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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 »

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 »

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 »

Band to Romney: Hands Off Our Song

Silversun Pickups tell campaign to drop use of 'Panic Switch'

(Newser) - Once again, a band is accusing a campaign of hijacking its tune. Alternative rockers Silversun Pickups have told the Romney campaign to unhand their hit "Panic Switch," TMZ reports. "We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't... More »

Deep Purple's Jon Lord Dead at 71

Classically trained keyboardist left his mark on heavy rock

(Newser) - The rock world is mourning Jon Lord, the former keyboard player with British heavy rock pioneers Deep Purple. Lord, who has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 71, co-founded the group in 1968 and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, including "Smoke On the Water." Lord'... More »

Flaming Lips Steal Jay-Z's Odd Guinness Record

8-city, 1-day tour bests rapper's record of 7 shows in 24 hours

(Newser) - The Flaming Lips have rocked their way into the record books by playing eight gigs in eight cities in the space of 24 hours, toppling Jay-Z's record of seven. The veteran psychedelic rockers from Oklahoma kicked off the tour with a gig in Memphis and finished up in New... More »

OneRepublic Drummer Busted for Assault

Cops: Eddie Fisher flips out in Denver

(Newser) - The drummer for alternative rockers OneRepublic was arrested after losing it in downtown Denver early yesterday morning. Eddie Fisher, 38, was busted on suspicion of assault, destruction of private property, and disturbing the peace, AP reports. "Things just got out of hand, and he snapped," the alleged victim,... More »

Punk Rock Frontman Switching Sexes

Punk rocker Tom Gabel becoming Laura Jane Grace

(Newser) - Tom Gabel, lead singer of punk rockers Against Me!, is about to become the band's frontwoman. Gabel—soon to be known as Laura Jane Grace—has decided to begin living as a woman and will soon start taking hormones. She says she has long struggled with a condition known... More »

Men at Work's Greg Ham Devastated by 2010 Ruling

Police probing flute player's death

(Newser) - Greg Ham, saxophone and flute player for beloved Aussie rock band Men at Work, was found dead at his Melbourne home yesterday after dropping out of sight a week ago. He was discovered by concerned friends who went to check on the 58-year-old musician, who had been working as a... More »

Rush Limbaugh Advertisers' Exodus Hits 45

Rock band Rush joins advertisers departing radio show

(Newser) - The stampede for the exits from Rush Limbaugh's radio show is showing no signs of slowing down: Some 45 advertisers have now pulled their ads, according to Media Matters , which is keeping a running tally . Many of them, including the Girl Scouts and Netflix , say they had bought advertising... More »

'Eye of the Tiger' Singer Violates Newt Copyright

Survivor frontman sings from Gingrich book on 'Colbert '

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich's unauthorized use of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" has led to a lawsuit —and now revenge. On the Colbert Report , Survivor frontman Dave Bickler took to the stage and infringed Newt's copyright by singing line after line from Gingrich's most recent book,... More »

REM: Behind the Breakup

'We're doing this for good reasons'

(Newser) - After 31 years, what makes a band decide to go separate ways ? For REM, it’s pretty simple. “We're happy. But we're done,” bassist Mike Mills tells Rolling Stone . Or, as singer Michael Stipe put it: “A wise man once said, ‘The skill... More »

REM Breaking Up

In what they insist is an amicable split

(Newser) - REM is calling it quits after 31 years of performing together, the band announced today, in what members insisted was an entirely amicable breakup. “We feel kind of like pioneers in this,” bassist Mike Mills wrote on REM’s website . “There’s no disharmony here, no falling-outs,... More »

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