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To End the Year we are looking back at some of the top stories of 2008

. 2008 News Rewind: September
Britney Sex Tape? - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: We must warn you once again to take the following with a ton of salt because it originates from a UK tabloid, which do not have a very good track record of credibility (what? 10-15% maybe?) but alas it's another BS story we can have some fun with, so we ran with it.

Jam! reports: Britney spears' paparazzo ex Adnan Ghalib is [REPORTEDLY] attempting to cash in on his relationship with the singer by selling off a sex tape allegedly featuring the star.

The British snapper dated Spears on and off for several months during the last year, and claims to be in possession of raunchy video footage in which she wears nothing more than a pink wig. The two-hour long tape was allegedly recorded while the couple was on vacation in Mexico. - more on this story

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Pink Floyd Founder Dies - 08 Rewind
BBC reports: Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Richard Wright has died, aged 65, from cancer.

Wright appeared on the group's first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside lead guitarist Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason.

Dave Gilmour joined the band at the start of 1968 while Barrett left the group shortly afterwards. Gilmour said: "He was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him." - more on this story

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Plant Sinks Zeppelin Tour Hopes - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: So much for unnamed sources, on Monday we heard from Robert Plant himself about where he stands on a Led Zeppelin reunion tour; it's not going to happen.

The latest rumor was sparked from a UK press report that said Robert Plant agreed to a reunion tour after rumors circulated that that Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham were planning to tour with another singer out in front of the group.

"It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward," Robert Plant said. "I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects." - Page, Jones and Bonham have reportedly been working together of late with a "cover" singer.

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George Michael Arrested - 08 Rewind
BBC reports: The singer George Michael has been cautioned after being arrested in a public toilet for possession of drugs, thought to include crack cocaine.

"A 45-year-old man was arrested on 19 September on suspicion of possession of drugs in the Hampstead Heath area," a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

The singer was taken to a police station and given the caution for possessing class A and class C drugs. [You would think that he would learn to stay out of public restrooms as they always seem to bring trouble for him] - more on this story

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Hagar Explains Why He Left Van Halen - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: MusicRadar has an interview where Sammy Hagar explains why he really left Van Halen. Here is part of that article: Sammy Hagar already left Van Halen once in the mid-'90s, but as he said to MusicRadar, he was convinced to come back for a 2004 "Van Hagar" reunion tour.

It was a sell-out success, but things went sour quickly, and as Hagar reveals, "I think it's because somebody got to Eddie. Somebody poisoned him."

Hagar told MusicRadar, "It got to the point where I was the leader of that band. Eddie was a humble, meek guy. Greatest guitar player in the world, but not a leader. I would write the lyrics, and Eddie was happy to just play guitar and play piano. But he woke up one morning and he decided he wanted his band back. Like I was taking over and I was just the bad guy." - more on this story

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My Bloody Valentine Planning New Album - 08 Rewind
guardian.co.uk reports: My Bloody Valentine to record new album. Kevin Shields and his band are to begin work on their first album in 17 years after he realized the material he abandoned in 1996 was pretty good after all.

Shields confirmed the rumors at the My Bloody Valentine-curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival this weekend, taking his earplugs out for long enough to talk to the New York Times.

He will be returning to songs started over a decade ago, during abortive sessions for Island Records. "I realized that all that stuff I was doing in 1996 and 1997 was a lot better than I thought," he said. - more on this story

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Lennon McCartney Gay Flap - 08 Rewind
House of Rock reports: According to a new book, musician John Lennon once sought a sexual relationship with Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney.

"Bohemians should try everything," the book quotes Lennon as saying in the unsuccessful bid.

McCartney and Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, are reportedly outraged by the claim, and Ono has withdrawn her endorsement of the book, Philip Norman's John Lennon: In the Life.

The book also alleges that Lennon fantasized about sleeping with his own mother. - more on this story

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Fall Out From Product Whoring in Fall Out Boy Video - 08 Rewind
NME reports: Pete Wentz has expressed his dissatisfaction at a new Fall Out Boy music video, after a phone company had rather too much product placement in the clip.

On his blog, Wentz said that the video the band worked on for 'I Don't Care' was not the one that aired, and that they were not aware of the addition of the camera phone shots that ended up in the video.

