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October 10, 2013

Guitarist Philip Chevron, who joined Irish folk-punk band The Pogues for their second album, died 8 October from complications due to throat cancer

Openly gay guitarist for The Pogues, Philip Chevron died of complications due to throat cancer 8 October.

‘The news of Philip's death on Tuesday morning, from complications brought about by throat cancer, has hurt us terribly,’ a statement on behalf of the surviving band members reads.

July 31, 2013

Queen guitarist Brian May has hinted that he is working on putting together a Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury duet from material that was never released and there may be other unheard Queen songs still to come

Queen guitarist Brian May has hinted that there may be previously unheard Queen songs released soon – including a duet between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson.

May wrote on his blog that he had been having a ‘great time’ working on the tracks in the studio in Manchester with producer William Orbit who worked on Madonna's Ray Of Light album.

‘As for unreleased material with Freddie singing ... strangely enough I was working on some tapes this evening - with William Orbit,’ May wrote.

February 17, 2013

Openly lesbian pop star Beth Ditto debuts 'Get A Job', the latest music video from Gossip

Beth Ditto takes on all sorts of employment positions in Gossip's new music video.

'Get A Job', the latest single from fifth album A Joyful Noise, features drummer Hannah Blilie and guitarist Nathan 'Brace Paine' Howdeshell joining Ditto in rocking outfits from employs of the past.

Ditto said in an interview: 'These are some of the jobs we’ve had in the past, some we’ll probably have again in the future. Much love and respect to those who work and those who WORK IT!!!!!'

May 2, 2012

Headlining band wave rainbow flag at Shanghai's Strawberry festival, play song in tribute to gay Hong Kong singer Leslie Cheung

At the first night of Strawberry music festival in Shanghai on Sunday, headlining act Top Floor Circus made a bold declaration for gay rights, unfurling a giant rainbow flag on stage.

When the band returned to the Love Stage for an encore, they performed a song by Leslie Cheung, the popular Hong Kong actor and singer and one of the first openly gay Chinese celebrities, who committed suicide nine years ago.

Top Floor Circus vocalist Lu Chen said: 'There is diversity in love. I hope you all love your real selves'.

December 23, 2011

Sean McGhee and Richard Oakes join forces in new ‘post-punk, melancholic pop’ group

A gay vocalist and producer, Sean McGhee, has teamed up with Suede’s guitarist and songwriter Richard Oakes to form a new group, Artmagic.

Suede, a UK alternative rock band, had massive success from the 80s onwards.

McGhee – who has sung with Alanis Morissette and worked with Britney Spears, Robyn and the Sugababes – told Gay Star News how the musical project first came about.