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ArethaFranklin-110909.jpg Aretha Franklin celebrated her 73rd birthday at an extravagant star-studded affair this past weekend in New York City. The Queen of Soul celebrated by blowing out candles on her birthday cake accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, Tamron Hall and Clive Davis during the annual birthday bash at The Ritz Carlton.

thewho-103009.jpg Roger Daltrey has said that his bandmate Pete Townshend "wants to make another record," according to Rolling Stone. The last record released by the band was Endless Wire back in 2006. "He's just talking about it," Daltrey said referring to Townshend. "I've heard a couple of tracks, which are great."

thedoors-110409.jpg The Doors 1967 debut record has been added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. The rock classic joins a handful of other iconic recordings in the Registry's newest class including albums by Radiohead, Lauryn Hill, Sly and the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers and Ben E. King.

Aerosmith-01192010.jpg The cult classic film series titled The Decline of Western Civilization, featuring music and appearances by Aerosmith, is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray this summer. The three-part documentary focuses on the punk, rock and metal scenes in and around Los Angeles from the early 1980s through the 1990s. The series was directed by Penelope Spheeris.

neil-young-032015.jpg The late Steve Jobs was not much of a Neil Young fan, as the famed Apple chief reveals in a new biography. Young had routinely spoken out about his distaste for Apple and their iTunes music platform, which the rock legends has argued propagates poor audio quality. Jobs was rumored to have beefed with Young over his comments about iTunes and is quoted blasting Young in a new bio.

paulmccartney-04261.jpg Paul McCartney is scheduled to play a set at the 2015 Lollapalooza taking place in Chicago's Grant Park starting Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2. Other acts performing at the event include Florence & The Machine, Metallica, Sam Smith, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Bassnectar and The Weeknd.

kiss-110209.jpg Chris Hardman, who competed as Lil' Chris on Gene Simmons' reality series Rock School, has passed away at the age of 24. The BBC reports that police in Suffolk, England, discovered Hardman's body after being called to the scene by reports that "a man had died suddenly." A cause of death has yet to be reported.

LynyrdSkynyrd-061810.jpg Lynyrd Skynyrd will release a new live album, Sweet Home Alabama, this summer. Sweet Home Alabama was recorded during the band's appearance on German music program Rockpalast in 1996. In addition to the show, the new reissue includes three songs ("Workin' for MCA, "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama") recorded at the Hamburg Musikhalle on December 5, 1974.

Davidcrosby-112310.jpg David Crosby recently hit and injured a jogger with his 2015 black Tesla electric car in Southern California on Sunday, March 22. The 46-year-old jogger, Jose Jimenez, who was struck with the 73-year-old classic rocker's car was airlifted to the Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara after the incident happened. When the jogger was hit he was "propelled" forward by the car.

JohnFogerty-040811.jpg John Fogerty has announced that his upcoming memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, will be release on October 6. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman says the book will be about his highs and lows during his personal and professional life. "I'm excited to share my story and my life with you," he says in a statement.

RollingStones-110409.jpg Ronnie Wood is prepping the publication of the diaries he composed as a teenager. The book, How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, will feature entries from the Rolling Stones guitarist written in 1965. "I suppose my own private world is in the diary," Wood says. "This diary shows what an amazing schedule I had. We'd be travelling the length and breadth of the country."

chic-020315.jpg Nile Rodgers has released "I'll Be There," the first cut from Chic's upcoming album, It's About Time. On his website, Nile explains that "I'll Be There" began as an outtake from a Sister Sledge track called "Love Somebody." "The outtake became a new song called, 'I'll Be There,' so named because when I discovered my band's co-founder Bernard Edwards . . ."

Yardbirds-121614.jpg The Yardbirds have postponed their U.S. tour, set to begin in Connecticut on April 3, after drummer Jim McCarty fell ill. "Unfortunately, due to health concerns and extenuating circumstances, The Yardbirds' Spring 2015 tour dates have been postponed." The band has announced no plans to reschedule dates.

Gregg-Allman-110510.jpg Randall Miller, director of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider says that the 2014 death of camera assistant Sarah Jones is "a horrible tragedy that will haunt me forever." "On Feb 20th, 2014, a great number of mistakes were made and the terrible accident occurred which took Sarah Jones' life," a statement from Miller read.

JanisJoplin-041612.jpg The producers of an upcoming Janis Joplin biopic, Get It While You Can, have sued the film's writer. The producers, LKL Productions and the Switzerland-based Silver Reel, have sued writer-producer Ron Terry, his affiliated companies and the investment company Chesterton Capital, claiming the latter three have breached the terms of their option agreement.

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