Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rock News -- August 10th, 2011

--The Flaming Lips and Primus were forced to cancel a gig in Tulsa, Oklahoma after high winds caused the collapse of their lighting structure. Check out the video of their lights coming down  --> here

--Former Fugee vocalist Lauryn Hill is being sued by her former guitarist Jay Gore for over $20,000 in back wages. According to Gore, who performed with Hill on her 2007 European tour, not only did Hill withhold wages, she also created a hostile work environment by "...demanding that the musicians and road support personnel attend meetings she would engage in a person-by-person critique and berating" after each show. Gore's lawyer said in a statement that "We believe there are other musicians who have been mistreated by Ms. Hill in a similar manner who are reluctant to stand up for their rights and this lawsuit gives them a voice as well,"

--A Sony Records warehouse in North London was destroyed in an early morning fire on Tuesday. The fire followed the third straight day of rioting in UK resulting from political unrest. The warehouse was the only one of it's kind in the UK, signaling significant CD and DVD loses for Sony, as well as the primary distribution hub for over 150 labels including Beggars Group, Sub Pop, Rough Trade, Domino, 4AD, Secretly Canadian, Mute, Ninja Tune, Soul Jazz, Kompakt, Thrill Jockey and Drag City. All product is assumed lost.

--Pop singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw, best known for the song "I Don't Want to Be," the theme to the television program "One Tree Hill," was attacked late Sunday night in Manhattan's East Village. The reason for the attack has not been determined, though DeGraw suffered a broken nose and lacerations from the initial beating. While reeling from the beating, DeGraw, wandered into the street where he was struck by a taxi. He is currently recovering in Bellevue hospital.

--Outkast rapper Big Boi was arrested Sunday while disembarking from a cruise ship in Miami for possession of drugs. A variety of drugs including ecstasy, MDMA, and Viagra were discovered by custom officials in Big Boi's luggage. The rapper was briefly arrested before posting $16,000 in bail. Daniel Kane, Big Boi's lawyer, released a statement saying "While Big Boi was traveling with his group and friends, a small amount of contraband was found in the collective luggage, I am confident when the entire facts are aired, Big Boi will be completely exonerated."

--Tom Hamilton, bass player for the band Aerosmith, has undergone "radical" surgery for tongue and throat cancer that had recently spread to his voice box. Hamilton has been fighting cancer since first being diagnosed in 2006. The surgery was successful and Hamilton should be back at work soon completing Aerosmith's 15th studio album, the first since 2004's Honking on Bobo.

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