CMU Daily - on the inside 9 Aug 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Tributes flow for Rick James
- Ash fan missing after gig
- Isley brother has stroke
- Pixies warm-up gig sells out
- Pete Docherty makes amends with free gig
- Megadeath to sue each other
- Bestival line up grows again
- Deus return with online track
- Cat Deeley to front Channel 4 V Fest coverage
- Snow Patrol change dates
- Music is child's play for Slash
- Single Review: M Craft - Emily Snow
- Shyne to record album with Foxy Brown from behind bars
- Goldie Lookin Chain to meet and greet
- Sugababes up the rider demands for free gig
- Jamelia not impressed with miming popstars
- Busted still top
- Album Review: The Libertines - The Libertines
- Rigger injured during set up for Madonna's London gigs
- Franz Ferdinand busted in New Zealand
- Mass demand expected for final Phish gig
- Ray Charles tribute concert planned in aid of educational centre
- TV role to raunchy for Holly

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TRIBUTES FLOW FOR RICK JAMES
Investigators are still to confirm what caused the death of funk legend Rick James, who died in his sleep at his LA home on Friday. The singer, best known for his 1981 hit 'Super Freak' (which was sampled in MC Hammer's 1990 hit 'U Can't Touch This'), was a diabetic with a pacemaker and his family have said he most likely died of heart failure. However investigators say they won't know for certain the cause of death for a while yet - they are most likely analysing whether James' long-term cocaine addiction played a part in his death.

Artists young and old paid tribute to James this weekend. Rapper and producer Kayne West, who recently worked with James, told reporters: "It's a great loss to music. He was just an amazing talent, and it was a privilege just to be in the studio with a legend like that. I think personality and songs are what sells albums. You have to take a good personality and put it with a good song. I know those are two things Rick James had a whole lot of."

Neil Portnow, President of the US Recording Academy, added: "Today the world mourns a musician and performer of the funkiest kind. Grammy-winner Rick James was a singer, songwriter and producer whose performances were always as dynamic as his personality. The 'Super Freak' of funk will be missed."

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ASH FAN MISSING AFTER GIG
The parents of a British teenager who disappeared after an Ash gig in Sydney have flown to Australia as the search continues to find him. Sean Kennedy went missing after the band's concert at the Metro Theatre on 29 Jul. Donal and Denise Kennedy have appealed to Ash fans who were at the gig for information about their son.

Writing on the group's official website, Ash's manager said: "Both the band and I are deeply shocked by the news that he disappeared from our concert at The Metro in Sydney. We'd like to encourage any of our fans from the Metro show who saw or heard anything regarding Sean's disappearance, to contact the police immediately. Our thoughts are with Sean's family and friends."

At the time of his disappearance, Sean was wearing a distinctive grey T-shirt with 'blue angel' written on the back. He has been described as being 175cm tall, with a slim build, light brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, the grey t-shirt and brown trainers.

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ISLEY BROTHER HAS STROKE
The lead singer with soul legends the Isley Brothers - Ronald - has had a minor stroke in London. His record label Def Soul Classics confirmed to reporters on Friday that 63-year old Isley had become unwell while walking in the capital last week. On hearing the news his wife, singer Angela Winbush, immediately flew to London to be at his side. Ronald spent a few days in hospital and is now back home in St Louis, Missouri. His speech is not thought to have been affected and he is expected to be back performing soon.

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PIXIES WARM-UP GIG SELLS OUT
Tickets for that Pixies gig at London Forum sold out on Friday morning just minutes after going on sale. Tickets for the band's V Festival warm-up gig went on sale at 9am on Friday and ten minutes later they were all sold out. Tickets are now on eBay selling for £95.

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PETE DOCHERTY MAKES AMENDS WITH FREE GIG
Pete Doherty announced on Friday he was making up for his no-show at the Barfly last Monday by staging an impromptu gig at the Great Eastern Hotel on Saturday night just gone. In a post on the Libertines website Ticketweb ticket agency wrote: "For those of you that bought tickets for the cancelled Barfly gig Pete Doherty on the 2 Aug, the promoter has asked us to invite you to another Pete Doherty gig for free. To gain entry to this gig you will need proof of the original ticket purchase. This should be your original email confirmation or the email you were sent about the cancelled show."

