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Elton John Called ‘The Devil’s Work’ by Russian Religious Leader

Elton John's upcoming tour stops in Russia are still a few months away, but the controversy surrounding his arrival already appears to be reaching a fever pitch. Already under fire from a Russian parents' group that's calling for the concerts to be canceled because of his sexual orientation, John is now being called "the devil's work" by a leader of one of the country's Islamist sects.

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Elton John Drummer Roger Pope Dead at 66

Roger Pope was one of Elton John's early bandmates, playing drums on the piano man's early demos and later going on to tour and recording six albums with him. The Whitestable, U.K., native died on Sept. 17 at the age of 66.

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New Rendering of ‘The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition’

A state-of-the-art new rendering of the 1992,  “The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition” is released today.

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Surgery Forces Elton John to Postpone Summer Tour

Elton John has postponed all summer tour dates after an illness that came on during his recent European tour turned out to be much more serious. The singer is undergoing treatment and surgery for appendicitis, but says he'll be back on the road in September.

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Elton John to Queens of the Stone Age: ‘The Only Thing Missing From Your Band Is an Actual Queen’

Earlier this year Dave Grohl revealed that Elton John would join his band Queens of the Stone Age on a song when the rock album hit stores later this year. Frontman Josh Homme had a chance to explain how that collaboration came about during a recent interview.

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Bob Birch, Elton John’s Bass Player, Dies of Apparent Suicide

Bob Birch, who played bass for  Elton John for more than 20 years, was found dead today (Aug. 15) of an apparent suicide, according to a report from TMZ.

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Former Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Zakk Wylde Likes Mellowing Out to Elton John, Neil Young and the Eagles

Loud and heavy music defines Zakk Wylde. He works out to Ministry, loves Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, and was Ozzy Osbourne‘s longtime guitarist. He also serves as the leader of Black Label Society.

But during those long stretches of travel while on tour, Wylde likes to dial it down and listen to mellower tunes by some notable old-school artists.

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Puddle of Mudd Covers Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and More on New Album [VIDEO]

When they entered the studio to work on songs for a follow-up to 2009′s ‘Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate,’ Puddle of Mudd had a hard time finding the inspiration for new material — so they decided just to have fun playing some of their favorite tunes by other artists.

“We were really burned out, and when we started trying to write again it just wasn’t time yet,” said guitarist Paul Phillip in a recent Billboard interview. “We had been doing (AC/DC’s) ‘TNT’ and (the Steve Miller Band’s) ‘The Joker’ and had so much fun with those that one thing led to another, and we decided to make a covers record. It was just something fun to do, and we had a blast.”

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Forbes Lists The Richest Rockers [VIDEO]

Forbes magazine just released their list of the highest-paid musicians and of course there are some rockers at the top.  It's no suprise that U2 come in at number one after earning 195-million dollars, followed by Bon Jovi with 125 mil and Elton John with 100-million.  Paul McCartney is still earning money at the number five spot with 67 mil and the Eagles are in eighth with 60-million dollars.  Other rockers on the list include AC/DC at 18  and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at. More after the jump.

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Classic Rockers Helping Japan

The major record companies have joined forces to create a new digital-only compilation CD to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It’s called Songs for Japan and includes John Lennon’s “Imagine,” U2’s “Walk On,” Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Human Touch,” Bon Jovi’s “What Do You Got?,” Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” Sting’s “Fragile” and many other songs from classic and newer artists

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