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Bullied by “fans comments,” Keith Emerson killed himself, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0


According to his girlfriend. He was concerned about his playing at his age and having hand issues.

I have seen this time and time again. Musicians are quick to smell blood in the water. The younger ones will say the older ones are too old, need to retire, or say they are no longer “needed” for a lack of better words. I remember reading years ago that the late Del Shannon took his own life because no one wanted to hear anything new he had recorded. They only wanted to hear his two hits…

Here is what Keith Emerson’s girlfriend had to say…

from Blabbermouth:


Keith Emerson‘s girlfriend has told U.K.’s Daily Mail that the EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER keyboardist killed himself because he was concerned about the nerve damage to his right hand which had affected his playing.

Mari Kawaguchi found the 71-year-old musician’s dead body around 1:30 a.m. Friday after returning to the apartment they shared in Santa Monica, California. He had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.

“His right hand and arm had given him problems for years,” the 52-year-old Kawaguchi said. “He had an operation a few years ago to take out a bad muscle but the pain and nerve issues in his right hand were getting worse.

“He had concerts coming up in Japan and even though they hired a back-up keyboard player to support him, Keith was worried.

“He read all the criticism online and was a sensitive soul. Last year he played concerts and people posted mean comments such as, ‘I wish he would stop playing.’

“He was tormented with worry that he wouldn’t be good enough. He was planning to retire after Japan.

“He didn’t want to let down his fans. He was a perfectionist and the thought he wouldn’t play perfectly made him depressed, nervous and anxious.”

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Posted by Chuck Gee - March 14, 2016 at 5:55 AM

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PAPA ROACH’s JACOBY SHADDIX Says His Uncle Gave Him Herpes, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0


Hit The Floor magazine sat down with Jacoby Shaddix of PAPA ROACH at last month’s Reading festival in England to give him the “HTF Firsts” treatment. Jacoby talked about kissing his uncle, the demise of Banooch the dog, and why he decided to smash his back into a nail. Check out the clip below.

On his first kiss:

Jacoby: “My first kiss was when my uncle kissed me and he gave me herpes. It was terrible. Anybody else got herpes? Yeah, you do. Don’t lie to yourself. I know you got it, you watching this.”



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Posted by Chuck Gee - September 17, 2014 at 6:22 AM

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KickActs interviews Tim King of “SOiL”, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be

found online.

tknTim King from the band SOiL. I play bass. All things Soil can be found at: <>* <>*


Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Nikki Sixx made me wanna play bass.I loved his look and attitude. Also

loved his business sense.

As for other bass heroes I like Dave Ellefson from Megadeth. Great player. Duff McCagan from GNR. Another highly underrated player.  Love John Patitucci. He is prolly my favorite technical player hands down.


Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music


Yes. Give it all you have. If you don’t want to sacrifice everything to

make it and I mean EVERYTHING (family, relationships, children, weddings

funerals, jobs, house, car, etc) then just do it as a hobby, beause you

won’t make it in this business otherwise. Well unless you are rich to begin



What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

There are certain tours and events we should have participated on early in

our career which we passed on.  That prolly was a mistake.

 Soil 2

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to


The greatest was definitely a London gig in 2011 with Ryan back in the

band.  Our first gig with him back in almost seven years.  I just felt

alive again.  I felt like I was proud again.


Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps?

Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or

boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

I love salt water aquariums.  I have two reef tanks and I am kind of a

total fish nerd when it comes to studying coral growth and lighting

techniques.  It keeps me away from worrying about music 24/7.


What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to

address that?

I feel sorry for the new bands the most.  They will never get to feel what

it is like to be “wined and dined”.  The days of excess are over.  It’s all

bare bones these days. It’s so tough to sell records these days and

technology is killing everything.  Streaming on spotify and pandora is

killing the sale of songs and albums.


Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have

helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

I think they just kinda make a mockery out of the business.  They laugh

and mock the people that have no business even being on TV cause they suck

so bad and then they take the real talent and brutalize them into



What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

It’s killing everything we do. It’s hard enough to sell music to people,

let alone do it when a click away you can get it before streetdate.


Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up

with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

Both Ginger and Mary Ann of course.  Mr Howel can watch.



Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so,

what was it?

Yes of course.  I own plenty of it. In fact our new Soil album “whole” is

out on vinyl. My favorite was the gatefold Motley Crue “shout at the devil”

LP. Looks so bad ass.


You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the

first night in his sleep or what?

Hell no.  I just found my new butler.


What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

She’s cool. Very talented. Can’t take that away from her.  She deserves



Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip synching or real vocals?

If you can’t play your instrument, you have no business being on stage.



Who, or what, is the next big thing?

Who the hell knows. It could be a bunch of clowns playing the skin flute

for all I know, and it prolly will be. 


One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…

Motley Crue of course… favorite band of all time.


Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

My new guilty pleasure is the tv show “2 broke girls”


Favorite movie of all time and why.

The Warriors. Just something about that movie that is so bad ass. I always

wanted to run a street gang.


Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s were you get to talk

about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!


Well since that is also a KISS song, I’d like to express how tired I am of

hearing all the back and forth bickering from the original 4 members. WHO

GIVES A FUCK!!!!!!!!!




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Posted by Chuck Gee - April 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

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SRV..I wasn’t a fan but much props to your playing and inpsiring many people, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0


“The House is Rockin”

But, after Eric Clapton finished his set, at 11:55 pm – to ear-deafening applause – he introduced “the best guitar players in the entire world.” One by one, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, and Jimmie Vaughan all strolled on stage with their Fender Stratocasters for an encore jam to Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago”, a fitting tune as all of the musicians were home-ridden to “Windy City”. After 20 minutes, they finished off the tune, the lights went up, and the musicians strolled off stage. Stevie Ray Vaughan was last off stage, giving one final good-bye before he disappeared into the darkness of backstage.

Thinking ahead, tour manager Skip Rickert had reserved helicopters from Omni Flights to bypass congested highway traffic after the concert. The helicopters chosen were Bell 260B Jet Rangers, which were enough for five people to be seated, including the pilot. Seats were reserved on the third Bell 260B Jet Ranger for Stevie, Jimmie and his wife, Connie. However, a miscommunication between Stevie’s and Eric Clapton’s management happened, as three members of Clapton’s staff – Clapton’s Hollywood agent Bobby Brooks, body guard Nigel Browne and assistant tour manager Colin Smythe – took three seats on the helo.

Leaving only one seat on the helicopter, and with SRV being anxious to get back to Chicago, he asked his brother, Jimmie, if he could take the last seat on the third helicopter. Since he didn’t want to be separated from his wife, Jimmie told him that was fine – the couple would just catch the next helo flight to Chicago’s Midway Airport.

In the dense fog and pitch-black night – later described by a corporate pilot who attended the concert to NTSB officials as having a vertical visibility being good and horizontal visibility variable, though at most times more than a mile – the helicopters were clear for lift off at 12:40 that morning.

Greg Rzab, a member of the Buddy Guy blues band who was on one of the four helicopters, said that the fog, and condensation sticking to the helo’s exterior, were thick on takeoff. “We kept wiping the glass bubble on the copter … and after we got up 10 feet, it fogged up again and we couldn’t see,” Rzab said. “I turned to Buddy and said, ‘This is really bad,’ and Buddy just looked at me and said, ‘I hope they know where they’re going.’ ” Just past the lift-off zone was a 300-foot hill.

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