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Cream's Jack Bruce Wants Simon Cowell 'Exterminated'

January 10th, 2011 7:29pm EST
Jack Bruce
British rock icon Jack Bruce has called for Simon Cowell's extermination - because he believes the music mogul is single-handedly wrecking the industry.

The Cream star insists so many great acts would never have made it in the 1960s if Cowell had been a major part of the music business - and the bass player fears for the future of music under svengalis like the man behind TV talent shows The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

Bruce tells Britain's Uncut magazine, "He should be exterminated.

"You can pretty much guarantee that had that bastard Cowell been around at the beginning of the '6...
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Roger Daltrey Was Recovering From Secret Throat Surgery At Super Bowl Gig

January 5th, 2011 10:15am EST
Roger Daltry
The Who rocker Roger Daltrey has fired back at critics who savaged his 2010 Super Bowl performance, revealing he underwent surgery to remove a pre-cancerous growth from his throat just weeks before the big concert.

The singer was heavily criticized for failing to hit the high notes during The Who's half-time show - and now he's explaining why he may not have been on top form.

In a CBS TV interview at the beginning of December Daltrey revealed his voice wasn't "performing in a normal way" and friends put him in touch with master throat surgeon Steven Zeitel in Massachusetts in late 2009.

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Groupie Queen Pamela Des Barres Reflects On VH1 Documentary

January 4th, 2011 9:56am EST
Pamela_Des_Barres
What does it really take to be one of the most recognized muses in rock ‘n’ roll? Just ask fiery haired Pamela Des Barres, the world’s most famous groupie. Before TMZ and Perez Hilton reported on the escapades of celebrities, the now 62-year-old California girl set off to meet her idols and was doing plenty of kissing, but no telling, at least until she published her world renowned memoir in 1987, I’m With The Band. Finally, she dished on what it was really like to be with some of music’s most influential artists, including Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jim Morrison. Yet, it wasn...
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Live Nation Sued Over Pete Townshend Photos

December 13th, 2010 2:13pm EST
The Who
A British rock photographer has filed suit against bosses at music industry giant Live Nation for allegedly using an iconic image of Pete Townshend on merchandise without permission.

Ross Halfin snapped a black-and-white photo in 1978 during The Who's final performance with original drummer Keith Moon and he claims the concert promoters have "grossly misappropriated" the image.

Court documents filed in Manhattan federal court allege Live Nation bosses created a stylized reproduction that is "a wholesale copying," by slapping his photo on lithographs, lighters "and even a blanket."

Half...
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Black Eyed Peas To Headline Super Bowl Half-Time Show

November 27th, 2010 10:19am EST
Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas have crushed Kenny Chesney's hopes of headlining the 2011 Super Bowl half-time show after football bosses named the pop stars as next year's main act.

Earlier this year, Chesney threw his cowboy hat in the ring for consideration as a performer for the big game in Arlington, Texas after fans created a Facebook page online, called Kenny Chesney for Super Bowl 2011.

He told reporters: "I would love to do half-time at the Super Bowl. That'd be fun."

However, it's the Black Eyed Peas who will run the show at Super Bowl XLV on February 6th, National Football League (NFL)...
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Keith Richards & Mick Jagger Top Rock Feuds List

November 25th, 2010 11:45am EST
Rolling Stones
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger's on/off feud has handed the Rolling Stones bandmates the top spot on a new list of warring rockers.

The duo has beaten Simon & Garfunkel to the number one position on Rolling Stone magazine's new Greatest Rock Feuds Of All Time countdown.

The publication's editors handed the Brits top place following the pair's recent falling out over extracts in Richards' new biography Life, in which the guitarist mocked the frontman's "tiny dodger", among a series of surprising jibes.

The top five list is:

1. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
2. Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel
3....
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Gene Simmons Slams Simon Cowell

November 23rd, 2010 8:29am EST
Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons wants Simon Cowell's job - he's convinced he would make a better judge on the TV mogul's reality singing contests because he has real experience in the music industry.

