Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rock News

--1980s/90s hair-metal mainstays Poison are being sued by obscure Illinois band Kid Rocker for allegedly plagiarizing a number of songs. According to papers filled with Illinois federal court by Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, members of Kid Rockers, Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille auditioned for them in the early '80, where he obtained a tape copy of Kid Rockers' material.  McCarthy and Stonich claim that their unreleased demo tape was used as a basis for hits from Poison including "Talk Dirty to Me," "Fallen Angel" and "I Won't Forget You."  The usual statute of limitations of plagiarism cases is three years, however recently new precedents have been set for "continuing wrong" in copyright cases, including a recent settlement that awarded former Procol Harum keyboardist Matthew Fisher back royalties for penning the organ part of the song Whiter Shade of Pale after thirty years. No reason was given by the members of Kid Rocker for their delay in filing the suit.

--Rapper Eminem recently revealed that he has lost five years of his memory due to the prescription sleep aid Ambien. The drug, which has been linked to "lost time," as well as activities such as "sleep eating" and "sleep driving," was only one of a number of drugs Eminem was taking at the time, he also claims to have taken "up to 60 Valium and 30 Vicodin pills a day." When Eminem decided to get clean in 2007 he called up rock icon Elton John to ask for help. “[Elton] usually calls me once a week to check on me, just to make sure I'm on the up-and-up.”

--What do you get for growing the world's largest rutabaga? Apparently a visit from Snoop Dogg. Sixty-eight year old Ian Neale of Cardiff (UK), who recently was awarded the record for his 85-plus pound rutabaga, was invited to come back stage when Snoop Dogg was in Cardiff on tour. Snoop said he was a bit of a "grower" himself and wanted to get tips from Neale. According Neale he and the rapper shared a "smoke" backstage, something Neale doesn't usually do. When asked if the smoke was tobacco, Neale simply said "No. It wasn't."

--R&B legend Etta James has announced that she will be retiring after the release of new album "The Dreamer" on November 14th. James has been in and out of the hospital in recent moth battling leukemia, heart troubles, and Alzheimer's, in a statement James said "I wish to thank all my fans who have shown me love and support over all these years. I love you all."

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