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Full Report for 03/30/2009


Ex Cop Charged For Urinating on Metallica Fans
Boston.com reports: A former Brewster, Massachusetts police officer is scheduled to be arraigned April 8 in Boston Municipal Court on two counts of assault and battery and one count of open and gross lewdness stemming from a January 18 incident at TD Banknorth Garden.

During a Metallica concert at the Garden, Joseph Houston, 29, allegedly exposed himself and urinated on a young couple from Connecticut, according to the Suffolk County district attorney's office.

He was ejected from the concert, and then refused to leave North Station despite repeated orders to do so by Transit Police, the DA's office said in a statement. Houston was escorted out, only to return, the DA said. - more on this story

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T.I. Going To Prison
AP reports: Rapper T.I. was sentenced Friday to one year and a day in prison after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges after he tried to buy a stash of machine guns and silencers to protect himself after his best friend was killed.

The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, will also pay a $100,000 fine as part of his sentence. He was arrested in 2007 after trying to to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers.

He pleaded guilty last March to the federal weapons charges but wasn't sentenced until Friday as part of a deal to see if he would be successful in performing community service by speaking to youths about the pitfalls of drugs, violence and guns. - more on this story

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Courtney Love In Hot Water Over Rants
BBC reports: Courtney Love is being sued for libel by a fashion designer over messages the rock "singer" posted on the internet.

Dawn Simorangkir says Love, the widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, made several "menacing and disturbing" statements towards her.

Ms Simorangkir, who filed the legal action in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, says the messages were left on Love's Twitter and MySpace pages. - more on this story

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24 Year Old Rocker Dies In His Sleep
antiMusic reports: The Cute Lepers posted the following tragic news for fans on their Myspace page on Saturday: Early the morning of March 28, in Cincinnati our friend and band-mate Travis Criscola passed away in his sleep. He was 24.

Travis was guitarist in the Cute Lepers for the last six months and was the perfect addition to the band as it's developed. He was our friend. His company was always a pleasure. I don't think I ever heard him say a negative word about any one. He was smart, polite and considerate, always interested in learning more about music and playing guitar... he really loved music. He was passionate about music in a way that only other like minded musicians recognize and relate with. When Travis joined the band he would not think twice about jumping on the bus from Olympia and making the two hour ride to Seattle for a spur of the moment rehearsal, and then riding the bus two more hours to get back home. In fact Travis was doing this three times a week up until we left for Europe to start our tour. His character and his commitment made him the very best we could hope for in a band-mate and a friend. We're gonna really miss him.

We feel that it's appropriate and absolutely not in bad taste to disclose the cause of death of our friend. Travis combined alcohol and pills, then went to sleep and never woke up. It was an accident. - more on this story

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U2 Song Damaging Computers?
MusicRadar reports: Acer's Aspire One is one of the tidiest netbooks currently on the market, but if some of its users are to be believed, it has a rather unusual flaw.

According to Engadget, several owners of the 8.9-inch version of the machine have reported that if you play music through its built-in speakers at full volume, there's a very real possibility that you might damage the hard drive.

The glitch was discovered when an Aspire One owner tried to blast out U2's Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, and is said to have been replicated since. Apparently, it only affects machines that contain a standard hard drive (rather than a SSD). - more on this story

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Teenager Who Disappeared After 1983 Quiet Riot Show Confirmed Dead
Radio Iowa reports: DNA evidence has confirmed that a young woman found dead in Texas nearly 26 years ago is a Davenport teenager that went missing after a rock concert. Seventeen-year-old Bambi Dick disappeared on September 29, 1983 after seeing the band Quiet Riot at Col Ballroom.

A little over a week later, an unidentified woman was found strangled to death along a highway north of Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo Police Lieutenant Gary Trupe says Sergeant Modeina Holmes has worked on the case ever since.

"Modeina was just not going to let this go," Trupe said. "She was going to stay here as long as it took to identify her and thankfully we did." Holmes retired in 2000, but returned part-time in 2002. She went so far as to send 18,000 letters to optometrists around the country. - more on this story

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Wilco Get Feisty
Reuters reports: Wilco has confirmed rumors that Feist will appear on its next album, a still untitled set due for a late June release.

