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Jon Wysocki, founding member of Staind, dead at 53

Lydia’s Castle, on May 19.“On 5/18/2024 at 8:02pm, @jonwysocki4 passed away surrounded by family and friends that loved him dearly. An official statement will be developed shortly,” read the statement via Instagram.On Sunday, Staind also released a statement about Wysocki’s death on social media.“We first met Jon through mutual friends in 1994. We came together with Mike, Aaron and Johnny April in 1995 and founded Staind.

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John Oates is going solo — but still calls Daryl Hall ‘one of the greatest singers of all time’
got a restraining order against John Oates — his blue-eyed-soul brother in the best-selling duo in pop history — it seemed as if the pair that ruled the ’80s with their big hair and even bigger hooks had shockingly lost all of “that lovin’ feelin’” for each other.But as wild as it first seemed, this was not about physical protection — this was strictly a business move to block Oates from selling his share in the pair’s Whole Oats Enterprises to music publishing company Primary Wave.And while Oates can’t discuss the ongoing legal battle amid the breakup that had many of us vacillating between “I Can’t Go for That” and “Say It Isn’t So,” he’s still singing his longtime partner’s praises — even as he begins the next act of his career with “Reunion,” his new solo album, out Friday.“Daryl’s voice was the one that was on all the hits … And you know, listen, Daryl’s one of the greatest singers of all time,” Oates told The Post outside of the former site of the Gaslight Cafe, the Greenwich Village coffeehouse where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame duo played their first New York show together in the late ’60s — when they were both in different groups.“And so when you’re with one of the greatest singers of all time, of course you’re not going to be the frontman.
Billie Eilish packs a punch, again, on ‘Hit Me Hard and Soft’: review
Billie Eilish dropped her groundbreaking, Grammy-winning debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — there was a seismic shift in pop.At just 17, she emerged as a goth-pop princess whose spooky, synthy sound was eerily prescient of the doom to come when the pandemic shut the world.And the Billie effect was felt with everyone from Olivia Rodrigo to SZA to, yes, even Taylor Swift. While Eilish broke out of the “Bad Guy” groove of her biggest hit on her second album, 2021’s “Happier Than Ever,” there was still no stopping her power.And even when she made the most anti-blockbuster ballad for last summer’s “Barbie” smash, “What Was I Made For?” went on to win both the Song of the Year Grammy and the Best Original Song Oscar — even though the single didn’t even crack the Top 10.Now 22, Eilish is hot off of accomplishing that rare Grammy-Oscar double as she releases her third LP, “Hit Me Hard and Soft” — and she continues to go against the mainstream.In fact, she chose not to release any singles leading up to the album, wanting the collection to be consumed as a “family of songs.”Forget the fact that listening to an album from start to finish in the streaming era is a pretty radical concept.And when the LP gets off to the sleepiest of starts with the dreamy “Skinny” — where Eilish displays her new thing for strings, courtesy of the Attacca Quartet — you might think you accidentally shuffled it to the end.Just like Prince rebeled against the “Purple Rain” mania with “Around the World in a Day” and Radiohead tried to shake off the “OK Computer” masses with “Kid A,” Eilish has refused to play to the basic crowd to meet any sort of commercial expectation.And yet, it still works for her.
Sunday night live: Dua Lipa gets Times Square levitating after hosting ‘SNL’
Dua Lipa had all that Mermaid Barbie training.The Grammy-winning songstress — who had a tail of a cameo in last summer’s “Barbie” blockbuster —needed all of her water-nymph powers as she presided over a rain-soaked Times Square on Sunday night in a surprise pop-up performance that still had fans braving the elements to dance the night away.It completed the Dua Lipa NYC takeover this weekend to launch her third album, “Radical Optimism,” which included her serving as host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.”And certainly, some “Radical Optimism” was needed to brighten up a cold, soggy Cinco de Mayo that felt more like Cinco de Marzo.Even the diva’s dad, Dukagjin Lipa, knew it — the former Kosovan crooner handed out $2 bills for good luck to guests as he was entering the VIP area.“New York!” the British-Albanian singer exclaimed as she took the stage inside of a trailer parked at the corner of 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue.Flipping her burgundy-tinted tresses like the former model she is — while safely covered from any hair-busting bursts from the skies — she launched into “Training Season” like a well-conditioned pro as her mammoth likeness took over the Nasdaq and Amex jumbotrons.Welcome to Dua Square.It was certainly a feat to get the crowd — which stretched all the way to 47th Street — levitating to any degree.“Thank you for braving the rain and the cold,” Lipa, 28, said.And for her next trick, Lipa performed “Houdini” — the first single from “Radical Optimism” — which possesses the same kind of dance-pop magic she has been crafting since her 2017 breakout hit “New Rules.”Then Lipa shifted into midtempo mode for the “Radical Optimism” closer “Happy for You,” which seems determined to prove that she can do more