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Suge Knight officially charged faces third strike

Suge Knight - 2008 mugshot Credit Las Vegas PD

Suge Knight – 2008 mugshot
Credit Las Vegas PD

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today former hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was officially charged with murder and attempted murder in a Compton hit-and-run that occurred on Friday.

Adding to Knight’s woes, his bail of $2.025 million bail was revoked after homicide detectives petitioned the bail commissioner, plus this will be a third strike for the Death Row Records founder.

The 49-year-old Knight was arrested early Friday after going to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station, accompanied by his lawyer. Earlier that day Knight is accused of running over two men following an altercation.

Fifty-five-year-old Terry Carter was killed and actor Cle “Bone” Sloan was injured when Knight backed over the pair in his red Ford F-150 Raptor pickup and then ran over them as he fled the scene.

Knight’s attorney claims he was trying to escape an attack when he accidentally struck the victims. A homicide lieutenant said Knight argued with Sloan through the driver’s side of the truck and then purposely struck Sloan and Carter while in the parking lot outside of Tam’s Burgers in Compton.

Knight has been officially charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of hit-and-run with an allegation that he committed a serious and violent felony while out on bail in another pending case. He was out on bail for a robbery charge.

Authorities said bail was revoked since Knight is considered a flight-risk. They were also concerned about witness intimidation due to his criminal past. The District Attorney has confirmed this would be his third strike if convicted.

Knight faces life in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. Protection Status

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.”

Songs of the South at Thunder Valley

Alabama performs at Thunder Valley Casino

Alabama performs at Thunder Valley Casino

Rachel Steele and Scott Prentice of Road 88

Rachel Steele and Scott Prentice of Road 88

LINCOLN, CA – The legendary country music band Alabama made its way to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday with special guest, Sacramento’s own, Rachel Steele and her band Road 88.

It was an evening of southern rock infused with a bit of bluegrass, sprinkled with a whole lotta of country as the award winning Alabama reminded fans why they have reigned over country music since the 80s.

Rachel Steele and Road 88 kicked off the concert in fine fashion with a cover of Miranda Lambert’s “Gun Powder & Lead” as temperatures hovered in the mid 90’s. Steele sang a number of original songs including “Drive a Little Faster,” “Nashville” and, my favorite, “The Shot Song.”

Randy Owen of Alabama

Randy Owen of Alabama

Steele was in complete command of the stage and the audience with her band Road 88, consisting of Scott Prentice (guitar/vocals), Charlie McGimsey (drums), Vinnie Panteleoni (bass), Bob Kinney (guitar), Gordon Graft (keys) and Sherry Eidhammer (backup vocals).

Sue and Katlin with Randy Owen of Alabama

Kaitlyn and Sue with Randy Owen of Alabama

Alabama has been together as a group for over 40 years and in 2004 the group decided to part ways and played their “final” concert in Bismark, North Dakota. In 2013 the band reformed for their 40th anniversary and set out on their Back to the Bowery tour, in reference to the Myrtle Beach club where they got their start.

During the bands time apart, Owen stayed active as a solo act and also successfully battled prostate cancer. Cook was  performing with his Allstar Goodtime Band, while Gentry was producer for his band Rockit City.

When Alabama took the stage everyone in the packed outdoor amphitheater was on their feet cheering as original band members Randy Owen (lead vocals/guitar), Jeff Cook (lead guitar,violin) and Teddy Gentry (bass), kicked off their 90+ minute set with “If You’re Going to Play in Texas,” with the audience singing along.


Jeff Cook of Alabama

They continued on with “Tennessee River,” followed by “Dixieland Delight.” The mostly older crowd remained seated for the majority of their performance, with small clusters of fans standing. During some of their songs people would dash to the aisles to dance to their favorite song.

