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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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Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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