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Alice Cooper VIctim Of Thieves

An LA area storage facility being used by Alice Cooper to stash a number of his collectibles was broken into and cleaned out recently.  Cooper lost a good sized collection of lps, a prized jacket and the sculpture used for the cover of his Hey Stoopid album.  Authorities think the crooks just got lucky rather than targeted the shock rocker.  The Cooper unit was one of three in the storage facility that got hit.
ClassicRockMagazine.com

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Guitarists Honor Tommy Bolin

A number of guitar greats pay tribute to the late Tommy Bolin on the new double CD Great Gypsy Soul by adding their talents to songs the one time Deep Purple guitarist recorded shortly before his death at the age of 25 at the end of 1976. The seed was planted for the new album nearly a decade ago when producer Greg Hampton was working on a Bolin compilation and came across several outtakes and alternate versions of songs Bolin recorded during sessions for Teaser, his 1975 solo album. Impressed by the quality of a number of the songs, Hampton got in touch with another big Tommy Bolin fan, Warren Haynes, and pitched him on the concept - an idea the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule guitarist immediately loved.  The two recruited Warren's band mate Derek Trucks, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Toto veteran Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Sonny Landreth, John Schofield, and Nels Cline of Wilco to join them in recording parts to help complete songs on the discs.  Hopes of getting Jeff Beck to participate were dashed due to scheduling problems, to the disappointment of Hampton. He credits Haynes for helping get just the right contribution out of each participant, in part for his '...ability to talk to any other player on an equal level, regardless of genre'.  The result is a project Hampton hopes will introduce a lot of new fans to the genius of the guitarist that replaced Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple.
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Ronnie Montrose Tribute In SF

Several musicians, including the surviving members of Montrose, will gather at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco April 27 for a musical tribute to the man the band was named for.  Ronnie Montrose died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound earlier this month (story)Sammy Hagar will join fellow former band mates Bill Church and Denny Carmassi for a rockin' celebration of Ronnie's life and music that will also include Joe Satriani, Neal Schon of Journey, Ricky Phillips from Styx, KISS' Eric Singer and members of Tesla.
SFGate.com

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Rod Stewart & Faces Getting Together

Rod Stewart last performed with his Faces band mates 19 years ago at the Brit awards ceremony.  Attempts in recent years to get him to reunite with his early group have always run into scheduling conflict roadblocks - to the frustration of Ron Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones, who recruited Mike Hucknall to do lead vocals during the recent Faces tour.  The long lapse between appearances with Rod Stewart out front comes to an end April 14 in Cleveland, where the Faces/Small Faces will be inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame.  Drummer Kenny Jones hopes the brief appearance for the RHOF will go well enough to lead to a future tour; 'I'd like to think there's more to come, although it depends on how everyone's individual schedules are shaping up.' Stewart is already committed to another series of dates with Stevie Nicks this summer and Wood is expected to tour in 2013 with the StonesMcLagan has been touring with James McMurty's Heartless Bastards and Jones may be in line to return to the road with the Who if Daltrey & Townshend follow through on Quadrophenia tour plans.
Guardian.co.uk

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Aerosmith Tour Dates Break

Aerosmith will hold a press event on Wednesday (3/28) to announce their Global Warming Tour, but 18 dates have already slipped out.  The trek begins at the Target Center in Minneapolis on June 16, with tickets for that show and the other concerts in the opening leg of the tour going on sale 3/31.  Cheap Trick will open the dates . Guitarist Joe Perry is revved up about getting back on the road, saying, 'Can't wait to bring this band back home. It feels like we've been away too long.'  Steven Tyler adds, 'The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass'.  The tour announcement comes as the band an producer Jack Douglas continue work on the group's next studio album.
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June 16  Minneapolis, MN Target Center                    
  June 19  Cleveland, OH   Quicken Loans Arena              
  June 22  Chicago, IL       United Center                   
  June 27  Toronto, ON       Air Canada Centre                
  June 29  Albany, NY     Times Union Center  
July 1 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum July 3 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live July 5 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills July 7 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest July 17 Boston, MA TD Garden July 21 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center July 24 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center July 26 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena July 28 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center July 30 Houston, TX Toyota Center Aug. 1 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Aug. 4 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena Aug. 6 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Aug. 8 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome

 

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Gregg Allman Sidelined By Back Trouble

