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Jon Bon Jovi Addresses Buffalo Bills Controversy

Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi has publicly addressed the controversy surrounding the speculation that a Toronto-based investment group that he is a part of plans to move the Buffalo Bills if they purchase the NFL team. Rumors have been swirling that Bon Jovi's investment group planned to move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto. The team is for sale following the death the Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson. But Bon Jovi reassures fans that there are no plans to move the team. Bon Jovi wrote a letter for the Buffalo News addressing the rumors. He writes, "Recently, there has been a lot of speculation about the future of the Buffalo Bills and questions surrounding the ownership group of which I am a part. Until now, we have not said anything publicly out of respect for Mr. Wilson, his family and the process they are undertaking to identify the right group to carry the franchise forward. "However, there has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo. Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo. "We are committed to working with the State, City, County and business community to identify the best possible site in the Buffalo area for a new stadium and to then develop and implement a plan to finance and build a state-of-the-art NFL stadium for the loyal Bills fans. "Being part of the NFL is something I have been working toward for a long time. Ten years ago, I started by taking an expansion Arena Football team, the Philadelphia Soul, from its inception to winning a championship in five years. I wanted to learn what it takes to build a successful football organization. I was involved in every aspect of that team from its beginning and I lived for and loved every moment. "My family and I are prepared to make this life-changing commitment to be part of the Bills. This is not a hobby or an acquisition. Building a winner on and off the field will be job one and I intend to spend as much time on the ground in Buffalo as needed to accomplish that goal. "I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day."

Aerosmith Star Blames Fans For Not Liking Last Album

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has criticized fans following a lukewarm response to 2012's Music From Another Dimension. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Hamilton feels the record, the follow up to 2004's Honkin' On Bobo, didn't get its fair due from fans, which resulted in the album falling short of commercial expectations. "I feel like the fans didn't do their homework on it," he says. "They didn't let it grow on them. C'est la vie - we'll try harder next time." The 62-year-old also revealed he wasn't entirely happy about band member Joe Perry laying down tracks for his 6th studio album, saying it would have been better to work on fresh Aerosmith material instead. "It would make a lot more sense if we're building up material, to consider an Aerosmith album first," he says. "I think an Aerosmith album has much more potential of making an impact than a solo album. But, if somebody wants to put out a solo album, there's no way to be bitter about it and hold them back."

Queen's Unreleased Freddie Mercury Album Producer Revealed

(hennemusic) William Orbit has revealed that he will produce a new Queen album that will include unreleased songs featuring the late Freddie Mercury. Known for his work with Madonna, Blur, Pink and Britney Spears, Orbit broke the news via Twitter, writing, "Am definitely working with Queen. Amazing songs. That's all I'm sayin 4 now. Watch this space." The project, tentatively titled "Queen Forever", sees guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor recording new backing tracks to the Mercury material, just as they did for 1995's "Made In Heaven" album. "Roger and I have both been working on tracks in our spare time," explained May last December. "A couple of them have Michael Jackson on as well, which adds another layer of interest. Freddie and Michael singing together and experimenting in the Eighties." "He and Freddie worked mainly at Michael's studio," he added. "That's the tapes we have. Some of the tapes they worked on had us on them as well. But I never actually worked in the studio with Michael personally. Sometimes you come across a spare reel of tape and think, 'Well, what's on that?' And lo and behold, here's a tape of Freddie singing something we'd forgotten about."

Rolling Stones Tour Helped Mick Jagger With Girlfriend's Death

(Classic Rock) Mick Jagger found solace in the aftermath of girlfriend L'Wren Scott's suicide in his work, he's said. The Rolling Stones postponed a string of tour dates to give their frontman time to recover after she took her own live in March. He said at the time: "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way." But he threw himself into his responsibilities as producer of James Brown biopic Get On Up - and when his band return to the road in October, he has no plans to come off again soon.

Duran Duran Bassist Beats Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, Cliff Burton In Poll

(Classic Rock) Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, Cliff Burton and Flea have been named in a poll of the best bassists ever. Duran Duran's John Taylor was named in top spot, taking an overwhelming 30% of the vote in MusicRadar's poll of the 60 best bass players of all time. Rush hero Lee came in second, with Flea reaching seventh and Primus virtuoso Claypool in 12th place. On Lee, MusicRadar says: "The Rush man has inspired thousands to pick up the bass guitar, and many of the other bassists in this rundown cite him as an influence. A leading frontman, songwriter and a remarkable bass talent, it's no surprise he remains perennially popular with you guys." Late Metallica star Burton was 13th, while Iron Maiden's Steve Harris was 16th and Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler 21st. On Burton, the website adds: "His influence can be felt all over Metallica's first three genre-defining LPs." Other rock heroes to make the list include Thin Lizzy's late frontman Phil Lynott at number 25, Motorhead's Lemmy at 27 and Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan at number 32.

Tom Petty Kicks Off Hypnotic Eye Tour

(hennemusic) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers kicked off their "Hypnotic Eye" North American tour in San Diego, California on Sunday and fan-filmed video from the show is available. The 20-song set opened with the band's cover of The Byrds' classic, "So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star", and featured four tracks from the newly-released album, including "American Dream Plan B", "Forgotten Man", "U Get Me High" and "Shadow People." Opening night at the Viejas Arena presented music from Petty's extensive catalog as well as covers of tunes by The Traveling Wilburys and Little Feat. Petty and opener Steve Winwood will play shows across North America for the next two months, wrapping things up at The Forum in Los Angeles on October 10.

