Boxing icon Rubin Carter, who was immortalised in song by Bob Dylan and portrayed onscreen by Denzel Washington, has died at the age of 76. The sportsman, known by his nickname Hurricane, had been battling prostate cancer and passed away in his sleep on Sunday (20Apr14) in Toronto, Canada.
Carter's promising boxing career was cut short in 1967 after he was wrongfully convicted of three murders in his native New Jersey. He spent 19 years in prison, before he was finally released in 1985 after multiple appeals.
Carter's ordeal, and the alleged racial motivations behind it, was highly publicised and became the subject of folk star Bob Dylan's 1975 song Hurricane.
His life story was adapted for the 1999 film The Hurricane, which earned Washington an Oscar nomination.
Carter's professional boxing record was 27 wins, 12 losses and one draw.
In 1993, he received an honorary championship title belt from the World Boxing Council and was subsequently inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.
Paying tribute to Carter on Twitter.com, boxer Lennox Lewis writes, "Rest in peace Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. The injustice put upon u can never be undone but it must also never be forgotten (sic)".
The Charlatans rocker Tim Burgess adds, "Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter has died. Look up his story if you don't know it already... Rest in Peace Rubin".
Punk icon Henry Rollins and Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea have posted tributes to late The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton following his death on Saturday (15Mar14). Bandmate Iggy Pop led the salutes after revealing the sad news his pal had died on Facebook.com, stating Asheton was "a dear friend" and "a great artist", adding, "I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning".
And the tributes continued on Monday (17Mar14) as many of Asheton's famous fans woke up to the news of the 64 year old's passing.
Former Black Flag frontman Rollins chose to celebrate Asheton's life by playing The Stooges non-stop, tweeting, "Scott Asheton passed away. Stooges albums on full." And Flea added, "scott asheton rocked me as deeply as any musician ever. gave me such joy and freedom in my life R.I.P."
Other Twitter tributes came from former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, The Black Keys and The Charlatans' Tim Burgess, while actress/singer Juliette Lewis wrote, "Farewell to gentle blue eyed soul #ScottAsheton I had the pleasure to know and share the stage with. He's 4ever remembered not forgotten."
Former Oasis star Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs has given fans of the band fresh hope of a reunion by insisting frontman Liam Gallagher would jump at the chance to put aside his feud with brother and bandmate Noel for the good of the group. The guitarist wouldn't necessarily be part of a reunion to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut album Definitely Maybe, but he still thinks it will happen at some point this year (14).
Bonehead recently joined Liam Gallagher's new band Beady Eye at a tribute gig to the late Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes, and tells NME.com, "If someone said, 'Here's a field, here's a stage, and here's 200,000 people', I'm sure Liam would jump up and do it, and I don't think it would even take anyone offering him a massive bankroll of money. He'd do it because that's what he loves, that's his passion."
However, brother Noel might not be quite so keen - in a recent interview he said, "We are split up. You've heard that, haven't you? You must’ve heard... Yeah, so, ergo, band splits up, band is no more. There is no band. So, no, I won't be getting involved, anyway. If there is a reunion, I won't be in it."
British rockers The Charlatans have promised to use recordings of their late drummer Jon Brookes on their upcoming album. Brookes, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 after suffering a seizure on tour, lost his cancer battle in August (13).
He reportedly left his bandmates with recordings of his drumming before his death, and frontman Tim Burgess has revealed the band intends to use the music on its next album.
Burgess tells British radio station BBC 5 Live, "He has left us a lot and we can piece together a few things... We have got one song and we think that it is fantastic. That to me is the starting point and it is the first time we have really agreed on a song completely in quite a long time.
"This particular one can feature Jon's drumming. The album will feature Jon, even songs that aren't written will include Jon in the writing. He's just going to be part of it."
The Charlatans' new album will be the follow-up to 2010's Who We Touch.
Former Oasis rocker Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs has praised his ex-bandmate Liam Gallagher after they reunited onstage at a tribute to late The Charlatans star Jon Brookes. The guitarist, who quit the Wonderwall hitmakers in 1999, joined singer Gallagher to perform two tracks from the band's heyday at the special concert in London earlier this month (Oct13).
Following their live renditions of Live Forever and Columbia, Arthurs told NME magazine, "Once I plugged my amp in it was as if we'd never been apart. We've both matured. Liam's off home to bed now, so maybe he's more professional these days."
