TED NUGENT Challenges Illinois Governor

TED NUGENT says Gov. Rod Blagojevich is more than welcome to visit him backstage before his Aug. 11 performance at the Illinois State Fair, according to the Associated Press. The rocker and gun-rights advocate, known for the song "Cat Scratch Fever", is itching to tell Blagojevich how much he dislikes Illinois' gun laws. "I challenge ...

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AEROSMITH Won't Compete With KISS In Terms Of Staging And Effects

AEROSMITH and KISS kick off their co-headlining tour on Saturday (August 2) in Hartford, Connecticut. AEROSMITH will be closing the shows every night, and lead guitarist Joe Perry says they're deliberately steering clear of KISS-style theatricality: "It's gonna be pretty minimalistic," Perry told Launch. "I mean, you can't compete with — nor would we want ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Label Bidding Down To Three Finalists

Hits Daily Double is reporting that the label bidding "war" over VELVET REVOLVER, the new band featuring GUNS N' ROSES alumni Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, David Kushner of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland, has been narrowed down to the following three finalists: Arista, Elektra and Warner Bros. The ...

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SAMMY HAGAR/LYNYRD SKYNYRD Dates Canceled

The last five dates of the SAMMY HAGAR/LYNYRD SKYNYRD co-headlining tour were canceled when SKYNYRD's lead guitarist, Gary Rossington, who had open-heart surgery in February, was told by doctors to immediately drop off the trek in order to combat medical fatigue. Ticket holders for the scrapped shows — between August 1 in Pelham, Alabama, and ...

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