Daughter of Late Chicago Star Terry Kath Crowdfunding Documentary

(Classic Rock) The daughter of former Chicago guitarist Terry Kath has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete a documentary about her father, who died from an accidental gunshot wound in 1978. Terry Kath was the larger-than-life lead guitarist, vocalist and founding member of Illinois jazz-rockers Chicago. Kath played on the group's early hits 25 or 6 to 4 and Saturday In The Park and blazed a trail on albums such as 1969's Chicago Transit Authority and 71's Chicago III. Such was Terry Kath's musical prowess that Jimi Hendrix declared him "better than me." However, tragedy struck in January 1978, when he shot himself with a pistol. Kath's daughter, Michelle Sinclair, now a leading DJ in the Los Angeles music scene, was two years old when he passed away, and is currently directing an independent documentary film about her father, entitled Searching For Terry. "I wanted to give my father the recognition he deserves as a musician, but also to discover who he was a person, as I never got to know him," Michelle tells Classic Rock.

Rock Hall Removes Icon's Remains As Beyonce Exhibits Opens

( If you do not know who DJ Alan Freed is, you are not alone, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the place for an education. The DJ credited with coining the term "Rock 'n' Roll" had a prominent exhibit in the museum - that is, until today, when his remains were removed from the exhibit, CNN reports. There is dispute between Freed's son, Lance, and Executive Director Greg Harris, with Freed claiming the Hall as being disrespectful to his father's legacy, while Harris claims the DJ will still play a prominent role in the museum - just not his ashes. It is unclear whether this has to do with a new exhibit that opened just days ago, featuring outfits worn by Beyonce at various stages of her career, including the black leotards she wore in her 2008 "Single Ladies" video.

Slash Had A Trip At First Sober Gig

(TeamRock Radio) Slash recalls playing his first ever sober gig was "a trip" but insists he got over the shock pretty quickly. The guitar hero famously lived the rock lifestyle to the extreme in his Guns N' Roses days and never played a gig without a drink in him until a tour with Velvet Revolver in 2006. And while that experience was a nervy one, he has never looked back since and has remained sober. He tells BBC 6 Music: "When I was in rehab, there was a point when Velvet went out and did a real quick tour around California. And so I left rehab and went out and did this tour, and it was the first time I'd been on stage sober - ever. "That was a trip and it was a little shaky, but you get past that pretty quickly. Because you're in the moment - you can't just sit there and go, 'Oh my God, I can't do this.' You have to do it. So I got over that pretty quickly."

Tom Petty Rocks Jimmy Kimmel

(hennemusic) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers launched their new album, "Hypnotic Eye", last week with a live set on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and video from the program is available. For the broadcast, Petty and the band invited Jimmy and his entire studio audience to their rehearsal space at Sony Studios in Los Angeles for performances of new songs "American Dream Plan B", "Forgotten Man" and "U Get Me High." The follow-up to 2010's "Mojo", Petty's first new studio album in four years is now available in CD, digital, high resolution Blu-ray audio and vinyl formats.

Taylor Swift Visits Hospitalized Child With Cancer

( If you weren't already convinced that Taylor Swift was a super swell person, this video will almost certainly win you over. CBS Local Boston reports that this past Sunday (Aug. 3), Swift stopped by Boston Children's Hospital and took time to visit with 6-year-old Jordan Nickerson, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Nickerson also suffers from Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, and at only 18 months he underwent open heart surgery for a severe heart condition. Despite his condition, the video shows Jordan to be a happy and energetic little guy who's thrilled by the visit. After a conversation about Spiderman (who apparently came for a visit the day before), Swift asked Jordan what song he'd like her to sing. He wanted a song that he could dance to, and so she wound up playing "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." As Swift sang, accompanied by just her acoustic guitar, Jordan bounced along to the beat and chimed in on the chorus. A video of the visit was initially shared on Jordan's Facebook page, with another version posted on YouTube. The visit wasn't designed to be a big publicity stunt. As a hospital spokesperson told the Boston Globe, Swift simply wanted to stop by and hang out with some of the children. Which is something she has done before. This past March, for instance, she and her father stopped by Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I., to visit with the kids and perform.

Eddie Van Halen Releasing 'Unchained' Circles Guitar

Eddie Van Halen has announced the release of his EVH Stripe Series "Circles" guitar. The original guitar became famous after it was featured in Van Halen's 1981 "Unchained" music video. Van Halen's camp sent over these details: The new EVH Stripe Series "Circles" guitar features otherworldly black-and-white "circles" graphic gloss finish. The guitar has a sleek Strat®-like basswood body, rock-solid quartersawn maple neck with oiled finish, fast and smooth compound-radius maple fingerboard (12"-16") with rolled edges and 22 jumbo frets, a EVH direct-mount pickup with single black plastic control knob (master volume), EVH Floyd Rose® with D-Tuna® bridge and locking nut, and EVH tuners.