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BBC’s Watchdog program goes attacks TICKETMASTER

by on Oct.24, 2010, under news

From Pollstar.com:

BBC consumer affairs programme “Watchdog” claims tickets sold by Ticketmaster are immediately being resold on its secondary site at vastly inflated prices.
Researchers for the programme say they spent an hour trying to buy James Blunt tickets on the morning they went on sale, while the Ticketmaster site claimed none was available.
However, within 30 minutes tickets for the show were being advertised on Getmein.com, the company’s resale site, for five times their face value.
The programme also spoke to a Rod Stewart fan who tried to buy a ticket for Stewart’s London O2 show as soon as it went on sale. She found that tickets sold out in minutes. After 20 minutes, she began checking Getmein and other secondary sites and found tickets priced at three and four times face value.
Ticketmaster told “Watchdog” that Getmein is a marketplace where fans can buy tickets at a fair price without the hassle of dealing with touts, although the programme suggested the company isn’t doing enough to stop its tickets being bought with the sole purpose of being immediately resold for a huge profit.

Read the rest of the article here.

Ticketmaster was recently hit with a class action lawsuit, you can read more about the suit and how to join it here.

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CLUTCH to record acoustic EP & release it before years end

by on Jun.22, 2010, under news

During Clutch’s set at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown PA this past Saturday (June 19), vocalist Neil Fallon announced that the band would be recording an acoustic EP for release later in the year. The band had debuted an acoustic set the prior week at the Bonnaroo Festival, and encored with some of the material on Saturday. Neil Fallon told the sold-out crowd they’d be heading into the studio to record and thanked them for “letting them practice.”
The band will be going to J. Robbins Magpie Cage Studio in between July 4 and the beginning of their July 16 European tour to record approximately half a dozen songs. Some of the titles being considered for the EP include a song called “Fixin’ To Die” (which they played on Saturday), as well as stripped-down takes of “Abraham Lincoln,” “Electric Worry,” “Regulator” and “Tight Like That.”
In other Clutch news, Weathermaker Records will be re-releasing “Electric Worry” in conjunction with the July 20 re-release of 2007’s, From Beale Street To Oblivion. A modest hit upon its release, the song has since gained newfound popularity. It has been featured in previews for the upcoming TBS series “Memphis Beat,” which were heavily played during the NBA finals, as well as a commercial for the video game “Left 4 Dead 2.” Weathermaker RecordsJon Nardachone told Metal Insider that if the acoustic version of “Electric Worry” makes the cut on the EP, it will be included as a b-side for the radio single.
The re-release of From Beale Street To Oblivion is the first of the band’s three DRT releases to be reissued. Each will come with an extra disc, as well as updated artwork and packaging. The 22-track deluxe version will include five songs recorded at London’s BBC studios as part of the “Maida Vale Session” in 2006, as well as four live tracks recorded in Australia in 2007. Among the previously unavailable tracks are covers of Cream’s “Politician” and Howling Wolf’s “You Gonna Wreck My Life.” After the seven-date European tour, the band will take to the road with Black Label Society, Children of Bodom and 2Cents for a tour starting on September 21.

