Iconic bassist for the Band Cream has passed away in his home in Suffolk, England. Bruce's death was announced on his Facebook page, "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all around legend, the world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts", read the post.
Bruce was an integral part of the group Cream during their early years. He also had a strong solo career interspersed with occasional performances with Cream. he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the band. Bruce's final album was released in March.
Read more on Jack Bruce at the Los Angeles Times.
The keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens has been found dead in his hotel room. Owens, age 38 has recorded and performed with groups such as The Long Beach Dub Allstars, The Mars Volta, and recently Jack White. Owens has been working with White since 2012 and has contributed to the album Blunderbuss and most recently Lazaretto. Owens was touring with White in Mexico when he was found dead in his hotel room. It is being reported that the hotel room that Owens was found in may have contained drugs and alchohol, though the official cause of death is being ruled a heart attack. Jack White has cancelled the remaining shows on the Mexican tour in respect for Owens.
Read more on Ikey Owens at Rolling Stone.
Previously unavailable on the music streaming service, the solo discography of former Beatle John Lennon can now be heard on Spotify. Eight albums that were released between 1970 and 1984 can be heard in their entirety, as well as many non record song compilations. Spotify acquired Lennon's solo discography as part of a series of exclusive deals the streaming service has been working on in order to compete with rise in the number of similar services being made available online. Lennon joins fellow Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Star in having his discography available on Spotify as well as several songs by George Harrison. however the Beatles music is still unable to be streamed on the service.
Read more on the Spotify release of John Lennon's music at Consequence of Sound.
Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders loses his battle with cancer on October 4th at the age of 76. Revere has been touring and performing even up to this year despite fighting cancer and it was only this summer that he took the advice of his doctors and took a break, remaining optimistic however he made a statement on Facebook to his fans, “Even though I’ve had some health issues nothing can stop the old man, I’m like the energizer bunny!”. Revere was with his family at their home in Idaho at the time of his death. Paul Revere and the raiders have been performing since the 60’s and have experienced commercial success with songs such as “Indian Reservation”, “Kicks”, and “Louie, Louie”. More on Paul Revere and his career can be read at NME. Paul Revere and the Raiders perform "Kicks".
Iconic guitarist and founding member of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page has revealed plans to form a new band and go on tour playing music spanning his entire career. Despite long time hopes of organizing a Led Zeppelin reunion Page comments that the chances are “Not Very likely” likely do to reluctance on the part Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant. Page’s new group will consist of as of yet unknown musicians, but he has said that he will be playing material from every stage in his career “right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds…and there would certainly be new material in there as well”. Read more on Jimmy Page and his upcoming tour at The Guardian.