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Fans can get the track "Mystify" at SavingAbel.com now. It will appear on the band's as-yet-to-be titled new EP, due out on August 6th.

Saving Abel's tour continues Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

RAY MANZAREK: More Tributes For the Flea

The tributes keep pouring in for Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist in The Doors, who died Monday from cancer at the age of 74.

Former Doors manager Bill Siddons: "While everybody focused on Jim Morrison -- and let's face it, how could you not? -- it was Ray who discovered him as well as putting Robby Krieger and John Densmore in the band. In a very real way, Ray made The Doors happen, both in musical terms and by quietly being the force that kept those disparate forces together, against all odds. He was a brilliant innovator."

Billy Idol: "I was lucky to get a chance to rock out with him and the other two Doors. Cheers mate, say hi to Jim."

Alice Cooper: "Okay, it is official. Ray Manzarek is dead. Mind blown. R.I.P. Ray."

Slash: "R.I.P. Ray Manzarek. Words cannot express…"

Joe Satriani: "I had the pleasure of playing with Ray Manzarek impromptu on a radio show many years ago. He was an original, a true artist and musical innovator. The sound he produced is part of the soundtrack of my youth, and my musical foundation. Thank you, Ray."

Ian Astbury of The Cult who was part of The Doors of the 21st Century with Manzarek and Krieger: "I am deeply saddened by this news he was a beautiful man who had a profound effect on my life. I shall treasure the time I spent with him. My heart go's out to all in The Doors family... I can't say much more. We lost a giant today."

Al Kooper: "Ray was an innovator and a true friend. In his organ solo in 'L.A. Woman' he quoted two musical lines from one of MY songs. That's classy. I'll never forget that kindness."

Bill Cunningham of The Box Tops: "Ray Manzrek was the key to The Doors. For me Ray’s arrangements distinctively marked their performances and recordings in a way that branded each song as belonging to The Doors, as much as Jim Morrison’s voice. Millions of us will miss him dearly. There will never be another like him. R.I.P. Ray."

Howard Kaylan of The Turtles: "Everybody loved Ray. The nicest, gentlest soul on the planet. Morrison's death left Ray sad and confused as evidenced by their Other Voices tour, which we opened. They searched for a Jim everywhere, as Queen looked for their new Freddie, but he never came. Manzarek was a jazz poet who rhymed on his keyboards. We (Flo and Eddie) sang on Ray's solo albums too. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the man whose haunting chords shaped my adulthood. He was a singular performer who never compromised his place in the Rock Pantheon for a quick buck. Integrity. Hard to find these days. A bright star has sputtered out today. I feel the gravitational loss already."

As a tribute to Manzarek, the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip where The Doors got their start, are honoring him on their marquee and at every show at the club through Saturday. The club will also be going briefly dark each night at 8.

A few years back, Manzarek said he was not a rock star. "You can't think of yourself as a star. You're a human being... You're just an entity on this planet. You're a little flea..."

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

WHITE ZOMBIE: Ex-Drummer Dies

Ex-White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte died over the weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. No cause of death has been revealed.

Phil joined the band after the release of their 1992 breakthrough album La Sexorcisto and played on the multiple tours in support of it. He also played on three compilation tracks the band recorded in 1993 and 1994.

Rob Zombie said in a statement that "Phil was a very troubled guy during his time with us and I never really knew what happened to him after he left the band. The few stories I heard were not good."

Source: Blabbermouth

ROLLING STONES: Finally Utilizing Mick

The Rolling Stones featured Mick Taylor on more than one song Monday in Los Angeles.

By now you know that the Stones have brought along their former guitarist on their 50 and Counting tour, but have used him on just two songs -- "Midnight Rambler" and, occasionally, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." That number increased slightly Monday at their second and final L.A. show when -- perhaps because they had no other special guests -- they brought Taylor out for a whopping three songs: "Sway," which was voted in by the fans, "Can’t You Hear Me Knocking" and "Midnight Rambler." Also making its first appearance on this tour was "Faraway Eyes."

Mick Jagger says they try and change around the set list, especially when they do multiple nights in the same city.

It's now time to head north as the Stones play the first of two shows in Toronto on Saturday. They then have three in Chicago before heading back to Toronto on June 6th.

SAMMY HAGAR: This Is His Life Tour

Sammy Hagar is taking his Four Decades of Rock tour on the road in August.

