Thursday Morning Rock Music Headlines

GUNS N' ROSES DRAWS CRITICISM IN VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A county commissioner in Las Vegas says she regrets the board's decision to rename a street after Guns N' Roses after seeing a suggestive concert poster for the band. The poster is based on the original "Appetite for Destruction" cover, only the woman's breast is covered and the underwear that was around her ankles is gone. Women's groups say it still implies violence against women. The Las Vegas Sun quotes Commissioner Mary Beth Scow as saying she didn't know about the poster before county leaders voted to temporarily rename Paradise Road to Paradise City Road in honor of Guns N' Roses' run of shows in Las Vegas. The band has not responded to requests for comment.

SMASHING PUMPKINS POSTPONE NORTHEAST CONCERTS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Smashing Pumpkins weren't able to play their planned Halloween show in New York last night because of damage from superstorm Sandy. The band is rescheduling their dates in New York; Camden, New Jersey; Fairfax, Virginia; and Uncasville, Connecticut, for December. Check out SmashingPumpkins.com for more information.

DAVE STEWART CREATES NEW TV SHOW FOR REBA McENTIRE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It doesn't seem like Dave Stewart of Eurythmics would have a lot in common with Reba McEntire, but he's created a new sitcom for her. Stewart co-created, and is the executive producer of "Malibu Country," which premieres tomorrow on ABC. It's about a country singer who cheats on his wife, so she leaves him and moves the family from Nashville to their last remaining asset, a house in Malibu. Stewart says he was inspired when he first stayed in Nashville a few years ago. He didn't think McEntire would agree to play the lead, but Stewart just happened to sit next to her stepson on a plane and got the script to her.

''THE X FACTOR" GOES LIVE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demi Lovato says she can't look the boys of Emblem3 in the eyes on "The X Factor." She says it's because she's supposed to be a judge and not flirting. Last night the top 16 acts performed, and the judges will cut four tonight. The girl group Lylas is now known as One-Four-Three-Two because of legal issues. Lovato, who's mentoring the young adults, seemed to change all her female contestants' hair. CeCe Frey went blonde, Paige Thomas cut her hair and wore a hat of silver spikes, and Jannel Garcia turned into a rock chick.

''OH, PRETTY WOMAN" SONGWRITER DIES

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The man who co-wrote "Oh, Pretty Woman" with Roy Orbison has died. Bill Dees died last Wednesday outside Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 73. Orbison and Dees had been inspired to write the song after seeing Orbison's wife, Claudette. It hit number one in 1964.

MADONNA, BEATLES ITEMS FOR SALE IN MUSIC AUCTION

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Negatives of the nude photos of Madonna that appeared in Penthouse in 1985 are among the items for sale in a big music memorabilia auction. Julien's Auctions is also selling a pristine copy of The Beatles' "Yesterday and Today" album with the butcher cover. Other items for sale include a dollar bill signed by all four Beatles, Elvis Presley's pajama pants and Slash's table lamp. The sale also includes the mask Lady Gaga wore in the "Bad Romance" video, the sock sleeves Michael Jackson wore as the Scarecrow in "The Wiz" and the necklace Bruce Springsteen wore on the cover of "Born to Run," plus a pair of Scott Weiland's sunglasses missing a lens. The auction is December 1 in Beverly Hills, California.

NIRVANA BASS, BOB DYLAN YEARBOOK FOR SALE IN MUSIC AUCTION

LONDON (AP) — The bass that Krist Novoselic plays and Kurt Cobain smashes in Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video is for sale. Well, it's what's left of the bass. Novoselic bought the instrument at a pawn shop, knowing he'd destroy it. An extra in the video scooped up the bass, now missing the neck and strings. Christie's auction house expects it to sell for at least $24,000. A 1958 yearbook signed by 17-year-old Bob Zimmerman, who became Bob Dylan, is expected to sell for more than $6,000. The auction is November 29 in London.

EMINEM TAKES CHARGE OF SKYLAR GREY'S ALBUM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Eminem will be the executive producer of Skylar Grey's debut album. He appears on her upcoming single, "C'mon Let Me Ride," which comes out December 11. They shot the video for that song in Detroit last week and it comes out when the single does. Grey says they've worked on many serious songs together, so doing "C'mon Let Me Ride" was "a nice change of pace to do something fun and sarcastic." Her album is due in the spring.

COLTON DIXON RELEASES NEW SINGLE

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — "American Idol" finalist Colton Dixon didn't try to hide his Christianity on the show. He just found more opportunities to talk about it as the show went on. Dixon says he never wanted to push it down people's throats. Dixon has put out a new single called "You Are," which he wrote about God, but he says he loves hearing how people interpret that song to mean other things. He's planning a full album in January or February which he says will be faith-based but influenced by the sounds of Coldplay and Switchfoot.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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