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CREAM bassist JACK BRUCE died of liver disease on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.  He was 71. 



He wrote and sang the majority of Cream's songs . . . including "I Feel Free", "White Room", "Politician" and "Sunshine of Your Love".


Roger Daltrey has confirmed that The Who are currently writing and recording a new studio album.


The band recently revealed new song 'Be Lucky', their first in 8 years, and have been spurred into action by the track and their 50th anniversary celebrations and will now follow it up with their newest album.

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STEVEN TYLER from AEROSMITH is doing a country-influenced solo album.



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DAVID GILMOUR says Pink Floyd is pretty much over . . . quote, "It's a shame, but this is the end."



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PINK FLOYD released the tracklist and artwork for their upcoming album "The Endless River". It comes out November 11th. 



In a separate story,  ROGER WATERS is being bombarded with questions about the new PINK FLOYD album "Endless River".  But he has NOTHING to do with it.  He says, quote, "David Gilmour and Nick Mason constitute the group Pink Floyd. I, on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd.  I left Pink Floyd in 1985."


PHIL COLLINS will perform a few songs at a charity benefit, but he says he's, quote, "not ready to return to the full concert stage at this time." In a separate story Phil admits he developed a serious alcohol problem after retiring in 2010. Phil said, “I don’t drink any more, and I’ve never fallen off the wagon.”



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BOB SEGER kicks off a new tour on November 19th in Saginaw, Michigan in support of his new album "Ride Out".  He says this might be his last album and tour.


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Black Sabbath reveals plans for a new album and a final tour next year.



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AC/DC has announced that founding guitarist MALCOLM YOUNG is NOT coming back.  Apparently he isn't expected to fully recover from whatever illness he has, but they didn't elaborate on his condition.  Malcolm's nephew STEVIE YOUNG is taking his place on their upcoming album, and their tour next year.



A DOORS documentary made by the band members themselves in 1968 is coming out on DVD November 11th.



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(Sep. 10, 2014) U2 released their new album "Songs of Innocence" on iTunes yesterday . . . for FREE.  It comes out officially on October 14th, but until then anyone with an active iTunes account can download the whole thing for free . . . that's about 500 million people.


BONO says that Apple PAID them for the privilege of giving the new U2 album away to all 500 million iTunes users. He didn't say how much, but the chances are that U2 didn't lose any money on the deal.






BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN is releasing a children's book called "Outlaw Pete".  It's based on his 2009 song of the same name, which was itself based on an old book his mother used to read him called "Brave Cowboy Bill".  So in other words, Bruce Springsteen remade a book.




(Sept 2, 2014) Rest In Peace Jimi Jamison. Jimi Jamison, the lead singer of the band Survivor, has died of a heart attack at age 63.


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(Aug 27th.) Breaking News. ZZ Top - Jeff Beck concerts cancelled. I hope Dusty has a full and speedy recovery.

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(Aug. 14th.)  AEROSMITH has canceled some dates because drummer JOEY KRAMER is having heart problems. There are even unconfirmed reports that he'll need surgery.



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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS released the track listing of their country duets album "Southbound", which is out November 4th. That's the album where they brought in country artists to help them re-record their biggest hits. Guest performers include Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown.




(August 7, 2014) TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS have earned their first ever #1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Hypnotic Eye" selling 131,000 copies. The band first appeared on the chart back in September 1977 with their self-titled debut album . . . which means it took 37 YEARS for them to hit #1.



In case you were wondering Eric Clapton's album  "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale", came in second, selling 61,000 copies.



STEVIE NICKS released a song called "The Dealer" from her upcoming album.




Rest In Peace Dick Wagner, he died at the age of 71. Dick Wagner was a former guitarist for ALICE COOPER. Wagner co-wrote Alice's classic power ballads "Only Women Bleed", "I Never Cry", "You and Me" and "How You Gonna See Me Now".




STEVIE NICKS has a new album coming out October 7th. She wrote most of the songs on it between 1969 and 1987, while two were written in the mid-'90s.



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Rest In Peace Johnny Winter. The legendary blues - rock guitarist has died at the age of 70.


He rose to musical fame with his brother in the Edgar Winter Group. In the early '70s, Winter formed a band with members of the McCoys, known for their 1965 hit Hang On Sloopy. That group featured a guitarist named Rick Derringer, who wrote Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo. That song was recorded by Winter in 1970 and Derringer in 1973. Winter performed often with blues and rock singer Janis Joplin. Winter had recently recorded an album called Step Back, containing traditional blues and early rock and roll songs and featuring collaborations with Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Dr. John, Leslie West and others. The album is due for a Sept. 2 release.