He'll play songs from throughout his career -- from Montrose to Van Halen, and from his solo days to Chickenfoot. Joining him will be Denny Carmassi and Bill Church from Montrose, and Michael Anthony from VH and Chickenfoot. He also has a few dates with his band, The Wabos.

The tour starts August 18th in Jackpot, Nevada.

GREEN DAY: A Skateboard for Charity

Green Day have designed a series of skateboard decks for charity.

The line of decks -- based on the covers of band's Uno, Dos and Tre albums -- will benefit the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, California. You can order your own deck now at ActionsRealized.com.

THE CLASH: Massive Box Set on the Way

Yet another Clash box set is due out this fall.

The 12-disc Sound System set -- due out September 10th -- contains the band’s first five studio albums (across eight CDs); three discs featuring demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides; and a DVD with previously unseen footage shot by both Julien Temple and Don Letts, original promo videos and live footage.

Also out on September 10th will be a two-disc best-of called The Clash Hits Back.

The first Clash box set, Clash on Broadway, was released in 1991. The group has also done four previous best-of compilations.

JON BON JOVI: Calls Bieber an "A-Hole"

The Justin Bieber fan club just lost one member -- Jon Bon Jovi, who says the Bieb looks like an "a-hole" for treating his fans so badly.

Jon tells London's Evening Standard that Justin has been showing disrespect for his fans by showing up late for shows and blowing off meet and greets. Bon Jovi says, "[He] runs the risk of disrespecting audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket, to give you the permission to take two or three hours of their lives -- or in that kid’s case, 80 minutes of their lives. Do it once, you can be forgiven. Do it enough times and shame on you... It’s really not cool -- you’re an a-hole. Go to [bleepin'] work!”

Headlines for Tuesday,  May  21,  2013

RAY MANZAREK: Doors Co-Founder Dead at 74

Ray Manzarek, a founding Member of The Doors, has died at age 74.

The keyboardist, born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr., succumbed this afternoon (Monday) at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, where he was being treated for bile duct cancer. He was surrounded by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek (the original spelling of the family name).

Just last week, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger told us Ray was sick, but was hoping to play a show they had scheduled in Los Angeles in August. He has issued a statement saying, "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life, and I will always miss him."

In addition to his wife and brothers, he is survived by his son Pablo, his daughter-in-law Sharmin and their three children. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that its privacy be respected at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ray's name to Stand Up 2 Cancer at StandUp2Cancer.org.

The Chicago-born Manzarek moved to Los Angeles to study film in 1962. He formed the The Doors in 1965 with singer-poet Jim Morrison, drummer John Densmore and Krieger shortly after finishing UCLA film school, and dropped the "c" from his last name to make it "Manzarek." A chance encounter on Venice Beach with Morrison, who was also studying film at UCLA and had written some lyrics, led them to put the band together.

Although their first record deal, with Columbia, fell apart, they soon signed to Elektra Records and recorded their self-titled album. While their first single, "Break on Through," wasn't a hit, their second, an edit of "Light My Fire," that omitted Manzarek's lengthy John Coltrane-inspired organ solo, was -- topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. "Break on Through" eventually went on to become one of the group's signature songs, too, though Manzarek said people who thought it was about death had misunderstood it.

The Doors were to become one of the most successful and controversial rock acts of the '60s, with the six albums by the original lineup -- The Doors, Strange Days, Waiting for the Sun, The Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman-- going on to sell more than 100-million albums worldwide, and receiving 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and five multi-Platinum albums in the U.S. alone.

Morrison, of course, died suddenly and somewhat mysteriously in France in 1971.

After Morrison's death, The Doors recorded two more albums with Manzarek as their main singer and, without Manzarek and with other members, two albums as The Butts Band. After leaving, Manzarek started a solo career, recording the albums The Golden Scarab in 1973 and The Whole Thing Started With Rock and Roll Now It's Out of Control in '74. In 1977 and '78 he formed a new band, Nite City, and recorded a pair of albums with them.

In 1980 and 1981, he turned to record production, overseeing the first four albums by the punk band X. Later in that decade, he would produce U.K. rockers Echo & the Bunnyman, play with Iggy Pop and start a long-lasting partnership with San Francisco beat poet Michael McClure.

In 1998, he released an autobiography, My Life With the Doors, which he followed with two novels, The Poet in Exile, a fantasy about what might have happened if Jim Morrison actually had faked his own death, and Snake Moon.

