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Andre Benjamin Reveals Secrets From Jimi Hendrix Biopic, Gets Love From Ellen

9/25/2014 9:34am EDT
Andre Benjamin Reveals Secrets From Jimi Hendrix Biopic, Gets Lo
Andre Benjamin, also known as Andre 3000, appeared on the "Ellen" show to promote his new Jimi Hendrix biopic "Jimi: All Is By My Side" and to talk about OutKast's 20th anniversary tour.

While speaking to the talk show host, who revealed she is a huge fan of his music, Benjamin explained one of the biggest difficulties he had while portraying one of the world's greatest rock musicians, Jimi Hendrix, in the new film "Jimi: All Is By My Side."

"One of the greatest challenges I faced while preparing for the role was learning to play guitar left-handed. I had to make it look like I had been p...

12 Celebs People Love to Believe Faked Their Deaths

6/4/2014 5:00pm EDT
12 Dead Celebrities People Love To Believe Faked Their Deaths
Sometimes we just don’t want to believe a loved one is gone. The same is true for some celebrities, especially after they die under odd circumstances. There will always be a slice of the population that believes these celebrities faked their death for one reason or another.

Kurt Cobain

Despite evidence Cobain committed suicide, the rock legend continues to be the target of conspiracy theorists. In one of the most bizarre theories, it's believed Cobain faked his death and continued to live as Rivers Cuomo, lead singer of Weezer. Why? Cuomo appeared in the music scene soon after Cobain's de...

The 25 Best Posthumous Albums Ever

5/26/2014 9:00am EDT
Notorious BIG
Just because an artist dies doesn't mean their music has to. These posthumous albums prove some musicians continue to have a lasting effect long after they're gone. In no particular order, here are the 25 Best Postumous Albums Ever.

Notorious BIG - Life After Death
This ironically-titled album was the first posthumous work to score two #1 singles on Billboard. It was released only a few weeks after the rapper was killed in drive-by shooting. Mo Money Mo Problems and Hypnotize helped BIG break into popular music and introduced the world to Sean Combs.

Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of ...

Andre 3000 Is Surprisingly Good As Jimi Hendrix In 'All is By My Side' Clip

3/6/2014 6:00pm EST
Andre 3000 Is Surprisingly Good As Jimi Hendrix In 'All is By My
Andre Benjamin (a.k.a. Andre 3000) plays the rock icon Jimi Hendrix and British actress Imogen Poots plays love interest Linda Keith in a new clip from the biopic "All Is By My Side."

The Outkast star does a surprisingly good job of portraying the guitar god, as evidenced in the first look below. In the clip, Hendrix admits he's nervous about getting on stage in Monterey with music legends such as Simon & Garfunkel and Otis Redding.

He also tells Linda that he wrote "Red House" for her. She coyly says that Keith Richards wrote "Ruby Tuesday" for he as well.

Back in September, Hendrix's e...

A Supergroup That Could Have Been: Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix & Miles Davis

5/11/2013 5:02pm EDT
Jimi Hendrix
The music universe did not know it at the time but it was deprived of one of the most unique endeavors ever proposed.

Paul McCartney missed out on the chance to form a supergroup with fellow music icons Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis in 1969 - because he was on holiday.

Hendrix, Davis and the jazz trumpeter's drummer, Tony Williams, were making plans to record an album together with producer Alan Douglas, and decided to call on The Beatles legend to join them on bass.

They sent out the invite via telegram on October 22, 1969, writing, "We are recording and (sic) LP together this weekend. H...

Experience The New Jimi Hendrix Album 'People, Hell And Angels'

3/4/2013 2:00pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix would have turned 70 this year and now, more than four decades a after his death a new album titled 'People, Hell And Angels' is being released by the Hendrix estate. The album contains 12 new tracks containing new songs as well as previously unheard versions of music recorded between 1968 and 1970.

Janie Hendrix, the late singer's step-sister and CEO of Experience Hendrix issued this statement on, describing the tracks and the late artist's creative direction: "The new tracks and album show a creative path Hendrix was looking to explore, the recordings encompa...

New Jimi Hendrix Songs To Debut On 'Hawaii Five-0'

1/11/2013 4:25pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Rare and unheard Jimi Hendrix tracks are to be featured on an upcoming episode of TV drama Hawaii Five-0.

Seven previously unreleased songs recorded by the guitar great, including "Bleeding Heart", "Mojo Man" and "Crash Landing", will make up the soundtrack for the January 20th episode of the show, according to TV Guide magazine.

The songs will also feature on new Hendrix album People, Hell and Angels, which will be available to download on March 5th.