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It's official: KISS is getting a short-term residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas.



They're doing nine shows, and it kicks off on November 5th.



The last founding member of THE RAMONES . . . drummer TOMMY RAMONE . . . passed away on Friday in Queens, New York after battling bile duct cancer. He was 65. So three of the four original Ramones were taken down by cancer. Dee Dee Ramone is the only one who wasn't. He died of a drug overdose in 2002.



AC/DC has completed their new album, without sick guitarist MALCOLM YOUNG. 



Singer BRIAN JOHNSON says, quote, "We're done . . . I'm very excited and we've got some great songs.  We miss Malcolm, obviously.  He's in [the] hospital, but he's a fighter.  We've got our fingers crossed that he'll get strong again."



"Journey" will be in concert at Calvert Marine Museum on Sunday August 24th.



Get more information at their website.


Classy move by Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder.

Last week, a fire engulfed a pair of tour buses used by Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder on their continuing ‘Soundtrack of Summer‘ tour. Thankfully, no one was injured, and now the musicians are giving back to those who extinguished the flames.

Proceeds from the sale of ‘The Soundtrack of Summer’ CDs from the subequent July 3rd concert in Camden, New Jersey — a figure totaling some $10,000 — will be donated to the local Philadelphia Fire Department Local No. 22 Widows Fund on behalf of Styx, Foreigner and Rock to the Rescue.


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From Pink Floyd's facebook page:



 "Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album "The Endless River" in October 2014. It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson. Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the Summer."



THE WHO announced a 50th anniversary tour and they're also doing a new album.  Daltrey told Rolling Stone that while there are no confirmed North American dates currently booked, they are planning on touring here.



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Deep Purple have confirmed they will release a new album. Their 20th in 2015.

Frontman Ian Gillan previously revealed the band were holed up in a studio in Portugal. And bass player Roger Glover has announced the follow up to 2013's Now What will arrive next year.


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PHIL COLLINS may be coming back to music after all.



His longtime bassist says Phil is assembling a band to do "exploratory rehearsals." And if things go well, he could launch a comeback. For what it's worth, it seems like he still isn't able to drum. The band he's putting together also includes drummer JASON BONHAM . . . the son of LED ZEPPELIN drummer JOHN BONHAM.


After all the talk about AC/DC supposedly packing it in, singer BRIAN JOHNSON now says it's "very likely" they'll tour this year.



In a Thursday message posted on his car racing website, band frontman Brian Johnson wrote that the group will "very likely" go on tour "before the end of the year." "So stand by for more music," he wrote. His announcement comes several months after he revealed plans for a 40th anniversary tour.


Someone bought a handwritten draft of the lyrics from BOB DYLAN'S "Like a Rolling Stone" for over $2 million.



(Wow, that's a good song, but $2 Million???? I just don't know. Ripley)



The classic GENESIS lineup is reuniting, but not to make new music. They're just participating in a BBC documentary about the band.



QUEEN is saying that ADAM LAMBERT is a better fit for them than PAUL RODGERS was.


Paul Rogers


Adam Lambert

British rock act Queen are playing North American arenas this summer with American Idol season eight runner up Adam Lambert as frontman for their first tour together on this side of the pond.

And the two remaining Queen members say it could be the last time they hit the road.

Before Lambert, Queen has previously toured with fellow Brit Paul Rodgers, 64, of Bad Company and Free on and off between 2005-2009.

“Paul has one of the greatest rock voices but it’s more blues and soul orientated I would have thought,” said drummer Roger Taylor.

“It really felt like Adam has a great chemistry with us and delivers our songs in his imitable way with his extraordinary and voice,” said Taylor.



After canceling several dates in Asia due to an unnamed virus, PAUL MCCARTNEY is now putting off some dates on his upcoming U.S. tour.  It was supposed to kick off on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, but now he's not expected onstage until July 5th in Albany, New York.



The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND has released the dates for six shows they're doing in October. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be that notable, but in their press release, the band repeatedly refers to these dates as their "FINAL" shows.

Closest to us will at the Lockn’ Music Fest in Arrington, VA on Sun Sept 7.

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Robert Plant vs. Don Henley



Former LED ZEPPELIN singer ROBERT PLANT recently said that DON HENLEY reunited THE EAGLES out of BOREDOM . . . and not surprisingly, Don isn't happy about that. He suggest Plant won't put Zeppelin back together because, quote, "[He's] worried about hitting those notes [and] may not be able to unbutton his shirt anymore."


KIRK HAMMETT says METALLICA probably has three or four albums' worth of songs, but they're concentrating on making "one really good album."   Also, METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD will narrate a History Channel series on bear hunting.

