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Frank Zappa's son to mark 40th anniversary of Roxy shows

October 23rd, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Frank Zappa
Eccentric rock legend Frank Zappa's son Dweezil is to mark the 40th anniversary of his late dad's fabled 1973 three-night Roxy & Elsewhere stint in Los Angeles by recreating the shows at the same venue.

Dweezil Zappa will perform three Zappa Plays Zappa shows at the Roxy on 7-9 December (13) to commemorate the three dates (8-10 December) his father played there in 1973 with his Mothers of Invention band.

The gigs will launch a series of events marketed as The Year of Zappa by the bosses of the rocker's trust. Details of gigs and happenings that will take place throughout 2014 are expected...
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Frank Zappa's Widow Explains Her Children's Peculiar Names

July 30th, 2013 4:20pm EDT
Frank and Gail Zappa
Frank Zappa's widow has opened up about the bizarre names the couple picked for its four children, divulging the late rock legend considered calling his eldest daughter Motorhead.

The eccentric renaissance man and his wife Gail fell in love after meeting in 1966 when she was working at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, and they later became parents to two daughters, Moon Unit and Diva Muffin, and sons Dweezil and Ahmet Emuukha Rodan.

Gail insists the bizarre names all have a special meaning within the family - Dweezil was a pet name which Zappa came up with, while Ahmet was the title o...
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Indepth John Lennon and Mick Jagger interviews to be released as downloads

June 25th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
John Lennon
Journalist, broadcaster and Oscar-winning documentarian Howard Smith's radio interviews with the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Frank Zappa are to be made available for the first time in 40 years.

Over 100 interviews, which only aired once, are to be released in monthly installments via iTunes and Amazon MP3.

The Smith Tapes feature five interviews with Lennon & Yoko Ono, beginning with the couple's Bed-In for Peace, which the radio personality covered for his Village Voice column.

Smith played edited segments from his indepth chats with celebrities and c...
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15 Celebrity Baby Names Worse Than North West

June 25th, 2013 12:21pm EDT
Kim
In case you haven’t heard, the most important baby of our time has been born. That’s right, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have bestowed upon the huddled masses their perfectly combined genes in the form of one blessed bundle of joy – a beautiful baby girl named North West.

Did you expect anything less from these two? Though many outlets had previously reported that the chosen one had been given the name “Kaidence Donda West,” Kim and Kanye went with the much-speculated North instead, and will call their little girl “Nori” as a nickname. Kanye has helpfully explained the unusual name’s orig...
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Frank Zappa's 200 Motels Score To Debut In London After 42 Years

January 20th, 2013 1:37pm EST
Frank Zappa
Eccentric rocker Frank Zappa's controversial 200 Motels film score is to have its premiere at this year's The Rest is Noise classical music festival in London, 42 years after it was banned in the city.
 
Zappa had hoped to debut the orchestral piece at the Royal Albert Hall in 1971, but the concert was cancelled on obscenity grounds.
 
The premiere of the score was secured following lengthy negotiations between Southbank Centre bosses and Zappa's estate.
 
Artistic director Jude Kelly tells the BBC, "His widow Gail has been reluctant to allow it to happen unless it could be done in the ma...
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From Apple To Zowie: The Craziest Celebrity Baby Names

October 21st, 2012 3:14pm EDT
Ashlee Simpson
Uma Thurman and her French financier boyfriend Arpad Busson revealed the name of their newborn baby girl this week, and the tot's title is a mouthful.

Not content with the typical first/middle/last -- or in this case hyphenated last -- name, the little girl surely has a challenging future ahead of her when it comes to filling out any types of forms.

The couple named their three-month-old Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. Where they got her nickname, "Luna," from is a mystery; but their rep says each name has a special reason and meaning.

But Uma and Arpad -- who ...
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Dweezil Zappa Sued By Divorce Lawyer Over Unpaid Bill

March 30th, 2012 8:22am EDT
Dweezil Zappa
Rocker Dweezil Zappa has been sued by his divorce lawyer over an allegedly unpaid bill.

The musician's wife, Lauren Knudsen, filed for divorce in 2010 citing irreconcilable differences after five years of marriage and Zappa has been dealt a further blow after being hit with a lawsuit from his attorney James Eliaser.

The legal papers, obtained by TMZ.com, suggest Zappa owes the lawyer $37,000 in unpaid fees.