Jimi Hendrix Tops Rolling Stone Greatest Guitarist Poll

7/18/2012 9:35am EDT
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has seen off competition from a string of Brits to top a new Greatest Guitarists poll.

The rock legend landed at number one on the Rolling Stone list ahead of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck, who make up the top five.

Guitar greats like Pete Townshend, who comes in at number 10 on the top 100 countdown, Tom Petty, Carlos Santana and Eddie Van Halen offer their tributes to select axemen on the list.

In an essay about Hendrix, The Who star Townshend writes, "I feel sad for people who have to judge Jimi Hendrix on the basis of recordings and film alone...

Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix Biopic Is Not Authorized By His Estate

5/10/2012 9:34am EDT
Andre 3000
Representatives of Jimi Hendrix's estate have condemned plans for Andre 3000's upcoming biopic of the guitar legend, accusing the filmmakers of moving forward with the project without gaining official permission.

The Outkast rapper is set to play the rock icon in All Is By My Side, about Hendrix's time recording his debut album Are You Experienced in England in the 1960s.

News of the film project emerged earlier this month and it has prompted a response from the company charged with preserving Hendrix's legacy, with representatives insisting movie bosses do not have the right to use any...

Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix And The Best Music Biopics Ever

5/8/2012 3:03pm EDT
Andre 3000
According to the Irish Film and Television Network, Andre 3000 is headed to Ireland to begin production on the Jimi Hendrix biography film All Is by My Side. Where will it stack up among these great music biopics?

The Jacksons: An American Dream followed the Jackson 5 (with a focus on Michael) as the group dealt with their fast rise to fame and Michael's solo career. The two-part miniseries was seen by almost 40 million households in 1992.

Ray, the biography of Ray Charles, earned Jamie Foxx a deserved Academy Award for Best Actor in 2004. Sadly, Charles died months before the premi...

Andre 3000 To Begin Filming Jimi Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side'

5/7/2012 4:20pm EDT
Andre 3000
Rapper Andre 3000 is heading to Ireland to begin shooting a much-anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic.

The Outkast star is set to transform into the rock icon for All Is By My Side, which will depict Hendrix's time in England in the 1960s when he recorded his debut album Are You Experienced.

The film, to be directed by Three Kings writer John Ridley, will also document Hendrix's early years playing in small New York clubs before he moved to London to begin recording with his band The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

It is believed Ireland will fill in for locations the guitarist visited in the Britis...

Dr. Dre Wants Holograms For Jimi Hendrix And Marvin Gaye

4/20/2012 9:09am EDT
Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre hopes his hologram extravaganza at Coachella over the weekend will inspire other acts to bring icons back from the dead - he wants to see projections of Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix on the stage.

The rap mogul and Snoop Dogg wowed the crowd at the music event on Sunday when a hologram of late star Tupac Shakur 'performed' Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party alongside the duo.

And Dre is adamant the show stopping finale will start a trend of resurrecting late superstars through technology - and he wants to see his peers perform with Gaye and guitar legend Hendrix in the near futur...

Guitar Amp Innovator Jim Marshall Dead At 88

4/5/2012 9:34am EDT
Guitar amp pioneer Jim Marshall has passed away at the age of 88.

The music icon, nicknamed the Father of Loud, is recognized as one of the key pioneers in amplification after he began building amps in the 1960s and founded Marshall Amplification 50 years ago.

His equipment has been used by rock's most iconic stars, including Jimi Hendrix, Joe Perry, Kurt Cobain and Slash.
News of his death was posted on his company's website on Thursday.

An official statement reads, "Jim rose to become one of the forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar, as we know a...

Gary Sinise's Benefit Concert Raises $130,000 For Injured Marine

3/7/2012 9:48am EST
Gary Sinise
Actor Gary Sinise has raised more than $130,000 for a Marine who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan.

The star, famed for played a soldier who lost his lower limbs in hit movie Forrest Gump, was so moved when he heard of the plight of Lance Corporal Juan Dominguez that he organized a benefit concert to raise cash to build a specially-equipped home for him.

Dominguez, who also lost his right arm while serving in Sangin in 2010, was the guest of honor at the concert in Temecula, California last week.

Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band performed at the event, covering tracks incl...