Here are tour dates for Black Label Berzerkus 2010:
Sept. 21: Roseland (Portland, Ore.)
Sept. 22: PNE Forum (Vancouver)
Sept. 24: Edmonton EXPO Centre Hall D Arena (Edmonton, AB)
Sept. 25: Agribition Hall (Regina, SK)
Sept. 26: Big 4 (Calgary, AB)
Sept. 28: Winnipeg Convention Centre (Winnipeg, MB)
Sept. 30: Anchor Inn (Omaha, Neb.)
Oct. 1: 7 Flags (Clive, Iowa)
Oct. 2: Eagles Ballroom (Milwaukee)
Oct. 3: Roy Wilkins Auditorium (St. Paul, Minn.)
Oct. 5: Expo Five (Louisville, Ky.)
Oct. 8: Convention Hall (Asbury Park, N.J.)
Oct. 9: The Colisee (Lewiston, Maine)
Oct. 12: Cunard Centre (Halifax, NS)
Oct. 14: Metropolis (Montreal)
Oct. 15: Sound Academy (Toronto)
Oct. 16: Sound Academy (Toronto)
Oct. 20: Hammerstein Ballroom (New York)
Oct. 22: House of Blues (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Oct. 23: Masquerade Music Park (Atlanta)
Oct. 24: The Fillmore Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.)
Oct. 26: Hard Rock (Orlando, Fla.)
Oct. 28: Verizon Wireless Theater (Houston)
Oct. 29: Concrete St. Ampitheater (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Oct. 30: Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, Texas)
Oct. 31: Lonestar Pavilion (Lubbock, Texas)
Nov. 2: Stubbs Waller Creek Ampitheater (Austin, Texas)
Nov. 3: Brady Center (Tusla, Okla.)
Nov. 5: DeltaPlex (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Nov. 7: The Fillmore Detroit (Detroit)
Nov. 9: Main Street Armory (Rochester, N.Y.)
Nov. 10: The LC Pavilion (Columbus, Ohio)
Nov. 12: Cotilion (Wichita, Kan.)
Nov. 13: Uptown Theater (Kansas City, Kan.)
Nov. 14: The Fillmore Auditorium (Denver)
Nov. 16: The Complex (Salt Lake City)
Nov. 18: Dodge Theatre (Phoenix)
Nov. 20: Warfield (San Francisco)

For more information on the tour and for tickets visit blsnation.com
For more information on releases and all things CLUTCH visit their website here.

Source: MetalInsider.net

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New DIAMOND HEAD album “Live at the BBC” due August 2nd

by on Jun.07, 2010, under news

One of the most remarkable talents to rise out of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal), DIAMOND HEAD’s legacy still ranks among the most influential of the genre, with both MEGADETH and METALLICA citing the group’s influence on them.
Indeed, Diamond Head’s ‘Am I Evil?’ has been a staple of Metallica’s live shows for many years. Sounds magazine’s metal editor Geoff Barton once remarked that “there are more good riffs in your average single Diamond Head song than there are in the first four BLACK SABBATH albums.” Such lavish praise had been sparked by the band’s unassuming, independently recorded first album (later commonly referred to as the White Album or Lightning To The Nations), which by all rights should have been just the first step on the road to a legendary career.
Diamond Head were formed in Stourbridge, England in 1976 by schoolmates Brian Tatler and Duncan Scott. They quickly recruited Sean Harris and a few months later Colin Kimberley. Having already received euphoric responses to their first album, Diamond Head were quickly signed by MCA and a lengthy tour ensued. They were soon back in the studio to record a second album, Borrowed Time and, by the time they split in 1983, a third, Canterbury, had been recorded.
This double CD of BBC recordings combines the band’s In Session and In Concert recordings on one CD for the first time. The set culminates in the Milton Keynes Bowl show, the night they opened for Metallica in 1993 and includes their Reading Festival set from 1982, described by the band as “the peak of their career… as good as it got”.
Liner notes are provided by Diamond Head’s very own Brian Tatler. The release is set for August 2nd via Universal.

The tracklisting:
Disc 1:
Friday Rock Show (October 29, 1980):
‘Borrowed Time’
‘Don’t You Ever Leave’
‘Sweet And Innocent’
‘Lightning To The Nations’

Reading Festival (August 27, 1982):
‘Am I Evil’
‘In The Heat Of The Night’
‘Borrowed Time’
‘Don’t You Ever Leave’
‘Sucking My Love’
‘Play It Loud’

Disc 2:
Paris Theatre (November 6, 1982):
‘Borrowed Time’
‘Heat Of The Night’
‘Sucking My Love’
‘To Heaven From Hell’
‘Play It Loud’

Milton Keynes (September 3, 1993):
‘Am I Evil?’
‘Dust’
‘Truckin”
‘To The Devil His Due’
‘Sucking My Love’
‘Run’
‘To Heaven From Hell’
‘Helpless’

For more information on Diamond Head you can visit their official website here.

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