A pine tree that was planted in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park in 2002 in memory of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has met an ironic fate. L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge revealed recently to the Los Angeles Times‘ “Pop & Hiss” music blog that the tree has died after being infested with, yes, beetles. The tree, which was only a […]
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WORLEY, Idaho (AP) – A Native American tribe isn’t feeling Ted Nugent’s vibe – and has canceled a concert by the rock star. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe says the cancellation of the August 4 show in the Idaho city of Worley is due to what it calls Nugent’s “racist and hate-filled remarks” and racist views. […]
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Experience Hendrix LLC, the company that oversees the rights to Jimi Hendrix’s music, and Sony’s Legacy Recordings have acquired the full rights to a collection of historic early recordings featuring the late guitar legend. The material includes 88 live and studio master recordings that Hendrix made from 1965 to 1967 with his pre-fame group, Curtis Knight & the Squires. […]
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The song was recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd in Georgia. But that won’t stop tourism officials in the state-next-door from greeting motorists with a sign that reads “Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama.” State officials say the signs featuring the song title will replace the “Alabama The Beautiful” signs that have stood at […]
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The husband-and-wife director and producer team of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider have pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from an on-set accident that killed a crew member. Earlier this month, Randall Miller and Jody Savin were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was struck by a train and killed […]
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Longtime Kansas frontman Steve Walsh revealed just over two weeks ago that he’ll soon be leaving the band, but the veteran rockers already have found a replacement. The group has announced that Ronnie Platt (pictured right) will be stepping in as the new lead singer. A message on Kansas’ official website reports that “Ronnie’s first show with the band will be September 12 […]
Blues rock guitar legend Johnny Winter has died at age 70. Winter’s passing was first reported by American Blues Scene magazine. Jenda Derringer, wife of longtime Winter band mate and collaborator Rick Derringer, also posted on her Facebook page, “Oh, Lord, don’t let this be true! We just were told by a reliable source that Johnny Winter has passed.” Winter was on […]
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In advance of the July 29 release of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ latest studio album, Hypnotic Eye, the band’s entire catalog has been mastered specifically for iTunes and can be purchased now at the digital music service. The series features a total of 18 full-length revamped recordings, spanning from the group’s 1976 eponymous debut through 2010′s Mojo. […]