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Kanye West Calls Bonnaroo Organizers "Squid Brains"

Ellen Mallernee
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06.25.2008

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Kanye West at Bonnaroo has been the most talked about performance of the festival, held in Manchester, Tennessee two weekends ago. West, who was scheduled to come on the main stage at 2:45 a.m. early on Sunday, June 15, didn't come out until 4:25 a.m., angering fans. At last, West has broken his silence on the matter, taking to his blog to defend himself.
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Randy Jackson Reveals Thoughts On New Journey Singer

Ellen Mallernee
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06.25.2008

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It was slightly unconventional for Journey to recruit unknown Filipino singer Arnela Pineda last year to front the band. Sure, Pineda was in a Journey cover band back home and he had some pretty convincing performance clips on YouTube, but that didn't stop some industry types from scoffing. Now American Idol judge—oh and he's a producer, too—Randy Jackson is weighing in on Pineda.
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Sebastian Bach: "There's Only a Couple Times Axl's Ever Gotten Mad at Me"

Ellen Mallernee
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06.24.2008

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Yesterday rollingstone.com reported on their phone call with onetime Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, who is a friend and collaborator of Axl Rose. The mag asked Bach about the nine tracks leaked last week that were reportedly from Guns N' Roses' years-in-the-making album Chinese Democracy. Rolling Stone says we'll have to wait for their mag to come out to read Bach's reply, but it seems he gave them plenty of extra Axl-related material to work with in the meantime.
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Juliana Hatfield Writes Memoir About “Quest to Find a New Purpose in Life”

Ellen Mallernee
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06.24.2008

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Juliana Hatfield’s new album How to Walk Away is due out on August 19 on her own label Ye Old Records, but it’s her forthcoming biography When I Grow Up: A Memoir that’s really gotten people talking. Her publisher calls it “an engaging literary memoir that will resonate with anyone who’s lost faith in a dream.” The book chronicles Hatfield’s rise to fame during the early ’90s, when just out of her Boston high school, she joined indie rock band the Blake Babies before becoming a hit solo artist.
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New Staind Single Hits Radio Tomorrow

Ellen Mallernee
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06.23.2008

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Staind's new album The Illusion of Progress hits stores on August 9, but first they'll debut "Believe," the LP's first single, which will get radio airplay and become available on iTunes beginning tomorrow, June 24. The Illusion of Progress will be Staind's fourth album. The alternative metal group, who have sold more than 15 million albums to date, recorded the new album with producer Johnny K, the man behind 3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Plain White T's, and Finger Eleven. "We went into the studio with the mindset of making our heaviest record yet, but the record that came out has flavors of Pink Floyd and straight-up blues," frontman Aaron Lewis says. "We didn’t use the same rigs that we use on-stage; we used all vintage guitars and amps, and I’m pretty psyched about it! The songs are pretty timeless in their texture." Beginning July 4 in Muskegon, Michigan, Staind will tour with 3 Doors Down and Nickelback, respectively, throughout the summer and fall.
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Phish Reunion Imminent?

Ellen Mallernee
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06.23.2008

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Jamtopia.com reports that, in keeping with a flurry of recent rumors, a Phish reunion is likely just around the corner, and that U2 and Dave Matthews producer Steve Lillywhite will be behind the boards on a forthcoming Phish album. (Phish recorded with Lillywhite previously on their 1996 LP Billy Breathes.) In May, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio told Rolling Stone, “When Phish broke up, I made some comment about how I’m not gonna go around playing ‘You Enjoy Myself’ for the rest of my life. And it’s so funny because [Jon] Fish[man] and Mike [Gordon] and Page [McConnell] have been talking to each other a lot lately and now—it’s not that I can’t believe that I said that, but it's symbolic of how much I lost my mind or how much I lost my bearings or something. Because at this point in time I would give my left nut to play that song five times in a row every day until I die." Phish formed in Vermont in 1983 and broke up in 2004.
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Woody Allen Bestows Sudden Fame on Little-Known Band

Ellen Mallernee
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06.19.2008

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The trailer of Woody Allen's latest film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, due out September 5, is without dialogue. Instead, an upbeat little Spanish song called "Barcelona" from virtually unknown band Giulia y Los Tellarini plays throughout. In response, the band—which has a modest 222 friends on MySpace and released their first album on iTunes just last month—has gotten a flurry of press recently, with the Hollywood Reporter and Reuters picking up the story stateside.
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Iron Maiden Tribute Album Details!

Ellen Mallernee
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06.19.2008

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Blabbermouth.net reports on Kerrang! magazine's in-the-works Iron Maiden tribute album: "The track listing and details for this world-exclusive release will be revealed next week and the CD will be available free only with the July 19 issue of Kerrang!" To be titled Maiden Heaven, the album is the work of 15 different bands—Machine Head and Dream Theater among others—who've recorded "unique" covers of Iron Maiden's greatest hits. Kerrang! reader Felipe Franco of Bogota, Colombia won a contest to design the album's artwork (at left), which feature's Maiden's longstanding mascot Eddie. Franco told the magazine, "This is the best news! This is the second Iron Maiden artwork contest I've won! I won a competition earlier this year, commemorating Iron Maiden's first Colombian concert at Bogota's Simon Bolivar Park on February 28.Thanks for coming up with contests like this. It promotes art in the metal scene, something that goes hand-in-hand with our way of life. Up the Irons!" Iron Maiden formed in 1975, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
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Kings of Leon Talk Family Fights, Pain Pills, and the New Album

Ellen Mallernee
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06.18.2008

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Kings of Leon singer/guitarist Caleb Followill told Rolling Stone’s Smoking Section this week that he, his two brothers, and his cousin—the members of Tennessee rock band Kings of Leon—have almost completed recording their fourth album at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio. That the Kings are already raring to go with a new album is of note; their last album, the incredible Because of the Times, was released just 14 months ago, and they’ve since been on a heady world tour, opening for Pearl Jam most recently. Caleb also recovered from surgery on his arm this year, following a fistfight with older brother and KOL drummer Nathan.
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Clapton, Trucks, Tedeschi, and Randolph to Guest on New Buddy Guy Album

06.17.2008

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Guitar legend, Grammy winner, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy has recruited some all-star guests for his new album, Skin Deep, due July 22 on Silvertone/Zomba. Eric Clapton guests on Guy’s “Every Time I Sing the Blues,” and slide guitar man Robert Randolph jams on “Out in the Woods” and “That’s My Home.” Blues vocalist Susan Tedeschi pairs with guitar virtuoso husband Derek Trucks on “Too Many Tears,” and Trucks stops in again on the title track. Both “Skin Deep” and “That’s Not My Home” can be previewed on Guy’s MySpace page. Guy, who is 71, last released 2006’s Can’t Quit the Blues. He begins a tour of the United States on July 23 with George Thorogood & the Destroyers.
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