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Motorhead cancels summer gigs due to frontman's ill health

LONDON (Reuters) - British metal band Motorhead has canceled its summer festival appearances due to frontman Lemmy's ill health. Lemmy, 67, apologized to fans on Thursday for having to pull out of six concerts in Germany, France and Russia, while playing down his health issues saying he expected to be back in full force later this year. The band had already canceled three concerts in June after Lemmy reportedly suffering a hematoma which is when blood collects outside of a blood vessel.

Rolling Stones agree publishing deal with Bertelsmann's BMG

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Rolling Stones, known for songs such as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash," have won a new publishing deal just as a series of shows this summer is set to boost interest in the band's back catalogue. BMG, part of German publisher Bertelsmann, has signed to represent the music catalogue of the Stones, who are on tour celebrating 50 years in the music business.

Veteran bands Motorhead, Black Sabbath top UK metal music awards

By Ellen Sowerby LONDON (Reuters) - Veteran British rock bands Motorhead and Black Sabbath were crowned the kings of heavy metal on Monday, winning the top accolades at the UK's top metal music awards, the Metal Hammer Golden Gods. Motorhead, best known for its 1980 hit "Ace of Spades", received the Golden Gods awards at the 11th annual ceremony for making a significant contribution to the rock and heavy metal industry over nearly four decades.

Vienna's Kunst Haus hosts exhibition of Linda McCartney's work

Vienna, Jun 6 (EFE).- Vienna's Kunst Haus is hosting an exhibition of the work of Linda McCartney, the late wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, who was known for her photographs of the world of rock 'n' roll. "The exhibition, which is the first comprehensive retrospective of McCartney's works worldwide, presents 190 of her iconic photographs of sixties rock and roll, her family life and nature," the museum said in a statement.

Singer George Michael under observation for head injuries

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer George Michael remains in hospital under observation for head injuries, five days after a car accident, his publicist said on Tuesday. "I can confirm that George remains in hospital but purely as a standard precaution for observation because he suffered some bumps and cuts to his head. But he's making good progress, he's fine and he's really looking forward to getting home," the spokeswoman said.

Beyonce says she was shocked by Cuba trip controversy

By Tony Maglio LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Seemingly everything that Beyonce and Jay-Z do gets dissected in public. Even still, the singer never expected such an outcry over the couple's five-year wedding anniversary trip to Cuba. At least that's what singer told ABC News' Amy Robach in a recent sit-down interview. Beyonce called the reaction over their vacation to the communist nation "quite shocking."

Supreme Court refuses to hear case of killer caught in Mr. Big sting

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada won't hear an appeal from a British Columbia man who was nabbed by a so-called Mr. Big police sting in 2008. Denis Florien Ratte told undercover police officers posing as gangsters that he had killed his wife, who disappeared from Prince George, B.C., in 1997. Police mounted the sting in 2007 and got Ratte to tell them details about the killing. After his arrest, Ratte confessed, but recanted at trial. He was found guilty of second-degree murder and the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal.

Bill Clinton tried, failed to get Led Zeppelin to reunite last year for Sandy benefit concert

NEW YORK, N.Y. - It's a diplomatic failure at the highest level: Bill Clinton couldn't get Led Zeppelin to reunite. The CBS "60 Minutes Overtime" webcast reported Monday that the former president was enlisted to ask the British rock gods to get back together last year for the Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York City. He asked, they said no.

Winehouse documentary to feature unseen footage of singer

A documentary on the life of tragic British singer Amy Winehouse will feature unseen footage of the late star, the company handling its sale at the Cannes film festival said on Thursday. Focus Features International, a division of US entertainment giant NBCUniversal, said it would be taking the as yet untitled film to next month's Riviera movie extravaganza. The five-time Grammy award-winning singer died in July 2011 aged 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning. She had suffered years of drug and alcohol addiction.

Documentary about deceased singer Amy Winehouse in the works

(Reuters) - A documentary is in the works about the late soul singer Amy Winehouse and it features previously unseen material, the film's distributor said on Wednesday. The film, which will include archival footage never seen by the public, will be directed by Briton Asif Kapadia, whose 2010 film "Senna," about Brazilian auto racer Ayrton Senna, won a BAFTA for best documentary. The Grammy-winning singer died in 2011 at the age 27 from alcohol poisoning. Winehouse's 2006 album "Back to Black" made her an international star.
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