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Buckingham: 'Screaming' Phone Call Got Me Fired

Ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist says it's finally over and done

(Newser) - Lindsey Buckingham's exit from Fleetwood Mac is official—legally speaking—and he sounds like a man who's getting close to acceptance: "I'm happy enough with it," the guitarist tells CBS News , saying the band has settled their lawsuit. "I'm not out there trying... More »

Metal Band Had Army of Fake Fans

'The entire history of Threatin is a lie,' opening band says of group on UK tour

(Newser) - The musician known as Jered Threatin definitely gets points for ambition and creativity. But that likely isn't endearing him, nor his heavy metal band Threatin, to venue managers in the UK, where the California group kicked off a tour promising loads of headbangers and delivering—well, in the case... More »

Korn Frontman's Wife Dies the Day He Issues Court Order

Deven Davis was 39

(Newser) - The wife of Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis died Friday—the same day Davis issued a domestic violence restraining order against her, People reports. "The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis," says the family in a statement. "We ask that you respect... More »

Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder: Botched Surgery Killed Career

Marty Balin sues operators of Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital

(Newser) - A co-founder of Jefferson Airplane is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his musical career with a botched tracheotomy after heart surgery in 2016. A lawsuit filed by Marty Balin against the operators of Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital alleges the singer and guitarist lost part of his... More »

'I'm Away Now. Thanks.' Body Found in Search for Singer

Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit left his hotel at 1am Wednesday

(Newser) - Police searching for the missing singer of Scottish rock band Frightened Rabbit said Friday that they have found a body at a marina in South Queensferry. Scott Hutchison was reported missing Wednesday after leaving a hotel in the same town, which is located near Edinburgh, at 1am that day. The... More »

Moody Blues Member Dies Just Before Rock Hall Induction

Ray Thomas played iconic flute solo on 'Knights in White Satin'

(Newser) - Ray Thomas, a founding member of British rock group The Moody Blues, has died at 76, just months before the band is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His music label, Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records, said Thomas died suddenly Thursday at his home in... More »

Malcolm Young of AC/DC Dies After Dementia Battle

Band co-founder/guitarist was 64

(Newser) - "Malcolm, job well done." So ends a Facebook post from Australian rock behemoth AC/DC announcing the death of band co-founder/guitarist Malcolm Young. He was 64 and reportedly died with his family at his bedside. Rolling Stone reports Young's three-year battle with dementia had led him to step... More »

Rocker J. Geils Dead at 71

His band put out hits such as 'Love Stinks' and 'Centerfold'

(Newser) - Musician John Warren Geils Jr., founder of The J. Geils Band known for such hits as " Love Stinks ," '' Freeze Frame ," and " Centerfold ," has died in his Massachusetts home at 71. Police in Groton, Mass., say officers responded to Geils' home around 4pm Tuesday... More »

ELP Rocker Greg Lake Dead at 69

He lost 'a long and stubborn battle with cancer'

(Newser) - Greg Lake of 1970s rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died Wednesday after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer," his manager says. He was 69. A progressive rock pioneer, the British vocalist and guitarist first formed King Crimson with Robert Fripp and Mike Giles in the 1960s,... More »

Cranberries Singer Admits to Head-Butting, Kicking Cops

Cops say the singer also assaulted a flight attendant

(Newser) - The lead singer of the Irish rock band The Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan, has pleaded guilty to assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant during an alleged psychotic episode last year. A cabin attendant testified that O'Riordan stomped on her ankle as the Aer Lingus flight from New... More »

U2 Tour Manager Found Dead in LA Hotel

Dennis Sheehan had been with the band 33 years

(Newser) - U2 is in mourning for the tour manager who had been with the band since they were barely out of their teens. Dennis Sheehan, 68, was found dead at the Sunset Marquis Hotel early yesterday morning after emergency services were called to the West Hollywood hotel for a report of... More »

'Mad Man of Rock and Roll' Dead at 76

Paul Revere fronted the Raiders for more than 50 years

(Newser) - Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76. The manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders says Revere died from cancer at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, over the weekend. "He'd been quiet about it for some time,"... More »

Flea: Chili Peppers Faked It at Super Bowl

But Flea has a pretty good reason why

(Newser) - The Red Hot Chili Peppers weren't playing their instruments when they joined Bruno Mars for a Super Bowl halftime show watched by a record 115 million people , bassist Flea confirmed after photos surfaced on Vulture of him onstage with an unplugged guitar. In an open letter , he explains that... More »

Russia Going After US Band for Flag Stunt

Member of Bloodhound Gang shoved it in pants; criminal investigation follows

(Newser) - Edward Snowden hasn't done great things for US-Russia relations . Now meet the Bloodhound Gang. The American rock band was performing in Ukraine last week when bassist Jared Hasselhoff grabbed a Russian flag thrown from the audience, shoved it down the front of his pants, and pulled it out again... More »

Neutral Milk Hotel Is Back, 15 Years Later

Indie band plans international tour

(Newser) - The indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel has effectively been broken up since 1998—but the group is about to tour again. Right now, Jeff Mangum et al are planning to start in the South (Asheville and Athens, Georgia) in October before heading to Taipei and Tokyo; just five dates... More »

Soloists Die Young More Often Than Band Members

Plus: European rockers less likely to die prematurely

(Newser) - Hey, pop stars: Want to live a long and healthy life? You're better off joining a band, a study finds. Famous solo musicians suffer double the early-death risk that band members face, say researchers who reviewed the lives of 1,400 stars active between 1956 and 2006. As of... More »

Obama Honors Led Zeppelin, Letterman, Hoffman

Don't trash the White House, he warns rock legends

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, and guitarist Buddy Guy were among an eclectic group of performers awarded Kennedy Center Honors last night. At a White House receptions before the awards gala, President Obama joked that the group had "no business being on the same stage together," the Los Angeles ... More »

Pussy Rioter in Solitary Cell Amid 'Tensions'

Cellmates threatened Maria Alekhina: tabloid

(Newser) - Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina wasn't getting along with her fellow prisoners—so she's been moved to a cell of her own. Alekhina requested the transfer after "some tensions arose in relationships"; she moved "to prevent this situation from escalating," says a prison rep. Russian... More »

Stones Rock Secret $20 Paris Show

Mick Jagger and co. 'warm up' for big London, NYC concerts

(Newser) - To see the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary shows in London and New York, fans are shelling out at least $150 per ticket—but a lucky few hundred got to see a $20 "warm-up" gig in Paris yesterday. The band tweeted that tickets would be sold hours before the doors... More »

Starship Guitarist Dies After Gig

Mark Abrahamian was 46

(Newser) - The lead guitarist for classic rock stalwart Starship collapsed and died from a heart attack after a concert in Nebraska Sunday night. Mark Abrahamian was just 46—youthful by the standards of Starship, whose forerunner, Jefferson Airplane, formed the year before Abrahamian was born. The guitarist, who had also played... More »

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