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Chrissie Hynde Forced To Close Restaurant

October 3rd, 2011 8:32pm EDT
Chrissie Hynde
Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde has been forced to close her vegan restaurant in Ohio due to the economic downturn.

The "I'll Stand By You" hitmaker opened VegiTerranean in her native Akron four years ago, but she can no longer keep the place afloat.

In a post on the restaurant's website she writes, "It is with great regret that The Vegiterranean in downtown Akron has closed its doors for the last time. This has been a labor of love for me for the last four years. We tried everything we could to keep the restaurant going but unfortunately due to the current economic climate this has not...
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Happy 60th Birthday, Chrissie Hynde!

September 7th, 2011 9:31am EDT
Chrissie Hynde
She has been the "Talk Of The Town" for decades, and now we get to salute the great Pretender herself - Chrissie Hynde turns 60 today.

The Ohio-born rocker was a big part of the burgeoning London punk scene in the mid-to-late 1970s after leaving Akron for the excitement of England and her experiences there gave her the confidence to form her own band, The Pretenders, who have been chart-busting and paving the way for a collection of female-led rock acts - and some male ones too.

With hits like "Back on the Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Kid and Brass in Pocket," ...
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Taylor Swift Featured In 'Band Hero'; New Songs Announced

October 2nd, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Taylor Swift, Band Hero, Band Hero Song List
Video game players and music fans alike can now get closer to Band Hero's in-game playable character Taylor Swift than ever before, as they can perform as the music icon to her fan-favorite chart-topping hits "You Belong With Me," "Picture To Burn" and "Love Story" in the biggest music event to hit living rooms this holiday season - "Band Hero". Today, Activision puts fans front and center in the concert of a lifetime, as they debut Swift's never-before-seen in-game performances in "Band Hero", the perfect game for family and friends to jam out and sing along to their favorite tunes togethe...
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The Cat Empire Unveil Dancing Nuns; New Album, "So Many Nights," Out 4/22

March 31st, 2008 9:45am EDT
The Cat Empire
Getting chased around by scantily clad nuns isn't an everyday occurrence for most of us. But for Australian superstars The Cat Empire it's not necessarily out of the ordinary. Watch as said nuns herd up the guys and drop them off in the back alley of a Melbourne venue. The video culminates with the band onstage, replete with a massive crowd, horn section and - you guessed it - dancing nuns.

For the uninitiated, The Cat Empire have been lauded for their insanely fun, high-intensity live shows. After all, they've traveled across five continents and have performed over 600 gigs. In...
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Emmylou Harris Rarities Take Flight On 'Songbird'; Win The Set

September 19th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
LOS ANGELES -- 12-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more than three decades with a highly personalized, far-reaching boxed set spotlighting her favorite tracks and difficult-to-find or previously unreleased gems.

Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre call the tunes for this four-CD and one-DVD collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and, later, the Hot Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concep...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 7

September 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Shannon Elizabeth
Happy Birthday to "Thirteen" actress Evan Rachel Wood (1987), "Final Destination" actor Devon Sawa (1978), "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (1976), rapper Eazy-E (1963; d. 1995), songwriter Diane Warren (1956), actor Corbin Bernsen (1954), actress Susan Blakely (1952), Pretenders singer/guitarist Chrissie Hynde (1951), "The Simpsons" voice actress Julie Kavner (1951), disco singer Gloria Gaynor (1949), singer Buddy Holly (1936; d. 1959), jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins (1930), English actor Peter Lawford (1923; d. 1984), actor Anthony Quayle (1913; d. 1989), and Hungarian film direc...
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The Pretenders Get Back On The Chain Gang With Two More Classic Albums

June 20th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
The Pretenders
The Pretenders stormed to the top of the pops on a string of unforgettable singles, two classic albums and relentless touring only to suffer the tragic loss of two members. Rather than throw in the towel or succumb to the cliche of a solo career for Chrissie Hynde -- the band's singer and songwriter -- surviving members Hynde and drummer Martin Chambers resolved to carry on. Rhino revisits The Pretenders' triumphant second incarnation with reissues of the band's third and fourth albums expanded with live cuts, alternate versions, demos and previously unreleased tracks. Learning To Crawl and...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 12

June 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jason Mewes
Happy Birthday To Lillix guitarist Tasha-Ray Evin (1984), Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima (1981), "Clerks II" star Jason Mewes (1974), late Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan (1968; d. 1999), actress Paula Marshall (1965), They Might Be Giants singer John Linnell (1959), actor Timothy Busfield (1957), late Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon (1952; d. 1983), Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos (1951), Boston singer Brad Delp (1951), jazz pianist Chick Corea (1941), Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929), 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush (1924), and Austrian artist Egon Sch...
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Shannon Moore's 'Evaporate' Is 10 Spot Label's Debut Release

March 19th, 2007 5:30pm EDT
Shannon Moore
While i-Tunes set the standard by offering tracks for just $.99 each, the 10 Spot label has been launched with the digital download customer in mind. Believing in the mantra "10 Tracks, 10 Bucks, Every Time" 10 Spot stands firm with their new price point.

