LOS ANGELES, CA – Chris Brown suffered a seizure early Friday morning and was rushed to the hospital.
According to a statement released Friday night, the singer collapsed at the Record Plant recording studio in Hollywood in the early morning hours of Friday.
“Chris suffered a non-epileptic seizure (NES). … His doctor tended to him this afternoon and attributes the NES to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity.”
We’re thinking the doctor is not qualified to determine whether or not Browns legal matters are “unfounded,” but be that as it may, obviously Brown is a pressure cooker waiting to explode.
It’s not like brown isn’t known for his anger management issues – more so than his music.
The troubled 24-year-old became a trending topic on Twitter under the hashtag PrayForChrisBrown after the statement was released.
Brown has had nothing but bad press for years and continues to created legal problems for himself. Just last week Brown found himself in front of yet another judge on a hit-and-run-charge. He pleaded not guilty.
For all you Chris Brown fans – don’t hate on the CelebrityExaminer – We couldn’t possibly make this stuff up.
In an email to fans early Monday morning, James Blunt released his latest single “Bonfire Heart.” The song is scheduled to premiere on the radio later this morning. The single will be available on iTunes Tuesday.
The 39-year-old Blunt said, “The song is about love, life, fear and hope… and more than anything, you… and me…”
This is the first single from his upcoming new album ‘Moon Landing’ due to drop in October.
Blunt is currently recording a lyric-based video and will be posting it to his website today.
The song is a nice folksy song with some memorable lyrics and a very catchy tune. This one will chart.
What do you think? Listen here.
The London based singer exploded onto the US music scene in 2005 with his third single “You’re Beautiful” off of his album “Back to Bedlam,” which was released in 2003. The album went on to sell over 11 million copies and topped the album charts in 16 territories worldwide. It’s sold over 2.6 million in the U.S.and is certified 2x platinum. In Britain the album has been certified 10× platinum, sold over three million copies, winning the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest selling album in one year.
Here are the lyrics to “Bonfire Heart.”
Your mouth is a revolver firing bullets in the sky.
Your love is like a soldier, loyal till you die.
And I’ve been looking at the stars for a long, long time.
I’ve been putting out fires all my life.
Everybody wants a flame, but they don’t want to get burnt.
And today is our turn.
Days like these lead to nights like this leads to love like ours,
You light the spark in my bonfire heart.
People like us, we don’t need that much.
Just someone that starts, starts the spark in our bonfire hearts.
This world is getting colder. Strangers passing by.
No one offers you a shoulder. No one looks you in the eye.
But I’ve been looking at you for a long, long time.
Just trying to break through, trying to make you mine.
Everybody wants a flame, they don’t want to get burnt
Well today is our turn.
Days like these lead to nights like this leads to love like ours,
You light a spark in my bonfire heart.
People like us, we don’t need that much.
Just someone that starts, starts a spark in our bonfire hearts.
According to TMZ, a toxicology screening performed by the Fulton County Medical Examiner on rapper Chris Kelly, of the popular ‘90s rapping duo Kriss Kross, died from a fatal mixture of drugs.
The 34-year-old was found dead on May 1 at his Atlanta home. His mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, called for help that fatal day from Kelly’s Atlanta home. Paramedics found Kelly unresponsive at the scene and transported him to a local hospital where he was declared dead.
Pratte later told authorities that the rapper had a history of drug abuse and had experienced episodes in the past, according to the police report filed at the time.
TMZ did not identify what drugs were involved, but according to the Fulton County Police report filed the day of his death, cocaine and heroin may have played a part in Kelly’s death. Pratte, Chris’ mother, told police that her son had taken what is known as speedballs the night before – a mixture of cocaine and heroin.
The police report went on to say that Kelly had felt nauseous all morning and then passed out. Both Kelly’s mother and uncle told police that Kelly had a drug problem.
