Tributes paid to ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, who has died aged 72

Tributes are being paid to Dusty Hill, best known for being the bassist of ZZ Top, who has died aged 72.

The musician’s death was confirmed by the group’s longtime rep, who said that Hill died at home in his sleep. No cause of death has yet been revealed.

Remaining ZZ Top members Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard issued a statement on Hill’s passing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX.

“We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’”

They added: “You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. …

Posted by ZZ Top on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Smashing Pumpkins are “halfway through working on another big album”

Smashing Pumpkins are “halfway through working on another big album”, according to the band’s guitarist, Jeff Schroeder.

Speaking in a new interview, Schroeder talked about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s next studio LP, the follow-up to last year’s ‘Cyr’, their “poppiest record to date”.

“We’re about halfway through working on another big album, which is, basically, I guess, a sequel to ‘Mellon Collie [And The Infinite Sadness]’ and ‘Machina’, so it’s the third in a trilogy – more of a concept-based album. And this one is 33 songs,” Schroeder told Audio Ink Radio.

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“We’ve been working for a long – almost, basically, the whole year on it. But we’re in the middle of real tracking and stuff right now. James [Iha] and I are working out here in LA. Drums are basically done, so Jimmy’s [Chamberlin] done his part. But Billy [Corgan] is working in Chicago, and I’m out here in LA, and James is in LA, so we’re plowing through it. That’ll probably take most of the rest of the year, ’cause it’s a big, sprawling thing.”

Schroeder added that the album’s been very challenging to work on because of how big it is. “Even for me as a guitar player, usually you’re always kind of working on things and you have a bunch of ideas to try on these new tracks,” he said. “And then, after four songs, you’re like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta come up with some other stuff.’ So, then you work hard and get through the first 11 songs, and you’re. like, ‘Oh, wait a second. That’s only the first act. I’ve got two more acts to go!’”

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He continued: “So, you’ve really gotta dig in deep. You’ve gotta dig deep in to your soul to find out what is in there. What’s this song calling for? How can I listen to this song differently than I listened to the last one? And it really pushes you artistically. Some days it’s hard, and we fail. I fail. And then you come back the next day and try again, and it’s rewarding when you go, ‘Wow, yesterday sucked, and today is actually quite good on the same song.’ So it can be fun.”

Meanwhile, Smashing Pumpkins have announced the release of a new vinyl, ‘Live At The Viper Room 1998’, available to pre-order this week.

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The band’s second archival release was recorded at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, California, on January 15, 1998. The 13-song set saw Corgan perform Smashing Pumpkins songs in acoustic form.

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Blondie announce new NFT to celebrate Andy Warhol’s 93rd birthday

Blondie have announced a new NFT collaboration with Hackatao to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Andy Warhol.

The ‘crypto art series’, dubbed ‘Hack The Borders’, will be be released through digital art online auction platform Nifty Gateway next month.

The artwork is based upon Warhol’s first ever digital portrait of Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, shot in 1985.

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The one-of-a-kind artwork, which Blondie have called “a present day manifestation of the punk rock movement,” will land on August 6 via Nifty Gateway, to celebrate what would’ve been Warhol’s 93rd birthday.

See the artwork below:

“I heard of Hackatao early on when the NFT phenomena went mainstream,” Blondie’s Chris Stein said in a statement. “Andy, who embraced modern technology, would certainly have been minting Warhol NFT’s. I am attracted to the lack of gatekeeping that thus far is a significant factor in all this.

Debbie Harry added: “Techno expansion and discovery has always fascinated me as did Andy. I love the idea of honouring his memory on his birthday this year with our collaboration with Hackatao.”

Explaining the idea behind the project, Hackatao said: “We like to think of our art as something timeless and universal, much like Blondie’s music and iconic legacy. Doing a project with Blondie is not just a collaboration with a band, it is a collaboration with the history of music and art.

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“Andy Warhol has similarly been an artistic inspiration to us for his use of colours and trademark way of making art accessible for everyone. For Hack the Borders, we chose to release the project on August 6, which is not only the birthday of Andy, but also of S. of Hackatao. We felt it was a perfect way to pay homage to his genius, and connect us further to the project.”

Other recent NFTs include a special release from Muse‘s Matt Bellamy. who released three new songs as NFTs, with one recorded on one of Jeff Buckley‘s guitars.

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Yungblud shares COVID entry requirements for ‘Occupy The UK’ tour

Yungblud has shared an update on what entry requirements will be required for his upcoming ‘Occupy The UK’ tour as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The singer (real name Dominic Harrison) is set to begin the run of dates, which were rescheduled earlier this year, in Nottingham on August 6, two weeks after the UK dropped all its coronavirus restrictions.

