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Deep Purple Teaming Up With Bob Ezrin for New Studio Album

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In the past, Deep Purple often looked no further than each other when it came to selecting a producer.

But for their forthcoming studio effort, guitarist Steve Morse and company have recruited someone with an impressive resume: Bob Ezrin, best known for his work with Kiss, Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd, among many other legendary rock bands.

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Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Journey Songs Covered on ‘Rock of Ages’ Soundtrack

Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages

When Tom Cruise starred in 'Risky Business,' he only had to lip-sync the Bob Seger classic ‘Old Time Rock & Roll.’

But in the upcoming big-screen version of the Broadway hit 'Rock of Ages,' Cruise actually sings hits by Guns N' Roses and Def Leppard — and those renditions are part of the movie’s soundtrack, due June 5.

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Jackson Browne Maps Out Summer 2012 Solo Acoustic Tour

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Since about 2005, Jackson Browne has been no stranger to the solo acoustic format, not only hitting the road for guitar/piano shows but also releasing two stripped-down concert collections of fresh and familiar material.

This summer, Browne will launch his latest solo acoustic tour, and the 20-date trek is scheduled to begin July 14 in Charlotte, N.C. and wind up Aug. 15 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

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Iggy Pop Covers Beatles, Yoko Ono Songs on New Solo Album ‘Apres’

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On his 2009 solo album, 'Preliminaires,' Iggy Pop put aside the guitar-driven, rockin' Stooges side of his musical personality and instead crooned covers and originals in both French and English.

Pop once again pursues the French/English language and cover-song angles on his forthcoming follow-up effort, 'Apres' — and the outside material includes tunes made famous by the the Beatles and Yoko Ono.

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Ronnie Montrose’s First-Ever Live DVD Scheduled for Release

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Prostate cancer dominated the last five years of Ronnie Montrose's life, but even as he battled the disease, the influential guitarist managed to stay active musically and play his share of gigs.

One of those Montrose shows — recorded just five weeks before his March 3 suicide at age 64 — arrives next month as his first-ever concert DVD.

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Ringo Starr Spews Details on Dealing With Preshow Jitters

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There's always a spring to 71-year-old Ringo Starr's step when he hits the concert stage, and the reason why is not something the former Beatles drummer acknowledges with pride.

It turns out that Starr, even with 50-plus years of concert performances under his belt, still suffers from stage fright. But Starr's regular case of preshow jitters involves much more than just trotting out to his designated spot.

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Slash Retraces His Roots in Six-Part Series for BBC Radio 2

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Ever since he hit it big with Guns N' Roses, Slash has often praised Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and other hard-rock bands not only for their music but for their impact on his guitar playing. Starting April 12, Slash will once again revisit his musical roots — only this time, he will do so as part of a six-episode series airing on the United Kingdom's BBC Radio 2.

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Sebastian Bach Recalls Testy Car Ride with Axl Rose and David Lee Roth

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David Lee Roth wasn't kidding when he sang, "Well, that liquor in the nighttime leaves strange memories" in the Van Halen classic 'Take Your Whiskey Home.'

Ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach knows how true that lyric is, too, and he recently shared his vivid memory of when a Jack Daniels-fueled Roth wasted little time in getting under the skin of Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose.

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Wilson Phillips Covers the Beach Boys Classic ‘Good Vibrations’

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The Beach Boys have left their mark on many musicians, among them Brian Wilson’s daughters Wendy and Carnie Wilson, who with Chynna Phillips are the members of Wilson Phillips.

The female vocal trio shows plenty of respect for Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson on their new single — a cover of the band's classic 'Good Vibrations,' which arrives at radio early next week.

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey Gets a Helping Hand From Ron Wood, Steve Winwood at London Charity Gig

Roger Daltrey
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Roger Daltrey continues to do what he can to make sure the kids are all right.

On March 28, Daltrey performed Who and solo material as the headliner for a Teenage Cancer Trust benefit show at London's Royal Albert Hall. And he wasn’t alone: The concert’s impressive list of guest musicians included Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, as well as Steve Winwood and Paul Weller.

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