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On the tenth anniversary of Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes' death, TLC announces 'reunion' tour

A decade ago today, TLC rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, the most volatile and outspoken member of the platinum R&B trio, passed away following a car accident in Honduras. She was 30 years old. Lopes left behind a legacy of controversy (in 1994, she famously set her NFL player boyfriend’s house on fire) and huge hits (TLC notched four number ones and sold 22 million albums in the nine years they were together).

Now TMZ is reporting that surviving members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas are planning a reunion tour that would incorporate Left Eye into the show via archival footage. It’s not the same as Dr. Dre resurrecting Tupac for a drop-in, but it does further the idea that death need not be the end of a performer’s on-stage life.

Following Lopes’ death, Watkins and Thomas finished the group’s final album 3D without her. Though it was unclear whether or not the group would have stayed together had Left Eye survived the car crash; in a notorious statement published in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, she challenged her other two bandmates (plus producer Dallas Austin) to a showdown where the victor would be decided by album sales.

“I challenge Tionne ‘Player’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Hater’ Thomas to an album entitled The Challenge, a 3-CD set that contains three solo albums,” she wrote. READ FULL STORY

Rock Hall responds to Axl Rose's open letter about induction

Ever since the mysterious cabal that lords over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Guns N’ Roses would be part of this year’s induction class (first ballot!), the big question has centered around the giant cornrowed elephant in the room: Would Axl Rose, who parted ways with the other members of his legendary band long ago and has been carrying on with the name that is legally his for way longer than the proper lineup was together, show up?

Initial indications seemed hopeful. The other Gunners all seemed to feel that a full-on reunion was a possibility, and many of the old grudges appeared to have been settled. The Hall even assigned Green Day to handle Guns’ induction, a decision that makes no real musical sense but did give them the most high-profile spot on the ceremony’s card.

However, after much speculation and only a few days before the induction ceremony this weekend in lovely Cleveland, Rose has announced that not only is he not showing up to the party, but he has no interest in being a part of their little club either. READ FULL STORY

Greg Dulli on curating All Tomorrow's Parties, getting the Afghan Whigs back together, and why Louis C.K. is like a pretty girl

Greg Dulli has spent the first decade and a half of the 21st century as the mastermind behind the Twilight Singers and the Gutter Twins, dressing up after-hours reveries in blues riffage, goth leanings, and tales of love gone awry. But that footprint began back in the ’90s with the Afghan Whigs, his cultishly-adored group of funk-loving, soul-stealing rockers from Cincinnati.

That band called it quits nearly 15 years ago, and now Dulli has reconstituted the group, which will make its grand return at this year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey—an event that Dulli also happens to be curating.

In addition to the Whigs, his eclectic lineup includes the Roots, stand-up comic Louis C.K., Sharon Van Etten, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and frequent collaborator Mark Lanegan. We spoke with Dulli about the reunion, the festival, and the haze of the ’90s.

EW: Which came first: The reunion or the call to curate All Tomorrow’s Parties?
Dulli: The best way I can describe it is that it was sort of a perfect storm of events. I did an acoustic tour a year and a half ago and John Curley, my dear friend and bass player in the Whigs, joined me for the show in Cincinnati, which we’ve done before when I pass through there. But then, I asked him, “Do you want to come up to Chicago and play?” He came up to Chicago and people freaked out. I finished up that tour on the west coast and I called him and I was like, “Hey man, do you want to do the west coast with me?” And he said yes. That was a great time. At that point, we began to play a few more Whigs songs in the show and I really enjoyed it. I rediscovered some songs that I had forgotten about and how much I enjoyed playing them. Then, when the Twilights tour last spring, we played Minneapolis where [Afghan Whigs guitarist] Rick [McCollum] lives. I had lunch with Rick. I hadn’t seen Rick in three or four years. We didn’t even talk about playing together but we had a really nice time at lunch. Then, he came to the gig and hung out. We were never at odds anyway so we didn’t have to get over any animosity. There were no hatchets to be buried. So when [All Tomorrow's Parties founder] Barry Hogan came around this last time was like, “Hey, do you want to?” I’m like, “Maybe.” My stance had just softened on the hardline and it seemed like if we were ever going to do it, this seemed like the right time to do it.

This can’t be the first time somebody has floated that idea. READ FULL STORY

Did Disney inadvertently spark a possible Joy Division reunion?

Getting members from defunct bands to reassemble can be a tricky business, but Disney may have found “A Means to an End.”

It began when the company riffed off of Joy Division’s 1979 classic Unknown Pleasures for a new t-shirt, altering the black-and-white pattern from the album’s iconic cover art to resemble Mickey Mouse’s distinctly shaped head.