In a posting Friday (March 27) on the band's website (http://wilcoworld.net/news/), the alternative rock band says that singer-songwriter Feist lends vocals to the track "You and I" on the Nonesuch release.

The members of Chicago-based Wilco have spent the past several weeks mixing the album in producer/engineer Jim Scott's Valencia, California, studio.
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Metallica Snub Founding Member
Metal Underground reports: Metallica guest list for the April 4 induction includes staffers from the band's previous labels, Megaforce and Elektra, journalists and photographers who have been supportive over the group's career, producers and musician friends.

[Founding guitarist] Dave Mustaine will not be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the band, including all three bassists. Perhaps it goes without saying, but Jason Newsted cleared things up.

"There's three bass players getting inducted, and James, Lars and Kirk," former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted said. Former guitarist Dave Mustaine will not be inducted. "Its not my decision. I have nothing to do with that. It was decided by the band, and I think it was just a hard-and-fast rule… anyone who has recorded on any Metallica recordings that have been released to the public as an official release were invited to the induction. So, that's kind of that."
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Bloc Party Canceled Due To Illness
antiMusic reports: Illness brought down Bloc Party's plans to play the Ultra Music Festival in Miami on Friday. The band explained their absence with the following statement on their website:

"Kele has contracted viral pharyngitis and is unable to perform today at the Ultra Music Festival in beautiful Miami, FL.

"We send our heartfelt apologies to all our fans and the Ultra Music Festival organizers. We hope to return to Miami, FL, at our earliest opportunity," they said. - http://www.blocparty.com

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The End for The Lemonheads
PR reports: The Lemonheads have signed to Brooklyn, NY-based The End Records and will be releasing their long-awaited covers collection, Varshons, on June 23, 2009.

It makes sense that the new album from The Lemonheads sounds like a mix tape slipped to you by a music-obsessed friend anxious to turn you on to something new. In fact, the idea for the band's new covers record was inspired by Gibby Haynes, ringmaster of the Butthole Surfers, who for years has made mixes for his longtime friend Evan Dando. "Making a good mix is an art, and Gibby has it down," says Dando. "I thought it would be fun to share these songs with other people like he shared them with me. So I picked the 'greatest hits' from his mixes and covered them, along with a few other songs I always wanted to play."

Varshons was produced by Haynes and features Dando along with Vess Ruhtenburg (bass) and Devon Ashley (drums). The collection is filled with strange bedfellows - from G.G. Allin to Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt and garage rockers The Green Fuz. The Lemonheads make each track their own, with help from actress Liv Tyler, singing back up on Leonard Cohen's "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye," and Kate Moss, who sings over the dance groove of Arling & Cameron's "Dirty Robot," which also features lead guitar by John Perry on loan from The Only Ones. - more on this story

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Nickelback Dominate Juno Awards
Reuters reports: Nickelback dominated Canada's annual music awards on Sunday, winning Juno trophies for group and album of the year as well as the fan choice honor.

Nickelback, riding high with their new album "Dark Horses," led all comers with five nominations going into the 38th edition of the Junos, which were handed out in Vancouver and broadcast on CTV.

Montreal rocker Sam Roberts picked up the Juno for artist of the year, while songstress Lights was named best new artist. - more on this story

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Pete Townshend Says John Entwistle's Death Saved The Who
Nightwatcher reports: The Who would be no more if bass player John Entwistle hadn't died in 2002 - because Pete Townshend only agreed to hit the road to help his pal out of debt.

Band leader Townshend reveals he planned to bow out of performing with the rock group after that year's hits tour, but when Entwistle died in Las Vegas on the eve of the trek, the guitarist was forced to forget his past differences with frontman Roger Daltrey, and get on with the shows. The tour brought the two existing The Who stars closer - and led to bigger plans.

The guitarist tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper, "John's death in 2002 was a factor in the return to serious touring. That 2002 tour was the last I ever intended to do with the band, and my mission was to make enough money for John so that he could get out of debt. He had some back tax, and a double mortgage to juggle. He died the day before the tour was meant to begin. I felt his mischievous and wonderful sense of irony in that: 'You thought you'd give me a hand-out Pete. Well, now I'm giving you a hand-out. Take my share, and tour without me if you dare.'" - more on this story

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