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Full Report for 03/06/2009

Chris Brown Charged With Two Felonies For Rihanna Assault
AP reports: Chris Brown briefly appeared in court Thursday, hours after he was charged with two felonies stemming from what a police detective describes as a brutal argument between the singer and his girlfriend, Rihanna.

Brown's arraignment was postponed until April 6 on charges of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats. The 19-year-old R&B singer remains free on $50,000 bail.

Details released Thursday offer a starkly different portrait of Brown than the squeaky-clean image he has cultivated. The young man once praised for his Michael Jackson-esque dance moves is described in a detective's affidavit as punching his girlfriend, biting her ear and trying to choke her until she nearly lost consciousness. - more on this story

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Miley Cyrus Vows To Ruin Radiohead
antiMusic reports: Tween twit Miley Cyrus vows to ruin Radiohead after they had the nerve to snub the pop princess at the Grammy Awards!

The Disney character apparently sounded off during an interview with a radio station, claiming that Radiohead, the band she claims is the reason she loves music, didn't drop everything they were doing to give her the time of day. Here we thought that Iron Maiden was her favorite band.
Apparently her handlers reached out to their handlers expressing the poptart's interest in meeting the famed UK rockers and Miley's people were told that "the band doesn't really do that."

"The reason I'm in this business is to make people happy," she said implying that Radiohead aren't according to NME. "I left 'cause I was so upset. I wasn't going to watch. Stinkin' Radiohead! I'm gonna ruin them, I'm going to tell everyone." Gotta love Tween poptart egos! - Thom and co are probably quivering with fright! Read the NME report

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Monkees Star Has Cancer
AP reports: Peter Tork, a former member of the 1960s pop group the Monkees, says he has a rare form of head and neck cancer, but the prognosis is good.

The 67-year-old Tork had surgery Wednesday in New York. His spokeswoman says he is doing well and will begin radiation treatment after a short recovery period.

He announced on his Web site Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma on the lower region of his tongue. - more on this story

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Korn Vs Limp Bizkit
Blabbermouth reports: Korn and Limp Bizkit toured together several times during the late '90s, most notably on the first edition of Korn's Family Values tour, and the two bands were right at the forefront of the "nu-metal" movement at the time. But now that Limp Bizkit is reuniting after being on hiatus for several years, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis says that his relationship with singer Fred Durst has been strained for a while.

"I'm happy that they're gonna play, but I just hope Fred just isn't an ass like he usually is," he said. "We'll see what happens. Hopefully Fred's got it together, 'cause there was one time when Fred was a really cool guy. The fame hit and went to his head. So I miss the old Fred. He was my buddy. So maybe he's humbled now and if he's like that then I'd definitely hang with him and be friends with him again."

Limp Bizkit announced last month that its original lineup was getting back together for a summer tour and new album, its first since 2003. - more on this story

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Rage Against Slipknot- Ask Axl- Nine Inch Jane's Addiction Fest- Jacko Retiring- Double Eminem Coming- U2 Rule- Nickelback Summer and more
antiMusic reports: Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor will join Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello onstage at his March 26 Nightwatchman show at Slim's in San Francisco. more Also Trent Reznor has announced that Street Sweeper will be joining the Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction tour. Street Sweeper is the new project featuring Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine / The Nightwatchman) and Boots Riley (The Coup). more

At Guns N' Roses' request, two major GNR-dedicated fan sites (MyGNR.com and HereTodayGoneToHell.com) have set a up a section on their online forums for their members to pose questions to GNR bandmembers. more info on that

NinJa Get Festive: Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Oxegen festival, set to take place July 10-12 at the Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare, Ireland. more

Michael Jackson has confirmed his July residency at London's O2 arena during a press conference at the venue, describing it as the "final curtain call."more

Eminem's "Relapse" is due May 19; a follow-up, "Relapse 2" will also drop in 2009. more

U2 is on track to score its seventh No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 chart, as its "No Line On the Horizon" set led Nielsen SoundScan's March 4 Building chart by a wide margin.more

Bob Dylan is set to release an as-yet-untitled new album in April, his first record since 2006's Modern Times. The album features 10 original tracksmore

Simple Minds will be undertaking a series of outdoor concerts and numerous outdoor music festivals during the summer of 2009. The latest concert to be added to the summer 2009 schedule is Norwich Blickling Hall on Friday 17th July.

