Nearly 18 months after the death of radio legend Casey Kasem , the America’s Top 40 host’s children have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Kasem’s widow Jean Kasem. In the civil suit, filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Kasem’s three children and his brother accuse Jean Kasem of elder abuse and inflicting emotional distress on them, The Associated Press reports . In the months prior to Kasem’s death, his three children – all from a previous marriage – were restricted access from their father as he lay bedridden with dementia. Casey Kasem Dead at 82 “Casey’s early death occurred as a direct and proximate result of Jean’s neglect and physical abuse of Casey,” the wrongful death suit read. The civil suit came after prosecutors declined to press criminal charges against Jean Kasem earlier in the year. “We would rather see her in jail than receive one dime. We don’t care about the money
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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed that the group had a particularly fruitful writing session before deciding not to make a follow-up to 13 . “I’ve got so many riffs,” he told Q (via Blabbermouth ). “I wrote a whole load of stuff for another album, and we met up in L.A. but the others … well, Geezer [Butler] didn’t particularly want to do another album.” News broke last month that the band opted out of recording a new studio record for Universal. In the new interview, the guitarist explained the ensemble’s rationale. “After you’ve just had a Number One album, where do you go from there?” he said. “For the last LP, we did record 16 songs [but released only 12], so we may still put something out from that. We don’t know yet.” Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Black Sabbath Deep Cuts Asked if he intended to stop playing, Iommi said no. “It’s the touring, really [that’s hard],” he said.
To properly ring in the holiday season, Clint Black will set out on a 12-city Christmas tour beginning Tuesday, December 1st, in the Villages, Florida. The trek will make stops throughout New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma, before wrapping up on Sunday, December 20th, back in Black’s home state of Texas. Clint Black on Country’s Label-Driven Culture The tour has become something of an annual tradition for the singer-songwriter, and concertgoers can expect material from Black’s Looking for Christmas and Christmas With You albums, which, along with renditions of Christmas standards, feature original tunes like “Milk and Cookies,” “Coolest Pair” and “The Kid.” He’ll also perform songs from On Purpose , his first album of new tunes since Drinkin’ Songs and Other Logic a decade ago. Recorded at his Nashville studio, On Purpose is Black’s 10th studio album since the neo-traditional (and now-classic) Killin’ Time helped change the country landscape in 1989. With myriad changes to the music business since he scored consecutive chart-toppers with his first four singles, Black didn’t worry about pleasing country radio programmers with the material he wrote and recorded for On Purpose .
Adele showcased her immense vocal range on Wednesday during a Today Show performance of “Million Years Ago,” a sparse ballad from her new LP, 25 . “I know I’m not the only one / Who regrets the things they’ve done,” she sings in the clip, swooping from dramatic high notes to a low rumble, backed by minimal acoustic and electric guitars. “Sometimes I just feel it’s only me / Who can stand the reflection that they see.” Watch Adele, Fallon Sing ‘Hello’ With Classroom Instruments Adele also spoke with Matt Lauer about 25 , her long-awaited, record-shattering third LP – explaining the writer’s block which, at first, prevented her from accessing the same emotions that defined 21 . “I don’t think sadness is always devastating,” she says. “It can be quite uplifting and joyful, as well.
Cynthia Robinson, a founding member for Sly and the Family Stone who played trumpet, has died after a battle with cancer. The musician’s Facebook page and Billboard confirmed the news Tuesday. She was 69. The trumpeter was best known for her joyous melodies and inspired vocals and ad-libs on songs like “Dance to the Music” and “I Want to Take You Higher.” She commanded listeners to “get up and dance to the music” at the beginning of the former song and sang “hey, hey, hey” background vocals on the latter. Robinson’s career with Sly Stone began in 1966 when the bandleader put together a group called the Stoners. They fell apart quickly, though, and she became a fixture of the Family Stone – a group whose members were male and female and represented different races, a novel idea at the time – alongside her cousin Larry Graham. Hear Sly and the Family Stone ‘Dance to the Music’ in 1968 Although the ensemble’s A Whole New Thing was not a hit, its second LP Dance to the Music scored a hit in 1967 with the title cut, paving the way for a string of successful songs that included “Everyday People,” “Stand,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again),” “Family Affair” and many others. Trumpeter Miles Davis, deep into his fusion period, said at the time that he was a fan.
