News Ticker: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kara DioGuardi, Andy Warhol, Slum Village’s Baatin

August 3rd, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

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  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers have tentatively scheduled October ‘09 to reconvene after a two-year hiatus since their tour for 2005’s Stadium Arcadium, drummer Chad Smith told Billboard. “It’ll be two years in September, so now we’re ready,” Smith, who is currently drumming for Chickenfoot, said of the hiatus. While Flea and guitarist John Frusciante will probably bring some musical ideas, the band expects to carve out songs through jamming and improvising.

  • It’s official: Kara DioGuardi will be returning as a judge on American Idol, Fox confirms. Still no word on the status of Paula Abdul’s contract.
  • Andy Warhol’s 1984 portrait of Michael Jackson will go up for auction in New York after a showing at the British Music Experience, the BBC reports. Warhol was commissioned to create the portrait to celebrate Thriller’s record sales.
  • Titus “Baatin” Glover of the Detroit rap collective Slum Village passed away July 31st at the age of 35, the Detroit Free Press reports. Cause of death was unknown, but Baatin reportedly suffered from schizophrenia. “We lost another Slum soldier, a dear friend and a brother,” Slum Village’s T3 told Free Press. J. Dilla, another founding member of Slum Village, died in 2006.

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily

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