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Surprise! GNR CD Delayed
Blabbermouth reports: Longtime GUNS N' ROSES associate Del James has released the following update on the status of the band's eternally delayed new album, "Chinese Democracy":

"The good news is that all of the recording for the album has been completed. Drummer Frank Ferrer and guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal integrated themselves into the recordings seamlessly and will have their presence felt.

"There is no official release date, as the band is currently mixing, but after some delays and scheduling difficulties, things appear to be moving along."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Van Halen Comp Shelved
Blabbermouth reports: Rhino Records has indefinitely postponed the release of VAN HALEN's "Best Of (1978-1984)", the first single-disc compilation exclusively spotlighting 1978-1984, the group's original David Lee Roth era. The album, which was originally set to coincide with VAN HALEN's March 2007 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was supposed to contain over an hour of remastered classics from the albums "Van Halen", "Van Halen II", "Women And Children First", "Fair Warning", "Diver Down", and "1984".

The VAN HALEN reunion tour, which would have teamed the band with original frontman David Lee Roth for the first time in 22 years, was also postponed "indefinitely," according to Pollstar.com.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beastie Boys Sasquatch
soundgenerator reports: This year's Sasquatch! Music Festival has revealed an impressive array of headline acts - with The Beastie Boys set to make their live return.

The Sasquatch! Music Festival Memorial Day weekend is scheduled this year for May 27-27 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Grant County, Washington, with other big names including Bjork, The Arcade Fire and Portuguese star Manu Chao.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Arcade Fire The Next Oasis
Launch reports: Arcade Fire have accused U2, Oasis, and the Rolling Stones of being obsessed with taking over the world, calling it "a total crock of sh-t". 

The Canadian indie heroes release their new album Neon Bible next month, but have insisted they will never force their music down people's throats.

Accusing his rock peers of "marketing the f--k" out of their music, Fire frontman Win Butler suggested the groups in question might as well be selling toasters.[see full story for more... the irony of their using the press like Oasis is pretty funny.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Morrissey Denies Eurovision
BBC reports: Former Smiths singer Morrissey will not be involved with the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC has said. 

He first expressed an interest in taking part after Daz Sampson's song, Teenage Life, came fifth from last in the 2006 contest. 

In January, the BBC said it was talking to the singer to write and possibly perform a Eurovision track but now says he "definitely will not" be involved. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RS Plans LameSpace?
Idolator.com reports: From the media-jobs board mediabistro: 

Responsibilities: Rolling Stone magazine seeks a digitally experienced Executive Editor to create a music discovery site that features new, emerging artists both signed and unsigned; and provide an opportunity for artists and music enthusiasts to interact with one another. Artists will be enabled to mobilize their fanbase, and consumers will be exposed to new talent. Responsibilities include developing, launching, and managing this new venture.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Thrice, Norma Jean Tour
punkbands reports: Thrice have announced a mini-tour with Norma Jean & The Receiving End of Sirens. Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 1 - Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone 
May 2 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 3 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
May 4 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rise Against Chasse Away Guitarist
punkbands reports: Chicago punks Rise Against have parted ways with guitarist Chris Chasse. The band says it is, in part, due to the heavy touring schedule the band has. Zach Blair from Only Crime will step in to his shoes for the time being.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Korn, Evanescence, Lamb Of God, and Aiden Family Values
SMN reports: According to an official Virgin Records e-card, this summer's Family Values Tour will feature KORN, EVANESCENCE, LAMB OF GOD, and AIDEN. More details are expected to be released shortly. [see full story for more breaking metal news like this]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fast Eddie RIP
SMN reports: After 6 long years, FAST EDDIE have finally hung up their guitar strap. The band posted the following message:

The Towel is IN! So we have decided to call it a day with FAST EDDIE….We would like to thank everyone for supporting us for the last 6 years. From NY to LA and all the places we have visited in between..thanks for it all! Some of the guys will be invloved in some new projects…..So…This will become a source for anything music related any of the guys become involved in. BIG thanks to Jagermeister and SMNnews for the support throughout the years - and most of all the DIE HARD FANS who supported us from day numero uno"
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He Is Legend Find Guitarist
Lambgoat reports: He Is Legend has officially announced the addition of guitarist Mitchell Marlow to their line-up. According to the band, "As you may know, we were missing a guitar player, but thanks to our Asian friend Mitch, that is no longer the case." Marlow has previously played with several bands, including Classic Case and a brief stint in Glassjaw.[see full story for a lot more metal news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Inked In Blood Guitarist Recovering
Lambgoat reports: On February 11th 2007, Inked In Blood guitarist Matt McDonnell was found lying on the floor of his home near Portland, Oregon cold, sweating and barely able to breathe. Matt was immediately rushed to Adventist Medical Center in Portland where his vital signs had been taken and shown to be critically low. Doctors were able to slowly bring his health back using I.V.'s and other medications. Matt's condition held steady for the next 2 days while doctors continued to diagnose his ailment. Then, suddenly, on Feb. 14th his health took a turn for the worse when 60% of his lungs filled with fluid and he was no longer able to breath. Doctors were forced to put Matt into a drug-induced coma in order to pump the fluid out of his lungs by inserting a plastic tube down his trachea. Matt narrowly escaped death once again and remained on Life Support in the Intensive Care Unit for the next 3 days.

… After 5 days of being in ICU, Matt's health finally began to improve and he is moved back into regular care unit in the hospital. Matt was released from the hospital and sent home on Feb. 20 at 4pm with strict orders to rest and recover for the next 4 to 6 weeks.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Korn, The Game, +44, Rise Against Boost Concert
PR reports: Boost Mobile RockCorps (BMRC), the national youth volunteerism movement that has motivated more than 16,000 young people to get involved and help their communities, today announced that recording artists Korn, The Game, +44, Rise Against and Young Jeezy are to perform at this year's first-ever BMRC concert event at LA's Kodak Theatre on March 30. The concert will reward 3,000 hard-working local youth who have volunteered four hours of community service through BMRC to earn tickets to this ultra-exclusive event.

BMRC 2007 kicked off in Los Angeles in early February with a diverse roster of volunteer projects and partnerships involving local LA youth that will culminate with the unprecedented concert event at the Kodak Theater. Major reward concert events are also scheduled to take place at Atlanta's Fox Theatre and New York City's legendary Radio City Music Hall later this year, with additional tour stops to be announced next month. Youth interested in becoming part of the Boost Mobile RockCorps movement can call BMRC at 1-888-ROCK-889, or log onto the full story link for more information and to register for membership. BMRC members will be notified of volunteer opportunities in their area.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Santana Shorter DVD
PR reports: Image Entertainment presents the DVD release of Carlos Santana and Wayne Shorter: Live at the Monteux Jazz Festival in stores February 27th. It began almost as a lark when Carlos Santana encountered his longtime friend and hero Wayne Shorter on the concert trail in Atlanta, GA, in 1987. Carlos said, "Let's start a rumor that we're putting a band together."

Wayne's eyes got bigger and brighter as he smiled and then responded: "Yeah, Carlos, let's start a rumor."

A few months later the Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Band performed its debut concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco, the beginning of a 26-concert tour throughout the U.S. and Europe. The performance of this magnificent band was recorded at Montreux, Switzerland, on July 14, 1988 and includes interviews with Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and festival creator Claude Nobs. [check out a Santana interview video stream at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fountains of Wayne Preview
PR reports: Virgin Records has announced the release of Traffic and Weather, the long-awaited new album from Grammy-nominated pop maestros Fountains of Wayne, on April 3, 2007. The first single from the record, "Someone to Love," will hit radio in late February. [listen to it at the full story link]

Traffic And Weather was produced by Schlesinger and mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Paul McCartney) and longtime FOW collaborator John Holbrook (Elton John, Todd Rundgren, Brian Setzer). Appearances by the group at the Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals have been confirmed, with tour dates and more festival appearances to be announced shortly. Videos for several songs from the new album, none of which will feature Rachel Hunter writhing around in lingerie (as of presstime), are in the planning stages.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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