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Miley Cyrus to induct Joan Jett to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Joan Jett  Click for more images

Joan Jett
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CLEVELAND, OH – In a move that has left Rock and Roll fans in disbelief on Wednesday, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Greg Harris nonchalantly announced at a press conference that Miley Cyrus will be inducting Joan Jett & The Black Hearts into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the annual induction ceremony later this month.

It was just last month, when the initial roster of performers and inductors were announced with the person inducting Joan Jett and the Black Hearts conveniently left off the roster.

Though Harris assured the press gathered to hear the conference that Cyrus and Jett were “mutual admirers,” — citing the fact that the two had previously performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show together — the assurance has done nothing to calm Joan’s fans who took to Social Media to express their disappointment, and in some cases, outrage, at the choice. Protection Status

Chaos erupts after Ace of Spades concert

Ace of SpadesSACRAMENTO, CA – At least three people were shot outside the popular concert venue, Ace of Spades, in Sacramento Friday night.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. Friday shots rang out in the 1400 block of R Street, just outside Ace of Spades. According to police, several people started shooting and at one point one person jumped onto a patrol car and started firing in the air.

Organizers hired extra security for Rapper Nipsy Hussle’s performance, so a number of officers were already on the scene.

One woman and two men were taken to a local hospital for treatment and a fourth victim drove herself to a hospital, but it is unclear if she was a shooting victim from the same location.

The two men received multiple gunshot wounds. All victims are expected to survive.

Several businesses and cars in the area were damaged by the gunfire.

According to police this was not a drive-by shooting and during their investigation several people jumped on their patrol cars, with one firing a weapon into the air.


Former rap mogul Serge Knight arrested for murder

1997 nmate photo

1997 nmate photo

COMPTON, CA – Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has been arrested for murder after two men were mowed down by a truck driven by the troubled artist, killing one and injuring the other.

Los Angeles police Lt. John Corina told CNN that witnesses said it appeared that the driver of the truck intentionally hit the two victims, so they are handling the investigation as a homicide. Knight’s bail was set at $2 million.

According to reports, Knight had an argument with 55-year-old Terry Carter and 51-year-old Cle Sloan, on the set of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” a film about the rap group N.W.A. The argument continued in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers.

Knight allegedly tracked the two men down in the parking lot and backed his red Ford Raptor over the victims and then ran over them a second time as he left the scene, killing Carter and injuring Sloan. Officers later found Knight’s Raptor abandoned in Westwood.

Knight, who was accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, is no stranger to violence. In 1996, while Knight was driving a car in Las Vegas, Tupak Shakur, who was a passenger in his car, was shot to death.

Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006 after Knight spent several years in prison for violating parole on assault and weapons convictions, adding to his troubles he had ongoing feuds with Dr. Dre, Snoop Lion (Dogg) and others.

Last August Knight, along with two others, were shot while attending a party hosted by singer Chris Brown on the evening before the MTV Music Awards. Then in October he was arrested for allegedly stealing a photographer’s camera.

In October, he was busted along with comedian Micah “Katt” Williams for allegedly stealing a photographer’s camera.


Joe Cocker dead at 70

Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker

The legendary Joe Cocker has reportedly died at the age of 70. Cocker had been battling lung cancer.

According to the BBC, The Sheffield born singer song-writer died of an undisclosed illness on Sunday. His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed his death.

Cocker had a career spanning 4 decades with hits including “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong.”

Marshall told the BBC that “it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts.”

Cocker gained fame as a pop star back in 1968 when he released his version of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help from My Friends.”

His duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong” – from An Officer And A Gentleman – won him a both a Grammy and an Academy Award in 1983.

Last year his arena tour across Europe saw him achieve a number one album in Germany and give what was to be his final concert in Hammersmith, London, in June.

Charge dropped again AC/DC Drummer

indexBAY OF PLENTY, NEW ZEALAND – AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd, who was charged on Thursday with several counts in connection to trying to have two men killed, will be facing one less charge.

