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Pearl Jam Fans Launch Crowdfunding Campaign


Pearl Jam fans in New York City have launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring the band to Forest Hill Stadium in Queens, according to the Village Voice. Three fans — Daniel Sheffer, his sister Angelica, and Albert Lee– were inspired by a similar effort that brought Foo Fighters to Richmond, Virginia and decided last November to take the same route.


The effort has raised $139,000 so far. Sheffer said that Pearl Jam is aware of the campaign and supports it, but is currently off the road and might not be able to make the show happen this year.


Sheffer said, “I think Pearl Jam is taking a break and there’s not a lot of activity. So I really don’t think the management can say anything, and it’s really up to the guys in the band. I think we’ve got an amazing head start, and if there’s a category for this, we’re probably number one in funds raised by fans for a concert.”


Sheffer added that he could see the concert happening in 2016, when the band is expected to hit the road to commemorate its 25th anniversary.


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Duff McKagan Enlists Jerry Cantrell, Izzy Stradlin For New EP


Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and former Guns N’ Roses axeman Izzy Stradlin will make guest appearances on a new three-song EP being issued by ex-Guns and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan. The EP, titled How To Be A Man, is a companion piece to McKagan’s new book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions), both of which will be released on May 12th.


Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga and drummer Taz Bentley are also featured on the EP, which can pre-ordered starting on May 5th.


The How To Be A Man book is the follow-up to McKagan’s critically acclaimed New York Times best selling memoir, It’s So Easy (And Other Lies).


Among the topics in the book are communication in relationships, albums men should listen to, and world travel tips such as “Don’t smoke crack on a leased private jet — the smell gets into everything.”


McKagan said that the book is a spinoff of a column with the same name that he wrote at Seattle Weekly for five years. He described the book as “a how-to guide of things I’ve learned about life — being a dad, being a husband and being in a rock band.”


Neil Peart’s Tendonitis Reason For Rush’s Final Tour


(Classic Rock) Alex Lifeson has revealed Rush drummer Neil Peart has chronic tendonitis – and it’s a contributing factor in their decision to end large-scale touring. Peart has mentioned the condition before, and his bandmates have previously said the physical nature of his performance makes it challenging to continue into his 60s.


The Canadian giants recently announced their upcoming North American tour was likely to be the last of its kind. Lifeson tells Global News: “I have mixed feelings about it. In one way I feel relief – I think 40 years is a long time to be touring the way we tour.


“I still love playing. But in Neil’s case, for example, his job is really tough. Playing the way he does is very, very difficult on his body. He has chronic tendonitis in his arms and he’s had problems with his shoulders.


“It’s getting to the point, no matter how much we love doing it, that it’s much more demanding and much more difficult.”



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Courtney Love Sued By Memoir Ghostwriter


Courtney Love is being sued for breach of contract by the man she hired to ghostwrite her memoir, according to Diffuser. Anthony Bozza was recruited by the Hole singer to pen her autobiography and delivered his manuscript several years ago — only to have Love reject. Originally slated for publication in 2012, the book has been delayed several times and Bozza is looking to get paid.


In a lawsuit filed last week in New York, the writer claims that Love owes him more than $200,000 out of the $400,000 advance she received from publisher Harper Collins.


Just one year ago, Bozza tweeted that the book was “possibly the greatest thing I’ll ever do with anybody.”


Love didn’t share his enthusiasm, however, telling the Telegraph that the book was canceled. She explained, “It’s like me jacked on coffee and sugar in a really bad mood. I said keep your bloody money. I’d rather keep my friends.”


Since then, however, Love apparently informed Bozza that she had started from scratch with a different writer. Bozza insists he was never officially dismissed, with his lawyer saying, “We look forward to a speedy resolution of this case so that both parties can move on.”


Love appears in Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, the new documentary about her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, which will premiere on HBO next Monday (May 4th).