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Dave Grohl Cancels Sold-Out Red Rocks Shows

Ellen Mallernee
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07.14.2008

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According to the Foo Fighters Web site yesterday, the band has canceled tonight and tomorrow's shows at Colorado's feted Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Frontman Dave Grohl has been suffering from a severe sore throat, and could only sing one of the two songs he was scheduled to perform at a Saturday taping of VH1 Rock Honors: The Who. Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes reportedly took over singing duties for the Foo Fighters' second number. Entertainment Weekly reports that Grohl's throat is injured as the result of long sets on their U.S. tour, and that he's under doctor's orders to rest. The Red Rocks shows have been rescheduled for September 8 and 9. Tickets for the July 14 show will be honored for the September 8 date, and tickets for the July 15 show will be honored for September 9. Grohl says, "As much as it kills us to postpone shows, I'm in no shape to deliver the kind of balls-out performances that you guys deserve. We're already looking forward to September when we can make it up to everyone ten times over. It's gonna be great."
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Gibson Partners with Willie Nelson and Commits to Use Biodiesel to Fuel Fleet of Tour Buses

Ellen Mallernee
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07.14.2008

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“Gibson guitars are among the greatest guitars ever made, and I’ve played them all my life,” said Willie Nelson at an event in Dallas, Texas to announce Gibson’s commitment to using only biodiesel to fuel its tour buses. “I’m glad to know that they’re realizing the importance of biodiesel and are putting it into all their equipment.” For more than 20 years, country singer Willie Nelson has been one of the most recognizable advocates of the American farmer. As founder and president of Farm Aid, Nelson has been involved in campaigns spotlighting the plight of the family farm, holding benefit concerts and raising money to help with the changing industry. Now, the legendary singer has a whole new approach to promoting American farm life?BioWillie, a premium biodiesel brand. BioWillie is produced to help eliminate America’s dependence on foreign oil, put the American family farmer back to work, and clean up the environment.
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David Lee Roth: Allergic to Nuts? Or Criticism?

Ellen Mallernee
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07.11.2008

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News of the very weird: According to a news station in Ontario, Canada (and the cops and the townspeople they have on record in a video broadcast), Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth was pulled over for speeding more than a month ago and subsequently informed officers he was having a medical emergency after ingesting some nuts that he was allergic to. The officers say they called the rock star an ambulance and saved his life, but now Roth has come out to say the whole incident never happened. “I was in Canada only from July 1st through the 4th for a performance at the Quebec City Summer Festival,” Roth said in a statement issued Thursday. “I had no encounters or incidents with the police. The only thing I’m allergic to is criticism.” Huh?
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Faces Considering a Reunion

07.11.2008

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One of the surviving members of the legendary Faces has confirmed that all former bandmates have held preliminary discussions regarding the possibility of a reunion, according to a report from the BBC. Former Faces keyboard player Ian McLagan told BBC 6 Music that, "We're hoping to get together later this year to play and then we may have some news." McLagan confirmed that he and his former bandmates, including Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, and Kenney Jones, are finally getting serious about returning to the stage together for the first time in nearly four decades. "I want it to happen badly," McLagan said. "Rod hasn't wanted to do it for a long time. He didn't see the need in it, but I think he really wants to now. It's going to be great if it does happen."
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Beatles' Sgt. Peppers Drum Skin and Lennon Lyrics Fetch $1.9 Million

Ellen Mallernee
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07.11.2008

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The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover is perhaps one of the most iconic in history, but would you pay over a million dollars to own a piece of it? The hand-painted drum skin on that cover sold yesterday to a private collector for $1.1 million, four times its estimated worth, reports Reuters. The sale took place at a Christie’s rock and memorabilia auction in London that also included one of Pete Townshend’s SG Specials, a guitar amp used by Jimi Hendrix, and a pair of John Lennon’s prescription sunglasses.
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Metallica Come Back from the Dead ... In a Coffin

Aidin Vaziri
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07.10.2008

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According to a post on their official website, Metallica are going to issue their hush-hush new album, Death Magnetic, in a special-edition “coffin box” stuffed with all kinds of goodies that will surely make up for the long wait between albums.
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The Smashing Pumpkins Celebrate 20 Years Together with Tour

Aidin Vaziri
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07.10.2008

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Even though their recent round of reunion concerts failed to set the world aflame, Billy Corgan is taking the Smashing Pumpkins back on the road to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
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World's First Free, Legal Music Tablature Network Launches at MXTabs.net

07.10.2008

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The musicians’ fight for free, legal tablature (a form of text-based music notation) has finally paid off. On July 1, MXTabs.net officially launched as the world’s first free, legal tablature network, providing guitarists, bassists, and drummers with an online community in which to freely create tablature and share their knowledge of how to play tens of thousands of songs.
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The Verve Unveil Abstract New Video: See It Here!

Aidin Vaziri
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07.10.2008

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’90s Brit-pop heroes the Verve mark their return with an abstract new video stuffed with images of mountain ranges, synchronized dancers, and slow-motion shots of flamenco dancers, falcons, and teenagers making out. More troublesome though is that the clip accompanying the single “Love Is Noise” doesn’t include any shots of frontman Richard Ashcroft in the same room as the rest of the band, which only recently put their acrimony aside after nearly a decade apart.
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Lost Hendrix Album Confirmed

07.10.2008

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A long lost album of tracks Stephen Stills recorded with Jimi Hendrix over 30 years ago has surfaced, and is being readied for release, according to a report from MusicRadar.com that cited confirmation of the recordings' existence and their imminent release from John McDermott, a long-time Hendrix historian and archivist. "Stephen has been working with Experience Hendrix to compile an album's worth of sessions recorded with Jimi Hendrix during 1969 and 1970," McDermott told MusicRadar.com. According to the report, no official information on the recordings has been released yet, though McDermott did say he would be the collection's co-producer.
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