Phish have recorded demo versions of 20 new songs for its next record, according to an interview published in the New York Times. No longer signed to a major label, the band is mulling an independent release for the to-be-recorded album.more

Static-X have tapped drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence, Dark New Day, ex-Skrape, Tommy Lee) to fill in for Nick Oshiro on the group's upcoming tour. more

Nickelback has announced a new round of dates for their massive 2009 tour. The North American summer trek, in support of their album Dark Horse, kicks off July 10 in Darien Lake, NY. Hinder, Papa Roach and Saving Abel will all join them on the two-month tour.more

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has drawn Arcade Fire into a slanging match in the media, calling the Montreal indie-rockers pompous in an obscenity-laced interview with Rolling Stone.more

Novembers Doom will perform a very special acoustic set on May 9 at this year's Chicago Powerfest prior to their main-stage main stage appearance at the event.more

Fischerspooner have announced that they will embark on their first North American tour in five years this spring.more

The limited-run channel on Sirius XM radio devoted to Paul McCartney will feature a "Fireside Chat" in honor of McCartney's alter-ego, The Fireman, alongside James Taylor.more

Former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale is scheduled to tour North America in support of his solo debut, Wanderlust.more

"Mantra", the sophomore album from Norwegian extreme metallers In Vain, has been delayed until May.more

Toni Braxton is threatening to sue concert promoters in South America after they conned fans into attending a show purportedly featuring the star - only to discover the headliner was an "imitation act".more

Death Metal Supergroup: Duane Timlin (Dying Fetus, Divine Empire), Joe Payne (Nile, Divine Heresy), James King (Origin, Unmerciful), Derek Engemann (Unmerciful) and John Ramos (A.T.W.T.T.B., Funeral Rites) have joined forces in a new band called Vile Penance. more

Daft Punk, the French electronica duo known for their robot personas, have been tapped by Walt Disney Pictures to compose the score for "TR2N", an update of the studio's 1982 science fiction classic "Tron", Billboard has confirmed.more

Chris Cornell told RollingStone.com that he's not particularly concerned about a possible backlash over his decision to put away the guitar in favor of continuous dance grooves and hip-hop beats on his new solo album, "Scream" [a.k.a. sellout] more

Opeth have been forced to cancel their previously announced April 13 concert at the Theatre Club in Tel Aviv, Israel. more

The proposed merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster is clearly not in the best interest of the music business or the consumer, according Anschutz Entertainment Group president/CEO Tim Leiweke, who spoke today at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium in New York.more

Henry Rollins has announced that he will begin hosting a new radio program on Los Angeles public radio station KCRW on Saturday (March 7).more

We don't know what's more surprising - the fact that Miley Cyrus has written an autobiography or the fact that it's not written in wax crayon.more

Rose Tattoo, Australia's favorite Aussie rock legends will be performing for one night only at the Coolangatta Hotel on the Gold Coast on Sunday, April 12.more

Former STYX Frontman Dennis Deyoung will appear on on the US nationally syndicated radio show Rockline, with host Bob Coburn on March 18th. more

Finnish metal band Norther has announced the departure of long-time singer/guitarist Petri Lindroosmore

Recently reformed Seventh Angel will be entering the studio in late March to record their new studio album. The title of the new full length will be The Dust Of Years and will be released summer of 2009
- more on this story

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Beatles Video Game Really Coming Out
AP reports: The Beatles' management said Thursday that a Beatles version of the Rock Band video game will debut Sept. 9.

In addition, they'll sell accompanying instruments modeled after the ones used by the band. This is the first time Rock Band has based a game on one group, according to MTV Games.

It has not yet been determined what Beatles songs will be included in the edition, available for Xbox360, Playstation 3, and Wii video game consoles. - more on this story

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Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Widespread Panic Head Music Festival
PR reports: Held within Minnesota's pristine North Country at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, MN, the midwest's premier music & camping festival heads into it's 7th year with it's best lineup yet.

