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David Crosby, founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, dies at 81

Singer-songwriter-guitarist David Crosby, a founding member of   two popular and enormously influential ’60s rock units, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), has died. He was 81 years old. His wife released a statement to Variety, writing, “It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David…MORE

Pink Floyd confirm Dark Side Of The Moon 50th anniversary box set for March

Pink Floyd have confirmed the release of a Dark Side Of The Moon 50th anniversary box set, which will be available through Warners on March 24. At the same time, the band have revealed that the CD edition and first ever vinyl issue of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon – Live At Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974 will be released independently.…MORE

Jeff Beck, Rock’s Quiet Guitar Virtuoso, Dead at 78

Hall of Fame musician and former Yardbird guitarist dies following short bout with bacterial meningitis. Jeff Beck, the blues-rock innovator and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who revolutionized how the guitar is played, died Tuesday at the age of 78. Beck’s family confirmed the former Yardbirds guitarist’s death Wednesday. “On behalf of…MORE

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler accused of sexual assault of minor in new lawsuit

Steven Tyler, the frontman of the classic rock band Aerosmith, has been accused of sexual assault of a minor in a new lawsuit. Julia Misley, the woman, alleged in a lawsuit filed under the California Child Victims Act that she was sexually abused by Tyler when she was a teenager in the 1970s. The lawsuit was filed…MORE

Brian Johnson Refuses to Discuss AC/DC’S Future

Brian Johnson said he’s been told not to discuss AC/DC’s future and accused SiriusXM host Eddie Trunk of “getting tabloidy” when the question was pursued. The singer was forced to bow out of the band’s Rock or Bust tour in 2016, although he returned to appear on the 2020 album Power Up. He’s been working with hearing experts on a technological solution to his…MORE

Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie Dead at 79 Following ‘Short Illness’

Fleetwood Mac wrote in a statement that Christine McVie “was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure” Christine McVie, whose bluesy vocals and keyboards helped provide the signature sound of the influential rock band Fleetwood Mac, died on Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 79. The musician’s family announced her death on social media, writing that…MORE

Kymberly Herrin, ZZ Top ‘Legs’ Video Star, Dead at 65 

Kymberly Herrin, the model and actress who grabbed rock fans’ attention in ZZ Top’s 1984 music video for “Legs,” has died at the age of 65. A cause of death has not been announced. An obituary published in the Santa Barbara News-Press simply stated that she “passed away peacefully” on Oct. 28. After graduating from high school in…MORE

Paul McCartney and Elton John Star in Abbey Road Studios Movie

Paul McCartney, Elton John, Roger Waters and others appear in the trailer for an upcoming documentary movie about Abbey Road Studios that marks its 90th anniversary. The iconic London complex is celebrated in If These Walls Could Sing, directed by McCartney’s daughter Mary, who says in the clip, “Abbey Road Studios has been a part of my life for…MORE

John Mellencamp Shares Unreleased ‘Scarecrow’ Track ‘Smart Guys’

John Mellencamp has shared a previously-unreleased track from the upcoming extended version of his 1985 album Scarecrow. A lyric video for the song, titled “Smart Guys,” can be seen below. Mercury/UMe will reissue the record in a range of editions on Nov. 4, including a super deluxe box set containing a 2CD version of the remastered LP plus outtakes…MORE

Motley Crue Guitarist Mick Mars to Retire From Touring

Motley Crue guitarist and founding member Mick Mars will no longer tour with the band, although he will continue as a member, a rep for the musician tells Variety. The full statement reads: Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe for the past 41 years, has announced today that due to…MORE

Former REO Speedwagon bassist Gregg Philbin has died

Former REO Speedwagon bassist Gregg Philbin, who played on the band’s first six studio albums and appeared on 1977’s Live: You Get What You Play For, has died. Singer Kevin Cronin paid tribute to his former bandmate in a statement shared by the band. “No one should underestimate the Philbin Factor in the evolution of REO Speedwagon,” Cronin wrote.…MORE

Brian Johnson ‘Would Love To’ Make More Music With AC/DC

In a new interview with Billboard, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson referred to the band as “still a working entity of sorts” but didn’t reveal any future touring or recording plans. “I would love to do music again,” Johnson said, “whether it’ll be guesting with somebody, whether it be actually playing live with the boys. I’ve heard that term ‘hell freezes over’ a…MORE

Listen to Bruce Springsteen Cover Commodores Classic ‘Nightshift’

The song was originally released in 1985 to honor Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye and will appear on the singer’s upcoming album ‘Only the Strong Survive’ Bruce Springsteen has shared the video for his cover of the 1985 Commodores hit “Nightshift,” which will appear on his upcoming soul covers called “Only the Strong Survive”, out…MORE

Queen release rediscovered song featuring Freddie Mercury

Queen released a rediscovered song featuring Freddie Mercury on Thursday, the band’s first new track with the late frontman’s instantly recognisable vocals to come out in more than eight years. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor first told fans about the existence of “Face It Alone” during an interview in the summer. The track…MORE

Peter Gabriel Attended Genesis’ Final Show

As the man himself would probably say, so? Genesis performed their final show as a band on Saturday night, giving one last invisible touch to their five decades of spellbindingly intricate prog rock and even more wildly catchy pop. Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and synth smokeshow Tony Banks captivated the audience at London’s O2 Arena, but it was someone…MORE

