Does Pedophilia Rock Or Does Music Now Suck?- Top Tour of 08- Freddie Hubbard RIP- Timbaland Scrooged- New Lamb of God- Who Wants A Grammy? and more

(antiMusic) We noticed something rather strange when compiling our special recap for the top stories of 2008. While we are a rock site we do from time to time include reports on vapid popsters as sort of a goof. But we were rather shocked to learn that the most read articles this year were about Miley Cyrus. Of course the reports had to do with nude photos but what does that say about the state of music? Or are there just a lot of pedophiles out there interested in photos of half-naked young teens? You'll have to decided that one for yourself. With that said, here are today's quick news stories:

Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet" concert tour was the biggest-grossing music tour of 2008 in North America, raking in $105.3 million, concert tracking magazine Pollstar said on Monday.more

Freddie Hubbard, the Grammy-winning jazz musician whose style influenced a generation of trumpet players and who collaborated with such greats as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, died Monday, a month after suffering a heart attack. He was 70.more

3 Doors Down to perform during halftime at Arizona Cardinals vs Atlanta Falcons NFC wildcard playoff game in Arizona on January 3rd, 2009

Singer/songwriter Bonnie Bramlett has issued the following statement about the passing of her former husband and musical partner, Delaney Bramlett, who died at age 69 on December 27 in Los Angeles as a result of complications from gall-bladder surgery:
"I'm so going to miss him; as Delaney wrote in his song: 'It's hard to say good-bye.'
All I can hope is that I'll see him in the light."

Tabloid Media Zombies spammed us with this useless tidbit (It's TMZ so that's not a surprise): A Florida florist wants a piece of Timbaland's mansion after the rap mogul allegedly stiffed the store out of more than $10,000 in Xmas decorations. The White Tulip Florist in Miami Beach filed legal papers required to slap a lien on Timba's Miami mansion, claiming he bought $25,850 worth of trees, flowers and lights but still owes $11,450. more

Lamb of God has released a new online widget, with a new song, entitled "Contractor." Lamb of God's upcoming album "Wrath" is due out on February 24, 2009. You can check out the new song on the playermore

'Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who' - the definitive, four decade-spanning film of rock legends The Who - has garnered a Grammy nomination in the "Best Long Form Music Video" category (the Grammy telecast is Sunday, February 8th).more

Welsh singer Duffy, a relative unknown a year ago, topped the British album charts in 2008 with "Rockferry," although the overall album market continued to decline this year.more

India.Arie's second volume in her series of "Testimony" albums, "Love & Politics," will arrive Feb. 10 from Universal Republic. The lead single, "Chocolate High," features Musiq Soulchildmore

The 1988 "Thundersteel" lineup of Riot has reformed and is planning on hitting the road in Europe in June 2009. A new studio album featuring the same musicians is also in the works.more.. swords and tequila... wait... wrong lineup..

OTEP will play South America for the first time in late January/early February.more

It Prevails has announced that their new album, titled "Capture and Embrace," will be available on February 1st. The effort will be released by Rain City Records, the new label started by Ryan Furlott, with whom the album was recorded.more

According to a posting on Elegy frontman Ian Parry's web site, Metal Mind Productions will issue a seven-CD Elegy box set in February 2009. It will feature 18 bonus tracks, behind-the-scenes footage, and video of acoustic sessions performed by Parry and guitarist Henk van de Laars during their 1998 TV and radio promotional tour of Japan.more

Hell Within is now in search of a replacement for departed bassist, Jason Prusak. Candidates should be over 21, have professional gear, have prior experience..yadda, yadda, yadda.. more

Seems bassists are in high demand these days. Ramming Speed have parted with their bassist and are seeking a permanent replacement.

At least one band has managed to find a new bassist: 2 Sides 2 Die has announced their new bassist. "As of This Afternoon, Paul Hanson has Joined 2 Sides 2 Die. Paul is formally of the Band 'Heavy Burden,' a Classic Rock cover band located out of York, Pa" more

According to their fan site. it appears Bad Religion will be heading for Tempe, Arizona on March 17. The tour takes place at the Tempe Beach Park, West Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, AZ and Slightly Stoopid will open for them.more

Legal troubles are again plaguing United Nations, the group that features Geoff Rickley (Thursday), Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw), Chree from The Number Twelve Looks Like You, and Kiss it Goodbye's Eric Cooper. After the group lost their Facebook page, it seems that MySpace has now deleted their page as well.more. Maybe they shouldn't have picked such a stupid name?

The Wonder Years and All Or Nothing will team up to release a split 7" on March 10th via No Sleep Records. The effort will feature two new tracks from each group.
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