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Former Foo Fighters guitarist Franz Stahl criticized late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell for reportedly committing suicide -- in comments that Stahl later walked back. According to Alternative Press, Stahl's initial Facebook post read, "Wow…I find it very sad as a father to see all these sad eulogies for your fallen kept rockstars where the real sadness is what so selfishly was left behind…his children. They are forever now without a father…a pillar of love…safety…strength…guidance."

Stahl continued, "Now I loved Soundgarden…but Audioslave was f**king lamesville…but does all that really matter to his kids? They just wanted to see your face when you got home…to hear your voice..to feel your hugs…to borrow the f**king car to go to In and Out Burger. Thanks Dad…"

  • Stahl later deleted that post and sent a message to Alternative Nation in which he said, "I’ve been inundated with hate and harm and it cuts deep . . . I’m no stranger to what some of us deal with in life..a fatherless upbringing..suicide in my family and my own depression..With that said…Upon reading the news I was initially overwhelmed with sadness, then it became anger however unwarranted. In that moment I just blurted it out..said things and posted it."
  • He added, "It was however insensitive and wrong on many levels and since deleted. People close to me know I’m not that person, and well..how can you walk that back."
  • Stahl was a member of Foo Fighters for two years in the late 1990s, although he never appeared on any albums.
  • He joined the band in 1997, having previously played with Foos leader Dave Grohl in the punk band Scream, but exited prior to Chris Shiflett joining the group in 1999.

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Beach Boys fans are ecstatic over the June 30th release of the band's latest collection, called 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow. In addition to the first-ever stereo mix of the band's beloved 1967 Wild Honey album, Sunshine Tomorrow boast countless outtakes and alternate tracks from both the Smiley Smile and Wild Honey album -- along with key rehearsals and live tracks from the aborted Lei'd In Hawaii album. Rounding out the set are select previously unreleased performances from the Beach Boys' Thanksgiving 1967 tour.

The 1967 Smiley Smile recordings mark Brian Wilson's first work after the abandoned Smile album, with Wild Honey being the last Beach Boys album of the 1960's to showcase the legendary songwriting team of cousins Brian Wilson and frontman Mike Love. The album gets its name -- Sunshine Tomorrow -- from a line from Wild Honey's "Let The Wind Blow."

  • We asked Brian Wilson about relocating the Beach Boys from Hollywood's top professional studios into his Bel Air home on Bellagio Road -- the band's musical headquarters for the next five years: "Well, I wanted to have a home environment trip, where we could record at my house, so we had an engineer build a studio in our den; convert it into a studio. We could function easier, because we were at home at our house. So, the guys knew the house and they knew the studio so they were able to play good." AUDIO: BRUCE JOHNSTON ON SLOWING DOWN 'WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS'
    AUDIO: BRIAN WILSON ON BUILDING THE BELLAGIO HOME STUDIO

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Bruce Springsteen has just released his epic July 31st, 2012 Helsinki, Finland show, which marked the E Street Band's first non-intermission four-hour concert. The disc, available via live.brucespringsteen.net, features such rarities as a show-opening cover of John Fogerty's "Rockin' All Over The World," "Loose Ends," "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?," "Be True," "Downbound Train," "Back In Your Arms," and Steve Van Zandt's classic Southside Johnny giveaway "I Don't Want To Go Home," among others.

Bruce Springsteen admits that over 50 years into his performing career, whether it's a festival crowd of 200,000 or a club gig in front of 75 people, hitting the stage has never failed to excite and inspire him: "It's like you come out and you fall in love every night in some way. When you're doing it right, it's like a rebirth, y'know? It's not a repetition -- it's a renewal -- so that involves something happening every night for the first time. And, amazingly enough, it's like your first kiss in that there's something in playing. There were thousands of other times, but still when you come out there's some element of the first time that's very, very present. And it keeps you very open and present and it's what people feel." Higher And Higher"
"Twist And Shout"

AUDIO: NILS LOFGREN ON IMPROV E STREET BAND SHOWS
AUDIO: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ON PERFORMING BEING LIKE FALLING IN LOVE

