Nile Rodgers Has Cancer- Further Seems Forever Reunion- Norma Jean Lose Member- Flotsam And Download- Jetboy Supergroup- Deep Purple, Foreigner, Krokus Orchestra- more

01/17/2011
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The Day in Rock Digest for 1/17/11: Veteran music producer Nile Rodgers has undergone surgery to treat an aggressive form of cancer. In a blog on his website, he writes, “On October 27, 2010, I found out I had aggressive cancer. In an instant, everything in my happy-music universe imploded. After consulting with numerous doctors, I decided to have radical surgery to try and remove the cancer in its entirety." more

Further Seems Forever announced this week they will reunite with their original lead singer, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, for a show at this year's Bamboozle Festival more. We also received word that they will have a warm up gig on April 29th in Boston at the Paradise Rock Club.

Lambgoat has learned that Norma Jean guitarist Scottie Henry, one of the group's two original members, has left the band. Henry has subsequently been replaced by Jeff Hickey, formerly of The Handshake Murders. more

Guitarist Marcus Bertilsson has left M.A.N - the group formed out of the ashes of Sweden's Transport League (featuring former Mnemic frontman Tony Jelencovich) - for personal reasons and is currently seeking a replacement. more

Cold Blue Rebels, a 'super-group' consisting of former Jetboy frontman Mickey Finn, Joe Normal and Danny Dangerous of Zeros and former Glamour Punks drummer Spazz Draztik, has posted a video for the song "Hell Block 13" from their debut CD 'Blood, Guts N' Rock & Roll'. more

The song 'Take' from the new album 'The Cold' by Flotsam And Jetsam is available as a free download at Nuclear Blast's German website (you'll have to give them your email addy to get it here)

Protest the Hero have apparently named their new album Scurrilous and provided a March 22, 2011 release date more

Dashboard Confessional has posted a brand new song called "A Guardian of Sorts (To Catch You)" for free download here Frontman Chris Carrabba is currently on a solo tour celebrating the ten-year anniversary of "The Swiss Army Romance," the first album released under the name Dashboard Confessional.

Krokus vocalist Marc Storace will perform some "classic Krokus" with a "classical symphony orchestra" in four Swiss cities. Other vocalists featured on the "Rock Meets Classic" bill include Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Lou Gramm (Ex-Foreigner), Les Holroyd (Barclay James Harvest) and Dan McCafferty (Nazareth). more

Warbringer has announced the departure of drummer Nic Ritter, who joined the band in mid-2008. more

A New York City landlord has a message for the collector who recently sold the suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album: You never give me your money. more

Vadar had this update: “The band is about to prepare for recording of their newest studio album Welcome To The Morbid Reich. Recording will take place in Hertz Studio again (Bialystok - Polska) from March 15th to April 10th, 2011. Mix and mastering in May, 2011. As Peter has announced, he plans to record 10-11 tracks plus 2 bonuses for special editions of the album. As usual, you will have a chance to track the process of recording the album in a special studio report on the band's website"

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, “You Better Move On,” “Poison Ivy,” “Bye Bye Johnny” and “Money.” It peaked at #15 on the U.K. chart.

Circle II Circle, Arsis and The Absence confirmed for 70000tons Of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Saxon will play two unique shows. One night they will perform the Wheels Of Steel LP in its entirety and on a different night, for the second show, they will play Strong Arm Of The Law from start to finish. more

On this day in 2003, a long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger sparked a bidding war at a London auction. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song, “Too Many Cooks,” and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been released because the two artists were both signed to different record companies. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

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