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Chris Robley Week: Little Love Affairs
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 "Little Love Affairs".

This is the closest thing to a title track since its got the album name (The Drunken Dance of Modern Man in Love) in the lyric. On a side note, I always think its cool when albums are named after lyrics instead of song titles. My Aim is True, for example.

Anyways, its a tune that charts the topography and limits of fidelity in an age of great unmet expectations. Up front, its probably the poppiest song on the album, although I like that its structured musically like a palindrome. ABCBA That is my small, silent revolution against the constraints of catchiness and form. (He went into a lot of detail so we're only printing the first part of each story in the Day in Rock
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Jimmy Page Press Conference
Metal Underground reports: According to a posting on the LED ZEPPELIN fan site Royal-Orleans.com, ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page will hold a press conference at Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjyuku, Japan on Monday, January 28. Park Hyatt is reportedly the hotel Jimmy stayed at during the 1996 PAGE & PLANT tour.

Times Online reported in December that LED ZEPPELIN could earn well over 100 million (approximately $200 million) if the hard-rock band went on tour this year in the wake of last month's triumphant reunion gig. The band is being pursued with offers from both Live Nation and AEG, the rival concert promoters, with each structuring bids in the form of a large upfront payment to lure the band to their venues.

One source said that "AEG put a bid in on the night" although that could not be confirmed independently but intense demand would probably make a ZEPPELIN reunion the most sought-after ticket in 2008.
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Jane's Addiction Reunion?
Contact Music reports: Former JANE'S ADDICTION star DAVE NAVARRO has given the strongest hint yet a reunion tour could be on the horizon for the band.

The guitarist believes the band could overcome some of their differences and embark on a live tour for a few months.

He tells rock website Blabbermouth.net, "My love for the music outweighs any old baggage that might have been. "As I have said in the past... If Van Halen and The Eagles can get over their issues, I don't see why we can't. - more on this story

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UB40 Singer Quits
BBC reports: UB40 lead singer Ali Campbell is to quit the group after almost 30 years, the band has confirmed.

Campbell, who sang on hits such as Rat In My Kitchen, and Red, Red Wine, intends to concentrate on his solo work, the band said in a statement.

The Birmingham reggae band's last gigs together will be next month in Australia, New Zealand and Uganda. - more on this story

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Tom Petty and Winwood To Tour
Contact Music reports: Legendary rockers TOM PETTY + THE HEARTBREAKERS are to follow up their Super Bowl appearance with a major summer (08) tour - 18 months after Petty hinted he'd never tour again.

The American Girl stars, who will perform during the Super Bowl half-time show in Arizona on 3 February (08), have just announced a 38-date North American tour with former Traffic star Steve Winwood as a special guest.

The tour will start in Michigan at the end of May (08) and run until the end of August (08). - more on this story

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Duff Has No Expectations for Future of Velvet Revolver
Metal Underground reports: This one is interesting as Duff's comments about the Stone Temple Pilots reunion leave some doubt about the future of Velvet Revolver. Metal Underground has the story: UK's Classic Rock magazine has tracked down VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan and quizzed him about VR singer Scott Weiland's absence from the group's performance at the Sundance Film Festival and the rumors of a reunion of Weiland's previous band, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS.

On STONE TEMPLE PILOTS reforming: "That's the rumor that I've heard too. Good for him. You can't plan ahead in this thing and if you do, you're going to be disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I love playing live and we love this band, but I don't have expectations any more. This is a great band and I'm proud to be a part of it, but it doesn't define me anymore."

Although there has been no official confirmation from anyone involved, Weiland told the Miami Herald over the weekend to be on the lookout for a STONE TEMPLE PILOTS reunion in the months ahead. The band members are reportedly on good terms again after their less than friendly break-up in 2002
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Alice Cooper Now a Tire Salesman
BW&BK reports: What do ALICE COOPER, Richard Simmons and an albino snake have in common? (Hint: They're not in the latest reality show brought on by the writer's strike in Hollywood.)

They will appear together in a humorous new Bridgestone tire commercial from Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT) that will debut during the FOX telecast of Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3 from Glendale, AZ.

For the first time ever, BFNT is advertising during the Super Bowl. The company will debut two 30-second commercials during Super Bowl XLII, one between the first and second quarters and one during the third quarter. - more on this story

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Honda Civic Tour Dates
antiMusic reports: Dates for the Honda Civic Tour have been released. The tour will be headed this year by (the now exclamation pointless) Panic At The Disco with support from Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound and Phantom Planet.

Given the lineup, they will be hitting mostly ballrooms and theatres.

General on-sale begins Feb. 2 in select cities. Beginning Jan. 30, fans will have a chance to grab pre-sale tickets by visiting www.hondacivictour.com.


April 10 Warfield San Francisco, CA February 2
April 12 Soma San Diego, CA February 2
April 13 Mesa Amphitheatre Phoenix, AZ February 2
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Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr Getting Rowdy Again
PR reports: Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best music imaginable when Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members, Lynyrd Skynyrd join country music icon, Hank Williams, Jr. for another round of their Rowdy Frynds Tour hitting cities nationwide beginning April 4th.

Ranked as one of the Top Ten Concerts of 2007 based on shows played, the following of these two legendary acts is evident. In 20 dates nationwide the tour grossed over $10.5 million.

"Our following of fans fit together perfectly," said Johnny Van Zant. "We can't wait to get back out there and have some fun!"

"Last year was incredible, "said Hank, Jr. "How could we not get together for another round?!" - dates

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Whitesnake Announces 1st New Album in a Decade
SleazeRoxx.com reports: To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, Whitesnake will release "Good to Be Bad", through SPV / Steamhammer at the end of April in Europe and USA - their first studio album in a decade. The album features 11 new, slamming Whitesnake songs which are guaranteed to take their place alongside their multi-million selling catalogue.

Legendary front man, David Coverdale, says, "The new album contains all the elements I enjoy about Whitesnake, and more. I can hear moments that take me back to the bluesy, early years of the band all the way through the band's musical history to fully embrace the more electric aspects of where we are now, as a band. I'm thrilled with it and can hardly wait to unleash it on an unsuspecting public! If this is indeed the last Whitesnake studio record then I'm happy to finish like this. It was a labour of love making this record...a joy... and I'm still enjoying listening to it. Can't be bad!"

The 11 new songs, written by Coverdale & guitarist Doug Aldrich (who also co-produced the album with Coverdale & Michael McIntyre) provide a good balance of 8 rocking tracks and 3 ballads. Coverdale feels it's the first 'real' Whitesnake album in almost 20 years, commenting "It's very butch. Very muscular..."
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Jailed Phish
AP reports: Trey Anastasio spent two days in an upstate New York jail last week for missing a counseling session required after he pleaded guilty to a drug charge in April.

The 43-year-old former Phish lead singer was ordered to participate in the Washington County court's treatment program when he pleaded guilty to possessing painkillers without a prescription during a traffic stop in December 2006.

The program requires weekly court appearances for 12 months to 15 months, community service and drug testing.
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