A herniated disc problem forced Gregg Allman to miss the last night of the Allman Brothers Band's annual run of dates at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.  Pain had caused the keyboard player to exit late in the group's second set on Saturday (3/24).  We first learned that the ailment had flared up in a Twitter post from Blues Traveler. Allman was reportedly briefly hospitalized and it was decided that the condition would prevent him from being able to participate in the closing night of the multi-night series.  Warren Haynes broke the news to the audience gathered for Sunday's finale.  Fortunately, Gregg Allman Band keyboard player Bruce Katz was in town to do a guest slot with the band and was able to fill-in for GreggHaynes took over lead vocals on songs during the set usually sung by Allman.
JamBands.com

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Parrothead Slice Of Pair-a-Dice In Vegas

He has had a License to Chill for quite some time and has opened very successful cafes, beach bars, casinos and other enterprises throughout the western hemisphere. Now, Jimmy Buffett will open what will almost surely be one of the strongest attractions in a city teeming with them - a branded association with a casino on the strip in Las Vegas.  Nevada gaming regulators have granted a gaming license that will allow the Margaritaville Holdings, LLC to be on the receiving end of gambling revenue from a Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant that will operate in the Flamingo.  The actual gambling operations will be under the management of Caesars Entertainment.  At one point during the review process, a Commissioner asked the singer to tell the story of the time he and Bono were fired upon by Jamaican police that mistook his seaplane for a contraband runner's.
Vegasinc.com

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James Gang Rides Again

The James Gang has gotten together a few times in recent years and there has been talk about doing a new album.  The discussion has apparently been replaced by action. Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who is on the verge of releasing his first solo effort in 20 years (story), is in Cleveland recording songs with Jimmy Fox and Dale Peters at the Lava Room of the Agora studios building. Studio owner Mike Brown says the sessions have also included drummer Joe Vitale and Cleveland's own Michael Stanley, and production of the project is being handled by Bill Szymczyk.
UltimateClassicRock.com  Cleveland.com

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Chili Peppers After Jimmy Page

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are trying to coax Jimmy Page out of the audience and onto the stage with them when they hit the UK on their tour. Drummer Chad Smith tells the Daily Star that the Led Zeppelin guitar great has attended RHCP concerts and says he hopes to be able to convince him to get out of the audience and join the band - something he did when the Foo Fighters played Wembley Stadium, a show Smith attended.  The drummer says '...we haven't had a chance to play with him', but added it '....would be really cool so, maybe, that can happen.'
ContactMusic.com

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Stones Documentary In The Works

The Rolling Stones don't plan on hitting the road in 2012, but a 50th anniversary book will drop July 12 (story) and a film tracing the storied history of the group is slated for a September release.  Touted as containing plenty of rare footage and remarkable revelations about a band so much is already known about, director Brett Morgen describes the movies as one that '...will defy convention and create a sonic tapestry to transport viewers into the world of the Rolling Stones.'  Virtually unlimited access to band members and the personal archive each has collected during their tenure in the band provided Morgen and producers Victoria Pearman and Morgan Neville with an opportunity many other Rock documentary makers will envy, and one Morgen promises '...will deliver the bold, sexy and dangerous flavor of the iconic Rock band.'
Eagle Rock Entertainment

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Ferrari Crafts Rare Ride For Clapton (video)

Ferrari fanatics on an online board devoted to the ultra-high end auto company are revved-up about news that Ferrari has developed a one-off custom ride for Eric Clapton.  The car is said to be a modified and upgraded version of the company's 458 Italia that includes cross-over influences to the 512-BB the Italian company produced in the late 70's through the early 80's.  News the guitar great had submitted a personal request for the exotic custom build came on our radar during the summer of 2010 (story). Get a look at EC's latest ride as it rolls out here.
AutoBlog.com

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Walsh Solo Career Back On Track


Joe Walsh
says the couple of decades since his last solo effort have left him with a lot to say. We'll find out just what the great guitarist has on his mind and in his heart when he releases Analog Man on June 5th.  The Rock Hall Of Fame member and veteran of the James Gang and Eagles says the album has been in the works for nearly 10 years and it benefits from having a degree of self-confidence he only recently developed; "I just really feel like it's all come together and finally I feel like a complete person and a complete musician.'
ELO, Traveling Wilbury and close Walsh friend Jeff Lynne co-produced and co-wrote some of the songs on the 10 tune disc, which also features Walsh brother-in-law Ringo Starr.
ClassicsDuJour.com

