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Full Report for 10/15/2008
Gojira Week: Day 3
antiMusic reports: France isn't exactly the country you think of when you think of heavy metal but heavy rockers Gojira are out to change that perception. The band hit record stores this week with their new album ''The Way of All Flesh," and to celebrate the release we asked frontman Joe Duplantier to pick his favorite tracks from the disc and tell us a little about each one. Here is Joe with today's song:

"A Sight To Behold": We have a small vocoder in our rehearsal room so Mario, our drummer, can explain his ideas with the keyboard instead of trying to sing the melodies. It's a good way to communicate between a drummer and a guitarist. Sometimes we jam together with this vocoder and we find some very cool sounds. On this song we decided to use one of the sounds that we really like. We usually never use keyboards or electronic stuff, but on this part we needed something different, something cold and straight. The lyrics are about human's abusive behavior toward nature so this cold vibe was exactly what we needed.

Preview songs from the album to hear Gorija's unique brand of metal, learn more about the disc and the group plus more right
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Linkin Park Announce Revolutionary Release
PR reports: Linkin Park has announced a November 25th release date for Road To Revolution (Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros. Records), a CD/DVD combo featuring 18 of the group's biggest hits recorded live in concert.

The double-disc set captures the band's June 29, 2008 show at the Milton Keynes National Bowl during the sold-out European leg of this past summer's Projekt Revolution tour. Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution has become one of the summer concert season's annual heavyweights and the Milton Keynes gig�played to a packed house crowd of almost 50,000 people�was the biggest in the tour's six-year history.

"Over the course of the past few years, we've played more than two hundred Projekt Rev shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, and while each of those gigs has been special, the Milton Keynes show has been one of the most memorable," says Linkin Park co-lead vocalist Chester Bennington. "It was one of those nights where the band and audience come together as one, and we wanted to share that experience with the fans that couldn't be there."
- more on this story

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Green Day Recording, Go On Snow Patrol, DJ AM To Crash Jay-Z Tour, Franz Third, Taxing Queen, Britney Tour, Miley Cyrus Memoir, Maiden Government and more
antiMusic reports: Confirming news that Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson let slip recently on "The Carson Daly Show," Green Day is in the studio with veteran producer Butch Vig working on the follow-up to 2004's "American Idiot." more

Snow Patrol has teamed up with MySpace.com for a contest where they will give 2 fans a chance to fly to the UK for Snow Patrol's 4 concerts in 2 days tour. The winners will be given 2 spots on the bands private plane with the band to go the shows in Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, and London. They will be given 2 cameras to document their trip which will be available exclusively on MySpace. more info here

DJ AM, who survived a plane crash last month in South Carolina, will appear on tour with Jay-Z. DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, will join the rap mogul Wednesday at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, said Jenni Weinman, the celebrity disc jockey's publicist. more

The third album from Franz Ferdinand is set to be released in late January, according to reports today. 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand' will come out January 26 in the UK and January 27 in the US, and includes six tracks previewed during their intimate show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg last week (October 8). more

Some news about another worthless awards show: Alicia Keys had a leading five nominations for the 2008 American Music Awards, including artist of the year and favorite female artist in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. Coldplay and the Eagles had four nominations each, while Chris Brown and Lil Wayne received three apiece. Who knew Alicia Keys was rock? more

There should a law to keep celebs from naming their own children. Case in point: Marie Presley has named her newborn twin daughters Finley and Harper. more

Have an urge to spend a lot of money to watch a poptart lipsynch? Your are in luck! Britney Spears is gearing up for a tour next spring, her first outing since 2004, sources said. The arena trek will help promote her new album, "Circus," due December 2 via Jive Records. more

Speaking of poptarts. Imagine a 15 year-old having enough of a life to pen a memoir. Apparently Hannah Montana believes she has. US pop sensation Miley Cyrus has finished writing a book of her life at the age of 15. The star of hit TV show Hannah Montana was reportedly paid a seven-figure sum to tell her "inspiring story". "And I like I um make like a record that like totally totally cool, you know?". more like, you know.

Taxing Queen... ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus has won a lawsuit against the Swedish national tax authority. The deal has garnered the musician approximately 85 million kronor ($12 million). more

Indigo Girls principal Amy Ray is about to begin a tour (Oct. 19 in Nashville) in support of her third solo studio effort, "Didn't It Feel Kinder," but her main group is also soon to return to activity. Girls' next studio album, produced by Mitchell Froom, is due in February. Find out what Amy told Billboard here

Sammy Hagar will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, November 5 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with the group by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). more

Eddie the Head, the demoniacal mascot of the British heavy metal group Iron Maiden, has made his way into the debating chamber of a Spanish town hall. Eddie's cadaverous face appears regularly at council meetings in the town of Villava, in Navarre, as part of a war of political symbols between local parties. more

According to the Deep Purple Appreciation Society, guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow) and his partner Candice Night tied the knot on October 5th. more

