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Full Report for 12/02/2008

Velvet Revolver Recruit Irish Singer?
Sleazeroxx reports: A rumor has reached Classic Rock that the singer Velvet Revolver are seeking to recruit to replace Scott Weiland is Irishman Phil Conalane from Million Dollar Reload.

Conalane was apparently recommended to Velvet Revolver by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, and also by Stone Gods, the band formed from the ashes of The Darkness.

Classic Rock's source, who claims to be in contact with an insider at Velvet Revolver's management, tells us: "Though a surprising choice, Phil is experienced but relatively unknown on the international stage, which would fit Velvet Revolver's bill of fresh blood as they try to rebuild their career following the disappointing sales of their last album, Libertad, and the GN'R return that has left them reeling. - more on this story

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Jennifer Hudson Murder Arrest
AP reports: Police arrested the estranged brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson on Monday in the shooting deaths of the entertainer's mother, brother and young nephew, taking him from a prison where he had been held on a suspected parole violation.

William Balfour, 27, was arrested at Stateville Correctional Center on a warrant accusing him of murdering the relatives of the singer and Oscar-winning actress, Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said.

Until Monday, police had identified Balfour only as a "person of interest" in the investigation. - more on this story

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April Wine Frontman Hospitalized
The LeBlanc Newsletter reports: April Wine lead singer Myles Goodwin is in a Montreal hospital for observation after collapsing on Nov. 28, 2008 at 8:45 AM at the airport there, and hitting his head, resulting in six stitches. He was transported to hospital by ambulance.

Goodwin had complained earlier he wasn't feeling well. He had been heading to Halifax to headline a sold out Q104 Quarter Century Concert with Sam Roberts, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, and 54-40, honoring the 25th anniversary of Halifax radio station Q104. Joel Placket Emergency filled in their slot in the lineup.

Original April Wine members Ritchie. Jim, and David He-man were however, in attendance for April Wine's induction into Q104's Rock of the Atlantic Wall of Fame. The audience was shown early film footage of April Wine, including a home movie of the band's second practice and a clip from an early '70s TV appearance. - The LeBlanc Newsletter

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Creed Reunion
Billboard reports: Creed is hammering out details for a lucrative 2009 reunion tour, sources tell Billboard. The Scott Stapp-led hard rock group, which was one of the top sellers of the past decade, has not performed since a rancorous split in June 2004.

Stapp promptly embarked on a solo career, while guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and original bassist Brian Marshall formed Alter Bridge with vocalist Myles Kennedy and released two albums.

But Kennedy is rumored to be the top contender to replace Robert Plant for a tour with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. - more on this story

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Travis Barker and DJ AM New Year's Party
PR reports: Travis Barker and DJ AM (TRVSDJAM) will reunite on stage to headline the NYN celebration live from NYN's Los Angeles New Year's Eve Party at The Lot.

The TRVSDJAM set will be streamed live in high-definition (HD) quality on the Internet at newyearsnation.com, and broadcast live to NYN parties across the U.S. through NYN-TV, a live, HD quality broadcast powered by BitGravity, a Content Delivery Network (CDN) for interactive broadcast. Through NYN-TV, guests at NYN parties in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland and Seattle will be able to see TRVSDJAM's performance and dance to their music.

"I'm glad our first show back is here in LA on New Year's Eve. I've never been 10 places at once before," said DJ AM. - more on this story

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GNR and Kanye Sales Bomb- Coldplay Top Seller of 08- Preview For My Valentine- Boy George Didn't Really Want To Hurt Gigolo- and more
antiMusic reports: Happy Tuesdays! Here is today's round-up of quick and not so quick music news stories: Kanye and GNR Sale Bomb? Despite reports that Black Friday kicked off the holiday retail season with a bang, several major albums released last week posted disappointing numbers. Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" will sell in the range of 425,000-450,000 units, significantly down from the 700,000-975,000 previously projected, while Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" is expected to clock in at 250,000-260,000, well below a 300,000-784,000 projection.more

