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Real Rock News ‘Leftovers’ for June 20, 2017

Pink Floyd, Chris Cornell, Gene Simmons, Journey + more

The new album from Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want?, may be hard to find in Italy. The Tribunal of Milan has blocked all sales of the album -- both physical and digital -- because the cover artwork is strikingly similar to the conceptual work of Italian artist Emilio Isgrò, who is known for his usage of the “erasure technique.” Isgrò says, “It’s a blatant plagiarism of my works.” A hearing on the matter is set for next Tuesday at which time Columbia/Sony will have the opportunity to appeal the government's decision to block sales.

Richard Houghton is writing a book on Pink Floyd and wants to hear from people who saw the band in concert in the late 1960s or early ’70s. He says, "I'm interested in capturing people's memories for posterity and hopefully telling the band's story in a slightly different way." His E-mail is ISawPinkFloyd@gmail.com. The book, Pink Floyd: I Was There, will be published next year.

Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s daughter Lily shared a simple yet beautiful tribute on Father’s Day. She posted a never-before-released photo of her father kissing her as a baby after her birth in 2000, writing next to it, “I love you.” Lily is the oldest of Cornell's three children and the only one with ex-wife Susan Silver. Cornell passed away last month at the age of 52. 

While Gene Simmons has caused an uproar over his application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the devil horn gesture he is know to flash in concert and when posing for photos, he fully admits he did not invent it. He tells Classic Rock magazine it "came from Spider-Man doing his hand signal, as a homage to him. If you see me in photos, I’m sticking out my thumb. That’s the sign in sign language which means ‘I love you.’"

During a chat with London's Sunday Mirror, Mick Jagger's younger brother, musician Chris Jagger, told the paper that Mick will undergo an vasectomy. Back in December, the 73-year-old Jagger became a father for the eighth time when his 29-year-old girlfriend, ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to his fourth son, Deveraux. Chris Jagger, who'll perform next month at England's Glastonbury festival with his latest band the Rocking Cronies, was asked if Mick plans on having any more children, to which Chris revealed: "No way. I don’t think so. I think he’s going to have to have the snip. . . But whatever you say about my brother, he’s very good with kids. He’s a really good father. All his kids love him. . . Deveraux is very sweet. I’ve got a tiny grandson about the same age."

After Journey performs at Classic East next month in New York, that will be it for the rest of the year. Guitarist Neal Schon says he is looking forward to taking time off "from this madness.” He is referring to his ongoing dispute with Jonathan Cain, the band's keyboardist over sharing his religious and political views in concert. Asked on Twitter if Jonathan will "be gone at the end of this tour..." Schon says, "We are committed already to late next year so we will have to see what happens.”

Queen Featuring Adam Lambert will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday.


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Roger Waters in concert on October 29, 2010 at Scottrade Center

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Roger Waters: October 29, 2010
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