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BONNIE RAITT TO HEADLINE GREAT SOUTHERN BANK'S SATURDAY IN THE PARK!

Legendary Blues/Rocker Bonnie Raitt headlines the 2014 Great Southern Bank's Saturday In The Park July 5th, 2014 at Sioux City's Grandview Park. The 24th year of the free musical festival marks another exciting year that has become one of the country's premiere outdoor festivals. Filling out the day-long event includes the Avett Brothers, Wild Feather and Ziggy Marley. More musicians are slated to be announced.

JAGGER’S BANDMATES SUPPORT FRIEND AND FRONTMAN

Bandmates of Mick Jagger are speaking out in the wake of the death of L’Wren Scott, the Rolling Stones frontman’s longtime girlfriend, and the cancellation of the band’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. Keith Richards said in a statement: “No-one saw this coming. Mick’s always been my soul brother and we love him…we’re thick as thieves and we’re all feeling for the man.” Ronnie Wood added: “This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are all pulling together to offer Mick our support and help him through this sad time. Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can.” Finally, Charlie Watts said: “Needless to say we are all completely shocked but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time. We intend to come back to Australia and New Zealand as soon as it proves possible.”

FRIEND CLAIMS SCOTT WAS SET TO CLOSE HER FASHION COMPANY

The mystery continues as to why Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott apparently took her own life on Monday, but some clues are starting to surface. Former New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, Scott’s one-time boss and close friend, said in a tribute to her late employee posted Tuesday: “I learned since her death that she was planning to close her business, with an announcement, on Wednesday. Still, as painful as the decision must have been for her, I wouldn’t draw any conclusions from it about her state of mind.”

FREHLEY FUELS FEUD WITH FORMER KISS COHORTS

As if the fractured friendships between former Kiss bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on one side, and former original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss on the other, weren’t bad enough, Frehley has added fuel to the ire. In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Frehley talked about the band not performing at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction next month, saying, “I’ve been reading stuff on the internet and Paul and Gene have been insinuating that maybe Peter and myself don’t have it anymore, which is a load of crap. I think somehow they wanted to validate the current lineup. I don’t have a problem with the current lineup. It is what it is – it’s half a Kiss cover band.”

NEXT JUDAS PRIEST ALBUM “FINISHED,” HALFORD CONFIRMS

Work on the next Judas Priest album – and first with new guitarist Richie Faulkner – has wrapped, according to frontman Rob Halford. The Metal God made the announcement in a recent interview, saying, “The Priest album is finished. It’s done. I just heard from the mastering sessions that [guitarist] Glenn [Tipton] is looking over in England, it’s finished. It’s done.” Halford did not divulge the album title or release date.

CALIFORNIA BREED BREWS UP COOL NEW “SWEET TEA” VIDEO

New rock trio California Breed – Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), drummer Jason Bonham and 23-year old guitar slinger Andrew Watt – has just premiered the video for “Sweet Tea,” the first single off their forthcoming self-titled album, due May 20. Talking about the tasty “Sweet Tea” and the band’s upcoming 12-track debut album, Hughes said, “The rock-swagger vibe of this record is so great. There’s a greasy, nasty sound that I really enjoy.”

POP CASTS DOUBT ON FUTURE OF STOOGES AFTER DRUMMER’S DEATH

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Iggy Pop is uncertain whether his band the Stooges can continue following the recent death of original drummer Scott Asheton, who Pop confirms died of a heart attack last Saturday. In a tribute he wrote in Rolling Stone, Pop, who is now the only surviving member of the original lineup, wrote: “I don’t want to say that I’m done with the band. I would just say that I feel like the group has always included the Asheton brothers (guitarist Ron Asheton died in 2009). When Ron passed away, Scott represented him. Nearly everything we play, Ron played on originally. I just can’t see the band playing in the near future. It would just be wrong.”

METALLICA DELIVERS “GARAGE DEMO VERSION” OF EPIC NEW TRACK

After unveiling a live version of their new song “Lords of Summer” last week at a concert in Bogota, Colombia, Metallica Wednesday shared what they called a “garage demo version” of the 8:20 track in a video posted to YouTube. The pedal to the metal, mile-a-minute tune is reminiscent of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group’s 80’s era sound, featuring guitarist Kirk Hammett ripping off a furious solo.

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