April 2014 Issue Playlist Rocks Eclectically

The April 2014 playlist features songs from the artists in that issue, including Cynic, 311 (Chad Sexton), Young the Giant (François Comtois), Big Head Todd and The Monsters (Brian Nevin), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Chad Smith), and The Beatles (Ringo Starr). Plus there is a Springsteen track featuring hand percussionist of the month Everett Bradley.

Give it a whirl.

Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Dies At 64

scott asheton

The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton passed away from a heart attack Saturday at the age of 64.

Asheton was a part of the punk rock band when they formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His older brother, Ron Asheton, who was the group’s guitarist, died in 2009.

“He was like my brother,” Iggy Pop said about Scott in a recent statement. “He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me. My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.”

“It warms my heart to read how much he has inspired and the love and respect so many have for him and his music,” Leanna Asheton said.

She remembered her father not only for his love of playing and listening to music, but for his humor and charm. She said they enjoyed going to gigs together in recent years, including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in Detroit, which she said was his favorite and last show.

Along with his wife and daughter, Asheton is survived by his stepsons Simon and Aaron, whom “he loved as his own,” his daughter said.

Al Harewood: 1923-2014

Al Harewood

Al Harewood is a name you rarely heard these days but it’s regrettable since he was a helluva drummer from the ‘50s through the ‘70s, playing on notable jazz recordings with trumpeter Booker Ervin, saxophonists Dexter Gordon, Lou Donaldson, Stan Getz, and Stanley Turrentine, jazz French horn pioneer David Amram, singer Betty Carter, pianist Horace Parlan, and guitarist Grant Green, among many others. [See the Spotify file below.] He was a staple on the old Blue Note label, known for his sensitive, melodic timekeeping more than flashy solos. He passed away this week at the age of 90.

Harewood was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1923, the son of natives of Barbados who had moved to the US. He got his start in music with the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson school of dance. Famously, he got his break in jazz when he subbed for a friend on a date with trombonist J.J. Johnson. That led to recordings, and the rest, as they say, is history as he worked steadily for decades. Though he never recorded as a leader of his own band, his name shows up on 183 recordings and reissues on

New Pittsburgh Courier obituary.

Chad Smith Honored In Hometown

Chad Smith Exhibit

The Birmingham, Michigan Historical Museum and Park spiced up its collection recently with a new music exhibit that features native son Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Sounds of Birmingham exhibit kicked off with an event March 6 that featured local DJs recalling some of the bands with connections to Birmingham, such as Bob Seger, SRC, and The Romantics. Creem Magazine, the legendary '70s rock journal that featured critic Lester Bangs, was also located in Birmingham for a while. [Ed. note: The Creem staff is credited with coining the terms "punk rock" and "heavy metal" in a 1971 issue.] Chad Smith and his family donated items from his career including drums, gold records and other Grammy mementos.

Chad Smith Exhibit

KISS Owes Late Drummer Eric Carr's Heirs


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Late drummer Eric Carr's heirs are claiming that the former KISS member has unpaid royalties. Carr's family members say KISS owe them five to 50 percent of the profits made on songs like "Breaking Out," "Little Caesar," "Carr Jam 1981," and "Carr Jam 1991."

According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the heirs state they believed they should only be collecting royalties from the American Society of Composers, but have discovered they should also be receiving payments from the group, two publishing companies and Gene Simmons Worldwide Inc.

"They thought they were getting it all from one source," Attorney Robert Garson said.