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Aerosmith Relapse Blamed On Girlfriend
NJ.com reports: Aerosmith reps aren't talking about frontman Steven Tyler's reported relapse and current rehab attempt, but his hometown paper says some are pointing fingers at the rocker's hard-partying, much-younger girlfriend, Erin Brady.

Tyler, who has been frank about his early rock'n'roll excesses, checked into La Encinas Hospital in Pasadena Wednesday, the hospital where celebrity addict specialist Drew Pinsky practices, TMZ.com reported.

Tyler, whose longtime wife Teresa left him for a handyman in 2005, started dating Brady soon after. The Boston Herald describes Brady as a "30-something rocker chick and former Clear Channel tour accountant" who "seemed to embrace the rock 'n' roll lifestyle with a vengeance." For example: At the Florida Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in December, she tangled with a tribal VIP's daughter after a night of partying with Tyler. (He reportedly dumped her after the incident, but they got back together.) - more on this story

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Suge Puncher Wanted By Cops
TMZ reports: It's not just Suge Knight looking to find the guy who knocked him out last week, turns out the cops are after him too!

TMZ was in L.A. County Superior Court moments ago when the judge issued a bench warrant for Johnny Deathwish, er, Guy Who Doesn't Want His Name Out There, after he blew off his date with the judge over misdemeanor driving without a license charges.

Now, GWDWHNOT will have to face off with an even badder man than Suge -- Judge Michael T. Sauer -- the same guy who threw the book at Paris Hilton and tossed her in jail for 45 days. - more on this story

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Stadium Addresses Zeppelin Concert Rumors
Globe And Mail reports: It's been a long time since Led Zeppelin did the stroll in front of a Toronto audience, but a return by the grand British band of blues rock could happen, possibly at Rogers Centre.

Rumours of a Zeppelin reunion have floated freely since the band's ballyhooed one-off performance at London's O2 Arena last December. Current speculation, however, has foundation. "It's my understanding that some preliminary discussions are going on," said Nadia Flaim, the stadium's communications manager .

Earlier this week, a MuchMusic blogger reported that a "reliable source" had provided details. "No fancy tour of the U.S.," the online dispatch reads, "but Toronto will have four dates at Skydome/Rogers Centre this coming August." According to Ms. Flaim, August concerts are unlikely, due to Blue Jays and Argonauts games already in place. - more on this story

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Paramore Summer Tour
PR reports: Paramore has revealed details of their upcoming live schedule. The pop quartet will embark on "The Final RIOT! Paramore Summer Tour '08," beginning on July 28th at Reno, Nevada's Grand Sierra Theatre.

Accompanying Paramore on the road will be Jack's Mannequin, Fueled By Ramen's own Phantom Planet, and Paper Route. "The Final RIOT! Paramore Summer Tour '08" will travel North America through an August 30th finale at the Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut.

In addition to "The Final RIOT! Paramore Summer Tour '08," the Tennessee-based band will also appear at a number of upcoming summer festivals - more on this story

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The Inevitable Rise And Liberation of NiggyTardust Coming To Stores With Extras
PR reports: Saul Williams' critically acclaim album, The Inevitable Rise And Liberation of NiggyTardust! will be nationally available in stores on June 24th 2008 as well as online outlets.

The record will be available through SONY/RED Distribution and contains five previously unreleased tracks. A limited edition vinyl pressing may also be purchased and contains a free download on the album.

Produced by Trent Reznor, the album was hailed by Rolling Stone as "arresting and intelligent." Jon Pareles of The New York Times praises the album, "[NiggyTardust's] sense of impending mayhem harks back to Public Enemy at its peak." - more on this story

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Best of Radiohead Coming in Five Editions
PR reports: Capitol/EMI announces the June 3 U.S. release of Radiohead: The Best Of. The band's first ever career retrospective, to be made available both physically and digitally, Radiohead: The Best Of brings together the singles, key album tracks and live favorites spanning the band's entire Parlophone Records and Capitol Records career.

Radiohead has sold in excess of 25 million records worldwide, has achieved platinum status in 17 countries and multi-platinum in nine, and has won two Grammy Awards. The band has also become one of the most iconic and critically acclaimed groups ever, with their seminal albums OK Computer and The Bends hailed as masterpieces and being consistently voted in Top 5 All Time Albums polls.

