HOLLYWOOD—What a dark, dark 2016 it has been, in only four months into the new year- from David Bowie to Prince just last week. We have lost a few legends. Prince who passed away last week already has his former band “The Revolution,” set to reunite for a series of concerts. The announcement, according to published reports, was made in a video on bass player Brown Mark’s Facebook page.
Guitarist Wendy Melvoin said “after spending days together grieving,” they had decided to “do some shows.” The band, who disbanded in 1986, had several line-ups, but the concerts are likely to feature Mark, Melvoin, keyboard players Lisa Coleman and Matt Fink and drummer Bobby Z. As of press time, no dates have been announced.
Prince, 57, was found dead in his Paisley Park recording studio on April 21. A private memorial service was held for the rock star on April 24, attended by an estimated 20 of his closest friends and family. The pop star did not leave a will, his sister has revealed in court documents. The papers, filed in state court in Minnesota, show Tyka Nelson has petitioned for a special administrator to oversee the star’s estate.
The size of Prince’s fortune is unclear, but includes $27 million in property. She is Prince’s only surviving full-sibling and stated in the papers that immediate action was necessary to manage her brother’s business interest. Interestingly enough, drummer and frequent Prince collaborator Sheila E confirmed there were plans to turn Paisley Park into a museum, somewhat like Elvis’s Graceland.
One thing you probably didn’t even think about, is the fact that many musicians suffer from hearing loss. Yes, while they are entertaining us, they are also subjecting themselves to music-induced hearing loss. According to reports, symptoms begin with losing the ability to hear high-frequency sounds and tones. In many cases, a musician who suffers from loss of high frequency hearing will try to compensate by playing louder at high-pitched notes, which leads to an artistically unacceptable performance. As the problem grows, the musician suffers from increased blood pressure, headaches, and fatigue.
This is why Brian Johnson of AC/DC gracefully conceded and left the band to continue medical treatment to improve his hearing. On March 7, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field of hearing loss, he was advised that if he continued to perform in large venues, he would risk total deafness. According to his statement on the official website of AC/DC, he thanked his fans for their support and understanding and reassured them he wasn’t retiring.
Enter, Axl Rose to the rescue from Guns N’ Roses. Axl Rose will join AC/DC on their “Rock or Bust,” tour beginning on May 7, in Lisbon, Portugal. Axl is sure busy this year, after the European run of dates with AC/DC he will be on tour with Guns N’ Roses in his “Not in This Lifetime Tour.” Axl is touring this summer with the reunited band that includes former members Slash and Duff McKagan. After the success of Coachella, which Paris Hilton was in attendance, Guns N’ Roses added more U.S. dates to the tour due to their popularity.
Guns N’ Roses frontman motto must be the “show must go on.” While he broke his foot and underwent surgery for a broken bone in his foot, he was seen on a scooter in LAX on his way to Europe. Rose possesses one of the most unique, recognizable voices in rock. His nearly six-octave range is among the world’s best. His range goes from a soaring screech to a down to the soul, bewitching croon.
Rose’s Scoop: Pop superstar Beyonce, 34, released a musically diverse new album titled “Lemonade.” Her sixth studio album which initially had been advertised only as a special on the HBO cable network before dropping as an LP, features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Jack White and the Weeknd.