The video went on sale on iTunes, and was full of product placement of Nokia phones, reports rollingstone.com, prompting Wentz to have the clip removed from iTunes and Youtube. - more on this story

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Lars Defends Sound of New Metallica CD While Mixer Disowns It - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: We told you last week about a bit of a controversy surrounding the audio quality of the new Metallica CD, "Death Magnetic" and how some fans have started a protest petition against the "maxed out" and "distorted" mix. Now the man who gave us the "pots and pans" drum sound on the band's last album has spoken out in defending the CD mix of the album.

"Listen, there's nothing up with the audio quality," Ulrich said in an interview. "It's 2008, and that's how we make records. (Producer) Rick Rubin's whole thing is to try and get it to sound lively, to get it sound loud, to get it to sound exciting, to get it to jump out of the speakers. Of course, I've heard that there are a few people complaining. But I've been listening to it the last couple of days in my car, and it sounds f**kin' smokin'." Fans that disagree with this assessment have suspect some smokin' had been going on in the recording studio and it has nothing to do with the sound.

Some fans claim that the Guitar Hero versions of the songs have a superior and less distorted sound than the CD version. Blabbermouth has a story where Ted Jensen, the engineer who mastered the album at Sterling Sound in New York addressed fan complaints that the CD is too loud and the audio is pushed to distortion levels, "The mixes were already brick-walled before they arrived at my place. Suffice to say I would never be pushed to overdrive things as far as they are here. Believe me, I'm not proud to be associated with this one, and we can only hope that some good will come from this in some form of backlash against volume above all else." - more on this story

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Brett Michaels Truck Crash Leaves 2 Dead - 08 Rewind
BW&BK reports: A 19-year-old St. Louis-area woman was killed in a traffic crash Friday near Carbondale, where she was a sophomore at Southern Illinois University. Her passenger was also killed and two others seriously injured in the 5 p.m. crash, authorities said.

The local victim was Yasmin S. Jackson, of Florissant, a 2007 graduate of Hazelwood East High School. She was driving northbound on Interstate 57 in West Frankfort when a box truck crossed the interstate median and hit her SUV and a pickup truck head-on, according to the Illinois State Police. She was killed instantly.

The box truck driver was identified as Dennis D. Hernandez, 38, of Lamont, Calif. Police said Hernandez fell asleep at the wheel before crossing the interstate median. Hernandez was hauling sound equipment for the musician Bret Michaels, lead singer of the glam-rock band Poison. - more on this story

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Axl Vs Douchebag - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: Want to make Axl Rose break his silence? Say something really stupid about him. Suggesting that he should commit suicide will fit the bill perfectly. Bob Lefsetz wrote in a recent column "Of all the marketing/distribution ideas I received in response to my missive, I'll only reveal one, that upon the album's release, Axl Rose should commit suicide".

Lefputz went on to say, "At least John Lennon was smart enough to get shot just when his new album was released. Elvis croaked between album cycles Hell, what would happen if AC/DC died in a plane crash' Everybody would be wanting to click and buy at iTunes".

While the Guns N' Roses camp is typically silent about almost everything, they did respond with the following statement to Undercover, "It appears unethical, irresponsible, reprehensible, misguided and just the sort of thing a douchebag like Left----z would say." - more on this story

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Warrant Fire Jani Lane - 08 Rewind
Sleazeroxx reports: Warrant guitarist Erik Turner has sent Sleaze Roxx the following message regarding the parting of ways between the band and troubled vocalist Jani Lane.

"It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Jani Lane will no longer be performing with Warrant. From the beginning of our reunion talks to the last note of our last show together in Houston this past weekend we have had nothing but good intentions of bringing a quality original Warrant show to our fans and friends. We wish Jani nothing but the best and remain friends.

"We are very excited that we have found an unbelievable voice in Robert Mason (LYNCH MOB), an old friend of the band. We have three dates confirmed, come out and judge for yourself...we don't think you will be disappointed!" - more on this story

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Oasis Attacked On Stage - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: NME had an ongoing blog of the Virgin Festival Toronto that included this newsworthy entry about what went down during the Oasis set.

10:15 p.m... Here's the story morning glory. Apparently, the unknown assailant snuck past concert security and Oasis' personal security and rushed Noel from behind.

Right now as the band rips through "Supersonic" his attacker is in the back of a cop car and will likely be charged with trespassing.

