• Ex-Santana Percussionist Armando Peraza Passes Away

    Ex-Santana Percussionist Armando Peraza Passes Away

    Cuban-born percussionist Armando Peraza, who was a member of Santana from 1972 to about 1990, died this past Monday, April 14, at a hospital in South San Francisco, California.  The musician’ wife, Josephine, told the Los Angeles Times that his cause of death was pneumonia, although he also had fought a long battle with diabetes.  Peraza was believed to be 89, although he didn’t know his exact birth date. Armando joined Santana for the recording of the band’s fourth studio album, Caravanserai, and appeared on most of the group’s releases through 1990′s Spirits Dancing in the Flesh.  He retired from… Read more

  • Paul Stanley of KISS Wrapping Up Book Tour

    Paul Stanley of KISS Wrapping Up Book Tour

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley has published his autobiography, Paul Stanley: Face the Music: A Life Exposed, and is on a book tour through California this week to sign books and meet fans.  Despite the fact that Stanley appears on the cover in full KISS makeup, he tells ABC News Radio “I didn’t write a KISS book, I wrote a book about my life.” The book opens with Stanley’s childhood, which tells the tale of a pretty rough beginning. “I was born without a right ear, deaf on that side, all kinds of learning disabilities because of it and a fairly dysfunctional family,” he says.  He admits he… Read more

  • Phil Lesh & Friends to Play First-Ever Concert in New York City's Central Park

    Phil Lesh & Friends to Play First-Ever Concert in New York City's Central Park

    Phil Lesh & Friends, the musical project led by the founding Grateful Dead bassist, will play their first-ever headlining show in New York City’s Central Park next month.  The event will be held May 28 at Rumsey Playfield. The lineup of Lesh’s group, which is made up of a rotating cast of musicians, will feature at this show Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Warren Haynes, keyboardist John Medeski from the avant-jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, acclaimed jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield and drummer Joe Russo, who also plays will Phil and The Dead’s Bob Weir in Furthur. Outside of The Grateful… Read more

  • Sting, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Kevin Spacey & More Croon & Clown at 2014 Rainforest Benefit

    Sting, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Kevin Spacey & More Croon & Clown at 2014 Rainforest Benefit

    Sting singing Italian opera?  Kevin Spacey impersonating Bill Clinton…while standing next to Bill Clinton?  Paul Simon cracking jokes like a stand-up comic?  It could only happen at Sting’s long-running Rainforest Benefit Concert, which marked 25 years of fundraising Thursday night at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall. As usual, Sting and his wife Trudie Styler put together a star-studded cast of musicians to entertain the crowd.  In addition to Sting himself, the lineup included Sting’s recent tour mate Paul Simon, as well as James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Bruce Springsteen’s wife and E Street Band member Patti Scialfa, Dionne Warwick, opera… Read more

  • Paul McCartney Asks Fans to "Eat No Fish" on Good Friday

    Paul McCartney Asks Fans to "Eat No Fish" on Good Friday

    As Christians prepare to celebrate Easter this Sunday, Paul McCartney is continuing his ongoing support of animal rights and the vegan lifestyle by taking part in a new initiative encouraging people to forego eating meat for the holiday.  The ex-Beatles legend is appearing in an online campaign launched by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in which he’s wearing the organization’s new “Eat No Fish” T-shirt. The promotion is timed to coincide with the pre-Easter holy day Good Friday, which Christians traditionally observe by eating fish rather than other meat such as beef, pork or chicken.  The new PETA… Read more

  • Slash Takes Credit — Incorrectly — for Broadcasting's Seven-Second Delay

    Slash Takes Credit — Incorrectly — for Broadcasting's Seven-Second Delay

    Slash is the first to admit that he didn’t care much for school, and it’s clear he’s not up on his broadcasting history.  In the latest digital issue of FuseTV’s Backatcha – in which rock stars discuss highlights of their band’s pasts — the guitarist tries to take credit for broadcasting’s seven-second delay.  That’s the feature that lets radio jocks and TV producers “dump” up to seven seconds of audio in the event that some rock star slips with an F-bomb or one of the many other violations of the FCC’s stringent rules. In the Backatcha episode, Slash says that he and the rest of his old… Read more

  • Glen Campbell Moved to an Alzheimer's Facility, Says Family Friend

    Glen Campbell Moved to an Alzheimer's Facility, Says Family Friend

    Glen Campbell has apparently been moved to an Alzheimer’s facility.  A family friend tells People, “I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet.  We’ll know more next week.” The 78-year-old singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than three years ago.  A documentary about Glen’s Goodbye Tour, titled Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, debuts Friday at the Nashville Film Festival. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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