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Chris Robley Week: Centaurea
antiMusic reports: With a CD called The Drunken Dance of Modern Man In Love, and a nickname of the Stephen King of Indie Pop, Chris Robley caught our attention. He kept our attention with his moody yet intriguing music. We asked Chris to pick some of his favorite songs from the CD and tell us about each. Here is Chris with today's song "Centaurea".

The first time I ever kept a first vocal take in its entirety. Granted, the melody is lower and easy to sing. But still, I'm giving myself credit here. It was also one of the only times where a complete lyric came on so suddenly that I felt as if I were taking dictation. I woke up late one night, went out to the living room, and started scribbling fast. Besides some minor revisions, the words, imagery, and rhyme scheme is exactly what came spilling out.

The national flower of Germany belongs to the genus Centaurea. This is a song about that liminal twilight at the end of a war, where peace is coming over the horizon but no one can feel it yet. (He went into a lot of detail so we're only printing the first part of each story in the Day in Rock - here is a link to the full story for today)

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Stone Temple Pilots Reunion
Metal Underground reports: VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland has told MiamiHerald.com that fans should be on the lookout for a reunion of his previous band, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, in the coming months.

The singer made the announcement during an appearance this past Saturday (January 19) at an all-star gala event benefiting the AROD Family Foundation. The event took place at the Ritz Carlton hotel in South Beach, Florida.

Hosts included Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and his wife Cynthia, who founded the non-profit organization to support programs focused on improving quality of life, education and mental health for families in distress. [what about Velvet Revolver? Who knows, appears Weiland missed their gig at the Sundance Film Fest the following night.] - more on this story

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Coachella Goes Pink Floyd
Billboard reports: Jack Johnson and former Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters will headline the 2008 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 25-27 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif.

Also near the top of the bill are the Verve, Kraftwerk, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Spiritualized, Cafe Tacuba and the Raconteurs.

The Breeders, the reunited Love And Rockets, Rilo Kiley, Justice, M.I.A., Sasha & Digweed, Fatboy Slim, Madness and Battles are also on the bill, which was revealed today (Jan. 21) at a Mexico City press event. - All the details can be had here

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Stones For Sale?
Gigwise reports: The Warner Music Group are understood to be in advanced talks to acquire The Rolling Stones entire back catalogue.

The deal could potentially see EMI the bands current label lose up to 3 million a year in revenue.

The reports, which emerged in yesterday's Observer, claim that rivals Sony and Universal are also considering making an approach for the bands past hits.
- more on this story

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Rage Against Metallica at Reading and Leeds?
antiMusic reports: The leading UK music fests are going American this year. The BBC reports that "Three 'American headliners' have agreed to top the bill at the Reading and Leeds Festivals this August, organiser Melvin Benn has confirmed. He said he had booked the acts for the events but would not name them yet."

So that started the rumor mill churning and Metal Underground had this rumor: METALLICA and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE are rumored to be two of the three American headliners slated to perform at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, which will happen, as usual, in England over the August Bank holiday weekend from Friday, August 22 to Sunday, August 24.

We do know that Metallica is heading over there this summer so that is totally possible. But can we guess at the third headliner? Could it be Van Halen? What about Guns N' Roses? Stone Temple Pilots? Hopefully we'll know soon.
- Read the BBC article

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Korny Konfusion Over Temp
Metal Underground reports: The management of Shane Gibson, one of the guitar players currently touring with KORN as members of the group's backing band, has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the erroneous reports that Rob Patterson former OTEP guitarist who was in the back-up band for KORN's Family Values Tour in 2006 is replacing KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer on the band's current European trek:

"Rob Patterson is NOT replacing Munky. In fact, Shane Gibson, the backup guitarist of KORN and the lead guitarist for [KORN singer] Jonathan Davis' solo tour, was asked to take over Munky's role as the lead guitarist soon after Munky's departure. Shane saved the day by re-learning new parts of all 22 songs in ONE DAY and was ready to rock out by the next evening.

"Rob Patterson was brought back to fill in for Shane's backup guitarist's role since Shane is now playing the lead and Rob knows the backup guitar parts by heart by being a backup guitarist in the past. Although Shane and Rob both are playing up front on the stage since two or three shows prior to last night's show (at first, Rob was in the back with Kalen), Shane is playing Munky's guitar parts, the major riffs, heaviest and loudest parts of all songs.
- more on this story

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Triumph Reunite for Euro Fest
Jam! reports: The rock band Triumph is reuniting, but you'll have to go overseas to see them.

