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FRIDAY,NOVEMBER 21st 2014

INTERPOL SNOWED IN ...

Interpol plan to perform in Boston tonight after they were snowed in for two days in western New York. Interpol had to call off shows in Toronto on Wednesday and in Montreal yesterday because not even snowplows could get to their buses outside Buffalo. They tweeted a photo of themselves holding ramen noodles and vodka on the bus at hour 13. They later tweeted they were on the bus for 40 hours and they were not moving for 30 of them.

BILLBOARD MAKES TIMELY CHANGES ...

Billboard's Top 200 chart is getting a makeover. Billboard says instead of just tracking album sales, the updated rankings will include streaming and digital track sales. According to Billboard, acts like Ariana Grande and Maroon 5 are likely to benefit because their streaming and digital sales have been outperforming album sales. But the move comes after acts like Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean have pulled their songs from streaming service Spotify.

AC/DC SAYS ROCK ISN'T DEAD ...

AC/DC are the latest rockers to challenge a recent claim by KISS bassist Gene Simmons that rock is dead. “With all respect to the lad,” singer Brian Johnson tells Ultimate Classic Rock. “I think he’s terribly wrong for a start. I really do. I don’t think anybody should have the nerve to stand there and just say that a certain genre of music has just disappeared overnight." AC/DC made the remarks as they prepare to release their latest album, “Rock Or Bust”, on December 2nd.


WEDNESDAY,NOVEMBER 20th 2014

BONO IN BAD SHAPE ...

U-2 frontman Bono is in bad shape. An orthopedic trauma surgeon says Bono has undergone two surgeries after a bicycle accident in New York City on Sunday as he tried to avoid another cyclist. His injuries include a fracture of his left eye socket, three fractures to his shoulder blade, and an elbow fracture that left the bone in six pieces. Resulting in a five-hour surgery Sunday night involved inserting three plates and 18 screws.

POISON'S BRET MICHAELS REALLY, REALLY LIKES PLAYING MUSIC ...

Poison's Bret Michaels says he doesn't have a death wish but just really likes playing music. Michaels writes on his website, ``It makes me feel good.'' He's criticism because while he's been hospitalized six times and had kidney surgery in recent weeks, he continues to play shows. He says even though he isn't feeling 100 per cent, he feels good enough to continue performing albeit on a slightly scaled back tour.

FOO FIGHTERS TRY TO BEAT THE BOTS ...

Next summer, Foo Fighters will hit the sonic highways to support their new album. Grohl and Company will hit 29 stadiums in what a press release touts as “the most massive North American on-the-road undertaking in Foo history.” Here's the kicker, in an attempt to 'Beat the Bots' - a reference to the Scalper-BOTS programmed to clog online queues and snatch up huge amounts of tickets to resell them - fans will have to go it the old fashioned way if they want pre-sale tickets and actually get in a line. Box Office Only Pre-Sale goes this Saturday and if you want to ensure you've got tickets for the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary Show on August 13th - get in line! Tickets will be availabe at the Saddledome Box Office from 9am to 3pm.


 

WEDNESDAY,NOVEMBER 19th 2014

JOHNNY'S BAD HABIT ...

Johnny Rotten has blown more money on apps for his iPad than most people would pay for a good used car. Rotten tells Britsh Media he has spent nearly 16-thousand dollars on apps in the past two years. The Sex Pistols singer says he got into ``Game of Thrones,'' ''Game of War`` and ''Real Racing`` and says he ''just wanted to up the ante.`` He says like ''an idiot`` he didn't check himself, but he's in check now.

BILLIE JOE'S NEW GIG ...

Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong is taking on a movie role. Variety reports Armstrong has been cast in ``Geezer,'' along with Fred Armisen, Judy Greer and Selma Blair. The film is about a husband and father who turns 40 and decides to revisit his punk-rock past, only to discover his former bandmates and his ex-girlfriend have moved on to better things. Armstrong will write and perform songs for the film. No word on what Armstrong's role will be.

NICKLEBACK FAN Q & A ...

To celebrate the worldwide release of No Fixed Address, Nicklback is conducting a Facebook Question and Answer session with fans. Head to their Facebook Page, find the thread, ask your question in the comment section today, then check back on Friday to see the answers.


 

THURSDAY,NOVEMBER 6th 2014

LESSONS FROM THE BOSS ...

Rocker Bruce Springsteen has auctioned off a guitar and an hour playing lesson. Bidders have also won a lasagna dinner at his house, and a ride in the side car of his motorcycle. Springsteen offered the personal packages at a charitable event in New York to benefit military service members and their families. It raised 300-thousand dollars.

AC/DC DRUMMER CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO PROCURE MURDER ...

The drummer for the Australian rock band AC/DC has been arrested in New Zealand and accused of trying to hire a hit-man to kill two people. Sixty-year-old Phil Rudd has been charged with attempting to procure murder. He's been released on bail after appearing in court. The judge suppressed the names of the intended victims and the would-be hit-man. AC/DC is due to release a new album next month and has planned a world tour next year. Last month, Rudd was conspicuously absent from AC/DC's official promotion photo for their ``Rock Or Bust'' album.

QUEEN TO RELEASE LOST FREDDIE TRACK ...

Queen will release new track Let Me Be In Your Heart Again to help raise funds for Coca-Cola's Red campaign to benefit the Global Fund, which fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The unreleased tune, which was recorded by the band and frontman Freddie Mercury before his death from AIDS-related causes in 1991, will feature on the group's upcoming Queen Forever compilation. The track was recorded during sessions for Queen's 1984 album, The Works.


 

WEDNESDAY,NOVEMBER 5th 2014

PAUL SIMON BIO ...

Music legend Paul Simon is going to work with author and longtime music critic Robert Hilburn on his biography. Publishing house Simon * Schuster says the book doesn't have a title yet, nor is there a release date. Hilburn has known Simon since the 1970s and has previously written a memoir about John Lennon and a biography of Johnny Cash.

JACK BRUCE LAID TO REST ...

The family of Cream singer and bassist Jack Bruce wants to give him a good send-off. They are planning a private funeral in London today, but they've invited fans to ``cheer his arrival at the final 'gig.''' Bruce died last week of liver disease at the age of 71. Fans can donate to his chosen charity, East Anglia's Children's Hospice, through www.JackBruce.com .

FAREWELL TO THE EL MOCAMBO ...

The nightclub where Margaret Trudeau once partied with The Rolling Stones is closing this week. Elvis Costello, Blondie, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones and The White Stripes have all played The El Mocambo over the years. The last show on Thursday night will feature John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band, in a benefit to raise money for Parkinson's disease.


TUESDAY,NOVEMBER 4th 2014

TAYLOR SWIFT SAYS "NO!" TO 'SPOTIFY'...

You won't be able to hear Taylor Swift songs on Spotify. She pulled her songs off the music streaming service. Her song ``Shake It Off'' was Spotify's most-streamed song last week. Spotify says they hope Swift will change her mind and ``join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone.'' Several musicians have complained that streaming services cut into their sales.

PAGE TO BE ON ELLEN ...

Jimmy Page will be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show next week. The Led Zeppelin guitarist will be on the show on November 11th to promote the band's latest reissues, "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses of The Holy".

VAN HALEN TOPS BEST DRUM INTRO LIST ...

Van Halen's 'Hot For Teacher' has been named the Greatest Drum Intro of all time by readers of UK's 'Rhythm' magazine. Rush's 'The Spirt of Radio' lands in second spot, followed by tunes by Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age and more. Dave Grohl took three of the top 10 positions with three different bands; Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana and Foo Fighters