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Invitro Week: king
antiMusic reports: Invitro is the new project from ex-Snot/Soulfly guitarist Mikey Doling that made quite a name for themselves on the Family Values tour this summer. Their debut ' When I Was A Planet' hit stores this month and to celebrate we asked frontman Jeff Weber to pick his favorite five tracks from the CD and tell us a little bit about each one. We'll now turn it over to him for today's song "king":

The lyrical content in king is often viewed as nothing other than word play. Some of the lyrical choices are light hearted and humorous, referring to don king, burger king and the lion king, but underneath the message of the song is that we need to perhaps think of who we're choosing as our leaders and influences in life. This wasn't an attempt to be political or sanctimonious, but rather a personal reminder think about what I wanted to bring to the world with the opportunities I've been given...and I wanted to write amusing lyrics. 

Got you interested? Then check it out and learn more about the group
- right here

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Jacko Weds Nanny?
antiMusic reports: Could it be? Has Michael Jackson married for the third time? To his children's nanny no less? That's what the people that report on UFOs and Batboy say and they claim there is documented proof. Jacko's spin doctor had a rather strong reaction to the report that you'd think they had reported Jackson married Batboy. 

The National Enquirer reports thats the self proclaimed King of Pop filed a legal document in the US that states he married his children's nanny Grace Rwaramba. Apparently it all went down at an ubber secret cerimony that not even the Illuminati were aware of. And apparently neither was Jackson. 

Jackson's spin doctor told E! in a statement that "Wide spreading reports regarding Michael Jackson being married are not true. Documents stating otherwise are a hoax." This now opens up a new mystery. Where did the document come from? Dan Rather? Mark Hoffman? Clifford Irving? We probably will never know but our money is that they came from Batboy who reportedly has became rather jealous of Rwaramba. With all the rumors aside, Jackson did receive an honor recently.- You can see that here. 

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Crock Hall Nominees
antiMusic reports: The 2008 nominees for the "aging hippies annual let's pat our selves on the back and be a symbol for everything rock n roll is not" have been announced. For the less cynical and pro black tie affair-Rolling Stone readers, we're talking about the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". This year's nominees are Afrika Bambaataa, Beastie Boys, Chic, Leonard Cohen, The Dave Clark Five, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Donna Summer and The Ventures. Yes, it looks like Rockwell was snubbed again this year. So apparently no one is watching him.

Out of that bunch five inductees will be announced in January and the incredibly un-rock n roll induction ceremony will take place on March 10, 2008. Here is the official press release (with a little of the BS taken out): The nominations for 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced today. The nine nominees are: Afrika Bambaataa, Beastie Boys, Chic, Leonard Cohen, The Dave Clark Five, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Donna Summer and The Ventures. Ballots with these nominees will be sent to over 500 "voters" who will choose the acts for inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for this year. Five new inductees will be honored at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 10, 2008 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.- more on this story

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Kanye Just Like Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King
antiMusic reports: Kanye West is really enjoyable. Not so much his banal music but it's always a kick to witness his tantrums and the hilarious displays of his enormous ego. We now may have a glimpse into where that outrageously overblown ego has come from. That's right, it all starts in the home and Kanye's mother has likened that rapper to some of the greatest men in history like Jesus, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. 

Kanye's mother told the Baltimore Sun, "I do think that Kanye is a voice that can definitely be used and should be used not only in hip-hop but across the arts, period. I think he is broader than a genre... I think he has a calling to reach a number of people. Kanye keeps it real. He touches the people.... You never know how words can save a person's life, physically or otherwise. People like Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi or, in my view, Barack Obama, or Jesus Christ - people whose job it is to tell the truth - I see that in Kanye." 

That's right Kanye's enlightening truth such as "You could be my black Kate Moss tonight / Play secretary, I'm the boss tonight. / And you don't give a f**k what they all say, right? / Awesome, the Christian in Christian Dior" has been compared to Martin Luther King's dream and Jesus' sermon on the mount. Of course this came from his mother but she believes it as this final quote tells us, "Now, people like you are gonna go, 'Oh, Kanye's mom said he's like Jesus!' but when you have a gift, you didn't get it by yourself. Your truth is your truth." 

If only we were all given the gift of being able to rhyme tonight with tonight, then we could change the world! He's still no John Lennon. - See Gigwise for the context of the quote as we were having too much fun to include it.

