October 26, 2011 |
The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, whose given name is Michael Balzary, has sold his newly built Malibu house for $3.15 million. The two-story contemporary had come on the market in June at $4.795 million. Designed by Marmol Radziner, the indoor-outdoor home has a concrete floor and ocean and canyon views. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms and an office in more than 3,000 square feet. Flea, 49, is a founding member of the Grammy-winning band, whose 10th album, "I'm With You," was released this summer.
October 10, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday: Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh has died at 40. A drug overdose is suspected, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. ( Chicago Sun-Times ) Welsh tweeted two weeks ago: "dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today. " Then he followed up: "correction - the weekend after next. " ( People ) Zsa Zsa Gabor underwent a successful surgery to replace a feeding tube in her stomach, according to her husband.
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October 7, 2011
Charles Napier Character actor usually played the heavy Charles Napier, 75, a prolific character actor whose granite jaw and toothy grin earned him tough-guy roles in movies like "Rambo: First Blood Part II," died Wednesday at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, his longtime friend Dennis Wilson told the Bakersfield Californian. The cause was not given. Besides playing the scheming intelligence officer facing Sylvester Stallone in the 1985 "Rambo" sequel, Napier is also remembered as Good Ole Boys frontman Tucker McElroy in the 1980 musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers," the judge in 1993's "Philadelphia" and Lt. Bill Boyle in 1991's "Silence of the Lambs.
March 9, 2011
Former Alice in Chains bassist and "Celebrity Rehab" alumnus Mike Starr has been found dead at age 44. ( Los Angeles Times ) Yes, Charlie Sheen is still ranting. ( Los Angeles Times ) And he has challenged Dr. Drew to a boxing match. ( Radar Online ) Could Rob Lowe replace Sheen on "Two and a Half Men"? ( TMZ ) How did MTV's "The Real World" go from an earnest look at contemporary social issues to drunken hot tub threesomes? ( Los Angeles Times )
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March 3, 2011
Mark Tulin Electric Prunes bassist Mark Tulin, 62, bassist for the Electric Prunes, a short-lived 1960s garage band best known for their distortion-filled psychedelic-acid rock single "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)," died Saturday in Avalon after a suspected heart attack, said his daughter, Samantha Tulin. A diving enthusiast, he had traveled to Catalina to volunteer for the annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup event. The Electric Prunes quintet formed in 1965 in the San Fernando Valley.
February 14, 2011 |
Pop provocateurs Lady Gaga and Eminem may have brought more compelling career stories to the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, but on a shocking night the big trophies went home Sunday with Southern trio Lady Antebellum and Montreal indie-rock band Arcade Fire. Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," a harmony hit of closing-time yearning, was named record and song of the year (the former is for best overall track; the latter is specifically for song writing), while the best album honors went to Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," the third studio album from the seven-member band led by the married couple Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.
February 14, 2011 |
She was the least well known and the lowest-selling artist in the group. But that didn't stop Esperanza Spalding, a 26-year-old jazz vocalist and bassist who combines old-school cool with an ebullient personality that has energized her genre, from winning the Grammy Award for best new artist in one of the night's biggest surprises. Spalding was a decided underdog in an eclectic field of competitors that included the teen pop idol and newly minted movie star Justin Bieber, hip-hop artist Drake, British indie pop-rockers Florence and the Machine and English folk rockers Mumford & Sons.
August 29, 2010 |
Mike Watt banged up a knee while onstage thumping his bass with legendary proto-punk band the Stooges a few weeks back, so, at least for a while, there won't be any kayaking or morning bicycle rides around his beloved San Pedro for the local art-punk champ. But that doesn't mean he's going to stop playing. "I'm still doing the gigs," he says with a crusty laugh, "I ain't quit, but it's like an ironing board, man. It's totally stiff, and it's just immobilized. But I got more gigs to do. I gotta stay in motion.
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August 17, 2010
Joe L. Brown General manager reshaped Pirates Joe L. Brown, 91, the general manager whose shrewd trading and expert rebuilding of the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system resulted in two World Series championships, died Sunday in Albuquerque after an extended illness. Brown, the son of famed comedian Joe E. Brown and a Newport Beach resident, succeeded Branch Rickey as the Pirates' general manager after a last-place season in 1955. He stayed on through 1976, a span in which the Pirates won the 1960 and 1971 World Series and five National League East titles after division play began in 1969.
June 12, 2010 |
If you really want to hear Esperanza Spalding get excited talking about jazz, ask her about its effect on 5-year-olds. Speaking by phone from her home in Portland, Ore., the effervescent young bassist's conversational tempo shifts into another gear as she talks about leading a jazz workshop at an elementary school. Working with pianist and band mate Leo Genovese, Spalding introduced free improvisation to the kids as a musical twist on Cops and Robbers. Spalding promised to follow Genovese's lead, and that the kids should clap when she caught him. "So Leo will play a phrase and maybe it's really crazy and I can't follow him and I'll go 'Awww.