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White Noise: News on Poison, Chimaira, Aerosmith, Opiate for the Masses, Moonspell and More

If this past weekend was a slow one, news-wise, Monday has more than made up the difference. Band breakups, baby births, broken noses, potato heads. We’re not even sure where to start this gloriously rainy morning. Perhaps we’ll start with an update on what was hands-down the biggest story on the Web yesterday, and an instant viral classic: Bret Michaels taking one to the honker. It’s White Noise and it starts now.

+ So, turns out Bret did break his nose Sunday night during the Tony Awards. The Associated Press reports that Poison singer Bret Michaels not only busted his nose, he split his lip, requiring three stitches to close the wound. Both injuries, as you know by now, stem from Michaels’ walking into a set piece as it was being lowered. While bruised up, Bret’s publicist says he’s in good spirit, and that he enjoyed his performance on the program.

+ Chimaira will be playing a free concert tomorrow night (June 10) in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, as part of MySpace’s “Secret Show” series. Doors open at 8PM ET, and we’re guessing the “secret” is the venue for the gig, which has yet to be announced.

+ They’re coming all the way from Portugal, so the least you could do is check out Moonspell this fall. The band will be teaming up with Samael for the “Night Eternal Above America Tour,” which kicks off in October and also features Book of Black Earth and Secrets of the Moon. The trek launches in Tampa, Fla., on October 14, and dates are booked through November 6 in San Antonio, Texas.

+ Christian hardcore outfit Focused are returning with their original lineup. They’ve got a show booked for August 15 with Demon Hunter, Living Sacrifice, The Great Commission and others in Pomona, Calif.

+ Within Temptation singer Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt are new parents for a second time on June 1, following the birth of their child Robin Aiden Westerholt. The headbangin’ baby boy joins the couple’s 3-year-old daughter Eva Luna den Adel.

+ Kiss. They’re the only band who’ll slap their name, logo, and likeness on just about anything – but this latest addition to the Kiss store is flat-out ridiculous. The band has teamed up with Promotional Partners to release a series of Kiss-themed Mr. Potato Heads. You can see an image of the toys here.

+ Opiate For the Masses has thrown in the towel and,apparently, it’s a decision the band’s been mulling for quite a while. According to bassist Anna Kjellberg, following the band’s opening slot on last year’s Filter tour, “we decided to go [our] separate ways. We chose to not announce the breakup in case there was a chance of getting it back together again. That won’t happen.”

+ Aerosmith are days from launching their summer tour, and they’re heading into it down a man. Guitarist Brad Whitford will be missing the opening stretch of dates, as he recovers from an unspecified surgery. Filling in for him will be Bobby Schneck, who previously performed with Weezer, Green Day, and Slash. This summer, Aerosmith will be playing its 1975 masterpiece ‘Toys in the Attic’ from first note to last.

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