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Full Report for 12/17/2008

Red Hot Chili Peppers Denies Kidney Failure Reports
antiMusic reports: Of all of the rumors we have heard in the 10 and half years of antiMusic this is one of the strangest. Sleazeroxx has the tale: Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis was close to suffering from kidney failure over the summer, according to friends of the star.

Sources have claimed that he was in and out of Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles for treatment for kidney disease, possibly related to his past cocaine and heroin addiction.

However Kiedis' people have denied claims that he was being treated for a kidney problem, and would not confirm or deny that he had been in hospital over the summer. - the strange details

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Metal Legend Suing Live Nation
Bloomberg reports: Tony Iommi, lead guitarist of the rock band Black Sabbath, is suing Live Nation Inc. for trademark infringement, alleging a subsidiary of the music promoter has illegally sold merchandise using images of the band.

The guitarist alleged that Signatures Network Inc., purchased by Live Nation in 2007, has continued to sell merchandise with images of Iommi and Black Sabbath's trademarked symbol after the expiration of a licensing agreement, according to a complaint filed today in a U.S. District Court in New York.

Iommi, 60, has registered the Black Sabbath trademark in the U.K, U.S. and European Union. The band's contract with Signatures expired in 2006, according to the complaint. - more on this story

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Lil Wayne Song Theft
Jam! reports: Lawyers for rapper Lil Wayne are seeking more time to turn over documents in response to a lawsuit that accuses the award-winning recording artist of copyright infringement.

A federal lawsuit filed in May claims Lil Wayne didn't have permission to sample a song by singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel.

The suit says Lil Wayne's record label, Cash Money Records, tried but failed to negotiate a license to use Swanepoel's song - more on this story

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Oasis Label Guns N' Roses CD F'n Ludicrous
Music Radar reports: Negative reviews (such as MusicRadar's now-notorious pan) aren't scaring Noel Gallagher off from hearing Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy. In fact, the raspberries hurled at the record are only fueling the Oasis leader's interest.

"I've not heard it," says Gallagher. "I've read the reviews, and judging from the reviews I know I'm gonna f**king love it.

"I love preposterous records, and anything that took 17 years [to make] is obviously f**king ludicrous. I'm dying to hear it. I already know I'm going to like it." - more on this story

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Fall Out Boy Go To War With Fans- New No Doubt In Doubt- Phish and Springsteen Fest?- Thursday Set Date- Scarlett Johansson Threatens New CD and more
antiMusic reports: Fall Out Boy will be on Xbox LIVE December 19 to play members in Call of Duty: World at War. If you're an Xbox LIVE Gold member, and you want a chance to play with Fall Out Boy, send a friend request to the following Gamertag and be online half an hour before (1:30 pm) the Game with Fame session starts on Friday, December 19, 2:00 pm EST. * GWF FallOutBoy more

While No Doubt recently announced that the reunited band will tour in 2009, it doesn't look like their first new album since 2001 will be out next year.more

Phish and Bruce Springsteen are rumored to headline next year's Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN. The reunited Phish, who recently announced four gigs set to take place in March, are strongly tipped to headline two nights at the festival which takes place June 11-14. more

Former and present members of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Yes, Kiss, the Stray Cats, Grand Funk Railroad and Alice Cooper's and Paul McCartney's bands will take part in next year's Hollywood edition of Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp, which will take place April 29-May 3more

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this spring with a star-studded lineup featuring Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Kings Of Leon, Tony Bennett, the Neville Brothers and Sugarland.more

Thursday have revealed that they will release their new album 'Common Existence' on February 16.more

The Who's 1979 documentary "The Kids Are Alright" will be reissued in two different DVD forms Jan. 20 from UMe, both of which feature digital remastering and 5.1 surround sound.more

Down will team up with hellbilly rocker Hank Williams III (Assjack, Superjoint Ritual, Arson Anthem) for a U.S. tour in February/March. Also scheduled to appear on the bill are Evil Army and Weedeater. more

NOFX has announced three shows to celebrate their 25th Anniversary as a band. To coincide with this event, the band will play three special anniversary sh ows representing all four eras of NOFX, with old members of the band showing up to play songs from those periods.details

Nickelback have added an extra gig to their arena tour of the UK next year. The band's five-date jaunt has now been increased to six nights, as a new show at Sheffield Arena has been scheduled for Friday May 29th. more

