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Day in Rock Report for 06/16/2011

Cee Lo Motley Crue F**k You Jam- Mike Portnoy's New Band- New Staind CD- Linkin Park Working On New Album- Springsteen and Seeger- Liam Finn New Album Stream- more
(hennemusic) Motley Crue got into a live mashup Tuesday night during their set at the Hollywood Bowl. Singer Cee Lo Green joined the Crue as the unlikely pairing performed a mashup of Motley's "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" with the soul singer's hit "Forget You" (aka "F**k You"). Watch it here

(Billboard) Linkin Park is planning to follow last year's "A Thousand Suns" with a fifth album that explores controversial topics. "We've learned how to deal with politics, faith and other things," Chester Bennington said about the album, which the band has been working on for two months. more

(BBC) Drawings by Paul McCartney are withdrawn from sale at auction after a legal challenge over ownership. more

Yesterday we told you about the June 28th release of Bad Company Live at Wembleyon CD, DVD & Blu-ray. Today, we have a preview for you. Check out the band rockin' "Feel Like Making Love" here

Culture Brats have a new interview with Joe "Shithead" Keithley, legendary frontman for the punk band D.O.A. Joe talks about his recent book, life on the road, how today's bands have it both easier and harder than D.O.A. did when they were first starting out. Check it out here

Antiquiet has a full-album stream of Liam Finn's latest creation and labor of love, FOMO, a week before it comes out on June 21. Listen here

(AA) Creatively titled 'Seven,' Staind will release their seventh studio album reportedly in late September. The first single, "Not Again" is due out later next month. more

(Billboard) Bruce Springsteen has recorded a new Pete Seeger song for a Seeger album that is penciled in for release this holiday season. more

(Classic Rock) Mike Portnoy finally has a name for his new project. It's called Adrenaline Mob and, apart from the former Dream Theater drummer, the line-up also features Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, guitarists Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp) and Rich Ward (Fozzy/Stuck Mojo), and bassist Paul DiLeo more

(PNO) A reader sent an account of a recent Against Me! show in Rochester, NY that ended rather strangely after it was alledged that the venue, Water Street Music Hall, was overcharging for tickets at the door. Frontman Tom Gabel was alerted via twitter and took the venue to task, demanding that fans in attendance be refunded the difference both prior to and during the band's set. After Gabel called out the venue's practices while onstage, members of the crowd and security guards ended up in a scuffle, which ended with the house lights coming up, guitars and mic stands being hurled intro the crowd and what sounds like an awful lot of chaos. more

(The 1st Five) The line up and details for this year's FYF Fest have been announced which will feature Descendents, Death From Above 1979, Explosions in the Sky, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Guided By Voices and more

(BW&BK) Def Leppard's new live album, Mirror Ball, has landed at 16 on the Billboard 200, selling approximately 20,000 copies in the US in it's first week of release. more

(SRX) Former Warrant vocalist Jani Lane is currently writing songs for himself and other artists, and is hoping to put 'something' out later this year. more
On this day in 1962, The Konrads (featuring Dave Jones later to become David Bowie), made their live debut when they played at Bromley Technical School in Kent, England. more

(PNO) Shonen Knife will celebrate thirty years together by paying tribute to their "biggest musical inspira¬tions," The Ramones. The pop-punk trio from Japan will be releasing Osaka Ramones on July 19, 2011 . The album will feature 13 Ramones classics more

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan recorded "Like A Rolling Stone" at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles made a surprise live appearance on the U.K. television program Top of the Pops, performing "Paperback Writer" and "Rain." It became The Beatles' last live musical television appearance, with the sole exception of the June 1967 worldwide transmission of "All You Need Is Love."

On this day in 1982, Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

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Metallica Team Up With Lou Reed For New Album
The speculation around the mysterious new Metallica project has now ended with the surprising news that the metal veterans have just completed recording a new album with rock legend Lou Reed. Here is what the band had to say:

A few months ago, our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new Metallica project that's "not really 100 percent a Metallica record." While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series of push-ups!), we are more than proud to announce that we have just completed recording a full length album that is a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.

Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together. Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months. more on this story

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Bob Dylan Snubbed
(Gibson) Rock legend Bob Dylan has been snubbed by officials in London. Dylan had been nominated for the Freedom of Haringey to mark his recent 70th birthday and his long connections to the borough. Dylan has been a frequent visitor to the area of London that Dave Stewart calls home since the 1980s.

