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Willie Nelson Sets Farm Aid Concert in New York

June 12, 2007 06:54:52 GMT


Another Farm Aid concert will take place this year and surprisingly the venue is set in Randall's Island, New York. Announcing the news were board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Nelson told the press, "Farm Aid is coming to New York because your enthusiasm for family farm food is keeping family farmers on the land." Joining Nelson and Mellencamp on the September 9 gig are once again Neil Young and Dave Matthews.

RATM's Countdown Reveals Gig

June 12, 2007 06:16:43 GMT


One of the mysterious countdowns in Rage Against the Machine's site has reached the zero mark and reveals its purpose. It is neither the countdown of full tour or new album, but it is, as expected, the clock for their Wisconsin gig.

The left and shorter countdown broke the news on Monday morning and revealed the date of ticket sale. The other clock meanwhile, keep counting the number of days to the concert at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin which will befall on August 24.

Beastie Boys Goes Instrumental Again

June 11, 2007 06:13:36 GMT

Not only surprising fans with sudden announcement on new album, musical group Beastie Boys also comes up with a fresh style on new album. "The Mix-Up" is confirmed all instrumental.

Those who are within Beastie's mailing list received the following e-mail : "OK, here's our blurb about our new album -- it spits hot fire! -- hot shit! it's official... it's named THE MIX-UP. g'wan. all instrumental record. "see i knew they were gonna do that!" that's a quote from you. check the track listing and cover below. you love us. don't you?"

LL Cool J Skips Sumfest for Family

June 11, 2007 05:13:44 GMT


With the reason of an unspecified family problem, LL Cool J will pass the 15th Annual Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest. Not only missing the date, it was reported that the rapper will scrap off any summer dates he is scheduled to perform.

Organizers of Sumfest announced last week that LL Cool J has cancelled his July 20 gig through a rep. Published on Jamaican Observer was: "We have just been advised by LL Cool J's management that due to a family problem, LL Cool J has been forced to cancel all his summer dates and hence he will not be performing at Sumfest."

Ne-Yo Admits Defeat to Jacko's "Thriller"

June 11, 2007 04:54:06 GMT


Excelling with his solo career and being a good helping hand to other artists, Ne-Yo is still terrified upon helping pop king Michael Jackson. The singer who received the recommendation from Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am feels that he wouldn't be able to bring back the "Thriller" sensation.

"I'm not trying to top Thriller," Ne-Yo said in a statement. "Anybody trying to top something that's already been done is fighting a losing battle."

My Chemical Romance Answers Manson's Blast


June 11, 2007 04:21:36 GMT


Responding to Marilyn Manson's "copycat" accuse, My Chemical Romance took it pretty easy. The band laughed off the fact that the accusation comes from a Marilyn Manson.

Frontman Gerard Way told Rock Sound magazine, "If Elvis Costello said we sucked we would think about it a bit but usually it is comments from someone with a new record to promote so the remarks ring hollow." He then added, "We still haven't found someone that has knocked us down that we need to take seriously."

Iron Maiden Drew Mass Upon Closing Download

June 11, 2007 03:51:09 GMT


British act Iron Maiden was hailed at 2007 Download Festival as they closed the event on Sunday and pulled the largest number of audience in the three days event. While audience nodded to their tunes, the heavy metal band admitted 'challenge' before taking the stage.

Bassist Steve Harriss told NME.com, "We're really looking forward to playing here tonight because we've only done four shows before this one. So it's going to be a bit nerve wracking and edgy but that's good because I think we need a challenge like that." Next thing, the band got on stage and performed the hit "Different World" from "A Matter of Life and Death" (2006) to a screaming crowd.

Mick Jagger Shared a Mic with Bro

June 11, 2007 02:46:31 GMT


Of what can be considered a rare moment, The Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger joined his also-a-singer-brother to sing in front of a small crowd. It happened late last month but the buzz is not high 'till now.

Not so known Chris Jagger was hitting the stage with his Atcha! Blues band when his more famous brother Mick popped his head in the southwest London pub named Bull's Head. Upon taking a break, Chris who noticed his brother's arrival persuaded him to take the stage.

