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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