March 16, 2009 |
The Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games have become huge hits, generating $1.6 billion in North American sales last year from players who love jamming along with music legends. But now customers may be singing an old blues classic: "The Thrill Is Gone." After surging 68% in 2008, sales of music games are expected to be stagnant this year. Though new versions still do well, they don't catch fire the way they used to.
June 30, 1988
Hillel Slovak, 25, guitarist for the flamboyant L.A. rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was found dead Monday in his Hollywood apartment. A coroner's spokesman said results of an autopsy performed Wednesday were inconclusive. The Chili Peppers, which have released three albums on EMI-Manhattan Records since forming in 1983, have not gained national stardom. But the foursome's wild antics on stage have given the group a strong following in the Los Angeles area.
June 4, 1990 |
The drummer for the rock band Foreigner and his wife were rescued unharmed after abandoning their burning boat off the Florida coast, the Coast Guard said Sunday. Dennis Elliott and his wife, Iona, radioed the Coast Guard for help, saying their boat was on fire about 45 miles east of Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday afternoon. A Coast Guard aircraft dropped them a raft about 20 minutes later, and the couple was eventually picked up by a freighter, officials said.
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September 21, 2010 |
Leonard Skinner, a Florida high school gym teacher and coach who was the inspiration for the name of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd , has died. He was 77. Skinner died Monday at St. Catherine Laboure Manor nursing home in Jacksonville, Fla., his daughter Susie Moore told the Associated Press. He had Alzheimer's disease. Skinner earned a place in rock history in the late 1960s at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville after he sent some students to the principal's office because of the length of their hair.
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May 2, 1997 |
A rock band made up of police officers and plenty of police paraphernalia will be on display at the Ventura Police Department's sixth annual block party on Saturday, officials said. The party, which will feature public service displays and entertainment, will be held at the Dowell Drive station from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Among the activities will be a dunking booth featuring Police Chief Richard Thomas and City Manager Donna Landeros.
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December 20, 1991
A Venice man who once served on the road crew for the defunct punk rock band Black Flag was shot to death Thursday by robbers as he walked home from a neighborhood grocery store, police said. Joe Cole, 30, and his roommate were returning from the Boys Market on Lincoln Boulevard at 12:40 a.m. when they were robbed of about $40 by two gunmen, said Lt. Ross Moen.
November 22, 1997 |
Michael Hutchence, the lead singer for the rock band INXS, was found dead today in a Sydney hotel, according to news reports. Hutchence's body was found in his room at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel shortly after midday, Australian Associated Press said. A television station reported that the rock star had hanged himself. Police confirmed a death at the hotel but declined to say if it was Hutchence or what the cause of death was.
June 9, 1990
Stiv Bators, 37, a singer who founded the punk rock band Dead Boys in Cleveland in 1976 and the milder rock group Lords of the New Church in London in 1982. Bators, whose real name was Steve Bator, appeared in the movies "Tapeheads" and "Polyester." The Dead Boys made two albums, "Young, Loud and Snotty" in 1977, and "We Have Come for Your Children" a year later. The Lords attracted widespread attention during a 1987 U.S.
December 30, 1986 |
In the late '70s, musician Kenny Samuels was making the rounds on the active Los Angeles rock club scene. But after stints in such bands as Automatic Pilot and the Pedestrians, Samuels' life took a different road. "In the early '80s, I became a Christian somehow," Samuels said with a chuckle in an interview at his Santa Ana apartment.
March 29, 1987 |
Cui Jian, a 25-year-old trumpet player with a Beijing symphony orchestra, began giving public performances last May as the lead singer, composer and guitar player for a new Chinese rock 'n' roll band. On ordinary working days, Cui continued to play Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.