Unfazed, Noel commented that the event added "a little excitement" to the show. [apparently it needed if we are to believe another - blog entry]

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Slipknot Bashes Labels, Current Music Scene - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor ripped into record labels and places the blame squarely on the suits, not the fans, for the downfall of the music biz.

"Why would you blame (people who download music)? Half the f**king albums that are out there are sh*t," Taylor told Kerrang!". I don't download, but at the same time, I don't buy new music 'cause it all sucks. Okay, there's a handful of bands that I buy, but other than that, I just buy old sh*t because old sh*t is good.

"People wanna blame the decline of album sales on downloading, I think it's actually the record companies' fault," he added. "I think it's the quality of the product. If record companies would stop giving any f**king mook on the street with a fringe a record deal or their own record label, maybe you would sell more f**king albums, dipsh*ts." Tell us how you really feel! Maybe he was looking at the Roadrunner roster? - more on this story

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Rocker Arrested For Assaulting Cops With Donuts - 08 Rewind
punknews.org reports: Scott Sturgeon, also known as Stza of the Star F**king Hipsters, Leftover Crack and Choking Victim, was arrested this past Saturday in Tompkins Square Park in New York City.

Stza was performing at a protest concert in the area, which is also home to the NYPD's 9th Precinct, and proceeded to throw donuts at officers while performing.

After the set Stza was arrested, and as an update Posted by the band on September 6th was awaiting a hearing and arraignment. - Grab a bear claw and watch the videos

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Ben Folds Five Reunion - 08 Rewind
PR reports: MySpace today announced the exciting launch of its newest music program, "Front to Back," celebrating iconic albums that have helped shape the MySpace Generation.

MySpace kicks off this program by reuniting beloved alt-pop band Ben Folds Five with an exclusive one-time live performance of their final studio album together, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, in its entirety.

The concert will be the band's first performance together in nearly ten years and will take place in the band's former hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina on September 18, 2008 at the UNC Memorial Hall. - more on this story

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Shots Fired At L.A. Guns Show - 08 Rewind
BW&BK reports: Some scary moments at Omaha's annual Septemberfest celebration when occupants of two vehicles began firing at each other in the parking lot outside the Qwest Center Sunday night. No one was hurt. Police say about a dozen people were taken in for questioning.

(The Phil Lewis version of) L.A. Guns were performing at the venue when shots were fired. Singer/guitarist Phil Lewis sent BW&BK the following note regarding the show:

"Back at the hotel early tonight on account of our show getting abruptly shut down because a gun fight erupting adjacent to the stage. Up until that point the day was peachy, county fair kind of thing kiddy rides, funnel cakes etc in the parking lot of the Qwest Center in Omaha NB. We hit the stage at 10 pm and the place was rocking, All age gig, tons of kids up front lots of fans that always show up when ever we play, great stage sound and lights. Perfect. Until I noticed during 'Over The Edge' three songs in to our set a stampede of at least a hundred people running through the crowd from right too left at full panic speed closely followed by cops and security giving the cut throat stop the show signal that took a moment to sink in before we quit playing and within seconds several cops with guns drawn formed a blanket around us and whisked us back to the dressing room. - [Read more from Phil here but an FYI: Tracii Guns was reportedly not in the area at the time.]

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Are Britney Spears and Ryan Seacrest More Important Than Led Zeppelin? - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: There is something seriously wrong in the universe. Britney Spears and Ryan Seacrest have both purchased stars on The Hollywood Walk of Fame but legitimate legends like Led Zeppelin are no where to be found there. One California Zeppelin fan is hoping to change that.

Rocky Dickerson of Chico, California launched a new website ledzeppelinstar.com to help Led Zeppelin to get the recognition they deserve. The statement on the site says "We are starting a campaign to get Led Zeppelin a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Letters have been sent to the group and their management requesting written approval to begin the drive.

"Contact has been made with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and they have supplied all the information needed. Please sign the online petition and keep your fingers crossed!" - more on this story

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The Cure Advise Fans Not To Buy EP - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: The Cure are not happy about their fans being asked to pay full album price for their latest remix EP. They issued the following statement on their website earlier this week: Please don't buy hypnologic states EP from iTunes for 7.99 it is absurd! TMU has managed to ---- this up to another level! My email to them today is below its easier than writing it out again nicely... (those offended by colourful language look away now)

Dear... I ----ing despair again. Hypnagogic States Pp is now up on UK iTunes... 5 tracks for 7.99? For ----s sake! And the package is completely missing the extra bonus track (65dos alt remix of "the only one") so you can buy the four remixes by 30stm/afi/mcr/fob individually for 79p each... But you only get the 65dos "exploding head syndrome" remix of all four singles if you pay 7.99 for "the album"... Ie you are being asked to pay 4.83 for the 65dos remix... !!! Who the ---- is going to pay this and not feel totally ripped off?

