DUSTY HILL OF ZZ TOP DIES
HOUSTON (AP) – ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has died in his sleep at the age of 72, a week after the band said he was taking time off to deal with a hip issue. A cause of death was not revealed. Hill had dealt with hepatitis C two decades ago. ZZ Top’s hits include “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Gimme All Your Lovin”‘ and “Cheap Sunglasses,” as well as “Tush,” which featured Hill on vocals. They called themselves “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” and had kept the same lineup for 50 years. Hill said in a 2001 AP interview the band also considered themselves “ambassadors of barbecue,” and they were willing to taste barbecue for anyone to make sure it was good.
MUSICIANS PAY TRIBUTE TO DUSTY HILL
UNDATED (AP) – John Fogerty says he was blessed to share a stage with Dusty Hill and ZZ Top many times, “and if that wasn’t Rock and Roll heaven, I don’t know what is.” Fogerty says he played a show with Hill just last week. Hill died this week at the age of 72. Paul Stanley of Kiss says Hill was “always a gentleman from the days of us opening for them through the recent days of them opening for us.” Christopher Cross says he’s saddened at the loss of his friend, who he calls a “great musician and a rock icon.” The surviving members of ZZ Top say to Hill that they will “miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’.”
LOLLAPALOOZA OPENS WITH COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
CHICAGO (AP) – Organizers of Lollapalooza in Chicago will not allow entry to anyone who cannot show printed proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within the last three days. Lollapalooza is expecting close to 100,000 people per day this weekend, starting today. It’s one of the first big music festivals to take place since the pandemic forced the country to lock down. Free masks will be handed out. Headliners are Miley Cyrus, Tyler the Creator, Post Malone and Foo Fighters. Dr. Allison Arwady of the Chicago Department of Public Health says there will almost certainly be more COVID cases because of the festival. However, she says Lollapalooza organizers have gone “above and beyond” with safety protocols.
KT TUNSTALL SAYS SHE NEEDS REST TO DEAL WITH HEARING ISSUES
UNDATED (AP) – KT Tunstall is calling off her tour dates because of hearing problems. Tunstall says on social media she lost hearing permanently in her left ear while on tour in 2018. She says she’s now suffering “a small bit of tinnitus” in her right ear, which is how it all started with her left ear. She blames her problems on a lack of rest between tours, which causes her stress and exhaustion. Since she did concerts this summer already, Tunstall says she will drop out of opening for Hall and Oates on the tour that starts next week outside Boston.
JIMI HENDRIX’S RECORDING OF JONI MITCHELL COMES OUT THIS FALL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A track featuring 24-year-old Joni Mitchell performing just days before her debut album was released would be historically significant on its own. It’s even more so because Jimi Hendrix was the one who recorded her. The performance will be released Oct. 29 as part of the collection “Joni Mitchell: Archives Vol. 2.” Hendrix and Mitchell met for the first time the night of the show in March 1968. Mitchell recalls giving him permission to record her show on a reel-to-reel machine. Hendrix had made a note of the night in his diary. The recording was stolen a few days later and presumed lost. It turned up in a private collection recently and was returned to Mitchell.
NEW JERSEY NAMES REST STOPS AFTER SINATRA, BON JOVI
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Frank Sinatra, Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston and Celia Cruz are each getting an unusual honor: they will have rest stops named after them on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority approved the move this week. Each stop will have exhibits highlighting the artists’ careers. Others who will have rest stops named for them include actor James Gandolfini, journalist Connie Chung and authors Toni Morrison and Judy Blume.
BOB ODENKIRK HOSPITALIZED FOR “HEART-RELATED INCIDENT”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk is in stable condition in a New Mexico hospital after suffering a “heart-related incident.” Word of the nature of his ailment comes in a statement from his representatives the day after he was taken by ambulance from the set of his TV show to a hospital. The statement thanks those who looked out for him and the colleagues who have stayed by his side – and asks for privacy. Odenkirk is 58. He collapsed Tuesday on the Albuquerque set where the “Breaking Bad” spin-off is shooting its sixth and final season.
“ARTHUR” IS COMING TO AN END
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s the end of the line for “Arthur.” PBS is pulling the plug on the animated aardvark and his friendly family after 25 seasons. Word of the end of production comes from Kathy Waugh, an original developer of the show. She tells a podcast that production on the series has ended, with the show’s wrap party being held two years ago. Waugh says she feels PBS “made a mistake” in ending the show – and wishes it would reconsider. For now, the network says it will continue to air reruns of the show.
MAN ARRESTED IN CALIFORNIA MOVIE THEATER SHOOTING
CORONA, Calif. (AP) – Police in California say they have a suspect – but still don’t have a motive – for a shooting at a Southern California movie theater. A man has been arrested in the Monday shooting that killed an 18-year-old woman – and seriously wounded a 19-year-old social media influencer. The shooting came as the movie “The Forever Purge” was playing. Police say they don’t yet know why the shooter opened fire in what they say appears to be ‘an unprovoked attack.”
PRODUCT INVENTOR, PITCHMAN, RON POPEIL DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – He had a keen eye for inventing like Thomas Edison – and the engaging skills of a salesman like P.T. Barnum. Ron Popeil (poh-PEEL’) has died. His family says the man who created products like the Veg-O-Matic, Pocket Fisherman and “Mr. Microphone” died “suddenly and peacefully” at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. No cause was given. Popeil was 86 years old.