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Nickelback Just Figured Out a Way to Unite All the 'Haters'

Canadian band's take on Charlie Daniels' 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' isn't going over well

(Newser) - If you worried that Charlie Daniels would disappear from our thoughts soon after his death last month at the age of 83, Nickelback has swooped in to keep his memory alive. The Canadian rockers have done so by putting out a cover of Daniels' most famous song, "The Devil... More »

RIP, Little Richard —'a Genius, Pure and Simple'

Mick Jagger, Quincy Jones are among those reacting to Little Richard's death

(Newser) - Reactions are rolling in to the death of rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard, who died Saturday at 87, the AP reports. Among them: More »

Self-Proclaimed 'Architect of Rock 'n' Roll' Is Dead at 87

Little Richard is gone

(Newser) - Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "architect of rock 'n' roll" whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday. He was 87. Pastor Bill Minson, a close friend of Little Richard's, told the AP... More »

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... More »

One of the Most Recorded Musicians in History Is Dead

Session drummer Hal Blaine played on scores of '60s, '70s hits

(Newser) - You may not have heard the name Hal Blaine, but if you've heard music from the '60s and '70s, you've heard him play. Blaine, an extremely prolific session drummer who became one of the most recorded musicians of all time, has died at the age of... More »

'We Can Stop Holding Our Breath' on Rock Hall

Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson to be inducted

(Newser) - Congratulations to Stevie Nicks. The rocker was announced Thursday as a 2019 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame following her first appearance as an individual nominee. She'll become the only woman to be entered twice, following Fleetwood Mac's 1998 induction. "I have been in... More »

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... More »

RIP to a Rock Legend: Fats Domino Is Dead

'Blueberry Hill' singer was 89

(Newser) - Rock 'n' roll legend Fats Domino is dead at age 89, reports WWL-TV of New Orleans. His daughter confirmed the news to the station. No cause of death was immediately released, but the singer—born Antoine Domino Jr. in New Orleans, per People —was surrounded by family and... More »

This Summer, Rock Out Like It's 1977

What's 40 years old is not new but still touring, and fans still flock to old favorites

(Newser) - It's more than a feeling: Many of the rock 'n' roll bands that were huge in 1977 will comprise a big part of the summer concert market 40 years later. Queen, Foreigner, Boston, Aerosmith, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, and Rod Stewart are among those launching major tours... More »

Drum Stunt Goes Wrong at Final Mötley Crüe Gig

Tommy Lee was stuck upside down on 'Crüecifly'

(Newser) - Mötley Crüe played what they promised would be their last-ever concert on New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles—and Billboard reports that they not only rocked the house, they had a mishap sure to go down in heavy metal history. Drummer Tommy Lee... More »

NTSB Could Revisit 'Day the Music Died'

Officials intrigued by man's findings in crash that killed Buddy Holly

(Newser) - Fifty-six years ago, three of early rock's brightest stars died in a plane crash that was blamed on pilot error and a bad weather report; there's also been a rumor that a gun was found among the wreckage near Iowa's Clear Lake. Now, thanks to a New... 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 »

'Mad Man of Rock and Roll' Dead at 76

Paul Revere fronted the Raiders for more than 50 years

(Newser) - Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76. The manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders says Revere died from cancer at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, over the weekend. "He'd been quiet about it for some time,"... More »

Motley Crue Retiring

Group plans one last major tour

(Newser) - Motley Crue is calling it quits after more than three decades, reports Billboard . But first the group—Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee—plans one last major tour of North America, from July 2 (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to Nov. 2 (Vancouver). The band promises that the... More »

Phil Everly of Everly Brothers Dead at 74

They had a huge influence on early rock

(Newser) - Phil Everly is dead at age 74 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and the obituaries are paying homage to just how much he and brother Don influenced the early days of rock and roll as the Everly Brothers. Songs such as "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I... More »

After 43 Years, a New Hendrix Album

'People, Hell & Angels' out tomorrow

(Newser) - More than four decades after Jimi Hendrix's 1970 death, the guitar icon is releasing a new album tomorrow. People, Hell & Angels includes 12 previously unreleased tracks the rocker completed in the studio between 1968 and 1970, the Raw Story reports. The recordings "encompass a variety of unique... 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 »

Stones Rock Secret $20 Paris Show

Mick Jagger and co. 'warm up' for big London, NYC concerts

(Newser) - To see the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary shows in London and New York, fans are shelling out at least $150 per ticket—but a lucky few hundred got to see a $20 "warm-up" gig in Paris yesterday. The band tweeted that tickets would be sold hours before the doors... More »

New Cyberattack on Iran Plays AC/DC

Virus hits Natanz nuclear site

(Newser) - Cyberwarfare has taken a turn for the awesome. A man claiming to be an Iranian nuclear scientist sent a letter to the security research group D-Secure yesterday saying that the country's Natanz facility had been hit with possibly the most rocking cyberattack in history, Geek-O-System reports. "The automation... 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 »

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