In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors' guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger, first using the name The Doors of the 21st Century, then after legal action by Densmore and Morrison's estate, Riders on the Storm. Singers in those groups included The Cult's Ian Astbury and Fuel's Bret Scallions. Of late, the group had, for legal reasons been called Manzarek-Krieger or Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors.

The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and received a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. At that ceremony, Manzarek explained what making music meant to him. "It's ultimately all about the acceptance of those people, all the fans, enjoying the music -- getting behind it and understanding what the music is about. That's why we did it."

NINE INCH NAILS: Welcome Back Robin

Trent Reznor has gone back to the past to fill out the Nine Inch Nails lineup.

Reznor has announced that Robin Finck has joined the latest lineup, tweeting that "It just didn't feel like Nine Inch Nails without Robin Finck. Now it does." Finck rejoins the band just days after ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery announced he was bowing out of the band's upcoming tour.

Finck has played guitar and bass in previous versions of Nine Inch Nails, and multi-instrumentalists Josh Eustis and Alessandro Cortini both can play bass as well.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Update-Band Comments on Shavo's Statements

The rest of System of a Down have issued a statement about Shavo Odadjian's Facebook posts slamming Serj Tankian.

The band posted on their Facebook page a note saying, "Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of System Of A Down as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone. To be clear, the full band lineup of Serj, Daron [Malakian], Shavo and John [Dolmayan] will be performing all scheduled tour dates. With respect to new music, although we have not agreed on a timetable for a new album, we all believe that having the four of us do it together is the way to be true to the band and our fans."

System of a Down will warm up for their European tour with a show at the Hollywood Bowl on July 29th.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: A Clockwork Film

Queens of the Stone Age have unveiled an animated short film that debuts many songs from their new album.

The 15-minute animated film strings together clips from several songs on Like Clockwork and combines them with images by artist Boneface and animator Liam Brazier.

Like Clockwork is due out June 4th.

VAN HALEN: Sammy's Replacement Was Supposed to Be...???

According to Mitch Malloy, he was Eddie Van Halen's first choice to replace Sammy Hagar in Van Halen in 1996.

The North Dakota singer says the band's manager, Ray Danniels (who also manages Rush), called him and said, “I think you’re the next singer in Van Halen – I can’t imagine anyone better for the job. But if you don’t get the job then I want to manage you and when people become tired of artists wearing their pajamas and looking at the floor then you’re going to be a huge star.”

However, it was not to be. Malloy goes on to say, "I only know that Eddie told me I was in the band. Then the whole MTV presentation with David Lee Roth happened, which I didn’t know about. I got upset and called them and it all kind of imploded. My manager sent them a letter saying that I’d 'respectfully passed' on the gig, which they couldn’t believe."

Extreme's Gary Cherone, who was also managed by Danniels, got the job until he was shown the door in 1999. In 2000, Eddie helped Malloy with his Shine album.

ZZ TOP: One Guitar, One Album Cover, One List

The folks behind Gibson instruments have compiled a list of the Top 10 albums to feature a Gibson guitar on the cover. Among them are ZZ Top's First Album, Bob Marley's Live at the Roxy, Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline and AC/DC's High Voltage.

Among the ones that did not make the list are Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive, KISS Alive, Eric Clapton's The History of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow.

The rest of Gibson's Top 10, in no particular order:

Chuck Berry - Is on Top

Earl Slick - Zig Zag

Larry Carlton - Plays the Sound of Philadelphia

Sheryl Crow - C’mon C’mon

Frank Zappa - Shut Up ‘n’ Play Your Guitar

Warren Haynes - Man in Motion

MAYHEM FESTIVAL: VIP Treatment for Charity

Fans going to the Mayhem Festival this summer can get the VIP treatment and help charity.

There are VIP ticket packages up for bids for all 26 shows on eBay now through Sunday. Proceeds from the auctions will go to Metal of Honor, a program started in 2011 that raises financial support and awareness for military non-profit organizations.

The tour, which starts June 29th in San Bernardino, California, features Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and Mastodon.

COACHELLA: Next Year Already Set

This year's Coachella Festival was only a month ago, but promoters have already set next year's date.

The 2014 edition of the festival will again be held over two consecutive weekends, April 11th through the 13th and April 18th through the 20th, at Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. Advance passes go on sale on Friday at Coachella.com.

