New Zealand rocker Peter Gutteridge has died.
The musician, who was believed to be in his early 50s, passed away in Auckland on Monday (15Sep14). No further details about his death had been released as WENN went to press.
A statement from his Flying Nun Records label reads, "We are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Peter Gutteridge today... All of us, and so many people around the world, have been touched and affected by his music, whether it be the swirling fuzz of the guitar or haunting piano melodies, Peter was a true hero of New Zealand music, and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time."
Gutteridge, a singer/songwriter and guitarist, was a founding member of New Zealand bands including the Clean, the Chills and the Great Unwashed, while he also fronted Snapper in the 1990s and enjoyed a brief solo career.
Peter Gabriel was named a Prog God at the 2014 Progressive Music Awards in London on Thursday (11Sep14). The former Genesis star was honoured for his pioneering contribution to the world of prog rock.
He joins Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson and Rick Wakeman as a recipient of the trophy.
Wakeman was feted again on Thursday, when he picked up the Best Live Event prize for the 40th anniversary tour of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.
Other winners included Camel co-founder Andy Latimer, who was handed a Lifetime Achievement Award, Curved Air singer Sonja Kristina, who took home the Guiding Light Award, and enigmatic The Enid frontman Robert John Godfrey, who picked up the ceremony's Visionary Award.
Meanwhile, Transatlantic's Kaleidoscope was named Album of the Year and Dream Theater picked up the Band of the Year trophy.
Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill are among the star-studded musicians who have been tapped to pay homage to the Everly Brothers at an upcoming tribute concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In July (14), officials at the Cleveland, Ohio music Mecca announced that the sibling duo will be honoured as part of the organisation's 19th annual Music Masters series on 25 October (14).
Singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell will host the event, with acclaimed musicians Harris, Gill, Graham Nash, the Secret Sisters, Peter Asher and Shelby Lynne among the performers set to take to the stage.
Surviving member Don Everly will be present for the gig, and the concert has been billed as "the first major tribute in which the family will participate since Phil's passing".
Phil Everly died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in January (14), and on the eve of the Grammy Awards on 25 January (14), Phil's widow Patti, quickly organised a tribute concert at the Troubadour venue in Los Angeles, where Crowell was joined by Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Joe Henry, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids.
The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 1986.
Pop star Jessie J has been tapped to contribute a song dedicated to the people of Boston for the Finding Neverland musical's upcoming concept album.
The musical adaptation of the 2004 film starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan playwright J.M. Barrie is currently having a successful run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Prior to its move to Broadway next March (15), the show's producers, including Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, are planning a concept album featuring some of music's biggest stars. The Price Tag singer is among the artists to be featured on the album, singing a track called Stronger, which Weinstein has dedicated to the people of Boston in light of the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013, according to the New York Post.
Other singers rumoured to have tracks on the album are Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson, who performed the song Never Neverland at the Tony Awards in June (14).
The Finding Neverland musical, which stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, has broken attendance records for a single production in the theatre's 34-year history, and will run until 28 September (14).
Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry was unable to accept the 2014 Polar Music Prize in Sweden on Tuesday (26Aug14) due to ill health. The Johnny B. Goode singer, 87, was due to collect the prestigious award at a ceremony in the capital Stockholm but was too ill to travel from his home in St. Louis, Missouri.
Welsh rocker Dave Edmunds collected the accolade on Berry's behalf and read a message from the rocker, saying, "My heart is in Sweden... I understand what a great honour it is to be a recipient. I am sorry that I am unable to travel and receive this personally."
Rolling Stones star Keith Richards also paid tribute to Berry via video message, saying, "Chuck Berry, he just leapt out of the radio at me... I ate him basically, I mean I breathed him, it wasn't just food, he was the air I breathed for many years when I was learning guitar and trying to figure out how you could be such an all-rounder... Such a great voice, such a great player and also such a great showman... it was all in one package."
Opera and theatre director Peter Sellars also received the music honour. Both recipients were awarded more than $160,000 (£100,000) each as part of the prize.
British celebrities including Dame Vivienne Westwood, Paloma Faith and Duffy have snapped a series of 'selfies' in support of the launch of a new website, which enables members of the public to ask politicians about fracking. The stars have come together for MyFrackingQuestions.org, an online platform which allows U.K. citizens to ask Minister for Energy Matthew Hancock MP about the controversial gas-extraction method.
In the photos, each celebrity holds up their own question about fracking, with singer Faith asking, "How can you be sure that our health will not be put at risk by fracking? I am concerned about the health risks to the population and the long-term repercussions (of fracking)."
Duffy calls on Hancock to attend a Talk Fracking debate to address the public's concerns, and says, "I would like to call for a National Moratorium. A 'stop the clock’. No more intrusive fracking until we, as a country, can assess whether this is the most sustainable, economic and safest source of energy".
