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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Checks Into Rehab
There has been a lot of speculation about Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and whether or not he has returned to using drugs. Members of the band wondered publicly if Steven had slipped back into addiction recently when Tyler had a messy public split with the band, which turned into him wanting to take a couple of years off to focus on other projects including his memoires.

One question has been answered. Tyler issued a statement to People magazine telling them that he has entered a rehabilitation facility for pain management and an addiction to prescription painkillers. In the statement, Tyler also expresses the hope of soon returning to work with Aerosmith.

Here is part of what he had to say: "With the help of my family and team of medical professionals, I am taking responsibility for the management of my pain and am eager to be back on the stage and in the recording studio with my bandmates Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford," Tyler says in a statement released to People.

- Read the People.com report here

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Hard Rock Legend Loses Cancer Fight
Influential Australian hard rockers Rose Tattoo had sad news for fans on Tuesday, "We're very sad to announce that Rose Tattoo founding member and guitarist Mick Cocks lost his battle against liver cancer and passed away today, on December 22th,'' they said in a statement on their website.

The Australian reports that Cocks is the fourth member of the legendary band to have died from cancer in the past three years, following the deaths of Pete Wells and Ian Rilen in 2006 and guitarist Lobby Loyde in 2007. Back in 1991, another member Dallas Royal also died from cancer.

Rose Tattoo was formed in the mid-70s, and delivered a sound that some have compared to a harder rocking Rolling Stones. While they never attracted a huge audience in the U.S. by touring with the likes of Aerosmith and ZZ Top, they did grab an underground following which included future members of Guns N' Roses who covered Rose Tattoo's "Nice Boys" on the G N' R Lies album and tapped the band to support them on tour in Australia.

- Some comments from Angry Anderson are here

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Rolling Stone Assault Warning- Guns N' Roses Heading South- Weezer Leave Geffen- My Chemical Metal?- John Lennon's Star Missing- Vince Neil Slaughtered and more
Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, 62, has been cautioned by police for common assault following an incident in Surrey earlier this month. It is understood a passer-by dialed police as a violent argument took place between Wood and his 21-year-old on-off girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. more

Stereokill.net reports: Weezer are parting ways with Geffen Records. During a stint hosting MTV's Subterranean, frontman Rivers Cuomo revealed that the band plan on releasing material on their own from now on. more

John Lennon's Hollywood Walk Of Fame star has been removed from the ground and possibly stolen, according to reports. The outline of the star, which was laid at 1750 Vine Street in 1988, is currently being covered up by a plastic bag more

According to Rolling Stone Brasil, producer Time For Fun announced yesterday (Tuesday, December 22) that after nine years (when the band played at Rock In Rio 3), Guns N' Roses will play five shows in Brazil in March 2010. more

Doug Elfman of LVRJ.com recently interviewed Motley Crue's Vince Neil. Neil discusses a variety of topics and drops the news that he is working a solo album, and an autobiography. Neil is recording with Dana Strum and Jeff Blando (both of Slaughter); and drummer Zoltan Chaney. more

Wilco have announced plans to tour North American next February and March. Beginning in Missoula, Montana on February 7, the Chicago group will then plays shows across America and Canada. more

My Chemical Romance's frontman says much of the as-yet-untitled album, which the band are currently recording, is drawn from Judas Priest's music and... kind of surprisingly, Blade Runner. Way points out that the vibe of the new track is similar to Priest's "Living After Midnight." "Judas Priest is considered metal, but it's great rock 'n' roll. It's having nothing to do with that era of metal, the hair rock, but then having everything to do with like the birth of power-anthem metal. After [additional new track] 'Trans Am,' that started to really bleed into the record." more. Note: "British Steel" came out in 1980, half a decade before MTV helped usher in the 80s answer to emo = "cock rock". So it's a little like lumping My Chemical Romance in with Limp Bizkit and Crazy Town.

Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown has been released without charge after being questioned on suspicion of assaulting his wife. The 46-year-old was arrested in west London last month. more

Sky Eats Airplane introduce two new voices for the band: Bryan Zimmerman (Lead Vocals) and Elliot Coleman (Vocals/Bass). They also posted some new demo material on Myspace here -

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Rage Against The Machine Pour Salt on Simon Cowell's Wound
NME.com spoke with Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello about their recent victory on the UK charts and more importantly against Simon Cowell. They poured a bit of salt in Cowell's wound by inviting him to host the free UK show they promised to perform to celebrate beating The X Factor winner's single to Christmas Number One. Perhaps Simon will be gracious and take them up on the offer?

