Plus: Simmons Hacked, Richards in 'Pirates'

October 15, 2010 9:12 AM ET

Gene Simmons' Website Taken Down By "Hackers"
Gene Simmons' outspoken comments about punishing illegal downloaders have made him the target of notorious messageboard 4chan's Anonymous wing: "Hackers," as Simmons calls them, have taken over Simmons' official website. At press time, visiting Genesimmons.com was rerouting users to torrent site The Pirate Bay. [ReadWriteWeb]

Keith Richards to Cameo in 'Pirates' Again
Rolling Stone cover star Keith Richards will once again cameo as Captain Teague, the father of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which hits theaters on May 20th. [Comingsoon.net]

Dave Matthews Band to Release Live Album of Citi Field Concerts
Back in July, Dave Matthews Band had a two-night stand at Flushing, Queens' Citi Field, the New York Mets' new baseball stadium. DMB will release the second of the two shows as the 2-disc Live in New York City. Pre-order now and the band will also throw in the four-song Big Apple Bonus Disc. [Dave Matthews Band]

Jay-Z and Bing Team Up for Scavenger Hunt Promoting 'Decoded'
Jay-Z and the search engine Bing have teamed up for a scavenger hunt that will see pages of the rapper's upcoming book Decoded hidden throughout New York City before it arrives in bookstores on November 16th. [Bing]

Rapper Eyedea Dead at 28
Minnesota rapper Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen, who recorded for the indie hip-hop Rhymesayers label, passed away Sunday at the age of 28. No cause of death was had been announced at press time. [City Pages]

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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