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Rolling Stones Rock Tiny LA Club

Jagger & Co. rock intimate venue ahead of '50 and Counting' tour

(Newser) - They've sold out stadiums around the world for decades, but the Rolling Stones got ready to kick off their 50th anniversary tour last night in a decidedly more intimate venue: A small club in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood. "Welcome to Echo Park, a neighborhood that's always... More »

David Lee Roth: From Rocker to EMT ... and Back

Van Halen's frontman grapples with the new zeitgeist

(Newser) - Remember David Lee Roth? The wild Van Halen lead singer had quite a bumpy ride once the band broke up and his solo career ran its course in the 1980s, writes Steve Kandell in BuzzFeed . Starting over, Roth worked as an EMT on ambulance calls in New York City. "... 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 »

Party Rocker Loses Bahrain Ambassador Gig

Diplomats decide against sending Andrew WK to Gulf nation

(Newser) - Some stuffed shirts at the State Department have decided that a rocker who sings about partying until you puke might not be an appropriate American cultural ambassador to a troubled Middle Eastern nation. "King of partying" Andrew WK says a government-sponsored trip for him to visit elementary schools, a... More »

Eddie Van Halen Has Emergency Surgery

Band forced to postpone tour of Japan

(Newser) - Guitar great Eddie Van Halen has had emergency surgery for a digestive problem, and could be out of action for up to six months, reports People . The 57-year-old rocker suffered from a severe bout of diverticulitis, which involves an inflammation of the colon. His band Van Halen, which recently released... More »

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Flees WWII Bomb

Unexploded device found during mansion renovation

(Newser) - Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and his wife were forced to flee when workers renovating their mansion uncovered not another brick in the wall, but an unexploded World War II bomb. A Royal Navy team was called in to remove the 60-inch device from under the home, reports Classic Rock ... More »

Hendrix Voted Greatest Guitarist Ever

Rolling Stone panel puts legendary axeman at top of best 100 list

(Newser) - Rolling Stone assembled a team of top guitarists and industry experts to vote on the greatest 100 guitarists of all time and few will be surprised to find '60s legend Jimi Hendrix topping the list. Eric Clapton came second and Jimmy Page third, with Keith Richards and Jeff Beck... More »

Kid Rock: Yeah, I Know My Name Is Dumb

Plus, why he doesn't do hookers

(Newser) - Kid Rock has learned a lot over the course of his rock career. Perhaps most importantly, if you're going to beat someone up, at least do it in a Waffle House, as he did . "Could have been worse," he points out. "What if we were in... More »

Where Are All the Male Groupies?

Female rockers don't get much action on tour, they say

(Newser) - Male rock stars are notorious for their groupie magnetism—but the same just isn’t true for female rockers, Salon finds. “Ladies in bands don’t get ANY action,” Neko Case tweeted last weekend, prompting a flurry of agreement from fellow women in rock. (Case made clear later... More »

Jimi Hendrix Flat Opened to Public

London's Handel museum puts on Hendrix exhibition

(Newser) - The London flat Jimi Hendrix called home for the last year of his life is being opened to the public next month for the first time since the rock legend's death 40 years ago. A museum next door devoted to George Handel—who would have been Hendrix's neighbor if he'd... More »

7 Rock Stars Who Are Major Headaches

Liam, Noel Gallagher count as one...which they'd probably fight about

(Newser) - We expect rock stars to lay in beds covered in money while drinking insanely pricey liquor and, umm, doing some other stuff. But we forget about the poor, poor souls—agents, concert promoters, record producers—who depend on them to be on time...and coherent. Cracked presents the 7 rock... More »

Elvis Costello Pulls Out of Israel Concerts in Protest

'Sometimes silence is better than adding to static'

(Newser) - Elvis Costello has canceled two concerts he was due to play in Israel this summer to protest the nation's treatment of Palestinians. "There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might... More »

'Courtney Love Is Dead,' Says Courtney Love

Singer says she's switching to her real name

(Newser) - Courtney Love has had it with her stage name, which, to hear her tell it, has become more like a slave name. “The name Courtney Love is a way to oppress me,” she said in a recent interview with NME magazine. “Courtney Love is dead.” From... More »

Steven Tyler Enters Rehab

Aerosmith frontman says he's not leaving band

(Newser) - Rocker Steven Tyler has entered a rehab facility to deal with an addiction to prescription painkillers. The Aerosmith singer denied rumors he was leaving the band and said he was looking forward to getting back on the stage as soon as possible, People reports. Tyler, 61, suffers chronic pain from... More »

Rock Star of the Year? Berlusconi

Italian premier Silvio wins title thanks to sexy lifestyle

(Newser) - He might be 73, paunchy, and balding, but Silvio Berlusconi is still a rock star, says Italy’s Rolling Stone. The Italian premier was named “Rockstar of the Year” by the mag because he has a “lifestyle worthy of the greatest rock stars,” the AP reports. We... More »

KISS Drummer Beats Breast Cancer

Peter Criss aims to raise awareness of male breast cancer

(Newser) - Peter Criss has been declared cancer-free and he feels like the luckiest Catman alive. Criss, a founding member of KISS, received treatment for a tumor in his breast before it could spread and got the all-clear with his latest mammogram. The 63-year-old survivor is now doing his best to raise... More »

Pink Is Ridiculously Underrated

She can out-sing all those pop starlets, so why isn't she getting the same hype?

(Newser) - After watching Pink dangle from a trapeze 60 feet above the Radio City Music Hall stage—while belting out "Sober" perfectly—James Montgomery had a revelation: "Pink is totally underrated." She's "the total pop-star package,” he writes for MTV: tattooed, clever, confrontational, and a damn... More »

Guitarist Noel Gallagher Quits Oasis, Blames Brother Liam

(Newser) - After years of sibling rivalry that often escalated into brawls, guitarist Noel Gallagher quit the band Oasis today, the BBC reports, and blamed brother Liam. “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight,” Noel, who’s 6 years older than... More »

The Best Rock Frontmen

(Newser) - Frontmen are at the heart of rock ‘n’ roll—no matter how amazing the musicians in the band are, they still needs someone with the right mix of talent and charisma to reach the crowd. The Independent compiles the best:
  1. Johnny Rotten, Sex Pistols. Like so many other rockers,
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NJ Woman Denies Springsteen Affair

Husband accused of groundlessly dragging Boss into bitter divorce battle

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman is fiercely denying rumors that she was dancing in the dark with Bruce Springsteen, reports the Star-Ledger. The woman says the affair accusation—made in her husband's divorce filing—is groundless and the two just happen to be members of the same gym. She plans to... More »

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