Celebrity Birthdays - November 27, 2011

11/27/2011 3:00am EST
Jimi Hendrix
Happy Birthday to:

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix (1942)

Family Matters star Jaleel White (1976)

Rapper Twista (1973)

District 9 star Sharlto Copley (1973)

Melrose Place actress Brooke Langton (1970)

Alias star Michael Vartan (1968)

Actress Robin Givens (1964)

Actor Fisher Stevens (1963)

Bill Nye the Science Guy (1955)

Country/pop star Eddie Rabbitt (1941)

Prolific actor and Kung-Fu master Bruce Lee (1940)

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Rolling Stones Names Jimi Hendrix The Greatest Guitarist Ever

11/23/2011 12:30pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitarist in history by Rolling Stone magazine.

The revered music publication put the Purple Haze legend ahead of Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page, who came in at second and third respectively.

A team of experts from the industry, including guitarist Tom Morello, came together with editors to decide their favorite guitar player for the poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Morello says, "Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."

The countdown als...

'Supernatural' Recap: Sam Lets His Freak Flag Fly

10/8/2011 8:37am EDT
When we last left the “Supernatural” universe, Sam and Dean were careening towards the Leviathan-infested hospital via ambulance—Sam was seizing with a head injury, Dean with bloodily broken leg, and Bobby presumed dead.

Slickly directed by series’ star Jensen Ackles, “The Girl Next Door” was thankfully easier on my fangirl heart. It began mere minutes after last week’s cliffhanger with the brothers arriving at Sioux Falls General. Dean, a fighter to the end, tried to climb off the gurney and find his brother. His doctor explained that Sam had “bashed his head quite seriously.” Forge...

George Clinton Sues His Former Lawyers

7/14/2011 3:39pm EDT
George Clinton
Funk legend George Clinton is suing his former attorneys for $10 million over allegations they failed to pursue two cases of copyright infringement on his behalf.

The cash-strapped music icon, 69, claims he hired Oscar Yule Lewis, Jr. from Hendricks & Lewis in Seattle, Washington to help him regain the rights to a number of master recordings made with his band Funkadelic after they were "misappropriated" by an ex-manager.

In legal papers filed on Monday, Clinton admits he chose the firm because of their previous work in similar cases with the estate of Jimi Hendrix. Clinton alleges Lewi...

Jane's Addiction To Be Inducted Into Hollywood's Rock Walk

5/24/2011 8:42am EDT
Jane's Addiction
Rockers Jane's Addiction are to be inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk.

The band, Stephen Perkins, Dave Navarro and Perry Farrell, will place their hands into the cement outside Los Angeles' fabled Guitar Center at noon on June 1st.

Rage Against the Machine star Tom Morello will induct the band at the ceremony.

Jane's Addiction's handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures, and faces of other accomplished musicians and innovators including Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Elvis Presley.

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Jason Derulo Turned Down Jimi Hendrix Film Role

3/8/2011 8:40am EST
Jason Derulo
R&B sensation Jason Derulo snubbed the chance to play guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in a big screen biopic - because he's eager to finish off his second album.

The Whatcha Say hit-maker enjoyed a stellar 2010, during which his debut album went gold around the world. The star has been approached by movie bosses to play rock icon Hendrix, but he's too busy to commit to film roles because he's recording a follow-up record.

He tells Britain's Daily Record, "I've turned down a lot of movies and commercials and one of them was for an autobiography of Jimi Hendrix playing the main man. That would...

Groupie Queen Pamela Des Barres Reflects On VH1 Documentary

1/4/2011 9:56am EST
What does it really take to be one of the most recognized muses in rock ‘n’ roll? Just ask fiery haired Pamela Des Barres, the world’s most famous groupie. Before TMZ and Perez Hilton reported on the escapades of celebrities, the now 62-year-old California girl set off to meet her idols and was doing plenty of kissing, but no telling, at least until she published her world renowned memoir in 1987, I’m With The Band. Finally, she dished on what it was really like to be with some of music’s most influential artists, including Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jim Morrison. Yet, it wasn...

Keith Richards Owns 3,000 Guitars

12/27/2010 11:37am EST
Keith Richards
Rocker Keith Richards spends a fortune on storing his collection of 3,000 guitars, but he only ever plays 15 of them onstage or in a recording studio.

The Rolling Stones star has amassed a huge haul of instruments during his five decades in the music industry, but most of his prized collection is gathering dust in a warehouse.

And the legendary hellraiser is also humble about his plucking skills, insisting he's not a very good guitarist.

He tells Britain's BBC Radio 2, "The storage costs me more than they're worth. I don't even consider myself a guitar player. I am not a Hendrix or Clapt...

