1. R.I.P. Levon Helm
Levon Helm, the drummer/vocalist for The Band, passed away this week from cancer. A testament to the character of Helm and the impact of The Band, there has been an outpouring of support from fans and fellow artists alike (read Bob Dylan’s statement on Helm).
2. Kurt Cobain
According to Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson, Kurt Cobain had recorded several solo tracks before his death, working with a variety of musicians in the process. Even if it is pure speculation or merely a publicity stunt for Erlandson’s book, any rumblings of a Kurt Cobain solo album undoubtedly grab headlines in the music world. Erlandson even goes as far as to claim that it would have been his “White Album.”
3. Axl Rose
Despite rock legends Guns N’ Roses being officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last Saturday, the frontman still managed to dominate the majority of headlines with his conspicuous absence from the ceremony. He has penned two open letters to elaborate on his decision, though very little could quell the disappointment of the band’s fans. Whether one respects Axl for sticking to his guns or is fed up with his actions, it is undeniable that the man simply does what he wants regardless of outside influence. Would he have made such game-changing, abrasive music without that attitude?