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Full Report for 12/15/2008

Sharon Osbourne Attack Sends Woman To The Hospital
TMZ reports: The LAPD is investigating an alleged brutal cat fight that went down between Sharon Osbourne and a contestant on the VH1 reality show "Rock of Love: Charm School" who ended up in the hospital.

Megan Hauserman claims Sharon Osbourne went ballistic during a taping of the show's reunion special Saturday night. She says Sharon O. ran across the stage of the show, grabbed Megan by her hair and would not let go. She says Sharon (who is the host of the show) continued to pull to pull at her hair and scratch her until security eventually separated the two. Megan went to the hospital Sunday afternoon and filed a report with the LAPD on Sunday night.

We're told Sharon's nonsensical hubby Ozzy was the cause of the beat down. According to Megan, she responded to a crack Sharon made about her by saying Sharon is only famous for managing a brain dead rock star. That's what set Sharon off. - more on this story

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Guitarist Collapsed Onstage
BW&BK reports: Guitarist Phil Demmel collapsed onstage during Machine Head's second-to-last song Friday night (December 12th) in Sheffield, England.

Says singer Robb Flynn, "He's doing much better now and taking it easy. As Phil has mentioned before, the doctors say he suffers from episodes of Cardiogenic Syncope and has for the last 17 years or so.

"We're all a little worried here in our camp, but Phil genuinely wants to carry on. It is a bit unclear to us as to why these keep happening, but at Phil's request, we will finish out all these dates through to Metallica in L.A." - more on this story

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Dizzee Rascal Arrested
antiMusic reports: Who needs a gun when you got a big ol' baseball bat? NME reports: Dizzee Rascal has been arrested following an alleged incident involving a baseball bat.

The 24-year-old, whose real name is Dylan Mills, was held on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in Sevenoaks Way, Orpington, Kent at around 3.30pm on Friday (December 12).

A police spokesman said: "A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of an offensive weapon. - more on this story

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Bono Wins Nobel Peace Prize- MetallicaFest- Van Halen Supergroup CD Progress- More Blur- Closer to Heaven and Hell- Bettie Page RIP- more
antiMusic reports: U2 singer Bono has been awarded with the 'Man of Peace' prize by the Nobel peace laureates for helping to tackle African debt, poverty and disease. "This is a very big award for me, because let's be honest this is as close as I am going to get, as close as a rock star is ever going to get to the Nobel Peace Prize," Bono said.

Metallica is rumored to be headlining massive new rock festival at Knebworth, United Kingdom in July. The event, if confirmed, would provide competition to the Download festival, which takes place June 12-14 at Donington. more

Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has issued the following update: "I just got back this week from recording in the San Francisco area, and I am pleased to say that the basic tracks are finished and smokin'!! Right now Joe is sprinkling some guitar magic on everything, and next week Sam will be doing vocals." more

With tickets for Blur's July 3 reunion show in Hyde Park in high demand, naturally the band has announced there will be a second gig. The Brit Poppers will also play July 2 in the London park more

Organizers of a military benefit concert in New York say Aretha Franklin missed an award presentation but showed up for the main event hours later. The Queen of Soul was a no-show when she was to receive the Torch of Freedom Award on Sunday in Times Square. more Respect?

Heaven And Hell bassist Geezer Butler has posted the following message online: "Just to add to my previous statement, and to clarify, the basic tracks for the new Heaven And Hell album have been laid down, and I can report it has been a pleasurable experience writing and recording with Ronnie, Tony and Vinny. We hope to have the album finished, mixed and ready to go in the next couple of months." more

Pin-up model, fashion staple and counter-cultural icon, Bettie Page, passed away last week at the age of 85. Bettie had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia and suffered a heart attack last week from which she did not regain consciousness. Rising to fame in a 1955 issue of Playboy, she became vastly influential in fashion - particularly punk rock - as well as both the champion and bane of feminists for her unapologetic sexuality. more

Iron Maiden have confirmed that they will return to Argentina to headline the Quilmes Rock Festival at River Plate Stadium on Saturday March 28th. more

More than 1,100 pieces of Bruce Springsteen memorabilia have been returned to the Asbury Park Public Library in New Jersey after library officials filed a police complaint against the men who had taken out the items.more

Steve Isham of Autograph passed away Tuesday night after fighting cancer. Here is part of his local obit: A local musician who made a name for himself on the national stage passed away Tuesday night from cancer. While you may not know the name Steve Isham, you'll probably know the hit song this Pocatello High graduate co-wrote. Steve Isham's humble beginnings in Pocatello eventually led him to the band Autograph and the hit song "Turn Up the Radio." more

