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Lynyrd Skynyrd To Keep Waving The Confederate Flag

September 25th, 2012 8:43am EDT
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd have reversed their decision to drop the Confederate flag from their stage show following an outcry from fans.

The Sweet Home Alabama singers previously announced they would no longer use the banner, which has been part of their act for many years, over claims its original message had been lost amid race issues.

The musicians insisted they didn't want to be associated with racist groups who have adopted the flag as their own.

However, the rockers have now changed their minds after receiving criticism from their supporters.

Guitarist Gary Rossington wr...
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Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant Hospitalized

August 11th, 2011 11:20am EDT
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd have cancelled a series of concerts after singer Johnny Van Zant was hospitalized over the weekend.

The frontman was admitted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday to seek treatment for complications from a previous surgery.

Doctors diagnosed him with a Staphylococcal infection and have ordered him to stay off the stage until he recovers.

As a result, the Sweet Home Alabama rockers have pulled out of a number of shows, including stops in Michigan, South Dakota and Missouri, while a handful of gigs have been postponed.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Restaurant To Open In Vegas

June 10th, 2011 12:55pm EDT
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd are set to open a restaurant in Las Vegas. The group has teamed up with several Sin City restaurateurs to create Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

The venue, which will serve Texas-style BBQ food, will be dedicated to the band and decked out with memorabilia from the rockers' long running career. Musical entertainment will be provided by tribute acts, while patrons will be encouraged to get up and sing their favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd songs.

The band has also promised to perform at the restaurant "throughout the year."

A statement posted on the...
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The Real Lynyrd Skynyrd Dies

September 21st, 2010 9:00am EDT
Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Florida teacher who inspired rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd's misspelled name has died.

Leonard Skinner died on Monday at a nursing home in Riverside, Florida. He was 77.

The Freebird rockers paid a sarcastic tribute to their former gym teacher, who lived in infamy during band founders Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington's school days, because he had a habit of sending boys to the principal for growing their hair too long.

Ironically, many of the bandmates later became friends with Skinner.

See more photos of Lynyrd Skynyrd here!
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Bret Michaels Plans Concert Return Date For May 26

April 29th, 2010 9:00am EDT
Bret Michaels
Worried fans of ailing rocker Bret Michaels have been given a big boost - his aides are hopeful he'll be back onstage late next month.

The Poison singer is recovering in an Arizona hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage last week and initial reports suggested he was facing months of rehabilitation.

But there's new hope for concerned fans - shows postponed due to the star's ill health are already being tentatively rescheduled.

In a post on his MySpace.com website, a publicist writes, "While Bret is recovering, we obviously have some shows that are being rescheduled. We are working to...
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Kid Rock On Twitter: 'It's Gay'

July 29th, 2009 11:31am EDT
Kid Rock
Kid Rock is not a big fan of Twitter, apparently. Despite a user posing as Kid Rock on Twitter - the fact that his mug shot is the user avatar should clue you in that it's a fake - the self-proclaimed "American Bad Ass" has not kind words for the site.

"It's gay. If one more person asks me if I have a Twitter, I'm going to tell them, 'Twitter this [expletive], [expletive],' I don't have anything to say, and what I have to say is not that relevant. Anything that is relevant, I'm going to bottle it up and then squeeze it onto a record somewhere." He told Page Six.

Most recently, Kid Roc...
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Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

July 1st, 2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...
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Hank Williams Jr. Releases New Album, '127 Rose Avenue'

June 15th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Hank Williams Jr. new album 127 Rose Avenue
Hank Williams Jr. has been a walking embodiment of American music for three generations of fans. As a youngster, he sang his father's songs, carrying forward country's richest legacy. As a young adult, he forged his own million-selling, award-winning path, becoming an icon of Outlaw country and Southern rock, helping bridge the gap between Johnny Cash and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Today, he is seen as a founding father of both genres, serving as inspiration for musicians ranging from Montgomery Gentry to Kid Rock.

