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US singer and former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has died at the age of 71.
Known for tracks including Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side, Reed was considered one of the most influential singers and songwriters in rock.
The Velvet Underground became renowned for their fusion of art and music and for collaborating with Andy Warhol.
According to the Associated Press news agency, Reed’s literary agent said he died of a “liver-related ailment”.
Andrew Wylie said the musician died at his home in Long Island, New York, on Sunday morning and had not been well “for a few months”.
Backing singer Casey Synge describes working with Reed on Walk on the Wild Side
Reed’s former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale wrote on his website: “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy.’”
Other stars paying tribute included The Who, who tweeted: “RIP Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.” Iggy Pop said it was “devastating news”.
An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed had a liver transplant this May after suffering liver failure.
“I am a triumph of modern medicine,” Reed posted on his website on 1 June.
The Who have announced that they will quit touring — this time for good — after they play a series of 50th-anniversary shows in 2015.
In an interview with the Evening Standard, Pete Townshend said that the Who plan to play some places they haven’t performed at in years to celebrate their golden anniversary. After that, the band will call it quits as far as touring goes.
“For the 50th anniversary, we’ll tour the world,” Townshend told the paper. “It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”
As the story notes, Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the Who’s only other surviving original member, have suffered some ailments over the years. The guitarist has tinnitus, a hearing condition, and Daltrey had a pre-cancerous growth removed from his throat in 2010.
The group wrapped a tour in support of its 1973 album ‘Quadrophenia’ this summer, and will be releasing a deluxe edition of its 1969 classic ‘Tommy’ in a few weeks.
The Evening Standard quotes a source close to Townshend and Daltrey who says that they plan to pursue solo ventures once the Who wrap up their concerts in support of their 50th anniversary two years from now.
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Rockers Kiss thrilled a wounded war veteran at a gig in Wisconsin on Saturday night (20Jul13) by pulling him up onstage and handing him the keys to a new home.
The bandmembers were performing at Rock Fest when they halted the set and asked Roman Rivera and his wife to join them onstage.
Frontman Paul Stanley told the crowd, “We have special guests with us tonight I’d like to bring out… Roman Rivera and his wife Michelle… Roman is a Wisconsin native, everybody. He is also a decorated veteran. He was severely injured during his combat tour in Iraq by an improvised bomb. He is a tried-and-true hero.
“We have the privilege of presenting Roman and his family with a mortgage-free, two-storey, four-bedroom, three-car attached garage home in Janesville, Wisconsin. Again, completely mortgage-free. Please join me in congratulating Roman, and thank you to everyone for their service to our country!”
The big gift was made possible by officials at the charity Military Warriors Support Foundation.
Credit to Guardian’s Michael Hann – Photos by BBC
Michael Eavis’s lifetime aim to see the band on the Pyramid stage is finally realised 43 years after festival first took place
Sir Mick Jagger, sporting skinny black jeans and a green and gold sequinned blazer, danced his famous peacock strut across the Pyramid stage as a mass of 170,000 fans swelled, danced and sang every word to Stones hits.
The blockbuster two-and-a-half hour set opened with some of their best known tunes, with Jumpin’ Jack Flash, It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It), and Paint It Black – in a departure from their 50th anniversary celebrations last year.
As the sun went down over Worthy Farm, a flame-throwing phoenix on top of Pyramid stage brought to an end a totemic performance that most thought would never happen. The phoenix was reputedly commissioned personally by festival organiser Michael Eavis, whose lifetime aim to see Jagger and co on the Pyramid stage was finally realised 43 years after it first took place.
And in a nod to the tortuous behind-the-scenes negotiations between the pair, Jagger joked that the organisers had “finally got round to asking us” to top the bill. “It’s great to be here doing this show, doing this festival,” he said after belting out It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It).
“They were amazing,” said Gordon Richardson, 55, from Utoxeter, a lifelong Stones fan who is going to see his favourite band in Hyde Park, central London, next month in the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival. “2000 Light Years from Home was out of this universe.”
Contrary to the rumours, there was no guest appearance from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift – but Mick Taylor, who famously left the Stones in 1974, did make an appearance.
