Duff Writing New Tunes As Velvet Revolver Stands Still- Peter and Gordon Star Dies, Fogerty Lines up Eagles and Springsteen for New CD- Maiden Monkees and more

(antiMusic) Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N' Roses) from Duff Mckagan's Loaded has issued a Twitter update saying that the band "be writing new Loaded songs tonight and tomorrow. Some great ideas and riffs have come on this latest tour. Excited for sure!" more

In related news, Slash tells Classic Rock magazine that Velvet Revolver is currently at a "standstill" and that he hasn't gotten "any amazing submissions from singers as of late… Y'know, Velvet when it finds the right guy will be amazing, but I'm in no rush.more

John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1972 solo debut, includes guest spots from Bruce Springsteen and members of the Eagles, and features covers of songs by John Prine, Buck Owens and John Denver, among others, as well as Fogerty's own "Change in the Weather."more

Gordon Waller of the pop duo Peter and Gordon, who were part of the 1960s British Invasion and had a string of hits including several written by their friend Paul McCartney, has died. He was 64.more

Reznor no longer a twit: Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor deleted his Twitter account, officially ending his tenure on the 140-character social network according to Rolling Stone. more

According to the Deep Purple Appreciation Society, singer Ian Gillan was interviewed by Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet in advance of Deep Purple's Istanbul show on July 20th, and mentioned plans for a new studio album: "I think we are ready to make another album. We've been talking about it for some time already. I think we'll start to work on it next February." more

AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour is headed for Auckland and Wellington with two added dates! The band will be playing on January 28, 2010 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, NZ and on February 4, 2010 at Western Springs in Auckland, NZ. Tickets will be on sale starting on Tuesday, July 28.

Sammy Kershaw's "Louisiana Hot Sauce" was featured in last Sunday night's episode of HBO's hit series True Blood. The song written by Sammy and Keith Stegall and was on his "Maybe Not Tonight" record that was released by Mercury in 1999. The episode is being hailed by critics, bloggers and fans of the show as the best episode yet. By Monday morning the song is one of the top downloaded tracks on itunes and SammyKershaw.com was so overloaded with traffic the site crashed several times!

Fan-filmed video footage of reunited Boston hard rockers Extreme performing a cover version of Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" with a special guest appearance by Sheila E. can be seen here

Austrian DJ/remixer DJ Schmolli's hilarious mash-up of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" and The Monkees' "I'm A Believer" can be heard here. It's classic!

In related news, Maiden's former vocalist Paul Di'anno has Posted the following brief update: "My buddy, guitarist Rasmus from Sweden, is gonna join me and the band for our November Eastern Euopean tour and it's really great to have him on board again." more

Manitou are calling it a day: "We had some new rocking songs ready for the recording and we even had a new bad-ass keyboard player Mikko Reinamo on board. Too bad that we failed to get the recordings done due to the lack of motivation. 12 years, three great albums and a big bunch of great gigs, ups and downs. A big thank you goes to all our friends, fans, co-operation partners and supporters, you know who you are!more"

As Cities Burn has officially broken up. Since their inception in 2002, the group has gone from releasing post-hardcore material with Solid State Records to releasing indie rock via label parent, Tooth & Nail Records. [which probably explains the breakup]

Fans of The Stone Roses have a chance to appear in a new 'video' for the classic band. Despite having split in 1996, fans of the band in the London and the south east area are wanted for a clip for TV which is being filmed this Thursday (July 23). details -

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