(The 1st Five) Converge has announced via their official Facebook page that they will be cancelling the rest of the few shows left on their current U.S. tour due to health issues encountered by one of their members. "Unfortunately on our day drive from St. Louis to Austin, one of our members had a serious health scare. We rushed him to the nearest ER were he was looked at by some fine Oklahoma doctors." more
(Billboard) Kid Rock's latest album, "Born Free," has been out barely seven months, but he's hatching plans for its successor. "We've already started writing for the next record and talking about the feel and where we want to go with it," Rock told Billboard.com more
(Classic Rock) Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover will release a solo album next month. If Life Was Easy is out on July 12 more
(Metal Underground) Opeth has revealed the first batch of dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America with support on the trek coming from fellow Swedish dark rockers Katatonia. Opeth will be touring in support of its upcoming new album 'Heritage,' which is set to hit store shelves on September 20, 2011 more
(BW&BK) Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal was recently involved in a four-car accident. He issued the following update:
"Medical checkup this morning - don't seem to have any major issues other than a hairy back and a funny speaking voice... [link to Metallica's 'Whiplash']. Yeah, neck injury can do funny things to guitar playing... (hold your ears on Saturday, ahh!!!)." more
(Lambgoat) The Damned Things will team up with Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster for the inaugural "Inked Music Tour." more
(SRX) A new German festival will take place on June 18th 2011 called 'Shout It Out Loud', featuring Cinderella, Bonfire, Pussy Sisster, Crazy Lixx, Kissin' Dynamite, Jaded Heart and more
This Is Hell and Endwell have lined up a handful of July shows. more
(Lambgoat) Miss May I will headline "The Artery Foundation Across The Nation Europe 2011 Tour" with support from Chelsea Grin, Abandon All Ships, and Chunk! No Captain Chunk!. more
On this day in 1967, The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire” was released in the U.S. It went on to be #1 on the singles chart two months later.
On this day in 1970, The Kinks’ Ray Davies was forced to make a 6,000 mile round trip from New York to London to record one word in a song. Davies had to change the word “Coca- Cola” to “Cherry Cola” on the band’s forthcoming single “Lola” due to an advertising ban.
On this day in 2002, Paul McCartney, Sting, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard, Ozzy Osbourne, The Corrs, Will Young, Atomic Kitten and S Club 7 all appeared at The Queen's Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace, London.
On this day in 2003, Barry Manilow suffered a broken nose after he accidentally walked into a wall at his home in Palm Springs, California and knocked himself unconscious. Although he passed out for four hours, he didn't endure any lasting effects as doctors determined that surgery was not necessary. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here