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  • STEVE PERRY Pays Tribute To ARETHA FRANKLIN: 'Her Music Was So Important To Me'
    on August 16, 2018 at 21:48

    Former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry paid tribute to Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," who died Thursday after it was reported earlier this week that she was "gravely ill" in Detroit. Her family said that the cause of death was advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. During an appearance on the "Volume Remembers Aretha Franklin" show on SiriusXM's Volume channel, Perry said about Franklin: "When I was younger, her music was so important to me. And when I saw the documentaty about Rick Hall and Muscle Shoals, it was obvious to me that her voice, when it connected to the swampers in Muscle Shoals, became this incredible marriage between their love for R&B and her voice. Because they used to cut a lot of tracks here in New York, but it didn't click until she went down there. And so it became this magical thing, and some of her most amazing hits came out of that. And she is in the documentary about Muscle Shoals, where she talks about that. I'm really sad about that, because she is iconic and one of my favorites of all time." Franklin was 76 years old at the time of her death. In 1987, Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and was later named the "Greatest Singer of All Time" by Rolling Stone. Perry's new solo album, "Traces", will be released on October 5 via Fantasy Records (a division of Concord Records/UMG). The disc marks his first solo album since 1994's "For The Love Of Strange Medicine", which was certified gold in the U.S. for sales in excess of half a million copies. […]

  • STRYPER Guitarist OZ FOX Has Two Tumors; Wife Asks For Prayer And Donations
    on August 16, 2018 at 21:12

    Doctors who have been treating STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox since his onstage collapse last weekend have found two masses in his head — one by his ear and the other in the back of his brain. Oz's wife, Annie Lobért, wrote in a Facebook post that doctors told Fox the tumor behind the ear isn't as worrisome as the tumor on his brain. They told him, she said, that they could operate and do a biopsy or wait to see if the growth on his brain grows. According to Annie, Oz has decided to be operated on because he "wants his quality of life back, and wants to find out what it is." She asked fans to keep praying "serious, strategic prayer. "Please pray for this mass to NOT be cancerous, and that he will recover quickly!" Lobért wrote. She also asked for prayer for the doctor to have wisdom and for her "hands to be steady & her mind to be sharp. "We don't want to be in fear... we believe that God has a plan for this even though this is a serious & life altering trial!" she added. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help pay Fox's medical bills. Annie explained that, "at this time, the procedures that need to be done will not be covered on insurance." Lobért went on to say that she and her husband are attempting to get the procedures covered but in the meantime the bills are piling up "at an enormous rate." She wrote: "We don't know how much the brain biopsies will cost, nor what will happen when we get the results back — whether he will need more surgery to remove any tumors or treatment plans for healing." According to Annie, "Oz cannot drive, fly or work for three months because of the potential seizures." Furthermore, STRYPER has had to cancel its Japanese shows because Oz cannot perform due to his medical condition. STRYPER's Australian tour, which is scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 17, will go ahead without Fox. The band's frontman, Michael Sweet, said in a Facebook post that he's been friends with Oz since he was "almost 13 years old. We've been a 'duo' for almost our entire lives and I love him," he wrote. "He's family and a brother to me... We're all waiting to hear good news and we're all praying deeply for that. "The important thing right now is Oz's health and well being," Sweet added. "Please continue to pray for him at this time. Pray for Annie and his family as well." Formed 35 years ago, STRYPER is the first overtly Christian metal band to go mainstream. The group's name comes from Isaiah 53:5, which states: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." STRYPER's albums include "To Hell With The Devil", "Second Coming", "No More Hell To Pay", "Fallen" and the band's latest effort, "God Damn Evil". Oz update! This just happened: Nuerosurgon came in & talked to Oz about his medical history. Nothing shocking to...Posted by Annie Lobert on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 […]

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