John Densmore, former drummer and co-founder of the Doors, has filed a multiple-count lawsuit against surviving original band members Ray Manzarek and Robert Krieger, among others. The suit revolves around a new incarnation of the Doors that has performed in recent months. It claims that written and oral agreements mandate that the Doors name and logo can be used only by the original band members.
Police think legendary rock producer Phil Spector murdered an actress in the foyer of his hilltop home just hours after meeting her at the House of Blues nightclub on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip where she worked as a hostess, sources said yesterday (Feb. 4).
NBC's top-rated morning show "Today" has helped land a record deal for a singer who appeared on the show's talent contest last year. Kristy Starling, a 22-year-old Oklahoma native, earned second place in the program's singing contest, "Today's Superstar."
2001 - Greek-French composer Iannis Xenaxis dies at the age of 78 at his home in Paris. Trained as an engineer and architect, Xenaxis relied on elaborate computer models and other scientific methods to create such mathematically minded works as "Pithoprakta" for trombones, strings, and percussion (1957), "Nuits" for chorus ('67), and "Pleiades" for percussion sextet ('78), as well as a series of electronic pieces.
In November, country star Vince Gill will serve once again as host for the Country Music Association's (CMA) annual awards show -- marking the 12th year that he has handled the chore. The 37th annual CMA Awards will be held Nov. 5 in Nashville and broadcast live on CBS.
John Houston, the father of singer Whitney Houston and a theatrical manager since the early days of R&B, died Sunday (Feb. 2) after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease. He was 82. Houston died at a New York hospital, a family spokesperson said, noting that his health had been deteriorating for several years.
Former Hole frontwoman Courtney Love was arrested today (Feb. 4) as she arrived at London's Heathrow airport on a trans-Atlantic flight. Love had been "verbally abusive" to cabin crew during a Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the airline said.