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December 22, 2012
Lee Dorman, 70, the bassist for the psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, was found dead Friday morning in a vehicle, said Gail Krause, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. A coroner's investigation is under way, but foul play is not suspected. Iron Butterfly was formed in San Diego in 1966 and recorded an album before Dorman joined a revised lineup that included guitarist Erik Braunn, keyboardist and singer Doug Ingle and drummer Ron Bushy. In 1968, the group recorded "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida," a 17-minute heavy metal track that "was nothing short of a pop monument," The Times said in 1988, "the song of the moment" that caught the attention of the counterculture market.
January 10, 2013
Equally adept with classical and jazz, New York-based pianist Uri Caine performs with a trio that includes bassist Drew Gress and drummer Clarence Penn for a night that should be reminiscent of his celebrated Village Vanguard live recordings and his 2011 album "Siren" (which surprisingly marked his first studio recording in a trio). The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St., Suite 301., L.A. Sat., 9 p.m. $15 http://www.bluewhalemusic.com .
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February 21, 2012
Michael Davis Bassist for rock band MC5 Michael Davis, 68, the bassist of influential late 1960s rock band MC5, died Friday of liver failure at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif., said his wife, Angela Davis. The Motor City Five, later known as MC5, rose to prominence in 1964, making waves with incendiary anti-establishment lyrics and a blistering early punk sound, starting with their first album "Kick Out the Jams," released in 1969. Known for its live performances, the band played outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago before rioting ended the concert.
January 19, 2008
Re "Front man or side man?" Opinion, Jan. 13 Joe Queenan did the world a favor by giving up music. The fact that he didn't get the girl as a bassist, and his bandmates couldn't tell that he couldn't play, screams volumes about the level of musicianship of his bandmates. Bassists who are frustrated guitarists are, in reality, not bassists at all. The two instruments have different roles to play, and the skilled bassist understands that instinctively. Obviously, Queenan didn't get it. As a bassist who played professionally for 18 years, I never lacked for female companionship, and my bandmates could always tell if I was playing well or having an off night.
November 22, 2008 |
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz are the proud parents of a baby boy, and they're celebrating with some Bronx cheer -- a good one. Their representative says the pop and rock star couple have named their son Bronx Mowgli. The baby, born Thursday night, weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Bronx is the first child for Simpson-Wentz and Wentz, bassist for the rock band Fall Out Boy. They were married earlier this year.
January 31, 2013
Free-swinging jazz is consistent with Marsalis' New Orleans-based family dynasty. The saxophonist will no doubt keep things at a steady boil here, aided in no small part by a band that includes bassist Eric Revis, pianist Joey Calderazzo and a young force of nature behind the drums, Justin Faulkner. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 8 p.m. Sat. $45-$75. http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org .