Music News July 22, 2016
Four Bizarre Health Trends That Musicians Are Buying Into
“Billboard” has a couple of new reports that share four very bizarre “health trends” that musicians are buying into these days. Here they are:
- Moon Dust. These plant-based formulas are added to smoothies and coffee, and supposedly they increase sexual energy and brain power. The stars that are into this include: Haim, Pink, Alanis Morissette, and Common.
- Cocoa-Sniffing. Basically, you just snort cocoa, and apparently it gives you a jolt of energy, because that totally makes sense. Ron Wood and Charlie Watts from The Rolling Stones are into it, and they seem to be aging pretty well . . . although doctors say putting ANYTHING up your nose is a bad idea.
- Apitherapy. Putting bee venom on your skin as an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging thing. The stars that are into this include Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
- Bite Massages. A massage therapist is paid to BITE PEOPLES’ BACKS, and charges $150 to $250 an hour to do it. A lot of celebrities have done this, including Katy Perry, Eminem, Courtney Love, Robert Plant, Simon Cowell, Juliette Lewis, David Bowie, Kanye, and members of the Grateful Dead.
Music News July 21, 2016
Temple of the Dog is Doing Some Live Dates in November
This is one of those things that REALLY makes you feel old: Remember TEMPLE OF THE DOG . . . the “supergroup” made up of members of SOUNDGARDEN and PEARL JAM? This year is their 25th anniversary.
And they’re marking it with five shows this November in Philly, New York, San Francisco, L.A. and Seattle.
Singer CHRIS CORNELL said, quote, “We wanted to do the one thing we never got to do . . . play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago.
“This is something no one has ever seen. We wanted to stop and recognize that we did this and pay homage.”
For those of you who don’t know, Temple of the Dog also includes Pearl Jam guitarists MIKE MCCREADY and STONE GOSSARD, and bassist JEFF AMENT . . . plus drummer MATT CAMERON, who’s played for both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.
In addition to the tour, they’re releasing a 25th anniversary edition of their self-titled debut album . . . which EDDIE VEDDER also did some backing vocals on. Eddie isn’t mentioned as part of the reunion, but maybe he’ll show up.
It’s hard to imagine them doing “Hunger Strike“ without him.
Is My Chemical Romance Reuniting in September?
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE broke up back in 2013. It seemed permanent, but maybe it was just a hiatus . . . because they’re up to something now.
Yesterday, they released a 35-second video, that’s apparently a teaser for SOMETHING that’s happening September 23rd . . . the exact 10-year anniversary of their hit album “Welcome to the Black Parade”.
Of course, they might just be re-releasing the album, or doing some sort of one-off gig. But this seems like a pretty big tease for something like that, right? The band’s last album “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” came out in 2010.
Music News July 19, 2016
Did Bono Have to Be Rescued During the Terror Attack in France?
Britain’s “Mirror” tabloid claims BONO from U2 had to be rescued during last week’s terror attack in Nice, France. Sort of.
He has a home in a nearby city, and supposedly he was eating at a restaurant called La Petite Maison near the attack last Thursday night. He hasn’t said anything about it personally . . . but another person in the restaurant says, quote, “It took around half an hour for the police to get us out . . .
“Like everybody else, Bono had to put his hands on his head, and was told to remain calm.” The police then escorted him to a safe area. Interestingly, he was also in Paris last November when the other terror attacks went down. As far as we know it’s just a coincidence, and ISIS isn’t targeting Bono.
Sting’s Next Album Is “Rockier” Than Anything He’s Done In a While
STING is finishing up his next album, “57th and 9th”, which will be out sometime later this year. And he says he’s going back to his roots.
Quote, “It’s rockier than anything I’ve done in a while. This record is a sort of omnibus of everything that I do, but the flagship seems to be this energetic thing. I’m very happy to put up the mast and see how it goes.”
One of the reasons he’s getting back to rock is because we’ve lost so many rock legends this year. He says, quote, “They are our gods. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I have to question my own.” Sting is 64.
Paul McCartney Jammed with Bob Weir and Gronk
PAUL MCCARTNEY performed in Boston on Sunday night, and the concert included an unexpected jam session featuring Paul, BOB WEIR from GRATEFUL DEAD, and ROB GRONKOWSKI from the New England Patriots.
It was the first time that Paul and Bob had shared a stage . . . and so it’s also the first time that Paul, Bob, and Gronk performed together, as hard as that may be to believe. (???)
Bob joined Paul for the encore . . . playing “Hi Hi Hi” by Wings and “Helter Skelter” by the Beatles. Gronk came up onstage to do some air-guitar during “Helter Skelter”.
Coldplay Jammed with Michael J. Fox
COLDPLAY had a concert in New Jersey on Sunday . . . and MICHAEL J. FOX came onstage to help them cover “Earth Angel” by The Penguins and “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry.
Of course, those are the two songs that Michael’s “Back to the Future” character Marty McFly performed at the “Under the Sea” dance.
It started with Chris Martin playing a video of his son Moses asking that he play something from his favorite movie, “Back to the Future”.
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