These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles. They all received final editing by Jan Benson, without whom the task would have been far too daunting. Remember to give credit where credit is due, and enjoy!
Vocalist Roger Daltrey of The Who is 67.
On this day in 1957, 16-year-old John Lennon persuaded his Aunt Mimi to buy him a guitar.
On this day in 1969, Jim Morrison was arrested after a Miami Doors concert for alleged indecent exposure (he supposedly whipped it out during the show).
On this day in 1974, Queen launched its first headlining tour of England with a very loud performance in Blackpool.
On this day in 1975, the Eagles' "Best Of My Love" hit #1 on the singles chart, Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Roll On Down The Highway" peaked at #14 and Bob Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks" was the #1 album in the land.
On this day in 1995, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry suffered a brain aneurysm on stage during a concert in Switzerland. He was rushed to a hospital and survived, but decided it was time to quit life on the road (and eventually the band).
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Auction will take place on March 9th at Bonhams & Butterfields in New York City. Several guitars donated by Eric's friends will be on the block along with over 150 instruments and amplifiers from his collection.
How much do guitarists still respect the late Tommy Bolin? Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather, Deep Purple's Steve Morse and Black Country Communion's Joe Bonamassa are among those joining the Allman Brothers' Warren Haynes on his tribute album for the young star who burned out way too early. Before his 1976 overdose at the age of 25, Bolin had already worked with James Gang and Deep Purple, and created two phenomenal solo releases. The as yet unnamed tribute album is targeted for a Summer release.
The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers will be awarding Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham with the 2011 Golden Note Award. The award, recognizing his career achievements with the Mac and as a solo artist, will be presented at ASCAP's sixth annual "I Create Music" Expo at L.A.'s Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in late April. Previous Golden Note Award honorees include Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks.
Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's early Sixties muse, died on February 24th at the age of 67 after a long illness. Seen walking arm-in-arm with Dylan on the iconic cover of his album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," Suze was the direct inspiration for many of his early love songs, including "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," "Boots Of Spanish Leather" and "Tomorrow Is A Long Time." Rest in peace.
It was Will Rogers who said: "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."
It was Wyatt Earp who said: "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."
It was Derek Bok who said: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
This Saturday 11am - 1pm: Join Joe and the KLOS Cool Patrol at the Grand Opening of the brand new Speed Shop at Pep Boys at 215 East Katella Avenue in Orange. Famed customizer George Barris will be on hand with some of his show cars, so the place will be rocking!
Dr. Theodor 'Ted' Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss (actually pronounced like "voice"), would have been 107.
Lou Reed hits 69.
Eddie Money turns 62.
Jon Bon Jovi is 49.
On this day in 1964, The Beatles began filming "A Hard Day's Night."
On this day in 1968, Syd Barrett was pushed out of Pink Floyd.
On this day in 1973, The Doobie Brothers' "The Captain & Me" album was released.
On this day in 1976, Led Zeppelin released the "Presence" album.
This weekend, over 90 stations will air OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson featuring the music of Pink Floyd and more of Joe's conversation with Nick Mason, David Gilmour and Roger Waters. Stream on!
We have two important schedule updates from Sir Elton John to start the day. First item: the 63-year-old superstar will return to host and perform on "Saturday Night Live" on April 2nd. His longtime friend and recent collaborator Leon Russell will perform with him in the musical segments. This will be Sir Elty's first appearance on "SNL" since 1982. Second item: Elton and his partner David Furnish will attend the nuptials between England's Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th at Westminster Abbey.
Not only is she still single, but Paul McCartney's ex is back in the news. The Parapluie publicity company is seeking almost $170,000 in unpaid fees from Heather Mills, claiming she's a liar and a cheat. They allege that Mills was lying when she repeatedly told them that McCartney was a wife beater who drank heavily, and she lied when she said she was giving all of her money from "Dancing With The Stars" to charity. Also referenced in the suit is a claim that when Parapluie landed Mills a spot on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," she announced she would only agree to appear on the show if Donald Trump guaranteed that she'd win. Wow! She may have soaked former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney for $50 million when they divorced in 2008, but to allege that The Donald might throw a competition for her? Balls up, say we!
Seems like it was just last week that we wrote off the Soundgarden reunion. But now frontman Chris Cornell says that the band will start recording in Seattle in about a week. The vocalist says they are, "out to make an album that we all really love. We don't have a schedule... We're putting the music first. The process of writing, recording and being creative together is the most important thing, not meeting a deadline." Sounds dangerous (and expensive) to me!