LOS ANGELES, CA – The former drummer for Devo, Alan Myers, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. Devo spokesman Michael Pilmer made the announcement.
Myers died after battling brain cancer. He was 58. Devo is best known for their hit “Whip It.”
Myers was Devo’s drummer during their climb to success from 1976 to 1985. The Akron Ohio band was founded by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, bringing their quirky style to the masses in 1977 with their rendition of the Rolling Stones’ classic “Satisfaction.”
Casale told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Devo would never have made it so big without Myers, saying he was the best drummer he had ever played with.
“We were mostly in basements and garages writing songs. It was Alan that brought everything to life,” Casale told the Associated Press, “That was the catalyst where everything clicked.”
Devo, which stands for ‘de-evolution’ meaning that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society. The idea came about as a joke Kent State University art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis as early as the late 1960s.
Devo’s classic line-up included two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers.
Bobby “Blue” Bland died on Sunday at the age of 83.
According to a family friend, Blues Hall of Fame recipient Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland has died today. No other details were available.
Updated: Bland’s son Rodd told CNN that health issues sidelined the singer earlier this year. “He had a hole in his stomach that had become tumorous, and it was emptying into his bloodstream.”
Rodd said Bland passed away from natural causes at his home in Germantown, Tennessee. “He was in my arms,” his son said. “But I’m not going to lie. I could have used at least 20 more years.”
Already the condolences are coming in.
Jim Hanzalik with World One Presents said, “”It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to true legend and icon of the blues. Thank you for all the great memories, conversations and love you shared with us and your many fans. We love you and you’ll be missed – RIP Bobby Blue Bland.”
Jay Sieleman with the Blues Foundation called Bland the greatest blues singer in the world.
“He was respected by so many people in the rock world and in the jazz world. He’s the Frank Sinatra of the blues. He’s respected for his voice and his phrasing. It’s going to be a huge loss to blues music,” Sieleman said.
Bobby “Blue” Bland was an original member of the Beale Streeters, and is considered the “Lion of the Blues”.
Bland’s unique style of phlegm clearing grunts and sense of despair provided a whole different level of blues and helped change the landscape of blues along with other greats such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Junior Parker.
Bland started singing with local gospel groups in Memphis Tenn. and wanted to expand his music, so he started going to the famous Beale Street known for it’s blues clubs, where he met a number of aspiring musicians calling their group the Beale Streeters.
In Bland’s earliest recordings in the 50’s, you could hear his individuality trying to come through, but his career was interrupted with a stint in the U.S. Army.
Bland started touring with Junior Parker in 1956 and doubled as a valet and driver. He was reported to have been valet and driver for others such as B. B. King and Rosco Gordon.
In 1957 Bland started rising in the charts with “Farther Up the Road,” released in 1957, and “Little Boy Blue,” released in 1958, as he made it into the R&B Top 10.
Bland hit his stride with “Cry Cry Cry”, “I Pity The Fool” and the “Turn On Your Love Light.”
He will be missed.
WINNFIELD, LA – Rising rapper and Meek Mill Protege Lil Snupe was shot and killed early Thursday morning. CBS affiliate KNOE was the first to break the story.
Snupe suffered two fatal gunshot wounds to the chest early Thursday morning at the Maplewood Apartment Complex in Winnfield. Paramedics were on scene and were unable to revive him.
Lil Snupe, born Addarren Ross, recently inked a deal with Mentor and Dream Chasers. Meek Mill, the CEO for Mentor and Dream Chasers, was performing at a concert when Snupe was able to pass a demo of his work to the rapper.
Snupe released his first mix-tape, ‘R.N.I.C.’, earlier this year and featured DJ Khaled, Curren$y, Trae the Truth, Meek Mill and Yo Gotti.
Meek Mill tweeted, “The streets killed my Lil nigga Snupe…I always told him don’t try 2 keep it real wit the streets…. Bcuz they won’t keep it real wit you”
Officials say they have a person of interest, but have yet to determine a motive in the killing.
