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'Baker Street' Singer Gerry Rafferty Dies (Videos)

January 4th, 2011 7:19pm EST
Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty, the man behind hits like "Stuck In The Middle With You" and "Baker Street," has died at age 63.

The Scottish musician passed away from liver failure on Tuesday after a long battle with alcoholism.

Rafferty fell ill in November and was hooked up to a life-support machine after he was admitted to the hospital.

His family members were told he had little chance of survival, but his health improved slightly over Christmas, and Rafferty died at his home with his daughter, Martha, by his bedside.

The singer began his career as a busker, before forming folk group the Humblebums ...
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Eagles Of Death Metal Bassist Diagnosed With Cancer

June 16th, 2010 10:15pm EDT
Eagles of Death Metal
Eagles of Death Metal bass player Brian O'Connor is to undergo surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday after doctors diagnosed him with cancer.

The rocker insists his prognosis is good and he's looking forward to getting back onstage after beating the disease through ongoing treatment and chemotherapy.

A statement from O'Connor to fans reads, "With the remarkable support and love from my amazing friends and family, I am receiving the best medical and moral attention one could ask for. I cannot thank everyone enough for their continued support and involvement.

"I am excited for my full recove...
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The Devoted Concert Goer's Pet Peeves

November 19th, 2008 10:41am EST
Chris Brown and Rihanna Concert In The Philippines
Going to a concert is the main way a devoted fan can pay homage to their favorite band. However, if you happen to be a person who goes to concerts often there are many reasons to stay at home. Here's our list of the devoted concert goer's pet peeves:

1. Overpriced Tickets

The same band you paid $15 to see when they were nobodies are now charging $100 to see them play live. What's the difference? A hit single.

2. Scalpers

Scalpers try to get desperate fans to shell out hundreds to thousands of dollars for less than two hours of entertainment. It's even more annoying ...
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Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

November 11th, 2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...
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Denny's Shakes Things Up With New Allnighter Rockstar Menu

September 26th, 2008 7:15pm EDT
Taking Back Sunday
Denny's introduces a new line-up of chefs in their kitchen with the launch of the Rockstar menu. Top musicians, such as the All-American Rejects, Taking Back Sunday, Plain White T's, and the Eagles of Death Metal join Denny's to create the new Denny's Rockstar Menu presented by Dr Pepper.

"We teamed up with popular bands in an out-of-the-box way to develop a menu by rock stars for our rock star guests," said Mark Chmiel, chief marketing and innovation officer for Denny's. "Music and late night are a part of the Denny's DNA. Denny's has been a late-night destination for musicians, f...
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Tickets Will Fly, Crowds Will Roar, Eagles Of Death Metal Going On Tour

September 26th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Eagles of Death Metal
Currently breaking hearts and bottles in the southwest, Eagles of Death Metal are getting ready to seduce the rest of the country. The band is in the midst of successful, co-headlining tour with The Hives, much to the delight of Texans, Californians, and Arizonians everywhere and to the disappointment of everywhere else-ians.

But have no fear, rest of country— new tour dates have appeared! Eagles are ready to strike a city near you like a swift karate slap to the jugular. After unleashing Heart On to the masses, the courageous cast of characters will hit the open waters on the first h...
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'LA Ink' Debuts With A Bang

August 9th, 2007 9:55am EDT
LA Ink
On average, more than 2.8 million people tuned in Tuesday night at 10 p.m. to see "LA Ink's" star Kat Von D return to Los Angeles, assemble her new crew, and start building her new shop in Hollywood.

Staring Kat Von D, "LA Ink" centers on the tattoo parlor she opened in Los Angeles and features the stories behind the artists and the tattoos they create. Joining Kat Von D in the shop are three of the world’s top artists, two of whom are woman, proving that great art shares no gender bias.

An exciting shop with a rock n roll flavor, "LA Ink" is the perfect backdrop for people from...
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UNKLE Makes Debut As Live Band With Fall North American Tour Dates

August 8th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
UNKLE
Following a successful summer run of high-profile shows overseas including headlining the mainstage at Benicassim in Spain after Muse and the Glade Festival in Reading, U.K., UNKLE has announced it will come to North America this October for a short run of tour dates. Spearheaded by frontman James Lavelle, releases Psyence Fiction and Never, Never, Land. Check out live footage from the aforementioned Benicassim show here.

The 's only U.S. festival show this year at the Vegoose Festival. Tickets for all the tour dates, except for Vegoose which are available now, go on sale this Friday,...
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UNKLE Returns With 'War Stories,' A Collection Of Desert Songs, Due Out July 24

June 14th, 2007 12:30pm EDT
UNKLE
UNKLE return with their third album, War Stories, a collection of desert songs due out in North America July 24 on James Lavelle's new Surrender All label, marketed and sold by Red Ink, a division of Red Distribution. Co-produced by 's trademark sound with traditional rock influences to stunning effect.

