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Tuesday July 15



New Van Halen Music Speculation

(hennemusic) An online photo of Eddie Van Halen visiting a mastering studio in Los Angeles has surfaced, fueling speculation about possible activity in the Van Halen camp. "Eddie Van Halen came by to visit Howie at his studio," read the post on the Facebook page of the Howie Weinberg Mastering Studio. Weinberg mastered Van Halen's 2012 album, "A Different Kind Of Truth." The world renowned mastering engineer's resume includes 4 Grammy nominations, 4 TEC Awards, over 3000 releases, 200 Gold Records and an estimated quarter of a billion records sold. Earlier this year, reports indicated the band were actively working on new music. In February, Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti confirmed activity when he was asked about new music from his solo project, Tremonti - which now includes bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. "With Wolfgang in the band now," said the guitarist "he does a lot of work with Van Halen right now, they're putting together a new album, so it's going to be hard to get everybody's schedules to line up.

Read more: Tuesday July 15

Monday July 14



Last Original Ramones Member Tommy Ramone Dies

(Radio.com) The last surviving member of the seminal punk rock band the Ramones has passed away: CBS News reports that drummer Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas, has died. He was 62. His death was announced by the Ramones' official Twitter account in the early hours of Saturday morning. The account tweeted, "We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone. #RIPTommyRamone." Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, he co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman), bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) and guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings). All four changed their stage names to "Ramone" after forming the band, something which all subsequent members of the band did as well. "It wasn't just music in The Ramones: it was an idea," said Tommy Ramone in 1978. "It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music - it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody."

Read more: Monday July 14

Thursday July 10



The Outfield's John Spinks Dead at 60

The Outfield's guitarist and songwriter John Spinks died on Wednesday after a long battle with liver cancer. The melodic rock group enjoyed a string of top 40 hits in the 1980s. He was 60 years old. The band's biggest hit "Your Love" hit no. 6 on the singles chart and helped propel their debut album, "Play Deep," to multi-platinum sales status in the U.S. The band's latest album was 2011's "Replay." The band broke the sad news to fans with the following Facebook post: "It is with great sadness to inform you that John passed away at 09.55 on Wednesday 9th July 2014. He was 60 years old. As many of you know, he had been suffering from liver cancer for many years and bravely fought the disease until the very end. We are relieved that his passing was peaceful and painless. "John was a loving husband, inspirational father, doting grandfather and gifted songwriter. His musical career started from a very young age and he wanted more than anything for people to listen and enjoy his music. He passed away knowing he achieved his ambition. "If it were possible, we know John would have liked to have thanked each and every fan of The Outfield personally. He admired and respected the emails from thousands of loyal followers who commented on his music and enquired about his health. This alone, gave him motivation to battle through the sometimes dark days. "We would like to thank you for 'Your Love' and the continued support you have given John throughout his career. He loved making music and playing his guitar. He found pleasure knowing that his music made people happy and bought them fond memories. He worked hard with many days in pain to finish the Replay album. There were times when he could barely pick up his guitar, but he refused to give up knowing he would disappoint fans. The hardest day for John was when he put his guitar in its case announcing his hands could no longer play. "During the last months of his life, John, Tony and Alan wrote new material. What the future holds for this is unclear at the time of this writing. "There is so much more we could say, but for now, we would like to grieve the loss of John. "God bless you all. "Jean, Lee and Paul xxx"

Read more: Thursday July 10

Friday July 11



Guns N' Roses Taking A Break, Not Retiring

Longtime Guns N' Roses keyboard player Dizzy Reed set the record straight on the band's upcoming plans and addressed the recent "retirement" rumor in a new interview with Billboard. The rumor was sparked in May by an online gossip website claiming that an unnamed source told them that Axl Rose was considering retirement following the band's recent Las Vegas residency. Reed addressed the report during the interview. "You know, so much of that crap gets out there, you can't believe any of it," Reed told Billboard. "At this point, having been in the band for so long, nothing surprises me. "When I hear things like that I immediately dismiss them until I hear further. I'm never really concerned enough to even ask where it came from, or why, because if it's that important I'll be getting a phone call." Reed did confirm that the band is taking some time off following the recent end of their residency but vows that they will be back. "Guns are definitely taking some time off, but we'll see. I'm not sure if we're gonna be doing anything else this year. Hopefully we will, but definitely next year. We can't stay away too long." As for new music, Axl Rose recently confirmed in an interview with Revolver Magazine that Guns N' Roses has a wealth of material. "We recorded a lot of things before 'Chinese' was out," Axl said. "We've worked more on some of those things and we've written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of 'Chinese'. That's already recorded. "And then we have a remix album made of the songs from 'Chinese'. That's been done for a while, too. But after Vegas, we're going to start looking very seriously at what we're doing in that regard." Reed also talked about that material but also said that the band members have been working on additional material. "We've all been handing files back and forth to one another in various combinations," he said. Read the Billboard report for more details as well as for Reed's plans while GNR take a break here.

Read more: Friday July 11

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