This week we remember Tom Petty and check out last week’s top music stories On the Radar.
Tom Petty dies at 66
Last week we lost another music icon. Tom Petty died on Monday (Oct. 2) of a cardiac arrest. He was 66 years old. Petty was found unconscious in his Malibu home on Sunday (Oct. 1). He suffered a full cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital. Petty was placed on life support, but when there was no activity in his brain, the plug was pulled as part of a “do not resuscitate” order Petty’s family signed. The rocker clung on to life still in critical condition but passed on peacefully on Monday night.
Petty’s longtime manager Tony Dimitriades confirmed the news in the following statement:
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader, and friend, Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:10 PM PST surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.”
Petty recently wrapped up a tour with The Heartbreakers to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers started in the 70s and released their self-titled debut album in 1976. The band would release 12 more albums throughout their career, with their final one being 2014’s Hypnotic Eye.
Tom Petty will be missed but never forgotten.
Marilyn Manson cancels tour after onstage incident
Marilyn Manson recently kicked off his fall tour and unfortunately, it’s already come to an end. Manson has canceled tour dates from October 2 to October 14 after being injured in an onstage accident last week. While performing in New York, a stage prop fell on him 45 minutes into the set. The crew quickly rushed to his aid and the show ended shortly afterward. This means Manson will not be hitting up the Riviera on Oct. 10. Stay tuned for rescheduled dates.
Looking for any opportunity to take a jab at his former bandmate, ex-keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy (Stephen Gregory Jr) said “this is why old wasted people shouldn’t fumble around in the dark” and hopes Manson “suffers.” Read his entire scathing statement here.
We’re wishing Manson a speedy recovery.
2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have revealed the nominations for the class of 2018 and there are plenty of worthy acts. Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Radiohead, and Rage Against the Machine are just a few of the nominees. Others include Eurythmics, The Cars, J. Geils Band, Nina Simone, LL Cool J, and MC5 to name a few. Find the complete list here.
Starting now until December 5 fans have a chance to cast their vote for their top five favorite acts. Along with the ballot, the inductees will be chosen by past inductees, historians, and members of the music industry. Winners will be announced in December and inducted in April 2018. The event will air on HBO later that year.
ASAP Mob hits up UIC Pavilion as part of the Too Cozy Tour October 11. You still have a chance to get tickets here.
Catch Brand New with special guests Nada Surf at the Aragon Ballroom October 16. Find tickets here.
British pop/rock band The Kooks play The Vic with special guest Barns Courtney October 11. Make sure you have tickets.
Spend the evening with MisterWives, Smallpools, and Vinyl Theatre Sunday, October 15 at the Riviera Theatre. Grab tickets here.
Chicago Artist Spotlight: Louie London
Coming out of the West Side of Chicago Louie London is a brutally honest rapper. He’s not afraid to wax philosophical on what’s going on in the streets. And when it comes to his own experiences he doesn’t steer away from his days in the foster system or being a ward of the state. The rapper doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects like the death of his mother, life without a father, and rising above drug addictions that riddle his family.
Though Louie London is still hard at work on an album, he’s shared a number of tracks on SoundCloud. Tracks like “The Poem of the Life I Never Had” are raw and thoughtful. Considering all that he’s been through, it would’ve been easy for Louie to cave under the negativity. Instead, he channels it into his music and uses it to tell others in his situation that there is a way out and life won’t be dark forever.