Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rock News -- August 30th, 2011

Warrant lead singer Jani Lane was found dead in a Los Angles hotel room on August 11th. Lani lead Warrant to a number of hits in the early 1990's, including the double platinum hit Cherry Pie. No official cause of death has been release, however a bottle of prescription drugs and a half a bottle of vodka were found near the body. Lane was 47.

Blues legend, and the last of the original Delta blues men, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, has passed away. 'Honeyboy' Edwards' musical career spanned the entire history of recorded blues, from his time touring with Robert Johnson, to performing with Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy in the 1960s, to his final album, Roamin' & Ramblin', which won the Grammy for best traditional blues album in 2008. Edwards was the last remaining player to have performed with both Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton. He was 96.

A collation of thirty-five different Michael Jackson fan clubs have united to lobby for the cancellation of the upcoming Michael Forever tribute concert scheduled for October 8th. The concert, which will feature performances by Christian Aguilera, Smokey Robinson, Cee-lo Green and Beyonce has come under criticism for its timing (it will coincide with with the trial of Jackson's doctor Conrad Murry on manslaughter charges) as well as its murky charity donation promises, high ticket prices, rude treatment of fans on internet forums and poorly chosen performers (the band KISS was scheduled to perform, though later pulled from the list over complaints that bassist Gene Simmons had publicly attacked Jackson in the past). Read the letter to promoters here: http://mjanwatch.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/open-letter-on-behalf-of-michael-jackson-fans-to-global-live-events/

Former Oasis lead-singer Liam Gallagher has dropped his lawsuit against his brother/former bandmate Noel Gallagher. Liam had launched his lawsuit against his brother following comments Noel made claiming that Oasis had canceled their performance at the V Festival due to Liam having a hangover. Liam had maintained that the cancellation was due to laryngitis, and claimed that the comments attacked his “professionalism.” Liam dropped the suit after his brother apologized for the remark in an on-line interview.

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