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Drowning Pool Victimized By Burglary—Band Seeks Fans' Help in Nabbing Thieves

Russell Hall
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11.28.2007

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Texas-based rockers Drowning Pool lost thousands of dollars worth of equipment in a burglary that occurred the day before Thanksgiving at the group's rehearsal facility in Dallas, Texas. In an effort to nab the perpetrators, the group has called on fans to form a "virtual neighborhood watch." Specifically, Texas news station CBS 11 aired footage from a surveillance video that shows the thieves the act. That footage can be viewed here, and also at Drowning Pool's Myspace page. The band asks that anyone who recognizes the men on camera please call the Dallas Police Department at 877-373-8477. The group is currently rehearsing material from their recent album, Full Circle, in preparation for a tour set to begin in early 2008. —Russell Hall
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Interpol Avoids Big-Box Stores With New Live EP

Russell Hall
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11.28.2007

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Acclaimed New York City-based band Interpol have decided to release their first-ever official live recording exclusively through thinkindie.com, an Internet-based distributor purported to represent "the best independent music stores in America." The six-song EP features two tracks from Interpol's gold-certified 2002 debut Turn On the Bright Lights, and four tracks from Our Love To Admire, the band's latest album, released in July of this year. Recorded at the Astoria in London on July 2, 2007, the aptly titled Interpol Live is said to "capture the power of Interpol's enigmatic stage show," according to a press release. A complete list of outlets represented by thinkindie.com—which also services independent retailers with exclusive and rare items not available at big-box stores—can be found at the company's website.
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Butch Walker Loses Possessions, Including an Extensive Gibson Collection, to California Wildfire

Russell Hall
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11.28.2007

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This past weekend it was widely reported that Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Flea lost his $4.8 million home in the wildfires that devastated parts of Malibu in recent weeks. Now it has come to light that the house also contained the belongings of musician/producer Butch Walker, and that those items were lost in the fire as well. "I had just consolidated my entire recording studio and house from Atlanta into the one house in Malibu," Walker said, in a prepared statement. "I lost everything I've ever owned. Every master of every song I've ever recorded, every piece of recording equipment, guitars, drums, and things I've collected over the years, cars, motorcycles, every family memorial, heirloom, picture, and document we ever had ... Gone. I feel like I finally know the difference between 'going back' and 'going home'."
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Black Crowes Wrap Production On Album, Introduce Luther Dickinson As New Guitarist

Ellen Mallernee
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11.27.2007

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The finishing production touches on the Black Crowes' new album Warpaint are now officially complete, and the band has announced the international album release date as March 4. Warpaint will be the band's first studio album of all new material in seven years, and will debut North Mississippi Allstars hotshot guitarist Luther Dickinson as one of the Black Crowes' new band members. Keyboardist Adam MacDougall is also joining forces with the Southern rock band, which includes singer Chris Robinson, guitarist Rich Robinson, drummer Steve Gorman, and bassist Sven Pipien. The album's title, Chris Robinson says, is symbolic of “the revolution that could take place in all our souls.” —Ellen Mallernee
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Quiet Riot Frontman Kevin DuBrow Dies

Ellen Mallernee
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11.27.2007

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Kevin DuBrow, the ebullient leader of '80s glam metal band Quiet Riot, was found dead in his Las Vegas, Nevada home on Sunday. He was 52. According to The New York Times, the cause of DuBrow's death is still being investigated by the Clark County, Nevada coroner's office. Though Quiet Riot is best known for their cover of Slade's "Cum On Feel the Noize," which hit No. 5 on the Billboard chart in 1983, the band's contributions to metal were ultimately far weightier than their album sales. The first metal band to climb to the top of the pop album charts, Quiet Riot paved the way for the commerical success of Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe.
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Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, and Buddy Miller Announce Three Girls and Their Buddy Tour

