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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 »

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 »

'Michele Bachmann Overdrive': Not a Tribute Band

Group hopes to capitalize on her name while poking fun

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann is such an icon these days, she’s even got a band named after her—though its members aren’t her biggest fans. “The concept is to have a band that captures the spirit of Michele Bachmann by being somewhat ill-prepared, not really up to the challenge... More »

NYC's Storied Chelsea Hotel Closes Doors

Guests barred in landmark that once housed legends like Dylan and Hendrix

(Newser) - It looks as though rock and roll could lose one of its most storied landmarks. The Chelsea Hotel in New York City will be closed to guests for an indefinite period of time, reports the New York Times . A developer is set to spend $80 million on the dingy throwback... More »

Kings of Leon Cancel Rest of US Tour

Frontman Caleb Followill suffering from 'vocal issues and exhaustion'

(Newser) - If you were married to a Victoria's Secret model, you'd probably want more time off, too. Kings of Leon have canceled the rest of their US tour so frontman Caleb Followill can rest and recuperate, reports TMZ . "We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are... More »

'Yakety Yak' Singer Carl Gardner Dead at 83

Coasters lead singer was rock 'n' roll, R&B pioneer

(Newser) - Pioneering rocker Carl Gardner has died after more than a half-century of doo-wopping. Gardner, lead singer of the Coasters and the only surviving member from the group's heyday, died in Florida after a long illness, reports the AP . He was 83. The Coasters shot to fame in the late... More »

US Won't Trademark Band's 'Racist' Name

Asian-American rockers The Slants say moniker celebrates identity

(Newser) - Hoping to break through to the national scene, a Portland rock band figured it should trademark its name—but its application has been rejected, twice, on the grounds the name is racist, the Oregonian reports in a story picked up by Pat's Papers . The Slants are an Asian-American band with... More »

Furious Fans Force Guns N' Roses Off Stage

Late start to concert irks Irish audience

(Newser) - Maybe all they needed was a little patience? Irate Irish fans booed Guns N' Roses and pelted the band with plastic bottles and cups after the rockers started a concert in Dublin 40 minutes late, the Irish Times reports. Axl Rose warned the audience: "One more bottle and we... More »

'Accidental' OD Killed Slipknot Bassist

Coroner blames morphine for Paul Gray's death

(Newser) - An "accidental" overdose of morphine and the painkiller fentanyl caused the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray last month, according to autopsy results. The coroner says the 38-year-old also suffered from "significant heart disease," Reuters reports. Investigators found no evidence that Gray had prescriptions for either the... More »

Someone Already Took Your Awesome Band Name

Chances are other band has a MySpace page, and that means trademark

(Newser) - You’d think Led Zeppelin great John Paul Jones wouldn’t have trouble finding a name for his new band, but the small world of Internet has allowed even tiny groups to jealously guard their appellations. It seems like every name is taken. “Think of a great band name... More »

Rivers Cuomo Injured in Weezer Bus Crash

Indie darlings were en route from Toronto to Boston

(Newser) - Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo suffered minor injuries this morning when a bus carrying the band from Toronto to Boston ran off the New York State Thruway about 40 miles west of Albany. Cuomo complained of rib pain and was taken to a local hospital after the tour bus slid on... More »

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