|AC/DC Announce Summer Tour|
|Coldplay Deny Song Theft With Unoriginality Claim|
In a response filed in Los Angeles on Monday, attorneys for Coldplay's band members also argued that any similarities between "Viva La Vida" and Satriani's "If I Could Fly" weren't enough to warrant damages.
Satriani's song "lacks originality," Coldplay's response claims, and shouldn't receive copyright protection. [ouch thems fighting words! But what does that say about Coldplay's music?]- more on this story
|Chris Brown Pleads Not Guilty To Rihanna Assault|
The 19-year-old R&B singer entered his plea, speaking in a soft voice, while standing alongside his lawyer, Mark Geragos. His mother sat in the first row, red-eyed.
Within moments of the hearing, a lawyer for Rihanna said the singer was hoping a plea deal could be reached before the case goes to trial. "She would be pleased if this was over quickly," attorney Donald Etra said. He reiterated that Rihanna would testify if required.- more on this story
|Phish Expand Reunion Tour Plans|
The band will play the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 12th and 14th. Tickets are still available for the festival as are a limited number of seats for the band's August 11th date at Toyota Park in Chicago, IL. The rest of the group's previously announced shows are sold out.
The group has already recorded demos of 20 new songs and entered the studio last week with Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band) to begin work on Phish's first new studio album in five years. Lillywhite produced Phish's 1996 album, Billy Breathes. The Clifford Ball, a seven-DVD box set from JEMP Records/Rhino capturing the band's entire performance at this landmark 1996 festival, recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart.- more on this story
|Jack White To Debut New Band- U2 Musical Stars Wanted- Mall Ratt- Simon and Garfunkel Reunite- Norma Jean Exit Silverstein Tour- Arsis Anorexia Battle and more|
An open casting call has been announced in the US for the upcoming Spider-Man musical, set to run on New York's famed Broadway. The music and lyrics for the show are written by Bono and The Edge of U2. NME has the details here
Carrie Underwood was named entertainer of the year on Sunday at the 44th Academy of Country Music awards, securing her status as country's hottest star on a night that felt like a changing of the guards.more
Simon and Garfunkel have crossed their personal bridge over troubled water and will reunite for a rare concert tour, kicking off in New Zealand and Australia.more
Norma Jean has dropped off their current tour with Silverstein et al. Here's a statement from the band: "There are just too many reasons to list in the wake of us making this decision and we aren't looking to embark on an Internet crusade, that just isn't necessary." more
The upcoming Bon Jovi documentary When We Were Beautiful will be screened at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, despite still being a work in progressmore
Chickenfoot, Paradise Lost, Hot Leg, Crucified Barbara and Tad Morose have been confirmed for the Rockweekend festival, set to take place July 9-11 in Kilafors, Sweden.more
An anonymous buyer has purchased Roy Rogers' famous OM-45 Deluxe Martin guitar for $460,000. The 1930-built Martin is considered one of the rarest and most coveted acoustic guitars in the world. more
Lily Allen's previously unreleased in the U.S. F.U.E.P. is available now on iTunes. Tracklisting: 1. F*** You (Clean Radio Edit) 2. F** Hag 3. Kabul S*** 4. Womanizer (Acoustic Version). What a class act. Or is it yet another attempted contrived controversy?
Warner Music Japan will reissue Rush's first 12 studio albums this June as mini-lp SHM-CDs, according to a posting on the Rush fan site Power Windows more
Silversun Pickups will be releasing their highly anticipated sophomore full-length, Swoon, next Tuesday, April 14 on Dangerbird Records, and have just premiered the official video for first single "Panic Switch" today on MTVU and MTV2. Grammy-nominated director James Frost (Radiohead "House of Cards" / Coldplay "Yellow") took the reigns in guiding the band through a performance-driven act with stark closeups and chilling footage of the band fleeing an unseen enemy. watch it
Catalepsy is writing/recording a new album with Eric Ellis (formerly of Bury Your Dead) as producer and engineer. According to the group, "Expect a very different album than the last. We're done with the whole 'deathcore' genre.more
In a new interview with Noisecreep.com, Arsis mastermind James Malone has revealed that he's been battling a recurrence of anorexia as of late, which explains the group's recent tour cancellations.more
Poison drummer and Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rikki Rockett has cancelled his appearance at the Fearless Fighting Championship on Saturday, April 11 at Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin. He says, "I have an injury that has sidelined me for this one."more
Mall Ratt: Loud & Proud/Mallcore Records announced today the signing of a worldwide deal with Los Angeles hard rockers Ratt. The band is set to begin recording its first new material since 1999's self-titled album this spring.
