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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, sales and airplay charts from the past, notable occasions, and our appreciations of recently departed artists and other musical figures of note

Chicago Percussionist Laudir de Oliveira Dies

The Brazilian musician first performed on the Chicago VI album in 1973 and became a full-time member by 1975’s Chicago VIII

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Grant Hart, Hüsker Dü Drummer/Singer, Dead at 56

The former member of the influential American punk/alternative trio has lost his battle with cancer. Bandmate Bob Mould called him “frighteningly talented.”

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Remembering Molly Hatchet Founder, Dave Hlubek

He founded the Southern Rock band in 1971 and was lead guitarist and co-writer of many songs including “Flirtin’ With Disaster”

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Steppenwolf Keyboardist Goldy McJohn Dead at 72

The founding member, organist on all of the band’s hits including “Born to Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride,” died of a heart attack.

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Linkin Park, STP Singer Chester Bennington, Dead

The singer was close with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell who passed in May. He took his life on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday

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Chris Cornell Helped Create a Rock Genre

The Soundgarden songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, was one of the architects of the grunge movement. He was found dead in Detroit following a May 17, 2017 gig

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Allan Holdsworth, Fusion/Prog Guitar Great, Dies

A masterful guitarist who served as an inspiration to Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, Alex Lifeson and others, has passed.

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Molly Hatchet Bassist Banner Thomas Dies at 60

An early member of the Southern rock band, who played on their first four albums, and co-wrote their big hit “Flirtin’ With Disaster,” was still performing.

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Autograph Drummer Keni Richards Dead at 60

Remember “Turn on the Radio”? They were one of the MTV-era metal breakout bands from L.A. in the early ’80s and he was their original drummer. RIP.

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Lonnie Brooks, Chicago Blues Great, Dead at 83

The Grammy-nominated artist who combined Chicago blues, rock ’n’ roll, Memphis soul, swampy Louisiana grooves and country has passed.

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