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Music News October 28, 2015

Adele Has Broken Taylor Swift’s YouTube Record

ADELE’s last album was HUGE . . . and it looks like she’s going to pick up where she left off.  Her video for “Hello” piled up 27.7 million views on YouTube in its first 24 hours.  That’s a new record.

TAYLOR SWIFT had the previous record.  Her “Bad Blood” video was watched 20.1 million times in its first day.

YouTube says “Hello” was averaging 1.6 million views an hour for a while on that day . . . and it has now surpassed 106 million views.

Taylor Swift’s “1989” Spent a Year in the Top 10 . . .

and Only Four Other Albums Have Done It

It’s been a year since TAYLOR SWIFT put out “1989” . . . and believe it or not, it’s been in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart every single week since then.

Only four other albums have spent their entire first year in the Top 10.  They are:

  1. “Born in the U.S.A.”, Bruce Springsteen, 1984 . . . 84 straight weeks
  2. “21”, Adele, 2011 . . . 78 weeks
  3. “Falling Into You”, Celine Dion, 1996 . . . 59 weeks
  4. “Rumours”, Fleetwood Mac, 1977 . . . 52 weeks

Taylor is currently at #9 . . . and has been in the Top 10 exactly 52 weeks and counting. “1989” was released on October 27th of last year, and has sold 5.4 million copies.

Maynard James Keenan Doesn’t Seem to Want Anything to Do with Tool or Their Fans

Maynard James Keenan doesn’t seem to want to have anything to do with TOOL or their fans. He told the “Phoenix New Times” that the band had to “con him into” performing with them at Monster Mash Music Festival in Arizona this weekend.

When asked about a new Tool album, he said, quote, “There’s nothing to say.  I can’t.”  Fans won’t like that . . . and they won’t like what he had to say about THEM when he was asked about the humor in Tool albums.

He said, quote, “Yeah, it’s there.  But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bull[crap].  It’s lost.  Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, r*tards.  I’m sorry.  Can’t help them.  Way too serious.  Too much.  Lighten up.”


Music News October 27, 2015

Ed Sheeran Gave an Old Childhood Friend a Songwriting Credit on His Last Album So She Could Afford Her Mortgage

A British tabloid claims ED SHEERAN agreed to give an old childhood friend a songwriting credit on his last album “x (Multiply)”, so she could afford her mortgage.

That sounds incredibly generous . . . but this isn’t just some random friend.  Her name is Amy Wadge, and she’s a musician who collaborated with him before he made it big.  In fact, he put out an EP in 2010 called “Songs I Wrote with Amy”.

He says, quote, “She was going through financial troubles about a year ago . . . my album was nearly done . . . and she asked if I could put a song from when I was 17 on the deluxe version, so she could get a little bit of money and pay [her] bills.”

That song is called “Even My Dad Does Sometimes” . . . but the REAL story is that while they were hanging out, they jammed a little, and together they came up with “Thinking Out Loud”, which became a huge single.

Ed says, quote, “[‘Thinking Out Loud’] wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t come down from Wales to see me . . . now she never has to worry about money again.”

Pentatonix Scored Their First #1 Album

The a cappella group PENTATONIX debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, after their self-titled album sold more than 98,000 copies in its first week.

DEMI LOVATO fell JUST SHORT of that . . . her new album “Confident” sold 98,000 copies.  And new albums by rappers MACHINE GUN KELLY and GAME debuted at #4 and #6, respectively.

Here are the Top 10 albums in the country . .

  1. NEW:  “Pentatonix”, Pentatonix . . . slightly more than 98,000 copies
  2. NEW:  “Confident”, Demi Lovato . . . 98,000 copies
  3. “Beauty Behind the Madness”, The Weeknd . . . 62,000 copies
  4. NEW:  “General Admission”, Machine Gun Kelly . . . 56,000 copies
  5. “Fetty Wap”, Fetty Wap . . . 48,000 copies
  6. NEW:  “The Documentary 2.5″, Game . . . nearly 48,000 copies
  7. “Revival”, Selena Gomez . . . 46,000 copies
  8. “What a Time to Be Alive”, Drake and Future . . . nearly 43,000 copies
  9. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 37,000 copies
  10. NEW:  “The Color Before the Sun”, Coheed and Cambria . . . 32,000 copies

Music News October 26, 2015

This is Why Adele Uses a Flip Phone in Her “Hello” Video

ADELE released her Hello video on Friday, and it seems like all anyone’s been able to talk about is the fact that she uses a FLIP PHONE.  Well, there’s a very specific reason for that.

