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The rapid count-off became a signature of Dee Dee Ramone, the bassist of The Ramones, and has been duplicated by rockers ever since the band got their start in the ‘70s. Dee Dee was the lyrical genius of the group, writing many of the band’s best-known hits, even after he left the band in 1989.
Sadly, only a few months after The Ramones’ were inducted into Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, Dee Dee died of a drug overdose in his Hollywood home. He was 50 years old.
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Sting has announced a September 24 release date for "The Last Ship," his first solo album of all-original material since 2003's "Sacred Love" and a collection that features songs composed for the stage musical of the same name that did not make the final cut.
The album was produced by Rob Mathes (Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lou Reed) and will be released in a variety of formats, including 12- and 17-song versions and a 20-song edition exclusively for Amazon.com.
"The Last Ship" music had its first public reading on May 16, and Sting is currently seeking funding to mount the production -- which is inspired by his upbringing in Newcastle, Britain's shipbuilding center -- in 2015.
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Just days after the release of his latest album Wrote a Song for Everyone, John Fogerty has announced a slew of new shows for his upcoming fall tour.
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Fogerty is also set to perform this summer at the first-ever Interlocken Festival, which will also feature headliners Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
Check out our Exclusive Video of John Fogerty's iHeartRadio LIVE Performance!
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Lou Reed surprised fans over the weekend by revealing that he underwent a liver transplant during April at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
The operation was the reason Reed canceled his planned appearance at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and other dates "due to unavoidable complications" In a Facebook posting, Reed called himself "a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years...I look forward to being on stage performing and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future."
Reed's wife, fellow performer Laurie Anderson, told the London Times that Reed's condition was "as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don't get (a transplant) for fun."
She said the couple chose the Cleveland Clinic because they felt New York's hospital were "dysfunctional," and she said that Reed will "never totally recover from this...He'll certainly be back to doing (things) in a few months. He's already working and doing t'ai chi. I'm very happy. It's a new life for him."
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Gene Simmons spoke to Sweden's Expressen TV over the weekend before KISS kicked off their European tour in Stockholm on Saturday (6/1).
KISS will be rocking overseas until July 5, when they’ll return to North America for a string of Canadian and US concerts complete with a brand new and highly anticipated stage show.
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According to Vintage Vinyl News, Paul McCartney fans will find a special bonus inside his most re-release, Wings Over America: the announcement of upcoming re-releases for Venus and Mars, and Speed of Sound
The Archive Collection series started in 2010 with Band on the Run and was followed by McCartney and McCartney II in 2011, Ram in 2012 and this year's Wings Over America. Each release in the series has come in multiple formats including deluxe versions with archival material.
Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound were the two studio albums released right before Wings Over America.
The future of the Archive Collection remains a question as the sales of the earlier releases has not been consistent. Of the albums between the already released McCartney and McCartney II, no archival releases have been mentioned for Wild Life (1971), Red Rose Speedway (1973), London Town (1978) and Back to the Egg (1979).
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Mick Jagger is is apparently refusing to let the BBC air the band’s June 29th performance at the Glastonbury Festival on any medium, The Independent reports.
Though the BBC has been in discussions with the Stones to allow them to broadcast their performance on television, radio and online, Jagger has currently only agreed to let them show a brief clip of their set.
The broadcasting company is looking to air all of the festival’s performances and is worried Jagger’s refusal could “undermine the corporation’s promise to deliver the most comprehensive Glastonbury coverage yet seen,” though a spokesperson from the BBC told The Independent that these kinds of conversations are not unusual and that the organization’s talks with the band are ongoing.
One source told the publication that Jagger’s holdup stems more from the performance itself and less about money.
"If there’s torrential rain it will play havoc with their performance and they want to sound and look at their best," the source explained to The Independent. "There’s a lot of factors out of their control."
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To celebrate 40 years of rocking, Sammy Hagar's “I Can’t Drive 55” singer’s tour will be launching this summer. The Press Release says it “guarantees fans high-octane performances filled with the best of the Red Rocker’s prolific and storied career.”
The tour kicks off in July in Tucson, Arizona, Hagar will be joined by fellow ex-Van Halen member and current Chickenfoot band mate Michael Anthony for many of the shows.
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According to an official press release, the Eagles announced the addition of twelve October tour dates to their History of the Eagles tour. The band will finish up a month-long summer leg of their tour in July before kicking off their fall tour in September in Seattle, Washington.
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