The Animals' frontman Eric Burdon has lost litigation against one of his former bandmates, drummer John Steel, over exclusive ownership of the band's name. The legal tussle began in 2005 when Burdon, who now lives in Joshua Tree, California, filed a 'notice of opposition' to Steel's application a year earlier to register The Animals as his UK trademark. more

Bullet For My Valentine had to cancel the last two shows on their current European tour. They have been touring virtually non-stop since February 2008, and after the show in Tampere the band started to develop flu and cold symptoms, which had been circulating among the road crew.more

Arcade Fire is still at work on a new studio album, but fans will have something to hold them over for the holidays. The band will be releasing a documentary DVD entitled Mirror Noir. The 70-minute film features live performances from the band's 2006-07 tours and looks at the making of Neon Bible. more

The Secret Machines are pleased to announce the release of a very special 12" of the previously physically unavailable "Dreaming of Dreaming" b/w the never-before-released "Daylight, It Won't Be Long." Both songs were recorded during the sessions that produced the band's eagerly-anticipated third full-length, Secret Machines. The 12" itself, pressed on purple marble vinyl, is limited to 600 copies only. Participating vendors can be found on thinkindie.com.

Senses Fail will be on the Saints and Sinners tour along with Hollywood Undead, Haste the Day and Brokencyde. The tour kicks off on 2/27/09.more

AC/DC has announced two stadium shows in the United Kingdom for next summer. The band will perform at Wembley Stadium in London and Hampden Park in Glasgow.more

The latest episode of "Talking Metal" features two interviews host Mark Strigl conducted with guitarist Chris Howorth of In This Moment and Rob Trainer of Black Water Rising. The podcast can be downloaded at this location

TLC and Miss America have launched the "Miss America Mix it Up" contest to find a new voice for its signature "Here She Comes" song - with the best submission winning a trip for two to attend the 2009 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, And their song will be played on TLC (no word about real compensation) But you can grab more details here

Lambgoat confirms that guitar player Ravi Bhadriraju recently left Job For A Cowboy. Bhadriraju exited the group on amicable terms to go back to school. more

Sammy Hagar announced today that he is cancelling the licensing agreement with Fresno Rock Taco, LLC for the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Fresno, California. Hagar issued a statement on November 7, 2008 that commented on certain unsatisfactory claims which have been highlighted by local media for the past several months. more

Deadlock have issued the following update regarding the departure of bassist Thomas Gschwendner: "We're not happy to announce, that we parted ways with Tom after more than 7 common years. Due to some musical and personal differences we agreed with him, that it's better to make a cut." more

Morrissey has increased next year's tour by two dates, due to overwhelming demand for tickets. The singer has now scheduled additional gigs in Glasgow and London more

ShipRocked has announced that the multi-platinum rock band Tesla will be joining Queensryche and Skid Row for what promises to be the premiere rock cruise of 2009. - more

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Ex Papa Roach Member Sues To Dissolve Band
TMZ reports: He was already kicked to the curb, but now Papa Roach's ex-tubthumper claims the band is screwing him out of some serious loot too.

After Papa Roach let drummer David Buckner go on Christmas Eve last year, he claims the band has been raking in hundreds of thousands -- at least -- in his absence, and not giving him his proper cut.

Buckner also says his relationship with his ex-bandmates has become "strained and antagonistic." Translation: They hate each other's guts. Buckner says in the suit he "desires to dissolve Papa Roach." - Read the doc at TMZ

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Axl Rose Chats With Fans Online
antiMusic reports: Axl Rose is bypassing the regular channels and connecting directly with fans with his very own version of AOL: Axl Online. The Guns N' Roses mastermind has surprised online fans twice this week by appearing on message boards to answer their questions. Here is our report about the first exchange which we originally ran on Friday:

What follows is part of the FIRST exchange that Axl had with fans on an online board. We'll have highlights of the second exchange for you tomorrow. At press time we are unsure at exactly which site this chat took place at as Guns N' Roses publicist forwarded us a link to another site which transcribed the exchange.

Fan: Axl how do you feel about Kanye outselling Chinese Democracy? Do you like Kanye's music?

Axl: I met Kanye at the Versace awards. He was very gracious. I love Gold Digger and told him so. I'm a big fan of his stage performance as he seems to go for it physically which I relate more to. B4 r release I sent him a msg that any nonsense from the media had nothing to do with us and wished him the best. I'm humbled we've done as well as we have considering.
- more on this story

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Singer Arrested For Attempted Murder of Guitarist
Metal Underground reports: Soul Cry vocalist Cristina Balzano, 18, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing the band's guitarist over a sloppy solo during rehearsal.

