News Ticker: Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Willy DeVille and Mike Seeger

August 10th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

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  • A Los Angeles judge has granted the co-executors of Michael Jackson’s estate permission to begin producing new merchandise bearing the late singer’s name, TMZ reports. The decision will first result the reissuing of Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk; Jermaine Jackson’s memorial performance of “Smile” will also head to iTunes. The judge also officially approved the Columbia Pictures-produced This Is It! concert film Rock Daily reported on last week.

  • Coldplay postponed their August 9th performance in Tampa, Florida, due to unspecified “medical reasons,” the band posted on its official Website. The concert was supposed to be Coldplay’s final North American show of the summer. The group plans to reschedule the concert shortly.
  • Willy DeVille, the frontman of the punk group Mink Deville, passed away at the age of 58 after a fight with pancreatic cancer, EW’s Music Mix reports. Willy DeVille and his band were important members of New York’s legendary punk scene in the late 1970s, with DeVille often serving as house band at CBGBs.
  • Mike Seeger, a folk singer and folklorist as well as the half-brother of Pete Seeger, died on August 7th after a battle with cancer, NPR reports. Seeger was 75. Over a career that spanned five decades, Seeger was nominated for six Grammys.

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily

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