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Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dead at 46, Drug Overdose Suspected

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer for the Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly in a London hotel and early indications suggest it was due to a drug overdose. The cause of death will have to be determined by an autopsy. The Cranberries were forced to cancel tour dates in 2017 because of O’Riordan was suffering from back problems,” according to the Irish Times....

British Rock Legend Ian McDonald Sweetens the Pot With Honey West

Ian McDonald, best known for founding British supergroups King Crimson and Foreigner, takes the prize as the most interesting old-new act in music. His new group, Honey West, released their debut album, Bad Old World to rave reviews for its sound and lyrics. The album features Honey West founder, accomplished actor and neighbor Ted Zurkowski (the Actor’s Studio)), McDonald’s son Maxwell on bass, and Steve Holley from Paul McCartney’s Wings on drums....

Macklemore Shows Support for Kesha on New Tune ‘Good Old Days’ (listen!)

Macklemore’s new single, “Good Old Days,” featuring Kesha, is more than an opportunity for Kesha to show off her singing chops. It’s a strong statement of support for her in her ongoing legal battle with her former manager. Kesha split the music industry when she became embroiled in a nasty legal fight with her record label boss Dr. Luke three years ago. ...

What’s Liam Gallagher Got Against Today’s Rockers? Plenty, It Seems

Liam Gallagher, the outspoken and irascible former frontman for the British rock band Oasis, is picking another fight. He’s vowing to “counteract the bullshit” of today’s rock bands with a new album, because they’ve lost their distinctive sounds and drifted into pop music. “I love music as much as anyone. What I see going down is that I’m just ‘leave it out mate, you can do better than that,” he says in a new interview....

Project Gram Slam’s Robert Miller Details Passion for Jazz, Rock Fusion

Project Grand Slam founder and leader Robert Miller says the group’s fifth recording, The PGS Experience, will mesh “a heavier sound of rock ‘n’ roll and jazz to drive things right down the line.” “It’s all part of his desire to follow his “passion,” he says in a new interview. The way the electric bassist looks at it, jazz harking back to the ‘50s is stuck in a time capsule as far as the melodic compositional references being relevant to that time....

Beatles Paul McCartney Still Loved at 74; Rocks NJ Concert (Video!)

Paul McCartney still knows how to put on a show at 74-years-old. The ex-Beatle played for almost three hours to a packed Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, running the gamut of his musical repertoire from Beatles classics to Wings hits and some interesting new material. McCartney also played up his New Jersey roots, namely his wife Nancy Shevell, who was born and raised in the Garden state....

Prince Finds Immortality on Apollo Walk of Fame in NYC (photos, video!)

Prince, the iconic ’80s and ’90s superstar who sunned publicity for most of his life, received a dose of immortality in New York City with the addition of a plaque in his honor on the famed Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame. Were he alive, he likely would have shunned the honor. The singer, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, died from a prescription drug overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minn. in April. He was 57....

Bruce Springsteen Brings Glory Days Back to Saturday Night Live (watch!)

Bruce Springsteen returned to Saturday Night Live (SNL) and recalled the show’s glory days with two songs off his new compilation album The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. Bruce first played on the show in 1992 and made his third appearance this weekend. Last night, he performed the lead track off his new album “The Ties That Bind” and “Meet Me In The City.” ...

Lenny Kravitz at His Best, Rocking Live on Tour, Captured on New DVD

Lenny Kravitz, known for his retro style and innovative sound, has just released “Just Let Go,” a live-concert DVD, recorded during the European leg of his recent world tour. Kravitz in concert is a force to be reckoned with The 51-year-old singer spans genres from rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk and jazz, to reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop and folk. Playing with Kravitz on the tour were David Bowie’s bassist Gail Ann Dorsey Carlos Santana’s wife Cindy Blackman Santana...

Boy George, Culture Club Preview New Songs at NYC Show (Video!)

With visions of London’s King’s Road circa 1985 in my mind, I witnessed Culture Club’s return to New York City at The Beacon Theatre. Despite some rough patches, the re-formed bunch kicked off with my personal favorite, “Church of then Poisoned Mind” and took off from there. The Club also played some new songs, destined to end up on their next album, Tribes, due out next year. The most impressive of the lot was “More Than Silence.,”...