Johnny Winter Dead At 70
Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died on Wednesday (July 16, 2004) in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, confirms his representative Carla Parisi of Kid Logic Media. He was 70.
Reports of Winter's death surfaced on Wednesday night with American Blues Scene reporting that that several independent sources close to Winter confirmed his passing.
The wife of Winter's collaborator Rick Derringer, Jenda Derringer, also reported his passing on her Facebook page: "We were just told by a reliable source that Johnny has passed."
She later added, "He passes early this morning in Zurich, Switzerland." When asked how it happened, she said, "That I do not know, but he was not in good health and was very frail and weak."
Kid Logic Media confirmed the news early Thursday morning. They sent over the following message, "Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16, 2014 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland.
"His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists. An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time."
Classic Rock reports that Winter was due to release his 19th studio album "Step Back" in September. Winter - elder brother of Edgar - was born in the Mississippi delta and started out playing alongside Muddy Waters, B.B. King and others in his teens. Following the launch of 1968 debut album The Progressive Blues Experiment he signed to Columbia for the largest advance ever paid.
Ron Howard Making Beatles Movie
(Radio.com) Apple Records, White Horse Pictures and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment just announced a new authorized documentary for Apple, based on the first part of the Beatles' career, before they retired from performing concerts. As with all Beatle-related projects from Apple, the film will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
Howard said, "I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."
This film will focus on the Beatles' legendary early shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and their residencies in Hamburg to their last public concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.
The Beatles began touring Europe in late 1963, but it was their much-celebrated appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on February 9, 1964 that led to the Beatles' popularity exploding, and "Beatlemania." By June of that year, the band had gone on their first world tour; they would continue on a relentless schedule for two subsequent years. By the time the band stopped touring in August of 1966, they had performed 166 concerts in 15 countries and 90 cities worldwide.
David Bowie Plans To Release More Music Soon
(Radio.com) Davie Bowie was unable to attend a fundraising event thrown by the Terrance Higgins Trust to honor him this past weekend, but he did send a statement. In true Bowie style, it had a tiny note at the end that has set the world on edge. In it, Bowie teased, yet again, that the world would hear more new music from him.
"The city [of London] is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance," Bowie's statement read. "And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon."
Bowie released the album The Next Day in 2013. Another album in 2014 would be quick turn around for the legend, as his last original album before that was 2003′s Reality.
Judas Priest Earn Their Highest Chart Debut Ever
UK metal legends Judas Priest have a lot to celebrate as they have earned the highest album chart debut of their career in the U.S. and are on track to score their biggest UK chart debut in 34 years.
The band released their new album, "Redeemer Of Souls," in the U.S. last week and the new title sold 33,000 copies during the first week of release, securing the band their very first Billboard 200 Top 10 hit when the album landed at No. 6, according to hennemusic.
Meanwhile, in their native UK, "Redeemer Of Souls," is currently at No. 8 in the midweek UK Official Album Chart, according to Classic Rock. If the sales hold steady, the band is poised to score their highest UK chart debut since 1980's landmark "British Steel" album debuted at No. 4.
Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Wants To Add Fan To Rollercoaster Drum Rig
(hennemusic) Motley Crue's Tommy Lee wants to add fan to his drum solo on the band's farewell tour. Billed as "The Cruecifly", Lee's solo sees the rocker move around the venue on a rollercoaster track where he is flipped upside down while performing.
"I wanted to add an extra seat," the drummer tells ABC News Radio, "because I wanted to take a fan with me, which we may still do. We're still kinda messing around with the insurance company, because it's one thing to insure me over the audience, but it's another to insure another just regular folk that I pick out of the crowd. That's a whole other animal, so we're working on it."
Lee has performed stunts during his solo for years, and he says "The Cruecifly" tops them all. "I've been wanting to do [this] my whole life, and [other tours have been] leading up to this," he explains. "This is like the mothership."
Robert Plant Releases Short Film Preview Of New Album
(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has released "Returning To The Borders", a short film about his forthcoming solo album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar."
The footage follows Plant as he wanders the English countryside while recalling his travels in the American south that provided lyrical inspiration for the project.
"I've been away a long time from these borders," says the singer. "I spent a lot of time traveling through the south. I was searching to see if I could find out the character of the area from the radio that was on in the car. So I wrote the lyrics against an amazing link to those days, back in the 1930s and '40s, when the south was the center of the black revolution in music, before the Great Migration up to Chicago."
ZZ Top Release Live Video From Upcoming DVD
(hennemusic) ZZ Top have released a new live performance video of "Waitin' For The Bus" which acts as a preview for their upcoming release, "Live At Montreux 2013."
Due July 22 on on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, the package captures the Texas trio in concert at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland on July 10, 2013.
The set features a blend of tracks from classic early '70s ZZ Top albums such as "Tres Hombres" and "Fandango" through their '80s blockbuster period with "Eliminator" and "Afterburner", up to their most recent release and return to their blues roots with 2012's "La Futura."
The middle section of the concert features a jazz-blues tribute to the late Montreux Festival founder Claude Nobs with guest appearances by Mike Flanigin on Hammond Organ and Van Wilks on guitar.
Paul McCartney to Play Intimate Benefit Show
(Gibson) Paul McCartney has agreed to perform a rare, intimate theater performance for lucky fans in San Antonio, Texas. The show will take place Oct. 1 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, which seats just 1,750 people.
The concert will serve as a fundraiser for the newly completed venue. "Our board was very supportive of getting the biggest rock star in the world," said Tobin Center representative Mike Fresher, speaking to San Antonio radio station KSAT.
"It's absolutely unheard of and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for folks in San Antonio to not only see one of the remaining Beatles, but also to support the Tobin Center …." The venue's grand opening is slated for Sept. 4.
Other artists on the venue's performance schedule include Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Santana.