Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Almanac: September 2, 2014

Birthdays
  • 1912 - Johnnie Lee Wills (d. 1984)
  • 1914 - Booker T. Laury (d. 1995)
  • 1925 - Hugo Montenegro (d. 1981)
  • 1925 - Russ Conway (d. 2000)
  • 1939 - Sam Gooden (Impressions) (74)
  • 1939 - Bobby Purify (born Robert Lee Dickey) (James & Bobby Purify) (74)
  • 1940 - Jimmy Clanton (73)
  • 1943 - Joe Simon (70)
  • 1943 - Rosalind Ashford (Martha Reeves & the Vandellas) (70)
  • 1946 - Marty Grebb (Buckinghams) (67)
  • 1946 - Billy Preston (d. 2006)
  • 1947 - Richard Coughlan (Caravan) (66)
  • 1950 - Michael Rother (Kraftwerk) (63)
  • 1951 - Mik Kaminski (Electric Light Orchestra) (62)
  • 1952 - Fritz McIntyre (Simply Red) (61)
  • 1957 - Steve Porcaro (Toto) (56)
  • 1958 - Jerry Augustyniak (10,000 Maniacs) (55)
  • 1959 - Paul Deakin (Mavericks) (54)
  • 1961 - k.d. lang (52)
  • 1966 - Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) (47)
  • 1969 - Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey (K-Ci & JoJo) (44)
  • 1975 - Tony Thompson (Hi-Five) (38)
  • 1976 - Phil Lipscomb (Taproot) (37)
  • 1977 - Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) (36)
  • 1983 - Rich Boy (born Marece Richards) (30)
  • 1987 - Spencer Smith (Panic! At the Disco) (26)

Deaths
  • 2001 - Jay Migliori (Saxophonist who played with Frank Sinatra, Beach Boys, Frank Zappa) - Colon cancer (70)
  • 2004 - Billy Davis (songwriter, producer) (72)
  • 2009 - Guy Babylon (Elton John Band) - Heart attack (53)
  • 2012 - Mark Abrahamian (Starship) - Heart attack (46)

On This Day
  • 1953 - Eddy Arnold and Colonel Tom Parker dissolved their management deal.
  • 1955 - Alan Freed held his Labor Day concert at Brooklyn Paramount with Chuck Berry, the Moonglows, the Cadillacs, the Nutmegs and the Harptones.
  • 1956 - Jimmy C. Newman became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1962 - Tommy Roe left his regular job at General Electric when Sheila hit number 1 and ABC Records offered him $5,000.
  • 1965 - Connie Smith and Bob Luman became members of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1970 - The band Genesis run an ad in Melody Maker for a drummer. Phil Collins answers it.
  • 1971 - The Grateful Dead's former manager, Lenny Hart, was arrested after taking off with $70,000 that belonged to the band.
  • 1978 - Teddy Pendergrass promoted his album Life is a Song Worth Singing by performing a show for women only.
  • 1986 - 16-year-old Debbie Gibson signs with Atlantic Records.
  • 1988 - The Human Rights Now! tour opened in London with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssu n'Dour.
  • 1989 - Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for threatening to kill his wife, Sharon.
  • 1995 - A grand opening concert for the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is played by Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and others.
  • 2001 - Clarence Clemmons' show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ was interrupted when the club received a bomb threat. 
  • 2002 - The home of Bjork was broken into while she was asleep in her room. Recording equipment was stolen.
  • 2005 - A televised benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Katrina was marred when Kanye West stated "George Bush doesn't care about black people." 
  • 2006 - Ron Isley was sentenced to three years in prison for tax fraud.
  • 2010 - Brooks and Dunn played their final concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. 
  • 2013 - Elton John received the first ever Brits Icon Award. 

Marriages
  • 1978 - George Harrison and Olivia Trinidad Arias 
  • 1978 - Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan
  • 2000 - Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys) and Leighanne Wallace
  • 2006 - Sam Waters (Color Me Badd) and Tamyra Gray

Recorded
  • 1964 - Little Red Rooster - Rolling Stones
  • 1965 - First demos - Doors

Released
  • 1957 - Wake Up Little Susie - Everly Brothers (single)
  • 1965 - Yesterday - Beatles (single)
  • 1978 - Animal House - Soundtrack
  • 1981 - Controversy - Prince (single)
  • 1991 - Ropin' the Wind - Garth Brooks

Awards
  • 1993 - MTV Video Music Awards
    • Video of the Year, Group Video, Metal/Hard Rock Video - Jeremy - Pearl Jam
    • Male Video - Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
    • Female Video - Constant Craving - k.d. lang
    • New Artist - Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
    • R&B Video, Dance Video - Free Your Mind - En Vogue
    • Rap Video - People Everyday - Arrested Development
    • Alternative Video - In Bloom - Nirvana

