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2012 News Archives



December 2012

Fontella Bass, singer of "Rescue Me," dies at 72 (New York Times, December 27)

Janet Jackson gets engaged (US Weekly, December 26)

R&B singer Jimmy McCracklin dies at 92 (New York Times, December 22)

Pope wins The Voice (Rolling Stone, December 18)

Starrs rule concert for Sandy relief in New York (New York Times, December 13)

Heart, Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman lead Hall of Fame nominees (New York Times, December 11)

Ravi Shankar dies at 92 (USA Today, December 11)

Justin Bieber adds tour dates (Billboard, December 10)

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera dead in plane crash (NBC News, December 9)

Dave Brubeck dies at 91 (New York Times, December 5)

Fleetwood Mac sets tour (Reuters, December 4)

Led Zep, Buddy Guy honored by White House (Salon, December 3)

Das Racist splits (Pitchfork, December 2)


November 2012

Earl (Speedo) Carroll of The Cadillacs dies (New York Times, November 26)

The Stones return to action (Rolling Stone, November 25)

Clapton sets spring tour (Rolling Stone, November 19)

Scott Weiland gets engaged (Rolling Stone, November 19)

Juanes slates acoustic tour (Pollstar, November 14)

NIN work on new disc (Rolling Stone, November 7)

Cat Power cancels Euro tour (Rolling Stone, November 6)

Springsteen, Joel to play Hurricane Sandy benefit (AP, November 1)


October 2012

Cat Power goes broke, may bag European tour (Spin, October 31)

Green Day cancels club tour, postpones arena gigs (Standard Time, October 29)

Hurricane Sandy cancels,l postpones shows (Billboard, October 29)

The Walkmen announce '13 tour (Standard Time, October 29)

Rolling Stones play Paris gig (Billboard, October 25)

Blink-182 splits from Interscope (Rolling Stone, October 24)

Morrissey postpones tour dates (Rolling Stone, October 22)

It's a boy for Adele (People, October 21)

Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel get hitched (E! News, October 19)

Beyonce to perform at Super Bowl (AP, October 16)

Stones announce 4 shows (Standard Time, October 15)

Rihanna announces new disc, racy cover (Billboard, October 11)

Beyonce quits Eastwood remake of "A Star is Born" (Variety, October 9)

Deep Purple, Rush, Public Enemy nominated for Rock Hall (Rolling Stone, October 4)

Foo Fighters take a break (Standard Time, October 2)


September 2012

Andy Williams dies at 84 (New York Times, September 26)

Beach Boys reunion ends this week (New York Times, September 26)

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong enters rehab (MTV, September 23)

FIona Apple busted for hash (TMZ, September 20)

Aerosmith announces fall gigs (Pollstar, September 18)

Brian Wilson undergoes back surgery (Rolling Stone, September 14)

Green Day slates tour (Standard Time, September 10)

Rihanna announces world tour (Pollstar, September 7)

Lady Gaga unveils '13 tour (Billboard, September 5)


August 2012

James Murphy works on film with Ron Howard (Rolling Stone, August 31)

Hip hop manager Chris Lighty dies (New York Times, August 30)

Neil Young, Crazy Horse double disc coming in October (Rolling Stone, August 25)

Avril Lavgine, Nickelback's Kroger engaged (People, August 22)

Russian and Pussy Riot found guilty by court (Billboard, August 17)

Springsteen plays Fenway (Rolling Stone, August 15)

Former Lily Allen records (Standard Time, August 2)


July 2012

Springsteen extends tour (Rolling Stone, July 27)

Mariah Carey goes Idol (Billboard, July 23)

New Order tours again (Rolling Stone, July 23)

Dylan announces tour with Mark Knopfler (Rolling Stone, July 19)

Madonna bags Aussie tour (BBC, July 18)

The Who announce Quadrophenia tour (Billboard, July 18)

Dylan announces new disc (Standard Time, July 17)

Deep Purple's Jon Lord passes (Standard Time, July 16)

Passion Pit cancels tour dates, cite mental health issues (Standard Time, July 16)

Fleetwood Mac reuniting in '13 (CBS News, July 12)

Steven Tyler leaves American Idol (Boston Globe, July 12)

Florence + The Machine cancel dates, citing voice issues (MTV, July 11)

Ben Taylor slates new CD (Standard Time, July 10)

Green Day plans two docs (The Hollywood Reporter, July 9)

Katy Perry movie opens to $10M in sales (Billboard, July 9)

Lamb of God singer remains in Czech jail on manslaughter charge (Rolling Stone, July 5)


June 2012

Adele is pregnant (Standard Time, June 29)

Divine Fits sets release date (Standard Time, June 26)

Queensryche's Geoff Tate explains group split (Rolling Stone, June 26)

Van Morrison signs with Blue Note (Standard Time, June 26)

Metallica closes out Orion Fest (Rolling Stone, June 25)

Swedish House Mafia announce end after next tour (Rolling Stone, June 23)

Rihanna poses nude in Times Square (ABC News, June 22)

Katy Perry plans to start own label (Rolling Stone, June 21)

Green Day cancels free show (Standard Time, June 20)

Wham! set to reform (New Music Express, June 20)

Former Pearl Jam exec faces theft charges (AP, June 19)

Aerosmith kicks off new tour (Rolling Stone, June 17)

Radiohead drum tech killed in stage collapse (The Star, June 17)

Blondie, Devo announce joint tour (Pollstar, June 11)

