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Pink Floyd to reunite for charity?

October 17, 2010

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Pink Floyd may get back together again to play concerts for charity, according to the band’s drummer Nick Mason.

Speaking at the In The City music conference in Manchester, Mason said the band liked the idea of repeating the concept behind the Live 8 concert in London in 2005.

“It could provide a template for something we would do again – something that’s not necessarily for us, but for the right reasons, and enjoy doing it.

“I think it would be a very nice way for a band to gently move towards retirement by doing shows absolutely for charity rather than for more income,” said Mason. He suggested the funds raised could be paid into a specially formed charitable foundation which would then distribute the money to a variety of good causes.

The legendary rock band’s Roger Waters and David Gilmour famously fell out in the 1980s, but another charity concert recently brought the two of them together again for the first time since Live 8. In July, they performed three Pink Floyd classics for the Hoping Foundation, which helps Palestinian children.

David Gilmour is also expected to be a surprise guest during one show on Roger Waters’ forthcoming tour which will feature the band’s classic The Wall in full.

Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Richard Wright died at the age of 65 in September, 2008 after a short battle with cancer (see Sh-Boom! Magazine – September 16, 2008).

When asked recently about the possibility of the band’s three surviving members reuniting for another charity event, Rogers Waters said: “A one off thing – for some kind of charity event – I could see that happening again. I would be up for it, for sure.”

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Soul singer Solomon Burke dies aged 70

October 10, 2010

US soul singer Solomon Burke once said: “As long as I have breath to do it, I’ll sing, with God’s help”.

Sadly, the warm bass voice of this larger-than-life ‘King of Rock and Soul’ is now silent. He died early on Sunday October 10, 2010 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles. He was 70.

Solomon Burke was born to the sound of music in an upstairs room of a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 21 1940. He began his adult career as a preacher and hosted a gospel radio show. But he also played guitar and sang, and his talent and church-trained voice were soon spotted.

In 1960, he signed with Atlantic Records – home to Ray Charles. Like Charles, his songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B. His first hit record, in 1961, was a cover version of the country song ‘Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)’. This was followed in 1962 with ‘Cry To Me’ which was famously used 25 years later in the film Dirty Dancing.

In 1964, Burke wrote and recorded his most influential song, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’, which was later covered by artists such as The Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett. Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi also performed the song in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler dubbed him “the best soul singer of all time”. But Solomon Burke was more than just a great soul singer. He was first and foremost a man of God. He was the bishop of Solomon’s Temple – an evangelical church with 40,000 followers and 170 missions that had been founded by his grandmother after she reportedly dreamed of his birth 12 years before the event.

It was Burke’s religious beliefs that led Atlantic Records to market him as the first ‘soul singer’ after he objected to the record label describing his music as rhythm ‘n’ blues. At that time, many black churchgoers equated R&B with the music of the Devil.

Solomon Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Grammy in 2003 for his album Don’t Give Up On Me. The album featured 11 tracks written for him by admirers such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and Elvis Costello. He recorded every song in one take.

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FBI seizes John Lennon fingerprint card from New York auction

October 9, 2010

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The FBI has seized a set of John Lennon’s fingerprints due to be auctioned by a New York memorabilia dealer for at least $100,000 (£62,621).

The fingerprint card was set to be part of an auction of 850 pieces of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia to mark the 70th anniversary of Lennon’s birth.

The fingerprints are thought to have been taken at a New York police station in 1976 when Lennon applied for permanent residency in the United States.

The owner of the card is a music and trade show promoter who acquired it at a music convention about 20 years ago.

The document is in the name of ‘John Winston Ono Lennon’. It shows his address as the Dakota apartment building on West 72nd Street in New York, in front of which he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980.

Lennon’s former immigration lawyer Leon Wildes told the New York Times that some of Lennon’s paperwork had been stolen from him in 1976, including a fingerprint form.

Peter Siegel, co-owner of Gotta Have It! in New York City, said he had to turn the card over to the FBI after FBI officials asked to inspect it and then issued a subpoena demanding the document. The FBI says the fingerprint card is US government property and is now investigating how it ended up in private hands.

A similar fingerprint card was sold by Sotheby’s auction house for $4,125 in 1991. However, that item was not regarded as an official document because it was an extra copy specially made by Lennon and autographed for a policeman.

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