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News Ticker: Guns n' Roses, Public Image Ltd., Bloc Party

March 15, 2010 8:30 AM ET
  • Guns n' Roses canceled last night's show in Rio due to a stage collapse caused by heavy rain. Axl Rose reported the news on his Twitter, confirming the accident resulted in minor injuries but no fatalities.

 

  • John Lydon tells Billboard he hopes Public Image Ltd. will emerge from their reunion tour with new tracks. Lydon says he has "piles" of fresh songs, and will likely lay down the LP in the States.

 

 

  • Starting today, fans can bid on handmade goodies in the Crafts for a Cause auction, with all proceeds benefitting Haiti Relief. As Rolling Stone reported, No Doubt, Vampire Weekend, the Strokes, Kings of Leon and many more artists donated to the effort.

 

 

  • Bloc Party's Kele Okereke has scheduled his first solo shows. The BBC reports the frontman will perform as "Kele" at Ibiza Rocks on August 31st.

 

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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