Deluxe CD from Bullet For My Valentine

June 09, 2007 07:56:00 GMT

While waiting for the new studio album to be completed, Bullet For My Valentine is releasing a deluxe edition of their 2006 album "The Poison".

In the specially packaged edition, the band includes 13 tracks from the original album plus another four songs that went unreleased in U.S. Not only stopping there, a DVD containing live concert footage and their music videos will also be included in the package. The release date to this deluxe edition is set on June 12.

No Worries, Black Eyed Peas Still Here

June 09, 2007 07:32:41 GMT


Increasing worry among fans with their respective successful solo careers, will.i.am apl.de.ap, Taboo and Stacy Ferguson aka Fergie are forming together again as Black Eyed Peas. The group tells fans to keep on crossing finger for a new album next year.

Speaking on behalf of the band, Fergie who has the most and apparent success in career so far, confirms that she isn't leaving the band. She said, "We don't have an album yet, a Black Eyed Peas album. We haven't had time; everybody's been constantly working, as we always do. But we will have an album. We're not going away."

Boyzone, a Tour Before Curtain's Drawn


June 09, 2007 07:13:47 GMT

Before calling the curtain down, Irish boy band Boyzone will have one last tour. The news is coming from member Stephen Gately who remembers the band's "promise".

Gately said, "We always promised the fans a farewell tour and we're hoping that will take place next year. It's really a case of working out when the five of us can get on stage at the same time. Take That certainly did well out of a reunion tour."

No Doubt Heading Back to the Studio

June 09, 2007 06:42:49 GMT


With numerous songs bubbling over the edge and waiting to be worked up, No Doubt get on full gear for a new album this year. Starting from next week, the band that went to hiatus in 2004 will enter the studio to accumulate new materials minus lead singer Gwen Stefani.

"The three of us are going to lay down some songs with music only," said drummer Adrian Young in understanding to Gwen Stefani's hectic solo schedule. "When she gets done with the tour we'll all be able to do it. We've probably got four albums worth of ideas demoed. We've been together since 1987 and we never took a break until three summers ago. Now the break's been pretty long, so I think we're not burning anymore. It's kind of nice to be hungry again."

Bon Jovi Attaches Digital Album with Tickets

June 09, 2007 06:12:40 GMT


Bon Jovi's show for the opening of Prudential Center in Newark, NJ is combined with the highly anticipated album "Lost Highway". In what could be considered a lethal blend, the tickets to the show can be purchased early along with digital iTunes copy of the album.

Exclusively for American Express car holders, purchasing of the tickets is placed the earliest on June 12. For every ticket purchased, a code is given out by Ticketmaster to access the download of the album through iTunes starting from the official release date on June 19. The non-card holder will get the same privilege starting from June 15 to June 22. Those who would like to buy the ticket to the October 25 show without the digital album can then get it on June 23.

Chris Brown Eyeing Duet with Michael Jackson, Covered "Umbrella"


June 08, 2007 10:24:24 GMT


On the verge of releasing his most artists-packed album "Exclusive", Chris Brown may soon be singing side by side with Michael Jackson for one of the tracks. The R&B crooner got the phone call from the "Thriller" singer who didn't hesitate to do collaboration with him.

"He called me for my birthday, and I told him we should do a song," Brown said. "He was up for it. Man, it was crazy. He actually spoke to me like a regular person, and he was like, 'I like your music.' He said his favorite song was 'Shorty Like Mine' that me and Bow Wow did. I appreciated talking to him."

Jack Johnson Preparing Another Sultry Album

June 08, 2007 09:28:14 GMT


A sultry musician of his own, Jack Johnson returns to the studio this year to gear an album perfect for chill out moments. The album that is planned to release early next year, is all about the people working behind it.

As a start the 32-years-old singer is backed up with bassist Merlo Podlewski and drummer Adam Topol who played significant roles in Johnson's previous chart-topping records. He also brings his "In Between Dreams Tour" opening act Zach Gill to contribute on the piano tune while gaining the partnership from producer JP Plunier again. Johnson said, "We've been good friends ever since, JP and I have just been hanging out a lot this year, and I've been talking to JP a lot about these songs in particular."
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