SOUNDGARDEN: Hey, I Work Out

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell says his decision to start working out again has prolonged his ability to tour.

Cornell tells ESPN Playbook that when he exercises "I prefer not to use any machines. I focus a lot on cardio, which is what I do when I'm on stage. I also am into isometric workouts. When I'm mentally distraught, I work out." Cornell adds that he doesn't need to set aside time to exercise while he's on the road. He says, "At this point, I'm performing three shows in a row for more than two hours at a time and then I'd get a day off. That is my workout. I don't do anything on the off days so I can prepare for the next show. I need that day off to rest to be able to sing that long."

Headlines for Monday,  May  20,  2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars are back with their fourth album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.

Aussie rockers Airbourne return with their second album, Black Dog Barking.

The Rolling Stones' documentary Crossfire Hurricane is finally released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Bret Michaels' Good Songs and Great Friends features guest appearances by ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Def Leppard's Phil Collen, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and more.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: Kick Off Tour With Two Distinct Shows

Dave Matthews Band kicked off their Summer 2013 tour this weekend with a pair of vastly different shows in Texas that saw only three songs carried over from Friday's setlist to Saturday's. Those songs were "What Would You Say," "Rooftop" and "Shake Me Like a Monkey."

The opener took place at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, outside Houston and was slightly heavier on songs from DMB's four most recent albums, including four from their latest, Away from the World. The trek moved to the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas Saturday, where 1998's Before These Crowded Streets supplied the most songs, also four.

The tour resumes in Austin, Texas on Tuesday.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, LINKIN PARK: Bennington Joins STP

Stone Temple Pilots made a surprise appearance at KROQ's 21st Annual Weenie Roast Saturday night at in Irvine, California, with a new lead singer, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

Neither the band, nor Bennington, was introduced. Instead, they tore into "Vasoline" to begin an eight-song set that also included "Big Bang Baby," "Sex Type Thing," and "Interstate Love Song."

Mid-set, STP debuted "Out of Time," their first single with Bennington on vocals. They've posted a video teaser of the song, along with a link to download the full track, on their Facebook page and official website.

In the announcement noting Bennington's arrival, STP guitarist Dean DeLeo said: "Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we've admired for a long time. We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we're all really happy with the result."

Bennington added, "I've loved STP since I was 13 years old and they've had a huge influence on me. When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance. The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I've continued to work on new music with LP."

The news may come to a shock to Scott Weiland, the now-former STP frontman who was "terminated" from the band in February, but claimed it couldn't go on without him.

The reconstituted STP was also set to play another radio show Sunday night in San Francisco and May 30th in Los Angeles at the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert honoring Bennington and skateboard legend Tony Alva.

Source: Yahoo! Music

ERIC CLAPTON: "Layla" Co-Writer Jim Gordon Denied Parole

Jim Gordon, once one of rock's most acclaimed drummers, will remain jailed for at least the next five years. The legendary session man -- and Eric Clapton's co-writer on "Layla" -- stabbed his mother to death 30 years ago, claiming her voice had tormented him for years.

Rolling Stone reports that Gordon, now 67, was denied parole in a hearing held in April. It noted that a state of California panel considered the musician, a diagnosed schizophrenic, "a danger to society if released from prison" -- in part, because he resisted court-ordered medication and counseling. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alexis de la Garza told the three-member panel, "This is one of the saddest cases that we have in prison."

Gordon also recorded with The Beach Boys, Carly Simon, The Carpenters and John Lennon. Besides helping write "Layla," he also played the piano part that helps close the landmark song.

ROLLING STONES: Foo Fighting Bitch

Dave Grohl was the eighth special guest on The Rolling Stones50 & Counting tour as he strapped on his guitar and sat in on “Bitch” Saturday night for their second and final show in Anaheim, California.

John Mayer was the surprise guest at the first Anaheim show on Wednesday, following the tour’s first six guests of, in order, Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban in Los Angeles, Tom Waits in Oakland, John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt in San Jose, and Mayer’s ex-girlfriend, Katy Perry, in Las Vegas. The Stones head back to the Staples Center in Los Angeles Monday night where they started the tour at the beginning of the month.

See video HERE!

U2: Do We Need Another Album?

