CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 8th July

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In today's CMU Daily:
- London gigs rescheduled in aftermath of bomb blasts
- P2P usage up again
- Mumba in court over driving offenses
- Friends and fans pay tribute to Vandross
- Saddle Creek celebrate ten years with DVD
- Daryl Hall diagnosed with Lyme disease
- US live music attendance down
- EC propose pan-European copyright system
- Bands sell off signed instruments for lowest possible price
- Noel Gallagher excited at meeting Ringo
- Macedonian dance troupe angry with officials over visa issues
- Rizla get inspired with merchandise
- Dodgy Tribal Gathering passes doing the rounds
- Van Halen man to replace Stern?
- Morissette defends Eminem
- Madonna to appear in Extras
- 50 cent dating with Joy
- Pete nearly doesn't make it to this thing, shocker
- Gruffudd says spears and Hilton bad role models

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S FESTIVAL TIP: Jazz Café Picnic at Kenwood House
A picnic in the grounds of a London stately home in where you can bring your own booze, then tuck in and gaze by a pretty lake and enjoy a truly great line up - a relaxing day that should be as far removed as you can get from the traumas of this week in London. CMU favourites Lemon Jelly are topping the bill, but it will be Nitin Sawhney and that master at work 'Little' Louie Vega and his live band 'Elements Of Life' that will be getting my attention. Other acts worthy of mention include psych-rockers The Earlies and Manc's RSL who make their debut. Let's hope the sun shines. (BTW - there's an onsite bar if you don't fancy lugging the wicker hamper down).

Sunday 10 Jul, Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath. London. Gates at 3pm 4pm till 10pm. £32-£40, info from www.meanfiddler.com, press info from Spring PR

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: TCR Breaks All Dayer and HUM
Also worth a mention is TCR's Breaks All-Dayer and BBQ. This is the third year of the event, and the last 2 have been rammed. DJ's include: Rennie Pilgrem, BLIM, Ellis Dee (exclusive old skool set, first for 15 years), General Midi, Chris Carter, Danny McMillan, Breakneck, Smithmonger, Vigi and Clive Tag - oh yes, and TCR's Pippa will also be gracing the ones and twos, before the whole lot head to breaks night HUM at SeOne club till 6am.

TCR Breaks All Dayer, Saturday 9 Jul, Lockside Lounge, 75-89 West Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AF, 1pm til 10pm, admission free! Info from http://www.tcr.uk.com

HUM, Saturday 9 Jul, seOne, London, Weston Street, London Bridge SE1, 10pm - 6am, £9 (£6 if guest list in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/hum), press info from Leyline.

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LONDON GIGS RESCHEDULED IN AFTERMATH OF BOMB BLASTS
In the whole scheme of things the fact a few gigs have been postponed doesn't seem that important, but as we all attempt to get back to normality following yesterday's central London bomb blasts such logistical detail is probably worthy of mention.

Yesterday, as police asked people to stay away from central London while emergency services coped with the fall out of the four blasts, gig promoters and West End producers each announced they were canceling the majority of events due to take place in the capital last night, including Blue at Wembley Pavilion, Sum 41 at The Astoria, Nate James at Shepherd's Bush Empire, Love at the Islington Academy, The Prodigy at the Brixton Academy and the Queens Of The Stone Age's concert at Somerset House.

Some major events due to take place today and tomorrow have also been postponed, with concerns over how quickly the city's public transport system will recover after the whole underground network and the central bus network ground to a halt yesterday. Those postponements include Queen and REM's Hyde Park gigs, which will now take place on 15 and 16 Jul.

Commenting on the events in London yesterday, Queen guitarist Brian May told reporters: "We're all devastated to wake up and see the appalling bombing in London. Our hearts go out to all those innocents so cruelly attacked."

The specifics of the postponements that CMU is aware of are as follows:

- Last night's Nate James gig at the Shepherds Bush Empire will now take place on 5 Oct.

- Last night's Prodigy gig at the Brixton Academy will now take place on 7 Aug.

- Last night's Love gig at Carling Academy Islington will now take place on 14 Jul. However there is a high chance Arthur Lee will now not appear at this gig, instead LOVE singer songwriter & guitarist Johnny Echols will front the show. If this happens fans who attend the show will receive an £8 refund.

- Last night's Sum 41 gig at the Astoria was cancelled. Promoters hope to announce a new date within the band's current UK tour in the next few days.

