Monthly Archives May 2017

Warren Haynes Remembers ‘Dear Friend’ Gregg Allman

May 27, 2017 Music

Warren Haynes has penned a tribute to his musical hero, friend and band mate Gregg Allman following the Allman Brothers Band leader's death Saturday.

"I am truly honored to have been fortunate enough to have written many songs with him and equally honored to have traveled the world with him while making the best music the world has ever known. I will never, ever take that for granted. And on top of all that, he was my dear friend," Haynes wrote on Facebook.

"My fondest memories will always be of Gregg, myself, and Allen Woody sharing a tour bus together-listening to great music and laughing our asses off mile after mile. Traveling – like life – is so much better when you’ve got friends to share the experience with. I’ve lost too many lately and this one is gonna be hard to

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Warren Haynes Remembers ‘Dear Friend’ Gregg Allman

May 27, 2017 Music

Warren Haynes has penned a tribute to his musical hero, friend and band mate Gregg Allman following the Allman Brothers Band leader's death Saturday.

"I am truly honored to have been fortunate enough to have written many songs with him and equally honored to have traveled the world with him while making the best music the world has ever known. I will never, ever take that for granted. And on top of all that, he was my dear friend," Haynes wrote on Facebook.

"My fondest memories will always be of Gregg, myself, and Allen Woody sharing a tour bus together-listening to great music and laughing our asses off mile after mile. Traveling – like life – is so much better when you’ve got friends to share the experience with. I’ve lost too many lately and this one is gonna be hard to

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Cher Mourns Ex-Husband Gregg Allman: ‘Words Are Impossible’

May 27, 2017 Music

When news broke that Southern rock pioneer, the great Gregg Allman died, his famous ex-wife Cher tweeted a brief yet sentimental tribute using their old pet names for one another. "Words are impossible, Gui Gui" she wrote in her requisite all-caps lettering. "Forever, Chooch." 

Between 1975 and 1977, Cher and Gregg Allman met, married, divorced, remarried, had a son and made an album together, aptly titled Two the Hard Way. The unlikely pairing of sleek, newly single pop diva and untamed southern rocker perplexed the public. But their partnership coincided during a mutually transitional period as both musicians strove to reinvent themselves in the next decade. 

In 1975, Cher was famously navigating a messy divorce and custody battle from her longtime

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Cher Mourns Ex-Husband Gregg Allman: ‘Words Are Impossible’

May 27, 2017 Music

When news broke that Southern rock pioneer, the great Gregg Allman died, his famous ex-wife Cher tweeted a brief yet sentimental tribute using their old pet names for one another. "Words are impossible, Gui Gui" she wrote in her requisite all-caps lettering. "Forever, Chooch." 

Between 1975 and 1977, Cher and Gregg Allman met, married, divorced, remarried, had a son and made an album together, aptly titled Two the Hard Way. The unlikely pairing of sleek, newly single pop diva and untamed southern rocker perplexed the public. But their partnership coincided during a mutually transitional period as both musicians strove to reinvent themselves in the next decade. 

In 1975, Cher was famously navigating a messy divorce and custody battle from her longtime

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See Guns N’ Roses Cover ‘Black Hole Sun’ for Chris Cornell in Ireland

May 27, 2017 Music

Guns N' Roses kicked off the latest leg of their Not in This Lifetime Tour Saturday night in Slane, Ireland, where the band performed Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" as a tribute to Chris Cornell.

"This one's to you Chris, Black Hole Sun live from Slane Castle," the band's Twitter wrote moments after the performance of the Superunknown classic.

Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, a fellow Seattle native who performed alongside Cornell in the reunited Mad Season, tweeted following Cornell's death, "RIP Chris Cornell. Truly sad for his children and family....and the rest of us. A good man."

Guns N' Roses are the latest artist to tackle "Black Hole Sun" following Cornell's unexpected death on May 18th, with Norah Jones, Heart's Ann Wilson, Ryan Adams, Cody Jinks & Paul

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Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dead at 69

May 27, 2017 Music

Gregg Allman, a singer, musician and songwriter who played an essential role in the invention of Southern rock, has died at the age of 69. Allman's rep confirmed his death to Rolling Stone.

Although he claimed the term was redundant, singer-keyboardist Gregg Allman helped create the first great "Southern-rock" group as co-founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band alongside his older brother, famed guitarist Duane Allman. The Allmans fused country blues with San Francisco-style extended improvisation, and their sound created a template for countless jam bands to come. Gregg Allman was blessed with one of blues-rock's great growling voices and, along with his Hammond B-3 organ playing, beholden to Booker T. Jones, had a deep emotional power. Writing in Rolling

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Fans Mourn, Remember Chris Cornell at Public Memorial Service

May 27, 2017 Music

The memorial service for singer Chris Cornell drew a solemn crowd of family, friends and tearful admirers to Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday. Cornell's musical comrades in Soundgarden and Audioslave, with whom he'd created lasting, explosive songs, joined comics, classic rockers, movie stars and grunge contemporaries in remembering the singer-guitarist. But when the service was over, and the park opened to to the public, it was Cornell's most hardcore fans who spent the day singing and weeping around the gleaming headstone, which read: "Voice of our generation and an artist for all time."

The headstone fittingly laid beside the memorial statue of the late Johnny Ramone, an epic sculpture of the punk rock guitar hero leaning into a riff. In recent years, Cornell had been

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See Pixies Run Through ‘Tenement Song’ on ‘Colbert’

May 27, 2017 Music

Pixies wrapped the first leg of their three-tiered North American tour by stopping by The Late Show to perform "Tenement Song," a cut off the band's 2016 LP Head Carrier.

The band, with new bassist Paz Lenchantin, began their recent tour by visiting Conan to play "Bel Esprit." The band previously released their animated video for "Tenement Song" in September.

The Pixies' North American trek in support of Head Carrier continues this fall with 19 dates that span from September 19th in New Haven, Connecticut to October 21st at Las Vegas' Cosmopolitan. After a brief break, Black Francis and company will embark on the recently announced third and final leg of the tour starting November 30th in Portland.

While in New York, Pixies also sat down for a

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Directors Talk Paul McCartney Cameo

May 26, 2017 Music

The directors of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales have opened about the film's top-secret Paul McCartney cameo.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg revealed that the scene with McCartney, in full swashbuckling regalia, was originally intended for the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, who portrays Johnny Depp's father in the Disney franchise.

"We had even written a scene for Keith,” Rønning said. "And then because of some scheduling issues, he couldn't come to Australia to shoot, so we sat down with Johnny and kind of brainstormed, like, 'Okay, who could fill his shoes?' Because we felt like we should have something. We should honor the tradition of showing a Jack Sparrow family member. And we made

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Chris Cornell Laid to Rest at Private Los Angeles Funeral

May 26, 2017 Music

Chris Cornell was laid to rest Friday at a private ceremony at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with Cornell's band mates, celebrity friends, family and grunge peers among those who paid their respects to the Soundgarden singer.

Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Taylor Hawkins, Pharrell Williams, Krist Novoselic, Nile Rodgers, Courtney Love, Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro and Joe Walsh were among the rockers who attended the funeral, with actors like James Franco, Christian Bale and Brad Pitt also in attendance.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington performed Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at the memorial while actor James Brolin, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament and Cornell's band mates Soundgarden's Kim Thayil,

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