Music News of the World

Edited by Jaan Uhelszki


March 2, 1995

Alien Abductions? Two Rockers Lost In Space
I Robot, New ATN Music & Technology Section, Debuts
Technology Will Set You Free
Say It's Your Birthday!

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Alien Abductions? Two Rockers Lost In Space

Two members of the rock community disappeared without a trace last month, one in Los Angeles and another in London. Police fear for the safety of Manic Street Preachers' guitarist, Richey Edwards, who has had "a long history of dysfunctional behavior" according to NME, and has not been seen since February 1. Police discovered his car abandoned at Auste Service Station, near the Severn Bridge in London, on Friday, February 17. Edwards walked out of the Embassy Hotel on Bayswater Road at 7:00 AM on February 1, leaving behind medication, toiletries, and a packed suitcase. It is thought that he had over £2,000 ($3,500) cash with him at the time. Detectives believe he drove to his home in Cardiff Bay, where he left his credit cards, passport, and Prozac, which he had been prescribed to combat his long-term depression. Detective Inspector Frank Stockholm of the Cardiff Police said that the police department would dredge the Severn Estuary, and they were checking the status of all unidentified bodies that had washed up in the area. Edwards disappeared on the day he was to due to fly to America for a week long promotional tour with Manic's singer James Bradfield. Manic's bassist Nicky Wire said, "If Richey does not want to come back then that is fine. We just want him to give us a call. We are genuinely worried. He has never disappeared like this before."

It has come to light that Edwards withdrew £200 ($350) a day from his bank account using an automated teller, during the two weeks leading up to his disappearance. His account has since gone untouched. According to his manager, Martin Hall, who reported his disappearance to the Harrow Road Police Station in London on February 2, "he was fine. There were no signs."

His disappearance comes just six months after he was admitted to a private clinic suffering from mental exhaustion and depression. It also has come to light that Edwards handed the band a sheaf of finished lyrics shortly before leaving, although he left no note explaining his disappearance. Manic Street Preachers have since canceled two European gigs, as well as a 26-date US tour between March 8 and April 9. They also have postponed plans to record a track for the forthcoming film, Judge Dredd. If you have any information, please call the Cardiff Police on (country code if calling from the US: 0144) 0222 222111.

In a story that uncannily echoes the Richey Edwards disappearance, Philip Kramer, the former bass guitarist for Iron Butterfly, has also disappeared. As ATN reported last month, Iron Butterfly had recently reformed to play some live shows, and to begin working on a comeback record, their first since 1975. Co-founding member Ron Bushy had flown to Los Angeles to meet with Kramer on February 12, to begin planning the reunion. Kramer picked him up from LAX and dropped him off at his hotel without incident. But sometime later that night, Kramer who is currently a Thousand Oaks computer exec, made several frantic cellular phone calls to family and friends. Authorities and volunteers searched without success on Sunday (Feb. 5). The search focused on the western San Fernando Valley, after a report that a man matching his description had been seen at a fast food restaurant, near Saticoy St. and Winnetka Avenue. When police questioned Bushy, who appears to be the last person who saw Kramer, he was flabbergasted, and said (as they always do) that Kramer seemed "in good spirits." Kramer is 6'5" inches, weighs 220 lb., has brown hair and blue eyes, and, when last seen, was wearing a white dress shirt, and blue jeans. Call 1-800-359-0237 or the Ventura County Sheriff's department at 805-494-8200 if you have seen him.

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I Robot, New ATN Music & Technology Section, Debuts

[I, Robot]

ATN is proud to debut in this issue a new section, I Robot, covering music and technology. The section kicks off with three columns: "The Producer," "alt.music.tech," and "Ex Machina." "The Producer" is written by veteran record producer Scott Mathews, who has produced and/or worked on recording sessions with such artists as the late Roy Orbison, John Hiatt, the Beach Boys, John Lee Hooker, and Keith Richards. He is also in the Durocs, one of the more innovative rock duos of the past two decades. Mathews will discuss various aspects of the record making process in an always lively and amusing way. "alt.music.tech" is written by James Daly (Rolling Stone, Forbes). Daly will cover topical music/technology issues as well as report music/tech news. "Ex Machina" is written by Brent Hertig, who will report on hardware and software, helping ATN users to cut through the hype when considering the purchase of a new program, piece of equipment or CD-ROM. We hope you'll check out I Robot and let us know what you think.

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Technology Will Set You Free

If you use a Mac and have ever wanted to explore digital multi-track recording, now is the time. ATN sponsor OSC is offering a free demo of Deck ll, their innovative software which turns a Quadra AV machine, or any PowerPC, into a multi-track, random access recording studio and sound editing workstation. Visit the OSC sponsorship page, where you can download the demo. ATN has used OSC software for years, and we can attest that it's very cool stuff.

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Say It's Your Birthday!

[Lou Reed]

Today is the birthday of Lou Reed ( Louis Firbank), who was born in 1944. He met John Cale in New York in 1964, who was on a Leonard Bernstein fellowship. They began playing clubs with Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker as The Velvet Underground. Andy Warhol put them in his Exploding Plastic Inevitable show in 1966, which toured the US and Canada, adding the haunting, tormented singer Nico to the mix. Reed's fascination with the more unpleasant sides of urban life, tempered with a true pop sensibility, dominated their first album. They made four more, before Reed left in 1971, recording a solo album titled Lou Reed. David Bowie and Mick Ronson produced his second album Transformer, which gave him his only chart hit, "Walk On The Wild Side." Equally interested in poetry and guitar/bass/drums, Reed has proved that rock & roll can be made interesting and valid for those over 40. At his worst he is formidable, and at his best an experimental genius who knows no fear.

Also the birthday of Karen Carpenter, Rory Gallagher, George Benson, Eddie Money, Dale Bozzio, Jay Osmond, Mark Evans (AC/DC), and Jon Bon Jovi.

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