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Day In Rock 9/23: Bon Jovi Buys Football Team- Punk Gov - Avril- Bono's Children's Book- Lenny Kravitz- Queens of the Stone Age- REM- Spector Murder?- EMI / Warner Music Inc?- Artist Uses eBay To Finance New CD more 
 
by Keavin Wiggins
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The Day in Rock Tuesday - antiMUSIC.com's look at Top Rock News Stories From the past 24 Hours.

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Bon Jovi Buys Football Team 
Launch reports: Bon Jovi vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, and businessman Craig Spencer are among the owners of the newest Arena Football League (AFL) franchise--the Philadelphia Soul. They will all be on hand at a press conference/launch party at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia on Tuesday (September 23) at 5 p.m. ET to formally welcome the team to the City Of Brotherly Love. The owners will be joined by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, Sambora's wife Heather Locklear, AFL Commissioner David Baker, and head coach Michael Trigg.

The Philadelphia Soul's first game will be played on the weekend of February 6 through 8. The official AFL schedule will be released in early October.

Fans who buy season tickets for four or more will get invitations to a private Philadelphia Soul pep rally featuring a live performance by Bon Jovi. The pep rally will take place around the time of the early February home opener..- Click Here for the Full Story

Yes, the AFL is actually still around. It has lasted a lot longer than most people expected. Some may say the same about Bon Jovi.

Punk Gov Hopeful Speaks
Aversion reports: Still pressing his campaign for governor of California, Jack Grisham and his band T.S.O.L. announced an awareness show Oct. 5. 

The band will take the stage along with other Los Angeles punk staples such as The Adolescents and Youth Brigade as well as newcomers like 1208 and The Bronx. The show is geared toward activating support in young voters for Grisham. 

"If these younger people got off their asses, the way this election is set up, with basically 10 percent of the vote you could win the election," Grisham told Aversion. "The percentage of voters who are between 18 and 35 is huge. That's like 25 or 30 percent of the voters. If those people got off their asses and said we're going to make a move here and not do this, I could easily walk away with this election. They could be s***ting their pants come election day. All of a sudden it's like 'f***! We were concerned about Arnie cussing in 1977 and we just elected this guy?'" - Click Here for the Full Story - Also check out this feature article/ interview that Aversion just posted

Avril The Cover Girl
VH1 reports: Now that pop music has been peppered with so many Avril clones, these days Lavigne is acting out her best Green Day, Bob Dylan and Metallica impressions.

Lavigne's covers of songs by those artists appear on the bonus audio disc that comes with "My World," the singer's first DVD, due November 4, according to an Arista Records spokesperson. Green Day's "Basket Case" was a staple of her live set, while her version of Metallica's "Fuel" was performed at the mtvICON tribute to the metal band in May "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," recorded while on tour in London, appeared on the War Child: Hope various-artists benefit album in April.

Live versions of "Unwanted" and "Sk8er Boi," both recorded in Dublin, and the studio cut "Why," the B-side to an import single, round out the audio CD.

Lavigne is currently in a Los Angeles studio working on the follow-up to last year's Let Go The new, as-yet-untitled effort is expected in the spring.

So far Lavigne, who co-wrote all of Let Go's tracks with four different songwriting parties, has only collaborated with Cliff Magness, who assisted the singer with "Complicated," "Mobile," "Unwanted," "Too Much to Ask" and "My World." "- Click Here for the Full Story

"Ok, like I totally want to like change the like spelling of the word 'boy' to 'boi'. So do I like get a co-songwriting credit?" 

Bono's Children's Book 
Much Music reports: Move over Madonna, Bono's got his own children's book coming out. The U2 frontman has created the illustrations for "Peter & The Wolf," a new 64-page book to be released in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation. Bono obviously didn't write the classic tale but with the help of his two daughters Jordan and Eve, he's provided the colour. The 16 original illustrations will be exhibited in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles before being auctioned off for charity in November. 

"These angels who were so ready to look after my father in his losing fight with cancer asked me to illustrate the book that accompanies the music," said Bono of his decision to help the Irish Hospice Foundation. .- Click Here for the Full Story

When will a Gene Simmons or Ozzy Osbourne's children's book hit the stores? Ozzy could do "The Big Bad Wife".  Gene's would most likely turn X-rated and end up being called "Sinderella". 

Lenny Kravitz Finds The Funk. 
RS reports: "No guests -- pure L.K." is what Lenny Kravitz promises on his seventh studio effort, due out next spring. 

Splitting his recording time between Miami and New York, Kravitz maintained a back-to-basics approach. "It's some funky rock & roll," he says. "But you'll hear some strings and orchestra on a couple of tunes -- real simple and fresh." 

With eight of the album's eleven songs finished, Kravitz (who is also producing the record) cites "I Don't Wanna Be a Star" as the one that's close to his heart. "It's just saying there's a very simple person underneath the image that's put upon you," he says. "It's about really wanting to hold on to the simple things in life." - Click Here for the Full Story

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Queens of the Stone Age stay busy
The PRP reports: Queens Of The Stone Age vocalist/guitarist Josh Homme recently shot a video with PJ Harvey for their track "Crawl Home". The song is taken from the "Desert Sessions Vol. 9 & 10" effort which will see a release through Ipecac tomorrow, September 23rd. 

