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1/16/08
Rock Music News

RAINBOWS SLIPS ON CHART, RADIOHEAD SLIPS IN GIG!
While Radiohead's In Rainbows fell off the top of the Billboard 200 album sales chart, dipping from No. 1 to No. 2, the band yesterday slipped in a "surprise" in-store live performance of the album in its entirety at a record store in London. According to BBC News, the gig, originally scheduled at the Rough Trade East record store, was forced to move down the road a bit to the nearby 93 Feet East venue after a crowd of 250 lucky fans filled the store beyond its brim. The band played a handful of catalog cuts at the conclusion of Rainbows before frontman Thom Yorke thanked the crowd for coming, then ended with "The Bends."
KORN'S 'MUNKY' LEAVES BAND'S EUROPEAN TOUR!
Korn guitarist James "Munky" Schaeffer has left the group's current European tour due to "personal and family reasons," according to the band's official website. Frontman Jonathan Davis said: "We fully support Munky's need to be home right now and because we want to come through for all of our European fans, the tour will go on. It's what Munky wants us to do, too. We promise to give it our all every night." The tour continues tonight in Glasgow, Scotland.
MALAKIAN HAS SCARS ON BROADWAY IN HIS SYSTEM!
System of a Down guitarist/singer Daron Malakian says he's down for being in System but he still has his side other band Scars on Broadway on the front burner. "This is my band right now," he says to Bulletin magazine about Scars. "System is not my band right now. I'll go back and do that some day. But Scars is not a side project to me. I'd expect another Scars album before I'd expect another System album." Malakian continues to work on Scars' still-untitled debut album.
SALIVA, DROWNING POOL MOUNT MOIST TOUR!
Similarly moist monikered Saliva and Drowning Pool will launch a co-headlining tour Jan. 29 in Melbourne, FL. The 14-stop road trip will pull into cities such as West Palm Beach, FL, Huntsville, AL, Knoxville, TN, Cookeville, TN, Clarksville, TN, Fayetteville, NC, Jacksonville, NC, Starkville, MS, Libertyville, IL, and probably any other "ville," if you will, that are willing to have them, before closing shop March 2 in Maplewood, MN. Go here for a complete list of cities and dates.
DEFTONES TUNE UP FOR NEW CD RELEASE!
The Deftones will name their sixth studio album Eros, according to frontman Chino Moreno, who told UK's Kerrang! magazine, "We've certainly taken our time on the last few records but this one has happened very quickly. This time, we were all together and that really helped." The follow-up to 2006's Saturday Night Wrist is slated for a fall/winter release.
THE COLOR FRED INKS TRIO OF HEADLINING DATES!
Prior to their massive nearly two-month long tour opening for Angels and Airwaves, The Color Fred, led by former Taking Back Sunday singer/guitarist Fred Mascherino, will play a trio of headlining dates, starting Jan. 26 in Greensboro, NC. The other two dates include shows Jan. 27 in Birmingham, AL and on the 29th in Albuquerque, NM. The next day, The Color Freed will hook up with Angels and Airwaves, Meg & Dia, and Ace Enders for a string of concerts that run through March 15 in Los Angeles. Looking further into 2008, The Color Fred is slated to be on all dates of this summer's Vans Warped Tour. For continuous updates on The Color Fred, visit www.myspace.com/thecolorfred.


