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CHEAP TRICK FACING POTENTIALLY EXPENSIVE LAWSUITS

The current chilly relationship between sidelined Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos and the three other members of the band has turned ice cold now that Carlos, along with former band manager David Frey, are suing the other members over similar grievances: cold hard cash. The case is complicated, but basically Carlos alleges the other band members are “among other things, refusing to allow Carlos to participate in any of the activities of the band…and otherwise preventing Carlos from participating in the management and operations of the Cheap Trick Companies.” Meanwhile, Frey, who was fired in July 2012, claims his ousting is “null and void” because his contract stipulates a unanimous vote, and since Carlos wasn’t given a vote, he feels he’s still the band’s manager.

HENDRIX BIOPIC TO DEBUT AT TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL AUGUST 20

The highly anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side starring hip hop group Outkast member Andre 3000 is scheduled to make its world premiere at the annual Toronto International Film Festival on August 20. The movie, which focuses on the period between 1966-67 when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist was brought from New York to London by Animals bassist Chas Chandler, during which he formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience, ran into a bit of a roadblock last year when the Hendrix estate refused permission for any of his music to be used in the movie. Super session veterans Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Kenny Aronoff (drums) and Lee Sklar (bass) were drafted to record a number of Hendrix classics heard in the final cut.

ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO STEVE MILLER DUE THIS TUESDAY

A top shelf group of great musicians have gathered to recreate some of the most beloved Steve Miller Band songs for Fly Like An Eagle – An All-Star Tribute to Steve Miller Band, available this Tuesday. The 11-track collection features Yes vets Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye and the late Peter Banks, Asia’s John Wetton, Deep Purple’s Steve Morse, Fee Waybill of The Tubes, and longtime Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, among others.

THE BAND’S 1971 ACADEMY OF MUSIC CONCERTS DUE ON 5-DISC BOX SET

Highlights from some of The Band’s best gigs will be housed in Live at the Academy of Music 1971, a four-CD/DVD box set available September 17. In all, 56 performances from the group’s December 28-31 concerts at New York City’s Academy of Music are featured in the upcoming collection, which also includes a DVD that contains the remastered first two discs of the package in surround sound, plus two video clips. The compilation also includes a 48-page hardbound book.

JOHN CHOSEN TO CHERISH FIRST-EVER BRIT ICON AWARD

Sir Elton John is to receive yet another distinguished honor from his native country when he picks up the inaugural BRITs Icon Award at a separate ceremony connected to the annual BRIT Awards, England’s equivalent to the Grammys. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member will accept his prize on September 2 in London. The music icon said, “I’m really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion,” adding that receiving the award is “a tremendous honor and a real thrill.”

BURDON CANCELS ISRAELI CONCERT OVER ‘THREATENING EMAILS’

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Eric Burdon announced Tuesday he has cancelled his planned concert next month in Binyamina, Israel after allegedly receiving a series of “threatening emails.” The former Animals frontman was slated to perform alongside Israeli band Tislam, but a representative of the 72-year old performer said, “We are under increasing pressure, including many threatening emails that we are receiving on a daily basis. I wouldn’t want to put Eric in any danger.” Reportedly, the threats came from anti-Israel activists sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.

GREAT WHITE AND EX-FRONTMAN END ARGUMENTS OVER BAND NAME

The longstanding personal and legal battles between the current members of Great White and former lead singer Jack Russell over the right to use the band’s name have apparently come to an end. On Tuesday, both sides announced they had reached an agreement that will allow the current lineup to continue to tour and record as Great White, while Russell’s group can move forward as Jack Russell’s Great White. The back and forth attacks in March 2012 when Russell sued his former bandmates for continuing to call themselves Great White after he’d “taken a leave of absence from the band for medical reasons.”

CAMPBELL CLAIMS RIGHT TO PLAY DIO SONGS AS LAST IN LINE

Guitarist Vivian Campbell’s less than amicable exit from Dio and strained relationship with the late Ronnie James Dio are well documented, but the longtime Def Leppard member remains adamant that he has every right to perform classic Dio songs with his former Dio bandmates in the newly formed lineup Last In Line. In a recent interview with Rock Guitar Daily, Campbell claims, “We wrote and recorded those songs, and we’d like to play them! That’s what it comes down to – the only issue being that Ronnie and I had a public spat.” He ended by saying “the fact is that’s my music, I’m the one who’s entitled to play it and that’s what I’m going to do.”

DMB VIOLINIST TINSLEY FLEECED OUT OF $400,000

A Richmond, VA man has confessed to embezzling over $400,000 from longtime Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley. Getty Andrew Rothenberg, 39, pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud, admitting he submitted fraudulent or inflated bills and used the extra cash for personal use while employed as Tinsley’s personal assistant and financial manager. Rothenberg faces up to 30 years behind bars and is scheduled to be sentenced September 17.


NUGENT FIRES OFF INSULT-FILLED RETORT TO WONDER BOYCOTT STANCE

The always provocative (to say the least) Ted Nugent had some very inflammatory (what else) things to say to Stevie Wonder regarding the Motown legend’s decision to boycott Florida in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict. In a radio interview Wednesday, Nugent said, “So 700 black people, mostly children…were slaughtered in Chicago last year, by black people, and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder. What is this, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? How braindead do you have to be? How dishonest? How cheap do you have to be, to focus on a clearcut case, where all the evidence…determined that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense against the life-threatening attack by a hoodlum, dope-smoking Trayvon Martin. I will pray for Stevie Wonder and all these other numbnuts who think that Trayvon Martin’s life is more important than the tens of thousands of slaughtered blacks at the hands of blacks. How do you go from being one of the most soulful people in the world, to being absolutely soulless?”

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