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HFStival returns, jazz drummer Steve Reid dies, Steve Martin prepares for new album

idol.jpegBilly Idol headlines the newly returned HFStival this fall. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)

By Ally Schweitzer

- The 90s are back, featuring special guest, the 80s! This autumn the HFStival returns to the DC area with headliner Billy Idol. The "Rebel Yell" rocker played the popular local festival in 2005, occupying the slot once reserved for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Green Day and other alternative acts throughout the '90s before WHFS, the sponsoring radio station, was infamously rebranded. According to Idol's website, he plays the gig September 18th in Gaithersburg, MD, but festival organizers have yet to make a formal announcement.

- Jazz drummer Steve Reid died Monday after succumbing to cancer. He was 66. Reid, known for his work with Miles Davis, Sun Ra, and Ornette Coleman, is also remembered for his innovative collaborations with musicians outside the jazz world. The Bronx-born drummer's most recent record, "Daxaar," put the drummer into a Senegalese recording studio with West African players and electronic musician Four Tet, with whom he'd been playing for a couple years.

- Steve Martin is getting ready to release a followup to his Grammy-winning album "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo." The comedian, banjo player and former leader of King Tut and the Toot Uncommons will start recording this summer with the Steep Canyon Rangers and producer Tony Trischka.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 14, 2010; 8:47 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Billy Idol, Steve Martin, Steve Reid, Tony Trischka  
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Again? He was the underbill in 2005. Where the heck could they do this in Gaithersburg? The fairgrounds?

Posted by: EricS2 | April 14, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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