December 29th, 2009
05:56 PM ET

Fans divided over Lips' 'Dark Side' remake

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Many die-hard Pink Floyd fans aren’t happy about a remake of one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, the beloved “Dark Side of the Moon,” by the psychedelic alternative rock group, the Flaming Lips. Others love it.

There just seems to be no in-between.

“ ’Dark Side of the Moon’ is one of the most successful, beloved and influential albums of all time,” said M. Tye Comer, executive editor of Billboard.com. “Granted there have been other bands that have covered it in the past but I think when you have someone take on an album of this stature someone out there will cry out blasphemy.”

The album was released on Tuesday, though it has been available on iTunes since December 22. The Lips will join forces with Star Death and the White Dwarfs to perform the album in its entirety on New Year's Eve at the Cox Convention Center in their hometown of Oklahoma City. FULL POST

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December 29th, 2009
12:47 PM ET

Avenged Sevenfold drummer James Sullivan dies 28

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James Sullivan, the drummer for the Huntington Beach rock band Avenged Sevenfold, died on Monday, according to Orange County authorities.

The cause of death is still under investigation. Sullivan, 28, was found unresponsive inside his home.

"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan,” band members posted in a statement on the group’s official Web site. “Jimmy was not only one of the world's best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jimmy's family and we hope that you will respect their privacy during this difficult time.” FULL POST

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December 29th, 2009
12:08 PM ET

Justin Bartha: From 'Hangover' to Broadway

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Moving from Sin City to the Great White Way, "Hangover" star Justin Bartha (he was the guy all the funnier guys lost), will appear in the Stanley Tucci-directed revival of "Lend Me a Tenor" starting in March.

The role was originally given to former "Grey's Anatomy" star T.R. Knight, who dropped out of the cast last week, according to Variety.

The show, a 1930s-set screwball comedy, also stars actor Anthony LaPaglia and Tony Shalhoub. The Ken Ludwig-written show earned eight Tony nominations for its first run, in 1989; Philip Bosco won best actor.

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