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Immortalized: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2015 Announced

12/16/2014 4:03pm EST
Green Day, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan Top
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 was officially announced on Tuesday morning, revealing eight new bands and artists who will be immortalized in Cleveland, Ohio (is that really a good thing?)

Although they received only 2.59% of the fan vote, Green Day was elected to the Hall in their first year of eligibility, while bands like Yes, The Moody Blues, Chicago and Warren Zevon -- all eligible for the Hall for at least two decades now -- were snubbed yet again, the four combining for just one nomination in the past quarter century.

"I had to go for a walk," Green Day singer Billi...

2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed And More

10/9/2014 10:09am EDT
2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, N
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations have been announced and once again, the eclectic group of musicians is not without its dark horses.

Making the cutoff just before the 25 year mark, both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails were nominated. The debut albums for both artists were in 1989. Green Day's debut EP "1,000 Hours" came out in April 1989, and Nine Inch Nails’ first album "Pretty Hate Machine" was released in October of 1989.

Also in the running for a prestigious spot in the Rock Hall are N.W.A, The Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, ...

Gone But Not Forgotten: Notable Celebrity Deaths In 2013

12/31/2013 7:01pm EST
celebrity deaths in 2013
As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on all the stars we lost this year.

From the shocking deaths of Glee star Cory Monteith and Fast & Furious' Paul Walker, to those who left us in old age, on their terms, we bid them one last goodbye.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on. May they rest in peace.


Singer Patti Page died in California on January 1, 2013. She was 85. (obit)


"The Sopranos" actor Tony Lip died on January 4 at the age of 82. (obit)


"Diff'rent Strokes" actor Conrad Bain died of natural causes at the age of 89 on January 14. (obit)...

Lars Ulrich Pens Tribute To Hero Lou Reed

11/1/2013 10:43pm EDT
Lars Ulrich
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has penned a tribute to late Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed in this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Ulrich worked with Reed on 2011 album "Lulu," a collaboration between the rock legend and the heavy metal legends, and counts the late singer as one of his biggest influences.

"I first met Lou in Copenhagen about ten years ago," Ulrich writes. "He was in Copenhagen at an amusement park called Tivoli, and I was there with my kids and my cousin or something like that, and we were literally like, 'Oh, hey look, there's Lou Reed.' So I went over and intro...

Laurie Anderson Pens Touching Tribute To Late Husband Lou Reed

11/1/2013 7:35pm EDT
Laurie Anderson
Lou Reed's widow Laurie Anderson has paid tribute to the late singer, who passed away on Sunday after a long battle with liver disease.

Anderson, who married Reed in 2008 and was his partner for nearly 20 years, called her husband a "prince and a fighter" in a letter she penned for New York newspaper the East Hampton Star.

The singer's letter reads as a celebration of Reed's life, and not a sad reflection.

"What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us," Anderson begins.

''Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the h...

Journalist Somehow Confuses One-Hit-Wonder Lou Bega With Late Rocker Lou Reed

10/30/2013 1:09am EDT
Lou Bega
Epic Fail.

After a journalist somehow confused Latin pop singer Lou Bega with late Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed, Bega hs been receiving condolences for his own death.

One-hit-wonder Bega, who became famous for his single "Mambo No. 5" -- a remake of Perez Prado's 1949 instrumental of the same name in which the German-born singer added his own lyrics -- posted a short tribute to Reed, who died on Sunday of liver failure at the age of 71.

"R.I.P Lou Reed the Genius who took Walks on the Wild side," he wrote on his Facebook page before assuring fans that he's still alive and well.


The Members Of Blondie Pay Tribute To Lou Reed

10/29/2013 8:48am EDT
Blondie members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have paid tribute to the late Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71. The punk legends have recalled thrilling moments with the former Velvet Underground frontman in statements released on Monday.

Harry remembers, "The first time I saw the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed it was in the 1960s at a place on the Lower East Side (of New York) called The Balloon Farm. That day I became a lifelong devotee of the iconoclastic sound and style of Lou and the Velvets.

"I'm so sad that he's gone but his hypnotic voice telling a story of a Perfect D...

Phish, My Morning Jacket, Gov't Mule Play Tributes For Lou Reed

10/29/2013 12:47am EDT
Trey Anastasio
The song may have been in the band's repertoire since Halloween of 1998, but on Sunday night Phish opened their show at Hartford, Connecticut's XL Center with a bittersweet, yet rousing rendition of the Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll" in tribute to late music legend Lou Reed.

Reed passed away earlier in the day due to complications stemming from a liver transplant he had back in May.

Following the eleven-and-a-half-minute epic, frontman Trey Anastasio asked the crowd for a moment of silence for "one of the greatest artists who's ever lived."

Prior to the show Anastasio posted a tribut...

Morning Roundup: Lou Reed Dies At 71, Ciara Engaged, Sexy Celeb Halloween Costumes

10/28/2013 9:33am EDT
Lou Reed
Legendary Rocker Lou Reed Dies At 71
Lou Reed died on Sunday. The legendary musician, best known for his work as guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground, passed away at the age of 71, six months after undergoing a liver transplant. (keep reading...)

Hot Celebrity Halloween Costumes 2013, Part One
We're only a few days away from Halloween, but we're already starting to see celebrities dressed up in celebration. Hollywood's favorite Pagan holiday seems to be in full swing this year as everyone in Tinsel town has donned an outfit to rejoice. (keep reading...)

Ciara gets e...

Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Gets A Rave Review From Rock Legend Lou Reed

7/3/2013 12:30pm EDT
Kanye West
Two days after he was hospitalized in New York for dehydration, rock veteran Lou Reed has heaped praise upon Kanye West's new album "Yeezus," calling it "majestic and inspiring."

Reed reviewed the rapper's new LP on website The on Monday, coming just shy of calling Kanye a genius.

"There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old s**t," Reed says. "But the guy really, really, really is talented. He's really trying to raise the bar. No one's near doing what he's doing, it's not even on the same planet."

The Velvet Undergro...

The Morning Roundup: Colin Hanks & Tracy Morgan's New Babies, Lou Reed Loves 'Yeezus,' Silverstone Shares Breast Milk

7/3/2013 10:04am EDT
Colin Hanks and Samantha Bryant
Tom Hanks is a grandfather again. The actor's son, actor Colin Hanks, and his wife Samantha Bryant welcomed their second daughter, Charlotte. The couple also has a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. (story)

Avril Lavigne wanted to hold her wedding to Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger in southern France because she wanted her guests to have a vaction to remember. The couple wed on Monday, which was also Canada Day. (story)

Alicia Silverstone has started a new breast milk sharing service to help struggling moms via her online blog "The Kind Life." But it's not just for anyone -- you have to be ...

Hot: Lou Reed Praises Kanye West's 'Yeezus,' Mac Daddy Overdose, 'Lone Ranger' Trivia

7/2/2013 9:51pm EDT
Lou Reed
Disney's "The Lone Ranger" opens in theaters on July 3rd, and here are 8 things you need to know about the film before going to see it. (story)

Two days after being hospitalized, rocker Lou Reed reviewed Kanye West's new album "Yeezus," calling it "majestic and inspiring." Reed also says Kanye is a "really, really, really talented guy." (story)

Canada's royal wedding took place Monday night when Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger exchanged vows in Cannes, France. Numerous reports said the couple had married over the weekend, but despite some celebrations the couple didn't make things official...

Lou Reed Pulls Out Of 2013 Coachella

3/26/2013 11:38am EDT
Lou Reed
Legendary rocker Lou Reed has cancelled his upcoming performances at California's famed Coachella music festival.

The Sweet Jane hit-maker was due to play at the event's double dates in April, but he has now pulled out citing "unavoidable complications."

Reed has also called off a concert in Los Angeles, as well as shows in San Francisco and Monterey, California.

The rocker has yet to give an official reason for the axed tour dates, but a statement posted online by concert promoters Golden Voice reveals "(The shows have) been cancelled due to unavoidable complications."

This year's ...

Lou Reed Inspires Name Of New Spider

5/25/2012 12:10am EDT
Lou Reed
A newly-discovered genus of spider has been named after rocker Lou Reed.

An international group of biologists recently stumbled across the never-before-seen velvet spiders, which live underground, and decided to use the former Velvet Underground frontman as inspiration when coming up with a name.

