Digest: Def Leppard Announces Summer Tour With Heart; Interpol Loses Another Bass Player

Also: Blues legend Eddie Kirkland dies in car crash, Johnny Marr announces solo albums

February 28, 2011 5:20 PM ET
Def Leppard perform at Victoria Park on July 25, 2010 in London, England.
Def Leppard perform at Victoria Park on July 25, 2010 in London, England.
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Def Leppard to Tour with Heart
Def Leppard have announced that they will be headlining a summer tour in the United States with Heart as their opening act. The band's tour will kick off in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 15th and conclude at the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Portland, Oregon on September 14th. [The Audio Perv]

Dave Pajo Quits Interpol
Interpol has announced that Dave Pajo, the man who replaced founding member Carlos D on bass, has left the band. Pajo made it clear in a message to fans that he is departing the band to focus on his family and that it is not the result of a conflict with other members of the band. Brad Truax has been named as Interpol's new touring bassist. [Stereogum]

Blues Legend Eddie Kirkland Killed in Crash
Blues singer Eddie Kirkland died in a car accident yesterday at the age of 87. Kirkland was best known for recording and touring with John Lee Hooker in the Sixties and Seventies. He also performed with Otis Redding and Little Richard. [Paste]

Johnny Marr Plans Solo Albums
Johnny Marr has announced that he has two solo albums in the works, and they should both be released within the next 18 months. Marr has only released one album as a frontman since the Smiths broke up in 1987 – Boomslang, a 2003 record credited to Johnny Marr and the Healers. [Billboard]

'Punk Planet' Founder Created Fake Rahm Emanuel Twitter
Dan Sinker, the founder of the legendary zine Punk Planet, has been revealed as the author of the @MayorEmanuel Twitter account. The fake account satirized Rahm Emanuel's personality and campaign to become mayor of Chicago and attracted more Twitter followers than Emanuel's actual account. [The Atlantic]

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