TOM PETTY'S DEATH RULED AN ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE
Tom Petty's death has been officially ruled an accidental overdose, according to Rolling Stone. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner stated the cause of death to be "multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity." The report noted that Petty, who died at age 66 last October 2nd, suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema. Prior to his death, Petty, who was suffering from a broken hip, "had taken several pain medications, including Fentanyl, oxycodone and generic Xanax. Other medications included generic (sleep aid) Restoril, and generic Celexa, which treats depression).
DEF LEPPARD'S FULL CATALOGUE FINALLY AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AND STREAMING
Def Leppard has finally made its entire catalogue available for downloading and streaming. Leppard, who had been longtime holdouts to having the band's music available digitally, even went so far as to re-record their classic hits in note-for-note replications rather than cave to a deal that didn't serve them well. Now, the band's work -- from its 1979 debut, The Def Leppard E.P. through 2015's self-titled album -- can all be found online.Lead singer Joe Elliott told Rolling Stone that the roll out of the catalogue online needed to be just right before giving the online go-ahead: "We needed the right deal for the band. We weren't going to be victims of the industry. We signed our deal with Mercury many, many decades ago when there was no digital part of the record deal. So when (our contract ended) in 2009, we were free to do whatever we wanted to do. We were so busy touring and not worrying about the back catalogue -- because people were still buying CD's -- that we weren't sure about (embracing) streaming."
PEARL JAM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES LEAK
A string of North American stadium dates for Pearl Jam were leaked briefly on the band's own website Friday (January 19th), before being pulled down again. The dates are yet to be officially announced but if the leak was accurate, the band will start in August with two shows at Seattle's Safeco Field, followed by double headers at Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park.
- A mid-August show in Missoula, Montana -- possibly a campaign fundraiser for that state's Democratic senator Jon Tester -- was also among the dates leaked.
- Pearl Jam last toured in 2016 and only played briefly last year at its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- A full month of European shows is already confirmed for June and July, with speculation brewing that the band is going to record its 11th studio LP this spring.
- The unconfirmed Pearl Jam dates are (subject to change):
August 8 - Seattle, WA - Safeco Field
August 10 - Seattle, WA - Safeco Field
August 13 - Missoula, MT - Washington-Grizzly Stadium
August 18 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
August 20 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
September 2 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
September 4 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park