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Rock musicians responded quickly in the last 24 hours to the horrific incident in Manchester, England on Monday night (May 22nd), in which an apparent suicide bomber set off an explosive device at the entrance to the Manchester Arena as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert. 22 people were killed and at least 59 injured in the bombing, which was allegedly perpetrated by a British citizen named Salman Abedi. Although authorities at press time believe Abedi acted alone, the terrorist organization ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This attack is the deadliest in the history of Manchester and the worst act of terrorism on British soil since 2005. The fact that it was at a concert struck the musical world hard, bringing back memories of the 2015 attack in Paris in which terrorists slaughtered 89 concertgoers at an Eagles Of Death Metal show.

ROCKERS REACT
  • Paul McCartney: "Like everyone else my family and I were shocked to hear about the terrible news from Manchester. All that’s left to do is send heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims and Ariana Grande. Praying that something like this never happens again. Love to everyone."
  • Julian Lennon: "Heartbroken... Heart & Prayers to all concerned.... "
  • Brian Wilson: "Scary to hear what happened in Manchester tonight. Love and Mercy to the victims. These terrible acts have to end."
  • Mike Love: "We were awakened late last night by a flurry of phone calls and messages from our loved ones at home to the news of the Manchester attack. As an entertainer, father, brother, husband, friend and a member of our global family...it is impossible to understand why anyone would desire to hurt innocent young concert goers this way and for that matter anywhere in the world. We must, as a global family, stand in solidarity against this cowardly act of evil. It doesn't matter your religious beliefs, color of your skin, or geographical location, overwhelmingly we desire to live in peace with the knowing that our children are safe! I am a 76-year-old man who has been blessed to travel the world. I can speak to the fact that the love we share for our family and friends no matter where we are from is a formidable common bond that unites us as a global world family to stand up against this seemingly pervasive evil plaguing our world. I am but one voice asking, begging everyone no matter where you are from to embrace every child who has died, or effected, as a result of evil as our own. Don't let one innocent life taken too soon go unanswered. Stand up for global unity against terrorism! We are terribly saddened and deeply sorry for the loss of loved ones and those injured. To our Manchester Brothers and Sisters, we stand with you, we grieve your loss, and we salute your bravery and overwhelming love and support of one another."
  • Paul Stanley: "Manchester I am praying for you. God bless you and take care of each other now. Wonderful, wonderful people. My heart goes out to you all."
  • Liam Gallagher: "In total shock and absolutely devastated about what's gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family's involved."
  • Slash: "I can't believe this horrible tragedy in Manchester. My heart goes out to all the victims, their families & friends."
  • Duff McKagan: "Watching the news this AM. As a father, I can't imagine the pain. My heart goes out 2 those families in Manchester. Just beyond awful."
  • Dave Davies: "We shouldnt allow this tragedy to stop any artist from performing. my deepest sympathies to families & those affected by this horror #manchester"
  • Tony Iommi: "My thoughts go out to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones at the Manchester gig, music should never be a target, it unites people."
  • Joe Perry: "I feel terrible about the news today. We knew this was going to eventually happen at a concert one day. My first reaction is we shouldn't give concerts because it is putting all the fans in danger, but that's what they want. If there's one thing I learned touring all these years, is that you carry on. That is the way you fight back. Today I feel sorrow and sadness, but tonight we will put on a great show in honor of those killed and injured. We will take every precaution, to keep our fans safe, to celebrate our freedom, and to strike back in the face of this terror."
  • Billie Joe Armstrong: "I'm shocked and so sad about this horrific tragedy. my heart and soul go out to everyone effected.. especially the city of Manchester."
  • Meat Loaf: "My heart cries today, my love and prayers go out for the victims and their families, who lost loved ones at the Manchester Arena last evening. There are really no words I can every write, that will ever sooth the heartache of the families. To those who where at the Manchester Arena your lives have changed forever and not for the better. My Love to all of Manchester."
  • Alice Cooper: "My heart goes out to the people of Manchester and all of the UK. Manchester is one of the heart and soul cities of the UK, and having been there many, many times over the past 40 years, I've gotten to know the city and the people there pretty well. I cannot pretend to know or even imagine the pain of the parents, brothers, sisters and other family members and friends of the innocent victims of this, these mostly young music fans having just enjoyed the concert. But I know that the people there will stand together and stay strong."
  • Myles Kennedy: "Sending love from across the pond to victims and families of the Manchester attack. Beyond heartbreaking."