The director of the video says, quote, “I never like filming modern phones or cars.  They’re so implanted in our lives that when you see them in movies you’re reminded you’re in reality.

“If you see an iPhone or a Toyota in a movie, they’re anti-narrative, they take you out of the story.  If I put an iPhone or a modern car in a movie it feels like I’m making a commercial.”

Music News October 23, 2015

Cee-Lo is Trying to Put His Legal Issues Behind Him and Get Back to Work

Three years ago, CEE-LO was accused of drugging and raping a woman.  There wasn’t enough evidence to try him for sexual assault, but he ended up pleading no contest to slipping her ecstasy.

Then he posted some disgusting things on Twitter like, He lost his gig on “The Voice”, and we haven’t seen much of him since, even though he apologized.

Well, he’s trying to repair his life and career now.  He says, quote, “I’m so grateful that everyone who just may happen to witness this particular interview, have my deepest, sincerest apologies for any inconvenience, any ignorance, any ill will, anything.  I’m just glad that it’s behind me now.  I’m so glad for it.”

He’d also like to get back on “The Voice” . . . quote, “I just kind of put that out there, wishful thinking, kind of willing it.  Because I would love to do it again.”

Cee-Lo has a new album called “Heart Blanche” coming out November 6th.  He says, quote, “You’re going to hear a revelation, an epiphany of new understanding and a new lease on life, personally and professionally, on this album.”

New CDs from Carrie Underwood, Harry Connick, Judith Hill, and Rod Stewart

  • That Would Be Me, “Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr.
  • Back in Time, the debut solo album from Judith Hill . . . the chick from “The Voice” who used to sing with Michael Jackson.  Prince helped produce this album.
  • Another Country, Rod Stewart
  • Angels & Ghosts, Dave Gahan & Soulsavers.  This is the side project of Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan, for those of you who didn’t recognize his name.
  • Sounds Good Feels Good, 5 Seconds of Summer.  It includes the singles “She’s Kinda Hot” and “Hey Everybody!”.
  • Liberman, the fifth album from Vanessa Carlton
  • My Stupid Heart, Shawn Mullins.  It includes a song called “Ferguson”, which gets its message across without mentioning the cops or any weapons.
  • Divers, Andy Samberg’s wife, harpist Joanna Newsom.  This is her fourth album.
  • Astoria, the Canadian pop rock band Marianas Trench
  • Sun Leads Me On, the indie rock band Half Moon Run
  • Forever Whatever, the indie rock band Cold Fronts
  • Archie and the Bunkers, the punk rock band Archie and the Bunkers
  • Today’s Not Yesterday, The Chapin Sisters, who are the nieces of Harry Chapin.
  • Cinema, blind operatic singer Andrea Bocelli performs songs from classic movies.  It includes “The Music of the Night” from “Phantom”, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from “Evita”, and songs from “The Godfather”, “Scent of a Woman”, and “Gladiator”.
  • Answer to No One, The Colt Ford Classics . . . A 14-song greatest hits album, featuring Colt’s collaborations with Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Chase Rice, and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie Robertson.

Music News October 21, 2015

Blink-182 Announces New Music

Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker are plotting their post-Tom DeLonge future with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. In an interview with NME, Barker revealed that the trio have recorded five new songs together.

“Matt’s killing it,” Barker said. “He’s fun to play with and write with. We’re just getting started, but I think we’ve got like four or five songs right now that I’m really, really happy with. There’s a song called ‘Punk Rock Cliché’ which I love the most right now. It’s about friends of ours and their relationships.”
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Chris Cornell Cover’s Bob Marley with 11-Year Old Daughter

Chris Cornell has one of the stronger, more recognizable voices in rock and after a performance at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Monday night, we learned that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Cornell invited his 11-year-old daughter Toni onstage for a duet, covering the Bob Marley classic “Redemption Song.”

