Quick Takes: David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Money, The Grateful Dead

  • In celebration of what would have been David Bowie's 74th birthday on January 8th, two previously unreleased cover versions are set for single release. The birthday offering includes a version of John Lennon‘s 1970 solo classic, “Mother,” which Bowie tracked in 1997 and 1998 for a Lennon tribute collection that fell through, and Bob Dylan's 1997 Time Out Of Mind classic, “Tryin' To Get To Heaven,” which Bowie recorded in February 1998 during the mixing sessions for the LiveAndWell.com album.
    • The seven-inch single is limited to 8,147 numbered copies, 1,000 of which will be on cream colored vinyl available only from the official David Bowie store and Warner Music’s Dig! store (the remainder will be black). Both tracks will be available to stream and download. (Press release)
  • Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne have signed on for Steve Van Zandt's Stand With Teachers virtual fundraiser set for Monday (December 21st), The show, which will benefit Van Zandt's TeachRock foundation, also features Sammy Hagar, Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello, and Melle Mel, among others.
  • Also appearing are Whoopi Goldberg, Bobby Cannavale, and Van Zandt's Sopranos co-stars Steve Buscemi, Vincent Pastore, along with his on-and off-screen wife, Maureen Van Zandt.
    • For more info, log on to: https://give.teachrock.org/event/stand-with-teachers-2020/e312663 (Press release)
  • Eddie Money's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the University of Southern California's Keck Hospital, citing medical malpractice. Money, who was 70, died of cancer on September 13th, 2019 while being treated at the facility. Money had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer, with his official cause of death attributed to complications from then-recent heart surgery.
  • Billboard reported that the suit filed last Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claims that during the singer's stay for a heart ailment and assorted other conditions, the hospital staff “negligently, recklessly and carelessly examined, diagnosed Money's condition,” which led to his “untimely and unnecessary death.”
    • Following his discharge, allegedly due to the insufficient care he received, Money ran a fever, suffered from infections, and had to readmitted to the hospital. The Money family is seeking loss of earnings, medical expenses, and other damages. (Billboard)
  • The Grateful Dead has just premiered the first official video for its 1970 American Beauty favorite, “Ripple.” The Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter evergreen has been newly animated by Actuality Films, with the video bringing a Tarot card reading to life “as it tells the story of The Fool crossing paths with The Muse, The Magician and The Devil.” The video also conceals a myriad of Easter eggs drawn from the Dead lyrics and history. (Press release)