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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason have joined a growing list of music biz veterans, by issuing a joint statement slamming the music streaming service, Pandora. Vintage Vinyl News reported that the band accused the company or attempting to trick well-known artists into endorsing the service, which pays bands a fraction of what they would earn through other means -- including terrestrial radio.
Pink Floyd's statement reads in full: "Musicians around the country are getting emails from Pandora -- even directly from the company's charismatic founder Tim Westergren -- asking them to 'be part of a conversation' about the music business and sign a simple 'letter of support' for Internet radio. Sounds good. Who wouldn't want to be 'part of a conversation'? Who doesn't support Internet radio? What scrooge would refuse to sign such a positive, pro-music statement?"

"Of course, this letter doesn't say anything about an 85 percent artist pay cut. That would probably turn off most musicians who might consider signing on. All it says about royalties is 'We are all fervent advocates for the fair treatment of artists.' And the only hint of Pandora's real agenda is the innocent sounding line 'We are also fervent supporters of Internet radio and want more than anything for it to grow.' The petition doesn't mention that Pandora is pushing the growth of its business directly at the expense of artists' paychecks."
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Doors drummer John Densmore revealed that despite the personal and legal problems that split him and Ray Manzarek over the years, the pair made peace before Manzarek's death last month from bile duct cancer. Last month, Densmore published his second memoir, called The Doors: Unhinged - Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes On Trial. The book details Densmore's successful five-year battle against Manzarek and Robby Krieger over their use of the band name for new projects and the Doors' music for a proposed $15 million commercial deal with Cadillac.

Densmore told Rolling Stone that Manzarek's death wasn't completely unexpected and that he and Manzarek were able to put their differences aside and just talk like old buddies one last time: "The inner circle knew Ray had cancer for a while. Then I heard he was really sick and called him. He said thank you for the prayers and told me chemo was f***ed. So there was a closing, thank God."

Densmore went on to shed light on his relationship with surviving Doors member, guitarist Robby Krieger and the possibility of a tribute to Manzarek in L.A.: "Well, we were best friends, and it really feels nice to connect again. I said to Robby a few weeks ago in an email: 'Let's have our musical reunion for Ray. Let's play some Doors songs at the Whisky or Wiltern -- there's a lot of great musicians in L.A. that we know and love and admire the band. I'd like to break the ice that way.' It should happen pretty soon."

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Def Leppard guitarist Viv Campbell has revealed via his Facebook page that he is currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Campbell, who previously enjoyed stints in Dio and Whitesnake before replacing Leppard's late-guitarist Steve Clark in 1992, also served double duty over the years with Thin Lizzy.

Viv Campbell's post puts his friends and fans at ease, showing him to be the road warrior he's always been known to be, touring not only with Def Leppard this summer -- but also hitting the road with Last In Line -- featuring former members of Dio.

Viv Campbell's Facebook announcement reads in full:

I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit.' Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling maneuvers on my windpipe -- hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn't make it to rehearsal that day, but it's okay; I know the songs by now. . .

My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and six months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I'm about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80 percent cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!

The reason I'm sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer with the band and I don't want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really.

My family, friends and bandmates have all been extremely supportive through this and I look forward to a summer full of shows with both Def Leppard in June/July and the debut of Last In Line this August.


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This week marks the 35th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' 1978 blockbuster, Some Girls. The album, which was competing on the charts and turntables around the globe with breakthrough punk and disco records, was able to absorb the musical influence of what was going down in the clubs and the streets of New York City and become the first album in years to drastically redefine the Stones' sound. It also featured the band's first chart-topper since 1973's "Angie" -- the disco-based monster summer hit and instant classic, "Miss You, which remains the Stones' last chart-topper to date.
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Sting AND Brian Johnson?

Sting has enlisted the help of AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson for vocals on his upcoming studio set. The album, called The Last Ship, will be released on September 24th, and features songs included in Sting's upcoming musical of the same name. The album marks the Police leader's first new material since 2003's Sacred Love collection. There's been no word as to whether Johnson is featured as a solo vocalist or on how many tracks he appears.
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