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Tom Petty Demands Michele Bachmann’s Campaign Stop Using ‘American Girl’

Michele Bachmann has now been told by Tom Petty that his song ‘American Girl’ is off limits for her presidential campaign.

Petty’s outspoken protectiveness of his music is certainly nothing new — in the ’80s, he engaged in a protracted public legal battle with his former label, MCA, over rising record prices, and more recently, he asked the Bush campaign to refrain from using his songs at campaign events.

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Johnny Depp Electrifies Crowd By Joining Alice Cooper On Stage [VIDEO]

For alt-rock fans with long memories, Johnny Depp isn’t just a world-famous actor, he’s also the guy who played guitar and bass for Butthole Surfer frontman Gibby Haynes’ short-lived group P. But for pretty much everyone else, the sight of Depp rocking out with Alice Cooper on a London stage comes as a shock.

Depp joined Cooper for the latter’s show in London’s 100 Club over the weekend, an appearance teased by Cooper when he posted a backstage picture to his Facebook account with the caption “Johnny Depp!! Waiting to jump on stage with Alice for ’18′ and ‘Schools Out!’”

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Eagles Approach Milestone Anniversary; Don Henley Says They May ‘Quit’

Since starting out four decades ago, the Eagles have notched six number one albums, six Grammys, five number one singles, and sold more than 120 million albums. How do you celebrate your 40th anniversary after enjoying so much success?

According to Don Henley, it might be a good time to go on tour. Or, you know, just quit.

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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Promises ‘Loud,’ ‘Fast’ New Album

It’s been eight long years since we’ve heard anything new from ZZ Top, but fans can look forward to a new album soon — and guitarist Billy Gibbons says it’s “a return to the early ZZ Top roots.”

The upcoming, as-yet untitled set, which will be the band’s 15th studio album in 42 years, is currently being recorded with executive producer Rick Rubin, who’s also serving as a band advisor in his capacity as president of their label, American Recordings.

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Judas Priest Discusses Life After K.K. Downing

Remember all that hoo-ha about Judas Priest retiring after their latest world tour? Don’t count them out just yet.

Speaking during a recent interview with Wave 100, Priest vocalist Rob Halford and guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner talked about the current state of the band – specifically, the injection of fresh energy they’re feeling now that Faulkner has replaced departing founding member K.K. Downing.

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Mountain Guitarist Leslie West Discusses Leg Amputation on ‘Howard Stern’

For the first time since being rushed to a Mississippi hospital for the emergency surgery that resulted in the partial amputation of one of his legs, guitarist Leslie West has spoken publicly about his ordeal — and fittingly enough, he did it on Howard Stern’s show.

Stern has never been shy about proclaiming West his favorite rock guitarist, and their friendship has produced countless hours of entertaining radio banter over the years, but this week’s appearance was something different. Although Stern’s show is only available to SiriusXM subscribers, you can listen to a clip from his appearance below.

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U2 Plans Deluxe Reissues of ‘Achtung Baby’ and ‘Zooropa’

Believe it or not, it’s been 20 years since U2 released its landmark album ‘Achtung Baby’ — and the band is preparing to celebrate with a newly expanded version.

The band isn’t stopping its vault-purging there, either – Rolling Stone reports that there are also plans for a deluxe edition of U2′s ‘Achtung’ follow-up, ‘Zooropa,’ all part of a wider campaign that will see the songs repackaged in a number of formats.

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Mick Jagger’s New Supergroup Plans September Debut

If you were intrigued by the recent news that Mick Jagger had joined a new band with singers Joss Stone and Damian Marley, guitarist/producer Dave Stewart and composer A.R. Rahman, here’s some good news: You won’t have to wait much longer to hear what they sound like together.

The group, christened SuperHeavy, is planning a September release for their debut album. No specific date has been set, and they haven’t announced a title, but they have plenty of material to choose from; during their first week together, they wrote more than 20 songs, and they’re filming a video for the lead-off single, titled ‘Miracle Worker.’

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Watch! Beyoncé Covers Queen’s Classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ [VIDEO]

After more than a decade as a fixture on top of the charts, Beyoncé certainly has more than enough of her own hits to fill a concert set list, and she doesn’t need to go covering anyone else’s — but who are we to argue if she decides to put her own inimitable spin on a rock ‘n’ roll classic or two?

Currently on tour to promote her latest solo album, ’4,’ Beyoncé used her June 20 stop in Nice, France, to break out a cover medley that included Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire,’ Prince’s ‘The Beautiful Ones,’ and — perhaps most surprisingly — Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ Though she flubbed a couple of lines, it was still an interesting experiment (and it’s always nice to see pop singers proving they’re actually performing live).

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Gregg Allman Speaks Out To Increase Hepatitis Awareness

He’s been tied to the whipping post, he’s suffered the Statesboro blues, and he’s been through crazy love, so it might seem like nothing can hurt Gregg Allman at this point — but the Allman Brothers Band frontman faced some scary medical issues last year, and now he’s using his music to help spread awareness.

Diagnosed with hepatitis C, which he says he picked up from a dirty tattoo needle in his 20s, Allman was forced to undergo a liver transplant last year, and his new lease on life has led to a flurry of activity – including his new album, ‘Low Country Blues,’ as well as a public campaign to draw attention to the disease.

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Rick Rubin Talks New Records from Metallica, Chili Peppers, ZZ Top, and More

He’s been one of the most sought-after producers in rock for 25 years — and now that he’s also co-chairman of Columbia Records, Rick Rubin is also one of the busiest, with his hands in a dizzying list of current and upcoming projects.

Rubin discussed a number of those albums during a recent Billboard interview, conducted to celebrate the huge success of Columbia artist Adele’s new album, ’21′ (which, yes, Rubin co-produced). Up next on the schedule is the latest Red Hot Chili Peppers release, which he describes as a “Red Hot Chili Peppers that you’ve never heard before.”

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