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Full Report for 10/17/2008
Gojira Week: Final Day
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 plus a bonus song story to end the week right!:

"Adoration For None": We invited Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God on this song. Having him contribute to the album means a lot to us. LOG brought us to the States on their Sacrament US Tour last year, and it was an incredible experience and huge opportunity for Gojira to play in front of a large and open-minded audience. Randy is definitely our biggest supporter in the States and we became good friends. The title "Adoration For None" fits perfectly with his personality. He came to France to work with us in our hometown of Bayonne, to write and record the vocals, and we had a great time visiting and eating local food. He's a great singer and also an amazing human being, down to earth and passionate.

- Read the bonus song story!

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Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy Track List, Cover Art and New Release Date
antiMusic reports: As you may have heard Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" will finally be released next month as a Best Buy exclusive. The retailer has posted preorder pages for 4 versions of the album where they provide a track listing.

As we previous reported it does look like the album will come in different flavors with at least two different album covers. Right now Best Buy is listing two CD versions with different covers, showing artwork for one. It appears fans will have the same artwork options for vinyl versions of the album.

It has been widely reported that the album would hit stores with an unusual Sunday release on Nov. 23rd, however the retailer is listing a release date of Nov 25th, which falls on the traditional Tuesday.

As for the songs, the album will feature 14 tracks. Only three have previously not been let out in wild either from live performances or online leaks. Billboard reports that "the only three unfamiliar tracks are 'Scraped,' 'Sorry' and 'Prostitute,' while a song originally known as 'The Blues' appears to have been renamed 'Street of Dreams.'" - tracklisting and link to artwork

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Eminem To Relapse Soon
Reuters reports: Emimem's return to hip hop is now official. After months of rumors, the Oscar-winning MC announced the title of his sixth album, "Relapse," Thursday night (October 15) during an on-air radio launch party for his book "The Way I Am." Eminem also introduced a new track, "I'm Having a Relapse."

"There's a lot of album titles floating around that are fake albums titles," Eminem told Shade 45 hosts DJ Kayslay and Angela Yee on Sirius Satellite Radio.

No release date has been confirmed, but the album is rumored to hit shelves before year's end. - more on this story

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Metallica Game Preview, Britney's Not All There Excuse, Leona Lewis Booed, DJ AM Live Return, Maiden America Again, Hot Solo Chip, Oasis and more
antiMusic reports: A trailer for the forthcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica game, which is apparently included on Guitar Hero: World Tour, can be viewed here

Britney Spears avoided court on Thursday, but in her absence her attorney told jurors the pop star calls Louisiana home and should be cleared of a charge of driving without a California license. more. So she doesn't own a home in California? Or even reside there? Anyone have a Twinkie? Apparently the prosecution have rested their case, at least according to Jam!.

X Factor winner Leona Lewis was booed by fans at the Mobo Awards ceremony in London after failing to turn up. The 23-year-old picked up awards for best album and video, but was booed after it was revealed she was not there to pick her awards up in person. more

DJ AM was back on the decks for the first time since surviving a fiery plane crash. The visibly scarred celebrity disc jockey, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, joined Jay-Z at a special concert Wednesday celebrating the reopening of the Hollywood Palladium more

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno will return for his first U.S. tour in 15 years in November-January. The first dates to be announced are here

Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's." Due December 9, the 10-disc package features 191 songs, all of which have topped a chart in the United States or internationally. more

Oasis will play a series of outdoor gigs in the UK and Ireland next summer. The band announced the shows, which include dates at London Wembley Stadium and Manchester Heaton Park, at a press conference on Thursday. more

Bands are competing for the chance to play to half-filled halls across the nation and we received an update that they have picked their semi-finalist. Here it tis: Guitar Center and Motley Crue announced today the 30 semi-finalists for the Guitar Center On-Stage � Your Chance To Make Rock History. Details about this and what they win are here

TMZ sent this can't miss 411 over: Contrary to news reports, Stevie Wonder's house did not burn down in the L.A. fires. He just called to say it's bulls**t.

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor has been hard at work on a solo album. The new debut record (out now on Treader) is called Rubbed Out and according to Taylor himself, "it was created in places, planes, hotel rooms and home." It also includes a cover of Paul McCartney's "Coming Up." more

Neal Hefti, a Big Band trumpeter, arranger and composer of themes for the movie "The Odd Couple" and the "Batman" television series, has died. He was 85. Hefti died Saturday at his home, said his son Paul. more

Buzzcocks will be reissuing their first three full length albums. Each reissue will have "two discs per reissue full of associated singles, demos, live versions, backing tracks, and Peel sessions, some of which are previously unreleased." more

Ill Bill have posted a video for "War Is My Destiny" Intro/Outro Live in Vancouver, BC on YouTube. "The Hour Of Reprisal" CD/DVD is in stores now but before you head out to the store you can watch the video here

