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Ann Wilson Week: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
antiMusic reports: Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson is releasing her very first solo album, Hope and Glory, next week. The album not only showcases Ann's amazing talent but she also got a little help from her friends including Elton John, Gretchen Wilson, Alison Krauss, Rufus Wainwright, and of course her sister Nancy. This week we get a little preview with Ann telling us a little bit about a few of the tracks on the CD. Here is Ann with today's song: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

We were thinking about that one and it's daunting because it's like six and a half minutes of verse after verse. Ben was like, "Why don't you take a shot at editing the lyrics." Like go ahead, Ann Wilson, you try and edit Bob Dylan. I tried three times but it was ridiculous. So we went back to the drawing board to try another way. Ben did an amazing job on the arrangement, and obviously Rufus Wainwright and Shawn Colvin brought their own hearts and soul to it. 

We had done 'Decades Live' with Rufus and I'm a fan and we hit it off. He's a great talent. And I've known Shawn as a fan for years now and our paths would cross and we got to know each others as mothers really first. I thought how cool it would be to have those three very distinct voices on that brilliant Dylan song. 
- Preview a couple tracks off the CD, grab tour dates and more right here!

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Led Zeppelin Reunion Talks
antiMusic reports: There are two prevalent rumors in the hard rock world that never seem to come true. One that Guns N' Roses have set a firm release date for their new CD and the other that Led Zeppelin are planning a reunion. The Zeppelin rumor mill is churning at full speed and despite Robert Plant's recent denials, one of those "sources" popped out of the woodwork and says that the band is planning a big comeback concert. 

We all know that unnamed sources are probably the last people you should listen to, especially with the recent Rolling Stones are retiring story and the denied Zeppelin reunion rumor from a few weeks back where the source forgot to tell Robert Plant about the supposed reunion. So take this one with a pound of salt. 

Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are reportedly in talks to play the 02 Arena with Jason Bonham filling in for his late father. Of course, this rumor rings of another recent rumor which may give it more credence or make it smell that much more fishy since it's reportedly being set up to honor the late record mogul that gave them their deal, Ahmet Ertegun. This was a big part of the last rumor that Plant dismissed. "If there was one, then there wouldn't be enough doctors to support it," Plant said back in June when the rumor first surfaced.- more on this story

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Rihanna Rips Off New Order?
antiMusic reports: Blogs are burning up with speculation that one of Rihanna's songs is nothing but a blatant rip off a New Order hit. A YouTuber caught the similarities in the songs and decided that mash-up evidence was in order so he produced a pretty amazing mix of the two songs/videos. 

While this shouldn't be very surprising to anyone given the derivative and unoriginal nature of modern R&B these days, one person going by the name of usernamemyarse on YouTube decided that video proof was needed and put together Rihanna's "Shut up and Dance" with the New Order hit "Blue Monday" to show people how much of rip off it appears to be. 

The main part of the video is the New Order song playing over Rihanna's video with parts of the her song synching perfectly with "Blue Monday". What happened to the R&B tradition in the modern age? It appears to be just as bad as almost every other area of entertainment from movies to TV, with inferior copies of the original being presented as something new.- But judge for yourself. 

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Rocker Breaks Back
antiMusic reports: A member of Supergrass fell out of a window while sleepwalking and broke his back and heal. He is expected to recover but it will take time causing the band to cancel their planned homecoming show. 

Mick Quinn was staying in a villa in the south of France and sleepwalked out of a ground floor window. The bass player and vocalist broke two vertebrae and smashed his heel according to the BBC. 

He was taken to spinal unit in Toulouse and a specialist operated to repair the broken vertebrae and heal. While he is expected to make a full recovery from the injuries, the recovery will take several months. Luckily the band only has one gig scheduled in near future.- more on this story

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New Bohemian Killed
AP reports: Jeffrey Carter Albrecht, a keyboard player for the band Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, was shot to death early Monday while trying to kick in the door of his girlfriend's neighbor, police said. 

The neighbor believed a burglar was trying to break in and fired a shot through the door around 4 a.m., Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Gil Cerda said.

"He was at his girlfriend's house last night," said Danny Balis, Albrecht's roommate. "He left the house and went next door and - for whatever reason, which we don't know - he knocked on the neighbor's door. And from what I understand, he was persistent. I don't know if there was a verbal exchange, but the person panicked and fired a shot through the door."- more on this story

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Van Halen Date Changes
antiMusic reports: [For those that missed the story over the weekend, here it is again] It looks like there are some changes to the Van Halen tour. Pollstar is listing three changes within the past couple of days with an additional date listed for Fresno, Ca. They also list a different dates in Canada and New York. 

According to Pollstar the dates which have changed or were updated late last week include Oct 20th in Detroit, Nov 29th in Fresno (not listed on the band's official site) and San Jose on Dec 16th as the final stop on the tour. 

The band's official site is listing some different dates. Most notable is the Calgary, AB show at the Pengrowth Saddledome which the band's site lists as happening on December 7th but Pollstar is listing on December 11th. The Uniondale, NY date at the Nassau Coliseum is listed as November 8th on the band's site and the day before on Pollstar. But the band did send out an alert a couple weeks ago about the move to the 8th so we'll see how that shakes out although Pollstar is usually the most accurate.- more on this story

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KT Tunstall Soph
PR reports: KT Tunstall became one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters in the world in one giant step, with the amazing two-year global journey of her multi-million selling debut album, Eye To the Telescope. On September 18, 2007, Virgin Records will release Tunstall's second album, 'drastic Fantastic'. 