Scarlett Johansson is planning her second album, after she released a record of Tom Waits cover versions this year called Anywhere I Lay My Head. But unlike her debut, this actress wants to release an entire album of original songs. But will she sing this time or just use a ton of vocal effects over her talking the lyrics? more

Heaven And Hell - the band featuring legendary Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) - have scheduled a new string of world-wide tour dates. grab them here

Order Of Ennead is pleased to welcome guitarist John Li into the band's touring lineup. Having been filled in by Deicide guitarist, Jack Owen during the band's previous shows, Li will be playing his first with them, beginning with their Tampa, FL gig on January 2nd at The Brass Mug. dates

As the reunited Cheech & Chong's stand-up tour Light Up America fires out nationwide, Big Vision Entertainment said it will produce an animated film featuring the duo more

Portishead are starting to plan their fourth album, following the overwhelming success of this year's acclaimed 'Third'. Although it took the three-piece eleven years to record the album, it looks as though fans will not have such a lengthy wait to hear the follow-up. more

The Duke Spirit and The Little Ones are set to play a benefit concert in support of a Los Angeles-area elementary school this weekend. The bands will perform at the Daniel Webster School in Pasadena, California on Saturday (December 20).more

Katy Perry is set to headline Gridlock New Year's Eve in Los Angeles, which will take place December 31 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.more

Anya Marina's forthcoming album, Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II, has been confirmed for US release on January 20, 2009 on Chop Shop Records. The first single "Move You (SSSPII)" is exclusively available via iTunes as of TODAY and the new video will be premiering on AOL on December 23.

In a statement on Epica's official website, guitarist Ad Sluijter has decided to leave the band after six years and four studio albums.read the statement

Dark Funeral frontman Emperor Magus Caligula has replaced Sanctification's Kristoffer Hell.more

Rhino Bucket has placed the track "Welcome To Hell" in the upcoming Darren Aronofsky feature, "The Wrestler." The movie stars Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, both nominated for a Golden Globe, as well as Bruce Springsteen for Best Original Song, "the Wrestler". Gotta love those Golden Globes... they nominate films that aren't even out.. neat hat trick there! Rhino Bucket is now in the final mixing stages for their upcoming release on Acetate Records

The Hold Steady have announced a string of dates, kicking off March 31 in Albany, NY.more

Musical film Mamma Mia! has become the highest grossing movie cinema release in the UK, beating 1997 film Titanic. Mamma Mia! has now taken just over Ŗ69m at the box office, narrowly passing Titantic's record. more

Equity Music Group, the Nashville-based independent label that launched with much hope in 2003 under co-founder and flagship artist Clint Black, is suspending operations.more

KOCH Records announces the addition of High On Fire to its roster. The band just completed a run of West Coast dates and now will focus on writing the new CD that will be released in Summer 2009.more

Between The Buried And Me is currently holed up in their Winston-Salem, NC practice facility writing their next release. One song has been completed thus far and according to bass player Dan Briggs, "there's an extreme abundance of great musical ideas flowing out of us."more

The Presets will return to the US this spring with a handful of headlining shows.more

Barnes & Noble.com announced today the debut of a new monthly column by legendary music and culture critic Robert Christgau. Known for his long tenure at the Village Voice, Robert Christgau began his career as a music columnist at Esquire in 1967. Check him out here.

Enjoy music from Jason Mraz and some year end highlights - right here

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Stone Roses Reunion in 09?
Music Radar reports: Former Stone Rose, current Primal Scream and all-round 'madferrit' bassist Mani has pledged to get his old band back together next year.

March 2009 marks the 20th Anniversary of The Stone Roses' self-titled debut album, an ideal opportunity for a special edition reissue (of course) and, if Mani is to be believed, a reunion tour.

Original drummer Reni was the first to leave the line-up in 1995, but it was only after guitarist John Squire quit a year later that The Stone Roses finally disbanded. It's common knowledge that frontman Ian Brown and Squire don't exactly see eye-to-eye, and have had no contact since the split. - more on this story

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Victim in Fatal Brandy Crash Sued
TMZ reports: A man banged up in Brandy's fatal 2006 car crash is now suing the singer for allegedly causing the wreck and suing the lady who died for allegedly contributing to the chain reaction collision.

Donald Lite is going after Brandy and Awatef Aboudihaj -- the married mother of two killed in the accident -- claiming their disregard for road rules caused the multi-car pileup that left him with extreme physical damage.

