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Monday June 9



The Kinks Close To A Reunion

It looks like brothers Ray and Dave Davies have put their bad blood behind them and The Kinks may actually be reuniting with Ray confirming in an interview that discussions are underway. Ray Davies reportedly told the Sunday Times "I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again," he said. "We've also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed." Davies went on to say that if the band reunites it will be to create new material, not for a greatest hits tour. "He's been composing his own songs, but I'd really like to write with him again. We both agree we don't want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It's got to be something new."

Read more: Monday June 9

Thursday June 5



Original Guns N' Roses Reunion Predicted by Axl's Former Manager

Axl Rose's personal manager during Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion tour, Craig Duswalt, says that he and others in the old school GNR camp see a strong possibility of the classic lineup of the group reuniting "in the next two years." Duswalt, who is making the media rounds to promote his new memoir, "Welcome to My Jungle," says that Duff McKagan could pave the way for the band reuniting. McKagan has recently rejoined the band live, filling in for Tommy Stinson who has had live commitments with The Replacements. "Duff is paving the way to open the gates again," Duswalt said to ABC News Radio. "Axl and Duff are really getting along well at the concerts, so there's an opening." However, Duswalt also admits that there is bad blood between Axl and Slash, but he and others that were associated with the band in the past feel that Duff could bring the former members together. Duswalt tells ABC News Radio that he knows "for a fact [Axl and Slash] hate each other right now. It's bad. Axl is a loyal guy and you get on his bad side and some people don't come back, but Slash and him were so close. We [in the old-school Guns camp] all have a feeling it will happen. It's gonna happen in the next two years...there's an opening because of Duff playing with Axl." He also went into some details about where the rift between Axl and Slash originated. "It was a thing that happened at the end of [Use Your Illusion]," he said. "There were also the differences in music," Duswalt adds, "like Slash wanted to do more hard rock stuff and Axl wanted to do more ballads, rock ballads. There was that difference, but there was a specific thing that happened that both of them are at odds over."

Read more: Thursday June 5

Friday June 6



Jimi Hendrix Album Banned 47 Years After Release

(hennemusic) Jimi Hendrix's album classic, "Axis: Bold as Love", has been banned in Malayasia 47 years after its release based on its cover, which features and the guitar icon and his bandmates as various forms of Lord Vishnu. Themalaymailonline reports an unidentified spokesman from the Home Ministry's Publication Control and Quranic Text unit said compact discs with the 1967 album cover art featuring the Hindu deity would be prohibited from entering the country and they would seize such CDs found in Malaysia. "We don't care if Jimi Hendrix albums without cover art featuring Lord Vishnu come in, but if it uses Lord Vishnu's image, then of course we won't allow it," said the official. "We'll definitely take action against anything that violates religious sensitivities, whether it's Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam. We must respect each other."

Read more: Friday June 6

Wednesday June 4



Axl Says It's Possible Duff McKagan Could Return To Guns N' Roses

(Gibson) Duff McKagan recently joined his old band and bandmate Axl Rose for a batch of South American shows, as well as an appearance during Guns N' Roses current Las Vegas residency. McKagan filled in for current Guns bassist Tommy Stinson while he was busy playing reunion shows with his old band The Replacements. In a recent interview with Revolver magazine (via Blabbermouth), Rose talked briefly on whether McKagan might make a permanent return to the band: "It's possible. I don't know yet. It depends on scheduling, or what shows Tommy [Stinson] wants to do with the Replacements and stuff like that. And you know, almost everybody in the band has some kind of issue going on, personally. There's people who have lost family members. Other people are dealing with separations. Sometimes court gets in the way. Real life!" Talking about sharing the stage with his old bandmate, Rose said: "We kind of finish some of each other's memories sometimes. And the Duff that played these shows with us isn't really the Duff that I knew from what I'd call 'old Guns' or the 'Appetite For Destruction' lineup or the 'Illusion' lineup." Guns n' Roses wrap up their Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 7. After that Rose says the band will shift their focus to working on a follow up to 2008's Chinese Democracy.

Read more: Wednesday June 4

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