Former Runaway says organisation should be doing more to honour female artists

3546-3546-2Joan Jett says she wants to see more women in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The former Runaways guitarist will be inducted at this year’s ceremony in Cleveland on April 18 but has called upon organisers to do more to highlight the contribution of female musicians.

She tells Billboard: “There should be more women in the Hall Of Fame, and more women in rock. They’re out there, they just don’t get the notice the pop girls do.

“Go to any city and there’s an all-girl rock band – it’s just a matter of society wanting to hear that kind of music. But people’s tastes change, so you have to do what you love and hope other people love it too.”

A 2011 report showed that only 10% of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame members were women. Jett is the only woman to make the shortlist this year.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will be inducted alongside Ringo Starr, The “5” Royales, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and Bill Withers.

She’ll support The Who on their upcoming run of live shows across North America, starting in Florida on April 15.

 

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RIP to James Best — loved by millions as Roscoe P. Coltrane on “The Dukes of Hazzard”

BuddhaJames Best, better known as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died Monday night at the age of 88, according to The Charlotte Observer.

He died from complications of pneumonia, according to a family friend.

While Best appeared in classic movies such as “The Caine Mutiny,” he is most remembered for his role as the bumbling sheriff on “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which aired from 1977 to 1985.

Best never formally retired, continuing to act in stage productions and television movie projects.

He is survived by his wife, son, daughter and three grandchildren.

An obituary was placed on the actor’s official website.

 

April 7, 2015 by Douglas Barclay

Robert Burns Jr dead: Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer dies in car crash aged 64

The musician was not wearing a seatbelt when he hit a tree and mailbox

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Robert Burns Jr has died in a car crash in Georgia aged 64.

The Southern hard rock band’s founding member was killed shortly before midnight on Friday when his vehicle left the road at a bend and collided with a mailbox and a tree.

No other vehicles were involved and Burns was alone in the car. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman James Tallent has confirmed that the accident is under investigation and as such there are no further details at this time.

Burns formed Lynyrd Skynyrd in Jacksonville, Florida with Ronnie Van Zant, Larry Junstrom, Gary Rossington and Allen Collins. He played on the band’s first two albums and was with them when hits “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Gimme Three Steps” and “Free Bird” were recorded.

Burns left the group in 1974 after becoming “exhausted by touring” but continued to perform for fun across the US. He was replaced by Artimus Pyle before Lynyrd Skynyrd disbanded after the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members including singer Van Zant.

Burns’ father, Robert Burns Sr, told Fox News that his son “had the manners that would suit the King of England” and praised him for being a “very soft-spoken and extremely well-mannered person to come out of that kind of industry”.

Rossington, who helped reform Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987 with Van Zant’s brother Johnny on vocals, has posted a tribute message to Burns on his Facebook page.

“Well, today I’m at a loss for words, but I just remember Bob being a funny guy,” he wrote. “He used to do skits for us and make us laugh all the time, he was hilarious!

“Ironically, since we played Jacksonville yesterday, Dale, my daughter, and I went by the cemetery to see some of the guys in the band and my parents’ grave sites.

“On the way back we went by Bob Burns’ old house. It was there in the carport where we used to first start to practice with Skynyrd.

“My heart goes out to his family and God bless him and them in this sad time. He was a great, great drummer.”

 

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Singer Roger believes maturity adds to their impact as they continue final big tour

The Who singer Roger Daltrey believes the “scars of age” have added to his band’s impact instead of detracting from it.

And he insists his voice is better than ever as he prepares for the end of the band’s touring career.

He and Pete Townshend are midway through their last-ever major road trip, which includes a return to London’s Hyde Park in June before ending in the US in November – although it may be extended into 2016.

Daltrey tells Rolling Stone: “My voice is fine. I’m enjoying playing. There’s something about looking down the end of a telescope and seeing the potential end.

“It brings me joy. I’ve always tried to sing as though I’m singing a song for the first time – now I sing as though I’m singing the song for what might be the last time.”

And he’s not worried about delivering the goods at the age of 71. “Maturity brings something extra to it,” he says. “What it loses in the youthful exuberance, it makes up with the scars of age.”

But Daltrey still doesn’t enjoy is the offstage part of touring. “We do the shows for free – we get paid for the travelling and the schlepping,” he reflects.

“After 50 years on the road, that’s the bit that becomes lonely at times: we’re away from our familires. We’re in a different bed every night or every other night. The bones aren’t quite as forgiving as they used to be.”

Asked if he feels his age, Daltrey replies: “Yeah; but if I shut my eyes I’m 21.” He adds: “I hope I’m wiser. I’m less arrogant. I’ve had a life of privilege thanks to the music business and the support of our audience. I’m very aware of that.”

The Who are planning to record a final album before they wind down

Colleagues of Mustaine’s latest guitarist hail “amazing achievement for Brazilian metal”

Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro has the full support of his colleagues in Angra, they’ve said.

The Brazilian was confirmed as the latest addition to the thrash giants’ lineup last night, and he’ll appear on the band’s 15th album alongside Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson and guest drummer Chris Adler.

Fellow Angra guitarist Rafael Bittencourt says: “Kiko is in Megadeth – what a feeling of pride! This is an amazing achievement for Brazilian metal.

“I have known Kiko for many years. He deserves this great opportunity more than anyone else. He has been tracking a very serious and talented career.”

But Bittencourt accepts that Loureiro’s new job might mark the end of his time with Angra. “I believe he will comply with all activities he has already committed to, and he will always be part of our family,” he says.

“He will not be able to turn his back on something he helped build. I’m sure we will still do a lot together – either in or out of Angra.”

The Brazilian outfit launched eighth album Secret Garden in January and released a video for their track Final Light last week.