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Ian Hunter says Mott the Hoople drummer Dale "Buffin" Griffin will "get an equal share" from the band's recent five-city U.K. tour despite not being part of it because he's suffering from the advance stages of Alzheimer's disease. Martin Chambers of The Pretenders sat in for him.
The severe storms across the country these past few days forced Jimmy Buffett to cancel his show on Saturday in Little rock, Arkansas, and REO Speedwagon had to pull the plug on their show that same night in Greeneville, Tennessee. Both acts will reschedule the dates.
Last Wednesday's Rock to the Rescue benefit in Bloomington, Illinois with Styx, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent and others raised more than $300,000 for victims of the recent Midwest tornadoes. A more accurate figure will be announced this week. Former REO guitarist Gary Richrath joined his former bandmates on "Ridin' the Storm Out."
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford joined Five Finger Death Punch on stage last week in Birmingham, England during their performance of "Lift Me Up."
Gene Simmons' wife, Shannon Tweed, says some of their dogs don't like to be walked in the rain so she is forced to cover the rugs with "bath mats."