Tom Ze, one of the founding fathers of Brazil's tropicalia movement, suffered a heart attack following a Sunday night concert in a northeastern city, hospital officials said. The 65-year-old musician complained of chest pains after performing at the Abril Pro Rock music festival in Recife, 1,200 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro.
The parents of the members of Dream Street have filed suit against the teen boy band's creators, alleging that their children were exposed to booze, women, and pornography. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleges that Louis Baldonieri and Brian Lukow "have engaged in a wide range of conduct and activities that plainly threaten and impair the minors' well-being," according to an affidavit from band manager John Stuart.
Heroin paraphernalia was found with the body of Layne Staley, the singer of the grunge rock group Alice In Chains, police said yesterday (April 21). Authorities said the 34-year-old Staley lay dead in his north Seattle apartment for two weeks, his body surrounded by heroin-injection paraphernalia, before a relative discovered him.
Oasis notched its first U.K. No. 1 single in more than two years yesterday (April 22) and its sixth overall, as "The Hindu Times" (Big Brother) scored the highest debut among an all-new top three on the U.K. singles chart. Asked by BBC Radio 1 how it felt to be back on top, songwriter/guitarist Noel Gallagher said, "I remember it well."
As the perennially sunglassed frontman of Mott The Hoople, Ian Hunter made some of the finest music of the '70s, including "All the Way From Memphis," "Honaloochie Boogie," and the David Bowie-penned "All the Young Dudes." But the band was mortally wounded when lead guitarist Mick Ralphs departed in 1973 to form Bad Company, and only issued one more album before splitting. Now, for the first time in three decades, Hunter is planning a U.K. tour with Ralphs, beginning May 7 in Bristol, England.
Garage rock duo the White Stripes, late visionary soulster Marvin Gaye, and punky glam rockers Trash Brats were the big winners at the 12th annual Detroit Music Awards, held Friday (April 19) at Detroit's State Theater.
The career of veteran German hard rock act the Scorpions will be celebrated on "Bad for Good: The Very Best of Scorpions," due May 28 on Hip-O. The band will also embark on a summer U.S. package tour with fellow hard rock mainstays Dio and Deep Purple beginning May 31 in Las Vegas. Four European dates are on the schedule for early July.