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Frank Zappa's Widow Dies At 70

10/9/2015 2:54pm EDT
Gail Zappa, Widow Of Music Legend Frank Zappa, Dies At 70
Gail Zappa, the widow of late music legend Frank Zappa, died on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. She was 70.

The Zappa family released a statement on The Zappa website:

"Gail Zappa, nee Adelaide Gail Sloatman, age 70, departed this earth peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, surrounded by her children.

"Married to Frank Zappa at age 22, Gail was a doe-eyed, barefooted trailblazer, giving equal value to her domestic and professional responsibilities as matriarch of the family and overseer of all Zappa enterprises. She devoted herself to partnering with her husband in ...

Frank Zappa's Widow Explains Her Children's Peculiar Names

7/30/2013 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...

These Celebrity Baby Names Are Just Terrible

6/25/2013 12:21pm EDT
18 Terrible Celebrity Baby Names
Rapper Lil' Kim just welcomed her first child, and of course she had to be creative with her daughter's name. The singer stunned fans with her pregnancy back in February and now she has stunned us again with the moniker Royal Reign.

We wouldn't expect any less from one of the most powerful women in hip hop. She's bold and larger than life. Even though her daughter wasn't royal bred doesn't mean she can't be Royal, right? Just ask Lorde.

Now, before you get all Judgey McJudgerson and claim this to be the worst celebrity baby name of all time, take a look at 16 famous offspring who are wal...

Frank Zappa's 200 Motels Score To Debut In London After 42 Years

1/20/2013 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...

From Apple To Zowie: The Craziest Celebrity Baby Names

10/21/2012 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 ...

Dweezil Zappa Sued By Divorce Lawyer Over Unpaid Bill

3/30/2012 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, suggest Zappa owes the lawyer $37,000 in unpaid fees.

Dweezil is the son of late acclaimed rocker Frank Zappa.

Former Frank Zappa, Little Feat Bassist Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Child Abuse

2/26/2012 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

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...

Frank Zappa Sidekick Jim Sherwood Dead

12/28/2011 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

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."

The Top 20 Dance Songs Of All Time Will Help Get You Ready For 'The Big Dance' & 'Dancing With The Stars'

3/17/2011 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...

Selma Blair Is Pregnant

1/13/2011 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...

Frank Zappa Honored In Baltimore

9/20/2010 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...

Genesis To Release Fourth Boxed Set, 'Genesis Live 1973-2007'

9/22/2009 10:04pm EDT
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:...

Celebrity Lifestyles: Our Favorite Unusual Baby Names

8/3/2009 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

6/22/2009 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...

Have You Heard? The Slow Learners

3/25/2009 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 ...

Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

9/19/2008 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...

Donavon Frankenreiter's 'Pass It Around' Drops Aug. 19

8/14/2008 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...

A List of The Most Identifiable And Influential Drummers Of Our Time

7/16/2008 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...

5 Underrated Guitar Players

6/25/2008 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...

Goofy Rock Names

5/30/2008 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...

The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 2

2/1/2008 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."


Q & A With Riggs of 'Scum of the Earth'

1/17/2008 7:01pm EST
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!

I read that ...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 21

12/21/2007 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).

Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

9/11/2007 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...

10,000 Lakes Festival Confirms The Tragically Hip, Zappa Plays Zappa

3/29/2007 3:03pm EDT
The fifth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) held July 18 – 21 at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minn. is quickly becoming the summer's must attend live music and camping event. Adding artists to its growing lineup, 10KLF announces the confirmation of these groups: The Tragically Hip, Zappa Plays Zappa, Particle, Blueground Undergrass, Outformation, The Lee Boys, Big Organ Trio, and That 1 Guy.

Continuing the high standards of musical excellence that festivarians expect, this year's 10,000 Lakes Festival lineup already features Bob Weir & RatDog, Trey Anastasio, The Disco Bisc...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 21

12/21/2006 3:00am EST
Ray Romano
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), "Star Wars" prequel 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).

New CD Reviews, November 7, 2006 (Keith Urban, Josh Groban, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa & more)

11/6/2006 9:58pm EST
JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - Road to Escondido
CD releases this week include new albums from Eric Clapton & J.J. Cale, Keith Urban, Josh Groban and Sugarland; a previously unreleased Frank Zappa album; box sets from Frank Sinatra and The Bee Gees; and much more. Continue reading for reviews, info and tracklistings...

Frank Zappa - Trance-Fusion
When Frank Zappa died in 1993, he had spent much of his remaining time and energy completing a number of projects before the end finally came. Why the majority of them are still unreleased as of late 2006 is anybody's guess, but perhaps the long awaited release of Trance-Fusion is a good sig...

New Book About Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Laurel Canyon Hits Bookstores May 25

5/18/2006 11:00pm EDT
Laurel Canyon
Director Cameron Crowe says Michael Walker's "Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-And-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood" is "hilarious and true and bittersweet."

In the late sixties, musicians like Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Carole King, Frank Zappa, the Eagles, and the Mamas and the Papas came together for the first time to meld folk, rock, and American pop into something completely new, something that would launch a generation into history. Laurel Canyon is the account of what happened behind the scenes to make that generation of music blow up and out of Laurel Canyon, California. ...

New York Music Venues Unite For Green Apple Music & Arts Festival

2/8/2006 9:37pm EST
Frank Zappa
Over 25 of New York's premiere music venues are coming together to host the inaugural Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, the biggest Earth Day celebration in the United States, to be held throughout New York City April 20th to April 23rd. Produced by Peter Shapiro and Relix Magazine, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will happen in conjunction with Earth Day New York, a nonprofit organization.

The Sixth Annual Jammys award show and all-star concert will kick off the four-day music and film festival on Thursday, April 20th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Over the following ...

Run-DMC's DMC To Release Debut Solo Album

2/4/2006 4:52pm EST
Darryl McDaniels, or DMC as most of the world knows him, helped transform the musical landscape as one-third of the trailblazing, multi-platinum rap group Run-DMC. They sold more than 30 million album and singles worldwide and the rest is now a matter of musical history. Since forming the legendary band with Joseph (Rev. Run) Simmons and the late Jason (Jam Master Jay) Mizell, DMC has remained in the public eye. He is recognized as a pioneer in stoking the popularity of rap and hip-hop into the best-selling and most influential musical genre that it is today.

DMC will release the fi...