Roy Orbison had a lot of reasons to be happy when he walked onstage at Cleveland, Ohio’s Front Row Theater on December 4th, 1988. After two decades of grinding it out on the oldies circuit, he was wrapping up one of the most amazing years of his career. It began in January when Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown and many others saluted his music at the televised Black and White Night concert. At the time he was cutting a new solo album with Jeff Lynne, which would lead to the formation of the Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Tom Petty. Roy Orbison Singer performs gorgeous ‘Only the Lonely’ in 1965 The first Traveling Wilburys album landed in October and was a huge hit, peaking at Number Three on the Billboard 200. The single “Handle with Care” was all over radio and MTV, and Orbison’s next solo album – his first since 1979’s Laminar Flow – was completed and slated for an early 1989 release. All of this led to a big uptick in ticket sales, and the house was packed at the Front Row
My Morning Jacket ‘s Jim James offered pointed words of healing and perseverance in an interview with Rolling Stone about the terrorist attacks in Paris , saying, “Every note we play and every syllable I sing is for peace, and for understanding, and for love.” See My Morning Jacket’s Candid Tour Polaroids The musician recalled the total confusion that took hold after learning about the attack at an Eagles of Death metal concert at Bataclan , where 89 people were killed. As James noted, some My Morning Jacket crew members have also worked for EoDM and Queens of the Stone Age, and for a while, the condition of their friends were unknown. “That’s one of the weirdest things in life,” James says. “When shit hits the fan and it’s chaos, and it’s just, ‘What? Who’s alive? Who’s dead? What’s going on?’ And ever since then, I can’t count how many talks I’ve had with friends where we’re just sitting around trying to figure it out. We’re like, ‘Why, why, why, why, why?'” While the “wormhole of questions,” in James’ words, opened by the Paris attacks can be overwhelming, the singer remained adamant that there’s enough space on Earth for all ideas and beliefs to exist without violence. “The music must always go on and fear must never win,” James says. “And we must stick together and talk about how we can find ways to accept each other.” Related My Morning Jacket ‘The Waterfall’ Album Review Hear Jim James’ Heartfelt, New Solo Track My Morning Jacket’s Jim James on Roger Waters, David Lynch
Adele unleashed both her beloved voice and cackle on The Tonight Show Monday, joining host Jimmy Fallon for a silly game of “Box of Lies” and belting a new song, “Water Under the Bridge.” Adele: I Want to Do ‘Hotline Bling’ Remix With Drake “Box of Lies” found Fallon and Adele choosing a container with an odd item in it and trying to trick the other about its contents. Adele, very gravely, attempted to convince Fallon that she was in possession of a toy tyrannosaurus rex dressed up as a fairy, but the host called her bluff. The singer, too, caught Fallon in the act — but in the host’s defense, conjuring a G.I. Joe doll dressed as Santa Claus staring down a candy cane throwing star was a far easier task than describing what he did have: A game of Simon stamped with disconcertingly fleshy prosthetic noses. In the last round, Adele tried to slyly squeeze the truth past Fallon with a cocked eye and cockney lilt, but the host bought her not-tall tale about a giraffe wearing “‘free” — as in “one, two, ‘free” — donuts around its neck. Adele also chatted with Fallon about her appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, as well as the excruciating waits for new albums by Frank Ocean and Rihanna
The Avett Brothers’ sweaty, rapturously received live events have become something of legend over the years. Though they’ve grown in popularity at radio, the band’s stage prowess has played an important role in their development as one of Americana’s leading touring outfits. Brooklyn Jubilee: Backstage at Barclays With the Avett Brothers On December 18th, the Avetts will a continue a long tradition with the release of Live, Vol. 4 . The collection captures their New Year’s Eve 2014 concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, and includes popular tunes like “Shame” and “I and Love and You,” as well as two new songs, “Satan Pulls the Strings” and “Rejects in the Attic.” A DVD accompanies the CD edition of the album.