Celebrity Birthdays - November 27, 2010

11/27/2010 3:00am EST
Jimi Hendrix
Happy Birthday to:

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix (1942)

"Family Matters" star Jaleel White (1976)

"Melrose Place" actress Brooke Langton (1970)

"Alias" star Michael Vartan (1968)

Actress Robin Givens (1964)

Actor Fisher Stevens (1963)

Bill Nye the Science Guy (1955)

Country/pop star Eddie Rabbitt (1941)

Prolific actor and Kung-Fu master Bruce Lee (1940)

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Gene Simmons Slams Simon Cowell

11/23/2010 8:29am EST
Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons wants Simon Cowell's job - he's convinced he would make a better judge on the TV mogul's reality singing contests because he has real experience in the music industry.

The Kiss rocker has joined a string of stars, including Elton John and The Who's Roger Daltrey, who have taken aim at Cowell and his hit TV competitions. Simmons insists he is "more qualified than anybody" to dole out advice on the programs, which he claims will never discover any new music legends like Jimi Hendrix or Robert Plant.

He tells Britain's Daily Star, "I think I could be the sole judge on The X Fa...

Jimi Hendrix Guitar Up For Auction

11/17/2010 6:15pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
A guitar used by Jimi Hendrix to compose several of his classic songs is expected to fetch $225,000 at auction next month.

The Epiphone acoustic cost the rock legend just $22.50 when he bought it from a New York store in the 1960s. Hendrix enjoyed playing the instrument so much; he took it with him when he later moved to London.

Hendrix's ex-girlfriend Kathy Etchingham, who dated the rocker when he lived in the British capital in the years before his death, says, "Jimi loved that guitar - he played it constantly... Jimi used it for almost everything he composed in the U.K."

The instru...

'Eric Clapton: The 1960's Review' DVD

10/29/2010 12:27pm EDT
“Eric Clapton: the 1960’s Review” Sexy Intellectual: From the Yardbirds and Cream to the Bluesbreakers and Blind Faith, nearly everything venerable guitar legend Eric Clapton has touched has turned to gold. Such is not the case with the new unauthorized documentary “Eric Clapton: the 1960’s Review.” Now, that is definitely not to say this rockumentary is without merit, actually it is one of the better unauthorized works to have been released lately, it is just that though – this was never authorized by Clapton himself. Regardless, it is a strong collection and thorough timeline of the man, ...

Drake Visits Grave Site Of Jimi Hendrix

9/16/2010 9:04pm EDT
Hip-hop star Drake made an emotional stop at Jimi Hendrix's grave in Washington state following his recent appearance at the nearby Bumbershoot festival - so he could finally pay his respects to his hero.

The rapper admits the guitar great has always been very special to him and he watches Hendrix performing at Woodstock to pump him up for live shows.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm a huge fan... Watching him go out there (Woodstock) at 10 in the morning in sh*tty weather and conquer the crowd always gives me a little more adrenaline.

"I just left a little letter for Jimi at his gr...

Ted Nugent Avoids 'Drooling, Puking And Dying'

8/22/2010 4:49pm EDT
Ted Nugent
Rocker Ted Nugent has revealed he tried to ween guitar great Jimi Hendrix off drugs in the months before he died in 1970.

The "Cat Scratch Fever" star experienced the extent of his hero's drug intake during a jam session with the tragic star backstage at a concert - when he was offered all manner of narcotics.

But he didn't want to ruin the moment, so he declined - and went on to become a drug-free rocker after seeing so many greats become "drooling and puking" dead men.

He says, "I saw how they got to the drooling, puking and dying thing and I went, 'I think I'll avoid the drooling puki...

The Doors Lyrics Sell For $19,500

8/4/2010 10:20am EDT
The Doors
A scrap of yellowing paper on which Jim Morrison scribbled lyrics to The Doors track L.A. Woman has sold for $19,500.

The note, which also included doodles and sketches drawn by the late singer, went under the hammer at a rock memorabilia auction in Reading, England on Tuesday.

Other items in the sale at Cameo auction house included an abstract painting by late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, which made $12,600, a green jacket belonging to the late rocker and a red fabric hairband which he once wore onstage.

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Kid Cudi: 'I Just Smoke Weed'

7/22/2010 2:33pm EDT
Kid Cudi
Rapper Kid Cudi has quit hard drugs following his arrest last month for possession of a controlled substance.

The Day 'N Nite hitmaker, real name Scott Mescudi, was taken into custody in June after allegedly smashing a woman's cellphone and breaking the door of her apartment off its hinges. Cops found a glass bottle of a controlled substance at the scene and he was charged with the drug count, in addition to felony criminal mischief. Reports suggested the substance was liquid cocaine.

Cudi addressed the controversy during a concert in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday when he spoke out to c...