NME reports: The band beat 'The Climb' by Joe McElderry, the winner of this year's show, by over 50,000 copies after fans Jon and Tracy Morter set up a Facebook group encouraging music lovers to challenge the series' hold on the Christmas chart race by downloading the 1992 song.

Speaking to NME.COM, Tom Morello confirmed the band were now beginning to make plans for the gig and have asked their rival to take part. "I will say I heard Simon Cowell graciously called Jon [Morter] to congratulate him. Rage Against The Machine is waiting for our congratulatory call because we're Number One."

- He has a lot more to say here

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20 Million Dollar Case Against Manson Settled, With Some Snags
(Submitted News) Marilyn Manson's insurance coverage will pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit brought against him by a former member of his band, but all of the money will go to the plaintiff's attorney, a lawyer for the goth rocker said today.

Stephen Bier, better known by the stage names Pogo and Madonna Wayne Gacy, brought his breach-of contract case in Los Angeles Superior Court in August 2007 against Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner.

Bier, who was seeking more than $20 million, alleged Manson used money from their former band partnership to buy items ranging from Nazi paraphernalia to a $150,000 engagement ring for ex-wife Dita Von Teese, depriving him of his partnership share. Manson's lawyer, Howard E. King, said Bier will not get any proceeds and that the settlement check will be made payable to Bier's lead attorney to cover the costs of the latter's investment in the case. - more on this story

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U2 Limited Edition Album Coming Soon
U2's biggest fans won't have to wait long before they can get their hands on a new limited edition release from the band.

Chart Attack reports that U2 will release Artificial Horizon, a limited edition remix album containing some previously unreleased material, in 2010.

That's the good news, the bad news according to Chart Attack: The album will be available to those joining the band's official fan club. - more on this story

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Meshuggah Come Alive!
Swedish metallers Meshuggah will finally release their first official concert film DVD+CD set this February 5, 2010 (Europe) and February 9, 2010 (North America) titled: Alive!

The Meshuggah Alive concert film DVD will feature 12 extreme live tracks along with tons of behind the scenes footage filmed throughout their 2008 obZen world tour! Best of all, it also includes a Live CD with tracks from the DVD.

In other news, there's been a Meshuggah sighting in the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. In one of the museum exhibits, there is a huge poster of a Native American teenager wearing a Meshuggah shirt.

- A trailer for the DVD and some package deal info here

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Bruce Kulick on Mars Attacks this Week
In this Thursday's episode of Mars Attacks host Victor M. Ruiz interviews former Kiss and current Grand Funk Rail Road guitarist Bruce Kulick.

During this episode Bruce discusses the making of his upcoming solo album BK3, the special guests that appear on the album which includes Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and John Corabi among others.

He also touches upon some of his favorite Kiss moments, the recording of several albums including Revenge and Carnival of Souls, dispels some rumors pertain to the recording of both albums, talks about his memories of Eric Carr, and his involvement in various Rock And Roll Fantasy Camps. - more on this story

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Driver Side Impact EP
Cleveland, Ohio's Driver Side Impact are back with a brand new set of songs they've recently recorded.

The four catchy and melodic rock tracks will be included on an EP called Double Vision.

Double Vision will be released as a digital only EP on January 12th, 2010 through your favorite digital retailer. - more on this story

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Sevendust Finish Recording New Album
Sevendust had an early Christmas present for fans with news that their new album is one step closer to being done. Here is what the band had to say:

We're officially done tracking the record and will be taking a small break and then will mix it and hope for an April release. We recorded a making of the record that will also be included with the new record so you have to see the footage we have.

We're excited to have this mixed and package it and send it out there to see what you think. It came out amazing and we're very proud of it. Gonna be fun playing these new songs live. There's all the elements of the original 5 members. We're completely back to what made us Sevendust and we think you'll be pleased. - more on this story

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Taking Back Sunday's New Again Named Album of the Year, Plan New DVD
Taking Back Sunday's album New Again has been chosen by the editorial staff of Alternative Press as the Number One Album of 2009.

The editors' picks for the 10 Best Albums of the Year appear in AP's February Year In Review issue, out January 5, 2010. The magazine, which Taking Back Sunday graced the June 2009 cover of, praised New Again as "undeniably brilliant."

Taking Back Sunday culminated 2009 with two very special performances at the Angel Orensanz foundation in New York City. The unique venue and intimate setting was the perfect backdrop for the acoustic sets, which were filmed for an upcoming DVD.
- more on this story

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