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Pearl Jam Bassist Goes Solo

Aidin Vaziri
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09.05.2008

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Now that Eddie Vedder has taken his first major solo turn with the Into The Wild soundtrack, it’s sideman Jeff Ament’s turn. The Pearl Jam bassist will release his debut, Tone, via a limited one-time run of 3,000 copies through the band’s Ten Club fan network.
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Paul McCartney to Play Israel After 40 Year Ban

Aidin Vaziri
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09.04.2008

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More than 40 years after Israeli government officials banned the Beatles from their country, claiming the band’s “strident, amplified music could corrupt the morals of Israeli youth,” Paul McCartney has announced plans to play in the country for the first time ever later this month. His manager Barry Marshall confirmed that he would be performing at Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon on Sept. 25.
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Scott Weiland Preps Solo Album

Aidin Vaziri
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09.04.2008

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Think what you will of the guy, but Scott Weiland sure is prolific. Fresh from reuniting with his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates, the singer has announced plans to release his second solo album on Nov. 18, more than a decade after he recorded his first, 12 Bar Blues. Happy, which was co-produced by Weiland and Doug Grean with additional engineering by Steven Albini, will come out on the former Velvet Revolver vocalist’s own Softdrive label. It will also feature guest appearances by No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young.
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Guitar Superstar Competition Set For Sept. 13 In San Francisco

Russell Hall
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09.04.2008

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Guitar Player has announced details regarding its fourth annual “Guitar Superstar” competition. According to a posting on Steve Vai’s Web site, the event will take place at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Sept. 13, at 8 p.m.
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Settlement Reached In Great White Fire Lawsuits

Russell Hall
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09.04.2008

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The owners of a nightclub where 100 people died in a fire that started during a Great White performance have reached a tentative settlement with survivors and relatives of those killed. As reported by the Associated Press, a settlement of $813,000 from Jeffrey and Michael Derderian will be covered by the men's insurance policy. Bankruptcy protection has shielded the brothers from further lawsuits.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Map Out New Album with Marilyn Manson Guitarist

Ellen Mallernee
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09.03.2008

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Last year, when the modern incarnation of Lynyrd Skynyrd announced its songwriting partnership with former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, some longtime fans of the Southern rock group were naturally skeptical. But Skynyrd lead guitarist Rickey Medlocke recently told Billboard that things have gone so well with John 5 – who is now guitarist for Rob Zombie – that the band is almost done writing its new album. The group reportedly has plans to hit the studio this fall in anticipation of an early 2009 release date.
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‘Guitar Man’ Jerry Reed Dead at 71

Jerry McCulley
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09.03.2008

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Jerry Reed, the irrepressible, Atlanta-born musician who scored pioneering, early ’70s crossover hits with “Amos Moses” and the Grammy-winning “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” passed away Monday in Nashville of complications from emphysema. Reed was 71.
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Vote Now for the Gibson Robot to Win Stuff's Innovation of the Year Award

Jeremy Singer
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09.02.2008

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The world famous Gibson Robot Les Paul has been exclusively short listed to win Innovation of the Year Award at Stuff Magazine's Gadget of the Year Awards 2008. This prestigious annual event is being held in London on Sept. 16. Stuff is the world's leading gadget magazine, and the Stuff Awards celebrate cutting-edge technology, focusing on design, usability and performance.
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King of Pop Turns 50

Gabriel J. Hernandez
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08.29.2008

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Hard to believe, but the King of Pop Michael Jackson turns 50 years old today.
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Former Replacements Drummer Steve Foley Dies

Russell Hall
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08.28.2008

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Steve Foley, who replaced Chris Mars as the Replacements’ drummer during the band's final year of existence, died this past weekend of an apparent accidental prescription-drug overdose. He was 49.
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