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Sex Pistols Book US Show
antiMusic reports: Anarchy in LA as the Sex Pistols have reportedly set a gig on the Sunset Strip prior to their big UK reunion tour. Unlike the large venues they will be playing in the UK, for the US one-off they will take it back to the heyday or punk and play a club. This according to Contact Music, here is their report:

Punk icons the Sex Pistols will warm-up for their Brixton Academy reunion concerts in London by performing a low-key invite-only show in Los Angeles. Founding members John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock will play their first ever club show in L.A. when they perform at the Roxy on 25 October (07). 

The concert will be co-sponsored by Indie.103.1 - the radio station which features Jones as a DJ - and video game Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock, which features a re-recorded version of the Pistols' Anarchy In The U.K. The fan-only gig comes in advance of three shows at the Brixton Academy in London in November (07), which sold out in 15 minutes.- more on this story

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Complete Clapton Preview
PR reports: After a busy year filled with a world tour, an epic guitar festival and a highly-anticipated autobiography, comes the ultimate career CD retrospective for the artist known as Slowhand. Complete Clapton will be a 2-disc career-spanning album released by Reprise Records on October 9, 2007 This will be the first time the full breadth of Clapton's musical works are contained in one set.

Clapton's career has endured for more than 40 years, resulting in 18 Grammy Awards and he has earned the distinct honor of being the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Considered one of the world's finest guitarists, Clapton was a member of such seminal rock bands as Cream and Blind Faith, both featured on the album. 

He also created countless hits as part of his solo career beginning in 1970 with the release of the self-titled Eric Clapton album following through to 2005's Back Home. Complete Clapton also features songs from two co-produced albums, Riding With the King, a collaboration with iconic blues man BB King, and The Road To Escondido, a partnership with long time friend and guitar great J.J. Cale.- Grab a preview here

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George Harrison The Movie
Gigwise reports: Martin Scorsese has been snapped up to direct a film about the life of George Harrison. The Hollywood director will be making the film in collaboration with George's wife Olivia, while Variety Magazine is reporting that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may take part. 

Upon taking up the job, he said "Harrison's music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today." 

The film will not only look at Harrison's time in The Beatles, but also his private life and his involvement with Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' and Time Bandits.- more on this story

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Hagar Calls Van Halen Reunion The Right Thing
antiMusic reports: KNAC contributor Jeff Kerby has posted his exclusive interview with Sammy Hagar where he addresses a lot of issue including the current reunion tour that doesn't include Michael Anthony but he also talks some of the dynamics within the band and how they changed bringing about his exit. But he ends on a positive note about the current incarnation of Van Halen. Here is the exchange - KNAC.COM: Do you think that Van Halen just got too lucky when you replaced David Lee Roth? Do you think they deluded themselves into thinking they could just trot anyone up there and have the same type of success? 

HAGAR: I don't know, when you say Van Halen here, what you're really talking about is Eddie. Alex sticks by him because that's his brother, and I love Alex for it. I would never try to come between those guys. Those guys are brothers, and they are the end of a line in a way. Their parents have passed, and it's tough. Mine have too, but I've got other brothers and sisters and uncles, but they are pretty alone. They are very close, and I think that's awesome, but I think it's Eddie that makes those kinds of decisions. 

In the old days, it wasn't like Eddie was going, "it's my band this is what I want!" When I was in the band, it was our band, and everyone did what they wanted. For the good of Van Halen, I wasn't looking to be a solo artist, and Eddie wasn't looking to control everything. Instead, everyone did whatever they wanted to do in that band and it worked. When it stopped working, it broke up. Since then, its like Eddie says, "this is my band," and it is, so he can do whatever he wants, but I think if they wouldn't have got Dave back, they would have been in trouble. The only thing I can say that may sound like sour grapes is that without Dave or myself, Van Halen isn't going to be the big, mighty arena act, and that's all there is to it. If he wants to go out there and just be an instrumentalist and just get whatever singer he feels like, he's gonna be down here doing what I'm doing playing theaters in most cities and be lucky if he's selling them out. For him to keep rolling with the mighty Van Halen, he needs either Dave or myself. They've been trying to get with Dave, since they threw me out in 95'. Then, they hadn't done anything until I came back. Now, they have Dave again, and I wish them the best because I think it's their only hope. It's the right thing.- Read the full interview here

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Mikey Offender RIP
antiMusic reports: Very sad news about the passing of Mikey "Offender" Donaldson of The Offenders, MDC and DRI fame. BW&BK has the story: Mikey "Offender" Donaldson passed away in his sleep on September 22 in Barcelona Spain where he had recently relocated from Amsterdam. The cause is unknown at the moment. He was 46. He is survived by his brother Joe Donaldson, sister Marie Donaldson Ward, and sister Sumiko Hakari , all of Killeen, Texas. 