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Rock Hall Presenters Announced

The 27th annual Rock Hall Of Fame induction has drawn what should prove to be an entertaining group of presenters. Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band will do the honors during the ceremony in Cleveland for the Small Faces/Faces induction, John Mellencamp will make Hall status official for Donovan, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top will honor Blues great Freddie King, Chris Rock inducts the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bette Midler pays tribute to Laura Nyro and Public Enemy's Chuck D does the deed for the Beastie Boys.  Appropriate to anything involving Axl Rose, a presenter for Guns N' Roses has not been decided.  HBO will broadcast highlights from the April 14 event on May 5 at 9p (Eastern).
Billboard.com

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June Release For Neil Young & Crazy Horse

The first of two Neil Young albums with Crazy Horse expected out this year  is scheduled for a June 5th release.  Ameircana features Neil and his on and off again backing band for the first time in a decade delivering stripped down takes on traditional American tunes Young says '...we all knew from kindergarten' - and he's not kidding.  We're talking Oh Susannah, Tom Dooley, She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain and eight other tunes.  Rolling Stone magazine reports that Young has schooled himself on the history of the songs included on the record and provides the historic background to each in the album liner notes.
Spin. com   Gibson.com

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Alice Cooper Earns Degree

Alice Cooper got himself an Honorary Doctorate from the Musician's Institute Friday (3/16) and delivered a memorable commencement address that started with the disclaimer that '...the fact that I am here as your keynote speaker raises a lot of red flags', adding, 'It shows an obvious lack of judgment on your part.'  His advice to the 600 aspiring music pros included encouragement to '...don't be afraid to go out on that limb as far as you can', because, 'If you succeed you become a genius, if you fail you become an idiot. You can always start again.'
The godfather of Shock Rock will be doing a series of dates this summer in North America with Iron Maiden.
HenneMusic.com

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Bad Company Books Overseas Festivals

The three surviving original members of Bad Company, Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs, have announced that the band  will make a series of festival appearances in Europe this summer.  The group will appear June 9 at the Sweden Rock Festival and follow that event up with performances at five events in Germany - Berlin (6/11) Stuttgart (6/12), Augsburg (6/14), Trier (6/15) and Cologne (6/16).  The festival dates will mark the band's first concerts in on the continent in 37 years.  Bad Company did a short UK tour in 2010 and last played in the States at the August, 2008 concert at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida to record a CD & DVD.  Founding member Boz Burrell died in Spain in 2006.
ClassicRockMagazine.com

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Allmans Run At Beacon Shines

The annual Allman Brothers Band run of dates at he Beacon Theatre always attracts a good number of guest musicians.  Fans attending the St. Patrick's Day performance were treated to appearances by Gregg Allman Band keyboard player Bruce Katz joining the group on The Sky Is Crying and Statesboro BluesRandall Bramblett emerged tocontribute sax work on Desmonda and returned during the acoustic portion of the second set to join Vermont Rocker Grace Potter on a version of the Fleetwood Mac song Gold Dust Woman, a tune Potter includes occasionally in sets with her own band, The Nocturnals, and one she has done with Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule in the past (video)Potter also stuck around to share vocals with Haynes and play organ alongside Bramblett on what we hear was a killer version of Neil Young's Southern Man.
JamBands.com

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Elton Gets Back To Basics

Elton John is working with T-Bone Burnett on a new album titled The Diving Board that is being described as similar to the straight forward, unembellished approach he took on his earliest releases - news that should be welcome to a lot of the fans that lost interest in his music as he ventured into increasingly overproduced pop.  John calls the album, which he expects to have ready for a September release, '...the most exciting solo record I've done in a long, long time.'
According to Rolling Stone magazine, it was Burnett's idea to strip away all of the embellishments typical of most of Elton's work for decades in favor of supplementing his piano with just bass (Raphael Saadiq) drums (Jay Bellerose) and guitar (Doyle Bramhall).  The approach inspired John, who penned a half dozen songs in a couple of days, added them to ones longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin supplied, picked ten and recorded them in less than a week. He describes himself as being as psyched about the album as he was with The Union, the release he and Burnett did with Leon Russell.
RollingStone.com

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Stones & Fleetwood Mac Scrap Tour Plans

