• Eddie Van Halen’s Guitar Tech In Danger of Losing His Home

    Eddie Van Halen’s longtime guitar tech, Tom Weber, is currently in danger of losing his home. The death of EVH, the COVID-19 pandemic and the closing of his guitar repair shop has plunged Weber into financial hardship, so Van Halen fans have chipped in to raise money for the guitar hero.

    Weber was booked to tech for Reba McEntire’s 2020 tour before being scheduled to work with Poison for their supporting slot on Motley Crue and Def Leppard’s stadium co-headliner. “It was going to be one of those years where my family wasn’t going to see me, but it was going to be a $200,000 year. And I thought, ‘This will allow me to pay off my house. It’s going to be amazing,’ ” Weber said. “And of course it went from a banner year to zero income overnight.”

    Beyond losing his source of income for the past 12 months, Weber was forced out of his guitar repair shop after 25 years by what the GoFundMe page refers to as “a predatory landlord.”

    “The loss of the business has been compounded by the sale of two other buildings where what remained of Tom’s business has been stored,” reads a GoFundMe page set up by Roadiecare’s Sandy Espinoza. “One of the buildings was sold recently, which makes it necessary for him to move yet again, at a time where there is no income, and no potential for work on the horizon in the foreseeable future due to the total collapse of the live entertainment industry because of COVID19.”

    “Things are looking pretty bleak at the moment, I won’t lie,” says Weber. “I have been looking for employment, but am told I am over qualified for the jobs that are available in the area I live in, or that the job is more suited to a younger candidate, and now with the uncertainty about the house, it feels like I am chasing my tail… I’m most worried about how this is affecting my family and the uncertainty each day brings. I just don’t know.”

    A cancer survivor after undergoing two years of chemotherapy in the 1980s, Weber has also been forced to put numerous medical tests on hold due to his financial issues.

    Weber tells Cincinnati.com, “The last conversation I had with [Eddie], we were discussing when we would potentially go out again, and he said, ‘Whatever happens, you’ll be my first phone call because I’m not leaving the house without you.’ “

    As of this posting, Van Halen fans have raised over $15,000 of the GoFundMe’s $35,000 goal. If you’d like to donate to Tom Weber, click here.

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  • Losing Musical Idols Like Losing Part of Yourself

    By now, most of the Pretty Reckless’ fans probably know about all of the turmoil that the band has faced over the last several years. But even those who don’t know can simply hear it on their latest album Death By Rock and RollWe recently spoke with frontwoman Taylor Momsen about some of those events, and she discussed why losing your musical heroes is so traumatic.

    It all started when the band was opening for Soundgarden on their spring headlining tour in 2017. Chris Cornell died after the last show they played together in Detroit, and Momsen was the last member of her crew to find out the news the next day.

    “This band formed over the love of two bands. It formed over the love of the Beatles and Soundgarden. To be that close in proximity and opening for Soundgarden was just the highest of highs. I couldn’t believe it, we were just elated to be there. ” she said.

    “And to have it end so tragically, that added a kind of shock. We were right there, we were there that night, I talked to Chris Cornell. I gave him a hug, I watched him leave the venue.”

    The singer doesn’t exactly know why losing your idols hurts as badly as it does, but she thinks it has to do with the connection you make to their music.

    “I think that music has such a power to it that even if you don’t know someone extraordinarily well personally, when you’ve related to their music and you’ve listened to those records throughout your whole life ad nauseam, it feels like a part of you,” she explained. “So I feel like losing someone like that… you feel like you’re losing a piece of yourself, in a way.”

    Momsen did point out that while the death of a beloved musician is painful, those people leave behind legacies of music that are eternal. She says that she hopes when she’s no longer here herself, she’s remembered for the music she’s shared with the world.

    To hear more about the hardships that shaped Death By Rock and Roll, watch our full interview with Momsen at the top of the page.

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  • Australian tourism industry is under threat of losing 320,000 jobs

    Published on : Thursday, February 11, 2021

    Australia expect to lose 320,000 tourism jobs and billions due to border shutdown. In the aftermath of pandemic, Australian tourism industry is under the threat of losing 320,000 jobs and 7 billion USD owing to border shutdown during peak tourism session. Tourism jobs are at a risk owing to the international border closure due to the pandemic threat during the summer holiday period.

    New analysis by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) mentioned that in the short period of December 24, 2020 to January 31, 2021, holiday spending decreased by USD 6.8 billion. The research also forecasted that if border closures continue, and JobKeeper ends as planned in March, as many as 320,000 jobs in the tourism sector could be lost by September 2021.

    Margy Osmond, CEO of TTF said the idea that domestic tourism could replace the economic windfall brought in by international visitors was a myth. He added that business might revive only when international tourist returns, as they spend heavy amount in travelling.

    Growing threats and lack of clarity regarding treatment and care, further affected the business, and this lowered the confidence level of the government and forced to decide closure of borders, thus affecting tourism sector badly. And at present the situation is harsh and making impossible for domestic tourism to compensate for the loss caused by the international border closure.

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