- Last night's Queens Of Stone Age gig at both Koko and Somerset House were cancelled, rescheduled dates expected to be announced next week. Other Somerset House dates unlikely to be affected but check: http://www.somerset-house.org.uk

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P2P USAGE UP AGAIN
The average number of simultaneous users on P2P networks rose again in Jun, or at least so say online stats firm BigChampagne. They say the number of global users reached 8.9 million, up 2.6% on the previous month, and up 20.1% on the same month last year. 75% of those P2P users are based in the states, where the increase in usage was pretty much the same of worldwide figures. Stats people now reckon they will see a slight decline in usage as the summer holidays kick in. That seasonal variation will make it hard to track whether last month's high profile MGM v Grokster Supreme Court ruling has had any effect on the number of people illegally sharing music on P2P networks.

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MUMBA IN COURT OVER DRIVING OFFENSES
Samantha Mumba has appeared in a Dublin court charged with driving without a licence, road tax and insurance. The charges relate to an incident back in Nov, when the singer was stopped by police on a Dublin motorway. She failed to produce her licence or the car tax for the court, but the judge offered her time to find the documents. She will return to court on 21 Sep.

Mumba is currently concentrating on her acting career and is due to appear in gangster flick 'Johnny Was' alongside Roger Daltrey and Vinnie Jones.

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FRIENDS AND FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO VANDROSS
Fans queued for hours in New York this week to pay their last respects to Luther Vandross, who, as previously reported, died on Friday at the age of 54, two years after suffering from a stroke. Crowds waited for as long as ten hours outside a funeral chapel in Manhattan to view his closed casket, and an alcove nearby decorated with memorabilia and photographs of the legendary soul singer. Music names Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass and Roberta Flack also paid their respects alongside members of Vandross' family.

The viewings, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday, were accompanied on both days by a memorial service. A final memorial service takes place today at the Riverside Church in Manhattan, after which Vandross will be interred at the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jersey.

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SADDLE CREEK CELEBRATE TEN YEARS WITH DVD
Saddle Creek, the US independent behind the likes of Bright Eyes, Cursive, Rilo Kiley and the Faint, will next month release a DVD documentary documenting the label's first decade in business. Called 'Spend an Evening With Saddle Creek: The First 10 Years of Saddle Creek Records', the DVD will feature 50 odd live performances from numerous Saddle Creek acts plus interviews with every band that were on the Saddle Creek roster when the DVD was filmed (2003-2004), and with label founders Justin Oberst, Robb Nansel and Mike Mogis. Presumably it won't include footage of the label's other co-founder and first ever signing Conor Oberst dissing John Peel and the Make Poverty History campaign at this year's Glastonbury Festival, though I wish it did, because we never did find out exactly what he said.

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DARYL HALL DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE
Daryl Hall has been diagnosed with Lyme disease after he became ill several weeks ago, forcing him and music partner John Oates to postpone a series of live dates. Lyme Disease, incidentally, is a condition passed by a tick bite that causes a slightly scary range of symptoms from a rash, tiredness and headaches to psychological and cognitive disorders and systemic abnormalities. Luckily for me, it's extremely rare in the UK.

Anyway, Hall is expected to make a full recovery and is planning to resume his schedule of live dates as soon as he is able. Hall said: "We are so sorry to disappoint our fans, but we promise to make it up to them. This illness made it impossible for me to give my best effort to our audience, but now that it's been identified, I'm looking forward to a complete, quick recovery and to get back out there with John as soon as possible."

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US LIVE MUSIC ATTENDANCE DOWN
The decline in live music attendance in the US continued in the first half of 2005, according to new figures from live sector magazine Pollstar. Following a growth in attendance at live music events in recent years, a decline had been expected as an increasingly saturated market and ever increasing ticket prices put off music fans from attending gigs by all but their favourite artists. As a result US concert attendances fell by almost 12% in the first half of the year, and this despite some attempts to control spiraling ticket prices. Overall revenues were down 17.2%.

Pollstar's editor-in-chief Gary Bongiovanni reckons the live sector's problems came from spiraling artist fees caused by promoters aggressively competing with each other in order to work with the most prestigious bands. But he says the industry is now addressing that problem: "We had record revenues last year, yet the promoters - the people who are in the business - were losing their shirts because they were paying their artists so much money they couldn't make a profit. The upward spiral of ticket prices finally caught up with us... that forced the artists to take less money."

The magazine also published details of the most successful tours in terms of box office takings. U2 came top with tour takings of $48.5m. They were followed by Celine Dion ($43.9m), Kenny Chesney ($35m), Elton John ($31.7m) and The Eagles ($28m).

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EC PROPOSE PAN-EUROPEAN COPYRIGHT SYSTEM
Copyright news anyone? The European Commission has proposed a pan-European copyright and licensing system for online music which, it is hoped, would cut the costs involved in artists and content owners managing their copyrights and securing their royalty payments.