Classic Rock News

STONES DOCUMENTARY TO OPEN BERLIN FILM FEST!
Organizers of the 58th annual Berlin Film Festival have selected director Martin Scorsese's feature length documentary on the Rolling Stones, Shine a Light, to open this year's event on Feb. 7. Both the Oscar-winning director and band members are slated to attend. The core of the footage in the film was shot during the Stones' two-night stand Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, 2006 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Shine a Light opens nationwide on April 4.
BRUCE OFFERS 'WINTER MIX' OF 'SUMMER CLOTHES'!
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are offering fans the opportunity to purchase a special bundled package of "Girls In Their Summer Clothes," available exclusively via iTunes. The release contains the premiere of the "Summer Clothes" video as well as a "Winter Mix" of the song and a live version. And speaking of live, the band's North American tour schedule is pretty much set. The run will go from the Feb. 28 kickoff in Hartford, CT through April 30 in Charlottesville, SC.
NEW CUSTOM GUITARS FILL ANNUAL GEAR EXPO!
Brand new custom signature Gibson guitars designed to replicate ones played by Jimmy Page, Slash, Rush's Alex Lifeson, Johnny Winter, and Foreigner's Mick Jones, among others, will make their debut at this year's NAMM convention, taking place today through Sunday in Anaheim, CA. Detailed descriptions of several of the models being unveiled this weekend are available by clicking here.
UGLY BETTY GETS KISSED!
Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will make an appearance on the Jan. 24 episode of the ABC hit TV series Ugly Betty. Photos of Simmons - who is also featured on the celebrity edition of NBC's The Apprentice – on the set of Ugly Betty are on Kiss' official website. And in more Kiss news, ex-guitarist Ace Frehley has piled more dates onto his solo tour. His 20-city trek begins Feb. 20 in Baltimore and runs through a March 29 concert in Rapid City, SD.
IKE TURNER DIED OF COCAINE OVERDOSE!
The San Diego County medical examiner's office has determined blues/soul/rock legend Ike Turner died last Dec. 12 of a cocaine overdose. "We are listing that he abused cocaine and that's what resulted in the cocaine toxicity," a spokesperson for the coroner's office states. Their report also lists hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema as "significant and contributing factors" to Turner's death. Ike Turner was 76.

1/28/08
Pop Music News

EX, BUYS & VIDEOTAPE: ADNAN SHOWS TRUE COLOR!
To absolutely no one's surprise – except maybe Britney Spears – her apparently now ex-paparazzo pal Adnan Ghalib is finally showing his true colors: green! According to Showbiz Spy, Britney's British-born former boyfriend is asking for $2 million for home videos he shot of the mentally unstable pop star "in various stages of distress" – and presumably undress as well. Adnan, who just last week was on television proclaiming his love for Britney, even telling ET he wanted to marry her, says he has six "video diaries" of Britney, mostly in bed babbling into the camera, "laughing one minute and crying hysterically the next." A source who claims to have seen 4 of the 6 videos said: "It's like something out of a horror movie. Britney spends the whole time ranting, raving and weeping. They're sinister and disturbing and show Britney at her very lowest."
RITE/WRONG: CLEARLY, BRITNEY NEEDS AID!
Heavy rains pounding Los Angeles didn't dry up Britney Spears' obsessive need to drive around the city and often stopping at local stores to shop, and the rains certainly didn't dampen her bizarre behavior. Sitting in her car outside a Rite Aid drug store, shoe was asked by photographers to comment on actor Heath Ledger's death, and in her fake British accent, she replied, "He's still here. Oh, yes. No one ever really dies. No one." The chain-smoking popwreck went on to admit she was, well, not totally herself, saying, "I'm already very sick – but in a good way." Also, when asked where her constant companion Adnan Ghalib was, she deadpanned, "Who's that?" Watch the very sad, very bizarre video here. Finally, here's fresh footage of Britney using still another – this time Span-Asian – accent.
BYE, GEORGE: BRITNEY LOONEY, CLOONEY EYES MOVING!
Oscar-nominated actor/director George Clooney had no clue he lived near Britney Spears until cops, paramedics and a sky-full of helicopters converged on her house – and 300 yards from his – back on Jan. 3. "I'd gone upstairs, and I came out and I'm in a robe," Clooney told the Huffington Post. "All of a sudden I see all this s**t going on." So I'm, like…'what the f*** is going on?' And I go out and I'm running around with a baseball bat in my robe. And it turns out Britney Spears' house is like, 300 yards from mine. So now I have to move."
OUT OF THE WILL: UNCLE UNFOLDS DIRTY LAUNDRY!
Britney Spears' uncle, Will Spears, spilled family secrets about the troubled toxic tart to UK's The Sun newspaper, revealing her bad behavior began way back when she was a young teen. "She has tried just about everything," William tells," cocaine, crystal meth, ecstasy." Uncle Willie reveals his niece was naughty even as a member of the supposedly squeaky clean Mickey Mouse Club, saying he once witnessed Brit and her fellow Mouseketeers Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera drinking on set. "While the adults talked, they were up to no good. They had a bottle of gin and slipped away to the bathroom to drink it."
JESS SAY ROMO: SUPER BOWL OF TABLOID TUSSLE!
Not surprisingly, US Weekly is pleased to report that Jessica Simpson's representatives continue to skewer rival tabloid OK! magazine about the latter's stories claiming Simpson had been sacked by boyfriend Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. "That rag completely fabricated and made up this story," Simpson spokesperson Cindi Berger said. "I've spoken to both Jess and Tony and they are completely secure in their relationship and won't let this garbage get under their skin!" Reportedly, Jess' attorneys have fired off a nasty letter to OK! demanding the magazine print a retraction.
NO KIDDING: OLD MEN BACK AROUND THE BLOCK!
Fans "Hangin' Tough" for eighteen years hoping their tween heartthrobs New Kids on the Block would reunite for another trip around the block are jumping for joy after a "well-placed" source told People the boy band will indeed get back together. The Kids' official website, www.nkotb.com, is up and running and features a vintage photograph of "Kids" Jonathan Knight, 40, Jonathan's brother, Jordan, 37, Donnie Wahlberg, 38, Joey, McIntyre, 35, and Danny Wood, 38.
DEATH WISH/WATCH: AMY'S MOM, HUBBY FEARFUL!
UK singer Amy Winehouse last week finally said yes to rehab after disturbing video of her smoking crack and abusing other drugs surfaced, but both her mother and husband fear it might be too late. "I've known for a long time that my daughter has problems," Amy's mom, Janis, tells the News of the World. "But seeing it on screen rammed it home. I realize my daughter could be dead within the year. We're watching her kill herself, slowly. She's invited me to the Grammy awards next month, but part of me thinks she won't be alive by then." Meanwhile, Amy's jailed husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, said: "Every day I fear the prison chaplain is going to walk into my cell and break the news that Amy is dead."
MICROSOFT HEART: BONO PRAISES GATES FOR GIVING!
U2 singer and social activist Bono last week in Davos, Switzerland praised Microsoft head honcho Bill Gates for pledging to spend $306 million on environmentally friendly technology and farming techniques to aid impoverished African farmers. "This is Bill Gates' last trip to Davos as Microsoft leader," Bono told the AP, "and I think it is an extraordinary thing that this man has not just changed the world once, but has now set aside the next act of his life to change the world again." Both Bono and Gates were in the Swiss city for an economic summit.

