Punk icon Tommy Ramone has died at the age of 62. Ramone, real name Thomas Erdelyi, had been undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer at a hospice when he passed away on Friday (11Jul14). He was the last surviving member of the Ramones.
A post on the group's official Facebook page late on Friday confirmed the news, stating, "We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014."
The legendary punk outfit was formed by Joey, Jonny and Dee Dee Ramone in the early 1970s, and Erdelyi was originally to be the band's manager but instead took the position of drummer. The band went on to record classic tracks including Blitzkrieg Bop, I Wanna Be Sedated and Judi Is A Punk.
Paying tribute to the rocker, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way writes on Twitter.com, "R.I.P. Tommy Ramone" while TV star Johnny Knoxville shares a picture of Ramone.
Lead vocalist Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphoma, guitarist Johnny Ramone passed away from prostate cancer in 2004, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone died in 2002 after a heroin overdose.
Rocker Gerard Way was plunged into the worst depression of his life after his band My Chemical Romance split. The Welcome to the Black Parade hitmakers broke up in March, 2013 after 12 years together, and frontman Way later wrote a blog post to fans explaining the rockers wanted to bow out while still at the top of their game.
However, the decision had a devastating effect on Way and he spent months struggling to overcome his despair.
He tells Q magazine, "Doing the right thing is usually the hardest thing. I was the most depressed I've been in my whole life... Towards the end (of the band's career), I wasn't being true to myself. It was when I decided to be honest with myself that I started to get better."
Way is now pursuing a solo career and he credits music with lifting him out of his gloom, adding, "At a certain point after the band had broken up, I realised this was the therapy that helped get me through it."
Bobby Womack's friend and collaborator Damon Albarn has joined stars including Ronnie Wood, Justin Timberlake and Ronald Isley to pay tribute to the soul legend following his death on Friday (27Jun14). The music veteran, who had suffered from Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer, passed away at the age of 70, but no further details were available as WENN went to press.
Womack's death sent the music world into mourning, prompting tributes from his famous friends and fans, including Blur star Albarn, who helped the music veteran achieve a career revival in recent years by collaborating with him on a Gorillaz track and inviting him on tour.
Albarn mourned his friend's loss in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "I will see my brother in church @RealBobbyWomack."
Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood was among the first to pay tribute to Womack, tweeting, "I'm so sad to hear about my friend Bobby Womack - the man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes with his passing.
"My heart goes out to his family & friends and everyone who loved his music. Bobby you will be greatly missed."
The Rolling Stones recorded Womack's song It's All Over Now.
Pop star Justin Timberlake also marked the sad news by taking to Twitter to write, "One of THE BEST to ever do it. You've inspired so much out of me and will continue to do so... #RIPBobbyWomack," while CeeLo Green added, "RIP Bobby Womack... Heroes get remembered, but legends never die #RIPBobbyWomack."
Funk legend George Clinton offered up an online message to remember Womack, along with Anita Baker and Angie Stone and fellow soul icon Ronald Isley, of the Isley Brothers, who wrote, "I am sad to hear of the passing of my long time friend Bobby Womack. He was a special person with a special talent. I will truly miss him."
Rockers including Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea, Matt Sorum and Gerard Way also joined the flood of tributes, along with stars from the hip-hop world, led by Wyclef Jean, OutKast's Big Boi, 50 Cent, Q-Tip and Public Enemy.
Womack was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and his passing prompted a statement from organisation officials. The message reads, "Sad to learn that soul legend and 2009 Rock and Roll HOF Inductee Bobby Womack has passed away."
My Chemical Romance star Gerard Way will perform his first solo shows at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K. this summer (14). The frontman has been added to the line-up for the two-site weekend event in August (14).
Way has signed a solo deal Warner Bros. Records and he is currently completing work on his own album.
The headliners for the Leeds and Reading festivals are Blink-182, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age.
Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is preparing to branch out on his own after signing a solo record deal. The rocker made the announcement on Monday (05May14) via his new website, which also features his art and comic strips.
He writes in a blog post, "I am beyond thrilled to finally have a place to share everything I make. I imagine you’ll see/hear everything from blog posts to images, art, drawings, music, big projects and small projects.
"I am continuing full-steam into comics, art, and more importantly to some of you - music. I am pleased to let you know I am now signed as a solo artist Warner Bros. Records. My album is near completion, and you should expect to hear things in the near future, even today actually - with a brief snippet of what is to come. I am excited. It’s starting again."
The Welcome to the Black Parade hitmakers disbanded in 2013 after 12 years together.
Former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way has compared the band's 2013 break-up to the death of a family member, insisting it took him a while to get over the split. A year after the rockers announced they were parting ways, frontman Gerard Way's bandmate brother reveals time has been a great healer and it's only now that he's been able to appreciate just how successful the Welcome to the Black Parade hitmakers had been.
He tells Kerrang magazine, "I was going through it. It (the band's split) was sad, like the passing of a family member. But over time I got great joy and pleasure from reflecting.
