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Rock legend, Lou Reed Dies at 71

Lou Reed, who took rock ‘n’ roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died Sunday, his publicist said. He was 71.

“It is now officially confirmed that Lou Reed did pass away several hours ago,” said Peter Noble.

Noble didn’t disclose details of Reed’s death.

Reed was a rock pioneer who went from record label songwriter to a member of a short-lived, but innovative and influential band.

“Lou Reed’s influence is one that there are really only a tiny handful of other figures who you can compare to him,” said Simon Vozick-Levinson, a senior editor at Rolling Stone, which first reported Reed’s death.

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Julian Lennon Tells Rolling Stone "I Am Quite Happy Where I Am"

Julian Lennon is busy promoting his latest album Everything Changes. Rolling Stone spoke with the Grammy nominated singer-songwriter about his new music, his love for photography and working with Aerosmith.


Fifteen years after the release of his last album, Julian Lennon was ready Friday night to celebrate his return to public life as an artist, both musical and visual. The 50-year-old Lennon’s new album, Everything Changes, is a modern, mature version of the pop songs and balladry that began his career in 1984 on the platinum-selling Valotte, but he says he is just as committed to his new work as a photographer.

“It’s made me feel more free with any artistic project,” Lennon told Rolling Stone, noting his surprise at the positive reviews for his pictures, beginning with his first gallery show in New York in 2010. “It was like the bizarre final acceptance of being seen as an artist in my own right after so many years. Thank God for that. That spurred me on.”

As the new album played, Lennon was joined by guests at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, located in the lobby of the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, where his behind-the-scenes pictures of U2 shared wall space with Lennon’s quietly epic landscapes. Dressed in black jeans and leather jacket, Lennon was noticeably bulked up, like a man who knows his way around a gym. Read more at Rolling Stone

Billy Joel And Elton John End Feud at Songwriters Hall of Fame Celebration

Billy Joel and Sir Elton John ended their feud at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City on Thursday night after Joel told the ‘Rocket Man’ to call him just after he introduced inductees Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner.

The former pals and touring partners fell out in 2011 when the Brit publicly accused Joel of not taking rehab seriously as he attempted to battle alcoholism in a blunt magazine interview, during which he also suggested the New Yorker was lazy.

The I’m Still Standing rocker told Rolling Stone, “He’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they’ve been light. When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love.”

He added, “At the end of the day, he’s coasting. I always say, ‘Billy, can’t you write another song?’ It’s either fear or laziness. It upsets me.”

Joel was clearly saddened by Elton’s comments and publicly reprimanded him, but revisiting the feud in a New York Times Magazine article, which was published last month (May13), it appeared the My Life hitmaker had mellowed, stating, “He (Elton) tends to shoot off his mouth – he shoots from the hip. I think his heart is in the right place. Maybe he’s trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something. He’s kind of like a mom.”

Joel also recently stated he would be interested in performing with his fellow rock pianist again.

Elton, who was honored with the Johnny Mercer Award at the music gala, offered to officially end the pair’s stand-off at the Songwriters Hall of Fame event when he took the stage and said, “I didn’t see you tonight Mr. Joel, but I want to see you.”

And his gamble paid off – Joel later took to the microphone and asked, “Is Elton still here by the way?” before adding, “Anyway, we’re OK. Call me. It’s the same phone number.”

As well as Elton and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and singer-songwriter J.D. Souther were saluted at Marriott Marquis Hotel gala, while Motown founder Berry Gordy was handed the Pioneer Award.

Michael Jackson’s Deathbed Removed From Auction

Michael Jackson‘s deathbed has been removed from an upcoming auction at the request of the late singer’s family.

The bed was set to hit the auction block along with a handful of other items that were in the mansion that pop icon was renting in the final months of his life.

According to RollingStone.com, the bed frame did not include the mattress, which was removed as evidence by authorities following the singer’s death. Starting bids for the item were set at between $3,000 and $5,000.

In addition to King of Pop’s death bed, a never-before-seen piece of film footage of Jackson live in concert will soon go to auction. The footage was held by one of Jackson’s drivers and will be offered by the Fame Bureau auction house.

“It’s a film that’s frighteningly personal and up-close,” Fame Bureau CEO Ted Owen said in an interview posted on YouTube. “It’s like you’re on stage with Michael Jackson.”

