Heart's Future Unknown As Singer's Husband Sentenced In Family Assault Case - (hennemusic) Heart’s future as a band remains unknown following news that the husband of singer Ann Wilson, Dean Wetter, has received a suspended sentence in a Seattle court after assaulting her sister and bandmate Nancy Wilson’s children backstage during a concert in their Seattle hometown last summer. Seattle PI reports Wetter – who plead guilty last month to two counts of fourth-degree assault – was handed a suspended sentence of 364 days in jail, meaning he will not serve any time. His plea agreement includes restitution, two years of probation, counseling and no contact with his nephews. Police and court documents indicate the August 2016 incident at White River Amphitheater began when Nancy’s twin 16-year-old sons asked Wetter if they could check out his and Ann’s new tour bus. Wetter provided access but reportedly became upset when one of the pair left the door open, despite his instructions to keep it closed to prevent the dogs inside from escaping. The 66-year-old physically assaulted one of the twins and, when the second one returned to assist, Wetter grabbed him by the throat to the point where he was unable to breathe; the twins escaped and called 911 for assistance. Heart managed to finish the tour, with Nancy telling Rolling Stone earlier this month that it was "excruciating" as the sisters opted for separate dressing rooms for the first time in their 43-year career while only communicating via third parties. The incident led to the band going on hiatus, with Ann heading out on a solo tour and Nancy launching a new project, Roadcase Royale, while Heart’s future remains unknown."Nancy and I love each other," says Ann. "We want to be friends. My side really hurt her side. Her side really hurt my side. We've got to let those heal and get some counseling."
Jack White's 'American Epic' Comes To TV - (Radio.com) Jack White's dream of an "American Epic" is coming true with his new three-part documentary set to air on PBS (in the U.S.) and BBC (in the UK) beginning on May 16 with a film to be broadcast on June 6th. Radio.com had these details: In 2015, Jack White partnered with T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford to executive produce a three-part documentary series, feature film, and recording project centered on the pioneering days of recorded sound called American Epic. Jack White said of the project in a statement, 'In 'American Epic' we can examine how important the fact is that when phonograph records were invented, for the first time ever, women, minorities, poor rural men and even children were given the opportunity to say whatever they wanted in song, for the whole world to hear, shockingly without much censorship. What they were allowed to say on phonograph recordings, they were not allowed to speak in public or in person. That is an astounding thought." The film, titled The American Epic Sessions, features Beck, Nas, Elton John, Alabama Shakes, Willie Nelson, the late Merle Haggard, and more. Artists were recorded through authentically engineered equipment from the '20s to pay tribute to the Carter Family, Charlie Patton, Mississippi John Hurt, and more.
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins Team Up For Album And Tour - (Radio.com) Stephen Stills hasn't let the drama within Crosby Stills and Nash slow him down. He's been touring with his other band, the Rides, his band featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd and former Electric Flag member Barry Goldberg; they're promoting their second album, Pierced Arrow. He's also preparing a new project with folk legend Judy Collins. Stills and Collins are planning an album for summer 2017 release and they're also going to tour together from July through September. The two have worked in the studio together on a couple of occasions (notably, Stills' appearance on Collins' 1968 album Who Knows Where the Time Has Gone), but this will mark the first time they've recorded together as a duo. The two met in 1967 and dated for two years, inspiring Stills to write 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," from CSN's debut album. On their summer tour, Stills and Collins will perform songs from their upcoming album along with, of course, classics from their respective catalogs. See their tour dates here.
Nikki Sixx Recovering From Hip Replacement Surgery - (hennemusic) Sixx:AM and former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is recovering from recent hip placement surgery and is sharing details about the experience on his syndicated radio show, Sixx Sense.“There's so much about it that I was excited about, and then there was parts of me that I was a little bit freaked out about,” explained Sixx (audio below). "The thing that was interesting is, at first, when I heard that I needed that, I had that feeling, 'Oh my God! That's like an old person thing.' And I started getting a lot of feedback from our listeners and people in their 30s and 40s that have had hip replacement. In fact, I was just talking to a friend of mine, and his wife, who is 38, just had it done. So it's actually more common than not. And especially because people are more active now." “It's amazing what they can do with modern medicine,” he continued. “I have to tell you, I was up, I was walking. The next day, I walked three hundred feet, and the next day, with only a cane, I walked up a flight of stairs, they showed me how to get in and out of a car, and they sent me home. And I've been here in the house pretty much ever since then. “I went out a little bit yesterday, and I kind of took it too far. But I just wanted to be active. So, for anybody out there that has to go through a surgery like this, it's probably the best thing you'll ever do for yourself, 'cause I'm really feeling a lot better than I was before I went in for surgery." The bassist revealed via social media that there’s more procedures in his future. “Next two surgeries are for the shoulder,” wrote Sixx during a recent Twitter Q&A. After wrapping up his career with Motley Crue in 2015 after the completion of the band’s farewell tour, the rocker has been busy on the road with Sixx:AM following the 2016 release of “Prayers For The Damned” and its companion album, “Prayers For The Blessed.” The group wrapped up its live schedule for both records earlier this spring, and Sixx says the band will return soon. “We have no tour plans at this time,” Sixx shared on Twitter, “But have new music on the horizon…”
Former Van Halen Bassist Mourns Death Of Infant Grandson - (hennemusic) Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is mourning the death of his infant grandson, Rex, at just two weeks of age. The bassist is sharing news of his family's loss and their efforts to raise funds for the hospital in Rex's name. "I am doing the 'Walk L.A.' in June for Children's Hospital L.A. with our families to give back a little to the hospital that did so much for my grandson and other children that come here," Anthony explains. The Chickenfoot and The Circle is encouraging others to participate in the June 17 event while he and his family are hoping to raise $10,000 in donations to benefit the hospital. Rex Becerra was born to Anthony's daughter Elisha and husband Billy Becerra on March 20, and, as the rocker explains, he "was quickly diagnosed with Heart Disease within 9 hours of birth and was transported to two hospitals and ultimately landed at Children's Hospital LA where he underwent open heart surgery. The surgery was successful, however, Rex's heart was too weak to overcome the recovery." After the family removed him from life support, Rex passed away on April 4. "We are tremendously proud of Rex," says Anthony. "In the short time on earth he left a lasting impression that our family will cherish." Anthony recently revealed that he is open to the idea of reuniting with the classic Van Halen lineup for a possible 40th anniversary tour in 2018.