For 'drastic Fantastic' KT again tapped Telescope producer Steve Osbourne (U2, New Order, Happy Mondays). The album was mixed by Michael H. Brauer (Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, My Morning Jacket). Tunstall recently told a British interviewer that her acquisition of two "very sexy" guitars had inspired her to crank them for the new album, providing a clue to the sound of her new work.

The album's September release will follow a busy summer of high-profile live appearances for KT- more on this story

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PJ Harvey Sets 2 Date Tour
PR reports: Fortune smiles on the coasts as PJ Harvey announces a bi-coastal tour with only two stops, one in LA and one in New York. 

The dates will be solo PJ and will focus on her upcoming album White Chalk, available September 25th on Island Records. Sadly, there are no plans for a full tour of the US.

The first show will take place on October 10th at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The second show will be at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on October 15th.

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Rush Plot Spring Tour
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on the RUSH fan site RushIsABand.com, the Canadian rock power trio will play several indoor dates in the U.S. and Canada in the spring of 2008. 

This leg will kick off with a two- or three-night stand at the Etess Arena at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City sometime in March. 

The band will then move up The East Coast to Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Atlantic Canada to wrap up the first set of dates before heading south for a handful of shows in late March through early April which will include New Orleans, New Mexico, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi.- more on this story

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Kittie Eating Disorder
Contact Music reports: Kittie bass player Trish Doan has been forced to pull out of the group's current tour to battle an eating disorder. The rocker's bandmate Morgan Lander has revealed all about Doan's troubles during an interview on website AngelFire.com, admitting she has no idea when the sick bassist will be back. 

Lander explains, "She is unfortunately sick and can't make the tour... It's at the point now where we don't know when she's gonna be back. 

"Unfortunately, she has a really serious eating disorder and these things take time. it could be two months, six months, two years, or never, and it's all in her hands and it's all up to her.- more on this story

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It's Britney, Bitch
antiMusic reports: Britney Spears is attempting a comeback amid her tabloid hell revolving around her erratic behavior, divorce and supposed lesbian love affair. While she battles K-Fed for custody of their two children, she has managed to record a new album. 

Spears announced her comeback via a new single which premiered last week that declared "It's Britney, bitch" according to Gigwise. The song, "Gimme More," officially premiered Thursday night on New York radio station Z-100's website. The single was produced by Timbaland protege Danja.

The album featuring the single will be released by Jive Records on November 13th- more on this story

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Smyth Leaves Nevermore
antiMusic reports: Steve Smyth made the following announcement: Guitarist Steve Smyth has officially parted ways with Nevermore, citing personal and business differences. "All things find their end eventually, and at this time, I wish to make it clear that this was mutually agreed between the band and myself.

I will continue on with other aspects of my music career, including the upcoming release of The EssenEss Project, an all instrumental album, in the vein of progressive rock, that is now finished and being prepared for release. After a year and 4 months of being out of the touring scene due to ill health and then a kidney transplant, I have finally been given a full health clearance by my doctors to go back on the road, and I am now ready to return to the stage. 

I am now embarking on a 6 week of tour of Europe with my friends from the Danish thrash metal band, SPV Recording Artists, HateSphere- more on this story

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Marillion Reunion was a One Off.
antiMusic reports: Marillion fans were ecstatic with news that Fish had rejoined some of his former Marillion mates on stage last month. This led some to speculate that the band would regroup with Fish but he now says it was a "one off" event as he releases a new album. 

As we reported last week, Fish joined some of his former Marillion bandmates, Mark Kelly, Steve Rothery, Ian Mosley and Pete Trewavas for a performance of "Market Square Heroes" last Sunday. He tells fans that this was just a one time reunion on his official website. Here is part of what he had to say: "Just to say I had a fantastic time in Aylesbury this weekend. Any rumours of reunions are completely unfounded and to be honest a wee bit ridiculous. I didn't want to make a big deal out of the affair and to be seen to be exploiting what was purely an opportunity for 5 great friends to get together and perform in a spiritual home. An opportunity that couldn't be missed. If anything it goes to prove that we are actually mates and not in rival opposing camps as some try to make out. I've got nothing but respect for H and the boy does a damn good job with the band, long may they continue."

While this may disappoint some Marillion fans, Fish did deliver some good news for them via his site about a limited edition of his new studio album. Here is what the site had to say: "13th Star" is the new Fish studio album featuring ten original tracks - "Circle Line", "Square Go", "Miles de Besos", "Zöe 25", "Arc of the Curve", "Manchmal", "Openwater", "Dark Star", "Where in the World?" and "13th Star". Produced by Calum Malcolm (Blue Nile/Prefab Sprout/Simple Minds/Nazareth) the album is released as a 10,000 limited edition CD in a 3 panel digipak together with a bonus DVD of "The Making of 13th Star" (64 mins). This limited edition album is only available through our mail order service and at the merchandising stalls on the forthcoming "Clutching at Stars" tour. - Read more of Fish's comments on the reunion and get your order in for 13th Star right here! 

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