Like its critically acclaimed predecessors Psyence Fiction and Never, Never, Land, there are a host of guest vocalists that appear on this album including Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), The Duke Spirit, 3D (Massive Attack), Autolux, Gavin Clark (Clayhill) and long time cohort Ric...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 17

May 17th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Bob Saget
Happy Birthday to Irish singer Andrea Corr (1974), Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal founder Josh Homme (1973), NKOTB singer Jordan Knight (1970), Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor (1965), Irish new-age singer Enya (1961), former Iron Maiden lead singer Paul Di'Anno (1959), actor/comedian Bob Saget (1956), boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard (1956), "Big Love" star Bill Paxton (1955), Yes drummer Bill Bruford (1949), blues singer Taj Mahal (1942), "True Romance" actor Dennis Hopper (1936), "Tarzan" actress Maureen O'Sullivan (1911; d. 1998), and French composer Erik Satie (1866; d...
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Brody Dalle of The Distillers Has A New Band

April 2nd, 2007 2:51pm EDT
The Distillers
Brody Dalle -- known as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for punk band The Distillers -- has formed a new band called Spinnerette, which will begin recording their debut album in Los Angeles in 2007. Alain Johannes, who has worked with rock luminaries such as PJ Harvey, Eagles of Death Metal, Chris Cornell, and No Doubt, will produce and play on the album.

After the release and touring cycle of The Distillers' third album and debut for Sire Records, Coral Fang, Dalle had written a batch of songs with plans to go back into the studio to record them for a future release. "But,"...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

December 31st, 2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...
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Tony Hawk's Project 8 Track List Revealed

October 17th, 2006 1:49pm EDT
Tony Hawk
Activision, Inc. is rocking gamers with an all-star musical line-up for the upcoming Tony Hawk’s Project 8 video game, including the debut of a track from the highly anticipated Plus-44 album, When Your Heart Stops Beating. The track Lycanthrope, is among 56 heart-pounding songs that will be featured in-game from such artists as Wolfmother, Gnarls Barkley and Kasabian. Full List Below!

“The Tony Hawk’s Project 8 soundtrack features an eclectic collection of original and licensed music from punk rock and hip hop to metal,” said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music at Activision. “T...
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Cold War Kids Release "Robbers & Cowards;" Listen Here

October 16th, 2006 12:06pm EDT
Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids – Matt Aveiro (drums) , Matt Maust (bass), Jonnie Russell (guitar), Nathan Willett (vocals/piano) – began in the fall of '04 with jangly guitar, handclaps, and a Harmony amp in a storage room atop a restaurant in Fullerton, CA. Using songs of Dylan, Billie Holiday, and the Velvet Underground as a road map, they listened to their tiny inner voice to manipulate and structure their honest musical style. In 2005/2006 Cold War Kids self-released three six song EP's (Mulberry Street, Up in Rags, and With our Wallets Full) and toured relentlessly, sometimes with compadres Tapes ‘n Ta...
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Death Metal Band Supports Britney Spears

October 11th, 2006 12:59pm EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears has been offered unlikely help with her comeback by rockers Eagles Of Death Metal. The heavy metal group's singer Jesse Hughes is a huge fan of the pop star and is desperate to re-launch Spears into the charts following her hiatus from music to have a family with husband Kevin Federline.

Hughes also praised Spears song “Toxic,” saying, "Isn't it one of the greatest songs you've ever heard?"

Speaking to MTV news, Hughes says, "Britney, please let me help you, girl. I will do whatever you need to help you make that comeback. Britney Spears' videos rock, and I don't ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 17

May 17th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Bob Saget
Happy Birthday to Irish singer Andrea Corr (1974), Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal founder Josh Homme (1973), NKOTB singer Jordan Knight (1970), Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor (1965), Irish new-age singer Enya (1961), former Iron Maiden lead singer Paul Di'Anno (1959), actor/comedian Bob Saget (1956), boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard (1956), "Big Love" star Bill Paxton (1955), Yes drummer Bill Bruford (1949), blues singer Taj Mahal (1942), "True Romance" actor Dennis Hopper (1936), "Tarzan" actress Maureen O'Sullivan (1911; d. 1998), and French composer Erik Satie (1866; d...
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Coachella 2006 Line-Up Announced

February 1st, 2006 4:11pm EST
Bloc Party
The official line up for the 2006 Coachella music festival has been announced! Tool, Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Blunt and dozens of other bands & artists will converge April 29th and 30th in Indio, California. Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 4th at Noon (PST). The complete line-up is below...

Saturday, April 29th

Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Common, Atmosphere, Carl Cox, My Morning Jacket, TV on the Radio, Ladytron, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tosca, Cat Power, Animal Collective, HARD-Fi, De...
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Queens Of The Stone Age Updates

November 18th, 2005 9:18am EST
Queens of the Stone Age
Following the end of their national tour with Nine Inch Nails, the Queens Of The Stone Age will perform on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, November 28th, joined by ZZ Top member and bearded guitar legend Billy Gibbons for a live performance of their latest single, "Burn The Witch."

According to Queens front man Josh Homme, the pairing of the two musical heavyweights was a natural fit. "When Billy came in to play guitar and sing on 'Burn The Witch' during the recording of Lullabies To Paralyze, we were blown off. Everything he did was spot on -- even getting his beard...
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