Coldplay was the hottest iTunes album download this year: Its "Viva la Vida" was crowned the best-selling album of 2008, while Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love" was named the top-selling single. more

Bullet For My Valentine have released a 90 second video trailer for Scream Aim Fire: Deluxe Edition, coming out December 9th. The clip includes a sneak preview of 4 Brand New songs, as well as new episodes of Bullet TV. Check it here

Singer Boy George admits in a recording played in a London court that he restrained a male escort with handcuffs. But the former Culture Club singer says he had no intention of hurting the man. He also denies he tried to assault the escort or that he swung a chain at him. more

Music including Jimi Hendrix's rendition of 'The Star Spangled Banner', Queen's 1977 single 'We are the Champions/We Will Rock You' and The Police's 1983 album 'Synchronicity' has been added to the Grammy Hall Of Fame.more

One of our favorites Butch Walker: Check out the new video for "The Weight Of Her," the lead single from Butch's new CD, Sycamore Meadows. It's set against the California desert (actually not far from where antiMusic is based!), and features Butch getting carjacked and held hostage by a gas-station robbing Taryn Manning (of Boomkat, "8 Mile" and "Hustle & Flow" fame.) Watch it here.

Britneymania leads to jail. A former employee of UCLA Medical Center pleaded guilty Monday to selling information from the medical records of celebrities and high-profile patients, including Britney Spears and Farrah Fawcett, to the National Enquirer.more

The long-awaited sophomore album from MSTRKRFT, "Fist of God," will be released in the States on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak/Downtown in March, Billboard.com has learned.more

Last week we told you about the theatrical showing of Cheap Trick at Budokan, but we have a little follow-up. Here is a refresher: On Thursday, December 4th D&E Entertainment will present the U.S. theatrical premiere of a newly-restored concert film from Cheap Trick that previously has only aired once on Japanese television in 1978. With a running time of just over 60 minutes, Live at Budokan captures the concert that catapulted Cheap Trick to stardom. D&E will be hosting the premieres in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, and other markets. Now the update D&E let us know that they have also built a website for the event, so fans can leave messages, request theatres, and buy tickets in various markets. Check that out here

Jack White and his band the Raconteurs called on Ricky Skaggs to help them record a bluegrass-inspired version of their song "Old Enough."more

Lita Ford teams up with Dee Snider, lead vocalist for Twisted Sister, in a duet for the band's just released video "I'll Be Home for Christmas" available here

Live Nation has signed a three-year deal with Blockbuster whereby the latter will be the exclusive physical retail ticket outlet for Live Nation Ticketing, Live Nation's new in-house ticketing company, beginning with the start of the 2009 concert seasonmore

Willie Dixon's blues classic "Back Door Man" has been covered by The Doors, The Grateful Dead, John Hammond Jr. and Howlin' Wolf, but today Kicksville pay homage with a cover that stays true to the raunchy original while reinventing it with slippery slide guitars and down-and-funky electronic flourishes. Listen to "Back Door Man," Kicksville's fourth digital single from 'Season 1,' here

Digital music sales account for 18 percent of the U.S. music market and that figure will grow to 41 percent in five years, Forrester Research said in a report released on Monday. more

Ok KISS fans, have you ever wanted to capture Ace Frehley's guitar sound? Gibson will hook you up right here.

Speaking of Ace, his former tour mates Y & T are set to record their first original songs in a decade more

Turbonegro guitarist Knut 'Euroboy' Schreiner has announced that he has now fully recovered from cancer.more

The Raveonettes have released the final installment of their digital-EP series entitled Wishing You a Rave Christmas. - more

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Top Videos of 2008
antiMusic reports: The Yahoo camp sent over their list of the most popular videos of 2008. If anything, it shows why music sales are down. But enough of our commentary, here is what we were sent:

To commemorate the year, Yahoo! has pulled together the annual "Year in Review," based upon the top searches of 2008 on Yahoo!. Including categories such as Top 10 Overall Searches, Top 10 Movie Trailers of 2008, and Top Politicians, amongst many others, the full Yahoo! "Year in Review" went live on Monday. In creating the "Top 10 Music Videos" list, Yahoo ranked the videos based on the number of video spins this year on Yahoo! Music.

