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Singer Stabs Guitarist For Playing Wrong Notes
House of Rock reports: Taking the genre name way too seriously, according to The Guestlist and various Italian media reports, 19-year-old Italian death metal singer Cristina Balzano has been arrested for stabbing the guitarist in her band Soul Cry after he fluffed a guitar riff.

Balzano allegedly stabbed the 16-year-old guitarist for playing the wrong notes during a rehearsal session after accusing him of "sounding evil."(Isn't that the point?) Balzano has now been charged by Genovese police for attempted murder.

And you thought Mick & Keith, The Davies brothers and the Gallaghers had the worst fights. - More Nightwatcher's House of Rock!

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Still Hope For Guns N' Roses CD
Music Radar reports: With radio stations turning a deaf ear to Chinese Democracy, it would seem that the goose that is Chinese Democracy is cooked. But some insiders close to the Guns N' Roses camp still view the record as a long-term winner. Bob Chiappardi, the New York City-based CEO of Concrete Marketing, has worked with Guns N' Roses since the Live Like A Suicide EP. Recently, his company worked on TV ads for Chinese Democracy and serviced the album to gentlemen's clubs in the US. According to Chiappardi, the record has yet to receive its moment in the sun.

"It's going to follow the same kind of life of the Kid Rock record, where songs keep coming" Bob Chiappardi, Concrete Marketing "We all expected a situation with the numbers falling off," says Chiappardi. "First off, it's not in every record store in the country, which doesn't help. But I hope it's going to follow the same kind of life of the Kid Rock record, where songs keep coming - then we'll have really good numbers by summer."

Radio's resistance to the title cut is "disappointing," says Chiappardi, but he believes that several of the album's ballads "are going to come through. Maybe not on a November Rain basis, but there's some tracks there." - more on this story

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Pearl Jam Offer Up Four Versions of Ten
Sony reports: Ten, the debut album that sold 12 million copies and introduced the world to Pearl Jam in 1991, will be reissued in four (4) new and expanded editions. Pre-orders of the Super Deluxe Edition begin yesterday, December 10, 2008, through the band's Ten Club at www.pearljam.com, with all four editions available at retail on March 24, 2009. The reissue of Ten serves as the launch of a planned two-year catalogue re-release campaign leading up to the band's 20th anniversary in 2011.

Each Ten package will include two versions of the album: the remastered version of the original album PLUS an accompanying remixed version done by the band's long-time producer, Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Audioslave). Details on specific extras for each of the four packages are attached.

"The band loved the original mix of Ten, but were also interested in what it would sound like if I were to deconstruct and remix it," says producer Brendan O'Brien. "The original Ten sound is what millions of people bought, dug and loved, so I was initially hesitant to mess around with that. After years of persistent nudging from the band, I was able to wrap my head around the idea of offering it as a companion piece to the original giving a fresh take on it, a more direct sound."
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Abdul Blasts Idol- Jacko For Sale- Bon Jovi Working On Rock CD- Cardinal Vs Madonna- AC/DC Frontman Hospital Room- Toni Braxton Tumor Removed and more
antiMusic reports: Paula Abdul says the Fox network and "American Idol" producers knew Paula Goodspeed had stalked her, and allowed the woman to audition for the show anyway. I said this girl is a stalker of mine and please do not let her in," Abdul said Monday during an interview with Barbara Walters on her Sirius XM radio show. Abdul said "Idol" producers ignored her protests and brought Goodspeed on the show "for entertainment value."more If they were really concerned about entertainment value they would find a good host.

The gates of Michael Jackson's famed Neverland Ranch and one of the white gloves first unveiled in his 1983 "Billie Jean" video are going up for auction in a 2,000-item sale organized by the self-styled King of Pop. more

The new Brian Johnson Music Therapy Room in the pediatrics department at Sarasota Memorial Hospital is being dedicated on Monday, December 22, 2008. The musical equipment, memorabilia and room enhancements were donated to Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. by the John Entwistle Foundation (JEF), which is named for the late bassist of THE WHO.more

Jon Bon Jovi sent an email to fan club members on Wednesday. He didn't address the uproar over the overpriced fan club concert, but he did let fans know that new music is being worked on. He wrote in part, "I spent August getting fat and lazy, not wanting to even think about work. It lasted until September when that knock came to my door and to my head. It said 'write you fool, Richie is bored and you are not the stay at home kind of dad as all of the neighbors are'. So, I went off to Los Angeles and we started. As of now we're 12 songs into it. I'm very pleased. In case you're wondering, it's a rock record. A big loud one. John Shanks is set to produce again and we'll begin the demo process right after I ship the reindeer and sleigh back to the attic, I mean North Pole." He did end the note on an ironic note as well in light of those $250 fan club tickets: "I hope you really do find what you're looking for underneath the tree. It doesn't have to cost a thing. It's free. It is a smile. Thanks for bringing me one." Add your own smiling on the way to the bank joke right here. If you missed it yesterday, read more about the fan club controversy here

Singer Toni Braxton reveals she had a benign tumor removed from her breast shortly after leaving the US version of Strictly Come Dancing. more

A retired cardinal in Chile has criticized Madonna, saying that she causes "impure thoughts", and branded her "shameless". The Material Girl had her first show in Chile Wednesday (December 10), and Roman Catholic Cardinal Jorge Medina made the comments during a mass for late dictator Augusto Pinochet more

Circle Jerks have cancelled their recently announced tour of South America in March of 2009. The band had this to say: Hello, South American friends, we regret to inform you that due to Keith's lingering health problems, our November shows have been postponed until sometime early next year. more

Wild Light won "Outstanding Rock Act of the Year" at the 2008 Boston Music Awards. They release their debut album Adult Nights, out March 3rd, 2009 on StarTime International. Beginning January 15th, in Omaha, Nebraska, the band will head out on their first ever US National Tour with Tapes 'N Tapes, which will take them thru 29 cities across the US. more

Mat Joly (Mobile) recently had a chance to perform "Hunger Strike" with Chris Cornell on Mobile's recent tour with him. Check it out here.

