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Pink Floyd Rocker Waters Wears SS Gear in Berlin

Israel's Twitter account responds, 'Good morning to everyone but Roger Waters...'

(Newser) - Rock concerts are sometimes explosive, but when former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters took to the stage in Berlin, things got hotter than anticipated—and not in a positive way. The Jerusalem Post reports that during his performance last week, Waters donned an SS uniform and compared Anne Frank to...

Singer Was a Pioneer Offstage, as Well
Singer Was
a Pioneer
as Well


Singer Was a Pioneer Offstage, as Well

Lloyd Price might have had the first rock hit

(Newser) - Singer-songwriter Lloyd Price, an early rock 'n' roll star and enduring maverick whose hits included such up-tempo favorites as "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "Personality," and the semi-forbidden "Stagger Lee," has died. He was 88. Price died Monday in New Rochelle, New York, of complications...

'Leather Tuscadero' Gets Her Due
'Leather Tuscadero'
Gets Her Due
in case you missed it

'Leather Tuscadero' Gets Her Due

Documentary pays tribute to pioneering female rocker Suzi Quatro

(Newser) - She's a pioneering female rocker from Detroit named Suzi Quatro who gained a worldwide following in the 1970s with a string of hits like "Can the Can." Quatro's name, however, is recognized more outside the US than in her native country. In fact, she is perhaps...

Christian Rocker Says He No Longer Believes in God

Hawk Nelson frontman says he was shocked to find how many others feel the same way

(Newser) - The lead singer of award-winning Christian band Hawk Nelson says he's decided to tell the truth: He no longer believes in God, and has had doubts for many years. In a lengthy Instagram post , Jonathan Steingard says he has been "terrified" about making the announcement, but it feels...

Bad Company Lead Singer Dead at 66
Bad Company
Lead Singer
Dead at 66

Bad Company Lead Singer Dead at 66

Brian Howe, also a solo artist, suffered cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Brian Anthony Howe, the former lead singer of rock band Bad Company, has died at 66. Howe suffered cardiac arrest Wednesday and died either at his Florida home or on the way to a hospital, a relative tells TMZ . The singer also suffered a heart attack in 2017. Howe replaced...

'I Love Rock 'N' Roll' Writer Dies From Coronavirus

Alan Merrill was 69

(Newser) - Alan Merrill—who wrote the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett—died Sunday in New York of complications from the coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 69. Laura Merrill said on her Facebook account that he died in...

Hall & Oates Rocker: You Can't 'Comprehend' How I Lived

John Oates explains his old love life

(Newser) - Well, he might just be right. John Oates, of the mega pop duo Hall & Oates, says "there's no way you can comprehend" his love life back in the day. "I'm sure it was thousands," he tells the New York Post when asked how many...

Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dead at 67
A Drumming Legend
Dead at 67

A Drumming Legend Dead at 67

Rush's Neil Peart was diagnosed with brain cancer more than 3 years ago

(Newser) - A drumming rock legend has died. Rush's Neil Peart, who the CBC notes was "revered by fans and fellow musicians as one of the greatest drummers of all time," passed away Tuesday at age 67 in Santa Monica, Calif., per a statement issued by a family spokesperson,...

Cars Lead Singer Rick Ocasek Found Dead
Cars Lead Singer
Ric Ocasek Found Dead

Cars Lead Singer Ric Ocasek Found Dead

New Wave pioneer was 75

(Newser) - Ric Ocasek, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of pioneering New Wave band The Cars, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday afternoon. Police say the 75-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after relatives found him unresponsive, Fox News reports. The cause of death is unclear, though police say...

How Native Americans 'Rocked the World'

A new PBS documentary aims to set the record straight

(Newser) - As a child, Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents' home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like...

April Wine Frontman Gets 'Unbelievable' Message

His beloved Gibson guitar wasn't actually destroyed

(Newser) - Myles Goodwyn loved that guitar—and then it was gone, for 46 years. The former April Wine frontman says he played his Gibson Melody Maker on songs like "You Could Have Been a Lady" and "Bad Side of the Moon" with the Canadian band in the early 1970s,...

Malcolm Young of AC/DC Dies After Dementia Battle

Band co-founder/guitarist was 64

(Newser) - "Malcolm, job well done." So ends a Facebook post from Australian rock behemoth AC/DC announcing the death of band co-founder/guitarist Malcolm Young. He was 64 and reportedly died with his family at his bedside. Rolling Stone reports Young's three-year battle with dementia had led him to step...

Canada Just Lost a National Treasure
Canada Just Lost
a National Treasure

Canada Just Lost a National Treasure

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

(Newser) - After he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer , the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie didn't wait for death to take him. He embarked on a sold-out concert tour , released a solo album, raised money for cancer research, and put a spotlight on issues affecting indigenous Canadians, leading to his...

Linkin Park Singer Hangs Himself: TMZ
Linkin Park Singer
Commits Suicide

Linkin Park Singer Commits Suicide

Chester Bennington dead at 41

(Newser) - Another suicide in the rock world: TMZ reports Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has hanged himself. He was 41. The site's report comes via police sources who say his body was found before 9am local time at a home in Palos Verdes Estates, California. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Bennington'...

Gene Simmons Claims This Widely Used Hand Sign Is His

He's filed a trademark request

(Newser) - The "rock on" hand gesture is sported by everyone from teen girls to Spider-Man—but Gene Simmons claims it's all his. The KISS frontman filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office on Friday in an effort to trademark the sign, per the Hollywood Reporter . While...

Police Report: Chris Cornell Said 'I'm Just Tired'

Ohio festival pays tribute to Soundgarden frontman

(Newser) - Chris Cornell kept saying "I'm just tired" in his final phone conversation with his wife, according to a police report with more details on the final hour of the Soundgarden frontman's life. Vicky Cornell, alarmed by how different her husband sounded, called band bodyguard Martin Kirsten, who...

Chris Cornell's Wife Points to Prescription Drug

Says he took higher than usual dose of Ativan before 'suicide'

(Newser) - Despite a preliminary autopsy report claiming " suicide by hanging ," Chris Cornell's wife says the rocker's death may have been accidental. Vicky Cornell says the Soundgarden frontman had a prescription for anti-anxiety medication Ativan, and told her "he may have taken an extra Ativan or two"...

Chris Cornell's Last Song Was One About Death
Chris Cornell's Last Song
Was One About Death
the rundown

Chris Cornell's Last Song Was One About Death

Medical examiner rules suicide by hanging in death of Soundgarden frontman

(Newser) - The death of Chris Cornell , frontman of legendary '90s grunge band Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has been ruled "suicide by hanging," reports the Detroit News . The 52-year-old was found in his hotel room hours after a sold-out performance in Detroit when his wife, Vicky Karayiannis, asked a...

Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Dead at 52
Soundgarden Singer
Chris Cornell Dead at 52

Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Dead at 52

Rep says grunge legend died suddenly

(Newser) - Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to the AP . Bumbery called the death...

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...

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