Meanwhile, fashion mogul Westwood, who has previously been outspoken about the shale gas drilling projects in the U.K. and led a group of anti-fracking protesters through the streets of central London earlier this year (Mar14), adds her support for the new website.
A statement from her reads: "MyFrackingQuestions.org is asking the key questions that the public has told us they want answered definitively by the current government. We are acting now to empower the next generation, preventing them from having to deal with the potentially devastating effects of fracking should it go ahead in this country.
"This debate belongs to the British people but, without any solid and reliable information, they cannot take part in this most critical of conversations. Until these questions are answered and until there is open public debate, there can be no social license and no democratic mandate."
Also snapping selfies for the website are Westwood's son Joe Corre, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, musician Jools Holland, Olympian Andrew Triggs Hodge, and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
MyFrackingQuestions.org is launched in connection with Talk Fracking, a U.K. initiative spearheaded by Westwood, which raises awareness of fracking and government officials' fast-moving plans to introduce it to the country.
Talk Fracking has already found support from over 150 celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney, his daughter Stella, Yoko Ono, Helena Bonham-Carter, Jude Law, Russell Brand, Thom Yorke and Vanessa Redgrave, among others.
Hit series Breaking Bad went out with a big bang on Monday night (25Aug14) after dominating the drama categories at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Bryan Cranston earned his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, while his co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were named Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series.
Creator Vince Gilligan also triumphed at the ceremony after Breaking Bad, which wrapped its fifth and final season last year (13), beat Mad Men, True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Downton Abbey to take home the prestigious Outstanding Drama Series title. In addition, there was a writing honour for Moira Walley-Beckett for the episode Ozymandias.
Modern Family was another multiple winner - the show continued to reign over the Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fifth year in a row, while Ty Burrell walked away as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first prize of the night, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series went to Gail Mancuso for her Las Vegas episode of the show.
BBC series Sherlock landed a trio of trophies for writer Steven Moffat and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, while Jim Parsons (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Allison Janney (Mom) scored big, too.
Singer Sara Bareilles performed a touching rendition of Nat King Cole classic Smile for the event's traditional In Memorium segment, which included nods to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Lauren Bacall, Paul Walker, James Garner, Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, Mickey Rooney, Harold Ramis, Elaine Stritch and Shirley Temple, among others, before concluding with a snap of Robin Williams and a special honour from his close friend and fellow comedian, Billy Crystal.
The main list of winners at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison Janney, Mom
Outstanding Miniseries - Fargo
Outstanding Television Movie - The Normal Heart
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Variety Series - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Louis C.K. for Louie episode So Did the Fat Lady
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso for Modern Family episode Las Vegas
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special - Glen Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Colin Bucksey for Fargo episode Buridan's A**.
British musician Pj Harvey is set to receive an honorary degree from Goldsmiths University in London next month (Sep14). The singer/songwriter will be presented with the accolade during a prizegiving ceremony on 10 September (14).
Liz Bromley, Registrar and secretary of Goldsmiths, says, "Our honorands this year are a remarkable group of people... They have inspired us with their words, their music, and their art. They have fought for our rights... And they have helped us to understand who we are now by looking to the past.
"Today we are celebrating their achievements. We have invited them to join the Goldsmiths family and will be welcoming them into our community... They will now be a part of an institution that prides itself on empowering individuals from all walks of life to become visionaries, just like them."
This year's (14) other honourees include architect Dame Zaha Hadid, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and poet George Szirtes, while previous recipients include Sir Michael Caine and Placebo frontman Brian Molko.
Harvey was awarded a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal in London last year (13).
Singer/songwriter Gary Wright is set to open up about his relationship with late Beatles star George Harrison in a new memoir. The Dream Weaver and Really Wanna Know You hitmaker will publish Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison in October (14).
A press release announcing the new book reads: "Dream Weaver is ultimately a story of a spiritual journey and Gary's lifelong friendship with George Harrison. At 33, Gary Wright was at the highest point in his career. His album, The Dream Weaver, had been on top of the charts for months with two hit singles - Dream Weaver and Love is Alive - and during the summer of '76, he was part of a massive arena tour with Peter Frampton and Yes.
"Earlier, while still living in England, he recorded music with legendary musicians Eric Clapton, B.B King, and George Harrison, who would later become one of his best friends.
"In Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, Wright illuminates key moments in his journey and offers an insider’s look at a tumultuous and revolutionary time in both the music and spiritual realms. Wright details how he formed the legendary rock group Spooky Tooth, and how his close friendship with 'The Quiet Beatle' began and developed over the years as they wrote songs together, pondered philosophical issues, and journeyed to India."