Along the way, Hank Jr. has become a living icon, an American original whose accompl...
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Kid Rock And Lynyrd Skynyrd Bring Back Highly Successful 'Rock And Rebels Tour'

March 16th, 2009 11:34pm EDT
Kid Rock
Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd announce they will join forces again to provide the best show of the summer, reprising last year's highly successful "Rock and Rebels" tour. The Live Nation produced tour kicks off in West Palm Beach, FL at the Cruzan Amphitheater with a 22 market trek through outdoor amphitheaters across the country. Tickets go on sale beginning March 20th, for specific on-sale dates and additional ticket information go to www.livenation.com.

Kid Rock's Rock 'N Roll Jesus debuted at #1 in 2007 and became the #1 selling rock album in America in 2008. Sales of the record co...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

September 8th, 2008 9:14am EDT
One Tree Hill
Monday, Sept 8

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox, 8 p.m.) - Happy 16th Birthday, John Connor! Your terminator friend just blew up, there's some really bad guys after you and Shirley Manson appears to have something up her sleeve.

Gossip Girl (The CW, 8 p.m.) - We're still angry that the promo last week spoiled the Duchess reveal. It's still juicy though.

One Tree Hill (The CW, 9 p.m.) - Brooke's got revenge on her mind after being attacked.

Prison Break (Fox, 9 p.m.) - Smart move resurrecting Sara. Now, if only we knew what was going on, but we kind of forgot ...
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How Will We Categorize Our Current Decade of Music?

July 24th, 2008 8:45am EDT
50 Cent
We all know that the 70s was the decade of classic/arena rock, the 80s was the decade of hair metal/synth pop and the 90s was the decade of grunge/alternative rock. This brings up a question that a lot of music lovers must wonder: how will we categorize our current decade of music?

It's funny how music tends to change every generation. The 70s was the era of classic rock where groups such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd took over the entire music scene. Next up was the 80s, where both hair metal rockers such as Guns 'N Roses, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi reigned, along with ...
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AARP Tour: Bands That Shouldn't Be Touring Anymore

June 24th, 2008 10:25am EDT
Steely Dan
Sometimes it seems like a band just doesn't know when to quit. Just imagine how many times you've heard some classic rock DJ try to pawn off front row tickets to Steely Dan, or how many advertisements you've seen for a free REO Speedwagon show at the naval base followed by fireworks and the Glen Hill retirement community brass band. While I'll admit that the willingness of these groups to play every major outdoor amphitheater each summer showcases their tenacity, it doesn't exactly work wonders for their dignity. After a while, playing to half-empty audiences of drunken suburbanites has to ...
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Can Guitar Hero Top Itself?

April 10th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Guitar Hero
When the first Guitar Hero was released for the Playstation 2 in November 2005, it was met with both critical acclaim and a lot of buzz: a video game that substituted a simulated guitar for the standard controller? Why, it was unheard of! The game sold a modest 1.5 million copies and was popular enough to launch an entire franchise that has only gotten better with time.

Take, for example, the setlists. The original game, with a mere 47 songs, was composed of almost entirely cover versions. Guitar Hero II, on the other hand, contained 64 songs, four of which were actually recorded by th...
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Mississippi Rockers Saving Abel Release Video For New Single; Announce Tour Dates

April 9th, 2008 5:32pm EDT
Saving Abel
On their self-titled Virgin Records debut, Saving Abel boast a cool, alt-rock, Southern-tinged sound that's instantly familiar and irresistible. With songs ranging from the intense rocker "New Tattoo" to the sexy groove of the first single, "Addicted," the quintet from Corinth, Mississippi are radio-ready.