Top 10 Music Videos of 2008: 1. Alicia Keys "No One" 2. Mariah Carey "Touch My Body" 3. Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love" 4. Rihanna "Don't Stop The Music" 5. Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown "No Air" 6. Lil Wayne f/Static Major "Lollipop" 7. Colbie Caillat "Bubbly" 8. OneRepublic "Apologize" 9. Sara Bareilles "Love Song" 10. Rihanna "Take A Bow" - Yahoo! "Year in Review"

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McCartney Disappointed With Led Zeppelin Tour Plans
House of Rock reports: Paul McCartney has expressed his disappointment at Led Zeppelin's decision to reunite without frontman Robert Plant.

The Kashmir hitmakers announced last month that they plan to hit the road in 2009 without Plant, who has opted out of the reunion shows.

The remaining members of Zeppelin are now auditioning singers to take over vocals. McCartney says, "What's happened to Planty? He was great at their gig. It's such a pity." - more on this story

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Springsteen's Fans Lucky Day
PR reports: Bruce Springsteen's new song "My Lucky Day," from the album 'Working on a Dream' (January 27 / Columbia Records), will be available on Amazon MP3 and MySpace Music for one week starting today.

Additionally, Amazon.com, Inc. and MySpace today exclusively debuted the music video for "My Lucky Day," the first time that the two sites have collaborated on streaming video. Fans can visit the Amazon Bruce Springsteen Artist Store, and the MySpace Bruce Springsteen Artist Profile page , to watch the video and download the new single.

As an added bonus, fans can also check out an extra two-minutes of behind-the-scenes footage of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band preparing to record the song. - more on this story

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Jackdawg CCR and Doobie Brothers Supergroup To Release CD
PR reports: SonicPast Music announces the release of Jackdawg, the self-titled release from classic rock heroes John McFee (Doobie Brothers/Clover), Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) and the late Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers.) The never-before-released album includes 13 original tracks penned by McFee, Cook and Knudsen as well as two covers including Roky Erickson's "Cold Night for Alligators" and Van Morrison's classic, "Wild Night."

After a great stint together in country-rock chart-toppers Southern Pacific, McFee, Cook and Knudson decided to carry on creating great music together and recorded the tracks at McFee's Lizard Rock Studio in Solvang, CA. The songs and the band evolved from 50 years of experience in the music business and the belief that together they could come up with some great songs to showcase their musical roots.

Although the Jackdawg album was recorded in 1990, the songs remained in the vault for many years. After Keith Knudsen's passing in 2005, John McFee and SonicPast Music's label founder/owner and former Blues Magoos member Joey Stec started discussing releasing the tracks, as the label's specialization is unreleased recordings by musicians who have been in successful bands. - more on this story

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Singled Out: Colin Armstrong
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Colin Armstrong tells us about the Beatles inspired "Hey Yoko" from his forthcoming album "Lost and Anonymous". We now turn it over to Colin for the story:

"Hey Yoko" started out as a melodic finger picked instrumental one day out on the back patio of the studio. Sitting there with our laptops open to garageband, Mikal Reid and I played it out and what we ended up with had this Beatlesque McCartney quality to it. So we labeled it "Scrambled eggs instrumental" and moved on to something else.

Several weeks later, I happen to be watching a John Lennon documentary that really got into his life as an activist and war protester. I couldn't help but see the parallels between his anti-war stance on Vietnam and the stances that some musicians were beginning to take on the present war in Iraq. The melody for the verse basically was taken from the melody of the original guitar line and the chorus came from one of my daily trips up the 405 freeway in traffic to the studio. In bumper to bumper traffic I found myself behind one of those people who has managed to collect every cheesy bumper sticker that has ever been made and that's when I came up with the idea of "Hey Yoko where's our John?"

- Read the rest of Colin's story

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