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Paul McCartney Faces Death Threats

Aidin Vaziri
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09.16.2008

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It took him 40 years to overcome an official Israeli government ban, but now Paul McCartney is facing death threats over his plans to play at Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon on Sept. 25.
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Pink Floyd's Richard Wright Dead at 65

Jerry McCulley
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09.16.2008

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Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright, a founding member of the seminal prog-rock band/Rock Hall of Fame icons, passed away at his home in Britain after succumbing to a brief, previously undisclosed battle with cancer.
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Zakk Wylde Donates Autographed Epiphone Camo to Troops in Iraq

Ellen Mallernee
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09.15.2008

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Gibson received an e-mail Friday from former U.S. Marine Paul Hickman, who runs an operation called Guitars for Grunts that sends guitars to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. It seems Hickman had particular luck when he hit up the one and only Zakk Wylde; Wylde donated and autographed one of his signature Zakk Wylde Camo Les Paul Customs!
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AC/DC Announce U.S. Dates on Black Ice World Tour

Ellen Mallernee
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09.15.2008

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As previously reported, AC/DC will launch an 18-month tour in October in support of the forthcoming Black Ice ? but only now have concrete details about the tour emerged. The first leg of the Black Ice World Tour opens Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with 23 more arena dates scheduled in the U.S. Further dates in North and South America, Europe, and Asia are to be announced shortly.
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David Gilmour Nixes Hopes For Pink Floyd Reunion

Russell Hall
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09.12.2008

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Pink Floyd fans who’ve held onto hopes for a full-fledged band reunion should put those hopes aside, assuming guitarist David Gilmour holds firm to a recent statement. Speaking to the Associated Press, the former Floyd guitarist said the band’s 2005 Live 8 reunion show was “excellent, really enjoyable.” But he then added, “The rehearsals were less enjoyable. The rehearsals convinced me it wasn’t something I wanted to be doing a lot of.”
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Anticipation Building For New Joe Satriani Project

Russell Hall
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09.11.2008

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Anticipation is building for the latest project from guitar maestro Joe Satriani. As reported by MusicRadar.com, Satriani is in the studio this week recording with his recently formed “supergroup.” Comprised of Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Satriani himself, the band ? dubbed Chickenfoot ? hopes to have an album ready for release early next year.
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R.E.M. Offering Reward For Stolen Rickenbacker

Russell Hall
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09.11.2008

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R.E.M. are offering a reward for the return of an iconic Rickenbacker guitar stolen in the aftermath of a concert staged in Finland on Tuesday, Sept. 9. According to a statement posted on the group’s Web site (www.remhq.com), the guitar was taken from the stage sometime after the show, which took place in Helsinki. The Rickenbacker, which guitarist Peter Buck has played both live and in the studio since 1982, helped give shape to the jangle-pop sound for which R.E.M. was originally known.
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Jonathan Davis: Korn 'Need to Chill Out for Awhile'

Ellen Mallernee
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09.10.2008

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At the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sept. 7, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis commented on the extended break his band is currently on and his new solo band the Simply F-----n’ Amazings. “[Korn’s] been going 15 years, and we need to just chill out for awhile,” said Davis. “And you know me, I got to keep playing. I got to write music so I don’t go crazy, so I decided it would be a perfect time to do this. It’s not like a hiatus or anything; we’re still all good. It’s just when everybody’s ready, we’ll go back together and go do it. We just need to recharge our batteries and get hungry again.”
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Chesney, Strait and Underwood Lead with CMA Nominations

Ellen Mallernee
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09.10.2008

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On Wednesday, Sept. 10, mega-selling country artists Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift announced the initial nominees for the Country Music Association’s 42nd annual awards show on Good Morning America in New York. Kenny Chesney and George Strait received the lion’s share of accolades from the awards’ show, each raking in three nominations, while Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson each collected two nominations.
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Slash Scores Mexican Indie Film

Aidin Vaziri
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09.09.2008

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Slash has signed on to compose the score for an upcoming Mexican motion picture called, This Is Not A Movie. The English-language film, which takes place in Mexico City and Las Vegas, was written and directed by Olallo Rubio.
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