May 8th will mark the 100th anniversary of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's birth. To celebrate, "Robert Johnson: The Complete Masters – Centennial Edition" will be released on April 26th. The $350 set will include all 42 of his master recordings as well as the 1997 documentary "The Life & Music Of Robert Johnson: Can't You Hear The Wind Howl?," which features interviews with The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and Eric Clapton. The iconic musician died on August 16, 1938 at age 27, supposedly of strychnine poisoning by a lover's husband. Taking into account his inspiration of every British blues guitarist of the Sixties, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted Johnson as an "early influence" and "Rolling Stone" magazine named him one of the Top 100 Guitarists of all time. But, having never earned $350, he wouldn't be able to buy his own box set.
It was Garry Shandling who said: "They should put expiration dates on clothes so we would know when they go out of style."
It was Ronald Reagan who said: "Trust, but verify."
It was Albert Einstein who said: "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."
Enter now to win your own private Uncle Joe's Backyard Barbecue party! Invite your friends for good food, drinks, Kingsford Charcoal BBQ and good fun with yer Uncle Joe and the KLOS Cool Patrol. Check out photos from his last rockin' BBQ party!
Thin Lizzy (and occasional Pink Floyd) guitarist Snowy White is 63.
REO Speedwagon guitarist Dave Amato is 58.
On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley released his first #1 single, "Heartbreak Hotel."
On this day in 1966, Stephen Stills and Neil Young formed Buffalo Springfield in a small house near the intersection of Fountain and Gower in Hollywood. A Buffalo Springfield earthmover parked nearby inspired the group's name (granted, they also had a thing for the initials B.S.).
On this day in 1967, former Yardbird guitar god Jeff Beck debuted his Jeff Beck Group featuring bassist Ron Wood, drummer Aynsley Dunbar and a new singer by the name of Rod Stewart.
On this day in 1973, Stealers Wheel's "Stuck In The Middle With You" entered the charts.
On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin finally released the long-delayed "Physical Graffiti" album.
On this day in 1978, Van Halen began its first world tour at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Through much of that tour, the Pasadena band was the opening act for Black Sabbath or Journey.
The green mini-piano that Paul McCartney first performed his classic "Yesterday" on is going up for auction on April 14th. The art deco instrument dates back to 1926 and belonged to singer Alma Cogan in the Sixties when Macca, after dreaming up the song one day in 1964, played the tune for Alma to see if he was stealing it from another artist. The story goes that Paulie hammered out the melody while improvising the words: "Scrambled eggs, oh, my baby how I love your legs." Cogan replied, "I don't know what it is, but it's beautiful".' The song — whose lyrics McCartney soon changed — became one of the world's best selling and most covered tunes. The green mini-piano itself was played at various times by Mick Jagger, Sean Connery, John Lennon and Michael Caine as they partied at the Cogan household (and there was a lot of partying). The Eavestaff pianette will be sold at auction in London's Drury Lane Theatre and is expected to go for at least $200,000.
Everyone around here is really looking forward to Sammy Hagar's new memoir "(Red) My Uncensored Life In Rock," which hits stores on March 15th. With Hagar's trademark frankness, he details his highs and lows in the music business, including Van Halen's ill-fated 2004 reunion. As Sammy says, "If you choose to write an autobiography, which I did, then you only have one shot. If you don't tell it all then you sit there for the rest of your life telling stories and people are like, 'Well why wasn't that in the book?' I don't wanna have to do that. It's all right there." Right so!
With the recent news that Apple and other digital retailers are close to selling 24-bit HD audio tracks, the first to make the jump is high-end digital retailer HD tracks. They have just begun selling the earliest Rolling Stones albums as high-resolution audio downloads. Right now, you can buy the U.K. versions of "The Rolling Stones," "The Rolling Stones No. 2," "12 X 5," "Big Hits" and "Through the Past Darkly." At least 22 more titles will be available this Spring and Summer, including the classics "Let It Bleed," "Beggars Banquet" and "Between the Buttons." The HD audio files were remastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig from the original mono and stereo analog tapes. Can't wait to hear the differences!
It was Mark Twain who said: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."
It was Edna "E" Mode who said: "I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now."
It was Benjamin Disraeli who said: "Little things affext little minds."
By your demand! The special ticket package offer for "National Joe Day" at the Auto Club Speedway has been extended! The return of NASCAR to Southern California on March 27th means race fans can get a Cup o' Joe with Home Depot driver Joey Logano and yer own Uncle Joe Benson! Check out National Joe Day at Auto Club Speedway for a great time!
