R.I.P. RONNIE HAWKINS

31 May 2022

Legendary Canadian singer/songwriter/rocker/performer
RONNIE HAWKINS (born Ronald Cornett Hawkins) passed
away 2 days ago. He was 87.

His long career started in Arkansas, where he was born and raised.

He was also known as “Rompin’ Ronnie“, “Mr. Dynamo” or “The Hawk“.
He played all across North America for many years and recorded
more than 25 albums.

In 1958 he assembled musicians to form his backing band and named them
The Hawks. The group had several line-ups, including members who formed
the legendary The Band who toured as Bob Dylan’s backing band for
two years (1965-1967)

Here’s a fantastic moment with Hawkins playing at The Band‘s final concert
in 1977, eternalized by Martin Scorsese in the concert movie The Last Waltz
where they teamed to play one of Bo Diddley‘s rockabilly hits.

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RONNIE HAWKINS: Story – Discography

CHRIS BAILEY Of Australian Punk Pioneers THE SAINTS Sadly Stranded At 65

Top singles from the past

12 April 2022

CHRIS BAILEY was born Christopher James Mannix Bailey in The Colony of Kenya 65 years ago. He spent his childhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and moved afterward to Australia. Three days ago he passed away. R.I.P.

A message on the group’s FB page broke the sad news: “It is with great pain in our hearts that we have to inform you about the passing of Chris Bailey, singer and songwriter of The Saints, on April the 9th 2022. Chris lived a life of poetry and music and stranded on a Saturday night.”

With his Brisbane schoolmates Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay he formed legendary punk rock band THE SAINTS in the early 70s. Their debut LP I’M STRANDED (1977) is still an all-time landmark punk album with its rolling and roaring title track as their best-known cracker…

And here’s another great Chris Bailey moment to honor this great musician.
In 2003 he joined his friend Nick Cave for Bring It On. A towering goosebumps
single of the Bad Seeds‘ album Nocturama.

Stunning duo performance …

THE SAINTS: Facebook

They made/released 14 studio LPs with King Of The Sun
as the most recent one. Came out in 2014. Bailey also
released several solo albums.

(Image on top: from the cover of his 1984 solo LP ‘What We Did on Our Holidays)

50-Year Old FOO FIGHTERS Drummer TAYLOR HAWKINS Died In His Sleep – R.I.P.

25 March 2022

Shocking. Last night, Taylor Hawkins
the Foo Fighters drummer died in his
sleep. No cause has been revealed yet.

The band broke the news on social media…

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of Taylor Hawkins.
His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go
out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the
utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”

FF are on tour in South America. Four days ago they
played at the Lollapalooza festival in Argentina.
Hawkins‘s final concert.

Hawkins was born in Dallas in February 1972. He joined FF in 1997, replacing
original drummer William Goldsmith. Before that, he played for Alanis Morissette
for quite a while.

Short bio here.

He also had his own projects. Firstly Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders
and afterward The Birds of Satan, a spin-off cover band of Chevy Metal.

Yesterday I wrote a piece, planned to publish today, about their brand new EP
titled – what an incredibly irony – Dream Widow. Eight death metal (also incredibly
ironic) and hardcore songs. Of course, I deleted it as this terrible news came in.

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Hawkins about joining FF: “Me and Dave Grohl just looked like long lost brothers in a weird way. We had a similar vibe and I don’t know why. I remember my friend playing with the Foo Fighters before I met Dave and watching them goof around backstage. He said to me, ‘That
guy could be like your brother’.

Rest in peace.

Horrible News Just Came In – Legendary Singer-Songwriter MARK LANEGAN Has Passed Away

Just 15 minutes ago I read this horrible news
about MARK LANEGAN passing away.

Here’s the full statement on his Twitter account…

“Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney,
Ireland. A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived
by his wife Shelley. No other information is available at this time. We ask Please respect
the family privacy.”

(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

CHARLIE WATTS – The Coolest Drummer In Rock History Passed Away

24 August 2021

CHARLIE WATTS, the coolest drummer ever in rock history passed away today,
he was 80. The quiet Stone with the poker face joined the band in 1963. He was
the only member of the legendary British rock band alongside Mick Jagger and
Keith Richards to have featured on all of their studio albums.

Earlier this month Watts announced he couldn’t play on the upcoming Stones
tour, as he had to “rest and recuperate” following medical problems.

Rest in peace.

One of his rare interviews. With NME in 2018. Big fun…

CHARLIE WATTS: History

BEYONCÉ Sings For Her 13-Year-Old Fan LYRIC CHANEL Who Died Of Cancer

7 March 2021

“Beyoncé has paid tribute to 13-year-old fan Lyric Chanel, who died on Friday of brain
cancer. Chanel’s family documentary her two-year battle with the disease on social media,
with Beyoncé, Cardi B, and over 600,000 others following her journey. To honor the late Chanel, Beyoncé sang an a cappella medley of “Brown Skin Girl,” “Halo,” and “Love On Top” dedicated
to her memory, switching out the word “baby” for “Lyric.”
Stereogum

Heartbreaking