Teddy Gentry of Alabama

Teddy Gentry of Alabama

Two audience members were singled out by Owen when he invited them up onstage so he could sing them “Happy Birthday.” Sue and Kaitlyn made their way to the stage and after Owen finished singing “Happy Brithday,” he asked them if that was good enough. By the looks on their faces it was plenty good enough.

For their encore they performed “Mountain Music,” at which point the crowd exploded to their feet to sing and dance along.


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.

Fans flock to Summer Jam 2014

Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat

LINCOLN, CA – WorldOne Presents brought their annual Summer Jam to Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor Summer Concert Series on Saturday, featuring Keith Sweat, Salt-N-Pepa and Tony! Toni! Toné!

The day started out overcast, keeping temperatures below the century mark. As show time approached, the clouds dissipated and fans moved in, with around 4,500 people packing the sold out show. For over 17 years WorldOne Presents has been bringing their popular Soul  Jam shows to the Sacramento region.

V101’s Big Al had the honors of emceeing the show, along with V101 newcomer Pacey Williams. Before the show Thunder Valley Casino personnel threw out an endless number of T-shirts into the crowd, with one T-shirt making a direct hit with a glass of beer – oops! They also tossed out a number of oversized beach balls for fans to hit back and forth during the show.

Summer Jam 2014

D’wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!

Kicking off the evening was Tony! Toni! Toné! with front man Amar Khalil leading the pack and original band member Dwayne Wiggins on guitar.

Armed with their high energy and number one hits, Khalil and Wiggins thoroughly entertained the mostly older crowd, with many still filing in to find their seats.

Summer Jam 2014

Amar Khali of Tony! Toni! Toné!

Both Khalil and Wiggins were in fine shape and knew it, as they both wore vests to better show off their guns.

Following Tony! Toni! Toné! was Grammy Award winning Salt-N-Pepa as they stormed the stage with a couple of high energy dancers – adding to their Diva status.

I found Salt-N-Pepa’s set the most entertaining of the night with their good looks, charm and down to earth sex appeal. Both founding members Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton left it all on the stage as their original DJ, Deidra “DJ Spinderella” Roper, cranked out the tunes.

Summer Jam 2014

Sandra “Pepa” Denton of Salt-N-Pepa
Photo: Ruth Perryman

The dynamic duo of Salt-N-Pepa had great chemistry as they worked the crowds and interacted between each other and the dancers while dancing around the stage.

The trio played a number of covers during their performance, but it really didn’t seem to faze fans since Salt-N-Pepa were continually yelling out to the crowd, keeping them engaged throughout their entire set.

Of course, Salt-N-Pepa couldn’t help but end their set with their wildly popular hits “Shoop” and “Push It,” but not before bringing up a couple of gentlemen from the audience to get their groove on with the ladies.

When Keith Sweat made his way out on stage it was pandemonium as all the women in the audience brought their screams up a couple of decibels.

Salt-N-Pepa dancers in the house! Photo: Ruth Perryman

Salt-N-Pepa dancers in the house!
Photo: Ruth Perryman

When Sweat started his set he appeared annoyed after his earpiece fell off. He continually was looking towards the side of the stage, making hand gestures and then turning back to the audience while singing.

During his set Sweat made the statement, “Somebody’s gonna get pregnant tonight,” several times, referring to the reputation his mostly romantic songs have among couples. Jen, a longtime fan, told me she consummated four kids while listening to Sweat’s music.

Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat

As Sweat was weaving through his hits, including, “Make It Last Forever” and “I’ll Give All My Love to You,” a male dancer was thoroughly entertaining the crowd with his dance moves. The dancer brought a level of energy to the performance that Sweat was lacking.

Sweat’s performance may have been lacking the energy of a Salt-N-Pepa, but the crowd sure didn’t seem to mind as couples were dancing and singing in the aisles.

WorldOne Presents will be bringing more soul and R&B to Thunder Valley Casino on September 13th with The Big Block Party featuring Morris Day and The Time, Sheila E, Guy, and Doug E Fresh.


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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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