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Tuesday January 13



Rock Is Twice As Popular Than Pop

(Classic Rock) Rock music is more popular than any other genre in the US, according to latest figures. Music Business Worldwide reports that data collected by Nielsen Music shows that rock claimed 29% of total across album, individual track purchases and streams in 2014. R&B/hip-hop was second, taking 17.2%, while pop finished a distant third claiming 14.9%. In terms of pure album sales, rock music was also the clear winner, claiming 33.2% of the market compared to 13.9% for R&B/hip-hop. However, when it came to streamed music, R&B/hip-hop was out in front with 28.5% compared to rock's 24.7% of the total market. The annual report also shows that while vinyl purchases are on the up, sales of CDs and digital downloads declined from 2013, with more people now choosing to stream their favorite artists.

Read more: Tuesday January 13

Monday January 12



Slash, Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth Lead Dave Grohl Birthday Bash

The Foo Fighters surprised fans last week with the announcement of a last minute show at the Forum in Los Angeles, but that was only the beginning of the surprises as the band brought out a who's who of rock stars to join them at the concert including Slash, Paul Stanley of KISS, Alice Cooper, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, Zakk Wylde and more. The show, this past Saturday night, January 10th, served as Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's birthday bash which included Jack Black leading the audience in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Grohl, according to Loudwire. The Foo Fighters kicked off the show by bringing out KISS frontman Paul Stanley for renditions of the "Destroyer" classics 'Detroit Rock City' and 'Do You Love Me'. They were next joined on stage by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Black led the audience in "Happy Birthday" for Grohl before they broke into Queen's 'Tie Your Mother Down' and then Black took over lead vocals for Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song'. The Foo Fighters then rocked "Congregation" and "Walk" before being joined by Alice Cooper to perform two of his biggest hits, "School's Out" and "I'm Eighteen". The next special guest to join the Foo Fighters was Nick Oliveri for a cover of Roky Erickson's "Two Headed Dog". A few songs later the band brought out Zakk Wylde for covers of the Black Sabbath classic's "N.I.B." and 'Fairies Wear Boots'. They were later joined by Perry Farrell for a jam of Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song" followed by the Rolling Stones hit "Miss You". The Foos then performed "Something From Nothing," 'This Is a Call', which featured a Trombone Shorty jam session, and "Best of You." Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth then took the stage to perform the Van Halen classics "Panama" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" with Grohl and the band. The Foo Fighters closed the show with a jam of the Chuck Berry classic 'Let It Rock' that also featured Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Slash and Zakk Wylde.

Read more: Monday January 12

Friday January 9



AC/DC's Malcolm Young Had Cancer

(Classic Rock) AC/DC founder Malcolm Young was successfully treated for lung cancer in the run-up to his diagnosis with dementia. The guitarist retired before AC/DC recorded new album Rock Or Bust last year and is being cared for in a 24-hour nursing home in Australia. Singer Brian Johnson previously revealed that Malcolm Young had undergone surgery on his heart and lungs. It has now been revealed in an interview in Q magazine that the lung surgery was to treat cancer and that he was fitted with a pacemaker for his heart problems.

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Thursday January 8



Tony Iommi's Cancer Likely To Comeback

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi is sharing an update on his ongoing cancer battle. The guitarist recorded Black Sabbath's 2013 album, "13", and completed a world tour with the band while undergoing medical treatment since being diagnosed with blood cancer lymphoma in January of 2012. "When the doctors told me I had cancer I thought, 'That's it then'," Iommi tells The Mirror. "Cancer was death as far as I was concerned. I found a painful lump in my groin while I was in New York promoting my book. I thought it was my prostate acting up again, but Ozzy told me I should get it checked out. I came back to England and had an operation to reduce my prostate. It was painless but afterwards I needed a catheter." "When that came out I went to see the surgeon. He said: 'Good news on the prostate. It's been cut down to a sensible size and everything is good there. But on the lump we took out, we found follicular lymphoma.' It's a type of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma." Iommi was given an update from doctors, saying "The surgeon told me he doesn't expect the cancer to go away. There's a 30 per cent chance that it could, but more than likely it will come back and it could be any time." "I look at life differently now. I could be here another ten years or just one year - I don't know."

Read more: Thursday January 8

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