For anyone out there who doesn’t know the Doobie Brothers, they are a rock group formed in the ’70s and were originally called Pud. Yes, Pud. One can only thank the heavens they decided to change their name to the Doobie Brothers. And yes, their name comes from that stuff referred to as pot. When smoked it’s also referred to as a joint, reefer, stick, roach, or a doobie.
Opening with “Jesus is Just Alright,” the eight man band consisting of two drummers, three guitarists, bassist, saxophonist, and keyboardist, kicked it into high gear from the very start. During their performance there were a lot of guitar changes, sometimes several per song. The guitars included four that were set up on their own stands waiting for those magical fingers of Tom Johnston (guitar, vocals), Pat Simmons (guitar vocals), John McFee (guitar, stings, vocals), and John Cowan (bass/vocals).
Other band members included Guy Allison (keyboard/vocals), Tony Pia (Drums), Marc Russo (sax), and Ed Toth (drums), with special guest Danny Hull.
As the sun made its way down, all the phones and cameras in the crowd were reminiscent of those late-night concerts with everyone holding up their lighters, paying homage to the band. The band got plenty of coverage with all those lights shining in the night.
The first few songs had the crowd on their feet cheering and singing along, as the band hit their stride, the crowd became a bit more subdued with many settling back down in their seats.
The band played a couple of songs off their 2010 album ‘World Gone Crazy,’ including “Brighter Day” and “World Gone Crazy.” You can hear the bands maturity both emotionally and musically in the songs from ‘World Gone Crazy.’ It’s obvious the group is comfortable with who they are and where they are going.
Looking at the makeup of the audience, it was quite apparent that The Doobie Brothers transcend generations, as young and old turned out to listen to one of their favorite bands.
Once they started playing “Takin it to the Streets,” it was all over as the crowd jumped to their feet and never sat back down.
Playing a tremendous rendition of “Don’t Start Me Talkin,” the band called up longtime friend, sax player and local Lincoln resident, Danny Hull, who brought his harmonica to the party. Sax player Marc Russo and Hull, armed with his harp, battled it out throughout the song with fans cheering them on.
When the band started “Black Water,” the crowd immediately joined in. Everyone was singing, including bartenders, security personnel, and ushers.
To anyone who didn’t make it out to the concert and thought to themselves – not interested in listening to some old boring southern style rock band, you made a huge mistake. Don’t make the same mistake next time.
It’s refreshing to see a band that has toured together for all these years and remain well grounded in who they are and still truly appreciate their fans. And to watch them onstage still having fun and engaging the audience is simply priceless.
Earlier this year tragedy struck the band as one of the founding members, drummer Michael Hossack, died. Remaining founding members include Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons with 30 year-plus veteran John McFee. The Doobies have sold over 30 million albums and continue to tour bringing their high energy performance to as many people as possible.
This Sunday the AAA four diamond rated Thunder Valley Casino brings back their ever popular H2O pool party and with the Summer Concert Series just getting under way, you can expect even more fun filled concerts as they bring you comedian Kathy Griffin, rocker Sammy Hagar, ESPN Friday Night Fights, and so much more.
Photo credits: Randy Miramontez
ESP Guitars has teamed up with The Halo Method to offer fans a special bonus download of their debut 4 song EP “Reset.”
The Halo Method consists of founding Evanescence/We Are the Fallen guitarist Ben Moody, founding Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner, former In This Moment bassist Josh Newell and Rockstar Supernovaʼs winner Lukas Rossi. This super-group has spent the past few months recording their debut EP, “Reset,” now available through ESP Guitars as a free download.
The four tracks are “Toxic,” “Beauty is the Beast,” “Porcelain” and “Crutch”
Long before these four came together to form The Halo Method, they already had made their own unique mark in rock history with enough credits to write a book. Moody has taken home Grammys and sold millions of records in Evanescence and We Are the Fallen; Dave Buckner drummed for the world renowned rock band Papa Roach from Infest through the Paramour Sessions; Josh Newell is not only known for his studio work, but also held down bass for In This Moment, and Lukas Rossi blew away millions including Tommy Lee and Jason Newsted by winning a spot in the supergroup Rockstar Supernova.
