BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG HOSPITALIZED
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) -- Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong was rushed to a hospital over the weekend. Bassist Mike Dirnt says in a video message on the band's website Armstrong was taken to a hospital just before they were to perform in Bologna, Italy. He says the doctors determined it was not good for Armstrong to play. Dirnt only will say Armstrong was hospitalized for "illness." Green Day are not scheduled to play another show until September 21 in Las Vegas.
MATCHBOX 20 POWER NEW ALBUM WITH RED WINE
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matchbox 20's new album, "North," was fueled by red wine. Singer Rob Thomas says they spent $40,000 on wine while making the album outside Nashville. Guitarist Paul Doucette says their downfall was that they were drinking Francis Ford Coppola Pinot Noir and tweeted a photo of it -- and the winery sent them cases of it. Thomas says they'd meet bands in Nashville and bring them back to the studio to hear new music that they had made while drunk. He says he's sure those bands must think the new Matchbox 20 album would stink. Judge for yourself: "North" comes out today.
ALANIS MORISSETTE EXPLAINS "ATTACHMENT PARENTING"
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alanis Morissette is a follower of "attachment parenting" for her 20-month-old son, a philosophy that advocates among other things the idea that children be breast-fed until they wean naturally. Morissette says there's nothing "gross" about it. She says, "Everyone thinks there's some kind of sexual impropriety going on when it's actually just connection and intimacy and nurturance." Morissette believes that the more a child's needs are met in early development, the more interdependent they will be as adults. Morissette's new album, "Havoc and Bright Lights," is out now.
COLDPLAY WILL PLAY PARALYMPICS CLOSER
LONDON (AP) -- Coldplay will headline the Paralympic Games closing ceremony in London on Sunday. The ceremony has the theme of "Festival of Flame." At 2 PM local time on that day, bands across England will play their own versions of "Viva La Vida" to mark the end of the games.
AC/DC SONG CHOSEN FOR AUSTRALIAN REGISTRY
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Only 64 recordings have been included in Australia's Nation Registry of Recorded Sound and the registry decided AC/DC should have one of them. "It's A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" is one of ten recordings added to the registry this year. Officials note the title has become part of the Australian language and it's rare to hear highland bagpipes in a rock song.
STARSHIP GUITARIST DIES OF HEART ATTACK
NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) -- The guitarist for the current version of Starship has died. The band's road manager, Scott Harrison, says guitarist Mark Abrahamian died of a heart attack after a concert in Norfolk, Nebraska, Sunday night. He was 46. Harrison says Abrahamian went to the dressing room after Starship's performance complaining about not feeling well. He collapsed and was taken to a hospital. Abrahamian played in Starship for 11 years.
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