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*David Bowie’s longtime drummer Dennis Davis has lost his battle with cancer, almost three months after the rock icon passed away. The percussionist, who had been struggling with stage four lung cancer, had reportedly been receiving hospice care in March in the weeks leading up to his death. Bowie’s producer pal Tony Visconti confirmed the sad news in a post on Facebook, when he paid a touching tribute to the musician, who began working with Bowie in 1974. He contributed to a string of Bowie’s album releases from 1975’s “Young Americans,” and is known for his work on hits including “Ashes to Ashes,” “Sound and Vision,” and “Heroes.” A U.S. Air Force veteran, Davis rose to fame working alongside guitarist Carlos Alomar as session musicians for Roy Ayers. They both went on to team up with Bowie from 1974, when he recruited the pair as part of his backing band, with bassist George Murray. Davis also worked with Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Carlos Santana, and Iggy Pop – on his 1977 solo debut The “Idiot.” Bowie died on January 10th after losing his own cancer battle.
*A tour bus carrying members of Gregg Allman’s band crashed in West Virginia. At least three were injured in the crash. Gregg Allman himself was not among the injured. The injured were members of Allman’s production team, and included a monitor engineer, a production manager and an audio technician.
*Steven Tyler has fueled speculation Aerosmith’s next tour will be their last. The band is currently on a hiatus while frontman Steven tackles a bid as a solo country music artist, but he is planning to regroup with the band to hit the road again next year – and it may very well be a goodbye trek. “I’m doing 30 (solo) shows from May until August,” the singer tells Rolling Stone. “And then in 2017 we go out with Aerosmith. We’re probably doing a farewell tour.” Steven, 68, goes on to insist if they all agree to bow out now, he would be happy with Aerosmith’s legacy, but he would be just as satisfied if the five-piece decides to forge on with another album as well. “Look, there’s two bands that still have the original members, us and the (Rolling) Stones,” he explains. “I’m grateful for that. Whether we do a farewell tour or go into the studio and do another record, I’m just excited about it.”
*Get your kickstands up and leather on for the second annual “Ride For Ronnie” motorcycle rally and concert in Southern California featuring Great White, Lita Ford, Dio Disciples and more. The event takes place May 22nd and benefits the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The ride takes off from Harley-Davidson of Glendale through the streets of Los Angeles County to Los Encinos State Historic Park in Encino, where riders and concertgoers will be treated to live music by Great White, Lita Ford, Dio Disciples, Gabbie Rae, Budderside, Sonia Harley, and Doctors of the Earth. A live auction will be held that includes a stage-played guitar donated by Chris Broderick of Megadeth and a B.C. Rich guitar signed by Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), King Diamond and Geoff Tate. Other attractions include food trucks, wine and beer, raffle prizes and vendors. The fund was started in memory of Ronnie James Dio, who died of cancer in 2010. The inaugural ride raised over $150,000 for the charity. Tickets are on sale now.
*Fresh off playing their historic free concert in Cuba last week, The Rolling Stones have confirmed that they are currently readying a new album that will mark their first since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang.” Guitarist Ronnie Wood revealed that he and the group recently returned to the studio, where they spent days recording new original songs as well as a bunch of blues covers. “We went in to cut some new songs, which we did,” he said. “But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic… When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, ‘Who’s that? It’s you.’ It sounded so authentic,” he continued. Asked when the album will arrive, he simply replied, “This year.”
*“Nashville” has booked a legendary musician as a guest star for its upcoming episode. Elton John will appear as himself in the penultimate episode of the show’s fourth season set to air on May 18th. Elton will perform alongside up-and-coming singer and songwriter Gunnar (Sam Palladio) in the episode. It’s unclear, though, how John ends up in the town and singing with Gunnar. Kesha, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett are also set to appear as themselves this season.
*Guns N’ Roses has confirmed it will embark on a massive “Not in This Lifetime” North American stadium tour this summer. Axl Rose and former members Slash and Duff McKagan will regroup for the eagerly awaited concerts. Produced and promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the shows will see the band headline stadium dates throughout the United States and Canada starting in Detroit at Ford Field on June 23rd. Details about the tour follow the band’s previous announcement that it would be performing at this year’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California. GNR teased the tour recently on social media without revealing many details, and Rose, Slash and McKagan offered a preview of their reunion Friday night at The Troubadour in Los Angeles where the band began its ground-breaking career 30 years ago. Among the cities the musicians plan to visit this summer are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto and Washington, D.C.
*An intruder reportedly escaped Frances Bean Cobain’s home within seconds after being found out by the celebrity. Officials said the daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain was alone in her Hollywood Hills home Wednesday evening when she found the intruder escaping through her front door. Nothing was reported stolen from her home and Cobain is said to not have recognized the criminal. The break-in comes just days after the 23-year-old filed for divorce from her husband Isaiah Silva after less than two years of marriage. The couple was together for five years.
Steve Howe (Yes and Asia)-69
Mel Schacher (Grand Funk Railroad)-65
Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses)-54
Leon Huff (Songwriter-producer)-74
Julian Lennon (Singer)-53
John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard: Bo / Smallville: Jonathan Kent)-56
Stuart Pankin (Fatal Attraction: Jimmy / Dinosaurs: Earl Sinclair)-70
Taran Noah Smith (Home Improvement: Mark)-32
Richard Hatch (1st Survivor winner)-55
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