Grateful Dead Lyricist Robert Hunter Dead at 78
Longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter passed away Monday night at the age of 78. No cause of death was given. A frequent collaborator of the band's late lead guitarist, Jerry Garcia, Hunter penned such classic Dead jams as "Uncle John's Band," "Ripple," "Box of Rain," "Touch of Gray," and "Scarlet Begonias." He also co-wrote several tunes with Bob Dylan, who once told Rolling Stone, "He's got a way with words and I do too. We both write a different type of song than what passes today for songwriting." Additionally, Hunter released multiple solo albums, and is survived by his wife Maureen. "In this time of grief, please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music," Hunter's family said in a statement. "Let there be songs to fill the air.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Farewell Concert to Play in Theaters Across the U.S. November 7
Fans of Southern Fried rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd will get a chance to see the band's final show on big screens across the U.S. on November 7. The show, captured in the film Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour, will allow fans to share the band's final performance, when they played TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as interviews with the band about the emotional 2018 finale. “We can’t wait to share this amazing night and performance with the Skynyrd Nation, especially those that weren’t able to be there that evening,” says original band member Gary Rossington. “The energy, passion and reaction to the music and band was something we will never forget.” A complete list of participating national theaters will be available at the Fathom Events website on October 4, the same day that tickets go on sale.
Rod Stewart Reveals He's in Remission Following Secret 2-Year Cancer Battle
Rod Stewart says he's "in the clear" and in remission after fighting prostate cancer for the past two years. The 74-year-old singer was reportedly diagnosed with the disease after a routine health checkup in February 2016. People reports that he revealed the news at a Prostate Project fundraiser alongside former Faces bandmates Ronnie Wood and Kenny Jones. “Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody," he said at the event in England. "I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early." He added, “Guys, you’ve really got to go to the doctor. If you’re positive, and you work through it and you keep a smile on your face…I’ve worked for two years and I’ve just been happy, and the good Lord looked after me.” He's reportedly been in remission since July.
Bon Jovi Announces Forthcoming “Bon Jovi: 2020” LP
Jon Bon Jovi announced on Tuesday that his band’s next album will be titled Bon Jovi: 2020. “It’s an election year, so why not?” the New Jersey rocker said Tuesday during an appearance on board the Runaway to Paradise Mediterranean Cruise. “I couldn’t do any worse.” The other reason for the title, he explained, was that he has a “clear vision” following the release of the band’s previous album. “This House is Not For Saledealt with personal matters, and now it’s behind us,” he noted during an acoustic set. “Now I have clear vision moving forward.” Bon Jovi: 2020 will feature more “socially conscious” themes, including songs about veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and the recent shootings in Ohio and Texas. The Runaway to Paradise Mediterranean Cruise--a musical festival at sea produced by Sixthman--set sail from Barcelona to Palma on Monday, August 26.