The gig was held as a tribute to Charlatans drummer Brookes, who died of brain cancer in August (13), aged 44.
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess formed a rock supergroup with members of New Order, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines and The Pretenders on Friday (18Oct13) to pay tribute to his late bandmate Jon Brookes. The gig at London's Royal Albert Hall boasted performances by Liam Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, and the surviving members of The Charlatans, but it was an early set by Tim & Friends which got fans chatting excitedly as Burgess recruited New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons, Freddie Cowan and Arni Arnason of The Vaccines and James Walbourn from The Pretenders to join him onstage for a special jam session.
Explaining how the supergroup line-up came together, Burgess told the audience, "I asked The Vaccines, but the singer was on holiday. I asked New Order, but the singer was on holiday. That wasn't going to stop us, so I said I'd sing."
The band covered New Order's Love Vigilantes and The Vaccines' Melody Calling, before wrapping up with Joy Division tune Love Will Tear Us Apart.
Burgess later returned to the spotlight to play with The Charlatans, and they had a special guest stepping in for Brookes - former The Verve drummer Pete Salisbury.
Speaking before the gig, bassist Martin Blunt told NME.com, "There was a tour when Jon was ill and wasn't going to be able to play. We asked who he wanted to replace him, and his first choice was Pete Salisbury."
Brookes, a founding member of the band, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and although he initially recovered enough to rejoin the band, he relapsed and died of brain cancer in August (13), aged 44.
Rockers The Charlatans are hoping to put their grief behind them by staging a memorial concert for their late drummer. The band is holding a tribute show for Jon Brookes on Friday (18Oct13) at London's Royal Albert Hall with a line-up featuring Liam Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers and a DJ set from the Chemical Brothers.
Brookes, a founding member of the band, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and although he initially recovered enough to rejoin the band, he relapsed and died in August (13).
Frontman Tim Burgess tells the London Evening Standard, "In a funny way, it really doesn't feel like he's gone anywhere. If I receive a text from his wife, it comes up as Jon Brookes so it's still like he is there really. We are starting to deal with it now, but with the event coming up that's when it will probably hit home. It will be like closure."
Photographer Harry Goodwin, who snapped stars including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson during their visits to the BBC, has died. The Brit was resident photographer at the TV corporation's hit music show Top of the Pops from 1964 to 1973, when he captured images of some of the world's biggest rock stars.
He died at the age of 89 on Monday (23Sep13) after a short illness.
His agent Stuart Littlewood said several stars contacted Goodwin in his final days, including Sir Paul McCartney and Bee Gees star Barry Gibb.
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to Goodwin, writing, "Sad to hear of the death of Harry Goodwin - a true unsung hero of music photography."
British rocker Liam Gallagher is to pay tribute to The Charlatans star Jon Brookes by performing at a charity show in his honour next month (Oct13). The drummer died in August (13) after a battle with brain cancer, and his bandmates have organised a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall to honour his memory and raise money for charity.
The Charlatans will play a set, and Gallagher has now confirmed he will also be involved in the gig on 18 October (13).
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Gallagher writes, "Looking 4wd (forward) 2 (to) singing 4 (for) the 1 n (and) only Jon Brookes 18th October RAH. Live Forever LGx."
The former Oasis star is expected to perform without his Beady Eye bandmates, as guitarist Gem Archer is still recovering from a head injury which prompted the cancellation of the group's summer (13) shows. Archer is also said to have broken his leg.
British rockers The Charlatans are set to pay tribute to late drummer Jon Brookes by performing a benefit gig at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The group was hit hard in August (13) when Brookes lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 44, and frontman Tim Burgess admitted he and his bandmates were "torn apart" by the tragedy.
The Charlatans have now decided to hold a concert in their pal's memory and raise money for charity at the same time.
A statement released by the band reads: "Following the loss of our much missed friend and drummer, Jon Brookes, we, together with some friends, are putting on a show at the Royal Albert Hall. The show will benefit The Brain Tumour Charity, which Jon was involved with during his illness.
"It's our way of raising money for research into and awareness of a cancer that will unfortunately affect many lives as it has ours. We look forward to seeing you at the Royal Albert Hall and making it a night to remember."
The benefit show will take place on 18 October (13).