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The Outfield's John Spinks Dead at 60

The Outfield's guitarist and songwriter John Spinks died on Wednesday after a long battle with liver cancer. The melodic rock group enjoyed a string of top 40 hits in the 1980s. He was 60 years old. The band's biggest hit "Your Love" hit no. 6 on the singles chart and helped propel their debut album, "Play Deep," to multi-platinum sales status in the U.S. The band's latest album was 2011's "Replay." The band broke the sad news to fans with the following Facebook post: "It is with great sadness to inform you that John passed away at 09.55 on Wednesday 9th July 2014. He was 60 years old. As many of you know, he had been suffering from liver cancer for many years and bravely fought the disease until the very end. We are relieved that his passing was peaceful and painless. "John was a loving husband, inspirational father, doting grandfather and gifted songwriter. His musical career started from a very young age and he wanted more than anything for people to listen and enjoy his music. He passed away knowing he achieved his ambition. "If it were possible, we know John would have liked to have thanked each and every fan of The Outfield personally. He admired and respected the emails from thousands of loyal followers who commented on his music and enquired about his health. This alone, gave him motivation to battle through the sometimes dark days. "We would like to thank you for 'Your Love' and the continued support you have given John throughout his career. He loved making music and playing his guitar. He found pleasure knowing that his music made people happy and bought them fond memories. He worked hard with many days in pain to finish the Replay album. There were times when he could barely pick up his guitar, but he refused to give up knowing he would disappoint fans. The hardest day for John was when he put his guitar in its case announcing his hands could no longer play. "During the last months of his life, John, Tony and Alan wrote new material. What the future holds for this is unclear at the time of this writing. "There is so much more we could say, but for now, we would like to grieve the loss of John. "God bless you all. "Jean, Lee and Paul xxx"

New AC/DC Album 'Difficult' Without Malcolm

( Brian Johnson says, with or without ailing guitarist Malcolm Young, AC/DC's 15th album is complete. Johnson admitted in a new interview that Malcolm's absence was definitely felt during the album's completion, something that has informed the record as a whole, for which he was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young. "Stevie, Malcolm's nephew, was magnificent, but when you're recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn't well, it's difficult," Johnson said. "But I'm sure he was rooting for us. He's such a strong man. He's a small guy but he's very strong. He's proud and he's very private so we can't say too much. But fingers crossed he'll be back." Johnson also noted that Young was still in the hospital at the time of the interview, posted yesterday (July 9). It's still unclear what illness is currently ailing the band's rhythm guitarist.

Bruce Springsteen Premieres Short Film 'Hunter of Invisible Game'

( Yesterday, Bruce Springsteen premiered his short film Hunter of Invisible Game, based on the song of the same name from his recent album, High Hopes. A 10-minute, 15-second film with no dialogue, it stars Springsteen as a man wandering through the countryside and is reminiscent of scenes from The Book of Eli or the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. During the film's intro (about five-and-a-half minutes), his character flashes back to his past life with a family - who we don't see him with through its duration. Soon a young boy leads him to a farm where he lives with a community of people, recalling the community that Tom Joad met under the bridge in Grapes of Wrath. The community welcome Bruce('s character). The film time shifts a lot, but it seems that he decides not to stay, and then moves on, a solitary man. Springsteen has yet to do any interviews explaining the film.

Video of AC/DC's Brian Johnson's Doctor of Music Speech Goes Online

(hennemusic) AC/DC singer Brian Johnson received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday, and video of his acceptance speech is available for fans to check out. The degree recognizes the significant contribution Johnson has made to the music industry as lead singer of one of the world's most successful rock bands for the past three decades. "When I first heard about this great honor, I was humbled … especially since it's from my hometown university," said Johnson. "I was an engineering student myself here a long time ago." The rocker was born along the river from the University at Dunston and performed with a series of bands before finding Top 20 success with Geordie during the Glam Rock era of the 1970s.

Eddie Van Halen Visits The Set Of FX Series The Bridge

(hennemusic) Eddie Van Halen and his wife Janie visited the set of the FX series The Bridge on Tuesday, and they have posted some photos of their appearance online. "Thank you to @TheBridgeFX for having us on set today," tweeted Janie. "Arrested by Mexican police and escorted to jail." The couple shared the images of Eddie being handcuffed and ready to be put in the back of a police car, and another of the two sitting in a jail cell. There's no further details regarding the visit, so it's unknown if Eddie may have a guest appearance coming up on the program, or if actress and stuntwoman Janie is actively involved in the production, or if either or both simply have friends involved in the series.

