Harry Nilsson's eldest son, Zak Nilsson, posted a letter Paul McCartney sent him upon hearing of his stomach cancer operation and impending chemotherapy. McCartney first met Harry back in 1968 and proclaimed him his "favorite American band" upon his and John Lennon's trip to America that year to announce the formation of the Beatles' company Apple Corps. Legendary Beach Boys lyricist Stephen Kalinich reached out to McCartney, filling him in about Zak's current battle.
Zak Nilsson posted on Facebook:
I got this letter from Paul McCartney the other day. He heard I had cancer and sent me this note. I was very touched that Harry’s friendship meant this much to Paul.
Paul McCartney here. Steven (sic) Kalinich wrote to me to let me know that you were about to have chemo so I am sending this note to encourage you to be strong and positive.
I was privileged to know your dad whom I knew as a lovely guy and a great talent. I wish you the very best of luck with the treatment. My wife, Nancy, went through it years ago and stuck with it even though she hated it. She is now better and well, except for the fact she is married to me!!
Sending the very best vibrations to you.
A previously unreleased Tom Petty song has been released as the teaser to the upcoming compilation, The Best Of Everything. The new tune, titled, "For Real," was tracked back in August 2000 and is among the highlights on Petty's first career-spanning collection, which will be released on March 11th. The Best Of Everything features all of Petty’s hits with the Heartbreakers, his solo work, and side band Mudcrutch. The 38-track set includes two previously unreleased tracks — "For Real" and an alternate version of the title track, which restores a never-heard second verse to the song that was originally recorded for 1985's Southern Accents album.
Gene Simmons has responded to Ace Frehley's recent allegations that he groped Frehley's wife and has been issuing slanderous remarks pertaining to Frehley sobriety. Frehley took exception last month to comments made during Simmons' recent chat with Guitar World magazine in which the "demon" made the incorrect statement that — among other things — Frehley had been fired by the band three times, due to substance abuse issues. In truth, Frehley had actually quit the band twice. Rather than back up his comments or up the ante with Frehley — Simmons sought to diffuse the situation by telling The Los Angeles Times, "I'm not gonna say anything in print other than I love Ace and Peter (Criss) and I thank them forever — they're every bit as important as Paul (Stanley) and myself for launching the band. I'm not going to make any guesses of why the emotions are so volatile, but it's happened before." (The Los Angeles Times)
Tedeschi Trucks Band multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge died on Friday (February 15th) at age 57 in Atlanta following complications surrounding treatment for an ongoing cardiac issue. Kofi's younger brother Oteil Burbridge played with Derek Trucks in the final lineup of the Allman Brothers Band and now tours as part of Dead & Company. (Jambase)
Men At Work's creative force Colin Hay will play a string of solo North American dates this spring. In addition to touring as part of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band and launching a new lineup of Men At Work for a bunch of overseas shows, Hay will play a total of 13 Western gigs in May and June, hitting California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and Colorado.
Colin Hay tour dates (subject to change):
May 3 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s Concerts by the Sea
May 5 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
May 6 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
May 9 – Kirkland, WA – Kirkland Performance Center
May 10 – Salem, OR – Elsinor Theatre
May 11 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
May 14 – Jackson, WY – Center for the Arts
May 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room
May 16 – Boise, ID – The Egyptian Theatre
May 17 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
May 18 – Stateline, NV – Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
June 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Largo at the Coronet
June 8 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Source: Pulse of Radio