Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rock News

Ending months of speculation and rumor, it was announced on Monday, December 26th, that Van Halen will be hitting the road in 2012. The band, who have reunited with original lead-singer “Diamond” David Lee Roth, singed with Colombia Records in September to record a new album, now set to be released in February. Tour dates and venues have not been released, however tickets are slated to go on sale January 10th
Rapper Marion Hamilton, better known as Slim Dunkin, the newest, and youngest, member of the 1017 Brick Squad (along side Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, and others) was shot and killed on December 16th after an alleged argument over candy. Unconfirmed reports from witnesses say the argument began when Dunkin stole a piece of candy from an unnamed man at an Atlanta recording studio. The argument then escalated in to a fistfight, with the second man leaving the recording studio, returning at around 5:30pm with a gun, and shooting Dunkin four times in the chest. Dunkin's funeral is schedule to take place later this week in Atlanta.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor's fourth marriage has ended in divorce after just 18 days. O'Connor married child psychologist Barry Herridge on December 8th, her 45th birthday, in a drive-thru ceremony in Las Vegas after dating for one week. O'Connor met Herridge online after he responded to her much-publicized search for a "wham-bam" sexual encounter. In a statement O'Connor said she chose to end the marriage after two weeks because she felt her new husband was "terribly unhappy" due to conflict from members of his family regarding the marriage. This was O'Connor's 2nd divorce in 2011, her third marriage, to Steve Cooney, had ended in divorce in January. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fueling speculations of reunion from Guns n' Roses classic line-up at their Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, singer Axl Rose has dropped hints that he would be willing to perform with some, but not all, of his former band-mates. Rose told the LA Times that he would consider reuniting with former guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, but not rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin or drummer Steven Adler. "It's nothing against Izzy and it's nothing against Steven," Rose said "[however] I've toured with the other guys and I’ve also seen what they’ve done since, and I just know the difficulties. So it’s not really even a full reunion." Rose also said that he and Slash had been " war since Day 1...the fight with me and Slash started the day I met him. " ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Contemporary R&B singer R. Kelly has reportedly written 32 more chapters to his musical soap opera "Trapped In The Closet." Kelly penned the initial 22 chapters in 2005, writing and performing the music, as well as starring in the episodes. Kelly's "hip-hopera" relates the tale of Sylvester (played by Kelly) and a complicated chain of marital infidelities, gunplay, pregnancy, disease, and a "blessed" midget. Kelly ended the original series of episodes with "To be continued..." in 2007 and is currently seeking backers to help finance the next leg of the project.

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