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Zeppelin Eye 2nd Show?
Gigwise reports: Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is trying to convince the rest of his bandmates to play a special show at Belfast's Ulster Hall, according to reports. 

It's understood that Plant wants the band to play the show in Belfast when the Ulster Hall re-opens in November 2008. 

The venue was where the group first played their smash hit, 'Stairway To Heaven,' in 1971, at a concert held for the late Jim Aiken.- more on this story

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Sex Pistols Reunite
antiMusic reports: You think Johnny Rotten would let all of this reunion fever pass by without getting involved? While it's not as groundbreaking as Van Halen, The Police of Led Zeppelin since the Pistols seem to reunite every few years, a version of the band have set up a concert to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their album Never Mind the Bollocks. 

According to the BBC, original members John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock will play at the Brixton Academy in London on 8 November. Tickets go on sale Friday and will set you back £37.50. 

In an interesting aside, NME is trying to convince fans to buy the reissue of God Save the Queen in hopes they can make it number one in the UK since it failed to hit the mark when it originally released. BBC has a little more on this- story

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Kanye Officially Beats 50 Cent
antiMusic reports: Nielsen SoundScan PR rep forwarded this story. Seems that Kanye not only kicked Fiddy ass this past week, he also had the biggest album opener in two years. Thank God this whole thing is over. Here is the Billboard story: Kanye West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) easily leads the star-studded class of Sept. 11 releases, posting The Billboard 200's largest sales total in more than two years. Nielsen SoundScan will show West's album moved 957,000 during its first six days when the tracking service refreshes its charts tomorrow morning (Sept. 19).

Also pumping album volume are 50 Cent's "Curtis" (G-Unit/Interscope), which will lock down the No. 2 slot with 691,000 sold. Kenny Chesney's "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates" (BNA/Sony BMG Nashville) will bow at No. 3 with 387,000 copies.

The total for West's "Graduation" is the largest by any album since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" opened with 1.1 million copies in March 2005. West's own August 2005 album, "Late Registration," was the last album to surpass 800,000 copies when it began with 860,000.

(an interesting aside from SoundScan: YTD Digital Track sales through September 16th have surpassed the Year End Digital Track sales total for 2006. YTD 2007 is 582.2 million while 2006 was 581.9 for the entire year) Read more of the Billboard article- here

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Spector Jury Hung
Gigwise reports: The jury in the trial of Phil Spector have failed to reach a verdict on the charges against the music producer. 

Judge Larry Fidler has said that he may now ask the jury to attempt to reach a verdict on the lesser charge of manslaughter. 

The jury has spent the last seven days considering a verdict - following a complicated five month trial at Los Angeles Superior Court in America. - more on this story

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Foo Fighters Leaked
antiMusic reports: The full Foo Fighters album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace is on MTV'S The Leak this week. The album hits stores on September 25th and the band are also confirmed to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on October 13th. 

Foo Fighters will take over New York's Fillmore (formerly Irving Plaza) next Thursday, September 20th. Tickets to this performance are very limited. Go to www.foofighters.com for ticketing details. 

Additionally, the following shows are also currently on sale: October 2nd - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues * October 4th - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle * October 6th - Atlantic City, NJ - The Borgata - Now for that leak

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Our Lady Peace Frontman Goes Solo
PR reports: After ten years as the lead singer and songwriter for iconic Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace, Raine Maida's first solo album arrives in stores November 13th. A collection of 10 commanding songs that are poignant and lyrical, delivered in a style reminiscent of the 60's beat poets with hip hop influenced beats of today, The Hunter's Lullaby is a unique album that stands out in today's musical landscape.

Developed over the last year during the late evening hours in his private studio, the album delivers a deeply personal picture of the man as an artist in the 21st century. Recorded using purely acoustic instruments, Raine gathered many of the musician's closest to him to help shape the record. His talented wife Chantal Kreviazuk plays piano and lends her unique vocals to several of the albums tracks. Victor Indrizzo (Beck, Gnarls Barkley) started the drum sessions with Raine back in the summer of 2006. Joseph Karnes (John Cale, My Brightest Diamond) contributed the stand up bass while Randy Cooke (Dave Stewart) laid down the majority of the drums and percussion.- more on this story

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Reznor Tells Fans to Steal His Music
Gigwise reports: Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has urged fans of his band to steal his music in protest at high prices for his records. 

