YEAR IN ROCK: 2013

Top Rock Stories & Milestones of 2013

2013 was a great year. Black Sabbath ended a 35-year wait as ’13' arrived, Metallica made a movie, Pearl Jam thundered back with a new album and Stone Temple Pilots fired Scott Weiland. We lost some of rock's greatest including The Doors' Ray Manzarek, Lou Reed and Ten Years After's Alvin Lee. Take a look back through the year as we recap some of the top rock stories and milestones of 2013.

Year in Rock: 2013  

The Doors' Ray Manzarek Dead at 74
The Doors' co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek died on Monday, May 20th in Rosenheim, Germany at the RoMed Clinic following a long battle with with bile duct cancer. He was 74. Manzarek was surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek. Manzarek is survived by Dorothy, their son Pablo, his wife Sharmin, and their three children Noah, Apollo, and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. An official statement posted on TheDoors.com stated: "The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek's name ...
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Black Sabbath ends 35-year wait as 13 arrives
After 35 years, three original members of Black Sabbath released a new disc on June 11th called 13. It was the first Sabbath record since 1978's Never Say Die! to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, along with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler. Ozzy told us why, after two previous attempts in 1998 and 2001, a Sabbath reunion album finally happened: "It was kind of like a case of now or never, because we attempted it on a couple of occasions before and it fell to pieces for one reason or another. But we knew this was probably our ...
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The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony took place on April 18th in downtown Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater. The inductees to the Rock Hall class of 2013 were Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, blues legend Albert King, Randy Newman, and rappers Public Enemy. The prestigious Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award was given to record mogul Lou Adler and Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr.Although the classic 1975 to 1979 Heart lineup -- featuring sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson along with lead guitarist Roger Fisher, bassist Steve Fossen, longtime guitarist/keyboardist Howard Leese, and drummer Michael DeRosier -- ...
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The Rolling Stones in 2013
The Rolling Stones wrapped their 2012-2013 50 & Counting Tour on July 13th, at London's Hyde Park. Highlights on the tour included the two trek closing spots at Hyde Park -- marking the band's first appearance there since 1969, the Stones' first time as headliners at England's Glastonbury Festival, and their brief set at Madison Square Garden for the 12-12-12 benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief.Apart from a trio of "impromptu" club dates -- two in Paris, one in L.A., the tour garnered far more press about the exorbitant ticket prices than the setlist. Although original bassist Bill Wyman appeared ...
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Metallica makes a movie
Following more than a year of speculation and curiosity, Metallica's movie, Metallica Through The Never, was released in 3D IMAX on September 27th, expanding to more screens around the country on October 4th. The film, a blend of concert movie and fictional narrative, starred Dane DeHaan as a member of Metallica's road crew sent on a mysterious mission while the band performs at a sold-out arena and events outside grow more bizarre.Frontman James Hetfield told us in July how the idea for the movie came about: "We had wanted to make a 3D movie, and then we had wanted ...
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Pearl Jam thunders back with Lightning Bolt
Pearl Jam released its 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, on October 15th, making it the band's first collection of all-new material since 2009's Backspacer. The veteran group recorded the album in two sessions, coming up with a few songs back in 2012 before taking a break and finally finishing the disc earlier this year.While Lightning Bolt touches on different eras of the band's sound, guitarist Mike McCready told us that the band didn't plan it that way: "You know, I think there's some looking back and some looking forward in this record. When you sit down to write a ...
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Stone Temple Pilots fire Weiland, hire Bennington
Stone Temple Pilots officially fired singer Scott Weiland last February, with the band issuing a terse statement that simply read, "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland." This was the second time that the band parted ways with its often troubled frontman, following a split in 2002. Although Weiland insisted that STP could not perform under that name without all four original members, the remaining band members went ahead and made the surprising announcement that they had recruited Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington to sing for the group.The revamped STP recorded a new EP with ...
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The Eagles In 2013
In January, Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit thanked his fans on his official website (TimothyBSchmit.com) for their support with his battle with throat and neck cancer. Schmit, who underwent surgery in November, has been proclaimed cancer-free and posted a message to his fans for their well wishes. Schmit posted in part: "I'm way past due in expressing my sincere gratitude for the outpouring of get well wishes I've received over the last few weeks. . . I very much appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers regarding my health. But, let me give you a brief update. Although my issues ...
