Australian rockers Tumbleweed are going ahead with their planned gigs following the death of bandmember Jason Curley so they can help his family cover the funeral costs. The bassist passed away last month (Aug) at his home in Wollongong, Australia at the age of 42 and his bandmates subsequently revealed his death was related to his long-term battle with alcoholism.
The group has continued to play shows after his passing, and his bandmate brother Lenny Curley reveals the money raised by the concerts and merchandise will pay for the funeral and go to a trust set up for his three-year-old son, Max.
Curley tells Australia's Fairfax Media, "That way he's part of paying for his funeral."
The late rocker's eldest brother Pat has stepped in to take his place, but the band has yet to decide whether they will continue long-term without Jason.
Curley adds, "In all honesty, the magic of the band was in the line-up with Jay. That might suggest these will be our last shows... it might be a good time to hang up our guitars, at least for a while."
The band is famous for touring with Nirvana on the grunge group's 1992 tour Down Under.
Tom Skeeter, owner of the legendary Sound City Studios, has died. Skeeter, who was boss of the complex where classic albums including Nirvana's Nevermind and Rumours by Fleetwood Mac were recorded, passed away this week (beg08Sep14).
No further details were available as WENN went to press.
A message posted on the studio's Facebook.com page, via Billboard, reads, "We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him to all of you. Thank you to all of the people who have stopped by the office to meet Tom in the past few years - he enjoyed the visits, and loved hearing how far people had come."
Skeeter featured in Dave Grohl's 2012 documentary about the studios, Sound City.
Jennifer Lopez is refusing to give up on love and marriage after three failed unions and a string of romantic splits, insisting she'll eventually find her Mr. Right. The pop superstar has been single since splitting from dancer boyfriend Casper Smart earlier this summer (14), but she has no plans to give up on men.
She tells Elle U.K. magazine, "I still believe in love. The nirvana man, he's out there somewhere. But you just have to work at it. You have to work at everything.
"Everybody has seen that I make mistakes... but I am not going to give up. I have to look at what I do wrong.
"I rush in, I get swept up, I ignore the signs. But so many of us are guilty of these things. Each time it goes wrong, it's hard. I get really hurt but I have to let myself go: 'What did I do? What can I learn?'
"As hard and as hurtful as things get, I want to believe I will be able to go one step higher. I've got to hope that if I keep going I will eventually get it right."
As well as Smart, Lopez has also dated rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs and actor Ben Affleck, while her ex-husbands include Marc Anthony and dancer Cris Judd.
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Rocker Courtney Love has branded her upcoming memoir "a disaster".
The Hole star has been penning the gritty details of her life story but the project's initial release date of 2013 has repeatedly been postponed. Now she has revealed she never wanted to work on the book in the first place, and she refused to tell all about her recent years because she wanted to retain some privacy.
Love tells Paper Magazine, "It's a disaster. A nightmare. (It is) just not working... (I) never wanted to write a book in my entire life. It just sort of happened... It has to stop. What happens from 2006 on in the book is my personal business. I've been discreet from that time on, and I want to keep it that way."
The memoir, titled Girl With The Most Cake, is expected to chronicle Love's battle with drugs and her doomed marriage to tragic Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain.
No release date has yet been confirmed.
Music producer Steve Albini was delighted when he was given the chance to remaster the recordings of Nirvana's In Utero album as it finally vindicated his original work after 20 years. The legendary studio boss was left disappointed by the album's release in 1994 because the volume levels on several of the tracks he recorded had been adjusted amid concerns from record label bosses that Albini's versions would not sell.
Albini was convinced his original recordings were superior, and he was overjoyed to give fans the chance to hear his versions when heads at DGC Records commissioned several special edition box sets for the album's 20th anniversary this year (14).
He tells Uncut magazine, "It was gratifying that the people responsible for that reissue were willing to let (the band) go the distance for quality and by that I mean we had the original masters for the original sessions... I said I was happy to oversee the mastering and they signed off on that...
