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Day: June 19, 2014

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt looks like Paul McCartney is feeling a lot better after battling a virus that forced him to postpone concerts in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. in recent weeks. The former Beatle was photographed enjoying himself with a little help of some famous friends on Tuesday night, the eve of his 72nd birthday, outside of a members-only club in London.

The Daily Mail posted a photo of a smiling Sir Paul alongside his wife, Nancy Shevell; The EaglesGlenn Frey and Joe Walsh and their spouses; Ringo Starr‘s wife, Barbara Bach, …read more

George Pimentel/WireImageGerry Goffin, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and the former husband and songwriting partner of Carole King, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. He died of natural causes, according to his current wife, Michele Goffin.

King acknowledged Goffin’s passing by tweeting a photo of him, along with the caption, “Gerry Goffin 1939-2014 There are no words.” She also issued a statement saying, “Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world. Gerry was a …read more

Ross Halfin; Courtesy of Black SabbathLed Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Black Sabbath are among the music legends who will be honored at the 2014 edition of the annual O2 Silver Clef Awards, which will take place July 4 in London. The awards are handed out annually by Nordoff Robbins, a U.K. charity that provides music therapy to ill and disabled people.

Page will be presented with the O2 Silver Clef Award, while Black Sabbath will receive the Ambassadors of Rock prize.

In response to being chosen for his award, Page sends out “[a] big thank …read more

PRNewsFoto/GreyThe rock world lost one of its great artists this past October, when Lou Reed died at the age of 71 after a battle with liver disease. Now fans have a chance to own a piece of the lauded singer/songwriter’s history, as a collection of musical equipment he and his band used on his various tours is being auctioned now on eBay.

Among the items currently up for bid are guitar-effects pedals, a number of keyboards and several preamps. Additional pieces of gear, including road cases, will go on the block …read more

Vertigo/RepublicGeezer Butler watches so much soccer — “football” in his native England — that he’s been issued a warning from guitarist Tony Iommi to be well-rested enough to play Black Sabbath‘s gigs. According to the Birmingham Mail, Butler “has booked pubs, clubs and hotel lounges throughout Europe” to make sure he can catch the World Cup games, especially the England matches.

The 64-year-old bassist uses his days off during the band’s current tour schedule to binge-watch soccer, but also catches games on the fly while Sabbath is on the road. “Geezer is a huge football fan,” …read more

Lloyd Bishop/NBCAs one of pop’s most famous piano players, Billy Joel has certainly “tickled the ivories” many times, but he doesn’t want his keyboard to be made of actual ivory.

A bill is currently pending in the New York State Senate that would severely restrict the sale of items made of ivory and rhinoceros horns, and toughens penalties against those who illegally trade in these materials. Joel, an animal lover and friend of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, posted a note on his website saying that he “wholeheartedly supports” the bill.

“I am a piano …read more

Photo: Christie GoodwinTonight in Chicago, Queen teams up with one-time American Idol star Adam Lambert to launch what could be the band’s final major tour. Drummer Roger Taylor says fans who come out to the concerts can expect to witness an exhilarating and incendiary performance.

“We intend to make the stage burst into flames every night,” Taylor tells ABC News Radio. “We might not be that young anymore, but believe me, the chemistry still happens, and I think the chemistry of Queen and Adam is magical.”

Lambert has been performing with Queen off and on …read more

Photo: Christie GoodwinTonight in Chicago, Queen teams up with one-time American Idol star Adam Lambert to launch what could be the band’s final major tour. Drummer Roger Taylor says fans who come out to the concerts can expect to witness an exhilarating and incendiary performance.

“We intend to make the stage burst into flames every night,” Taylor tells ABC News Radio. “We might not be that young anymore, but believe me, the chemistry still happens, and I think the chemistry of Queen and Adam is magical.”

Lambert has been performing with Queen off and on …read more