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|Axl in Velvet Revolver? Yeah Right|
Slash took time out to speak with MusicRadar to coincide with his latest signature Gibson and Epiphone six-strings being unleashed on the world. And Slash loves Les Pauls. That's for sure: "I've got somewhere between 80 and 90 guitars and I'd say 75 percent of them are Les Pauls. It's ridiculous – but they all have a unique purpose."
Visit MusicRadar on Wed (interview not up at press time but keep checking) to get the skinny on everything from his forthcoming solo album, to how he's been affected by the European smoking ban, to his favorite hat-wearing rock stars.- http://www.musicradar.com/
|Phish Announce Reunion Shows|
The concerts will be the group's first since its August 2004 performance at Newport State Airport in Coventry, Vermont. The band intends to announce additional 2009 tour dates early next year.
Hampton Coliseum is a favorite venue of both the band and its fans. Phish has played a dozen shows there thus far and recorded the GRAMMY®-nominated, six-CD set Hampton Comes Alive at the venue in 1998.- more on this story
|Dave Grohl Vs Drunken College Dork|
Grohl's rockers were headlining the last day of the weekend festival when an audience member clambered up onto the stage and ran towards the singer.
Initially startled, Grohl played down the drama by telling the crowd, "He's just a drunken college dork."- more on this story
|Britney Sex Tape Denied, Coldplay EP, Bret Michaels Parks Bus After Deadly Crash, More Bad TV Redone, Seal Soul, Free Slayer and more|
Coldplay will release what they are calling a digital EP. The effort entitled "Lost" will hit digital media outlets on November 11th. According to Aversion it's really just a extended single for the title track. more
Bret Michaels is temporarily pulling the plug on his upcoming reality show Rock Of Love Bus to reach out to the families of two women killed in a car accident caused by a "Rock" roadie. more
Exactly a year on the heels of his last album, Seal will unveil another new project Nov. 11 via Warner Bros. "Soul," as its name indicates, features the artist covering 11 vintage soul numbers with production from David Foster more
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will not be signing any guitars or pick guards and will be charging a fee for autographs during his appearance at the Chiller Theatre toy, model and film expo on October 25. Grab your wallet and head here for more info.
A brand-new Slayer album is expected in 2009, but some fans won't have to wait that long to get an early listen to some of the new music. Fans who attend any of the upcoming European "Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III" dates, will receive the new Slayer song via an exclusive download card that will also include special material from the entire tour's line-up - Slayer, Mastodon, Trivium and Amon Amarth. more
Beck has added a second date to his opening stand at the Club Nokia theater in downtown Los Angeles. The second date will take place November 9 the day Before the sold out November 10 show. Tickets are on sale now.
Pain, the Swedish band led by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) will embark on the European tour in January/February 2009. Support on the trek will come from Brother Firetribe, the Finnish AOR/hard rock band featuring Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. more
Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme wants to ship the band out to his desert studio to record album number six. more
Dead Confederate is pleased to announce that they will be playing at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest After Party in Austin, TX. On November 8, right after the festival ends on day 1, head over to Mohawk (912 Red River) to see Dead Confederate play Transmission Entertainment's Official After Party. They will be supporting White Denim Myspace link
Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy will embark on the "Metal In America XXX-Mas" tour later this fall. Support on all dates will come from one hit glamster's Britny Fox. more
We posted the teaser for it yesterday but here is the link to the Music Radar interview with Slash.
Speaking of follows ups from yesterday. We heard a lot of great feedback about the Greg Camp Singled Out feature. So we just learned you have a chance to see him live as he will be in New York City performing twice at the CMJ Marathon. Before then he'll be on the left coast for a show as well:
10/10/08 - The Uptown Club Oakland, CA
10/22/08 - The Delancy New York, NY - Bar/None CMJ Showcase feat (Oppenheimer, Hotel Lights, Starling Electric, Hot Lava, Shannon McArdle
10/23/08 - The Cutting Room New York, NY
More proof that NBC stands for "Normally Broadcasting Crap" and Hollywood is as creatively bankrupt as the music business : "The Partridge Family" has found a new network home at NBC. The Peacock has picked up a contemporary single-camera take on the classic ABC sitcom to be written by Jeff Rake. more
Sony Corp. has completed its acquisition of Bertelsmann's 50% stake in Sony BMG Music Entertainment, giving it 100% ownership and making the company a wholly-owned subsidiary. more
Dirty Pretty Things have split up. In an exclusive statement to NME.COM the four piece – Carl Barat, Didz Hammond, Gary Powell and Anthony Rossomando – announced the break-up of the band that formed in 2005 following the split of The Libertines.- more on this story
The Warner Bros. set moved 132,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it only the second album this year to claim three straight weeks in the penthouse. Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" achieved the same in February.
