Lynyrd Skynyrd Member Dies- Guitar Hero: Van Halen Confirmed- Chris Brown Wants LAPD Docs- Nude Cassie Photos Surface Online- Duff McKagan Radio and more

(antiMusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans has lost his battle with cancer, just four months after the rockers mourned the death of former keyboardist Billy Powell. The star passed away on Wednesday at the age of 48.more. Very sad news, our thoughts are with his friends and family. We just ran a Singled Out feature two days ago about Evanscapps, his side band with Bobby Capps of .38 Special. If you missed that you can read it here

Guitar Hero: Van Halen confirmed. Here is part of the Billboard report: Activision Blizzard is releasing three new music-based games this year: DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero, and also confirmed the existence of Guitar Hero: Van Halen. The company confirmed the development of Guitar Hero: Van Halen to videogame blog Joystiq. It is scheduled for release in the second half of the year.more

Chris Brown's attorney is seeking police records to try to find out who leaked information about the alleged beating of Rihannamore

Cassie is furious after pictures of her posing topless leaked onto the Internet. Personal photos of the R&B beauty hit the web on Wednesday and quickly spread to a number of gossip blogs. more

EMI Music has increased EBITDA to 163 million ($246 million) for the year ending March 2009, an increase of 219.6% on the 2007-2008 EBITDA of 51 million ($77 million). The profit increase at the recorded music division occurred during the first full year of ownership by private equity firm Terra Firmamore

Fab Four or Drab Four?: Lady GaGa has compared the Jonas Brothers to the Beatles. "They were responsible for the birth of the sexual revolution for women," she gushed to Britain's The Daily Star, before adding that the Jonas Brothers are currently the Liverpool legends' equivalent. more. Wow. We won't even touch that.

Seattle native Duff McKagan (Duff Mckagan's Loaded, Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses) will make his radio host debut next week with Radio Loaded, a one-hour show on 99.9 KISW The Rock Of Seattle and at Kisw.com. The show will air Tuesday, May 12 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.more

Ozzy Sellout! Someone who claims to be the "biggest Ozzy fan in New Jersey" is selling their Ozzy Osbourne collection for the low low price of $50,000! This little item caught our eye: the original Crazy Train single on Jet Records in which the Blizzard Of Ozz only has one Z, the seller states, "Not sure, but I read somewhere there was a copyright situation with MGM for the Wizzard Of Oz, and they had to change it." more. "Wizzard of Oz"?

Meanwhile here is some news about the incarnation of Black Sabbath that started after Ozzy left the band: "The Devil You Know", the new album from Heaven & Hell sold 30,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart.more

Fleet Foxes have just released a brand new seven-inch on Sub Pop. The record features "Mykonos" and their cover of folk standard "False Knight on the Road".. They also have a line of North American dates coming up. Grab those here.

Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's sister Anamaria has been battling Ovarian Cancer for 13 years and the family has organized a benefit concert to take place on May 29th in Long Beach, California. The event will include sets from John Araya of Thine Eyes Bleed, Cisco Araya, Mister B, The Fallen Stars and more. There is more info available on the event's Myspace page .

American Idol finalist Allison Iraheta has a reason to cry. The flame-haired 17-year-old high school student from Los Angeles, who crooned Janis Joplin's "Cry Baby" for her rock performance this week, was revealed Wednesday to have received the fewest viewer votesmore

Another lesson on "be careful what you name your band": Cripple Bastards has unfortunately had to cancel their US tour, which was supposed to kick off this week in San Francisco, CA due to their drummer's broken hand not being completely healed.more

Another day and another person suing Jacko: Michael Jackson's publicist and general manager has filed a $44-million lawsuit against the pop star claiming he has not paid her for deals she's made.more

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott issued comments about their Latin America tour and postponed Mexico show at Circo Volador on May 8th. Read it here

Feltham councilors want to install a memorial to rock legend Freddie Mercury in the town centre. The Queen frontman lived in Gladstone Avenue for almost 10 years and, after years of wrangling, councilors have finally agreed to recognize the success of Feltham's most famous export. more

Liferuiner has announced the departure of their vocalist and guitar player.more

The A.K.A.s have entered the studio with Jamie Woolford of The Stereo, Animal Chin and Let Go. The band is recording for the follow up to Everybody Make Some Noise!, with plans for a summer 2009 releasemore

Veteran British rockers UFO have decided not to celebrate their 40th birthday this year because lead singer Phil Mogg doesn't want his band to end up like Status Quo.more

Steel Panther, the '80s metal/hard rock comedy-tribute band formerly known as Metal Skool, made a grand entrance to the KUPD U-Fest this past weekend in Phoenix, Arizona when they jumped from an airplane and parachuted onto the stage. more

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