Balzano reportedly accused the guitarist of "sounding evil" when he played a few wrong notes before taking a kitchen knife to the 16-year-old.

Genoa-based newspaper Il Secolo XIX is reporting the victim, identified only as A.D., was saying from hospital that he was attacked late Saturday. According to the Associated Press, he was stabbed at least 50 times in the back and head. - more on this story

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Digitally Shy AC/DC and Kid Rock Still Have Top Selling Albums of 08
redorbit.com reports: More than half a decade after Apple's iTunes online music store revolutionized digital music sales by introducing single-track downloads, artists and music labels are beginning to question whether or not the approach is smart business.

AC/DC and Kid Rock, two of the year's biggest rock acts, insist their albums only be sold whole, something Apple rarely permits. Furthermore, despite the fact that iTunes is the largest music retailer in the country, neither allows iTunes to sell its albums in the United States. Surprisingly, neither act appears to have suffered for this decision.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Kid Rock's "Rock N Roll Jesus" was the third-best-selling album of the year as of the beginning of this month. It was sold only as a CD until nearly a year after its release, when Kid Rock granted Rhapsody exclusive online selling rights in the United States. The album has sold 3,000 digital copies to date. And AC/DC's new "Black Ice" album was released exclusively at Wal-Mart, and has become the fourth-best-selling album of the year with 1.6 million copies sold, despite the lack of any digital sales. - But could they have been THE best sellers with digital sales?

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Stone Temple New Year's Eve
Blabbermouth reports: Singer Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Ex-Velvet Revolver) Will Join "American Idol" Winner David Cook As A Performer On The Fox Network's "New Year's Live", Which Will Be Aired From The Mirage In Las Vegas.

The Show Begins At 11 P.M. On December 31 And Will Also Feature A "Death-Defying" Motorcycle Stunt By Robbie Knievel, Son Of Legendary Daredevil Evel Knievel.

Stone Temple Pilots Including, Presumably, Weiland Is Scheduled To Perform New Year's Eve At Club Nokia In Los Angeles. They Will Also Play Two Days Later In Las Vegas, Nevada At Earl Concert Theater At Palms Casino. - more on this story

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Fall Out Boy Album Slotted For New Release Format
PR reports: Fall Out Boy's Folie a Deux will be available on "slotMusic, a new form of DRM-free MP3 music on a microSD card on December 16, the same date as their albums will be released digitally and on CD.

slotMusic card will give the band's fans a chance to enjoy their music in a variety of ways and on a host of devices - from microSD-enabled mobile phones to computers and MP3 players.

Going beyond the tracks on the CD and digital release of the Fall Out Boy's Folie Deux, the slotMusic card has an extras including a remix of the song "American Suitehearts" and 3 behind the scenes videos of the band's European tour.
- more on this story

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Duff Praises Chinese Democracy
Blabbermouth reports: Bassist Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Loaded, ex-GUNS N' ROSES) was interviewed Friday, December 12 by "The BJ Shea Morning Experience" on the Seattle station KISW 99.9 FM. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On whether he's heard the new Guns N' Roses album, "Chinese Democracy": Duff: "I have, yeah. I think Axl [Rose, vocals] sounds amazing. You know, I'm glad he put out the record he wanted to put out and I think it's gonna be successful, him going out and touring. People have been talking how the record's doing. I think it's a longevity thing; it will do fine for him. And I wish him the best of luck."

On whether there is any truth to the rumors that Axl Rose tried to reunite the original Guns N' Roses lineup before the release of "Chinese Democracy": Duff: "I think all of it's rumors. It makes for good, you know, talk around the water cooler, but I don't think much of it is based on any fact." - more on this story

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Slightly Stoopid Tour
HER reports: Riding the wave of success with "2AM," their hit single currently on alt/rock radio charts across the country, Slightly Stoopid will kick off their Winter 2009 tour on February 5 in Tucson, Arizona. Providing support on this 13-date, southern U.S. trek will be the legendary bad boys of reggae music, Inner Circle. Tickets for all dates went on sale tomorrow, Saturday, December 13.

In addition to this southern run, Slightly Stoopid has been confirmed as one of the headliners at the Langerado Festival to be held at Bicentenial Park in Miami, Florida on March 6, 7 and 8. Stoopid's exact play date will be announced shortly, but the band will share the stage with artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Snoop Dogg, Cold War Kids and Ryan Adams.

This first leg of Slightly Stoopid's 2009 tour dates will be in support of Stoopid's most recent CD, "Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid," which was released last July on the group's own newly formed label, Stoopid Records. - more on this story

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