Godsmack Rule?- Bret Michaels Has Meningitis- Ozzy Club Gigs- Pearl Jam Boots- TSOL N Friends- Google Vs Label- Twilight Finale- New Korn Song and more

Next week on the Billboard 200 watch for rock band Godsmack to possibly earn its third No. 1 album with its new release "The Oracle." Industry prognosticators think the set could sell in the range of 100,000 to 120,000 copies by week's end more

The medical team treating Bret Michaels held a press conference at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix updating Michaels' condition. Dr. Joseph Zabramski, a neurosurgeon, said Michaels is now suffering from chemical meningitis, but is stable and has been released from the hospital. A complete transcript of Dr. Zabramski's remarks can be found here. Michaels thought a burglar shot him in the back of the head when he suffered the brain hemorrhage weeks. more

Ozzy Osbourne has announced two extremely intimate shows in the UK. The Prince Of Darkness will play Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone on Tuesday 29th June and Oxford's O2 Academy on Thursday 1st July. more

Pearl Jam will continue providing fans with high quality, professionally mixed recordings from their 2010 tour. The first shows will be available starting in mid-May. Customers are able to choose from the following formats: 256 KBS MP3 ($9.99), FLAC ($14.99), and burn-to-order Compact Discs ($16.98)

The Offspring had this announcement: The debut solo album from TSOL guitarist Ron Emory, Walk That Walk, includes Dexter's vocals on the track "I'm Not Alone." The album also includes contributions from Mike Ness, Tim Armstrong, Fletcher Dragge and others. Ron is having a record release party this Friday, May 7 at the Blue Café in Huntington Beach (17208 Pacific Coast Highway, 562-592-1302). more

Close Your Eyes will be stopping by Victory Records HQ this Friday, May 7th to chat live with fans at 1PM CST / 2PM EST. You can RSVP for the live chat here

Billboard.com confirms that Neil Young is recording a studio album in Los Angeles with U2/Bob Dylan producer Daniel Lanois. The sessions first came to light late last week in a Rolling Stone interview with longtime Young friend and bandmate David Crosby. more

Google has taken the rare step of asking a California judge to declare that by linking to copyright-infringing works on Rapidshare, the search giant is not facilitating the illegal distribution of copyrighted songs. Last year, Blue Destiny Records, a small blues-oriented music label, sued Google, Microsoft and Rapidshare in Florida. That case was dismissed but now Google filed a complaint asking for a declaratory judgment to clarify the linking issue. more

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the fourth installment in the vampire film series, will be released on 18 November 2011, Summit Entertainment says. But the studio refused to confirm or deny reports that the adaptation of the fourth Twilight book will be split into two films.more

Slash is scheduled to perform on the Tuesday, May 11th episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show. Slash will be joined by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine for a performance of their track 'Gotten', off Slash's new solo album. more

Huey Lewis and the News has canceled its scheduled Australian tour. In a statement issued by Melbourne-based AMP, the promoter said, "Unfortunately, due to conflicting schedules and venue logistics, neither AMP or band management have been able to reschedule the shows for the remainder of this year." more

"Oildale (Leave Me Alone)", the opening track from Korn's new album, "Korn III - Remember Who You Are", is available for streaming here. The CD is tentatively due on July 13 via Roadrunner Records.

Danko Jones Enlists Frodo, Lemmy, Selma Blair For Upcoming Video more

Rx Bandits will be bringing their full-album performances to the West Coast after a similar run of shows in New York City this past March. The band will be performing their most recent album Mandala as well as the two previous records more

Ryan Star confirmed during an interview with Alternative Addiction earlier this week that his long awaited new album 11:59 is due out in July. The album, which has been delayed several times since it was first announced last year, seems to finally have a confirmed release. more

Sonisphere will host two additional stages at Knebworth. CKY and Sabaton will both play exclusive sets at the July 31-August 2 event. Other additions are listed here

Apocalyptica is set to release its seventh studio album, '7th Symphony,' on August 23rd (August 20th in Germany) more

Joel of Joel's Arcade Fire Blog points out the noticeable similarities between Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" and Kelly Clarkson's new song "Naked Eye" more

The official online premiere of "Teutonic Terror", the new video from reformed heavy metal legends Accept, has been postponed to Monday, May 10 (via MySpace). more

Napalm Death will join Dying Fetus for a week-long Australia tour in September more

Explore Music reports that Weezer's long-awaited rarities collection is now slated for an August 3 release more

Grey Area have announced a one-off reunion show at Philadelphia's Barbary on June 19, with Lighten Up and Static Radio NJ as openers. more

Dee Snider will perform at the Hilton in Atlantic City Saturday May 15 for a special event entitled I Wanna Rock Live - Real Rock Stars Mega Hits. The show will include Snider along with Lita Ford, Jeff Keith (lead singer of Tesla) and Mark Slaughter (of the group Slaughter). Wait, there is a reality TV angle to this, read about that here.

Hell Within will release their new full-length album, God Grant Me Vengeance, on July 13 via Thorp Records more

Amorphis have added on two extra Russian tour dates on October 1st and 2nd. more

Due to personal health issues Josef Echter will not be able to continue to play in MetalForce. This has been a very hard decision for him but the band supports his decision. more -

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