Month: January 2016

Signe Anderson the Original Lead Singer of Jefferson Airplane has died. She was 74

Another Former Rocker has passed on: Original Jefferson Airplane Singer Signe Anderson has Died at 74 Here’s the kicker we lost Anderson on the same day (January 28, 2016) as her old Airplane band-mate Paul Kantner and at the same age. Anderson was just with the group for one album, their debut, “Jefferson Airplane – Takes Off,” but she certainly made an impact. Band-mate Marty Balin said, “One sweet lady has passed on. I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said ‘Hey what are you doing here? Let’s start a band.” Bassist Jack Casady said he had just talked to her last week when she moved into hospice care. He called her, “a real sweetheart with a terrific contralto voice (lowest female singing voice) coming from a solid folk background. She was born in Seattle, raised in Portland. She first Joined Jefferson Airplane in 1965 after being invited by Balin. She quit to raise her baby but stayed on until the boys found Grace Slick. It was a smooth cross-over with no hard feelings. Anderson’s last show was on October 15th, 1966 and the very next night Slick did her first show with the band at San Francisco’s Fillmore. Casady said she had many health problems the last few years. So far no cause of death was released. Paul Kantner died of multiple organ failure...

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Idris Elba The Big Winner At the Screen Actors Guild Award

Diversity was the night’s big winner at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Idris Elba picked up two prizes. He won for “Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture” for “Beasts of No Nation” and the “Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries” for “Luther.” ‘Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s coverage of Catholic Church sex abuse scandals, picked up “Best Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture.” Leonardo DiCaprio won for “The Revenant” and Brie Larson for “Room” and ensembles casts of “Orange Is the New Black” and “Downton Abbey” also won prizes. The S.A.G. Awards were held Saturday, January 30, in Los Angeles, California. See all the winners below. – by John Beaudin CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL SITE FOR THE AWARDS   Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Motion PictureSpotlight Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleLeonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleBrie Larson, Room Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureAlicia Vikander, The Danish Girl Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureIdris Elba, Beasts of No Nation Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion PictureMad Max: Fury Road Television Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a...

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Guitarist Davey Johnstone: “Elton John Saved My Life

We wonder If Elton John’s long-time guitarist Davey Johnstone has a special place in his heart for the hit “Someone Saved My Life Tonight?” The 1975 tune was not written for Johnstone but it might as well have been. According to Johnstone Elton did save his life. After losing his nine-year-old son Oliver in a tragic pool accident the guitarist was reinventing the extent of partying to avoid his inner demons. It all stopped, however, while on tour in Europe. Elton said ‘Why don’t you fly back with me and we’ll spend a couple of days at the house?’ It was to be an informal intervention. “Then one day he sat me down and said, ‘You should have a look at your life and there might be something you should do to make it better and to honor your kid Oliver’ because I lost a boy when he was nine years old and it almost killed me — as it does any parent who has gone through that awful thing.” “He said, if you look at your life a little more seriously, instead of just trying to go balls-out every night and having to score a chick or drugs or whatever. It doesn’t have to be that way’. And as a result of listening to Elton, my wife and my kids are happier because they know that they’re not...

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Elton John Calls His Duet With Demi Lovato “Unfortunate”

It was an appearance that made us ask, “Can Demi Lovato even sing live?” Her duet with Elton John On January 13th was so bad that the internet went bonkers! Demi was having severe problems singing Elton’s famous duet with Kiki Dee, “Don’t Go Breaking my Heart.” At first it seemed Demi couldn’t sing the low notes at all. Then many thought she was singing it in the wrong key. At one point there seemed like nothing coming out of her mic and finally we hear what sounds like shouting.   Well, it was awful and Elton is kind of agreeing with us. He calls the duet, “Unfortunate.” “The song was in the wrong key for her, so she had an unfortunate time,” he told the New York Times. Whether or not Lovato actually has the chops to sing live is yet to be seen (or heard) but being a former Disney princess unfortunately puts her in a category that is usually scrutinized for lip-syncing and why do people do that? Maybe she just had a bad night? We will give Demi the benefit of the doubt. Elton John is set to release an exciting uptempo album “Wonderful Crazy Night” February 5th featuring longtime guitarist Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson and percussionist Ray Cooper. – by John...

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Heart Working Hard On New Album With Hopes of 2016 Release

Ann Wilson of Heart says the band has written a few songs already for an album. “We’re definitely working on new stuff,” the singer told ABC Radio. “We have about four new songs now and we only need a few more and we’ll have enough for a new full-length record, which should be ready by June.” She says the whole band are holding themselves up to a higher standard and, “have to make sure it’s truly great, which we’re in the process of doing.” Unlike their last “Fanatic” CD, which was really heavy, Wilson says the 2016 project, “will have more contours.” Even though Ann has sung most of the songs for the group since the beginning her sister Nancy has a few sweet songs that will, “just tugs at your heart.” Interestingly Ann added there usually has been a plan for Nancy to sing more but at the last minute she changes her mind. It’s a shyness thing. Heart will headline some shows in the U.S. In late January before head to Canada with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in March. – by John...

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