Archive | May, 2022

Mickey Gilley

Posted on 08 May 2022 by Brian Walsh

Country music star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas honky-tonk inspired the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy” and a nationwide wave of Western-themed nightspots, died Saturday. He was 86.

Gilley died in Branson, Missouri, where he helped run the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre. He had been performing as recently as last month but was in failing health over the past week.

“He passed peacefully with his family and close friends by his side,” according a statement from Mickey Gilley Associates.

Gilley — cousin of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis — opened Gilley’s, “the world’s largest honky tonk,” in Pasadena, Texas, in the early 1970s. By mid-decade, he was a successful club owner and had enjoyed his first commercial success with “Room Full of Roses.” He began turning out country hits regularly, including “Window Up Above,” “She’s Pulling Me Back Again” and the honky-tonk anthem “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time.”

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Peter Criss

Posted on 08 May 2022 by Brian Walsh

Former KISS drummer Peter Criss is set to come out of retirement to join Australian rockers Sisters Doll on stage.

Criss confirmed that he will play with Sister Dolls when the band performs at New York’s The Cutting Room on May 22.

The Cutting Room is the venue where Criss made his last live performance in 2017. Sisters Doll served as his backing band at the time.

Criss had previously revealed that he would join Ace Frehley for a performance at Creatures Fest in Nashville on May 27.

Criss’ performance with Sisters Doll is part of the band’s brief U.S. tour, which kicks off on May 12 and ends on May 28. The band also has performances book at Creatures Fest, May 27 – 29.

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Cyndi Lauper

Posted on 08 May 2022 by Brian Walsh

Sony Music Entertainment’s Premium Content Division has announced that a documentary, titled Let The Canary Sing, exploring the life and career of Cyndi Laper is in the making.

The film, made with Lauper’s participation and support, will reveal the multi-faceted artist who has reinvented herself “time after time,” a release from Sony Music says.

The Alison Ellwood-directed Let the Canary Sing will explain several things about Lauper’s life and career, including how she found her voice growing up in working class Queens, NY, and her meteoric rise to stardom following the smashing success of her debut album She’s So Unusual.

“Like many people, I assumed when Cyndi Lauper burst onto the music scene in the early 80’s, that she was another young star experiencing a meteoric rise to fame and success thanks to MTV,” said Ellwood.
“Her music videos were wild and colorful, her songs like ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ were infectious.”

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Joan Jet

Posted on 08 May 2022 by Brian Walsh

Joan Jett has struck back at Ted Nugent after the guitarist denounced Jett’s inclusion in 100 Great Guitarists list compiled by Rolling Stone editor David Fricke.

“Is that his implication… that he should be on the list instead of me?” Jett asked in a recent interview with NME. “Well, that’s just typical – it’s what I’ve dealt with my whole life, being written off. Ted Nugent has to live with being Ted Nugent. He has to be in that body, so that’s punishment enough.”

Jett was referring to Nugent’s comments back in December, when he said that Jett should not have been included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time

“You have to have shit for brains and you have to be a soulless, soulless prick to put Joan Jett [on the list],” Nugent said.

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Elvis BioPic

Posted on 08 May 2022 by Brian Walsh

Kacey Musgraves recently revealed she has recorded a version of Elvis Presley’s 1961 classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the upcoming soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic.

Musgraves revealed the news on Monday (May 2) while walking the 2022 Met Gala red carpet, after Luhrmann told Variety, “She has a song in the movie — something to do with love.”

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” first released on the album Blue Hawaii, which served as a soundtrack for the film of the same name.

Musgraves walked the red carpet with Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley and friend Jerry Schilling as well as Luhrmann, actor Austin Butler, and other figures attached to the film.

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Rolling Stones

Posted on 08 May 2022 by Brian Walsh

The Rolling Stones have dropped previously unreleased live versions of “Tumbling Dice” and “Hot Stuff” from their upcoming live album.

The March 1977 recordings from the Rolling Stones’ secret Canadian shows appear on Live at the El Mocambo, scheduled for release on May 13.

The new live album is available on deluxe 2CD, classic black 4LP and limited neon 4LP editions.

The Stones played under the pseudo name The Cockroaches in front of selected audiences at the 300 capacity venue in Toronto about 45 years ago.

Across the nights of March 4 and 5 1977, the Rolling Stones played alongside Montreal rock favorites April Wine. Unknowing radio contest winners were in attendance. By the second night, word had got out and it was very difficult to get in.

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Winona Judd

Posted on 01 May 2022 by Brian Walsh

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” daughters Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd shared in a Saturday, April 30, Twitter statement. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”

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The late Kentucky native was one-half of the Grammy-winning duo, The Judds, alongside Wynonna, 57. The mother-daughter group — who are set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1 — were known for their hits “Love Can Build a Bridge,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me” and “Grandpa.”

Naomi — born Diana Ellen Judd — worked as a nurse in Nashville when she and Wynonna began singing together professionally. They won their first Grammy in 1984 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or a Group.

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“Wynonna and I both said the same thing [when we won], that it felt like we were in a car crash [because] it happened so fast. It was life-changing,” the River of Time author told Entertainment Tonight in March 2021. “I got up out of my seat like, ‘Uh, oh, they made a mistake.’”

Naomi — who is survived by husband Larry Strickland and their two daughters — started making music with Wynonna in 1983. The band called it quits in 1991 after the late musician was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. They were set to reunite later this year for a new live tour.

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“Rest In Peace, Naomi Judd. Honored to have witnessed ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ just a few short weeks ago,” country singer Maren Morris tweeted her condolences to Naomi’s family on Saturday.

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