At the moment artists, content owners and download platforms have to deal with different copyright systems in each of the EU's 25 member nations. US download firms like iTunes say that has delayed their expansion in Europe, while others say the plethora of copyright bureaucracies means a higher percentage of overall revenues are lost to the administration costs of monitoring and securing royalties.

If the new Europe wide system was adopted, EU chiefs argue, the whole music industry would benefit, with individual artists enjoying "considerably enhanced" earnings.

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BANDS SELL OFF SIGNED INSTRUMENTS FOR LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICE
New Order, Keane, Basement Jaxx and Kasabian have all signed instruments for an auction with a difference in aid of the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charity. The difference is that the auction winners will be those who have offered the least money, not the most. I had a bit of difficulty understanding how this is going to work, to be honest, but it's something like this; you make your bid in pence via text (each of which costs £1.50 - which is how the money is made for the charity), and if your offer is the lowest bid, and the only bid at that price when the auction closes, the item is yours.

The items on sale, gathered from acts appearing at the O2 Wireless Festival are a signed Squier Stratocaster guitar from Kasabian, a signed Boss DR670 drum machine from New Order, a signed Yamaha DGX200 keyboard from Keane and a signed set of Numark decks and mixer from Basement Jaxx. The competition closes on 14 Jul. There's info on how to enter at http://music.o2.co.uk/featuredevent.html - scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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NOEL GALLAGHER EXCITED AT MEETING RINGO
When hearing that Noel Gallagher was excited to be meeting Ringo Starr, the former Beatle has apparently joked in an interview "Yeah, well, so he should be." Starr caught an Oasis gig recently, not least because his son, Zak Starkey, is currently drumming for the band. "I went to see them in England." Starr said. "It was great. I love my son and he's a great drummer and the band were great."

In Toronto recently, Gallagher showed off a 'Peace and Love' bracelet given to him by Ringo, and told the Sun: "He was all he was cracked up to be. Let me tell ya. He wished us all, 'Peace and Love,' as he was leaving."

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MACEDONIAN DANCE TROUPE ANGRY WITH OFFICIALS OVER VISA ISSUES
There's a bit of a dispute going on between the British Embassy in Macedonia and a Macedonian folk group who were planned to perform at the Eisteddfod, the song and dance festival that takes place in the Welsh town of Llangollen.

The members of dance troupe Dolce Delchev needed visas to come to the UK to take part in the festival. They applied via the British Embassy in the Macedonian capital of Skopje. However when they went to the Embassy they were told they did not have the necessary paperwork but if they put on a performance in the Embassy car park to prove they were dancers then they might be granted visas. An impromptu performance was thus staged, which satisfied Embassy staff. However not all of the troupe's 45 members were granted visas, which seems to have been the main reason for the dispute - Dolce Delchev are now claiming that Embassy officials have stopped them from attending the Eisteddfod.

Gwyn Williams, the boss of the Eisteddfod, joined in the dispute by telling reported: "It seems to me there has been some petty politicking going on here rather than real concerns about them being asylum seekers trying to get into the country".

However a Foreign Office spokeswoman, while admitting the dance troupe had been asked to put on a show in the Embassy car park, denied that their officials had prevented Dolce Delchev from attending the festival. She said: "I understand they were quite happy to do this [the car park performance] and they performed for about a minute. But although the group had asked for 41 visas, only 35 were granted and the spokeswoman said the group then decided not to travel. To suggest that we stopped them from coming is a gross exaggeration".

Nevertheless, the dance troupe plan to stage a protest performance in front of TV cameras outside the British Embassy in Skopje at the same time they were due to compete on the Eisteddfod stage.

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RIZLA GET INSPIRED WITH MERCHANDISE
Following the news a few weeks back that Rizla had launched some limited edition pack designs for the festival season, they now tell us they have launched a range of limited edition merchandise, including slipmats, t-shirts and an iPod case. Actually, this merchandise is tied in the with Rizla Inspired By Silver Tour which stages regular nights featuring top DJs and producers (the next ones are in Glasgow and London at the end of Aug). Details of the merchandise is online at http://www. inspired-by.co.uk/silver, you'll get press info on it from Exposure PR.

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DODGY TRIBAL GATHERING PASSES DOING THE ROUNDS
A member of the team behind Tribal Gathering has had their bag stolen while at Kings Cross Station in London. This is relevant because said bag contained all the VIP passes for the Tribal Gathering charity event which takes place at the Luton Hoo estate in Luton, Bedfordshire on 16 Jul. Organisers have now arranged for a differently designed VIP pass to be issued, but are worried the original passes may now be flogged on by dodgy types, so want the word spread around that if anyone tries to sell you a laminate with a basic Tribal Gathering logo on it, don't buy it, cos its stolen goods and won't be valid on the day.

