Phil Collins Not Retiring- No Foul Play in Mike Starr's Death- Cirque du Def Leppard- Motorhead Day- Dance Gavin Dance Scam Apology- Anthrax Spinoff- CKY- more

03/09/2011
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The Day in Rock Digest for 03/09/11: NME has this update: Phil Collins "has no intention" of retiring from music, according to his spokesperson. Collins recently hinted that he is ready to leave music behind for good, with the singer/drummer even going as far as to tell FHM: "I don't think anyone's going to miss me." more [update] Contrary to a comment from his spokesperson earlier this week, now BBC reports that Phil Collins has confirmed reports he is to retire from the music business. "I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis," he wrote on his website. more. Note NME removed their article with the denial from Collins spokesperson.

Def Leppard's frontman Joe Elliott says that on the upcoming tour, the band's fans could expect more elaborate staging than in recent live shows, saying the new stage act has some "Cirque du Soleil"-like elements and elaborate lighting. more

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the police do not suspect foul play in yesterday's death of former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr. "The cause and manner of death are going to be determined by the medical examiner's office," Salt Lake City police Sgt. Shawn Josephson said. more

Yesterday was officially Motorhead Day in the city of Austin, Texas. Mayor Lee Leffingwell has released a proclamation which states: "Be it know that, whereas, the Live Music Capital of the World welcomes the band Motorhead to our City for one of the many stops on its US Tour".... more

Dance Gavin Dance frontman Jonny Craig has now publicly addressed recent revelations that he scammed a handful of fans out of substantial amounts of money. Here you go: "I want to apologize for my recent behavior. My actions regarding taking advantage of fans was inexcusable. I'm in the process of paying everyone back so please forgive me." more

You can now check out three songs from CKY's B-Sides and Rarities (out March 22). Listen to "Afterworld" here. Alternative Press has an exclusive stream of "Don't Hold Your Breath " here and you can check out "All Of You " here

Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses, Adler's Appetite) had this to say about the sad passing of former Alice in Chains member Mike Starr: "I love and will miss my brother Mike Starr and I'm doing whatever it takes to not hurt all my friends and family that way!! Peace and love my brother Mike Starr!!!" You can read the reaction from other stars here.

Gallows entered the studio this past weekend to begin writing and recording the follow up to their Warner Music Group album, Grey Britain. The notorious band was dropped from their major label after a big advance which saw people drawing comparisons to the Sex Pistols' famous "rock and roll swindle." more

Former Anthrax singer Dan Nelson has joined forces with Dan "Shaggy" Hoffman and Joe Post in a brand new Levittown, New York-based "rock / blues / punk / metal / hardcore / fun" band called Farewell To Washington. more

Paul Rodgers, who toured and recorded with Queen and Bad Company, has announced the some US summer tour dates more

According to Johnjohnsaidit.com, in a surprise decision, a federal judge in Washington has ruled that the state's publicity rights law violates the US Constitution. The case involved the estate of Jimi Hendrix battling against a vendor, HendrixLicensing.com, which sold items designed to capitalize on the fame of the rock legend. more

Hydrogyn guitarist Jeff Westlake has joined forces with Jeff Boggs, Keith Ramsey and Matt Scheen in a new project called Ura-Kia. The band has been holed up in the studio for the past 10 days and is nearly done recording its self-titled debut album more

Shirley Manson, lead singer of alt-rock group Garbage, has hinted in a Facebook note that the band may be finishing up their follow-up to 2005's "Bleed Like Me." more

Hate will be forced to miss the first date of their North American tour. The show in question is set for to night at Jaxx in Springfield, VA. more

Dream Theater, who are hard at work recording their next album, have announced two UK dates in July. more

End of a Year has officially changed their name to End of a Year Self Defense Family. Astute followers will note that the band has been playing live under the moniker for some time, and have even printed merchandise items with the name. However, as frontman Patrick Kindlon explains more

The new documentary "Better Than Something: Jay Reatard" will be screened across a number of festivals and events this year beginning next month at the Memphis International Film & Music Festival and the Nashville Film Festival. Wanna preview? Go here

Saves the Day has signed to Razor & Tie after almost a decade long off-and-on relationship with Vagrant Records. more

Hate Eternal and Origin will co-headline a summer tour that will also include Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn. more

Mikey "Erg" Yannich revealed his new project in an interview with The 1st Five. In it, he notes that he is working with Jon Weiner of The Dopamines on the band which is called New Low more

Gigan, the band formed by guitarist Eric Hersemann (ex-Diabolic, Hate Eternal), will release its sophomore album, "Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes", on June 7 via Willowtip Records more

Vera Mesmer's Christopher Mesmer (ex Reveille) Nadja Mesmer (ex Coal Chamber) and Bones Elias (Julien K/Dead By Sunrise) are celebrating the release of their first video and single "Back From The Dead" tonight! antiMusic, Happenin' Harry and Robin Perine are hosting the premiere and release party tonight at Aqua in Beverly Hills! The band gave us the story behind the song and video in today's Singled Out (here) but you can see it in person and join the party tonight! All the show details can be found here

On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys started recording "God Only Knows" (off Pet Sounds), which became a U.K. #2 when released as a single with "Wouldn't It Be Nice."

On this day in 1981, Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England, with his new band The Honeydrippers.

On this day in 2007, Brad Delp, lead singer of Boston, committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning at his home in the New Hampshire town of Atkinson. Boston had a 1976 U.S. #5 single with "More Than a Feeling" and the U.S. #1 single, "Amanda," 10 years later. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

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