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She Wants Revenge Week: Pretend The World Has Ended
antiMusic reports: She Wants Revenge recently returned with their sophomore CD This Is Forever. to celebrate the release and to give you a little more insight into the songs we asked Adam Bravin to pick his five favorite tracks from the duo's latest and tell us a bit about each song. Here is Adam with today's song:

Pretend The World Has Ended - I was sitting in the studio one day, feeling rather dark and moody and decided to try to match my mood musically. Normally the way our songs start, is with the drums. This particular track started with the bassline. I found an amazing bass sound and took it from there. The idea behind this track, musically, was to try to create something very dark, very ominous, perhaps the darkest track on the album.

Still want some more? You can preview tracks from the CD, grab tour dates, watch videos and more - right here

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Thanksgiving Murder of Metal Guitarist
Metal Underground reports: Guitarist Mario Gutierrez of the Los Angeles-based death/thrash band ENGRAVE died late last week of gunshot wounds sustained during an argument with his brother-in-law. According to the Los Angeles Times, Gutierrez, a 37-year-old Latino man, was shot in El Sereno, California at about 10:45 p.m. on November 22, Thanksgiving, and died at the scene.

LAPD Hollenbeck detectives said that Gutierrez and his brother-in-law got into an argument during the family's Thanksgiving gathering over a remark the brother-in-law had made about Gutierrez's wife.

The argument escalated to pushing and shoving, then spilled out onto the street where Gutierrez was shot. The 27-year-old brother-in-law turned himself into a police a few hours later. - more on this story

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Osbourne Vs Love Legal Battle
antiMusic reports: Here is an interesting turn of events in the Sharon Osbourne Vs Courtney Love battle in the press. Seems things have turned into a legal battle, at least that's what Sharon hinted at in an un-attributed quote in a Contact Music article. We trying to trackdown the source of the quote but could not. With that said, here is the Contact Music report:

Sharon Osbourne's public feud with Courtney Love has gone silent - because the matter has become a legal spat. Osbourne accused Love of introducing her then-teenage son Jack to drugs, which led to "a really, really ugly situation" and culminated with the reality TV star checking into rehab.

Love has blasted Osbourne for her comments, insisting she's not responsible for Jack's drug habit. And now Osbourne admits she can no longer talk about her bitter feelings for Love: "It's kind of got to the point where it's now in legal hands, so we can't talk about it, because it's gone to that stage." - More Sharon news from Contact Music

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Butch Walker Victim of Ca Fires
antiMusic reports: We told you on Monday about how Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea lost his $4.8 million Malibu home to recent fire in the region. Flea was not living at the home, in fact he had it on market for sale but we have learned that he was renting it to former Marvalous 3 frontman turned ubber producer Butch Walker (Advil Latrine, Fall Out Boy, etc etc) and Walker said in a statement that he lost everything in the blaze.

According to reports, A family friend was forced to evacuate Walker's family from the home, while the singer/songwriter/producer was in New York City on tour.

Walker said the following in a statement sent to MTV "I had just consolidated my entire recording studio from Atlanta into the house in Malibu. I lost everything I've ever owned. Every master of every song I've ever recorded, every piece of recording equipment, guitars, drums and things I've collected over the years, cars, motorcycles, every family memorial, heirloom, picture, and document we ever had....Gone. I feel like I finally know the difference between 'going back' and 'going home.'" - Original report on the fire

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Even More Van Halen 2008 Tour Dates
antiMusic reports: Van Halen have made it official and announced even more dates for the second leg of their reunion tour (more dates then what we told you about yesterday). Here is the official word. In the midst of one of the most highly anticipated and successful tours of the year, Van Halen announces that they will extend their historic tour into 2008. Eddie, Alex, and Wolfgang Van Halen and David Lee Roth, together for the first time in 24 years, will kick off the New Year by extending their tour into 29 additional cities, kicking off with a January 22nd performance at Oklahoma City's Ford Center and running through April 7th at Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Bradley Center.

Tickets for the San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Omaha, New Orleans, Charlottesville, Hershey, and Atlantic City dates will go on sale Saturday December 1st and East Rutherford and New York will go on sale Monday December 3rd and are available at www.livenation.com and Ticketmaster. On sale dates for the rest of the tour will be announced shortly and additional 2008 dates are also expected to be announced soon.

Jan. 22 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center
Jan. 24 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Jan. 26 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Jan. 28 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
Feb. 1 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
- more dates

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Vh1 Take Reality Bad Taste To New Low
antiMusic reports: Vh1's focus on "celebreality" is scrapping the bottom of the barrel as they have just announced a celebrity rehab show. Who needs "Behind the Music" when you can watch c and d-list celebs battle addiction! (Pete Doherty isn't in the cast.) Maybe they will do a celebrity abortion show next? Here is the press release: VH1 has partnered with Dr. Drew for the reality series "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." The project, consisting of eight one-hour episodes, is slated to premiere on January 10, 2008 at 10pm*.

This series will follow the real-life experiences of Brigitte Nielsen, Chyna, Daniel Baldwin, Jeff Conaway, Jessica Sierra, Jaimee Foxworth, Seth "Shifty" Binzer, Mary Carey, and Ricco Rodriguez as they undergo detoxification and treatment at a center in the Los Angeles area. While these celebrity patients may be accustomed to receiving special treatment in their everyday lives, they were in for a major surprise when they
entered this no- frills treatment facility. Dr. Drew was aided in the process by his experienced and trusted staff of counselors, including registered nurses and other addiction experts.
- more on this story

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Winehouse Kills Tour
Gigwise reports: Amy Winehouse has announced that she is cancelling the remaining dates of her UK tour because she is missing her husband Blake Fielder-Civil.