The Soundgarden frontman introduced the guest appearance, explaining, “A few years back, my daughter wanted to do a song at school. She said it’s called the Music for Lunch Bunch and she makes it sound like she sits in front of her classmates and they do a song every once in a while. So I went and got a guitar tuned for her in the right key and we went to see her do it and it was actually like an assembly in front of the entire school.”

Read More: Chris Cornell Covers Bob Marley With Daughter | http://loudwire.com/chris-cornell-bob-marley-redemption-song-with-11-year-old-daughter/?trackback=tsmclip

Music News October 20, 2015

The Most Successful Music Act for Every Letter of the Alphabet

Uproxx.com has put together a list of the most successful music acts for each letter of the alphabet.

For solo performers, they classified artists by the first letter of their last name . . . and they dropped the ‘the’ in front of group names, so that there wasn’t a huge amount under ‘T.’

An act’s ‘success’ was determined by total album sales, or the equivalent digital units.

Here’s the full rundown, along with their album sales and overall rank.

Is Taylor Swift Making $1 Million a Day?

Everyone knows that TAYLOR SWIFT is making a KILLING right now . . . but it might surprise you to hear just how much she’s banking.

A British report claims she’s going to make $365 million by the end of the year . . . meaning that in 2015, she averaged ONE MILLION DOLLARS A DAY.

Taylor’s album “1989” is one of the few albums that has been able to consistently sell, and she’s performed over 85 shows in 2015, most of which have been sold out.  She also has lucrative endorsement deals with brands like Diet Coke.

Joni Mitchell “Making Good Progress” after a Brain Aneurysm…

Joni Mitchell is recovering from a brain aneurysm she suffered earlier this year, and reportedly she’s “making good progress.” According to fellow singer-songwriter Judy Collins, the 71-year-old Mitchell is getting better.

“I have just heard from a close mutual friend that Joni is walking, talking, painting some, doing much rehab every day, and making good progress,” Collins wrote on her Facebook page. “I have another friend who went through something similar — it does take a long time, three years for my friend, who has really totally recovered professionally and personally. I will try my best to see our songbird when I am in L.A. in the coming weeks.”

Read More: Joni Mitchell ‘Making Good Progress’ Following Brain Aneurysm

Joe Perry is Working on his Instrumental Solo Album

It looks like Joe Perry‘s next solo project will truly let the music do the talking.

The Aerosmith guitarist has started teasing his next album on Twitter, explaining that now that he’s cleared his promotional obligations for his Rocks memoir off the calendar — as well as the band’s most recent tour — he’s been able to get down to work on what will be his fifth solo effort, which he’s decided will be a largely instrumental affair.

Read More: Joe Perry Is Working on an Instrumental Solo Album

Music News October 19, 2015

Phil Collins Had Emergency Back Surgery

PHIL COLLINS recently underwent emergency back surgery.  There isn’t a lot of info on what happened . . . but it sounds like everyone’s favorite Alamo memorabilia collector is OK.  He’s dealt with back pain and nerve issues for a while now.

He was supposed to begin releasing reissues of his solo albums next month, but now that’s been pushed back to January, so he’ll be able to promote them.

He said, quote, “I’m so disappointed, but I’m looking forward to being able to properly get behind this release in the New Year when I can move again!”

Music News October 14, 2015

Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips Are Planning to Do an Entirely Naked Concert

It’s hard to believe MILEY CYRUS could push her envelope any further than it already is . . . but you never want to bet against her.

She’s still hanging out with the FLAMING LIPS . . . and singer WAYNE COYNE claims they’re planning to do a show together where everyone is NAKED . . . Miley, the Flaming Lips, and even the audience.

Their joint tour begins November 19th and runs through December 6th, but it’s doubtful that any of the scheduled shows are the naked one . . . because they’re all sold out, and those ticketholders didn’t sign up for an NC-17 free-for-all.

