Frank Zappa

  1. Alice Cooper: 'Retirement is Not in My Vocabulary' (Q&A)

    April 18, 2014 4:44 PM EDT The legendary 66-year-old rocker celebrates 45 years in the business with a new documentary and a summer tour with Motley Crue. "The Super Duper Alice Cooper" documentary premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival with a glimpse a ...

  2. Kobalt Signs Global Admin Deal For Frank Zappa’s Catalog

    August 01, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has forged a worldwide deal to administer the catalog of the late alternative rock legend Frank Zappa. With immediate effect, Kobalt begins global representation of all Zappa’s songs, including his early works with the Mothers ...

  3. Claude Nobs, Montreux Jazz Festival Founder, Dead at 76

    January 10, 2013 8:09 PM EST Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival sa ...

  4. Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Dies

    December 27, 2012 9:30 AM EST Ray Collins, right, with Frank Zappa in 1969 (Getty Images) Ray Collins, a singer who co-founded the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa but left when "too much comedy" started appearing in the band's songs, died on Monday at a Ca ...

  5. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  6. Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Dead at 71

    July 16, 2012 2:38 PM EDT Jon Lord, whose keyboard riffs and solos helped define the pioneering sound of Deep Purple, died Monday of a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic. He was 71. He had been battling pancreatic cancer. Lord founded the British quintet Deep Purple w ...

  7. Exclusive: Alanis Morissette's New Album on Collective Sounds Announced for August

    May 02, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Alanis Morissette's next album will be her first release outside of Warner Music Group as Collective Sounds issues "Havoc and Bright Lights" on Aug. 28. Her seventh studio album, it is her first release in four years. Guy Sigsworth, ...

  8. TuneCore Expands Into Canada

    January 11, 2012 2:40 PM EST Brooklyn, NY-based TuneCore has expanded its music and video distribution service into Canada. The site, www.tunecore.ca , is exclusive to Canadian artists. The music is priced in Canadian currency and there is no currency conversion on domestic s ...

  9. Captain Beefheart Dies at Age 69

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Visual artist, singer, musician, composer and American iconoclast Don Van Vliet, known throughout the world as Captain Beefheart, has died at the age of 69 from complications related to multiple sclerosis, an artist representative stated on Friday ...

  10. Baltimore Honors Frank Zappa With Bust

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore but gained greater popular acclaim in Europe than in the United States. On Sunday (Sept. 19), devout European fans of the late musician brought his mustachioed likeness back home in the form of a bronze bust. Seve ...

  11. Zappa Family Loses Zappanale Court Battle

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Gail Zappa -- widow of U.S. rock legend Frank -- has failed in her bid to stop a German festival using her late husband's name and image. Zappa and her family trust had launched a lawsuit against the German Frank Zappa fan club over its annua ...

  12. Mothers Of Invention Drummer Jimmy Carl Black Dies

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jimmy Carl Black, drummer, vocalist and self-anointed "Indian of the group" of Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention, has died at age 70. Black, a native of El Paso, Texas, died Saturday of cancer in Siegsdorf, Germany, according t ...

  13. Zappa Case Settled Out Of Court

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST A dispute between a Canadian furniture store that used the late Frank Zappa's music in a TV commercial and the rocker's widow was settled out of court Tuesday. A dispute between a Canadian furniture store that used the late Frank Zappa&# ...

  14. Zappa Widow Seeks Infringement Damages

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Frank Zappa's widow appeared in a Canadian court Monday seeking unspecified damages from a furniture company for using one of her husband's tunes in a 1995 appliance advertisement. Frank Zappa's widow appeared in a Canadian court Mo ...

  15. Zappa Widow Seeks Infringement Damages

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Song appeared in 1995 appliance ad Frank Zappa's widow appeared in a Canadian court Monday seeking unspecified damages from a furniture company for using one of her husband's tunes in a 1995 appliance advertisement. Gail Zappa and her la ...