On Christmas Day (December 25th) — exactly three years to the day after her brother George Michael‘s death — Melanie Panayiotou was found dead at age 59 at her home in North London. CNN reported the family’s lawyer, John Reid, said in a statement: “We can confirm that very tragically Melanie has passed away suddenly. We would simply ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this very sad time. Reid went on to state that the death is not being treated as suspicious by police, and that a coroner’s report on her death is expected. Both George and Melanie and are survived by their father Kyriacos, known as Jack, and their oldest sister Yioda who is 57. (CNN)
Back in November, Melanie slammed her brother’s on-and-off again friend Elton John, who claimed on the CBS chat show, The Talk, that George had issues pertaining to his homosexuality and also “didn’t want to be here.” Melanie told The Big Issue: “George was my ‘very proud to be gay’ brother, contrary to what you may have read recently.”
A mural of Tina Turner in Asheville, North Carolina was defaced with a red swastika, outside the Static Age Records store. According to the report: “After the store closed on the evening of December 23rd, Static Age employees say someone drew the symbol of Nazism, though incorrectly, with three of the four arms pointing counterclockwise. The swastika centers on the face of Turner, who is black.” Upon discovery of the tarnished mural, store workers contacted Asheville Police Department and the Southern Poverty Law Center. A sheet was originally placed over the Turner mural, but has since been painted over in black. (Citizen-Times.com)
Original Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm shed light on his decision to retire. Gramm, who’s recently been performing select shows with Mick Jones‘ current lineup of the band, told DailyBoom.net, “I’m in the process of winding down and I’m at peace with it. I’ve been doing this at a professional level, usually extremely busy and working hard, for 45 years. I can still sing; I don’t know if I’m as good as I was 40 years ago but I can still cut the parts. I’ve just lost the desire to be out on the road performing constantly, I’ve done enough.”
Gramm, who’s now 69, added: “I’ve got a lot of other things that I’d like to turn my attention towards like my family and my obsessive hobby (laughing) — American muscle cars! I have a lot of fun with that and I’ve been into it since before I was old enough to drive. When you tour it’s usually in the summer so by the time the tour is over it’s almost too late to get the car out and drive it. I live in the northeast so come October that’s when everyone is putting everything away.” (DailyBoom)
John Fogerty has just rolled out his first new shows for 2020. Ne dates on the books are February 21st at Sarasota, Florida’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall followed by February 23rd in Saint Augustine, Florida at Saint Augustine Ampitheater. Fogerty closes out the year tomorrow night (December 31st) in Thackerville, Oklahoma at WinStar World Casino & Resort.
Bryan Adams credits going vegetarian back in 1989 for his well being today. During a chat with The Sun, Adams admitted, “I’d love to see a comparison photo of me if I hadn’t taken this path. My guess is (that) I’d be a lot heavier and perhaps I’d have gone grey. Oddly, at 60, neither have happened, and I can only attribute that to what I’ve been ingesting.” Adams has partnered with sponsor DHL to plant a new tree for every ticket sold on his current tour. (The Mirror)
Priscilla Presley maintains that if alive today, “The King of Rock n’ Roll” Elvis Presley would definitely not be on social media. Priscilla said of her late ex-husband: “We didn’t document our life, we lived our life. He was so private. Social media would never be his thing. He loved his privacy, and with his posse and their wives. He was pretty strict about anyone with a camera. He did not want photos taken. He had enough of that outside the gates of Graceland. That was really his private life. The photos we took were family photos, nothing he would be upset over, as trust me, he would tell you!” (The Express)