Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac Dead At 79

Christine McVie, who played with Fleetwood Mac and wrote some of their most famous songs, has died aged 79, her family has said.

The British singer-songwriter was behind hits including Little Lies, Everywhere, Don’t Stop, Say You Love Me and Songbird.

She died peacefully at a hospital in the company of her family, a statement said.

McVie left Fleetwood Mac after 28 years in 1998 but returned in 2014.

The family’s statement said “we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally”.

Born Christine Perfect, McVie married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie, and joined the group at the start of the 1970s.

A statement by the band said of McVie: “We were so lucky to have a life with her.

“Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”

In a post on Instagram, Stevie Nicks wrote: “A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away.

“I didn’t even know she was ill… until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London, I wanted to get to London – but we were told to wait.

“So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling around my head, over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so, I’m singing it to her now.

“I always knew I would need these words one day… It’s all I can do now.”

New England Hard Rock/ Metal Act SEPSISS To Perform An Exclusive Online Event December 10th

Photo By Jason Corkum

On Saturday, December 10, 2022 award winning band Sepsiss will go live and play over 15 original songs, hosting their first and only live Music performance online!! Don’t miss this special Facebook live packed with free gear, prizes, fun games, contests and new music. Go to their Facebook page to confirm. Dont miss this special live event! 

The band comments on their social media: “This is a unique performance and special experience for our global fans and people who haven’t gotten to see our band live.”

Sepsiss is currently working on their new studio album and planning a north American tour in 2023.

Rock ’n’ Roll Legend Jerry Lee Lewis Has Died

Rock ‘n Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis who’s most known for hits like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” has died at 87.

Jerry Lee Lewis died peacefully in his home in Desoto County, Mississippi. When reporters reached the family via phone, Farnum informed them that cause of the death was “natural causes.” His wife Judith was at his side. During his last hours Jerry told his wife he Isnt afraid to die and he will embrace the afterlife.

He was pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly. He began recording in 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. “Crazy Arms” sold 300,000 copies in the South, but it was Lewis’ 1957 smash “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” that catapulted him to international stardom. He then went on to have massive successes including “Great Balls of Fire,” “Breathless,” and “High School Confidential.”

His rock and roll career took a hit after he married Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin once removed.

Following the controversy, his fame swiftly dwindled, and with a few exceptions, such as a version of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say,” he had little chart success in the early 1960s. His live performances were becoming increasingly chaotic and energetic. Many writers and fans view his 1964 live CD Live at the Star Club, Hamburg as one of the craziest and finest live rock recordings ever.

“To Make Love Sweeter for You,” “There Must Be More to Love Than This,” “Would You Take Another Chance on Me,” and “Me and Bobby McGee” were also known as number hit singles.

Lewis released 40 studio albums during his career. The most recent being 2014’s Rock & Roll Time. “Mean Old Man,” his previous album, debuted in the US Top 30 in 2010 and featured duets with performers such as Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, and Eric Clapton.

The UK’s Knim release their masterful debut of enthralling prog rock/metal – When A Star Falls

In the spring of this year Knim stepped from the shadows of their West Yorkshire home and presented their debut single to the world. A Prisoner On The Seas was an epic adventure – both musically and lyrically – and touched with magic. It opened a portal into another world with its entwining of progressive rock and grandiose metal and since its release all those who were captivated by its fresh, exciting sounds have been waiting eagerly for the continuation of the tale. Now the wait is nearly over, because on November 25th Knim will unveil their first full release – When A Star Falls.

Featuring a remastered version of ‘A Prisoner On The Seas’ and four new exquisitely crafted pieces of Knim’s unique sonic sorcery, When A Star Falls is a labyrinth to explore that harbours an array of treasures, waiting to be discovered. Opening with the many layers of ‘Elysium’, Knim then lead the listener on down the mist-shrouded ‘Pathway’ to the gargantuan storm of emotions that is ‘The Incongruity Of I’. The album explores themes of loss and isolation, yearning and betrayal, vivid memories of happiness beside which everyday existence fades to grey. Yet as the beautiful melancholy of the title track unfolds and slips into the odyssey of ‘A Prisoner On The Seas’ you can’t help but be uplifted by the sounds and visions that surround you. There is an intensity of emotion instilled within these songs that fires the imagination and surrounds you in rich and vivid hues of brilliant colour. There is more to appreciate within the world of When A Star Falls each time you visit its sprawling landscapes.

