• Rascals guitarist Gene Cornish suffered a heart attack on Friday night (September 7th) while onstage in Billings, Montana. Cornish, who's now 74, and Felix Cavaliere have been touring together with drummer Carmine Appice as Felix Cavaliere & Gene Cornish’s Rascals. According to The Billings Gazzette, after the band wrapped its opening number -- 1968's Top Three hit "It's A Beautiful Morning" -- at the Alberta Bair Theater, Cornish collapsed and "medical personnel were eventually able to revive Cornish, who was then taken to a Billings hospital. . . Both a defibrillator and CPR were administered."
  • Yesterday (September 9th), Cornish’s fiancee, Debbee Davis posted an update for fans on her Facebook page, stating, "We are so grateful and thankful to that woman who jumped up on stage and (began) all necessary steps and trying to save someone’s life until the paramedics got there and all those who worked very hard to revive him!! He went into cardiac arrest on stage due to the failure of the electric signals. (A) pacemaker or small defibrillator will be used to prevent this in the future! I’ll find out more hopefully today. Always a reminder how life can change in an instant." (Best Classic Bands)

  • Roger Daltrey is adamant that rock fans need to take better care of their hearing. Daltrey, who along with fellow Who bandmate Pete Townshend have been deafened by their work both in the studio and on the road, spoke frankly to The Sun about the state of his gearing, explaining, "I warn everybody now as people don’t need to put themselves through it. The music sounds just as good if you just put a bit of cotton wool in your ears. I can’t sit in front of most rock bands. When I come to the Royal Albert Hall every year for the shows I put on, I’ve always got earplugs in -- I can’t take the volume and I’m deaf."
  • Daltrey, who's now 74, went on to add, "There should be no embarrassment in wearing hearing aids. There’s still reluctance by men to get their hearing tested. When they get their hearing back, they’re amazed by how much they’d lost. If you take care of your hearing you will do your brain a favor. Now they’ve linked going deaf to bringing on dementia, Alzheimer’s and heart issues -- all sorts of things. Your brain goes into overload lip-reading." (The Sun)

  • Former-Journey frontman Steve Perry doesn't know how to categorize the release of his first new music in 22 years. Perry, who'll release his new album, Traces, on October 5th, explained to The New York Times, "I don’t even know if 'coming back' is a good word. I’m in touch with the honest emotion, the love of the music I’ve just made. And all the neurosis that used to come with it, too. All the fears and joys. I had to put my arms around all of it. And walking back into it has been an experience, of all of the above."
  • He credits his comeback to his late-girlfriend Kellie Nash, who died of cancer in 2012: "I was loved by a lot of people, but I didn’t really feel it as much as I did when Kellie said it. Because she’s got better things to do than waste her time with those words. . . She said, 'If something were to happen to me, promise me you won’t go back into isolation, because that would make this all for naught.'" (The New York Times)

  • Coming on September 28th is a drastically reinvented version of Billy Idol's mid-'80s Vital Idol album. The set, which saw release in the UK in 1985 and the States two years later, is best known in the U.S. for featuring his chart-topping cover of Tommy James & The Shondell's "Mony Mony."
  • Ultimate Classic Rock posted about the new set: "(Idol has) changed around the track listing. There's no 'Love Calling,' and 'Mony Mony' is available only as a digital bonus track in a new version by Idol and longtime collaborator Steve Stevens. Those tracks have been replaced by a Moby remix of '(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows,' Paul Oakenfold's take on 'One Breath Away,' Tropkillaz's reworking of 'Eyes Without A Face' and Shiba San's remix of 'Don't Need A Gun.' Another bonus track, the Lost Dog remix of 'Save Me Now,' was created by a team that includes Idol's son Willem Wolfe. (Ultimate Classic Rock)