Briefly: Scott Stapp, Bo Diddley, Yellowcard, Jeff Beck
Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp was arrested Sunday (5/20) for allegedly throwing a bottle at his wife's head, according to published reports.
According to the Associated Press, Stapp was initially charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, but a judge reduced that charge to a misdemeanor on Monday (5/21) after Stapp's attorney, Robert Gershman, apparently argued successfully that the bottle of Orangina Stapp allegedly threw at wife Jaclyn Nesheiwat's head--which missed her--was not a deadly weapon, a sheriff's spokesman told the news service.
"This is a private matter between the members of the Stapp family and we would hope that their privacy is respected," Wind-Up Records, Stapp's label, said in a statement. "Scott and Jaclyn are both well, and any further relevant information will be forthcoming at the appropriate time."
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Doctors today (5/21) planned to move Bo Diddley out of the intensive care unit and into a regular room at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, NE, according to a press release. As previously reported, the legendary musician has been in the hospital suffering a stroke May 13
"Bo's health continues to improve," Diddley's business manager, Faith Fusillo, said in a prepared statement. "He has little or no physical limitations from the stroke except difficulty with speech and speech recognition; but that is improving, as well. I was able to speak with him by phone this morning. He wanted to know where his stuff was: his guitar and the money from the gig. I was so happy because this is the Bo that I know and love, and a real indication that Bo is on his way back!"
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Rockers Yellowcard have nailed down a July 17 release date for their forthcoming album, "Paper Walls," which the group is billing as "the third in a trilogy of albums" that includes 2003's "Ocean Avenue" and last year's "Lights and Sounds," according to Capitol Records. The set features the leadoff single "Light Up the Sky."
"This album is the sound of five musicians in a room having a great time and writing music that we love," frontman Ryan Key said in a statement. "We feel like the luckiest guys in the world to be able to do this."
Yellowcard will usher in the album with a pre-release slot on the Vans Warped Tour.
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Steve Morse, John Scofield, Eric Johnson, Adam Rogers, Jeff Richman, Mike Stern, Warren Haynes, Chris Duarte, Greg Howe and Walter Trout each have contributed a track to the forthcoming album "Freeway Jam to Beck and Back," a tribute to guitar legend Jeff Beck. The set is due in stores July 17, according to a press release.