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Van Halen To Wed, Premature Kanye, Coachella Dates, Depeche Mode Still Mute, Weird Al Riffs T.I., Slash Doll, Scars On Broadway Nix Tour and more


10/07/2008
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(antiMusic) According to People.com Eddie Van Halen is engaged to his girlfriend/publicist Janie Liszewski. Van Halen, 53, proposed to Liszewski, 38, on Aug. 4 while they were vacationing in Hawaii. The couple plan to wed next June. more.

Kanye West made a surprise appearance at rapper T.I.'s MySpace-sponsored show in Los Angeles on Friday and announced his upcoming Def Jam album, "808s and Heartbreak," will arrive Nov. 25. It had been expected Dec. 16. more

Goldenvoice has confirmed the dates for next year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival--Friday, April 17, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19--to be followed a weekend later by Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival, set for Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. The two critically acclaimed events will again take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA.

Depeche Mode has renewed its long-term deal with Mute/EMI and is planning to release its 12th studio album in early spring 2009. more

According to Metal Underground, Scars On Broadway has announced that they will be cancelling all tour dates as well as their appearance on the Jimmy Kemmel show with no plans to reschedule. Apparently, the reason given is that singer/guitarist Daron Malakian doesn't feel that his heart is into touring at the present time. more

The Kills missing tour bus has been found, but details are yet to emerge about what exactly happened. A spokesperson for the band tells NME.COM that the bus was found today (October 6), abandoned in a Los Angeles parking lot. All the band's gear and belongings were still on board. more

Ra, one of the most criminally underrated bands on the scene today, recently self-released their latest album "Black Sun" their own imprint, Sahaja Music Records. And already it's seems they are doing better on their own then their major label could do for them. The lead single, "Broken Hearted Soul" managed to get a double feature on the iTunes rock homepage and downloaded 8,000 singles by album launch. And it's currently #2 Heatseekers National chart which pretty damn impressive for a DIY release. If you're familiar with the band, check them out here

"Weird Al" Yankovic is releasing his parody of a current No. 1 single -- evidently just days after he thought of it. Yankovic's version of "Whatever You Like," a riff on the T.I. track of the same name, will be available for download today on iTunes. Read what Al had to say about the track here

MaFarlane Toys will be releasing a 6-inch Slash action figure based on the character in Guitar Hero II: Legends of Rock. Slash's likeness will be available in February of 2009. more

Hatebreed's entire live 80 minute Detroit concert film (included on the band's just released Live Dominance DVD), is now up as a full movie download on iTunes. The cost to purchase is $9.99. Fans can also rent it for $3.99 Tis here

The day has come! After an abbreviated stay over at Astralwerks, SoCal indie-popsters The Little Ones will finally be releasing their debut album Morning Tide on their new label, Chop Shop. They are currently on tour with The Walkmen. Have a listen and grab tour dates here

Scar Symmetry has announced the addition of singers Roberth Karlsson and Lars Palmqvist to their line-up. The pair replaces departed vocalist Christian Alvestam. more

Pelican was robbed while on tour in Italy this past week. "Four bags were stolen, the contents including computers, passports, wallets, ipods, our soundguy's microphone collection, and, most devastatingly, a number of personal journals and two portable recording devices containing hours of song ideas that are now lost forever." more

To celebrate the release of "The Chemistry Of Common Life," in stores today, F**ked Up will be playing live for twelve hours straight at a storefront in New York City. - more



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