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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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