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Rocker's Death Ruled a Suicide

Keith Emerson shot himself in the head: autopsy

(Newser) - A Los Angeles coroner's official says the death of Keith Emerson , keyboardist and co-founder of the seminal progressive rock group Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, has been ruled a suicide. The determination was made after an autopsy showed Emerson shot himself in the head, the official tells the AP . He... More »

Prog Rock Legend Dies in Suspected Suicide

Emerson of Emerson, Lake, Palmer found dead in Calif, home

(Newser) - Keith Emerson, founder and keyboardist of the progressive-rock band Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, has died. He was 71. Emerson's longtime partner, Mari Kawaguchi, called police to his condominium in Santa Monica, California, at about 1:30am on Friday. Emerson had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and... More »

Motörhead Frontman Dies 2 Days After Diagnosis

Lemmy Kilmister was 70

(Newser) - The rock world is mourning Lemmy Kilmister, the hard-living Motörhead frontman who once seemed almost indestructible. Lemmy, as his legions of fans knew him, discovered he had cancer on Saturday—just two days after his 70th birthday—and died on Monday, the BBC reports. The British-born rocker, a former... More »

Kid Rock to Confederate Flag Protesters: 'Kiss My Ass'

Rocker takes stand over his use of controversial flag

(Newser) - With South Carolina taking down the confederate flag and NASCAR banning it , Kid Rock chose to defend his own use of the Old South emblem: In his words, protesters can "kiss my ass." The rocker was reacting to people who opposed his display at the Detroit Historical Museum,... More »

How the Man Behind One of Pop's Most-Used Beats Died Homeless

The Winstons got no royalties as track was sampled by likes of Bowie, Salt-N-Pepa

(Newser) - In 1969, a band called the Winstons recorded a song whose name you probably don't know—even though there's a good chance you've heard about six seconds of it. "Amen, Brother" was an instrumental B-side to a Grammy-winning hit called "Color Him Father," and... More »

Cream Bass Player Jack Bruce Dead at 71

Wrote big hits for 1960s band featuring Eric Clapton

(Newser) - Jack Bruce, bass player, singer, and songwriter for the 1960s rock trio Cream, has died at 71 of liver disease. The British band, which also featured Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, sold 35 million albums in just two years, breaking up despite their popularity in 1968. The band was... More »

'Excessive Headbanging' Could Kill, Say Researchers

But researchers assure us that 'rock 'n' roll will never die'

(Newser) - Researchers are warning of the dangers of seriously rocking out. Doctors in Germany treated a 50-year-old man last year who suffered from a brain injury tied to headbanging, they say, per Wired . "He had no history of head trauma, but reported headbanging at a Motörhead concert four weeks... 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 »

'Reinvented' Nine Inch Nails Will Tour: Reznor

Band's farewell tour was 4 years ago

(Newser) - Four years ago, Nine Inch Nails played a farewell tour—but the band isn't saying goodbye yet. The band, including new guitarist Adrian Belew and bassist Eric Avery, is planning to tour this year and next. "The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena... More »

'Wild Thing' Singer Dead at 71

Reg Presley fronted Brit band the Troggs

(Newser) - "Wild Thing" rocker Reg Presley, frontman for the Troggs, has died at age 71 in England, the BBC reports. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer and retired from music last year. A music publicist and friend said Presley had suffered "a succession of recent strokes." The... More »

Bowie Turns 66, Releases 1st Song in 10 Years

Singer breaks years of silence with 'Where Are We Now'

(Newser) - After years out of the spotlight, rock legend David Bowie has marked his 66th birthday with the release of his first new song in a decade. The ballad "Where Are We Now?" will be followed by a new album, The Next Day, in March, the BBC reports. Bowie, whose... 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 »

Twisted Sister Not Gonna Take Ryan Using Its Song

Dee Snider denounces use of metal anthem

(Newser) - In yet another campaign music clash, Twisted Sister has told Paul Ryan's campaign that it's not gonna take Ryan's use of its 1984 hit "We're Not Gonna Take It." Frontman Dee Snider has demanded Ryan stop using the heavy metal anthem at rallies, reports... More »

J. Geils Suing J. Geils Band

Singer wasn't invited on upcoming tour

(Newser) - J. Geils has taken the J. Geils Band to court for planning a tour without him—but keeping his name. The band "conspired" to exclude the singer from the upcoming tour, according to the suit, reports Reuters . Together they're the J. Geils Band, but "separately they're... More »

Who Tickets From 1979 Still Usable

Venue makes up for canceled Rhode Island show

(Newser) - If you're still fuming about a canceled Who gig in 1979, you're in luck: Your tickets to the Providence show will still work. The band is coming to the Rhode Island city for the first time in 33 years next February, and the venue—now known as the... More »

Rolling Stones Mark 50 Years Since First Gig

Band still meeting for rehearsals, Keith says

(Newser) - They may have gathered a little moss, but they're still around: The Rolling Stones played their first gig 50 years ago today at London's Marquee Club, notes the Hollywood Reporter . Their first hit, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On," came a year later. To... More »

Band Drummer Levon Helm Near Death

Acclaimed singer, multi-instrumentalist in final stages of cancer

(Newser) - Rock and roll is about to lose another legend. Levon Helm, drummer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist in The Band, is "in the final stages of his battle with cancer," according to a note posted to his website by family members. The 71-year-old musician from Arkansas was the only non-Canadian... More »

Rock Music Has Worst Year Ever

It's old acts clinging to relevance, and new ones aping them: Critic

(Newser) - How dire is the state of mainstream rock? So dire that “Sublime With Rome,” a band with no higher ambition than mimicking Sublime, has had a song on the Billboard charts every week since May. “2011 may well be remembered as the most numbing year for mainstream... More »

Long-Lost Elliott Smith Song Resurfaces

Obscure recording made during 1997 student radio session

(Newser) - Elliott Smith fans are in for a treat: The singer-songwriter, who died in 2003 and now has a strong cult following, has a new song available. It’s a rarely-heard tune from a 1997 session at the University of Maryland’s student radio station. Called “Misery Let Me Down,... More »

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