Bassist Chris Squire of Yes is 63.
Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is 48.
On this day in 1877, Emile Berliner invented the microphone... and where would we be without that?
On this day in 1966, John Lennon's controversial comment about The Beatles being, "more popular than Jesus now" was published in the London "Evening Standard" newspaper.
On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart.
On this date in 1972, "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" by T. Rex peaked at #10 on the charts.
On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd kicked off their "Dark Side Of The Moon" American tour in Madison, Wisconsin. Famed engineer Alan Parsons left Abbey Road Studios to mix the sound for the tour.
On this day in 1986, pianist/vocalist Richard Manuel of The Band hung himself following a concert in Florida. He was only 42 and the suicide was a total surprise to everyone who knew him.
The latest "Rolling Stone" magazine has a great interview with Sammy Hagar about his forthcoming autobiography, "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock." The whole article, even more than just Sammy's observations about Van Halen, is a great read — and excerpting any of it here would be a total injustice. The book itself is due out on March 15th.
Riddle me this: Is it really a band reunion if only the singer and the drummer are on stage? Kinks frontman Ray Davies is seriously considering reforming the band whether or not his brother and chief collaborator Dave Davies is there. When rumors surfaced that the iconic British Invasion band might reunite, younger brother Dave was quick to say: "It would be a shame. You don't need to see silly old men in wheelchairs singing 'You Really Got Me.'" To this, older brother Ray says: "I can understand what he's trying to say... I think it's a reference to comebacks in general. The fortunate thing for me is that I was never a sexy frontman. Dave was always the pretty kid. So maybe he feels that way about himself. But we'll do it without him if we have to. The music is the issue." But that just leaves Ray and drummer Mick Avory to carry on, so...
Word is that Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is hard at work on a solo record with producer Dave Stewart in Los Angeles. If true, the album would be Jagger's first solo effort since 2001's "Goddess In The Doorway." As long as it doesn't delay The Stones next tour, "Have a go at it" say we!
"The Union," a documentary about Sir Elton John's latest album from "Jerry Maguire" filmmaker Cameron Crowe, will open the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20th. The film about Sir Elton's professional reunion with Leon Russell includes interviews with lyricist Bernie Taupin, singer Stevie Nicks and producer Don Was.
It was the immortal Frank Zappa who said: "There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."
It was Harry Truman who said: "It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours."
It was Oscar Wilde who said: "There are many things we would throw away if we were not afraid others might pick them up."
Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark is 59.
On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin performed "Stairway To Heaven" in concert for the first time. Belfast, Northern Ireland was the chosen spot... and the crowd went wild.
On this day in 1982, comedian John Belushi, "Saturday Night Live" veteran and Blues Brother, died of an overdose at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. He was 33.
On this day in 1994, Grace Slick pointed a shotgun at police in her Tiburon, California home. By June, she had been sentenced to 200 hours of community service and three month's worth of Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings.
Guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is 65.
On this day in 1976, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks-penned "Rhiannon" entered the charts where it eventually peaked at #11.
Singer/bassist Chris Taylor-White of The Zombies is 68 and virtually invisible.
Vocalist Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band is 65.
Drummer Kenny Aronoff (who's working with hundreds including Mellencamp, Fogerty and Etheridge) is 58.
On this day in 1967, The Beatles finished recording "Lovely Rita" for the "Sgt. Pepper" album.
On this day in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band" peaked at #2 on the charts.
On this day in 1973, legendary A&R man John Hammond suffered a heart attack while attending a showcase concert by his brand new signing, Bruce Springsteen. Fortunately, both John and Bruce survived.
On this day in 1975, David Bowie shocked his fans by going "soul" with the release of his "Young Americans" album.
On this day in 1979, Bad Company released the "Desolation Angels" album.
On this day in 1987, Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" peaked at #8 on the pop singles chart.
On this day in 1988, The Beatles albums "Past Masters Volume 1" and "Volume 2" were released.
So what do you say if your big rock festival can't afford to pay Metallica, or if Metallica turns down your offer? If you're Britain's Download Festival, you declare that you're not booking Metallica as this year's headliner because the Hall Of Famers have become "boring" by touring too often. That's what Download organizer Andy Copping said when announcing that he chose Def Leppard as the big headliner.