The plan was for Dylan to be given his honor when he played the Feis festival in London on the weekend of June 18. Unfortunately, the Borough of Haringey turned Dylan down.

According to the Daily Express, a spokesperson for the council said, "We are grateful for (the) suggestion, but the Freedom of the Borough is usually reserved for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to life in the borough." more on this story

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Shannon Tweed Vs Gene Simmons Round 3
(hennemusic) Following a few days of unbelievable public ball-busting by partner Shannon Tweed during TV interviews to promote the new season of his alleged reality series, KISS bassist Gene Simmons has unloaded about his family issues on Twitter.

Tuesday night's premiere of the first episode of the new season was an ugly affair (pardon the expression), as cameras caught Shannon calling Gene out for his lifestyle after 28 years together. Although Tweed said she's been crying for the past three years, the catalyst was the couple becoming empty nest parents, as daughter Sophie moved out to go to college. It was truly heartbreaking to watch as Gene continued his insane pursuit of making money over being with, and caring for, his family.

With every response, Simmons essentially admits he cares more about himself and money than his family. By all appearances, at least, it appears he's finally telling the truth, revealing what he's been telling the world through years of selfish behavior. That part isn't a surprise.

Shannon crying during the long ride back from taking Sophie to college. The kids coming back a month later to have dinner. The empty place setting at the table. No Gene in sight. Wait, there is a lot more including Gene's surprising Twitter comments but many still wonder... is it real?

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AC/DC Board Game Coming
(hennemusic) Hey, Metallica just did it. The Beatles, KISS and Elvis have done it, as have many others. Now it's AC/DC's turn.

Monopoly announced Wednesday that the customized AC/DC Monopoly game is going into production next week and will be available in the US this August.

It's interesting that the popular board game is still cranking out editions, but maybe the customized ones are the way to go in order to attract consumers in the digital age. more on this story

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U2 Album On Hold As Spider-Man Finally Gets Off The Ground
(Gibson) The musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is go, after debuting on Broadway 14 June. The music is by Bono and The Edge of U2 and has been a long time arriving. said: "U2 haven't written ballads this affecting in years, possibly because they were busy being U2 the rock gods and not U2 the songwriters."

"We learned the hard way about how difficult this stuff is," Bono said on its premier. "We've come through the fire and this, this show is what it needed to be from the beginning. It's really working now. We're really happy with it," added The Edge. However, a full U2 album is now on hold. In 2009, U2 promised a "companion" album to No Line on the Horizon, then a dance-influenced release. But bassist Adam Clayton now says it will be 2012 before there is more genuine U2.

"When the record is finished, we'll know what it is," Clayton told Rolling Stone. The first – a "meditative and processional" record dubbed Songs of Ascent – was originally due before the end of 2009. The band later proposed an album of club music, recorded with producers Will.I.Am, David Guetta and RedOne and a "straight" rock album, produced by Danger Mouse. "We haven't had time to go back to that material and complete it," Clayton explains. "Everyone was a bit gutted, because I think it would have been great to have got to the end of this year and have a new record out. It's not my favorite decision to put it back, but it was the only sensible decision." more on this story

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Sebastian Bach New Album Release Set
(HGM) Frontiers Records have set a September 27th release date for Sebastian Bach's brand new solo album, Kicking & Screaming.

The album was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter) and features young guitarist Nick Sterling and drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Riot, Iced Earth).

Of the new effort, Sebastian Bach commented, "I could not be happier with my new album, Kicking & Screaming. The songs, performances and sound quality are beyond what I could have ever imagined. This is my best record yet and I can't wait for all of you to crank it!" more on this story

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Trivium Announce New Album
Roadrunner has announced an August 9th release date for Trivium's brand new album In Waves and sent over these comments and details about the standard and deluxe editions.

In the words of vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy, this new album is the culmination: "In Waves to us… is Trivium. In Waves is the music, the artwork, the videos and the live show; they are all part of an interconnected whole. There's no question about it, in our eyes, that this is the most complete project we've ever done. We think we've finally made the record that we've always strived to make."

