Legendary session drummer Dennis Chambers has been hospitalised with an unspecified illness just a week after performing at the Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The funk icon, who has worked with Steely Dan, Parliament-Funkadelic and Santana, is suffering liver problems, according to former bandmate Bootsy Collins.
In a post on Facebook.com, he writes, "Dennis Chambers is in intensive care and they're working on getting him off the respirator. They are filtering his liver, as it's not functioning well."
Chambers is best known for his work on Santana's Soul Sacrifice. He has also toured extensively with Steely Dan, and appeared on the band's Alive in America album.
He was a member of Parliament-Funkadelic from 1978 to 1985.
Jazz great Horace Silver has died at the age of 85. The pianist passed away at his home in New Rochelle, New York, where actress Ruby Dee died earlier this month (Jun14), on Wednesday (18Jun14).
Silver formed the group that was to become the Jazz Messengers with drummer pal Art Blakey in the early 1950s. The duo recorded one album together before the pianist went solo.
He recorded over 20 records for top jazz label Blue Note, including Song for My Father and The Jody Grind in the mid-1960s, while tracks like Senor Blues, The Preacher and Filthy McNasty became instant classics.
Four of his Blue Note albums were included on the label's 100 essential jazz albums list, which was issued earlier this year (14) to mark the company's 75th anniversary.
He also enjoyed pop chart success in 1974 when Steely Dan used the opening bars of his Song for My Father in their Rikki Don't Lose That Number hit.
New mum Gwen Stefani and her band No Doubt have been given a huge career boost after signing a management deal with revered music mogul Irving Azoff.
The group recently parted ways with Jim Guerinot's Rebel Waltz Management, after almost 16 years, and, according to Billboard, No Doubt have been snapped up by Azoff's company, which also boasts the Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Steely Dan and Van Halen, among its impressive roster.
Ironically, Stefani will replace Aguilera on the seventh season of U.S. TV singing competition series The Voice later this year (14).
Steely Dan's former singer David Palmer is suing the group over a royalties spat. Palmer claims his work on the band's early tracks helped to give the act its signature sound, but insists he has been paid just over $8,000 (£5,000) in royalties from radio play.
The singer, who quit the group in 1973, insists he is owed more and is suing for unspecified damages, according to TMZ.com.
Cranky Steely Dan star Donald Fagen has blasted Bob Dylan and his Dukes of September tourmates Michael Mcdonald and Boz Scaggs in a new Rolling Stone magazine article. The 65-year-old rocker reveals he has walked out of several Dylan shows because he finds the folk-rock icon "tedious" and admits he took "certain pharmaceuticals" to help him relieve the boredom of touring with Scaggs and McDonald.
Of Dylan, Fagen says, "He has about a dozen minor-key-drone tunes with three chords. I find it very tedious. He actually has songs that are more boring than some early Appalachian songs. It's amazing.
"He has songs with 512 verses and almost no melody. I think a psychiatrist would be more useful than a throat doctor at this point."
And Fagen also opens up about his experiences on tour with supergroup The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, which he formed with McDonald and Scaggs in 2010.
He adds, "I was miserable... I kept wondering what I was doing out there. But I have certain pharmaceuticals that are legally prescribed that help my various mental and physical problems... Also the mood disorders that go along with touring give you a certain amount of energy."
Actor Owen Wilson has denied any connection between his new movie, You, Me and Dupree and the 1970s supergroup Steely Dan.
The band recently posted a letter on their website claiming Wilson's Dupree character was based on their Grammy-Award winning song, “Cousin Dupree,” about a couch-hopping houseguest.
They also asked Wilson to appear at a concert to apologize to their fans.
In a statement released by his spokeswoman, Ina Treciokas, Wilson said, "I have never heard the song 'Cousin Dupree' and I don't even know who this gentleman, Mr. Steely Dan, is.
"I hope this helps to clear things up and I can get back to work on my new movie, Hey 19."
Steely Dan released a string of hits in the 1970s, including “Hey Nineteen,” “Reeling in the Years” and “Rikki Don't Lose That Number.”
