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News Roundup: Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Yacht, Michael Jackson, R.I.P. John E. Carter

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–Bob Dylan is considering becoming the voice of a car navigation system. On the latest episode of his satellite radio show Theme Time Radio Hour, Dylan said: “I am talking to a couple of car companies about being the voice of their GPS system. I think it would be good if you are looking for directions and hear my voice saying something like, ‘Left at the next street, no a right. You know what? Just go straight.'” He added, “I probably shouldn’t do it, because whichever way I go I always end up at one place: Lonely Avenue.” Sad. Just this summer, Dylan’s eccentricities have included getting picked up by police for wandering a New Jersey neighborhood in the rain and recording a Christmas album. This one makes sense, though: we’ve heard Dylan regularly rents a car after gigs on his never-ending-tour and spends hours driving in the night.

–Steven Tyler, who fell off the stage and broke his shoulder last month in South Dakota, has spoken out about the unfortunate tour-ending incident. He told Rolling Stone, “There was a torrential downpour and the guys [at the campground] said, ‘Look, it’s still slippery.’ I watched myself on YouTube, and it could have been my knee buckling or an ankle. The last thing I remember before I hit the ground was people grabbing for me, but they couldn’t reach me because of the barricade.” On his current condition, 61-year-old Tyler noted, “I’ve been better. I’ve got my arm in a sling [from a broken shoulder]. I’m on all the drugs I’m not supposed to be on. But I’m dealing with the pain pretty good.”

–Yacht have released an instrumental version of See Mystery Lights online for free. Go here to stream the tracks, and scroll down to download a zip file.

–Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyer’s have released a statement about yesterday’s unsealed search warrant that revealed police believe Michael Jackson died after the doctor administered various sedatives to the pop star. “Much of what was in the search warrant affidavit is factual,” the statement said, “However, unfortunately, much is police theory.” The lawyers refute the police-reported timeline, saying Murray never reported finding Jackson not breathing at 11 a.m. on June 26th, the day he died.

–Doo-wop legend John E. Carter died of lung cancer Friday in Harvey, Ill., the Chicago Tribune reports. He was 75. Carter was the iconic falsetto behind groups the Flamingos and the Dells, making him one of the few musicians to become a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Carter grew up on the South side of Chicago and began his singing career on street corners with church friends. He rose to fame the Flamingo’s hit “I’ll Be Home,” , which mixed conversation with otherwordly falsetto–a major influence on the Jackson Five. Until his death, Carter performed with the Dells as the group’s only original member. “He was singing the Sam & Dave song, ‘Hold On, I’m Coming,’ in the hospital,” his daughter told the Tribune.

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