Radiohead: The Best Of will be available in the following formats and configurations: *1CD collection featuring 17 tracks *Special Edition 2CD, adding 13 tracks *4-piece vinyl set with 29 tracks *17-track & 30-track digital downloads *DVD featuring 21 classic promo videos - The various tracklistings, including our made up one of what should have been included

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Kanye, Common and Other Rappers Sued for Being Unoriginal
NME reports: Kanye West and his record label have been sued by a late jazz musician's daughter for allegedly using samples of her father's music without proper approval.

Common, Method Man, Redman and their record companies were also named in the suit, which was filed by musician Joe Farrell's daughter Kathleen Firrantello in the US District Court in New York.

The lawsuit claims that the rappers used samples of Farrell's 1974 composition 'Upon This Rock' in three different songs - more on this story

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Lemmy to Be Film God Too
Billboard reports: The life and career of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled "Lemmy" and slated for release in 2009.

The film promises fans more access than ever before to Kilmister's life, and includes interviews with past and present bandmates and such peers/admirers as Slash, Dave Grohl, the Clash's Mick Jones, Alice Cooper, Steve Vai and wrestling superstar Triple H.

Directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski (both of whom have contributed to Billboard) are shooting the film on a combination of HD video and super 16 mm film. Other giants from the world of metal and hard rock will appear in the film as well - A lot more

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Band No Longer Cursed
Metal Underground reports: Cursed frontman Chris Colohan has more or less confirmed the recent rumors of his group's demise. Here's the word: Yeah, you heard. Apparently, it gets even worse. That's all I know or even want to know for now.

We got robbed at the very end of tour in a totally unreal, extremely sketchy series of events that still makes no sense at all, only leads to paranoia, anger and a total loss of faith. Passports, money, all the costs of the tour. Either way, whoever did it, it was a bullet in the head, the end of the line. A sudden and totally f**ked up way for it to end, which I know will be fitting when I look back on it.

All we could do was play the show, badly, and go our ways with whatever money we could muster. I hitched a ride back to Prague with Tomas. Since I can't do a f**king thing about it, I'm going to hang out with my girl, and friends, stare at some Czech mountains and try not to think about it. Needless to say, all outstanding plans are off. - more on this story

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Dio Sabbath Boxset
House of Rock reports: The Ronnie James Dio-era of Black Sabbath will be memorialized in the upcoming boxed set The Rules of Hell, out July 22nd via Rhino.

The five-disc set will see four of the Dio Sabbath albums Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer and the double-disc Live Evil get the remastered treatment.

The set will also include extensive liner notes and new interviews with the band. In addition to the set, Dio and Tony Iommi are currently recording a new album. - more on this story

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Michelle Meldrum RIP
Sleazeroxx reports: On May 18, Michelle Meldrum, leader of the band Meldrum and former Phantom Blue guitarist, was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank in critical condition. She passed away late afternoon Wednesday, May 21, 2008 as a result of a cystic growth on her brain that had restricted oxygen and blood flow to her brain rendering her brain dead.

Meldrum had just completed writing and recording the bands soon to be released album with drummer Gene Hoglan, along with the new lineup Michele Madden (vocals) and Laura Christine (bass). The surviving band members plan to release the album later this year in tribute to their fallen band-mate.

Those who knew Michelle recognize that she lived every moment for the music, and was regarded as both an exceptional guitarist and a nurturer by her associates, friends, family and son. - more on this story

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James Taylor and His Band of Legends Tour
PR reports: James Taylor is gearing up to hit the road this summer for his first sheds tour since 2005. Tickets for "James Taylor and His Band of Legends" tour went on sale in February with nearly all of his 34-city tour dates already sold out. His shows in Ravinia and Tanglewood were the fastest sell-outs in both festivals' respective histories.

The tour kicks off May 22nd in Virginia Beach, VA and also includes Taylor's first Canadian tour dates ever with full band. Taylor will be performing at some of the most distinguished venues in North America, including New York's Jones Beach, two sold-out shows at the Tanglewood Festival, two shows at Ravinia, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and culminating with two nights at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado on Aug. 6th & 7th. - more on this story

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