Chuck Berry Dead At 90
- Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll's founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music's joy and rebellion in such classics as "Johnny B. Goode," ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven," died Saturday at his home in an unincorporated area west of St. Louis. He was 90. Emergency responders summoned to Berry's residence by his caretaker about 12:40 p.m. found him unresponsive, police in Missouri's St. Charles County said in a statement. Attempts to revive Berry failed, and he was pronounced shortly before 1:30 p.m., police said. A police spokeswoman, Val Joyner, told The Associated Press she had no additional details about the death of Berry, calling him "really a legend." Berry's core repertoire was some three dozen songs, his influence incalculable, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to virtually any group from garage band to arena act that called itself rock 'n roll. While Elvis Presley gave rock its libidinous, hip-shaking image, Berry was the auteur, setting the template for a new sound and way of life. Berry’s latter-day life as an obstreperous rock icon was captured in Taylor Hackford’s 1987 feature “Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll,” a record of an all-star 1986 60th-birthday concert at St. Louis’ Fox Theater at which Richards served as musical director (and the star’s whipping boy). Berry published his idiosyncratic and not entirely candid memoir “The Autobiography” in 1987. Eschewing the studio for the last three decades of his life, Berry scratched his musical itch by playing dates at his hometown club BlueBerry Hill and paid the bills with gigs at rock and blues festivals at home and abroad. The star was hard to handle, and the shows were carelessly played more often than not, but his legend saw him through professionally until the end of his life. Berry collapsed on stage in the middle of a New Year’s Day 2011 concert at Chicago’s Congress Theater. He was an inaugural inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Piece Of Jimmy Page History To Finally See Light Of Day
- (antimusic) Piece Of Jimmy Page Music History To Finally See The Light Of Day was a Top 10 story on Tuesday: (Radio.com) Years before Jimmy Page helped form Led Zeppelin and rise to fame as one of the world's most lauded guitar players, he took his very first turn in the producer's chair. Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds: The Beginning marked the first album Page ever produced, and now the 12-song demo will be available to purchase for the first time. "Now after 56 years, it is to see the light of day," Farlowe said in a statement. Page recorded the band in 1961 at RG Jones Sound Studio in Morden, London. The result helped launch Farlowe and The Thunderbirds' career. The album will be available on April 30th.
Pearl Jam Invite Former Members To Rock Hall Induction
- (Radio.com) Pearl Jam announced, via a handwritten letter shared on social media, that they are inviting all of their former drummers to appear with the band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month. The band wrote, "While awards and accolades are understandably subjective and a countless number of our peers have yet to be honored, we do feel fortunate the be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. "Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years. Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs." Pearl Jam — who is being inducted in their first year of eligibility, which comes 25 years after their debut recording — voiced some discomfort in being voted into the Hall of Fame before some of their influences, Jane’s Addiction and Bad Brains, calling out those band’s frontmen in the note. “Have to say [we] wish H.R. and Perry Farrell were gonna be there too.” H.R. fronts Bad Brains, while Perry Farrell leads Jane’s Addiction; both bands were also on the ballot this year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place April 7 at Barclays Center in New York.
Alleged Taylor Swift Stalker Arrested
(Radio.com) A man who has allegedly been stalking Taylor Swift for three months has finally been arrested, reports Page Six. Twenty-nine-year-old Mohammed Jaffar had been loitering around the popstar's apartment building in Tribeca since December 2016. Once he requested to meet with Swift and was swiftly denied. But that didn't stop him from showing up at least four more times. In February, surveillance cameras showed that he actually made it inside of her building and hung around in the hallway by her door. During the same incident, he spent four hours on the roof. Another time, he spent one hour ringing the buzzer, came back another day and rang for 45 minutes. Jaffar was finally arrested March 6 on stalking and burglary charges, and is being held on $20,000 bond reports Page Six. He has been forbidden from seeking any further contact with Swift.
The Kinks Frontman Ray Davies Gets Knighted In England
- (antimusic) Legendary frontman of The Kinks, Ray Davies was knighted by Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday (March 16th). Davies is the latest rock icon to receive the honor in recognition for their contributions to music. Ray had this to say about the ceremony, "It lasted three minutes and it went very well and I said goodbye and went home." Earlier this week he told ITV (via ABC) that he was accepting the knighthood as a way to honor Kinks fans. "We were banned in America for four years [during the 1960s] and fans stayed by us in those days. And it's an acknowledgement more than anything else to those people."
'We Are Family' Singer Joni Sledge Found Dead In Her Home
- (Radio.com) Joni Sledge, who sang "We Are Family" as a member of Sister Sledge, was found dead in her Phoenix, AZ home on Friday (March 10). The New York Times reports that no cause of death has been reported. Sledge rose to fame alongside her sisters for that familiar chorus: "We are family /I got all my sisters with me." The four Sledge sisters' enduring disco hit has been extensively licensed and remembered since it debuted in 1979 on the We Are Family album. Sister Sledge was Nile Rodgers' first production credit outside his work with Chic, and the sisters' family values approach to disco set them apart for the time. Joni (born in 1956) was the second-youngest of the foursome and went on to record her own solo material later in life.
Charlie Daniels Releasing His Memoir This Fall
- (antimusic) Country music icon Charlie Daniels has announced that his memoir, "Never Look At The Empty Seats," will be released October 24th in hardcover, eBook and audiobook. Daniels had this to say, "I'm extremely excited about the release of my new book, 'Never Look At The Empty Seats.' Quite a bit is known about my public life but there is so much more I've wanted to share, my early years, my faith, my struggles and the unique people and events which have had such an impact on who I am and what I do". Matt Baugher the SVP and Publisher of W Publishing Group adds, "Although the phrase is at times overused, Charlie Daniels truly is a national treasure. "His love for America and all it stands for is matched only by his immense talent as a singer, songwriter, and fiddle player. We're honored to partner with this music legend in bringing his full story to the public for the first time. He's had quite a ride." The book is available for preorder here
Quiet Riot Delay Album To Add James Durbin Vocals - (antimusic) A lot has changed in the world of Quiet Riot recently, most notably the band recruiting American Idol star James Durbin to take over lead vocals, which in turn has now forced the band to delay the release of their just announced new album. The band recently announced their new album "Road Rage," followed shortly by revealing that they had replaced singer Seann Nicols who had recorded the vocals for the new studio effort. The veteran group has now announced that they have pushed back the release of the record to "later this summer" in order to have Durbin re-record the vocal tracks. Frankie Banali had this to say about the band's decision, "After careful consideration, with the support of Frontiers and understanding the appeals from Quiet Riot fans to have our vocalist James Durbin represented on the new Quiet Riot release, we have made the decision to move forward and have James replace all the vocals on Road Rage with new lyrics and melodies for a summer 2017 release. Stay tuned!".