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Full Report for 12/05/2008

Dixie Chick Sued Over Murder Accusation in West Memphis Three Case
antiMusic reports: Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines is the target of a defamation lawsuit by the stepfather of one of three 8-year-old boys slain in 1993 in the controversial West Memphis Three case, where many believe that three men were unfairly convicted of the murders based primary on their love for heavy metal.

AP reports: Terry Hobbs, stepfather of Steve Branch, who was killed in 1993 with Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, filed suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Nov. 25.

Maines attended a Dec. 19 rally in Little Rock, where she claimed Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley — known to sympathizers as the "West Memphis Three" — were innocent and that supposed new evidence pointed to Hobbs. - more on this story

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Guitar Legend Accuses Coldplay Of Plagiarism
Sleazeroxx reports: Rock guitarist Joe Satriani has sued British band Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs.

Satriani's copyright infringement suit, filed on Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song "Viva La Vida" incorporates "substantial original portions" of his 2004 instrumental "If I Could Fly."

The 52-year-old guitar virtuoso is seeking a jury trial, damages and "any and all profits" attributable to the alleged copyright infringement. - more on this story

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Rocker Says Downloading Vital
Earache reports: No stranger to speaking his mind on issues he believes in (like his band's campaign to "stamp out inferior metal"), Gamma Bomb frontman Philly Byrne spoke out today in favor of downloading on MTV Headbangers Blog. Byrne's comments mark the first time that an artist has written Headbangers Blog to support downloading in the face of a vocal majority of artists who do not condone it.

The outspoken Gama Bomb frontman goes onto explaining why downloading is such a vital part of the experience of "the music fan of the 21st century" and why artists shouldn't be completely against it, either: "Reading Mudvayne's Chad Gray's blog on illegal downloading on this site, I couldn't help feeling like I'd heard his spiel about musicians getting shafted before. Chad's analogy of a man (read: band) making a fine wooden chair (read: record), only to have the chair stolen (read: downloaded) out from under him, was a striking one, but it's an oversimplification.

If a musician's job was as simple as 'make disc, sell disc, win,' record companies wouldn't have latched onto the '360 degree record contract' (that's the one where they get a cut of t-shirt sales, licensing and live fees, kids) more than 10 years ago. Nor would they have released CDs, which allowed people to get their hands on their masters in movable file form back in the mid-'80s. That was an admission that music business models now mean more than just money from wax." - more on this story

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Motley Strip Club Burns Down- Trent Reznor Taking A Break- Grandmaster Flash Returns- Dirty on Purpose No More- Social D Motorhead Tour Axed- more
antiMusic reports: The Body Shop the seedy old titty bar on the Sunset Strip where Motley Crue filmed their cinematic classic, "Girls, Girls, Girls," went up in flames Thursday morning.

Dirty on Purpose have decided to call it quits. After spending an "unusual and unhealthy" amount of time together over the years, the band will play their farewell show at Mercury Lounge on New Years Eve with close friends, A Place To Bury Strangers.more

Trent Reznor has posted on Nine Inch Nails' Web site that he plans to take a break from touring after 2009, and also his plans for a high-tech concert film of this year's Lights In The Sky tour have fallen through. more

Grandmaster Flash is to release his first album of new material in 20 years. The legendary DJ and producer releases 'The Bridge: Concept Of A Culture' on February 23. more

Morrissey has announced details of three live shows for 2009 - one of which will take place in his native Manchester on his 50th birthday. The former Smiths singer will play at the London Royal Albert Hall on May 11, then at the Manchester Apollo on May 22 and 23. more

The recently announced Musink Tattoo & Music Festival has been cancelled. The bill was supposed to feature Social Distortion and Motorhead and hit 25 dates from January to March 2009. more

Rush's Snakes & Arrows DVD was released on November 24th and in it's first week of release it has topped Billboard's Top Music Video Chart at #1. more

Rick Rubin has received his fifth Grammy nomination as Producer of the Year, acknowledging his work over the eligibility period with an eclectic group of artists and projects including Metallica/"Death Magnetic," Neil Diamond/"Home Before Dark," Jakob Dylan/"Seeing Things," and Weezer/"Red Album."