"So I got to see the production aspect of the reissue version of the original mix through to the end. That was very satisfying and in the end I don't know how to make a record better than that."
Australian rocker Jason Curley has died, aged 42. The Tumbleweed bassist passed away on Monday (25Aug14) at his home in Wollongong, Australia. No more details about his death were available as WENN went to press, but his bandmates have described his passing as sudden and unexpected.
A statement posted on the group's Facebook.com page reads, "It is with deep sadness that we inform everyone of a great loss in the Tumbleweed family, our brother, friend and bass player Jay Curley passed away suddenly in his home yesterday.
"We are still shocked by the news of his death. We hope that people will remember him for his music, his big heart and his total dedication to rock and roll."
His bandmate, guitarist Paul Hausmeister, adds, "Long hair, big smile, tattoos on the outside with a warm, loving, gentle soul on the inside... He has inspired countless musicians over the last 30 years and will continue in the future. The Australian rock 'n' roll community has lost a great musician and a great bloke. We have lost a great mate."
Curley shot to fame in the 1990s with the rock group, best known for supporting Nirvana on tour in 1992, but he left in 1999.
He later rejoined Tumbleweed when the original line-up reunited in 2009. His brother, Lenny Curley, is a guitarist in the band.
The group was due to perform at a festival in Sydney, Australia on 20 September (14).
BBC bosses have launched an ambitious, day-long hunt for the greatest guitar riff of all time. A list of 100 classic, instantly-recognisable hooks has been compiled by record producers, critics, and staff at BBC Radio 2, and listeners of the station will hear the entire rundown throughout Monday (25Aug14).
Fans have also been voting for their favourites, and the 'winner' will be declared by presenter Zoe Ball at around 5pm London time.
The list features iconic riffs including T Rex's 20th Century Boy, Money by Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry's Johnny B Goode, Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, and Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie.
Others on the rundown include Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple, and The Kinks' You Really Got Me.
Radio 2 DJ Janice Long, who helped compile the list, says, "I was in agony trying to whittle down my nominations. It was a tough job but I am happy I got to do it."
Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean has offered words of support to actress Zelda Williams following the death of her father Robin Williams on Monday (11Aug14). The Good Morning, Vietnam actor passed away after hanging himself at his home in Marin County, California, aged 63.
Zelda has openly mourned her father on social media websites, and now her friend Frances Bean has offered the grieving 25 year old a shoulder to cry on.
Frances, whose Nirvana rocker dad Cobain died in 1994 when she was just 20 months old, writes on Twitter.com, "You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you but you already knew that. Wherever, whenever u need me I'll be there (sic)."
Rocker Courtney Love has blown $27 million (£16 million) funding her rock 'n' roll lifestyle and settling lawsuits.
The Hole singer married Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in 1992 and was left millions when Cobain died two years later (94). She has been riddled with financial woes throughout the years and she has now confessed her losses have reached almost $27 million.
Most of these funds have been blown on her extravagant lifestyle and funding a string of legal settlements.
Love tells Australia's Style magazine, "I lost about $27 million - I know that's a lifetime of money to most people, but I'm a big girl, it's rock 'n' roll, it's Nirvana money, I had to let it go... I make enough to live on, I'm financially solvent, I focus on what I make now."
Former Nirvana rocker Chad Channing has opened the door for a return to the band by insisting he would love an onstage reunion with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Channing joined the band in 1998 but left by mutual agreement in 1990, just over a year before they shot to global superstardom with their 1991 album Nevermind.
He is adamant he still considers himself an honourary member of the group and now he has spoken out about his hopes for a reunion.
Channing tells NME magazine, "It'd maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass. That'd be about the only arrangement I could think of that we could pull off."
In July last year (13), Grohl and Novoselic performed together in Seattle, Washington with Sir Paul McCartney - it was only the second time they have shared a stage in their hometown since Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain died in 1994.