Roy Orbison's widow has filed a $10 million lawsuit against documentary production companies she claims owe her money and misrepresented their relationships with television networks. Barbara Orbison Productions Inc. filed the Circuit Court lawsuit last week in Nashville against three companies owned by Barbara and Gregory Hall of Brentwood, Tenn.
As musicians go, the late Venice Beach busker Ted Hawkins seems to have been the prototypical fish out of water when he convened with artist/producer Michael Messer and his band in a London studio in 1989 to record a group of songs that have morphed into "Nowhere to Run."
The long, slowly budding career of Chuck E. Weiss continues Jan. 22 with the release of his third album, "Old Souls & Wolf Tickets" (Rykodisc). The album is the follow-up to 1999's Tom Waits-produced "Extremely Cool" (Slow River/Rykodisc), which was Weiss' first album since his debut, "The Other Side of Town" (Select), which was released in 1981.
Frankie Gaye, whose combat experience during the Vietnam War was credited with influencing his older brother Marvin's legendary Motown album "What's Going On," died Friday of complications following a heart attack. He was 60.
Robbie Williams ended the year as the undisputed king of the U.K.'s seasonal bestsellers charts, the final editions of which were released yesterday (Dec. 30). Having secured the Christmas No. 1 positions on both the singles and album charts seven days earlier, the Chrysalis-signed British superstar held down both slots for another week. It's the third week at the summit for the single "Somethin' Stupid" (a duet with Nicole Kidman) and a sixth week at No. 1 for the parent album, "Swing When You're Winning."
Rock favorites Guided By Voices and the Strokes heated up New York last night (Dec. 30) during the first of two shows at Harlem's famed Apollo Theatre. The sold-out crowd was treated to alternating sets from the two acts, beginning with a high-energy, 20-minute blast from the Strokes. Frontman Julian Casablancas ran into the audience during opener "When It Started," bellowing for fans to fill the aisles and the empty space between the stage and the front row.
While Dec. 31, 2001, may not rank up there with the millennium celebrations, there's still plenty of top-notch live music being presented in the U.S. on New Year's Eve. If you're planning to get off the couch while Dick Clark rings in 2002 in Times Square, rest assured that there are worthwhile options in most major cities. In New York, the Strokes will open for Guided By Voices at the famed Apollo Theatre. In Los Angeles, Paul Oakenfold and Paul Van Dyk head up separate raves, while in Nashville, Kenny Chesney and Jamie O'Neal top a country bill.
The studio belonging to veteran producer/DJ BT (real name: Brian Transeau) was robbed over Christmas break. Thieves escaped with all of Transeau's studio equipment -- valued at more than $100,000 -- and the master tapes to his next album, which featured already recorded collaborations with Peter Gabriel, Jan Johnston, and Way Out West.
The Canadian music scene has been home to a number of international superstars, from divas such as Celine Dion to country artist Shania Twain. But in a newly published, meticulously crafted look at the Canadian rock scene from 1985 to 1995, neither artist is mentioned, except for a picture of Dion with the word "Missing" in the disclaimer.