Mikey was the bass player for Austin, Texas punk band THE OFFENDERS from 1978-86. He also recorded bass tracks on MDC's groundbreaker Millions Of Dead Cops and DRI's Dealing With It. Mikey also performed regularly with MDC in the early 1980s.

He moved to San Francisco in 1986 and went on to play and record with Gary Floyd (DICKS) and Lynn Perko (IMPERIAL TEEN) in SISTER DOUBLE HAPPINESS. After leaving the music scene for ten years or so, Mikey returned to Austin and reunited with the original Offenders line-up for a gig at Emos in March 2002.- more on this story

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Comics of a Down
PR reports: With multi-Platinum rock band System of a Down currently on hiatus and his Scars on Broadway project with SOAD's Daron Malakian in the early stages, drummer John Dolmayan will fulfill his other passion of comic books and collectibles by launching Torpedo Comics , an exclusively Internet-based retail store. Torpedo Comics goes live on November 1, 2007, and will boast some 15-million items - comic books, toys, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, superhero action figures and other comic book-related memorabilia, ranging in price from 99-cents to six-figures. 

Dolmayan, who has been collecting comic books since he was 12, houses Torpedo Comics' inventory in a just-completed 30,000-square foot warehouse in Las Vegas, NV where he now lives. He employs a staff of 25 who catalogue and care for rare items like Sensation Comics issue #1 (the first solo series featuring Wonder Woman), just about every key issue of Marvel and DC comics including Marvel Comics' issue #1, multiple copies of Giant Size X-Men #1, plus superhero action figures from Marvel, X-Men, Superman, and Batman titles. Torpedo Comics will also offer original comic art, created between the 1940s and the present, by some 150 different artists, including Jim Lee, Art Adams, Bernie Wrightson, and Alejandro Gaza.

Dolmayan incorporated his love for comic books into the drum kit that he played during System of a Down's 2006 tour. Dolmayan contacted 22 of his favorite comic book artists, including Jim Lee, Simon Bisley, Kevin Eastman, Neal Adams and Bill Sienkiewicz, were each sent various pieces of the drum kit onto which they drew original illustrations. As for Dolmayan and Malakian's Scars on Broadway venture, the two have been writing and rehearsing new material and plan to begin recording their debut album on September 27, intended for a Summer 2008 release.- http://www.torpedocomics.com/

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Dropkick Murphys Reach New High
PR reports: The Dropkick Murphys have entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #20 by selling 28,168 copies of their highly anticipated The Meanest Of Times album in one week. 

The disc was also the #2 top-selling CD in Boston. The Meanest Of Times--their sixth full-length--marks the group's Highest Chart Debut Ever and the first on their own Born & Bred Records in association with Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. 

Catch The Dropkick Murphys On The Road In The Following Cities Below

Sun 9/30 Boston, MA The Avalon
Fri 11/2 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern Theater 
Sat 11/3 San Francisco, CA The Warfield 
Sun 11/4 Chico, CA Senator Theater 
Mon 11/5 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater- more dates

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Evanescence Tap Sick Puppies for Support
PR reports: Fresh off their own string of headline shows as well as touring in support of Finger 11, Breaking Benjamin, and Flyleaf, Australian modern rock trio Sick Puppies (Shimon Moore, guitar/vocals, Emma Anzai, bass, Mark Goodwin, drums) have landed themselves a slot on one of the most coveted fall tours of 2007 as direct support for Evanescence. 

With "All the Same" off their RNR/Virgin Records debut a top-requested single at commercial radio stations across North America and the accompanying video a whirlwind viral sensation around the world via YouTube, the band is now readying their next single, "My World," from their debut album Dressed Up As Life.

10/23/07 Miami, FL Bank United Center
10/25/07 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
10/27/07 Mobile, AL Amphitheatre at the Wharf- more dates

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