U2 are working on a new album, but Bono says he's not sure the world needs another album from the Irish band. On PBS's Charlie Rose Thursday night, he said, "For sure they don't need it unless it's great."

er the hour-long broadcast, Bono also talked about his humanitarian work, his bandmates, songwriting and the songwriters who influenced him, including Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and John Lennon. And despite his love for Lennon, he's not a fan of John's most famous solo song, "Imagine." Bono explained, "I love so many things about John Lennon, but imagining wasn't one of them. I'm more of a doing. More of an actions. More of a building."

Bono is in New York for his daughter Eve's graduation from NYU on Saturday.

See video HERE!

THE WHO: Townshend Hangs With Tommy Again

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Pete Townshend made a surprise appearance in Canada this week, taking in a preview of a stage revival of Tommy at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. He also joined the cast on stage at the end of the night.

Director Des MacAnuff, who brought Tommy to Broadway 20 years ago, is also behind this production.

Townshend says Tommy still means the same to him now as it did then. "Not a lot has changed. There’s still a sense that the family is in trouble, that the way religion operates is still in trouble, that the celebrity system is still in trouble and that all of these things...well, they’re all the same. There’s a poignancy to that. I think about my generation and think that it’s sad that things were as they were.”

Tommy premieres at the Stratford Festival on May 30th.

BILLY IDOL: With a Google Yell He Gets Ready to Hit the Road

It's a nice day for a...Web developers conference? To help launch Google's new Music Play All Access subscription music service on Wednesday, Billy Idol rocked a roomful of techies at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Idol's hour-long set included such hits as "Cradle of Love," "Dancing With Myself" and "White Wedding. At one point, he remarked, "It's great to be able to do what you love and get paid for it," an apparent reference to the stellar payday he was about to have. Hopefully, it covered the six costumes he wore during the hour. He also covered The Doors' "L.A. Woman," throwing a bit of The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" into it for good measure, and altering the title to "San Fran Woman" in honor of his benefactors.

Idol and his band, which includes guitar mainstay Steve Stevens, kick off a month-long tour Friday at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California.

Source: Rolling Stone

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Homme's 40th Ends Epic Week for Band

Frontman Josh Homme's 40th birthday today (Friday) put an exclamation mark on what has been an epic week for Queens of the Stone Age.

Since Monday, they've been rolling out an animated video each day for a different song on their upcoming Like Clockwork album. Consequence of Sound calls the clips -- which have all been created by the British artist Boneface and animator Liam Brazier -- "creepy, nightmarish visuals." They are:

  • “I Appear Missing,”
  • “Keep Your Eyes Peeled,”
  • “Kalopsia,”  
  • “If I Had a Tail”
  • “My God Is the Sun” (the album's first single)

Like Clockwork drops on June 4th.

ACE FREHLEY: Not Homeless Yet

Ace Frehley will be in the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, New York on June 11th as he faces foreclosure on his suburban New York home.

The former KISS guitarist owes more than $700,000 on the three-bedroom home, which sits on three acres. He stopped paying the mortgage in March 2011. He bought it in 2000 for $650,000.

TOM PETTY: Digs Deep for Tour Opener

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers dusted off some surprises for their tour opener in Indiana Thursday -- including some tunes they hadn't played in more than two decades.

The show at Evansville's Ford Theater included the Heartbreakers' first-ever performance of The Traveling Wilburys' "Tweeter and the Monkey Man," as well as a rarely played cover of Muddy Waters' "I Just Want to Make Love to You." Other obscurities on the set list included "Louisiana Rain," which they hadn't performed in 24 years, and Petty's version of "So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star," which last made it into a set back in 1997.

NEIL YOUNG, BLACK CROWES: Another Day, Another Festival

Neil Young, The Black Crowes and Furthur will headline the inaugural Interlocken Festival -- a four-day event to be held in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in September.

The festival, scheduled for September 5th through 8th, will be a bit different than most gatherings. It will feature multiple performances from most of the performers -- with no breaks between two-hour sets. The promoters also promise numerous collaborative sets -- such as a teaming of the Zac Brown Band and String Cheese Incident, billed, naturally, as The Zac Brown Incident.

For more information, go to InterlockenFestival.com

Headlines for Friday,  May  17,  2013

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: 2013 Induction Ceremony Airs Saturday

The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony premieres on HBO Saturday at 9pm ET. The show will be repeated several times in coming weeks. This year's inductees were:

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