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Weezer, All American Rejects, Virgin Fest Let Fans Call the Shots

June 25, 2008 2:02 PM ET

Perhaps Rivers Cuomo should collaborate with the YouTube nation more often. The fan-assisted song "Turnin' Turnin'" hit the internet today, which was the result of Cuomo's call to the fans for songwriting advice. The surprisingly tight, catchy track would have fit right in on "The Red Album" and is certainly better than "Everybody Get Dangerous." Click above for the full tune.

But Weezer aren't the only band looking to their followers for guidance. Oklahoma pop-punkers the All-American Rejects have tapped an organization called Eventful to help fans decide where the band stops on their upcoming tour. As a part of the promotion, Eventful will also help recruit people to register to vote through Rock the Vote. The competition launches today via Eventful's website, and the winners will be announced September 15th.

In the final installment of today's public-empowering moves, this year's Virgin Festival will let web surfers choose the opening band for the event's second day. The current leader is mask-wearing emo-rap outfit Hollywood Undead, with We Are Scientists, the Virgins, Automatic Loveletter and the Parlor Mob rounding out the rest of the contestants. To vote, head over to the fest's official site. Virgin Festival takes place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD on August 9th and 10th.

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