MICK JAGGER is officially a great-grandfather at 70.  His 21-year-old granddaughter just had a baby girl. 



(Great Granpy Mick, has a nice ring to it, don't you think?)


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42 years after "Stairway to Heaven" came out, SPIRIT has FINALLY filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against LED ZEPPELIN . . . for allegedly lifting part of their song "Taurus" for the opening chords of "Stairway to Heaven".  Led Zeppelin has not commented.


Here is "Taurus" by Spirit, you can skip ahead to :45 seconds to hear the section of the song that is in dispute.



And here is "Stairway to Heaven".



Co-founding Judas Priest guitarist Ernie Chataway has succumbed to cancer at age 62. Chataway was later a part of an early, pre-Robert Plant version of the Honeydrippers.

(Ernie is on the far left side of the photo)


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A country-influenced MOTLEY CRUE tribute album (????), titled "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue", will be out July 8th.  Some of the performers include Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Cassadee Pope and Darius Rucker.  

Speaking of MOTLEY CRUE.... BILLY CORGAN has announced that TOMMY LEE will be the drummer on one of two upcoming SMASHING PUMPKINS albums.  Both will be coming out next year.  It's unclear if the Pumpkins most recent drummer MIKE BYRNE is still with the band.



Rocker Ozzy Osbourne once bit the head off a bat . . . now its family is getting revenge. He cannot convert part of his Buckinghamshire estate until he can protect the bats which live there, the council said.


The Black Sabbath singer, who once claimed he bit the head off a live bat, applied to turn a barn on his Jordans' estate into a two-bedroom home.

The council refused after "considerable evidence" of bats and owls were found there.

It said measures had to be put in place to protect the animals.


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AC/DC are going to attempt to continue on without founding guitarist and key songwriter Malcolm Young, who reportedly suffered a stroke which has left him unable to continue on with the band. But it looks they’re still keeping it in the family: rumor suggests that Stevie Young — nephew of Malcom and legendary lead guitarist Angus Young — will taking his uncle’s spot in the band.



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On August 14th, PAUL MCCARTNEY will play the final show at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. 



The stadium will be demolished sometime after that. Click here for more details.


The guys in MOTLEY CRUE are recording their FINAL SONG as a band.  The guy who's producing it says, quote, "There was a lot of pressure on us to make sure that we did it right and that we celebrated everything that they were known for.  So I think we've done it."




RATT singer STEPHEN PEARCY has quit the band. He said, quote, "I'm officially done with having anything to do with them, due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks and threats in the public forum, and most of all, the disrespect to the fans."




Scorpions rocker James Kottak jailed in Dubai for insulting Islam, reports say.


(Photo courtesy of Reuters.)

Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai, which included insulting Islam, raising his middle finger, and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport.

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The back and forth... maybe they will... maybe they won't saga continues.


In a new interview, JIMMY PAGE said that it was "unlikely" that LED ZEPPELIN would ever perform live again . . . and ROBERT PLANT said the chances of it happening are, quote, "Zero." Which is a little strange, since just last year, Robert was hinting that he'd be up for some kind of reunion.



Don Felder, Styx and Foreigner Share New Version of ‘Hotel California’.


(Photo coutesy of UltimateClassicRock.com)


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Speaking of "Hotel California". In another article Don Felder gives the scoop on the song Hotel California.


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In an old interview, JOHN LENNON sort of says YOKO ONO'S MIND broke up THE BEATLES. He explains, quote, "If you're with somebody who's got a 'ticking' mind, which was the best part about being with the Beatles when they were ticking, is they were ticking, you know? But it began to slow down. But with Yoko, it's like living with four or five people . . . it's far out."




SAMMY HAGAR and MICHAEL ANTHONY have been playing together in CHICKENFOOT . . . and now they're teaming up for a new tour with drummer JASON BONHAM, the son of legendary LED ZEPPELIN drummer JOHN BONHAM.



They don't have a name or anything, so it may not end up being an actual band.  For now, they're just playing some shows together this year, which they are calling, quote, "A Journey through the History of Rock."


New music from Kix!

Kix have been back together since 2003, but haven’t released a studio album since 1995′s ‘Show Business.’ They put out a live album/DVD in 2012, and now have signed with Loud & Proud Records to release an as-yet-untitled album on July 22.

Read More: Kix To Release First New Album in 19 Years | http://loudwire.com/kix-first-new-album-19-years/?trackback=tsmclip


Kix have been back together since 2003, but haven’t released a studio album since 1995′s ‘Show Business.’ They put out a live album/DVD in 2012, and now have signed with Loud & Proud Records to release an as-yet-untitled album on July 22.



