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  • 2012-02-02T20:44:00.000-05:00

    Tomorrow will be 53 years since Buddy, Ritchie, and the Bopper left us...I know you guys are jammin up there..God Bless you all.....:)

    {Suzy took this photo of me after the WDP tour, The gift of the Big Boppers Guitar Strap is visible.
  • News | Vintage Rock 2012-02-02T20:41:00.000-05:00
    News | Vintage Rock
  • ROBIN GIBB IS BATTLING CANCER 2011-11-20T10:00:00.002-05:00

    N Latest NEWS


    Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has reportedly been diagnosed with liver cancer.
    The 61-year-old singer has been seen looking increasingly frail in public over the last few weeks.He was thought to be suffering from stomach problems, but earlier this week was rushed to hospital after his health deteriorated. He spent five hours there on Tuesday and is now back at home with his family. His 91-year-old mother and musician brother Barry have both flown to the UK from America to be with him.'Robin is not good and there is a lot of concern for him. You can use your wealth to call in the best experts but sometimes no amount of fame, prestige and money can change things when it comes to cancer,' a friend of the star told British newspaper The Sunday Mirror.
    'But Robin is a strong character, he is a fighter and has been encouraged by all the online messages from his fans. Dwina [his wife] is doing everything ¬possible and hasn't left his side.'There will be difficult times ahead but Robin will never give up and his loving family will make sure he has everything he needs. There is a frustration because Robin has always looked after himself. He doesn't drink, eats well and exercises daily.'
    Dwina has apparently been studying alternative medications, and has also arranged for Robin to be treated by a London clinic. He will also go to hospital appointments and see a separate doctor.The two have been married for 26 years and have a son together called Robin-John.Robin's mother Barbara is staying with him and Dwina at their home in Oxfordshire, while Barry and his wife Linda are at their own house in Buckinghamshire.The family have suffered several heartbreaks over the years. Robin and Barry's brother Andy died aged 30 in 1988, while Robin's twin Maurice passed away in 2003.
    'It is incredibly sad for Barbara. First she lost her son Andy, then Maurice and now she has to cope with seeing Robin like this,' another insider told the publication.It is a lot for a mother, particular of her age, to deal with. Barry has also been there for his brother and a lot of friends have been rallying round.'
    In October, Robin was hospitalised after experiencing stomach pains. He then pulled out of several performances.
    His family have not commented on the report.
  • EC-1000 Electric 2011-11-20T08:54:00.000-05:00
    EC-1000 Electric
  • 2011-11-05T23:30:00.000-04:00

    Simon & Garfunkel’s 1965 recording of ‘The Sound of Silence’ is a timeless masterpiece, an iconic song that floats beyond the constraints of time and space to become a composition holding a gravitas that far outweighs its origins.
    Its origins are certainly not insignificant — it was written by Paul Simon after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, certainly one of the major turning points in our country’s social development from innocent teenager to wizened adult.
    It was also a ubiquitous piece of our country’s cultural fabric; ‘The Sound of Silence’ is one of the 20 most performed tunes of the 20th century. The entire century.
    Paul Simon’s solo version recorded at New York’s Webster Hall in June 2011, on the other hand, doesn’t quite carry that same weight. It’s not that the song itself has lost significance, it’s just that to hear Simon sing it — sans Garfunkel, no less — for probably the 5,000th time in his dignified career, just seems unnecessary.
    We’re sure that to the people in attendance it was a beautifully stirring few minutes — just to be lucky enough to catch Paul Simon in such an intimate venue at this point must be an exhilarating experience, and considering the recording made it on his new ‘Songwriter’ compilation, it’s likely one of his better performances in recent years.
    ‘Songwriter,’ after all, is a two-disc set curated by Simon himself and spanning his entire career, from his early work with Simon & Garfunkel through to his most recent release, 2011′s ‘So Beautiful or So What.’
    But it doesn’t hold a candle to the original ‘Sound of Silence’ nor would we expect it to. And while this new recording does nothing to tarnish Simon’s legacy, it does serves as a reminder that some songs are best left to be experienced how remember them — in their original form.


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