Accompanied by the artwork of Avenged Creations which seems to have been drawn directly from the heart of this special album and blessed with a rich, deep, organic sound quality thanks to the remarkable work of producer Ari Rannus, When A Star Falls will be waiting for you on November 25th. Join Knim on their voyage and you’ll never look back…

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Coal Minors Daughter LORETTA LYNN Dies Peacefully in Her Sleep at Her Tennessee Ranch

Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter whose frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia pulled her out of poverty and made her a pillar of country music, has died. She was 90.

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the family said in a statement. They asked for privacy as they grieve and said a memorial will be announced later.

LORETTA LYNN had a rough start in life and it didn’t get any easier in her adult life either. She was a very talented and strong woman who had to fight against all odds and held her own becoming one of the most famous country music icons. Shes listened to and celebrated world wide thanks to her 1980 Biopic, “Coal Minor’s Daughter”, starring Sissy Spacek and is one of the better cinematic bios, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” deserves praise because it is such a topnotch production. Sissy Spacek gives a terrific performance in the rags-to-riches, true-life story of country music legend Loretta Lynn. Lynn Personally Chose Sissy Spacek to Play Her in ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’

Loretta Lynn’s career as an American singer-songwriter spanned six decades in country music. Lynn released multiple gold albums. She had hits such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin'”, “One’s on the Way”, “Fist City”, and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.

Lynn had four children before launching her career in the early 1960s, and her songs reflected her pride in her rural Kentucky background.

As a songwriter she was a defiantly tough woman, a contrast to the stereotypical image of most female country singers. The Country Music Hall of Famer wrote about love and sex, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control and met with trouble with radio programmers for her controversial material that even rock artists avoided.

When Metallica played Nashville for the first time in a decade back in January 2019, they added a country twist to their set with a cover of Loretta Lynn’s “You’re Looking at Country.” It turns out that not only was the 87-year-old “tickled” by the band’s rendition, but she was there to witness it in person.

Her family released a statement which read:

“Our precious mom, Loretta
Lynn, passed away
peacefully this morning,
October 4th, in her sleep at
home at her beloved ranch in
Hurricane Mills.” The family
of Loretta Lynn.

Celebrating JOHN COLTRANE On His Birthday

John William Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist, bandleader and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music. Born in this day, September 23rd 1926 in Hamlet North Carolina.

John Coltrane departed this mortal plane more than fifty years ago but he still remains a part of us, more alive than ever. His sound continues to grab the ears of an ever-widening circle of fans. His music legendary. He’s a permanent fixture in jazz culture as that of any 20th century musical giant. His saxophone sound—brooding, searching, dark—is still one of the most recognizable sounds in modern jazz. His influence stretches over styles and genres, and transcends cultural boundaries. The modern ideal of music serving a deeply spiritual, connective purpose. A defining facet of John Coltrane.

Jazz journalist Nat Hentoff, who interviewed and championed Coltrane, praised him more soberly. “By the time A Love Supreme hit, Trane struck such a spiritual chord in so many listeners that people started to think of him as being beyond human. I think that’s unfair. He was just a human being like you and me — but he was willing to practice more, to do all the things that somebody has to do to excel. The real value in what John Coltrane did was that what he accomplished, he did as a human.”

Timing had much to do with building Coltrane’s musical foundation as well. Being born in ‘26 meant that by his teenage years he was hearing the popular songs and sophisticated arrangements at the height of the big band era. As he approached adulthood in the mid ‘40s, the bebop of alto saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie grabbed the ears of his generation. Johnny Hodges, the longtime alto saxophonist in Duke Ellington’s famed orchestra; and Dexter Gordon, the tenor-sax playing, first-generation bebopper, were two of Coltrane’s earliest heroes.

