Music News April 20 2015
Eight Rock Hall Induction Highlights, Including Yoko Ono Calling Ringo Starr “The Most Influential Beatle”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony went down Saturday night. The televised version won’t air on HBO until May 30th . . . but here are eight highlights:
1. One of the more interesting quotes came from Yoko Ono, who called Ringo Starr the, quote, “most influential” member of The Beatles in a backstage interview. And no, she didn’t mean the most influential SURVIVING Beatle.
She said, quote, “No one is probably going to believe it, but he was the most influential Beatle.” She didn’t elaborate directly . . . but she added that when she came onto the scene, Ringo was the most popular Beatle.
Quote, “John would go up and down and all that, but Ringo was always just very gentle. And he really believed in peace and love . . . he just sort of embodies peace and love.”
She also took a shot at the Hall for taking so long to induct Ringo: Quote, “John got it, then George got it, then Paul got it. So why didn’t they think about Ringo?”
2. During Ringo’s speech, he offered up this helpful tip for musicians in a band: (Careful!) Quote, “If you fart, own up. It’ll cause hell if you don’t own up because everyone will blame everyone else. Make a pact that you’ll own up to it. We did, and that’s why we did so well.”
3. When Paul McCartney was inducting Ringo, he had this to say about the first audition: Quote, “Most of the drummers couldn’t nail the drum part. It was a little bit difficult to do, but Ringo nailed it.
“I remember the moment, standing there, and looking at John [Lennon] and looking at George [Harrison] and the look on our faces was . . . [effing] . . . what is this? And that was the moment, really, that was the beginning of the Beatles.”
4. Ringo closed out the show by performing “Boys“ with Green Day . . . “It Don’t Come Easy“ with his brother-in-law Joe Walsh . . . and “With a Little Help from My Friends“ and “I Wanna Be Your Man” with Paul, and basically everyone else who was there.
5. As we were warned beforehand, Miley Cyrus was there to induct Joan Jett. She gave a speech, which a lot of people actually liked . . . but then in true Miley fashion, she ended up topless, and wearing only NIPPLE PASTIES with “Js” on them, for “Joan Jett.” She was also sporting some ARMPIT HAIR.
6. Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performed with Joan . . . so it was kind of like he was returning the favor for her joining him for a “Nirvana” performance last year.
She did “Bad Reputation”, the Runaways’ classic “Cherry Bomb”, and her cover of “Crimson and Clover”, which she did alongside Miley, Dave, and the original singer, Tommy James of the Shondells.
7. Green Day drummer Mike Dirnt thanked the Ford motor company for, quote, “creating the Ford Econoline van, the best damn van any smelly touring band could have.” They performed “American Idiot”, “When I Come Around”, and “Basket Case”.
8. Patti Smith opened her mostly serious speech inducting Lou Reed with the details of an intimate conversation they shared in a hotel bathroom.
She said, quote, “I found him in the bathtub dressed in black. So I sat on the toilet and listened to him talk. It seemed like he talked for hours, and he talked about, well, all kinds of things.
“He spoke compassionately about the struggles of those who fall between genders. He spoke of pre-CBS Fender amplifiers and political corruption. But most of all, he talked about poetry.”
Music News April 17, 2015
Muse Is Going to Fly Drones at Their Concerts
The next MUSE album will be called “Drones” . . . so they’re going to have fun with that on their upcoming tour by flying DRONES over the audience.
Singer MATT BELLAMY says, quote, “We always like to use the modern technology in our shows, the latest video screens or light shows, lasers, whatever is out there.
“Drones are obviously an interesting thing . . . so we’re going to try and do that. There’s going to be some difficulty with red tape of health and safety about flying things over, but the general thing idea is that as the tour starts that we’ll be using flying objects.”
David Hasselhoff has a New Video for “True Survivor”
DAVID HASSELHOFF just released a video called “True Survivor”, and it might just be the most ’80s thing EVER. Which isn’t too surprising, because the song is from the soundtrack to a movie called “Kung Fury”, which is a parody of ’80s Kung Fu flicks.
