Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer dies in car crash

Published: Saturday, April 04, 2015 @ 8:30 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 04, 2015 @ 12:12 PM

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Georgia State Patrol has confirmed Robert Lewis Burns Jr., 64, died in a single-car crash.

Around 11:56 p.m. Friday, Burns' vehicle went off the road while approaching a curve.

Burns' vehicle hit a mailbox and a tree.

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Police say Burns was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Burns was a member of the original lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Burns helped form the band in 1964 and left the band in 1974.

Fans took to social media to pay their respects.

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Acclaimed country musician Margo Price chats up ticket scalper outside own show

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 13:  Margo Price performs onstage during the 2017 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards  on September 13, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 13: Margo Price performs onstage during the 2017 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards on September 13, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.(Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Americana Music)

Concert ticket scalpers are often frowned upon by musicians and their fans, but one savvy country musician decided to engage one outside of her own show.

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Margo Price and her band performed at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta Thursday night. Before the show, Price was seen approaching a scalper selling tickets to her show. The interaction was caught on video and posted on Price's Twitter account.

Pointing to the marquee, Price asked, "Do you know this girl? Is she good?"

The scalper assured Price it's good music. Price promised to return to buy the tickets after going to the ATM.

This month, Price was nominated for artist, song and album of the year by the Americana Music Association for her latest album, "All American Made."

While some noted that the scalper was selling the tickets for $25, which was about face value, scalpers often sell fake tickets.

Georgia has strict ticket resale laws, but authorities admit enforcement is challenging.

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Craig Mack, 'Flava in Ya Ear' rapper, dead at 46

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 5:21 AM

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Rapper Craig Mack is dead at 46, the New York Daily News is reporting.

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Smashing Pumpkins reunite for tour

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

FILE PHOTO: Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins performs in concert at The Beacon Theatre on April 4, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
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FILE PHOTO: Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins performs in concert at The Beacon Theatre on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)(Noam Galai/Getty Images)

The Smashing Pumpkins will return to the stage this summer with their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha.

The “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Pumpkins’ formation and will highlight music from the group’s inception through 2000, with material from “Gish,” “Siamese Dream,” “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” “Adore” and “Machina.”

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Longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also participate in the live shows, as the band will present a three-guitar lineup to “better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.”

Earlier this week, the band hinted at the upcoming tour with a statement regarding original bassist D’arcy Wretzky:

“In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.”

 

Smashing Pumpkins 2018 North American Tour Dates

July 12, 2018 Glendale, Ariz., Gila River Arena

July 14, 2018 Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena

July 16, 2018 Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center

July 17, 2018 Houston, Toyota Center

July 18, 2018 Dallas, American Airlines Center

July 20, 2018 Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena

July 21, 2018 Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Center

July 22, 2018 Atlanta, Infinite Energy Arena

July 24, 2018 Miami, AmericanAirlines Arena

July 25, 2018 Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena

July 27, 2018 Baltimore, Royal Farms Arena

July 28, 2018 Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

July 29, 2018 Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena

July 31, 2018 Boston, TD Garden

August 01, 2018 New York City, Madison Square Garden

August 04, 2018 Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena

August 05, 2018 Detroit, Little Caesars Arena

August 07, 2018 Montreal, Centre Bell

August 08, 2018 Toronto, Air Canada Centre

August 11, 2018 Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

August 13, 2018 Chicago, United Center

August 16, 2018 Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center

August 17, 2018 Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

August 19, 2018 St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center

August 20, 2018 Omaha, Neb., CenturyLink Center

August 21, 2018 Sioux Falls, S.D., Denny Sanford Premier Center

August 24, 2018 Seattle, KeyArena

August 25, 2018 Portland, Ore., Moda Center

August 27, 2018 Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena

August 28, 2018 Sacramento, Calif., Golden 1 Center

August 30, 2018 Los Angeles, The Forum

September 01, 2018 San Diego, Viejas Arena

September 02, 2018 Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena

September 04, 2018 Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena

September 05, 2018 Denver, Pepsi Center

September 07, 2018 Boise, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center

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Paul Simon announces farewell tour

Published: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

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Legendary musician Paul Simon announced Monday that he plans to retire from touring over the summer.

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Simon, 76, said he will kick off his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” on May 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The tour will wind through the U.S. and Europe before coming to an end July 15 in London. 

“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end,” Simon wrote in a statement posted Monday on Twitter. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.”

He said the decision came after the death of his friend and lead guitarist Vincent N’guini, who died in December.

“His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor,” Simon said. “Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.”

Simon said that despite his retirement from touring, he’ll likely continue to perform occasionally “in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall … to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”

The following tour dates were announced Monday:

DateCityVenue
May 16Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaRogers Arena
May 18SeattleKey Arena
May 19Portland, OregonMODA Center
May 22Los AngelesHollywood Bowl
May 23Los AngelesHollywood Bowl
May 25Oakland, CaliforniaOracle Arena
May 27Las VegasMGM Grand Garden Arena
May 30DenverFiddler’s Green
June 1DallasAmerican Airlines Arena
June 2HoustonToyota Center
June 4Austin, TexasFrank Erwin Center
June 6ChicagoUnited Center
June 8St. Paul, MinnesotaXcel Energy Center
June 10DetroitDTE Energy Center
June 12Toronto, Ontario, CanadaAir Canada Centre
June 13Montreal, Quebec, CaadaBell Centre
June 15BostonTD Garden
June 16PhiladelphiaWells Fargo Center
June 19Greensboro, North CarolinaGreensboro Coliseum
June 20Nashville, TennesseeBridgestone Arena
June 30StockholmEricsson Globe
July 1Oslo, NorwaySpektrum
July 3Copenhagen, DenmarkRoyal Arena
July 5Antwerp, BelgiumSportpaleis
July 7Amsterdam, HollandZiggo Dome
July 10Manchester, United KingdomManchester Arena
July 11Glasgow, United KingdomSSE Hydro
July 13DublinRDS Arena
July 15LondonHyde Park, BST Festival

Simon has earned 16 Grammy Awards over a career that has spanned more than six decades. In 2003, he and Art Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for their work as the folk rock duo “Simon & Garfunkel.”

Simon has sold more than 100 million records across the globe. He is a member of the Songwriters and the Rock ‘n’ Roll halls of fame.

Tickets for Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” will go on sale in the U.S. at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9.

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