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Singer Dolores O’Riordan Of The Cranberries Dies At 46

Dolores O’Riordan, singer and frontwoman of Irish indie-rock back The Cranberries, has died aged 46 in London. Her publicists released a statement on Monday saying: “Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”  The Cranberries were known for its hit 1990s songs “Dreams,” “Linger” and “Zombie.”  O’Riordan split from Don Burton, her husband of 20 years, in 2014. They had three children together.. ...Read Full Story

Joe Perry Assembles All-Star Band For Solo Dates

Joe Perry is touring in support of his new solo album, and he’s invited a bunch of his famous friends. Perry is prepping Sweetzerland Manifesto, his first non-holiday solo studio effort in nearly a decade. Set to drop on Jan. 19, Perry will be working with an array of well-known collaborators including Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander, Terry Reid and David “Buster Poindexter” Johansen. Perry was joined by Zander, Extreme singer Gary Cherone and Stone Temple Pilots members Dean and Robert DeLeo for his set at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 10. Perry’s performance spanned 17 songs, touching on covers and new material in addition Aerosmith classics.. ...Read Full Story

Heart’s Ann Wilson Working On Solo Album to Honor Fallen Artists

Ann Wilson, the lead singer of classic rock band Heart, has revealed that she is working on a new solo project honoring musicians that have passed. “There are a lot of changes in the works,” Wilson shared on social media. It’s a project very dear to me — a collection of songs by artists who have departed in the last several years: Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Tom Petty, and Chris Cornell to name a few.”  Wilson added, “It is thrilling work and I can’t wait for you to hear what we are doing!” The singer also announced a handful of recently revealed solo tour dates, which kick off Jan. 12 in Charenton, LA.. ...Read Full Story

Bon Jovi Announces ‘This House Is Not For Sale Tour’ Spring 2018 Dates

Newly announced Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees Bon Jovi have announced the spring leg of their This House Is Not for Sale Tour, presented by Live Nation. The run will kick off in Denver, CO on March 14 and conclude May 14 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. The band will celebrate their return to the road with the re-release of This House Is Not For Sale in a new version, containing two brand new songs, “When We Were US” and “Walls.” Tickets go on sale Jan. 19 at 10AM local time at Ticketmaster and through participating venue box offices. . ...Read Full Story

Motorhead Guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke Passes Away At 67

‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, the former guitarist of Motorhead, died Wednesday at the age of 67. The musician died while being treated in a hospital for pneumonia. The official Facebook page of Motorhead announced Clarke’s death alongside statements from other Motorhead members, including Phil Campbell and Mikey Dee. Clarke played with Motorhead from 1976 to 1982 until he left and formed Fastway with ex-UFO bassist Peter Way. Clarke was the last living member from Motorhead’s classic period, following the deaths of Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in 2016 and Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister in 2016.. ...Read Full Story

Queen, Tina Turner To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Queen are among the acts set to be receive with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Joining the legendary rockers as recipients of the prestigious honor from The Recording Academy are Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, The Meters, Louis Jordan and Hal Blaine. A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held this summer, with additional details to be announced in the coming weeks.  The Grammy Awards will take place on January 28 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.. ...Read Full Story

Eric Clapton Reveals He Is Going Deaf And Struggling With Nerve Damage

Eric Clapton is facing health issues beyond the chronic nerve problems that have affected his back and hands. The guitar great is also suffering from tinnitus, a hearing problem often caused by excessive noise. But fortunately, he’s not giving up on music. “I am still going to work. I’m doing a few gigs,” Clapton said. Clapton has drastically cut back on his touring schedule after considering retirement, but said he remains thankful for fans who continue attending his occasional shows. Clapton appeared on BBC to discuss the new documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. Set to air on Showtime on Feb. 10, 2018.. ...Read Full Story

Robert Plant Announces New Live ‘Festival of Disruption’ DVD

Robert Plant will release a live DVD that features an eight-song performance with his current band the Sensational Space Shifters. Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters Live at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption will be released on Feb. 9 and the film will be available on iTunes beginning Friday, January 12th.  It documents the singer’s set at Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel Theatre in October 2016, which helped raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation. Proceeds from sales of the DVD will also benefit the foundation.  . ...Read Full Story

