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Universal Music Group DistributionNirvana bassist Krist Novoselic thinks that heroin was responsible for Kurt Cobain‘s decision in April 1994 to commit suicide.

In an interview with Reason TV, Novoselic said that “[Kurt’s] drug abuse…was a big part of his [suicide]. He was under a lot of pressure and he made a bad choice. He was probably pretty ripped when he decided to do what he did. If he would’ve had a clearer mind, he wouldn’t have done it.”

There’s no “probably” about whether Cobain was high at the time he shot himself, of course. Speaking to Seattle TV station <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" …read more

Courtesy of Al JardineDisappointing news for Beach Boys fans hoping to see founding member Al Jardine perform with the group’s current lineup at its July 5 concert in Wantagh, New York: The singer says, contrary to reports, he won’t be taking part in that show or touring at all with the Mike Love-led band.

Jardine does have some good news, though, for Beach Boys fans across the pond. In a post on his official Facebook page, he reveals that he’ll “be joining Brian Wilson on July 4th in Cork, Ireland and July 5th at the Hop …read more

Nonesuch RecordsLed Zeppelin‘s Robert Plant has announced details about his forthcoming album, which he recorded with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters. Titled Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, the record will be released on September 9.

The album features 11 newly recorded tracks, including nine original songs that Plant wrote with members of The Sensational Space Shifters. The non-originals are a rearranged rendition of the traditional tune “Little Maggie” and “Poor Howard,” an adaptation of the Lead Belly song “Po’ Howard.”

“It’s really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets …read more

Amnesty International“The future of rock and roll, it’s Justin Bieber,” so says Iggy Pop in a new ad campaign. But, no, Pop didn’t have a lobotomy. The anti-torture ad campaign comes from the Belgian branch of human rights organization Amnesty International, and the point is that people will say anything under torture.

Pop is just one of several cultural and political icons featured in the campaign, which shows their faces altered to make it appear as if they’d been beaten, accompanied by outlandish quotes they might have given under torture. Others featured in the campaign include the …read more

ESCANABA, MI – It’s another beautiful night in Escanaba down at  Ernie’s Irish Pub and Tony Perino is back for another round of UPIR Race Recap.  With John Peppin unable to accompany Tony tonight, racing legend Tom Dubord Sr. stepped in and talked with Tony about all of the goings on with the UPIR before […]

Sorry Uma, being social won out over sitting down and watching movies this weekend.  Between homework for work, personal projects, and internet dragons (though a whole lot less on the internet dragon front than I wanted) I ran out of time.  Spending a couple hours on Saturday night with friends playing a fun little game […]

Jeffrey Salter/Food Network MagazineThanks to Sammy Hagar and Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan, there’s a rock ‘n’ roll flavor to the July/August issue of Food Network Magazine.

Both rockers are part of a spread featuring musicians alongside with Food Network personalities. Hagar, who famously launched the popular Cabo Wabo tequila brand, is teamed up with chef Michael Symon, who has appeared on Iron Chef America, Food Feuds, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and is also the co-host of ABC’s The Chew. In their article, Symon recalls how he became friends with the Red …read more

Didier Messens/Redferns via Getty ImagesIt’s been almost 30 years since Metallica put out its second album, Ride the Lightning. The album was released July 27, 1984, and guitarist Kirk Hammett pauses to share his memories about it for the August issue of Guitar World magazine.

Hammett tells Guitar World that while recently listening back to the classic title track, he had “absolutely no recollection” of playing so many guitar harmony parts.

“When the whole thing slows down and there’s that solo section,” says Hammett, adding, “I remember I pretty much played that solo as …read more

Photo: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr makes no bones about it: He loves the latest incarnation of his All Starr Band. The legendary drummer tells ABC News Radio that this group of musicians is the first he’s played with since The Beatles that feels “like a real band.”

Thanks to Starr’s fondness for the current All Starr Band, which features Todd Rundgren, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, ex-Santana/Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie and Mr. Mister frontman Richard Page, the lineup has remained nearly unchanged for more than two years.

As for what makes the group special, Starr says, “I think we all support …read more

CBS Photography 1964Earlier this month, it was reported that NBC is developing an eight-part series about the rise of The Beatles. However, Billboard now notes, there are a few small problems with the project.

The publication reports NBC has not obtained the rights to use the Fab Four’s music or likenesses in the series. There’s also a potential conflict with a separate project that’s been floated around by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which owns the publishing rights to the vast majority of The Beatles’ catalog.

Marty Bandier, chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, …read more

Merry Clayton (middle); ABC/Rick RowellMerry Clayton, a background singer who’s worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones and was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, recently suffered severe injuries in a car accident.

Clayton’s official website states that Merry, 65, “sustained severe injuries to her lower body, including major trauma to her lower extremities” as a result of the accident, which occurred in Los Angeles on June 16.

The statement adds, “She has a long road of recovery ahead and we thank you all for your prayers as we link arms together …read more

Gwinn, Michigan 6/23/2014 – Gail Zanetti of Gwinn Wins Free Lunch for Liking WRUP on Facebook!