Diana Ross will headline artists performing at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in honor of the 2008 laureate, Finnish peace mediator Martti Ahtisaari, organizers said Thursday. The show's hosts, generally Hollywood superstars, are to be announced next week. more

Headline? Former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Monday, October 27 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. more

No Rush to the stores: According to Amazon.com, the release date of RUSH's forthcoming "Retrospective 3" set has been pushed back to January 27, 2009 from the previously announced December 9, 2008. more

Y&T have moved their upcoming New York City and the Springfield, VA shows to April 2009. The reason given on the band's message board was the fact that AC/DC were scheduled to the play the same nights across town. Ironically Y&T were reportedly in the running to support that tour. The NYC will happen on 4/16/09 and the Springfield show will be the following night.

The family of Decapitated singer, Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, who was seriously injured a year ago in a automobile accident while on tour in Eastern Europe, has issued a terse statement regarding Kowanek's condition read it here

Begin sarcasm. The Bon Jovi lawsuit we reported about last week has now gone from a John Grisham novel to an out and out conspiracy theory. Bart Steele posted a new blog where he says the press is twisting his lawsuit for sensational purposes and says that he isn't claiming that Bon Jovi stole his song or lyrics as many in the press have reported, but rather TBS and Major League Baseball used his song as the template for their advertisement and Bon Jovi may have been a unknowing accomplice. That's not how we read the complaint, but that is how he is clarifying things now. But we're not lawyers so something might have been lost in legalese translation. To understand the concept of the template, a possible frame of reference would be how Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album mysteriously matches up with 'The Wizard of Oz.' Was that intentional or not? Only Roger Waters knows for sure. Did something like that happen in this case? That will be up to a jury to decide if the case makes it that far. But be warned that we may have this new twist all wrong too. For now it's kind of fun for us to be considered part of a complicated conspiracy theory. For the record, when he sent us a copy of the lawsuit, we did ask Mr. Steele if he could provide a statement explaining his allegations but he did not provide one. But we didn't intentional twist anything and did provide the copy of the lawsuit so the readers could review it for themselves. This report may or may not have been unintentionally inspired by copyright infringement claims we have reported about in the past or a bad Mel Gibson movie. We're not sure ourselves. Maybe the Wizard knows? Sarcasm off. You can read Bart's new blog where he explains the case as well as read the lawsuit and some of the history - right here

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My Morning Jacket Scrap Tour
Reuters reports: My Morning Jacket has canceled its fall European tour because frontman Jim James is still recovering from injuries suffered after a stage fall this month in Iowa City, Iowa.

"Our hope was to merely postpone the tour, but as our scheduling does not allow that to happen in the immediate future, we feel it is best to cancel this tour in hopes of rescheduling at some point," the band said in a statement. - more on this story

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Jimmy Page Rejects Fans Walk of Fame Campaign
BW&BK reports: As previously reported, Led Zeppelin fans have started a campaign to get Led Zeppelin a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Campaign organizer Rocky Dickerson recently received the following note from Jimmy Page representative Joan Hudson:

"There are two letters relating to the above, addressed to Jimmy Page, which have been passed to me.

"I have now had the opportunity of discussing these with Jimmy; he has asked me to thank you for this interest, but he does not feel that this is something that he can endorse." - more on this story

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Stayin Alive Can Literally Save Your Life
Reuters reports: U.S. doctors have found the Bee Gees 1977 disco anthem "Stayin' Alive" provides an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of CPR on a heart attack victim.

The American Heart Association calls for chest compressions to be given at a rate of 100 per minute in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). "Stayin' Alive" almost perfectly matches that, with 103 beats per minute.

CPR is a lifesaving technique involving chest compressions alone or with mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing. It is used in emergencies such as cardiac arrest in which a person's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
- more on this story

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Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Led Zeppelin DVD
Kayos reports: Most 1960s British bands were heavily influenced by the blues. Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, The Animals, Savoy Brown, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin were no exception. Led Zeppelin's vocalist Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page, particularly, loved the urban Chicago blues of Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. Now, for the first time, these two late masters can be seen performing along with other blues greats when Eagle Media releases the second installment in a new series: Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Led Zeppelin on November 18. (The series debuted with the July 15 release of Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan.)

Additional legends showcased are those who the real music aficionado hardly ever gets to see: Davey Graham, Charley Patton, Son House, John Renbourne, Bukka White and many others (including Waters and Wolf). This very special DVD creates a tapestry, a mosaic, where the viewer can understand the whys and wherefores of just how this one-in-a-million band put its loves together to create a sound that will live on forever.
- more on this story

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White Zombie Box Set
PR reports: White Zombie. The musical horrorshow that mixed dark pop culture with metallic hard rock has been resurrected on the 4-CD/1-DVD box set Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (Geffen/UMe), released November 25, 2008. The CDs bring together for the first time all 64 original studio recordings released by the band led by Rob Zombie during its 1985-1996 career. The DVD offers nine music videos, 10 live performances, and some hidden gems.