  • Nile Rodgers: "I've been locked away in the studio all day. I give love and pray for those poor souls in Manchester. This world is crazy-I think I'm having a great day creating music and then see music lovers being targeted again - WHY. I had a long night & was floating on wave of improvisational #bliss Then #manchester! Is this our world?"
  • Steve Hackett: "My thoughts are with the people of Manchester and particularly the victims and their families in the aftermath of the horrific attack on innocent concert goers."
  • Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam: "The horror is indescribable. So many young souls. My heart is with those poor families who now have to live with the reality of their loss. More reason for more common understanding and human sympathy between people, less taking sides."
  • Darlene Love: "Awful! We live in a very dangerous world these days. My thoughts and prayers to everyone in Manchester."
  • Neil Sedaka: "We are devastated over the tragedy in Manchester. Sending much love & sympathy to all the victims and their families."

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Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan, the voice of his generation, who celebrates his 76th birthday today (May 24th)!!! Last month, Dylan finally accepted his Nobel Prize for Literature in a private ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden prior to his concert in the city. Sara Danius, the academy’s permanent secretary, posted in a blog, that 12 academy members were present and that "Spirits were high. Champagne was had. Quite a bit of time was spent looking closely at the gold medal, in particular the beautifully crafted back, an image of a young man sitting under a laurel tree who listens to the Muse. Taken from Virgil’s Aeneid, the inscription reads: 'Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes,' loosely translated as 'And they who bettered life on earth by their newly found mastery.'"

Dylan raised eyebrows back in December, when he did not attend the ceremony to officially accept the award. As is the custom, the winner is given $900,000 prize money, but if Dylan does not deliver his Nobel lecture, he will have to forfeit the money. Dylan is expected to deliver a taped version of the lecture some time soon.

In March, Dylan released Triplicate -- his first triple-record set, which topped out at Number 37. The album, which features 30 brand-new recordings of classic American tunes. The massive collection is broken into three distinct albums -- named 'Til The Sun Goes Down; Devil Dolls; and 'Comin Home Late. Among the evergreens covered by Dylan this time around are "As Time Goes By," "The Best Is Yet To Come," "Sentimental Journey," "Stormy Weather," "How Deep Is The Ocean," and others. The set, which is his third starlight collection to mine the "Great American Songbook," is once again produced under Dylan's longtime alias, "Jack Frost."

