Big 95 Music News: David Cassidy, Gene Simmons

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DAVID CASSIDY:  Remains hospitalized in critical condition

David Cassidy's condition has deteriorated over the past 24 hours.

TMZ reports that the onetime teen idol is now in the intensive care unit of a Florida hospital and on a breathing tube. His prospects are described as "grim."

While the hope on Saturday was to stabilize his condition so he would be able to undergo a liver transplant, a source tells TMZ, "There's really no issue anymore for a transplant. It's futile."

Cassidy, 67, has had substance issues for most of his nearly 50-year career as a performer.

As word of Cassidy's medical crisis surfaced over the weekend, his Partridge Family co-star Danny Bonaduce tweeted, "I’m a big believer in the power of prayers. Please keep my brother David Cassidy in yours. Thanks for all the love and support."

GENE SIMMONS:  Banned by Fox News

Gene Simmons has been banned from FOX News and the FOX Business Network following an appearance at the network's New York headquarters on Wednesday. 

While promoting his new book, On Power, Simmons was asked by host Maria Bartiromo about the sexual-misconduct allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Simmons said, "The lunatics have taken over the insane asylum when respected business entities such as yourself ask guys that like to stick their tongues out what I think of Harvey Weinstein. Okay, I’m a powerful and attractive man, and what I’m about to say is deadly serious. Men are jackasses. From the time we’re young we have testosterone. I’m not validating it or defending it.”

But it seems to be what happened off the air that put FOX over the edge. Simmons allegedly barged into a meeting and shouted, "Hey chicks, sue me!” before opening his shirt to reveal his chest and stomach.

These actions have led to him being permanently banned from the building on Sixth Avenue as well as any other FOX News or FOX Business Network facility.

Though Simmons has not commented on this report, there are videos of his appearances on the networks from Wednesday on his website.

JOHN OATES:  New album coming in February

John Oates is synonymous with Philadelphia and lives in Nashville. But his next solo album, out February 2nd, is titled Arkansas.

The dark-haired half of Hall and Oates says, "This is the record I have always wanted to make, with the band to bring it to life. After all these years, I feel I’ve finally been able to capture the sound that’s in my head."

A project that began as a tribute to Oates’s idol, Mississippi John Hurt, evolved into one drawing from a wide range of John's musical influences. He describes it as "like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues."

Backing Oates is The Good Road Band -- Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nathaniel Smith on cello and Josh Day on drums and percussion.

John explores music from long before the birth of rock and roll. There are fresh interpretations of Emmett Miller's "Anytime" from 1924, as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune "Miss the Mississippi and You," from 1932. Rounding out the set are two new songs by Oates that blend seamlessly with the traditional roots material.

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