Longtime Alice Cooper collaborator Dick Wagner is recovering after undergoing heart surgery. The 71 year old guitarist, who wrote the power ballads I Might as Well Be on Mars and Only Women Bleed, checked into a hospital last week (ends11Jul14) after experiencing breathing difficulties.
He developed a lung infection after doctors cleared his arteries, according to Classic Rock magazine.
Wagner's son Robert tells the publication, "Prayers are welcome right about now. My dad is still in the hospital with a deep lung infection. Tomorrow they will wash his lungs. Doesn't sound fun, but I'm hoping it works and he can breathe again."
The rocker has been dogged by health woes in recent years - he previously suffered a heart attack and stroke, as well as kidney failure, and fell into a coma. His medical issues kept him from touring for over five years.
Wagner returned to the road with his Maestro of Rock Band in 2011.
As well as Cooper, the guitarist/songwriter has worked with Lou Reed and KISS.
Singer and performance artist Laurie Anderson found herself locked in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber last week (ends11Jul14) during a routine therapy session in New York. The O Superman hitmaker, 67, reportedly had to text a friend when she realised she couldn't exit the person-sized capsule, and the pal then called for help.
According to the New York Daily News, Lou Reed's widow had escaped the chamber by the time emergency service officials arrived at Pure Flow spa, and she declined medical treatment.
The spa's owner, Andrew Barile, told the publication that Anderson was in the chamber for about 45 minutes, adding, "There was a miscommunication on the timing."
Former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm has thrilled fans by confirming he is reuniting with ex-bandmate Mick Jones. Gramm and Jones are finally putting a decade-long feud behind them to re-team in the recording studio later this year (14).
Speaking with New York radio station The Brew, Gramm revealed, "Sometime in September, Mick and I are gonna get together and write some music. I'm excited about it and very much looking forward to it.
"I'm actually helping him with a couple of songs on a solo album that he's gonna be releasing, and he's gonna help me with a couple of songs on an album that I’ll be releasing next year."
Gramm, who co-founded Foreigner with Jones in 1976, left the band in 2003 due to "miscommunication" between the pair and relations have been strained ever since.
They came together last summer (13) to perform their hits during induction ceremonies for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but Gramm insisted that there was "no plans for the two to head out on a reunion tour".
La Bamba star Lou Diamond Phillips is to make his Australian stage debut in the royal role that helped launch his theatre career almost 20 years ago. The actor will replace Jason Scott Lee in the Melbourne production of The King & I.
A torn calf muscle has forced Lee to withdraw from the show.
Reports suggest Phillips flew in to start rehearsals on Monday (30Jun14), and he'll hit the stage as the King of Siam, opposite Lisa McCune, on 10 July (14).
Phillips made his Broadway debut as The King in 1996, opposite Donna Murphy. Phillips played the role for more than 550 performances and won a Theatre World Award. He was also nominated for both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award.
The actor cannot wait to hit the stage when the show opens, stating, "I am honoured to once again inhabit the role of The King... I have great passion and respect for the role and am especially excited to bring my interpretation to a new continent."
The news comes a day after it was announced Japanese actor Ken Watanabe would be making his Broadway debut in a revival of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical about the real-life relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher, who he enlists to tutor his wives and children.
A ticket stub signed by New York Yankees baseball great Lou Gehrig on the day he retired in 1939 is expected to fetch over $100,000 (£58,824) at auction. The orange mezzanine box ticket for the Yankees game against the Washington Senators is one of two known to have survived the 75 years since the first baseman bowed out of the sport on 4 July (39), when he famously declared, "I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth."
More than 60,000 tickets for the Yankee Stadium game in the Big Apple were sold.
The unidentified owner of the memorabilia is now putting the stub up for sale in Cleveland, Ohio, where it will go under the hammer on 1 August (14).
Gehrig quit the game after being diagnosed with nervous disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The condition has since been nicknamed Lou Gehrig's disease after the legendary star.
