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Dope's Angel
SMN reports: DOPE have announced the addition of new drummer "Angel" to their ranks for all upcoming tours and to record drum tracks on the new DOPE album:

"We are very excited to announce that we have found our new DOPE drummer in Angel. He's a great technical player and he's got a ton of the visual eye candy that has always been a part of DOPE's live show. It has been more than a year and a half since Racci took what turned into a permanent leave of absence from the band. Through that time, we've done several tours with fill in drummers, while beginning to write the new DOPE album and decide on our permanent replacement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Roth on Van Halen Reunion
DiR reports: David Lee Roth spoke exclusively to Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt about the Van Halen Reunion. Here is part of their conversation: On his first post-reunion jam with Eddie:
Eddie and I wrote the songs, every note, every syllable, as if we invented a language that only we can speak. It was an easy, natural thing…When you speak a language that you both created, it's natural to go, "I know you." So it was very easy. There wasn't any stumble at all. I just showed up, and twenty minutes later, it was the usual, "How's the wife, how's the kids, let's play." When you're born to do that language, you speak it naturally. I never forgot it. [see the full story for a couple more highlights from the forthcoming interview (out February 23rd)] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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L.A. Guns Single / Tour
sleazeroxx.com reports: The Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns with Jeremy Guns (bass), Paul Black (vocals) and Chad Stewart (drums) have posted their new single "I Do" at their myspace page

The band has also lined up the following tour dates: 

Mar 2 2007 Buffalo Rose - Golden, Colorado
Mar 3 2007 Buffalo Valley - Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Mar 4 2007 Avalon Theater - Grand Junction, Colorado
Mar 8 2007 Silverthorne Pavillion - Silverthorne, Colorado
Mar 9 2007 Union Station - Colorado Springs, Colorado
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dio Sabbath Releases
sleazeroxx.com reports: Black Sabbath will release a best of, of The Dio Years, featuring three new songs from the Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Vinnie Appice lineup. 

The new songs, entitled 'The Devil Cried', 'Shadow of the Wind' and 'Ear In The Wall' will be the first from the band since Dio left in 1983. The album will be released on April 7. 

On top of this, there will be a previously unreleased live album from a 1981 show at London's famed Hammersmith Odeon, which will be released on May 1.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Turmoil's Eulogy
Lambgoat reports: Eulogy Recordings has officially announced their recent signing of Turmoil. As you may recall, Turmoil left the Abacus Recordings roster earlier this year. Here's the official press release:

Turmoil, the groundbreaking noise-core five-piece from Philadelphia, have now fittingly signed with Eulogy Recordings, a label whose reputation is etched in stone as a cornerstone of the crossover metalcore movement. The band have also partnered up with Freeze Artist Management (My Chemical Romance, the Used, Story of the Year, Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos tours) and Keith Isola (Madball, Head Automatica) to ensure not one fan of cutting-edge crossover be left undisturbed by Turmoil's enraged presence on the scene. The long-awaited, as-yet-unnamed, follow-up to their monumental third album, The Process Of, is completely written and will be released this summer to coincide with an extensive touring campaign.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Buckcherry Video Contest
PR reports: Grammy®-nominated, Gold-certified, Buckcherry announced today an open call to fans to create their own video for the next single, "Everything" directing them to upload homemade videos to YouTube by March 9th. The band will then choose their favorite submission and the winner and a friend will receive roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets and VIP access to the Buckcherry show in London on March 20 at the Mean Fiddler.* Additionally the winning video will run/air for a month on Buckcherry's official website and myspace page.

Fans will create their "Everything" music video, upload it to the YouTube group youtube.com/group/buckcherrycontest and fill out the entry form through the ArtistDirect Buckcherry contest page at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hot Rod Circuit SxSW
PR reports: Hot Rod Circuit will be performing at both the CMJ and PUREVOLUME showcases at SXSW! Be sure to check them out performing new music off "The Underground Is a Dying Breed", which hits stores 3.20.07 via Immortal Records.
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sonic Youth, Wooden Wand, James and The Quiet
PR reports: Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon must've been busy or out of town. Because one way or another, the rest of her band was involved in the making of James and The Quiet, the forthcoming album by folkadelic troubadour Wooden Wand. 

