Music News: Dolores O'Riordan mourned by thousands at Ireland memorial

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Dolores O'Riordan's casket is carried into a church in Ireland.
Dolores O'Riordan's casket is carried into a church in Limerick, Ireland on Jan. 20, 2017. Eileen O'Riordan, the singer's mother, follows. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

On Saturday, thousands gathered in Limerick, Ireland to mourn Cranberries singer-songwriter Dolores O'Riordan, who died last week at age 46. The four-hour public memorial service was very Catholic, with an open casket and photos of O'Riordan's meetings with Pope John Paul II. Her bandmates brought flowers, with a card reading "The song has ended, but the memories linger on."

Fans and friends are currently able to pay their respects at a public viewing that will continue until the singer's funeral on Tuesday, after which her remains will be laid to rest. (Billboard)

Details regarding Tom Petty's death emerge

On Friday, the medical examiner-coroner for the county of Los Angeles announced the results of an autopsy on Tom Petty, who died suddenly last year. The cause of Petty's death, the New York Times reports, was "an accidental drug overdose as a result of mixing medications that included opioids."

In a Facebook post, Petty's family said that they believe the rock icon was attempting to relieve severe pain related to a fractured hip when he accidentally overused medication. That revelation drew comparisons to the 2016 death of Prince, who also overdosed on an opioid while suffering pain from injuries related to his famously vigorous stage performances. "As a family," Petty's survivors wrote, "we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives."

Remembering Jim Rodford

Bassist Jim Rodford has died, following a stairway fall, at age 76. Rodford was a founding member of Argent and also played with bands including the Kinks and the Zombies. "He was much loved by all of us," wrote the Kinks, who enlisted Rodford in 1979 and played with him for years that included their surprise commercial comeback in the early '80s. Rodford was also key to the Zombies' career, providing crucial early support and offically joining the band when they re-formed in 2004. (Rolling Stone)

Def Leppard hit streaming services

Def Leppard, one of the last huge holdouts on streaming music, have finally put their complete catalog on services like Spotify and Apple Music. As of Friday, fans can stream all the band's major releases. Frontman Joe Elliott says that despite initial resentment of artists getting "125,000,000 listens and a check for $120," the band decided years ago to move towards streaming; the delay involved making satisfactory deals with multiple labels.

The announcement coincided with the unveiling of a co-headling tour with Journey; the arena-rock double bill will hit Target Field on July 27. (Rolling Stone)

Michael Angelakos says he needs to tour to pay medical bills

Passion Pit have returned to the road after taking a hiatus for leader Michael Angelakos to focus on treating his mental health issues. In recent interviews, Angelakos has revealed that he had to return to the road to pay his medical bills. The disclosure underlined the fact that even successful artists can struggle to cover health costs in the current American system.

"I need money to be able to afford my treatments, to be able to afford the myriad costs of living with my disorder that have nearly ruined me," said Angelakos. "I know lots of musicians that just look for insurance just like anyone else that freelances, and that's why the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is so important for us." (Billboard)

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