Rik Emmett, Mike Levine and Gil More will reunite for the first time in two decades at the Sweden Rock Festival outside Solvesborg, Sweden, in June.

An organizer of the festival says they jumped at getting Triumph to play at the festival - more on this story

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Weiland Misses Gig
antiMusic reports: Read into this one what you want, especially with Weiland reportedly talking about a Stone Temple Pilots reunion. Blabbermouth has the story: VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland was a no-show for the band's scheduled performance last night (Sunday, January 20) at the 944 Magazine's party at Tao during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

According to PageSix.com, "speculation from inside the band's camp said the singer had missed his flight to Sundance for the performance, but that didn't stop his bandmates from literally asking the crowd if they wanted to have a go."

"It's was crazy, they were inviting anyone who wanted to get up sing," an onlooker told PageSix.com. - More including some video

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Disneyland Not For Bands
Gigwise reports: Gallows have been banned from playing at Disneyland because of the lyrical content of their album 'Orchestra Of Wolves'.

The band were due to support Social Distortion at a venue on the Disney site in Anaheim, Orange County tomorrow (January 22nd).

"I think Mickey Mouse got jealous that Minnie Mouse had Gallows posters on her wall," said Gallows guitarist Laurent Barnard. "That kind of stuff happens a lot. I recommend Mickey shows Minnie some more attention, you know, take her out and make her feel special. Cartoon mice need love too." - more on this story

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Not Really Platinum
Idolator reports: Some behind-the-gold-and-platinum numbers from Ken Barnes' RIAA reality check: The Jonas Brothers, despite seeming damn nigh inescapable, have only just gone platinum with their latest full-length--and they haven't even hit the million-sold mark yet

Kelly Clarkson's My December also got a platinum plaque despite being about 250,000 copies short of the million-sold mark

And someone greased enough palms to get James Blunt a gold record for his latest album, even though it's sold 352,000 copies.
- Now read Idolator's fun take on the Jonas Brothers!

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Wyclef Vs Cheapo Jacko
Gigwise reports: Wyclef Jean has hit out at Michael Jackson, claiming the King of Pop owes him thousands of dollars from over a decade ago.

The former Fugee collaborated with Jacko in the studio shortly after the release of the remix album 'Blood On The Dancefloor' back in 1997, but says that he hasn't received the full payment for the work.
He said: "Michael owes me money. After Mike did 'Blood On The Dancefloor' I went into the studio with him.

"It was a long time ago now, but I still haven't been paid. Mike knows the money he owes me. I just wish he'd get in touch," reports The Sun. - more on this story

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Rush Announce 08 Tour Plans
FMQB reports: Rush have announced their complete tour itinerary for 2008, as the Canadian rockers will continue to hit the road in support of last year's Snakes & Arrows.

The band will begin the trek in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 11 and wind up in Atlanta on July 22.

Rush 2008 tour dates: April 11 - San Juan, Puerto Rico * April 13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL * April 15 - Orlando, FL * April 17 - Jacksonville, FL * April 19 - New Orleans, LA - All of the dates

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Working on New CD
Filter reports: Through a weekend update on their official site, Yeah Yeah Yeahs confirmed that they are currently working on a new album, and shed a little light on what they go up to over the holidays:

"We have a wet and wild feeling about 2008 and we're not kidding. YYYs are currently writing and recording another record.

"A chunk of December was spent on a musical farm in Mass throwing cow dung at each other, making music makes us do strange things. Holidays brought adventures and performances into the YYY foreground. - more on this story

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Sammy Davis Jr. Legal Battle
Contact Music reports: Plans to film a movie about the life of Sammy Davis Jr. have hit a legal roadblock in Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reported today (Monday), citing a lawsuit filed in federal court in Dallas by Davis's widow Altovise against two former business partners.

Joining her in the lawsuit are Judy and Burt Boyar, who co-wrote Davis's autobiographies, Yes, I Can and Why Me? They claim that the former partners, California couple Barrett LaRoda and Anthony Francis, enticed Mrs. Davis to sign away rights to her husband's estate to a company they created called Sammy Davis Jr. Enterprises and that they have mismanaged the company ever since.

Mrs. Davis claims that the pair demanded executive producer credits in connection with the film bio and then scuppered negotiations with the studio when the talks were near completion. - more on this story

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