Nashville rockers Kings Of Leon enjoy their best charting and sales week yet, as "Only by the Night" (RCA) starts at No. 4 with 74,000. A week shy of a year on the chart, Kid Rock's "Rock N Roll Jesus" (Top Dog/Atlantic) drops 4-7 with a 5% decline to 60,000 copies.- more on this story
|New RATM CD?, iNIN phone, Beenie Man Not Guilty Mon, Idol Cooks Up New Song, Backstage With Linkin Park, Von Bondies Set Release, Thursday's Epitaph and more|
According to a Twistedear.com, Rage Against The Machine is apparently readying to record their first album of new material in nearly ten years. The report says that the band is in talks of recording their new album for their longtime label Sony and expect to release it in 2009. Before you get your hopes up this comes from a "source". We know how reliable they are. But read more here.
Nine Inch Nails, which is planning to release a branded version of the popular iPhone music game TapTap Revenge. The special edition of the game will feature 16 tracks from the recent albums "The Slip" and "Ghosts I-IV," some of which were edited or remixed specifically for the game.more
A Jamaican judge has cleared Grammy-winning musician Beenie Man of tax-evasion charges, saying the government never informed him of his legal rights. If only the IRS worked that way! more
American Idol winner David Cook will release his debut album on November 18th, 2008. The first single, "Light On," produced by Grammy winning producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock) is available at all digital providers today.
Official French Arch Enemy fan club, The Dark Enemy Fan Club, report that a new DVD+CD set entitled Tyrants Of The Rising Sun: Live In Japan, will be released in Europe on November 7th through Century media. details
If you missed out on this year's Projekt Revolution Tour featuring Linkin Park, here is your chance to get a firsthand, backstage view of the tour. NowWhat.com is offering fans the next best thing to actually being there, so visit www.nowwhat.com/festival to view the exclusive interviews and behind the scenes.
After months of searching, the Von Bondies have finally found a home. The Detroit rock group has signed to Majordomo Records, a division of Shout Factory, and will release its third album, "Love, Hate, and Then There's You," on Feb. 3. more
Thursday has officially inked a deal with Epitaph Records. The group's Epitaph debut will be available in spring 2009. more
Three Fearless bands: Mayday Parade, The Maine and Every Avenue have joined up with All Time Low and are headed to Ventura on October 30, San Diego on October 31, West Hollywood on November 1, Anaheim on November 2, San Francisco on November 4, and Orangevale on November 5 for the nationwide "Compromising of Integrity, Morality, & Principles in Exchange for Money" tour.
Gogol Bordello will sweep Southern California this week as part of their Forces of Victory Tour 2008 including a performance at LA Weekly's Detour Festival on Saturday, October 4 in Downtown Los Angeles. The bands electrifying show can also be seen this week at 4th and B in San Diego (Wednesday, October 1) and the Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim on (Thursday, October 2).
Fourteen months after the album was recorded, Queen Elephantine's debut full length Surya has finally been released! Available from All That Is Heavy (CD), iTunes (Download), and several other vendors. Click Here for more information about the album.
A Norway consumer agency said it aims to take computer group Apple to court over what it calls unfair barriers to playing music from the iTunes music store on devices other than Apple's iPod. more
Turmoil and frontman Jon Gula have parted ways. Gula was a founding member of the group, which originally formed in 1992. Last February Turmoil signed with Eulogy Recordings and has slowly been working on a new full-length.
|Janet Jackson Postpones Concerts After Hospital Stay|
Jackson's representatives said in a statement the singer on Monday night "got suddenly ill during her sound check ... and had to be rushed to the hospital just before showtime."
Jackson checked into Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and was discharged two hours later, said Rebecca Burns, a spokeswoman for the hospital.- more on this story
|AC/DC Extend Tour and Announce Video Game|
Tickets for the Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, and Cleveland concerts go on sale October 4 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Toronto concert go on sale October 10 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Omaha, Fargo, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, Tulsa, and Nashville concerts go on sale October 11 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Little Rock and Memphis concerts go on sale October 18 at 10:00 a.m.
As if that wasn't enough we got this news in today as well: AC/DC comes exclusively to Rock Band beginning this November for the worldwide release of AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack by Harmonix. This exclusive deal with Columbia Records and AC/DC marks the first time ever the band has included an entire album for video game play, with 18 live tracks from their prolific live performances becoming available in one electrifying, standalone game. The AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack allows players to experience this amazing set list with Rock Band, Rock Band 2 or other compatible music game peripherals. Full of the band's classic songs, the game will be available exclusively in the U.S. at Walmart and Sam's Club this November as a part of the retailer's upcoming AC/DC program, and in retailers throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand beginning in early December.- More on this plus all of the new dates are here
|Tom Morello To Rage On The Road|
With more complex electric arrangements than displayed on the sparse solo debut One Man Revolution, The Fabled City is the synthesis of his groundbreaking work as an innovative rock guitarist and revolutionary acoustic troubadour. For the first time, this album bridges the gap between Tom Morello, the acoustic protest singer and Tom Morello, the guitar legend.
