Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By JOHN SWENSON, United Press International  |  July 29, 2002 at 3:00 AM
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Britney Spears' father, Jamie, pulled a pistol on autograph-seekers earlier this month, reports Chris Rose in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Four New Orleans-area girls drove to Kentwood, La., on July 14 to visit the house Britney Spears was born in and where her father still lives, in hope of getting autographed photos.

Instead, they were surrounded by dogs and confronted by an angry pappy who pointed a silver pistol at the terrified teens, Rose reported in Saturday's Times-Picayune. Rose drove out to Kentwood to get Jamie Spears' side of the story, arriving at Spears' house while he was hosting a shrimp boil with some friends.

"They said you pulled a gun on them," Rose said he told Spears. "Yes sir, I did," Spears said. "I carry a gun with me. I keep it right here. And I'd have pulled one on you, too, if I didn't have company. If I'm alone and you come in my driveway, come on my property, that's what I'm going to do."

Rose concluded his story with this advice to Britney fans: "If you decide to visit Kentwood and its environs in the near future to do the Britney tour," he wrote, "cross her childhood home off your list."


Poison vocalist Bret Michaels and bassist Bobby Dall took a break from their Hollyweird tour Sunday to work in the pit crew for NASCAR driver Derrike Cope's team. Daytona 500 winner Cope was competing in the Pennsylvania Pocono 500 NASCAR race. Poison is featured as the hood design and paint scheme on the Quest Motor Racing #37 Ford driven by Cope and sponsored by MNR Productions.

The car actually has been on tour with Poison for the past couple of weeks and fans have gotten a chance to sit in it and have pictures taken.

"This is truly a dream come true, and anyone who has seen my MTV 'Cribs' special will understand, as I have a mini sprint car track and moto-cross track on my property and love NASCAR races," Michaels said.


Rhino Home Video unleashes the most influential musical performances ever to appear on television with the Sept. 24 release of "Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics.

This nine-volume set of groundbreaking live music, modern history, pop culture and nostalgia contains 144 career-defining performances from some of the most important musical artists of the 20th century. Acts include The Beatles, Elvis, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, The Mamas & The Papas, The Supremes, The Animals and The Temptations. Special features on the DVD set include an interview with Ed Sullivan Show director John Moffit plus rare footage of Ed Sullivan and his wife Sylvia.

The set includes The Beatles' first U.S. appearance, seen by an estimated 73 million people -- 60 percent of television viewers -- and the controversial performance of "Light My Fire" by The Doors that got them banned from the show.

'LITTLE' JIMMY KING: 1965-2002

Manuel Gales, known to the music world as "Little" Jimmy King, passed away in his home Friday, July 21, 2002. King's scorching style of playing echoed the work of what he called his personal trinity: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and his mentor and adopted grandfather, the late Albert King. Gales was known best on the Memphis scene for his live performances at B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street, where the Rolling Stones once joined him on stage late in the night, after a local arena concert.


New Orleans fabled Tipitina's nightclub will be the site for a battle of the funk bands and picnic hosted by the Big Easy's Family Fish Group on Aug. 17.

Austin hoodoo firebrand Papa Mali -- aka Malcolm Welbourne -- will perform with his high-energy ensemble, The Instagators. John Gros, of the local neo-funk outfit Papa Grows Funk will perform with core members of his band along with the Bonerama horns.

Papa Mali was part of the celebrated reggae band, The Killer Bees. Since dissolving that band, Papa Mali has been exploring the furthest reaches of blues-based guitar work and hypnotic, soul-drenched vocals. Gros first came into the public's eye as the organ player in legendary funk bassist, George Porter Jr.'s band, the Runnin' Pardners.

Since going out on his own with his supergroup, Papa Grows Funk, Gros has been touring across the country with his syncopated, New Orleans-style funk. At the "Who's Ya Papa? Picnic", Gros will be backed by core members of his band, including drummer Russell Batiste -- also of the Funky Meters -- Japanese guitar hero June Yamagishi, Marva Wright, the Wild Magnolias and others.

Also performing with Gros will be the Bonerama horns led by Mark Mullins -- Harry Connick Jr., MuleBone. A special treat for this evening will be new arrangements and horn charts, written by Mullins, for a slew of original songs from the pen of Gros and other members of his band. The group will also perform songs composed and/or performed by Mullins' trombone-driven ensemble, Bonerama.

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