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Full Report for 12/04/2008

Axl Wants Original Guns N' Roses Reunion?
antiMusic reports: Is Axl Rose looking to welcome his original Guns N' Roses bandmates back to the jungle? We're not sure how much stock to put into this story which is based on a UK press report, but just in case it's for real, here it is part of the report from Nightwatcher's House of Rock:

Record execs are fuming after Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose went missing for two months before the release of the band's comeback album - but according to The Daily Telegraph, word is he has been trying to get the original line-up back together for a world tour.

[Axl] has reportedly been trying to get the original gang to reunite. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin is keen to see the original members back together - while Slash's involvement in current band Velvet Revolver looks shaky after they were dropped by their label. - more on this story

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AC/DC Movie Planned
Undercover reports: Filmmaker Eddie Martin is working on a movie about AC/DC legend Bon Scott. The yet-to-be titled movie is in its early stages.

"We've been working heavily on it for a couple of months. It's early days," Martin tells Undercover News. "We are in the writing process. We've been meeting with Gaby, Mary, Irene and The Valentines crew, people like Vince Lovegrove, Bon's early friends". (Irene was Bon's former wife).

Casting is also being considered. Tom Budge (Three Dollars, Australian Rules, The Night We Called It A Day) is the front-runner for the part of Angus Young but Bon is still to be cast. "We have been considering casting and we are not going to contain this to Australia," he says. - more on this story

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Do You Take The Grammys Seriously?
antiMusic reports: We only ask because of stories like this from AP: Lil Wayne was the most rewarded by the Recording Academy on Wednesday, receiving eight Grammy nominations including album of the year for "Tha Carter III."

Following close behind was Coldplay, with seven. Their "Viva La Vida," one of the year's best-selling CDs, is in album of the year contention along with Radiohead's groundbreaking "In Rainbows"; singer-songwriter Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman"; and Robert Plant's collaboration with Alison Krauss, "Raising Sand."

Nominations were announced in a brand-new format this year, with an hourlong live prime-time CBS concert special that featured a brisk procession of performers and LL Cool J and Taylor Swift as hosts. - more on this story

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Stupidest Rock Quotes of 2008
Gibson reports: Rock stars are not like us. They don't think twice about spending half their lives on tour buses. For breakfast, they eat groupies and large swaths of leather, washing it down with a glass of fire. And they can knock out amazing songs while sitting on the crapper. It's only when they open their mouths and say something so preposterously stupid that we realize they're human too ― only with far lower IQs. A few choice entries from Gibson's list of 15 +

9. Why would Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmeister wear a Nazi cap to a band photo shoot in Germany? "From the beginning of time, the bad guys always had the best uniforms," he explained to the Guardian. "Napoleon, the Confederates, the Nazis. They all had killer uniforms. I mean, the SS uniform is ----ing brilliant! They were the rock stars of that time. What're you gonna do? They just look good."

10. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich may be living clean these days but that doesn't mean he has to put up with boring old sober people around the dinner table at parties now, does it? "Two guys in a bathroom stall ― it feels like the most important place in the whole world in that moment," Ulrich told Blender. "I've actually gone into bathroom stalls with friends since I quit, just so I still have a little bit of that bonding."

Chris Martin: "Like millions of people in the world, I can't listen to Coldplay." - Read the full list of rock quote gemms!

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Guitar Hero: Nirvana
punknews.org reports: Some interesting additions to Guitar Hero: World Tour in December, most notable are three tracks from Nirvana.

Those tracks include one from the band's Sub Pop Records debut, Bleach. The track, "Negative Creep," will be featured along with the non-album single, "Sliver" and "You Know You're Right," which was released posthumously on 2002's Nirvana [Greatest Hits].

Also on tap for release this month are three songs from Smashing Pumpkins including "1979." - more on this story

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GNR Beaten by Kanye and Teen Singer
Reuters reports: Kanye West has earned his third straight No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart with the debut of "808s & Heartbreak," while Guns N' Roses' first album in 17 years took third place.

With the help of Thanksgiving sale prices and a performance from the singer at the November 23 American Music Awards, sales for teenage country star Taylor Swift's "Fearless" increased 23 percent to 267,000, pushing the set up from No. 4 to No. 2

At No. 3 with 261,000 was Guns N' Roses' Best Buy exclusive "Chinese Democracy," the first studio album of original material from the group since 1991. [In Canada Jam! reports that Guns N' Roses hit No. 1] - more on this story

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Staind Singer Going Solo- Labels Playing iPhone Games- Tori Goes Universal- Thin Lizzy Plagiarism- Guns N' Godsmack Jam- Britney Chart Circus- more
antiMusic reports: It's fitting that the day the Grammy nominations were announced would be a slow news day. But here the round up of some quick stories that made news on Wed: Staind singer Aaron Lewis says he is making time to record a solo album this coming spring. He tells Billboard that he will record the material in April and May in his home studio more

EMI Music is the first major label to line up multiple artists for the popular game Tap Tap on the iPhone. It's a move likely to be followed by the other three majors.more

Tori Amos has signed a deal with Universal Republic and is eyeing a late spring/early summer 2009 release for her tenth album. more

A German court has ordered former Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore to pay damages after ruling the guitar solo in his 1990 hit "Still Got the Blues" had been plagiarized from a German song written in 1974.more

Britney Spears' sixth studio album, "Circus," is on track to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week. Unweighted first-day sales of "Circus" through the close of business yesterday stood at 219,000. more. God help us all.

Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses), Sully Erna (Godsmack) and Billy Duffy (The Cult) are among the guest musicians who joined all-star cover band Camp Freddy Tuesday night (December 2) for its performance at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California. more

Don't cry Argentina: Madonna has postponed the first of four shows in Buenos Aires. The pop star's Wednesday-night opening concert at River Plate Stadium was delayed because mechanical problems delayed the plane transporting some of her wardrobe and sound equipment. She couldn't just go up there and just sing after all. more

Folk singing great Odetta passed away Tuesday of heart disease at the age of 77. She began her career in the '50s, influencing the folk music scene including Bob Dylan. more

The brother-in-law of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson killed three of her relatives — with a gun stolen from one of the victims — because he was angry his estranged wife, the star's sister, was dating another man, prosecutors alleged Wednesday.more

Tool singer Maynard James Keenan unveiled his Puscifer side-project, which was always envisioned as more than just a band. Puscifer will now make its live debut on February 13 and 14 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. more

Island Def Jam Music Group and Thumbplay today announced that, for the first time ever, nine of JAY-Z's most popular video clips will be available for download on mobile phones exclusively through Thumbplay.com and its mobile site, m.thumbplay.com.

Wee Scotty, a fashion shop and school based in San Francisco, is gearing up for its End Of Year Fashion Show. Second to the catwalk, the major pulling point is - of course - the raffle. The top prize is a sewing machine… signed by Metallica. more

Ozzy turned 60 on Wednesday. Want to read some highlights of his adventurous life so far? Then go here

Murder By Death have something special planned for the new year.   The quartet plan on crossing the country and have chosen to play two of their favorite albums in sequencemore

Badmouth will release their new single "Heartbreaker" on December 5th. The song is a cover from Pat Benatars's 1979 -world hit and the band releases this song as a tribute to her career and Benatars upcoming 30th anniversary. Badmouth's "Heartbreaker" will be available for FREE download on www.badmouththeband.com between Dec 5th - Dec 31st. After that the song will be available on iTunes.

Who wants free music? Check out this free download from Living Things, "Let It Rain" which is their single off their upcoming record "Habeas Corpus" out early next year. Grab it here

Even more free music! DM Stith will release his debut EP recording, Curtain Speech, next week (Dec 9). Asthmatic Kitty Records label-mates Sufjan Stevens and Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond contribute to the song "Around the Lion Legs," which is available here

Max Morgan's heartfelt song "Secret" will be heard by millions of TV viewers Thursday, December 4th, as it underscores a revealing scene on ABC's hit show "Grey's Anatomy' at 9/8c. Which character's secret is it? Fans will have to tune in as Max sings: "Caught up in your lies, comes as no surprise/ Everybody knew you had a secret" to find out.

Bad Religion is not likely to release a new album in 2009 as many expected, but in 2010 reports Punknews.org. We kind of figured that out by looking at the calendar but bassist Jay Bentley hammers the fact home here

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has been cast as Joan Jett in the upcoming biopic about pioneering female Punk Rockers The Runaways.
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The Mac is Back: Fleetwood Mac Unleash New Tour
PR reports: Fleetwood Mac will be embarking on their first concert tour in five years on March 1st at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena and will include all the Macs' many greatest hits from over the course of one of rock's most enduring and influential bands of our time.

"We love our band and think the title of the tour "UNLEASHED" perfectly describes how we all feel when we get on stage together - especially in 2009. We're so happy to get back out on the road, perform everyone's favorite songs and see our fans," said the band in a joint statement.
- ticket info and dates

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Rock Related Grammy Noms
antiMusic reports: Rock releases are topping the charts all year long but in Grammy land it's all about the pop and hip-pop but they do throw a few bones to rock fans, and unlike giving Jethro Tull a metal Grammy some of this year's rock noms make sense.

On the other hand, some are head scratchers like Motley Crue's weakest output in their career of rather tepid output. That spot should have gone to AC/DC who actually had a song that attracted fans to buy their album in droves.

The 51th annual Grammy Awards, will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. - Here are the rock related nominations.

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Rob Zombie Eyeing Halloween Sequel?
Metal Underground reports: Reports are coming in that French directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have departed from the making of a second Halloween movie and that Rob Zombie, who directed the previous effort will be reprising his role as director.

Whilst a representative for Rob Zombie refused to comment, Trancas International has stated that they will make an announcement regarding the movie sometime this week. - more metal news

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