A live "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" performance from select members of the latest Desert Sessions collective is expected to take place this fall. 

In related news, Queens Of The Stone Age and The Distillers have lined up the following Australian dates:

January 02nd Brisbane - Riverstage
January 03rd Sydney - Hordern Pavilion
January 06th Melbourne - Festival Hall
January 08th Adelaide - Entertainment Centre
January 10th Perth - Belvoir Amphitheatre
.- Click Here for the Full Story

REM Hit-List 
NME reports: REM have finalized the tracklisting for their forthcoming 'BEST OF' compilation 'IN TIME'.

The band have been revealing a track at a time on their official website remhq.com. But many sites - including Pitchfork Media and unofficial fansite Murmurs - have already given the game away with just a few tracks to be counted down.

The full tracklisting is:
'Man On The Moon' 
'The Great Beyond' 
'Bad Day' 
'What's The Frequency, Kenneth?' 
'All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)' 
'Losing My Religion' 
'E-Bow The Letter' 
'Orange Crush' 
'Imitation of Life' 
'Daysleeper' 
'Animal' 
'The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite' 
'Stand' 
'Electrolite' 
'All The Right Friends' 
'Everybody Hurts' 
'At My Most Beautiful' 
'Nightswimming' 

Initial copies of the album will come with a bonus disc featuring a host of rarities. -Click Here Full Story

Spector May Face Murder Charge
AP reports: The February shooting death of an actress at the home of record producer Phil Spector was ruled a homicide Monday by the coroner's office. 

Lana Clarkson was shot by another person and died of a single gunshot wound to the head and neck, said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. 

Spector, 62, who is free on $1 million bail, has denied that he killed Clarkson, telling Esquire magazine in an interview that she shot herself after grabbing a bottle of tequila. 

The district attorney's office has been considering whether to file charges since the Sheriff's Department submitted its investigation to prosecutors on Thursday. Sheriff's Capt. Frank Merriman told the Los Angeles Times that Clarkson's death was neither an accident nor a suicide, and that Spector shot her. - Click Here Full Story

Isn't this the same guy that used to carry a gun in a holster and shoot up recording studios? Maybe he was so drunk that he thought she was a mixing board? 

EMI / Warner Music Inc? 
AP reports: EMI Group PLC said Monday it is discussing the possibility of buying Warner Music Group from AOL Time Warner Inc., three years after European regulatory opposition ended their discussions about a possible joint venture. 

If there were a deal, the combined companies would become the world's second-largest music group behind Universal. Artists for Warner Music include Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cher, while EMI artists include The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson and Billy Idol.

"Discussions are at a very preliminary stage and there is no assurance that they will result in an agreement acceptable to both parties," EMI said in a statement. 

It added any deal would be subject to approval by shareholders and regulators. 

Talks in 2000 about a possible joint venture with Time Warner before it had merged with AOL, were called off because European Union regulators opposed the deal. 

The following year, EU opposition also stopped EMI's bid to merge its music publishing business with that of German media group Bertelsmann AG. A combined EMI-Bertelsmann would have been the world's largest recorded music company, with a market share of 26 percent. - Click Here Full Story and track listing

**Press Releases**
Snippets from some of the press releases that have come in over the past 24 hours

Something Corporate Hits The Road With Good Charlotte 
20 City Tour Primes Pump For Band's New Album, North, Due Out 10/21

Something Corporate, whose brand new album, North, is set for a 10/21 street date on Drive-Thru/Geffen Records, will open for Good Charlotte on a 22 date, month-long swing through the Midwest and Northeast, beginning with a September 18th date in Madison, WI, and culminating with a show on October 19th at Albany, NY's Pepsi Arena. 

The Southern California-based quintet cut their teeth on the road, touring for a solid 2 years in support of their debut album Leaving Through the Window, which sold in excess of 250,000 copies, and cemented their status as a must see rock band.  Something Corporate's new album shows every mile of growth and maturity on its tracks while retaining the bright-eyed charm and electric guitar/piano give and take that made songs like "iF yoU C Jordan" and "I Woke Up In A Car" radio hits on the band's debut. -Details and Dates 

Coheed & Cambria Tour With Thursday 
10/17 - Pittston, PA - The Staircase 
10/18 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre 
10/19 - Detroit, MI - State Theatre 
10/20 - Sauget, IL - Pop's 
10/21 - Minneapolis, MN - Quest Club 
10/22 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium 
10/24 - Colorado Springs, CO - City Auditorium 
10/25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Bricks 
10/27 - Seattle, WA - Showbox 
10/28 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater 
10/29 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield 
10/31 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium 
11/1 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues 
11/2 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove Of Anaheim 
11/3 - San Diego, CA - SOMA 
11/4 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre 
11/6 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room 
11/8 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Barbeque 
11/11 - Saint Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing 
11/12 - Boynton Beach, FL - Club Ovation 
11/13 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues 
11/14 - Charlotte, NC - Grady Cole Center 
11/15 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa 
11/17 - New York, NY - Roseland 
11/18 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club 
11/20 - Philadelphia, PA  - Electric Factory 
11/21 - Rochester, NY - Harro East 
11/23 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre / Underground 
http://www.coheedandcambria.com - Wanna hear?

Gotta love a press release that gets right to the point!

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