Sued for Being “Too Unattractive” for a Tribute Band…

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A member of the extended Shake Rattle & Roll Pianos family has found herself in the midst of an unbelievable legal quagmire.

Huffington Post has picked up the story of Collette McLafferty, an NYC singer, who had performed ONE time with a P!nk tribute band, for $75, and wound up getting sued by someone she has never met, for TEN MILLION DOLLARS.  Not for the kind of copyright infringement that typically gets associated with lawsuits of this nature, but because the plaintiff claimed Collette was too “old and unattractive” for the act.

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And remember, fellow musicians, that there but for the grace of Jones go us all!

RIP David Bowie – Androgynous Chameleon Rocker Dies at 69

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An artist known for never standing still – David Bowie passed away yesterday peacefully after an 18-month battle with cancer.

A singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. Bowie has been a figure in popular music for over four decades, and is known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s.  But his body of work continues into 2016 – his newest single BLACKSTAR releasing this month.

Shifting through various identities throughout his career, Bowie was at times known as Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, the Man Who Fell to Earth, and other personae.

Expanding his career beyond music, he was most recently involved with LAZARUS, a new musical adaptation of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, currently running at the New York Theater Workshop.

RIP Lemmy – Motorhead Frontman – Dead at 70

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One of the league of seemingly indestructible aging rockers, Lemmy Kilminster died earlier today.

The bassist and Motorhead front-man died of an extremely aggressive cancer, which was just reported only two days ago.  Plagued by various health issues over the past few years, the hard-living, hard-rocking Lemmy made no secret about his alcohol and drug use.  He famously claimed he had consumed a bottle of Jack Daniel’s every day since turning 30.

“Apparently I am still indestructible,” he quipped, in a 2014 interview, saying that only death would keep him from performing.

To date, Motörhead have released twenty studio albums and achieved 30 million in sales worldwide.