  • In May 2016 Dylan released Fallen Angels, which peaked at Number Seven The collection, which is Dylan's second dip into the "Great American Songbook," is a followup to his 2015 Top 10 Grammy-nominated Shadows In The Night set.
  • In February 2016, Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 snagged the coveted Grammy Award for Best Historical Album. Last November, Dylan released his latest and most expansive volume in his ongoing Bootleg Series. The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 features outtakes from Dylan’s electric period, culling all the outtakes from the sessions for 1965’s Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited, along with 1966’s Blonde On Blonde.
  • Among the highlights on the set are performances of such classic Dylan tunes as "Like A Rolling Stone," "Mr. Tambourine Man, "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry," "Desolation Row," "She Belongs to Me," "If You Gotta Go, Go Now," "Positively 4th Street," "Highway 61 Revisited," "Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues," "Queen Jane Approximately," "Visions Of Johanna," "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again," "Just Like A Woman," "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," and "I Want You."
  • Last year, Dylan has sold approximately 6,000-pieces of his private collection to the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa for an estimated $15 to $20 million. The Bob Dylan Archive will be permanently housed in Tulsa, Oklahoma under the stewardship of TU's Helmerich Center for American Research, for subsequent public exhibition in the city's Brady Arts District.
  • According to the press release, "the archive includes decades of never-before-seen handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments and many other items." Plans are currently in the works to select a curator, staff, and advisory committee, before announcing initial plans for public exhibition and academic access to the collection later this year.
  • In 2015, Dylan led the list of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Songwriters." The list, compiled by the magazine's editors, split the songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, with McCartney following Dylan at Number Two and Lennon at Number Three. Coming in next was the "Father of Rock n' Roll" Chuck Berry, and Motown legend Smokey Robinson rounding out the Top Five.
  • Bob Dylan, who was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, first gained critical acclaim after he moved to New York City in January 1961 and became a mainstay on the Greenwich Village Folk scene. Dylan had barely written his first songs upon moving to New York, and patterned his act and early material on the work of his idol, folksinger Woody Guthrie.
  • Dylan's early-1960's work, including the classics "Blowin' In The Wind," "The Time They Are A Changing'," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," "Only A Pawn In Their Game," and "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll," came to define the best of folk music's topical social commentary.
  • Bob Dylan has been self-producing his albums for over a decade. He told us that after years of working with assorted producers, he feels that they all simply found it too difficult separating his new music from the legend of "Dylan": "Well, usually when it come to me, whoever is operating the controls is just thinking 'This is a 'Bob Dylan' record, this is a 'Bob Dylan' song.' So, they're not thinking about what I particularly sound like. And one person who was working with me earlier on did a whole entire record with me and realized that he used the wrong mics on me, and for a variety of reasons."
  • Bob Dylan's career has also included several films and books, but it will always be his chameleon-like approach to his music that will stand apart from most of his peers. He's gone through many different personas, from the hymn-like narrator of The Basement Tapes and John Wesley Harding, to the romanticist of New Morning and Planet Waves, and 1975's Blood On The Tracks, one of his most enduring albums.
  • Dylan spent the late 1970s and early '80s recording a trilogy of Christian albums, much of which is performed with a fervor not heard from him since his mid-'60s peak.
  • Over the past two decades, Dylan has enjoyed a creative renaissance with his live shows and the Grammy award winning albums Time Out Of Mind and Love And Theft. In 2006, he released the critically acclaimed album Modern Times, which was Dylan's first Number One album in 30 years.
  • Dylan's 2009 album Together Through Life, also debuted at Number One. His 2009 holiday collection Christmas In The Heart topped out at Number 23 on the Billboard 200, and his 2012 album, Tempest, peaked at Number Three.
  • Bob Dylan will kick off his next series of shows on June 13th, 14th, and 15th at Port Chester, New York's Capitol Theatre.
AUDIO: MICKEY HART ON BOB DYLAN
AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON BOB DYLAN'S INFLUENCE
AUDIO: CHRISSIE HYNDE ON BOB DYLAN
AUDIO: ROGER MCGUINN ON BOB DYLAN TOUR IDEA
AUDIO: JOHN MELLENCAMP ON TOURING WITH BOB DYLAN
AUDIO: JACKSON BROWNE ON FIRST HEARING BOB DYLAN
AUDIO: ELVIS COSTELLO ON SEEING BOB DYLAN IN 1978
AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY ON MEETING BOB DYLAN
AUDIO: THE BEATLES ON BOB DYLAN
AUDIO: PETER YARROW ON BOB DYLAN ABANDONING TOPICAL SUBJECTS
AUDIO: AUSTIN SCAGGS ON BOB DYLAN'S BACKSTAGE LIFE
AUDIO: BOB DYLAN ON WHY HE PRODUCES HIMSELF

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The world is reeling after the deadly suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England Monday night. The attack killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more. Two children, ages 8 and 16, are among the dead.

Details of the horrific evening are still emerging, including at least one heroic narrative. Moments after the explosion, Grande’s mother, Joan Grande, jumped into action, helping to usher young fans to safety backstage, ABC reports.