Capacity for the Pyramid stage was increased to 100,000 especially for the gig, with dozens of tents shifted back and fans squeezed in around the edges for the headline slot. Fans to the far left of the stage chanted “Turn it up! Turn it up!” shortly after the set started at 9.30pm and as the day’s blue skies were replaced by cloud.
But when the famous foursome finished with You Can’t Always Get What You Want, the complaints had been replaced by adulation.
“It was really good but it could’ve been a little bit louder,” said Corrie Davies, 29, who was one of hundreds filing away from the Pyramid stage to catch an impromptu DJ set by Fatboy Slim elsewhere on the site. “In the middle it was fantastic but it was too hot though – I had to come out.”
Jagger, who turns 70 next month, finished with (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction and saw the headline slot out with fireworks. Rivals for fans’ attention came in the form of drum and bass outfit Chase & Status on the Other stage, indie band Hurts in the John Peel tent and Public Enemy on the West Holts stage.
Credit : Classic Rock
Motorhead have confirmed that mainman Lemmy Kilmister is alive and well, despite rumours to the contrary.
Gossip started circulating when the band were forced to cancel two shows earlier this week after he suffered a haematoma – an internal swelling of blood.
And even though they’ve called off a third show, schedule for tonight at the Full Force Festival in Germany, a strongly-worded statement tells fans there’s nothing to worry about.
Motorhead say: “We are happy to announce that despite rumours to the contrary, Lemmy is alive, breathing, talking, f**king, drinking, eating, reading and will be back to playing shows shortly.
“As reported, he did undergo a Motor-pit-stop for some medical maintenance this past spring, and the timing of his recent illness was unfortunate in that it came so soon after that.
“Lemmy and co believe in the ‘keep calm and carry on’ way of thinking. Fans can anticipate more Motorhead live action this summer.”
In the current edition of Classic Rock, on sale now, guitarist Phil Campbell explains that despite Lemmy being fitted with a defibrillator as a result of heart problems, the band are planning to stay around a little longer.
Campbell says: “I’d like to think we’ve got at least a couple more albums left in us. We’ve decided the next one will be a covers album – each of us will bring in three cover songs and the other two will have to do them without argument.”
Motorhead release new album Aftershock – described as “the most exciting in years” – in September. It contains 13 tracks including Dust And Glass, Knife, Going To Mexico, Lost Woman Blues, Death Machine and Heartbreaker.
Motorhead and Saxon UK tour
Nov 13: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Nov 14: Newcastle City Hall
Nov 16: London O2 Academy Brixton
Nov 17: London O2 Academy Brixton (without Saxon)
Nov 19: Wolverhampton Civic Call
Nov 20: Manchester O2 Apollo
Nov 22: Glasgow O2 Academy
The band continue their 50th anniversary celebrations by launching a one-stop destination for their discography.
The Rolling Stones destination on the iTunes Store will feature all of the band’s indispensable classic studio albums in pristine sound quality, from their eponymous 1964 debut, The Rolling Stones, No. 2 in 1965, to 1968′s Beggars Banquet, Sticky Fingers in 1971, Exile On Main St. in 1972 and beyond, providing a handy one-stop opportunity for aficionados to acquire their catalogue.
The store will also feature the band’s critically-acclaimed live albums and compilations including the latest Greatest Hits release ‘GRRR!’.
Find out more at http://iTunes.com/therollingstones
Though his recording career lasted under five years, Jimi Hendrix left behind a treasure trove of recorded material before dying in 1970. The guitar god’s studio work has led to a slew of posthumous releases, the latest of which is People, Hell and Angels.
Today, Spinner is proud to premiere the new version of “Izabella,” a song that Hendrix tinkered with toward the end of his life. The track heard below was recorded in New York City on Aug. 28 1969, 10 days after Jimi closed out Woodstock with a stunning morning set. The band here was the same as Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, his name for the live lineup at the festival: Mitch Mitchell on drums, Billy Cox on bass, Jerry Velez and Juma Sultan on percussion, and Larry Lee — a recently returned Vietnam veteran who was an old army buddy of Cox and Hendrix’s — on rhythm guitar.
Check out the funky track below and pick up People, Hell and Angels on March 5 via Legacy Recordings.