TWO FEET SURVIVES APPARENT SUICIDE ATTEMPT
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Feet’s management confirms he is alive and receiving medical treatment. Two Feet, also known as Zachary Bill Dess, posted on Twitter Tuesday night that he loved his fans and hoped that he had helped them. He added, “I know it may be odd posting a suicide note on twitter. But that’s the world we live in. I’ve been completely honest with you forever. Anyway I love you.” Rozes, Bishop Briggs and other artists posted follow-ups telling Two Feet he matters and to get help. The suicide note has been taken down. His father posted to Two Feet’s account that he is recuperating and being held for observation. Two Feet’s song “I Feel Like I’m Drowning” hit number one on the Billboard alternative chart this year.
TOTO COVERS WEEZER’S “HASH PIPE”
NEW YORK (AP) — Toto is giving back the love to Weezer. Rolling Stone magazine reports Toto performed Weezer’s song “Hash Pipe” during their tour opener in Vancouver on Monday. In the words of Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, “We figured since we were smoking hash since before they were born, that’s the one we should do.” Weezer recently covered Toto’s song “Africa” after a fan kept bugging them online to do it.
CYNDI LAUPER BRINGS TEEN STREET PERFORMERS ON STAGE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two teenagers went from performing on a street corner in Charlotte, North Carolina, one day — to performing for 16,000 with Cyndi Lauper the next. The Charlotte Observer reports 14-year-old Mya Worley and her 13-year-old brother, Ronald, were performing on a city street on Friday as their father, Ronald Senior, watched. A woman who introduced herself as Lauper’s manager, Lisa Barbaris, asked if they would perform “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” with Lauper the next night. Ronald Senior says a woman accompanying her made a sign to be quiet. It was Lauper. Barbaris says Lauper doesn’t normally do that kind of thing but she hoped to inspire the kids. At the concert, Mya and Ronald did an almost gospel-like version of the song before Lauper jumped in with the normal version. Mya says she had heard the song many times before. Ronald Junior says he never heard it but he learned it “in about five minutes.”
DAVE GROHL MAKES DOCUMENTARY ON HOW TO PLAY MUSIC
NEW YORK (AP) — Dave Grohl has made a short documentary about his attempt to play a 23-minute song as a one-man band with no mistakes. In the two-part movie “Play,” Grohl plays the drums live from memory with no sheet music or guide tracks, then guitar, bass, keyboards and three other instruments. If he messed up or thought he could do it better, he had to start over. Grohl says he was inspired by his children learning to play instruments and how even as a professional musician, he’s still figuring out how to play. The film includes footage of music students trying to learn their craft. The film comes out Aug. 10 online.
KID ROCK’S CHILDHOOD HOME IS FOR SALE
DETROIT (AP) — Kid Rock’s 6,000-square-foot former home with a guest house, tennis court, horse stall and pool is for sale. This is not a house he owned after he hit it big. It’s where he grew up. Realtor.com. reports Rock’s family is asking for $600,000 for the five-and-a-half-acre property north of Detroit. It has five bedrooms, a five-car garage and extensive security. Rock’s father owned a premier car dealership in the area, according to listing agent Pam Ford Morgan.
WANDA JACKSON IS WRITING AND RECORDING AGAIN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson is back in the studio recording new songs at the age of 80. It’s due in part to Joan Jett. Jackson had planned to record an album of duets and reached out to Jett. Jett offered to produce the album. Jett urged Jackson to write her own songs, even though Jackson has not written a song in 20 years. Jackson’s granddaughter, who is also her manager, teamed her with some hit songwriters in Nashville. Jackson says she’s always written by herself, but every session with another songwriter produced a usable song.
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GINUWINE CREATES FRAGRANCE LINE
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ginuwine is the latest musician to create a signature scent. He has teamed up with a manufacturer called WHIFF for a line of perfumes and colognes. The line is due out by early fall.
MEDICAL EXAMINER: BONNAROO DEATH WAS DUE TO OVERDOSE
NASHVILLE (AP) — An autopsy has determined that the cause of death for a man who died at Bonnaroo was a drug overdose. The Nashville Tennessean reports a medical examiner determined 32-year-old Michael Donivan Craddock Jr. of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, had cocaine, alcohol and high levels of the psychedelic amphetamine MDA in his system. Craddock was found June 8 in Bonnaroo’s camping area in a car that was still running with the heat on high. The death was ruled accidental. Craddock’s death is the 13th in Bonnaroo’s 17-year history.
by Margie Szaroleta