The jury has gone out to consider its verdict in the case of singer Boy George who has been accused of beating and chaining a male escort to a wall.more

Testament's video for "More Than Meets The Eye," a song off their Billboard-charting new album, The Formation Of Damnation, will debut online at MTV2's Headbangers Blog this Friday, December 5th and on-air this Saturday, December 6th between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on MTV2's Headbangers Ball.

The Infernus led version of Gorgoroth has now received a full lineup. Handling vocals will be Pest, who is back after an eleven year hiatus from the band and the rest of the lineup consists of Infernus and Tormentor on guitars, Frank Watkins on bass and Tomas Asklund on drums.more

Tune in to catch rock favorites Fiction Plane in the latest webcast from online-concert-channel www.fabchannel.com. On the 7th December, the band will take to the stage at the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam. Viewers from all over the world can join the audience at the venue, live atwww.fabchannel.com/fiction_plane. The webcast will start at 20.30 (GMT). A few days after the live show, the entire recording will be included to Fabchannel's online video archive.

Order Of Ennead, who recently released their self-titled debut album, have uploaded two new tracks from the album to their MySpace page for streaming. Check out the two new tracks, "As Long As I Have Myself I Am Not Alone" and "Introspection And The Loss Of Denial" here

Horse The Band has announced the imminent departure of bass player Dashiell Arkenstone. more

MTV's parent company, media conglomerate Viacom Inc., said Thursday that it will slash about 850 jobs and freeze some senior-level raises in a move to weather the global economic downturn. The owner of MTV Networks, BET Networks and Paramount Pictures said the job cuts will affect about 7 percent of its work force and hit all departments. The biggest losses are in the film division but low MTV ratings hasn't helped. Wonder why no one is tuning in? here.

Bob Geldof picked up the Key to the City in Winnipeg Wednesday. more

Doves is back amid the friendly confines of Astralwerks for the North American release of its fourth album, due in April.more

Mithras singer/bassist Rayner Coss has announced his departure from the band via the following statement: "I have some sad news for all our Mithras fans; the ZT Xmas bash on the 14th of December will be my last show with Mithras as I am leaving the band." more

The latest single from singer Leona Lewis has become the fastest-selling digital-only track in the UK. Snow Patrol cover Run, which was never originally intended to be released as a single, was downloaded almost 70,000 times in its first two days. more

Fifteen of the best rising music stars have been announced as the longlist for the BBC's Sound of 2009. The list is designed to find the best up-and-coming acts for the coming year, with the winner to be named in January. more

Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison is back proving once again that he can't hold back with an edgy new collection of fifteen stellar tracks with the recent release of "Crossroads Moment". The Rock Rapport caught up with Jimi at his home in Memphis to talk about the new disc and what's on the Rock Docket for 2009. Check it out here

Vince Neil has released a statement blaming the cancellation of his European solo tour on "the promoter's breach of contract." He said, "I regret not being able to come over to Europe at this time due to circumstances beyond my controlmore

George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) joined the Smashing Pumpkins on stage last night (Wednesday, December 3) at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California for a rendition of the song "Gossamer".more

After releases with Epitaph, Nitro and others, Guttermouth is coming home to Hopeless Records. The band actually helped kick off the label back in 1993 with the 11oz. 7-inch which was the first release for the label.more

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will play Xbox LIVE members on Saturday, December 6, in Gears of War 2. If you're an Xbox LIVE Gold member, and you want a chance to play with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, send a friend request to the following Gamertag * RedJump GWF and be online half an hour before (2:30 P.M.) the Game with Fame session starts on Saturday, December 6, 3:00 P.M. ET.

Our Lady of Bloodshed have posted the tracks "Church and State" and "Agony Within The Flames" from their upcoming new album "VII" online. The effort, which was produced by James McBride (With Conviction), will be released in early 2009 with a spring and summer Canadian tour be planned. - check it out

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Singer Stabbed At Metal Festival
PR reports: Herr Amoth, vocalist of the black metal band Symphony Draconis, was stabbed by an unknown person after a festival in Brazil.

