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SIXX SAYS SIGNING “CESSATION OF TOURING AGREEMENT” A GOOD THING

In a recent interview with Time magazine, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx explained why all four members decided to sign a “Cessation of Touring Agreement” as part of their announcement of their Final Tour. Sixx said, “There are bands out there traveling under the same band name. Tommy [Lee] said it would be like, ‘Nikki Sixx’s Motley Crue at the Troubadour’ and ‘Tommy Lee’s Motley Crue at the Canyon Club,’ and they are all within a week of each other. I can’t get into my car and drive down the road and have that be a reality. We just wanted to have pride in the band when the band is done forever.”

QUEEN CROWNS AMERICAN IDOL ALUM LAMBERT FRONTMAN FOR TOUR

All indications are that Queen will mount a full tour with former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert as lead singer. Guitarist Brian May recently said that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band was “up for one more swing out there,” and later tackled the always thorny subject of who would be tapped to fill the unfillable shoes of the late Freddie Mercury on vocals, saying, “We’ve been talking to Adam Lambert, you know we’ve already done some gigs with Adam, who is amazing.” Though no specifics have been revealed, the forthcoming tour will most likely include a U.S. leg, since May said, “I think we’ll be doing some more stuff this summer in fact, probably in the States.”

PAUL, RINGO CAP BEATLES TRIBUTE WITH TWO FAB FOUR FAVORITES

Sunday’s CBS special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles came to a climactic close with surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sharing the stage for a rousing rendition of “With a Little Help from My Friends” and a stirring sing-along of “Hey Jude.” The surviving Beatles and an impressive list of their friends celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964.

RICHARDS HAPPY TO BE A FIVE-TIME GRANDFATHER

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Keith Richards became a five-time granddad last week after his daughter, Angela, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy named Otto. Angela and her partner Graham Whitney already have a two-year old daughter, Ava Melody, and the 70-year old Rolling Stones guitarist’s son, Marlon, has three children.

DEF LEPPARD DELIVERS DELUXE EDITION OF 1996’S SLANG

Arena rock royalty Def Leppard has spent more time in their vast vault and has unearthed enough gems left off their 1996 album Slang to justify the release of a Deluxe Edition of the criminally underrated original collection. In stores and online tomorrow, the Deluxe Edition of Slang will be available in three formats: a two-CD and digital package, plus a Double Vinyl Deluxe Edition. Each of the formats features a plethora of previously unreleased demos, alternate versions, remixes and new tunes recorded during the original Slang sessions.

KISS TO PIMP PROMOTE ARENA FOOTBALL TEAM ON REALITY TV SERIES

Master marketers and part-time rock stars Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss have signed a deal to promote their new Arena Football League team the Los Angeles Kiss in a 10-episode reality show centered around the squad set to debut this summer. The series will be captained by AMC, the same company responsible for producing Simmons’ reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

BLONDIE BALKED AT ACCEPTING SOCHI OLYMPIC GAMES INVITE

It turns out Blondie had an opportunity to perform at the Sochi Olympic Games, but the veteran rockers turned down the invitation as a protest against Russia’s anti-gay legislation. On Friday, singer Debbie Harry tweeted a photo of the group’s official invite with the words “Pass human rights” written across it in big bold black letters. Harry encouraged fans to share the photos, writing: “Pass 4 human rights Sochi 2014… Share if you agree…”

UK’S NME NAMES NIRVANA NUMBER GREATEST SONG OF ALL-TIME

British music magazine NME has published its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time, and coming in at No. 1 is Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” As is always the case with lists like this, the rankings have cause rancor among music fans, leaving many scratching their heads at some of the top selections. Here is the rest of the top 10: Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart; Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love;” The Smiths’ “How Soon is Now?;” The Strokes’ “Last Night;” Pulp’s “Common People;” Arctic Monkeys’ “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor;” New Order’s “Blue Monday;” the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby;” the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” Notable for their absence in the top 10, the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” was ranked at No. 11 and “A Day In the Life” No. 17, Bob Dylan’s “Hurricane” came in at No. 24 and the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” checked in at No. 29.

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