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Steely Dan has announced their Summer Concert Tour called "Jamalot 2014". Closest to us is Sep 17 in Baltimore, MD at Pier Six Pavillion.



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Just announced. BAD COMPANY and LYNYRD SKYNYRD are touring together this summer. Closest show to us is 7/19 in Bristow, Va.

In case you missed either one of these legendary Rock Bands, the last time they performed in our area, here's your chance to see them perform.


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Jeff Beck and ZZ Top to Tour Together this Summer. The Rock legends will close out each show with a collaboration.

Closest to us will be 9/3 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion.


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Former GUNS N' ROSES bassist DUFF MCKAGAN will join the band for some shows in South America.  He Tweeted a photo of a Guns set-list, and added, quote, "Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil!  See y'all in the next few weeks, Si?  GNR."  It's unclear if he'll stick around beyond that.


TOTO and MICHAEL MCDONALD are co-headlining a tour this summer. 


It begins on August 2nd in Oregon, and runs through September 7th in Virginia.  More dates will be announced soon.  As of now the closest to us is 9/7 - Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center For The Arts. Click here for more information.



The 'Rumours' Are True: Christine McVie Rejoins Fleetwood Mac for World Tour and Possible Album.


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AEROSMITH and SLASH are going on tour together this summer. We don’t have any information about the dates or even the length of a tour.




More than 40 years into their careers, KISS have finally made the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine.  Yes, this is their first time, and it obviously has EVERYHTHING to do with their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. 


The photo is from 1975, so it's the ORIGINAL band, whether Gene, Paul, Ace or Peter like it or not.



METALLICA released a medley of four old RAINBOW songs they recorded for a RONNIE JAMES DIO tribute album. Also, check out the new METALLICA song "Lords of Summer".


Rest In Peace DAVE BROCKIE. DAVE BROCKIE, better known by his stage name ODERUS URUNGUS, the leader of satirical metal band GWAR, was found dead at his home in RICHMOND, VA SUNDAY afternoon (3/23), the RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH is reporting. BROCKIE was 50.


Yesterday, (03-20-14), there was a rumor that the investigation into KURT COBAIN'S suicide had been "reopened" . . . but that's NOT the case. The department confirmed that a cold-case detective DID recently review the file to "refresh" himself, but only because they were expecting questions from the media in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of his death.


MICK JAGGER paid tribute to L'WREN SCOTT in a Facebook post by saying, quote, "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way . . . I will never forget her."  Meanwhile, the ROLLING STONES have postponed their entire Australian tour.

(Photo courtesy of New York Post)


KISS and DEF LEPPARD are going out on tour this summer. A dollar from each ticket will benefit wounded veterans. Closest to us will be on July 25th in Bristow, Va.


(Photo courtesy of UltimateClassicRock.com)


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SOUNDGARDEN and NINE INCH NAILS are doing a co-headlining tour. Closest to us will be on August 4th. in Bristow, Va.

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STOOGES drummer SCOTT ASHETON died at the age of 64.



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Led Zeppelin to Reissue First 3 LPs With Unreleased Songs

"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," Jimmy Page says.


(Photo courtesy of Rollingstone.com)


Jimi Hendrix's legacy gets stamp of approval

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Hendrix with a commemorative Forever stamp, created by artist Rudy Gutierrez. The image, which resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, references the butterflies from Hendrix's song Little Wing, a third-eye symbol to represent the guitarist's spiritual side and a petroglyph to symbolize his Native American heritage. Hendrix is depicted wearing one of his signature military jackets and playing one of his white Fender Stratocaster guitars.


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ROLLING STONES guitarist KEITH RICHARDS is writing a CHILDREN'S picture book called "Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar". It's coming out on September 9th.


(To save the kids from needless trauma, I hope the book contains only drawings and no photos of Keith. Ripley)

Think you know all there is to know about Led Zeppelin? Check out these cool facts.



Click here for all the amazing Led Zeppelin facts.


ALICE COOPER has done some pretty insane things . . . so it's hard to imagine what his "greatest fear in life" would be.  But when someone asked him about it in a recent interview, Alice said he was terrified of:  NEEDLES.

He explained, quote, "I can't do a blood test . . . I can put my head in a guillotine, I can put a 20-foot boa constrictor around [me] . . . my show's so dangerous, everybody gets stitches in my show.  But a blood test, and I'm like [passing out].

"And it has nothing to do with the pain, it has everything to do with the idea of a needle going in your arm.  To me that just doesn't make any sense at all."

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