Archive | February, 2021

Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 17 February 2021 by Brian Walsh

Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed talk radio and politics in his decades behind the microphone, helping shape the modern-day Republican Party, died Wednesday morning at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show. “Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life,” she said. “Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”

The radio icon learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address days later. First lady Melania Trump then presented America’s highest civilian honor to Limbaugh in an emotional moment on the heels of his devastating cancer diagnosis.

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Southwest Film Festival

Posted on 13 February 2021 by Brian Walsh

Documentaries about musicians Tom Petty, Demi Lovato and Charli XCX are set to headline at the South by Southwest Film Festival this year.

Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free is drawn from a newly discovered archive of 16mm film showing Petty at work on his 1994 record Wildflowers.

The film is described as an intimate view of a musical icon and will make its world premiere as the centerpiece film.

Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil makes its world premiere as the opening night film. It is a powerful YouTube Originals documentary, exploring every aspect that led to Lovato’s nearly fatal overdose in 2018 and her awakenings in the aftermath.

Alone Together tells the story of Charli XCX, a popstar in quarantine, who embarks on a whirlwind creative and romantic journey while making an album in 40 days that unites a community around the world. The film makes its world premiere as the closing night film.

The 28th edition of the SXSW Film Festival is being held as a virtual event from March 16 to 20 in the wake of the pandemic. 75 feature films, including 53 films from first-time filmmakers, will be screened at the festival. It includes 57 world premieres.

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Christine McVie

Posted on 13 February 2021 by Brian Walsh

Christine McVie has expressed doubt if she and her bandmates Stevie Nicks and John McVie would team up for another Fleetwood Mac tour.

McVie, who is one of the three lead vocalists and the keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac, made her observations in a recent interview with BBC Radio 2.

“That’s an impossible question to even answer,” she told Johnnie Walker when asked about a future tour on the radio show “Sounds of the 70s.” “If we do, it would be without John and without Stevie, I think.”

“I think I’m getting a bit too old for it now – especially having had a year off. I don’t know if I could get myself back into it again,” added the 77-year-old English singer, songwriter and keyboardist.

Speaking about her ex-husband John McVie, Christine said he is “feeling a little bit frail.”

“He’s fine, but he just hasn’t got the heart for it anymore. He wants to get on his boat,” she said. “You reach a certain age where you go, ‘Hey, I’m not going to bust a gut doing this any more.”

However, Christine sounded optimistic about the chances of Mick Fleetwood’s availability for a future tour.

“I know Mick would do it in a lightning strike,” she said, referring to the Fleetwood Mac drummer.

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Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Posted on 13 February 2021 by Brian Walsh

The Songwriters Hall of Fame have announced that their 51st Annual Induction & Awards Gala has been rescheduled to June 16, 2022.

The gala, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York, was previously postponed from June 11, 2020 to June 10, 2021

Announcing the delay, SHOF President & CEO Linda Moran said, “As the health and safety of our inductees, honorees, guests, and crew has to be our main concern during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is with a heavy heart that once again the SHOF class of 2020 has to be moved to next year’s gala when they can be enthusiastically celebrated by their families, friends and colleagues.”

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David Crosby

Posted on 13 February 2021 by Brian Walsh

Rock legend David Crosby is engaged in a war of words with Phoebe Bridgers after she destroyed her guitar during her “Saturday Night Live” debut on February 6.

The battle started when someone asked Crosby what he thought about Bridgers destroying her Danelectro Dano ’56 guitar after her performance of “I Know the End” on “SNL.” David Crosby said, “Guitars are for playing ..making music ….. not stupidly bashing them on a fake monitor for childish stage drama …. I really do NOT give a flying F if others have done it before. It’s still… STUPID.”

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