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ALANIS MORISSETTE HONORS TAYLOR HAWKINS AT RECENT LONDON CONCERT

Alanis Morissette paid homage to her former bandmate Taylor Hawkins on Tuesday night (June 28) during her performance at the O2 Arena in London. Hawkins was Morissette's drummer for her Jagged Little Pill tour in 1995, and played with her live band until 1997, when he joined the Foo Fighters. Morissette featured photos of Hawkins while she sang "Ironic", ending the performance with the text "In Memory of Taylor Hawkins". The Foo Fighters are also planning two upcoming tribute concerts to Hawkins in September, where Morissette is also scheduled to perform. (https://bit.ly/3NuT61E)

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JIMI HENDRIX'S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED WITH RELEASE OF NEW BOOK

A new, more comprehensive book on Jimi Hendrix will arrive in the US on November 15th, 2022. Titled "Jimi", this biography will serve as the "ultimate tribute to the greatest guitar player in rock n' roll history." "Jimi" will significantly expand on previous books, and is described by his sister, Janie Hendrix, as a "comprehensive visual celebration." The book will include a new introduction by his sister, never before published photos, and quotes by legendary musicians such as Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Dave Grohl. The book seeks to expand on Hendrix's lasting influence; the musician died at age 27 over 50 years ago. (https://bit.ly/3QRiyRP)

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KISS WORLD MUSEUM OPENS IN LAS VEGAS

The Kiss World Museum, which showcases 50 years of the classic rock band's memorabilia, recently opened in Las Vegas–right next door to the Kiss by Monster Mini Golf Course. Singer and Bassist Gene Simmons contributed "three tractor trailers full of stuff" from his personal collection, ranging from instruments to vinyl records to video games. As Kiss continues their farewell tour through 2023, the group feels it's time to share their private collection with their dedicated fans. The 15,000-square-foot museum is open now in the Masquerade Village at the Rio Hotel & Casino. (https://bit.ly/3a0byBl)

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SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS ANNOUNCE VIRTUAL REALITY CONCERT

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators' Live At Studios 60 livestream will be able to be viewed on the Soundscape VR platform. Fans can experience the debut of all 10 songs from Slash and the band's new Gibson Records LP 4 via Soundscape's Magic Mirror Musical Universe.

He said, "I'm really excited about this cool VR interpretation of our live performance at Studios 60. It's a new and immersive visual that gives it a great ‘in the room' feel."

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have released the second single off 4 called "April Fool," along with the video.

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TOMMY LEE PLAYS FIRST FULL SHOW OF MOTLEY CRUE'S STADIUM TOUR

Tommy Lee performed his first full show of Motley Crue's stadium tour on Tuesday night (June 28th) after previously splitting duties with Tommy Clufetos. As previously reported, Lee recently broke four ribs.

According to the Charlotte Observer, during the band's performance at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, Lee performed without any mention of his injury. Prior to the Charlotte concert, Lee performed the first few songs of each show and then returned later to play piano on "Home Sweet Home."

During opening night in Atlanta, Lee told the crowd, "What I've got to tell you is about 14 days ago, I f*ckin' broke not one, not two, not three, but four f*ckin' ribs right here. The doctors told me, 'No playing, bro. No playing.' And I was like, 'Are you f*cking high, bro? We've got a f*cking tour to do!' So anyway, I ain't sitting out for sh*t. My boy's gonna help me out here, and I'll see you guys later. On with the goddamn show."

Lee's wife Brittany Furlan also explained how he broke his ribs, saying, "We were staying at an old rental house in Nashville. It was a cool, old quirky house," she explained. "But the stairs outside were made out of stones, and they were really uneven, and the roots were pushing them up from the tree. And everything was fine. I actually fell up the stairs a few times getting groceries, but whatever. So, the day that we were leaving Nashville, our driver came and we had all this luggage and he wasn't helping us; he just stayed in the car. And so Tommy was trying to carry all of our luggage for us. And he fell down these crazy stairs and broke — broke — four ribs. Not fractured, not bruised — broke."

