Wednesday, 30 December 2009

image taken at Hordern Pavillion, Sydney Australia in May 2008 supporting Bullet For My Valentine

RIP Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan 10/2/81-28/12/09

Drummer of Avenged Sevenfold

 

Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was found dead at his home in Huntington Beach, California, yesterday. He was 28. Preliminary police reports indicate Sullivan died of natural causes, but the Orange County Coroner’s Office is investigating his death. Sullivan helped found Avenged Sevenfold in 1999, and featured on all four of the band’s studio albums.

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan,” Sullivan’s Avenged Sevenfold bandmates wrote on their website. “Jimmy was not only one of the world’s best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jimmy’s family and we hope that you will respect their privacy during this difficult time. Jimmy you are forever in our hearts.”

After playing Ozzfest in 2006, Avenged Sevenfold memorably beat out Rihanna, Chris Brown, Panic! at the Disco, Angels and Airwaves and James Blunt for the title of Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, thanks in part to their Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-inspired song “Bat Country.” Avenged Sevenfold then reached Number Four on the Billboard Top 200 with their self-titled fourth album. The band spent the past two years on a co-headlining tour with Buckcherry. The band was reportedly in the process of recording their fifth album.

Source: The Rolling Stone

Wednesday, 30 December 2009 06:51:08 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
 Friday, 26 June 2009

Thought it was a radio stint, however it has been confirmed by sources around the world, Michael 'The King Of Pop' Jackson has died at age 50 due to a cardiac arrest, unable to be revived while being rushed to UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles.

I still remember putting on his tracks on the local jukebox when 5-6 years old.

Though his personal life was one of controversy, what major influencing artist has been considered 'normal'?

reported by news.com.au

MICHAEL Jackson has died after suffering a heart attack, reports from the United States have said.

Jackson was rushed to hospital after ambulance officers were called to his home, where he had stopped breathing.

TMZ were told: "when paramedics arrived, Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back."

The Los Angeles Times reported Jackson was in a coma when he arrived at the UCLA hospital.  It reported that he was pronounced dead by medical staff soon after his arrival.

CNN reported the LA coroner had confirmed Jackson's death.

Reports from Los Angeles have said some of Jackson's family were with him.  TMZ reported his sister La Toya ran into the hospital sobbing after he was pronounced dead.

There was "choas" in the hospital when Jackson was brought in, TMZ reported a source as saying.  It said one of the people accompanying Jackson screamed "You've got to save him! You've got to save him!" as the singer was rushed to emergency.

Some of the first reaction from others in the entertainment industry have come via Twitter.  Ashton Kutcher has posted "pray for his kids".

Comeback

Jackson was reportedly planning a comeback and was living in LA while rehearsing a series of 50 sold-out shows in London.

However those concerts - billed as the "final curtain" - had been thrown into doubt after Jackson pushed back the opening dates last month.  Organisers of the concerts had stressed the delay was not linked to Jackson's health.

"Like the whole world I'm absolutely devastated and lost for words," Jackson's friend Uri Geller told Sky News in the UK.  "He was in good health - he was rehearsing and dancing. I'm shocked."

Jackson was known as the King of Pop for his dominance and reshaping of the music industry in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, first as a member of the Jackson Five and later as a solo artist.

His Thriller album remains one of the biggest selling of all time and went platinum 14 times over.  The music video for the title track was a worldwide sensation and a landmark moment for a generation.

But his career began sliding in the 1990s, when attention turned from his musical abilities to his bizarre personal life and he earned the nickname "Wacko Jacko".

Reports of plastic surgery, odd behaviour and surprise weddings became tabloid fodder, but allegations of improper treatment of boys turned into a media frenzy when he faced trial on related charges in 2004.

His acquittal was carried live around the world, in scenes now echoed by the crowds of fans and followers massing outside his Los Angeles home and UCLA hospital.

Find the story here - http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,28383,25692752-7484,00.html

TMZ Report - http://www.tmz.com/category/michael-jackson/

Perez Hilton Report - http://perezhilton.com/category/michael-jackson/

Twitter Flooded - http://twitter.com/home#search?q=michael%20jackson

E News - http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b131160_michael_jackson_suffers_heart_attack_he.html 

Friday, 26 June 2009 08:00:45 (W. Australia Standard Time, UTC+08:00)