Rock Music News

SLASH SOLIDIFIES SCOTT'S STP REUNION RUMORS!
Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland who recently apologized to fans for his "inability to perform at the scheduled party during the Sundance Film Festival" has tossed out hints his old band Stone Temple Pilots would reunite "soon" but VR guitarist Slash confirmed that would be the case. Speaking with Billboard, the former Guns N' Roses guitarist said Weiland will rejoin STP for a handful of summer reunion concerts following Velvet Revolver's current tour, which runs through a European swing that ends April 1 in Amsterdam. STP broke up in 2002.
WEEZER'S CUOMO READIES MULTI-VOLUME MEMOIRS!
Weezer mainman Rivers Cuomo told www.gigwise.com his upcoming memoirs would be released as a multi-volume set. Volume one of the eight volume as-yet-untitled collection will, somewhat predictably, focus on the early days of the band. "I've quite a lot of material collected now," he says, "I'm still working on most every day and I really enjoy it. The first book to be released will be 92-94…but I'm also working on an earlier volume dealing with my childhood and also my parents childhood." No word yet when the volumes will see the light of day.
STOCK STACKS U.S. FANS EDGIER THAN CANADIANS!
Canadian rockers Three Days Grace guitarist Barry Stock pegs American fans as much more aggressive than their north of the border counterparts at concerts. "They're very similar, but Canadians are a little more polite," Stock told the Winnipeg Sun. "I find the crowds in the States can be a little crazier. Like in the States, there's always way more people that manage to make it up onto the stage. I'm all for people having a great time, but that still makes me a little nervous." After a run of 7 more (less crazy) Canadian concerts, the band and Breaking Benjamin drop down to the more aggressive America Feb. 15 in Lowell, MA.
BONO PRAISES GATES FOR GIVING!
U2 singer and social activist Bono last week in Davos, Switzerland praised Microsoft head honcho Bill Gates for pledging to spend $306 million on environmentally friendly technology and farming techniques to aid impoverished African farmers. "This is Bill Gates' last trip to Davos as Microsoft leader," Bono told the AP, "and I think it is an extraordinary thing that this man has not just changed the world once, but has now set aside the next act of his life to change the world again." Both Bono and Gates were in the Swiss city for an economic summit.
AEROSMITH DRAW THE LINE, LIKELY TO LEAVE LABEL!
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry told the Boston Herald the Bean town band's next album will most likely be its last for longtime label Columbia Records. "We owe (Columbia) one more record and we're going to probably finish that this year," he said. "After that, I don't know how we'll release music. I like the iTunes and Internet releases. I may just want to release Aerosmith songs or EPs online after this. There's so many ways to do things now." "The Hand That Feeds," indeed!
HELLYEAH TEARS LID OFF MORE…MORE…MORE TOUR!
Hellyeah, the Pantera/Damageplan/Mudvayne offshoot group, kicked off its More Balls, More Volume, More Strength Tour last Friday in Clifton park, NJ. With three shows under their belt over the weekend, the band still has 24 more shows ahead of them and fans nationwide can keep tabs on the tour's progress by visiting www.kyte.tv. The tour stops tomorrow in Charleston, SC, Wednesday in Charlotte.

