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Morrissey Storms Off Stage

Poor Morrissey.  First he collapses on stage in October requiring a visit to the hospital.  Then he quits his Liverpool performance only two songs into the set list in front of 8,000 people.  This coming after he was struck in the head with a cup that was hurled by a spectator.  Maybe he should take the remainder of the year off and start fresh in the new year.

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Jack White, Wanda Jackson Working on Album

72 year old rock and roll pioneer Wanda Jackson is reportedly working on a new album with Jack White.

Dubbed the Queen of Rockabilly, Jackson was a hit in the mid 50s and 60s, and dated Elvis Presley briefly while on tour with him in 1955. She is best known for tracks like 'Let's Have A Party' and 'Fujiyama Mama'.

In an interview with The Oklahoman, Jackson said she hoped the album would be along similar lines to Loretta Lynn's 'Van Lear Rose', which White produced in 2004.

Chuck Biscuits Dead at 44

Chuck BiscuitsChuck Biscuits died on Saturday from throat cancer.  Biscuits was born Charles Montgomery in Canada before moving to California in 1982. 

Biscuits played with a variety of punk bands including D.O.A., Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear, and Social Distortion.  Prior to joining Social Distortion for the recording of "White Light, White Heat, White Trash", Biscuits teamed with Danzig to record several albums.

Chuck Biscuits was 44.

Social Distortion, Pearl Jam Perform "Ball and Chain"

October 27 and 28 were special nights for any fans of both Social Distortion and Pearl Jam as the two bands were on the same bill in Philadelphia.  At one point both bands shared the same stage during each other's sets.  Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready joined Social Distortion as they played "Ball and Chain."  Mike Ness and Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham joined Pearl Jam to perform "Drown."

Sune Rose Wagner (The Raveonettes) - What's In My Bag?

Sune Rose Wagner from the Raveonettes discusses his selection of albums in this edition of Amoeba Records' "What's In My Bag".

Less Molly, More Tossers

The TossersI have seen more Flogging Molly t-shirts the past couple of years than I can possibly count.  Not that there is anything wrong with Flogging Molly. They produce great Celtic music with a little punk attitude thrown in.  I've listened to them for a while now and still do not get tired of their songs. And who better to listen to when you're out drinking?  Well...um...how about the Tossers?

Who the hell are the Tossers you ask? I can't believe that question is even being asked, but fine.  The Tossers are a phenomenal band out of Chicago. Much like Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys, they put forth a Celtic sound with edge.  And they've been at it for quite some time.  At least four years longer than Flogging Molly.  Their first album, "The Pint of No Return", dates back to 1994.

They got their start on the South Side of Chicago, which as most of us know has quite a large population of Irish folks.  They certainly are no strangers to the world of Celtic music or the Irish culture.

Hunnert Car Pileup 2009 Wrap Up

Hunnert Car Pileup #8 went on last Saturday in what appeared to be the largest show to date.  At noon there was a long line to get in, but it did move quickly.  Shortly after, they closed the parking lot and people began parking along Rt. 47.  People were still waiting in line around 3:00 and soon talk began rumbling around the Grundy County fair grounds that people weren't being allowed in.  So perhaps the show has gotten a little too large for its own good.

In spite of this the mood inside the fair grounds was just as fun as in years past.  The array of cars and bikes were fantastic, the bands sounded great, and the people were in a great mood despite the chilly weather.

Eighth Annual Hunnert Car Pileup

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This Saturday, October 10th, will mark the eighth annual Hunnert Car Pileup car and bike show.  You can forget about the prized, $100,000 cars that are brought to the shows on a trailer.  Hunnert is different.  It's greasy, dusty, and loud.  This show only accepts hot rods and custom cars from 1964 and earlier that are done in a classic look.  You won't see any seventies muscle cars or little Civics that sound like a hornets nest that you just pissed off.  But you will see rat rods and plenty of other classic looking cars that takes you back to a bygone era.

And if you're interested in hearing some great music while looking at the cars, then you won't be disappointed.  A covered pavilion will feature the sounds of Crazy Rocket Fuel, Cathouse Drifters, and Nuke Mutes.  And pre-show as well as post-show parties are held with even more music.  Check out all the band listings.

Keith Morris (Circle Jerks) - What's In My Bag?

Keith Morris, front man for Circle Jerks and a founding member of Black Flag, tells you what's in his bag.

Noel Gallagher (Oasis) - What's In My Bag?

Ever wonder what bands and celebrities are buying at record stores?  Well Amoeba Music in California asks folks that come to their store this very question.  We thought it would be cool to show you exactly "what's in their bag" by featuring some of these videos from Amoeba Music. So without further ado here's the first installment featuring Noel Gallagher...guitarist from Oasis (or is he the bassist from Coldplay?).  With Gallagher's witty humor we're sure you'll enjoy hearing what he's listening to.