It's not a ----ing album! It's a 5 track EP and you are supposed to get an extra free track (the 65dos remix of "the only one") if you buy it as a 5 track EP and its supposed to cost less if you buy it as a 5 track EP than if you buy the 5 tracks individually... - more on this story

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Foo Fighters Go On Hold - 08 Rewind
Music Radar reports: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has revealed that his band plan to take a long break and that fans shouldn't expect a new album any time soon.

Speaking to BBC Radio One DJ Chris Moyles, Grohl suggested that playing the biggest shows of their career at Wembley Stadium in July prompted the decision.

Grohl commented: "We've never really taken a long break, I think it's time. After doing Wembley we shouldn't come back for 10 years because we've played to everybody." - more on this story

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Weezer Already Planning New Album - 08 Rewind
FMQB reports: Weezer took three years to follow-up 2005's Make Believe with this year's Red Album. Could the band have their next record out much sooner?

Drummer Pat Wilson tells Billboard that after this fall's tour, Weezer will hop back in the studio with producer Jacknife Lee (U2, R.E.M., Snow Patrol).

Lee produced two tracks on the Red Album and Wilson said that the producer is already involved in some pre-production. - more on this story

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Blink-182's Barker and DJ AM Involved In Fatal Plane Crash - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM were critically injured in a fatal Lear jet plane crash in South Carolina this weekend. Four people died in the crash including Travis Barker's assistant Chris Baker. Here are the latest developments as we went to press:

Billboard reports that "The medical director of the burn hospital where former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM are being treated says both men are expected to make full recoveries." more

TMZ reported on Saturday that "Travis Barker has been burned from his waste down, but he is expected to survive the plane crash. DJ AM's face was severely burned and is being tended to right now." We also learned from TMZ that is a was for a joyous occasion that the plane was chartered: We've now learned why Barker and his friends decided to get on that doomed lear jet in South Carolina late last night, and the explanation can only be described as a horribly cruel twist of fate. - more on this story

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Clay Aiken Admits He's Gay - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: For all of the rabid Clay Aiken fanatics that pestered us in the past over reports about their favorite karaoke singer being gay (not that his sexuality should matter to real fans) we dedicate this Associated Press report to you: Clay Aiken is finally confirming what many people already knew: He's gay.

The cover of the latest People magazine shows Aiken holding his infant son, Parker Foster Aiken, with the headline: "Yes, I'm Gay." The cover also has the quote: "I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things."

The magazine has an interview with Aiken and confirmed that he was on the cover but refused to release the article to The Associated Press until Wednesday. - more on this story

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Twisted Murder Arrest - 08 Rewind
UPI reports: A New York millionaire business owner was arrested Wednesday on charges of orchestrating three slayings, authorities said. [One victim was the brother-in-law of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. ]

Prosecutors say Christian Tarantino, 40, of Dix Hills, N.Y., the longtime owner of a string of fitness centers in New York City and Long Island, was involved in the killings of an armored car guard and two potential informants, Newsday reported.

Vincent Gargiulo, 34, brother-in-law of Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider was killed in 2003 after he and business partner Tarantino fell out over the fortunes of the gyms, prosecutors allege. They say Gargiulo had an incriminating tape recording in which Tarantino allegedly discussed the first two slayings. - more on this story

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Limp Bizkit Reunite With Evanescence Guitarist Replacing Borland? - 08 Rewind
Music Radar reports: According to interweb rumours, and Metal Hammer magazine, hot dog-flavored rockers Limp Bizkit have reformed.

Since Limp Bizkit's on-off guitarist Wes Borland officially joined Marilyn Manson earlier this year, Durst and co have re-recruited another on-off guitarist: Terry Balsamo. Balsamo was part of the early 'Bizkit line-up in 1995, before picking up guitar duties with Cold and Evanescence.

The Fred Durst-fronted outfit have not released any new material since 2005's Greatest Hitz - more on this story

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