In statement to fans Winehouse apologised and her family requested that her privacy be requested at this time and that there will be no further comment.

The statement reads: 'Amy Winehouse has cancelled all remaining live and promotional appearances for the remainder of the year on the instruction of her doctor. The rigours involved in touring and the intense emotional strain that Amy has been under in recent weeks have taken their toll." - more on this story

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Ryan Adams 08 Tour
Filter reports: Ryan Adams and the Cardinals have announced dates for an upcoming January tour. It all kicks off in the exciting town of Tulsa and will end two weeks later on the campus of UCLA.

So come out and check out which Ryan Adams hits the stage, the newly mild mannered Adams, or his eccentric old self. Either way it should be good tunes nevertheless.

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals Tour Dates:
16 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
18 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
19 San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
- more on this story

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Joe Jackson Bonus DVD
MVD reports: Joe Jackson, first studio album in four years, "Rain", released in Europe on January 28th (January 29th in North America), will now be released by Rykodisc as a two-disc set, including a bonus DVD directed and produced by Julie Gardner, the recording engineer who recorded Joe's last two studio albums. With a running time of over 40 minutes, the DVD will feature recent live performance footage, behind-the-scenes footage and a rare television interview.

"We decided to let Julie Gardner, who we've worked with for years now," says Jackson, " to follow us around as we worked, playing a live show, rehearsing, and just talking about playing together and our long history together as band mates and just mates."

The DVD will consist of three live songs that Jackson performed at London's Islington Academy on 24th May 2007. - more on this story

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Jaz-Z Puts Little Thought Into Lyrics
Gigwise reports: Jay-Z has joked that his approach to writing lyrics has inspired a generation of bad lyricists. The US rapper has revealed that he hasn't written down the lyrics to a song since, 'Can I Live' which appeared on his 1996 debut album, 'Reasonable Doubt.'

"What happened was, I was doing that song with someone else, and they heard the first verse and they was like, 'Man, you take that song. Finish it, 'cause it sounds like you got a lot more to say,'" the rapper told MTV.

"You know, that type of thing. So I just wanted to get it down quick, I didn't want to keep going over it. It was like [the album's] mastering time, so I just sat down in the booth and wrote that [verse]."

The rapper added that he prefers to allow the lyrics to flow when he's listening to music in the studio. - more on this story

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Linkin Park Announce US Dates
PR reports: Multi-platinum rock act LINKIN PARK has announced plans for a much-buzzed-about U.S. tour with special guests Coheed & Cambria. The road jaunt is set to kick off February 12th at the Qwest Center in Omaha.

In other band news, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda will be joining the likes of Quincy Jones and Akon to announce nominations for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. The press conference will take place on Thursday, December 6th in Los Angeles.

Tour dates are as follows:
2/12 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
2/13 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Ctr
2/15 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
2/16 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
2/18 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless
- more dates and info on a promo

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Hotel California Mystery Explained
antiMusic reports: Their is a cottage industry devoted to trying to decipher the meaning to The Eagles' "Hotel California." They vary from it being about a California mental institution to our favorites dealing with Satanism. Don Henley told 60 Minutes Steve Kroft that the truth of the lyrics are actually rather boring. But before we get to that conversation, here are a couple of the wild theories that were emailed to Urban Legend site Snoops.com:

There's a rumor that's been around for some time concerning the Eagles' song "Hotel California". The basic premise is that the song is about a Christian church that was abandoned (or otherwise vacated) in 1969, and was taken over by an occultic group (usually Satan worshippers). For some unknown reason, it became known as the "Hotel of California". Further rumors have it that the Eagles are Satan worshippers, and that Satan appears in the window on the "Hotel California" album jacket. [another emailer says] I remember hearing as a kid that the Eagle's megaplatinum song "Hotel California" was about Aleister Crowley's mansion near Loch Ness, and the weird goings-on that supposedly happened there; including such "clues" as the line "...they stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill The Beast" (Crowley's nickname). It's even been said that if you look on the album cover, you can see Satanic High Preist Anton LeVey in one of the windows. I've looked, and though it is fuzzy... damned if it doesn't look like him.

So did Henley and company sell their souls to Satan and then discuss the torment in song? Not even close. It appears that the song was much like "Life in the Fastlane," which was a look at the culture of the time. In an interview on 60 Minutes earlier this month when he Henley was told by Steve Kroft that "everybody wants to know what the song means." Henley responded, "I know, it's so boring... It's basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream, and about excess in America which is something we knew a lot about." - Watch video clips and read CBS.com's extensive article

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Kanye Settles with Evel Knievel
Contact Music reports: Motorcycle daredevil EVEL KNIEVEL has dropped a lawsuit against KANYE WEST regarding a trademark dispute over the rapper's TOUCH THE SKY music video.

Knievel, 68, filed suit for trademark infringement last December (06), after West donned the stuntman's famous biker outfit for his 2006 promo and called his character Evel Kanyevel. Knievel - real name Robert Craig Knievel - claimed the "vulgar and offensive" images depicted in the video was damaging to his reputation and sued for compensation for the use of his likeness and trademark.

But in July (07), the couple agreed to call in a mediator to help them settle the battle out of court, agreeing to share mediation expenses as they worked on a solution. And after a meeting at Knievel's Tampa, Florida home recently to discuss the matter further, they resolved the issue amicably and decided to dismiss the legal action altogether, according to MTV.com. - more on this story

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Jack White Fighting Bulls
antiMusic reports: WB sent over some news about the new White Stripes video "Conquest". Conquest is the third single off of their new album "Icky Thump".

The new video features Jack as a bullfighter and to capture an air of authenticity, White actually trained with famed bullfighter Dennis Borba.

The video premiered on MTV on November 26th and is available on iTunes as of Tuesday, November 27th. - check it here

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