ARETHA FRANKLIN: The end is near
People magazine reports that Aretha Franklin's death is now "immiment."
An unnamed source, said to be "a longtime friend" says the Queen of Soul "did not want people to know and she didn’t make it public." Another source told Detoit TV station WDIV that the singer "is gravely ill and... asking for your prayers at this time."
On Sunday night, news began to circulate that 76-year-old Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill” and expected to pass away. While the Queen of Soul battles cancer and fights for her life in a Detroit hospital, some of her fellow artists showed love and sent support through social media.
- Missy Elliott: “My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this difficult time. LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music…”
- DJ Premier: “Prayers Up For The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin...Hope You Get Well!!!”
- Chuck D tweeted a link to “Ain’t No Way.”
- MC Hammer: “Prayers for Our Queen.”
- Jermaine Dupri: “All my prayers are with #ArethaFranklin and her family.”
- Ciara: “Praying for Aretha Franklin and her family right now!”
- Mariah Carey: “Praying for the Queen of Soul.”
- Jackée Henry: "Prayers going up for the Queen of Soul tonight. Music just wouldn’t be same if not for Aretha Franklin."
- Jemele Hill: "Just read the reports about Aretha Franklin. Reminds me of that time Re-Re blessed the White House with my favorite song of hers #GetWellQueen."
- Juice Wrld: "Praying for you Queen"
- Cappadonna: "Stay. #prayersgoingup"
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PHIL COLLINS: May record a new album
The last time Phil Collins released an album of original material was in 2002 with Testify. But having returned to touring, he says he "will have to" record a new one.
Collins tells Rolling Stone, "I do have a little studio in my house. There is myself and my Mrs. and we have an office in the same room, so the busier the office is the less chance I get at going in there. I make notes. I’ve got lyrical ideas. I make notes and I keep them in a place that at some point I’ll get to them."
In the meantime, he's enjoying touring. "It’s great fun, I have to say. I didn’t think I’d ever say that again. I’ve got my son [Nicholas] playing drums. That adds to it. He’s been totally accepted by this band... It’s all gone according to plan. As long as we can think of somewhere to go and we get a few breaks, we’ll keep doing it."
And his health has held up so far. He says he's "OK... A back operation left me with a paralyzed right foot. I still have a bit of a problem playing drums. But in general, the health is good."
Collins will go on a U.S. tour in October.
STEVE PERRY: Launches Twitter page with promising message
Former Journey singer Steve Perry officially broke his long silent streak today by launching a Twitter page and posting, "I know it's been a long time comin'..."
There have been reports over the years that he is working on a solo album, so perhaps an announcement is imminent.
Perry's last album was 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine.
KANSAS: Proud of working with the USO
Kansas have enjoyed hit singles, million-selling albums and packed the biggest arenas. But bassist Billy Greer says their proudest moment came from playing with the USO.
He tells Hagerstown, Maryland's Herald-Mail the connection came via their drummer. "Phil Ehart was a military brat. As his father’s career progressed, he lived all over the place. Phil saw the USO as it was, the kind of entertainment that was Bob Hope and stuff like that. He thought it would be nice to do a tour with a rock and roll band."
On their tours with the USO, Kansas have "played at bases and on ships. These kids that we played for, it was awesome to have them thank the band after we were done. Cheap Trick, The Doobie Brothers and Pablo Cruise would play with us. Stephen Stills was on one of the tours with us. It was probably one of the most rewarding gigs I’ve ever played."