"10 Spot gives the consumer ten good reasons to buy physical product. Offering ten tracks for ten dollars while getting the benefit of the CD package, the look, the feel, liner notes, artwork and artist information, it's like a free gift with purchase!" states Brad Pressman, President of The Water Music Records Group of labels.

T...
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony To Air Live On VH1 Classic

March 2nd, 2007 12:19pm EST
Van Halen
For the first time ever, VH1 Classic will air the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" LIVE on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 PM/ET. Music fans will get to see and hear Van Halen, R.E.M., Patti Smith, The Ronettes, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five get inducted into this esteemed musical institution as the action and music unfolds.

For the first time, this year's induction ceremony will be telecast live from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on VH1 Classic and MHD: MTV Networks' high-definition music channel on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 PM/ET. In addition, a speci...
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The History Boys Soundtrack Spotlights An Eclectic Mix Of Songs From The 80s; Film And CD Out Nov. 21

November 13th, 2006 12:05pm EST
The History Boys Soundtrack
After winning five Tonys earlier this year-including honors for Best Play--The History Boys is set to conquer the big screen this November with Fox Searchlight's film adaptation of the Broadway phenomenon.

Rhino Records brings together the film's biggest musical moments with a soundtrack that features classic alternative rock cuts from the '80s, cast recordings, and more. The History Boys Original Soundtrack will be available November 21.

Featuring 14 songs, the film's soundtrack helps evoke the story's setting in 1980s England with songs such as The Smiths' "This Charming Man," N...
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Rod Stewart To Release First Rock Album In Over 8 Years On October 10

October 9th, 2006 4:59pm EDT
Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart returns to his roots with the release of "Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time," a landmark recording of great rock songs and Stewart's first rock album in over 8 years, scheduled for release October 10th on J Records. "Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time" comes on the heels of the unprecedented success of the four volumes that comprise his Grammy-award winning "Great American Songbook" series, the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history, with a total of almost fifteen million copies worldwide.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer...
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The Pretenders' First Two Albums Expanded With Bonus Discs of Live and Unreleased Music; Out Oct. 3

September 26th, 2006 12:36pm EDT
Pretenders
Despite only releasing two albums, the legacy of the Pretenders' original lineup still looms large. Singer Chrissie Hynde; guitarist James Honeyman Scott; bassist Pete Farndon; and drummer Martin Chambers scored back-to-back Top 10 albums on both sides of the Atlantic in 1980 and 1981. Rhino adds to the iconic band's canon with double-disc editions of the Pretenders' debut and follow-up that feature live cuts, demos, and previously unreleased tracks; both re-releases are due October 3.

Two years after the band formed in London, Sire issued the Pretenders' full-length debut in 1980, whi...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 7

September 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Shannon Elizabeth
Happy Birthday to "Thirteen" actress Evan Rachel Wood (1987), "Final Destination" actor Devon Sawa (1978), "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (1976), rapper Eazy-E (1963; d. 1995), songwriter Diane Warren (1956), actor Corbin Bernsen (1954), actress Susan Blakely (1952), Pretenders singer/guitarist Chrissie Hynde (1951), "The Simpsons" voice actress Julie Kavner (1951), disco singer Gloria Gaynor (1949), singer Buddy Holly (1936; d. 1959), jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins (1930), English actor Peter Lawford (1923; d. 1984), actor Anthony Quayle (1913; d. 1989), and Hungarian film direc...
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VH1 Classic To Air MTV's First 24 Hours of Programming on Aug. 1

July 19th, 2006 11:20am EDT
Blondie
Music lovers may remember the first video ever to be played on the first music television network, MTV, but do they remember the video that followed? VH1 Classic is giving viewers a second chance to relive the first moments that music videos came alive on TV by traveling back in time for a 24-hour event that showcases the first videos ever to be played on MTV.

VH1 Classic is paying tribute to the historic impact MTV has had on music and pop culture over the last 25 years by airing the first 24 hours of programming from MTV's August 1, 1981, network debut. The day of celebration will be...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 12

June 12th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Jason Mewes
Happy Birthday To Lillix guitarist Tasha-Ray Evin (1984), Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima (1981), "Clerks II" star Jason Mewes (1974), late Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan (1968; d. 1999), actress Paula Marshall (1965), They Might Be Giants singer John Linnell (1959), actor Timothy Busfield (1957), late Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon (1952; d. 1983), Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos (1951), Boston singer Brad Delp (1951), jazz pianist Chick Corea (1941), Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929), 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush (1924), and Austrian artist Egon Sch...
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New York Dolls Biopic Set For April 4 DVD Release

March 29th, 2006 9:05pm EST
New York Dolls
Visual Entertainment and First Independent Pictures are proud to announce the release of the critically acclaimed film New York Doll on DVD on April 4th, 2006. Released in theaters in October 2005, the film is director Greg Whiteley's debut effort and was a Grand Jury Prize Nominee at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The film includes interviews with all the surviving New York Dolls, as well as Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Sir Bob Geldof, Chrissy Hynde (Pretenders), Mick Jones of The Clash and many others close to or influenced by the Doll's legacy. The DVD's bonus features include the full 20-m...
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