The legendary B.B. King was forced to cancel the remainder of his current tour after falling ill following a shortened performance at Chicago’s House of Blues on October 3.
The 89-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was scheduled to play another eight shows this year.
According to his reps, King did not feel well enough to continue his performance at the House of Blues in Chicago on Oct 3. He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled.
No other information was available.
Earlier this year EW’s The Music Mix wrote that Kings performance in St. Louis was shaky and erratic, with Kings reps issuing a statement of apology soon after the gig. “The combination of the rigors of the very long drive and high blood sugar due to his medication error resulted in a performance that did not match Mr. King’s usual standard of excellence,” the statement read. King suffers from Type II diabetes, a condition he’s lived with for over 20 years.
According to the blues singer’s website, “King is back at his home where he is resting. In order to fully recuperate, he has cancelled his remaining eight shows of the tour. He has been on tour all year with over 70 performances for 2014. He does not have any additional shows scheduled for the remainder of the year.”
Earlier King wrote to his fans, “I’m back at home now listening to music, watching movies and enjoying some down time. I think I’m busier at home now than on the road talking to friends calling to check up on me. I do appreciate everyone’s calls and concern. I want to tell you, I’m doing alright.”
According to his business associate, Dave Frey, Ramone’s wife contacted him to let him know that he passed away on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens, New York following treatment for bile duct cancer..
Tommy Ramone co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. All four band members took the common name of Ramone in support of the band.
The band was best known for their influential hit songs “I wanna be sedated” and “Blitzkrieg Bop,” among others, earning them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
While the band struggled since their debut album in 1976, they left an indelible mark on the rock genre with their rapid fire lyrics and unique sound.
Johnny Ramone, whose birth name was John Cummings, died in 2004 of prostate cancer. Joey Ramone, whose real name is Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name is Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002. Tommy Ramone was born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary.
Drummer and founding member for the band Train is calling it quits after 20 years.
Scott Underwood announced today in a statement that he is leaving the band to pursue, “writing, producing, collaborating, and drumming.”
The 40-year-old Underwood said in the statement, he was grateful for fellow band members Pat Monahan (lead singer) and Jimmy Stafford (guitarist). He went on to thank fans, writing, “none of us would have been anything without you guys. We know it, and will never forget it. YOU made our dreams come true! My family and I thank you so much.”
Back in the 1990s Underwood, after struggling with college, moved to Colorado and started playing in bands with some musicians from California. One of the musicians told Underwood about a band in the San Francisco Bay Area that was looking for a drummer. Underwood headed out to California where he met up with Monahan, Stafford, Rob Hotchkiss and Charlie Colin, and helped form the band Train.
Train released their debut album ‘Train’ in 1998, with the hit single “Meet Virginia.”
In 2002 their album ‘Drops of Jupiter’ won them two Grammy Awards for the hit single “Drops of Jupiter.” The album was certified double platinum in the United States and Canada and continues to be one of the band’s best-selling albums to date.
In 2006, after a disappointing fourth album titled ‘For Me It’s You,’ train decided to take a break and three years later, in 2009, released ‘Save Me, San Francisco’ which catapulted them to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts with their hit singles “Hey, Soul Sister,” “If It’s Love” and “Marry Me.”
Shortly after ‘Save Me, San Francisco,’ Train started their own wine company Save Me, San Francisco Wine Company with their inaugural varietal, Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah.
Train released their sixth studio album, ‘California 37,’ in 2012 with the first single “Drive By” shooting to the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Scott’s statement in its entirety:
Hey everyone – I am overwhelmed with the amount of love and support from so many fans over these past weeks. Thank you so much! We have always said it, and you prove it once again – you are the best fans any band could wish for!
I’ve been in this band for twenty years. I have had the most amazing time, and a life that is incredible. Pat and Jimmy are my brothers and I’ll always be grateful to them. But none of us would have been anything without you guys. We know it, and will never forget it. YOU made our dreams come true! My family and I thank you so much.
From this point forward I’m really excited about my future of writing, producing, collaborating, and drumming. There are so many possibilities out there, so many forms of music I want to explore, and so many people I look forward to meeting. I also plan on coming out to the occasional Train show to make sure they’re toeing the line! Kidding… Pat, Jimmy and their amazing band will never disappoint.
I will always cherish my 20 years in Train, and am so proud to be a part of that legacy. I only wish I could have met more of you during that time.
I love you all, and hope we can all stay in touch.
This is part two of a two-part series about Glenn Symmonds, longtime drummer for Eddie Money and cancer survivor. If you missed part 1 you can read it here.
