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Bullet For My Valentine Week: Scream Aim Fire
antiMusic reports: When we heard that Bullet For My Valentine were releasing new CD, we knew that they'd be a good band to do a special week with. So we hit up their publicist and she delivered. As a result, each day this week members of the band will tell a little bit about some of the tracks off of their new CD "Scream Aim Fire." Here they are with today's song "Scream Aim Fire ".

Matt: The first track that was a solid contender for the new album was "Scream Aim Fire." We had already written a bunch of songs, but "Scream Aim Fire" became the benchmark for the album, so we scrapped everything we had written up until then. "Scream Aim Fire is a very important song, that's why we titled the album after it.

Moose: Basically it starts off with a blistering drum intro and... by me!

Matt: ...by Moose, and basically it just sums up what we're about.

Check out tracks from the CD, learn more about the band and grab tour dates (Europe and North America) and more - right here!

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Hannah Montana Terrorism Plot?
Contact Music reports: A teenager from northern California has been arrested for allegedly planning to crash a plane into a MILEY CYRUS concert. The unnamed 16-year-old was detained by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after smuggling handcuffs, duct tape, rope and other items on to a flight from Los Angeles on Tuesday (22Jan08).

Although there was no incident on the plane, the FBI have accused the boy of hatching plans to hijack the jet and direct it into a stadium in Lafayette, Los Angeles, where the pop star was performing, according to TMZ.com.

A spokesman for the FBI tells the website, "He had some general plans where he was going and indicated where he wanted to die." [We're not sure how legit this whole thing is as the kid had the concert date wrong and you would think the mainstream media would be all over this.]
- more on this story

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Plant Hints At Zeppelin Reunion
Blabbermouth reports: Robert Plant hints about a possible Zeppelin reunion in a new interview. Blabbermouth has the story: Jill Martin of MSG TV interviewed LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant on Friday (January 25, 2008) during the halftime break of the Knicks and Sixers game at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Plant spoke about his most memorable performance at Madison Square Garden, his upcoming tour with and bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss, and the possibility of playing again with with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham.

"You never know what is around the corner," was Robert's reply regarding the ZEPPELIN reunion tour rumors. - Watch the three-minute interview

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Van Halen 2nd Leg Kicks Off
antiMusic reports: Van Halen kicked off the second leg of their reunion tour and will hit some markets they missed on the first go round, as well go back for encore shows in other markets.

The VH camp also us some info on a new magazine spread. Here it is: Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen recently sat down to talk to Guitar World in the magazine's first ever father and son cover story. Among the topics discussed are the ins and outs of playing Van Halen music live, how Wolfgang came into the band, what it's like for a 16-year old to play on some of the biggest stages in the world and much more.

Due to hit newsstands on February 12, the 12-page spread is jam-packed with color photos and features a detailed discussion with father and son on what it's like to be band mates, their experience of being on tour together in addition to detailing the instruments and touring equipment they use. Also included, in honor of its 30-year anniversary, is a retrospective overview of the making of the band's groundbreaking 1978 debut, "Van Halen." - now about those dates

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Stage Dive Ends in Face Plant and Hospitalization
BBC reports: Indie band British Sea Power's keyboard and cornet player ended up in hospital after being knocked unconscious when he attempted a stage dive.

The crowd at Leeds Irish Centre failed to catch Phil Sumner, who jumped off a 12-foot PA system landing head first.

A spokeswoman for the band said: "The impact knocked him out straight away. He was unconscious for three minutes and there was a lot of blood." - more on this story including a photo

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Morrissey Loses His Voice During Show
antiMusic reports: Morrissey lost his voice shortly after beginning a concert last week. As a result a few more shows have been nixed. Gigwise has the story: Morrissey has been forced to reschedule the remaining dates of his residency at the Camden Roundhouse.

The former Smiths singer cancelled last night and tonight's gigs after having to leave the stage midway through his fourth number on Friday night.

The dates will now be rescheduled, with a statement expected in the coming week detailing when they will take place. - more on this story

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Stills Recovering from Cancer Surgery
Jam reports: Stephen Stills says he's "come through with flying colours" after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer earlier this month.

The legendary musician was in Park City yesterday along with band members Neil Young, Graham Nash and David Crosby for the world premiere of CSNY: Deja Vu.

"Most people have to have a little radiation afterwards, but I didn't," Stills tells Sun Media. - more on this story

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New Kids Return as Old Men: Just The Reunion We Don't Need
Idolator reports: People is reporting that Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Jon Knight, and Danny Wood will announce a big old New Kids On The Block comeback within the next few weeks, despite all five members having aged far out of the "kid" demographic years ago.

