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Full Report for 10/20/2008
The 88 Week: Day 1
antiMusic reports: Critically acclaimed rockers The 88 return to stores this week with their latest effort "Not Only... But Also." To celebrate the release we asked Keith Slettedahl to pick some of his favorite tracks from the album and tell us a little bit about each one. Here is Keith with today's song:

Coming Home: I wrote this song for my wife -- who was then my girlfriend -- as a Christmas present. I didn't have much money, so I recorded this song for her. She was in Georgia visiting her family, and the song pretty much wrote itself. I came up with the chorus melody on a banjo. I truly missed her, so the song was written quickly and simply, with no attempt at being cute or clever. I hoped she would like it enough to overlook the fact that I didn't buy her anything, and it turned out to be one of our most popular songs.

Preview songs from the album, learn more about it and the group and more right - here!

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Big and Rich Star Brawls With Danzig Rocker
TMZ reports: It was a real life battle of the bands when the lead singer from the country band Big and Rich allegedly punched another rocker in a hotel ass-kicking early this morning.

Cops were called to the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood at 4:20 AM, after John Rich got into it with Jerry Montano, a former bassist of the rock band Danzig. It appears someone got whupped, because paramedics responded to the scene at 4:28 AM. We're told one of the dudes was treated for a bloody nose but no one was transported to the hospital.

Cops say they're investigating the incident but no arrests have been made -- at least so far. Neither guy wanted to press charges against the other. - more on this story

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Travis Barker Released From Hospital
AP reports: Travis Barker is out of a Los Angeles burn center where he was being treated after surviving a plane crash.

The former Blink-182 drummer was released Friday from the Grossman Burn Center. He had been there since Sept. 29 with second- and third-degree burns.

The burn center says the 32-year-old rocker will continue being treated at home and is expected to fully recover over the next few months. - more on this story

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Fans Join the AC/DC Caravan
Sony reports: AC/DC fans across the U.S. have been showing their intense love and devotion for the band in advance of AC/DC's first release in eight years, Black Ice, available to the public on October 20. Fans were engaged to show how creative they could be with the famed AC/DC logo and how well they could place it in the public eye through the "Show Us Your AC/DC" contest, showcase their love for guitarist Angus Young by dressing in his iconic school-boy costume and posting the photo on their Myspace page in the "Dress Like Angus" contest, or thematically deck out their car in AC/DC style for the "Rock Out Your Car" contest.

All competitions were posted on www.acdcrocks.com and collectively received thousands of entries. The winners of each contest received tickets to a private AC/DC show which will be held prior to the kickoff of their world tour on October 26 at an undisclosed location.

Additionally, select fans will travel to the AC/DC private show on October 26 as part of the "Rock 'N' Roll Caravan", leaving from points all over America and arriving at the secret performance space to take part in a massive AC/DC fan gathering, complete with music, mayhem and potato-sack races. Their adventures and antics will be recorded on www.acdcvan.com, through live blog postings, Twittering, photos and video for the global AC/DC community to share. Fans may submit to take part in the "Rock 'N' Roll Caravan" by visiting the site above; five special fans will be chosen to become the subjects of a documentary directed by Saul Levitz showcasing the AC/DC super-fans. - more on this story

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Metallica Round Out Tour Plans
antiMusic reports: Metallica posted an announcement updating details about their upcoming tour plans. Here is what they had to say: Our annual European vacation goes inside! While we are getting ready to head out in North America, we're also thinking ahead (for once!) and want to give you a taste of what else we have in store for you next year.

It's been over five years since we've played in arenas in Europe and we can't wait to visit again, so with that said, we have a ton of shows planned in 2009. Strap in, hang on, and get ready for the nuttiness to begin as we roll them out for you a few at a time over the next few days.

Some other details: these shows are 'in the round', so that means general admission standing on the floor, reserved seating off the floor. There are some exceptions . . . shows in Copenhagen will be all general admission, for example. - more on this story

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GNR Drummer Discusses Chinese Democracy Delays
Music Radar reports: One musician who played a large role in the recording of Chinese Democracy is speaking out: drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia, who joined Guns N' Roses in 2000 and may or may not still be a member of the touring group (drummer Frank Ferrer signed on as a replacement drummer when Brain's wife gave birth to a baby girl in 2006; management says both drummers are currently part of the outfit).

In an interview with EQTV, Brain revealed how more than $300,000 was spent over a seven-month period on redoing drum bits note for note after Josh Freese left the band. Brain claims that he now holds the record for the duration that a single drum kit had been set up in any one recording studio.

"I think it was five years that my drums were set up at the Village Recorders in Los Angeles," Brain said. "It was five years and it went through three different producers. It went through Sean Beaven, Roy Thomas Baker and then I guess Axl is the producer now. Five years my drums were set up." - more on this story

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Paramore The Final RIOT! Details
PR reports: Paramore has announced details of their upcoming CD/DVD set, "The Final RIOT!" Filmed and recorded during the band's blockbuster 2008 summer tour, the two-disc package arrives in stores on November 25th.

Having traveled nearly non-stop since the release of last year's RIAA platinum-certified second album, "RIOT!," the DVD set documents Paramore's extraordinary year with ebullient live renditions of hits such as "Misery Business" and "That's What You Get," alongside "40 Days of RIOT!," an exclusive documentary feature from director Brandon Chesbro (see attached tracklisting). - more on this story

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Four Tops Frontman Levi Stubbs Dead At 72
AP reports: Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs, whose dynamic and emotive voice drove such Motown classics as "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" and "Baby I Need Your Loving," died Friday at 72.

He had been ill recently and died in his sleep at the Detroit house he shared with his wife of 48 years, said Dana Meah, the wife of a grandson. The Wayne County medical examiner's office also confirmed the death.

With Stubbs in the lead, the Four Tops sold millions of records and performed for more than four decades without a change in personnel. - more on this story

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Aiden frontman Gives Fans William Control
Victory reports: Something wicked this way comes. William Control, the side-project of Aiden frontman Will "wiL" Francis, exorcises the musical demons of his psycho-sexual alter ego with the release of debut album Hate Culture on 28th October 2008

Unstoppable first single "Beautiful Loser" is a depraved, darkwave electro rock romp through his twisted world, where the underbelly of society comes out to play, dance, and sing along in despair.

The video was recently shot in Los Angeles with director Kevin McVey, and is available now. William Control is also treating the UK to some live shows this November, before heading out across the U.S. with Aiden.

Get a taste of what's to come with his newly-designed - website

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Silver Screen Queen
PR reports: A cinema event titled "Let The Cosmos Rock Queen + Paul Rodgers Live from the Ukraine" will take place on November 6th at 7:30 local time. It will be screened on 300 + cinema across America. The feature will be presented in Hi-Def and Surround Sound.

Tickets go on sale October 10. For detailed information on tickets, locations etc. go to A cinema event titled "Let The Cosmos Rock Queen + Paul Rodgers Live from the Ukraine" will take place on November 6th at 7:30 local time. It will be screened on 300 + cinema across America. The feature will be presented in Hi-Def and Surround Sound.

Tickets go on sale October 10. For detailed information on tickets, locations etc. go to www.fathomevents.com as of October 6th. as of October 6th. - www.fathomevents.com

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U2 Take Stock In Live Nation Deal
Billboard reports: U2 will receive an estimated $19 million worth of Live Nation shares as part of a 12-year deal the rock band signed with the concert promotion company earlier this year.

Los Angeles-based Live Nation yesterday (Oct. 16) registered 1.56 million shares to U2 in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The agreement between U2 and Live Nation, announced in March, includes worldwide touring, merchandising, and the band's U2.com Web site. - more on this story

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Marilyn Manson Returning To Antichrist Sound On New CD
Metal Underground reports: Marilyn Manson revealed that he is "pretty much finished" with his new studio album and that the album "will be more like 'Antichrist Superstar.'"

Every song on the disc was written by Manson with bassist Twiggy Ramirez who rejoined the band back in January.

He also revealed the former Limp Bizkit/current Black Light Burns guitarist will only be part of Manson's band for touring purposes only. - more on this story

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Method Man & Redman Team Up Again
PR reports: The return of one of Hip Hop's most legendary duo's with the release of Method Man & Redman's "Blackout 2" set for December release on Def Jam Recordings.

Method Man & Redman launched their fully rescheduled "Still High Tour" in support of this classic sequel today, October 17th at the Nokia Theatre.

"STILL HIGH TOUR" DATES: Tue-Oct 21, 2008 Bloomington IN - Bluebird * Wed-Oct 22, 2008 Covington, KY - Mad Hatter * Thu-Oct 23, 2008 Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom

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