The Tribal Gathering event is looking really rather good - and that's before you consider the cause you'll be helping by going (the ongoing and too much ignored crisis in Sudan). Groove Armada, Mylo and the Audio Bullys are among the artists performing for free. Tickets are £45 from http://www.ticketline.co.uk

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VAN HALEN MAN TO REPLACE STERN?
Chaunce Hayden, publisher of Steppin' Out Magazine and a regular guest on Howard Stern's US radio show, has said that former Van Halen front man David Lee Roth is being lined up to host the breakfast show on those New York and LA stations that currently take Stern's show. Writing on his online mag this week, Hayden says: "Infinity Broadcasting isn't commenting, and Roth has been asked to keep mum until it's officially announced. But an inside source at Infinity has confirmed the signing". As previously reported, Stern is moving to satellite radio network Sirius where radio regulations are much less tight. The shock jock has been annoying bosses at Infinity, who produce his current radio show, and at the stations that syndicate it, by constantly plugging his forthcoming satellite radio show. They will be looking for a high profile signing to fill Stern's shoes.

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MORISSETTE DEFENDS EMINEM
Alanis Morissette has defended Eminem against those who criticise his controversial lyrics, insisting that the rapper sets a good example by expressing his anger through words rather than actions. The Canadian singer, who has herself come under fire over explicit lyrics in the past, says that although she does not agree with all his opinions, she admires Eminem's refusal to censor himself. She said: "I adore Eminem's lack of censorship. His music shows how anger expressed through art is so much less destructive than acting it out in day-to-day life. I don't agree with all of his opinions, but I don't think it's a matter of having to agree or disagree with him, as much as behold him. I can appreciate the place from which he writes."

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MADONNA TO APPEAR IN EXTRAS
Ricky Gervais has apparently signed up Madonna to appear in new show 'Extras' after the pair met backstage at Live 8, and, according the Sun, the Office star left Madonna speechless when he asked 'Who are you?'.

One of those mysterious 'sources' told The Sun: "When Madonna asked for a part in the next series of Extras, she shook hands with Ricky and he said 'you do know that's a verbal contract?' They are both keen and Ricky's planning on Keeping Madonna on her word. "She's a massive fan of The Office and she'll be great in Extras as all the stars have to play against type so Ricky and Stephen will have great fun with her."

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50 CENT DATING WITH JOY
50 Cent is reported to be dating movie co-star Joy Bryant, whoever she is (a former Tommy Hilfiger model, I'm assured, who also co-starred with Beyonce in MTV's 'Carmen: A Hip-Hopera'). They met on the set of his movie 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin', which is based on the rappers life. A source told the New York Daily News that "Joy has a history of hooking up with her leading men" - she did, apparently, briefly date Usher after appearing in a short musical film with him. Bryant's rep said: "I have no idea and I don't really comment on her personal life." Which is fair enough, really.

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PETE NEARLY DOESN'T MAKE IT TO THIS THING, SHOCKER
Traffic wardens very nearly stopped Pete Doherty from making last weekend's Live 8 concert. According to Breakingnews.ie Doherty and his manager James Mulford woke up on Saturday morning to discover his car had been clamped. Apparently the traffic wardens who had clamped the car seemed embarrassed when they realised who Doherty was and that he was on his way to Live 8, but their boss wouldn't remove the clamp without a fine being paid.

Doherty is quoted as saying: "James told the guys we didn't have any cash. They recognised me, saw our Live 8 passes were genuine and seemed embarrassed to be clamping us. But their boss effectively said, 'We don't give a damn who you are, or whether it's Live 8 or not'. She said we'd have to pay the fine. In the end we caught a taxi." Credit to the traffic wardens, they tried their best to save us all from having to watch Doherty's shambolic turn at the protest fest.

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GRUFFUDD SAYS SPEARS AND HILTON BAD ROLE MODELS
Hurrah, someone else has dissed Paris Hilton, which makes me happy. But I suppose the news is more that Ioan Gruffudd has criticised pop singer Britney Spears; this is a music newsletter, not a gossip sheet, after all.

Anyway, the Welsh actor, who stars in new movie 'The Fantastic Four' says both Britney and the Hilton are bad role models for young girls, saying they both set a bad example by showing off their bodies and talking up their sexual exploits. The actor blew his horn thus (see what I did there?): "I look at girls like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and think, they have a responsibility to be role models to their young fans, but, instead, it's all just about sex and selling their bodies. I think it's tarty. Personally, I enjoy the elegance and mystery of a woman."

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