Southern rock legend and keyboardist and vocalist for the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman, died on Saturday at his home in Savannah, GA. Last month, Gregg denied that he had entered hospice care; a couple of month ago, he cancelled his 2017 touring schedule without explanation and checked into the Mayo Clinic to address some “serious health issues.” He had been unwell for a good part of the last decade; in 2007 he contracted Hepatitis C, underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2010; battled an upper respiratory condition in 2011 that resulted in lung surgery, and entered rehab in 2012. Gregg was 69.
Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell was laid to rest during a private memorial service in Los Angeles on Friday. Eulogies were delivered by Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and actor Josh Brolin. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” for mourners, which included Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, Bush singer Gavin Rossdale, and many more.
“Hitchhiker” is the name of a long-lost Neil Young album originally recorded in 1976. Now, it’s rumoured to be coming out this summer. A listing for the album appeared on a British retailer’s website. According to Neil, the album is a collection of solo acoustic songs that he recorded in a single session at Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu.