Jay Reatard Found Dead- Axl and Slash Twitter War- System of a Letdown- Aerosmith To Play in April?- Rush Planning New Music- Courtney In A Hole and more

Memphis garage-punk artist Jimmie Lee Lindsey, better known as Jay Reatard, was found dead in his Memphis home Wednesday. He was 29. Goner Records said on its Web site: "It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard. Jay died in his sleep last night." more

Axl Rose is in a bit of Twitter war with his former Guns N' Roses bandmate Slash. BW&BK reports that on Wednesday evening Slash tweeted, "Looking into organizing a big fund raiser concert for Haiti." Axl subsequently replied, "Pretty low n' selfish usin' the devastation in Haiti 2 start (false) reunion rumors. R hearts n' prayers go out to the Haitian people." more

Aerosmith have reportedly been added to the first annual Show Of Peace Concert, a globally televised event that will take place April 17 before an expected crowd of 100,000 at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, China. Also scheduled to appear are Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and the Black Eyed Peas. more

Album sales are way down if you read between the lines of this Billboard report: Vampire Weekend's sophomore album "Contra" is looking like a good bet for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Based on first day sales numbers, industry sources are projecting that the album could sell between 60,000 to 75,000 copies more

As we reportedly yesterday System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odajian asked fans on Twitter if they were ready for System. Which many read as a hint at a reunion. He has now backtracked a bit, or did he? He wrote in a new post, "About my 'are u guys ready for System?'... I'm not sayin we are back but, if so, U guys ready? Sorry for gettin u guys amped. I'm just seeing."

Rush drummer Neil Peart says the legendary Toronto band is in the early stages of planning a new project but the new music may not be released in traditional album format. more

Courtney Love has reportedly resolved the dispute over her decision to resurrect Hole - hinting she's come to a financial arrangement which will allow her to use the rock band's name. more

Simon and Garfunkel have been added to the lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. more

Antiquiet had this news about a major label cutting off another avenue of free promotion (and they wonder why sales are down!): OK Go has a new album out this week, and a new clever video for a new catchy song. However, this time around, the band has been forced to accept that they'll never see another 50 million views on YouTube, because Capitol Records, the company they depend on for distribution of their music above any other service, insists on it not being shared on blogs, or anywhere outside of the US. Yep, business as usual more.

Misery Index will be touring in February and March with support from Magrudergrind. more

Walter Schriefels , who is also a member of Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools and Walking Concert, is expected to release his debut solo albun An Open Letter To The Scene in April. more

The Banner is breaking up after ten years together and releases with Ferret Music and Blackout! Records. more

Due to a family emergency, Throwdown has been forced to pull off the previously announced U.S. tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Shadows Fall and 2cents. Their replacement on the bill is God Forbid. more

Rogue Wave will release their fourth studio album, Permalight, on March 2nd. more

Zakk Wylde will pay tribute to to the late, great Les Paul with two appearances at the Iridium jazz club in New York City on January 25th. more

And for the one or two people who might like totally like care and like stuff: Avril Lavigne's album has reportedly been delayed again, following her split from husband Deryck Whibley. Lavigne's fourth studio album, which is being produced by the Sum 41 star, was delayed from its original November 2009 release. The former couple is attempting to complete the disc together but finds it "terribly frustrating" finishing the production schedule, according to Jam! Showbiz. more -

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