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METALLICA RELEASES NEW LIVE EP FEATURING BEATLES, DEEP PURPLE COVERS

A rare acoustic set of Metallica covers now has an official EP release. The performance, from a 2014 charity gig for MusicCares, features covers of songs from The Beatles, Deep Purple and Ozzy Osbourne. The EP is available on the band's website for under $10, and Metallica say that "all net proceeds from the sale of downloads of this show will be donated to the MusiCares MAP Fund." (https://bit.ly/3OA0sly)

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KISS IS ADDING 100 MORE CITIES TO THEIR FAREWELL TOUR

Kiss singer and bassist Gene Simmons announced that the band will add 100 more cities to their farewell tour, which will run for an unknown period of time. Simmons commented that "The crew is happy. Everybody's happy. So we've decided to add another 100 cities before we stop. I don't know how long that's gonna take." The initial date for the farewell tour was postponed due to COVID. "The End of the Road Tour" continues June 30 at France's Festival du Printemps de Perouges and currently runs through early October. (https://bit.ly/3udcjOu)

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UPDATE: BLINK-182's TRAVIS BARKER WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH PANCREATITIS

The mystery has been revealed as to why Blink-182's Travis Barker is in the Hospital. TMZ now reports that he was admitted on Tuesday (6-28) while suffering from pancreatitis.

The story emerged when photos appeared of him on a stretcher with wife, Kourtney Kardashian at his side. He entered the hospital complaining of cramps. After being rushed in, he was later transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for better care.

Symptoms include nausea, intense stomach pain and vomiting. Barker's current condition is unknown, but doctors believe the attack was triggered by a colonoscopy.

TL;DR:

  • Blink-182's Travis Barker is in the suffering from pancreatitis.
  • He entered the hospital complaining of cramps.
  • Barker's current condition is unknown.
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KISS MOCKED FOR FLASHING AUSTRALIAN FLAG IN AUSTRIA

As if Paul Stanley getting caught apparently lip synching during Kiss' June 6th gig in Antwerp, Belgium wasn't bad enough -- Kiss is once again the laughing stock of their detractors.

Classic Rock reported the embarrassing mistake that took place on Sunday (June 26th) at the Stadhalle in concert in Vienna, Austria at the Stadhalle: "At the end of the band's set the production people did what they normally do: they flashed up a message on the screens, thanking fans for their attendance: We Love You Vienna."

So far -- so good, but then the ultimate faux pas: "Well, that was the plan. What they actually did was thank fans for their attendance, with the Kiss logo set against the Australian flag. That's the Australia that's on the other side of the world from Austria. Two extra letters, but so much distance."

Gene Simmons told us that attending a Kiss concert should be viewed as nothing less than a religious rock experience: "There's something else going on, that somehow words don't really get to -- in the same way that, perhaps, when you think about a, a Southern Baptist church revival. Your spirit is lifted when you walk out of there. You feel glad to be alive another day. I'd like to think that when you leave our show, you feel exhilarated -- physically exhausted, but there's something to talk about."

Kiss performs on Thursday (June 30th) in France Saint-Vulbas France at Festival Du Printemps De Perouges

Their next U.S. show is set for September 21st at West Palm Beach's IThink Financial Amphitheatre.

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PAUL McCARTNEY'S 1988 BLACK LES PAUL GUITAR UP FOR AUCTION

The Les Paul Gibson Custom that the late-Les Paul gifted Paul McCartney in 1988 is now up for auction. According to Guitar.com, "Inclusive of its original hard case, the guitar -- which is still in playing shape -- will be auctioned off in July as part of Heritage Auctions' Guitars and Musical Instruments Signature Auction. Bids are currently accepted, starting at $40,000 and the auction is slated to conclude on July 17th."

Les Paul had intended on presenting the guitar to McCartney when the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 1988, but with McCartney proving a no-show, he had to wait until McCartney passed through Manhattan again and presented him with the axe on May 3rd, 1988.

Other than holding the guitar for a few taped promotional appearances, McCartney was never seen using the guitar during any live performances and it's unclear whether he ever recorded with the instrument.

Although Paul McCartney's first instrument was a trumpet, he soon traded it in for a guitar. McCartney explained a while back that although rock was seen as a rebellious and adventurous type of music in the 1950's, he was aware early on that every era -- past and present -- would experience both genres and performers that pushed boundaries: "It never felt rebellious to me. The music was never. . . I never thought it was rebellious. My dad didn't particularly like it, but he'd had stories about how his dad didn't like his music. So, my dad was very tolerant with all of that. He knew I had to do something ‘funny' that he wasn't going to like, so he was ready for all that."

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