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Michigan Man Gets 1 ½ Years For Selling AEROSMITH, KISS Bootlegs

The Associated Press is reporting that a Michigan man was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison and must pay $120,000 for selling bootlegged recordings of performances by AEROSMITH, KISS, BOB DYLAN and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. Jeffrey Smittle, 44, of Ceraso, Mich., was sentenced Thursday in Pittsburgh federal court. He pleaded guilty in April to unauthorized ...

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AEROSMITH To Take One Year Off Following Japanese Tour

ABC ePrep is reporting that guitarist Joe Perry has told syndicated columnist Marilyn Beck that AEROSMITH will take a year off after they wrap up their Japanese tour on July 25. According to Perry, the band haven't had a vacation of longer than three weeks over the past four years and will use some of ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE: 'DAVID ELLEFSON Is Suing Me And MEGADETH'

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Here is what I have been saying in the interviews, what happened chronologically that caused the demise of the band, why [drummer] Nick [Menza] was fired, [guitarist] Marty [Friedman] quitting, records turning out the way they did, and finally me ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH To Perform With The BOSTON POPS Orchestra

Former VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth will be performing with The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at this year's "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" Independence Day concert in Boston, to be broadcast live from the Charles River Esplanade via the CBS television network. Roth is scheduled to perform his hits "California Girls" and "Jump" with the ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: Only Bands Without Original Members Survive

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has defended his band against criticism that the group's current lineup — featuring Simmons and frontman Paul Stanley as the sole remaining original members — is nothing more than a glorified cover band masquerading as the real thing. "We're still KISS. If you want to talk about original members, you can't ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman Talks About His Throat Problems

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler has spoken to the Boston Herald about the throat problems that forced Boston's biggest rock band to cancel their shows last week. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Boston Herald: So, Steven, how's your throat? Steven Tyler: "It's simple. We're on tour for 5, 6, 7 months. If you get a ...

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AEROSMITH: TYLER & PERRY Appearance To Re-Air On 'World Café'

The AEROSMITH "World Café" session will re-air on Thursday, July 1. It will include an extensive interview with host David Dye and a historic acoustic performance with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of "Back Back Train" and "Hangman Jury". The "World Café" airs regularly Mon-Fri with David Dye on over 160 AAA public radio affiliates ...

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AEROSMITH Guitarist Talks About His Hot Sauce Formula

Michael Deeds of the Gannett News Service recently spoke to AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry about his newly created first hot sauce, Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew. A couple of excerpts follow: Question: What's hotter: The bluesy new AEROSMITH album, "Honkin' on Bobo", or Rock Your World hot sauce? Joe Perry: "The hot sauce, ...

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AEROSMITH: Hometown Show To Be Filmed For 'Get Shorty' Sequel

The audience at AEROSMITH's June 24 sold-out hometown show at the Tweeter Center in Boston will be immortalized on the silver screen when their classic hit "Cryin'" from that night's performance is filmed for the upcoming MGM/UA movie "Be Cool". Due out in 2005, the sequel to "Get Shorty" stars John Travolta and Uma Thurman ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS: New Band Photos Posted Online

Long-running San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have posted brand-new band pictures at this location. As previously reported, VICIOUS RUMORS recently signed a multi-album recording contract with Holland's Mascot Records. The group's first release for the label will be a DVD, entitled "Crushing the World - Part 1", due later this summer. ...

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CHEAP TRICK: 14 Songs Completed For Next Album

According to Billboard.com, CHEAP TRICK — who are currently on the road opening for AEROSMITH — plan to head to Europe in July, play more stateside dates in August and then return to the studio. Nearly 14 songs have been completed for CHEAP TRICK's next album, which should surface next year. Among the songtitles set ...

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CARDBOARD VAMPYRES: CANTRELL/DUFFY Project Announce More Tour Dates

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell and former THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy have spoken to Billboard.com about the formation of their new project, CARDBOARD VAMPYRES. The band, which performs CULT and ALICE IN CHAINS songs amid a selection of hard rock covers by LED ZEPPELIN, AC/DC, STOOGES, BLACK SABBATH and AEROSMITH, is rounded ...

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AEROSMITH To Resume Touring Tonight

AEROSMITH are in a "holding pattern," guitarist Joe Perry told The Boston Globe, after canceling three shows because Steven Tyler blew out his voice. The band hope to resume its tour tonight in Pittsburgh, then next Thursday play the Tweeter Center with CHEAP TRICK. "It's a miracle how Steven does what he does," Perry said. ...

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AEROSMITH To Perform On 'Pepsi Smash'

AEROSMITH will be performing two songs from their "Honkin' On Bobo" tour on "Pepsi Smash" on Thursday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST, 7:00 p.m. Central on the WB. For more information on "Pepsi Smash", click here. In other news, AEROSMITH's shows in Atlantic City and Scranton, originally scheduled for June 12 and ...

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STEVEN TYLER, OZZY OSBOURNE Guest On SARAH HUDSON's Debut CD

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne have reportedly contributed vocals to the debut CD from Sarah Hudson, daughter of longtime AEROSMITH collaborator Mark Hudson (who has also written and produced material for Ozzy). The CD, titled "Naked Truth", is scheduled for release on July 13 though S-Curve/EMI Records. The first single, "Girl on the ...

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AEROSMITH: 'Honkin' on Bobo' Certified Gold

AEROSMITH's "Honkin' On Bobo" has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. "Honkin' on Bobo", released in March through Columbia, features classic blues songs by MUDDY WATERS, FISHER/HOPKINS, BLIND WILLIE MCTELL and others done AEROSMITH-style, and one original, a track called ...

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AEROSMITH Concert In Alabama Canceled Due To Illness

AEROSMITH's concert near Birmingham was canceled within hours of its opening Sunday night (June 6) because of illness, according to the Associated Press. A faxed statement from Clear Channel Entertainment said the concert, which was also featuring rock band CHEAP TRICK, at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Oak Mountain State Park has been rescheduled ...

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AEROSMITH Won't Rock With BOSTON POPS After All

According to The Boston Globe, the organizers of the annual Fourth of July extravaganza confirmed Thursday (June 3) AEROSMITH will not be joining the Boston Pops orchestra for their annual Independence Day concert after all. "The Pops and AEROSMITH have been unable to resolve logistical issues in the period between [the band's] North American tour ...

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Report: AEROSMITH Sales Are A Big Honkin' Letdown

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News is reporting that the sales performance of AEROSMITH's latest CD, "Honkin' on Bobo" has the band singin' the blues — not only on the album, but over its commercial prospects, as well. The CD, a spirited collection of covers of 12-bar standards, has sunk to No. 73 ...

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