Ellen Mallernee
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11.26.2007

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Alt-country top dogs Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, and Buddy Miller have announced the Three Girls and Their Buddy tour, a 12-city run that’s sure to knock the socks off anyone who’s ever liked a sweet, sad country song. Catch up with them at the following stops: 1/11 ? Chattanooga, TN ? Tivoli Theater 1/12 ? Knoxville, TN ? Tennessee Theater 1/14 ? Chapel Hill, NC ? Memorial Hall 1/15 ? Asheville, NC ? Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 1/17 ? Roanoke, VA ? Roanoke PAC 1/18 ? Indianpolis, IN ? Clowes Hall 1/19 ? Milwaukee, WI ? Pabst Theatre 1/20 ? Lexington, KY ? Singletary Theater 1/22 ? Athens, OH ? Ohio U Templeton-Blackburn 1/24 ? Cleveland, OH ? Allen Theater 1/25 ? Pittsburgh, PA ? Carnegie Music Hall 1/26 ? Ann Arbor, MI ? Folk Fest —Ellen Mallernee
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Hawthorne Heights Guitarist Casey Calvert Dead at 26

Ellen Mallernee
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11.26.2007

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Hawthorne Heights guitarist Casey Calvert was found dead Saturday in his tour bus outside of Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club. The news has shocked family members, friends, and fans worldwide. Over the weekend, a posting on the Ohio-based rock band’s homepage said that Calvert died during his sleep of an unknown cause. Calvert spent the Thanksgiving holiday at home with his family in Ohio before playing a show Friday night in Detroit that kicked off Hawthorne Heights’ mammoth Wintour ’07 tour with Escape Fate, Amber Pacific, the A.K.A.s, and Secret Handshake. At 2:30 p.m. the next day—hours before the band was set to take stage in D.C. for the second date of the tour—police found Calvert unconscious.
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Wolfmother Begin Work on 'Explosive' New Album

Ellen Mallernee
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11.22.2007

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Two years ago, Wolfmother's eponymous first album—a propulsive fusion of Zeppelin and Sabbath, shrieks and yowls—came rocketing out of Australia, and stayed lodged for 30 weeks on a Billboard chart otherwise barren of classic rock. This week, Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale announced that the hard rockin' foursome have already laid down 10 tracks for their follow-up. Of the album, Stockdale told Rolling Stone, "It's kind of cinematic and it's kind of epic, but there's also this fully aggressive side that's undeniably explosive." Stockdale told Gibson early this year that he developed the first of the new tracks on his own, in a Brisbane studio last Christmas. "All the stuff I just kind of did by myself," he said. "That’s me playing drums, and guitars, and bass. We had two months off over Christmas, and I had all these ideas. I just opened the phone book and went into this little studio in Brisbane. They had no air conditioning. It was this little shack next to car yards, and I just went in there and started putting ideas out there. I wanted to find out what you could do in a crappy little studio in the middle of nowhere. The tools are there for everyone. Rock and roll is not rocket science. The resources are always there." —Ellen Mallernee
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Glasgow: New Home of Record High Ticket Price … and Low?

11.21.2007

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A Glasgow resident recently paid the equivalent of $170,000 for a pair of tickets—face value $510—to Led Zeppelin’s December 10 London reunion show, but another UK rock fan got a considerably better bargain. While John Lydon was recently grousing, “Do you know how broke the Pistols were? Until that’96 reunion tour, we never got a pay-off at all. We never saw a penny,” British music sources reported two admissions to this week’s Sex Pistols’ show in Glasgow sold via eBay for precisely that amount: one pence each.
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Van Halen Extends Reunion Tour Into 2008

11.21.2007

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Van Halen’s long-anticipated, decade-delayed reunion tour with singer David Lee Roth has gone so well that the band has added more dates, stretching the tour into at least March 2008. In addition to a previously announced March 30 show in St. Louis—a make-up date for a previously postponed show—the band has added several other dates in cities across the Midwest and Southeast. The spacing of those concert dates strongly suggests that additional shows will also be added. The expanded schedule bolsters Roth’s previous contentions that the current reunion “is not like the Police—we’re not going to do one tour. The idea is that this will continue on and on.”
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