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Dave Grohl Trashes Metallica and Guns N' Roses- AC/DC Still Sellouts- Over a Billion Songs Served- Why Simon Cowell's Opinion Doesn't Matter- Thrice Box and more


12/19/2008
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(antiMusic) Slow news days now that we are approaching Christmas but there is still a little going on. So while the Day in Rock is shorter than normal, we still have plenty to tell you about. Here is today's quicks:

TMZ stalkerazi's caught up with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl where he proceeded to trash not only Metallica but the new Guns N' Roses CD. Watch it here

Tickets for a concert by hard rock band AC/DC in Vienna sold out within minutes on Wednesday. The concert is set for May 24 at the 50,000-capacity Ernst Happel stadium where the final of the Euro 2008 football tournament was held in June, and promoters are said to be considering a second concert in the Austrian capital.more They also sold out their Scottish concert at Hampden Park on June 30, 2009 in just 75 minutes. more

Over a billion digital full tracks have been sold in 2008, up 28% over 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released today more

Billboard reports that the Doors documentary "When You're Strange" will premiere Jan. 17 at the Sundance Film Festival. more

Simon Cowell says he wants Britney Spears to appear as a mentor on the eighth series of American Idol. The 'Circus' star recently performed on the UK's Pop Idol (a show also run by Cowell) and now the pop mogul is hoping she'll use her experience in the music biz to help contestants. more

After spending most of 2007 and 2008 working on side projects, the members of Alexisonfire will be regrouping in 2009 to record their as-yet untitled fourth album.more

Thrice has unveiled plans for a limited edition vinyl box set edition of their recent four EP cycle, The Alchemy Index. Due February 17, 2009, the vinyl box set is limited to 3000 numbered copies and will feature The Alchemy Index: Volumes I & II: Fire & Water and The Alchemy Index: Volumes III & IV: Air & Earth pressed on four EPs. more

Who doesn't want free music? Priding themselves on making "alt rock for kids that won't drive the adults crazy," Atlanta based musical trio The Baby Grands has found a unique way of teaching children about the joy and goodness of sharing while celebrating the recent release of their self-titled debut on the new indie label Backspace Records: giving themselves away! Well, almost. Actually, they're giving away free downloads of three songs from The Baby Grands to anyone who emails a request to free@backspacerecords.com before February 1, 2009.

Lily Allen has a new video game on her website. Escape the Fear Game can be accessed here

the bird and the bee, the irrepressible L.A. duo made up of singer Inara George and keyboardist/producer Greg Kurstin, will be premiering the video for "Love Letter to Japan" — the lead single from their forthcoming album Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future — Friday, December 19 on MySpace

Paul Simon and Christopher Guest have been appointed to the board of trustees of Boston's Berklee College of Music. "this one goes to 11!" more

Lower Definition has dropped off the remainder of their current tour. The band has issued the following statement: "We've been having countless van problems throughout the last months worth of shows. We are always the band with the oldest van on all of our tours and after putting on over 80k miles on the van, it just begins to crap out and we have to repair it constantly." more

Protest the Hero have begun work on their first DVD. The Canadian band will be filming their performance at the dge Electric Christmas/ Underground Operations Ho! Down" on December 18 at the Sound Academy more

Brian Eno is reportedly set to provide the score for the newest movie from 'Lord Of The Rings' director Peter Jackson. Exciting news until you learn that Susan Sarandon stars in it. more

March 2009 sees the release of Thin Lizzy's 'Still Dangerous,' the real Live & Dangerous! Still Dangerous' is being pimped as the raw, unadulterated, untouched sound of Thin Lizzy at the absolute height of their power. more

Bassist Rob Hakemo of M.A.N — the group formed out of the ashes of Sweden's Transport League (featuring former Mnemic frontman Tony Jelencovich) — underwent "gallstone" surgery at the Φstra hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden on Tuesday, December 16. more

The first three Deep Purple reunion albums — "Perfect Strangers" (1984), "The House Of Blue Light" (1987) and "Nobody's Perfect" (1988) — will get the SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) treatment in paper sleeve editions. more

Clutch will be touring early next year with side-band The Bakerton Group as well as Willem Maker and Red Fang. Initial dates can be found - here



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