The Kiss rocker has joined a string of stars, including Elton John and The Who's Roger Daltrey, who have taken aim at Cowell and his hit TV competitions. Simmons insists he is "more qualified than anybody" to dole out advice on the programs, which he claims will never discover any new music legends like Jimi Hendrix or Robert Plant.

He tells Britain's Daily Star, "I think I could be the sole judge on The X Fa...
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Reviewed! The Moody Blues - 'Threshold Of A Dream: Live At The Isle of Wight Festival' DVD

July 12th, 2010 8:00pm EDT
moody blues
The Moody Blues: “Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival” - Eagle Rock Ent.

If you see only one Moody Blues DVD this year (and c’mon, why wouldn’t you?), make it their recently released “Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival,” a picture perfect account of their performance at, yes, you guessed it, the famed 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. Even though the festival played host to acts that operated on a much different wavelength – the Doors, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull and Miles Davis – the Moody Blues - Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Ray Thomas, Graeme ...
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Celebrity Weekend In Photos: The Super Bowl, Beijing, Brazil & More

February 8th, 2010 9:15am EST
Carrie Underwood Super Bowl
Carrie Underwood sang the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 7. The Saints won 31-17. See what other celebrities did over the weekend!

Jackie Chan posed with two tiger toys during a ceremony to launch a tiger protection project with WildAid in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 5. The project will raise public awareness to protect the endangered tiger species.

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Justin Timberlake, center, is honored as the Hasty ...
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Pete Townshend Upset By Pre-Super Bowl Attack

February 5th, 2010 7:38pm EST
Pete Townshend
The Who star Pete Townshend has been left "really saddened" by the actions of child welfare groups in the Miami, Florida area after officials posted flyers warning of the rocker's impending arrival to homes near Sunday's Super Bowl site.

The "My Generation" star was arrested and placed on Britain's sex offenders list in 2003 after he was involved in a child pornography scandal - and members of U.S. group Protect Our Children wanted to remind parents living near the Sun Life Stadium that he would be in the area this week, preparing for The Who's much-anticipated half-time appearance.

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The Best And Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows (Videos)

January 29th, 2010 2:49pm EST
The Who
The Who will do the honors of entertaining Super Bowl halftime audiences that don't switch over to the Puppy Bowl this year. The history of the halftime show is a surprising display of ups-and-downs, from mind-blowing performances to corny overproduced ego trips.

Best: Michael Jackson, Super Bowl XXVII

The halftime show was hurting. Two years prior, the New Kids on the Block performance was pre-empted by coverage on Desert Storm and their performance was edited down and shown after the game. Then, FOX swooped in and scooped million of viewers away from the halftime show the next year (mo...
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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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Int'l Pop Icon Kylie Minogue Announces First Ever North American Tour

May 7th, 2009 1:30pm EDT
Kylie Minogue
North American fans of international pop superstar Kylie Minogue will finally get a chance to experience the icon live in concert when her 6-city tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on September 30th.

Over the course of her extraordinary 20-year-career, Minogue has been a global force in pop music with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide, 50 hit singles including the U.S. Billboard dance-chart toppers "Can't Get You Our of My Head," "Love At First Sight," "Slow," and the Grammy-Award winning "Come Into My World," countless awards and accolades including an OBE from the Queen and 8 s...
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Rob Thomas Ready To Rock With Second Solo Album, Out June 30

April 29th, 2009 2:37pm EDT
Rob Thomas
Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced the forthcoming release of his second solo album, titled Cradlesong. Due on June 30th, the album features the first single, "Her Diamonds," which hit radio and video outlets in mid-April. Once again produced by Matt Serletic, Cradlesong is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Thomas' 2005 solo debut - the #1, RIAA platinum …Something To Be.