Thurston Moore -- Sonic Youth's spry, eternally-teenaged guitarist/vocalist -- has signed Wooden Wand to his tastemaker Ecstatic Peace label (home of Be Your Own Pet), announcing plans for a May 15th release. The album was produced by SY guitarist Lee Ranaldo (who also plays some stringed things on the recording), and longtime SY drummer Steve Shelley provides his signature rhythmic strut. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gary Allan Hits
PR reports: On March 6 2007, MCA Nashville will release Gary Allan's Greatest Hits album. The album will feature some of Gary's biggest hits and includes the new single, "A Feelin' Like That." Here is a full track listing:

1 A Feelin' Like That 
2 Right Where I Need To Be 
3 Songs About Rain 
4 Smoke Rings In The Dark 
5 Her Man 
[see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Goo Goo Dolls Expanded
PR reports: One of great rock & roll bands of our generation, The Goo Goo Dolls return to the road next month in support of their Gold-certified album, Let Love In. The Band's eighth studio album, produced by Glen Ballard and the band, has already spawned 4 hit singles to date including the current single and title track, "Let Love In." Due to demand from fans for more, an expanded edition will be released February 27, 2007. The revised edition will now add a DVD component containing live performances, music videos and a pair of acoustic versions of tracks from Let Love In. The DVD, entitled, Live And Intimate, will be comprised of an exclusive live-in-studio performance of fourteen songs filmed and recorded March 27, 2006 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California Two bonus audio tracks recorded especially for this release include acoustic versions of "Better Days," and "We'll Be Here (When You're Gone)." LET LOVE IN SPECIAL EDITION will also be available as a digital music download at all participating digital retailers as well as the deluxe CD + DVD package.[see full story for tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Opera Supply
PR reports: When Graham Russell was nine years old, he ventured for the first time into a forest, located just at the edge of his hometown of Nottingham, England, that has captured the Western World's imagination for over seven centuries. Finding himself lost in the dark, dense and spooky Sherwood Forest—the real live home of the great Robin Hood legend—he says, "its magic became a part of me. I somehow felt I had returned home." Now, many years, countless hit records and thousands of concerts around the world later, Russell—better known to still-rabid romantic pop music fans as one half of Air Supply, with songwriting and performing partner Russell Hitchcock—is bringing that magic to glorious and exciting musical life with his ambitious new rock opera The Heart Of The Rose.

With forty pop and rock flavored songs penned by Russell and a book written by the composer, his wife Jodi Russell and noted British historical writer Graham Phillips (author of the 1988 bestseller Robin Hood: The True Story), the musical presents the real story behind the powerful Robin Hood myths that have hijacked it in our renderings of the tale since the 14th century. The Heart Of The Rose, based on the extensive historical research of Philips, is the culmination of a 20-year musical journey for Russell, who started the project at his home studio in 1987 (a few years beyond Air Supply's initial heyday) and worked on it in pieces over the years between the band's frenetic tour schedule of over 120 global dates per year.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nike Kanye
PR reports: The much talked about collaboration on the NIKE- commissioned hip hop track, "Better Than I've Ever Been" which features Kanye West, Nas and KRS-One, and produced by Rick Rubin, will be available on February 20th on iTunes.

In 2006, NIKE commemorated the Air Force 1's 25th anniversary. As part of these celebrations, NIKE commissioned a stellar cast of artists to record an original track that pays homage to the perseverance of the AF1 and the community that has championed it. A remix of the track by DJ Premier and featuring the addition of Rakim, titled "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been DJ Premier Remix)" will also be available on iTunes for purchase. The tracks will be sold individually and all NIKE and artist proceeds from the sale of the track will be donated to the "NIKE Youth Sport for Change Fund," to support youth programs that use sport as a catalyst for change. [see full story for a stream of the track]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rush Preview
PR reports: Anthem/Atlantic recording group Rush has unveiled details of its upcoming new album, entitled "SNAKES & ARROWS." The renowned rock trio's first new collection of original material in nearly five years, the album will be released on May 1st.

