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SLASH Tapped As Musical Director Of GRAMMY AWARDS All-Star Performance

Ken Ehrlich, executive producer in charge of the Grammy Awards for Cossette Productions, has asked VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash to be the musical director for an all-star live performance of THE BEATLES song "Across the Universe" during the 47th annual Grammy Awards celebration. VELVET REVOLVER, U2 lead singer Bono, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, ...

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'Other Hollywood' Features Porn, VINCE NEIL And SLASH

The New York Post reports that the new book "Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry" reveals adult film actor Ron Jeremy once watched porn star Savannah (who later killed herself) get busy with MÖTLEY CRÜE's Vince Neil. Neil recounts how Savannah once nearly overdosed on drugs during a Hawaiian vacation ...

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VELVET REVOLVER's MCKAGAN Talks GRAMMIES, 'Dirty Little Thing' Video And ELTON JOHN

VELVET REVOLVER bassist Duff McKagan recently spoke to Dave Hilson of Japan's Daily Yomiuri about nominated for a Grammy and the group's contribution to tsunami-relief cover of ERIC CLAPTON's "Tears in Heaven" (organized by Sharon Osbourne), among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: On landing several Grammy nominations, including best rock ...

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AXL ROSE Publishing Deal Fuels GUNS N' ROSES Feud

The Associated Press is reporting that rock recluse Axl Rose has signed a multimillion dollar publishing deal, and that isn't sitting well with his former GUNS N' ROSES bandmates. The deal with music powerhouse Sanctuary Group covers both the back catalogue, which includes hits such as "Sweet Child of Mine", "Paradise City" and "November Rain", ...

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STARBREAKER: TNT Singer Launches New Project

STARBREAKER, the new project featuring TNT frontman Tony Harnell, has inked a deal with Frontiers Records. Joining Harnell in the group's lineup is Magnus Karlsson, the Swedish guitar master who revealed himself on three LAST TRIBE studio albums and most recently penning the songs and performing on the massive LANDE/ALLEN studio project to be released ...

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SLASH, AC/DC, METALLICA Sign Guitar To Benefit Pediatric Kidney Research

Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES), AC/DC and METALLICA have recently signed custom Ernie Ball Axis Super Sport guitars to benefit pediatric kidney research at the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. Each guitar will be auctioned through eBay where all proceeds will be donated to the Casey Lee Ball Foundation. Currently the world's largest private pediatric ...

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DAVE NAVARRO Records Guest Appearance On New TOMMY LEE Solo Album

Former JANE'S ADDICTION/RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Dave Navarro recorded a guest appearance on the new Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE) solo album on Tuesday (Jan. 11), according to a posting on Navarro's web site. The session, which took place "at this crazy house in the hills with [producer] Scott Humphrey," was described by the guitarist ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Guitarist Can't Wait To Play Vegas

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that VELVET REVOLVER will take the stage Friday night for a New Year's Eve bash at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Lead guitarist Slash says he can hardly wait to get the party started. "There's different cities that have their big sort of New Year's ...

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METALLICA, VAN HALEN, VELVET REVOLVER Featured In GUITAR WORLD Magazine's Anniversary Issue

MediaPost.com is reporting that the 25th anniversary issue of Guitar World magazine will be on newsstands next Tuesday, December 28. The special collector's issue features what the editors are calling "the most spectacular group of guitarists ever assembled" on the cover, including Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN), Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), and Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ...

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SLASH: KEITH RICHARDS Encouraged Me To Stay In GUNS N' ROSES

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash revealed that Keith Richards of the ROLLING STONES was instrumental in keeping him from quitting GUNS N' ROSES sooner then he did. Slash told the British magazine Mojo that the success he's currently enjoying as part of VELVET REVOLVER is a long way off from ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Talk About Making Of 'Dirty Little Thing' Video

VELVET REVOLVER spoke to MTV.com about the making of their "Dirty Little Thing" video, the third single from their debut album, "Contraband". "Basically the concept is the train's gonna be animated and everything on the outside is gonna be animated, and once you climb inside it's gonna be real human beings in there partying," drummer ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Ink Publishing Deal With CHRYSALIS MUSIC

VELVET REVOLVER have inked a worldwide publishing deal with Chrysalis Music (administed by Mushroom in Australia and New Zealand). As previously reported, VELVET REVOLVER will tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2005. The band will begin the tour in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 19. As members of GUNS N' ROSES, ...

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VELVET REVOLVER To Tour Australia

VELVET REVOLVER will tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2005, according to Undercover News. The band will begin the tour in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 19. As members of GUNS N' ROSES, Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan toured Australia in 1993. Slash returned in 1995 with SLASH'S SNAKEPIT. VELVET ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Guitarist Lives For Live Shows

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that VELVET REVOLVER added to this year's achievements with three Grammy nominations in the categories of Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, and Best Hard Rock Performance. The nods go along with the platinum sales of their debut album, "Contraband", and the huge radio success of its first two singles, ...

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