At a show in Sydney on Sunday night he told the crowd: "Last time I was here, I was doing a lot of complaining about the ridiculous prices of CDs and that story got picked up and carried all around the world.

"Now my record label all around the world hates me because I yelled at them. I called them out for being greedy. Has anyone seen the price come down? OK, well, you know what that means: steal it. Steal away. Steal and steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealing. - more on this story

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Susperia Mended and Ready to Rock
PR reports: Norwegian melodic thrashers Susperia have announced details of a one off show in Norway. The band will play at John Dee in Oslo on 2nd October 2007. The show sees the return to live action of the bands drummer Tjodalv, who broke his ankle earlier this year, forcing him to miss the bands European and UK tours with WASP and Onslaught. 

Now fully recovered, Tjodalv is eager to get back into live action saying "It's been a frustrating time having to take things easy and wait for the natural recovery process to do it's thing. When the accident happened it was like my whole world had collapsed. It was a real disappointment to miss out on the tour with WASP and watch from the outside. But now I'm fully recovered, I feel stronger and I'm ready to make up for lost time"- more on this story

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Scary Kids Scaring Kids on the Road
antiMusic reports: Scary Kids Scaring Kids will be kicking off a new round of tour dates with Chiodos in October:

October 19 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
October 20 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
October 21 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
October 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
October 24 - Denver, CO - The Gothic
October 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Saltair
October 26 - Boise, ID - The Big Easy
October 27 - Seattle, WA - The Fenix
October 28 - Portland, OR - Roseland- more dates and a link to their new video

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Megadeth Warchest
PR reports: This October Megadeth will be re-educating the metal masses with the release of their box set WARCHEST. Dave Mustaine and EMI have collaborated to create the ultimate Megadeth 4 CD + DVD box set that includes over 6 hours metal mastery! 

Armed with digitally re-mastered career-defining album cuts, soundtrack and compilation sides, unreleased live and studio performances and interview clips spanning more than 20 years, Warchest is the ultimate Megadeth compendium. 

Included are a full 75-minute live set from a night on the 1990 "Clash of the Titans" tour and a DVD of highlights from a 1992 stop supporting Countdown – two historical shows, both making their release debuts on Warchest. According to Dave "This is, by far, the best and most comprehensive look at all-things-Mega if you had to get a crash-course in metal……I absolutely love every moment of this collection." - Full Stream Ahead here

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De La Rocha Finishes Solo CD
Contact Music reports: He didn't quit make the old Marxist 5 year plan, the good news is he appears to be done with the album. Contact Music has the report: Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha has completed the solo album he started in 2000, when he first quit the group. 

The as-yet-untitled project, which features former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, was largely recorded at Jack Johnson's new eco-friendly studio in Los Angeles.

[No release date mentioned in any of the reports about their either]- more on this story

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A Match Made in Hell
antiMusic reports: We used to joke that these two should get together but it appears that Satan has a sense of humor if these rumors are to be believed. We'll let Contact Music tell you about it: "Rocker Courtney Love is reportedly dating Kate Moss' rocker ex Pete Doherty. 

"The couple was spotted kissing and cuddling over lunch in a Wiltshire, England pub. It is believed the former Hole frontwoman was visiting the Babyshambles singer during his spell in rehab."

Our favorite part of the story is this quote from Courtney "Rocket Scientist" Love: "He's committed, he's very loyal, he's a Scorpio. We had really good chemistry. " Wonder what kind of chemistry that might be? Of the pharmaceutical variety perhaps? Read more at- Contact Music

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Pepsi Tate RIP
BW&BK reports: Bassist Pepsi Tate of UK rockers TIGERTAILZ has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The rest of the band have issued the following statement: 

"We are absolutely devastated to bring you the news that our beloved friend and Tigertailz bass player Pepsi Tate lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today. Pepsi passed away peacefully at 10:30 this morning, Tuesday, September 18th, 2007, in Holme Towers cancer hospice in Penarth Cardiff. Pepsi's wife Shan and close family were with him. Words cannot describe how we feel right now.
- more on this story

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Meg White To Anxious for the UK
E! reports: Meg White's anxiety-induced ban on travel apparently extends to flights across the pond. 

After canceling the remaining dates of their U.S. fall tour last week, the White Stripes have gone on to call off the U.K. leg as well.

The Detroit rock duo had been slated to kick off their eight-date tour of Britain on Oct. 24 in Glasgow and to wrap it up Nov. 2 in London.- more on this story

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