"I like musical hybrids," says Thomas about the musical direction of the new album. "Like, 'What would it sound like if we took Prince's drummer and mixed him with really amazing Nashville...
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The Beatles' Entire Original Recorded Catalog Remastered; Out Sept.9

April 10th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Beatles
Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the original Beatles catalog, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (9-9-09), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date,...
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Canadian Rockers Inward Eye Are Set To Conquer The US This Summer

March 29th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Inward Eye
Canadian rockers Inward Eye are set to conquer the US this summer with their raucous sound and utterly dynamic live show. With dates supporting Sum 41, as well as a stint on the Warped Tour and a performance at Bamboozle, the guys of IE will be introducing American fans to their high energy club shows that have won over hoards of Canadian tastemakers.

With a sound reminiscent of The Jam, The Kinks, The Clash and The Who, the brothers Erickson, Dave (vocals/bass), Kyle (guitar/vocals), and Anders (drums), released their highly anticipated EP in Canada in January to satiate their rabid a...
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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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Rush To Release 'Retrospective III' March 3

January 20th, 2009 6:00pm EST
Rush
Anthem/Atlantic recording group Rush has announced details of the upcoming third volume in its continuing compilation series. "Retrospective III (1989-2008)" arrives in stores on March 3rd.

The collection - available as both individual CD and two-disc CD/DVD set - features tracks culled from the legendary trio's two decades with Atlantic Records, spanning such acclaimed studio works as 1989's Presto, 1991's Roll The Bones, 1993's Counterparts, 1996's Test For Echo, 2002's Vapor Trails, and 2007's Snakes & Arrows. In addition, Retrospective III features a previously unreleased live ve...
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Razorlight Sets Sights On U.S. - New CD Set For March Release

January 11th, 2009 10:00am EST
Razorlight
After captivating British fans for more than four years, London-based Razorlight - fronted by lead singer/guitarist Johnny Borrell - now turns its attention to the U.S. as the newest addition to the Mercury Records roster in America. Razorlight's third album, Slipway Fires, released November in the UK on Universal's Vertigo label, will be issued in the U.S. on Mercury in March 2009, coinciding with a major North American tour schedule. First single "Wire To Wire," has already reached Top 5 on the UK national chart.

Since their formation in 2002 - and the UK release of their debut album...
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Tis The Season For... Things We Love (To Hate!)

December 24th, 2008 5:45pm EST
Pearl Harbor
With the holiday season upon us in full force, we thought it would be totally inappropriate if we came up with this list of things in the entertainment world that totally annoy us, repulse us, bother us, and that we just plain can't stand. Yeah, "hate" is a really strong word so we aren't going to use that any further than just hyperbole for our headline here.

But seriously, we get tired of hearing about the celebs, despise these films and cannot stand either the music or image of the bands and musicians listed below. Be sure to add your comments at let us know who you can't stand at ...
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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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Panic At The Disco & Dashboard Confessional To Co-Headline First Ever 'Rock Band Live' Tour

August 2nd, 2008 11:41am EDT
Panic At The Disco
The musical video game phenomenon of Rock Band™ is coming to a city near you. This fall Rock Band Live (http://www.rockbandlivetour.com) will travel across the country with headline acts Panic At The Disco and Dashboard Confessional, together on stage, with very special guests Plain White T's, The Cab, and possibly YOU!

The concert tour will let Rock Band bands rock their way onto the main stage with a truly interactive experience that allows fans to compete in head-to-head competitions for the chance to play on the main stage in-between the tour acts' sets. Bands will be selected th...
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Ozzy Osbourne To Be Honored At Rock Awards

July 23rd, 2008 1:14pm EDT
Ozzy Osbourne
Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne will be presented with the Living Legend award at this year's Classic Rock Roll of Honor awards.

The former Black Sabbath frontman was confirmed as the winner of the award when the nominations were unveiled in London on Wednesday by Alice Cooper - who won the award himself last year.

