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Day: June 5, 2014

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesAxl Rose says Guns N’ Roses has completed not one but two albums of new material as sequels of a sort to the band’s Chinese Democracy.

“We recorded a lot of things before Chinese [Democracy] was out,” the singer tells Revolver magazine. “We’ve worked more on some of those things and written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of Chinese. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from Chinese.”

Rose adds that while there is no release …read more

Photo: Rob ShanahanAfter participating in a variety of events earlier this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ arrival in the U.S., Ringo Starr now is turning his attention back to his solo career. Starr has been working on a new album that he tells Billboard he’s planning to release in February of 2015, and he also will be kicking of a North American tour with his All Starr Band tonight in Rama, Canada.

Starr reveals that he’s “probably two-thirds through” with the forthcoming record, which will follow his 2012 studio effort, the …read more

Bobby Bank/Getty ImagesFormer R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe has unveiled his first new music since the legendary Georgia-based band announced its breakup two and a half years ago. Those expecting something similar to R.E.M. may be disappointed, though. According to Billboard, Stipe’s new song is an instrumental piece that finds him playing keyboards and electronic drums and that accompanies the film The Cold Lands, which is currently out on video-on-demand services. The film was directed by longtime Stipe collaborator Tom Gilroy.

Stipe says, “If there was a singer, it wouldn’t have been me… This …read more

York Tillyer; Ross HalfinIn a recent New York Times interview, Jimmy Page expressed frustration over Led Zeppelin band mate Robert Plant‘s negative attitude toward another reunion by the group. Now, Plant has responded to those comments, and what he said likely will disappoint Led Zeppelin fans

“I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again,” said Plant. “We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don’t speak on the same page, but that’s life.”

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Photo: Mary Ellen MatthewsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers are giving fans their first taste of their upcoming album, Hypnotic Eye, which is scheduled for a July 29 release. You can check out an exclusive stream of the record’s lead track, “American Dream Plan B,” by heading over now to

The tune is a raw-sounding and catchy mid-tempo rocker featuring fuzzed-out guitar and a vocal by Petty that sounds like it’s been treated with a distortion effect.

Tom sings in the first verse, “I’m gonna make my way in this world someday/I …read more

Cheap Trick UnlimitedCheap Trick fans will have plenty of chances to see the power-pop legends in the coming months. The band has more than three-dozen upcoming concerts that will take place throughout North America this year, starting with show this Thursday in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

The group’s itinerary, which runs all the way through an October 5 performance in Birmingham, Alabama, includes 11 joint concerts with Boston during the summer. Cheap Trick also will be playing one-off gigs with Peter Frampton and Journey, and will take part in this year’s KISS Kruise, …read more

Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public LibraryAn exhibition about the world’s most famous rock band will arrive at one of the largest malls in the U.S. today. The traveling exhibit “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!” will open at the Midwest Music Museum, located inside the famous Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The display, which is curated by the Grammy Museum and U.K.-based Fab Four Exhibits, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the start of Beatlemania in the U.S. and features a variety of interesting memorabilia and interactive experiences.

Among the historic items that will be on …read more

Courtesy of Allman Brothers BandOn Monday, The Allman Brothers Band announced that it would play its final shows this October, a series of concerts at the Beacon Theatre in New York City that includes several makeup dates for gigs that were postponed in March. The news apparently brings an end to speculation about whether the group would continue on following the departure of guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, who revealed earlier this year that they’ll be exiting the band at the end of 2014.

One question on the mind of some Allman Brothers …read more

Chris Walter/WireImageArtwork and manuscripts from John Lennon pulled in big bucks at a Sotheby’s auction in New York on Wednesday.

The auction, dubbed “You Might Well Arsk,” featured material related to the late Beatle‘s mid-1960s books In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, which were both comprised of stories and drawings.

The highest-priced item was an autographed manuscript of “The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield,” which fetched 209 thousand dollars. It had been expected to pull in between 50 thousand and 70 thousand.

“The Fat Budgie” autographed manuscript was sold for 143 thousand bucks — way …read more