Record Store Day will celebrate its own Black Friday on November 27th with a new wave of exclusive and limited edition releases, including a 10-inch of the Arcs’ new EP The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol. I . On Monday, Dan Auerbach and company released “Young,” a ghostly new track from that six-song EP, exclusively with the official RSD site . The eerie, reverb-heavy track was co-written by the Silver Jews’ David Berman. “We’ve been meeting at night, writing together for a few years,” Auerbach said in a statement of the working with Berman. “This is the first time we’ve shared any of that
There’s nothing at all unusual about a hoedown in a honky-tonk, but one aboard a 2,300-person cruise ship doesn’t exactly scream traditional. It’s an idea about as left of center as the results: for the past two journeys of Cayamo, a roots-oriented music festival at sea, artists like Buddy Miller, Nikki Lane, Kacey Musgraves and the Lone Bellow have not only played portside sets for passengers, they’ve holed up in Miller’s makeshift recording studio onboard to capture some special collaborations. See Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile Cruise the Caribbean On January 29th, New West will release the sessions as Buddy Miller and Friends’ Cayamo Sessions at Sea . His duet with Lane, a take on Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner’s “Just Someone I Used to Know,” premieres exclusively on Rolling Stone Country below. “Collaborations on Cayamo have always been unforced and beautiful,” Miller tells Rolling Stone Country , “and I’ve regretted not capturing them before. This album is just some of the many special moments that happen when so many great musicians get to spend a week together at sea.” First popularized by Wagoner and Parton’s weepy, horn-laced version from their 1970 duets record Porter Wayne and Dolly Rebecca , Lane and Miller’s “Just Someone I Used to Know” is warm and just a touch more devilish, thanks to their raspy tones and a slightly kicked-up melody, with fiddle stepping in for the original’s brass section. Lane makes no secret of her devotion to the Americana icon (and executive music producer of ABC’s Nashville ) — she even designed a striped “Buddy Fuckin’ Miller” crop-top to wear onboard Cayamo – and their relationship dates back to when she was scouting ideas for her debut LP, Walk of Shame . “I first heard of Buddy Miller when [producer] Dave Cobb suggested we cover his and [wife] Julie’s ‘Gasoline & Matches’ on my first record and he’s been part of the timeline ever since,” Lane tells Rolling Stone Country . “After all, it was him that first asked my label New West to sign me for my last record, and I suspect he had something to do with me being on the list of lucky musicians that get to play Cayamo. But getting to sing alongside his band for performances like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the Americana Awards ceremony, and the recordings on Cayamo have been highlights of my career
Demi Lovato and Alanis Morissette joined forces at the 2015 American Music Awards to perform the latter’s iconic hit “You Oughta Know.” Watch Alanis Morissette, James Corden Update ‘Ironic’ Lyrics Lovato’s collaboration with Morissette was her second performance of the night; the singer had previously belted out her biting, pop-rock song “Confident.” She maintained the vocal ferocity and attitude as she and Morissette strutted across the AMA stage while belting out the Nineties mega-hit. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Morissette’s massive debut Jagged Little Pill . She’s celebrated with a massive, collector’s edition reissue that contains rare demos and a live recording of a London concert that featured members of Foo Fighters and Jane’s Addiction in her backing band. While promoting the reissue, Morissette has been updating her hit “Ironic” with various late-night hosts, including a version with James Corden that included references to Tinder and Snapchat. In October, Lovato released her fifth album, Confident . She’ll embark on an extensive co-headlining tour with fellow ex-Disney star Nick Jonas next year. Related Demi Lovato, Michelle Rodriguez Clash in ‘Confident’ Video See Demi Lovato’s Confident ‘SNL’ Performances Alanis Morissette to Reissue ‘Jagged Little Pill’