Was Jay Reatard Murdered?- Killers on Hiatus- Misfit Dead?- Another Coldplay Song Theft Claim- CSI: Rob Zombie- No Gig for Aerosmith- Blink Haiti Relief and more

The Fox Affiliate in Memphis reportedly ran a story on Thursday that said the death of Jay Reatard is now being investigated as a homicide. Various media outlets picked up the story, but the link on the affiliate's site is now dead. So who knows? CoS has the details of the now missing report here

The Killers will go on hiatus after playing in Australia next month, guitarist Dave Keuning has revealed, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Blaming burnout, Keuning said the group would take a break from recording and touring after playing the Good Vibrations festival in February. more

It was widely reported on Thursday that Brian "Damage" Keats, who drummed in the final incarnation of the Danzig-fronted Misfits (circa 1983), died on January 12th following a battle with cancer. He was 46. Read more at BW&BK.

Coldplay are facing legal action from a man who alleges he wrote three of the band's hit songs. Sammie Lee Smith claims he is responsible for composing the group's tracks "Yellow", "Clocks" and "Trouble", according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. more

Joe Perry, not Aerosmith, is playing at the Show Of Peace Festival in China. Apparently Jimmy Page might not be playing the gig either. more

Rob Zombie will tackle his first TV directing gig with an episode of CSI: Miami. Zombie began shooting the episode this week and it is set to air on March 1. more

Former Misfits vocalist Michale Graves will perform at The Cup in Staten Island, NY on Sunday, January 17th. This will be an all acoustic show. more

Due to a recent injury to drummer Ken Meyers, Abigail Williams are forced to cancel their upcoming tour with Nile that was scheduled to start January 15 in Baltimore, Maryland. No more details provided but they do have a sales pitch here

Blink-182 have released an exclusive Haiti Charity T-shirt. All proceeds from the sale of this shirt will go to the Red Cross. Each shirt is $15 and is only available on the bands official online store .

Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds has told NME.COM how the band's long-awaited second album has been inspired by shamanism and the year 2012. more

Gwen Stacy, Vanna, Dead and Divine, and Oceana will be touring together for the Left Coast Ballin' Tour. more

Sepultura, Crowbar, Hamlet, and Gama Bomb will tour Europe together in April. more

The BBC has admitted coverage of the launch of U2 album No Line On The Horizon last February, went too far - giving "undue prominence" to the band. Critics said the BBC had given U2 "the sort of publicity money can't buy". more

If you missed the Four Dudes at the pre-NAMM party on Wednesday night, here is your chance to see them again. antiMusic is cosponsoring a NAMM After Party at the Cat Club on Sunday night. Free admission with your NAMM badge. This party has been packed for more years than we can count, so if you are in town for NAMM you have no excuse not to show up. Headliners will be The Four Dudes featuring Billy Sheehan, Ray from Korn, Rob from House of Lords and Happenin Harry. They'll be belting out some of your hard rock and metal favorites, plus the night will feature an all-star jam. Full lineup and info here -

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