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ROCK WORLD REACTS TO DEATH OF ANTHONY BOURDAIN
The entertainment world mourned chef, author and travel journalist Anthony Bourdain over the weekend after he was found dead on Friday (June 8th) in a hotel room in France at the age of 61. Bourdain, host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, committed suicide and was found by friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert.
CNN issued a statement in which the network said, “(Bourdain’s) love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Story source: Loudwire
LED ZEPPELIN TEASES OFFICIAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY PHOTO BOOK
Led Zeppelin issued a press release featuring a May 2018 photo of surviving members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones hold the working draft of their upcoming book, Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin. The tome will be published in October by Reel Art Press in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Zeppelin’s formation.
The press release read in part: “Work on the official book Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin is almost complete. The images have been carefully selected and annotated throughout by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. Celebrating 50 years since the band’s formation, it covers the group’s unparalleled musical career and features photographs of Led Zeppelin on and offstage from their very first moments together. This definitive 400-page volume includes previously unpublished photos, artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world. There will be regular updates and sneak previews showing the work in progress. Stay tuned.”
- UPDATED: Robert Plant North American tour dates (subject to change):
June 12 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion (with Sheryl Crow)
June 13 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium (with Sheryl Crow)
June 15 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage (with Sheryl Crow)
June 17 – Chicago, IL – Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion (with Jon Langford)
June 19 – Vail, CO – Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (with Seth Lakeman)
June 21 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre (with Jim James)
June 23 – Stateline, NV – Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena (with Los Lobos)
June 24 – Pasadena, CA – Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival
June 26 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield (with Lucinda Williams)
June 27 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park Amphitheatre (with Lucinda Williams)
June 29 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver International Jazz Festival (with Seth Lakeman)
September 14 – Del Mar, CA “Kaaboo Del Mar” at Del Mar Fairgrounds
September 15 – Telluride, CO – “Telluride Blues & Brews Festival” at Telluride Town Park
September 23 – Louisville, KY – “Bourbon & Beyond” at Champions Park
SMASHING PUMPKINS RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG WITH JAMES IHA IN 18 YEARS
Smashing Pumpkins have released a new song called “Solara,” which marks the band’s first recording to feature frontman William Corgan, guitarist James Ihaand drummer Jimmy Chamberlin playing together in 18 years. The track, which was produced by Rick Rubin, also features longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin last played together on the album Machina II/The Friends And Enemies Of Modern Music in 2000, while the last release to feature Chamberlin was 2007’s Zeitgeist.