Friday, March 2, 2012

Rock News

--Actor and singer, Davy Jones, of The Monkees, has died. Jones started his career on Broadway, receiving a Tony nomination for his performance as The Artful Dodger in Oliver!, in 1964. Jones made his television debut performing songs from Oliver! on the Ed Sullivan show the same night the Beatles made their premiere on the show. "I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage," Jones once told reporters "I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that." He got his chance the following year when he was cast in The Monkees, a television series following the adventures of a Beatles-like four-piece band, in which Davy played tambourine and sang. Jones topped the charts with the Monkees' tunes "Daydream Believer" and "I want to Be Free" before the band dissolved in 1970. The band, minus Mike Nesmith, finished up a successful and well reviewed show last year, and were making plans to tour again in 2013. Jones died at his ranch on February 29th of a massive coronary, he was 66.

--The body of an unidentified man was found outside the Miami home of rapper Rick Ross on Wednesday morning. Dade County police were responding to reports of gunfire at 7am Wednesday, when they discovered the body of a man in his 40s who had been shot numerous times. Reports say that the property belongs to Ross, though the rapper was not currently staying on the premises, and is not considered a suspect.

--Rocker Meat Loaf “took ill" earlier this week during a live appearance on the British television talk show Loose Women. The Bat Out of Hell singer was scheduled to appear on the show on Wednesday, and was seen on camera goofing around back stage. However Meat Loaf became ill before coming out to speak to the hosts and was unable to complete the interview. Meat Loaf has had recent health worries, passing out during two separate concerts in July of last year (blaming the incidents on a "lack of oxygen" exacerbating his asthma.)

--In celebration of Johnny Cash's 80th birthday this past Sunday, Austin City Limits has arranged for a celebration concert to be aired in April. "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash," which will air April 20th on PBS stations across the country, will feature performances from Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne, Jamey Johnson, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Amy Lee and Shooter Jennings. Cash, who passed away in 2003, is also being celebrated with a museum in his boyhood home of Dyess, Arkansas. Ground for the Johnny Cash Museum was broken on Sunday by members of his remaining family.

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