If you're gonna go out, go out with a bang! Duran Duran are at the center of a row over the lavish spending of credit crunch-stricken bank Lloyds TSB at their annual staff party. The 'Rio' rockers played at the recent �2 million annual staff bash, which was described as a "disgusting spectacle" by organizers. more

Amos Heilicher, a pioneering independent distributor who also started the Musicland chain, died Oct. 12 of pneumonia at University of Minnesota Hospital Fairview. He was 91. more

Soul Embraced guitarist William "Rocky" Gray has announced that he will no longer play guitar for the band, instead choosing to focus on Living Sacrifice. Gray will, however, play drums for Soul Embraced, as Lance Garvin is leaving the group. Confused? details are here

E.Town Concrete will indeed reunite for a show early next year. The show will take place at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on February 21st. Doors open at 6pm - more

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Preview The New AC/DC CD
Sony reports: AC/DC's Black Ice is currently streaming on VH1's The Leak, giving fans a taste of AC/DC's first album in eight years a week early. Black Ice will officially be available for purchase starting Monday, October 20th. listen here

Events surrounding AC/DC's Black Ice launch in NYC and LA this week, bringing fans a first taste in the countdown to the excitement of Black Ice's release date. Fully decked-out interactive Black Ice trucks and "pop-up" stores will enhance the fan experience to new heights.

Beginning Thursday, October 16, AC/DC fans will be able to visit the Black Ice trucks in various locations (see schedule below) to listen to the Black Ice album in full, try out the yet-to-be-released AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack video game and compete for AC/DC concert tickets amongst like-minded super-fans. - more on this story

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Weezer Recording News Premature
Music Radar reports: Despite reports last month that Weezer were about to enter the studio to begin work on their seventh studio album, guitarist Brian Bell suggested otherwise in a recent interview.

Speaking to spinner.com, Bell commented: "Someone jumped the gun. We're still going to focus on promoting the Red album, and when we have the songs and the time feels right, we'll record."

The firearm-vaulting 'someone' in question appears to have been drummer Pat Wilson, who told Billboard that sessions for a new Weezer record were set to commence in November. - more on this story

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Guns N' Pepper Stunt Going Forward?
Music Radar reports: Guns N' Roses members have traditionally taken their drinks hard rather than soft. However, if, as predicted, the band's long awaited new album does see the light of day on 23 November, people across America could be toasting its arrival with Dr Pepper.

Back in March, the drinks company claimed that it would give away a can of its fizzy brew to everyone in the US should Chinese Democracy be released in 2008, and a spokesperson has now indicated that it may be prepared to honour this deal.

Commenting on the potential launch, Dr Pepper's vice president of marketing Tony Jacobs said: "We're waiting to hear about Chinese Democracy just like all the other GN'R fans. But if the rumours are true, we're putting the Dr Pepper on ice."
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Simple Plan Announce Charity Single
PR reports: Simple Plan has announced details surrounding their upcoming iTunes Store single, "Save You." Net proceeds from each download sale will be distributed to cancer charities around the world, through the Montreal-based band's own Simple Plan Foundation. "Save You" � which is also found on Simple Plan's self-titled third studio album � will be released worldwide via iTunes, available in the U.S. and Canada on October 14th.

"Save You" was penned in tribute to lead singer Pierre Bouvier's brother Jay, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer at the age of 28. Thankfully now in remission, Bouvier's illness inspired the band to include cancer awareness as one of the initiatives of the Simple Plan Foundation. Thus far, the Foundation has donated over $100,000 to various charitable organizations around Canada and has raised over another $200,000 at various benefit events. In addition, Simple Plan has donated portions of their merchandise sales as well as 50 cents from each ticket sold on their recent and forthcoming tours. For full details on the charity organization, please visit www.simpleplanfoundation.org.

"After what happened to someone so close to us, we feel that, as a band, we had to do something to help," explain Simple Plan in a statement. "We should get involved and use our voice to make a difference in the fight against cancer." - more on this story

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Elbow Release Digital EP
PR reports: This year's Mercury Prize winning band Elbow is releasing a live EP, Live In London, exclusively on iTunes today.

Live In London was recorded live at the Apple Store in London May 2008 and includes the following tracks: "Switching Off," "Fugitive Motel," "Grounds For Divorce," "Mirrorball," "Some Riot," "Newborn," "One Day Like This," "Scattered Black and Whites," and a fan interview.

Earlier this year Elbow released the critically acclaimed set, The Seldom Seen Kid, on Fiction/Geffen Records. The album shot back into the top 10 in the UK after claiming the Nationwide Mercury Prize in September seeing sales increase by 600% and online sales increase by 1000%. The band is currently touring the UK on a sold out tour and recently added a date to play Wembley Arena in March. Look for Elbow to tour the U.S. in 2009! - iTunes link

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Fiddy Recruits Eminem and Dr Dre for New CD Which Will Include Documentary
Billboard reports: 50 Cent's new album will boast production and guest turns from mentors Dr. Dre and Eminem.

