Country legend Merle Haggard died on April 6, following complications from pneumonia. He was 79. Known for hits like “Okie from Muskogee” and “Mama Tried,” Haggard began recording in 1963. Pioneering the “Bakersfield Sound,” a harder-edged alternative to the country music coming out of Nashville, he scored 38 number one songs on the country charts from the 1960s through the 1980s. A highly respected songwriter, he garnered the respect of fans and fellow artists from Bob Dylan to Elvis Costello.
Guns N Roses Reunites, Announces Tour
Seminal rock band Guns N Roses have announced the dates for their reunion tour. Featuring original members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan, the summer tour will include 21 cities, including Orlando. The band announced the tour after stating that they would reunite for the Coachella festival. The band played a show at the famed Troubadour club in Los Angeles on April 1 to kick things off. Video clips from that show can be seen below.
Jessica Wheeler is the music columnist for AliveTampaBay.