg of the band’s “360 Degree” tour was set to begin on June 3rd in Salt Lake City, Utah because of Bono’s surgery. June 3rd, but that date has now been postponed in light of Bono’s operation. According to sources close to the band, postponement of any further dates is not yet known.

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This Sunday, May 23rd,  Rock n’ Roll heavy metal singer Dee Snider of the band Twisted Sister is hosting the 8th Annual Bikers for Babies Ride to benefit the March of Dimes.

The benefit takes place at Point Lookout, Lido Blvd in Point Lookout, NYwith kickstands ready at 11am.

This Run for Babies will take us around Long Island and back to Point Lookout for a post-run party with live entertainment, a custom bike show and contest, vendors and more.

Details here: http://wbab.com/event_guide/bikersforbabies2010.html

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Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, infamous drummer in Led Zeppelin has put together a series of live shows to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the passing of his father.

The limited engagement of 30 dates in North America are set for Fall.

Jason Bonham  played with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones at Led Zeppelin’s “final” show at London’s O2 Arena in 2007, and in a press release said:     “When I was offered to put this together over a year ago, it wasn’t right,” notes JASON. “This September 25th is the 30th anniversary of my father’s passing–I thought, what better way to celebrate his life than to do 30 shows for the 30 years he’s been gone?”

Bonham and his band will play some of Zeppelin’s extensive catalog of songs with a state of the art sound system and light show in addition to their live onstage performance. Behind them giant screens will display home movies and photos as well.

For more information and tour dates go to: www.JBLZE.com

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Legendary drummer Levon Helm is celebrating his 70th birthday on June 6 at the 6th Annual Mountain Jam Festival in Hunter Mountain, NY. Levon will be joined by festival curator Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule (Mule is headlining the fest on Friday and Saturday) as well as Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Bush, Steve Earle, Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers and his father David Hood, Jackie Greene, Allison Moorer and more.

Helm is a Rock N Roll Hall of Famer,  and two-time Grammy Award winner and legendary drummer for “The Band.”
Warren Haynes, co-presenter of Mountain Jam, worked with Larry Campbell, long-time Helm musical director, to assemble the star-studded set. Along with Haynes and Campbell, performers will include Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Bush, Steve Earle, Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers and his father David Hood, Jackie Greene and Allison Moorer, among others.

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“Nightmare,” the new single from Southern California’s Avenged Sevenfold, is the No. 1 Most Added track at Active Rock Radio in the United States this week. It is also the No. 1 Rock Song on iTunes in the United States selling over 23,666 units in its first day.
The song is the title track to the band’s upcoming fifth studio album, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on July 27th, 2010. Nightmare was produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem). www.avengedsevenfold.com

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Two-time Grammy-nominated electronic act The Crystal Method (TCM) has announced they will lead into summer of 2010 with new single “Sine Language” featuring rappers LMFAO.
From now through June 30, 2010, fans can enter the contest to make the best video for the song.  They will be provided with green screen footage of both The Crystal Method and LMFAO.  The winners  will be announced in mid-July.  The Grand Prize winner will receive Avid Media Composer software and a music package from The Crystal Method including a signed art poster, signed vinyl and CD versions of Divided By Night and a TCM T-shirt; the second place winner will receive  Mbox 2 Factory Pro Tools LE Recording System, a signed vinyl version of Divided By Night and a T-shirt from The Crystal Method; and five runners-up will receive a Pro Tools Recording Studio and a signed CD of Divided By Night. To get more info head over t:  www.thecrystalmethod.com/sinelanguage/

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Dr. John is releasing his album “Tribal” on August 3rd.  It will be the follow-up to his 2008 Grammy winning “The City That Care Forgot” which features some work from Derek Trucks, Allen Toussaint, Donald Harrison and the Late Bobby Charles

“Tribal” was recorded with his band “The Lower 911,” and also includes some of  Dr. John’s tracks recording way back when from his 1968 release “Gris Gris.”

With a mix of rock, funk, Creole voodoo, and Mardi Gras Indian chants, “Tribal” shows his New Orlean roots.  He’s also been a national spokesman for post-Katrina New Orleans and featured on the hit HBO New Orleans drama, “Treme.”

A Grammy winner for an incredible five times over, Dr. John’s previous album, 2008′s “City That Care Forgot,” won the Grammy for “Best Contemporary Blues Album.” Post-Katrina, Dr. John has emerged as one of the most vocal advocates for rebuilding his city of New Orleans.

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OZZFest has announced all fans who purchase tickets for this summer’s explosive return of OZZFest, before June 18 at LiveNation.com, will receive a digital copy of Ozzy’s new album, “Scream”  the day before the album comes out in stores. For all six OZZFest dates fans can buy a 4-pack for only $30 per ticket.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on May 22..

All fans who purchase tickets at LiveNation.com through June 18 are going to get an email with one unique download link per ticket for Ozzy’s new album, Scream, on June 21st, the day before the album is available in stores.

The main stage will feature full sets from Ozzy, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, DevilDriver and Nonpoint.  Second stage headliners and six-time OZZFest veterans Black Label Society will be joined by Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, and Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm.

Each OZZFest date will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 pm.

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Music News compiled by Carol Anne Szel

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