There is a unifying theme to In Waves, but it's not a concept album by any means. Heafy continued, "The album is not a concept record, but there is a certain theme to all of the visuals and sonically and visually it all ties together. We are very proud of what we've accomplished with In Waves and we are excited to share it with everyone." more on this story

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Pete Townshend's Quadrophenia Les Paul Fetches A Big Price
(Gibson) A Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop once owned by The Who's Pete Townshend has raised $50,000 at a music auction in London. It was played by Townshend during the U.S. leg of the band's Quadrophenia tour of 1973 and 1974.

A circa 1972/73 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, serial # 133625, it is one of Townshend's earliest LP Deluxes. "I lent the guitar to my brother-in-law and studio colleague, Jon Astley, in about 1975–76... When Jon tried to return it, I decided to give it to him," said Townshend.

In the accompanying letter of autheticity, Townshend wrote: "This Les Paul Deluxe guitar was originally sold to me by Bob Heil for the American tour of Quadrophenia in 1973. The majority of these early Les Pauls were in a cherry sunburst finish, but a few were the more distinctive "Gold Top." more on this story

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Gates Soundtrack To Benefit Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund
The soundtrack to the graphic novel Gates will be released digitally on July 19, 2011 with all net proceeds being donated to the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund."

Friend Slash Lover sent over word about the soundtrack and will be contributing the single "Where Have I Been All My Life" off their debut EP As American As Ones and Zeros along with new material they are currently writing for inclusion in the soundtrack series to Gates.

Gates is a graphic novel written and illustrated by good friend and Friend Slash Lover fan, Hal Hefner. "Hal and I are on the same page with a lot of the issues he writes about, so including one of our songs on the Gates soundtrack was a perfect fit. Thematically it works, plus the new recordings are a lot heavier and more energetic. We're combining a live rock band feel with some pulsing synth production techniques. It has elements that might remind you of AC/DC, Silversun Pickups and a little MGMT all mixed together," comments Friend Slash Lover songsmith and front man Josh Mintz. more on this story

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Arch Enemy Khaos Tour To Feature DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic
Arch Enemy will hit the North America road as headliners of the Khaos 2011 tour which will also feature DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic.

The North American leg of Arch Enemy's world tour will kick off in Baltimore on September 8th.

"We pledge to the United States of America and its beautiful neighbor Canada that we will only bring the utmost heavy metal 'Khaos' to your shores!" said vocalist Angela Gossow. "We can't wait to kick off this tour come September. After all the European summer festivals, we are ready to fire!" more on this story

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Eagles of Death Metal Frontman Goes Boots Electric
(GA) Eagles of Death Metal frontman, Jesse "The Devil" Hughes, will launch his solo debut as Boots Electric. Titled Honkey Kong, the album will be released on September 20th by Dangerbird Records.

It was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Depeche Mode, The Kooks) and co-written with legendary keyboardist Money Mark, best known for his many collaborations with the Beastie Boys.

Honkey Kong is the sound of Boots Electric coming out of the closet. Under the moniker, Hughes expands his sonic palette while continuing to deliver the hooks that he's known for. The electronic drums that kick off opening track "Complexity" immediately signal the new direction.
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New Morrissey Songs Online
(Gibson) Morrissey recently dropped in to Janice Long's BBC Radio 2 radio show and belted out three new songs:

"Action Is My Middle Name," "The Kid's a Looker," and "People Are the Same Everywhere."

Fans can listen to the three songs online on the radio program's official page on the BBC website here

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Iron Maiden's Dickinson Stars In A Different Kind of Video
(hennemusic) Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson's done a ton of videos over the years, but his latest on screen effort is completely different from the rest.

A well-traveled and experienced pilot, who flies Maiden around the world in the band's customized Boeing 757 called Ed Force One, Dickinson plays host in a new aviation safety program video for the U.K.'s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Tnooz reports the instructional video, entitled "Safety In The Balance," was commissioned by CAA's Ground Handling Operations Safety Team in an effort to reduce the safety risks during ground support activities. more on this story

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Steven Adler Reveals Suicide Attempts
(Rock News Desk) Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler has revealed he tried to commit suicide twice as he struggled with drug addiction issues. And to mark the end of the worst chapter of his life he published a book about his experiences, read it – then threw it in a fire.

Adler, 46, became the first member of GnR's classic lineup to leave the band when he was fired in 1990 over his inability to record because of his heroin addiction.