Other previous recipients include Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page and Lemmy from Motorhead. Page will also be in the running for an award at this year's ceremony; Led Zeppelin are up for three awards, including Band of the Year, DVD of the Year and Event of the Year for t...
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A List of The Most Identifiable And Influential Drummers Of Our Time

July 16th, 2008 10:33am EDT
Keith Moon
Even though drummers are beat makers of a band, the recognition they often get is nothing compared to that of the lead singer and resident guitarist who both tend to attract the most attention at first. The best thing about drummers is that whatever band that they are in, they are uniquely appropriate for that particular band. For example, Ringo Starr's drumming is perfect for The Beatles, but his style would be considered unimaginable behind any Rolling Stones songs. Here's our thumbs up list to some cool Rock Drummers who we feel are immediately identifiable for their drumming techniqu...
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'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

July 14th, 2008 3:35pm EDT
Rock Band 2
Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit the song set list for Rock Band 2, the next evolution of the groundbreaking Rock Band music platform. The Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band’s original set list and...
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Five Must-See Concerts Before You Die

July 14th, 2008 10:09am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Picture this scenario: you're on your deathbed, all of your finances are in order and amends have been made in every single one of your personal relationships. Something is wrong though; something keeps persistently gnawing at your emotions of regret until you realize that, as a fan of Rock and Roll, there were too many missed opportunities throughout your life. Too many nights, watching concerts from the latest fad, instead of seeing the true greats of arena history. If only you could go back in time, perhaps forgo that night wasted on The Spin Doctors and trade that experience for a night...
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Legendary Rock Band The Who Paid Tribute In Third Annual 'VH1 Rock Honors'

July 3rd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
The Who
VH1 recently confirmed that critically acclaimed, multi-platinum rock bands Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters along with the Grammy Award-winning rock band The Flaming Lips will perform at the network's third annual "VH1 Rock Honors" celebration honoring legendary rock band The Who.

This year's event will deliver a night of high-voltage tribute performances by the three bands all leading up to the spectacular grand finale performance by The Who as they rock the stage. Additional performers, presenters and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed. As a result of The Who's revol...
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'The Best of The Who: Rock Band Edition' Available For Download July 15

July 1st, 2008 1:28pm EDT
Rock Band
There have been several important dates in the history of The Who: May 23, 1969 – Iconic rock album Tommy is released and rockets to No. 4 on the U.S. charts. May 31, 1976 – The Who's second concert at Charlton football ground earns them an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the "world's loudest rock band." July 13, 1985 – The Who re-form to perform at Live Aid and whip Wembley Stadium into an absolute frenzy.

Now, July 15, 2008, joins these dates, as a dozen classic songs by The Who get new life as Rock Band™ game levels. MTV Games and Harmonix announced today that many of the ...
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Concert Review: THE CURE in Atlanta 6/15/08

June 24th, 2008 3:41pm EDT
Cure
Founding member, singer, songwriter, and glue that holds the band together Robert Smith has never been accused of giving up easily. Even in the early nineties, there was talk of The Cure's demise, yet Smith always found a way - or another musician - to keep it going. Since the group's formation way back in 1976 (starting off as Glove then Easy Cure before settling on The Cure), Smith has made many personnel changes to his Goth-rock line-up, although his outward appearance has not changed as much, wearing all black with his trademark electrocuted hair, heavy eyeliner, and red lipstick.

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Tribute To Legendary Rock Band The Who Marks Third Annual 'VH1 Rock Honors'

May 25th, 2008 11:00am EDT
The Who
VH1 has just confirmed that critically acclaimed, multi-platinum rock bands Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters along with the Grammy Award-winning rock band The Flaming Lips will perform at the network's third annual "VH1 Rock Honors" celebration honoring legendary rock band The Who.

This year's event will deliver a night of high-voltage tribute performances by the three bands all leading up to the spectacular grand finale performance by The Who as they rock the stage. Additional performers, presenters and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed. As a result of The Who's rev...
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