Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rock News

Don Cornelius, creator and host of the long running music show Soul Train, was found dead in his LA apartment early Wednesday morning, the victim of an apparent suicide. Cornelius hosted Soul Train from it inception, until 1993. The show, that ended it's run in 2006 after 35 years, was a showcase for soul and soul, as well as an early champion of hip-hop. Wherever you are Don, "We wish you love, peace and soul." Cornelius was 75.

Jack White, the former guitarist/frontman for the band The White Stripes, as well as a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, will finally release his first solo album. In the years since The White Stripes dissolved (Thursday, January 2nd, will mark the one year anniversary of the band's separation announcement) White has kept busy working with The Black Belles, Stephen Colbert, Insane Clown Posse and others, but has not put out any new work of his own, apart from a limited edition vinyl single. The video for "Love Interuption" the first single from the new album, entitled Blunderbuss, can be viewed hereBlunderbuss will be released April 24th, on White's own Third Man Records.

Dick Kniss, the long time bass player for folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary has died. Apart from playing bass, Kniss was an accomplished songwriter, co-writting the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulder." Kniss passed away from pulmonary diseased, he was 74.

An unheard guitar solo George Harrison recorded for the song "Here Comes The Sun" has been rediscovered. The track, which did not make the final mix of the song, was found by Beatles producer George Martin, his son Giles, and Dani Harrison, George's son while reviewing the original master tapes for the Abbey Road album. Check out the video here. (

Pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan claims he was almost the bass player for Metallica. Hogan, who worked as a session bassist before entering the world of pro-wrestling, was friends with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich during the band's early days, "Lars Ulrich...asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica" Hogan claims "...but it didn't work out." Hogan is now retired from wrestling, and staring in his own television series Hogan Knows Best.

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