Music legend Lou Reed left an estate worth in excess of $30 million (£18.8 million) to his family, according to a U.S. report. The veteran rocker died in October (13) at the age of 71 after a battle with liver disease, and court documents seen by editors of the New York Post show Reed's longtime manager, Robert Gotterer, has documented around $20 million (£12.5 million) in "money and other property" in his role as estate executor.
The sum reportedly does not include another $10 million (£6.3 million) which has been earmarked for Reed's heirs, as well as insurance policies and pension funds.
The Perfect Day star left his wife Laurie Anderson two homes, a $7 million (£4.4 million) penthouse in New York City, and a $1.5 million (£937,500) house in the Hamptons, as well as jewellery, art, cars and boats.
Reed also asked for $500,000 (£312,500) to be allocated for his elderly mother's care, while his sister Margaret Reed Weiner is set to receive $5 million (£3.1 million).
Heavy rock legends Metallica have released their first new material in three years to celebrate their summer (14) festival shows. The Enter Sandman hitmakers are scheduled to headline Britain's Glastonbury Festival on Saturday night (28Jun14), marking the first time a heavy metal band has topped the bill at the iconic event.
The band has now released a song called Lords of Summer, their first new material since 2011's Lou Reed collaboration Lulu, to celebrate the achievement.
Drummer Lars Ulrich tells Metal Hammer magazine, "It's fun... It's a good song... It's kind of written for this tour. It's... kind of about being outdoors and festivals and all this stuff. And here we are getting into the summer and it's not raining too much and, apart from Finland, it's nice and warm."
As well as Glastonbury, Metallica is also slated to perform at Britain's Sonisphere next month (Jul14), as well as legs of the event in Switzerland, Italy and Poland, and several other European festival dates.
Jane'S Addiction will headline the seventh annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles this autumn (14). The band will close down the fabled West Hollywood stretch of Sunset Boulevard on 20 September (14) as they headline the Saturday night of the four-day by performing 1988 album Nothing's Shocking in its entirety to mark the 25th anniversary of the record's release.
The band will also be honoured with the Elmer Valentine Award during a tribute event at The House of Blues Sunset Strip on 19 September (14).
The prize is named after the late co-founder of iconic Sunset Strip venues The Whisky, The Roxy and The Rainbow Bar & Grill, and previous recipients include Lou Adler, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Motley Crue, The Doors and Joan Jett.
Jane's Addiction's appearance at the SSMF will be a full circle moment for the band - the group's second ever concert took place at The Roxy in 1985.
Australian electronic music duo Empire of the Sun will headline the second day of the festival on 21 September (14), and artists including Cold War Kids, Kaiser Chiefs, Mayer Hawthorne, Tove Lo, and Minus the Bear are also on the bill for the weekend.
Punk icon Patti Smith is set to debut a new production which explores the poetry of late singer/actress Nico at the Crossing the Line festival in New York City. The rocker has teamed up with her daughter, Jesse, and members of art group Soundwalk Collective to create Killer Road, in which Smith will recite some of the tragic star's last pieces.
Nico, known for her collaborations with Lou Reed's The Velvet Underground on their eponymous 1967 debut album, passed away in 1988 after suffering a heart attack while riding a bicycle on the Spanish island of Ibiza. She hit her head as she fell and died from a severe cerebral haemorrhage.
The Crossing the Line festival, presented by officials at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), opens on 8 September (14).
The eighth annual event, which explores the dialogue between the artist and the public, will also feature the world premiere of visual artist Jessica Mitrani's collaboration with Spanish actress Rossy de Palma in a production about 19th century investigative journalist Nellie Bly, according to the New York Times.
A treasure trove of late rocker Lou Reed's music equipment is to be auctioned to raise funds for a new archive. The items, including keyboards and amplifiers, will be listed on eBay.com in the coming weeks, according to a new post on Reed's Facebook page. The former Velvet Underground frontman passed away in October (13).