The Doobie Brothers And Steely Dan Teaming For American Tour

The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan have announced that they will be joining forces on the road this spring and summer when they launch a co-headlining tour of North America. The tour will include shows in over 30 cities and is scheduled to kick off on May 10th in Charlotte, NC at the PNC Music Pavilion and will be concluding on July 14th in Bethel, NY at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The U.S. ticket pre-sale for most shows will be available to Citi cardmembers via their Private Pass program. The pre-sale is set to begin on Wednesday, Jan 10th, at 10 AM.. ...Read Full Story

Rod Stewart Set For 2018 Summer Tour With Cyndi Lauper

Rod Stewart plans to spend another summer on the road, as the legendary singer announced a 22-date North American summer tour. Cyndi Lauper will once again serve as special guest on the tour, which begins June 25th at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.  One month later, the tour picks up again on July 24th in Hollywood, Florida and makes its way across the nation’s arenas and amphitheaters before concluding September 1st at Seattle’s White River Amphitheater.  Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public on January 12th.. ...Read Full Story

Legendary Rock Producer Chris Tsangarides Passes Away At 61

Rock producer Chris Tsangarides, who worked with dozens of artists including Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore, dies of heart failure after pneumonia battle.  He was 61.  The news was confirmed by his daughter, Anastasia, on Facebook. Tsangarides’ first work was as a sound engineer on Judas Priest’s 1976 album Sad Wings Of Destiny. Tsangarides also collaborated with dozens of other artists, including Anvil, Exodus, Girlschool, Helloween, Ian Gillan, Steeleye Span, Strawbs, Killing Joke, Yngwie Malmsteen, Magnum, The Sisters of Mercy, New Model Army and Depeche Mode.. ...Read Full Story

Lana Del Rey Faces Radiohead Lawsuit Over Song’s ‘Creep’ Similarities

Lana Del Rey has responded to reports that she is being sued by Radiohead for copyright infringement. This weekend, it was alleged that Del Rey was accused of copying elements of their 1993 hit ‘Creep’ on her ‘Lust For Life’ album track ‘Get Free’. Del Rey said on Twitter the matter would be dealt with in court. “It’s true about the lawsuit,” she wrote. “Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”. ...Read Full Story

Ray Thomas, Moody Blues Founding Member, Dies at 76

Ray Thomas, flautist and vocalist for the rock group The Moody Blues, has died at 76. His music label, Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records, says Thomas died suddenly Thursday at his home in Surrey, near London. No cause of death was given Sunday (Jan. 7), but Thomas disclosed in 2014 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Born in 1941, Thomas founded The Moody Blues in 1964 with fellow musicians including Mike Pinder and Denny Laine. The band is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in April.. ...Read Full Story

Metallica Is Nielsen’s Top Rock Artist Of 2017

Metallica was the most listened to rock artist of 2017, according to the year-end report from Nielsen. The metal legends boasted a combined total of 1,836,000 albums sales, track-equivalent albums and streaming-equivalent albums. Nielsen’s number-two rock artist of 2017 is Imagine Dragons, followed by The Beatles, Linkin Park and Twenty One Pilots. Despite huge numbers from Metallica and Imagine Dragons, rock lost its title as the most popular genre this year for the first time. Instead, R&B/hip-hop dominated in 2017.. ...Read Full Story

Judas Priest Teases ‘Lightning Strike’ Video

A teaser for the “Lightning Strike” video from Judas Priest was just released.  “Lightning Strike” is taken from Judas Priest’s new album, “Firepower”, which will be released in March. The British heavy metal legends spent much of 2017 in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” with the band’s longtime collaborator Tom Allom.  Lead singer Rob Halford said of “Firepower”: “It’s great. This is what PRIEST lives for. We’re a hard-working metal band still making the metal forty-odd years later, thanks to our glorious metal fans around the world.  The North American leg of their “Firepower” tour will kick off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. . ...Read Full Story

Imagine Dragons Documentary Coming to HBO

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is examining the way Mormons treat gay and transgender church members in a new documentary. The Mormon singer is the star of Believer, which is the first movie premiering at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in Utah to land a distribution deal and TV rights. The documentary investigates spiraling suicide rates among Mormon teens struggling with the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints’ policies on same-sex marriage and homosexuality. Reynolds helped to organize the first-ever LoveLoud Festival concert in Orem, Utah, to benefit gay rights groups, and he’s hoping the film will reach even more people within the Mormon community.. ...Read Full Story

