Construction is set to begin next month for the first phase of a long-planned Jimi Hendrix Park in the legendary guitarist’s home town of Seattle. The “Little Wing” portion of the park will feature a timeline of Hendrix’s career in the shape of a guitar and is scheduled to open this fall. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is continuing to raise funds for a second phase of the park. (Rolling Stone)
The music world is mourning three greats in their respective fields.
- A.J. Pero, drummer for Twisted Sister, has died of a heart attack at age 55. At the time of his death he was touring with a side project, the band Adrenaline Mob. (Rolling Stone)
- Michael Brown, keyboardist for the Left Banke, has died of heart failure at age 65. Brown wrote the band’s classic 1966 song “Walk Away Renee.” (Billboard)
- British singer-songwriter Jackie Trent has died at age 74. Trent had a 1965 hit with “Where Are You Now (My Love)” and also wrote songs for performers including Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark. (Billboard)
Universal is reportedly pressuring Spotify to restrict free listeners, whose streams generate less revenue per-play than the streams of paid subscribers. With their broad and deep catalogs, major labels have more leverage over streaming services than even major artists like Taylor Swift, who has made her objections to Spotify known. (NME)
On April 8, Nick Cave is releasing a book about his 2014 tour. The book, called The Sick Bag Song, was entirely written by hand on airplane sick bags. (Pitchfork)
Wynonna Judd wowed an audience at SXSW with a stripped-down show that included three new songs from a forthcoming album. The show included lots of stories about her personal and musical history, including her time in the Judds. Referring to her troubled family life, Judd joked, “If you had to share a bus with your mother for ten years, wouldn’t you be that way too?” (Rolling Stone)
Slipknot guitarist Mickael Thomson has been charged with disorderly conduct after a knife fight with his brother at his Iowa home that resulted in stab wounds to both brothers. (Billboard)
Chic released a new video for their song “I’ll Be There,” a new song with a vintage disco feel. Watch it at Billboard.
At Lollapalooza Argentina, Jack White was joined by Robert Plant for a cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “The Lemon Song.” (Pitchfork)
When Peruvian fans tried to sing “Happy Birthday” to Billy—er, William—Corgan, he corrected them. “My name is not Billy. My name is William.” (SPIN)