Brave Citizens has announced a west coast run of dates with Lydia, PlayRadioPlay and Eye Alaska on the Stay Awake Tour launching May 27 at The Epicentre in San Diego, California. more
Larry McDonald, legendary reggae and world music percussionist who has worked with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Bad Brains and many more, will release the first solo record of his 40-year career this summer on MCPR Music. The album features Toots Hibbert (Toots and The Maytals), Dollarman, and Larry, along with his drum orchestra, playing over 20 different percussive instruments. The "drummical" (as described by Larry) 'Drumquestra' is out 6/2. Listen to "Head Over Heels" here
Youth Group have decided to kick off their stint residing in New York with a 'Live Studio' session which will be aired on April 7th and will then be available on-demand. They'll be performing tracks from their forthcoming new album, The Night Is Ours (out via World's Fair on April 7th), as well as previously released material.more
Hounds.TV has posted some exclusive photos from the ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performance at the David Lynch Foundation benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall. Check em out here
"Sailing," the new single from platinum-selling Capitol singer-songwriter Avant, will appear as an iTunes exclusive EP on April 7, 2009. For the iTunes EP, the album version of "Sailing" is combined with three tracks previously unreleased to the domestic market: "Yes," "You Are More" and "Provocative."
George Lynch is selling the 1990 Harley Davidson softail which appeared in the Lynch Mob video for "River Of Love" and was featured in the "Wicked Sensation" album artwork.more
New Jersey ska-punk act Legitimate Business has returned from a period of dormancy with plans to release their new record First World Problems.- more
|Senate Anti Scalping Bill|
The legislation imposes a two-day waiting period from when tickets go on sale via an authorized sales channel before a ticket reseller can buy those tickets to put on the secondary market, according to a press release. [So fans will have to wait a couple days to pay the inflated prices for the tickets that were set aside for the scalpers. Typical Washington non-solution.]
Schumer's legislation is geared to help ensure fans get first crack at good seats at face value prices before ticket resellers buy up tickets to sell on the secondary market. [Again, does this prevent the "set asides" of choice tickets for the scalping market? No, but it gets a Senator some press. ]- more on this story
|KISS Army To Book Bands American Tour|
Fans will "demand" where Kiss will perform on their tour across the top-voted North American markets beginning this September.
And in order to keep the competition fair for smaller cities, final site selection will weigh population size versus total votes.- more on this story
|Red Hot Stars To Guest on Beach Boy CD|
Among the contributing artists are Neil Young, Glen Campbell, Stephen Stills, Steve Miller, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and former Beach Boys colleague Brian Wilson.
The album, A Post Card from California, recalls the laid back West Coast vibe that made the Beach Boys one of the most revered bands in the world.- more on this story
|Otep Ink With Victory Records|
Otep was originally signed after only four shows, without a demo, strictly on the power of the band's live performance. Sharon Osbourne offered the unsigned act a spot on the 2001 Ozzfest Tour leading to three appearances on the festival.
Otep had this to say about signing with Victory, "When I received the news of a possible Otep/Victory alliance I could swear I felt the sky tremble. This triumvirate (of myself, my manager Jack Ponti and Victory Records) is going to be a terrifying coalition for some and a righteous confederation for others."- more on this story
|The Black Crowes Double Live Album|
The first live Black Crowes release since 2006's critically acclaimed Freak 'n' Roll…Into The Fog CD and DVD (Eagle Rock), they took this fresh work of art and allowed fans to experience this new album in its entirety live, with extended versions of the Warpaint tracks. Throwing in a few classic songs, such as "Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye", as well as some previously unreleased covers, The Black Crowes deliver, proving that they are one of the most powerful and best live rock 'n' roll acts around.- more on this story
Along with the songs from the standard version, the expanded set will feature 2 CDs and a DVD.
The second disc will include an acoustic CD featuring unplugged renditions of all 11 songs plus a track not from the regular version, plus a DVD chronicling the making of the record.- track info
|Singled Out: Sacred Oath|
I wrote Counting Zeros at the height of my frustration with our involvement in Iraq. I was seeing daily reports on the cost of the war, and the corporations that were profiting from it, and I was angry that our democracy had become enslaved to these powers.
Now we're in the middle of an economic meltdown, and as the greed and corruption are exposed, we're watching the same thing happening again. The very people that have brought us to ruin are collecting multi-million dollar bonuses for their actions. While Americans are losing their homes and jobs, these criminals are counting zeros.
Starting today iTunes is offering a free download of the song as their Discovery Download Pick Of The Week! You'll find it on the iTunes rock homepage. You can also get the full album for just $5.99 on iTunes five weeks before you can get it in stores. Learn more about the band and album- right here!
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