Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rock News

*Rufus Wainwright married his longtime partner, Jorn Weisbrodt, this week in Montauk, N.Y., the singer-songwriter confirms to THR. Wainwright and Weisborth have been engaged since November 2010, and in February of 2011, they welcomed a daughter, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, with Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard Cohen.


*Wynonna Judd's husband has lost his leg after a motorcycle crash in South Dakota.
Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser was riding a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 16 in the Black Hills on Saturday when he crossed the center line and hit a car. He was airlifted to a hospital.
A representative for Judd said Monday that Moser's leg was "severed at the scene of the accident" and that doctors have amputated his leg above his knee. Moser has also had surgery on his hand


*Everyone's blood may be running a bit cold at the moment, but four members of the J. Geils Band have every intention of touring this year despite a lawsuit by guitarist John "J." Geils claiming they can't use the group name.

Current band manager John Baruck tells Billboard that the group -- which includes founding members Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, Magic Dick Salwitz and Danny Klein -- "is going out. It's the J. Geils Band playing the J. Geils hits with Peter Wolf out there in front dancing. This is all clear-cut. We're not stopping because of John Geils' allegations." The tour launches with a nine-date northeast run on August 25 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, and a second leg is planned after Thanksgiving; Wolf has already posted December dates in Upper Darby, Pa., and Detroit.


*Lady Gaga was forced to halt a concert in Romania on Thursday night so she could rush offstage to vomit.  The Paparazzi hitmaker was performing an outdoor show for fans in the Piata Constitutiei Square in Bucharest when she began to feel nauseous and she briefly disappeared from the stage to throw up.
When she returned to the spotlight, she told the crowd, “I went backstage and vomited, and I did not want you to see this... It happens to me sometimes.”

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*All you need is love — and a chunk of John Lennon’s tooth – to raise money for a children’s charity.  That’s according to Alberta dentist Dr. Michael Zuk — who bought Lennon’s tooth for more than $32,000 at a Stockport, England auction in November — and his artisticially-inclined sister, Kirsten Zuk.
The doc’s sister used a very small piece of the molar when she made a clay sculpture of the rock icon.
“I love John Lennon — I’ve been a huge fan all my life,” said Kirsten Zuk.
The artist says the dentist came up with the idea to take a chip of the tooth and turn it into a piece of art after he purchased it.  “This is like a time-capsule. It will contain his DNA,” said the sister, who lives here.

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*Beck (Beck Hansen) is famous for his underground, anti-folk, alternative, dreamy-yet-hook-driven music. His first biggie was “Loser” way back in 1994. But his ability to understand and reach his audience just went cosmic. He released a new album, but it’s not a record or a CD or a series of MP3 files. Something way better. sheet music.

From the promo site:
“In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded.”

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* In an interview with Australian radio station Triple M, Slash revealed that his mother had an affair with David Bowie, recalling that he once discovered them naked when he was a little kid. "My mom started working professionally with David Bowie at first," said Slash, whose mom was a costume designer. "I'm pretty sure that's how it started and then it turned into some sort of mysterious romance that went on for a while after that."

The guitarist remembers seeing a lot of Bowie at the time – quite literally, on one occasion. "I caught them naked once," Slash said. "They had a lot of stuff going on, but my perspective at eight was limited. Looking back on it I knew exactly what was going on."

Despite the potentially awkward encounter, Slash remembers Bowie fondly. "He was cool," the rocker said. "I liked David a lot."

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