Judas Priest Album Launch Video Goes Online

(hennemusic) Judas Priest launched their latest album, "Redeemer Of Souls", with an autograph session at New York's Hard Rock Cafe on Tuesday, and video from the event is available. Band members Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner arrived in a convertible to chants of "Priest! Priest! Priest!" before heading indoors to sign copies of the record. "Redeemer Of Souls" is available in a standard version and a deluxe edition with five bonus tracks. The project marks Faulkner's studio debut with Priest; he replaced founding member K.K. Downing following his retirement in 2011.

Alice Cooper Gets Unusual Hall Of Fame Honor

( Alice Cooper may already be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2011, but the band's titular frontman just received an honor that just might be on par with it. Ultimate Classic Rock reports that Cooper has been inducted into hamburger chain White Castle's Cravers Hall of Fame. "When we heard about Cooper's life-long love of our hot and tasty sandwiches, we knew he had to be a part of the Cravers Hall of Fame," Jami Richardson, corporate vp of White Castle, said of the rocker's induction into its delectable ranks. "He is a legend in the rock 'n' roll world, and now he is a legend at White Castle." "It's probably one of the most all-American things that there is, White Castles," Cooper added to reporters in attendance. "So I feel like it's the one product that hasn't changed over all the years. Everything tastes differently now. But White Castle tastes exactly the same." Columbus, Ohio's Dispatch reported that Cooper visited the White Castle headquarters for his induction - and even did a rendition of "No More Mr. Nice Guy" for the attendees.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Selling L.A. House For $6.8 Million

( Maybe you're a massive Red Hot Chili Peppers fan looking to buy a house in the Los Angeles area - oh, and you're loaded, too. If so, the band's notorious bass player Flea is selling his estate in the city's Tony Griffith Park area for just under $7 million. According to Curbed Los Angeles, the property is packed with local history. It was built in 1925 by Van Griffith, the son of Griffith J. Griffith, the original benefactor for nearby Griffith Park, home to all sorts of attractions, including the Griffith Observatory and popular outdoor concert venue, the Greek Theatre. The .78-acre location is loaded with amenities, such as a saltwater swimming pool and a loggia with an outdoor fireplace. The main house features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and even a speakeasy. The guest house was recently remodeled, with two bedrooms and a wood-burning fireplace.

Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson Releasing Muddy Waters Tribute

(MPM) Mud Morganfield, son of the legendary bluesman Muddy Waters and The Fabulous Thunderbirds' Kim Wilson have announced an August 19th release date of For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters), a special tribute to Muddy Waters in the 100th anniversary year of his birth. The genesis for this recording project was simple, according to Severn president David Earl. "I couldn't ignore all the requests," he said. "After we released Mud Morganfield's Son of the 7th Son album and The Fabulous Thunderbirds' On the Verge disc, the phone was ringing off the hook and the inbox was flooded with emails. The topic was always the same: 'You have to get Mud and Kim to do an album together!' So, after all the prodding, I picked up the phone and asked both Mud and Kim if they would like to do an album together. They resoundingly said, 'yes!'" In addition to Mud Morganfield's vocals, which bear an uncanny resemblance to his late father's sound, and Kim Wilson's award-winning harmonica work, the duo are backed by an all-star team of players schooled in the Chicago-style of blues playing: Billy Flynn and Rusty Zinn (guitars), Barrelhouse Chuck (piano), Steve Gomes (bass) and Robb Stupka (drums). The album was produced by David Earl and Steve Gomes and recorded at Severn Sound Studios in Annapolis, Maryland. In keeping with the organic nature of classic blues music recordings, the For Pops album tracking took on the feel of a late night jam session. "We began with an old-fashioned 'house party' in our studio," recalled David Earl. "Attendees included friends and family from all over the mid-Atlantic region, who were treated to a wonderful performance by Mud and Kim, along with some barbeque and spirits. The next day, the overall thought was to record the album 'live' in the studio and capture the feel we had at the party. All the instruments were recorded together in the same room in order to truly capture the interplay between the musicians. Mud was isolated so we could put the best possible sound to tape. We spent four days recording and actually mixed it at the end of the week with all the musicians present. It was a whirlwind, but at the end of the day, everyone agreed that 'Pops" would be proud." Facing the daunting task of which Muddy Waters songs from his vast catalogue to include on For Pops, the mutual decision was made to record some of Muddy's better-known tunes, but also some lesser-known ones that would demonstrate the vibrant scope of how encompassing was the legend's blues repertoire. The rest of the players chosen for the sessions were all hand-picked by Mud, Kim and David Earl based not only on their musical chops, but their feel for playing this music within the classic Chicago blues ensemble format. "I would like to thank everyone who has put so much into the making of this album," said Mud Morganfield during the sessions. "It's coming up on my Dad's 100th birthday and that makes me even more proud to be a part of this great release. I thank all blues lovers and fans around the world; the music we make today always comes to you and history."