Two highly anticipated 2012 tours will apparently not come together. Speaking during an interview for Playboy magazine, Mick Fleetwood expressed disappointment and frustration over the fact the band that bears his name will be on the shelf and blamed it on Stevie Nicks.  The drummer, who played on Stevie's 2011 album, calls the singer 'obsessed with her album in a very nice but inconvenient way', adding that he thinks she prefers not needing to make any concessions to other band members or having '...to worry about the other three of us asking her to do anything.'  Fleetwood went so far as to suggest that the group may never tour or record again.
The decision by the Rolling Stones not to do a anniversary tour seems to be more a matter of consensus - at least between the two members that call most of the shots.  Rolling Stone reports that both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards came to the decision that the band was not ready to go out in 2012.  Keith suggests that 2013 is actually a more appropriate year for a 50th anniversary tour because drummer Charlie Watts joined the group in January of 1963.  He also confirmed that there is a good possibility that the tour could include Bill Wyman.
NME.com  Gibson.com

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Doobie Bros. Drummer Silenced

The man that provided the beat behind some of the Doobie Brothers best songs has passed away.  Michael Hossack joined John Hartman, the band's original drummer, in 1971 and  drummed on China Grove, Listen To The Music, Black Water and several other fan favorites during the period that produced Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me and What Were Once Vices Are now HabitsHossack parted company with the band in 1974, but rejoined for a reunion concert honoring Vietnam Vets in 1987 that went so well it convinced the group to return to the studio and the road. The drummer died at his Wyoming home on Monday (3/12) from complications related to the cancer he had been diagnosed with in 2012.
RollingStone.com

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Rare Jerry Garcia Items Going To Auction

A May 8 auction being conducted in San Francisco by Bonhams and simulcast in New York will give well heeled Deadheads the chance to obtain some quite unique items from the personal collection of Jerry Garcia.  The sale includes one of just five original oil paintings known to have been created by the guitarist, who left behind a relatively vast collection of art work done in other media.  The painting, done by the Garcia and given to his brother in 1959, is expected to fetch a top bid of between $100 and $150 thousand - as is an early version of the artwork that became the cover for the Grateful Dead Europe '72 album and an acoustic Takamine guitar Garcia used in shows during the 80's.  The 1983 Harley Davidson depicted on the cover of Playing in the Band, the David Gans book, may bring upwards of 60k. Smaller artifacts including sunglasses and handwritten set lists are also being offered.  Previews of items included in the Visions of Garcia auction will be conducted in New York April 11-16 and San Francisco May 4-7.
Spinner.com

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Idol Runner-Up Lands Aerosmith Role

Amid reports that Aerosmith might debut a song from the group's next studio album on the season finale of American Idol comes word that one of the talent show's former contestants sings on at least one of the new songs.  Lauren Alaina, a runner-up in last year's season of AI, appeared last week on the show Steven Tyler judges on and the following day posted to her Twitter account that she followed the television guest slot up with a visit to the studio to record background vocals for the new Aerosmith album, adding, "#ISTHISREAL/Thank u Steven!"
HenneMusic

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Epic Night Of Stones Music In New York

A collection of musicians that includes Jackson Browne, Ian Hunter, Marianne Faithful, Steve Earle, Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Marc Cohn, Art Garfunkel, Taj Mahal and Ronnie Spector gathers at Carnegie Hall Tuesday (3/13) to render versions of every song on the Rolling Stones Hot Rocks: 1964-1971 compilation.  While a list of who has selected or been assigned what song has not been released, Steve Earle revealed to Billboard that he will take on Mother's Little Helper because it is the first song he learned to play guitar to, and Rosanne Cash apparently tweeted recently that she and Lovin' Spoonful veteran John Sebastian will take on Gimme ShelterFaithful will likely do As Tears Go By, a song she recorded for her 1965 debut album. That leaves 18 other songs in the wind - and us wondering who put together the list of performers, which seems as unlikely as the choice of venues for a concert celebrating the music of the rough and tumble, hell raising band.
UltimateClassicRock.com

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Paul Shaffer Shoots Down Guns Reunion

Letterman Show band leader Paul Shaffer also serves as the musical director for the annual Rock Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.  According to a quote attributed to Shaffer's Twitter account, the on-hand members of Guns N' Roses do not plan to participate musically as a group in the 2012 ceremony in Cleveland on April 14.  The tweet was pecked out in response to one asking him how long the ceremony was expected to run given the number of inductees.  Shaffer's response was 'Guns N' Roses will not be performing, so not as long as you would think.' Of course when it comes to GNR, expecting the unexpected is always advisable, so don't totally discount the possibility.
HenneMusic.com

