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Hank Thompson, Texas Honky Tonk and Western Swing Pioneer, Dead at 82

11.08.2007

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Country music star Hank Thompson passed away in his suburban home outside Ft. Worth, Texas, just days after he’d announced his retirement and cancelled a pending tour after a brief hospital stay. The 82-year-old performer’s last show was just three weeks ago, an event where Texas governor Rick Perry and Mayor Virginia DuPuy declared October 8 “Hank Thompson Day” in the singer’s hometown of Waco. According to Thompson spokesman and Heart of Texas Records executive Tracy Pitcox, the 82-year-old singer had been battling an aggressive form of lung cancer.
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Page’s Promising Pinkie Prognosis

Jerry McCulley
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11.07.2007

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The broken little finger that forced Jimmy Page to postpone Led Zeppelin’s much anticipated reunion – and the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute concert hosting it – until December 10, is healing well. “I’ve broken fingers before, a lot worse than this,” Zep’s axe god assured reporters covering Page’s first public appearance since the accident, receiving a “Living Legend” award at London’s Classic Rock Awards, an event where Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler presented the guitarist with a vintage Les Paul that had been inscribed by Les Paul himself. Jimmy also revealed details of his accident for the first time, telling the BBC that he’d fractured the little finger of his left – and fretboard - hand after a fall in his garden that he chalked up to the time of year.
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White Stripes Feeling Good, Recording New Material

11.07.2007

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The White Stripes, who’ve been at home resting since the cancellation of a string of shows in September due to drummer Meg White’s bout with “acute anxiety,” have returned to the studio and are in the process of recording new material, according to the band’s website. Meg’s partner and White Stripes frontman Jack White has assured fans that Meg is well on her way to making a full recovery, and that a return to the studio should help speed up the process even further. According to a post on the group’s website, the band has recorded “three never-before-heard original songs (with a special collaboration) and one unique new version of a song from (new album) Icky Thump.” Jack White also mentioned the band has filmed a new video for one of the new, original songs.—Gabriel J. Hernandez
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Old CBGB Space to House Men's Clothing Store

Ellen Mallernee
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11.07.2007

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Since its closing in October 2006, iconic New York rock club CBGB has been vacant. But that famosly dingy stage hasn't seen its last days yet. Plans were announced Tuesday for designer John Varvatos to occupy the space at 315 Bowery with one of his upscale menswear stores. Fifty-two-year-old Varvatos remembers seeing the Ramones perform at CBGB, one of just many bands who launched their careers at the rock club. Varvatos says he plans to keep the rock spirit alive by preserving the stage and hosting in-store performances. "I want to create something with a little bit of the heart and soul from what was there," he said. The store will open March 2008.—Ellen Mallernee
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Director John Sayles Makes Film Centered On Deep South Blues

Russell Hall
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11.05.2007

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Filmmaker John Sayles has written and directed a movie centered on the blues of the Deep South. Titled Honeydripper, the film features several musicians, including Keb' Mo', Stax Records veteran Dr. Mable John, Howlin' Wolf/Muddy Waters band alumnus Eddie Shaw, and—most notably—up-and-coming Austin-based guitarist Gary Clark Jr. Alongside the likes of Danny Glover and Mary Steenburgen, Clark stars as a young guitar prodigy named "Sonny," occupying a role he fits in real life as well. In a press release Sayles says he wanted to explore the genesis of rock and roll.
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Buckcherry Offering Big Prizes In Video Contest

Russell Hall
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11.02.2007

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In what's becoming a trend of sorts, Buckcherry is offering aspiring musicians and video-makers an opportunity to win some lucrative prizes. All that's required for a chance to win is to create your own video for the band's song "Sorry," and then post the results on YouTube. According to the band's website and record label, the three videos that receive the most plays by November 30 will receive the spoils. First prize is a whopping $4,000; second prize is $1,000; and third prize is a signed copy of Buckcherry's album, 15. For more information, visit the band's website (www.buckcherry.com/). --Russell Hall
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Warren Haynes And Other Artists Creating Musician's Village In New Orleans

11.02.2007

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Jimmy Page Fractures Finger, Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert Postponed

11.01.2007

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RollingStone.com is reporting that the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute concert has been pushed back. Apparently, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page fractured his finger last week and because of the injury, he can’t play the guitar for three weeks. That means that the November 26th gig, at which Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman and Foreigner are also slated to perform, will now be pushed back until December 10th. In a statement, Page explained, “I am disappointed that we are forced to postpone the concert by two weeks. However, Led Zeppelin have always set very high standards for ourselves, and we feel that this postponement will enable my injury to properly heal, and permit us to perform at the level that both the band and our fans have always been accustomed to.” Tickets bought for the original show will be honored on the new date and refunds will be available. The article points out that in 1975, Plant hurt his finger in a train door but continued to tour. Nonetheless, it is only two more weeks after a 27 year absence.
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Ozzy Auctions Off Four-Wheeler That Nearly Killed Him

David Sprague
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11.01.2007

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As anyone who’s ever seen an episode of the Osbourne family’s reality series can vouch, Ozzy Osbourne has an amazing knack for turning a negative into a positive?a streak he’ll attempt to further later this fall when he auctions off the all-terrain vehicle that nearly killed him in an accident some four years back. The Wizard is hoping to raise roughly 3,000 bucks in the auction?which will also include a number of other items from the Osbourne household, some of which, we’d wager, have been soiled by Oz and Sharon’s not-quite-housebroken menagerie (by which we mean their doggies, not those irascible kids). The still-shredded condition of the vehicle, a Yamaha “Banshee” Quad Bike, attests to its authenticity, and the promise that proceeds from the sale will go to a cancer charity verifies the sincerity of the singer’s effort. ?David Sprague
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1,730 Guitarists Play “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” In Unison

David Sprague
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11.01.2007

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Admittedly, India is known more for producing sitar masters than blazing guitarists, but the country has made a bid to storm the six-string section of the Guinness Book of World Records, gathering 1,730 players for a mass strum-along to Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” If the effort, which took place last Friday on a remote hilltop in northeast India, is certified by the Guinness folk, the current record holders?1,721 metal-mongering Midwesterners who gathered last year in Kansas City to jam on “Smoke on the Water”?will have to seek out another path to fame. ?David Sprague
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