In March of 2009, Craig Owens, the frontman of both Chiodos and Cinematic Sunrise, will embark on a solo tour across the United States. Support for the tour will include The Color Fred, Ace Enders and A Million Different People (what's with the stupidly long names?), The Gay Blades, and VersaEmerge. dates

Former KCRW music director Nic Harcourt has been named editor at large, music and culture, at LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine. more

Pete Doherty has been announced as the support act for cockney duo Chas & Dave at a gig this December. Doherty, who has long admired Chas & Dave, is set to join them at the Tap 'N' Tin in Chatham, Kent on December 20. more

The Devil Wears Prada will headline a spring 2009 tour with support from A Day To Remember, Sky Eats Airplane, and Emarosa. Confirmed dates are here

California metal band The Funeral Pyre will enter the studio this weekend to record a new EP for Creator Destructor Records.more

Lambgoat.com confirmed that Throwdown and drummer Ben Dussault have parted ways. - more

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KISS Confirm Threat To Record New Album
Billboard reports: Kiss has reversed course and decided to hit the studio next year to record its first new album since 1998's "Psycho Circus." Guitarist Paul Stanley will produce.

In recent years, bassist Gene Simmons has been vocal about his lack of enthusiasm about making a new album, which he attributes to the state of the business.

"The record industry is in such a mess," he told Billboard in November 2007. "There is nothing in me that wants to go in there and do new music. How are you going to deliver it? How are you going to get paid for it if people can just get it for free?" [Sorry Gene but if it's worth buying people will pay for it.] - much more from these two. Hint: if you liked Paul's solo bomb you might like this new one.

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U.S. Government Goes After Sony Music
Billboard reports: Sony Music Entertainment was sued on Wednesday by the U.S. government, which claimed the music company violated federal rules aimed at protecting the online privacy of children.

Sony Music improperly accepted registrations on its music Web sites from users who were under 13, without obtaining consent from their parents, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

The civil suit, which seeks unspecified monetary penalties, said Sony Music was in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule, which is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. - more on this story

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Pumpkins Smash Fans New Album Hopes
Music Radar reports: Last spring, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin hinted that the band might be finished with making albums. Now band leader Billy Corgan has confirmed such plans.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Corgan said that the harsh reaction given the band's 2007 'comeback' release, Zeitgeist, took him by surprise - and made him rethink recording other albums.

On top of that, he sees a whole new culture where albums have become passe. "There is no point. People don't even listen to it all. They put it on their iPod, they drag over the two singles and skip over the rest." - He has more to say he also explains why the band originally broke up. Two words: James Iha

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Avril Unmanaged
Billboard reports: Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne is splitting ties with Nettwerk management, sources at the company confirm to Billboard.biz. Her departure was announced internally last week.

Vancouver-based Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride did not immediately return calls to Billboard.biz about the split, and a publicist for Nettwerk would not comment on the matter.

McBride and Nettwerk manage other acts, including the Barenaked Ladies and Stereophonics. - more on this story

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Radiohead: Interviews 1991-2000 Book Coming
PR reports: Radiohead fans rejoice! A new book, Radiohead: Interviews 1991-2000, collects all of the band's essential early press interactions. An ideal setting for the world's premiere experimental rock band to tell its own unique and intricate story, this book highlights the many accomplishments of this legendary Oxford quintet.

As the fourth title to emerge in just two months from New Jersey's own Rock Reader Books, it allows Radiohead devotees to look back on the band's tremendous first decade. Chronicling its emergence as On A Friday, Interviews 1991-2000 traces the group's evolution from Pablo Honey, The Bends, OK! Computer and Kid A.

Music scribe John D. Luerssen compiles the group's musical advancement from "Creep" blasting alt-rock upstarts all the way through to the sonic, minimalist departure of "Idioteque". As RADIOHEAD takes fans on a journey back to its first four studio records and related tours, one can't help but be awestruck by the band's achievements during this fruitful era.
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Live From Bonnaroo 2008 DVD
PR reports: Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the details for the Bonnaroo 2008 DVD. Entitled Live From Bonnaroo 2008, the DVD will be released in January.

Originally created as part of a unique and unprecedented offer for those fans who bought tickets to the 2008 event, Bonnaroo is now making it available to the general public for $19.99. For a limited pre-order time, it will be available for $16.95.

Designed to reflect the breadth and diversity of the Bonnaroo experience, the DVD will feature exclusive performances and backstage footage of artists such as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, The Raconteurs, Tegan and Sarah, Against Me!, My Morning Jacket, Les Claypool, Broken Social Scene, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, among many others. Sam Erickson (My Morning Jacket, Dave Matthews) and 44 Pictures directed the program, which features exclusive packaging and artwork . The audio was engineered from Bonnaroo's pristine master soundboard recordings and remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. - more on this story

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Jason Mraz Tops Top 40 Chart
PR reports: "I'm Yours," the Grammy Award-nominated hit single from Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz, has reached #1 at CHR/Top 40 radio outlets nationwide.

The track's extraordinary success comes 10 months after its initial arrival at Triple A radio last February. Since then, "I'm Yours" has topped the charts at both Triple A and Hot AC, where it has held strong at #1 for a sensational nine weeks and counting.

Mraz celebrated the #1 triumph of "I'm Yours" with a nationally televised performance Wednesday morning on ABC's Live with Regis and Kelly. This follows Jason's recent television appearances on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman, and the nationally syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show. - more on this story

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