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Eddie Van Halen undergoes emergency surgery

In the past, guitar icon Eddie Van Halen has attributed many of his headaches on Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth; his latest ailment, though, owes less to the one they call Diamond than to sheer unfortunate luck.

According to the Van Halen website, Eddie underwent emergency surgery for “a severe bout of diverticulitis,” a disease that causes painful inflammation in the intestines. “No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within 4-6 months,” the site said.

The band has been forced to reschedule an entire tour of Japan that was supposed to begin in November. The new dates will be some time in 2013.

It’s been a year of ups and downs for the legendary — and legendarily troubled — rockers: After putting out a largely excellent comeback album, the band inexplicably cancelled 32 dates back in June. (They said in later interviews that they had simply overextended themselves, and that everybody was still getting along and in good health.)

Eddie, who is 57, has had a number of physical woes that have gotten in the way of his latter-day career, and has undergone a number of treatments for major problems, including hip-replacement surgery and an operation to remove a third of his tongue due to cancer.

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Nicki Minaj cancels gigs amid 'American Idol' speculation

Normally, Nicki Minaj doesn’t like to keep quiet. But now, it looks like she has no choice: the Pink lady has cancelled her performances at the U.K.’s V Festival (August 18 and 19) due to “strained vocal chords,” according to a statement released by her publicist on Saturday. The statement says that Minaj already had bruised vocal chords during an August 14th gig in New York, and after a recent x-ray, her doctor suggested that she rest for a few more days. The news also comes just one day after reports that Minaj is a top contender for the open judge’s seat on American Idol. Earlier this month, she tweeted that she has to start her fall tour later than planned, but slyly added that when her fans find out why she’s postponing it, “they will be very happy.” Looks like she has a good excuse to keep mum about that for a while.

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Jonas Brothers reuniting for one-night-only concert

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The huge Jonas Brothers-shaped void in our hearts will soon be filled, temporarily, that is. The trio is reuniting on stage for the first time in three years for a one-night-only concert.

Aside from their string of hits, the band will also debut songs from their upcoming album (to be released next year) during their Oct. 11 performance at Radio City Music Hall. This is the only performance slated for the entire year.

“Over the last three years, we’ve all had life changing experiences — both individually and as a group,” Nick said in a press release. “Those experiences allowed us to create new music that we are really proud of and excited to share with our fans.”

Despite the brothers’ respite from the stage, they have kept busy with other ventures — mainly reality TV shows. Joe is a judge on the new CW music competition The Next (which debuted yesterday), while Kevin and his wife Danielle are starring in the aptly-titled E! reality series Married to Jonas (debuting on Sunday). Joe was also one of the bachelors looking for love on this summer’s Fox celebrity dating show The Choice.  Nick and Joe will make appearances on Kevin’s show, but there are no scheduled cameos yet from Kevin and Joe on The Next. That’s too bad, the trio could put their powers together to become Super Coach.

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Bad day for R&B: Frank Ocean, R. Kelly cancel performances

Frank Ocean has really been on quite a roll: The news of his sexuality was embraced with almost universal acceptance and understanding, his album Channel Orange has put up some big sales figures in its first two weeks, and he laid out what might have been the best performance of this year’s Lollapalooza.

All that momentum makes today’s news especially disappointing, as Ocean has cancelled a handful of tour dates that included a run of European festivals and a 10-show stint as the opening act for Coldplay. “I feel like an a–hole right now,” Ocean said in a statement about the cancellations. “A tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next months.” READ FULL STORY

Madonna concert in Russia threatened, U.S. Embassy responds

Madonna has made a career out of pushing buttons and poking at hornets’ nests, but her latest piece of controversy goes far beyond flashing her naughty bits, mucking with Nazi imagery, or deflecting catty barbs from Elton John.

In the wake of Madonna’s support for imprisoned Russian punk band Pussy Riot (who are currently on trial for staging a protest and criticizing Vladimir Putin), the U.S. Embassy in Russia has encouraged fans attending Thursday’s show in St. Petersberg to be extra vigilant and alert following credible threats of violence. READ FULL STORY

The Who announce 'Quadrophenia' tour, one night only documentary

The Who haven’t windmilled their way through North America in four years, but that drought is about to come to an end. The surviving members of the band — guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey — announced today that they will be embarking on a tour through the continent showcasing their legendary 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia.

Though Tommy has always had a much greater following (and had a genuine hit attached to it in “Pinball Wizard”), it’s only one of a series of rock operas constructed by the Who over the course of their career. Quadrophenia doesn’t have as clean a narrative as Tommy, but it does showcase the band’s legendarily dynamic sound. Set in London in the ’60s, it’s an exploration of mental illness told through the eyes of a British teenager.

