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Nas and Amy Winehouse's 'Cherry Wine': Hear it here!

One of the finest moments on Amy Winehouse’s posthumous compilation Lioness: Hidden Treasures was “Like Smoke,” her tag-team with rapper Nas. Now Winehouse returns the favor, as “Cherry Wine,” the pair’s collaboration from Nas’ forthcoming album Life Is Good, just made its way online.

The track was produced by Salaam Remi, who has twiddled the knobs for both stars in the past (he helmed “Made You Look” for Nas and “Tears Dry on Their Own” for Winehouse). It’s another swanky groove bomb that finds Nas tapping into an extra-spry flow he hasn’t commanded in years.

The highlight, however, is Winehouse’s contribution, which is so lovely, powerful, and mysterious that it only drives home just how much the music world lost when Winehouse passed away last year.

Give the song a listen below. The quality isn’t great, but the power of both voices comes through despite the hitches.  READ FULL STORY

Radiohead stage collapse: Keane pay tribute to late drum technician

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The members of Keane have paid tribute to their late drum tech and stage manager Scott Johnson, who died on Saturday while working on a Radiohead show in Toronto.

The U.K. native sadly lost his life when a stage collapsed at Downsview Field in Toronto prior to Radiohead’s scheduled appearance. In a post on Keane’s website the band remembered their “great friend” as “a cheerful, dependable guy you could always turn to, who lifted the spirits of everyone around him. We can’t believe he’s gone. Our thoughts are with his family and friends; Radiohead and their crew. We love you Scotty, we’ll miss you.”

Yesterday, Radiohead drummer Phil Selway posted a message on the band’s website in which he described Johnson as “a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew.”

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Update: Radiohead drum technician identified as stage collapse victim
Radiohead stage collapse kills one, injures three before Toronto show

Update: Radiohead drum technician identified as stage collapse victim

A drum technician for Radiohead has been identified as the victim of Saturday’s stage collapse at Downsview Field in Toronto. The band posted a tribute to the victim, Scott Johnson, on their official web site Sunday.

Drummer Philip Selway wrote:

We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.

Three others were injured in the collapse. The concert was canceled and the band said that ticket holders would be refunded.

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Radiohead stage collapse kills one, injures three before Toronto show

Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison entering the hologram game

Who would’ve thought that Tupac Shakur would become one of 2012’s leading music industry figures?

Ever since Dr. Dre brought the dead rapper’s hologram to Coachella last April, the nation’s long-dormant love of holograms has come to the forefront. Not only did Dre toy with the idea of actually taking Faux Tupac on tour with him, but others got in on the virtual-resurrection action: TLC announced plans to project the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes on a Jumbotron during live shows, the Jackson Brothers have reportedly kicked around the idea of hitting the road with a Michael Jackson hologram, and an Elvis Presley hologram is already in the works.

And the beat goes on: It’s looking like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and even Marilyn Monroe might all “return” in hologram form soon. READ FULL STORY

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch found dead; suicide suspected

Nashville police say Bob Welch, a former member of Fleetwood Mac who also had a solo career, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 65. Police spokesman Don Aaron said Welch was found dead by his wife with a chest wound at their Nashville home around 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He formed the British rock group Paris in 1976, and had hits including “Sentimental Lady” in 1977 and “Ebony Eyes” in 1978. Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham did backing vocals on “Sentimental Lady.”

Aaron said Welch apparently had had health issues recently. He said a suicide note was left.

Platters crooner Herb Reed dead

Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of the 1950s vocal group the Platters, has died. The group’s hits like “Only You” propelled them to stardom. His manager says Reed died Monday in a Boston area hospice after a period of declining health. He was 83.

Reed was a Kansas City, Mo., native who founded the Platters in Los Angeles in 1953. Reed sang bass on the group’s four No. 1 hits, including “The Great Pretender,” ”My Prayer,” ”Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

Reed was the only member of the group to appear on all of their nearly 400 recordings. He continued touring, performing up to 200 shows per year, until last year.

The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Beastie Boy Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz shares memories of the late Adam Yauch: 'He wasn't afraid'

Family, friends, and fans of the Beastie Boys are dealing with founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death in all sorts of ways. Many have gone out to buy (or re-buy) their favorite Beasties albums; some New Yorkers are even petitioning to rename a Brooklyn park in Yauch’s honor.

But Yauch’s comrade Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz is still only coping with the loss. “I’m walking the dog and I’ll start crying on the street,” he told Rolling Stone. “It’s pretty f—ing crazy.”

Horovitz opened up in his first interview since his friend and bandmate’s May 4 death, fondly remembering him as both an artist and as a person.

“Yauch was in charge,” he says of MCA’s position in the Beastie Boys. “He was smarter, more organized.”

“He had that extra drive to see things through,” he continued. ” We each had our roles. One of his was the make-it-happen person.”

Horovitz also outlined the give-and-take process that made the group the enduring collaborative effort it became.

“Everything was split three ways,” he explained. “Except we had veto power. If you really hated something, you could be [like], ‘That can’t happen.'”

One example he offers is was when Yauch wanted the cover of their hit album Ill Communication to be a painting of a tree, an idea swiftly vetoed by Horovitz and Mike D. “I said, ‘Anything is better than that tree.'” The painting, Alex Grey’s “Gaia,” wound up finding a home in the album’s liner notes instead; see it below: READ FULL STORY

Barry Gibb's video tribute to his brother Robin: Watch it here

“There’s a heart like mine somewhere in this world/There’s a heart like mine, beating but left to burn.”

That lyric comes from the 1993 Bee Gees song “Heart Like Mine,” which Barry Gibb chose as the soundtrack for his moving video tribute to his late brother and bandmate Robin, who died of cancer last Saturday at the age of 62.

The nearly five-minute video was posted on YouTube with the title “Bodding,” Robin’s nickname, and showcases clips from various stages throughout the Gibb brothers’ lives, ranging from childhood to their decades-long music career.

Robin’s death leaves Barry, 65, as the only surviving Gibb of the Bee Gees; Robin’s fraternal twin Maurice died of cancer in 2003.

Barry has yet to comment publicly on Robin’s death, making his montage memorial all the more poignant. Give it a look in the video below:

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Crowded House drummer Pete Jones passes away at 45

Pete Jones, the drummer for Australian band Crowded House, passed away on Friday after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 45 years old.

“We are in mourning today for the death of Peter Jones,” the surviving band members wrote in a statement on their website. “We remember him as a warm hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House. He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send our love and best thoughts to his family and friends.”

Formed in 1985 following the breakup of Split Enz, Crowded House scored immediate hits in their native Australia and found international success with their 1986 self-titled debut, which contained “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” the band’s biggest success.

Jones didn’t join the band until 1994, just in time for their break up. He appeared on the band’s live album Farewell to the World, recorded on the steps of the Syndey Opera House in 1996 as the band’s farewell show.

Read more on EW.com:
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb dies at age 62
Donna Summer has died at 63
Chuck Brown, pioneer of go-go funk music, has died at 75

Robin Gibb remembered as remarkable talent, exceptional citizen

One day after he succumbed to cancer, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was hailed in his native Britain Monday as a master musician whose interests went far beyond the recording studio. The distinctive singer, who wrote and arranged numerous hits for other major artists, was also recognized for his work on behalf of British veterans and his interests in politics, history and the Titanic.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, a longtime friend of Gibb, said the singer had a “wonderful open and fertile mind” and offered condolences to Gibb’s widow, Dwina, and their family. “Robin was not only an exceptional and extraordinary musician and songwriter, he was a highly intelligent, interested and committed human being,” Blair said. READ FULL STORY

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