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Full Report for 12/16/2008

Axl Rose Explains It All
antiMusic reports: When Axl Rose opens up, he really opens up. As we told you yesterday, the Guns N' Roses frontman took to the web last week to answer fan questions directly. Yesterday we published highlights to the first night's chat. Today, Axl made our job a hell of a lot easier by compiling his answers to the second night chat into an open letter form which was forwarded to us from his PR rep. Now let's here from the man himself:

Ok then!! The questions aren't here but the answers as it moves along I think point pretty clearly to what was asked in pretty much order or close of the 7 pages. If I didn't answer it was either already answered, off topic or I mistakenly overlooked the question. My apologies for the inconvenience. It's not as light hearted as some of the other sessions but that's the subject matter. Whew!!

So let's start here… the whole Axl wouldn't go on stage yada yada… is complete and utter crap. Never happened, all made up, fallacy and fantasy. Not one single solitary thread of truth to it. Had that been the case I would've have been cremated years ago legally, could've cleaned me out for the name and damages. It's called under duress with extenuating circumstances. In fact the time that was mentioned the attorneys were all in Europe with us dealing with Adler depositions. Couldn't talk sooner as it could have jeopardized whatever nonsense was going on. - he's not even close to being done!

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Metallica Announce Guitar Hero Game
Metal Underground reports: Metallica has finally confirmed the heavily rumored all-Metallica Guitar Hero game. Here's the announcement from the band: "Yes, we know, it's the worst kept secret in rock-n-roll but we're here now to finally confirm that there will indeed be an all-Metallica Guitar Hero game released in the first half (!?) of 2009.

Guitar Hero Metallica allows you to play as us in either single instrument or band career game modes in your choice of some famous settings (Tushino Airfield anyone?) or new venues with in the round staging. Included are 28 Metallica songs along with a few from some of our buddies like as Alice in Chains, the Foo Fighters, Slayer, Machine Head and Queen. There is also an all new Expert+ difficulty setting featuring two bass drum kick pedals (!!!) along with all the gameplay modes from Guitar Hero World Tour.

"Over the next few months, we're going to be updating you with track listings, more features, of course how and when you can get the game, and some cool previews of the game right here on the site. As you've heard us say before, keep checking back for more details!" - more metal news

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Old Man Shoots At Rappers- GNR Leaker Guilty- New Sex Pistols CD?- Rocker Arrested for Defending Female Fan- New U2 Video- Madonna Settles Divorce and more
antiMusic reports: A 70-year-old man opened fire with his hunting rifle on a rap group at a concert in northeast Senegal at the weekend because he felt their song lyrics were insulting him, police and local media said on Monday. more

A man accused of illegally posting songs on the Internet from an unreleased album by rock band Guns N' Roses pleaded guilty on Monday and faces up to one year in prison, a prosecutor said. Kevin Cogill, 28, pleaded guilty to a copyright violation. Cogill faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. more

Madonna has settled her divorce with ex-husband Guy Ritchie by also parting with at least 50 million pounds ($76 million), the singer's spokeswoman said Monday.more

U2 have filmed the video for the first single from their upcoming studio record. A post on U2.com reveals that the band was in London last week shooting the clip with director Alex Courtes.more

The Sex Pistols are again hinting at a new studio album. Bassist Glen Matlock spoke to The Quietus about a 2009 album: The Sex Pistols? We've done our bit this year…we'll meet again in the new year and see what we want to do. We were not recording a new album - I think that journalists are making it up, but you can never say never.

Who says chivalry is dead? Blessed By A Broken Heart has revealed in a video update that their bassist, Tyler Hoare was imprisoned in Scotland over the past weekend. The bassist was seemingly involved in an altercation with a security guard who allegedly injured a female fan.more

Kanye West was everywhere over the past weekend. Last Thursday night, he made a surprise appearance at a secret show in New York City from his friend Common. He was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live as well. But no one expected 'Ye to show up at the second night of Modern Rock KROQ/Los Angeles' Almost Acoustic Christmas showmore

The Fray has unveiled the track list for its self-titled sophomore album, arriving Feb. 3 from Epic. Lead single "You Found Me" has already sold 278,000 copies in three weeks of U.S. digital release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.more

While venues have not yet been confirmed, Warped Tour has announced the basic routing for the 2009 edition of the long-running summer tour.more

Bo Bice, Natalie Cole, Brian McKnight, Tiffany, James Ingram, the Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir and Al Jarreau are all set to appear on The Spirit of Christmas, a soul music special on MyTV. This primetime Christmas musical celebration airs Tuesday December 16th at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. For local station information, go here

Bo Bice is also offering a free download of his new original song "Very Merry Christmas" on www.bobice.com

American Idol will focus less on early auditions and give more time to performers who make it to Hollywood when the top-rated U.S. television talent show returns to the air in January, producers said on Monday.more

Depeche Mode has completed work on their 2009 studio album. Singer Dave Gahan told The Los Angeles Timesmore

Gorilla Zoe has announced plans to join Lil' Wayne on his hugely anticipated "I Am Music" arena tour. The dates – which feature a multi-artist bill that also includes Gym Class Heroes, T-Pain, Keyshia Cole, and Keri Hilson – kicked off this Sunday, December 14th at Miami's American Airlines Arena and is now travelling all over North America through mid-January

Jetboy is currently in the writing phase for their new CD that is tentatively titled "What Is Rock & Roll.more

I See Stars is currently in Orlando, Florida recording a new album for Sumerian Records. The group has issued the following details: "Now we have been hearing a lot about us and our 'change of music' discussions in our studio update video and I would like to take this chance to clarify this. We are not changing the style of our music!" more