"I was able to truly put on some songs and be like, 'Wow, we really did something. We cracked the heavens.' With MCR, we were so busy. I was never able to stop and smell the roses, or evaluate myself completely. That's what the past year was all about. I was able to dig deep inside myself and become the man I always wanted to be."
Way has since started a new group, called Electric Century.
Teen Wolf fans might still be reeling from the penultimate season three episode that was impactful enough to keep the #RIPAllison hashtag trending on Twitter for more than 12 hours. Now that the finale has aired, it might be time to take a look at the major problem the show has when it comes to character death — specifically, which characters die and which only come close to knocking on death’s door.
Let’s play a little game (akin to those played on Wolf Watch)! Peter Hale, Deucalion, Gerard Argent, Isaac Lahey, Jackson Whittemore, and Ethan; what do these characters have in common? They’re all male, they’re all white, and they’re all still alive — despite some of them contracting life-threatening diseases or actually dying.
Next group! Victoria Argent, Allison Argent, Jennifer Blake, Erica Reyes, Vernon Boyd, and Kali; what do these characters have in common? They’re either not male or not white and they’re all dead!
For many fans, the most recent death of Allison has been a serious point of contention and, for a few, the last straw. On a show that has always been proud of its female heroes — the next generation of Buffy Summers — killing Allison seemed like a slap in the face to the Teen Wolf’s female fans. (Yes, we know Crystal Reed decided to leave the show, but so did Colton Haynes and his character wasn’t killed.)
The cast of characters on Teen Wolf is seriously skewed in favor of men, which works for eye candy, but offers little in the way of female representation for the majority of the show’s fans. If the reaction from fans is any indication, they did not take kindly to losing one of their beloved female heroes.
However, perhaps the writers are taking note of the representation problem on the show. The Teen Wolf season three finale may have attempted to right the wrong: Kate Argent was resurrected from the grave (seriously, did she dig herself out, or what body did the Argents bury in season two?) and Aiden fell at the hand of an Oni.
It may not be a complete reversal of the male and female character scales on Teen Wolf, but the finale showcased a step in the right direction. Maybe the fans that have taken issue with the character deaths will be able to look past the politics and simply enjoy the show again. Here’s hoping!
Shakira has been banned from filming raunchy videos with men by her soccer star boyfriend. The pop star joked about Gerard Pique's relationship rule after her racy new promo with Rihanna made headlines and upset officials in her native Colombia, but now she admits the sportsman really has urged her not to get sexy with other men on film.
She tells Billboard.com, "He's very territorial, and since he no longer lets me do videos with men, well, I have to do them with women.
"It's more than implied in our relationship that I can't do videos like I used to. It's out of the question - which I like, by the way. I like that he protects his turf and he values me, in a way that the only person that he would ever let graze my thigh would be Rihanna."
In her new video with Rihanna, the two pop stars role around in lingerie on a bed.
One politician in Colombia has called for a ban on the promo for Can't Remember to Forget You because he feels it promotes lesbianism.
Last month (Feb14), Bogota's Marco Fidel Ramirez urged bosses at Colombia's National Television Authority to ban the video, stating, "It is a shameless case for lesbianism and immorality. It is a danger to children. It sends a provocative message to weak people who can be polluted and induced to practice (lesbianism)."
Rockers My Chemical Romance are releasing a greatest hits collection called May Death Never Stop You on 24 March (14). The album will include hits from their extensive catalogue, including Helena, Welcome To The Black Parade and SING. The group, led by Gerard Way, disbanded last March (13) after 12 years together.
The Who, the Pixies and actress Evan Rachel Wood have led tributes to rock legend Lou Reed, who died on Sunday (27Oct13), aged 71. The former Velvet Underground frontman passed away five months after a liver transplant and the rock world has been stunned by the tragic news.
A post on The Who's official Twitter.com page reads: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side", while Frank Black and his Pixies bandmates add, "R.I.P. LOU REED....A LEGEND."
Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill, British rocker Carl Barat, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Adams, Nile Rodgers, former My Chemical Romance star Gerard Way, The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo also marked the sad news by taking to Twitter, while new mum Wood stated, "I am really bummed out today. Lost one of the greats."
Weezer also offered up their thoughts about Reed's passing, tweeting, "R.I.P Lou Reed - VU (Velvet Underground) was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and (producer) Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him."
Meanwhile, rock historian Martin Lewis, who has produced an upcoming DVD box-set of Amnesty International concerts that feature Lou Reed prominently, performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen and others, tells WENN, "Lou Reed was an exceptional pioneering musician who inspired both his contemporaries and those who followed after him.
"He generously supported Amnesty International from the very start of the Human Rights Concerts series, performing at all six concerts on Amnesty's A Conspiracy Of Hope U.S. tour in June, 1986. He recently very graciously gave his blessing for the release of those historic performances as part of Amnesty's DVD box-set of the concerts.
"He was a remarkable musician and humanitarian. He will be greatly missed by everyone - including the human rights movement that he was passionate in supporting."