Dweezil is the son of late acclaimed rocker Frank Zappa.
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Former Frank Zappa, Little Feat Bassist Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Child Abuse

February 26th, 2012 2:00pm EST
Frank Zappa
Legendary rocker Frank Zappa's longtime bassist Roy Estrada has been sentenced to serve 25 years behind bars for child abuse.

The 68 year old, who served time in a California prison for committing a lewd act with a child, is back in jail for molesting a child younger than 14 over an extended period of time, according to RollingStone.com.

Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County, Texas district attorney's office, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper, "The victim's family was unaware that he was a convicted sex offender... Estrada was sentenced to 25 years in a plea bar...
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Frank Zappa Sidekick Jim Sherwood Dead

December 28th, 2011 10:30pm EST
Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention madcap sidekick Jim 'Motorhead' Sherwood has died, aged 69.

The classically-trained multi-instrumentalist and vocalist passed away on Christmas Day, according to RollingStone.com.

Sherwood was a longtime friend of Zappa's, who appeared on the zany rocker's albums "Freak Out!," "Cruising with Ruben & the Jets" and "Lumpy Gravy." He also starred in Zappa's 1971 film "200 Motels."
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The Top 20 Dance Songs Of All Time Will Help Get You Ready For 'The Big Dance' & 'Dancing With The Stars'

March 17th, 2011 7:09pm EDT
Lady Gaga
One thing that basketball courts and ballrooms have in common are the hardwood floors, and with March Madness in full swing, it's time to dance!

Whether you're excited for the NCAA Tournament (aka The Big Dance) or if you're sitting back anticipating the next season of Dancing With The Stars, one thing's for sure - there's gonna be a whole lot of dancin' going on in the next few weeks! (And months if you're waiting for some ballroom action!)

With the two competitions getting underway - the NCAA Basketball tourney today and Monday night's premiere of Dancing With The Stars's 12th season, w...
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Selma Blair Is Pregnant

January 13th, 2011 6:11pm EST
Selma Blair
Hellboy star Selma Blair is pregnant with her first child, according to reports.

Fashion designer Jason Bleick, the actress' boyfriend of less than a year, is the father.

A source tells Star magazine, "Selma and Jason are ecstatic... Selma never thought she could be this happy."

No details of the due date have been disclosed.

Blair and Bleick have no immediate plans to wed. Blair was married to rock legend Frank Zappa's son Ahmet from 2004 to 2006.

The actress joins a growing list of Hollywood stars set to become first-time parents in 2011 - Natalie Portman, Owen Wilson and Marion Coti...
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Frank Zappa Honored In Baltimore

September 20th, 2010 10:30pm EDT
Frank Zappa
Late rock legend Frank Zappa has been honored in his native Baltimore, Maryland with a bronze bust likeness.

The statue, which was unveiled outside a city library on Sunday, is a replica of one which was erected in a public square in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The new bust was donated to the city by Zappa enthusiasts in Lithuania.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Zappa's widow, Gail, and three of his grown children as the bronze bust was unveiled.

The rocker's son Dweezil also performed with his tribute band, Zappa Plays Zappa.

The quirky star lost his battle with prostate canc...
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Genesis To Release Fourth Boxed Set, 'Genesis Live 1973-2007'

September 22nd, 2009 10:04pm EDT
Genesis
Following the reissue of the 14 Genesis studio albums in the stunning boxed sets "Genesis 1976 - 1982" and "Genesis 1983 - 1998" in 2007, and "Genesis 1970 - 1975" in 2008, on September 29, Rhino will release "Genesis Live 1973 - 2007", a boxed set gathering the four live albums recorded by the legendary British group from 1973 to 1992. Featuring brand new stereo mixes, the boxed set also includes the long-awaited release in stereo and 5.1 of "Live At The Rainbow 1973" only available with this collection.

