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Friday June 27



Jeff Beck Cancels Tour For 'Emergency Medical' Reasons

(hennemusic) Jeff Beck has cancelled his European summer tour dates after seeking immediate medical attention which will see the guitarist undergo an unidentified hospital procedure requiring six weeks of rest. "It is with the greatest regret that Jeff Beck has been forced to cancel the forthcoming European dates of his worldwide tour, set to begin in Austria on 27 June," posted the rocker's team on his social media sites. "Following many months of international touring and after seeking emergency medical attention, Jeff will now undertake a short hospital procedure and his doctors have instructed a complete break from performance for a total of six weeks. Following the treatment, Jeff will fulfill his US tour commitments beginning in Missoula MT on 8th August." "He sends his profound apologies to those fans who had bought tickets for the European concerts," continued the statement, "and very much looks forward to playing for his American audiences after he has completed his treatment."

Read more: Friday June 27

Thursday June 26



Queen Didn't Authorize Song Use In Alleged Nazi Video

(Radio.com) Music, especially punk and metal music, have used Nazi, Satanic, anarchist and all kinds of imagery and iconography to shock fans for years, but for a famous Indonesian Idol judge, the message is a bit muddier. The video had been up for a while but the German magazine Der Spiegel called attention to it on Tuesday (June 24) noticing that Dhani's black uniform jacket was strikingly similar to that of infamous SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Queen guitarist Brian May, quite obviously, was quick to distance himself from the ad, saying on Twitter, "Of course this is completely unauthorized by us." It's a little unclear whether the video actually uses Nazi iconography. The eagle that one of the men holds in the beginning is quite possibly the Garuda Pancasila - the National emblem of Indonesia - and not the Hoheitszeichen which was adopted by the National Socialist party. As far as Dhani's coat? That's a little unclear.

Read more: Thursday June 26

Wednesday June 25



Def Leppard Star To Undergo Stem Cell Transplant

(hennemusic) Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell will undergo a stem cell transplant this fall to battle the return of his Hodgkin's lymphoma. Campbell first revealed the cancer news last summer, and advised fans that it had gone into remission last fall following chemotherapy treatments. Campbell tells the Daily Herald, "So I went to Dublin and started to record with the band [in February], we started work on a new record, and as soon as I got back from that, I did another surgical biopsy and that showed that the cancer had definitely come back," he explained. "I'm actually doing this new high-tech chemo treatment, I'm about halfway through it already, and it's really kind of easy going. It's the first new drug that's been discovered for Hodgkin's since 1977 and they made this discovery in 2011, and it's actually being pioneered here at City of Hope, so I'm part of this research clinical trial that's going on. "It's very, very benign chemo, actually it just targets -- I don't know how it works, obviously I'm not a medical person, but somehow or other it just manages to target the cancer cells. It's not like old-school, carpet-bomb chemo where it kills all the fast-growing cells, so I haven't experienced any hair loss or any issues with my skin or nails or anything this time around, which is good. And assuming that works, I'm going to have to continue a couple of treatments, actually, over the course of the [KISS] tour, so that's awkward to work around, but not impossible." "Assuming that it all works and I actually get to a perceived remission stage by August," he added, "then as soon as the tour is over in early September I'm going to get a stem-cell transplant, which I can't say I'm looking forward to, but I've been told if I don't do that, the cancer's going to just keep coming back every couple years. And every time it's a little bit more resistant. It is what it is. It could be worse -- but at least I have health insurance. (laughs)"

Read more: Wednesday June 25

Tuesday June 24



'Gimme Shelter' Singer Merry Clayton Seriously Injured In Crash

Famed Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" backup singer Merry Clayton was seriously injured in a car accident on Monday. Her official website provided these details: "It is with deep regret, but also deep gratitude, that we announce the following about our beloved Merry Clayton. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, Merry was involved in a major automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. "Merry sustained severe injuries to her lower body, including major trauma to her lower extremities. We are truly grateful that our dear Merry is still with us. "She has a long road of recovery ahead and we thank you all for your prayers as we link arms together with faith and the Lord's strength for her rapid healing. "For all that know her personally, and those that have been blessed by her God-given talents, please know that her spirit is very strong and her faith unwavering. Her voice is not silenced and His praises continue to be on her lips." Apart from her vocals on the legendary Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd classics, Merry has worked with a wide range of artists including Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Carole King, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Tori Amos, Jerry Garcia and Neil Young.

Read more: Tuesday June 24

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