The week’s music news in photos (19/10/12)

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An artwork depicting the penises of the four members of The Beatles has been defaced while on public display at the Museum Of Liverpool, reports Click Liverpool. Titled The Beatles In America, the painting was created by artist Jonathan Gent, who donated it to Liverpool Love, an exhibition of artworks to be auctioned for children’s charity Claire House.

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John Squire described Jimmy Page as “the world’s greatest living guitar player” at the premiere of Led Zeppelin’s concert film Celebration Day. The Stone Roses guitarist was at the sold-out screening at Hammersmith Apollo in London to see the movie, which is a film of the band’s 2007 reunion performance at the O2 Arena.

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Muse kicked off their world tour in Montpellier, France last night revealing their spectacular new live show as well as playing rare songs from their early years. The band, who released new album ‘The 2nd Law’ earlier this year, performed at the Park & Suites Arena in Montpellier and opened their set with new song ‘Unsustainable’.

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The Rolling Stones have hinted at the possible running order of their London dates in November with a hand-written setlist posted on Twitter. The image, appearing to show a full setlist of Rolling Stones tracks, was posted online shortly before the band announced their two dates at The 02 Arena in November.

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Mitt Romney’s running partner in the US election, Paul Ryan, has been accused of stealing an anecdote from the late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. In the Vice Presidential debate, Republican congressman Ryan told a story about how his daughter Liza got the nickname Bean, when answering a question about abortion.

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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong could be in rehab until after Christmas, his record label boss has confirmed. The singer was admitted to the medical facility last month after smashing his guitar and going on an expletive-filled rant at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas.

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David Bowie has made a rare public appearance in new York. Rumours about the legendary singer’s health have been circulating since he underwent heart surgery following his 2004 tour. He is rarely seen in public, but was spotted picking up lunch from the Italian Bottega Falai Café in New York, The Telegraph reports.

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Pete Doherty has revealed that he is currently in talks with France’s national railway company, SNCF, over a missing, presumed stolen, trolley. The trolley contained staff uniforms, cold meats and cutlery.

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Mark Hoppus says that Blink-182 have begun writing their new record. The bassist told NME, “Early next week I go back to Los Angeles to record an iTunes session for Blink-182, and we’re starting to write the new record right now.”

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Girls Aloud will call it a day after their 10th anniversary tour and release of a greatest hits album, according to Cheryl Cole. The former X Factor judge leaked the information in her newly released autobiography Cheryl: My Story, suggesting a tour and album, celebrating the group’s anniversary, will be their last hurrah.

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Leona Lewis has revealed that she recorded ‘We Found Love’ before Rihanna, and says her version is better. The X Factor winner provided vocals to the Calvin Harris produced track first, but the song was later given to Rihanna after Lewis wanted to release a different track as the lead single off her third album.

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Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant has revealed that he once lied about working for NME to gain access to a festival in Marrakech. The singer pretended he was a journalist for the magazine so that he could get down the front of the barrier and record the folklore music that was being played by the band onstage.

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Rihanna will earn a reported £5m to switch on the Christmas lights at London’s Westfield shopping centre. The ‘We Found Love’ star has reportedly been offered the huge sum to flick the switch and illuminate the shopping complex in Stratford, east London next month.

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Taylor Momsen, lead singer of The Pretty Reckless, appears completely nude in a new spoken-word video. The black-and-white clip, titled The Words, sees Momsen reciting the lyrics to her band’s track ‘Under The Water’ as the camera pans around various body parts. It ends with a full-length shot of Momsen standing completely naked.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers played a special show in bass player Flea’s back garden.The gig was held to celebrate Flea’s 50th birthday and was staged as a fundraiser for Flea’s music school, the Silver Lake Conservatory.

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George Michael has defended Liam Gallagher after it was reported that the former Oasis man had walked out of a recent show of his. He has launched a staunch defence of his friend via his Twitter page, saying that Liam has always been “very complimentary” about his music.

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Jake Bugg says Noel Gallagher has put his wild days behind him. The Nottingham newcomer has just set off on tour supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in the US and says there’s not as much partying as you might expect on the road with the former Oasis man.

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