NEWS PLUS:

What’s the latest info about about rock music and the most interesting and momentous events in its past? You can find it all here: breaking news and articles of interest from around the Web, sales and airplay charts both new and from the past, nuggets of rock history and lore along with notable occasions, and our appreciations of recently-departed artists and other musical figures of note.

Ritchie Blackmore Returning to Rock (Update)

It’s all very vague and hard to confirm. But the classic rock guitar superstar says that after 10 years of folk with Blackmore’s Night he’s ready to rock.

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Bowie Shares Video For New ‘Blackstar’ Album (Updates)

Bowie’s 26th album, titled ★ (Blackstar), sounds like a trip with jazz jams, Krautrock rhythms, Gregorian chants and more. Its title track is the first single; we dare you to watch the new video

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Simple Minds Release Vinyl Set, Reissue ‘Once Upon a Time’

Coming before the holidays: “The Vinyl Collection 79-84,” which collects their first seven albums, and “Once Upon a Time” remastered & expanded editions.

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The Jam Documentary Coming

The Jam updated the mod musical sound and ethos for the late 1970s punk/new wave era. A new rock doc, “About the Young Idea.” revisits the band’s glory days.

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Elton John: New Album, 2016 Vegas Dates (Update)

His new LP, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” co-produced by T Bone Burnette, lives up to its title with an upbeat vibe. Check out the video. We’ve also got his upcoming Vegas dates

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Three Dog Night Singer Cory Wells Dies

Cory Wells, co-founding vocalist for the hit-making rock band Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly on Tuesday at his home in Dunkirk, New York. He was 74. “It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of

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Greg Dulli to Tour & Issue Whigs LP in 2016

Greg Dulli will trek across Europe in February 2106 and the U.S. in March on a solo tour, and is at work on a new Afghan Whigs album for release next year.

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New James Brown Doc In the Works

One can never get enough James Brown, right? In the wake of last year’s biopic “Get on Up” and an HBO documentary comes another doc with his last show ever.

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Roky Erickson Celebrates 70th Birthday With Dates

The psych rocker and founding member/singer of the 13th Floor Elevators singer is celebrating a big birthday with a round of dates

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Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Box Sets Out 11/20

Last summer’s Fare Thee Well shows by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead will be available in a variety of audio and/or audio-visual box sets.

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