Tag Archives: 2009

RIP Jeanne-Claude

RIP Jeannne Claude

Oh man, this news breaks my heart so bad. Jeanne-Claude, one half of the husband and wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, has passed away of a brain aneurysm. I’ve been a huge fan of Jeanne–Claude and Christo for ages and ages, ever since I saw a documentary film about the making of their Running Fence project when I was in college. And just a few years ago I was fortunate to experience The Gates right here in NYC’s Central Park.  The snow was a foot thick on the ground and it was freezing outside but nobody seemed to mind. It was so awesome.

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RIP Ken Ober

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Ken Ober on The Set of Remote Control

In a previous life of mine, back when MTV didn’t suck balls (i.e. before you were born), I used to watch a tacky, low-budget game show on that network called Remote Control. Basically your standard Pop Culture Trivia-themed game show where contestants answered fun questions about Rock music and classic TV  shows  for points, while sitting in easy chairs flanked by bowls of snacks, Remote Control was just awesome. The show helped to launch the careers of exploitation film actress and spokesmodel Cari Wuhrer (Who? Exactly), comedian Colin Quinn and box office poison Adam Sandler, and was hosted by a guy named Ken Ober. Ken Ober continued to work in the entertainment industry in his post-Remote Control career, but never achieved the “household name” status of some of his costars: and now he’s dead. Yes, Ken Ober, best known as the former host of MTV’s Remote Control passed away over the weekend of as yet unspecified causes. He was 52. Read more on this sad story and reminisce about the rad genius that was Remote Control at This Link.

RIP Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer

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Peterson in 2008 With Blue Cheer Band Mates Paul Whaley and Duck MacDonald.

Blue Cheer bassist and lead singer Richard Allan “Dickie” Peterson has passed away on October 12th, in Erkelenz, Germany, where he lived, after a long fight against cancer. He was 63. I had Dinner with Dickie and other members of Blue Cheer a couple of years ago, and he was a really cool guy. More info from Blue Cheer’s publicist after the jump.

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Gail In Print: Modern Drummer, November 2009

MD Nov 2009 Cover

The great Brann Dailor of Mastodon graces the cover of November’s Modern Drummer, where you will also find my long-awaited article on Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden. Out to subscribers now, on newsstands everywhere October 6th!

RIP Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze

Actor and classically trained dancer Patrick Swayze, star of the blockbuster films Dirty Dancing and Ghost has passed away in Los Angeles after losing his two year batter with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.