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Last Original Ramones Member Tommy Ramone Dies

( The last surviving member of the seminal punk rock band the Ramones has passed away: CBS News reports that drummer Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas, has died. He was 62. His death was announced by the Ramones' official Twitter account in the early hours of Saturday morning. The account tweeted, "We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone. #RIPTommyRamone." Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, he co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman), bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) and guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings). All four changed their stage names to "Ramone" after forming the band, something which all subsequent members of the band did as well. "It wasn't just music in The Ramones: it was an idea," said Tommy Ramone in 1978. "It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music - it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody."

Guns N' Roses' New Album Close To Being Done

( It took them reportedly 14 years to make Chinese Democracy, which finally saw the light of day in 2008, but Guns N' Roses' followup is almost done - if it isn't already. In fact, they might even have two more records due out soon. In an interview with Rolling Stone, keyboardist Dizzy Reed said the band has "a s-tload of songs" leftover from Chinese Democracy sessions that could compromise another album or two. "If the new record is not done, then it's close to being done," he added. Reed's report is consistent with an interview frontman Axl Rose gave to Revolver earlier this summer when he said, "We recorded a lot of things before Chinese was out. "We've worked more on some of those things and we've written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call the second half of Chinese. That's already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from Chinese. That's been done for a while, too."

Tony Iommi All For Tom Jones Collaboration

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has told TeamRock that he'd like to collaborate with iconic Welsh singer Tom Jones. Back in the 1980s, a UK rock magazine ran a spoof news story claiming that Jones, most famous for his 1960's mega-hits Delilah, What's New Pussycat? and The Green, Green Grass Of Home, had been lined up to front Black Sabbath The suggestion was that the new-look Sabbath would take a concept album based on a mythical monster visiting a Welsh pit village on the road, for the Minotaur/Miner Tour. Though the story was a joke, it sparked a conversation between Iommi and Jones which led to a friendship blossoming between the two men. "I've met Tom a few times and we were talking one day and he said 'Did you ever see that thing in the press about me joining you guys?'" Iommi reveals. "I said 'Yes, I did' and he said 'It's not a bad idea, is it?'" "I like Tom, he's good," Iommi adds. "I'd actually like to do something with him. It could work."

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Forced To Cancel Tel Aviv Show

(WBR) Neil Young & Crazy Horse have announced that they have been forced to cancel their July 17th concert at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv due to the current security situation in Israel. Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv Israel, Neil Young & Crazy Horse have been forced to cancel their concert appearance originally scheduled for July 17th in Hayarkon Park. A spokesperson for Young's camp said: "It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert due to tensions which have rendered the event unsafe at this time. We'll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace." "I will be making donations to both the Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel, and Heartbeat", said Mr. Young, "two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together."

The Scorpions Explain Why They Didn't Say Farewell

(Classic Rock) The Scorpions say they have had too much fun on their three-year long 'farewell tour' to actually call it a day. The band had planned to retire at the end of their mammoth global trek but singer Klaus Meine admits the temptation to keep going has been too strong. He tells Deutsche Welle: "When you start a three-year farewell tour, you know you've got a long time ahead of you. But that long period went by much faster than we imagined. The closer we got to the goal - Munich in December 2012 - the stronger the feeling was that we hadn't come to the end at all. "There were so many images in our minds and so many emotions in our hearts. Everything we experienced between 2010 and 2012, the 200 concerts, it was all so powerful. You stand on stage, look down and see so many fans, including the younger generation, who are really getting into it and saying, 'Guys, this is so cool. We're seeing you for the first time. When will you be back?' "It's so motivating and inspiring to play for three generations. We're all having too much fun to put down the guitars."

Walter Trout Gives Post Live Transplant Interview

(Classic Rock) Walter Trout has spoken exclusively to Classic Rock about his recovery from the last-gasp liver transplant that saved his life. The American blues-rock guitarist, 63, is still hospitalized after suffering some post-op complications but in a first interview since the surgery Trout reveals that his health is slowly improving. "Around a month ago I woke up to find I was bleeding out of my butt," he reveals. "Over the next 20 minutes I lost all of the blood in my body - they had to replace 13 pints - and went into a coma for three days. After that I had this thing called an encephalopathy, which is temporary brain damage. I couldn't speak English and didn't know who I was or recognize anybody else. Basically, I was a vegetable and that condition lasted another six or seven days. I should have been dead at that point." However, Trout survived. His body did not reject the new liver (he's unaware of the donor's identity). He is beginning to regain weight and his faculties are returning. He's even jovial enough to make a quip about his surname. "My biggest problem is recovering from the surgery because I've been filleted like a fish… hey, there's a joke for you," he laughs. "So my sense of humour is back but I need to work on my strength because after losing 100lbs I don't have enough muscles in my forearm to bend a [guitar] string. I don't know if I'll ever get back to where I was before, but I'm going to try."

