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Tommy Lee’s Wife Details ‘Crazy’ Way He Broke His Ribs

Tommy Lee’s wife, social media influencer Brittany Furlan, has revealed how the drummer recently broke four ribs. “We were staying at an old rental house in Nashville. It was a cool, old quirky house,” Furlan explained via Snapchat (as transcribed by Blabbermouth). “But the stairs outside were made out of stones, and they were really uneven, and the roots were pushing them up from the tree. And everything was fine. I actually fell up the stairs a few times getting groceries, but whatever. So, the day that we were leaving Nashville, our driver came and we had all this luggage and he wasn’t helping us; he just stayed in the car. And so Tommy was trying to carry all of our luggage for us. And he fell down these crazy stairs and broke — broke — four ribs. Not fractured, not bruised — broke.”
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Depeche Mode Reveal Andy Fletcher’s Cause of Death

Depeche Mode have released a statement addressing the death of founding keyboardist Andy Fletcher. “We wanted to take a moment and acknowledge the outpouring of love for Andy that we’ve seen from all of you over the last few weeks,” bandmates Dave Gahan and Martin Gore said in a joint message to fans (see below). “It’s incredible to see all of your photos, to read your words, and to see how much Andy meant to all of you. As you can imagine, it’s been a strange, sad, disorienting few weeks for us here, to say the least. But we’ve seen and felt all of your love and support, and we know that Andy’s family has too.”
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How Classless Act Got Support Slot With Motley Crue and Def Leppard

Classless Act singer Derek Day said a case of “right place, right time” landed his band the Stadium Tour opening slot for Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett. The rising-star band just released its debut album, Welcome to the Show, and even though it performs only a four-song set at each show, its audience is significantly larger than anything it’s played to before.

How Anvil’s Guitarist Settled His Differences With Lemmy

Anvil guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow discussed how he settled his differences with Lemmy Kilmister after refusing to join Motorhead in 1983. The Canadian was at work on Anvil’s third album, Forged in Fire, when the call came, after “Fast” Eddie Clarke left the British group. Kudlow has spoken in the past about his decision to remain loyal to his band. His rejection of the offer led Kilmister to establish a new version of Motorhead featuring Phil Campbell, who remained until the frontman died in 2016.

Alan Parsons Undergoes ‘Urgent Spinal Surgery’

Alan Parsons underwent an “urgent spinal surgery” on Friday (Jun. 24) and postponed a series of tour dates as a result, his daughter reported. The rocker had been gearing up to support the launch of his new album From the New World, which arrives on Jul. 15, but experienced a health issue that forced him to change plans.

Dave Grohl Returns to the Stage With Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen

Paul McCartney delivered a 36-song headline set at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. last night (Jun. 25) with help from guests Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen. It was the first time the Foo Fighters leader had performed live since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March. The show also included a virtual duet of “I’ve Got a Feeling” with John Lennon – a moment McCartney described as “so special” despite its technological nature. Video clips and the full set list are available below.

Top 10 Songs Motley Crue Has Not Played on the 2022 Stadium Tour

There's no way to fit over 40 years of Motley Crue music into a 90-minute show. But that's exactly the challenge the band faced when coming up with the set list for their 2022 Stadium Tour, which finds them switching headline spots every night with Def Leppard on a bill that also includes Poison, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Classless Act.

Dave Mustaine Says Firing David Ellefson From Megadeth Was ‘Hard’

Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine described the 2021 firing of bassist David Ellefson as "a hard decision that had to be made." The lineup change took place after Ellefson was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct following the leak of sexually graphic exchanges with a female fan. He has always maintained his innocence of any illegal activity, and the woman has also claimed she was not underage at the time of the exchanges, calling any grooming accusations "misinformation." Megadeth have since reunited with another ex bassist, James LoMenzo.

When Anthrax’s Scott Ian Got Arrested with Metallica’s Cliff Burton

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recalled the moment he was arrested under suspicion of drugs alongside late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton. The incident took place in London in 1984, two years before the tour bus crash that killed Burton. In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Ian said the bands had been sharing an apartment for three weeks while working on release-related duties.

Why Bob Dylan Recorded Songs That Will Be Sold to One Owner

Bob Dylan collaborator T Bone Burnett explained why the pair had recorded a series of songs to be released on a “one-of-one” basis. The first of those, a new version of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” will be auctioned on July 7 and it’s expected to sell for between $700,000 and $1,200,000. It’s recorded on a format being marketed under the brand name Ionic Originals, based on a hybrid medium that’s said to use the best elements of CD and vinyl to generate a more faithful reproduction of the performance.

Classless Act Release Debut Album ‘Welcome to the Show’

Rising rock band Classless Act have released their debut album, Welcome to the Show. The group is currently on the road serving as opener on the Stadium Tour, the highly anticipated trek featuring Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett. Motley Crue singer Vince Neil makes a guest appearance on Welcome to the Show, lending vocals to the song “Classless Act.” That tune was one of three singles -- along with “Time to Bleed” and “This Is for You” -- released before the album’s arrival. The latter track features Justin Hawkins, frontman of the Darkness. A full track listing can be found below, and you can purchase/stream the LP here.

When Red Hot Chili Peppers Expanded With ‘By the Way’ Single

When John Frusciante joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers at age 18, replacing the band’s late co-founder Hillel Slovak, he intimately knew the musical situation he was entering. And as a major fan of the band’s heavy funk-rock style, he slotted seamlessly into that mold for two major LPs, 1989’s Mother’s Milk and their multiplatinum 1991 breakthrough, Blood Sugar Sex Magik.