Pete Townshend Is Ready to ‘Moan’ About Keith Moon Biopic…

Pete Townshend said he was ready to “moan” in public about the upcoming Keith Moon biopic if he didn’t like it but noted that he couldn’t see a situation where he’d block its development. The project has been fostered by the Who‘s singer, Roger Daltrey, for many years, and it was recently confirmed to be going into production. In a new interview with Rolling Stone,…MORE

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett announces his debut solo release, four-song EP Portals

Kirk Hammett details four-song instrumental EP, Portals, as his debut solo release on Metallica’s Blackened Recordings label. Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett will release his first solo record, Portals, on the band’s own Blackened Recordings label on April 23. Hammett’s ’people’ say of the recording, “Portals is a collection of gateways to myriad musical and psychic destinations. Recorded in multiple locales…MORE

Toto Replaces Ailing Billy Idol on Upcoming Journey Tour

Toto will replace Billy Idol on Journey’s upcoming Freedom Tour, running from February through May. Idol had to regrettably pull out of the tour to undergo surgery for a chronic sinus infection. “I am absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to perform the upcoming dates with Journey as planned,” said Idol in a statement.…MORE

Paul McCartney says the Rolling Stones are ‘a blues cover band’

London (CNN)in the latest installment of a friendly rivalry between two of the world’s biggest music groups, Beatles legend Paul McCartney has dubbed the Rolling Stones “a blues cover band.”McCartney, who is currently promoting a new book, made the comment in an interview with The New Yorker’s David Remnick, published Monday.”I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues…MORE

Mick Jagger goes unnoticed at N.C. bar on night before Rolling Stones concert

Mick Jagger went unnoticed at a North Carolina honky tonk Wednesday night, just about 24 hours before the Rolling Stones performed in Charlotte. On Thursday night, Jagger, 78, shared a photo of himself outside Thirsty Beaver Saloon, in a cap and sipping a beer, with the caption “Out and about last night in Charlotte, NC.” Fans had…MORE

Michael McDonald to Miss Reunion Concerts with The Doobie Brothers Due to COVID-19

Fans have waited 25 years for Michael McDonald to reunite with The Doobie Brothers. And while a few lucky concert goers got to see them together in August, the rest of us will have to wait a little longer, because as the band has indicated, he’s come down with COVID-19. McDonald pulled out of the August 31st concert…MORE

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KISS postpones shows after band members test positive for Covid-19

KISS is postponing four tour dates after Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the band. Stanley’s illness was disclosed earlier this week and Simmons’ was disclosed on Wednesday. Simmons is said to be experiencing “mild symptoms,” according to a statement from the band. We are postponing the…MORE

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Man photographed as baby on ‘Nevermind’ cover sues Nirvana, alleging child pornography

LOS ANGELES — Spencer Elden, the man whose unusual baby portrait was used for one of the most recognizable album covers of all time, Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the nude image constituted child pornography. The album cover depicts Elden underwater in a swimming pool as a then-infant with his genitalia exposed.…MORE

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Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones Drummer, Dies at 80

Drummer Charlie Watts, whose adept, powerful skin work propelled the Rolling Stones for more than half a century, has died, according to his rep. He was 80. In August 2021, the  drummer abruptly withdrew from the Stones’ pandemic-postponed tour, citing the need to recover from a recent medical procedure; a statement from the band said…MORE

ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Dies at 72

ZZ Top’s longtime bassist, Dusty Hill, has died … TMZ has learned. Dusty passed away at his home in Houston, TX — this according to his bandmates, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard. They write, “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX.  We, along…MORE

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When Bruce Springsteen First Heard Himself on the Radio…

Bruce Springsteen recalled the emotional moment when he first heard one of his songs on the radio. The Boss said he remembered where he was and what he was doing when the notes of a song from his debut album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., began ringing out one day in 1973. “I was in Connecticut,…MORE

Jethro Tull Confirm ‘The Zealot Gene’ Album for Early 2022

Jethro Tull confirmed they will release their upcoming album The Zealot Gene in early 2022 through new record label InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. The band has yet to announce a track listing or firm release date for the project, which bandleader Ian Anderson previously teased in March. The current lineup features the frontman (vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, harmonica) alongside guitarist Joe Parrish-James, keyboardist John…MORE

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Robert Plant Reportedly Prepping New Album With Alison Krauss

A new album from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss is reportedly in the works. The duo famously collaborated on 2007’s Raising Sand, which earned platinum sales and took home five Grammy awards, including Album of the Year. During a recent episode of the Everyone Loves Guitar podcast, Greg Leisz, the pedal steel guitarist who played on Raising…MORE

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Robert Plant Will Allow Unheard Music to be Released After Death

Robert Plant said he “itemized” his archive during lockdown but has no plans to release any of the rediscovered music until his death. The 72-year-old Led Zeppelin legend revealed that cassettes contained a wide range of recordings from abandoned projects, along with personal paperwork including a family feud note sent to him soon after he decided to pursue…MORE

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Paul McCartney Docuseries ‘McCartney 3, 2, 1’ Coming to Hulu

The six-episode Paul McCarney docuseries McCartney 3, 2, 1 will premiere on Hulu July 16. The series will see the legendary musician discussing his career – including the Beatles, Wings and solo work – with music producer Rick Rubin. “Never before have fans had the opportunity to hear Paul McCartney share, in such expansive, celebratory detail, the experience…MORE