As previously reported, "Before I Self Destruct" is due Dec. 9 via Shady/Aftermath/Interscope. Producer Scott Storch helmed first single "Get Up."

The package will also include a 90-minute, feature-length movie about an inner city boy named Clarence who sets to avenge the death of his mother. 50 Cent wrote, directed and starred in the film. - more including a link to the trailer

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Thrice Live at The House of Blues Release Coming
PR reports: Vagrant will release Thrice Live at The House of Blues on December 9, 2008. The triple-disc package features an entire live concert on two CD's plus a DVD from a May 28, 2008 show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.

Also included is exclusive interview footage of the band fielding fan-submitted questions.

The Southern Californian quartet is currently touring with Alkaline Trio, Rise Against and The Gaslight Anthem in support of their critically acclaimed collection, The Alchemy Index Vols. I-IV.
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Tim McGraw Apologizes To Fans For Hits Package
Tim McGraw Statement reports: Curb Records released a third hits package on Tim McGraw last week, a CD that was put into record stores without his involvement.

McGraw has been working on a new studio album for over a year and debuted three new songs on this year's "Live Your Voice Tour." It was his desire to have the new record out this fall but Curb wanted to release a greatest hits CD to extend McGraw's term.

"I am saddened and disappointed that my label chose to put out another hits album instead of new music," said Tim McGraw. "I've only had one studio album since my last hits package. It has to be just as confusing to the fans as it is to me," said Tim McGraw.
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The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
PR reports: Rock author Joel McIver's twelfth book, The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, will be published globally in January 2009 by Jawbone Press, the world's leading publisher of guitar titles.

Featuring a foreword by Glen Benton of Deicide, the book takes the reader in reverse order from No. 100 to No. 1, the greatest metal guitarist of all time. McIver � a regular contributor to Total Guitar magazine, the biggest guitar mag in Europe � based his selection on the technical ability and historical significance of each player and adds that all generations of metal are covered in the book, with the oldest guitarist aged 61 and the youngest a mere 26.

McIver says, "The idea for this book came to me a couple of years ago after I read a list of the supposed 100 best metal guitarists of all time in a popular guitar magazine that should really know better. The list contained all these non-metal guitarists like Neil Young and Kurt Cobain, so I thought, 'Screw this!' and wrote my own list, which became an 80,000-word book."
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Def Leppard Turns NHL Opener Upside Down
BW&BK reports: So by now, most have heard of Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott's little mistake of putting the Stanley Cup upside down during the band's NHL Face Off Rocks season opening celebration concert this past Thursday, October 9th in Detroit.

Elliot explains: "I will, as always, take full responsibility for what happened because I have big pucks. However, someone at the NHL should have known better and informed me first instead of keeping the Stanley Cup under lock and key until the last minute.

"The practice run the day before with a coffeemaker went swimmingly because it, like every other sporting cup I've ever seen, was wider at the top than the base. Ironic isn't it that after that night's gig, a NHL insider told me that long ago the Stanley Cup was also designed to be put down that way!!! - more on this story including video

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Own A Piece of Pink Floyd History
Music Radar reports: October 15 sees a unique Fender Stratocaster go up for auction, signed by the four best-known members of Pink Floyd � David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright.

The guitar's finish has been designed by UK artist Gerald Scarfe, who worked closely with the band on the album and film of The Wall (1979).

It's 'only' a Mexican-made Fender Stratocaster underneath the finish, but the guitar's uniqueness will make it highly sought after. - more on this story

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Singled Out: Miniature Tigers
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Miniature Tigers frontman Charlie Brand tells us about "Cannibal Queen" from their new album 'Tell It To The Volcano' which is out now on iTunes. We now turn it over to Charlie for the story:

At the time I wrote Cannibal Queen I was obsessed with both cannibals and the band ABBA. I think the word cannibal almost implies something negative or dark but really it's just a straight forward love song about being in a new relationship. When working out the melody and lyrics the song had more of a straight forward strumming and was not as energetic. I started recording a demo in my garageband and for some reason it felt too simple or like I had done this song a million times before. So I trashed what I had done and decided to reapproach it. I was in the height of my ABBA phase and had the thought to try and make an ABBA-like song. This is probably where the influence of the guitar line came from and some of the overall vibe of the song. I always meant to add their classic doubled piano to a part of the song but either forgot or was too lazy, can't remember which.

Months later we went into the studio to start recording Tell It To The Volcano. By this time we had already played Cannibal Queen live a few times and had a better idea of what we wanted it to sound like on the record. As a starting point I brought in a few ABBA songs and Blondie's "Heart of Glass" as a reference. We recorded it and then added a cluster---- of "Blondie" synths over the song. Later that night on the drive home Rick and I agreed that it had taken a wrong turn and we should cut the synths. This song took the most time to get right on the album, nearly giving up at one point. The song finally took shape and while I'm not sure if it's a convincing ABBA rip off, I still love it.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story before the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!

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