  • After the concert, Grande took Twitter, saying that she is "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry," adding, "i don’t have words."
  • Her manager, Scooter Braun, said: "Our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. We mourn the live of children and loved ones taken in this cowardly act."
  • Grande put the rest of her tour on hold as her team weighs options. A source told Entertainment Weekly: "Right now, the focus is on the victims and grieving for them. We’re not focused on the tour," adding that Grande is physically okay but mentally "absolutely beside herself."
  • Others in the music industry reached out, including Miley Cyrus, who wrote via Instagram: "Wishing I could give my friend @arianagrande a great big hug right now... love love love you ... my most sincere condolences to anyone and everyone affected by this horrific attack! all I can do is send as much HOPE & PEACE your way!"
  • Speaking to Elvis Duran on Tuesday, Katy Perry said: "I just want to say that I love all of you out there and I just know that some of our fan bases kind of go both ways. Ari’s fans are my fans, and my fans are Ari’s fans. We’re just all loving on each other and we should just stay loving on each other."
  • Grande and her mother returned to the U.S. as soon as they could after the attack, touching down in Boca Raton, Florida Tuesday afternoon. Her boyfriend, Mac Miller, was there to greet her.
  • "It’s so, so sad. She loves her fans and is absolutely crushed and devastated as you can imagine," a source close to Grande told People. "She can’t believe this happened. She just wants to be with her family and loved ones right now."
  • The blast occurred at 10:33 p.m. local time in Manchester. The suspect, Salman Abedi, 22, is believed to be dead but has not been formally identified. The police have arrested another unidentified man in connection with the attack. ISIS has claimed responsibility.

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Paul McCartney paid tribute to late 007 actor Roger Moore. Moore, who portrayed James Bond in seven movies between 1973 and 1985, died on May 23rd at age 89 following after a battle with cancer. McCartney wrote the Oscar-nominated theme to Moore's first Bond thriller, 1973's Live And Let Die.

McCartney tweeted: "Further sad news today that Sir Roger Moore has passed away. Roger was a great man and of course a great James Bond who I was lucky to work with during the time of 'Live And Let Die.' He had a heart of gold, a great sense of humour and will be missed by the many people who loved him."

  • Wings co-founder and original drummer Denny Seiwell played on the original version of "Live And Let Die" and recalled the events leading up to McCartney recording the Oscar-nominated theme to the 007 thriller: "Everybody thought it was cool that we were doing something for James Bond, y'know? 'Cause I remember what Paul told us -- he said a couple weeks before we did the actual recording, he said they wanted him to write the theme to the next James Bond movie, and they sent him the book to read. And we were up at the house one day and he had just read the book the night before, and he sat down at the piano and said, 'James Bond. . . James Bond . . . da-da-dum!,' and he started screwing around at the piano. Within 10 minutes, he had that song written. It was awesome, really. Just to watch him get in there and write the song was really something I'll remember the rest of my life."
  • Live And Let Die, which was McCartney's seventh post-Beatles single, was recorded during the Red Rose Speedway sessions, but left off the album. The track was released as a single on McCartney's 31st birthday -- June 18th, 1973 -- and went on to peak at Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The song, which followed the recent Number One success of his last hit -- the chart-topping "My Love" -- was kept from hitting Number One first by Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning," and then by the Stories' "Brother Louie."
AUDIO: DENNY SEIWELL RECALLS PAUL MCCARTNEY WRITING "LIVE AND LET DIE"

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Guns N' Roses has been streaming a series of short videos this week previewing an announcement related to the band's "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour. At press time the news was scheduled to be unveiled on Wednesday (May 24th). Titled "The Beginning," "It Doesn’t End Here" and "We’re Just Getting Started," the clips trace the band’s history from its origins to the present tour.

  • The trek launched with a series of warm-up dates last year, starting with a rare club show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1, 2016.
  • The band played half a dozen shows in Las Vegas, Mexico City and at Indio, California's Coachella Festival before officially launching the tour on June 23rd in Detroit.
  • Since then, Guns -- featuring original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan -- has traveled to South America, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, with a European leg beginning in Ireland on May 27th.
  • The band has beefed up security for the show in Ireland this weekend following Monday night’s (May 22nd) terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande show in Manchester that left 22 dead.
  • According to The Irish Sun, Saturday’s concert at Slane Castle will see more than 400 police and 1,200 security team members patrolling the area for the first Guns show in the area in 25 years. A number of items, including backpacks, waistpacks and air horns, are now prohibited from the concert.

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