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Friday, October 20, 2006

Yoko Ono sued music company EMI Group PLC and a subsidiary for $10 million Wednesday, claiming she was cheated out of royalties due from the sale of music recordings by her late husband, John Lennon.

QUEENSRŸCHE raised over $80,000 for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, which supports music education programs across the country, by hosting motorcycle rides with fans, accepting individual donations, and offering ticket packages throughout the band's recent tour. QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate is a friend of Buell Motorcycles head Erik Buell, who made matching QUEENSRŸCHE bikes for Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Mike Stone to ride.

DIAMOND HEAD have started work on a new album due early next year.

OASIS are to be honoured with an Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at next year's BRIT Awards. The band release a ‘Greatest Hits’ album next month.


MUSE triumphed at last night's (19OCT06) UK Festival Awards, collecting gongs for Best Rock Act and Best Headline Act for their celebrated performance at the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festivals this summer.
UK chart-toppers ARCTIC MONKEYS won the prize for Anthem Of The Summer for their smash hit of 2005 I BET YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR, at the ceremony at London's Carling Academy.
RADIOHEAD's thunderous performance of CREEP at this year's V Festival was awarded the Most Memorable Event trophy, while rising stars THE KOOKS picked up Best Breakthrough Act
. Rock stalwarts PRIMAL SCREAM won the Festival Feel Good Act.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Rock Act: MUSE
Most Memorable Moment: RADIOHEAD performing 'CREEP' at the V Festival
Best Urban Act: THE STREETS
Festival Feel-Good Act: PRIMAL SCREAM
Outstanding Contribution To Festivals: MELVIN BENN
Best New Festival: End Of The Road Festival
Best Breakthrough Act: THE KOOKS
Best Innovation: The Carling Cold Beer Amnesty
Best Dance Act: THE PRODIGY
Best Family Festival: Guilfest
Best One Day Festival: Monsters Of Rock
Best Toilets: Larmer Tree Festival
Party People Award For Dance Music: Lovebox
Fan-Friendly Festival: Isle of Skye
Best Grass Roots Festival: Beautiful Days
Shelter Award for Most Socially Responsible Festival: Sunrise Summer Solstice Celebration Best Small Festival: The Summer Sundae Weekender
Best Medium-To-Large Festival: Bestival
Best Major Festival: T In The Park

On October 24, 2006 Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" -- featuring the BIGGEST, the BADDEST, the HEAVIEST all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever -- THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs.
Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of The Beatles' chart-topping hits including "Hey Jude," "I Feel Fine," and "Day Tripper," plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog," barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows," uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour."

"Butchering The Beatles" track listing:

1. "Hey Bulldog" - Alice Cooper, vox; Steve Vai, guitars; Duff McKagen (Velvet Revolver / Guns N Roses), bass; Mikkey Dee (Motorhead), drums

2. "Back In The USSR" - Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), vox/bass; John5 (Marilyn Manson / Rob Zombie), guitars; Eric Singer (Kiss / Alice Cooper), drums

3. "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" - Geoff Tate (Queensryche), vox; Michael Wilton (Queensryche), guitar; Craig Goldy (Dio), guitar; Rudy Sarzo (Dio), bass; Simon Wright (Dio), drums; Scott Warren (Dio), keys

4. "Tomorrow Never Knows" - Billy Idol, vox; Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), guitars; Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), bass; Brian Tichy (Billy Idol), drums

5. "Magical Mystery Tour" - Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen / Soul Sirkus), vox; Yngwie Malmsteen (Rising Force / Alcatrazz), lead guitar; Bob Kulick, (Meat Loaf / Paul Stanley Band), rhythm guitar; Jeff Pilson (Dokken / Foreigner), bass; Frankie Banali (Wasp / Quiet Riot), drums

6. "Revolution" - Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), vox / guitar; Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), guitar; Mike Porcaro (Toto), bass; Gregg Bisonnette (David Lee Roth / Ringo Starr Band), drums; Joseph Fazzio (Superjoint Ritual), drums

7. "Day Tripper" - Jack Blades (Night Ranger / Damn Yankees), vox; Tommy Shaw (Styx / Damn Yankees), vox; Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake / Dio), guitars; Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake / Thin Lizzy), bass; Virgil Donati (Steve Vai / Soul Sirkus / Planet X), drums

8. "I Feel Fine" - John Bush (Anthrax), vox; Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), guitar; Mike Inez (Ozzy Osbourne / Alice In Chains), bass; John Tempesta (The Cult / Testament), drums

9. "Taxman" - Doug Pinnick (Kings X), vox; Steve Lukather (Toto), guitar; Tony Levin (John Lennon / Peter Gabriel), bass; Steve Ferrone (Eric Clapton / Tom Petty), drums

10. "I Saw Her Standing There" - John Corabi (Motley Crue), vox; Phil Campbell (Motorhead), guitar; C.C. Deville (Poison), guitar; Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction), bass; Kenny Aronoff (Smashing Pumpkins / Jon Bon Jovi), drums

11. "Hey Jude" - Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest / Iced Earth), vox; George Lynch (Dokken / Lynch Mob), guitar; Bob Kulick (Meat Loaf / Paul Stanley Band), rhythm guitar; Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge / Beck / Bogert & Appice), bass; Chris Slade (AC/DC), drums

12. "Drive My Car" - Kip Winger (Winger), vox; Bruce Kulick (Kiss / Grand Funk), guitar; Tony Franklin (The Firm / Whitesnake), bass; Aynsley Dunbar (Whitesnake / Journey), drums


Ray Davies has been forced reschedule his autumn tour of the UK – due to have kicked off on October 17 – because of ill health. The new dates are:
3 York Opera House May
4 Perth Town Hall
6 Glasgow RCH
7 Edinburgh Festival Hall
8 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
10 London Royal Albert Hall
13 Sheffield City Hall
14 Manchester Bridgewater Hall
15 Gateshead The Sage
17 Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
19 Cardiff St David’s Hall
20 Liverpool Philharmonic
25 London Hammersmith Apollo
26 Brighton Centre
27 Bristol Colston Hall

Apollo Hammersmith London TUE 13/03/2007 20:00
Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton WED 14/03/2007 20:00
Corn Exchange Cambridge THU 15/03/2007 19:30
The Anvil Basingstoke SAT 17/03/2007 20:00
The Lowry Salford Quays SUN 18/03/2007 19:30
St Davids Hall Cardiff MON 19/03/2007 20:00
The Sage Gateshead WED 21/03/2007 19:30
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow THU 22/03/2007

2nd Nov Fleece - Over 18's Bristol
23rd Nov The Junction Cambridge
24th & 25th Nov 100 Club - Oxford Street London
9th Dec he Flowerpot Derby


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