Disfear Star Dies- New Aerosmith Collection- Fat Mike Musical- Springsteen Underground- Vision Of Disorder Recording- Panic! at the Broadway Disco- more

The Day in Rock Digest for 03/31/11: Disfear bass player and long-time member Henrik Frykman has passed away after a long battle with cancer. The band, Björn Pettersson, Marcus Andersson, Ulf Cederlund and Tomas Lindberg, has issued the following statement: "It is with heavy hearts we inform you that on Friday the 25th of March Henrik Frykman passed away in his home after a long battle with cancer. Henrik will be greatly missed by family and friends." more

Vision Of Disorder (a.k.a. V.O.D.) are planning to enter the studio in May to begin recording their first album in a decade. Song titles set to appear on the CD include "Hard Times", "Annihilator" and "Be Up On It". more

Aerosmith will release "Tough Love: Best Of The Ballads " on May 10 via Geffen Records. more

Adam Ant has announced details of his first UK tour for 25 years. The 'Stand And Deliver' singer will play 11 shows in May and June. more

Former members of Blaze Bayley's band gave Blabbermouth their side of the split story. It reads in part, "The claims that health and financial reasons have forced Blaze to take the decision of continuing without the rest of the band are only partially true, to say the very least. Proof of this is that he will continue touring on his own with session musicians fulfilling prior commitments that were contracted as a band and also contracted by the band and also will probably be fulfilled using music written by the band." more

Mike Burkett (aka Fat Mike) mentioned last night in an interview with Punk Radio Cast that he, as a lifelong fan of musicals, plans on writing one himself. more

Jeff Beck says the band to be assembled round his new project with Rod Stewart won’t be the Jeff Beck Group. more

Panic! at the Disco is interested in taking their sound to Broadway. "That would be amazing," drummer Spencer Smith said in a recent interview. "To put together a show that was a mix of our music as well as maybe tell a story ... that would be like a dream," he continued. more

Finally after nine years on the air, Steven Van Zandt's Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show has landed Bruce Springsteen as a guest. The Boss will appear on a series of episodes airing on April 1, 8 and 15. more

The official Rush website recently launched a newly refreshed website to celebrate the kickoff of the 2011 Time Machine Tour. Guitarist Alex Lifeson recently commented on the setlist, saying there would be no changes made as compared to the 2010 tour more

Chickenfoot's Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani will perform the national anthem at the St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants game on Saturday, April 9 in San Francisco. more

In an exclusive article Exclaim! reports via an interview with sole Little Girls member Josh McIntyre that the post-punk project will have a new EP out soon, “most likely in June.” more

Nonpoint's May 6 hometown concert at Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will be professionally filmed and recorded for a future DVD release . Singer Elias Soriano says, "The DVD shoot is going to consist of six cameras, with behind-the-scenes footage more

On this day in 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record that had been in development since 1940. The 7” disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that was currently in use. Advertisements for new record players boasted that with 45rpm records, the listener could hear up to ten records with speedy, silent, hardly noticeable changes.

On this day in 1986, O’Kelly Isley, of The Isley Brothers, died aged 48 of a heart attack. The trio were best known for their 1962 hit version of “Twist And Shout” (as covered by The Beatles), zwhich had originally been recorded the previous year by The Top Notes.

On this day in 1995, Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a man rushed the stage at a Page & Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan, but was stopped by two security guards, whom he wounded instead. After his arrest, the assailant told police that he wanted to kill Page because of the satanic music he was playing. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

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