Happenings in the world of music …

09 Mar

It’s been a few days since we’ve been here (sorry about that), but the world seems to be spinning faster and faster with each passing hour and it’s been rather impossible to keep up with all of it.

New Zero God - Live at Eightball Club, Thessaloniki on March 5, 2011 (Photo by Nadine Bratani)

I took a trip up to Thessaloniki this weekend and attended the LIVE show of New Zero God and Background Noise Suppression.  This is truly a powerful duo of bands and the word about town is that they will again be combining forces for a live performance at An Club in Athens on April 7th.  Joining them will be Penny Dreadful (with Yiannis Kalifatidis from Into the Abyss on vocals and guitar).  This will be the first time the three bands are playing together and after seeing the amazing show of New Zero God and Background Noise Suppression, coupled with the history of Into the Abyss, I’m sure this will be a show that shouldn’t be missed.  

We’ll post more details once they are released … 🙂

Mike Starr

In other news today, most of you have probably already heard that Mike Starr, ex-Alice in Chains bassist, has passed away.  He was found dead yesterday with no other details released surrounding his much-too-soon passing. 

Starr was one of the original members of Alice in Chains and left during their Dirt Tour.  The late Layne Staley (vocalist of Alice in Chains) attributed Starr’s departure to a ‘difference of priorities’  Starr, however, admitted during his 2010 stint on VH1‘s reality show, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”, that the real reason that he was kicked out of the band was because of his continuous drug adventures / addictions. 

Whether or not this played any role in his death will be revealed with the passage of time… but, from what I can see, it appears that his rehab was rather short-lived.  Only three weeks ago he was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance. 

Tragic events seemed to follow Starr’s path in life… Shortly after his departure from Alice in Chains, he joined forces with Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli (both of Black Sabbath fame) as the bassist for Sun Red Sun.  Unfortunately, the project soon ended with the death of Gillen back in 1993.

Mike Starr was only 44 years old when he met his ultimate fate… May he rest in peace and join the other amazing talents in the great gig in the sky …

On another note, British singer, songwriter, pianist, drummer, and sometimes-actor Phil Collins (ex-Genesis) has officially announced his retirement from the music industry.

Collins originally joined Genesis as their drummer with occasional backing vocals, but in 1975 he became their lead vocalist when Peter Gabriel left the band.  Over time, he found great commercial success, both with Genesis and with his solo career, and left Genesis in 1996.  In 1999, he reunited with Gabriel and other members of Genesis to re-record “The Carpet Crawlers”.

According to Atlantic Records, his worldwide sales JUST as a solo artist were 150 million as of the year 2000.  It should be duly noted that only three recording artists have sold over 100 million albums worldwide, with both solo career and principal member of a band factored into the equation:  Michael Jackson, Sir Paul McCartney, and Phil Collins, himself.  Quite an amazing attribute to list on your CV, I must say.

Phil Collins

This recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has also racked up seven Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and an Academy Award.  According to Billboard Magazine, when you total up all of his work with Genesis, his solo career, and his random works with other artists, Collins had the most top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart than any other artist during the 1980’s.  In 2008 he was ranked #22 for the most successful artist in the ‘Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists’ chart.

His career is certainly much too impressive to list all of his accomplishments, so we’ll just end this here with our best wishes for a happy and long life enjoying all the things he never had the time to do prior to his retirement.

And with that, we send you our wishes for a great middle-of-the-week!


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