In 2006, after spending a couple of years living on a sailboat and playing solo gigs in and around Southern California’s Dana Point area, Glenn realized his partying ways had to stop. It hit him while watching Keith Urban perform on a tiny black and white television on his sailboat. Thinking to himself, ‘I should be performing on the big stage,’ he realized he had blown through two marriages, lost his son, his home and self-respect.
That night Glenn sold his sailboat and, with his Harley in tow, jumped in his van and headed to Nashville. It was during this time Glenn’s ex-wife, who happened to own a bar, told him she served people every night and he drank more than anyone she knew, cementing his decision to clean up his act.
After 30 years of living the rock-star lifestyle, Glenn sobered up and is happy to report that he’s been sober for over 7 years.
Glenn now helps friends and acquaintances through their struggles by staying in contact and giving them words of encouragement as much as he can. Even while traveling, Glenn can be found texting friends to check-in and make sure everything is going ok.
Tami – Take 2
A few years ago, Tami and a few of her friends headed to John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Tahoe to take in an Eddie Money performance. Tami was able to score free tickets, and her friends had just won some money, so things were looking good. Her friends made a point of saying how it was the best night ever, free tickets, free food, and an Eddie Money concert to boot. Tami piped in and said, “The only thing that could make this night any better is if when the curtains are raised, it would be Glenn Symmonds sitting on the drums.” She didn’t think in a million years he would be, but when the curtains came up there he was. She had thought he was still out of the country.
For the next couple of years Tami would meet Glenn at the airport whenever Eddie Money was playing in the area. She would routinely take him to get his haircut, and then hang out with him at his shows. During this time both of them were married and their relationship remained platonic.
Then in 2011, just before Christmas, Eddie Money came to Thunder Valley Casino Resort, and for the first time since Tami and Glenn knew each other, neither of them was in a committed relationship – Tami broke it off with her boyfriend the day before.
Prior to the show at Thunder Valley, Glenn and Tami were eating at Fat Burger located inside the casino when Glenn realized neither of them were in a committed relationship. Out of the blue he asked Tami if she minded if he kissed her. Tami jumped at the chance and said that was fine with her. Glenn responded, “Okay,” and went back to his meal, much to Tami’s chagrin. According to Tami, Glenn didn’t deliver on the promised kiss until “way, way after the show!” – she said it was worth the wait.
On April 29, 2013 the battle started in earnest as Glenn went under the knife to remove a tumor in his bladder. Doctors also performed a biopsy and administered a round of chemo directly to the organ.
A couple of weeks later the results came back positive for cancer in the bladder, so the battle continued with more surgery and chemotherapy.
Glenn did his research and started eliminating meats and sugar from his diet. According to Glenn, cancer loves sugar! He also turned to juicing after reading about the Gerson Institute’s success rate in Mexico.
As the battle raged on, Tami headed to FaceBook to keep friends and family informed.
In one post Tami wrote, “Update from Camp Symmonds: Long night with little sleep, but our patient is hanging in there & doing okay I promise you I have been reading him every post, comment, message & text. I wish I could respond to everyone personally, but you guys are so amazing with the support, I just don’t have the time! I read to him for a while and then we have to take a break because he is just so overwhelmed with emotion…”
Glenn’s cancer is in remission, but he’s still undergoing some painful chemotherapy to insure it stays that way. The treatment is expected to last three years.
Glenn continues to read up on his battle with cancer and has tried a few ‘experimental’ treatments to cover all his bases. One such treatment almost blinded Tami, but that’s another story.
Like most musicians, Glenn didn’t have health insurance and was overrun by medical bills. Not only was he battling cancer, but the bills that go along with it.
Glenn has been overwhelmed with the support he has received from family, friends and fans across the country who have purchased his “Beat Cancer Like a Drum” T-shirts and his latest CD “Friends of Glenn’s” featuring Glenn’s closest friends, to raise money to help pay for his outstanding and ongoing medical expenses. Take a peek at Glenn’s FaceBook page and you will see countless supporters wearing his T-shirt!
Regarding Tami’s support, Glenn refers to her as the “Arms of Love that helped carry him through this ordeal.” He especially loved the way she informed everyone about his cancer. Glenn said, “Tami, would tell people, ‘We have cancer,’ not Glenn has cancer, but we have cancer. I just love that about her.”
Eddie Money jumped at the chance to help “Glenny,” by performing at a benefit concert in Glenn’s old hometown of Spokane. They played at The Roadhouse along with several other bands, raising over $6,000. It was an epic night of talented performers including, Peter Rivera, Sammy Eubanks and Chris Rieser and The Nerve.
