October 27, 2013 |
News of Lou Reed's death hit the music world as hard and fast as a kick pedal on a bass drum Sunday morning, and resonated just as loudly. As word spread, many on Facebook changed their profile pictures to that of the legendary Velvet Underground frontman's face, and Twitter erupted with appreciations from all corners of the globe. "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet... I've lost my 'school-yard buddy'," tweeted John Cale, who co-founded what would become the Velvet Underground with Reed in 1964, when both men were in their early 20s. PHOTOS: Lou Reed | 1942-2013 Those who knew and loved the musician, sometimes from up close and sometimes just from afar, also weighed in. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Tweeted, "RIP TO A GREAT FRIEND A FELLOW MUSICIAN.
October 7, 2013 |
"I know it hasn't been easy for us to talk with everyone being around," Justin Bieber says in his new song, "But this is personal, this is for me and you / And I want you to know that I still love you. " Is the teen-pop superstar using a totally public forum to privately address Selena Gomez, his on-again/off-again girlfriend? Only Bieber knows. What's clear to the rest of us, though, is that after a rocky summer in which he drew more attention with his offstage antics than with his music -- we'll never forget you, abandoned capuchin monkey -- Bieber is back to the business of making records.
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September 12, 2013 |
Long Beach rapper-turned- reggae artist Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) is the latest high-profile artist to contribute money toward the funeral of a 6-year-old girl shot in Moreno Valley last weekend, his representatives told The Times. Snoop has donated an undisclosed amount of money to Tiana Ricks' family, his representatives confirmed. In a statement, Snoop called the girl's death "heartbreaking. " "Little 6-year-old girls are not supposed to die from a gunshot.
August 16, 2013 |
The Encino home where Tom Petty once lived and wrote songs has been put up for sale by his ex-wife, Jane Petty, at $3.575 million. The gated estate of less than an acre features a lagoon pool and waterfall spa. The 9,076 square feet of living space include a two-story tall fireplace, a media room, a loft-like gym, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. An arson fire at the home in 1987 spared Petty's basement studio, where he stored his guitars and master recordings, according to Los Angeles Times reports at the time.
July 7, 2013 |
Writing is easy. You take a pile of nouns, you add a bucket of verbs. You put them in a spittoon and swirl them around until you've created a story that lasts through eternity. That's my secret, anyway. Shakespeare and Twain followed much the same process, though I don't think those two hacks ever articulated it quite this eloquently. Know what's hard? Baseball, a.k.a. hardball - a game so difficult they have to play 162 of them just to decide who makes the postseason, then another dozen or two just to pick a champion in the rawness of pre-winter.
June 12, 2013 |
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have announced that they will offer refunds to attendees of Saturday night's shortened gig at the Fonda. Petty's set, one of six at the 1,300-capacity venue, was shut down early after fire marshals deemed the room overcrowded. In a statement released Tuesday night after the band's final gig of the residency, Petty representatives apologized. “The satisfaction of fans is of paramount importance to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the band shares the frustration of the fans in attendance that evening who deserved to experience the entire performance.” Petty offered his own apology for the incident between songs during Sunday's set. "I was up all night talking about this," he said.