The video includes Ancient-looking computers, bad, pre-CGI effects, mullets, fog machines, a keytar, groovy “Double Dragon”-style headbands, and a Nintendo Power Glove . . .
Not to mention Hitler, a T-Rex, and Thor . . . the Norse god, not the comic book character. But that’s just because the hero in the movie does some time traveling, and he has to fight Hitler.
The song itself is so cheesy, I’m tempted to travel back in time just to insert it into the training montage of a “Rocky” sequel.
Ozzy Osbourne Fires Back at Bill Ward, But Doesn’t Want to Feud
It doesn’t sound like BLACK SABBATH is going to get a full reunion anytime soon, because now OZZY OSBOURNE and drummer BILL WARD are feuding on Facebook . . . like two 14-year-olds in 2007.
Bill tossed around some impressive vocabulary while trying to shame Ozzy into apologizing to him earlier this week. Now, Ozzy is taking a more blunt approach.
Quote, “Wow Bill, what the [eff] are you on about? I can’t apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s ’13′ album and tour . . . physically, you knew you were [effed].
“Tony [Iommi], Geezer [Butler], and myself didn’t think you could’ve done a two-hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony’s condition we felt that time was not on our side.
“Bill, stop this smokescreen about an ‘unsignable contract’ and let’s be honest. Deep down inside you knew you weren’t capable of doing [it]. Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013.
“So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans . . . Bill, we go back a long way, let’s stop this now before it gets out of hand.” (You can read the whole thing, here.)
Music News April 16, 2015
Take a Virtual Tour of Abbey Road Studios!
Abbey Road Studios is among the most famous recording studios in music history, and while music fans are no doubt familiar with the albums that came out of Abbey Road – the Beatles catalog, Dark Side of the Moon, The Bends, among many others – not many have actually seen the inside of the storied London studio itself. That is, until now.
For Inside Abbey Road, Google has teamed with the studio to present an in-depth, multimedia guided tour through the famed studios by combining the search engine’s Google Maps technology with YouTube videos, interactive exhibits and more.
The Ultimate Guide to Record Store Day 2015!
This weekend, Record Store Day will be flooding music outlets around the country with new releases, reissued classics and thousands of fans looking bring home a few of each. Where Jack White, for instance, is mass-producing his latest acquisition (the acetate from Elvis Presley’s first session), Bruce Springsteen is breaking down his recent Album Collection Vol. 1 box set, disc by limited-edition disc. The full list includes more split singles, old treasures and strangely-colored vinyl than any single person could possibly consume, so we’ve broken it down into a few tidy categories and selected the most essential records in each one.
Get the entire Guide by clicking below!
Converse Boston Fest Line Up Revealed …
Slayer, the Replacements, Passion Pit and Chance the Rapper are among the artists that will flock to Boston later this month for Converse’s five-day, multi-genre Rubber Tracks Live festival featuring five different themed concerts: Alternative rock, indie dance, heavy metal, hip-hop and punk. Check out the Converse Rubber Tracks site for full ticket info.
The fest will kick off Monday, April 27th with the alt-rock tandem of the Replacements and Dinosaur Jr.; the next night, Passion Pit and Baths take the stage. The blood will reign April 29th when Slayer and Doomriders perform at the fest, followed the next day by Chance the Rapper and Action Bronson. The series will conclude on Friday, May 1st with Descendents and King Tuff.
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The “Furious 7″ Soundtrack Tops Both the Billboard 200 and the Hot 100, Ending “Uptown Funk’s” 14-Week Reign
The #1 album in the country this week is the “Furious 7″ soundtrack. It sold 111,000 copies . . . about 30,000 more than this week’s #2 album.
The pop-punk bank ALL TIME LOW debuted in 2nd place with 80,000 copies of “Future Hearts” . . . a career-high for them.
Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .
1. The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 111,000 copies
2. NEW: “Future Hearts”, All Time Low . . . 80,000 copies
3. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 47,000 copies
4. “V”, Maroon 5 . . . 44,000 copies
5. “1989″, Taylor Swift . . . 44,000 copies
6. “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 43,000 copies
7. “To Pimp a Butterfly”, Kendrick Lamar . . . 42,000 copies
8. “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 40,000 copies
9. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 39,000 copies
10. “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 34,000 copies
Here’s the First Teaser for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”
The first trailer for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be screened at select IMAX theaters on Monday.
A teaser hit the Internet yesterday, but unfortunately, it gives us NOTHING except a quick look at the Batman and Superman suits. The whole thing is only 21 seconds long. The movie is still a year away. It hits theaters on March 25th, 2016.
Def Leppard’s New Album Will Feature Lead Vocals from All Five Members
DEF LEPPARD is working on their first album in seven years . . . and for the first time, this one will feature lead vocals from all five members.
And they decided to do it because . . . well, why not? They aren’t going to sell a million copies of the album no matter what’s on it, so they might as well do whatever they WANT to do.
Guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL says, quote, “We’ve never done that before . . . frankly, candidly, we could go year after year playing our hits. A record for us is kind of a loss leader. A new record is something we do for us.”
He adds, quote, “It’s diverse, but it all sounds like Def Leppard. It’s the best album we’ve made in 23 years.”
There’s still no title or release date for the album, although it’s expected out sometime later this year.
Music News April 15th 2015
Florence Welch Broke Her Foot Leaping Off the Stage
FLORENCE WELCH from FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE broke her foot while she was leaping off the stage during their show at Coachella over the weekend.
She posted a photo of the X-ray on Facebook . . . and said it won’t keep them from performing, but it will cause them to bring things down a notch or two.
She said, quote, “Unfortunately while this heals, my performances will have to be somewhat stripped back. I’m so sorry, I’m pretty devastated, but I still want to do the shows . . . I hope it’s just as enjoyable.”
A Guy Does Impressions of 20 Robin Williams Characters
A video of a guy impersonating Robin Williams is making the rounds online. He does 20 different characters, including Mork and Mrs. Doubtfire, and they’re all spot on. He also kind of looks like him.
(Search for “Never Had a Friend Like Him.”)
“Guitar Hero” Is Coming Back . . . with Live Crowds
It’s been over five years since we’ve had a new “Guitar Hero” game. And that makes sense, because EVERYONE was burned out on it by 2009.
But there’s a new one in development called “Guitar Hero Live“, and it’s due out late this year. One new thing is that it’ll give you a first-person perspective, with live-action band mates, crowds, and roadies.
It’ll have songs by The Rolling Stones, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Fall Out Boy, and dozens of others.
Sunday’s ACMs Will Be the First Awards Show Broadcast From a Football Stadium
“Billboard” has a story about Sunday’s “50th Annual ACM Awards” . . . and it helps explain why everyone’s so damn excited. For one, it’ll be the first awards show to be broadcast from a football stadium.
It’s being held at the massive AT&T Stadium, which is where the Dallas Cowboys play. To give you an idea of how big it is . . . it takes 30 minutes for a tech person to get to the top just to start work.
Stadiums aren’t designed for theatrical-type shows so they had to create their own special rigging for stuff like lights, curtains, sound, and video. They even constructed two full-size stages.
It’s also going to cost a “staggering” amount of money. One of the producers estimates it’ll be four times higher than when they do the show in Vegas.
But here’s the ultimate reason to be impressed. CBS actually gave them 30 extra minutes of precious airtime, which means the show could run well over 3 1/2 hours.
Music News April 14th 2015
Eric Burdon From the Animals Was “The Eggman” in the Beatles Song “I Am the Walrus” . . . Here’s Why
Do you know what JOHN LENNON meant by “The Eggman” in THE BEATLES song “I Am the Walrus”? It’s a story that’s been kicking around the Internet for a while, but it’s worth repeating.
It was a reference to ERIC BURDON, the lead singer for the ANIMALS . . . because he’d told Lennon about a wild BREAKFAST related sexual experience he’d had.