Through mutual friends, the guys found themselves together at Moodyʼs Hollywood studio and the rest is history. Moody states, “We didnʼt set out to do anything serious. We were really just going to get together and play some covers for fun, but it was evident very quick that there was something special going on. After a few songs, it was obvious that we had something different than weʼve ever done before.”
Jon Wiederhorn of Revolver Magazine had this to say about the bandʼs first track “Beauty Is the Beast”: “Ethereal and euphoric, a haunting anthem about unrequited love that combines elements of hard rock, goth, alternative metal, industrial, and pop.
Click on over to ESP Guitars and download the EP for yourself and give it a listen.
Tickets are currently only $5, with loads of local talent performing such as Brad Lang (Y&T), Paul Holdgate (Montrose), Steve Brown (Oleander) Willy Seltzer (The Losin’ Streaks/Larisa Bryski, and Steve Robello (Dublin Death Patrol).
Soundz of NorCal keeps people in the Sacramento region plugged in to their favorite bands and venues. Bringing fans their current schedules CD releases and more.
Part of the mission statement of Soundz of NorCal is and always has been to give back to the music community and they are thrilled to have found a deserving organization to partner with, the Music Never Stops Foundation. The foundation provides “grants” for kids who would otherwise not be able to afford music lessons.
The event will be hosted at Shenanigans in Sacramento and kids of all ages will be allowed until 10 p.m., so there’s no excuse not to get your butt down there to show your support for all the musical talent, Music Never Stops Foundation and Soundz of NorCal.
There will also be a silent auction featuring donations from musicians and merchants, food & drink specials, Signature “Soundz Swizzler” Cocktail, MusicExpo (Meet & Greets, Merch, CDs), and an after party you will NOT want to miss, featuring Reverberation Dance, DJ Katx, AmpONE and more.
If you can’t make it, Soundz of NorCal is urging fans to purchase the $5 ticket to help support the Music Never Stops Foundation.
Ray Manzarek, co-founder of the rock group The Doors died Monday due to complications from cancer.
Publicist Heidi Robinson Fitzgerald announced Monday that Manzarek died of bile duct cancer in Rosenheim, Germany at the age of 74. He was surrounded by his family.
Manzarek was one of the founding members of The Doors and was the key ingredient to Jim Morrison’s moody vocals which helped propelled the venerable rock group to sell over 100 million records, even though the band was only together for a few years.
The Doors’ original lineup included Jim Morris (vocals), Ray Manzarek (keyboards), John Densmore (drummer) and Robbie Krieger (guitarist).
The Doors only produced six albums, but after Morrison’s untimely death, fans became obsessed with the band and even to this day maintain a cult following.
Their hits included “The Crystal Ship,” “Roadhouse Blues,” “Riders On the Storm” and “Light My Fire.”
In a statement Densmore said, “There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison’s words,” continuing he wrote, “Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother.”
In 1991 Oliver Stone directed “The Doors” starring Val Kilmer as Morrison and Kyle MacLachlan as Manzerek. Manzerek took exception to the films portrayal of Morrison as a drunk.
In later years Krieger and Manzarek formed a group called Doors of the 21st Century. Densmore objected forcing Krieger and Manzarek to perform under different names.
Manzerek was performing in the band Rick and the Ravens when he met Morrison in 1965 in Venice Beach, Calif. ultimately forming The Doors. Morrison told Manzarek that he had been writing songs, “I was taking notes at a fantastic rock’n'roll concert going on in my head,” which led to the song “Moonlight Drive.”
Manzarek is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his son Pablo and two brothers, Rick and James. Funeral arrangements are pending.