Since then he's spent many years trying to clean himself up – but now says the pressure led him to attempt taking his own life on two separate occasions. Adler tells Rukus magazine: "You'd think it's easy to do, but let me tell you: it's not easy. Both times I tried killing myself I took 100 valium, drank a big bottle of Jagermeister and shot up three quarters of a gram of heroin." more on this story

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Tool and Smashing Pumpkins Stars Guest on New Zenith Myth Album
(BHM) Zenith Myth will release his all-star guest filled self-titled debut on September 6 via Vibra Cobra records.

Zenith Myth is 27 year-old Mike Edwards from Los Angeles, California. Creatively blocked and unfulfilled, Edwards got divorced and left behind what many would call the "perfect life" (a house in the hills of California, a successful career, a seemingly great marriage), and moved to a small town in upstate NY for some perspective. It was there that Zenith Myth was realized.

Edwards also managed to enroll some his close friends to play on the record including Paul D'Amour (Tool), Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins), Mike Bloom (Julian Casablancas), Sam Goldberg (Broken Social Scene), and Meshell Ndegeocello. more on this story

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Says People Don't Really Know His Relationship With Lars
(Gibson) Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine has been talking about his relationship with Metallica and making musical decisions since finding Christianity.

According to Blabbermouth, he has been forced to re-consider the subject matter of some songs. "It's what the subject matter's about. I've been struggling with that. For example, 'Anarchy in the U.K.' is a song I really don't like playing because it starts off and says 'I am an Antichrist.' Well, I'm not an antichrist. Not only am I not it, I don't want to be it. I won't even be one of them. And as far as 'The Conjuring' ... it actually has the components of a hex in it and when I wrote the song it was cool and it was vogue to be into black magic and the dark side and stuff like that — so it was really cool to have lines from a hex in it. But looking back now — being a dad, being a responsible person, being a musician who has influenced a lot of lives very positively — I look at it and think, 'I don't know if I would play that live.'"

Mustaine also talked about his friendship with Metallica's Lars Ulrich who wrote liner notes for Mustaine's Peace Sells re-issue. "I was really touched. See, it just goes to show you that the relationship that Lars and I really have had over the years was private, and people really did not know what it was about." more on this story

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Bury Your Dead Need Fan Extras for Video
(MS) Bury Your Dead are calling on fans to be involved in the filming of a music video for their song "Slaughterhouse 5" on June 19th at Frankie's in Toledo, OH.

The band is having an open casting call at 7 PM the day of the shoot for fans to come out and be a part of the video, requirements are as follows:

1. You must dress as a cowboy or cowgirl 2. You want to get crazy and help create a Roadhouse themed video 3. You like to party
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D Generation Reunion Tour
(Sub) D Generation will reunite this September for a limited run of very special shows in the U.S. and Europe.

The band's original lineup--Jesse Malin, Danny Sage, Howie Pyro, Michael Wildwood, and Richard Bacchus--will play together for the first time since the late 90's.

They will be revisiting songs from their three critically acclaimed albums, including the Ric Ocasek produced cult favorite No Lunch. more on this story

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Keb Mo Launching Video Series To Preview New Album
(WMG) Next Monday Keb Mo's Facebook page will begin giving fans a preview of his new album The Reflection with exclusive video content posted every Monday & Friday through July 29 to countdown to the August 2nd release of the album.

Each of the 12 videos will focus on one song off The Reflection. Within the footage, Keb shares insight from his recording experience, personal stories, lyrical meanings, and much more - including small acoustic bits from almost every track off the record. He talks openly and candidly about his excitement for The Reflection, the journey he's taken to create each song, and what his fans can truly expect from it all.

The Facebook videos will also run in tandem with unique TNT webisodes about the hit television drama series Memphis Beat, for which Keb is the music composer and also performs the theme song. Keb will discuss the show's music, his inspiration in crafting that music, and the episodes themselves, on the day after each show airs.

Fans can access the footage by clicking the "Like" button underneath each video here

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Paul McCartney Gorillaz?
(Gibson) Paul McCartney has hinted that he wants to collaborate with Gorillaz. It may be a massive surprise to some, but Damon Albarn's Gorillaz collective have recruited Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack and Lou Reed on previous releases. The live band's most-recent lineup also includes half of The Clash, in Mick Jones and Paul Simonon.

McCartney was speaking to to promote reissues of his first two solo albums, and McCartney revealed: "We [Damon and I] have kind of talked - nothing serious, but I like what they do. It's got near a couple of times but we never had the time."