In a memoir that came out a decade ago, Eric said he was cooking breakfast for his Jamaican girlfriend one morning . . . wearing only his socks.
Long story short, they ended up on the kitchen floor.
Eric said, quote, “I shared the story with John one night with a handful of blondes and a little Asian girl. [And he laughed and told me] ‘Go on, go get it, Eggman.’”
The 10 Best Songs to Make You Sleep, Including a Lot of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith
Spotify looked through 2.8 million “sleep-related” playlists people created, to figure out what people listen to when they want to unwind and, well, fall asleep.
And seven of the top 20 are Ed Sheeran songs. Sam Smith is next, with four songs, and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack is represented twice. And of course there’s the old classic “Rain Sounds”, which came in sixth.
Here’s the top 20:
1. “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran
2. “Stay With Me”, Sam Smith . . . and at least legally, Tom Petty
3. “Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”, Ellie Goulding
4. “I See Fire”, Ed Sheeran
5. “I’m Not the Only One”, Sam Smith
6. “Rain for Sleep”, Rain Sounds
7. “All of Me”, John Legend
8. “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”, The Weeknd
9. “Let Her Go”, Passenger
10. “Skinny Love”, Birdy
Jack White hits the Coachella Stage and Kills It!
Jack White returned to Coachella with a fundamentalist’s fervor last night, stomping through nearly two hours of stuttering rock and blues and declaring again and again that “Music is sacred!”
White has been coming to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calfornia, since first landing on the 2003 main stage with the White Stripes, and his headline set Saturday was panicked and polished, tying his many musical selves into a coherent whole. He stepped into the desert breeze in black pinstripes and white shoes, his hair sculpted into a thick wedge above his forehead, and quickly strapped on an electric guitar to rip open “Icky Thump.”
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Music News April 13, 2015
Mumford and Sons are Not Fans of Jay-Z’s New Streaming Service
MUMFORD & SONS are NOT fans of Tidal . . . JAY Z’s new streaming service. Apparently, they didn’t appreciate the fanfare of all those big artists joining forces like it was “Lord of the Rings” or something.
MARCUS MUMFORD tells “The Daily Beast”, quote, “We wouldn’t have joined . . . even if they’d asked . . . I think smaller bands should get paid more for it, too.
“Bigger bands have other ways of making money. A band of our size shouldn’t be complaining. And when they say it’s artist-owned, it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists.”
It isn’t just Tidal . . . Marcus doesn’t love or hate any streaming service, he just treats it as the new reality. Quote, “Music is changing . . . this is how people are going to listen to music now . .
“We just want to play music, and I don’t want to align myself with Spotify, Beats, Tidal, or whatever. We want people to listen to our music in their most comfortable way, and if they’re not up for paying for it, I don’t really care.”
He adds that something needs to be worked out so smaller bands can be compensated . . . but he also notes that the Internet has allowed these bands to be heard worldwide without a record label, and the price is giving it away for free.
Are These the 10 Best Punk Albums of all Time?
Punk has been around for 40 years now, and so Loudwire.com has thrown together a list of “The Top 25 Punk Albums of All Time.” Of course, whether or not they nailed it is up for debate. Here’s their Top 10:
1. “London Calling”, The Clash, 1979
2. “Ramones”, Ramones, 1976
3. “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols”, Sex Pistols, 1977
4. “Raw Power”, The Stooges, 1973
5. “Dookie”, Green Day, 1994
6. “Out of Step”, Minor Threat, 1983
7. “Damaged”, Black Flag, 1981
8. “Violent Femmes”, Violent Femmes, 1983
9. “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables”, Dead Kennedys, 1980
10. “The Clash”, The Clash, 1977
Fox Is Remaking “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Fox is doing a two-hour remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. It’ll be produced, directed, and choreographed by Kenny Ortega, the guy who did the “High School Musical” movies.
This will NOT be one of those live musicals that have suddenly become popular for some reason. It’ll be filmed in advance. There’s also no word on casting.
They’re sticking to the original script, so don’t expect any new plot twists.