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Travis Barker and DJ AM Expected to Make Full Recovery After Jet Crash

Aidin Vaziri
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09.23.2008

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Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ Adam “AM” Goldstein remain in critical but stable condition following a fiery plane crash that killed four other people on Friday, Sept. 19 in South Carolina. A doctor attending to the survivors said he expected them to make a full recovery. National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersman said a cockpit voice recording revealed that a blown tire may have caused the Learjet 60, a private plane heading to California from Columbia Metropolitan Airport, to skid off the runway on takeoff.
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Staind Announce Illusion Tour Dates

Aidin Vaziri
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09.23.2008

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Staind have announced tour dates behind their sixth and latest release, The Illusion of Progress, which was recently denied the top spot on the Billboard album charts by those pesky Jonas Brothers. If the “Believe” hit-makers had gotten to the summit they would have joined U2, Metallica and the Dave Matthews Band in the exclusive club of modern rock acts that have scored four consecutive No. 1 albums. The group launches its own nu-metal revival on Oct. 4, with support acts Seether and Papa Roach. ?Aidin Vaziri
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Happy Birthday, Joan Jett!

Ellen Mallernee
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09.22.2008

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Hard to believe that it’s been 26 years since Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock N’ Roll” hunkered down for a nice long stay atop the charts. Since then, the ground-breaking guitarist and rock icon has continued to enjoy a slew of successes, including starting her own Blackheart Records and more recently releasing her new album Sinner and introducing her own signature Gibson ? the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker. Today, Gibson would like to wish the incomparable Ms. Jett a very happy birthday!
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The Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Mark Olson Reunite for Rare Performance

Vincent Wynne
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09.22.2008

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The two founding members of the seminal alt-country band the Jayhawks, Mark Olson and Gary Louris, performed a rare 60-minute set at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge during last week’s Americana Music Association conference. The standing room-only audience was treated to a handful of Jayhawks’ classics that included their top 40 hit “Blue,” as well as a healthy dose of songs from their forthcoming record Ready for the Flood.
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Gov’t Mule Add New Bass Player, Plan Fall Tour

Russell Hall
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09.18.2008

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Swedish-born session player Jorgen Carlsson has been added to Gov’t Mule as the trio’s permanent new bass player. A resident of the U.S. since 1991, Carlsson replaces Andy Hess, who joined the band in 2003, three years after founding bassist Allen Woody passed away.
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Bono And The Edge Write Song For New Tom Jones Album

Russell Hall
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09.18.2008

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U2’s Bono and the Edge have written a song for legendary British singer Tom Jones. Titled “Sugar Daddy,” the track was inspired by a meeting of the three friends in a pub in Dublin. The song will appear on Jones’ forthcoming album, 24 Hours, which is scheduled for release on Nov. 25. The CD also includes covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Hitter” and the Tommy James and the Shondells classic, “I’m Alive.” In a first, however, Jones himself co-wrote more than half the songs.
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The Who Covers Album Put On Hold

Russell Hall
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09.18.2008

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Plans for a covers album by the Who have been put on hold, although the project will likely go forward in the future. As reported by Billboard.com, the album’s would-be producer ? T-Bone Burnett ? is simply too busy right now to take on the project.
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David Gilmour Offers Thoughts On Late Pink Floyd Bandmate Richard Wright

Russell Hall
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09.18.2008

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Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has posted some thoughts on his website about his late bandmate, Richard Wright. Reflecting on his friendship with Wright, Gilmour muses: "Like Rick, I don't find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously."
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Man Gets Robot Guitar Tattoo!

Ellen Mallernee
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09.16.2008

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When the Robot Guitar hit stores last December, it flew off the racks, selling out seemingly overnight. The first guitar with robotic technology, the Robot got the guitar community buzzing; they loved it and demanded more. Now the world's first self-tuning guitar comes in a variety of metallic and standard finishes.
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The Killers Prep Third Album, Day and Age

Aidin Vaziri
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09.16.2008

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The Killers’ third studio album, Day and Age, will be released on Nov. 25. The follow-up to 2006’s Sam’s Town was recorded in Las Vegas and London, and produced by Les Rhythmes Digitales’ Stuart Price, who has previously worked with Madonna and Seal.
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