"SNAKES & ARROWS" was recorded in the fall of 2006 with Grammy Award-winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) and Rush co-producing. The album's first single, "Far Cry," will be released to radio in mid March. To hear a clip of the song, visit the full story link.

Rush - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart - will trumpet the release of "SNAKES & ARROWS" with a full-scale North American tour, the band's first since 2004's "An Evening with Rush: 30th Anniversary Tour." Further details about this summer's tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Justice & Mercy Tour
PR reports: Skillet has unveiled plans for a major US tour. The Grammy Award-nominated rock outfit will join forces with Flyleaf on its upcoming "Justice & Mercy" tour, slated to traverse America through the spring. The trek will take off on March 25th in Memphis, with dates continuing through late April. Support will come from Dropping Daylight, Resident Hero, and a variety of local acts. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Talking Catanese
PR reports: TalkingMetal.com has posted episodes 1 and 2 of their exclusive series of four video podcasts featuring Nick Catanese of Black Label Society. All four movies, presented by Detroit's tranZmission Productions, document last year's first ever Black Label Society "Shot To Hell" listening party as well as the induction of Catanese's Washburn signature model guitar and Black Label Society denim vest into the Hard Rock Café in Catanese's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both episodes can be downloaded at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Great Northern Debut
PR reports: A beautiful dream-like state is one way to describe Great Northern's debut, 'Trading Twilight for Daylight,' or maybe the title is more apt. It's like that time of day in California, when the sun is setting and everything appears golden, and a warm feeling comes over you... 
Twinkling piano leads into a beautiful voice, backed by a melodious second voice. Enter stark drumbeats and a slight echo in the background. Strings. Xylophone. Guitar. Harmonies. You're now listening to opening track "Our Bleeding Hearts."

The lush textures and unforgettable melodies take you on a sonic voyage, while the rich harmonies permeate these neatly disguised pop songs. Contrasting and magnificent, the common thread is the male-female vocals that weave seamlessly. The ten-track collection will be released May 15, 2007 on Eenie Meenie Records, home to other locals, Irving and Goldenboy.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mentors DVD
PR reports: Mentors - El Duce Vita DVD will be in stores 04/03/07 from MVD. This, the first Mentors DVD, is compiled from hours and hours of archival footage. The Mentors, formed in 1977 by Guitarist Sickie Wifebeater (Eric Carlson), Bassist Dr. Heathen Scum (Steve Broy), and the immortal Drummer / Singer El Duce (Eldon Hoke, RIP), were true innovators in the realm of Heavy Metal and Rock and Roll. While their dirty lyrics were at one time shocking to some, along with their humor, their performances have stood the test of time. This DVD contains live performances from the band in its prime, and also includes some of their concept videos. [see full story for track info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Today's Reviews
....Jonny Lives - Get Steady
Jonny Lives has an affinity for late '70s power-poppers like the Knack and Greg Kihn and one of the best songs on Get Steady, "Cliche," could have slugged it out on the radio with "My Sharona" or Kihn's "Valerie." (3 stars) - Read the full Jonny Lives - Get Steady review
 
....Scars of Tomorrow - The Failure in Drowning
These days the metal youth have found gained their metal stripes from extremely melodic metal bands that are simply borderline emo. Orange County, Ca is home to a number of these bands… Scars of Tomorrow also hail from the OC area and have fallen to the MTV2 crowd just as have their neighbors and predecessors.- Read the full Scars of Tomorrow - The Failure in Drowning review
 
....Andy Werth - Back to the Sun EP
I just caught a glimpse of some writer who called Andy Werth "ballsy", but I consider that writer to be "ballsy" one for using such a word to describe Mr. Werth. I'm thinking more Partridge Family than "ballsy".- Read the full Andy Werth - Back to the Sun EP review
 
....Signal Home - A Fragile Constitutional 
Y'know, sometimes you really want to find something good to say about a CD, and it's just about impossible. Signal Home's Carbon Copy Media debut, A Fragile Constitutional, is one such CD. - Read the full Signal Home - A Fragile Constitutional review
 
 
 
 
 

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