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MEGADEATH TO SUE EACH OTHER
More fun in the pop courts. Bassist David Ellefson's and guitarist David Mustaine, the founding members of 1980s metal band Megadeath, are suing each other. According to Billboard, Ellefson alleges that Mustaine wrongfully took more than his fair share of the band's income (estimated at more than $200 million since 1984) for himself and cut Ellefson out of the band's music publishing and merchandise revenues. Ellefson also alleges that Mustaine libelled him in an online posting. The bassist is seeking at least $18.5 million in damages. Needless to say, Mustaine has issued a counter claim, in which he alleges Ellefson signed away his rights to Megadeath royalties in a previous deal, and that therefore all of the bassist's claims are false (no comment as yet on the libel claims).

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BESTIVAL LINE UP GROWS AGAIN
More news from the organisers of Bestival - the last festival of the summer season. Sunday Best, the label organising the event, have just added Ashley Beedle, RSL, Fred Deakin (Lemon Jelly), Anne Dudley (Art Of Noise), Paul Armfield And The Four Good Reasons and DJ Yoda to the bill, which already included Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, The Bees, Lee Scratch Perry, Zero 7, Mylo, Mr Scruff, The Cuban Brothers, Gilles Peterson, Magnet, Grand National, Tom Middleton, Rob da Bank & Lazyboy, Chas & Dave, Roddy Frame, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Justin Robertson, Boomclick, Annie and Bent. Full details at http://www.bestival.net

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dEUS RETURN WITH ONLINE TRACK
Belgian band dEUS are marking their return with a download track on their website. After a five year break the band are currently embarking on a Europe wide tour, having already begun work on a new album, which may just get an Autumn release. The new track, 'If You Don't Get What You Want', went live on Friday at http://wwww.deus.be and can be downloaded for 99 cents (68p).

Commenting on the new material dEUS's Tom Barman told CMU: "Expect a straightforward and uptempo rock album. What we're after is an energetic, live sounding record, although it looks like it's going to be pretty eclectic and experimental too. We can't help it, we're just inclined that way".

dEUS will tour Europe throughout the summer, with UK dates to follow in Nov as follows:

15 Nov: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
16 Nov: Birmingham Academy 2
17 Nov: Mean Fiddler, London
18 Nov: Manchester University

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CAT DEELEY TO FRONT CHANNEL 4 V FEST COVERAGE
Channel 4 have announced they have booked CD:UK's Cat Deeley to front their coverage of this month's V Festival. She will join forces with Vernon Kay and Popworld host Simon Amstell in providing the networks coverage of the two site event. V Festival organiser Bob Angus told reporters: "We can't think of a better mix of presenters."

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SNOW PATROL CHANGE DATES
Gary Lightbody and his crew have had to rearrange some of their Dec tour dates. In a statement on Snow Patrol's official website the band say: "We would just like to make you aware that due to commitments in the US we have had to re-arrange a few of these dates, the gigs affected are Birmingham and London which have now been moved forward by two weeks, and Dublin which we will announce full details of next week." The dates are now as follows:

27-28 Nov: Birmingham Carling Academy
29-30 Nov: London Brixton Carling Academy
15 Dec: Southampton Guildhall
16-17 Dec: Manchester Carling Apollo
19-21 Dec: Glasgow Barrowlands
22-23 Dec: Belfast Ulster Hall

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MUSIC IS CHILD'S PLAY FOR SLASH
Grizzled rock guitarists Slash, Carlos Santana, Stone Temple Pilots' Da DeLeo and Matchbox Twenty's Kyle Cook are amongst those participating on a fabulous sounding new album for children. According to Billboard 'Sing a Song With Six Strings' will also include contributions from the likes of Peter Frampton and Carl Perkins. All the artists have chosen songs they like to play to their kids.

Slash, who performs the traditional nursery rhyme 'Sing a Song of Sixpence', said of his involvement with the album: "When it was finished, I played it for my then one-year old son London and I got smiles of approval. I figured it must have hit the mark!"