Throughout John Mellencamp's six-week 2009 Summer tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, Ian and Kurt Markus were following John around, shooting a documentary on Super8 film. In the process, they also chronicled John recording his newest album, "No Better Than This." Mellencamp's been screening an hour-long version of the 79 minute documentary on his current tour (he's actually his own opening act), but the full length film will finally have its premiere March 12th at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival. It's worth noting that Mellencamp is never specifically interviewed in the film, and there are virtually no "talking heads" seen or heard in the piece. Cool beans!
If you're any kind of Thin Lizzy fan, then you need to pick up "Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back — The True Story" the moment it's released on March 28th. The book packaging includes four interview DVDs packed with candid film and audio interviews with past and present members from all eras of the band, including the late frontman, Phil Lynott as well as Eric Bell, Brian Robertson, Snowy White and John Sykes. The book also includes a comprehensive track by track analysis. The fact that the set has not been viewed or approved by the band or its management is... kind of weird.
A Honda VF500 motorcycle owned and ridden by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is being sold to raise money for Think Pink Scotland's breast cancer laboratory in Glasgow. The mid-Eighties V-4 sport bike, recently painted pink, will be auctioned at the International Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford, England on April 24th. Good luck getting it through U.S. Customs after you buy it!
It was Henry Ford who said: "Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."
It was Lewis Carroll who said: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."
It was Danny Kaye who said: "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."
Monday is the final day... for the special ticket package offer for "National Joe Day" at the Auto Club Speedway! The return of NASCAR to Southern California on March 27th means race fans can get a Cup o' Joe with Home Depot driver Joey Logano and yer own Uncle Joe Benson! Check out National Joe Day at Auto Club Speedway for a great time!
Pseudo-drummer Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees is 66.
Bassist/singer Randy Meisner, a founding member of the Eagles and Poco, is 64.
On this day in 1969, The Beatles held the top two positions on the U.S. album chart with "The Beatles" (better known as the "White Album") and the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack album.
On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart.
On this day in 1973, Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan became the first of several Grateful Dead keyboard players to die while working with the band. "Pigpen" had been ill for a few years before passing on at the age of 27.
On this day in 1974, Bad Company played their first real gig at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.
On this day in 1977, Foreigner released its debut album.
On this day in 1990, Robert Plant released the album "Manic Nirvana."
OK gossip mongers, time to get a grip. While not as earth shattering as the latest show biz mental case/addict's current rant, occasional Genesis frontman/drummer Phil Collins is not retiring from the music business. In fact, Phil's personal PR rep says, "He is not, has no intention of, retiring." (And if you can't believe a PR rep, who can you believe?) Most of the retirement talk seems to be stemming from Collins' need to take time off due to nerve damage in his neck and left hand, which required some intense surgery. As the wee man who has sold over 150 million albums said recently, "At the moment I can't feel the fingers on my left hand or the ends of my fingers so playing drums or piano is probably — I can't do that at the moment." And so it goes.
The spacey jumpsuit Ozzy Osbourne wore in his Best Buy Super Bowl commercial, along with a similar one worn by Justin Bieber, was auctioned for charity on eBay last week. With all of the money donated to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Ozzy's suit sold for $2,550 and Bieber's suit went for $5,800. The question is, since KLOS' Jim Ladd is a full six inches taller than Ozzy, how's he going to get into the Ozzy suit he just bought?
There was a time (before Live Nation took it over) when U2's fan club and U2.com website were the best in the world. Now comes word that some 1,300 fan club members have filed a petition with the Irish band focused on a list of grievances. In response, reps for the Hall Of Famers have promised improvements at the band's website, more band news online, better access to ticket pre-sales and better customer service. No word on how much the annual membership fee will be raised to pay for the changes.
For someone who isn't touring, Billy Joel sure is a busy guy! His double CD/DVD box set, "Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert," is out today. And "The Book Of Joel," his cleverly titled autobiography, will be released in June. Considering the strength of Keith Richards' "Life," Jimmy Buffett's "A Pirate Looks At Fifty" and Bob Dylan's "Chronicle," we're hoping "The Book Of Joel" raises the bar for rock bios!
First things first: no matter what they said in December, Judas Priest is not going to break up. Guitarist Glenn Tipton's latest statement says, "To put everyone's mind at rest, this is by no means the end of the band. In fact, we are presently writing new material, but we do intend this to be the last major world tour." The "Epitaph" tour will start with two months of summertime European gigging in June — an ample warm-up for their soon-to-be-announced Stateside gigs!
It was Alfred Hitchcock who said: "The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."
It was Woody Allen who said: "Comedy is tragedy plus time."
