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Lynyrd Skynyrd has added its name to the list of artists who have recorded the theme song to Squidbillies, part of the Adult Swim line-up on the Cartoon Network. It's already been done by 38 Special, Widespread Panic, George Jones, Billy Joe Shaver, Drive-By Truckers and others.
Allen Lanier, the founding keyboardist and guitarist of Blue Oyster Cult, died today (Wednesday) from complications due to C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). He was 66.
Lanier -- who used to date, live and write songs with Patti Smith -- wrote several B.O.C. songs, including "True Confessions," "Tenderloin," "Searchin' for Celine," "In Thee" and "Lonely Teardrops."
A post on the band's website says, "He is survived by his wife Dory, sister Mary Anneand mother Martha. Although he retired from touring in 2006, Allen returned to the stage for what turned out to be his final appearance, reuniting with BӦC at the 40th Anniversary show in New York this past November. Don't fear the reaper sweet man. We love you and miss you."
B.O.C. singer/guitarist Eric Bloom said in a statement, "My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All B.O.C. fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with [with his friend, poet/rocker] Jim Carroll right now."
B.O.C. played in France Tuesday night and their next show is in Boston on Saturday.
One of my all time fav BOC songs “Cities On Flame, With Rock N Roll”!!!!
Somehow, I think there’s room in this city for both Mens Room Red and Maiden’s Trooper Ale!
Who you think will be the first in Seattle to carry it??
Iron Maiden's beer has finally reached the U.S. Trooper ale, named after the band's 1983 single, is being sold first in this country atRock N Roll Ribs, the barbecue restaurant Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain co-owns in Coral Springs, Florida. The brewers of the ale plan to introduce it to other U.S. locations throughout the fall.
Provided he can keep his lymphoma in check, Tony Iommi is all for Black Sabbath doing another album following the success of 13. However, because of his treatment schedule, the guitarist says he "can’t commit to doing another two years or anything like that. I have to play it as it comes now.” But Iommi, who is enjoying the success of 13 and the band's tour, adds that "if the rest of the year goes well, then we’ll look at it and see if it’s possible to do another album. It would be very nice to."
Sabbath is in Philadelphia Saturday and the Boston suburb of Mansfield, Massachusetts on Monday.
KISW is STOKED to present the return of Black Sabbath! Are you going?
KISW Presents Black Sabbath
Saturday, August 24th
The Gorge Amphitheatre
Ticket prices range from $60 to $150 and are available through LiveNation.com. This all ages show starts at 7:30 PM.
Now I know the band is not a fan of this album, but I still love it!!!!
Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitfordsays they were "seriously talking about" replacing Steven Tyler a few years ago, but he's glad they didn't have to travel down that road.
Whitford says, "Steven was a little bit tired and fed up with the way things were going. But we just felt like we couldn’t just let the band fall apart... We spoke to maybe one or two singers about the idea, but that was about as far as it went. I don’t think anybody in the band was terribly keen about getting in a new lead singer. I think we were all just thinking about survival at that point. We weren’t ready to give up on the band."
Among the singers whose names came up were Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Cornell.
Aerosmith starts a Japanese tour tonight (Thursday) in Tokyo.