After garnering much attention online, the shirt was discontinued by Disney, and now the ones in circulation fetch hundreds of dollars on eBay.

But the fracas may also inspire a 3/4ths reunion for the beloved post-punk band.

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Pulp announces more U.S. dates on first Stateside tour in 14 years

The announcement of the full Coachella lineup a few weeks ago was a double-edged sword for fans of Pulp, the iconic Brit-pop band who fashion-rock tunes about rave drugs, the British class system, and Gen X ennui barred them from any substaintial Stateside success but still made them cult heroes here.

On the one hand, it was exciting to know that after reforming last year, they would finally be making their way to the U.S. On the other hand, was it going to take a trip to the desert to sing along with frontman Jarvis Cocker on the chorus of “Disco 2000″?

Luckily, the band heard the cries from people in two other cities, and this morning they announced that they’ll be playing an additional pair of shows in the U.S., which makes four sets total if you count the two weekends at Coachella.

The new dates will take them to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on April 11 and to San Francisco’s Warfield on April 17. The New York show will be the band’s first sojourn to the United States since 1998, when they went on a brief tour in support of their 1998 album This Is Hardcore.

While they never scored any charting hits in the U.S., Pulp’s influence runs deep. READ FULL STORY

Coachella 2012 -- Are you excited?

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For some time now, Austin’s South by Southwest has been the festival where bands big and small alike make newsworthy announcements, debut reformations, tease long-awaited releases, and otherwise create waves and headlines.

But now that the lineup for this year’s Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif., has been announced, it’s starting to look like SXSW might have a worthy challenger out west.

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Reformed Van Halen performs intimate NYC gig

They’ll be playing arenas when they tour next month, but on Thursday night, a regrouped Van Halen provided thrills in a tiny club where a VIP crowd stood elbow to elbow as the storied band played some of their greatest hits including “Jump” and “Panama.”

“Welcome to Occupy Van Halen, ladies and gentleman!” frontman David Lee Roth yelled just before the band launched into “You Really Got Me,” the first in an approximately hour-long, high energy set.

The show was at the famed Café Wha? in New York’s West Village — a club owned by Manny Roth, the uncle of Roth. READ FULL STORY

The Beach Boys to reunite with Brian Wilson for 50th anniversary tour and album

The Beach Boys offically announced today that they are reuniting with founding member and chief songwriter Brian Wilson for a 50th-anniversary tour and album.

The 50-date international tour will kick off in April with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the reunited lineup has already recorded several songs for the new album, including a new version of their 1968 hit, “Do It Again.”

The album will be released next year by Capitol and is being produced by Brian Wilson. Capitol/EMI also plans to commemorate the Beach Boys’ half century-long career by releasing a new hits collection and career-spanning box set. READ FULL STORY

Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath returning in 2012 with first album in over three decades

As noted rock historian Triple H once said, in the world of heavy metal, there are legends, there are icons, and there are gods.

He was putting Motorhead in the latter category, which means that Black Sabbath must qualify as Titans. The most influential metal band ever to sing about the devil announced on Friday that the original lineup — Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Tony Iommi — will be getting back together for a new album and tour in 2012. They’ll play the 2012 Download Festival, with more details forthcoming.

This particular reunion has been a long time coming — it will be the first time that combination has recorded together since the release of 1978′s Never Say Die!, though they have been on stage together a bunch since Osbourne’s initial departure. But ever since a one-off show way back in December 1997, there have been a number of derailments that have kept Black Sabbath from being together full time.

Ward’s health problems kept him in the sidelines for a while, and efforts to record a new album in 2001 dissipated while both Osbourne and Iommi worked on solo projects. Then Ozzy became a television star with The Osbournes, which created a whole new weird secondary career for him. READ FULL STORY

The Stone Roses announce reunion at London press conference

British rockers the Stone Roses have confirmed they are reuniting. The announcement took place today at a press conference in London,  attended by all four members of the band’s classic lineup. The quartet will play two shows in their hometown of Manchester next June and then embark on a world tour.

The band released their critically acclaimed, self-titled first album in 1989. The same year the band put out the single, “Fool’s Gold,” whose melding of dance and rock would prove hugely influential on the British music scene.

The Roses then spent five years crafting their second, less enthusiastically-received collection, 1994′s Second Coming. The following year, drummer Reni left the band and guitarist John Squire followed in 1996. Singer Ian Brown and bassist Mani called it a day not long after.

As recently as 2009, Squire rejected the possibility that the band might get back together, creating a piece of art which featured the message “I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester group The Stone Roses.”

You can see footage from the press conference and listen to “Fool’s Gold,” below. READ FULL STORY

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