Exclusive Axl Rose Interview on "That Metal Show" Airs November 11, 2011 at 11 PM ET/PT

“That Metal Show” Season Nine Welcomes Slash, Marilyn Manson, Brian Johnson, Dave Mustaine and More!
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 The boys are back and there’s gonna be some trouble! Season nine of “That Metal Show” kicks off on National Metal Day (11-11-11) with an exclusive interview with Guns N’ Roses lead singer and original member, Axl Rose and lead guitarist Dj Ashba. In his first television interview in over a decade, Rose opens up about his new band mates, touring, rumors, misconceptions and much more. The premiere episode of “That Metal Show” with Axl Rose airs Friday, November 11 at 11 PM ET/PT on VH1 Classic.

Named one of the greatest singers of all time by “Rolling Stone,” Rose, the only remaining original member of Guns N’ Roses, gives an exclusive interview to “That Metal Show” discussing intimate details of his past, present and future. The notoriously private singer opens up to “That Metal Show” hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine in a one-hour sit down interview shortly after leaving the stage in Orlando on Saturday, October 29. In this no-holds-barred interview, Rose divulges why he is touring now, what his fans and music mean to him, his past albums, future music plans, and offers intimate revelations behind some of his most famous hits such as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child Of Mine” and much more. Following an explosive premiere with Axl Rose, the ninth season of “That Metal Show” continues with a blistering line-up of rock royalty. “That Metal Show” Season nine guests include (all premieres at 11 pm ET/PT).

Bob Seger: ‘My career is Winding Down’

Ageing rocker Bob Seger is contemplating retiring from the stage after his current tour because it’s becoming more and more of a “challenge” to perform well in concert.

The singer admits his vocals aren’t what they used to be thanks to his smoking habit, and although he knows his days onstage are numbered, he’s doing his best to pull it together for fans.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Seger says, “I’m not a tour rat. I’m not crazy about it. It’s a challenge, though everybody in the band is telling me that I’msinging better than on the last tour. Again, it’s a challenge to sing good up there for two hours when you’re 65. 
“…I know I’m still smoking and that’s bad, but I’m gargling and I’ve got a lot of lozenges. I pop one every 45 minutes.”
Seger and his band have been playing just three shows a week on their current tour, but the gigs are taking a toll on the star’s health.
He continues, “For the first time I’m sitting when I’m playing guitar. It hurts my back. I play two or three songs at the piano, but unusually, my back hurts worse at the piano. It’s really strange because it never did before. It’s just age. I’m getting up there… I’m paying the price though. I’ve got a real stiff neck and sore back. Other than that, I’m enjoying it.”
But Seger is well aware he can’t keep up the momentum much longer and admits this tour might be his last.
He adds, “In May, I’m going to be 66, so I don’t know how many more years I’ve got a chance to do this… But my career’s winding down. What can I say? I can’t do this much longer. 
“My manager is 70. We’ve been together for 45 years now and we need to stop pretty soon and turn it over to the Kid Rocks and Eminems. I guess we’re in the final stages here.”
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Elton John Gives Billy Joel ‘Tough Love’ in New Rolling Stone Cover Story

In the new issue of Rolling Stone – on stands and in the digital archives Friday (subscription required) – Elton John reflects on his 40-year career. Just days after the birth of his son Zachary, John speaks about the joys of fatherhood, his enduring relationship with lyricist Bernie Taupin, how he’s mentored Eminem through difficult times – and his true feelings about his longtime friend and tourmate Billy Joel.
“At the end of the day, he’s coasting,” John tells Scaggs.”I always say, ‘Billy, can’t you write another song?’ It’s either fear or laziness. It upsets me. Billy’s a conundrum. We’ve had so many cancelled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism.”
He goes on to criticize Joel’s past attempts to stop drinking. “He’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they’ve been light,” John says. “When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love. Billy, you have your demons and you’re not going to get rid of them at rehab light. You’ve got to be serious. People adore you, they love you and respect you. You should be able to do something better than what you’re doing now.”
Other highlights from the piece:
– John explains his controversial decision to play Rush Limbaugh’s wedding. “I could not believe when I was asked to play,” he says. “I thought it was a joke. I had dialogue with him before and he said, ‘I’m not anti-gay, I want you to come, bring David.’ My goal is for Rush to say, ‘I support civil partnerships,’ and if I rang him right now, I think he might agree. He was one of the first people to congratulate us on the baby.” Read more>>
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Lady Gaga Bares Her Heart and Buns for Rolling Stone

The always controversial Lady Gaga posed on the cover of Rolling Stone’s July issue wearing next to nothing and holding a rifle.During an interview with Contributing Editor Neil Strauss, the singer opens up about the breakup that inspired her transformation from Germanotta to Gaga, her relationship with her dad and the love she has for her fans. Read more>>