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Monday, April 29 2013

Mick Ronson (Possibly the first Morman rockstar) passed away on this day in 1993. 

Ronson was a guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, best known for his work with David Bowie.  Ronson was a busy session musician who recorded with artists as diverse as Bowie and Morrissey, as well as engagements as a sideman in touring bands with performers such as Van Morrison and John Mellencamp.

Ronson and Bowie parted ways following the infamous "Farewell Concert" in 1973 ( Bowie announced to the audience this was the bands final show, without first notifying the band)

In 1974, Ronson secured the #2 spot from a reader's poll in Creem magazine as the best guitarist that year (with Jimmy Page taking first place), and Eric Clapton in third place after Ronson.

Ronson died of liver cancer on 29 April 1993 at the age of 46. His funeral was held in a Mormon chapel in London on 6 May. In his memory, the Mick Ronson Memorial Stage was constructed in Queens Gardens in his hometown of Hull. There is also a street named after him on Bilton Grange Estate, not far from where he lived.

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Thursday, April 25 2013

Metallica already planned to go big with its new 3D film. IMAX is helping make the debut for "Metallica Through The Never" giant-sized.

The film will  hit IMAX theaters across North American for a one week engagement beginning on September 27th.

The film mixes concert footage with a plotline featuring actor Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as a roadie who is sent on a mission during a sold out Metallica concert. The band built a stage to film its concert pieces so fans will have the feeling of being inside the performance.

The movie will play in traditional theaters in full 3D October 4.


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Sunday, April 21 2013

The Canadian rock trio Rush will be honored with a postage stamp in July. The legendary progressive rockers are one of four bands being included in the latest set of Canadian Recording Artist stamps from Canada Post.

Rush, The Guess Who, Beau Dommage and The Tragically Hip will be spotlighted in this fourth issue in a series created to honor musical legends.

Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services for Canada Post said “This year’s series features Canadian bands that have shaped the music industry in Canada. Each band has achieved national acclaim, along with international radio air-time and extensive tours.”

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John Nelson is a Seattle area voice actor and broadcaster with extensive experience voicing commercials, video games and corporate videos