As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis has been charged with plotting to kill his estranged wife, Meggan, who filed seeking a dissolution of marriage in September 2012. The 32-year-old frontman was arrested in Oceanside, near San Diego, California, on Tuesday, after allegedly engaging an undercover detective to orchestrate the murder of his spouse. According to Reuters, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said that the department had learned of “the information came to us late last week. We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy.” Lambesis was arrested after As I Lay Dying returned home from a tour of Asia.
Trent Reznor stopped by Canadian Broadcast Corporation last week, appearing on Studio Q. Reznor talked about burning out from Nine Inch Nails, working on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for The Social Network, collaborating with How To Destroy Angels and his battle for sobriety. Watch below an interview with great questions…and watch Reznor squirm just a little when host Jian asks Reznor what he thinks about David Bowie’s new album.
Finnish rockets HIM have been forced to cancel their North Americans due to health issues. They promise to be back this summer. Here’s their brief statement:
HIM’s North American tour (which was due to kick off in Los Angeles on May 3rd at the House Of Blues) has been cancelled due to unforeseen medical circumstances. HIM’s lead vocalist Ville Valo has been diagnosed with severe asthma with presumptive pneumonia. Tickets for all dates will be refunded at the point of purchase. HIM will be back later this summer as part of the Rock Allegiance tour.
Founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died today of liver failure. His contribution to thrash metal dating back to the ’80s is immense. A moment of silence for this legend, please.
His publicist issued the following statement.
“Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.”
We’ve just earned that folk musician Richie Havens has died. Known for his soulful style and rhythmic acoustic guitar playing, his career dated back to the early ’60s. His long list of career achievements including opening Woodstock in 1969, recording various albums, covering pop songs by the likes of The Beatles and working as a social activist.
Here is the full statement.
Beloved folk icon Richie Havens died this morning in his home from a sudden heart attack. He was 72.
Havens first became part of musical history during his impromptu opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Best known for his distinctive intense, rhythmic guitar style and soulful covers of pop and folk songs, Havens toured and recorded music for over 40 years before retiring from the road 3 years ago. Beyond his music, those who have met Havens will remember his gentle and compassionate nature, his light humor and his powerful presence.
While his family greatly appreciates that Richie’s many fans are also mourning this loss, they do ask for privacy during this difficult time.
A public memorial will be planned for a later date.
Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who has been in a semi-conscious state since a 2008 car accident, died early Saturday morning. His family announced the musician’s passing at the age of 42 via One Love For Chi, a website setup to help with his medical expenses.
Our dearest Family, (April 14, 2013)
This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing.
I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you.
He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.
He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone.
I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi site and any other information may not be reliable.
If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.
With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)
Thank you to Phil and Hostgator.com for being kind enough to upgrade my server at no charge to handle the increased traffic to www.oneloveforchi.com so it won’t crash again. We appreciate it so much.
Thank you One Love Fam for your love and support. -Gina Blackmore
Robert Zildjian, founder of Sabian Cymbals, has died. Zildjian beloned to the Zildjian family, one of the most famous names in the cymbals industry. Sabian has issued the following statement:
It is with deep, deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert “RZ” Zildjian, our beloved founder and leader. A tireless and dynamic force within the drum industry, he inspired each one of us in the Sabian family to work harder, to reach farther, to make a difference – and he led us by example.
His professional story is well known. Having been dealt a major career setback at an age where most men would have opted for retirement, RZ instead chose to re-invent the cymbal business with his own hand-crafted brand, a brand that would forever change the face and sound of popular music. With his bare hands he shaped the Sabian cymbal brand into his life’s story – and by extension we became his family.
We mourn his passing, and he will be forever in our hearts. But we are better people for having known RZ, and we are richer for having worked alongside him. We draw comfort from the knowledge that his spirit will live on in the music made by drummers the world over.
It’s commonplace nowadays for guitarists to post videos of themselves covering their favorite song. In fact, some who exude exceptional skills have become Internet stars. In a rather unusual and amazing twist on this form of hero worship, Korean musician Luna Lee‘s video covering Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” on a Gayageum has gone viral for quite good reason. Performing the song note for note on the traditional instrument on the multi-stringed instrument, Lee rocks!
Ultra Music Festival is known for showcasing the best DJs in the world. But yesterday that tradition was broken when DJ Chuckie invited former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash on stage to perform a collaborative track produced with Betatraxx. Slash was apparently pleased, tweeting that it was an “awesome gig.”
After 12 years and four albums, My Chemical Romance have announced that they are disbanding. A moment of silence, please. The band issued the following statement:
“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”