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Jerry Leiber, Co-Writer of Songs for Elvis Presley and Other Legends, Dies

Lyricist Jerry Leiber, who with composer and longtime collaborator Mike Stoller wrote songs recorded by Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones and many others, died Monday in Los Angeles.

Leiber, 78, had been battling cardiopulmonary disease.

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Jane’s Addiction Guitarist Dave Navarro Inks Deal to Host Spike TV’s Tattoo Series ‘InkMaster’

He already has two prominent TV co-hosting gigs under his belt. And when it comes to tattoos, well, let’s just say that he has four times that amount on his fingers alone.

That unique combination of credentials will serve Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro very well in his new job: as the host — and a judge — of the new Spike TV tattoo competition series ‘InkMaster.’

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Al Jourgensen and Ministry Plan New Album After Three-Year Breakup

Regular exercise, a vegetarian diet, no more smoking or drinking — the Al Jourgensen of today is not the same as the one from three years ago, which is when he pulled the plug on Ministry.

Saying he feels “the healthiest I’ve been in over 20 years,” Jourgensen has revived his old industrial rock band, which will release a new album by the end of the year and hit the road in 2012.

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Pearl Jam’s ‘Twenty’ Soundtrack Will Include Second Disc of Rarities

Pearl Jam opened its extensive video vaults for ‘Pearl Jam Twenty,’ and the band has done the same with its audio collection for the documentary’s soundtrack.

Not only will it contain 14 concert, TV and radio performances that are connected with the forthcoming film, the ‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ soundtrack also comes with a second disc of demos and other live recordings that covers PJ’s two decade history.

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U2′s Bono Goes to Hospital for Routine Checkup, Not Chest Pains

Last year, Bono‘s emergency back surgery in Germany had the U2 fan base worried about his welfare.

There was an entirely different kind of concern for Bono over the weekend, when reports circulated that he was treated for chest pains last week at a hospital in Monaco. U2 fans can rest easy, though: It was just a routine checkup, according to a spokeswoman for the 51-year-old singer.

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Jani Lane Tribute to Feature Quiet Riot, Great White and More

They were among the bands that ruled the Los Angeles hair-metal scene in the 1980s. And on Aug. 29, they’ll join forces on the legendary Sunset Strip to honor one of their own.

Quiet Riot, Great White, LA Guns, Enuff Z’Nuff and Slammin’ Gladys are the featured acts for the free, all-ages tribute concert in memory of late Warrant singer Jani Lane at the Key Club in West Hollywood.

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Pukkelpop Festival, with 30STM, Foo Fighters and Good Charlotte, Canceled Following Deadly Storm

It has been an exceptionally bad summer for violent storms and stage-related mishaps at outdoor music festivals.

The latest such incident took place Thursday in Belgium during Pukkelpop, where at least five people died and an estimated 140 were injured after an intense thunderstorm hit the festival site and knocked down staging areas as well as tents and trees.

Scheduled performers during the three-day festival — an annual event since 1985 — included Good Charlotte, 30 Seconds to Mars and Foo Fighters.

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Beastie Boys’ Action Figure Sales to Benefit Charities

Move over, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Nelly: the Beastie Boys have also been immortalized as commercially available action figures. And, in a rather superhero-like gesture, Mike “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Adam “MCA” Yauch are donating the proceeds from sales of their limited-edition figures to charity.

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Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic to Play Seattle Show Celebrating 20th Anniversary of ‘Nevermind’

Since Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994 and Nirvana‘s inevitable breakup, Dave Grohl has stayed in the limelight and has flourished as the leader and frontman of Foo Fighters.

Krist Novoselic, meanwhile, has put music on the back burner for the better part of the last 17 years. But Novoselic has picked a good time to strap on his bass again for the public: a Sept. 20 celebration and fundraiser in Seattle to mark the upcoming 2oth anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album.

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Misfits to Unleash New Album, ‘The Devil’s Rain,’ Launch US Tour in the Fall

There’s always been a Halloween-appropriate look to the Misfits.

So it’s only appropriate for the legendary punk band from New Jersey to release new music prior to trick-or-treating season. Get ready for ‘The Devil’s Rain,’ which comes pouring down on Oct. 4 and will be preceded by the start of a US tour.

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Will Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Velvet Revolver’s Duff McKagan Form a New Supergroup? [VIDEO]

Singer Corey Taylor is best known for his role in two big-selling bands (Slipknot and Stone Sour), and the same can be said of bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver).

There’s a pretty good chance the next high-profile group for each of them will be a joint project, according to Taylor.

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KISS Dropped from Michael Jackson Tribute Due to Gene Simmons’ Molestation Comments

Maybe Gene Simmons should have held his famously long tongue.

Pedophilia comments made by the KISS bassist about Michael Jackson back in 2009 have prompted promoters of an upcoming Jackson tribute show in Wales to drop Simmons’ band from the lineup.

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