Pioneering rock and roll guitarist Scotty Moore has passed away at age 84. Scotty played guitar on Elvis Presley’s early recordings for Sun and RCA records. Along with bass player Bill Black, Scotty recorded Elvis’ first single, That’s All Right in 1954. Later drummer DJ Fontana joined the trio as Elvis’ sound and popularity grew.
P-Funkster Bernie Worrell has passed away after battling lung cancer. He was 72. Along with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell was one of the architects for the Parliament-Funkadelic sound contributing his keyboard playing and songwriting skills to albums like Maggot Brain, America Eats Its Young and Mothership Connection. He also played with Booty’s Rubber Band, Fred Wesley’s Horny Horns and, most notably, Talking Heads.
Guy Clark has passed away at the age of 74. The Texas songwriter is best known for tunes like LA Freeway, Dublin Blues and Desperados Waiting For A Train. Clark, who was a friend and contemporary of Townes Van Zandt, was a prolific artist whose songwriting was always at the highest level. His most recent album, 2013’s My Favorite Picture Of You, won a Grammy. Click here to read more about Guy Clark.
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It seems Prince has died at his Paisley Park home at the age of 57. This is incredibly disturbing news to wake up to, especially after having just witnessed his intimate piano and microphone show here in Auckland a few short weeks ago. The man seemed so full of music…maybe it was more than he could bear. I don’t know. All I know is that another one of our musical heroes is gone. Condolences go out to fellow fans who will be stunned upon waking up and reading this grim news.
Country music legend and outlaw Merle Haggard has died on his 79th birthday. Haggard, who spent his 21st birthday in solitary confinement at San Quentin State Prison, scored an incredible 38 number one singles on the Billboard County chart. Among his best-known songs are Mama Tried, Working Man Blues and Okie From Muskogee.
Keyboard player Keith Emerson has died at the age of 71. Emerson was a member of The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. ELP became one of the top prog-rock bands of the 1970s thanks to their bombastic sound and spectacular stage shows. Click here to read more about the death of Keith Emerson.
Paul Kantner, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, and later, Jefferson Starship, has passed away at the age of 74. Kantner was one of the most important musical personalities to emerge from the San Francisco scene of the 1960s. He, along with Marty Balin formed the Airplane in 1965, originally as a folk-rock band. With Grace Slick on board, they eventually became one of the premiere psychedelic bands of the late 60s. Kantner’s interest in sci-fi was evident in much of his songwriting.
Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey has passed away at age 67. Let’s face it folks, this has been a traumatic year for anyone who loves music. The 13th Floor was fortunate enough to speak to Glenn Frey a few years ago when he was promoting his solo show at thew Vector Arena. You can listen to the interview here. And click here to read more about Glenn Frey’s death. Let’s hope a bit more time passes before we have to pay tribute to another musician.
Dale Griffin, who, known as Buffin, was the drummer for Mott The Hoople, passed away at the age of 67. Buffin was a member of Mott from the beginning (1969) and played on their best-known tunes including All The Young Dudes. When the band reformed in 2009 for a series of gigs in London, Buffin was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and although he was too unwell to perform the entire set, he was determined to get in his licks, playing on the encores each night. You can read more about Buffin here. Listen to him play Drivin’ Sister, from 1973’s Mott album here:
I can’t believe this is real. I just heard that David Bowie has passed away at age 69 from cancer. First Lemmy and now this. Words cannot describe in impact David Bowie’s music has had on mine, and millions of others’ lives. I am stunned. All I can say is thank you to The Star Man for making so much incredible music and being…David Bowie. I will now drop what I’m doing and listeb to Bowie from now until the foreseeable future. I suggest you do the same.
The great Allen Toussaint has passed away at age 77. Toussaint was one of the finest musicians, songwriters and producers New Orleans had to offer. Among his compositions are Southern Nights, Working In A Coal Mine, Mother-In-Law, Brickyard Blues, Fortune Teller, A Certain Girl and hundreds of others. He also produced sessions for The Meters, LaBelle, and Lee Dorsey and collaborated with Paul McCartney, The Band and Elvis Costello, plus he released a slew of albums under his own name.
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Postcards from Tourettes!
Paul Ubana Jones
July 1 – Auckland – Tuning Fork
Ha The Unclear
July 1 – Auckland – Wine Cellar
July 1 – Wellington – Moon
July 2 – Christchurch - Darkroom
July 8 – Auckland – Whammy Bar
July 1 – New Plymouth – The Mayfair
July 8 & 9 – Wellington – San Fran
July 15 – Christchurch – The Bedford
July 16 – Timaru – Caroline Bay Hall
July 22 – Dunedin – Sammy’s
July 23 – Queenstown – Loco
July 29 – Hamilton – The Local Tavern
July 30 – Napier – Sideline Bar
Third 3ye & Bailey Wiley
July 8 – Auckland – Kings Arms
July 9 – Napier – Cabana
Weedeater & Conan
July 12 – Wellington – San Fran
July 13 – Auckland – Kings Arms
July 13 – Omaru – Grainstore Gallery
July 14 – Queenstown – The Sherwood
July 15 – Dunedin – Maori Hill Coronation Hall
July 16 – Christchurch – Blue Smoke
July 22 – Napier – Cabana
July 23 – Wellington – San Fran
July 29 – Auckland – Crystal Palace
July 14 – Christchurch – Horncastle Arena
July 15 – Auckland – Vector Arena
July 17 – Wellington – Shed 6
July 19 – Dunedin – Forsyth Barr Stadium
July 20 – Christchurch – Horncastle Arena
July 22 – Auckland – Vector Arena
July 21 – Auckland – Vector Arena
July 21 – Christchurch – CPSA
July 22 – Wellington – Bodega
July 23 – Auckland – Powerstation
July 22 – Auckland – Kings Arms
July 28 – Auckland – Powerstation
July 29 – Wellington – Shed 6
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
July 28 – Auckland – Vector Arena
Fat White Family
July 29 – Auckland – Kings Arms
July 30 – Wellington - Bodega
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