Don Caballero has announced western U.S. tour dates for February 2009 in support of their most recent release.more

April Wine is to be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in March. The rockers who had hits like You Could Have Been a Lady, Roller and Anything You Want You Got It are still performing, though there have been several changes of personnel over the years. more

The Abba Museum, originally scheduled to open in Stockholm in 2008, will instead go on a world tour in 2009, organizers said.more

The Bouncing Souls have revealed more details on their 2009 recording project. The monthly digital recordings will now be compiled into a series of 7" releases via Chunksaah Records.read more

Animal Collective will release their forthcoming album, Merriweather Post Pavillion, on vinyl a few weeks earlier than its street date.   The deluxe 180 gram gatefold vinyl will be available on January 9th via Domino, while the CD/digital release will remain January 20th. more

Merry Snoopmas: Snoop Dogg is a releasing his very own Christmas album, 'Snoop Dogg Presents Christmas In Tha Dogg House', this week. The Long Beach rapper has collaborated with a number of guests on the album. - more

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Coldplay Label Playing Hardball In Song Theft Case
Music Radar reports: Coldplay's record label, EMI / Parlophone, have forced YouTube to take down the original video that mashes-up Coldplay's Viva La Vida and Joe Satriani's If I Could Fly.

The video recently became a focal point for music fans debating whether Coldplay had plagiarised Satriani.

Joe Satriani is now taking legal action against Coldplay, as previously reported on Musicradar.

It's not clear exactly why EMI have taken this action now. But two possible reasons are outlined right - here

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Musician Prevented From Selling His Soul Online
Music Radar reports: A musician fed up with his life has today been barred from selling his soul to the highest bidder on eBay.

Dante Knoxx, 24, of Bournemouth in the UK offered his "used" soul on Ebay for a starting bid of £25,000.50 - or a Buy It Now price of £700,000.

But eBay have today (15 December) pulled the listing. The auction had two hours to go and no bids had been made, but eBay said Knoxx's auction breached one of the firm's policies. - more on this story

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Weezer Decide To Spread Christmas Cheer To Everyone
PR reports: Weezer spreads some holiday cheer for fans with the digital release of six Christmas songs on December 16. The songs were originally recorded for the recently released the #1 selling iPhone app "Tap Tap Revenge Christmas With Weezer."

For the first time ever a band recorded music for an app but demand was so great from non-iPhone users that the band decided to make the songs available at places like iTunes and Amazon.com.

This also marks the first time Apple released App music on iTunes. The songs on the EP are: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", "Silent Night", "O Holy Night", "The First Noel", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful." - more on this story

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Laugh At The Strokes Singer On Purpose
NME reports: The Strokes' frontman Julian Casablancas is set to appear on a comedy album, scheduled to be released on February 10.

The singer has teamed up with 'Saturday Night Live' trio The Lonely Island, aka writers Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone and cast-member Andy Samberg, to record 'Boombox' for the album entitled 'Incredibad'.

The trio have already made waves with their digital shorts for the TV show including 'Dick In A Box', featuring Justin Timberlake and 'Natalie Raps', featuring actress Natalie Portman. - more on this story

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Dave Matthews Band Set Album Release and Tour Plans
PR reports: On April 14th, Dave Matthews Band returns with its first studio album in four years and they'll celebrate with a show at New York City's Madison Square Garden that evening.

The date will mark the beginning of the band's spring tour, which will include a stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 26th) and wrap up in Las Vegas on May 9th.

Along the way, Dave Matthews Band fans will be treated to the group's first-ever live performances of songs from the new album. - more on this story

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Cyber Space Ace
antiMusic reports: Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley issued the following letter: Dear Earthlings, I'm happy to say that I finally got a good internet connection up here on Jendell and can now present to you my official website- AceFrehley.com!

Thanks for your patience and support over the years, it's meant everything to me. Now, let's ROCK!! AceFrehley.com is going to provide a link between us & be something unique & different from the "usual" website. What you will see is exclusive pictures & video clips from my archives, news, tour dates & appearances announced here first, and a chance for you to be a part of this website by sending me your photos & questions.

I'll be emailing all my members very cool "extra stuff," so don't forget to sign up! And despite the rumors, you'll be hearing my new cd real soon… Stay Tuned. I hope you have as much fun on AceFrehley.com as I've had putting it together… - Love, Ace

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Jacko Retiring?
Angryape reports: Akon has claimed Michael Jackson will never tour again, even though fans are eager to see the King of Pop on stage again.

The singer worked with Jacko last year and has suggested that fierce pressure from the media has shattered the 'Thriller' star's confidence.

"Michael Jackson is the best performer ever and he can't even focus - you will never see another tour from him." - more on this story

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100 Worst Guitar Solos
Guitar World reports: After two decades of kissing ass, Guitar World tips over a few sacred cows in a definitive guide to guitar parts that blow.

Guitarists, no matter how good they are, are bound to have the occasional bad night or hit the odd bum note. Legends like Hendrix, Page, Hammett and Harrison have had their share of uninspired moments and times where ambition exceeded their technique. It's really no big deal. Unless you're caught on tape, that is.

In a rare moment of pure spite and malice, Guitar World asked several contributors to identify those instances when our greatest guitar heroes took their biggest pratfalls. And, boy, rarely have we seen our writers take to an assignment with greater gusto. It seems that nothing gets a journalist's creative juices flowing like asking them to spill a big bucket of bile on a beloved icon. While our writers tended to save most of their venom for undeniably cruddy and inept solos, some had fun throwing darts at performances that were technically adept but which they deemed boring, self-indulgent or just plain absurd. Another favorite pastime was picking on anything remotely involving the talents of Poison's C.C. DeVille. - And man do they ever! Poor C.C. Check it out here

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