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MICK JAGGER’S LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND FOUND DEAD IN NYC

L’Wren Scott, the fashion designer and stylist girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, was found dead in her New York City apartment on Monday of an apparent suicide, according to the New York Daily News. Scott was 47. The paper reported Scott was found in her apartment by her assistant after apparently hanging herself by a scarf tied to a doorknob. A spokesperson for Jagger described the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer as “completely shocked and devastated” by the tragic news. Jagger met Scott at a photo shoot in 2001and the two dated ever since. Scott’s list of celebrity clients included Sandra Bullock, Reece Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman, and she most recently helped pick the onstage clothing for the Rolling Stones current world tour.

KISS, DEF LEPPARD CONFIRM CO-HEADLINING SUMMER TOUR

As expected, Kiss and Def Leppard Monday announced plans to stage a cross-country co-headlining tour scheduled to get underway June 23 in West Valley City, UT and wrap August 31 in Woodlands, TX. This will be the first time the two powerhouse live acts share a bill, but according to Kiss singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, “We’ve run into each other at festivals. It just seemed to be a natural fit.” Tickets for the hit-filled double bill go on sale this Friday or Saturday, depending on the venue.

FOGHAT TIPS HAT TO DEPLOYED SOLDIER’S LYRIC WRITING PROWESS

Last year, boogie rock veterans Foghat held a contest to see which fan could come up with the best lyrics for the group’s one and only all-instrumental tune “495 Boogie.” The winner was Phil Dessinger who titled his tune “The Word of Rock N’ Roll.” The decision was so difficult to make that Foghat has decided to release the second place finisher’s track “Boogie Train” on March 25. The second place finisher happens to be Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Mix, who wrote the words to “Boogie Train” while deployed in Afghanistan. He is currently in a Warriors Transition Unit for wounded or injured soldiers needing assistance to transition to civilian life. Foghat is donating proceeds from both songs to the Wounded Warriors organization Fishing for Freedom.

R.E.M. COMBINES MTV UNPLUGGED SETS FOR RECORD STORE DAY

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members R.E.M. will serve up a very special exclusive acoustic release exclusively for Record Store Day on April 19. The Georgia-bred foursome has combined both its 1991 and 2001 appearances on the erstwhile MTV Unplugged series into a limited edition four-LP collection called Unplugged: The Complete 1991and 2001 Sessions. The package includes every performance from the original broadcasts, plus 11 songs that never made it to air.

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH CEMENT 11 U.S. SUMMER TOUR DATES

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Crosby, Stills & Nash will follow up sold out spring stretch of U.S. tour dates with a fresh round of 11 summer shows, starting July 2 in Bethlehem, PA. The talented trio’s tour will stop in Vienna, VA, Bethel, NY, West Long Branch, NJ, New York City (two shows), Atlantic City, Providence, RI, Wallingford, CT and Cleveland before wrapping the run at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL on July 19. Advance tickets are available through the official CSN website crosbystillsnash.com.

CHILDREN’S HOME THAT INSPIRED BEATLES CLASSIC SET TO REOPEN

The original Children’s home that inspired John Lennon to pen the Beatles gem “Strawberry Fields Forever” shuttered its doors nearly a decade ago, but according to the BBC the property is readying to reopen once again. The BBC reports the Liverpool property currently owned by the Salvation Army plans to reopen as a “training center for people with learning difficulties.” Also, the possibility still exists that the building could also be open for public visits.

HARRY WOULDN’T BE OPPOSED TO POTENTIAL BLONDIE BIOPIC

Count on Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry to lend a lending hand if anyone ever decided to produce a Blondie biopic. During a recent interview, the singer was asked if she’d give the green light to a band biopic and she replied, “It’s difficult. You can only skim the surface. If it’s good entertainment, honest, well-acted and directed? Maybe. I think may people could be informed and have a finer appreciation of the person or era.”

FAN FOOTAGE SURFACES OF METALLICA’S NEW SONG

Last Friday Metallica debuted their new eight-minute-plus pedal to the metal masterpiece “The Lords of Summer” during the opening night of their current South American swing in Bogota, Colombia. On Monday, fan footage emerged of the Rock and Roll Hal of Fame band performing the epic tune for the first time in front of a live audience. Last week, drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone “The Lords of Summer” is “fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now.”

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

New albums out today: Donald Fagen/Michael McDonald/Boz Scaggs – The Dukes of September Live; Wishbone Ash – Blue Horizon.

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