According to, the arachnid, now called Loureedia annulipes, lives in Israel.

Reed now joins a select group of celebrities who have had spiders named in their honour - among them, Neil Young and Frank Zappa.

Adele Scores Another Major Album Poll Win

12/16/2011 8:12am EST
Adele's hit album 21 has been crowned Entertainment Weekly's top album of 2011.

The release has already topped a string of important magazine countdowns and now the Brit can add another major end-of-year accolade to her list.

The album beat Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues and Lykke Li's Wounded, while Nicki Minaj's Super Bass was named Best Single ahead of summer anthem Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People.

Lou Reed's collaborative album with Metallica, Lulu, was named the Worst Album of 2011 and Kim Kardashian's Jam (Turn it Up) picked up the Worst Single dishonor.

Lou Reed Received Death Threats From Metallica Fans Over 'Lulu'

11/3/2011 8:38am EDT
Lou Reed
Lou Reed has received a barrage of "threatening" letters from Metallica fans angry over his collaboration with the rockers.

The veteran musician teamed up with the group to record new album Lulu, but Reed admits many of the band's devotees are unhappy about the record and have sent him reams of unpleasant messages.

He tells USA Today, "(They) are threatening to shoot me, and that's only because I showed up. They haven't even heard the record yet, and they're recommending various forms of torture and death."

However, the Perfect Day hit-maker is not letting the threats upset him, addin...

Peter Gabriel Rethinking Covers Album Project

10/10/2011 9:40pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel is re-imagining his "I'll Scratch Yours" covers album project - because so many artists whose hits he covered on his "Scratch My Back" release aren't interested in reworking his songs.

Gabriel recorded orchestral renditions of songs by David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Radiohead among others for the 2010 album and he had hoped the artists would return the favor for a covers album of his own work.

But too many of the acts he honored with orchestral makeovers aren't interested in being part of the project.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've sort of given up waiting...

Metallica Record Album With Lou Reed

6/16/2011 11:32am EDT
Heavy rockers Metallica have recorded an album with music veteran Lou Reed.

The band performed with the Perfect Day hit-maker during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts in New York City in 2009, and the collaboration prompted them to start planning a project together.

The rockers have now confirmed they have spent the last few months working with Reed at their studio in San Francisco, California and they completed recording a 10-track album with the former Velvet Underground star last week.

A statement from Metallic reads, "We have just completed recording a full-...

Susan Boyle Misses Plane, Won't Sing On 'Dancing With The Stars' (Updated)

10/4/2010 9:42pm EDT
Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle has missed out on another reality show performance after reportedly arriving late for her flight to Los Angeles.

The Scottish singing sensation, who shot to fame after her own turn on a British talent show, was billed to sing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on Tuesday's episode of "Dancing With The Stars" - but she has pulled out.

The news comes just weeks after Boyle stormed off the set of "America's Got Talent" after learning she would not be able to sing Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" on the program.

The singer reportedly burst into tears when she learned a licensing issue had forc...

Susan Boyle's New, Unreleased Album Already A Bestseller

9/25/2010 4:00pm EDT
Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle is set to repeat her end-of-2009 album success this year - the Scottish singer's new album has shot to the top of's Bestsellers chart more than a month before its release.

"The Gift" won't be released until November 9, but the talent show sensations is already assured of another big hit - fans are already desperate to pre-order the album.

Amazon's director of music Craig Pape tells, "It's the season of Susan and it's a pretty significantly number one. The Gift has leapfrogged fourth-quarter efforts by Taylor Swift, Eric Clapton and Neil Young on the be...

Simon Cowell Calls Lou Reed 'Pathetic' Over Susan Boyle Snub

9/12/2010 7:14pm EDT
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell has lashed out at Lou Reed for allegedly refusing permission for Scottish singer Susan Boyle to perform his "Perfect Day" anthem - branding the decision "pathetic."

Boyle was left crushed and with a "heavy heart" after she was barred from covering the song on "America's Got Talent" during rehearsals for the show last week.

A representative for Reed later insisted the former Velvet Underground frontman had nothing to do with the move to stop Boyle singing his song, blaming it on a licensing glitch in the American market.

But music mogul Cowell, who discovered Boyle on his "Br...

