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Robert Plant Postpones Toronto Show


(hennemusic) Robert Plant was forced to postpone his concert in Toronto last night (June 7th) at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre due to illness.


“I woke up this morning and found that I had more of a similarity with a crooning Kermit than my normal Golden self, so heaps of apologies,” says Plant. “It’s not my idea of fun to miss a gig.”


Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date of Tuesday, September 15. Support act The Pixies will not appear at the rescheduled date due to scheduling conflicts; a replacement act will be announced at a future date.




Metallica Raises Money For Texas Flood Victims


Metallica has teamed up with ESPN and Circuit Of The Americas to provide relief to the victims of the recent floods in Texas. The band will donate all money raised from the sale of downloads of the band’s show this past Saturday (June 6th) at the X Games to the American Red Cross of Central Texas. All download formats, including the high definition versions, are being offered at LiveMetallica.com for the very deeply discounted price of $5.00 each through July 15th.


The unprecedented flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has killed at least 23 people since May 23rd, when huge amounts of rain fell in the two states. Between 800 and 1,400 homes have been damaged.



Rush Filming Toronto Concerts


(hennemusic) Rush have revealed that they will be filming a pair of upcoming shows in their hometown of Toronto, Canada as part of the 40th anniversary R40 Live tour.


The June 17 and June 19 concerts at the Air Canada Centre will mark the first time the band will have filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years with the recording in 1997 at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on the Test For Echo tour.


Prior to that, the group filmed a concert video and later released an accompanying album for the Grace Under Pressure tour in 1984 at Maple Leaf Gardens.


“Fans who have their coveted tickets to the sold out shows in Toronto,’ says the band, “are encouraged to represent and wear Rush shirts, bring signs and come ready with their ‘outside’ voices.”



Cobain’s Friend Calls Montage Of Heck “90% Bullsh*t”


(Classic Rock) The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, who grew up with Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain in Aberdeen, Washington, has branded the Cobain biopic Montage Of Heck as “90% bullsh*t.”


He’s poured scorn on some of the stories Cobain tells in video clips that appear in the movie, and adds that the result adds to the mountain of misinformation shared about the late star.


Osborne says via TheTalkhouse.com: “I went to high school with Kurt and was a big part of all the Nirvana guys’ lives before and after they became famous. We were good friends when they were all flat broke, long before they could buy big houses and cars with credit cards.


“My band played with Nirvana at their last show. I was there for the beginning and I was there for the end, for the very good and the very bad.” He continues: “People need to understand that 90% of Montage of Heck is bullsh*t. Total bullsh*t. That’s the one thing no one gets about Cobain – he was a master of jerking your chain.”



John Lennon Engineer Dennis Ferrante Dead At 65


Legendary Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, Dennis Ferrante, died on June 6th at age 65 following years of heart problems, according to BeatlesExaminer.com. Ferrante, who along with his work with John Lennon in the 1970’s was part of the historical gang of engineers and soon-to-be producers that helped make Manhattan’s Record Plant the go-to studio of the 1970’s. In 1999 Ferrante won the Best Historical Album Grammy for his work on Centennial Edition: Complete RCA Victor Recordings: 1927-1973. In 2010 there was a benefit concert held to raise money for a heart transplant for Ferrante. Ferrante and friends last played live on April 30th at New York City’s Cutting Room.


Longtime friend, bandmate, and colleague, producer Jack Douglas posted on his Facebook page: “I am so shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of my dear friend Dennis Ferrante. We worked and played together almost 50 years. One of the best. I will miss him.”



Stevie Nicks Unsure About A New Fleetwood Mac Album


Stevie Nicks remains unsure about a new Fleetwood Mac album. While the other members of the group — particularly Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, and Mick Fleetwood — already started pre-production on the set before hitting the road last fall, Nicks, who along with the Mac is out on the road in Europe, admitted to The Daily Mail, “Honestly, I just don’t know about it. This tour has been so hard and so breathtakingly overwhelming. I have to look great, I have to feel great, I have to sound great. And I cannot be thinking about future albums or poetry or songs right now. Now we have Europe to conquer. It’s really important that we are spectacular. And that’s all that I can worry about right now.”