Disc One of Let Sleeping Corpses Lie includes all of the tracks released on the New York City band's own Silent Explosion label--the four songs on the 1985 Gods On Voodoo Moon EP, of which only 300 copies were pressed; the two songs on the 1986 Pig Heaven EP, which had only 1,000 made; and the seven on 1987's Psycho-Head Blowout EP, which Nirvana's Kurt Cobain called one of his favorite albums. - more on this story

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Another Opportunity To Not Watch The Grammys
PR reports: For the first time ever, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards will be announced live on prime-time television, it was announced today by The Recording Academy.

"The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! � Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" is a new entertainment special that will announce nominations in at least six categories, feature performances by past Grammy winners, and will set the stage for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, 2009.

The one-hour special will be broadcast live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Dec. 3 from 9�10 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network, and will also celebrate the grand opening of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. Additionally, tickets to the live event will be available for sale to the public and proceeds will benefit the Grammy Museum. Presenters and performers will be announced shortly. - more on this story

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The Story Of Yardbirds DVD
antiMusic reports: MVD have announced the release of The Story Of Yardbirds DVD which will hit stores on November 11th. Here is how they describe the release:

Great documentary covering 1963 until 1968 with tons of original tunes, archive convert footage, interviews with bandmates and associates and behind the scenes look at this influential but short lived Supergroup.

Some Eric Clapton footage, lots from Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Two live songs with Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds are 'Louise' and 'I Wish You Would' from 1964. Bonus Footage: The Yardbirds with a very young Jimmy Page on guitar from German TV in association with APN/Frankfurt - recorded and filmed live on 31.03.1967. Bonus Materials: The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page live in Germany 1964. - more on this story

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Have A Burning Question for Fugazi/Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye?
PR reports: A public Q&A With Ian MacKaye has been announced. Here are the details: MacKaye is best known as the front man of the influential bands Minor Threat, Embrace, Fugazi, and The Evens. He also co-founded and co-owns the Washington, D.C.-based independent record label, Dischord Records, now in its 28th year of operation.

Ever challenging convention, MacKaye has continued to develop an ethic that holds to a staunchly independent, do it yourself (DIY) mindset, refusing to cater to or advertise in mainstream corporate media, and performing only in venues that welcome all-ages and keeping ticket prices under $10.

Using only an open, impromptu Q&A setting, MacKaye hopes to join the audience in a 'public interview.' The event will take place at the Hollywood High School main auditorium on October 26th at 7:00 PM. Hollywood High students are free with student I.D. - Event organizer's website

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Singled Out: Kevin Godley
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today we have a very special treat for you! Fans of music videos undoubtedly know the name Kevin Godley as he's directed clips from artists including U2, Sting and even The Beatles. But when he's not behind the camera lens, he is also a musician. Many know that side of him from his hit band 10CC. Today Kevin shares the powerful story behind his song "Beautiful Loser.com," a song he wrote for his current collaborative group GG/06 where he teamed up with 10CC alum Graham Gouldman. Here is Kevin to tell us about song!:

"beautifulloser.com" is real. Felt like ----. Looked like ----. Felt like my career was over and I was about to spiral down the plughole when I heard someone on TV use the words beautiful loser and it rang a deep, dark bell. I grabbed something and held on. I wouldn't get sucked into oblivion until I wrote this down. What if there was a website where rich and talented people end up when they have nothing left? A site where the cruel, empty or simply curious could log onto to witness their humiliation and, if they were really lucky, death. The way things were heading it didn't seem that far fetched so, not being technologically gifted or sick enough to build the real thing, I wrote a lyric.

The words spewed out in a week. Lots of them. A man is haunted by his younger self and filled with regret at turning into the online business monster that, unwittingly, creates the circumstances for his old friend's death. Couldn't stop the words or the ghosts. They're still coming two years on from recording the song. A tiny edit removing the phrase 'And her face shows every line she's taken' regrettably made the cut flow better. I know the song is about me but am I the haunted man or the suicidal woman? Two things I learned writing and recording it� I need collaborators to bring the best of the worst to the surface and I still can't do brevity.

A sobering true story as postscript: March 23 2007. Kevin Whitrick 42, a father of twins who apparently killed himself live on an internet web cam was suffering ill health following a serious car accident last year. A post mortem carried out today confirmed the cause of death as hanging.

Now that you know the story behind the song, you can listen for yourself and learn more about GG/06 (Godley and Gouldman) - right here!

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