Gorillaz Return With 'Plastic Beach'; Out March 9

1/21/2010 6:30pm EST
Five years on from the release of "Demon Days", Murdoc Niccals and co. return with Plastic Beach. Gorillaz have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a 'Plastic Beach' HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This 'Plastic Beach' is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet.

The album is preceded by the first single, "Stylo" (featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack), which debuted on radio broadcasts last night and will be available for download on January 26.

Confirming ...

Universal Music Group And Elvis Costello Team Up For A Great Cause

6/13/2009 1:45pm EDT
Elvis Costello
On the they are auctioning off a signed Elvis Costello guitar where 100% of the proceeds go to City of Hope. The City of Hope is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer as well as other life-threatening diseases. The auction will run until Monday, June 15th.

Elvis Costello has a brand a new record out, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" that was released on 6/2/09. This amazing new signed acoustic guitar is a must have for any Costello fan!

Elvis Costello's new album 'Secret, Profane & Sugarcane' was released by Hear Music on June 2nd.

The record was produced by T...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 2

3/2/2009 3:00am EST
Ben Roethlisberger
Happy Birthday to "A.J. Soprano" Robert Iler (1985), Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (1982), Lady in the Water star Bryce Dallas Howard (1981), actress Heather McComb (1977), Coldplay singer Chris Martin (1977), new James Bond actor Daniel Craig (1968), rocker Jon Bon Jovi (1962), SNL alum Laraine Newman (1952), singer Karen Carpenter (1950; d. 1983), Star Trek doctor Gates McFadden (1949), singer Eddie Money (1949), Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher (1948), Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed (1942), authors John Irving (1942) and Tom Wolfe (1931), former Soviet Union presid...

Columbia Records Set To Release New Leonard Cohen CD/DVD 'Live In London'

2/15/2009 8:30am EST
Leonard Cohen
Columbia Records is proud to announce the release of Leonard Cohen's Live In London, a musical chronicle of the legendary singer-songwriter-musician-painter-poet's historic 2008 concert -- available as either a DVD or 2 CD set -- on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Recorded live on July 17, 2008 at London's 02 Arena, one of Europe's largest indoor venues during Cohen's phenomenal 2008 World Tour, Live In London offers definitive performances of classic songs drawn from the artist's 40-year repertory.

Beginning today, Friday, February 13, Live In London is available for pre-order on Amazon...

Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

12/3/2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...

Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

4/3/2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 2

3/2/2008 3:00am EST
Bryce Dallas Howard
Happy Birthday to "A.J. Soprano" Robert Iler (1985), Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (1982), Lady in the Water star Bryce Dallas Howard (1981), actress Heather McComb (1977), Coldplay singer Chris Martin (1977), new James Bond actor Daniel Craig (1968), rocker Jon Bon Jovi (1962), SNL alum Laraine Newman (1952), singer Karen Carpenter (1950; d. 1983), Star Trek doctor Gates McFadden (1949), singer Eddie Money (1949), Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher (1948), Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed (1942), authors John Irving (1942) and Tom Wolfe (1931), former Soviet Union presid...

Starpulse Catches Up With Silverchair's Daniel Johns

11/30/2007 3:46pm EST
In 1995, Silverchair's "Tomorrow" became the single most played song on US modern rock stations, quite a feat for three 15 year olds from Australia. Since then, Silverchair has become the most successful band in their homeland's history, winning more Arias, the Grammy's of Australia, and charting more number-one records than any other act.

Their sound has evolved considerably since their grunge-styled early work to their latest release "Young Modern," a meticulously produced masterwork that combines elements of glam rock and orchestration reminiscent of Sergeant Pepper's/Revolver-era ...

Mink: Here To Stay And Ready To Play-- For A Long, Long Time

8/9/2007 5:30pm EDT
The band has clearly hit the ground running. Formed just a blink ago in Spring 2006, Mink has already written more than 60 songs (30 of them in one intense three week stretch), recorded their debut album in just four weeks (with noted producer Sylvia Massy of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool fame), shot one of the most fun videos of recent times for its infectious song Talk to Me with director Christian Lamb (Madonna, Korn, Kelly Clarkson, Incubus), had another song Pressure Pressure featured nightly in ESPN's 2006 Major League baseball playoffs coverage, and has established itself as one of ...