The musician was severely injured and taken to the hospital in a critical condition and narrowly escaped death. Due to the attack Symphony Draconis stopped its activities until the vocalist was fully recovered.

Right now Herr Amoth is fine and rehearsing with the band, which will be back on brazilian stages in December, playing in Garganta do Diabo Festival with local extreme metal bands, and the 3-day festival IV Orquídea Rock.

Formed by veteran members of south american metal scene, Symphony Draconis released earlier this year its first demo, entitled "Inside The Horned Pentagram". Samples are available on the band's
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Sonic Zeppelin
Music Radar reports: Sonic Youth, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and composer Takehisa Kosugi have created a piece of music for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

The troupe are celebrating the 90th birthday of its founder and namesake – hence the title Merce Cunningham At 90.

Merce Cunningham managed to pair the might of Radiohead and Sigur Ros for the company's 50th anniversary back in 2003 - more on this story

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Have Yourself A Weezer Little Christmas
PR reports: Weezer and Tapulous, the leading iPhone applications developer, today announced Christmas With Weezer, an original game for the iPhone and iPod touch that will go on sale within the next few days. Featuring new music by Weezer, the game takes full advantage of the innovative Multi-Touch capabilities and accelerometer as players tap and shake their phones to the tunes of six classic Christmas songs covered by Weezer.

"The guys here at Tapulous all love Weezer so we're delighted to offer this game on the Apple App Store just in time for the holidays," said Bart Decrem, Tapulous CEO. "Today's announcement underscores how artists and record labels are realizing the value of this new platform for distributing music to fans on the most exciting mobile devices on the planet."

"I agreed to do these special recordings for the game because I am a fan of each of the songs. The melody and vocal lines are incredible and it was fun to sing them," added Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. - more on this story

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Disturbed Plan Tour and DVD
Metal Underground reports: Disturbed has announced a series of shows as a warm up for their Music As A Weapon tour next year. The small tour begins in January and Sevendust will be the direct support act.

Disturbed's Music As A Weapon tour will also feature Killswitch Engage and Five Finger Death Punch.

In other news, on December 28th Disturbed will be releasing a live DVD entitled, "Indestructible In Germany" which will be available exclusively through the BestBuy outlet. - Dates

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Platinum Blonde MacLean Laid To Rest, Tribute Concert Planned
Jam! reports: Former Platinum Blonde bassist Kenny MacLean was remembered Thursday as not only a brilliant and ambitious musician but also as a kind, loving man who befriended everyone he met and touched the lives of countless people.

Hundreds attended a memorial service held at a Toronto church for MacLean, who was found dead in his apartment on Nov. 24, just days after performing at a party to promote his upcoming CD.

His friends and family said they were organizing a free tribute concert in his honour at Toronto's Mod Club on Dec. 17. - more on this story

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John Mayer Holiday Acoustic Revue
PR reports: John Mayer will celebrate the holiday season, and five new Nominations, with his 2nd Annual Holiday Acoustic Revue concert on Saturday, December 6th at LA's Nokia Theater. His solo acoustic performance will be preceded by a performance from Adele, the break through artist from the UK who last night earned a Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist.

The concert will benefit Toys for Tots and the Los Angeles Food Bank. Fans are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy (of $10 value or more) to the show and deposit them in the bins manned by the Marines dressed in blue at the venue. - more on this story

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Singled Out: The Urgency
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Tyler Gurwicz the lead singer for The Urgency tells us about their current single "Fingertips". We now turn it over to for the story:

I wrote the lyrics for "Fingertips" after a pretty heated discussion with my girlfriend at the time about spirituality and religion. I took away from that discussion the realization that the only thing you know for certain is that you know nothing at all.

There is no absolute truth, but it is still possible to find meaning. To me, "Fingertips" is about realizing that you can't put your faith in anyone, or anything else, until you truly believe in yourself.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the band, grabs dates and more - right here!

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