AC/DC lane Fire, Weezer To Jam With Fans, Times Square To Be Virgin Free, Layne Staley Fund Headliners, Idol Kid Deal, Dillinger Escape Plan Tour and more

(antiMusic) It's finally Friday and while you watch the clock waiting for the weekend, here are some quicks to help pass the time: It seems that AC/DC lane in Melbourne suffered a "fiery blaze that hit buildings in the laneway" Wednesday night. Never fear, Punkabilly rockers The Living End still plan to carry on with their show on the lane Friday night. more

Wanna jam with Weezer? You may be in luck! Weezer have yet to announce any tour plans behind their new, self-titled "Red Album," but the band is planning an interactive short trek that will get them up close and personal with fans. Frontman Rivers Cuomo told MTV News, "It's called the Hootenanny Tour, and it's coming to your town in June. We're gonna bring ourselves and invite a bunch of Weezer fans down to bring their instruments and, uh, jam with us. more

The Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square will close down in the first quarter of 2009, according to a published report that quotes a senior executive at the Vornado Realty Trust. more

Hurt and Tantric will co-headline the 7th annual Layne Staley Fund tribute and benefit concert. The event will be taking place on August 23rd at Seattle's Showbox SoDo.

Looks like Disney Records may be getting some competition: "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta has signed a record deal and is expected to release an album later this year, his new producers at 19 Recordings/Jive Records said on Thursday. Now this leaves us to ponder this. Does it matter who wins this thing as the Idol corp and RCA seems to get a lock on all of the finalist and seem to sign most of them and screw up most the chances for most of them to have a real career. Not that this kid had much luck of being anything more than a novelty, but still. more on the story of his deal with the devil.

Down will be playing the Barby Club in Tel Aviv after their Turkey date this July. The exact date is said to be July 29th and tickets are priced at NIS 160, which translates to $48. more

Stevie Wonder will tour Europe for the first time in more than a decade, organizers said on Thursday. The Motown icon will open the trek on September 8 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. more

No posing allowed: Dillinger Escape Plan have announced their touring schedule for summer of 2008. Along with the previously announced trip to Europe, the band will be supporting Ire Works on the Warped Tour and with Cavalera Conspiracy, Throwdown, and Bury Your Dead. dates

Rev Theory's video for "Hell Yeah" recently became the first ever video to premiere on XBOX Live. The four minute mini-movie set in the beautiful California desert was directed by Travis Kopach (Black Tide, Buckcherry) and features a high-speed car chase, WWE Diva Ashley Massaro and a rip-roaring performance in an airplane graveyard! Check it out here

Boy George has announced a tour of the US and Canada which will see him perform all across the continent for the first time in ten years. The tour which kicks off July 10 in Aspen will run through to August 23 more

Two keynote speakers for the First Annual Indiegrrl Women in the Arts Conference taking place in Spencer, VA from August 21 - 24, 2008, have been announced: The Donnas personal manager Molly Neuman and singer/actress Bonnie Bramlett. more info

Your honor we now present exhibit 100 to further demonstrate how the music industry is destroying itself: VH1 and VH1.com will exclusively premiere the video of the New Kids On The Block's new single, "Summertime" on-air and online on Sunday, June 8 at 2p (EST).

MJ's US album release of "Mi Sentimiento/My Feeling" offers a fusion of reggaeton, bachata, dances hall, R& B and ballad sounds that combine to create a revolutionary sound unlike anything that Latin music has experienced before. listen to "He Venido"

The MC Magic Story continues to astound as the much-anticipated release of Magic City Part 2 is set for June 10, 2008. Magic City Part 2 features J Records' star Baby Bash, DJ Kane, lead singer for the Cumbia All Stars (formerly Kumbia Kings), hot newcomers Sophia Maria and Tiffany Dunn and special guest star TOO SHORT "All My Life" (Music Video)

"Saving Abel," debut album of southern rock quintet Saving Abel, has achieved a career milestone for the band by taking the No. 1 position on Billboard's Heatseekers listing, in its twelfth charting week. "SAVING ABEL" also tops the Nielsen Soundscan new artists album chart this week.

Chavis Records recording artists The Dogs Divine and Asphalt Valentine announce the Lock Up Your Liquor Tour. Both bands have teamed up for select dates throughout 2008 and are out in support of their debut releases 'Way Of Life' and 'Strip Rock Roll' respectively. 'Way Of Life' (produced by Chip Z'Nuff and Paul Crosby) streets July 1st with "Strip Rock Roll' (produced by Andy Reilly) to follow. The label didn't provide any dates.

Note: If your tour is sponsored by a cosmetics company, please don't bother us about providing coverage. It's not going to happen. And if your tour is sponsored by any other company, we may cover it, but we have a policy of removing the corporate names from the stories. We won't be accomplices to you whoring your band unless these corporations start ponying up tickets for the fans. Sorry.

Quote of the week: This week we get the double honor of providing a funny quote from someone with a rather silly name! Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance explained why you won't see AX7 on Warped: "When Warped Tour lets us blow sh-- up, you'll probably find us there. They probably wouldn't want us 'cuz we would clean house on all the chicks and scare the emo kids." Sounds like someone has been watching too many Motley Crue videos.
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