Whitney Houston found dead at 48 in Beverly Hills Hotel
by SALLY BAILEY
The cause of Houston's death is unknown at this stage, however it has been revealed that her body was found in The Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. The news came on the eve of the Grammys.
Whitney was born into "soul" royalty, by her gospel singing mother Cissy Houston and was the cousin of Dionne Warwick and god daughter of Aretha Franklin.
According to Wikipedia Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time. Her awards include 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one of the world's biggest selling artists of all time, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
Houston is survived by her only child, daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown. The product of Houstons marriage to Bobbie Brown which ended in divorce in 2006
Bruce Springsteen has released the video for ‘We Take Care Of Our own’, the first single from the next Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band album ‘Wrecking Ball’, coming in March.
‘Wrecking Ball’ will be the 17th studio album from Springsteen.
The potent black and white clip features the lyrics over the screen then tow and a half minutes into the video, the clip goes colour.
Yesterday, Bruce Springsteen announced that the late Clarence Clemons’ nephew Jake Clemons is the new sax player for The E Street Band.
This week has also heard rumours that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will perform at the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne in September. That rumour has since been denied by promoter Michael Gudinski and the AFL only to gather more momentum a day later. That will be one to watch.
Bruce Springsteen will be the keynote speaker at SXSW in March.
The Springsteen World Tour will start in Atlanta on March 18.
Great British Guitar Show confirms Whitesnake legend
The organisers of the Great British Guitar Show have revealed details of the Live Stage line-up for the event, which takes place on 25-26 February at Birmingham's Bingley Hall.
Ex-Whitesnake star Bernie Marsden, Irish blues-rock sensation Simon McBride and fast-rising shredder Andy James will appear alongside acoustic players Gordon Giltrap and the hotly-tipped Chris Woods.
In addition, TC Electronic demonstrator Peter Jeppesen will be showing the new TonePrint pedals, Marshall's new range will be put through its paces by Chris George and Rotosound invites visitors to step up to the plate and duel with fast-fingered Haydn Hewitt.
Show manager Jason Hunt said, "We're really pleased at the line-up for the first GBGS, featuring as it does some of the best talent the UK has to offer. Bernie is always a great draw and with his new PRS signature guitar just launched, we're really pleased to have him join us. He completes a group of artists that really do offer something for all visitors, whether they're fans of metal, blues or acoustic guitar playing."
GBGS will also showcase the finest British guitar building talent, with Eternal Guitars, Cornell Amps, Overwater, Eve Guitars, Flame Guitars, Vanquish Guitars, Rob Williams, Patrick Eggle, JJ Guitars, Jaden Rose, Dave King and Beryl Guitars all confirmed to exhibit at the show.
We hear so relatively little about Ringo Starr in comparison to the bass playing Beatle. That's about to change with Starr's announcement of his All Starr Band members set to tour in European summer.
The recently announced version of the All Starr Band will include Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie (Santana), Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), saxophonist Mark Rivera and drummer Gregg Bissonette, along with Ringo.
The ensemble will play a number of Beatles and Ringo hits, along with a couple songs made famous by each All Starr member. I entreat Ringo not to allow Richard Page to play "Broken Wings". It won't work with Todd Rundgrens "Couldn't I Just Tell You"..... Speaking of which I have added the album version of this power pop hit from Todd's 1972 album Something/Anything? One of the greatest power pop songs ever written.
Dexy’s Midnight Runners will release their first new album in 27 years in June.
The reformed band announced the new album ‘One Day I’m Going To Soar’ on their Facebook page this week and released a sample of the first two minutes of the album.
Kevin Rowland formed Dexy’s Midnight Runners in 1978 and made the UK chart for the very first time in 1980 with ‘Geno’, a song about American R&B singer Geno Washington. It went to number one in the UK.
In 1982, the second album ‘Too-Rye-Ay’ was released and generated a global hit with ‘Come On Eileen’ and a sizeable follow-up hit with a cover of Van Morrison’s ‘Jackie Wilson Said’.
In 1985 after a three-year break the band returned with ‘Don’t Stand Me Down’ but the momentum had waned.
In 1986 Rowland went solo. He has released two albums – ‘The Wanderer’ in 1988 and ‘My Beauty’ in 1999.
‘One Day I’m Going To Soar’ will be the fourth album under the Dexy’s Midnight Runners Name.
Alanis Morissette has announced her first UK dates in four years coming to Birmingham, Manchester and London, in support of the summer release of her first new album in over 3 years.
Since 1995 Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential female rock musicians in contemporary music, selling over 60 million albums. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, as well as 12 Canadian Juno Awards and 7 GrammyÂ® Awards (with an additional 14 nominations).
Morissette's 1995 debut, 'Jagged Little Pill,' was followed by such eclectic and acclaimed albums as 'Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie' (1998), 'MTV Unplugged' (1999), 'Under Rug Swept' (2002), 'So-Called Chaos' (2004), 'Jagged Little Pill Acoustic' (2005), her greatest hits album, 'The Collection' (2005), 'Flavors Of Entanglement'(2008), as well as musical contributions to theatrical releases.
Alanis will play the following dates this June:
Monday 25th Birmingham O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Tuesday 26th Manchester O2 Apollo 0844 477 7677
Wednesday 27th London O2 Brixton Academy 0844 477 2000
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Tickets for Manchester are £37.50/£32.50/£29.50, for London £37.50 and Birmingham £29.50.
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