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Michael Anthony Vs Van Halen- Hendrix Murdered?- X Star Has MS- Pearl Jam Go Commercial- Chickenfoot Tour- Ozzy Vs Sabbath and more top stories from this week


06/05/2009
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(antiMusic) Here is a quick look back at some of the top stories from this past week's Day in Rock report. We kick off with There was a lot of rumbling when Van Halen reunited with David Lee Roth and decided to tour with Eddie's son Wolfgang instead of original bassplayer Michael Anthony. Now Eddie Van Halen says that Anthony wasn't fired, but quit the group. more

Michael Anthony, speaking exclusively to MusicRadar, disputes Eddie Van Halen's assertions that he quit Van Halan. "Why would I have quit Van Halen? It never happened. And what's weird is, he was being asked about Chickenfoot, whether he had heard us or not, and suddenly he launches into this thing about me quitting the group. What does one thing even have to do with the other?"more

The UK's Daily Mail is reporting that rock legend Jimi Hendrix was murdered by his manager as part of an insurance scam, a new book by one of former aides claims.more

Boško Radišic, the 28-year-old frontman of the Serbian thrash metal band Space Eater, and his 26-year-old sister died Tuesday night (June 2) when a fire broke out in their apartment building in Belgrade.more

Chickenfoot, the new supergroup featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), bassist Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen), and vocalist Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), have announced their first major North American tour, beginning on August 2nd in Halifax, Nova Scotia.more

Exene Cervenka, the co-vocalist for legendary punk band X, told fans on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.more

As Internet reports suggested, Pearl Jam was indeed recording a Target commercial under the direction of Cameron Crowe last week at Seattle's Showbox theater. But there's more to the story than an exclusive retail relationship.more

Ozzy Osbourne has launched legal action against Tony Iommi, demanding a share of the rights to the Black Sabbath trademark. Iommi owns the name outright . But Osbourne believes all four founding members of the band should co-own the brand. more

Stone Temple Pilots/ex-Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland has issued a statement in response to media reports that his estranged wife, Mary, will publish a memoir called "Fall To Pieces" on October 27.more

One-time Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic filed Wednesday to run for county clerk in Wahkiakum County as a member of the "Grange Party" in a bid to bring attention to problems he sees in the Top Two primary election system.more

Metallica's James Hetfield has spoken frankly to Classic Rock Magazine about the band's wilderness years, saying the main problem was drugs and disagreements over who drove the band forward.more

Switchfoot have announced their Crazy Making Summer Tour which is set to kick off July 26th in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The tour will feature special guests Ours and Longwave.more

Iran has arrested more than 100 "Satan-worshippers" in a raid on a concert in the southern city of Shiraz where people were drinking alcohol and "sucking blood", a newspaper reports.more

Jane's Addiction are offering fans the chance to see them play in a "living room" environment on their current tour of the US with Nine Inch Nails. The band are offering a special VIP package that costs $1,000 per personmore

Paul McCartney will perform the historic first concerts at Citi Field, the new home of the Mets, Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18.more

KISS's Gene Simmons and his unconventional family are back and better than ever for an all-new season of A&E's hit "unscripted" series "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," premiering with a special one-hour episode on Sunday, June 7th at 10:00 PM ET/PT.more

Monday morning Travis Barker of Blink 182 (@trvsbrkr 162,628 followers) and DJ AM (@DJ_AM 61,128 followers) released the First Ever Coachella '09 downloadable mixtape to fans for Free in exchange for only one tweet, crashing servers and exploding the digital airwavesmore

Ratt and Extreme have teamed up to bring you this summer's most rockin' tour lineup? The tour, which will feature sets from both bands with Ratt closing, kicks off on July 12 in Amarillo, TX and runs through August 7th in Hampton Beach, NHmore

Former Guns N' Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash will be joined by some "special guests" during his headlining appearance at this year's edition of the Quart festival on June 30 in Kristiansand, Norwaymore

Whitney Houston's new album will be released worldwide September 1, 2009 on Arista Records. This is Whitney's 7th studio album.more

The second annual Thrash & Burn Tour will be headlined by California metallers DevilDriver, with direct support from New England hardcore outfit Emmure. The North American tour kicks off July 24 in San Diego.more

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno took part in a press conference last month during his solo tour of Argentina. When asked about the rumors that his drug use had something to do with his split with Iron Maiden, Di'Anno responded, "Where the f**k do you people get this from? I left Iron Maiden because they were going too heavy metal, and Iron Maiden is a money-making machine, and I don't give a f**k about it. It was not about drugs; it was nothing like that.more

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke has told Rock Radio DJ Paul Anthony that it took some soul-searching before the band decided to continue after the deaths of two members earlier this year.more


Crue Fest 2 has announced a partnership with [an overpriced energy drink] to add an additional stage at this year's festival. more

Original band members Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, came together today to kick off the 2009 E3 Media & Business Summit with the world premiere of The Beatles: Rock Band.more


VH1 has once again partnered with Dr. Drew Pinsky for a third season of the hit reality series "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." The series, consisting of eight one-hour episodes, is slated to premiere in early 2010.more


Maybe Tone Loc had a little too much of that funky cold medina. The "Wild Thing" rapper was hospitalized overnight in Florida after collapsing during a gig at a Pensacola Beach hot spot.more

Country star John Rich is charged with assault and harassment in an ongoing dispute with a former "Nashville Star" contestant.more

Cheap Trick is stepping outside of the label world to release its next studio album, "The Latest," itself. The veteran rock group started taking pre-orders for the 13-track set, which it recorded during the past year mostly in Los Angeles with producer Julian Raymond, last Friday via its official web sitemore

Looks like The Beatles: Rock Band isn't the only nostalgic treat heading for gaming's E3 Expo next week. Iron Maiden are releasing a 12-strong track pack of classic and new live concert performances via Rock Band. more

Because he required eye surgery, Born From Pain singer Rob Franssen was forced to leave the group's current tour with Terror et almore

Stone Temple Pilots/ex-Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland has told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that STP is working with producer Don Was on material for a new album, tentatively due in 2010more - more News Quicks



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