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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 »

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 »

Sorry, Super Bowl, The Who's Super Old

Could CBS have picked a safer, whiter halftime act?

(Newser) - It was hard not to cringe when CBS announced that The Who would be playing the Super Bowl halftime show. “Could CBS have picked a more dated (and less diverse) act?” asks Don Hazen of AlterNet . Hazen was a big Who fan back in the day. “But that... More »

Supergroup Chickenfoot Revives Classic Rock

Supergroup is having fun, getting serious

(Newser) - Rock’s newest wave-makers aren’t so new, reports USA Today. Chickenfoot is a supergroup, but “not a pre-fab one. This all really grew out of friendships,” says bassist Michael Anthony. Anthony, along with fellow Van Halen alum Sammy Hagar, has been jamming with guitarist Joe Satriani and... More »

Aerosmith to GOP: Hands Off Our Song

House GOP's Back in the Saddle video yanked after copyright claim

(Newser) - Minority Whip Eric Cantor's effort to rally the House GOP with a video using Aerosmith's Back in the Saddle was swiftly bucked by the band, reports TPM. The company holding the song’s copyright requested that the video—which crowed about the House GOP's unified opposition to the stimulus package—... More »

LA Rockers Revive Sixties Aura in Laurel Canyon

"Cali Rock' hippie harmonies hop from hillside houses

(Newser) - The sounds of the Sixties were strummed out of the Laurel Canyon section of Los Angeles, but the neighborhood is now nurturing a similar movement in American music. Musicians are picking up the torch of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and the Doors, by creating new sounds in a ... More »

Black Ice Signals New AC/DC Blitz

Aussie power rock group gets back to roots with album you can only get at Wal-Mart

(Newser) - After an 8-year hiatus, AC/DC is back—in black, one might say, as their album Black Ice is poised to go on sale exclusively at Wal-Mart stores Oct. 20, Rolling Stone reports. In 2 months of studio work, the Aussie rock icons churned out 15 new songs (including four with... More »

Crow to Croon With Fleetwood Mac

She'll probably join pal Stevie Nicks sometime next year

(Newser) - Fleetwood Mac may soon get a new face and a new voice: Sheryl Crow. "We definitely have plans for collaborating in the future, and we'll see what happens," the singer told "I think that's going to be next year." She would join her friend... More »

Zep Show a Whole Lotta Love

London gig, the first in 27 years, wows 16,000

(Newser) - Until tonight, Led Zeppelin hadn't played a full concert in close to 30 years. But it's clear the band still has a whole lotta love for performing, reports E!. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, blew the roof off London's... More »

Stairway to iTunes

Reuniting Led Zep bows to demands of download devil, uploads catalogue

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin has joined the digital age, allowing its music to be sold online for the first time shortly before playing a one-off reunion show in November. The essential classic rock oeuvre is one of the last to get the mp3 treatment, Reuters reports. Led Zep will cave in to... More »

The Boss Works Old, New 'Magic'

New album mixes pop and politics - and gets rave reviews

(Newser) - In an era of has-been acts making a mockery of themselves, Bruce Springsteen rolls out his fourth album in five years—a poppy album with steely political undertones that proves he's as relevant as ever. Magic drops sugar-coated bombs on the Bushies, the New York Times' A.O. Scott writes,... More »

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