“I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world. I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.” ~John Coltrane

The Cult Release New Music ‘A Cut Inside’

Ian Astbury of The Cult. Credit: Mariano Regidor/Redferns

The Cult share new single “A Cut Inside” which follows the recently released debut single “Give Me Mercy,” from their new album Under The Midnight Sun.

Its been six years since The Cult put out anything new. Their latest work titled ‘Under The Midnight Sun. The album is set to be released October 7 tbrough Black Hill Records. Pre-order Under The Midnight Sun here. News of the album came out with the release of the single, ‘Give Me Mercy’, which guitarist Billy Duffy said in a press release “has all the hallmarks of the new classic Cult to my ears”.

Ian Astbury said: “I was absolutely enamoured with this piece of music Billy had written, and it perfectly fit these thoughts I’d been having about our culture’s need to move past assumptions of duality. We need new language because words can’t express where we’re going.”

Astbury recalls: “It’s three in the morning in Finland, the sun’s up, and there’s all these beautiful people in this halcyon moment. People are laying on the grass, making out, drinking, smoking. There were rows of flowers at the front of the stage from the performances earlier that evening. It was an incredible moment.

“When the world stopped, I had this moment to write in real time, to calculate. I was compelled by this vision, this anomaly, this memory, of being under the midnight sun.”

Track Listing:

1. Mirror
2. A Cut Inside
3. Vendetta X
4. Give Me Mercy
5. Outer Heaven
6. Knife Through Butterfly Heart
7. Impermanence
8. Under the Midnight Sun

Stay tuned for more from The Cult and this album — and catch the band on the road in the coming weeks:

July 8 – Palace Theatre – St Paul, MN
July 9 – Cellular Stage at Summerfest- Milwaukee, WI
July 10 – The Factory at The District – Chesterfield, MO
July 12 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
July 14 – PNC at Riverbend – Cincinnati, OH
July 15 – Rose Music Center at The Heights – Dayton, OH
July 16 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
July 19 – The Anthem – Washington, DC
July 20 – The Rooftop at Pier 17 – New York, NY
July 22 – Metropolitan Opera House – Philadelphia, PA
July 23 – Leader Bank Pavillion – Boston, MA
July 24 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
July 26 – Crouse Hinds Theater – Syracuse, NY
July 27 – Meadowbrook Amphitheater – Detroit, MI
July 29 – Hogs for Hospice Charity Event at Seacliff Park – Leamington, ON
July 30 – Casino Rama – Orilla, ON

QUEENSRŸCHE Has New Single Out ‘Behind The Walls’

QUEENSRŸCHE will release its sixteenth studio album, “Digital Noise Alliance”, on October 7 via Century Media. The record was once again helmed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who previously worked with QUEENSRŸCHE on 2015’s “Condition Hüman” and “The Verdict” LPs. The LP’s third single, “Behind The Walls”, can be streamed below.

[NEW] “Behind The Walls” Official Video: While the two songs previously released, “In Extremis” and “Forest” were exploring two contrasting facets of “Digital Noise Alliance”, “Behind The Walls” offers a deep dive into QUEENSRŸCHE’s trademark sound.

The band comments: “It is a story about those in crisis dealing with various forms of abuse. The protagonist is faced with the dichotomy of reconciling a lifetime of devout faith, while suffering immense abuse with no intervention.”

MINISTRY Releases New ‘Git Up, Get Out ‘N Vote’ Video

With only 14 days left until one of the most important elections in American history, MINISTRY‘s Al Jourgensen is encouraging fans to “Git Up, Get Out ‘N Vote” by whatever means necessary ahead of the November 3 deadline. Today, MINISTRY releases a brand-new video to spread the message, using the music and lyrics from the notorious song that originally appeared on the band’s 2012 release “Relapse”.

Stay tuned to MINISTRY‘s official social media accounts (@WeAreMinistry) the next two Tuesdays (October 27 and November 3) for additional surprises that will launch leading up to Election Day.