Scotland will still have restrictions in place next month though, meaning Yungblud’s two Glasgow dates at the Barrowlands have been rescheduled to take place in December.

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Earlier this evening (July 27), the Doncaster rocker updated fans with information regarding entry into the shows on the tour, revealing that each date will offer free complimentary masks that are “fookin sick”.

“august tour news!!! ive waited for 18 months for this moment but as always safety and well-being is always my priority,” Yungblud said on Twitter. “these shows are gonna be fookin history, let’s do it right !!! you’re my blood and guts. i love you!!! are you fookin ready?!?”

One of the following criteria will be accepted in order to gain entry to the shows:

  • Proof of a negative NHS COVID-19 lateral flow test, taken within 24 hours of entry
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, both doses received at least 14 days before entry
  • Proof of natural immunity based upon a positive PCR test, taken within 180 days of the show (including 10-days self-isolation following the result)

The singer will head out on another tour, dubbed the ‘Life On Mars’ tour, later this year, beginning in Brighton at the end of September.

See Yungblud’s full list of upcoming tour dates below:

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‘OCCUPY THE UK’ TOUR

AUGUST 2021

6 – Nottingham, Rock City
7 – Nottingham, Rock City
9 – London, Kentish Town Forum
10 – London, Kentish Town Forum
12 – London, Kentish Town Forum
13 – London, Kentish Town Forum
14 – London, Kentish Town Forum

DECEMBER 2021

7 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
8 – Glasgow, Barrowlands

‘LIFE ON MARS’ TOUR

SEPTEMBER 2021

27 – Brighton
28 – Bournemouth
29 – Plymouth

OCTOBER 2021

1 – London
2 – Portsmouth
4 – Bristol
5 – Bristol
7 – Manchester
8 – Manchester
9 – Doncaster
11 – Edinburgh
12 – Newcastle
14 – Birmingham
15 – Birmingham
16 – Leeds
18 – Liverpool
19 – Liverpool

APRIL 2022

30 – Lisbon

MAY 2022

3 – Barcelona
5 – Paris
6 – Paris
8 – Esch-sur-Alzette
9 – Berlin
10 – Warsaw
12 – Hamburg
13 – Brussels
14 – Amsterdam
16 – Munich
18 – Milan
19 – Zurich
21 – Vienna
24 – Moscow
25 – St Petersburg
26 – Helsinki
28 – Stockholm
29 – Oslo
30 – Copenhagen

JUNE 2022

1 – Prague
2 – Prague
4 – Cologne
10 – Dublin

Yungblud released his second album ‘Weird!’ last December. Last month, he played a free, last-minute show in Los Angeles.

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Watch Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals in Foo Fighters’ disco cover ‘Shadow Dancing’

Foo Fighters have shared a new video for ‘Shadow Dancing’, an Andy Gibb cover that appeared on the group’s recent disco side-project.

The band first revealed their disco leanings with a cover of the Bee Gees’ ‘You Should Be Dancing’ back in February.

It was then followed by a full album ‘Hail Satin’ under the name ‘Dee Gees’ earlier this month.

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Released as part of a Record Store Day drop, it consists of four Bee Gees covers and Andy Gibb’s solo track ‘Shadow Dancing’, plus five live versions of songs from the band’s 2020 studio album ‘Medicine at Midnight’.

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Now, the band have revealed the video for ‘Shadow Dancing’, which features drummer Taylor Hawkins stepping in on lead vocals. You can see it above.

Back in February, usual frontman Dave Grohl explained the decision to initially cover the Bee Gees’ ‘You Should Be Dancing’.

“Somebody said, ​‘Hey, have you seen that Bee Gees documentary?’ And I was like the last person on earth – the only person that hadn’t seen it! So I was like, ​‘Why don’t we just do a Bee Gees song?’ And someone was just like, ​‘OK… how do you wanna do it?!’ And I said: ​‘Well, let’s do it like the Bee Gees,’” Grohl told BBC Radio 2.

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Last month, meanwhile, Foo Fighters performed a sold-out, full-capacity show at Madison Square Garden that welcomed live music back to New York. The band also recently confirmed their headline set at this year’s Lollapalooza Chicago at the end of this month, as well as at 2022’s Boston Calling festival.

Earlier this month, however, the band were forced to postpone a show at the Los Angeles Forum after a confirmed case of COVID-19 “within the Foo Fighters organisation”.

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