Alabama Shakes lead off Bonaroo's first day (Rolling Stone, June 8)

Ex-Fleetwood Mac Bob Welch dies of self-inflicted wound (New York Times, June 7)

Justin Bieber sells out tour (Billboard, June 4)

Neil Young to launch tour with Crazy Horse (Pollstar, June 4)

Madonna starts tour in Tel Aviv (Rolling Stone, June 1)


May 2012

Mumford & Sons plan new CD for September (Rolling Stone, May 29)

Madonna readies for tour start in Israel (The Times of Israel, May 25)

Bieber announces new tour (Billboard, May 23)

Phillip Phillips wins Idol (MTV, May 23)

New "super" trio, Divine Fits, forms (Standard Time, May 22)

Robin Gibb dies at 62 (Los Angeles Times, May 20)

Matchbox Twenty heads "North" (Standard Time, May 18)

Go Go pioneer Chuck Brown dies at 75 (New York Times, May 18)

Donna Summer dead at 63 (Billboard, May 17)

Van Halen postpones summer tour (Billboard, May 17)

Rock the Bells Tour announces line-up (Rolling Stone, May 16)

Duck Dunn of Booker T. & the MGs dies at 70 (Washington Post/AP, May 13)

Balfour guilty in Hudson slayings (CBS News, May 10)

Against Me singer announces hes transgender (Rolling Stone, May 8)

Matisyahu slates new CD for July, tour (Billboard, May 8)

Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys dead at 47 of cancer (Rolling Stone, May 4)


April 2012

Lovato slates tour (Standard Time, April 26)

The Killers' touring sax player commits suicide (Las Vegas Weekly, April 26)

WNEW DJ Pete Fornatale dies at 66 (Billboard, April 26)

Beach Boys launch anniversary tour (Rolling Stone, April 25)

Antony, Solis, Chayanne announce tour (Billboard, April 23)

System of a Down, The Deftones join forces (Pollstar, April 23)

Dick Clark dead at 82 (New York Times, April 18)

Stolen Tom Petty guitars returned (Los Angeles Times, April 18)

Coachella happenings (Billboard, April 16)

Axl Rose won't attend Rock hall induction (Rolling Stone, April 11)

Green Day records trilogy (Standard Time, April 11)

Patti Smith announces first CD in eight years (Rolling Stone, April 1)


March 2012

Eric Lowen dies at 60 (New York Times, March 28)

Jet is grounded for good (Standard Time, March 27)

Aerosmith succumbs to global warming (Standard Time, March 26)

Maroon 5 plans June CD release (Rolling Stone, March 26)

Drake announces tour (Standard Time, March 22)

Coroner rules Whitney Houston drowned (New York Times, March 22)

One Direction makes history, announces tour (Standard Time, March 21)

Jay-Z tears it up at SXSW (Rolling Stone, March 13)

John Mayer cancels tour (Rolling Stone, March 9)

Fiona Apple unveils 23-word song title (Rolling Stone, March 7)

Queen Latifah to help launch singing competition (Rolling Stone, March 6)

Radiohead adds eastern shows (Rolling Stone, March 5)

Ronnie Montrose dies at 64 (SF Gate/AP, March 4)

Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose engaged (Billboard, March 1)


February 2012

Davy Jones of The Monkees dead at 66 (Chicago Tribune, February 29)

Gaga visits Harvard (Boston Globe, February 29)

Foo Fighters cancel Japanese tour (Pollstar, February 28)

Coldplay plays Kimmel (Standard Time, February 23)

Depeche Mode founders reunite (Rolling Stone, February 23)

Nora Jones sets May for new CD (Standard Time, February 22)

Zombie, Megadeth announce tour (Standard Time, February 22)

Chris Brown, Rihanna reunite - for music (Billboard, February 21)

Singer/songerwriter Dory Previn dies at 86 (New York Times, February 14)

Whitney Houston dead at 48 (Rolling Stone, February 10)

Adam Levine starts label (Billboard, February 9)

Madonna sets tour (Billboard, February 7)

Metallica launches music fest (Standard Time, February 7)

Adam Lambert joins Queen (Rolling Stone, February 3)

Soul Train creator Don Cornelius dies (New York Times, February 1)


January 2012

Adele will sing at Grammys (MTV, January 31)

ABBA to release first new song in 18 years (Rolling Stone, January 25)

Springsteen announces tour (Billboard, January 24)

Eddie Vedder announces spring tour (Billboard, January 23)

Seal, Klum announce separation (CBS News, January 23)

Etta James dies  (CNN, January 20)

Springsteen sets "Wrecking Ball" for March release, tour coming (Billboard, January 19)

R&B godfather Johnny Otis dies at 90 (New York Times, January 19)

Bruno Mars cleared of cocaine possession charge (Billboard/AP, January 18)

Jimmy Castor dies at 71 (New York Times, January 17)

Red Hot Chili Peppers delay tour (Standard Time, January 11)

Velvet Underground sue over banana infringement (New York Times, January 11)

Jay-Z, Beyonce: happy as parents (Rolling Stone, January 10)

Van Halen tattoos new song (Billboard, January 10)

Black Sabbath's Iommi has lymphoma (Billboard, January 9)

Etta James released from hospital (New York Times/ AP, January 5)

Jack White tops '12 vinyl sales (Los Angeles Times, January 3)

N'dour to run for president of Senegal (Rolling Stone, January 3)

Allmans announce New York residency (Rolling Stone, January 2)

Aretha Franklin gets engaged (AP, January 2)



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