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Full Report for 12/22/2008

Guns N' Roses Star Ordered To Rehab
AP reports: Welcome back to the rehab! AP reports that former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler is going to spend more time in rehab.

A court commissioner in Los Angeles agreed Friday to place Adler in a state-sanctioned drug rehabilitation program and keep Adler out of prison.

Adler's court appearance came a day after TV audiences watched him graduate from a drug-treatment program that is the focus of VH1's show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." - more on this story

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Plant Too Old For Zeppelin Reunion
House of Rock reports: Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has finally ruled out the band getting back together for a concert tour.

Plant, 60, said he has moved on to other things and was getting too old for two-hour rock shows in giant arenas across the world.

"I'm doing very well with Alison and I'm enjoying that, Plant said. "I still see Jimmy quite a lot and he's very complimentary and supportive of what I'm doing. But we are in different places now and you have to go on to do different things." - more on this story

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Prince Wants To Rock On New CD
Music Radar reports: Four new songs from Prince have been played by former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones on his US radio show.

The tracks, three of which are heavily guitar-based, were played on Jonesy's Jukebox on Indie 103.1 FM. The first was a cover of Tommy James and the Shondells' Crimson and Clover, though this also features elements of The Troggs' Wild Thing.

Next up was the riff-heavy Colonized Mind, and this was followed by the funkier Wall Of Berlin. 4ever, the final song played, is a piano-powered ballad. - more on this story

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Queen Guitarist Didn't Know Singer Was Gay
antiMusic reports: Yes folks it is a slow news day. With that said, here is a story from Nightwatcher's House of Rock that might be of interest to some: Queen guitarist Brian May did not realize his band mate Freddie Mercury was gay for years - because the flamboyant star had a string of girlfriends.

The pair were close during the early days of the band, but the legendary guitarist insists he had no inclination of Mercury's homosexuality.

He tells Britain's Daily Express, "No, I didn't know. I don't think even he was fully cognizant in the beginning. You're talking to someone who shared rooms with Fred on the first couple of tours, so I knew him pretty well. I knew a lot of his girlfriends and he certainly didn't have boyfriends, that's for sure. I think there was a slight suspicion, but it never occurred to me that he was gay." - more on this story

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Pete Doherty Injured
NME reports: Pete Doherty has pulled out of three nights of solo shows at London's Rhythm Factory.

A spokesperson for the venue told NME.COM that Doherty called staff at the venue late last night (December 20), "at the 11th hour - just before he was due on", to say he wouldn't make it.

The Babyshambles man blamed an arm injury as the cause of the cancellation. [did he hurt it falling off the wagon? Or was he ever on the wagon?] - more on this story

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AC/DC Salute- RIAA Stop Suing Fans- Britney Denies Sloppy Seconds- Travis Barker Guitar Hero- Aerosmith Xmas- More Bands Warped- Panic at the Disco Box & more
antiMusic reports: AC/DC rock and Scottish lawmakers want to salute them. The BBC reports that the group are about to be paid a glowing tribute at Holyrood in recognition of the rock band's Scottish roots. South of Scotland MSP Christine Grahame has lodged a parliamentary motion calling for the achievements of the group to be acknowledged. more

The RIAA said Friday it has abandoned its policy of suing people for sharing songs protected by copyright and will work with Internet service providers to cut abusers' access if they ignore repeated warnings. The move ends a controversial program that saw the Recording Industry Association of America sue about 35,000 people since 2003 for swapping songs online. The RIAA's legal costs exceeded the settlement money it brought in. more

Paul McCartney greeted fans and signed autographs at the HMV London store on Sunday and he reportedly hinted at a2009 tour. Photos, videos and more details here

Britney Spears is reportedly taking Paris Hilton's sloppy seconds by dating Good Charlotte's Benji Madden, according to a tabloid. So take it for what it's worth. The pair have apparently been dating since Madden split with Paris Hilton a few weeks ago. more... oh wait that was from a tabloid report? Britney's rep has denied the poptart's involvement with the poptard. more

Barenaked Ladies are looking ahead to a 2009 in which the Canadian quintet will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a boxed set and, hopefully, some new music.more

The Black Dahlia Murder has added Arsis guitarist Ryan Knight to their line-up, effectively replacing departed guitar player John Kempainen.more

Some interesting additions to Guitar Hero: World Tour coming in January. Notably, three tracks from Travis Barker projects. Blink-182's "What's My Age Again?" from Enema of the State, Plus 44's "Lycanthrope" from When Your Heart Stops Beating and Travis Barker's remix of Flo Rida's "Low."more

Aerosmith's guitarist Joe Perry has recorded his version of the Chuck Berry yuletide classic "Run Rudolph Run", and is offering it up to fans for free at AeroForceOne, the official Aerosmith fan club web sitemore

Birds Of Prey has completed their third full-length album. The effort is tentatively titled "Hell Preacher" and will hit streets next spring more

Warped Tour has announced a number of additions to the upcoming 2009 edition of the long-running tour. The new bands include Less Than Jake, Silverstein, Senses Fail, Streetlight Manifesto, The A.K.A.s, The Ataris, Alexisonfire, Black Tide, Dance Gavin Dance, Escape the Fate and Gallows.more

Panic at the Disco have already written songs for their next album, which will be recorded in 2009. The rush-release will see the album released next year - just 12 months after the band released current LP 'Pretty. Odd.' in March 2008. more

As you might have heard…California's been experiencing some wacky weather lately…in fact, it snowed in Malibu this week! [and at antiMusic HQ over a foot of the stuff] Was Keaton Simons foretelling the future when he wrote "Unstoppable" from his "Can You Hear Me" CBS Records debut album, which includes the lyric "I'll be going but I heard that it's snowing out in Malibu/babe can you believe it's snowing in Malibu"? Interesting coincidence. You can hear the song on his Myspace page

Brooklyn's Free Blood are ready to bust out of the city and head westward in 2009. The group have planned a mini-tour of the west coast in January. They also have an upcoming show in NYC and a mini-east coast tour is in the works for March. dates

Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Alesana, Fear Before, I Set My Friends On Fire, and With Grace We Fall will embark upon a U.S. tour next March. dates

Saturday morning the Warner Music Group pulled all of its music from YouTube as negotiations over payment with Google's video site reached an impasse more. Watch WMG sales drop without this form of promotion!

Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS) are ending 2008 with a performance of "Alabama High-Test" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Tuesday, December 23. The track, from their latest album Tennessee Pusher, has proven to be one of their most popular live songs. Myspace link

In a positive sign for the 2009 touring season, sales for the upcoming Billy Joel/Elton John looks to be a smash, according to the promoter.more

Barricade (Eulogy Recordings) is currently in search of a new bassist. According to the group, "We're looking for a serious person... somebody who wants to play loud and fast, tour, have fun and is fun to be around." contradictory? You decide. More info here

Maryland Deathfest has announced Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation as replacements for Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, and Swallow The Sun, whose North American tour together was scrapped. - more

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Sufjan For Christmas
Filter reports: The elusive Sufjan Stevens is once again bringing holiday cheer to your stereos with yet another Christmas album.

The multi-instrumentalist is known for his holiday spirit and this year, his sixth holiday album has a rather verbose title. Songs for Christmas Volume 8: Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage houses seven new tracks including classic songs with Sufjan's signature spin.

Unfortunately, there is no official release for Volume 8, but you can still view the Songs for Christmas Volume 8: Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage - Tracklist here.

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Rock Hall to Jump on Motown 50th Anniversary Bandwagon
NME reports: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Motown with an extensive exhibit, which opens January 1.

'Motown: The Sound of Young America Turns 50' will feature instruments, clothing, programs, posters, sheet music, original music scores, contracts, recordings and from Motown legends.

Fans can expect to view such items from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, the , Rick James and Martha And The Vandellas. - more on this story

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La Coka Nostra Is Coming
PR reports: La Coka Nostra, Consisting of Everlast, DannyBoy, DJ Lethal, Ill Bill, Slaine and Big Left, have officially signed with Suburban Noize Records for the release of their upcoming debut "A Brand You Can Trust", which will be released through the label in early 2009.

The group will embark on the Bring Tha Noize Tour alongside Kottonmouth Kings, Blaze Ya' Dead Homie, Big B, Potluck and Short Dawg beginning in late February through early April. - more on this story

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Toubab Krewe Set Release and Tour
PR reports: The Appalachian mountains may not seem a likely source of African-rooted music, but "funky, hard hitting" (Global Rhythm) Toubab Krewe, of Asheville, North Carolina, blends West African rhythms with rock, creating a sound all its own and earning a devoted following at performances from Bonnaroo to the legendary Festival of the Desert in Essakane, Mali.

What the Village Voice calls the "futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy" of Toubab Krewe's shows has now been captured on their second album, 'Live at the Orange Peel' (ADA, 1/06/09).

Toubab Krewe's tour begins in Denver, Colorado December 30th; the record release show will be at New York's S.O.B.'s on January 8th. It's not quite as extensive as Toubab Krewe's journey from Buncombe (Asheville's county) to Mali's Badala (the subject of the first video from the release), but there'll be just as many opportunities for frenzied dancing. - more on this story

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