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Bob Geldof’s Daughter Died of Heroin Overdose, Inquest Rules

Alex Huckle/GC ImagesThe surprise death in April of Bob Geldof’s daughter, 25-year-old British TV presenter, model and journalist Peaches Geldof, was caused by a heroin overdose, a coroner has ruled.

According to the BBC, the inquest into Geldof’s death turned up extremely pure heroin in a bag inside her house, as well as syringes, burnt spoons, and a pair of knotted pantyhose — all evidence of drug use. A syringe was also found in a box next Geldof’s bed. The level of heroin in her body was in a “fatal range,” according to the pathologist, while puncture wounds were found on her elbows, wrists and thumbs. Codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her body.

The BBC reports that the married mother of two had formerly been a heroin addict and had taken methadone, a heroin substitute, for two-and-a-half years prior to her death. Her husband, Tom Cohen, said that Peaches had started using heroin again in February, and had lied to him when she told him that she’d passed drug tests every week.

Peaches Geldof’s mother, TV personality Paula Yates and ex-wife of Bob Geldof, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41, when Peaches was 11.

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2014 Rock’n'Blues Fest Tour to Continue in Homage to the Late Johnny Winter

Image Courtesy of Johnny WinterBefore his sudden death on July 16 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland, blues guitar legend Johnny Winter had been scheduled to hit the road next week with his brother Edgar and other stars for a new edition of the annual Rock’n'Blues Fest tour. Now, Edgar Winter has announced that the trek will go ahead as planned, as a tribute to Johnny.

The third annual edition of the outing features a total of 12 dates, running from a July 31 show in Clarkston, Michigan, through an August 24 concert in Snoqualmie, Washington. The other acts on the Rock’n'Blues Fest — A Tribute to Johnny Winter tour lineup are Vanilla Fudge, ex-Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown‘s Kim Simmonds. In addition, Rick Derringer, who’s famously collaborated with both Johnny and Edgar Winter over the years, will be a special guest at the last two shows of the trek — August 23 in Las Vegas and the aforementioned Snoqualmie gig.

Fans who attend this year’s Rock’n'Blues Fest shows can expect the acts to perform a variety of songs that Johnny used to play, including such classics as “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo,” “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “Johnny B. Goode.”

Here is the full itinerary of the 2014 Rock’n'Blues Fest trek:

7/31 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/1 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/2 — Rockland, ME, Harbor Park
8/8 — Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/10 — Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
8/13 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
8/14 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
8/15 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/22 — Anaheim, CA, City National Civic of Anaheim
8/23 — Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery
8/24 — Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino

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Krist Novoselic Defends Eddie Vedder, Echoes Anti-War Sentiments

Image Courtesy of Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSKrist Novoselic has come to Eddie Vedder‘s defense after the Pearl Jam singer’s recent anti-war comments stirred up some controversy.

In a post on his official website, the former Nirvana bassist weighed in on the situation, writing, “Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic.”

Later in the post, Novoselic writes, “The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity…It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band. In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/ Palestine. Thanks Eddie, for sharing your feelings. I stand with you my friend!!!”

Vedder was first criticized for ranting onstage about war in general, because many interpreted his comments as being specifically about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. He then clarified his comments in an anti-war essay, posted on Pearl Jam’s website.

He wrote, “War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on. With all the global achievements in modern technology…do we really have to resign ourselves to the devastating reality that conflict will be resolved with bombs, murder and acts of barbarism?…We must be capable of resolving conflicts without bloodshed.” Vedder also insisted that he was optimistic about the chance that one day there will be peace.

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Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones to Tour Again with Dave Rawlings Machine in the Fall

Image Courtesy of Andy TennilleAfter joining Dave Rawlings Machine for a brief U.S. tour in June, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will hit the road with the Americana collective for another outing in the early fall. The trek, which will visit the West Coast, gets under way September 22 in Missoula, Montana, and is plotted out through an October 5 show in Santa Barbara, California.

Jones plays mandolin in the acoustic folk group, which also features Rawlings longtime musical partner, singer/songwriter Gillian Welch. The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also toured with Dave Rawlings Machine in the fall of 2013.

Tickets for all of the upcoming shows went on sale to the general public on Friday, with the exception of a September 28 concert in Arcata, California. Tickets for that gig will be available starting on August 4. More dates will be announced soon.

Here’s the full list of David Rawlings Machine’s tour dates:

9/22 — Missoula, MT, Wilma Theater
9/23 — Spokane, WA, Bing Crosby Theater
9/24 — Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
9/25 — Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
9/27 — Eugene, OR, McDonald Theater
9/28 — Arcata, CA, Van Duzer Theatre
9/29 — Grants Pass, OR, Rogue Theatre
9/30 — Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre
10/1 — Santa Cruz, CA, Cocoanut Grove
10/3 — Sonoma, CA, Gundlach Bundschu Winery
10/5 — Santa Barbara, CA, Lobero Theatre

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Full Track List Revealed for Late Blues Guitar Great Johnny Winter’s Upcoming Duets Album, “Step Back”

Megaforce RecordsAs the music world mourns the death of blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, full details have been revealed about what will be his final studio album. Due out on September 2, Step Back features Winter playing covers of classic blues and early rock ‘n’ roll tunes that inspired him when he was young, with help from a bevy of other renowned musicians.

Among the stars featured on the record are Eric Clapton, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, Mountain‘s Leslie West, Dr. John and ex-Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. The track list includes the Ray Charles classic “Unchain My Heart,” Little Richard‘s “Long Tall Sally,” Fats Domino‘s “Blue Monday,” Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Killing Floor,” Bo Diddley‘s “Who Do You Love,” Bobby Blue Bland‘s “Don’t Want No Woman,” Willie Dixon‘s “Can’t Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)” and Lightnin’ Hopkins‘ “Mojo Hand.”

“If there’s good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it. I just love it,” said Winter of his new album. “[Step Back] is just to bring it to the people of today who haven’t listened to the old music. It’s better than anything they hear today.”

Perry, who’s featured on the version of “Mojo Hand,” has high praise for Johnny, saying, “If it was not for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar.”

Step Back is a sequel to Winter’s 2011 album Roots, which featured guest appearances by his brother Edgar, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, country star Vince Gill and Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.

Step Back is available for pre-order now at Amazon. Here is the album’s complete track list, along with the guest artists who joined Winter on the songs:

“Unchain My Heart” — with The Blues Brothers Horns
“Can’t Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)” — with Ben Harper
“Don’t Want No Woman” — with Eric Clapton
“Killing Floor” — with Paul Nelson
“Who Do You Love”
“Okie Dokie Stomp” — with Brian Setzer
“Where Can You Be” — with Billy Gibbons
“Sweet Sixteen” — with Joe Bonamassa
“Death Letter”
“My Babe” — with Jason Ricci
“Long Tall Sally” — with Leslie West
“Mojo Hand” — with Joe Perry
“Blue Monday” — with Dr. John

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