To provide the perfect soundtrack to get fans engaged in the upcoming voting season, MINISTRY has also created a new playlist, “The Soundtrack To Your Election”, available now on Spotify. With 30 powerful selections, the playlist features personal favorites of Jourgensen as well as MINISTRY‘s own rally cries including new single “Alert Level” and tracks from the highly politicized album “AmeriKKKant”, the band’s most recent full-length release.

Jourgensen has spent decades using his music to rally fans and listeners to the fight for equal rights, restoring American liberties, exposing exploitation and putting crooked politicians in their rightful place. Songs like “Thieves”, “Lies, Lies, Lies” and “N.W.O.” have taken on political corruption and the societal constructs that led to historic events like 9/11 and the 1992 Los Angeles riots while the George W. Bush administration spurred an entire trilogy from the industrial godfather.

With America still on the brink, Jourgensen has re-entered the studio to create his missives that will become material for a to-be-announced new album on Nuclear Blast Records. The first taste, “Alert Level” was released in April, and asked fans to be part of the larger conversation by answering the question posed by the song, “How concerned are you?” Many of the videos have been shared across MINISTRY‘s social media pages as the band and Jourgensen encourage fans to remain engaged and informed in 2020.

SLASH, DUFF MCKAGAN, SEBASTIAN BACH, NIKKI SIXX, Others Mourn Passing Of New York’s Most Famous Punk Rock Fashion Icon JIMMY WEBB

Webb arrived in New York in 1975 at the age of 16, the same year in which his future employer Trash and Vaudeville would open in St. Marks Place. Webb quickly acclimated to the East Village punk scene, becoming one of its most notable figures, in particular for his personal style of extremely tight pants, leather jackets, and bleached shaggy hair.

Following nearly two decades struggling with addiction, Webb would later become the manager, salesman, stylist, and face of the iconic rock and roll emporium. Trash and Vaudeville was notable for being the first retailer in the U.S. to carry Dr. Martens, as well as being a go-to for famous clientele including Tommy Hilfiger, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, and Henry Rollins.

In a 2013 feature in the The New York Times, artistic director of Diesel Nicola Formichetti said “[Trash and Vaudeville] smells of punk rock. The store always has a solution. Every job, I start there. For my first ever Lady Gaga job, I went there and got her amazing stripper shoes and created an entire wardrobe for her dancers.”

In his later years, Webb remained a stylist to some of the music industry’s biggest names including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and The Ramones, before opening his own boutique,”I Need More,” in 2017.

Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES), Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Nikki Sixx(MÖTLEY CRÜE), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY) and CRO-MAGS are among the rockers who have reacted on social media to the passing of Jimmy Webb, the iconic manager at famed New York clothing store Trash And Vaudeville, who died Tuesday morning at the age of 62. The cause of death was reportedly cancer.

Jimmy Webb was a great friend of mine,” Bach wrote. “I bought every pair of Cuban-heeled boots that I wore from 1987 – 2011 at Trash & Vaudeville from Jimmy. Rest in peace brother, we will miss you. You came from the time of true rock and roll.”

McKagan added: “The sweetest man and pure punk f*cking rock n roll. Jimmy has SUCH a story, and my family and I feel honored and loved to be a small part of his triumphant tale. We love you Jimmy…we will miss you, brother.”

Punk rock legend Henry Rollins told the New York Post that he played Buffalo not long ago and an ailing Webbtook the train up to surprise him backstage. “He traveled four hours and came in with a bouquet of flowers,” Rollins recounted. “He said he just wanted to see me. That was a total Jimmy move. We put the flowers on the tour bus and hoped they wouldn’t get knocked over when we pulled out of a truck stop. Jimmy Webb was one of the sweetest human beings I ever met.”

Webb grew up in upstate New York and moved to New York City in 1975. He spent more than a decade and a half working at Trash And Vaudeville, which he dubbed “rock and roll heaven,” before opening his own boutique, I Need More, named after a song by Iggy Pop, three years ago.

In a 2013 article, Vogue called Webb the “reigning Mayor of St. Marks Place” and “punk rock’s unofficial shopkeeper.”

“Without a doubt, I have a dream come true life,” Webbonce said. “I live every moment and I taste everything in it. I taste it, I smell it, I feel it … Dreams do come true.”

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