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Panic! At the Disco’s Sophomore Effort Due in March

12.14.2007

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Panic! At the Disco, the upstart, Las Vegas-based indie band whose 2005 debut album not only became a muscular success, but went on to eclipse many a music industry veteran by winning Video of the Year honors at the 2006 MTV awards, is putting the final touches on their Rob Mathes-produced follow-up album, now due for release in March. Guitarist/lyricist Ryan Ross, who’s previously expressed discomfort with the digital studio polish of Panic!’s debut, told Billboard magazine that the new album will have a more organic sound, one that’s a deliberate departure from the “emo” tag that’s dogged them since their breakthrough.
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Video of the Day: Daft Punk "Robot Rock"

Ellen Mallernee
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12.13.2007

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Check out this gem from Daft Punk duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. The song, "Robot Rock," is off the band's 2005 album Human After All and features a sweet double neck SG.
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Finger-Pickin’ Delta Blues Legend “Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks, Dead at 67

12.13.2007

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Jerry Ricks, a Philly-born guitar player best known for his expert finger-picking and unique style of country blues, died this past Monday in a clinic in Croatia, according to a report from the Associated Press and the Croatian Music Union. Ricks, 67, and his wife Nancy moved to the Balkan nation earlier this year. He suffered a stroke in mid-August and had been hospitalized in Rijeka ever since.
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Rock and Roll Forefather and Pioneer Ike Turner Dead at 76

Ellen Mallernee
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12.12.2007

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Celebrity website TMZ.com reports that music legend and Gibson friend Ike Turner died today at his home in San Marcos, California. Sources close to the family say they believe Turner, 76, died in his sleep. Rest in peace, Ike
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Robot Guitar Fanfare Gone Wild in New York!

Ellen Mallernee
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12.10.2007

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On Friday, December 7, Rochester, New York’s House of Guitars really pulled out all the stops for the launch of the revolutionary Robot Guitar, inviting a marching band and cheerleading squad to spearhead the fanfare up to the Robot’s 5 p.m. launch. The guy in the homemade robot costume didn’t hurt either. In line with the majority of dealers around the world, House of Guitars sold out of the Robot Guitar within an hour! Visit the Robot Guitar here.
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Ozzy’s Auction Raises $800K for Charity

12.06.2007

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A weekend auction of items from the former Beverly Hills mansion of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon lured an eclectic mix of art collectors and heavy metal fans from as far away as Germany to the Gibson Showcase in Beverly Hills. Darren Julien, whose Julien Auctions company ran the event, told the Associated Press that “we had Ozzy fans bidding against these sophisticated fine art buyers, which you don’t see everyday. For the most part the metalheads were outbidding the art crowd.” Julien noted that items associated with the Osbourne’s popular MTV reality series were the most sought after: a bat coat sold for $3,300, while a pair of Ozzy’s familiar round eyeglasses brought $5,250, and a pair of skull-emblazoned sneakers went for $2,625. The auction brought in nearly what the auction house initially predicted, with all proceeds going to fund The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Headline Superbowl XLII Halftime Show

12.05.2007

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The National Football League has confirmed that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform during the halftime show for Super Bowl XLII. The league’s announcement effectively quashed rumors that the headliner for the 2008 halftime spectacular might be the Eagles or Bruce Springsteen. The NFL has focused on booking classic rock/guitar-oriented performers—Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and Prince—for the show in the wake of bad publicity stemming from Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 event. Super Bowl XLII will be played on February 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and will air on the Fox network.—Jerry McCulley
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R.E.M, Beastie Boys, Gov't Mule, and Sam Bush Top Langerado Festival's 2008 Lineup

11.30.2007

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Music legends R.E.M., the Beastie Boys, and Gibson artists Warren Haynes—with Gov't Mule—and Sam Bush are among the slew of top acts recently announced for the Langerado Music Festival, set for March 6-9, 2008 near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The sixth annual gathering, which now officially expands from a day festival to a camping event, also gets a new location next year: the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, which is located off Florida’s infamous Alligator Alley, approximately 30 miles west of Fort Lauderdale. The venue is best known as being the site of the world’s largest millennium concert on December 31, 1999, hosted by Phish.
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Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Boasts Terrific Line-Up

Russell Hall
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11.28.2007

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This year's "Warren Haynes Christmas Jam," an event staged annually in Haynes' hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, boasts one the best lineups in its 19 years of existence. In addition to Haynes' band Gov't Mule, the rocking extravaganza will feature Peter Frampton, Jackson Browne, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Bruce Hornsby, G Love, and Stockholm Syndrome. Rounding out the show will be special guests Mike Barnes, Mike Farris, Audley Freed, Co. Bruce Hampton, Ron Holloway, Jason Isbell, and Kevn Kinney. The concert will take place on December 15 at the Asheville Civic Center, with a special VIP pre-jam show set held the previous day at Asheville's renowned indie venue The Orange Peel. As always, proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity, with ticket prices set at $46.50 plus a $1.00 Civic Center fee. Last year the event drew 7,200 fans from around the U.S. and overseas. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. —Russell Hall
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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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