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SINGLE REVIEW: M. Craft - Emily Snow (679/Music For Ears)
Jazzy 'Emily Snow' is unlikely to attract the mainstream airplay it deserves - though admittedly the three ambient late-night melodies would be better suited to the album format. Like the moments so beautifully described, the combination of acoustic sequences and harmonious vocals evokes a mood you wish would last a little longer. Mellow Martin generously shares his recollections, in doing so echoing chiefs of chill-out Air and Kings of Convenience. Brief appearances from what sounds like a glockenspiel, maracas and cymbals swarm round to hold interest, whilst the angelic, honey-purred backing vocals help to 'sex it up'. The craftsman must be rewarded for leaving his rock roots behind him and writing these introspective, quirky ditties. M. Craft often writes songs whilst travelling on public transport - let's hope rising oil prices keep him out of the car, so an album will be arriving shortly. NI
Release Date: 9 Aug
Press Contact: 679 IH [all]

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SHYNE TO RECORD ALBUM WITH FOXY BROWN FROM BEHIND BARS
Word is Shyne - currently serving that 10 year jail sentence for assault and gun possession after an infamous club shooting in 1999 - will be recording a new album with Foxy Brown, supplying his raps over the phone. Shyne, of course, has just signed a new deal with Island Def Jam which will initially see tracks completed before he was jailed being released. But last month a new Shyne rap dissing 50 Cent materialised, and it seems the rapper is at liberty to record new material for his new record label behind bars. Foxy told the New York Daily News: "I go to see him often, and he has a lot of special privileges."

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GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN TO MEET AND GREET
Goldie Lookin Chain have announced they will be meeting fans and signing copies of their new single 'Guns Don't Kill People, Rappers Do' at HMV in home town Newport on 16 August. Wales' finest rappers will be in the store from 5pm to launch their new single and meet fans. The follow up to 'Half Man Half Machine' will, according to band member Eggsy, "put the proverbial moustache on the Tom Selleck that we call music".
The GLC, whose debut album will be called 'Greatest Hits', have a number of festival dates this month and will then tour the UK with their 'An Ounce Don't Come For Free' tour in Oct:

4 Aug: Bristol Canon Marsh Amphitheater, supporting Basement Jaxx
27 Aug: bReading Carling festival (main stage)
28 Aug: Leeds Carling festival (main stage)
29 Aug: Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (T on the Fringe)
30 Aug: Belfast Botanical Gardens (with The Darkness, Ash, Jurassic Five)
2 Oct: Cardiff University
3 Oct: Reading University
4 Oct: Oxford Brookes University
6 Oct: Norwich Waterfront
7 Oct: Newcastle University
8 Oct: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
9 Oct: Glasgow Garage
11 Oct: Nottingham Rock City
12 Oct: Liverpool Academy
13 Oct: Bangor University
15 Oct: Manchester MDH
16 Oct: Leeds Met Uni
17 Oct: Birmingham Academy
19 Oct: Bristol Academy
20 Oct: Exeter Lemon Grove
21 Oct: Portsmouth Pyramids
22 Oct: London Astoria

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SUGABABES UP THE RIDER DEMANDS FOR FREE GIG
According to the People, the Sugababes have made a load of extra rider demands from the organisers of GWR FM's Free Music Concert which takes place in Bristol on Thursday. The paper says the three singers have asked for a three-course meal for themselves and 17 members of their entourage, bottles of vodka, Jack Daniels, white and red wine, Guinness, Coke, Diet Coke and Red Bull and an air-conditioned dressing room.

A GWR FM insider told the tabloid: "Because it's a free event on a tight budget in a field, we won't be able to fulfil requests such as the three-course meal. We might be able to let them have their own dressing room for half an hour but I doubt it will be air-conditioned. We're also a bit concerned about the vodka, Jack Daniels, Guinness and selection of wine."

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JAMELIA NOT IMPRESSED WITH MIMING POPSTARS
Jamelia has criticised artists who mime at concerts - including Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears.
Talking to the Daily Mirror the singer said: "When I realised Beyonce mimes half to three-quarters of her show, that took a lot away for me. I thought, 'Are you an artist or an actress?' Britney came to England recently and mimed over every track. I think it's cheating the fans and I think it's disgusting."

Once in bitchy mood Jamelia continued by laying into Peter Andre. She told the paper: "'Mysterious Girl' is a throwaway song. It's rubbish. I felt bad because he wants to be friends. I'm like, whatever. Even though I apologised I don't take back what I said."

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BUSTED STILL TOP
Busted are still number one this morning, with their double a-side of '3AM' and the Thunderbirds theme tune staying at the top of the singles chart. In fact there is no change at all at the top of the chart - The Streets 'Dry You Eyes is still at 2 and Shapeshifter's 'Lola's Theme' is still at 3. Top ten new entries come from Anastacia with 'Sick And Tired' at 4 and Avril Lavigne's 'My Happy Ending' at 5.

