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MOTLEY CRUE EXPLAINS WHY IT’S TIME TO BOW OUT

On Tuesday, the members of Motley Crue – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – held a press conference to announce their retirement following the end of “The Final Tour,” a 72-show run featuring Alice Cooper as their special guest. Asked about the thought process leading up to retirement, Sixx told Rolling Stone, “It really came down to figuring out how do we bow out with dignity.” Neil added, “We’re one of the few bands left out there that has the original members. That’s the way we want to go out: the same four guys, leaving on our terms – not leaving because we have to.” Motley Crue has sold over 80 million albums worldwide.

SPRINGSTEEN HONORS PETE SEEGER WITH CONCERT TRIBUTE

New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to his musical hero Peter Seeger, who died on Monday at the age of 94, with a stirring rendition of “We Shall Overcome” at a concert in Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday. Prior to launching into the civil rights anthem, Springsteen said, “I lost a great friend and a great hero last night, Pete Seeger. Like I said last night, we’re happy to be here tonight in the land of [Nelson] Mandela, a great freedom fighter. We are here tonight in his grace, because he made it possible for us to be here. Pete, back home, was a very courageous freedom fighter also.”

PETE SEEGER’S PASSING PROMPTS TROUBLING TWITTER TRIBUTES

Following news of the death of folk icon Pete Seeger on Monday at the age of 94, some seemingly well-intentioned Twitter users inadvertently expressed their sorrow at the passing of Detroit rocker Bob Seger, who thankfully is still alive and well. Here are some of the heartfelt, albeit, misguided Twitter tributes: “RIP Pete Seeger. I’ll be playing Night Moves on a loop today in memory;” “Pete Seeger is working on his Night Moves with the angels now;” “I always thought ‘Turn the Page’ was an awesome song. RIP Bob Seger;” “RIP Bob Seger.Chillin up there Like a Rock in Heaven.” One guy realized he got it wrong and tried to make it right, only to make even worse: “Apologies, gang. Bob Seger is alive and well. It’s his father Pete who passed away.”

FRAMPTON, BACHMAN AMONG MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

The Musicians Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members during a ceremony held in Nashville on Tuesday. Those inducted included Peter Frampton, Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who fame, Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy and bassist Will Lee, best known as a member of the Late Show with David Letterman band. Posthumous inductions went to Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with his band Double Trouble.

STEWART 4-CD, 58-TRACK LIVE COLLECTION DUE MARCH 18

Longtime fans of Rod Stewart will long to own the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s forthcoming four-disc, 58 track concert compilation, Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s the Night. Available on March 18, the package boasts 58 previously unreleased recordings arranged chronologically, culled from concerts staged across the globe. Stewart is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and has sold over 200 million albums and singles worldwide.

SIMMONS SLATED FOR GUEST SPOT ON SEASON 14 OF TV’S CSI

No stranger to the small screen, Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons has been tapped to make a cameo appearance as himself in the 14th season of the hit CBS series CSI. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will play himself in a rock and roll-themed murder mystery, tentatively scheduled to air on March 12.

ALICE IN CHAINS UNLOCKS DETAILS ON 21-SHOW SPRING TOUR

Fans of Alice in Chains will be pleased to know that once the long cold winter is over, their heroes will hit the road for a 21-stop spring tour. The trek will take flight in Tulsa, OK on April 25, with stops scheduled in Austin, Houston, Atlantic City, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Roanoke, Cleveland and Davenport, among other cities, along the way, before touching down in Council Bluffs, IA for the tour closer on May 24. The run is in support of the foursome’s current album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.

JANE’S ADDICTION SET FOR FULL NOTHING’S SHOCKING SIN CITY SHOWS

Influential alt-rockers Jane’s Addiction will continue to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their classic 1988 album Nothing’s Shocking by performing the album in its entirety at the opening of the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, May 8-10. Founder and frontman Perry Farrell told Rolling Stone, “We had a blast performing at our event during the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) show this month, so we decided that Vegas would be a great spot for a final celebration of our 25th anniversary.”

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