|Tenspoke Indies Week: Give to Get|
The band wrote this one together in one writing session at Apple Studios in Tampa. I think everyone was feeling the rock that day. Sometimes as a band you'll go for months of tedious sessions or rehearsals and come up with nothing, and then all of a sudden you'll complete an entire song in an hour. Who can explain that?!
Lyrically, I flat-out wanted to write a song about a prostitute in kind of in an old Stones-y kind of way, with a lot of color. In fact, I had a whole character written out – her name was "Mona Malone," and she was basically this superstar slut. But no one liked it, and probably for the best, because I'm sure it would have sucked. So, we used the help of a friend. Chris Moody of the Dead 50's out of Harrisburg sat down with it and came up with some great ideas that really led the direction. Especially "Girl, I gotta find what it is that makes your fever pitch. You know you move so fine your toppin' the list."
You don't have to wait until March to get a taste of what Tenspoke Indie have to offer, they're hitting the road next month. You can grab the tour dates and preview some of the tracks from 'Blinded By The Sound'- more on this story
|Avril Not A Thief Just Unoriginal|
Last summer, Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged that Lavigne's boppy track "Girlfriend" sounded suspiciously like the Rubinoos 1979 single, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend."
On Tuesday, Lavigne's record company Nettwerk issued a statement from Dunbar and Gangwer in which the two men said: "We are satisfied that any similarities between the two songs resulted from Avril and Luke's use of certain common and widely used lyrics."
Brooks made Staples Center history on 1 December (07) when all 85,000 tickets for his January (08) concerts, held to raise cash for the victims of last year's (07) California wildfires, sold out in just 59 minutes.
And, with the Hollywood writers strike bringing most shows to a standstill, bosses at TV network CBS have decided to win viewers by airing a live portion from Brooks' third show on 25 January (08). The one-hour special will be titled Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.!.- more on this story
|Corporate Band Sponsorships?|
The proposals, which could see Coldplay's new album 'Prospekt' released with corporate branding, are expected to feature as part of an extensive shake-up of the company.
Terra Firma, EMI's new owners, believe the plans would help increase the label's revenue as it struggles to meet the growth of the digital marketplace.- more on this story
|Yellowcard Digital Live Album|
"We were honored to record Live From Las Vegas At the Palms for iTunes and we're really proud of the record," said frontman Ryan Key.
Live From Las Vegas features five tracks from Yellowcard's current album Paper Walls including the lead-off single "Light Up the Sky." The live album also features Yellowcard's previous singles "Way Away," "Ocean Avenue," and "Only One," from the band's double-platinum 2003 Capitol Records' debut Ocean Avenue, as well as "Lights and Sounds" and "Rough Landing, Holly," from their 2006 gold album Lights and Sounds.
Anyone who purchases Live From Las Vegas at the Palms in its first week of release (from January 22nd to January 28th) will also receive a code for Ticketmaster enabling the purchase of up to four tickets for the tour on January 30th before they go on sale to the public on February 2nd. - more on this story
|The Verve Make Demands on Label|
Mr Summers, who also represents Snow Patrol, says he will ask Guy Hands, Terra Firma's boss, why the band should deliver a new album "when EMI is cutting back on the marketing and is in financial difficulty", at a meeting in Kensington today.
The band are are due to release the follow-up to 1997's 'Urban Hymns' this spring.- more on this story
|Sevendust Set 7th Studio Release|
Entitled "Hope and Sorrow" (the working title "The 7th Chapter" has been scrapped), the CD will be released on April 1, 2008 on SEVENDUST's own 7 Bros. Records in conjunction with Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. More information will be made available soon.
SEVENDUST's sixth studio album, "Alpha", was released outside of the U.S. and Canada on November 12. The CD contains the original 12 songs plus the bonus track "The Rim" along with a brand new studio cut entitled "Abuse Me".
|Iron Maiden Live After Death Comes To DVD At Last|
Disc one contains the recording of this full 90-minute concert. Originally filmed on 35mm, the footage comes alive on DVD resulting in a visually stunning film that far outstrips the usual live video of the '80s. The disc carries two sound options -- the original concert audio specially mixed into 5.1 Surround Sound by Kevin Shirley, Maiden's producer since 1999, plus the original stereo sound track by Martin Birch, the band's producer from 1981 to 1993. Originally released on video in 1985, this has been largely unavailable for the past 20 years.
Disc two has Part 2 of the 'History of Iron Maiden,' continuing on the Maiden story from "The Early Days" DVD, along with rare and unseen bonus footage in the form of BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN, ROCK IN RIO '85, and 'ELLO TEXAS, all in all giving a total running time of well over three hours.- more on this story
|Rancid Recording New CD|
Considering the road miles the band has logged and the various ups and downs of their career, Rancid's lineup has remained remarkably steady, though Brandon Steineckert replaced Brett Reed on drums last year.
The new record is slated to be released later this year on Hellcat/Epitaph.- more on this story
|Ticketmaster Buys Ticket Resale Site|
Ticketmaster will create an integrated platform on which fans will be able to simultaneously review and compare ticket availability and pricing in the primary, premium and resale categories. Building upon its existing TicketExchange resale marketplaces and partnerships with the NFL, NHL and NBA, Ticketmaster will work closely with its venue, promoter, team and other live entertainment clients to offer ticket validation and electronic ticket delivery to fans purchasing in the resale marketplace.
"Fans have embraced ticket resale, and the combination of Ticketmaster and TicketsNow will allow us to provide a safer, more reliable and efficient resale experience," said Sean Moriarty, President and CEO of Ticketmaster. "We are confident that combining TicketsNow's strong resale network with our audience and distribution capabilities will enable us to set a new standard in the resale category."
|Nick Barker's New Gig|
Here's a short interview with Nick Barker about his decision to join the two bands: Q: How did it come about that you joined the two bands now?
Nick: "Alex approached me at the Metal Hammer award ceremony in London last June (2007) and said that he was looking for a drummer that could handle the complexity and savagery of ATROCITY as well as the softer, more groove-laden beauty of LEAVES' EYES, and he thought I could be the right man to do both jobs. I had some prior commitments and obligations to fulfil at that time, but we spoke over the Christmas period and arranged for me to come to Stuttgart and audition; everything was fantastic both musically and from a social and personal aspect."
|Bullet For My Valentine Listening Party|
Bullet For My Valentine's title track, Scream Aim Fire, is already making its mark on rock radio and is the most added track to both active and modern rock stations. Bullet For My Valentine's sophomore album, Scream Aim Fire, hits stores on January 29th.
The single broke into the Top 25 songs and is continuing to climb the Active Rock charts. Bullet For My Valentine is currently on tour in Europe and will kick off the Taste of Chaos Tour in the US on February 29th.- Video for "Scream Aim Fire"
|Kresge Returns to Tiger Army|
He replaces Jeff Roffredo who left the band to pursue other interests and adds: "I don't think people understand what a difficult decision it was for me to make when I left the band in late-2004, or that it may or may not have been for the reason(s) that the fans have heard or read about. Being given the opportunity to rejoin the band is an exciting prospect.
Plans are in motion to film a video in February for the second single from Music From Regions Beyond, "Pain," which made its US radio debut this week when Nick 13 appeared for the second time on the nationally syndicated show "Loveline."- more on this story
|Brad Renfro Found Dead|
Sources tell us Renfro, who had starring roles in "The Client" and "Apt Pupil" had been working valiantly to stay clean, especially since this summer. Renfro had been convicted of several drug offenses, including attempted heroin possession.
Renfro had been filming a movie with Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thornton. The movie, "The Informers," just wrapped.- more on this story
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