UNDATED (AP) — The tributes are pouring in for Yes bassist Chris Squire. Former Yes singer Jon Anderson says he and Squire were “musical brothers” and in spite of their differences, he’s so glad they were able to reconnect recently. Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes says he is “utterly devastated beyond words.” Tom Morello calls Squire “an extremely talented musician’s musician who mastered his instrument and took it to new realms.” Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler says he’s shocked to hear the news and calls Squire “one of the great bass players.” Dave Mustaine of Megadeth calls Squire “a tremendous talent and a terribly sad loss.” Geddy Lee says Squire was a huge inspiration to him. Squire died over the weekend after battling a rare form of leukemia.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trent Reznor and songwriting partner Atticus Ross, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Sergio Mendes, Common and John Legend have been invited to join the group that votes on the Oscars. They are among the 322 people to receive invitations to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Oscar nominees are automatically considered.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell’s friend and conservator says it was an aneurysm that sent the Grammy-winner to the hospital in March. Conservator Leslie Morris mentioned the aneurysm in a statement posted on Mitchell’s website yesterday. It provides the first significant details on Mitchell’s health status in months. Morris says Mitchell is speaking — and speaking well — while recovering at home. Mitchell’s unable to walk now, but is expected to make a full recovery.
NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Townshend recalls The Who were in “real trouble” in the early 1970s. He says he was running around in coveralls, John Entwistle wore spider costumes, Roger Daltrey had become a rock god and Keith Moon “had become this kind of clown.” Then they created “Quadrophenia,” which Townshend says was a form of salvation. Townshend has revisited the project with “Classic Quadrophenia,” a remake with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Townshend says the musicians were brilliant because they would take the subway to the hall, look at the music, play their best and then go home with “no fuss, no nonsense.”
ATLANTA (AP) — It could be intimidating for Vance Joy to face an audience of thousands every night who are not there to see him. He sees it as an opportunity. Joy is opening for Taylor Swift on her current tour. He says it’s amazing how an arena can feel intimate when the lights go out. Joy says he’s lucky that Swift fans are “super welcoming and warm” and he gets a charge of electricity when he hits the stage. He also has a new friend with Swift. He calls her “lovely.”
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — On the USA Network show “Playing House,” Emma and Maggie have bonded over singing Kenny Loggins songs. Loggins will play himself in the season finale on September 9. Emma and Maggie will go to a Loggins concert but things don’t go as planned.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Queen will toast the 40th anniversary of “Bohemian Rhapsody” with a beer. Billboard reports the band will launch Queen Bohemian Lager, a “golden hoppy” beer brewed in the Czech Republic, AKA Bohemia. The bottle will have an image from the “A Night At The Opera” album cover. It will hit shelves in Europe this summer, then be released worldwide. A 12-pack of bottles will sell for $31.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Garcia’s thoughts on his childhood, drugs, songwriting and politics will be made available this fall. The book “Jerry on Jerry” by Dennis McNally will feature previously unreleased interviews with Garcia to mark the 20th anniversary of his death and the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. His daughter, Trixie, says the book captures the “fun-loving weirdness and creepy corners” of her father’s mind. The book will be out in November.
UNDATED (AP) — Forget those other candidates: Elvis Costello is pushing for Taylor Swift for president. Swift posted an open letter to Apple criticizing its plan not to pay royalties to musicians for the three month trial period of the Apple Music streaming service, and Apple agreed to drop the plan. Costello tweeted a link to the letter with the words, “A word from our future President. Right on. You tell ’em, Girl.” Gene Simmons of Kiss tweeted, “If more artists insisted on being paid for their work, new bands might have a chance.” Jack Antonoff of fun. and of Bleachers tweets, “I’m so proud that the loudest voice in music today is using it to stand up for those who are not heard.”
NEW YORK (AP) — A book of previously unreleased Jerry Garcia interviews is coming out this fall to mark the 20th anniversary of his death and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Grateful Dead.
Hachette Book Group imprint Black Dog & Levanthal announced Tuesday that “Jerry on Jerry” will be published in November.
The book will be edited by Grateful Dead biographer Dennis McNally. The interviews range from Garcia’s memories of childhood to his thoughts on drugs, songwriting and politics.
Garcia died in August 1995 at age 53. Surviving band members are touring this summer.
Daughter Trixie Garcia says the book captures the “fun-loving weirdness and creepy corners” of her father’s interests.
An audio edition featuring more than 8 hours of interviews also will be published in November.