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New UCLA Law Scholarship Endowment Will Honor Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

A coalition led by Vicky Cornell, the wife of the late Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell, has created an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law. The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell’s commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need. Members of the coalition include several friends and colleagues of Cornell as well as supporters of UCLA Law.  UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said “this endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world.”. ...Read Full Story

Donald Fagen Discusses The Loss Of Walter Becker And Steely Dan’s Future

Donald Fagen of Steely Dan has spoken out in a lengthy and open interview, the first since Walter Becker’s death in September. Fagen spoke about Becker’s death and how it didn’t come as a complete surprise, given he had been ill for some time. Fagen couldn’t talk much about the current legal proceedings stemming from his lawsuit for full rights to the Steely Dan name, but explained that there were commercial pressures on him to keep calling the group “Steely Dan”: “I would actually prefer to call it Donald Fagen and the Steely Dan Band or something like that.”. ...Read Full Story

‘Rocktopia’ To Bring Fusion Of Classical And Rock Music To Broadway

Broadway will soon be host to the collision of classical music and iconic rock songs when “Rocktopia” arrives in spring 2018. “Rocktopia” is a concert that celebrates the fusion of rock songs from the past century with classical music, including works by Mozart, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Heart, Beethoven, Journey, Foreigner, Rachmaninoff, Queen, Aaron Copland, The Who and more. Created by vocalist and recording artist Rob Evan and Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer, a pioneer in the fusion of symphonic rock and world music, the concert features vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a choir of 40 and an orchestra of 20.. ...Read Full Story

Berlin’s Legendary “Hansa Studios” To Be Featured In New Rock Documentary

The legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, where Nick Cave, David Bowie and Iggy Pop (amongst many others) recorded some of their greatest works, is getting a feature length documentary.  Hansa Studios: By The Wall 1976-90 is set to explore the historical, cultural and artistic significance of the fabled West Berlin Studios. The documentary will be broadast on the 10th of January, the second anniversary of Bowie’s death. Two of the three albums from his famed ‘Berlin’ trilogy, Low and Heroes, were recorded in the studio. . ...Read Full Story

Jimmy Page Plans On Releasing New “Unheard” Led Zeppelin Material In Honor Of Band’s 50th Anniversary

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s formation, and many fans have been hoping that the band might acknowledge their anniversary. According to the group’s guitarist Jimmy Page, there might be new material to help mark the occasion. In a recent interview, Page was quoted as saying “there’ll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven’t heard, because I’m working on that. Next year will be the fiftieth year so there’s all manner of surprises coming out.” He also added, “I hope to be seen to be playing. So I’d better get on with it.”. ...Read Full Story

Rob Halford Reacts To Judas Priest’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snub

Rob Halford reacted to Judas Priest not getting enough votes to get into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The band came fifth on the fan ballot alongside Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits and The Cars for a chance to be be inducted into the Rock Hall in April next year. Following the news, frontman Halford read the rejection letter from the Rock Hall and when asked if he wanted to be inducted at some point in the future, Halford replied: “Personally, I would love it. I think we deserve it. We put our 10,000 hours in and more – and beyond that, we just feel that heavy metal deserves more space in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.”. ...Read Full Story

Tom Petty, Metallica and Rolling Stones Top Rock Albums Charts In 2017

 Metallica had a huge year in 2017, and found themselves back on top of the rock ‘n’ roll charts.  According to Billboard‘s annual sales tally, Metallica’s most recent album, Hardwired … to Self-Destruct, racked up the biggest numbers over this year.  The group’s 10th studio set outsold many new releases from a long list of rock acts.  The Rolling Stones, returning with their first full-length studio release in over a decade, placed ninth with Blue & Lonesome and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ 1993 greatest-hits package peaked at No. 2 and has gone on to sell more than 12 million copies.. ...Read Full Story

The Offspring To Release New Music In 2018

The Offspring are back in the studio recording their long-awaited new album. On their Instagram account, the band wrote, Who’s ready for new music in 2018?”, indicating their new album will be released soon in the new year. Their last full-length studio album, Days Go By, was released in 2012. Since then, the band released the covers EP Summer Nationals in 2014, and a one-off single, “Coming for You”, the year after.. ...Read Full Story

Kiss’ Gene Simmons Sued Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Gene Simmons is facing a lawsuit filed a woman who accuses the Kiss bassist of sexual misconduct during a November interview. The woman, listed as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit to protect her identity, alleges that Simmons made “several aggressive, unwanted sexual advances despite Jane Doe’s active and clear discouragement.”  The lawsuit seeks a “money judgment for mental pain and anguish and severe emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment” as well as punitive damages. Simmons denied the accusations, saying in a statement “I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way…and, I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence.”. ...Read Full Story

Bon Jovi Will Invite Richie Sambora And Alec John Such To Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Jon Bon Jovi says the band will invite former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such to Bon Jovi’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. Bon Jovi is quoted saying: “I haven’t had the opportunity to hear from either of them but without a doubt, they both will be invited and asked to not only come and share it, but to perform.” The ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, with the band’s classic lineup of Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Alec John Such and Tico Torres named as the members who will be inducted. . ...Read Full Story