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Guitar Legend Eddie Van Halen Dead at 65

He was the 'most influential guitarist of his generation'

(Newser) - One of the greatest rock guitarists of all time died Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen's son and bandmate, confirmed his father's death in a tweet . "He was the best father I could ask for," he wrote. "...

Chili Peppers' Ex-Guitarist Is Dead

Jack Sherman joined the band in 1983, replacing original guitarist Hillel Slovak; he was 64

(Newser) - Jack Sherman, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' second guitarist who joined the band in 1983, has died of unknown causes at the age of 64, reports the Guardian . The band confirmed his death on Twitter, saying , "We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing...

Guitarist Who 'Gave Me the Cold Sweats' Has Died

Peter Green had 'the sweetest tone I ever heard,' said guitar legend BB King

(Newser) - Peter Green, the dexterous blues guitarist who led the first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac in a career shortened by psychedelic drugs and mental illness, has died at 73, the AP reports. A law firm representing his family, Swan Turton, announced the death in a statement Saturday. It said he died...

Musician at Forefront of the 'Paisley Underground' Dies at 61

Mazzy Star, Rain Parade co-founder David Roback was key figure in LA's neo-psychedelia genre

(Newser) - David Roback, a driving force in the neo-psychedelic genre and co-founder of California alt-rock band Mazzy Star, has died at age 61, per a representative for the band. The cause of death hasn't yet been released. In the early '80s, the producer, guitarist, and keyboardist co-founded Rain Parade,...

Van Halen Member Has Cancer—and a Theory

Eddie Van Halen has been flying to Germany for treatments

(Newser) - Legendary rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen has traveled to Germany for years to treat his throat cancer—for which he has an unusual explanation, TMZ reports. "I used metal picks—they're brass and copper—which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got...

King of Surf Guitar Dies at 81

Dick Dale pioneered sound in the '50s

(Newser) - Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou " and "Let's Go Trippin' " earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81. His former bassist Sam Bolle says Dale passed away Saturday night. No other details were...

Musician Plays Guitar During His Brain Surgery to Help Out Doctors

Musa Manzini was able to give medical team 'real-time feedback' during 'awake craniotomy'

(Newser) - His skull still open, a South African musician with a brain tumor played several notes on his guitar during an operation to remove most of the growth. Musa Manzini's guitar-playing helped guide the medical team in their delicate task while preserving neural pathways, says neurosurgeon Dr. Rohen Harrichandparsad. Manzini...

Buckingham: 'Smirk' Got Me Booted From Fleetwood Mac

Guitarist is suing former bandmates for nixing him from North American tour

(Newser) - Fleetwood Mac just kicked off its 50-city-plus North American tour without guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, and it wasn't because Buckingham didn't want to be there. So says the 69-year-old guitarist's new lawsuit against the group, which outlines, per Buckingham, how Stevie Nicks et al dumped him from the...

Blues Legend Who Inspired Huge Acts Dead at 84

Otis Rush made it big with 1956 hit "I Can't Quit You Baby"

(Newser) - Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, whose passionate, jazz-tinged music influenced artists from Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton to the rock band Led Zeppelin, died Saturday at the age of 84, his longtime manager says, per the AP . Rush succumbed to complications from a stroke he suffered in 2003, manager...

Allman Brothers' Dicky Betts Has Emergency Brain Surgery

Manager says it was a success and thanks fans

(Newser) - Dicky Betts had been on the mend from a "minor stroke" he suffered in August, and just one week ago the Allman Brothers Band guitarist was said to be "raring to go" in preparations for upcoming November shows, per a message his manager posted on Facebook . But a...

Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Is Dead at 68

Danny Kirwan died Friday in London

(Newser) - Mick Fleetwood says former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died at age 68, the AP reports. Fleetwood says in a Facebook post that Kirwan died Friday in London. No cause of death was given. Kirwan was part of the iconic band from 1968-1972, playing on the albums "Then...

3 Doors Down Guitarist Dies at 38

Matt Roberts was found dead in a Wisconsin hotel; drug overdose is suspected

(Newser) - Matt Roberts, the lead guitarist for 3 Doors Down from the group's founding in 1996 until he left for health reasons in 2012, was found dead Saturday in a Wisconsin hotel, reports Rolling Stone . He was 38. "I was wakened at 8:50 this morning by some detectives...

Eric Clapton Now Struggles to Play Guitar

71-year-old guitar legend has nerve damage

(Newser) - A tough break for Eric Clapton: The 71-year-old guitar legend says he now struggles to play at all because of nerve damage. "It started with lower back pain and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy—which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your...

Beastie Boy Who Named the Band Dies at Age 52

John Berry left the group shortly after first 7-inch EP was released

(Newser) - One of the original Beastie Boys—and the one said to have coined the hip-hop band's name—has died at the age of 52, Rolling Stone reports. Guitarist John Berry died at a Danvers, Mass., hospice Thursday, his stepmother, Louise Berry, tells the AP , noting that he had suffered...

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...

Folk Music Legend Doc Watson Dead at 89

Master flatpicker changed folk music forever

(Newser) - No history of American folk and country music would be complete without a mention of blind guitar wizard Doc Watson, who has died at the age of 89. His rapid-fire flatpicking style influenced generations of musicians, and helped elevate the guitar to lead instrument status in the country music of...

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...

Les Paul's Genius Will Be Missed

(Newser) - Les Paul's death today at age 94 has the accolades pouring in:
  • Lou Carlozo, True/Slant: "The solid-body Les Paul guitar that Lester developed with Gibson in the early 1950s is rock and roll. Like the Fender Stratocaster, its shape is so synonymous with the genre that any musician can
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Music Legend Les Paul Dead at 94

Inventor, guitarist 'changed the course of 20th-century popular music'

(Newser) - Musical innovator and guitar legend Les Paul died today in White Plains, NY. He was 94. A “virtuoso guitarist” himself, in the early 1940s Paul pioneered the “log” guitar, “probably the first solid-body electric guitar," writes Jon Pareles of the New York Times. His popular Gibson...

Johnny McCain No Goode for Chuck Berry

Rock 'n' roll legend is rooting for Obama to win the White House

(Newser) - Chuck Berry hopes Barack Obama will rock his way to victory in November—even though it's John McCain who used Berry's classic Johnny B. Goode as a theme song in the early days of the campaign. The McCain camp has since switched to Abba's Take a Chance On Me. Berry,...

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