"Genesis Live 1973 - 2007" is a sumptuously presented boxed set that includes:...
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Celebrity Lifestyles: Our Favorite Unusual Baby Names

August 3rd, 2009 12:01pm EDT
Sylvester Stallone
You might not be a celebrity, but you can name your child like one. With babies being all the rage right now in Hollywood, we compiled a list of interesting (to say the least) names that celebrities picked for their offspring. Here are some of our favorites:

Rapper M.I.A and Ben Brewer

Son: Ickhyd

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Beth Riesgraf and Jason Lee

Son: Pilot Inspektor

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Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

Son: Zuma Nesta Rock

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Bizarre Celebrity Birthing Trends

June 22nd, 2009 12:27pm EDT
Victoria Beckham
Oh baby. Celebrities and their fads, from Miley Cyrus' hippie head bands to Beyonce and her master cleanse lemonade diet, it seems that celebrity sleeves are always chock full of tricks, and the more ironic or extreme the tricks - the better. Just take Victoria Beckham's pair of Antonio Berardi heel-less boots for example. Umm…come again?

Apparently, Posh Spice shall hereby be known as Hoof Spice. These shoes are exceedingly impractical and they turn walking into a constant crusade against gravity. Thankfully, however, the shelf-life of outlandish fashion trends, such as the aforementio...
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Have You Heard? The Slow Learners

March 25th, 2009 11:30am EDT
The Slow Learners
The Slow Learners cocky musical swagger sounds as if it were born in New York City smoky bars and exclusive venues, you know, the kind in alleys with no signs. They have a certain air of cool to them, but it might surprise to find out that the band calls the Nation's capital, Washington, DC home.

While it may be hard to specifically pinpoint the accurate adjectives and nouns to describe the bands' music, the words eclectic and diverse do come to mind.

"We would describe it as Frank Zappa meets the Blues Brothers with a little Jimmy Buffett, says vocalist/guitarist Ed Jentsch. "It's ...
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M.I.A.: 'My Baby Is Not Called Ickitt, Pickit Or Lickit'

March 7th, 2009 2:59pm EST
MIA
New mom M.I.A. has shot down reports she has named her baby son Ickitt. Latina.com was the first website to suggest the hitmaker had given her month-old boy the odd moniker, but in a MySpace.com post, the rapper/singer insists she hasn't decided on a name yet.

The angry mom writes, "MY NAME BECAUSE I DIDNT THINK IT WAS NEWS!!!! BUT I WILL BE BACK WITH SOMETHING NEWSWORTHY SOON."

Fun-loving M.I.A. then urges the media to "GO PICK ON APPLE, SATCHEL AND MOON UNIT" - the odd-named offspring of Gwyneth Paltrow, Mia Farrow and Frank Zappa respectively.

The hitmaker signs off, "LOT...
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Frank Zappa's Widow Loses Festival Battle

January 28th, 2009 12:00pm EST
Gail Zappa
Frank Zappa's widow has lost her legal battle against a German festival named after the late rocker.

Gail Zappa and her family trust challenged organizers of the Zappanale Festival, which takes place annually in the town of Bad Doberan, demanding they change the name and remove a bronze sculpture of Zappa from the town. However a Dusseldorf court has thrown the case out and dismissed Gail Zappa's bid for 250,000 Euros in damages.

Her case was weakened when the court established she could not prove she had used her late husband's name in Germany, and that she knew about the festi...
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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Donavon Frankenreiter's 'Pass It Around' Drops Aug. 19

August 14th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Donavon Frankenreiter
On August 19 Lost Highway will release Pass It Around, the new album from Donavon Frankenreiter. Pass It Around boasts 10 new songs from the musician/pro-surfer, and also features some special guests and a new approach for Frankenreiter.

On his 2006 self-produced Lost Highway debut, Move By Yourself Frankenreiter set out on his own and began to find his musical identity as an artist as he moved away from the acoustic stylings of his 2004 self-titled debut by plugging in and opening up. Pass It Around shows that identity fully realized. The songs incorporate some of the acoustic and ele...
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A List of The Most Identifiable And Influential Drummers Of Our Time

July 16th, 2008 10:33am EDT
Keith Moon
Even though drummers are beat makers of a band, the recognition they often get is nothing compared to that of the lead singer and resident guitarist who both tend to attract the most attention at first. The best thing about drummers is that whatever band that they are in, they are uniquely appropriate for that particular band. For example, Ringo Starr's drumming is perfect for The Beatles, but his style would be considered unimaginable behind any Rolling Stones songs. Here's our thumbs up list to some cool Rock Drummers who we feel are immediately identifiable for their drumming techniqu...
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5 Underrated Guitar Players

June 25th, 2008 9:00am EDT
John Frusciante
Whenever one creates an "underrated" list, it often sparks an argument. Maybe that's because it's such a hard concept to define. Some might say an individual is far too under appreciated, while another might say, "Nope. He's rated right where he should be."

