John MoenJohn Moen is a busy artist: In addition to his post with the Decemberists, he's worked with such names as Stephen Malkmus's Jicks, Elliott Smith, and Robert Pollard's Boston Spaceships (as well as quite a few others over the years). He's also got a solo career, performing under the name Perhapst, and is poised to release his second album in this capacity.Read More »from Exclusive! Hear New Track from Decemberists’ John Moen
- Wendy Geller | Stop The Presses! – Tue, May 21, 2013 10:04 AM EDT
A great fire has gone out with the death of Ray Manzarek Monday at age 74. More than four decades after the death of Jim Morrison ended the classic lineup of the Doors, Manzarek remains the most listened-to and admired keyboard soloist in rock history...even if that legacy was one he sometimes professed not to care that much about.
"You don't make music for immortality, you make music for the moment — for the sheer joy of being alive on planet earth," he said in 2009. Manzarek may not have courted immortality, but thanks to a set of recordings destined to be rediscovered by new generations of enthusiasts for decades and centuries to come, he's going to have it conferred upon him anyway.
As fans well know, he wasn't just a great organ and piano player, but a great bass player, too — of sorts. Lonnie Mack played a bit of bass guitar on the Doors' albums, but for the most part, the configuration was the same on record as it was live: no true bass, with Manzarek more than filling in theRead More »from Ray Manzarek's Seven Most Fiery Doors Moments
- Lyndsey Parker | Stop The Presses! – Mon, May 20, 2013 5:40 PM EDT
Ray Manzarek [photo: Matthew Peyton/Getty Images]Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of legendary Los Angeles rock band the Doors, has died, according to a post on the band's official Facebook page.
According to the band's statement, Manzarek passed away Monday, May 20 at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.
Manzarek formed the Doors in 1965 after meeting iconic singer/poet Jim Morrison on L.A.'s Venice Beach. Manzarek's playing was integral to the band's sound, since the band had no bass guitarist and Manzarek played most of the basslines on his keyboards.
"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," said founding Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. "I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."
During their run from 1965 to their official breakup in 1973, the Doors sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. After Morrison'sRead More »from The Doors’ Keyboardist Ray Manzarek Dead at Age 74
By Laura Ferreiro
Photo: Michael CaulfieldWhile most of us end up with embarrassing prom photos that we'd rather not have see the light of day (think frilly dresses, awkward poses, and hairstyles with far too much Aqua Net), a group of teens from Eagle Rock, Calif. ended up with a hunky pop star in theirs.Read More »from Robin Thicke Poses With Prom-Going Gang
Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer Wright (Photo: Jason LaVeris)Chely Wright is no doubt feeling a little "blue" this week, as she and wife Lauren Blitzer Wright celebrated the birth of their identical twin sons on Saturday.
The boys are named George Samuel and Everett Joseph — after their great-grandfathers — and, according to a report from People, are doing great despite arriving a bit ahead of schedule. The babies were originally supposed to be born sometime in June.Read More »from Chely Wright Welcomes Twin Baby Boys
- Stop The Presses! – Mon, May 20, 2013 1:24 PM EDT
By Laura Ferreiro
Wade Robson (Photo: Denise Truscello)Michael Jackson's former housekeeper has reportedly agreed to back up dancer/choreographer Wade Robson's claims that he was sexually molested by the pop star when he was a child.
Robson, now 30, danced in many of Jackson's videos during the height of the "Billie Jean" singer's popularity and frequently visited the King of Pop at his home in Neverland Ranch, Calif. as a boy. He recently came forward to claim that he was sexually abused by Jackson between the ages of seven and 14.Read More »from Michael Jackson’s Maid Supports Dancer Wade Robson’s Claims of Sexual Abuse as a Child
- Craig Rosen | Stop The Presses! – Mon, May 20, 2013 12:25 PM EDT
Photo: Denise TruscelloChris Brown was at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas performing his hit "Fine China," but all is not well in Breezy's camp, and it isn't because he went home empty-handed.
Sure, he lost Top R&B Artist and Top R&B Album to Rihanna of all people, but there are more serious matters to consider. TMZ is reporting that the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating death threats against the singer after several were called into the office of his attorney, Mark Geragos.Read More »from The Show Goes on for Chris Brown Despite Death Threats
- Chris Willman | Stop The Presses! – Mon, May 20, 2013 12:52 AM EDT
"Look before you leap" — or at least "consider your insurance coverage before you include the crowd in an Evel Knievel stunt": These are lessons Miguel might be wishing he'd considered after he collided with some fans in the middle of his Billboard Music Awards performance Sunday night.Read More »from Miguel’s Errant Leap, Bieber’s Boos, and Other Billboard Awards Moments
photo: Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesThe big winner at this year's Billboard Music Awards, held Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, was Taylor Swift, who took home an impressive eight trophies.
Taylor won awards for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Top Digital Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist, as well as Top Country Artist, Album, and Song.Read More »from 2013 Billboard Music Awards: Full Winners’ List
- Tiffany Lee | Stop The Presses! – Sun, May 19, 2013 11:53 PM EDT
Apparently tens of millions of Beliebers are not enough to make pop star Justin Bieber feel like he's a serious artist. At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, Bieber took the stage to accept his fan-voted Milestone Award award and was met with boos from the audience.
After a long pause, Bieber felt the need to defend himself, saying, "I'm 19 years old. I think I'm doing a pretty good job."Read More »from Justin Bieber Booed at Billboard Music Awards, Says He “Should Be Taken Seriously”
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