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Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Journey Songs Covered on ‘Rock of Ages’ Soundtrack

When Tom Cruise starred in ‘Risky Business,’ he only had to lip-sync the Bob Seger classic ‘Old Time Rock & Roll.’

But in the upcoming big-screen version of the Broadway hit ‘Rock of Ages,’ Cruise actually sings hits by Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard — and those renditions are part of the movie’s soundtrack, due June 5.

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Category: Movies, Music News
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Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir Guitars Are Part of a New Grateful Dead Exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

When Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh first sang the memorable ‘Truckin’ lyric “What a long, strange trip it’s been,” the Grateful Dead had only been together for about five years. Of course, the Dead’s rich musical journey continued for another 25 years, effectively ending with Garcia’s death on Aug. 9, 1995.

This spring, Deadheads can look back on the band’s storied career in a new exhibit called ‘Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip,’ which opens to the public April 12 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

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George Harrison Guitar iPad App on the Way

Throughout his career, George Harrison played a variety of guitars, among them a psychedelic-looking Fender Stratocaster, a “fireglo” Rickenbacker 360 12-string and a black Gretsch Duo Jet (which he considered to be his first real decent guitar).

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Dr. John Taps Black Keys Frontman Dan Auerbach to Produce His New Album

Two years ago, Leon Russell received some long overdue attention when he teamed up with Elton John for the album ‘The Union.’ Singer/pianist Dr. John is deserving of the same type of lovin’ from the masses, and Dan Auerbach of the red-hot duo the Black Keys is doing his part by producing the New Orleans legend’s new studio album, ‘Locked Down.’

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Star-Studded Experience Hendrix Tour Adds More Dates

As the lineup for the 2012 Experience Hendrix tribute tour has expanded, so has the number of dates for the annual concert trek honoring the late, great Jimi Hendrix.

This year’s edition is now up to 21 dates, including recently added concert stops in Florida and Colorado, plus a second show in Austin, Texas.

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Scorpions Cover the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Kinks on Forthcoming ‘Comeblack’ Album

When guitarist Rudolf Schenker formed the Scorpions in 1965, British Invasion rock ’n’ roll bands were riding a commercial high and leaving their mark on fans and aspiring musicians around the world.

They included Schenker and his fellow German band mates, who honor such British rock royalty as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks on ‘Comeblack,’ the forthcoming Scorpions studio album.

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Rod Stewart’s Autobiography Is Expected Next Fall

Rod Stewart has lived quite the rock ‘n’ roll life, fronting two revered bands, compiling a long list of solo hits and walking down the aisle more than once (usually with a model).

That said, he has more than enough material to fill an autobiography, and Stewart is in fact working on one that’s due in stores next fall from Crown Archetype, a division of Random House.

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Queen’s Brian May Contacts Lady Gaga About Fronting the Band

Queen is looking to fill the void left by the late Freddie Mercury, and Lady Gaga is being considered for it. Guitarist Brian May previously reached out to Bad Company leader Paul Rodgers, but now it looks as though the pop diva is at the top of the list.

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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Beatles’ Widows Attend Premiere of New George Harrison Documentary

Ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attended the U.K. premiere of the documentary ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’ in London on October 2, as did the widows of their late band mates Harrison (Olivia Harrison) and John Lennon (Yoko Ono).

Their presence sent a loud and clear message about their love and respect for the so-called quiet member of the Fab Four. Other music notables on hand included Beatles producer George Martin and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.

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Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson Team Up Onstage at Beverly Hills Event [VIDEOS]

Music City merged with Motown on Sept. 19 when country/pop star Carrie Underwood performed alongside R&B’s Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson during the Society of Singers‘ annual Ella Award ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA.

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Kiss Will Hit the High Seas for a Five-Day Kiss Kruise

The official Kiss fan club is known as the Kiss Army, but when the band’s most loyal supporters set sail with the band, do they become the Kiss Navy?

Perhaps that question will be answered on Oct. 13. That’s when the first-ever Kiss Kruise — featuring two performances by the group, social activities with select members and more — departs from Miami and heads to the Bahamas and back.

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