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Muse Vs Live Earth
hecklerspray.com reports: …unlike so many publicity-seeking celebrity idiots – [Muse are] one of the first people to actually question the logic of holding a gigantic energy-devouring concert in order to 'tackle' climate change. We're talking, of course, about Live Earth - officially all set to be the hypocritical ego-fuelled all-star shindig of the summer. Muse frontman Matt Bellamy shared his thoughts: "Private jets for climate change, not sure about it that seems to be a bit on edge really- that's an issue really, so we need to think about it!" 

Ashok Sinah, director of Stop Climate Chaos, has leapt to the defence of the soon-to-be-assembled pop stars, however: "They have to reduce carbon emissions, we have to do reduce carbon emissions, and in just the same way that we may look at a pop star and say, ‘you use more carbon than I do,' then people from Africa could look at us and think we don't go flying around everywhere, I have met people in Africa who haven't even made a phone call let alone get on a plane." 

To which three responses immediately spring to mind: a) Yes, we do all have to reduce carbon emissions, and therefore should have better things to worry about than arranging a nice big pop concert [see full story for more including which band has a plan to solve the Middle East Crisis] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rockstar Band Supernovas
Blabbermouth reports: According to ET Canada, former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke has left ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA, the band he formed with Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Jason Newsted (VOIVOD, ex-METALLICA) and Canadian vocalist Lukas Rossi. No reason was given for Gilby's departure but the disastrous sales of the group's self-titled debut album (which has shifted less than 56,000 copies in the United States since its November 2006 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan) are believed to have been a contributing factor.

Although Rossi didn't confirm Clarke's exit from the band, he told ET Canada that "there will be a name change… the best is yet to come!" He also said that he is working on lyrics for a new album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Libertines Reunite 
Launch reports: The Libertines reunited tonight (April 12) onstage in London. Pete Doherty and Carl Barat played 13 songs at the second of Doherty's "An Evening With Pete Doherty" gigs at the Hackney Empire.

During the second half of the show Doherty teased the audience by saying: "You've been waiting for this moment. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Carlos Barat...only joking! What do you expect for 25 quid?" Then Barat came onstage, wearing a Dior Homme suit and a trilby.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Warner Vs DRMfree Site
Reuters reports: Warner Music Group on Thursday demanded that online retailer AnywhereCD remove its digital albums from the site, saying the start-up had violated their agreement by selling Warner's music without copy protection software. 

But the fourth-largest music company appeared to make a concession to calls for music without copy restrictions, known as DRM, by saying it was acceptable for AnywhereCD to help fans rip CDs into the popular MP3 format.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Joe Walsh Goes Country?
AP reports: Guitarist Joe Walsh brought some hard-rock swagger to the Eagles 30 years ago, and he'll do the same for country singer Kenny Chesney this summer. 

Walsh, who recorded the rock anthems "Funk #49," "Rocky Mountain Way" and "Life's Been Good" in the 1970s, will plays some dates on Chesney's "Flip Flop Summer Tour."

"If you've ever listened to rock radio, you KNOW Joe Walsh," Chesney said in a statement this week.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Interpol America
FMQB reports: While Interpol has still not unveiled a title or release date for their upcoming third album, the band has expanded its summer tour, though not in America. Interpol's only scheduled U.S. dates as of now are California's Coachella festival on April 27, the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel on April 28, the Sasquatch festival in George, WA on May 27 and the 99X Big Day Out in Atlanta on June 2.[see full story to see where in the world they go from there]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lollapalooza Lineup Announced
CMJ reports: Perry Farrell's once-revered, then-reviled, now-resurgent Lollapalooza festival has announced its full 2007 lineup, which includes Yo La Tengo, Modest Mouse, M.I.A. and Pearl Jam, who will make their first appearance at the event since its 1992 heyday....

Artists Scheduled To Perform at Lollapalooza 2007:
Pearl Jam
Daft Punk
Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals
Muse
Iggy And The Stooges
Modest Mouse
Interpol
My Morning Jacket
Satellite Party
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Snow Patrol
Roots
Patti Smith
Kings Of Leon
[see full story for a TON more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Revolver Abandon Previous Bands Music
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash spoke to Chile's Rock & Pop about selecting songs for the band's current South American tour. He reportedly said that they chose to keep songs from the previous setlist around because the band has never played South America before, and that they added four new songs as well. Throughout South America, VR will still be playing GUNS N' ROSES and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS covers in their set, but will abandon them in the later legs of the tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dead Tax Conviction
Contact Music reports: RON RAKOW, the GRATEFUL DEAD's former manager, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for tax evasion. The 69 year old has been found guilty of evading payment of $2.2 million (GBP1.1 million) in taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The US attorney's office ordered Rakow to begin his prison term in June (07). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Queen Ice Cream?
Contact Music reports: Legendary rock band QUEEN have inspired a new line of ice cream, which includes the flavour Bohemian Raspberry. US ice cream giant Ben + Jerry are keeping up their music-themed ice creams brands which have previously included 'Phish Food' inspired by the band Phish, the Grateful Dead inspired 'Cherry Garcia' and 'Glastonberry' flavour, named after the legendary English music festival Glastonbury. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Janet Jackson Assault Suit To Move Forward
Contact Music reports: JANET JACKSON will have to give a deposition under oath after her lawyers failed in their bid to have a lawsuit against her thrown out. In a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing made public yesterday (11Apr07) Justice Rolando Acosta agreed an assault suit against Jackson and her boyfriend Jermaine Dupri can move forward. According to New York Post reports, the plaintiff Leonard Salati alleges that two of Jackson's bodyguards grabbed him and choked him when he attempted to pass the singer a note at a club in 2004.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rush Axl Loses Civil Rights Case
Jam! reports: Deputies didn't use excessive force in an altercation with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson at a hotel on New Year's Eve 2003, a federal judge has ruled. 

Lifeson, whose real name is Alex Zivojinovich, had sued in federal court claiming that Collier County deputies violated his civil rights while subduing him and his son during a skirmish at a party at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Fla. Tasers were used on the pair, and Lifeson's nose was broken. 

But U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson wrote in a ruling last week that deputies' actions "were objectively reasonable." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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EMI and Beatles Settle Lawsuit
Jam! reports: The Beatles' Apple Corps company has settled a royalties dispute with record label EMI, the two companies said Thursday, raising hopes that Beatles recordings may soon be legally available online. 

"It was settled on mutually acceptable terms last month," Apple Corps and EMI said in a joint statement. They refused to provide details of the settlement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Death Before Dishonor Tour
Lambgoat reports: Death Before Dishonor, Black My Heart, Fight Like Hell, and Colin Of Arabia (COA) will be hitting the road together in late-May and June. Here's the latest:

5/21 Topeka, KA @ The Static Bar
5/22 Denver, CO @ Sox Place
5/23 Salt Lake City, UT @ West Bountiful
5/24 Boise, ID @ The Venue
5/25 Seattle, WA @ West Seattle Legion Hall
5/26 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
5/27 Soledad, CA @ The Castle
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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