Metal Star Dies- Sammy Hagar Talks Van Halen Downfall and Jimmy Page- Lou Reed's Manager Arrested- Heavy Metal Parking Lot Sequel- Def Leppard Add Date- more

03/23/2011
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The Day in Rock Digest for 03/23/11: Exhorder bassist Frankie Sparcello reportedly passed away yesterday (Tuesday, March 22). The cause of death was not disclosed in reports and the band has yet to post any information on their website, Facebook or Myspace. Here is the Metalrage report

Sammy Hagar recently stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to field questions submitted by fans through Twitter and Facebook. In the video Hagar talks about his dream of working with Jimmy Page, how he seems so young for age 63 and what exactly lead to Van Halen's downfall. Check it out here

New York City police say rocker Lou Reed's manager Tommy Sarig has been arrested on a charge of aggravated harassment after allegations he threatened to kill a consultant in a dispute over money. more

Promoting their upcoming album "Wasting Light," the Foo Fighters will perform on "Saturday Night Live" on Apr. 9. more

The Zombies are gearing up to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a new album and tour. more

Screenings have been announced for Heavy Metal Picnic which was produced by the team behind cult hit, Heavy Metal Parking Lot (Jeff Krulik and John Heyn) The film focuses on the 1985 Full Moon Jamboree, a weekend field party bacchanal that took place at The Farm, home to a cast of colorful characters who lived and partied alongside unamused neighbors in the McMansions of Potomac. more

The Ocean and Intronaut will be touring Europe late this spring along with Red Fang and Earthship. more

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has released his third song in a series of singles being released digitally this year, the original song 'Invisible'. more

The U.K.'s annual Reading and Leeds festivals will return from August 26-28 this summer, and the lineup will boast Muse, The Strokes, Jane’s Addiction and more

Exhumed and Cephalic Carnage will be touring together this summer. Macabre and Withered will also appear on select dates. more

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who is out on medical leave, has been ordered by a federal magistrate to answer questions from plaintiffs' lawyers in an antitrust lawsuit related to his company's iTunes business. more

Cave In will embark upon a "little road trip" in May. more

An*l C*nt, has announced that they will be heading across America on a headlining tour, which will kick off on April 1st more

Def Leppard have just confirmed a Toronto date on their upcoming North American tour with Heart on August 16 at the Molson Amphitheatre. more

Mortiis will once again team up with Combichrist for another round of dates in the U.K. this summer. more

On this day in 1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the U.S. within 60 days by immigration authorities. Lennon appealed and after a long fight to obtain his Green Card, the ex-Beatle was given permanent resident status on July 27, 1976.

On this day in 1991, R.E.M. scored their first U.K. #1 album with their seventh LP, Out of Time, featuring the hit singles “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People.”

On this day in 2008, Neil Aspinall, who oversaw The Beatles’ Apple Corps business empire from 1968-2007, died from lung cancer at age 66 at a hospital in New York. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

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