The tour in support of The Fabled City will display both sides of Morello's guitar prowess with both an acoustic set and full-band electric set performed each night. In regards to the format of the performances, Morello stated "On The Fabled City Tour, I will be playing both acoustic and electric guitar. I want to start off with the darker acoustic songs and then build to some of the wildest electric guitar playing I have ever unleashed on stage in my career. The idea is half Dylan/Half Hendrix. I have been practicing my ass off and can't wait to rock."
|Wanna Meet Disturbed?|
Nearly a decade after the release of their groundbreaking debut 'The Sickness', Disturbed have become one of the most respected bands in the hard-rock universe thanks not only to pummeling riffs and jackhammer beats but passionate insights into our troubled times. The band have sold over 10 million albums with three US #1 albums in a row have led to 'Indestructible', the group's darkest, angriest outing yet.- more on this story
|Preview The New Dylan|
The entire 2-CD, 27-song set will be available to hear on-demand at NPR Music for the week leading up to its official release.
Tell Tale Signs is the 8th installment in Dylan's "Bootleg Series," and features previously unreleased recordings, live performances and alternate versions of songs recorded during sessions for some of his most acclaimed albums, Oh Mercy and Time Out of Mind among them. Also included on the album are Dylan's recordings for the soundtracks of the films Lucky You, Gods & Generals and North Country, and "32-20 Blues," his first ever release of a Robert Johnson song.
|Slash Solo Plans|
He told NME Radio that he has recruited a slew of singers to appear on the album, but would not reveal who he has enlisted yet.
He added that he wasn't sure whether the album would be released before the next Velvet Revolver album. The band are currently in the process of recruiting a new singer, following the departure of Scott Weiland earlier this year.- more on this story
|Travis Returns In Nov|
Red Telephone Box was first created in 1996 when Travis frontman, Fran Healy borrowed £600 from his mum to pay for the recording of Travis' debut single. That track, the rousingly self-descriptive 'All I Wanna Do Is Rock,' was released on the then spanking new, band-owned label with a sleeve designed by Healy.
Fast forward twelve years – during which time they have sold ten million albums, scored numerous accolades and headlined festivals all over the world – and Travis are back at the helm of Red Telephone Box for the release of Ode To J Smith. - more on this story
|Music Acts To Abandon Myspace Because of New Music Service?|
Independent record labels have cried foul after failing to reach a deal for their acts to appear on MySpace Music.
"MySpace has been floundering lately already, and people have been moving toward [a similar site] and so on," said Tom Silverman, boss of Tommy Boy Records.- more on this story
|A Look at Jon Foreman's Musical Year|
Each EP serves as a chapter of Foreman's stripped down, intimate and direct vision. It is one that begins with a foray into death and decay, but eventually transforms into reflections on growth and rebirth. All four discs were produced by Foreman with GRAMMY-nominated Charlie Peacock serving as the executive producer. - more on this story
|Alice Cooper Vs CBS Censors|
The album tells the story of a serial killer and as part of the song, Alice was going to re-enact a piece of his video by picking a female victim from the audience to choke with a silk scarf during the band's live performance of "Vengeance is Mine". (Both the album version of the song and the video feature ex-Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash.) What viewers saw was a truncated version of what actually happened. Unfortunately, the "murder" of one of his victims was just too much for CBS-TV's censors (although Ferguson loved it) and, as such, his request was denied. - more on this story
|Singled Out: Greg Camp|
The song "Cat's Game" was inspired by a film that was never made. The independent director contacted me and needed a song for a film set in the late 70's- early 80's and needed to have a Joy Division vibe. So I set the "way back machine" and tried to write about the complexities of relationships from a point of view I could only imagine.
The character in the song being a confused punker strung out on model glue and wondering why girls are so elusive, always playing games and tricks on him. I spent a lot of time in my garage as a teen so I found it fitting to pen the song in a garage but I was NOT under the influence of model glue on this one.