It was Baltasar Gracián who said: "Do not be a slave of first impressions."
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Guitarist Robin Trower is 66.
On this day in 1974, David Essex's "Rock On" peaked at #5 on the pop singles chart.
On this day in 2007, 55-year-old Boston singer Brad Delp took his life in his home.
Having sold over 150 million albums as a solo artist and with Genesis, singer/drummer/actor Phil Collins hasn't been coordinating his messages lately. Answering recent reports about his "retirement" from the music business, the 60-year-old GRAMMY and Academy Award winner had a lot to say in London yesterday. "I haven't spoken to anybody in the press for a few months... I am stopping [music] so I can be a full-time father to my two young sons on a daily basis. Some of the things mentioned have been said by me in various interviews, but said as asides with a smile on my face and in passing. They were not meant to be 'headlines', they were small parts of a conversation. This clearly doesn't come over in print and I should know better." He also said he was not quitting music due to his health, bad reviews, poor treatment by the press, because he did not fit in or because he felt unloved. Guess a simple "I just want to kick back with the kids" wasn't simple enough for the media to understand.
Motley Crue will receive the coveted Elmer Valentine Award for their contributions to the Sunset Strip music scene during the 4th Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival this August. The band got their start playing shows at The Roxy Theatre and Whisky A Go-Go back in the Eighties. In addition to an August 18th ceremony at the House Of Blues on Sunset (and yes, yer Uncle Joe will be there), the city of West Hollywood will also recognize the band with a special day in its honor. The Sunset Strip Music Festival runs August 18th through the 20th.
Need an excuse to party like a rock star? Rod Stewart will be honored as a musical pioneer with ASCAP's Founders Award at the 28th Annual Pop Music Awards in L.A. on April 27th. The very next night in Hollywood, ASCAP will honor Fleetwood Mac guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham with the Golden Note Award during the 6th Annual ASCAP "I Create Music Expo". Let's hope the honorees don't break too much furniture during the celebration!
An Evening with The Monkees – The 45th Anniversary Tour will begin on June 4th in Clearwater, Florida. The three original Monkees — Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork — will play 27 cities before winding up the tour with a Morongo date on July 15th and the Greek Theater on July 16th.
It was Oscar Wilde who said: ""Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."
It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance."
It was Hal Lee Luyah (was that really his name?) who said: "There's a deception to every rule."
Boston's main guy, Tom Scholz is 64.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is 48.
On this day in 1973, both "Reelin' In The Years" by Steely Dan and "Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group were released.
On this day in 1998, Eric Clapton released his "Pilgrim" album.
On this day in 2003, AC/DC and The Righteous Brothers were among the performers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
On this day in 2008, The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, along with The Ventures, Little Walter, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp and Madonna.
Occasional Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and singer/guitarist/songwriter Peter Frampton just booked themselves into this year's Montreal International Jazz Festival. Plant and his Band of Joy will play their latest material on June 24th and Frampton will play his 1976 double-album "Frampton Comes Alive!" in its entirety on June 30th.
Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar has signed on for the May edition of Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood. His Chickenfoot bandmate Chad Smith and Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen will also be giving campers instruction during their fantasy experience. For more information on the May 10th - 15th event, visit www.rockcamp.com.
"How I Won The War," John Lennon's only non-Beatles theatrical film, is finally coming out on DVD on March 20th. Released in 1967 and directed by "A Hard Day's Night" director Richard Lester, the black comedy played to middling reviews. Lennon began filming the flick, about a doomed regiment in World War II, just days after wrapping up The Beatles' final tour at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. That was when Lennon cut off his Beatle haircut and began wearing his now-trademark "granny glasses."
They've finally made it official. AC/DC's live concert DVD documenting their Black Ice World Tour will be released on May 10th. Shot with 32 cameras in HD during three sold-out shows in Buenos Aires as nearly 200,000 fans went nuts, "AC/DC Live At River Plate" will feature 19 songs as well as "behind the scenes" footage.
Original Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who was fired from the band shortly after the release of their breakthrough 1992 album "Dirt" due to his escalating drug problem, was found dead in a Salt Lake City house on Tuesday. Mike had gone public with his drug problems on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab," but was unable to beat his demons. He was arrested in Salt Lake City three weeks ago on various drugs charges. The band's surviving original members, guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, said in a statement they were mourning the loss of their friend and requested privacy. Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of "Celebrity Rehab," spoke for all of us when he said: "Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family."
It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
It was Donald Trump who said: "Listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper."
It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."