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Check Out Rush's Return to American Television After 33 Years

Jerry McCulley
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07.17.2008

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The last time Rush appeared on television, Gerald Ford was in the White House and a gallon of gas could be had for around 50 cents. Returning to the small screen for the first time in 33 years, the veteran Canadian prog rockers immediately showed their good humor on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report by sitting for a typically loopy interview, with host Stephen Colbert perched on a VH1-inspired stool so tall it required a safety harness. Then the band closed the show with a bracing performance of their 1981 hit, “Tom Sawyer” whose expansiveness was part of a running gag on the show. Check out the sweet Les Paul Custom Alex Lifeson uses on the performance!
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Crosby, Stills & Nash to Hit Studio for First Time in 14 Years—with Rick Rubin

Ellen Mallernee
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07.17.2008

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Crosby, Stills & Nash are to due to hit the studio together again, this time with world-class producer Rick Rubin. In the works is a covers album on the Columbia Records imprint.
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Gibson Pro Audio Amps Band-in-a-Box’s Latest Release

David Sprague
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07.16.2008

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Band-in-a-Box [www.bandinabox.com] is poised for a new release called RealTracks, and Gibson Pro Audio has provided amplifiers to be used on the recordings. PG Music President Peter Gannon said, “PG Music and Band-in-a-Box are pleased to announce an alliance with Gibson Pro Audio. Our latest release of Band-in-a-Box, due in September 2008, will feature amplifiers from the Gibson and Epiphone brands that will be used in the production. These will be used for RealTracks, which are recordings of live musicians that can be used in Band-in-a-Box. Type in any chord progression into Band-in-a-Box, choose a style with RealTracks, and you’ll be hearing, instead of MIDI, the actual recordings of the musicians, playing your chord progression, as recorded with great Gibson and Epiphone amplifiers.”
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Elton John Gets Ice Cream Flavor

Ellen Mallernee
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07.15.2008

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The Rocket Man is taking off with a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor of his very own. “Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road” is a limited-edition sweet that’s being heralded as “an outrageous symphony of decadent chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle, and white chocolate chunks.”
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Daughtry Sorting Out Sophomore Album

Ellen Mallernee
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07.15.2008

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This past December Chris Daughtry told us that he and his bandmates already had 17 songs completed for their sophomore album, the high-pressure follow-up to Daughtry, which was the top-selling album of 2007. “Some songs are coming out a little heavier than the last record, and some songs are just way more beautiful,” Daughtry said then.
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Rush to Play Colbert Report

Ellen Mallernee
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07.15.2008

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Appearing on American television for the first time in 33 years, Canadian rock band Rush will perform their 1981 hit "Tom Sawyer" on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report Wednesday, July 16. Rush could last be found on U.S. television in 1975 during an airing of the variety program Don Kirschner's Rock Concert.
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Dave Grohl Cancels Sold-Out Red Rocks Shows

Ellen Mallernee
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07.14.2008

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According to the Foo Fighters Web site yesterday, the band has canceled tonight and tomorrow's shows at Colorado's feted Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Frontman Dave Grohl has been suffering from a severe sore throat, and could only sing one of the two songs he was scheduled to perform at a Saturday taping of VH1 Rock Honors: The Who. Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes reportedly took over singing duties for the Foo Fighters' second number. Entertainment Weekly reports that Grohl's throat is injured as the result of long sets on their U.S. tour, and that he's under doctor's orders to rest. The Red Rocks shows have been rescheduled for September 8 and 9. Tickets for the July 14 show will be honored for the September 8 date, and tickets for the July 15 show will be honored for September 9. Grohl says, "As much as it kills us to postpone shows, I'm in no shape to deliver the kind of balls-out performances that you guys deserve. We're already looking forward to September when we can make it up to everyone ten times over. It's gonna be great."
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Gibson Partners with Willie Nelson and Commits to Use Biodiesel to Fuel Fleet of Tour Buses

Ellen Mallernee
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07.14.2008

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“Gibson guitars are among the greatest guitars ever made, and I’ve played them all my life,” said Willie Nelson at an event in Dallas, Texas to announce Gibson’s commitment to using only biodiesel to fuel its tour buses. “I’m glad to know that they’re realizing the importance of biodiesel and are putting it into all their equipment.” For more than 20 years, country singer Willie Nelson has been one of the most recognizable advocates of the American farmer. As founder and president of Farm Aid, Nelson has been involved in campaigns spotlighting the plight of the family farm, holding benefit concerts and raising money to help with the changing industry. Now, the legendary singer has a whole new approach to promoting American farm life?BioWillie, a premium biodiesel brand. BioWillie is produced to help eliminate America’s dependence on foreign oil, put the American family farmer back to work, and clean up the environment.
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David Lee Roth: Allergic to Nuts? Or Criticism?

Ellen Mallernee
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07.11.2008

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News of the very weird: According to a news station in Ontario, Canada (and the cops and the townspeople they have on record in a video broadcast), Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth was pulled over for speeding more than a month ago and subsequently informed officers he was having a medical emergency after ingesting some nuts that he was allergic to. The officers say they called the rock star an ambulance and saved his life, but now Roth has come out to say the whole incident never happened. “I was in Canada only from July 1st through the 4th for a performance at the Quebec City Summer Festival,” Roth said in a statement issued Thursday. “I had no encounters or incidents with the police. The only thing I’m allergic to is criticism.” Huh?
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Faces Considering a Reunion

07.11.2008

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One of the surviving members of the legendary Faces has confirmed that all former bandmates have held preliminary discussions regarding the possibility of a reunion, according to a report from the BBC. Former Faces keyboard player Ian McLagan told BBC 6 Music that, "We're hoping to get together later this year to play and then we may have some news." McLagan confirmed that he and his former bandmates, including Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, and Kenney Jones, are finally getting serious about returning to the stage together for the first time in nearly four decades. "I want it to happen badly," McLagan said. "Rod hasn't wanted to do it for a long time. He didn't see the need in it, but I think he really wants to now. It's going to be great if it does happen."
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