You know you want to hear that one, so what are you waiting for? It's streaming right- here!
|Macca's Fireman Project Finds Its Voice|
"Ambient dreams in rainbow arches describe the circles of The Fireman", is how the duo described their music in a rare interview around the release of their last album 'Rushes' in 1998. Their first album 'Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest', released in 1993, was a solid ambient dance album heavy on electronics. Around this time the identity of The Fireman was unknown until the press exposed the duo as none other than Paul McCartney and Youth. The now defunct music bible Melody Maker heaped praise on the project, "Paul McCartney has discovered dance music - the results are staggeringly brilliant. They (The Fireman) take a melody and, with dexterous genre-hopping through ambient, trance and house, evolve a number of breathtaking variations."
Last year The Fireman returned to work again to start work on what would become Electric Arguments, ultimately finding thirteen days and recording a song on each of those days over the course of a little more than a year. The results this time are entirely different from any previous Fireman release.- more on this story
|Hall and Oates Live CD and DVD Coming|
"John and I have a lot of great memories associated with performing at the Troubadour, since it was our first show in LA," said Daryl. "It's like going back to where it all began for us. We've always had an enthusiastic following in Los Angeles, and this is a chance for our fans to see us up close and personal in an intimate setting."
Beyond the classic hits, the sold-out shows featured rarely performed fan favorites and deep album cuts, as well as Daryl Hall solo material, with the duo backed by a band comprised of longtime member T-Bone Wolk on guitar and vocals, Mike Braun on drums, Charles DeChant on sax, keys and vocals, Eliot Lewis on keys and vocals, Zev Katz on bass, and Everett Bradley on percussion and vocals. - more on this story
|Amid Financial Crisis Senate Takes Time To Help Their Buddies In The Music Biz|
The bill allows for SoundExchange, on behalf of copyright owners and performers, to negotiate with Internet radio services through 2015 an alternative royalty agreement while Congress is in recess.
The negotiations are aimed at setting aside a 2007 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set a royalty rate that Internet radio participants said would endanger the fiscal health of webcasting. [Can't wait to see the first lawsuit after the "agreement" is reached that challenges it as Unconstitutional under Equal Protection.. Easy solution: use the same rates as radio.]- more on this story
|Razia's Shadow (A Musical)|
The intricately crafted concept recording – which features vocal performances from members of such bands as Panic At The Disco, Saves The Day, and Say Anything – marks a milestone for Forgive Durden, as they follow up their 2006 full-length debut, "Wonderland," with an unprecedented work of rock 'n' roll songwriting and storytelling. "Razia's Shadow" arrives in stores and at online music retailers on October 28th.
Composed and conceived by the band's singer/songwriter Thomas Dutton, "Razia's Shadow" is a full-on piece of musical talespinning, complete with elaborate characters, powerful themes, and a hauntingly beautiful narrative. The album tells the story of a world divided in two by the selfish actions of a powerful, egotistical, and yet insecure angel. After generations of darkness, the world is eventually brought back together by the love and sacrifice of a couple brave enough to fulfill their destinies.- more on this story
|Tokyo Rosenthal New CD and Tour|
Produced by Tokyo with additional production by indie music legend Chris Stamey, Rosenthal's new CD, featuring the single "St. Patrick's Day" and the title track "Love Won Out", is scheduled for release on Sept. 30, 2008. Recorded at Stamey's Modern Recording studio, along with Chris who plays bass and harmonium and Alex Little on bass, guest artists on 'Love Won Out' include Brent Lambert (slide guitar), Bobby Britt (violin) and Jeff Taylor (flute). Also featured on the CD is Al Perkins on pedal steel guitar, who is best known for his work with the Flying Burrito Bros and Steven Still's Mannassas.
|Chat Gone Wild|
Rhino Bucket join Helix, Junkyard, Dangerous Toys and Saigon Kick to the ever-growing Rock Gone Wild roster. Festival artists will chat online exclusively with ticket-holders. This exciting interactive experience kicks off in the coming weeks and will continue until August 2009. Brian Vollmer of Helix will participate in the first chat.- more on this story
|Treponem Pal Aggravation Redux|
New digipack edition is digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc and limited to 2000 copies. The release date is scheduled for 27th October 2008 in Europe and 25th November 2008 in USA (via MVD).- more on this story
|Attack! Attack! UK Week: Day 3|
Honesty: Ryan remembers writing the melody and lyrics for the verse on top of the bassist cabs in the rehearsal room , surrounded by t-shirts and equipment. It wasn't an ideal layout for song writing haha. I think we were listening to a lot of Nirvana 'In Utero' at the time and this I think kinda influenced the music of this track. There is something sleezy about it. Lyrically, for me anyway, it kind of speaks for itself , "Honesty didn't get me anywhere" there are a lot of people out there who wanna f*ck you over and not play by the rules, sometimes you gotta get nasty
Check out tracks from the album, get tour dates, read the members blogs and learn more about the coming attack right