Shannon Kidd, a teacher in Illinois, joined the cause along with her kindergarten class. Kidd, also a cancer survivor, held a Beat Cancer Day at the school and her students wore yellow in support of bladder cancer, light green for lymphoma, or purple in support of all cancer survivors. The class made yellow hearts to support Glenn and his fight, writing out, “Beat Cancer Like a Drum.”
Glenn’s latest album, “Friends of Glenn’s” came about as a way to help raise funds to pay his skyrocketing medical bills.
The album is a celebration of Glenn’s music and each track is one of Glenn’s original compositions recorded by friends. Each artist had the freedom to record the song in their own unique style, with no input from Glenn – talk about putting it all on the line!
Featured on the album are: Eddie Money, Tommy Girvin, Richard Bryant, Josh Harris, The Cold Hard Cash Show, NOWIKNOWFORSURE, Steve Acho, Jonathon Roniger, Larry Pancake, Jeff Symmonds (Glenn’s brother), Dustin Walker and Through His Eyes, Danny McCollim, The Delivery Men, Larry “The Wiz” Fucher and Robert Lesher and Tupelo Blue
The closing track is a brand-new recording by Glenn himself! A candid, solid cover of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends”.
You can find out more on Glenn’s Facebook page as he spotlights each artist on the album, providing readers with some insight into the history of the artist and their relationship to Glenn.
Glenn recently made the move to Sacramento to be closer to Tami “The Arms of Love” Landrum, and because the two have spent so much time together, Glenn started making it a point to tell Tami, “You know, one day I’m going to marry you.”
After several hundred times of making the statement (slight exaggeration), Tami finally told him he needed to stop because it was becoming a joke.
“Ask me for real, or don’t say it at all,” Tami replied.
The following day as Glenn was thinking about Tami and the possibility of marrying her she walked through the door, overjoyed with tears, Glenn blurted out “Will you marry me?”
Tami, taken aback by the words ‘Will you,’ and not ‘I’m going to,’ paused to process the information. Meanwhile, Glenn started to panic, thinking she was going to say no.
Tami looked him in the eyes and, in her most serious voice, said, “For reals?”
After Glenn explained how serious he was, Tami relented and agreed to marry him.
And they lived happily ever after – in a rock star kinda way.
Want to see Glenn?
Anyone living in the Sacramento area will be able to catch Glenn opening for The Cold Hard Cash Show at Marilyn’s on K on June 10.
Can’t wait for June 10? On June 7, you can catch Glenn at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, where he will be performing with Eddie Money, Rick Springfield and Loverboy.
Don’t forget to say hi to Tami at the merch table!!
SACRAMENTO, CA – Glenn Symmonds is the longtime drummer for Eddie Money and a solo artist. He recently moved to the Sacramento area and will be opening Thunder Valley Casino’s Summer Concert Series on June 7, when he performs with Eddie Money, Rick Springfield and Loverboy. He will also be opening for The Cold Hard Cash at Marilyn’s on K on June 10. This article is based on a recent interview with Glenn.
Enough of that . . .
Glenn Symmonds has a resume typical of most rockers – drummer, guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, teacher and father. Throughout a career that spans 4 decades, he’s had the opportunity to perform with the best of the best and continues to tour as drummer with longtime friend and fellow rocker, Eddie Money.
Last year, the rug was pulled out from under the 59-year-old, when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Devastated by the news, Glenn set out on a mission to “Beat Cancer Like a Drum,” and friends and family circled the wagons in support.
It was April 29, 2013 when Glenn’s world of friends discovered the devastating news and were introduced to his “faithful sidekick” Tami Landrum. Tami posted to Glenn’s FaceBook page announcing to everyone his battle with cancer.
“Hey Facebook… This is Tami. For those of you who don’t know me I am Glenn’s personal assistant, faithful sidekick, and basically the love of his life Unfortunately, I am not hacking his Fbook with the best of news,” she goes on to explain, “Glenn was diagnosed with bladder cancer last week. We are on the way to the hospital this morning to have a tumor removed & biopsies done. On the bright side, a CAT scan showed his kidneys were good! I’ll be posting some updates during his recovery. Prayers are welcomed!”
And so the battle began and a relationship blossomed.
Before we get into Glenn’s battle with cancer and his relationship with Tami, let’s take a look at where Glenn has been for the past 40 years.
