Entertainment behind the scenes
(updates with statement from Sharona Alperin)
As the family of Doug Fieger prepared a private cremation for the frontman of 1970s pop-rockers the Knack, tributes poured in from the music world. Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver veterans Slash and Matt Sorum took to Twitter to describe Fieger as, respectively, “one of the most spiritually enlightened people I’ve ever known” and “a true man of grace.”
Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, who got to know Fieger through their work with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp and also enlisted him for his recent solo album “BK3,” hailed him as “a fellow guitar freak who had an amazing collection of gear.” (Befitting his Detroit heritage and musical leanings, Fieger was also an auto enthusiast and a collector of Beatles memorabilia.)
Fieger died at his Los Angeles-area home on Sunday after battling lung cancer for six years. He was 57. His sister, Beth, said he would be cremated at a private ceremony, and tentative plans were underway for a public memorial in late March.
The Knack are perhaps best known for their single “My Sharona,” which was Billboard’s biggest hit of 1979 in the United States. Fieger was 26 when he wrote the song (with guitarist Berton Averre) in a successful attempt to woo a 17-year-old Los Angeles high school girl named Sharona Alperin. She now sells real estate in Los Angeles.