Broadcasts
  • 1965 - Ready, Steady, Go - Rolling Stones
  • 1973 - Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon - Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Johnny Rodriguez, Minnie Pearl, Sonny James, Faron Young, Conway Twitty, George Jones & Tammy Wynette
  • 2001 - Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon - Reba McEntire, Billy Gilman, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Tammy Cochran, Mickey Gilley, Sara Evans, The Clark Family Experience, The Oak Ridge Boys

Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1972 - Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan (2 weeks)
  • 1989 - Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul (1 week)
  • 1995 - You Are Not Alone - Michael Jackson (1 week)

Number Ones – U.S. Albums

  • 1989 - Repeat Offender - Richard Marx (1 week)
  • 1995 - Dangerous Minds - Soundtrack (4 weeks)
  • 2006 - Back to Basics - Christina Aguilera (1 week)

Ashlee Simpson Marries Evan Ross, Son of Diana Ross

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Ashlee Simpson has married fiance Evan Ross.

The 29-year-old singer walked down the aisle Sunday evening at the Greenwich, Connecticut home of the groom's mother, Diana Ross, who also served as the officiant, according to E! News. Ashlee's sister, Jessica Simpson, reportedly served as maid of honour during the private ceremony, attended by close friends and family.

Her five-and-a-half-year old son, Bronx, reportedly walked her down the aisle. Ashlee was previously married to Bronx's father, Fall Out Boy frontman Pete Wentz, from 2008 to 2011.

The singer announced her engagement to Evan on Twitter back in January. "My baby love and I are ENGAGED!!! Hallelujah Hawaii !!!!!" she tweeted while on vacation with her beau.

E! reports the couple celebrated their engagement in March, shortly after Ashlee opened up about her excitement over becoming man and wife. "Honestly, we could go and get married right now, wherever," she told the outlet a few weeks prior. "We just want to be married. We're in love. This is the most incredible time I could ever think of in my life and I'm young, but the same time, I've lived a different life than most and I can't think of a happier moment."

The wedding is the second in just over a month for the Simpson family. Jessica tied the knot with former American football star Eric Johnson in California on July 5.

This marks the first marriage for Evan.

The day after their wedding, Diana threw the couple a 'farewell barbecue', an insider told Page Six, adding the 'lavish bohemian' themed event was 'for close friends and family' and coordinated by events planner Brett Galley of Hollywood Pop.

Apparently, the bride was enjoying herself and excited over her new family while at the event. Ashlee was reportedly overheard at the barbecue saying, "she and Evan were 'meant to be'" and, "Diana is a wonderful mother," the insider gushed to Page Six.

Diana was also involved in planning the nuptials.

"She's involved in all levels of my life. She's one of the most incredible mothers ever. She's involved in every piece of our wedding," Evan previously told E! News.



Monday, September 01, 2014

Michael Schenker's New Album in Disarray After Studio Break In

The status of Michael Schenker's upcoming album is completely up-in-the-air after a studio break in over the weekend.

Not only were instruments taken, including a rare guitar where only three were ever made, but also the computer that stored all of the tracks for the new album.

The robbery happened at The Kidroom Studios in Graven, Germany where Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock was recording their new album, Spirit on a Mission. The break in occurred sometime over this past weekend.

The full statement on the incident:
IMPORTANT NEWS: Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock

Sometime between 6pm Friday 29th Aug and 11 am Sunday 31st August 2014 at "Kidroom Studios" in Greven, Germany, where MICHAEL SCHENKER is recording the new TEMPLE OF ROCK album "Spirit on a Mission", thieves broke in and stole a number of Michael Voss's and a number of Michael Schenker's Dean Flying V guitars.

At the moment the full extent of what has been stolen is being assessed  and the crime scene fingerprinted. However Schenker's brand new Chrome V is one of the guitars that has been taken.

A source close to the band said, "The Dean Chrome V is a one off, made for Michael to his own specifications. There is not another like it, so it will be hard to sell."

German police are examining evidence and the studio for fingerprints / DNA evidence to help catch the criminals.

There will be more details once the extent of the damage and a thorough inventory has been taken of the crime scene.

Anyone with any relevant information is asked to contact:
Greven Police Station on +49 2571 9280



Motley Crue Tell of Ozzy Snorting a Line of Ants; Call Justin Bieber a Lightweight

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Mötley Crüe are amazed Ozzy Osbourne is still alive.

