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New Sex Pistols Songs? 
Contact Music reports: The SEX PISTOLS are set to record their first new material in 30 years after being spurred on by the success of their recent reunion tour.

The legendary rockers got back on stage for a series of live dates last year (07) and the positive reaction from fans has convinced them to start work new tracks. The group hope to start recording in the first half of 2008 so that the new songs will be ready for their appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in June (08).

Drummer Paul Cook says, We might not pull together an album but hopefully there will be some new stuff in time for the summer."- But there is a hitch to that.

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Lost Beatles Recordings To Be Released
CMJ reports: Fifteen previously unreleased Beatles tracks recorded live in 1962 have been acquired by Fuego Entertainment, a production company which plans to release them in conjunction with the Echo Vista Group. 

The new tracks mark the first time the classic Beatles lineup was captured live on tape, shortly after Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best as the band's drummer.

The recording was made during the Beatles' first appearance at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany in front of about 20 to 30 people and includes songs "A Taste of Honey," "Hippy Hippy Shake" and Paul McCartney singing Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues."
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Monday
Heaven and Hell Are Doing A New Album
Metal Underground reports: Artisan News Service has posted a short video interview with legendary heavy metal drummer Vinny Appice (HEAVEN AND HELL, DIO, BLACK SABBATH) in which he confirms that the songwriting sessions for the new album from HEAVEN AND HELL - the band featuring Appice alongside vocalist Ronnie James Dio, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi - will begin in April 2008.

"We're doing another HEAVEN AND HELL, we're going to do a CD album, so we're going to start writing in April-May and I also have a little thing going on with my original band DERRINGER, the first band I played with in 1976. We're doing a little reunion tour. We got all these great offers and we thought we'd do it. So, it'll be a busy year." 

Vinny even went on to say that the initial songwriting with HEAVEN AND HELL is going smooth as well. "It was cool," he said. "Actually it's been over a year now. I went over there, to England in November and we got together and did three songs and it was great. After like five minutes it was like nothing, we were never apart after that, you know. It just went smooth as silk."- more on this story

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A Perfect New Release From Billy Howerdel 
PR reports: ASHES dIVIDE is the brainchild of guitarist and producer Billy Howerdel. Music fans know him as the founding member and producer of A Perfect Circle who featured Tool's Maynard James Keenan on vocals as well as members of Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stone Age and Marilyn Manson. 

Rather than simply rest on the multi- platinum success of that project, Howerdel decided it was time to start fresh, under the pseudonym ASHES dIVIDE, with a new collection of songs and collaborators. Island Records' chief, Antonio "L.A." Reid announced in early January 2008 that they had signed ASHES dIVIDE to their storied roster. The album, Keep Telling Myself It's All Right, will be released in March. In the meantime, Howerdel is putting a touring band together for a worldwide tour.

The proficient musician played nearly every instrument on the upcoming album. The drums were masterly handled by his A Perfect Circle bandmate Josh Freese. Maynard James Keenan's 11 year old son, Devo, added some gorgeous cello. With Howerdel providing such a rich and layered production style to the sessions, legendary engineer, Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, NIN) was enlisted to mix the results. - more on this story

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AC/DC Not In The Studio
SleazeRoxx.com reports: AC/DC are not in the studio, they are not recording with Mutt Lange and they don't have a title for an album which has been widely reported to be called 'Strap It On'. 

Following stories that the band have returned to the studio for their first album since 2000's 'Stiff Upper Lip', Albert Records' Danny Keenan has told Undercover they're hopeful, but it's not the case. 

"If you ask me if they're in the studio today, I can tell you they're not. If you ask me if they were in the studio last week, I can tell you they're not. If you ask me if they're in the studio next week, I can tell you they're not.

[The band also issued this statement addressing another rumor: "Contrary to rumours floating around the internet, AC/DC will not be playing at a special club performance in Switzerland in late January."]- more on this story

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When Bjork Attacks
AP reports: Icelandic singer Bjork attacked a newspaper photographer shortly after she arrived at New Zealand's Auckland International Airport on Sunday, local media reported. 

Bjork, who is in the northern city of Auckland to perform at the Big Day Out concert on Friday, tore "New Zealand Herald" photographer Glenn Jeffrey's shirt after he photographed her arriving at the airport early Sunday, he told news agency New Zealand Press Association according to a report on Monday.