(Careful)  Wayne did share another detail in his announcement on Instagram . . . quote, “[There will be] milk . . . well, white stuff that looks like milk . . . being spewed everywhere.”

The idea is part of the concept for Miley’s music video for “Milky Milky Milk” off her bizarre “Dead Petz” album.

The Nominees for the “AMAs” Have Been Announced

The nominees for this year’s “American Music Awards” were announced yesterday, and TAYLOR SWIFT led the pack with six nominations . . . and naturally, she’ll probably win them all.

Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd are next with five nominations each.

AMA nominees are determined using a formula that weighs artists’ music sales . . . prevalence on radio and TV . . . Internet streams and videos . . . and “additional online metrics” like “social-media activity.”

As usual, YOU will choose the winners.  Voting is open now at AMAvote.com.  Before casting your daily votes, you’ll have to sign in through Facebook.  You can also vote on Twitter by including the nominee, category, and the hash-tag AMAs.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is hosting and performing.  The rest of the acts will be announced in the coming weeks, and ABC is airing the ceremony live on Sunday, November 22nd.

Joe Jonas and Charlie Puth announced some of the nominees on “Good Morning America” yesterday.  There’s video on the show’s website.

“Rolling Stone’s” 20 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time

“Rolling Stone” has put together a list of the ’50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time.’

If you’re like me, you might be thinking, ’50?  Did they rank ALL the hair metal albums?’  But “Rolling Stone” says more of them hold up than you might think, and there wasn’t even any funny business with how they defined ‘hair metal.’

It’s pretty straight forward:  Mid-’80s to early-’90s . . . nothing too heavy like W.A.S.P., and nothing that strayed too far from the genre, like Guns N’ Roses.  Here’s the Top 20:

  1. “Hysteria”, Def Leppard (1987)
  2. “Look What the Cat Dragged In”, Poison (1986)
  3. “Slippery When Wet”, Bon Jovi (1986)
  4. “Shout at the Devil”, Motley Crue (1983)
  5. “Skid Row”, Skid Row (1989)
  6. “Out of the Cellar”, Ratt (1984)
  7. “Faster Pussycat”, Faster Pussycat (1987)
  8. “Blow My Fuse”, Kix (1988)
  9. “Too Fast for Love”, Motley Crue (1981)
  10. “Long Cold Winter”, Cinderella (1988)

Music News October 13, 2015

The Rolling Stones Tour Rider Asks for Written Instructions on How to Use Electronics

The tour rider for the last ROLLING STONES tour sheds light on what’s important to the guys now that they’re in their late 60s and early 70s.

One of their main concerns is their accommodations, and it’s not that they need room for all their groupies, it’s that they want to know how to use all the newfangled gadgets.

The hotel rider requires that they have “written-out instructions on how to use ALL the electronics in each room.”  Laugh all you want, but at least they aren’t asking for grab-rails in the showers.

There’s also some old-school ROCK ‘N’ ROLL in the rider.  They demand that the hotel bar be open 24-7 . . . regardless of whether or not that’s legal . . . and that the windows be ‘blacked out,’ so they can party all night long.

In addition to alcohol, they want to have an endless supply of Marlboro cigarettes, extra butlers for massive room service requests, and after-hours dry cleaning.

Music News October 9, 2015

Adam Levine Recorded Songs with His Buddy . . . Joe Pesci?

Taylor Swift isn’t the only star with a bunch of random celebrity friends.  ADAM LEVINE has his own squad, and it includes JOE PESCI.

Joe is 72 now . . . and supposedly, he’s getting serious about his musical career again.  So, he decided to call upon his buddy Adam for some help in the studio.

A source told “Us Weekly”, quote, “They kicked around some songs and recorded some stuff together.  It was just a thing they did [for] fun . . . they’re both avid golfers and have become golfing buddies.  They golf, hang out, and play music.”

Not only is Adam supportive of Joe’s music . . . but Joe is there for Adam too.  Quote, “[He’s] a big ‘Voice’ fan and he’s been on set a bunch, always with Adam’s crew.  Joe’s [also] been in the audience at Adam’s concerts.”

