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Ghost Cancel Show In Milwaukee After Concertgoer Collapses And Dies

Ghost was forced to cut their set at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater short after a fan in the crowd collapsed. The Journal Sentinel report that the incident happened around 9.15pm May 31, after fans made security aware of what had happened, and CPR was administered. Around 30 minutes later, it was announced that the remainder of the show had been cancelled. The fan was taken to the Columbia St Mary’s Hospital where he later died “of natural causes,” according to the newspaper. Ghost have issued a statement, which reads: “Tonight, in Milwaukee there was a medical emergency with one of our fans.  We decided not to continue out of respect to him and his family. Ghost and all who work with us ask that you please send the family your thoughts, prayers and respect their privacy during this time.” Ghost are currently on tour in support of their new studio album Prequelle which was released last week.. ...Read Full Story

Journey Members Record Cover Of The Police’s “Synchronicity II”

Neal Schon, Arnel Pineda and Steve Smith of Journey recorded a cover of the Police’s “Synchronicity II” which will benefit the charity “Rock Against Trafficking.”nThe song was co-produced by Schon and Garry Miller, the producer and musician who created RAT.  The track will appear on an upcoming album of Police covers that will support the charity. Slash, Glenn Hughes, Jon Anderson and Carlos Santana also contributed songs to the project. Check out the animated video for the cover below.. ...Read Full Story

Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham Honored With Statue To Mark His 70th Birthday

A statue of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham has been unveiled in his home town to mark what would have been his 70th birthday, May 31st. Created by sculptor Mark Richards, the statue is situation at Mercian Square in Redditch town centre. The bronze sculpture weighs around 2.5 tonnes and is covered in anti-graffiti paint. The statue depicts Bonham in live action behind the drum kit and features his ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ symbol of three interlocking rings along with the date of his birth and death. Mark Richards took to Twitter earlier this morning to confirm that the statue has been installed overnight, writing: “Delighted that my memorial sculpture to John Bonham was installed over night in Redditch town centre. Thanks to all who helped make this happen.” . ...Read Full Story

Styx Kicks Off Tour With Joan Jett & the Blackhearts And Tesla

Styx and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts kicked off their joint summer tour on Wednesday at the Five Point Amphitheatre in California, with Tesla serving as opening act for the rock legends. Styx’s set consisted of 16-songs: four songs from last year’s The Mission. Styx began their encore with “Mr. Roboto” which they reportedly have not played in its entirety since they split with former lead singer Dennis DeYoung, who came up with the record’s concept. Styx posted a video of their performance to their Facebook page.  Jett began with “Bad Reputation” and continued with crowd-pleasing songs like “Cherry Bomb,” “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”  The co-headlining tour will wrap up on July 15 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.. ...Read Full Story

Frances Bean Cobain’s Ex-Husband Sues Courtney Love For Attempted Murder Over Kurt Cobain’s Guitar

Frances Bean Cobain’s ex-husband, Isaiah Silva, is suing Courtney Love for attempted murder. Silva claims that Love conspired with manager Sam Lutfi, “13 Reasons Why” star Ross Butler, private investigator John Nazarian and musician Michael Schenk, “to break into his home, beat him up, kidnap him and try to murder him so they could gain possession of Kurt Cobain’s legendary guitar.” Silva is also alleging that they engaged in burglary, robbery, sexual battery, criminal threats, false imprisonment, extortion, stalking intentional infliction of emotional distress, and trespass. The guitar in question is a 1959 Martin D-18E from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged session from 1993. It is rumored to be the last guitar Cobain played before his April 1994 suicide. Frances and Isaiah were married in 2014, and divorced in March 2016. Isaiah claims that Frances gave him Kurt’s guitar as a gift and said it was part of his divorce settlement.. ...Read Full Story

Blink-182 Drops Out Of Bunbury Festival Days Before Start

Blink-182 has dropped its appearance at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati set for Friday, June 1. The band cited “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason, in a press release and a tweet posted to the band’s page.  Blink-182 was the headliner for the first of the three-day festival at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove on the downtown riverfront.  The Bunbury show, as well as one set for Saturday, June 2 at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Canada, have been rescheduled. Single-day Bunbury tickets for Friday’s show can be refunded at the point of purchase until 10 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Blink-182 has signed on to headline Bunbury in 2019. . ...Read Full Story

Florence + The Machine Announce North American Tour

Florence + The Machine are hitting the road in August, following a handful of intimate theater shows this spring.  Florence Welch and her band have announced a full-fledged tour spanning across 23 North American cities. The tour kicks off Aug. 5 in Montreal and finishes up Oct. 20 in Minneapolis.  Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Friday, June 1, via Ticketmaster. Florence + The Machine have many supporting performers lined up for their tour, which includes St. Vincent, Lizzo, Grizzly Bear, Kamasi Washington and Perfume Genius.  You can find all the tour dates in the article below.. ...Read Full Story

U2 Plays ‘Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way’ At Third Man

On Saturday night, rock legends U2 played to a packed house at Bridgestone Arena and on Sunday evening they dropped by Third Man Records and set up inside the store to perform. TMR previously released a special edition 12-inch single of “The Blackout,” a song from U2’s 2017 LP Songs of Experience, for Record Store Day Black Friday. At TMR, the band broadcast video of their acoustic performance of “Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way,” another single from Songs of Experience, live from their Facebook page.  You can check out the performance in the article below.. ...Read Full Story

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Leaves Tour Due To Family Emergency

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has left the band’s tour with Journey less than a week after it began. Steve Brown of Trixter was spotted in Collen’s place at their show in Hershey, PA. Although Def Leppard has yet not issued a public statement on social media, reports are saying that Collen’s absence is due to a family emergency. Brown filled in for Vivian Campbell for a few dates in 2014 and 2015 when Campbell was undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Trixter toured with Def Leppard in 1992, two years after they had broken through with their self-titled debut.. ...Read Full Story

Iron Maiden Kick Off ‘Legacy of the Beast’ European Trek

Iron Maiden have begun the European leg of their “The Legacy of the Beast” tour.  The concert in front of a 10,500-capacity crowd at Saku Suurhall saw the band open with “Aces High” (complete with a Spitfire war plane replica suspended over the musicians), which hadn’t been performed since 2014, and continue with “Where Eagles Dare”, which was played for the first time in 13 years. Their 16-song set in Tallinn, Estonia also included a number of rare inclusions into the set list, including “Flight of the Icarus,” “The Clansman” and “Sign of the Cross.” See the full set list from the Saturday (May 26) performance here.. ...Read Full Story