Glenn, originally from California, moved with his family to Spokane, Washington when he was 11-years-old. It was his family’s attempt to stop Glenn’s troubling behavior, which included cutting school and stealing.
Glenn attended West Valley High School, where his love for music started. During that time Glenn joined local bands and toured the area on weekends. According to Glenn, Spokane was a “melting pot” of musical talent.
Dean Rowbotham, the West Valley band director, was instrumental in developing Glenn’s skills as a musician. Graduating in 1973, Glenn left for the San Francisco Bay Area where he would eventually meet Eddie Money. A year after leaving, Rowbotham wrote a letter telling Glenn how proud he was of him.
While in Spokane, Glenn attended Tower of Power performances whenever they toured through Washington and Idaho. That’s where he met Tower of Power’s David Garibaldi. The two quickly became friends and Garibaldi invited Glenn to his hotel room to listen to him practice lessons he was studying with his teacher, Chuck Brown. After listening to Garibaldi, Glenn vowed to move to California as soon as he could and take lessons from Brown.
Soon after graduating high school in 1973, Glenn, at the age of 17, made good on his word and headed for the Golden State in search of Chuck Brown. He left in a van, with a U-Haul trailer in tow, and headed to the San Francisco Bay Area. He had no place to stay and only one destination in mind – lessons with Chuck Brown.
As Glenn was working with Brown honing his skills, he quickly settled into the music scene. In 1974, he was approached by a neighbor who had heard him practicing on the drums. The young man asked him if he could fill in for his drummer who failed to show up for rehearsal. After hearing him play, the man asked him to join the band and said, “My name’s Eddie Money and I want to be a rock and roll star by 25, I don’t have a lotta’ time!“ The rest, as they say, is history.
Glenn played for Eddie for a couple of years before joining ex-Santana percussionist Coke Escovedo to record an album and tour with Escovedo. Afterwards Glenn moved to Los Angeles where he recorded and toured with many acclaimed musical groups.
Glenn would cross paths with Eddie a few years later in Hollywood, where they recorded a song for the movie ‘Americathon’ starring John Ritter entitled, “Get A Move On.” That single went to No. 28 on the Billboard Charts.
In 1986 Glenn joined Eddie Money for the ‘Take Me Home Tonight Tour!” and has continued working with Eddie to this day.
Glenn meets Tami
It was in 1989, when, unbeknownst to Glenn, he would meet his future sidekick and staunchest supporter in his fight against cancer.
Glenn was performing with Eddie Money at Caesar’s Tahoe in the first of three performances. At the end of his performance Glenn tossed his drum sticks out into the crowd. Tami Landrum, one of Eddie’s biggest fans, was lucky enough to catch one of the flying sticks.
After the show, Glenn was walking into the bar when he noticed a fan (Tami) holding one of the drum sticks he tossed into the crowd. Being the gentleman that he is, he asked, “Oh I see you caught my drumstick, did you want me to sign it?” Without skipping a beat, Tami replied, “No.”
As one can imagine, this had never happened to Glenn before. When Glenn asked her why, Tami explained, “I’ve seen you guys play over 30 times, and I know you can do some killer drum solos. I’ve seen you really nail it, but tonight you didn’t even play a solo. So I’m not interested in you signing it on a night you never even played a solo.” Tami went on to challenge Glenn, “I will be here tomorrow night to give you a chance to redeem yourself.”
The following night when Glenn came out on stage, he walked to the front where Tami was standing, bowed to her and then took his place behind the drums. According to Tami, that was the moment she fell in love with Glenn, knowing he was the one for her. In her mind she saw the two of them running away together, living life on the road on the tour bus. Only there was a slight problem – unbeknownst to Tami, Glenn was a married man.
A short time after that fateful night, Eddie Money was performing in the Bay Area. Tami wrote a letter to promoter Bill Graham explaining her perceived relationship with Glenn. Bill provided her with backstage passes and, prior to the show, Tami made her way backstage to Glenn’s dressing room and knocked on the door. She was greeted by Glenn, and to her surprise, he introduced her to his wife, devastating Tami.
The above photo of Tami and Glenn in their younger days has been hanging on Tami’s living room wall since the time it was taken, surviving numerous moves and relationships.
(To be continued)
MIAMI, FL – Cuban-American actor and award-winning singer-songwriter Jencarlos Canela and Korean hit-maker PSY collaborated with Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band on KC’s classic hit “Give it Up.”
KC and the Sunshine Band exploded onto the music scene over 40 years ago, bringing his unique fusion of R&B and funk, with a hint of a Latin percussion grooves. He influenced countless artists throughout the years and continues to do so today.
