Primus drummer Tim Alexander is recovering after undergoing a successful heart bypass operation on Monday (21Jul14). The rocker underwent the procedure to remove blockage from arteries that had prompted a recent heart attack.
Assuring fans Alexander was OK, the band posted a statement on its Facebook.com page. It reads: "The mighty Tim 'Herb' Alexander has pulled through surgery, the blockage from his heart has been removed with no complications and all signs point to a glorious and speedy recovery."
Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died at the age of 84. The musician passed away from complications following a bout with pneumonia on Sunday (13Jul14) in Castleton Farms, Virginia.
Maazel was best known for his work as the director of the Vienna State Opera in Austria, the Pittsburgh Symphony in Pennsylvania, the Munich Philharmonic in Germany and the New York Philharmonic.
He also composed his own operas starting with 1984, which was based on the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
In 2009, he founded the Castleton Festival, which showcases new and established opera talent, with his wife, Dietlinde Turban Maazel.
The Everly Brothers will be honoured with a tribute concert organised by bosses of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October (14). Officials at The Rock Hall announced on Thursday (10Jul14) that surviving member Don Everly will appear at the gig, which will take place during the organisation's 19th annual Music Masters series.
Everly's younger brother Phil died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in January (14). Everly said he wishes "Phil were here to share this honour" and thanked Rock Hall bosses "for keeping the Everly Brothers alive".
Country music star Rodney Crowell will act as musical director for the concert, which will take place on 25 October (14) in Cleveland, Ohio. Performers will be announced at a later date.
The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 1986.
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Tammy isn't a raunchy, wild, slapstick-heavy Step Brothers-style comedy. It may seem as such from its marketing campaign, which features Melissa McCarthy dancing like a goon in the middle of a fast food parking lot before holding up the joint with a fake gun and a paper bag mask. But it's actually a rather serious film, following McCarthy's title character as she treks aimlessly around the Midwest with her alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon) in tow. There are jokes, sure... but they're not very good. More prevalent is the drama — the emotional storyline that sees both Tammy and Grandma Pearl coming to terms with the complications of their lives... but that part is also not particularly good.
Everything about Tammy is unclear. We don't know when we're setting up for a laugh or a whimper. We don't know what we're supposed to think about McCarthy's hero: is she a dolt? A blowhard? A sweet gal with a prickly surface? Does she have any self-awareness at all? Is the silly shtick just overcompensation for sadness? Yes to all. At various points in Tammy, we see McCarthy embody different types of characters, ones that conflict with one another entirely. Just as confusing as the tone of the film is the nature of the woman to whom we're meant to anchor.
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But Tammy isn't entirely charmless, oddly. As far from "good" as its jokes and emotional material seem to sit, they also pretty effectively avoid "bad." Tammy stays smack dab in the middle of comedy and drama, but also in the qualitative middle. It's usually pleasant, often dull. It's primary flaw, perhaps, is in its inability to keep us invested in where it is headed. Although we have absolutely no idea what this movie is up to, we very rarely care.
Still, we have to tip our hats to the always charming Sarandon (playing well above her age as McCarthy's grandma), and the comically proficient Gary Cole (an alcoholic himself who aims to woo the wayward Pearl), and a general, if even a little mysterious, air of affability. Tammy won't bust your gut or move you to tears — though it tries to do both — but it won't exactly bore you to tears either. In its unique form, it ends up oddly intriguing. Just... not that intriguing.
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A Thousand Miles singer Vanessa Carlton has delayed the release of her new album Liberman because she's pregnant with her first child. The star informed fans on social media on Thursday (26Jun14), posting a photo of her bulging baby belly in silhouette.
She wrote, "I can now reveal the reason as to why Liberman will not be released until next summer. See the picture below. No, those aren't a bunch of croissants. We're expecting a baby. "It's healthy and moving around like a champ. I'm bummed to delay the album because it's so special to me and the perfect combination of England and Tennessee. When I put the record on it feels like medicine. I hope it does the same for you... in due time!"
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The baby news comes seven months after the singer wed Deer Tick frontman John McCauley during a ceremony officiated by Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks in Arizona. Carlton suffered from complications from what turned out to be an ectopic pregnancy last year (13), and was forced to cancel tour dates.
Announcing the news on her Facebook.com page in early November (13), the singer revealed she was diagnosed after a concert in October (13), revealing, "It was a fallopian pregnancy (the embryo settled in my tube, which is the width of a straw). This is not considered a viable pregnancy because the fetus cannot develop, and it is a high-risk situation for the mother because of the potential for tubal rupture and internal bleeding."