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The prestigious Founders Award has been awarded to musician Tom Waits from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers songwriters group. Following in the footsteps of such notables as Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Bob Dylan, the award was handed out at the annual black-tie dinner organized by ASCAP, celebrating songwriters and publishers for 2000. To introduce the somewhat eccentric musician, an even odder message was given by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards. In his video introduction, the guitar player came out of some bushes in a grubby coat and hat to give an indecipherable speech in praise of his onetime collaborator. Richards recalled buying 10,000 worms, on Waits' advice, to help his lawn. As reported by Reuters, Waits was greeted by a standing ovation and, in his acceptance speech, he claimed to love "the whole act of songwriting." Other winners included the Goo Goo Dolls and Holly Lamar, co-writer of the Faith Hill hit song, "Breathe."
Veteran rockers U2, Steely Dan and country singer Faith Hill were among the many winners at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, stealing the spotlight from Eminem, whose angry lyrics entangled the ceremonies in controversy.
U2 won three statues, including the prestigious Song of the Year and Record of the Year awards for ''Beautiful Day.”
Elton John hugs Eminem after their duet.
''It's a very unique emotion I'm feeling right now. I think it’s called humility,'' said U2 frontman Bono during an acceptance speech. ''I'm completely not used to it.''
Eminem, who drew protesters outside the Staples Center, was nevertheless granted three awards for Best Solo Rap Performance, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his collaboration with his mentor and producer Dr. Dre.
"First of all I want to thank everybody who could look past the controversy and see the album for what it is and what it isn't," said the 28-year-old rapper.
To the disappointment of younger fans, ‘N Sync, who gave an astounding performance of the ballad “This I Promise You,” walked away empty-handed. The boy band lost to aging rockers Steely Dan in the categories of Best Pop Vocal Album and Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
The supposed highlight of the night came when Elton John -- who is openly gay - sat down to perform a duet with Eminem. The performance of Eminem’s “Stan” was met with standing ovations.
John told Reuters: "As a gay artist, I'm asked by a lot of people, 'But what about the content of Eminem's music?' I think there is far more humor on the album than people think.”
There’s only one band that could top the Beatles, and that's the Beatles.
The British foursome split up more than 30 years ago but you wouldn’t think so considering the amount of product they're moving nowadays, spawning a new generation of Beatles lovers.
The Fab Four's latest release of all 27 of its No. 1 hits, “1,” has already sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and topped the charts in 28 countries since the album debuted three weeks ago, The Associated Press reports.
The latest achievement for the Beatles is that “1” has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart after dropping to the No. 2 spot for two weeks. In the United States alone, the album has gone platinum five times over (an album qualifies for platinum after 1 million units have been sold).
``Decades after their original releases, these songs still resonate with a potency and vibrancy that simply don't exist in a lot of today's pop music,” Billboard said in a statement. “Truly the best from the best.''
ROCK 'N' ROLL HALL OF FAME: A lifetime of performing has paid off for Aerosmith. The bad boys of rock 'n' roll will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with singer/songwriter Paul Simon and King of Pop Michael Jackson, Reuters reports.
R&B legend Solomon Burke, doo-wop group the Flamingos, rock groups Queen and Steely Dan and rock pioneer Ritchie Valens will also be inducted at a black-tie ceremony in New York on March 19. Each inductee will be represented with a permanent exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland.
Musicians become eligible to be inducted 25 years after the release of their first record.
WHAT'S THAT SMELL? This was Metallica's year for filing lawsuits. The hard rock band first went after Napster and now they're making a stink over a perfume company. The band filed a suit against Guerlain, the maker of a vanilla-scented perfume called Metallica, USA Today reports. Further details of the suit were not disclosed.
It’s not the only lawsuit the band filed this year. Metallica also filed suit in January against Victoria’s Secret for selling Metallica lip liners.
SUGE KNIGHT ORDERED TO PAY $10M: Can it get much worse for rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight? The jailed founder of Death Row Records was ordered to pay $10 million in punitive damages to two brothers for interfering with their contract with rapper Kurupt, The Associated Press reports.
The decision comes from the same jury that ordered Knight and Death Row Records to pay an additional $4.34 million in compensatory damages last week. The story is that Kurupt signed with Death Row Records in 1993 when he already had a deal with Lamont Brumfield’s Rapp Central Productions and Ken Brumfield’s Hoodsta-4-Life Publishing, according to documents from the lawsuit.
Knight’s lawyer said that the verdicts are “inappropriate,” and he will appeal the court’s decision. Knight is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence for violating his parole.
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