Thursday, May 24, 2012


Earl Slick
Guitarist Earl Slick, best known for his work with David Bowie and John Lennon, was riding in a car that burst into flames this past weekend. The guitarist had been performing earlier at a “British Invasion” show at Just Jake’s in Montclair, New Jersey.

According to, Slick (whose real name is Frank Madeloni) was travelling in a Ford Cobra on Saturday, May 19, when the engine burst into flames. Nobody was hurt in the blaze.

On the contrary, Spinal Tap singer-guitarist Michael McKean is recovering in a Manhattan hospital after being struck by a car Tuesday (May 22) in New York. As reported by New York’s Daily News, the 64-year-old actor-musician was first taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, in critical condition.

His condition has since been upgraded to stable, and the worst of his injuries appears to be a broken leg. McKean’s publicist, Harriet Sternberg, characterized the accident as “devastating,” but added that McKean is expected to be “okay.” “He’ll be fine,” she said.

McKean was scheduled to perform tonight (May 23) in the Broadway production of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. “It’s the first time he will have ever missed a curtain in his entire life,” Sternberg said. “He’s never missed stage, screens in film or television. His understudy has never gone on in 40-plus years.”

Spinal Tap fans might know McKean better as David St. Hubbins. McKean also played Lenny on Laverne & Shirley, was a Saturday Night Live cast member and has acted in many of Christopher Guest’s (Nigel Tufnel) films.

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