(The oldest member, Jon Knight, is now 40! And working as a real estate developer! Wonder if the market's recent trials have contributed to his newfound willingness to return to performing.)

The reunion coincides with the 20th anniversary of Hangin' Tough, which went eight-times platinum and sold 20 million copies worldwide. [that is just scary] - more on this story

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Nas Still Def Jam's ----
Gigwise reports: Def Jam have denied reports they plan to drop Nas over the row surrounding his new album.

As we told you on Thursday reports have been circulating the label are ready to ditch the rapper over his refusal to back down over plans to call his upcoming LP '------'.

However, a Def Jam rep, speaking to Rolling Stone, says the reports have no basis in fact. - more on this story

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Paula Abdul Stalker Banned from Super Bowl, Releases Online Video
PR reports: Paul Marturano, the off-the-wall comic/accomplished pianist from Philadelphia who recently appeared on American Idol and caught the nation's attention as Paula Abdul's 'Stalker', has recently released the absolutely hilarious star-studded must see Official Stalker Music Video on the ever popular YouTube.

Marturano was recently banned from the Super Bowl by the NFL. According to Sean Krause of www.thedailybs.com and WIRN radio station, they had planned to have Paul Marturano be their on-field correspondent at the Super Bowl and were denied press passes because Marturano was included in their pitch to the NFL. Krause also stated that his contact at the NFL considered the musical comedian a liability and did not want any antics during Paula Abdul's Super Bowl performance.

Since Paul Marturano's appearance on American Idol. He has conducted close to 150 radio interviews internationally, he was the lead story on Access Hollywood, and on Wednesday, Jan 16 and Thursday, Jan 17, Paula Abdul's Stalker was the most searched phrase on Google, MSN, and AOL. - Official Stalker Music Video can be seen here

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Garth Retiring, He Means It This Time
Contact Music reports: Country star GARTH BROOKS insists he will retire for good after playing a series of charity concerts in Los Angeles.

The singer - who announced his retirement in 2001 - agreed to revive his music career and take to the stage for five televised gigs to help raise money for the victims of last year's (07) California wildfires.

Brooks is happy to assist the charity but is convinced the shows, which sold out in under an hour, will be his last public performances.
- more on this story

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Plant and Wonder for New Orleans Fest
Gigwise reports: Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, The Raconteurs and Stevie Wonder will all play at this year's Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans.

Al Green, Billy Joel and Elvis Costello will also play the annual event at the city's Fair Grounds Race Course.

Plant's appearance at the festival will likely be alongside Alison Krauss his recent songwriting collaborator who is also on the line up. - more on this story

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Vinnie Paul Has No Interest in Speaking With Anselmo
Metal Underground reports: UK's Metal Hammer magazine conducted an interview with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) for its January 2008 issue, which celebrates the life of Vinnie's brother, late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Metal Hammer: Much has been made of the interview Phil did with Metal Hammer in 2004, just prior to Dimebag's tragic death, to the extent that you actually requested a tape of that interview to confirm its veracity, which we supplied. Since then, Phil has said a lot online and in the press about wanting to make amends. Has he ever tried to make contact with you?

Vinnie: No, man. I don't want to talk to him. I don't believe anything he says. He's the master of lies. He says that ---- because he wants the fans to believe what he has to say and follow what he does. And they're like sheep and they will. I don't want to elaborate on it any further apart from to say: listen to the Metal Hammer interview and you'll know exactly how he felt about my brother. He can say anything he wants, now on the backside.
- more on this story

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Bono Using iPods To End Poverty?
Contact Music reports: U2 rocker BONO has given the Japanese Prime Minister an iPod in a bid to help end poverty in Africa.

The singer was attending a meeting with former British prime minister Tony Blair and Microsoft mogul Bill Gates on Saturday (26Jan08) when he handed the gift to Yasuo Fukuda.

But the Irish star was modest enough to refrain from adding his band's music to the mp3 device. [Wonder what Bill thought about Bono using an iPod? We have no idea what an iPod can do to end poverty in Africa. The Bono knows.] - more on this story

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Vivendi Chief Says Music Biz Doom Exaggerated
Reuters reports: Vivendi Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy has no plans to spin off the music unit Universal and he said on Saturday he believed the gloom surrounding the industry had been over done.

Speaking at the annual Midem conference, Levy said the music industry was going through a huge transition at the moment, with new business models for mobile and Internet services appearing all the time.

"I think altogether today there is an exaggeration in the industry," he told the conference. "Of course it is not doing that well, but look at us, we have flat revenues, a good two digit margins and it's not as dark as what many people describe." - He's not done yet.

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