Jeffrey, a news photographer for 25 years, said Bjork was accompanied by a man who asked him not take photos. [Maybe he looked like that teddybear that was chasing her in that video?]- more on this story

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The Game Retiring 
Contact Music reports: It appears that the Game will soon be over. Contact Music has the story: Rapper THE GAME will quit the music industry following the release of this third album this summer (08). The Dreams hitmaker told fans he will release his last album L.A.X in June (08) while performing in Los Angeles with Nas and Will.i.am on New Year's Eve (31Dec07). 

He also confirmed the album will feature production from Dr Dre. His record label Black Wall Street Europe said in a statement, The Game made some revealing news to the people about his third and final album following up the multi-platinum West Coast banger, The Doctor's Advocate.

He said his new album will drop June 2008 and will be named LAX not The 'D.O.C.' "That's straight from the horses mouth."- more music news

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Tuesday
No Quiet Riot Without Kevin 
antiMusic reports: Hats off to Frankie Banali. When asked if he wanted to cash in on the death of his friend and bandmate Kevin DuBrow and put together a version of Quiet Riot with another vocalist, Frankie says No! He posted the following on his website www.frankie-banali.com: I have been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo and to audition singers for QUIET RIOT. I have also been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting and re-forming the version of QUIET RIOT that included Paul Shortino, Carlos Cavazo and Sean McNabb. 

Let me make this very simple and perfectly clear. While I am still actively involved in the business interests of QUIET RIOT and will continue in that capacity, I reject any and all suggestions to have QUIET RIOT continue as a live performing entity. 

My friendship, love and respect for Kevin DuBrow as well as my personal love and affection for Kevin's mother and his family makes it inconceivable for me to ever entertain any ovation to reform or to continue QUIET RIOT. Kevin was too important to go on without him. It would also be a disrespect to the fans who have supported QUIET RIOT for nearly 25 years.- more on this story

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Eagles World Tour Kicking Off at 02
PR reports: Following the fantastic success of their No. 1 album Long Road Out of Eden, the Eagles will play four shows at London's prestigious 02 Arena on March 20, 22, 23 and 26, 2008 to mark the kick-off of the "Long Road Out of Eden World Tour." 

Tickets for the O2 Arena concerts went on sale on Friday 18 January.

The O2 Arena concerts will debut an all-new stage production and the band - Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit - will be performing current hits from Long Road Out of Eden including "How Long" and "Busy Being Fabulous" as well as classic songs such as "Hotel California," "Desperado," "Take It To The Limit," "Life In The Fast Lane," and "Take It Easy."- more on this story

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NIN Endorse Net Tax 
Metal Underground reports: NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor told CNET.com in an interview late last week that he might favor the idea of a tax added to monthly Internet Service Provider (ISP) fees as an income stream for artists whose music is downloaded for free. 

Reznor explained, "I think if there was an ISP tax of some sort, we can say to the consumer, 'All music is now available and able to be downloaded and put in your car and put in your iPod and put up your ass if you want and it's $5 on your cable bill.'" 

Reznor made his comments while discussing the release of "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust" by hip-hop poet SAUL WILLIAMS. Reznor issued the album as a digital download through his own label, offering a lower-quality copy for free and a higher-quality one for five dollars. He revealed last week that just one in five people paid for the higher-quality version, calling the results "disheartening."- more on this story

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Grammy Boycott 
Contact Music reports: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, BEYONCE, 50 CENT and JON BON JOVI are considering boycotting this year's Grammy Awards ceremony in support of the Hollywood writer's strikes. 

The annual ceremony is under threat of cancellation after celebrities from the music industry pledged their allegiance to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) union members. 

Prince, Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Nelly Furtado, Tim MCGraw, Kelly Clarkson, The White Stripes, Fergie and Usher are also threatening to boycott the event, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on 10 February.- more on this story

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Blige Drug Probe Denied 
Gigwise reports: 50 Cent, Timbaland and Mary J. Blige's names have all appeared in relation to an investigation into steroid trafficking, it's been claimed. The artists, who also include Wyclef Jean, may have either used or received performance enhancing drugs in recent years. 

It's understood that none of the artists, who were named by The Times Union of Albany newspaper on Sunday (January 13th), will face criminal investigation. Officials are instead expected to focus on the doctors and clinics who supply the drugs. 

Karynne Tencer, a spokeswoman for Mary J. Blige, denied that her client had any association with performance enhancing drugs.- more on this story

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