News Bits

The HUB's News Bits hone in on the significant events that help shape the sound and direction of music. From tour and recording news to our weekly and slightly irreverent feature, This Week in Music History, you'll read about the artists that have revolutionized the sounds of rock, pop, blues, metal, R&B, and rap. We mostly skip the scandals to focus on the ways and means that music is made. We look at artists and gear from a music-geek perspective that both entertains and informs. Stay tuned for the best in music news with The HUB's News Bits.

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Christian Sahm

Scottish bass player and vocalist Jack Bruce has died from liver disease in Suffolk, England. His October 25 death marked the end of an extraordinary career highlighted by critical and commercial success and an adventurous outlook that led him into many musical genres.

This Week in Music History: October 20

Expensive Vibrations…Jimi Nixes Nudes…Ashlee’s Syncing Feeling

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of October 20

Beach Boys Jimi Hendrix Ashlee Simpson

This Week in Music History: October 13

Daltrey Stutters…Slick Steps In…Axl’s Ultimatum

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of October 13

Roger Daltrey Grace Slick Axl Rose

This Week in Music History: September 29

BBC Rocks…SNL Highs and Lows…Adios Janis & Jimi…Catchy Decoded

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of September 29

Ultimate Bucket List: Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp

Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp: The Ultimate Bucket List Must-Do

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I’ve done it. You’ve done it. We’ve all brandished our guitars or mics, real or imagined, in front of a mirror, fantasizing about playing in a big-time band before a sea of adoring fans. It’s a fantasy shared by millions, and it’s the driving force behind Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp (RRFC), the fast track way to transform your fantasy into the realm of reality.

This Week in Music History: October 27

Django Inflamed…Dion Disturbed…Ozzy Outraged

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of October 27

Django Reinhardt Dion Ozzy Osbourne

RIP: Keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens

RIP: Keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens

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Jack White’s touring keyboards player Isaiah Randolph "Ikey" Owens was found dead in his Cholula, Mexico hotel room on Tuesday morning, October 14. No cause of death has been thus far announced. White and his backup band, The Buzzards, had played Mexico City on Saturday and were scheduled to perform in Guadalajara on Tuesday. According to Third Man Records’ website, “Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.”

This Week in Music History: October 6

Beatles Bob Born…Prince Pelted…Floyd Fans Fall…Sting Stung

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of October 6

Dave Southen: Caught in the Act of Doing Good

Caught in the Act of Doing Good: Dave Southen is a One-Man Charitable Force of Nature

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Dave Southen (second from L.) and his wife Sue Carlyle with folk rockers Great Big Sea. Could Dave’s Santa-like countenance be purely coincidental?

He gives away dozens of guitars for the greater good of his community

This Week in Music History: September 22

This Week in Music History: Daltrey Decks Moon…Troubled Tours…The Cost of Silence

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of September 22

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