A source close to Gorillaz has now told The Sun newspaper, "Damon originally brought up the idea of doing something with Gorillaz at the Q awards [in 2007] and they have been trying to sort something since. It never worked out on the last album, Plastic Beach, but things are looking good for something in the future." more on this story

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Jonathan Wilson Debut Solo Release Coming
(BH) Bella Union Records have set a September 13th release date for Jonathan Wilson's debut solo album, Gentle Spirit.

Wilson will be heading overseas to perform a few festival dates with Jackson Browne -- he will be opening for Jackson and also collaborating onstage as part of his band along with the band Dawes.

Wilson produced the new record which features Gary Louris, Vetiver's Andy Cabic and Otto Hauser, pedal steeler Josh Grange, Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson and their organist Adam McDougal, Brian Geltner, legendary bassist Gerald Johnson, keyboardist Barry Goldberg and Gary Mallaber, former drummer with the Steve Miller Band and Van Morrison. more on this story

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Malajube Set US Album Release
(MB) Malajube have set a summer U.S. release of their new album La Caverne via MB3 Records (Royskopp, Gavin Friday).

The digital version of the album will be released on July 12th with a physical release date of September 13th.

The band who recently performed in New York with The Besnard Lakes and Wintersleep will announce U.S. tour dates in the near future.

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Rose Hill Drive Return With New Member and Set New Album Release
(Sacks & Co) Rose Hill Drive returns as a quartet, breaking with their power trio roots for the release of Americana on their newly formed Slow and Shirley Records July 12. The band is currently on tour with Stone Temple Pilots

In 2003, brothers Daniel and Jacob Sproul began practicing along with childhood friend Nate Barnes in the basement of their house on Rose Hill Drive in their hometown of Boulder, CO. Since then, the band has released two critically acclaimed albums—2006's self-titled debut and 2008's Moon is the New Earth—and several EPs.

The group took a two-year hiatus following the release of their 2008 LP, years of extensive touring and an appearance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." During their time away lead singer and bassist Jacob took up the guitar and the band added new bassist Jimmy Stofer, previously a member of Colorado favorites Hello Kavita and Dualistics as well as a touring member of The Fray. After a spring run of dates with Stone Temple Pilots, the band will continue their U.S. tour with them including select solo dates. more on this story

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Tiger Army's Nick 13 Scores Solo Hit
Tiger Army frontman Nick 13 has debuted on Billboard's Top 200 with the release of his new solo album on Nashville's famed Sugar Hill Records.

Nick 13 enters the charts at #132 as well as an impressive #2 Top New Artists/Heatseekers and #22 Top Current Country Albums, establishing himself as one of country music's newest breakout stars.

In 2010, Nick 13 premiered his country/Americana solo project at Stagecoach in Indio, CA just before country legends Ray Price and Merle Haggard. Since then, he's gone on to perform at South by Southwest, Orange County's Hootenanny and recently kicked off a headlining US tour with two sold out shows at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and will culminate with a performance at Austin City Limits in September. more on this story

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Morbid Angel Launch World Tour
Morbid Angel have kicked off their world tour that will reportedly touch down across the globe in 2011. U.S. Dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

After a fifteen year hiatus from recording together, original Morbid Angel members Trey Azagthoth and David Vincent have returned with Illud Divinum Insanus.

The line-up now includes Tim Yeung (drummer Pete Sandoval is recuperating from a back injury), and highly accomplished Norwegian guitarist Destructhor, who has been with the band for over five years, and performs on the album alongside Azagthoth. more on this story

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Judas Priest Win Icon Honor
(RockAAA) Judas Priest were named Icons at the 9th annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in London Monday night.

The metal legends recently launched their Epitaph tour, billed as the band's final world trip, although they are working on new music and will play smaller series of dates in the future.

Rob Zombie was named Golden God, as the metal and movie man received his honor from Alice Cooper; earlier this year, it was the other way around, as Zombie inducted Alice into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Other big winners included Iron Maiden (Best UK Band), Twisted Sister (Inspiration Award) and Avenged Sevenfold (Best International Band), among others. more on this story

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Le Butcherettes Announce Queens of the Stone Age Dates and Lollapalooza Appearance
Le Butcherettes are hitting the road with Queens of the Stone Age and have been added to the Lollapalooza lineup on August 5th in Chicago.

Additionally, the band will headline the L.A. date of this month's Sargent House Presents triple bill of Le Butcherettes, Tera Melos and Adebisi Shank that also hits San Francisco.

Le Butcherettes' full length debut, Sin Sin Sin was produced by Omar Rodriguez Lopez, who also plays bass on all of the album's tracks, and issued the album May 10th, 2011 on Rodriguez Lopez Productions via Sargent House. more on this story

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Anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival
(Gibson) In Carmel, California on June 16, 1967, the Summer of Love kicked off with one of the most astounding pop festivals of all time. Preceding the better-known Woodstock by two years, the Monterey International Pop Festival remains the archetypal freewheeling hippie festival, untainted by the violence or cynicism that would spoil later attempts to capture the magic of Monterey.

Mimicking some of the all-weekend jams put on by San Francisco bands like Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, Monterey put the music first. Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner told Carmel Magazine that the "eclectic idea... made [Monterey Pop] a great show. That whole weekend was just extraordinary." He continued, "Monterey Pop exuded a really friendly vibe... everyone liked each other and supported each other. So much was going on you could barely contain it all. We were in the middle of this huge rumbling of experiences...full of exciting things. We managed to play our music on acid, and it didn't seem to inflict anything negative."

The festival, put on by record producer Lou Adler and John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, was filmed by rock and roll documentary king D.A. Pennebaker. The lineup was remarkable: The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, The Grateful Dead, The Steve Miller Band, The Animals, Buffalo Springfield, Booker T. and the M.G.'s, Otis Redding, Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, The Byrds, The Mamas & the Papas, Ravi Shankar, The Association, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Johnny Rivers, Lou Rawls, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, Laura Nyro, The Blues Project, Country Joe & The Fish, Al Kooper, Electric Flag, The Butterfield Blues Band, The Paupers and Hugh Masekela. more on this story

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Glasvegas Singer Prefers Not To Go Home
(Gibson) Glasvegas singer James Allan, who spends a lot of time on the road, opts to stay at a hotel when he's home in Glasgow. According to the Daily Express, the Glasgow-born rock star has a home in the city but likes to check into the local Radisson hotel when he's back in Glasgow.

He told the Daily Record: "When I come back to Glasgow, I live in the hotel full-time. It is a bizarre existence, but the good thing is I don't allow myself to be deceived into living any kind of normal existence. If I went back home and my dog was running around and there was dinner on the table, it would confuse my tiny brain.

"You get your bed made for you. I know it is like something Elizabeth Taylor would have done. I used to walk past hotels and wonder who stayed there. Now I can cherish the moment, but let momentum take me wherever it is going to take me." more on this story

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Singled Out: Eli Cook's Deathrattle
Today Blues rock guitarist Eli Cook tells us about "Deathrattle" from his brand new album "Ace, Jack and King". Here is the story:

"Deathrattle", the first song on my new album, Ace, Jack and King, is one of the most interesting tracks. The lyrics and music are all original, but, if I were to sing the song with just hand claps backing me and add a chorus of male singers with a single mic, it would become indistinguishable from all the great old field hollers and work songs recorded in the early 20th century. The earthy, vital feel of that music is what I try to capture in my own.

At the end of the album, my electric rock version of the same tune is exemplary of a style I have been developing over the years--taking very old sounding blues-based lyrics and melodies and arranging them in contemporary and usually heavy ways...without compromising the authentic feel and soul of the original music that is the inspiration for my own song.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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Luther Dickinson Leads Guitar Festival Lineup
This year's Ellnora Guitar Festival will be headed by Luther Dickinson: member of the North Mississippi Allstars and The Black Crowes.

Dickinson has been selected to serve as the festival's artist-in-residence and will collaborate on stage with Grammy Award/W.C. Handy Award-winning contemporary bluesman Alvin Youngblood Hart and influential pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. Dickinson will also interact with festival-goers and read passages from the soon-to-be-published memoirs of his father, Jim Dickinson.

The event is set to take place on September 8, 9, and 10, 2011 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. more on this story

. Bullet for My Valentine and Halestorm Live
Any gig with only two bands better present a lineup locked-and-loaded to blow concert-goers away. Coming out guns blazing May 24, Halestorm and Bullet for My Valentine delivered an explosive set at Washington D.C.s 930 Club that took no prisoners. (4.5 stars) - Read the full Bullet for My Valentine and Halestorm Live review

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