The heavy metal band, made up of Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Vince Neil, and British rocker Ozzy were notorious hell raisers during their '80s heyday. Stories of women, drugs and parties became synonymous with the band and an incident involving Ozzy snorting a line of ants when he hung out with Mötley Crüe has become legendary in the music world.

"He would ride around on our bus every once in a while when Sharon wasn't on tour. He knew our bus was the fun bus. Ozzy would come on with a big bag of coke and party. I think that particular day we were still up, in a really nice Ritz Carlton in Florida," Tommy explained to British magazine Q.

"We were full on; even though it was a nice five-star joint with families and kids by the pool. The bar asked us to move outside and I think somebody looked down and saw trails of ants. Once Ozzy saw that he got on his knees and snorted it up."

"Sick man. We're amazed he's still alive. Ozzy more than any of us," added Nikki.

The band were formed in California in 1981 and have had hits the world over, including anthems Girls, Girls, Girls and Dr. Feelgood. Now the members of the group are all in their 50s and 60s, and are looking for a younger star to take over their hell-raising title. And it looks like Canadian star Justin Bieber may be just the man for the job.

"Let's give him a little bit of credit. He started with the eggs, which was a little weak - a poor start. Then he got arrested in Miami for drag-racing and that was kinda cool - he was under the influence. Then he got arrested in Toronto and turned himself in. So he's getting better, but he has work to do," laughed Nikki.

"He has to beat someone with a chain, or something. Or get into a fight with a cop... The next thing he'll get arrested for is toilet-papering a house," added Vince.



Passings: Jimi Jamison of Survivor (1951 - 2014)

Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor, died on Sunday night from a heart attack. He was 63.

TMZ broke the news on Monday evening. Neither the official Jamison or Survivor sites or Facebook pages have posted the news.

Although born in Mississippi, he and his mother moved to Memphis the day after he was born and he considered that city his home. He learned how to sing and play guitar and piano at a young age and was already in a band in middle school.

Starting in the late 70's, he fronted a number of bands including Target and Cobra along with doing studio work as a background vocalist for the likes of ZZ Top and Joe Walsh.

In 1984, after the breakup of Cobra, he joined Survivor who were already international stars based on their hit Eye of the Tiger. The lead singer for that hit, Dave Bickler, had suffered from vocal problems and was forced to leave the band, opening up the position for Jamison.

Survivor had a number of hits with Jamison in front including I Can't Hold Back (1984 / #13), High On You (1985 / #8), The Search is Over (1985 / #4), Burning Heart (1985 / #2) and Is This Love (1986 / #9).

Late in the 80's, the band's success started to fade leading to the members going on an indefinite hiatus. Jamison began recording solo, including the 1991 album When Love Comes Down. It was that album, which didn't chart, that kept him from accepting an offer to become the lead singer of Deep Purple when Ian Gillan was let go from the band. The record company forced him to pass on the offer to promote the new record.

Jamison would later write and sing I'm Always Here, the theme from the TV show Baywatch, and release another album under the name Jimi Jamison's Survivor, Empires.

Survior reformed in 1993 but with Dave Bickler back on lead. When he was fired from the band in 2000, Jamison returned and stayed with the group for the next six years. After once again leaving in 2006, he rejoined in 2011 and, in 2013, Survivor became a two-lead band with the return of Bickler.





Set List: Billy Corgan's Acoustic Career Retrospective; Says He May Be Done After Next Two Albums

Billy Corgan took a very different path on Saturday night at Chicago's Ravinia Festival, playing a three-hour/31-song acoustic career retrospective.

Included in the show were a large group of Smashing Pumpkin songs, including eight songs mid-set from Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness.

Also included were five unreleased songs including one from the never issued ChicagoSongs / ChicagoKid and the rest, presumably from Smashing Pumpkins upcoming albums Monuments to an Elegy or Day For Night.

Corgan has said that those two albums, both slated for 2015, may be the end of his recording career. He told the Chicago Tribune that it is getting too hard to get music released and in front of the fans. "I’m not willing to wait around 15 to 20 years to have somebody go, ‘Hey, that album you made is really good’ and then sell it to the 7000 people that are still paying attention. When this new album process is over, I’m either going to bail on this ship for good or I’m going to have a new ship to sail on."

