Rockn The News – September 13, 2004

****** Life of Agony Epic Deal ******

siNs metal news reports: LIFE OF AGONY have reportedly signed a deal with Epic Records. The band is getting ready to head into the studio to record the follow up to “Soul Searching Sun”.

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****** Headbangers Ball Tour ******

siNs metal news reports: Tonight on Headbangers Ball it was announced that the 3rd Edition of the tour will be CRADLE OF FILTH headlining with support from ARCH ENEMY, BLEEDING THROUGH, and HIMSA.

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****** Mushroomhead Drop Tour, Vocalist & Label ******

siNs metal news reports: Although not fully confirmed by MUSHROOMHEAD, its apparant that vocalist J-Mann has left the band, and that the group will no longer be taking part in the upcoming ICP tour.

The first floating rumor of a replacement is that Waylon from North Carolina based 3 QUARTERS DEAD will be filling the shoes of J-Mann. 3 QUARTERS DEAD have opened for MUSHROOMHEAD on a mini Northern state tour, as well as on various off shows. [see full story for more]

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****** Punk X-mas ******

MTV reports: New Found Glory, Something Corporate and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are among the bands banging out Christmas-themed tunes for A Santa Cause: Its a Punk Rock Christmas. A portion of the proceeds from the compilation, due November 2, go to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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****** Jackass of Hazzard ******

MTV reports: Move over, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson: Two young film stars are reprising the roles of another legendary small-screen duo. Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott are slated to play Luke and Bo Duke, respectively, in the film version of the 1980s TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Jessica Simpson has screen-tested for the role of Luke and Bos cousin Daisy, and comedy troupe Broken Lizard (“Super Troopers”) will write the film. While plans are in motion, the studio has not yet officially green-lighted the film …[see full story for film news from MTV]

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****** De La Rocha MP3 ******

IAYM reports: A rough quality mp3 of former Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rochas new track We Want It All has been posted online over at fansite The track looks to have been produced by nine inch nails Trent Reznor. [see full story for more]

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****** Pixies In No Hurry To Record ******

Xfm reports: After the furore surrounding the internet-only release of their first new material in thirteen years, Bam Thwok, Pixies frontman Frank Black hasnt ruled out the idea of writing more new songs.

Speaking in a new interview, Black has reiterated his claims that while hes in no hurry to record an album of new Pixies material (and his loathing of record companies remains) the idea cant be ruled out.

“I think were aware of the fact that the material would have to be creme de la crème.” he explained to Rolling Stone, “But were not really in a rush to go there yet for a few different reasons: were in the middle of doing a tour, weve got to write some good songs, and the record business being what it is right now its not like we can sell millions and millions of records. [see full story for more]

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****** Ernie Ball RIP ******

AP reports: Ernie Ball, a pioneer maker of rock n roll guitar strings used by legions of artists from the Rolling Stones to Merle Travis, has died. He was 74.

Ball died at his home Thursday after an ongoing illness, the mortuary handling services announced.

His strings and instruments were used by music stars over the past four decades, from B.B. King to Metallica. Beginning with a small music shop in the San Fernando Valley, Ball built a business with annual sales of $40 million and a worldwide reputation. Along the way, he bucked traditional thinking in the music business.

“He changed the way people thought of guitar accessories, and how they sold and marketed them, and to this day the Ernie Ball way is the industry standard,” his son, Sterling Ball, said in a statement.

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