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Day: May 30, 2014

Photo: Mike ThutFormer Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship singer Marty Balin currently has just one concert on his schedule, but it’s shaping up to be a special one. When Balin performs at the Cutting Room club in New York City this Saturday, one of his former Jefferson Starship band mates, guitarist Slick Aguilar, will be on hand to perform a few songs with him.

Aguilar was forced to leave the Jefferson Starship in 2012 when he discovered he was in need of a liver transplant. Last summer, the veteran musician underwent a successful transplant …read more

Photo: Ross HalfinLed Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has responded to claims that he copied the famous opening riff of “Stairway to Heaven” from a song by the band Spirit. During a recent interview with French newspaper Liberation, the rock legend was asked about the accusations, to which he replied, “This is ridiculous. I have no further comment on the subject.”

As previously reported, Francis Alexander Malofiy, an attorney who represents a songwriting trust for the late Spirit frontman Randy California, recently told Bloomberg Businessweek that he was preparing a copyright-infringement lawsuit and an …read more

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCThe drum-off between Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith might be over, but its charitable spirit lives on. Ferrell and Smith have signed a very limited number of drum-off swag items, which you can snag, if you act fast.

On the Chili Peppers Facebook page, there’s a link to GumRoad.com, which is hosting the sale of cymbals, drum heads and, of course, cowbells — all screened with the Smith/Ferrell Drum-Off graphic and personally signed by both.

A cowbell will set you back $400, a drumhead is $500 and a 20-inch Sabian …read more

Photo: Kevin MazurBono and The Edge have joined the Fender Musical Instrument company’s board of directors. The U2 band mates have signed on in what each side is calling a winning situation. In a press release, Fender co-chairman Bill McGlashen says, “By adding The Edge and Bono to the board…we are taking an important step toward building a company that is able to meet its potential as a business and a brand.”

While Bono praised Fender as “a standard-bearer,” The Edge revealed that he might have an ulterior motive up his sleeve for joining …read more

Image credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen joined the Rolling Stones onstage Thursday night at the Rockin’ Rio Lisboa festival in Lisbon, Portugal.

Bruce and the Stones performed “Tumbling Dice” together. Billboard notes that the Boss also had joined the Rolling Stones onstage for “Tumbling Dice” in 2012 during one of their 50th anniversary dates that year.

The European leg of the Rolling Stones’ current 14 On Fire Tour runs through a July 3 appearance at Denmark’s Roskilde Festival.

Here’s the Rolling Stones’ Lisbon set list, according to noise11.com:

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
“It’s Only Rock n Roll (But …read more

Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe largest private collection of John Lennon‘s artwork and poems is scheduled for auction at Sotheby’s in New York City next week.

The collection contains 89 original drawings, poems and prose the late Beatle did for his books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, which were published during the height of Beatlemania in the mid-1960s.

“This is the first time that this artwork — the original artwork — has been seen in the United States,” says Richard Austin of Sotheby’s. Austin says the collection of material to be auctioned has “very rarely, …read more

Paul Warner/Getty ImagesBret Michaels was rushed offstage Thursday night just as a concert at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire, was getting started, thanks to a dangerously low blood sugar level.

The Poison frontman, reality show star and solo artist is a Type 1 Diabetic, and was said to have been suffering from “extremely low” blood sugar levels, according to his guitarist.

Pete Evick wrote on Michaels’ Facebook page after the incident, “This is a message I never imagined I’d have to post. Tonight…3 songs into the set Bret had me sing …read more

Cleopatra RecordsThe Allman Brothers Band is the subject of a star-studded tribute album that was released this week. Midnight Rider — A Tribute to The Allman Brothers Band features an eclectic list of well-known musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country, including Leon Russell, Molly Hatchet, ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs guitarist Steve Morse, Commander Cody, Wet Willie‘s Jimmy Hall, Pat Travers and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Among the classic Allman Brothers songs the various artists tackle are “Midnight Rider,” “Ramblin’ Man,” “Melissa,” “Blue Sky,” “Whipping Post” and “One Way …read more

Geffen/UMeWith Guns N’ Roses in the middle of a new Las Vegas residency at The Joint in the Hard Rock Casino comes news that a new 3-D concert video capturing the band performing during its 2012 stand at the same venue will be released later this summer. Appetite for Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino — Las Vegas will arrive in stores on July 1.

The package will include a 3-D version of the film on Blu-ray, as well as a two-dimensional version on DVD. The video contains footage from …read more