Main Set
  • Chicago (unreleased)
  • Today (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream, 1993)
  • Disarm (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream, 1993)
  • Lonely is the Name (unreleased)
  • As Time Draws Near (unreleased)
  • For Your Love (from Zwan DVD For Your Love, 2003)
  • The Rose March (from The Smashing Pumpkins' EP American Gothic, 2008)
  • Perfect (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Adore, 1998)
  • Let Me Give the World to You (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music, 2000)
  • Prairie Song (from Zwan's The Hideout: Compilation One)
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, 1995)
  • To Forgive (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, 1995)
  • Muzzle (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, 1995)
  • Tonight, Tonight (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, 1995)
  • Galapogos (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, 1995)
  • Methusela (from The Smashing Pumpkins' rerelease of Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, 2012)
  • Thirty-Three (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, 1995)
  • 1979 (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, 1995)
  • Now (And Then) (from TheFutureEmbrace, 2005)
  • The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning (from The Smashing Pumpkins' single, 1997)
  • The Crying Tree of Mercury (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Machina/The Machines of the Gods, 2000)
  • Ava Adore (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Adore, 1998)
  • Pinwheels (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Oceania, 2012)
  • Stand Inside Your Love (from The Smashing Pumpkins' Machina/The Machines of the Gods, 2000)
  • Which Way You Goin’ Billy? (The Poppy Family cover)
  • Burnt Orange-Black (unreleased)
Encore
  • The World’s Fair (from unissued ChicagoSongs/ChicagoKid album)
  • Of a Broken Heart (from Zwan's Mary Star of the Sea, 2003)




Sinead O'Connor Thinks Today's Hitmakers Don't Even Care About the Music

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Sinéad O'Connor thinks today's female pop stars have been "hoodwinked".

The famously outspoken musician shot to fame in the '80s and hits such as Nothing Compares 2 U made her an international star. She fast became known for speaking her mind and has openly criticised the Catholic Church and the Pope in the past.

Last year Sinéad had a very public feud with former Disney star Miley Cyrus and wrote a series of open letters criticising the younger singer for allowing herself to be "pimped" by the music industry. "It's hilarious and cleverly done, they're made to think if you get your t*ts out, you're a maverick," Sinéad laughed to Q magazine. "Bulls**t, obviously. I think people's reasons for making music have changed.

"It used to be people wanted to make music because we're all f**ked up and degenerate and maniacs and there was no other way of expressing ourselves. Now, they don't even care about the music, it's about how they look, and fame. Female musicians have been hoodwinked."

While stars such as Miley and Rihanna have become synonymous with raunchy dance routines and barely-there clothes, Sinéad wants the younger generation to see there is more to being famous than that. "All they're doing is looking at their t*ts. Their audience are children and those children are being raised to believe their value is in how pretty they are and how many guys want them," she fumed.

The 47-year-old singer slams the idea that she may be jealous of the younger generation and insists she is more worried about the male-dominated music world taking advantage of women. "It's also very abusive of the male executives, who probable love it," she continued. "But I suppose I'm supposed to be sitting here complaining about the young."


Rodriguez Places Three Albums in the Australian Top 25

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Rodriguez has three albums in the Australian chart this week. The Rodriguez catalogue took an active run on the ARIA chart after his 2014 tour was announced last week.

Rodriguez was last in Australia only last year for Bluesfest and played a national tour with backing band The Break, featuring members of Midnight Oil and the Violent Femmes.

The first Rodriguez album Cold Fact (1970) is at 11, the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack is at 22 and his second and final album Coming From Reality (1971) is at 25.

The Detroit singer songwriter Rodriguez has only ever recorded the two albums from the early ‘70s. Consider that at that time in Australia it was pre-FM radio, pre-Internet, pre-Cable and Digital TV. Australia was completely cut off culturally from the rest of the world at that time.

So when radio presenter Holger Brockman starting playing the music of Rodriguez on his program on Sydney AM radio station 2JJ, Rodriguez became a cult hero initially in Sydney which trickled through to other parts of Australia but kept him a secret from the rest of the world.

Meanwhile over in South Africa, Rodriguez was being worshipped with reverence as a dead rock star.

The story of Rodriguez from a South African perspective was told recently in the Oscar winning Searching For Sugar Man. The movie failed to address the one important cold fact … that Rodriguez was alive. “I wasn’t lost. I knew exactly where I was. Those rumours that persisted I didn’t have anything to do with,” Rodriguez tells Noise11.com.

The movie was made by Swedish documentary maker Malik Bendjelloul. Rodriguez says he did not get involved it in the production except for a brief appearance. “In explaining this film, I didn’t have anything to do with the making of that film,” he said. “I just want to make that point. I didn’t choose who he interviewed and what they said. I am in the film eight minutes”.

Rodriguez suggests that the directors of Searching For Sugar Man knew he was alive at the time of the story but chose not to include the fact. “That he omitted ‘79 and ‘81 of Australia is his choice. I did not get involved with the film,” Rodriguez says. “He knew about it. He didn’t want to put it in. He knows about other parts of that but he didn’t pursue any particular part of it. He gave the whole story in an hour and 26 minutes. He made the film”.



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