Albums wise, also no change at the top with the Red Hot Chili Peppers still at number one with their 'Live In Hyde Park' album, and the Streets still at 2 with 'A Grand Don't Come For Free'. The only new entries in the album chart this week are greatest hits - Roy Orbison at 16 and Kenny G at 25.

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Libertines - The Libertines (Rough Trade)
Well, what is there to say? I love this album. I believe it is as good as 'London Calling' and Dexys Midnight Runners' 'Don't Stand Me Down'. But will you believe me? Either way, this album certainly possesses the scatty genius and chit-chatty informality of those other classic long players. 'Tomblands', 'The Saga', and 'Last Post On The Bugle' are my current favourites, but like any classic, you know these will change time and again. Every song feels important. The work (bar the beautiful sleeve) betrays none of the underlying drama, but its beauty is heightened by awareness of the strained relationship between Peter and Carl, these perfect vocal partners. We all hope there will be a happy ending to the personal tragedy. But, musically, it is difficult to see how anyone could improve on this. Time will give this masterpiece the status it deserves. For now, let's simply be thankful this album is in the world. SIA
Release date: 30 Aug
Press contact: Coalition [CP, RP, NP] Anglo Plugging [CR, RR, NR]

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RIGGER INJURED DURING SET UP FOR MADONNA'S LONDON GIGS
A rigger working on the set up for Madonna's forthcoming London concert was rushed to hospital this weekend after breaking his arm and leg when he fell 30 feet. He was flown from the city's Earls Court venue to a near by hospital by air ambulance.

A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service told the BBC: "We received a call from Earl's Court at 1pm to say that a man had fallen approximately 30ft. An ambulance and air ambulance were called and crews were on the scene for around two hours because there were difficulties moving the patient. His main injuries appeared to be to his shoulder and arm."

Commenting on the incident, Madonna's manager Caresse Henry said: "The entire crew, performers and staff, especially Madonna, were very saddened to hear about the accident but are hopeful that he will make a full recovery."

Madonna's UK tour kicks off in Manchester on 14 Aug. The London dates take place on 18 and 19 Aug.

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FRANZ FERDINAND BUSTED IN NEW ZEALAND
Franz Ferdinand have been busted for smuggling - but not for what you'd expect; the Scots rockers were rapped by security for trying to take an orange across the border when they entered New Zealand. The band were on their way to play Auckland's Splendour In The Grass Festival when airport security found the fruit in their luggage.

Singer Alex Kapranos told the NME: "They're very particular about taking any kind of foodstuffs across the borders and things, they were going crazy and the X Ray machines were flashing and going nuts, and we thought (jokes): "Oh my God, they've found the stash of cocaine! "But it wasn't, it was the orange. They didn't give a damn about the hard drugs, it was the fact that we were smuggling an orange into the country. No citrus fruits!"

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MASS DEMAND EXPECTED FOR FINAL PHISH GIG
Promoters of the very final Phish concert, with takes place in the small Vermont town of Coventry next week, have taken over the local radio station so they can communicate to the 80,000 people expected to show up for the 70,000 capacity event. To help meet demand from fans to experience the final gig the whole thing will be broadcast live by XM satellite radio, and will be screened in cinemas all over America.

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RAY CHARLES TRIBUTE CONCERT PLANNED IN AID OF EDUCATIONAL CENTRE
Friends of the late Ray Charles will pay tribute to the singer at a special benefit concert this Autumn. The concert will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 29 Sep. Hosted by Bill Cosby, it will include performances from, among others, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Gerald Levert and Angie Stone.

The event will raise money for the Center for the Arts currently being built by Morehouse College in Atlanta. Charles gave the black liberal arts college $2 million to help fund the complex, which will contain a performance space in his name.

A representative for the Charles estate told reporters this weekend: "This college is near and dear to his heart. He performed there, it's in his native Georgia, and it was where he received his honorary degree."

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TV ROLE TO RAUNCHY FOR HOLLY
Holly Valence has turned down a role in TV drama 'Nip/Tuck' because the part required her to be involved in a threesome. According to the Sun, the singer and Neighbours veteran was thrilled to be asked to appear in three episodes of the plastic surgery series. But she was horrified when she realised what the storyline would involve. However Holly is in talks with the programme makers about other roles. Valence also missed out on a role in another American drama series 'CSI:Crime Scene Investigation' because she was unable to get a work permit quick enough.

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