Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rock News

--Rumors hit the Internet on Monday morning claiming that Bon Jovi lead-singer Jon Bon Jovi had died suddenly of cardiac arrest. The rumors were traced back to a blog post which came complete with a fake obituary, reprinting large parts of Michael Jackson's LA Times obituary from 2009. Bon Jovi, who took the news in stride, released a photo of himself on Twitter holding a sign that read "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey. December 19th, 2011 - 6:00."

--73-year-old soul and blues singer Etta James, best known for her 1961 rendition of the ballad At Last, is terminally ill. James has been privately battling leukemia and dementia since January, with her manager making the announcement on December 16th that she was "in the final stages" of the disease. James' son, Donto, who controls the singer's estate, has been battling with her husband concerning money allocated for her treatment. James, who's a member of the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame, and the Blues Hall of Fame, was listed at number 61 on Rolling Stone Magazine's top 100 singers.

--After great speculation The Beach Boys have announced that the remaining members, including estranged former leader Brain Wilson, will reunite for their 50th Anniversary. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks will set out on a 50-date tour, followed by a new album in 2012. The band had been splintered since the 1998 death of founding member Carl Wilson, touring in separate camps and exchanging lawsuits and bitter comments; however, according to singer Mike Love "All that stuff is long forgotten."

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