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Stooges Gear Stolen In Montreal

Aidin Vaziri
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08.06.2008

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Iggy and the Stooges were forced to borrow gear for their show at Toronto’s Massey Hall, according to their manager Eric Fischer, after the band’s equipment along with the truck containing it was stolen outside the Embassy Suites hotel in Montreal on Monday.
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Janis Ian Looks Back At Hendrix, Joplin, and the ’60s in New Autobiography

Russell Hall
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08.05.2008

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In “blast from the past news,” veteran singer-songwriter Janis Ian has penned one of the more remarkable autobiographies of recent years. Titled Society’s Child, after the controversial song that kickstarted her career in the mid ’60s, the book chronicles an extraordinary life ready-made for a Hollywood film treatment. Ian’s richly rendered portraits of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin?both of whom she befriended as they were at the cusp of fame?are especially revealing, as is her front-row seat in the entire ’60s music phenomenon.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival to Get Ambitious Reissue Treatment

Russell Hall
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08.05.2008

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To commemorate the band’s 40th anniversary, Fantasy Records is giving Creedence Clearwater Revival an especially ambitious reissue treatment. On September 30, the group’s first six albums will be re-released in remastered and expanded form. Bonus tracks will include an array of B-sides, previously unreleased studio and live material, and even a “summit” between the band and Booker T and the MGs.
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Spring Cleaning Yields Never-Before-Seen Frank Zappa Cover Art

Russell Hall
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08.05.2008

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Some belated spring cleaning recently resulted in a serendipitous moment in the household of the late Frank Zappa. Specifically, while rummaging through some long-unopened drawers, Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa stumbled onto the perfect cover shot for the just-released archival collection, One Shot Deal. Available at www.zappa.com, One Shot Deal features mostly guitar-heavy instrumental tracks?recorded live and in the studio?that Zappa cut with a variety of bands between 1972 and 1981. The CD is part of the Zappa Family Trust’s mission to celebrate and protect Zappa’s recorded legacy.
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Metallica Set Album Release Date

Russell Hall
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08.05.2008

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Metallica has revealed via their website that the band’s forthcoming album will be released on September 12. Industry protocol dictates that stateside release dates fall on Tuesdays, but as was the case with the group’s last album, 2003’s St. Anger, the provocatively titled Death Magnetic will hit stores on a Friday. (Presumably a Friday release date helps preclude piracy.) Produced by Rick Rubin, the Warner Brothers album will be preceded by a handful of live performances to take place in August, mostly as part of festivals. The band's website also indicates that the first single will be “The Day That Never Comes,” for which the group has already shot an ambitious video. ?Russell Hall
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News Bytes: No Led Zep, New Clash CD/DVD, and Disturbed Crash

08.01.2008

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Hope for another one-off Led Zeppelin show, or full-blown reunion tour, took another knife to the back with various news outlets reporting that talks surrounding the band's suppossed gig at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, England are now completely "dead in the water." The hopes of many were raised this past February when it was revealed that Zep rep Harvey Goldsmith was discussing the possibility of staging another Zeppelin concert at the Welsh stadium. Officials for the stadium, however, now say that any plans for a show are on hold—at least for now. "It would be great if they would, but as far as we know that is dead in the water," said stadium manager Gerry Toms.
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Lollapalooza Set to Rock Chicago

08.01.2008

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A slew of top draws blow into the Windy City this weekend as Perry Farrell's Lollapalooza music festival invades Chicago's Grant Park for its annual three-day visit. With one of the most diverse line-ups in the festival's long history, Lollapalooza organizers are hoping the broad bill attracts the usual 80,000-plus that perenially congregate to the shores of Lake Michigan for a weekend of unexpected surprises and mind-boggling afterparties. This year's festival should deliver some interesting—and much anticipated—sets, including Kanye West's hopefully redeeming set in front of the nation's festival heads, Radiohead's expected epic performance, and Nine Inch Nails' likely melting of the Bud Light stage on Sunday night.
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Guitar Center Offers Bands the Chance to Open for Mötley Crüe in Contest

07.31.2008

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Guitar Center and Mötley Crüe announced today that they will provide one up-and-coming band the ultimate, career-altering opportunity?the chance to open on tour for Crüe. Starting today, through September 21 2008, bands across the United States are invited to submit their music at www.makerockhistory.com for a chance to win a prize package that includes an opening slot on Mötley Crüe’s 2009 U.S. tour (dates to be announced at a later date), $25,000 cash, $20,000 in exclusive new gear from Gibson Guitar, management from Tenth St. Entertainment, and a recording deal from Eleven Seven Music, Mötley’s management and record label.
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Velvet Revolver Eye Liv Tyler’s Ex-Hub Royston Langdon for Frontman

Ellen Mallernee
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07.30.2008

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Velvet Revolver are soldiering on in their quest for a new frontman to replace Scott Weiland, and the latest candidate is Royston Langdon. Don’t recall who Langdon is? You may remember that his former band Spacehog had a big hit in 1995 with “In the Meantime.” Still not ringing a bell? See video below.
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Jack White and Alicia Keys Pair for James Bond Theme

Ellen Mallernee
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07.30.2008

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Billboard.com reports that Alicia Keys and the White Stripes’ Jack White have signed on to record the theme song to the next James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace, due in U.S. theaters on November 7. It had earlier been speculated that troubled singer Amy Winehouse or new vocal sensation Leona Lewis would provide the theme.
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