Briefly: Willie Nelson, Danny Sugerman Johnny Ramone, Mando Saenz
Willie Nelson, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Patty Griffin, Bruce Robison, Spoon and Kelly Willis & the Geezenslaws are scheduled to appear at a Sunday night (1/9) concert dubbed "Tsunami Relief Austin to South Asia." The show takes place at Texas' Austin Music Hall.
All acts on the bill are performing for free; ticket proceeds will be earmarked for the Red Cross, UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
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Longtime Doors manager Danny Sugerman died Wednesday (1/5) in West Hollywood, CA, after a long battle with lung cancer, according to published reports. He was 50.
Sugerman began working as an assistant to the band in the late '60s. After singer Jim Morrison died in 1971, he became more involved with the surviving Doors' business dealings, eventually serving as their manager.
He co-authored the best-selling 1980 Morrison biography "No One Here Gets Out Alive" with Jerry Hopkins.
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A statue of late Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone will be unveiled by his wife, Linda Ramone, during a Jan. 14 public ceremony at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary in Los Angeles.
The bronze statue, created by Wayne Toth, shows Ramone playing his trademark Morsite guitar. Ramone died of cancer last year at age 55.
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"Watertown," the debut album from Texas singer/songwriter Mando Saenz, will be released nationally by his publisher's label, Carnival Music, on Jan. 25. The set was released regionally in 2002.
Saenz, a Mexican native who was raised in Corpus Christi, cites influences ranging from Lyle Lovett to Rufus Wainwright.