In the suit, filed last week in L.A. County Superior Court, Lite says their failure to keep a safe distance, mixed with their inability to travel at a safe speed, caused Brandy to rear-end Awatef, which sent Awatef's car smashing into his.

Lite says he's suffered "serious and permanent injuries" that racked up a lot of hospital bills -- and is suing for an undetermined amount. - more on this story

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Coheed and Cambria Boxset
Sony reports: Columbia Records is excited to announce that on March 17, 2009, Coheed and Cambria will release Neverender, The Children of the Fence boxset, a release that is possibly as ambitious as the event itself.

Neverender marked the triumphant culmination of the band's four-album album cycle. The historic four-night event featured the band performing each of their four albums in their entirety on four consecutive nights, October 22-25 2008 at New York's Terminal 5 and was the first time that Coheed had performed the saga that connects the albums in order. The band performed in front of nearly 11,000 of their most passionate fans, who flew in from all over the world, organized for months in advance to carpool and share hotel rooms, lined up all day in the rain to get the best spots on the floor. Selling out in three hours, Neverender's New York dates prompted a tide of demand that spawned three other sold-out Neverender stands, in LA, Chicago, and London.

The box set documents the New York stand (as well as clips from all 3 other cities) in one massive package that will include four live DVDs, four live audio CDs, one documentary DVD, a 10x10 hardcover 48-page photo book and a 7-1/2" custom metal dragonfly. A condensed two-disc DVD will also be made available. Pre-sales for the box began on Friday, Dec 12. Fans who pre-order it will get their names included on a "Children of the Fence" page inside the book. The first 3,000 copies will be signed by the band.
- more on this story

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Snow Patrol Mac'd 220 Songs for Recent Album
Music Radar reports: Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has revealed to MusicRadar that he wrote more than 200 songs on his Mac prior to recording of the band's most recent album A Hundred Million Suns.

"I had about 220 songs in GarageBand by the end of the Eyes Open tour," he explained. "We narrowed it down to about 30 songs and then we recorded about 20."

Lightbody says that he's a "big fan" of Apple's entry-level DAW, and that he takes any opportunity he can to use it as a songwriting scratchpad. - more on this story

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Britney To Save India
Angryape reports: Britney Spears plans to visit India say reports, after meeting Indian-born choreographer Sandip Soparrkar.

The 'Circus' star met the dance instructor through Madonna and he will act as the singer's guide, reports the Daily Star.

"Britney and Sandip think she can make a great difference," a friend of Britney's told the UK newspaper. "She is already well loved in the country and wants to bring some joy to the people." - Yeah sure. Read more here

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Singled Out: Age Of Daze
PR reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Tim Morrison the lead singer of the band Age Of Daze tells us about "Afflicted" from their brand new album. We now turn it over to Tim for the story:

Well I had the idea for "Afflicted" bouncing around in my head for a few weeks, it's a song that deals with experiences I had in past relationships, so I just drew from that and one day at home in my office/music studio I picked up my acoustic and started some chord progressions and almost immediately I developed the chorus with the lyrics and melody, I have a tendency to have full chorus ideas in my head before I even attempt to record the idea. I hammered out the basic arrangement and recorded a demo of vocals and just the acoustic - didn't have the verse lyrics completed at that time - the guys make fun of me sometimes because I record demo's where I just ramble and put in words to work a melody I have for the song....So I did just that and played it for Matt and we basically fine tuned the arrangement.

Matt and I are the main song writers in the band. We work really well together and share the same vision musically for the band. Usually I write full songs or even partial songs and play them for Matt and we finely tune them and the same goes for Matt. Sometimes he'll just have a riff idea (and Matt is great with writing killer riffs) - like in "Cure for You" Matt wrote the main riff and we built the songs around a chorus I had kicking around. Typically when we write a song we'll completely demo it in my studio at home before playing it for the other guys in the band, once we have the basic song down Jamie will drop in some really cool guitar flavour and leads. This is just how we work and it seems to work well. In fact, wešre always writing and have new material in the demoing process. When we were in the studio I wanted to keep the acoustic element in "Afflicted". I am a fan of that sound and have always been it adds a sense of warmth to it. I also felt it was important to retain the original feel of how I wrote the song which was on acoustic. In the bridge of the song I wanted to go back to the intro feel and focus on just vocals and the acoustic, because it brings the song back down to a softer feel before the chorus hit's you hard.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - here

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