Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, January 29, 2009...
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- Lynyrd Skynyrd's keyboardist, Billy Powell, died at his Florida home at the age of 56.
- It looks like the Joaquin Phoenix "rap career" could possibly be a hoax after all. I really hope it is because, well, he sucks as a rapper and it all just seem so dumb.
- Looks like Rachel Ray didn't have enough fun hosting a SXSW party last year so she's doing it again this year. In related news Pete Freedman is going to host his own cooking show. [Editor's note: I am?]
- If you don't have anything to do this summer, you should check out the sons of the devil and the devil's weird, awkward step-son out on tour. Who? Oh, right: Slayer and Marilyn Manson are touring together again and will be hitting up The D at the Superpages.com Center. Bullet For My Valentine will also be in tow with other supporting acts to be announced.