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Real Rock News ‘Leftovers’ for April 19, 2017

Michael Anthony, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, Megadeth, and more

We send our condolences to former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony on the death of his infant grandson Rex. The boy was born two weeks ago with a fatal heart problem. Anthony, who has two daughters, says, "We are tremendously proud of Rex. In the short time on Earth he left a lasting impression that our family will cherish. I am doing the 'Walk L.A.' in June for Children’s Hospital L.A. with our families to give back a little to the hospital that did so much for my grandson and other children that come here. Our team is called 'Rex and the Heart Beaters.' Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any donation to support my walk for Children’s Hospital L.A.!"

Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, and Foo Fighters are among 102 artists and producers who've signed a guitar for Planned Parenthood. If you donate $10 or more online, you'll automatically entered into the raffle to win the ax. The Gibson CJ-165 was donated by Reuben Cox, the owner of Old Style Guitar Shop in Los Angeles. He got the artists to sign the guitar over the past five months.

Eddie VedderStevie Nicks, and the Steve Miller Band will headline the Bourbon & Beyond festival the weekend of September 23rd at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

Before spending the fall opening for Scorpions, Megadeth will headline their own summer tour. The trek starts on June 23rd in Big Flats, New York and wraps up on July 15th at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin. The first batch of shows go on sale Friday. Megadeth team up with Scorpions starting September 14th in Reading, Pennsylvania.

A trio of previously unheard Green Day demos have hit YouTube. The tape contains original versions of "J.A.R.," which appeared on the soundtrack of the 1995 movie Angus; "Having a Blast," which was re-recorded for Dookie; and "Don’t Wanna Fall in Love," which was finally released in 2002 on the compilation Shenanigans. The fan site Green Day Authority reports that the three songs were recorded during 1992 and 1993.


Kid Rock and longtime girlfriend Audrey Berry are engaged. This will be his second marriage -- he was briefly married to Pamela Anderson in 2006.

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's 12-year-old son Tye Trujillo made his live debut on bass with Korn on Monday night (April 17th) at Gran Carpa de las Américas in Bogota, Colombia. Tye is filling in for Korn's regular bassist, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, who was unable to make the band's South American tour due to what the group called "unforeseen circumstances."

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In 1972, the Van Halen brothers formed a band called Genesis featuring Eddie as lead vocalist & guitarist, Alex on drums, and Mark Stone on bass. The band later changed its name to Mammoth when they discovered Genesis was already being used. In 1974, Mammoth officially changed its name to Van Halen

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