Singer Jared Weeks and guitarist Jason Null met in late 2004, and by 2005 were recording acoustic demos with producer Skidd Mills (12 Stones, Saliva, Submersed). Saving Abel then moved into a more rock/electric direction with a full band lineup, while "Addicted" garnered local radio...
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The Best Four Years Of Your Life: Top 10 High School Movies

April 2nd, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Sixteen Candles
Before Lindsay Lohan became a Mean Girl and Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron became High School Musical sweethearts, Winona Ryder was a Heather and Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy were our favorite couple from two different worlds.

Today's popular teen flicks would have never existed without the high school classics that made and shaped the genre. What makes a great high school movie is the legacy they've made on generations of teenagers, despite the decade they grew up in. These are the movies with the unforgettable characters, witty lines, and the feeling of being forever young. The...
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Song 'Sweet Home Alabama' To Become Alabama's Tourism Theme

September 18th, 2007 2:28pm EDT
Lynyrd Skynyrd
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) _ At the start of ''Sweet Home Alabama,'' Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant shouts ''Turn it up!'' And that's what the state of Alabama plans to do with its new tourism campaign. Gov. Bob Riley has announced that Alabama's tourism agency will use the line ''Sweet Home Alabama'' to market the state in 2008.

State Tourism Director Lee Sentell said the line -used first in the Lynyrd Skynyrd song in 1974 and then in the 2002 movie starring Reese Witherspoon - will be featured throughout the state's $4.5 million marking program next year. The campaign symbol is a...
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After Opening For Faith Hill And Tim McGraw's 'Soul2Soul' Tour, Halfway To Hazard Set To Release Debut CD

August 8th, 2007 1:23pm EDT
Halfway To Hazard
Halfway To Hazard is Chad Warrix and David Tolliver. Chad and David have been friends since grade school each performing, making music and raising hell all of their lives. The guys are from the coal-country of Eastern Kentucky, Jackson and Hindman respectfully, just outside of Hazard, KY. Halfway To Hazard was formed while David, a solo artist who was writing songs for industry giant EMI and Warrix, who was coming off a major label recording deal of his own with his band Sodium, decided it would be interesting to take the stage together. Now three years later, they find their talents com...
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Charlie Hunter Makes Fantasy Debut With 'Mistico'; Returns To His Trio Beginnings

July 31st, 2007 4:10pm EDT
Mistico
It's been two and a half years since Charlie Hunter's last release, Copperopolis. This is certainly not too long to wait if you're happy with the jazz status quo. But for those of you who are Hunter fans Mistico has been a long time coming.

With Mistico, Hunter's first release on Fantasy Records, he continues the quest he's been on since he left Blue Note years ago; a quest no more complicated than the enjoyment of music-his own and others'. And he seems at least a few steps closer to what he's been looking for. "I wanted everything to sound like one kind of large instrument that will ...
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Tesla Says "Thank You" To Their Rock & Roll Heroes With The Release Of 'Real To Reel'; Summer Tour

May 2nd, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Tesla
Tesla--Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar)-has always been revered as a bluesy, no-frills, '70s-style hard rock band, concentrating on solid musicianship more than the trends of modern music. Now, after selling over 16 million albums worldwide since bursting onto the scene in 1986, they're paying homage to their hard rock heroes on their sixth studio album, Real To Reel, due out June 5 on their own independent label, Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).

The first single, Le...
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony To Air Live On VH1 Classic

March 2nd, 2007 12:19pm EST
Van Halen
For the first time ever, VH1 Classic will air the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" LIVE on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 PM/ET. Music fans will get to see and hear Van Halen, R.E.M., Patti Smith, The Ronettes, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five get inducted into this esteemed musical institution as the action and music unfolds.

For the first time, this year's induction ceremony will be telecast live from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on VH1 Classic and MHD: MTV Networks' high-definition music channel on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 PM/ET. In addition, a speci...
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Attend Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp for Just Under $10,000

January 12th, 2007 12:05pm EST
Steve Vai
Welcome to the Hotel California!! Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp (RRFC) goes Hollywood (Presidents' Day Weekend, Feb. 15-19) -- giving campers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn rock from the masters. Over five-days -- and guided by a Who's Who of rock legends -- campers of all musical abilities and backgrounds will form bands, hone their skills, jam with their idols and become "rock stars." The camp culminates in a Battle of the Bands blowout at the House Of Blues on Sunset.