Classic Rock News

AEROSMITH DRAW THE LINE, LIKELY TO LEAVE LABEL!
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry told the Boston Herald the Bean town band's next album will most likely be its last for longtime label Columbia Records. "We owe (Columbia) one more record and we're going to probably finish that this year," he said. "After that, I don't know how we'll release music. I like the iTunes and Internet releases. I may just want to release Aerosmith songs or EPs online after this. There's so many ways to do things now." "The Hand That Feeds," indeed!
EAGLES MAP LONG ROAD THROUGH AMERICA!
The Eagles will launch a U.S. tour in support of Long Road Out of Eden on May 14 in Atlanta. Tickets for the initial date on the aptly titled Long Road Out of Eden Tour go on sale Feb. 1 via www.ticketmaster.com. So far, the Atlanta concert is the only confirmed city and date on the forthcoming show; a complete list of U.S. dates will be announced soon on the group's official website, www.eaglesband.com.
SLASH SOLIDIFIES SCOTT'S STP REUNION RUMORS!
Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland who recently apologized to fans for his "inability to perform at the scheduled party during the Sundance Film Festival" has tossed out hints his old band Stone Temple Pilots would reunite "soon" but VR guitarist Slash confirmed that would be the case. Speaking with Billboard, the former Guns N' Roses guitarist said Weiland will rejoin STP for a handful of summer reunion concerts following Velvet Revolver's current tour, which runs through a European swing that ends April 1 in Amsterdam. STP broke up in 2002.
R.E.M. PUTS PEDDLE TO METAL ON ACCELERATE CD!
According To Billboard, R.E.M.'s forthcoming Accelerate album (due April 1) will see the Georgia-bred band return to its harder rocking roots. And the group wasn't kidding when they named their next studio album Accelerate; the 11-song set clocks in at just a tick over 34 minutes. Sample song titles include "Sing for the Submarine," "Houston," "Horse to Water," "Hollow Man," "I'm Gonna DJ," and the album's title track as well as its first single, "Supernatural Superserious."
JOURNEY VIRTUALLY REBORN ON SECOND LIFE!
On Feb. 1, Journey will introduce their new Virtual Island on www.secondlife.com. The Journey Island region in Second Life is named "Journey Rock Band"; in it, fans can participate in a meet and great with band members, plus listen to Journey classics, recorded studio and live performances as well as a variety of other great music played by a guest DJ. Also, later this week, Journey's newly redesigned official website, www.journeymusic.com, will be re-launched.
RUNDGREN SAYS NEW CARS ON BLOCKS FOR NOW!
According to Billboard, the New Cars featuring Todd Rundgren in the driver's seat as lead singer are parked indefinitely. "We couldn't get the rights to use the name the Cars," says Rundgren, "and the New Cars just confused everybody. And I've got my own music and my own audience; I had no reason to…begin a new career with another band." Speaking of his own music, Rundgren is working on his next studio album, which he describes as an "arena rock album…something between prog rock and pop music…very hooky songs…the kind of music that works well in an arena."