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(antiMusic) Billboard starts us off today with this report: Although an official announcement is pending, Phish's first tour in five years is beginning to take shape. This morning, LiveNation.com was listing a Jan. 30 on-sale date for a Phish show on June 18 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion outside Pittsburgh, which lines up nicely alongside rumors of an appearance at the Bonnaroo festival more

General Motors Corporation has decided to cancel plans to produce the 50 Cent-sponsored Pontiac G8 sport truck. The company unveiled the truck in March 2008 at the New York International Auto Show, and had planned to begin selling it next year. more

Nine Inch Nails has Posted about 405GB of HD footage online from three stops on their Lights in the Sky tour. It was recorded with multiple consumer HDV cameras during three shows, and can be downloaded via bit torrentmore

The year is off to a bad start for the music industry with U.S. album sales off 6.2 percent from the first week of 2008, according to data issued Wednesday. Country star Taylor Swift is doing her best to keep the industry afloat. Her second album, "Fearless," notched a fifth week atop the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, moving 90,000 copies in the latest sales period.more

Static-X will be release their new full length, "Cult of Static", on St Paddys day (March 17th.) more

Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood has shelled out 13,000 for a vintage guitar once played by legendary axeman Jimi Hendrix for his young girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. Eka is still a beginner and has been having lessons from Ron. But a source said she saw the guitar a few weeks ago and hasn't stopped talking about it since. more

In Flames won the Swedish Grammi award Wednesday (January 7th) for the Best Hard Rock category for their album A Sense Of Purpose.more

Betty Freeman, patron to such contemporary musical masters as John Cage, Philip Glass and Pierre Boulez, has died. She was 87. Freeman died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at her Beverly Hills home, daughter Shelley Butler said Wednesday. more

The long awaited 5th release by Atlanta's own Nashville Pussy is right around the corner. The latest rock n roll assault will drop in stores February 3rd '09 (Europe) and February 10th (USA)!! And no doubt the band will be barreling thru a town near you soonmore

Jesse McCartney will release a remix of his single How Do You Sleep? featuring Ludacris. "I've been a fan of Luda's throughout his career and having him on this track was an amazing honor. He's innovative across the board and always brings the freshest lyrics to any track. With Sean Garrett producing this collaboration, everything came together," stated McCartney.

Rascal Flatts' sixth album, "Unstoppable," will be released April 7 by Lyric Street. As of yet there are no details about the first single or track list.more

HalfDown Thomas will see their new album, "Beautifully Strange," released via Rock Ridge Music on February 17, 2009. The band had the honor of working on the record with 3 Doors Down's Chris Henderson as producer. Bobby Capps of .38 Special contributed vocals on several songsThe first single, "Guiltless (Mend Your Broken Heart)," will for adds at rock radio on January 27, 2009.

Amy Speace will be debuting new songs from her upcoming album "The Killer In Me" at Joe's Pub on January 15th @ 7pm at Joe's Pub, NYC. The Wildflower Record's release will be available in stores March 10, 2009.

"The Classic Struggle regrets to inform everyone that our friend, brother, and drummer, Tyler Solnosky has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. We, as a band, support Tyler in this decision. TCS is currently seeking a drummer." more

Biclops (ex and current The Postman Syndrome, East Of The Wall, Day Without Dawn) will be entering the studio on March 15th to record their debut full-length for a to-be-determined label. Recording and mixing will be handled at The Machine Shop (Clutch) by producer Will Putney.more

Rapper T.I. went to court and promptly paid an $8,000 overdue lawyer bill for the mother of two of his sons, telling a judge the debt was an oversight.more

Exodus have confirmed a one-date in Athens, Greece at the venue Gargarin 205 with openers Entombed and Sabbat. more

Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango and the Beautiful Creatures have announced January tour dates across the pond where they apparently still have fans. Aren't Bang Tango and BC basically the same band? dates

Sammy Hagar announced today that Cabo Wabo Radio will be on hiatus starting at midnight on January 10, 2009. Sammy's 60th Birthday Bash from Cabo will be replayed all day on the 10th as a closing celebration to the stations first year of operation. more

Femi Kuti has cancelled his upcoming North American tour due to an undisclosed illness.more

The plastic surgeon who operated on Kanye West's mother before she died has been sentenced to a year in jail for drunken driving.more

UK singles sales grew by 33% in 2008 thanks to a growth in download sales, the BPI has said. Figures from the body, which represents record labels, showed more than 115 million singles were sold across digital and physical formats. more

Antagonist has officially parted ways with guitar player Matt Lopez. The group has released the following statement: "Our long time friend and guitarist and friend Matt Lopez has decided to call it a day and pursue other things." - more

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