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Tyler Jaws On 60 Minutes

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is featured in a segment of 60 Minutes Sunday night (3/11).  The interview, done during the Boston band's swing through South America, was conducted by Laura Logan in Bogota, Columbia. Informed that his band mates all told her that Tyler treats them like crap sometimes, Tyler said, 'I've said many things to all those guys that I never should have said, that I didn't mean', and called their accusations '100% right'.  He then stepped-up to defend the result of his demanding perfectionism, saying it is, '...what got this band to where it is today. I get a really good song and in the end, I get the hits. Yeah, I'm that good.' Maybe the new album really will have some of the old swagger.
HenneMusic.com

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Springsteen Plays The Apollo (video)

Scoring a ticket to any Bruce Springsteen concert in the Big Apple is never easy so when the venue is a relatively small theater, it's a lock that a lot of the people lucky enough to get through the door either paid a very high price or leaned hard on the right person to score tickets.  As a result, the crowd at the Apollo Theater Friday (3/9) was an elite mix of industry insiders, movers and shakers and people willing to drop a lot of money for the privilege - which is ironic given that his new album seeks to stir up populist indignation about the very type of people he was performing for.  But Bruce delivers, regardless of who is in the audience.  His reverence for the setting came through in a version of Move On Up from Curtis Mayfield and the injection of some added soulfulness a few other times during a set that otherwise was much more subdued than the kind of show the E Street Band puts on in much larger venues.  One set highlight was when Jake Clemons, nephew of the late E Street Band sax player, strode to center stage to wail the Badlands solo his uncle delivered so many nights on so many stages.  It was a thrill the Big Man would have loved to experienced himself.  Drop in on Bruce at the Apollo here (video).
NYDailyNews.com

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Fender Guitars Going Public

Even if you can't play a lick on the guitar, the idea of owning a piece of one of the great instrument companies in muisc history might appeal to you.  The company Leo Fender founded in 1946 will offer the public the chance to buy shares through an Initial Public Offering in New York.  The iconic Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars produced by the Scottsdale, Arizona based company account for dozens of the most famous guitar solos from hundreds of artists, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Guardian.co.uk

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Bowie Cover Shot Commemorated


The spot in London where the cover photo for David Bowie's 1972 album The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spider  From Mars was taken will soon have a plaque commemorating the shoot.  The ominous sky that appears behind the title letters accounts for why Bowie, in his Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit, is the only one in the photo.  Other band members decided the weather looked to scary to venture out.  The plaque on Heddon Street will be the latest in a series of London markers for distinguished fictional characters in UK culture.  Others earning the honor include Sherlock Holmes and Lara Croft.
BBC.co.uk

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U2 Bass Player In A Bind

Adam Clayton's efforts to get back a bundle of money he claims was pilfered from his account by a former assistant over a five year period (story) can only go forward if the bass player is willing to disclose his expenses - a glimpse into his lifestyle U2 member might not be willing to make part of the public record. Clayton's contention that he was taken for several million dollars by Carol Hawkins also seeks damages from a bank for failing to detect the misappropriations.  The judge hearing the case has ruled that Clayton has to turn over documents to the defense including credit card statements, check book records and other disbursements relating to his personal financial activity between the spring of 2004 and the fall of 2009.
IrishExaminer.com

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Tattoo Leaves No Impression On Hagar

Sammy Hagar has come out with another dismissal of the new Van Halen record. HenneMusic quotes the former VH front man as saying friends kept sending him the video of Tattoo, the lead single from the album that reunites David Lee Roth with Eddie Van Halen.  He added that many of them mentioned their own harsh reaction to the song, opinions along the lines of 'OMG, you must be laughing your ass off!'  As for Hagar himself, he says what he saw and heard was so uninspired that it failed to make him bother getting the album. '...I haven't heard it, I haven't downloaded it, I haven't done anything.'

