Legendary Keyboardist Back in the Studio!
Legendary keyboardist Chris “Rock N’ Roll” Pittman resurfaced on instagram with a photo of himself away at work in a music studio. It’s not clear what he’s working on, but he alluded to working on the new Tool album a few years ago. If you guys remember, Pittman was apparently fired from Guns N’ Roses after drunk tweeting his displeasure with the Not in This Lifetime Tour ahead of their 2016 Coachella gigs. Apparently he wasn’t being paid for work he had previously done for frontman Axl Rose. Pittman sued Axl and they settled out of court for approximately $130K. Check out his post below!
Music Copyright Laws In Process of Being Updated in the United States
According to Rolling Stone Magazine, the House of Representatives in the United States passed the “Music Modernization Act”. Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Slash and Producer Mike Clink were both lobbying congress to update music copyright laws over the last year.
According to the article
“On Wednesday, 415 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass the Music Modernization Act, a mega bill that aims to radically improve and streamline the system through which music creators are paid.
“This legislation stands to benefit artists, songwriters, labels, publishers, studio producers and others,” SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe said. “We are grateful that lawmakers in the House worked to update our nation’s copyright laws for the digital age, and we look forward to working with the Senate to get this legislation passed quickly. Music creators have waited long enough.”
Other champions of the MMA include Recording Academy President & CEO Neil Portnow, who called the House passage of the bill “a historic step forward for all music creators, ensuring that they are credited, paid, and shown the respect they deserve for the impact they have on our culture and daily life,” and National Music Publishers Association President & CEO David Israelite, who praised it as “truly historic for songwriters and the entire music ecosystem which they fuel.” (“Historic,” indeed, seems the word of choice from the industry in describing the event.)”