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‘Careful what you show your kids’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth back for Season 2 of The Roth Show

‘Careful what you show your kids’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth back for Season 2 of The Roth Show

David Lee Roth kicked off the second season of his webcast series The Roth Show with another round of free-associative ramblings filled with personal memories, giddy riffs and strangely resonant connections from across his life. All of it, through a strange series of turns, usually leads back to his time in Van Halen.

Something Else! sneak peek: Sanguine Hum, “Derision” from Live in America (2014)

Check out “Derision,” a diaphanous preview track from Sanguine Hum’s forthcoming follow up to 2013’s well-received Weight of the World.

‘Planned to be even more spectacular’: Steven Wilson gets to work on follow up to Raven

‘Planned to be even more spectacular’: Steven Wilson gets to work on follow up to Raven

Even as he takes stock of the most celebrated album in his burgeoning solo career, Steven Wilson is looking forward to his next project. The former Porcupine Tree and Blackfield frontman says he’s got big plans for 2014.

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

Though he was in Chickenfoot by the time his old band reunited for 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth, Michael Anthony has seen almost all of Van Halen’s dizzying highs — and the awful lows.

‘I’m just left slightly baffled’: For Queen’s Brian May, health is still a concern

‘I’m just left slightly baffled’: For Queen’s Brian May, health is still a concern

Brian May has been given a clean bill of health after his recent cancer scare — but he’s still suffering from the odd pain or ache, a situation that the Queen legend admits leaves him “baffled.” May ended up having a biopsy just before Christmas, when doctors feared the 66-year-old guitarist had prostate cancer.

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “The Wild One, Forever” (1976)

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “The Wild One, Forever” (1976)

Tom Petty has written his fair share of songs about mysterious women: “Magnolia,” “Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid)” and “A Thing About You” are just a few notable ones. “The Wild One, Forever” was his first, and it is simultaneously one of his greatest love songs and one of his most heartbreaking.

‘I’m so pleased with where we went’: Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery cover still intrigues

‘I’m so pleased with where we went’: Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery cover still intrigues

When artist H.R. Giger was commissioned to provide cover art for Emerson Lake and Palmer’s 1973 studio effort Brain Salad Surgery, he was a few years away from winning an Oscar for visual effects work on the film Alien. In fact, the surrealist from Sweden was largely unknown outside of some art circles.

‘I’m sorry to have to move the dates’: David Crosby on the heart procedure that halted his solo tour

‘I’m sorry to have to move the dates’: David Crosby on the heart procedure that halted his solo tour

David Crosby had ended his on-going solo tour after undergoing a heart procedure. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he’s “feeling great,” but shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco have been postponed. An upcoming tour as part of Crosby Stills and Nash is expected to go on as scheduled, beginning March 4 in Richmond, Va.

Benmont Tench – You Should Be So Lucky (2014)

Benmont Tench – You Should Be So Lucky (2014)

The songs, after a long time away, just started floating to the surface for Benmont Tench. He’d been a member of Tom Petty’s staggeringly underrated band the Heartbreakers forever, had even had a Nashville writing gig for a time.

‘I might have a better ending’: With so much going on, Toto’s Steve Lukather puts book on hold

‘I might have a better ending’: With so much going on, Toto’s Steve Lukather puts book on hold

There had been some talk about an autobiography from Steve Lukather, the co-founding Toto guitarist who’s played on countless sessions. That project has been shelved, however, amidst a flurry of new activity. Lukather had been at work on the book with Lonn Friend, a Grant High School classmate and ex-editor of RIP magazine.