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Larry Mullen (of U2) sues accountants over €11m loss

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Larry Mullen (of U2) sues accountants over €11m loss

What do rock superstars do when they’re not making platinum records, winning Grammys, or forcing their album onto your iPhone? Apparently, they turn to investing! This seems prudent and a wise way to spend all of their rockstar earnings (and certainly more fiscally responsible than tracsing hotel rooms).

Sometimes, though, all isn’t well, and it seems that US’2 Larry Mullen is suing his investment accountants for €11m over “alleged unsuitable investment advice.”

So I guess it’s not just skeevy managers who are looking for any angle to swindle the rich out of their cash.

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The Drummers Journal is giving away a Meinl Byzance 21″ Mike Johnston signature Transition Ride!

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The Drummers Journal is giving away a Meinl Byzance 21″ Mike Johnston signature Transition Ride!

If you’ve not checked out The Drummers Journal, you owe it to yourself to see what those fine folks are up to! Picking up where the now-defunct Traps magazine left off, TDJ features stellar articles, beautiful layout and design, and in-depth interviews. All for free, and all digital.

Oh, and every now and then they give away cool stuff!

From now until Nov 7, 2014, you can enter to win a gorgeous Meinl Byzance 21″ Mike Johnston signature Transition Ride. All you need to do is fill out a few deets, and you’re entered.

Enter now!

What was Chad Smith’s advice to Katy Perry on playing the Super Bowl?

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What was Chad Smith’s advice to Katy Perry on playing the Super Bowl?

Katy Perry has been tapped to perform at the 2015 Super Bowl, and she’s already received some advice from last year’s halftime performers.

Earlier this year the Red Hot Chili Peppers came under quite a bit of flack for playing along to a track after eagle-eyed viewers spotted the fact that the guitars weren’t plugged in.

What was Chad Smith’s advice to Katy Perry for her performance?

Plug in. … Plug in and play, Katy

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Metallica intended to fire drummer Lars Ulrich in 1986

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Metallica intended to fire drummer Lars Ulrich in 1986

A recent interview with Anthrax’s Scott Ian, has revealed the the members of Metallica had plans to fire drummer, Lars Ulrich, after the Master of Puppets tour in 1986. However, the death of bassist, Cliff Burton, seems to have derailed the plans.

Would they have gone through with the firing if it hadn’t been for the accident?

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Congrats to Tré Cool on his nuptials!

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Congrats to Tré Cool on his nuptials!

A huge congrats to Tré Cool of Green Day who tied the knot this past weekend. He married Sara Rose in a private ceremony on Oct 11.

I’m very happy to have married my best friend Sara … thanks for all the well wishes an support.

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Judge Won’t Dismiss Cheap Trick Lawsuit

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Judge Won’t Dismiss Cheap Trick Lawsuit

The Bun E. Carlos/Cheap Trick legal battle continues as a judge in Chicago has granted a motion for the drummer’s lawsuit to continue.  The lawsuit claims that the band owes Carlos compensation while he was still a full-time member of the band.

The dismissal request from the remaining members insisted that the long-time drummer was no longer an official part of the group and therefore was not owed anything.

We’ll keep you posted.

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Ringo Starr makes California his home

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Ringo Starr makes California his home

It looks like Ringo Starr has given up his home in Surrey for the sun and waves of California. The Liverpudlian has decided to sell his 17th century mansion to take up residence in Los Angeles.

We’ve had it for 15 years but we don’t spend enough time there, and LA is the right place for us to be now. It’s not that sad, because it’s time for a change.

I hope he finds all the “peace and love, peace and love” he’s looking for in the city of angles. Click the link below for pics.

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Judas Priest on tour this Fall

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Judas Priest on tour this Fall

If you are missing the thrashing sounds of 70’s metal, then you might be getting that itch scratched sooner than you think! Legendary rockers, Judas Priest, are cranking up a new tour this Fall!

They still crave the small mountains of amplifiers and roaming stage lights, and that’s why Judas Priest are launching a new tour, said Ian Hill, the band’s co-founding bassist.

“It’s been a couple years since we’ve been out on the road, and I miss it; I really miss it,”

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Drum therapy For troubled teens

Drum therapy For troubled teens

The Central Ohio Symphony is spearheading an effort to use percussion and drums to reach troubled youth.

“It’s an immediate form of self-expression. It’s a way to talk, to release energy — to jump from one frame of mind to a more positive frame of mind.”

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New Pink Floyd album to be a tribute to late keyboardist

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New Pink Floyd album to be a tribute to late keyboardist

It’s been way too long since rock royalty, Pink Floyd, has released a record, but the band is releasing Endless River as a tribute to their late keyboardist, Rick Wright.

The album is made up of original tracks that date back to 1993’s Division Bell. Nick Mason comments,

“I think this record is a good way of recognising a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound.”

Endless River is set to release November 10.

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First track from Philip Selway’s Solo Record, Weatherhouse

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First track from Philip Selway’s Solo Record, Weatherhouse

Any time the drummer from a popular band makes a solo record, we take notice! Check out “It Will End in Tears” from Phil Selway’s (of Radiohead) upcoming album, Weatherhouse. It has a very cool, throwback Beatles vibe, if you as me.

Slipknot’s new drummer revealed by a disgruntled former bandmate

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Slipknot’s new drummer revealed by a disgruntled former bandmate

Whenever you land a new gig, it’s always best not to burn any bridges behind you, especially if you’re trying to keep that new gig a secret. Former Against Me! member, Laura Jane Grace has all but confirmed that Jay Weinberg (son of Max) has joined Slipknot. Jay left Against Me! in 2012.

She’d previously said she had no idea how or why Weinberg quit her outfit, saying: “I woke up one morning and read on Twitter that he was leaving. I have never talked to him since.”

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Music Education Helps Flourish the Brains of Children

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Music Education Helps Flourish the Brains of Children

It’s interesting how science is continuing to prove how music is a great benefit to our mental state.

According to The Journal of Neuroscience, “Children who completed 2 years of music education had a stronger brain mechanism linked to reading and language skills.” Children who are given music lessons have a better advantage to learn more quickly than their peers.

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Max Roach, ca 1947 #throwbackthursday

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Max Roach, ca 1947 #throwbackthursday

This famous picture was taken at the legendary Three Deuces Club in NYC in the Fall of 1947 during a gig with Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.

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