Chris Cornell was remembered today, on what would have been his 53rd birthday, by something he was passionate about - helping kids. The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation announced that they have partnered with Seattle nonprofit Childhaven to create a music therapy program in Chris's memory. The program will help trauma-affected children. Vicky Cornell said, "Chris and I always shared a stron belief in the healing and inspiring power of music. And through Childhaven's establishment of this program, we are able to keep teh promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world's most vulnerable children."

 

Linkin Park Frontman, Chester Bennington, was found dead in his home this morning by an apparent suicide by hanging. Benninhton died on what would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. He was close friends with Cornell, and even sang at his funeral. Chester Bennington was 41, and is survived by six children and his wife, Talinda. 

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Every year the Recording Acadeny honors an individual musician as the MusiCares Person of the Year - but for the first time ever, the 2018 honoree won't be a person, but a band. Fleetwood Mac will be celebrated with a star-studded concert gala during Grammy Week on January 26th at Radio City Music Hall in New York. They're being recognized for their career achievements and charitable efforts, including their longtime support of MusicCares. The gala benefits the MusiCares Foundation, which provides medical, financial and personal assistance to in-need music community members.

Zakk Wylde is heading out on the road for a three-week tour with his Black Sabbath tribute band, Zakk Sabbath. Look for them to pull into the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland on September 28th. 

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In a recent interview with actress Naomi Watts (King Long, The Ring, Twin Peaks - 2017) she revealed a new bit of Pink Floyd history. Her father, Peter Watts, was the band's sound engineer until 1974. Unfortunately, he died of a heroin overdose in 1976 at the age of 31. Naomi says she has old photos of her parents on the beach in St. Tropez, and when her died died the band gave her mother a little bit of money to help her out until she got back on her feet. It's Peter Watts that you hear laughing in "Brain Damage" and you can hear him talking in "Speak To Me." His picture is also on the back cover on Ummagumma - he's the guy on the right. 

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Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley of KISS are opening a bunch of their Rock & Brews restaurants in Chicago. They're looking to open the first Chicago location next year with an additional 10-15 in the area over the next 5-7 years. Their ultimate plan is to have around 100 locations across the U.S. in the next 5 years. 

 

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Graham Nash just kicked off a tour to support his lastest album, This Path Tonight, which came out last year. He's playing in small little venues across the United States and he's loving it. He says these intimate shows allow him to see the faces he's playing to and see their reaction to the music. It's up close & personal, not just for the fans but to him as well. Another thing he's enjoying is the freedom with the setlist each night. It's just him on a stage with no one else's opinion about what songs to play. Of course he'll play the staples the audience loves, but this gives him a chance to polish off some gems that never get played when he tours with CSN, or CSNY. You can catch Graham Nash when he plays Cleveland's Music Box Supper Club on September 19th. Tickets and info can be found at http://www.musicboxcle.com/event/graham-nash-sep19/.

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The long in the works movie about Queen and Freddie Mercury is getting closer to a reality. A casting call has been put out for movie, which Brian May and Roger Taylor are executive producing. The biopic is called Bohemian Rhapsody, and they're looking for Londoners that would like to be a part of it. They're looking for men & women with "70' and 80s hair." The film is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters December 2018. 

Is it a joke? Kid Rock might be looking to run for Senate in his home state of Michigan next year. There's a site called www.KidRockForSenate.com and when asked about whether it was a hoax, Kid Rock says the website is absolutely real. There's not much to it, but there is a link to his official website to it where you can go to his merch page & pick up some Kid Rock for Senate swag. 

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According to an exclusive report from the New York Post, Bruce Springsteen is headed to Broadway this fall! A theater sourse says The Boss will start an 8-week engagement at the 975 seat Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City in November, and will be playing 5 shows a week. The shows will be pared-down from his usual gigs for the intimate setting. The Post also points out that this could just be the beginning of something bigger on Broadway for Bruce... perhaps warming things up for a stage musical based on his memoir, Born to Run

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Congratulations to both Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Both of them became grandpas (again) on Wednesday. It started off Wednesday morning when Tyler's daughter, Mia, gave birth to 7 pound 11 ounce baby boy. It was Mia's first child, and Tyler's 4th grandchild. Then Wednesday afternoon Joe Perry was passing our cigars as his son Adrian and daughter-n-law Ann gave birth to a 6 pound 9 ounce girl. Unfortunately, the new grandpa's won't have too much time to snuggle their bundles. Aerosmith kicks off an overseas tour next week.

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Jimmy Page has been diggin way, way into his vaults over the past several years, and all the way in the back he's found an entire albums worth of material he recorded back in 1961. Five years before he joined The Yardbirds, and seven years before he starting Led Zeppelin, Page was in the studio recoeding demos for Chris Farlowe and te Thunderbirds. The Beginning will be released on April 30th in a CD plus-vinyl-LP package and a deluxe limited edition signed by himself and Farlowe. You can pre-order it now or buy it once it comes out at JimmyPage.com. There's also a little snippet from the ablum there for you to check out.

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The setlist for Rock Band VR is out, and as usual, it rocks. The game is set to be released on March 23rd, and this time around it put the player onstage with the band using the Oculus Touch virtuality headset. Some of the over 60 songs featured on the game are;

Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"

Alice In Chains - "Man In The Box"

The Black Keys - "Gold On The Ceiling"

Bon Jovi - "Livin On A Prayer"

Foo Fighters - "Everlong"

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "Bad Reputation"

The Killers - "When You Were Young"

Megadeth - "Hangar 18"

Oasis - "Champagne Supernova"

Van Halen - "Panama"

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U2 is being sued by songwriter, Paul Rose, for stealing elements of his song "Nae Slappin" for their song "The Fly" off of Achtung Baby. Rose says he shared a demo of his song with Island Records back in 1989. He thinks studio execs played it for U2 and then they ripped him off. He's now looking for $5 million, lawyer fees  and a writing credit. Take a listen & see what you think...

 

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