In the candid Facebook post, the 33-year-old star revealed her right fallopian tube had to be surgically removed.
Soul songwriter/guitarist Teenie Hodges has died, aged 68. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges passed away on Sunday (22Jun14) at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas due to complications from emphysema. His death comes just three months after a pneumonia scare landed him in hospital following an appearance at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas in March (14).
Family friend Lawrence 'Boo' Mitchell tells The Commercial Appeal newspaper, "It's a huge blow to Memphis music. Teenie was an icon as a songwriter and guitarist. Guitarists all around the world loved and imitated his playing. But Teenie... man, he was one of a kind."
Hodges, who is credited with helping shape the music scene in Memphis, Tennessee, played guitar in bands from the age of 12.
In 1965, he joined his two brothers in Hi Rhythm Section, the house band which worked on hit soul recordings with Al Green, Ann Pebbles, Otis Clay and Syl Johnson. He is most famous for co-writing Green's hits Take Me to the River and Love and Happiness.
A short film about his career, titled Mabon Teenie Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original, was released in 2013. He also featured in a documentary called Take Me To The River, which was shown at SXSW this year (14).
Grammy Award-winning producer Mark Ronson expressed his sadness at the news on Twitter.com on Tuesday (24Jun14), writing, "So sad to hear that Teenie Hodges has passed away. He's one of the greatest soul guitar players ever + he co wrote 'Love And Happiness'. RIP (rest in peace)... Teenie Hodges was also an incredibly kind dude who I had the good fortune to spend time around back in March. Alot (sic) of people will miss him."
Broadcaster Casey Kasem's family and friends gathered to celebrate his life at a private memorial on Saturday (21Jun14). The beloved DJ, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died of complications from dementia on Sunday (15Jun14).
Kasem was laid to rest in Los Angeles, California with 100 close friends and family in attendance, according to family representative Danny Deraney.
Radio broadcasts were played during the ceremony, which also featured speeches from his children. Pop music arranger David Campbell brought the mourners to tears with an emotional performance of Stephen Sondheim's Send in the Clowns on violin.
Jennifer Lawrence has given her brother's charity work a boost by donating a trip to Belize to an auction raising funds for a 12-month-old leukaemia survivor. The Hunger Games star visited Kosair Children's Hospital in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in December (13) and spent time with sick kids, including Hadley Mercer, who was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was six months old.
The actress has now donated signed movie memorabilia and a trip to Belize to an auction organised by her brother, Ben Lawrence, to help the little girl.
The auction is part of a fundraising street party event which will take place in Louisville on Saturday (21Jun14).
Ben tells WDRB.com, "She (Jennifer) actually got that (trip) in her Oscar swag bag a few years ago and ended up going down there and developing a relationship with the guy who owns the island and it's heaven on earth."
Lawrence used her friendship with the owner to arrange a trip for the winning bidder. She has also donated signed items from her films The Hunger Games and American Hustle. All proceeds from the auction and the street party will go to the Mercer family to help cover medical bills.
Mercer has been declared cancer-free but is still in hospital following complications from her bone marrow transplant in April (14).
Designer Gustave Tassell, who created outfits for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Grace of Monaco, has died, aged 88. Tassell passed away on 9 June (14) of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to his sister.
The Coty Award winner famously created Jackie Kennedy's wardrobe for a tour of India in 1962, when he was called one of America’s hottest new designers.
Tassell was the son of an amusement park tycoon, who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
He was studying art in New York in the late 1940s when he took a job as a window dresser and fell in love with fabrics and designing chic outfits for stylish women. He perfected his craft in Paris in the early 1950s.
Casey Kasem's children plan to hold a private memorial service for their late father on Saturday (21Jun14). The beloved DJ, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died of complications from dementia on Sunday (15Jun14).
Kasem's daughter Kerri publicly battled with his wife Jean over his care in the final days of his life, and following his death, she agreed to let her father's widow arrange the funeral.
Kerri and her siblings Mick and Julie, from Kasem's first marriage to Linda Myers, have now confirmed they will hold a separate memorial service to honour the broadcaster.
A spokesman for the siblings says, "Kerri, Mike and Julie Kasem will hold a private memorial service for family and friends on Saturday. We will not give out the location to make sure the ceremony is kept private."
Jean has not yet announced her plans for a funeral or public service. She married Kasem in 1980 and they have a daughter named Liberty.