Friday? Aye, It’s Music News Day


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  • Wait, you’re telling me that after the whole build-up and lottery rigamarole, the Led Zeppelin reunion show scheduled for November 26th in London is being postponed because Jimmy Page hurt his widdle finger? Oh, but you’re also telling me it was actaully a fracture, and the show’s already been rescheduled for December 10th? Okay then.

  • Meat Loaf halted a gig in Newcastle, UK last night after only a few songs, announcing not only the end of the show but of his musical career. “I can no longer continue,” he said, “this is the last show I may ever do in my life.” Audience members reported the singer had seemed “drunk” and was slurring his words during the concert; Meat Loaf apparently tours with an oxygen tank by the side of the stage due to health concerns.

  • Rapper Da Brat was arrested in Atlanta last night after allegedly hitting a waitress in the face with a rum bottle. Ouch. She posted $50,000 bail and was released. Da Brat was the first female rapper to go platinum. More importantly, what’s that horrible yellow polka-dot jacket she’s wearing? Is that a promotional shawl for Bee Movie?

  • Do you like music, except for all those musical parts? Well get your rhythmic butt to the 19th Annual Drum-Off Grand Finals in Hollywood January 5th, where drummers from Bad Religion, The Roots, No Doubt and Pennywise will, you know, drum. The event brings percussionists from around the country together to compete for a $10,000 prize and the ignorance of fans everywhere.
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