Mick Rock a.k.a. ’The Man Who Shot The 70s’ who created some of the most iconic shots of bands in music history, has died. He was 73. The news was broken by his family on social media. No cause of the death has been announced. In addition to a stint as David Bowie’s personal photographer, the native of Great Britain show iconic rock music acts such as Queen, T. Rex, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Joan Jett, Talking Heads, Roxy Music, Thin Lizzy, Geordie, Mötley Crüe, and Blondie. We send our sympathy out to his friends and family at this time. Read their statement about Mick’s passing and lifeswork below.
Liz Phair has released her first new song in two years – “Hey Lou!” The song is an ode to the romance Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. Produced by longtime collaborator Brad Wood, who helmed production on 2019’s song “Good Side,” as well as her albums Exile In Guyville and Whip-Smart, “Hey Lou” is classic Liz Phair. Liz has also booked a livestream + Q&A With Brad Wood Set For March 3, 2021, and tour dates for this summer. Jam, out to the track now!
More sad news to report as Michael Fonfara, keyboard player and producer for Foreigner and Loud Reed. He died in a Toronto hospital on January 8, 2021, due to complications from his two-year battle with cancer. He was 74. According to a report from Blabbermouth.net, Fonfara, was born in Stevensville, Ontario in 1946, the former Lou Reed keyboardist/bandleader appeared on nine of Reed’s albums between 1974 and 2005, including his highest-charting U.S. album (#10) “Sally Can’t Dance” on RCA, as well as “Rock And Roll Heart”, “Street Hassle”, “The Bells” (which Fonfara executive produced) and “Growing Up In Public” that was co-written and co-produced by Fonfara for Clive Davis’ Arista Records in 1980. More recently he worked with Downchild. 2018 Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of a Grammy Award) winners Downchild include some of the most well-respected musicians in Canada, who have performed together for over 25 years — guitarist, harmonica player, leader and co-founder of the band Walsh, lead singer and harmonica player Chuck Jackson, Pat Carey on tenor sax, Mike Fitzpatrick on drums, Kendall on bass, and Fonfara on keyboards. Fonfara is survived by his wife Avril, his daughters Ashley and Ciara and his grandchildren Brooklyn, Camden, Jamie and Jaxon. RIP.
New York City rockers The Shrieks are back with a killer Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground cover, ‘There She Goes Again’. The bands’ no-nonsense approach is tailor-made for Reed’s track. In the hands of frontman Luis Accorsi, Luis has tread on the same sacred ground as Lou’s New York City in the 1970s, which screams realness that you can feel. The band’s latest album Ode To Joe is out now, but the cover is a stand-alone single. The band shared their cover along with a performance video from the studio, which you can see below! Continue reading
Sad news as Bob Kulick, infamous sideman and collaborator, has died at age 70. The news was confirmed by his brother Bruce via social media. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. Kulick’s discography features guitar work on KISS’ Alive II, Paul Stanley, Unmasked and Killers; Meat Loaf’s Bad Attitude and Live (at Wembley); Lou Reed’s Coney Island Baby; W.A.S.P.’s The Crimson Idol and Still Not Black Enough; Michael Bolton’s self-titled album, Doro’s Calling the Wild; and Ripper Owens’ Play My Game. Bob played guitar on WWE Superstar Triple H’s iconic entrance music, “The Game,” which also features Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister. Kulick also composed the track “Sweet Victory” for the SpongeBob SquarePants episode “Band Geeks.” The song was also featured during the Halftime Show for Super Bowl LIII. We send our condolences out to Bob’s family, friends, and fans at this time.
During this time of self-isolation and quarantine, we are all just looking to keep entertained and our minds busy. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thankfully is answering the call, sharing their treasure trove of content from their history. They have shared their Punk and New Wave Collection to watch their YouTube playlist and archival stories from Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, Patti Smith Group, The Clash, The Stooges, The Sex Pistols, Lou Reed, and Green Day. The Rock Hall also has history lessons on the genre for rockers of any age!Continue reading
Metallica has paid tribute to producer Hal Willner, who died Tuesday (April 7) at age 64. His spokesperson, Blake Zidell, said Willner had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but had not been formally diagnosed. Willner was an award-winning producer who worked closely with Lou Reed, and many other artists. He was also the co-producer on Metallica’s collaborative Lulu album, with Reed. Continue reading
The advent of improved technology means “everybody can be a producer”, but talent, fundamentals, and studio skills still matter. We talked to a master who has made 100s of albums with legends. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #359 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Producer Marc Urselli (Foo Fighters, U2, John Zorn) Comes On the Pod! Marc’s contest for a FREE MIX for bands ends on 3/29/20! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for detailsContinue reading
We should start with a statement of the obvious. David Bowie will never be forgotten. However, as we approach the one-year anniversary of his passing, it seems like an entirely apposite moment to pause for a moment. To reflect and consider in our ADHD, always on culture about the power, influence, and imagination of The Thin White Duke.Continue reading