Rob Halford Exciting That Queen Is Touring Again

(Classic Rock) Rob Halford has spoken of his joy at seeing Queen performing with Adam Lambert - and says he hopes Motley Crue's final tour turns out not to be their last. The Judas Priest frontman says on Nikki Sixx's Sixx Sense radio show: "I've been a huge Queen fan since they began. I actually went and saw some of their very, very, very early shows in England, and they just blew me away. I just couldn't believe it. These guys were doing extraordinary things for that time in rock and roll. And the thing is, at the end of the day, it's the music, the music, the music. The music lives longer than we do." Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor have launched a North American tour with American Idol finalist Lambert in place of late frontman Freddie Mercury - and Halford thinks it's the right move. He says: "It's just great to see the guys out on the road. They don't need to go out. They've got all the gold and platinum albums. But what they're doing is a sincere display of their love of their music. So I wish them all the best." more on this story

Stevie Nicks Joining The Voice

(hennemusic) Legendary Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks will be joining The Voice as an advisor for the reality singing completion's 7the season that will air this fall. Set to premiere on September 22, Nicks won't be the only new face on the show: Pharrell Williams and No Doubt's Gwen Stefani will debut as coaches as they take over spots filled last season by Usher and Shakira, and previously used by Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. Nicks will be busy this fall with a late September launch to a North America tour by Fleetwood Mac and the October release of a new collection of rare songs.

Bios Coming From Lita Ford, Anthrax and New Order's Bernard Sumner

(Gibson) If you don't actually listen and play music 24/7, you'll be able to read more about music this fall with Lita Ford, Joy Division/New Order's Bernard Sumner and Anthrax's Scott Ian all releasing autobiographies. Lita Ford's Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir is out in November. The 320-page hardcover book promises to be revealing. Ford says, "It's an autobiography about my life, the paths I've taken, all the different musical eras. It covers everything really, from me growing up, to The Runaways and Lita, and all the things I've been through and experiences I've had." Joy Division/New Order's Bernard Sumner has also written a book, Chapter and Verse. This is out September 25. It could be explosive as ex-Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook's book caused controversy. New Order are planning a new album for 2015, their first without any Peter Hook input. And Anthrax's Scott Ian will publish I'm The Man: The Official Story Of Anthrax in October. Scott Ian says, "What makes mine different is that it doesn't take the usual story arc that most of these rock/metal biographies and autobiographies do. That arc is usually the rise to fame, the fame, the crash and burn and then some sort of redemption. I don't have that story arc. I don't know what you would call my story genre, but it's more about coming from nothing and being able to do all that I have done. "I think it's about being able to show anybody that no matter where you come from, whether you're a scrawny kid from Queens [New York], you do have the opportunity to make something of yourself. I am the living proof of that. And you don't have to take the normal road that's portrayed in these books. You don't have to take the Motley Crue road."

Aerosmith Go Way Back At Let Rock Rule Tour Opener

( Aerosmith kicked off their "Let Rock Rule" tour last Thursday night (July 10) at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, N.Y. Over the course of a 18-song, two-hour show, they went deep with a set that eschewed several well-known songs (like "Last Child," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Pink," any number of single-word-title ballads) for '70s tracks like "Kings and Queens," "No More No More" and "Chip Away the Stone," which was never even on a proper album, instead appearing on the concert album Live Bootleg and later on the Gems collection. They stretched out considerably on "Rats in the Cellar" (from 1976′s Rocks), jamming at the song's end. They're tight enough players that they could grow out their songs to Zeppelin-like lengths in concert if they chose to do so. "That's what this band is all about!" Steven Tyler hollered after the song. Another thing the band is about: Tyler's ageless charisma. While the band jams on their instruments, he plays the audience with a skill unmatched by anyone in rock music. He gained a few extra cheers during "Livin' on the Edge," when he wandered to the VIP section and shared the mic with his daughter, Liv (standing with her Leftovers co-star Justin Theroux). But he rarely stayed still throughout the show, save for his piano playing during "Dream On." Another thing that the band is all about is the camaraderie between Tyler and Joe Perry. There's a perception that the two hate each other (helped by Tyler's now-infamous "Yeah, I'm that good" comment on an interview with "60 Minutes"). Well, if that's true, they kept the drama off the stage. Unlike, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who generally don't interact too much onstage at Rolling Stones shows, Tyler and Perry share the mic often, with Tyler draping himself over the guitarist often throughout the show. He did the same, but less often, with bassist Tom Hamilton and guitarist Brad Whitford.