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Stones Book Slated For Anniversary

A 50th anniversary book packed with photos of the Rolling Stones will be published on July 12, 2012, the anniversary of the group's debut concert at the Marquee Club in London.  The large format book, Rolling Stones:  50 will draw on the extensive collection of photos in the Daily Mirror's archive and will include many that have never before been published.  Band members have also made personal memorabilia available to be photographed for the book and will contribute individual notations about many of the pictures being used in the collection.  Being able to thumb through a book of photos is well and good, but is hardly likely to placate fans hoping for a tour.  The band still seems undecided on whether to go out in 2012 (story).
HenneMusic.com

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Crue Member's Girls, Girls, Girls

A self-proclaimed leading authority on what women have and men want is opening a new club to bring the lusting and the lusted after together in Vegas.  Vince Neil of Motley Crue describes his new venture on the Strip as an 'edgier' Rock 'n Roll strip club.  In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Neil says he will ban boring music and welcome only dancers that are Rock Video caliber, adding '...I know it all comes down to G Strings in the end, but they'll start out with much sexier outfits than you'd find elsewhere', and that he plans on being on the premises to guarantee that his operation is the best one going.
NME.com

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Cream Veteran Teams With Santana's Wife

In 2008, Cream veteran Jack Bruce hooked-up with Living Colour front man Vernon Reid, John Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood, and Cindy Blackman to create a tribute to Tony Williams, drummer with Miles Davis and founder of the Tony Williams Lifetime, whose life was cut short by a heart attack at the age of only 51.  Spectrum Road did a series of tribute concerts to Williams in Japan during 2008 and got together again last year for shows both coasts of the US. Blackman, who backed Lenny Kravitz for the better part of a decade and last year married Carlos Santana, Bruce, Medeski and Reid's combined talents attracted so many positive reviews that the group has charted a series of appearances for this summer and will release an album of original material on June 5.  Get a look and listen to the kind of music to expect here.
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Gabriel Drops Hammer On Limbaugh

Peter Gabriel has moved to prevent talk show host Rush Limbaugh from using Sledgehammer in future installments of the ultra-conservative talk wonk's shows.  The backlash from the former Genesis member against the use of his song Sledgehammer with opinions he considers '...unfair, aggressive and ignorant' comes amid a firestorm of listener and sponsor  backlash against Limbaugh's characterization of Sandra Fluke as as 'slut' in response to her testimony on Capitol Hill against the right of a health insurance employer to deny contraceptive coverage on the basis of individual beliefs.  The reaction of Gabriel to the comments reflects the similar opinion of numerous sponsors that have decided to cancel advertising packages on the Limbaugh program.
DigitalSpy.com

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Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Dies

Ronnie Montrose was the whole package. Not only a virtuoso guitarist with an amazing range of capabilities, Montrose also had great musical instincts - something other artists recognized and appreciated.  His guitar work stood out on songs as different from one another as Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey and Edgar Winter's Frankenstein.  He also recognized great talent, introducing the world to fellow guitarist and singer Sammy Hagar as the lead singer for the group Montrose in 1973.  Diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago, Montrose remained determined to continue performing and had recently been putting the finishing touches on a DVD that is expected to come out later this year.  Montrose was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday (3/3).  Initial reports attributed his death to the effects of prostate cancer, a presumption the family did not correct until about the time coroner's report was issued nearly a month after his death.
SFGate.com

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Alcohol Blamed In Gary Moore Death

The cause of Irish guitar great Gary Moore's death has reportedly tied to him having ingested a massive quantity of alcohol prior to suffering the heart attack that killed him.  The former Thin Lizzy member was discovered dead in the bed of a Costa del Sol, Spain hotel in February, 2011.  The Daily Mail recently reported that toxicology results showed that the 58 year-old musician had a whopping 380mg per decilitre of alcohol in his blood.  To put that in perspective, the legal limit for driving in the UK is 80mg. Amy Winehouse registered 416 following her death.  Three empty vodka bottles were found with her.
NightWatchersHouseOfRock

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Eagles May Sue Rapper

The Eagles might take legal action against Frank Ocean for what group members contend is the rapper's extensive and unauthorized use of the  song Hotel California in a song titled American Wedding.  A spokesperson for Don Henley fired the first round in what could lead to a court case when he issued a statement that read, in part, "Frank Ocean did not merely 'sample' a portion of the Eagles' Hotel California; he took the whole master track, plus the song's existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own", but went on to add, "Don Henley has not threatened or instituted any legal action against Frank Ocean, although the Eagles are now considering whether they should."
MusicFeeds.com.au

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