Music News: Peter Dinklage was in a 'punk-funk-rap' band in the '90s


Peter Dinklage arrives at the 2017 SAG Awards.
Actor Peter Dinklage arrives for the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

It's not exactly news that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage used to be in a '90s band called Whizzy — he discussed it in a 2013 interview.

I have a pretty big scar that runs from my neck to my eyebrow. I was in a band called Whizzy for many years in New York. We were this punk-funk-rap band. We played a show at CBGB, and I was jumping around onstage and got accidentally kneed in the temple. I was like Sid Vicious, just bleeding all over the stage. Blood was going everywhere. I just grabbed a dirty bar napkin and dabbed my head and went on with the show. We didn't care much at the time about personal safety. We were smoking and drinking during our shows, and one time my bass player fell off the back of his amp because he passed out. It was one of those bands.

Fans, though, are now delighting to newly-surfaced photos of Dinklage in action with Whizzy, when he apparently rapped and played trumpet. No recordings of Whizzy have yet surfaced, but it can't be long before they do. (Spin)

Remembering two greats

Holger Czukay, bassist and co-founder of Can, has died at age 79. As Pitchfork reports:

He was reportedly found dead in the original Can studio in Weilerswist (formerly a movie theater) near Cologne, where he had allegedly been living. His cause of death is unknown. It marks the second loss for the band this year; founding drummer Jaki Liebezeit passed away in January.

Filmmaker Murray Lerner has died of kidney failure at age 90. Lerner is known to music fans for documenting performances including Bob Dylan going electric at Newport in 1965 and the final performance by Jimi Hendrix. (Rolling Stone)

All-star Harvey fundraiser planned

Beyoncé will headline a fundraiser for her hometown of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Houston rapper Bun B is one of the producers of the event, a telethon that will also include performances by artists including Barbra Streisand and George Strait. The Sept. 12 event will air on all major networks and will be streamed online. (New York Times)

Grandstand breaks attendance record

The Minnesota State Fair reports that it set a new attendance record this year, with 1,997,320 people walking through the gates. The Grandstand also smashed the all-time attendance record, with 120,383 tickets sold. Three of the Grandstand shows sold out: John Mellencamp, Pentatonix, and Sam Hunt.

Would-be Prince heirs rejected

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has confirmed that Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide acted correctly when he rejected the claims of five individuals claiming to be heirs of Prince. All five claimed that John L. Nelson wasn't actually Prince's father, and that they were Prince's half-siblings through other men. The appeal process continues for two descendants of Duane Nelson, who was raised as Prince's brother although he wasn't biologically related. (Billboard)

First look at Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

Entertainment Weekly has shared a first look at actor Rami Malek in character as Freddie Mercury for the forthcoming biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie, which is being made with the cooperation of Queen, is due out in December 2018. (Stereogum)

James Hetfield falls through trap door, keeps playing

During a Monday night Metallica show in Amsterdam, frontman James Hetfield fell through an onstage trapdoor — only to emerge and finish the song. "I'm okay," he assured the crowd. "My ego, not so much." (Pitchfork)

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