John Lennon’s 1969 Monkey Bike Expected to Fetch More Than $48,000

A 1969 Honda Monkey-Trail Bike once owned by John Lennon will soon be on the market. Lennon used it between 1969-71 at his Tittenhurst Park estate in the Surrey, England, countryside. Auction house H&H Classics acquired the 1969 Honda Z50A, and will put it up for sale on March 4 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull; their experts estimate the bike will fetch at least £30,000 (more than $48,000 in U.S. dollars).  John Harrington purchased the bike from Henry Graham in 1971 for £250. Graham had acquired it from Lennon that same year, when the singer and songwriter moved to the U.S. In 2011 Harrington rejected an offer of £90,000, saying at that time, “like a fine wine, it becomes more valuable with time.”  H&H Classics lists the bike as unrestored with largely original parts, and in running order.. ...Read Full Story

Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Lawsuit From Publisher Representing Tom Petty, Neil Young, And Others

Spotify has been hit with a $1.6 billion lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing, which handles titles by Tom Petty, Neil Young, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Stevie Nicks, and others. The suit, which alleges that Spotify is using thousands of songs without a proper license, was filed on Dec. 29 in California federal court. It is seeking damages worth at least $1.6 billion and injunctive relief.  Back in May, Spotify proposed a $43 million settlement to resolve a class-action suit from a collective of songwriters. Wixen’s lawsuit, however, says the proposed settlement “does not adequately compensate Wixen or the songwriters it represents.” . ...Read Full Story

Chris Cornell Fans Are Asked Not to Film at His Gravesite

Chris Cornell fans have been making pilgrimages to the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles to visit his final resting place ever since he was laid to rest last May.  While guests are welcome, the cemetery is unhappy that people are filming the site, and have sent a letter to his widow, Vicky. Last week Cornell’s management team tweeted, along with a scan of the letter, “We understand that some of Chris’s fans wish to video their visits at Hollywood Forever, but we’ve had confirmation that it’s against their policy. We’d like to thank everyone for their understanding.” . ...Read Full Story

Former Frontman Phil Anselmo Reveals How Pantera Reunion Could Happen

Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo was recently interviewed, and among other things he was asked about a hypothetical Pantera reunion concert featuring all surviving members of the band paying tribute to late guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. Anselmo said: “I think it would be a great idea if everyone else felt it was a great idea. And I would just say that if everybody came calling, then count me in for sure. But if everybody’s not on board, then it’s not legit. So, yeah, man, it’s really where I sit right now.” . ...Read Full Story

Ex-Dream Theater Drummer Mike Portnoy And John Petrucci Reunite For New Year Celebration

Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has posted a photo of him apparently hanging out with his former bandmate, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci. Portnoy, who co-founded Dream Theater more than 30 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with Avenged Sevenfold. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini.  Portnoy has just completed a tour with his Shattered Fortress project, with which he performed Dream Theater’s “12 Step Suite” in its entirety for the first time ever.. ...Read Full Story

Gibson Suing Funko Over Unauthorized Use Of Les Paul Guitar Designs

Gibson Brands Inc. is suing Funko, the company behind Pop! figures, part of a toy line featuring bobble head renderings of notables across the pop culture spectrum.  The guitar company is levying charges of “repeated” unauthorized use of its trademarks for various components of the guitars in Funko’s toys. Gibson sued Funko in California federal court earlier this month (Dec. 14) and the company says they sent a cease and desist letter to Funko in October along with a list of the products which infringed upon their trademark after talks between the two parties were unsuccessful at coming to a mutually beneficial resolution without the courts involved. Gibson alleges that Funko is “deliberately and intentionally” using Gibson’s trademarks without its consent.. ...Read Full Story

Anticipated New Album Coming Next Summer From Megadeth

Megadeth guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine revealed on Twitter that he is in the process of “collecting ideas” for the follow-up to 2016’s “Dystopia” and that Megadeth is tentatively planning to enter the studio in mid-2018 to begin recording its new album for a potential release in 2019.  The upcoming effort will mark the group’s first release to feature drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who joined the group a year and a half ago.. ...Read Full Story