The jaunt is set to kick off on Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., and continue into 2013. READ FULL STORY

Radiohead postpone tour dates in wake of Toronto stage collapse

Radiohead have been laying pretty low since last weekend’s stage collapse in Toronto that killed drum tech Scott Johnson and injured three others. But the band released a statement earlier today announcing that they would be postponing a handful of upcoming tour dates, though the reason has less to do with the ongoing investigation regarding the accident and more to do with the fact that their light show has been compromised.

“As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members,” the band wrote in a statement. “The collapse also destroyed the light show — this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace. Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with.”

The band postponed a total of seven shows in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. The band hopes to have new dates and information regarding those shows by June 27. Read the entirety of the statement below. READ FULL STORY

Radiohead stage collapse: Keane pay tribute to late drum technician


The members of Keane have paid tribute to their late drum tech and stage manager Scott Johnson, who died on Saturday while working on a Radiohead show in Toronto.

The U.K. native sadly lost his life when a stage collapsed at Downsview Field in Toronto prior to Radiohead’s scheduled appearance. In a post on Keane’s website the band remembered their “great friend” as “a cheerful, dependable guy you could always turn to, who lifted the spirits of everyone around him. We can’t believe he’s gone. Our thoughts are with his family and friends; Radiohead and their crew. We love you Scotty, we’ll miss you.”

Yesterday, Radiohead drummer Phil Selway posted a message on the band’s website in which he described Johnson as “a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew.”

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Madonna flashes nipple during Istanbul concert -- NSFW VIDEO

The fake “No Fear” tattoo on Madonna’s back bared at her Istanbul concert this weekend says it all. The 53-year-old stripped down on stage to show her right nipple and egged the crowd on during a performance of “Human Nature” from her 1995 Bedtime Stories album. Dressed in a pinstripe outfit and wearing a skimpy bra top that made the reveal a little too easy, she shrugs afterwards in the video below, as if to say, “Yes, I’m Madonna and I can do whatever I want.” Check out the (needless to say) not-safe-for-work clip from her performance after the jump.

On the scene at Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat's Central Park lovefest

“Is anybody here in love?” Gavin DeGraw asked a packed crowd at New York’s Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (otherwise known as That Place With All The Good Morning America Concerts). Love was the ostensible theme of the warm-breezed show on Saturday night–looking for love, finding love, keeping love. If Adele or Taylor Swift concerts are totems to messy relationships, consider this summer’s DeGraw-Colbie Caillat tour a jubilant celebration of happily-ever-after.

Caillat opened her set with a slow-burn “Falling For You” that kicked into high gear during the first chorus, prompting a brief singalong that didn’t last through her next songs — which seemed to act more as mellow soundtrack for audience conversation. “Begin Again” and “Realize” were preempted by cutesy anecdotes from Cailat that seemed to blend together with later intros to “Shadow” and “I Never Told You,” selected at random from a menu of hopeful reminiscences like “I wrote this when I was in love” or “I wrote this when I was thinking about love one day.”

Caillat scored with the more uptempo “I Do” and “Lucky” (replacing Jason Mraz with DeGraw protegé/show opener Andy Grammer, who garnered one of the biggest crowd reactions of the night), but lost some momentum when she delivered a lackluster snippet of “Empire State of Mind,” a thematically obvious (why yes, we are in Manhattan!) though somewhat bizarre addition to her set list. She rounded out her dusk performance with “Brighter Than The Sun” (impeccably timed to the sun breaking through the trees in Central Park) and ended with her fizzy breakout hit, “Bubbly.”

DeGraw took the stage with unexpected swagger, strutting across the boards like Freddie Mercury by way of Raffi and launching immediately into gospel highlight “Sweeter.” He followed with repertoire favorite “In Love With A Girl” before asking the crowd about their aforementioned relationship status, as an segue into “Soldier” and “Candy,” both of which were accompanied by LED visuals spinning with bubblegum colors. The crowd roared through “I Don’t Want To Be” and “Follow Through,” but halted as DeGraw covered Aloe Blacc’s folk-soul plea “I Need A Dollar” (though it brought one of the night’s funkiest moments, most of the audience seemed unfamiliar with the song). The crowd’s energy picked up again, with the throwback “Chemical Party,” “Run Every Time” and set-ender “Chariot” each drawing enthusiastic responses. The encore brought solid performances of “Radiation” and his most recent hit, “Not Over You” (which he joked had nothing to do with his ex-girlfriend). READ FULL STORY

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