In the News
So what's been happening in the news lately? Let's take a look...
Creed will be releasing a new album in November. Still untitled at this point, Scott
Stapp said, "It's everything we've done so far turned up times 10."...So
we get more over-blown, over-produced, whiny ass songs that girls will want their
boyfriends to listen to over and over again?
Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are a hot item. Can you believe it? According to Kid,
'I was surprised she was so genuine and down-to-earth and a really beautiful
person inside.'...Isn't it funny he didn't mention the attributes that make
her a really beautiful person on the outside?
Let's see if I have this right...The Eagles filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit
against the non-profit American Eagle Foundation over their use of its educational
and fundraising Web site, Eagles.org, its '1-800-2EAGLES' phone number
and its American Eagle Records label. Then they dropped the suit because they're on
tour in Europe and couldn't make it back to testify at the trial on June 11th. Now
AEF is considering counter-suing The Eagles for court costs and attorney's fees incurred
during the original suit. Yeah, sure...Okay...What's next? The city of Chicago suing
the group Chicago for trademark-infringements? Or how about the estate of the late
Buddy Holly suing the National Society of Cricket Lovers because they feel that they
have mislead the music loving population as to their true intent?
Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys donated $10,000 to the Cherokee County Sheriff's
Department to buy new bullet proof vests after they recovered his two missing dogs which
were taken from his home. That's cool! Unfortunately, the dogs were not German Shepherds
or Alaskan Huskies or Pit Bulls or Doberman Pinschers. No!!! They weren't any of those
manly dogs. They were Chihuahuas...I understand that the Sheriff's Department is
stepping up its investigation and are now looking for individuals with gnaw marks on
Since American millionaire Dennis Tito bought a ride into space, now a Russian pop
star wants to follow suit. Members of the pop group Na Na, who have hook laden tunes
and pretty-boy looks, have already taken the cosmonaut training course. Since only
one member of the group would be able to go into space the other members of the group
would join him in a concert by radio hook-up from Earth...I can think of at least a
half dozen American 'boy bands' that can go up on the next shuttle mission.
On a more somber note, the recording industry lost one the greatest blues players
this week. John Lee Hooker died in his sleep at his home in Los Altos, CA on June
21st. He influenced a generation of guitar players and up and coming blues-rock groups,
including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt.
If you've never heard John Lee Hooker, I recommend checking out 'Boom Boom', 'Boogie
Chillun', 'Crawling Kingsnake' or his Grammy winning duet with Bonnie Raitt 'I'm In
the Mood'. Thanks for the great music John Lee. We'll miss you. For more on John Lee
Hooker check out the Boom Boom Room.
You won't be disappointed.
- Richard Blaine
Quote of the Week
People say I'm a genius but I don't know about that. I don't know what a genius is.
I know there ain't no one ever sound like me, except maybe my stepfather. You hear all the
kids trying to play like B.B. (King), and they ain't going to because, ooh, he's such a fine
player and a very great man. But you never hear them even try and sound like John Lee Hooker.
John Lee Hooker - Interview with The Times of London
* Richard Blaine's views and opinions do not necessarily
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