With music it's all about a person's ear and what he or she digs on. After all, there are no statistics to back a person up (unlike a topic such as sports where one might say that the importance of Dennis Rodman's rebounding was overlooked, and he/she would have the 20 boards a game stat right in front of him/her).

In a l...
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Goofy Rock Names

May 30th, 2008 8:58am EDT
Meat Loaf
There are lots of bizarre, random band names in the history of rock and roll, like the Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Electric Prunes, and it may have been a little embarrassing to say "I'm a member of The Electric Prunes." But, would you be willing to say, "I am the Electric Prune?"

Here at Starpulse, we would like to pay tribute to the individuals who have the courage to sign his/her checks, or introduce him/herself at a parent teacher conference with one of the below listed names.

10) The Edge: It's kind of a cool name when you think about it. Not Ed...
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The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 2

February 1st, 2008 1:49pm EST
David Bowie
Here's part two of the best songs about girls with every letter of the alphabet, regardless of whether or not the subject of the song is the same as the title. There were two considerations in making the list: How good the song is versus how cool the chick sounds. See A to M here, and check out N to Z:

N: Darling Nikki by Prince because, if you will recall, all her masturbating with a magazine got Tipper Gore's panties all in a bunch, which in turn prompted the Explicit Lyrics stickers.

O: Ophelia by The Band. Pretty cool song, but mostly because there weren't many "O's."

P:...
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Q & A With Riggs of 'Scum of the Earth'

January 17th, 2008 7:01pm EST
Riggs
After dropping out of high school at seventeen, Riggs left his small town and began a career as a guitar player, eventually joining Rob Zombie and later forming his own band Scum of the Earth. Riggs probably never expected to end up back in the small town he grew up in, but that's exactly where he's living now. As Starpulse learned, the party hard, dark image that Riggs cultivated for himself over the years didn't mesh well with the local churches, but that also didn't stop them from starting a bidding war to get him to join their congregations. The irony isn't lost on us!

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Celebrity Birthdays, December 21

December 21st, 2007 3:00am EST
Samuel L. Jackson
Happy Birthday to Australian golfer Karrie Webb (1974), "Broken Flowers" actress Julie Delpy (1969), "24" actor Keifer Sutherland (1966), comedic goofball Andy Dick (1965), comedic actor Ray Romano (1957), "Malcolm in the Middle" mom Jane Kaczmarek (1955), 80s tennis great Chris Evert (1954), movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg (1950), "Black Snake Moan" star Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Beach Boy Carl Wilson (1946; d. 1998), original shock-rocker Frank Zappa (1940; d. 1993), "Monster-in-Law" star Jane Fonda (1935), and talk show host Phil Donahue (1935).
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Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

September 11th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...
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Frank Zappa Receives A German Honor

July 30th, 2007 10:35am EDT
Frank Zappa
U.S. rock legend Frank Zappa has been posthumously honored in Berlin, Germany - with a street named after him. The Marzahn district in the country's capital unveiled the Frank Zappa Strasse - formerly known as Street 13 - in memory of the late musician before hosting a tribute concert on Saturday.

Zappa, who died of cancer in 1993 at the age of 52, has a strong cult following in the former communist area.

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Slipknot Star Joins Korn

April 20th, 2007 8:40am EDT
Slipknot
Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison is set to join Korn for the summer after announcing he'll replace Terry Bozzio for the group's upcoming tour. Former Frank Zappa drummer Bozzio quit the group last month, leaving Korn a man down as they planned their Family Values tour in North America and a series of festival shows in Europe.

However front man Jonathan Davis couldn't be happier with his new band mate: "Joey is the s**t! We can't wait to rock on stage with him this summer."

Meanwhile, Jordison adds, "I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to perform with bands that have influenced m...
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Korn Loses Another Drummer

April 6th, 2007 9:08am EDT
Korn
Heavy rockers Korn have lost a second drummer in just three months, after Terry Bozzio walked away from the band. Bozzio, who had worked with Frank Zappa in the past, stepped in last December when David Silveria left to take a break from music.

Bozzio performed on the band's next album, but has now left - leaving Korn

looking for another new drummer in time for their Family Values tour in July.

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