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REED’S CAUSE OF DEATH CONFIRMED TO BE TIED TO LIVER TRANSPLANT

It has now been confirmed that Lou Reed indeed died from complications following his liver transplant around six months ago. The New York Times reports that Dr. Charles Miller, who performed the transplant on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician at the Cleveland Clinic, revealed Reed was back in Ohio just last week for further treatment. Dr. Miller said, “We all agreed that we did everything we could.” Reed died Sunday at his home on Long Island. He was 71.

PLANT PLANNED TO SELL USED CARS BEFORE TURNING A PAGE

The history of rock would have missed out on a very significant chapter if Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant’s prediction of a whole different career as a used car salesman would have come true. In a recent interview with BBC radio, the singer recounts how Jimmy Page found him in the aftermath of the breakup of the Yardbirds, saying “Jimmy wanted to carry on and he was looking for a singer. They were looking for someone who might kick ass. And I was a frontman who didn’t play guitar, which was handy…it was just like, anything goes, I’m not going to be thinking of this after [these shows in the US] as I’ll probably be selling cars in Wolverhampton next month.”

BOSTON POSTS CLIPS OF ALL 12 TUNES ON NEW ALBUM LIFE LOVE & HOPE

Eleven years in the making, Life Love & Hope, the first all-new Boston studio album since 2002’s Corporate America, is scheduled to be out December 3, but fans can sample snippets of all 12 new tunes today. Clips from every track on the band’s forthcoming sixth album are up now on the band’s official website bandboston.com. The complete tracklist includes “Heaven on Earth,” “Didn’t Mean to Fall in Love,” “Last Day of School,” “Sail Away,” “Life Love & Hope,” “If You Were in Love,” “Someday,” “Love Got Away,” “Someone,” “You Gave Up on Love,” “Te Quiero Mia” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST WON’T WATCH NEW CONCERT DVD

Don’t expect Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell to give you his opinion on the band’s recently released concert film Viva! Hysteria because he has no plans to watch it. Campbell, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma just before the start of the Las Vegas residency that provided the footage for the film, told Rolling Stone, “I don’t like watching myself. I was really, really sick when we filmed this. When I look at pictures I look very pale because I was anemic and everything. So I’m not in a hurry to see myself on the big screen.”

MOTLEY CRUE’S NEIL, MARS GO ON OFFENSIVE REGARDING RUMORS

Hoping to set the record straight on a couple of separate rumors surrounding a couple of members of Motley Crue, the members in question, Vince Neil and Mick Mars, took to Twitter to take a couple of people to task for spreading misinformation. First, Neil jumped on Twitter to tackle the rumor about him joining the cast of Celebrity Apprentice, writing: “The rumor about apprentice was started by a loser wannabe reporter Norm Clark. I’ve talked to the show, but that’s it! But if I got the offer, I’d do it! Sounds fun!” Next up, Mars made minced meat out of Motley bandmate Tommy Lee’s recent comments regarding the guitarist’s health playing a role in the band planning a retirement tour. Mars tweeted: “Once again, any rumors regarding a farewell tour due to ‘my poor health’ is BS. I am doing fine, my AS (Ankylosing Spondyylitis) has never kept me from touring. Thank all of you for knowing the truth… When I’m done touring, you’ll hear it from me.”

PEARL JAM PAYS ONSTAGE TRIBUTE TO REED

The rock world is still mourning the loss of Lou Reed who died Sunday at the age of 71 from what a representative said was an ailment related to his liver transplant in May. On Sunday night, Pearl Jam paid a musical tribute to the late Velvet Underground singer by performing “I’m Waiting for the Man” during their concert in Baltimore. Pearl Jam’s tour continues tonight in Charlottesville, VA, tomorrow in Charlotte, NC and Friday in New Orleans.

KINGS OF CHAOS COLLECTIVE CONFIRM SOLE 2013 CONCERT

The all-star combo Kings of Chaos featuring Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor, Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, Deep Purple alum Glenn Hughes and longtime Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens has confirmed its lone 2013 North American concert. The ensemble will assemble on November 18 at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles for the benefit concert “Tokyo Celebrates the Dolphin.” As its title implies, the event will benefit the Dolphin Project, an international organization working to save dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

New albums out today: Jethro Tull – Benefit (Deluxe 2-CD/DVD); Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith; Los Lobos – Disconnected in New York City (2-CD/DVD); Humble Pie – Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore – the Complete Recordings; Leslie West – Still Climbing; Nick Lowe – Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family.

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