The remake of KC’s hit can be heard on Canela’s new album ‘Jen’, which dropped May 6. The Hispanic pop star renamed the song to “Give It Up Tonight.” The song has a great dance beat with some pleasing changes to the lyrics and chorus, with PSY adding just the right dynamic.
“I am excited and thrilled about the remake of “Give It Up” by Jencarlos Canela,” said KC. “I enjoyed working with Jencarlos; he was very professional and down-to-earth. He made the entire process go smoothly. PSY’s addition to the track adds another layer of energy and excitement to the song.”
CHICAGO, IL – Guitarist and founder of Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde, has recovered his stolen guitar after it turned up at Royal Pawn, a Chicago area pawn shot that is the setting of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn reality TV show.
The former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne had his Pelham Blue Bullseye Gibson LP custom guitar stolen out of his unlocked tour bus back on March 14, during the Experience Hendrix show at the Chicago Theater.
Fast forward 10 days, when the owners of Royal Pawn Shop, located at 428 S. Clark St., said a man came in to sell the guitar on March 24.
Black Label Society will be appearing as the musical guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday, May 6, where the band will perform “Angel of Mercy” from their recently released album ‘Catacombs of the Black Vatican’, which debuted at #1 on the Independent, Rock and Metal charts and #5 on the Billboard 200.
Fans from around the world were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite moments from a list of 20 festival moments. The fan-curated Top 10 rock festival moments will be presented in a video montage at the entrance of the museum’s featured exhibit Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, which will open on Friday, April 25, 2014.
The Top 10 music festival performances of all-time are:
1 – Jimi Hendrix Experience | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
A legendary debut as the most incendiary group in rock and roll.
2 – Big Brother and the Holding Company | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
Power, energy and an awe-struck crowd: meet Janis Joplin.
3 – Queen | Live Aid (1985)
Stealing the show at arguably the greatest live concert ever staged.
4 – Santana | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)
A singular performance that introduced a new sound to rock music.
5 – Bob Dylan | Newport Folk Festival (1965)
Three songs that changed the course of popular music forever.
6 – Otis Redding | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
A breakthrough performance in the truest sense.
7 – Nine Inch Nails | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1994)
Catapulted to mainstream with mud, industrial music and a truly mesmerizing moment.
8 – Sly and the Family Stone | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)
Channeling the Woodstock spirit and rewriting the book on performance.
9 – U2 | Live Aid (1985)
An artist creates intimacy in the least intimate circumstances and makes an indelible connection.
10 – Muddy Waters | Newport Jazz Festival (1960)
How the blues was masterfully delivered to a new audience.
The exhibit will span two floors of the Museum and surround visitors with the sights and sounds of a rock festival to evoke the experience in a visceral way, utilizing video of the iconic festivals of the past (Newport, Monterey, Woodstock, Wattstax and more) and the vibrant, constantly evolving events of the present (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury and more), with an emphasis on establishing a “you are there” environment.
Several floor to ceiling photographs of festival fans will invite visitors to examine and interpret the fan experience and become a part of the crowd. Ambient sounds will fill the space: weather, bands tuning up, people talking, radio ads and news reports. Visitors will connect with the intangible elements inherent in the festival experience – identifying with a community, participating in a social event and being part of the creative process.
Sharp recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a battle with cancer when he was a senior in high school.
According to Sharp’s sister, Mary Huston, he died at his mother’s Fair Oaks home just before 11 p.m. Saturday night. He died due to complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues brought on by the aggressive battle he had to undergo in his teenage years.
Sharp was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, as a high school senior. He went into remission after two years of chemotherapy and radiation.
Sharp climbed the charts with his release of “Nobody Knows,” a single on his 1996 debut album, “Measure of a Man.” He released two other albums, “Love Is” in 1998 and “Make A Wish” in 2005.
During Sharp’s battle with cancer, The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him his wish to meet Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster, who provided him with some tips that helped jump-start his career.
Sharp also was motivational speaker, a spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and he wrote “Tragedy’s Gift,” a 2004 book about fighting cancer.
Sharp is survived by five brothers, two sisters and his mother.
According to the Riverside County Coroner, 24-year-old Kimchi Truong of Oakland was at the festival on Saturday when she collapsed. She was rushed to the hospital and died yesterday.
Officials are working with the coroner’s office to determine the cause of death, but concert promoter Goldenvoice issued a statement claiming Truong died of “an apparent overdose.”
The cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology test results.