A musician who conned investors into giving him hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund non-existent music projects with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam has been sentenced to almost four years behind bars. A federal judge in Washington has convicted Kasey Anderson after he was found guilty of launching various bogus schemes that tricked investors into giving him $600,000 (GBP353,000).
The projects included a benefit album for the incarcerated members of the West Memphis Three.
In his sentencing on Tuesday (22Jul14), judge Ronald B. Leighton said, "You let down a lot of people."
Anderson was also ordered to pay almost $600,000 in restitution.
He previously told the court that he suffers from a mental illness and wrote a letter to the judge, telling him, "I convinced myself that it (behaviour) was normal."
Ted Nugent has attacked Idaho casino bosses who have axed his upcoming show at the Worley venue over his outspoken views. Coeur d’Alene Casino owners cited the rocker's "history of racist and hate-filled remarks" when they pulled his upcoming date (04Aug14), and now Nugent is firing back, claiming he has become a victim of America's liberals over his anti-Barack Obama and pro-hunting beliefs.
He tells Radio.com, "They literally have an army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent. To call me a racist is a clear act of desperation. Because everybody knows I’m not a racist!
"My bass player Johnny Gunnel happens to be a black guy. My bass player Marco Mendoza was born in Mexico! Are you kidding me? I pay tribute to Martin Luther King in my songs, I’ve always said my music is a direct result of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, and all the black musical heroes of my life."
Further attacking what he calls the "sick, stoned, hygiene-challenged (director) Michael Moore fans", the Cat Scratch Fever rocker adds, "They call in and complain that I’m a racist, they claim I’m a paedophile, that I dodged the draft. They call all the promoters, they call all the venues, they call all my sponsors, every day. Meanwhile, what am I doing? I’m going to rock my a** off tonight. And tomorrow night. And the next night."
Nugent is currently touring to promote his new album Shutup & Jam!
British rocker Paul Weller has dismissed any fan's hopes for a The Jam reunion by insisting he has no interest in band get togethers. The singer enjoyed a string of hits like Start!, Going Underground and A Town Called Malice with the mod trio before going solo at the end of 1982 - and he has never come close to reforming the group.
And now it seems such a reunion is a near impossibility after telling NME.com he doesn't care for groups like singer Pete Doherty's The Libertines, who recently reunited.
Weller says, "Good luck to them, I liked The Libertines, I loved their first two albums, well the only two albums. But I also liked Pete's last album, the Babyshambles album was great as well.
"It's no good asking me what do I think about bands getting back together, because I don't give a f**k about it really."
Nirvana rocker Krist Novoselic has backed Eddie Vedder's recent anti-war speech by writing an impassioned essay calling for peace. During a concert in England earlier this month (Jul14), the Pearl Jam frontman launched into a rambling rant about war, telling the crowd, "There are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill!... They're looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn't belong to them. They should get the f**k out and mind their own f**king business."
Vedder was not specific about who he was targeting, but he has been criticised by Israeli groups, who feel sure his frustrations were aimed at them amid their ongoing conflict with Palestine.
Now Novoselic has come out in defence of Vedder in a post on his blog, which reads, "Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world."
The former Nirvana bassist adds, "Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic.
"The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity. It is time to stop repeating the same old arguments, dogma and hate speech. It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticised and not the singer from a rock band.
"In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/Palestine. Thanks Eddie for sharing your feelings. I stand with you my friend!!!"
At the end letter, Novoselic posted a video clip of John Lennon and Yoko Ono singing Give Peace a Chance.
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Legendary blues rocker Johnny Winter has died, aged 70.
The veteran musician passed away in Zurich, Switzerland, according to Blabbermouth.net, but no more details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx was among the first to pay tribute to the star, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "So bummed to hear about Johnny Winters (sic) passing. I spend (sic) many many years soaking up his music late into the night. #Original #TheBlues."
Winter began his music career as a teenager, landing a record deal at the age of 15 with his band Johnny & the Jammers, and he later released his first solo album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, in 1968. He became a big success with his second record, Johnny Winter, in 1969 and was among the performers at the iconic Woodstock music festival that year.