The camp's professors of rock include: Paul Stanley (KISS), Brian Wilson (Co-founder, The Beach Boys), Mickey...
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Guitar Legends JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Unite For An Epic, Soulful CD: "The Road To Escondido"

October 27th, 2006 12:56pm EDT
Eric Clapton
After years of admiring each other's musical masterworks and Clapton covers of Cale songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," guitar greats J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton have teamed up for the first time to create an original album together, The Road To Escondido. The 14 track CD was produced and recorded by the duo in August 2005 in California. The resulting music defies being labeled into any one category, but instead finds influence across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk. A hybrid sound that is unique musically, while still bearing the signature styles of Cale and Clap...
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"My Name Is Earl" Soundtrack Features Exclusive New Recordings From Uncle Kracker, Matthew Sweet, and John Hiatt; Plus Earl's Own Picks

September 18th, 2006 12:29pm EDT
My Name Is Earl
"My Name Is Earl - The Album" features brand new, never before released tracks from Matthew Sweet, Uncle Kracker, John Hiatt and rock newcomers Van Nuys, recorded exclusively for the soundtrack. In addition, the album includes some of Earl's favorite songs used in episodes which aired during the premiere '05-'06 season. Shout! Factory worked with Earl (Jason Lee) and the show's creator Greg Garcia to put together the soundtrack, which also includes key sound bytes from the show, and an unheard vocal version of the "My Name Is Earl" theme song. "My Name Is Earl - The Album" arrives in sto...
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Billy Ray Cyrus Rocks Country Again With "Wanna Be Your Joe"

August 21st, 2006 12:54pm EDT
Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus took the music world by storm with his rockin' country. Now, on his newest album, he returns to those Southern rock roots. "Wanna Be Your Joe" celebrates the joys, heroes and music of a generation that brought together rock and country.

From "Country Music Has The Blues" featuring greats George Jones and Loretta Lynn, "The Freebird Fell" penned with Lynyrd Skynyrd's Artemis Pyle and Ed King, and "The Man," a tribute to NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, to the tongue-in-cheek "I Want My Mullet Back," Wanna Be Your Joe is about the life and loves of the average Joe. In fac...
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Artists Added to CMA Music Festival TV Special

July 6th, 2006 2:30pm EDT
Sara Evans
Heart-warming stories and riveting musical performances are the heart and soul of summer's hot TV special "CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party," which airs Monday, July 24 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

Added to the list of artists appearing on the special are Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert. Several of today's top hit makers are already scheduled to perform including Brooks & Dunn, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Hank Williams Jr. Additional artists will be announced soon.

CMA Mus...
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Billy Ray Cyrus' New Album Drops July 18

June 12th, 2006 1:29pm EDT
Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus took the music world by storm with his rockin' country. Now, on his newest album, he returns to those Southern rock roots. "Wanna Be Your Joe," which will be released July 18, celebrates the joys, heroes and music of a generation that brought together rock and country. Interested in concert tickets? Go here.

From "Country Music Has The Blues" featuring greats George Jones and Loretta Lynn, "The Freebird Fell" penned with Lynyrd Skynyrd's Artemis Pyle and Ed King, and "The Man," a tribute to NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, to the tongue-in-cheek "I Want My Mullet Back," "W...
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2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

November 28th, 2005 12:45pm EST
Black Sabbath
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announced its 2006 Inductees. This year's class includes Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Sex Pistols, plus the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss. The Twenty-First Annual Induction Ceremony will be held Monday, March 13th 2006 in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Here's some more info on this year's inductees...

Black Sabbath – (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward) Formed in Birmingham, England in 1968, Black Sabbath stands as the premier purveyors of heavy met...
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