Bret Michaels To Host New Year’s Eve Show Online

Rocker Bret Michaels, via StageIt, will host a New Year’s Eve show online. Michaels will play several acoustic tracks and take part in a Q&A, in which bidders can donate to get the guitar, hat and shirt he wears during the show. All winners will also get a meet-and-greet at a future Michaels show.  In addition, portion of the proceeds from the night will be going towards Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation. The charity aids Wounded Warriors and supports various diabetes organizations. . ...Read Full Story

Slash Purchases New $6.25 Million Encino Home

Slash has found a new home, not long after the house he shared with ex-wife Perla Hudson was purchased by rapper Big Sean. The Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s new $6.25 million, 9,400-square-foot spec mansion is located in the suburban San Fernando Valley community of Encino.  Slash’s new mansion sits on a .72-acre corner lot, completely walled and gated. Inside, two driveways lead to a wraparound motorcourt and three-car garage. The home boasts 10 bathrooms and six bedrooms, including a master suite with an outdoor balcony, a sitting area, oversized shower and a spacious designer-created walk-in closet with all custom cabinets.. ...Read Full Story

Ratt Announces They Will Tour In 2018

According to RATT’s official Facebook page the band will tour in 2018, according to a recent post. However, no further details have been provided. RATT’s classic-era members Juan Croucier (bass), Stephen Pearcy (vocals) and Warren DeMartini (guitar) reunited in October 2016 for a surprise performance on a Monsters Of Rock cruise. The trio has since played a series of RATT shows, including high-profile sets at Maryland’s M3 Rock festival and Oklahoma’s Rocklahoma. . ...Read Full Story

Whitesnake Releases Official Music Video For ‘Burn’ From ‘The Purple Tour’

Whitesnake revisited the music that singer David Coverdale recorded with Deep Purple with the release of “The Purple Album” two years ago. The LP, and the tour that followed, offered fans new modern interpretations of Deep Purple classics like “Burn” and “Mistreated”. Highlights from the historic tour will be featured in a new live collection, including double-disc versions that feature audio, video and a selection of bonus material. “The Purple Tour (Live)” will be available on January 19 as CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray sets. Additional formats include a double-LP, single CD, and digital version.. ...Read Full Story

Ringo Starr Is Reportedly To Be Knighted By The Queen In 2018

According to reports from the UK, Ringo Starr is to be knighted. The rock legend and former member of the Beatles could become the second person of the group to receive the honor of a knighthood from the Queen. Sir Paul McCartney received his knighthood in 1997. It’s also been fifty two years since the drummer was given his MBE. All members of the group received the accolade in 1965, although John Lennon later returned his. Friends of Starr, interviewed by the Sun newspaper in the UK, report he was overwhelmed by the news – having given up hope of a knighthood. The paper reported he’s being recognized for services to music and charity.. ...Read Full Story

Moody Blues Co-Founder Denny Laine ‘Very Pleased’ To Be Added To Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Roster

After initially not included in The Moody Blues roster for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2018, co-founder Denny Laine said he’s happy that he’s now been added and will be part of the group’s entry on April 14 in Cleveland.  Laine — who co-founded the Moodys during 1964 in Birmingham, England, but left after the group’s 1965 debut album and the hit “Go Now” — said “obviously, I’m very pleased I’m going to be in there. It’s an honor. I think I’m at least a little part of their story, so I feel very content, really, that it’s all come full circle now.”  Laine was added to the induction roster thanks to lobbying by Rock Hall voting committee members, including Little Steven Van Zandt, Peter Asher and Cousin Brucie Morrow. Van Zandt said that Laine’s “inadvertent omission is being corrected on the Rock Hall website as we speak.” . ...Read Full Story

Rolling Stone Magazine Finds A Buyer

As previously reported, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner recently decided it was time to step back from the magazine he co-founded in 1967. Now several months after news broke that the magazine was searching for a buyer, Rolling Stone has changed hands as part of a deal with Penske Media Corporation (which also owns Variety.)  Penske has agreed to pick up a roughly $100 million stake in Wenner Media, with the provision that Wenner will continue to wield “majority control and editorial oversight” over Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner’s son, Gus Wenner, will remain president/COO of Wenner Media under the terms of the deal. “We are excited to build on its strong foundation and invest in its future through this partnership.”. ...Read Full Story