He continued to enjoy success in the 1970s, and turned to production, heading into the studio with Muddy Waters. Three of the albums they worked on together won Grammy Awards. Winters also received a number of Grammy nominations for his own records, but failed to win.
He is believed to have performed with Jimi Hendrix in a number of jam sessions which became unofficial bootleg recordings after they were stolen from the guitar legend's home after his death.
In later years, Winter was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.
Winter's death comes just weeks before he was due to release a new album, Step Back, which features stars including Eric Clapton, ZZ Top rocker Billy Gibbons and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
The record is slated to hit shelves in September (14).
Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder lost his cool at a gig in England on Friday (11Jul14) and stopped the show to protest the world's warmongers. The ticked-off Alive singer halted the group's gig in Milton Keynes to rant, telling fans, "There are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill!"
He added, "They're looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn't belong to them. They should get the f**k out and mind their own f**king business."
As fans cheered his anti-war stance, Vedder added, "What the f**k...? They're f**king dropping bombs on each other. What the f**king f**k?"
The group then performed a cover of Edwin Starr's peace anthem War, before Vedder returned to his rant, stating, "Everyone's the f**king same, so why are people at war? Stop the f**king s**t, now! Now! Now! We don't want to give them our money. We don't want to give them our taxes to drop bombs on children!"
Vedder was not specific about who he was targeting, but he has been attacked by Israeli groups, who feel sure his frustrations were aimed at them amid their ongoing conflict with Palestinian leaders.
BBC bosses have defended their decision to name singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran the most important artist in Britain's black and urban music scene.
The A Team hitmaker saw off competition from black artists including rapper Tinie Tempah and soul star Emeli Sande to top the Power List, which was compiled by a panel of experts for the BBC Radio 1Xtra station.
The list sparked a backlash among many fans and musicians, with rapper Wiley branding the U.K. music industry "backwards" and accusing the BBC of "skullduggery" for "bumping" black artists from the list.
BBC bosses have now responded to the criticism and defended their decision to pick Sheeran as the leading figure in the black music scene.
Austin Daboh, BBC Radio 1Xtra's music manager, says, "Every single day of the week, every single hour of the day we support black artists and other races that make black music sounds... I think that anyone who wants to bring race into the discussion is probably a little bit misguided."
Music producer Rick Rubin has filed legal documents to change his name. The hip-hop mogul has begun court proceedings to alter his name from that on his birth certificate, Frederick Jay Rubin, to his professional moniker, Rick Rubin, according to TMZ.com.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder expressed his gratitude to authorities in Poland on Thursday (03Jul14) after they helped a member of the band enter the country without the proper documentation. The rocker was onstage at the Open'er Festival in Gdynia when he revealed an unidentified bandmate had misplaced his passport en route to the show and would have had to miss the gig had it not been for the help of local officials.
Thanking the "president of the area", he said, "He had to call someone in Warsaw because one of us didn't have his passport and couldn't get in. Thank you the authorities - usually you want to say 'f**k the police', but they let us in to do the damn show."
Ariana Grande was heartbroken on Independence Day (04Jul14) because she was away from her ill grandfather. The Problem hitmaker headed to her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida on Thursday (03Jul14) to visit her sick grandad in hospital, and she posted a series of snaps on Friday (04Jul14) showing her lying next on him on his bed.
Grande cancelled her scheduled appearance at the Independence Day Philly Jam Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, citing personal reasons, but she still upheld her commitment to perform at the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York.
Grande wrote emotional messages on Twitter.com, telling fans she wished she was with her 'grandps' and that she could see her half-brother Frankie, who is currently starring in U.S. reality show Big Brother.
She writes, "love u grandps I need u (sic) please pull thru (through)... thank u (sic) for the prayers. My loves u (sic) are so powerful... u (sic) are in my heart. I wish Frankie were here. Grandpa said 'no he gotta win the game!' ...gonna (sic) try my best to put my selfishness aside thru (through) this... as much as I want grandps here with me.. I should just want him to be comfortable... wish u (sic) knew how incredible he is."