According to Rudd’s attorney, Paul Mabey, the New Zealand police charge of “attempting to procure murder” against his client has been dropped.

The 60-year-old drummer for the legendary hard rock band, had been accused of trying to procure the murder of two men. However, the Crown Solicitor decided there wasn’t enough evidence to justify it.

Mabey wrote in a statement, “The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid. The Crown Solicitor’s opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn, within 24 hours of Mr. Rudd’s first appearance in court,” continuing Mabey complained, “Mr. Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified.”

Rudd still faces several other charges, including threatening to kill.

On Thursday afternoon, Rudd made an appearance in court to face charges of; attempting to procure the murder of two men, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

Earlier on Thursday police paid a visit to Rudd’s beach front mansion and searched the premises.

The names of the two men he was attempting to have killed have not been released, nor has the name of the potential hit-man.

Rudd did not enter a plea to the charges at the Tauranga District Court and was released on bail. His next appearance is schedule for November 27.

The Australian born Rudd moved to New Zealand in 1983, after being fired by the legendary rock band AC/DC, but rejoined the band years later.

In 2003 AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and remains one of the world’s biggest-selling musical acts.

The band is set to release their latest album, “Rock or Bust,” in December. However, when AC/DC gathered to film videos for a pair of ‘Rock or Bust’ tracks in early October, Rudd was a no show due to a “family emergency.” Also, in a shocking turn of events, original founding member, guitarist Malcolm Young, was absent after being diagnosed with Dementia earlier this year.

AC/DC Drummer arrested for contracting to have 2 men killed

indexBAY OF PLENTY, NEW ZEALAND – Phil Rudd, the drummer for the hard rock band AC/DC, has been arrested and charged with attempting to have two men killed.

According to CNN affiliate TVNZ in New Zealand, the 60-year-old made an appearance in court Thursday afternoon and is facing one count of attempting to procure the murder of two men, this according to the Bay of Plenty Police District representative Kim Perks.

In addition, Rudd was also charged with threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

Police searched Rudd’s home on Thursday morning.

The names of the two men he was attempting to have killed have not been released, nor has the name of the potential hit-man.

Rudd did not enter a plea to the charges at the Tauranga District Court and was released on bail. His next appearance is schedule for November 27.

The Australian born Rudd moved to New Zealand in 1983, after being fired by the legendary rock band AC/DC, but rejoined the band years later.

In 2003 AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and remains one of the world’s biggest-selling musical acts.

The band is set to release their latest album, “Rock or Bust,” in December.

B.B. King falls ill cancels remaining tour

BB King performs at Thunder Valley Casino Click for more images

BB King performs at Thunder Valley Casino
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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.”

Last surviving member of the Ramones dead at 62

ramonesQUEENS, NY – Tommy Ramone, Co-founder, drummer and last surviving member of the Ramones died Friday at the age of 62.

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.

Train drummer calls it quits

(L-R) Jimmy Stafford, Pat Monahan and Scott Underwood

(L-R) Jimmy Stafford, Pat Monahan and Scott Underwood

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.

Scott Underwood


Glenn Symmonds – Beating Cancer Like a Drum – Part 2

Glenn Symmonds performs at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Glenn Symmonds performs at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

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.

The Epiphany

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.

Own your own "Beat Cancer Like a Drum" t-shirt!

Own your own “Beat Cancer Like a Drum” t-shirt!

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.


Team Symmonds – Tami Landrum and Glenn Symmonds
Credit: Tami Landrum

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.

The Battle

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.


Glenn goes in for his first operation
Credit: Tami Landrum

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.


Glenn Symmonds with Eddie Money Credit: Tami Landrum

The Support

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.

School Teacher Shannon Kidd and her kindergarten class

School Teacher Shannon Kidd and her kindergarten class

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.”

The Album

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!

friends-of-glennThe result is a wonderful collection of diverse music that will appeal to everyone.

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.

The Proposal

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.”

Glenn Symmonds and Tami Landrum Credit: Tami Landrum

Glenn Symmonds and Tami Landrum
Credit: Tami Landrum

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!!

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