The 10,000 Lakes Festival has announced Dave Matthews Band, two nights of Widespread Panic, and Wilco as headlining artists for four days of music and camping at the 7th annual music festival held at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota July 22 – 25.

The 10,000 Lakes Festival's artist lineup will feature over sixty acts performing on the festival's four stages. - The list of confirmed acts

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Papa Roach Vs Ex-Papa Roach Settlement?
Blabbermouth reports: Papa Roach was sued late last year by former drummer Dave Buckner, who claimed that he had not been receiving his fair share of the group's earnings and that he had not received a complete accounting from the group or its management. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix said this week that the suit is currently being settled, and that his feelings about Buckner have not been affected by it.

"Legal is legal, you know, but it's like the essence of the lawsuit is to dissolve his business relationship with us, which is completely understandable," he said. "But as far as like personal goes, I, you know, we wish no ill will on him, and he's got a new project he's doing with actually a good friend of ours from back home, Jake. They've got a thing called Last Angels that they're doing."

Papa Roach permanently split with Buckner at the beginning of 2008, following a year-long period in which he went to rehab twice. He was replaced by ex-Unwritten Law drummer Tony Palermo.
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Pennywise and Pepper Head Up Jager Tour
PR reports: Stage dive into spring with the Jagermeister Music Tour! Jagermeister is teaming up with legendary American punk band, Pennywise and dub rock trio, Pepper for this year's spring Jägermeister Music Tour. The tour kicks off on April 13th in Seattle, Washington.

Pennywise is one of the most significant bands to emerge from Southern California punk's second wave. The Pennywise current line-up, which has remained constant since 1996, consists of Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitar), Randy Bradbury (bass) and Byron McMackin (drums). Formed in 1988 in Hermosa Beach, California, Pennywise have released nine-full length studio albums, one live album, two extended plays and one DVD.

Pepper will rejoin the Jägermeister Music Tour once again to feature their fifth studio album Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations and to support their forthcoming live release, Kona Gold, due in April 2009. - more on this story

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Rap Is For Stupid People?
MusicRadar reports: A vague piece of music 'research' has caused much amusement in the last few days. It's by a Californian student called Virgil Griffith, and is an interesting (albeit rather unscientific) study mapping music tastes with average SAT scores.

According to a Wall Street Journal blog post, Griffith "used aggregated Facebook data about the favorite bands and books among students of various colleges and plotted them against the average SAT scores at those schools, creating a tongue-in-cheek statistical look at taste and intelligence."

His findings?- The 'smartest' students' favorite musician is Beethoven (average SAT score of 1371). Other artists at the top of the scale are Counting Crows, Radiohead and Sufjan Stevens. - The 'less-smart' students' favorite artist is Lil Wayne (average SAT score of 889). Artists alongside Lil Wayne at the bottom include Beyonce, TI and any soca musician. - [Uh huh uh huh, yeah yeah.]

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Chris Martin Reacts To Bono Insult
MusicRadar reports: Chris Martin has responded to Bono's assertion that he's "a wanker" by revealing that he respects him.

According to The Sun, Martin commented on the U2 frontman's jokey barb in typically well-mannered fashion by saying: "I always thought he felt that way. I think it's great that we're arch enemies – that's a joke too.

"We respect any musician, particularly ones who have kept going and not changed line-up and have always been good. - more on this story

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Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone
PR reports: Beverly Hills publisher Phoenix Books will release Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone by Vera Ramone King (Phoenix Books, June 2009, $22.95).

Featuring dozens of never-before-seen pictures and a foreword by Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads legends Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, here's the real, raw story of the Ramones—one of the greatest rock groups ever—as told by the woman who shared Dee Dee's life.

Dee Dee Ramone defined the punk-rock lifestyle. Rash, often violent, and plagued by his addictions and his own demons, Dee Dee was also a brilliant music pioneer who lived and breathed his art and found his greatest joy playing live for ecstatic fans. Stripping rock n' roll to the basics – three chords, a blaring guitar, chaotic rhythms and often mindless lyrics, the Ramones took the 70's by storm. - more on this story

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