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Journey in 2013
Journey guitarist Neal Schon posted an olive branch to long-estranged former frontman Steve Perry on his Facebook page. Schon, who along with keyboardist Jonathan Cain and co-founding bassist Ross Valory, parted ways with Perry in 1998, posted a YouTube link to a Perry radio interview along with a warm open message to his former collaborator, stating: "Great Steve Perry interview. I hope we can reach out to each other and connect once again. We had amazing chemistry together. I love him With all the love and admiration You could even have. Steve lets talk soon Neal."When we last caught ...
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The Bon Jovi Saga
Bon Jovi kicked off its "Because We Can Tour" on February 9th at Uncasville, Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena. In addition to North and South America, the band's world tour hit South Africa, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, England, Wales, Ireland, Poland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, and Scotland. Bon Jovi's latest album, What About Now, was released on March 8th, 2013, and scored the New Jersey rockers their fifth Number One album -- and third back-to-back chart-topper.Richie Sambora shocked the rock world after walking off the tour after the band's first 21 shows Although Sambora's substance abuse ...
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The 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame
On June 13th, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry along with long-estranged Foreigner co-founders Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at Manhattan's Marriott Marquis Hotel. Both Jones and Gramm, who parted ways in 2003 when Gramm quit the band, have suffered from health problems over recent years, with Gramm surviving a brain tumor and Jones recently undergoing open-heart surgery. Gramm, who still performs and is a born again Christian, was replaced by current lead singer Kelly Hansen in 2005. Foreigner was inducted by Billy Joel, and Jones and Gramm reunited to perform "Juke ...
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The Who in 2013
The February 28th Who Cares benefit concert in New York City by the Who and Elvis Costello & The Imposters raised over $1.6 million for the Teen Cancer America Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The concert, held at Manhattan's Theater at Madison Square Garden, featured the two bands running through separate sets of their greatest hits, with Costello closing his portion with a roaring version of the Who's own 1966 classic, "Substitute" before the Who hit the stage. The benefit, which featured the Who stretching out from their recent Quadrophenia-filled setlists, was the final show ...
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Bruce Springsteen In 2013
In November, Bruce Springsteen announced he will release his 18th studio album, called, High Hopes on January 14th. The collection -- which includes production duties by Springsteen, Ron Aniello, and Brendan O'Brien -- prominently features Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and breaks tradition for a Springsteen set, including re-recordings of older, previously released tunes, new material, and most notably, three cover songs. With some of the material stretching back several years, the album features tracks including late E Street Band members organist Danny Federici and saxophonist Clarence Clemons.Springsteen posted his liner notes to the album on his ...
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Billy Joel announces monthly residency at Madison Square Garden
Billy Joel has announced that he will play an open-ended "show a month" residency at New York's Madison Square Garden for as long as there is demand for him. In a conference on December 3rd at the famed Manhattan arena, Billy was flanked by Garden execs, former New York sports stars, and good friend Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he announced the unique run, which also included the unveiling of the Garden's Billy Joel logo linking him with the venue's other franchises -- the Knicks, the Rangers, and the WNBA's Liberty. At press time, Billy had seven dates at the Garden ...
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The Beatles In 2013
On November 11th the Beatles' second collection of BBC radio recordings, titled, On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 was released. The set came just short of 19 years after the first volume, Live At The BBC, which has also been reissued in upgraded and remastered sound. On Air is available as both a double-CD as well as 180-gram vinyl package with a 48-page booklet. On Air's 63 tracks, none of which overlap with 1994's Live At The BBC, includes "37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band's members ...
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2013 Obituaries
Ray ManzarekThe Doors' co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek died on May 20th in Rosenheim, Germany at the RoMed Clinic following a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. Manzarek was surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek. Manzarek is survived by Dorothy, their son Pablo, his wife Sharmin, and their three children Noah, Apollo, and Camille.Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement: "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors ...
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