Obviously, we all hope their jams will be released, but don’t hold your breath.  Joe hasn’t released any music since 1999, when he put out the strange album “Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You”.

Interesting Fact:  Joe Pesci started out as a musician in the ’60s.  He played guitar for Joey Dee and the Starliters . . . and was eventually replaced by Jimi Hendrix.  True story.

Taylor Swift Says “I Think People Might Need a Break from Me”

It’s been almost a year since TAYLOR SWIFT released “1989”, and she’s been all over the Internet since then, thanks to her celebrity ‘squad’ and their cameos on her tour.

So if you’re getting sick of her . . . she TOTALLY understands.

In an interview with “NME” magazine, Taylor said she plans to lie low for a while after her current tour . . . quote, “I think I should take some time off.  I think people might need a break from me.  I’m going to . . . I don’t know . . .

“Hang out with my friends.  Write new music.  Maybe not write new music.”

In fact, she feels overexposed herself . . . quote, “I’m in the news every single day for multiple different reasons.  And it can feel, at times, if you let your anxiety get the better of you, like everybody’s waiting for you to really mess up.”

And when asked if she’s worried about topping the success of “1989”, she said, quote, “No . . . how could the next one be as big?  Maybe the next album will be a bridge to somewhere else.  Or maybe I’ll just go ahead and change everything.”

New CDs from The Zombies, Ann Wilson, and Toby Keith

Music News October 7, 2015

18 TV Themes That Made the Billboard Charts

Billboard did a list of TV theme songs that actually climbed up the charts.  Here are 18 of them, along with their peak position on the Hot 100:

  1. “I’ll Be There for You” from “Friends” . . . #1 for eight week
  2. “How Do You Talk To An Angel” from “The Heights” . . .  #1 for two weeks.
  3. The theme from “S.W.A.T.” . . . #1 for one week
  4. “Welcome Back, Kotter” . . . #1 for one week.
  5. “Miami Vice”, #1 for one week.
  6. “Greatest American Hero”, #2
  7. The original “Hawaii Five-O”, #4
  8. “Happy Days”, #5
  9. “Cops”, #8
  10. “Peter Gunn”, #8

Behold: ‘Yeezer’ . . . A Mash-Up of Kanye West and Weezer

An Ohio State University student named Alex Hodowanec has put together a mixtape that mashes WEEZER songs with KANYE WEST tracks.  He says, quote, “A couple of summers ago I got into Weezer . . .

“I’m a little bit too young for the first wave of Weezer, but over the years hearing about how old Weezer was really good . . . I listened to some of their older album and it turned out that it was really good.”

It isn’t just a mash-up of Weezer’s blue album and Kanye’s “Yeezus” . . . it’s a mix of songs from various albums.  It’s available as a FREE download from AudioMack(WARNING!  There’s a good amount of UNCENSORED PROFANITY.)

Music News October 6, 2015

Billy Joel Never Gets Bored of Singing About Paul the Real Estate Novelist and Davy Who’s Still in the Navy

BILLY JOEL has been singing “Piano Man” for 42 years, which is hard to believe . . . unless you’ve spent the past 42 years despising “Piano Man”.

For a lot of Billy Joel fans, it’s one of their favorite songs, and he doesn’t mind playing it for them . . . over and over and over again.

He says, quote, “It’s not a job you get bored in . . . we’ll play similar material at various gigs but it’s always so different.  There’s a different dynamic . . . a different ambiance in the room, the audience is different, you’re different that night.”

He wrote the song after taking a job as a piano man at a bar in L.A. called the Executive Room.  He says, quote, “If you would’ve told me at that time that a song that was almost six minutes long in three-quarter time about bummed out losers in this alkie bar in Los Angeles would be a hit, I’d say, ‘Yeah sure.'”

But Billy doesn’t like ALL his songs.  He says he now finds “Captain Jack”, quote, “dreary,” and says some of his older lyrics have him wondering what he was thinking.

Sadly, he didn’t offer any examples.

Will Smith Is Touring with DJ Jazzy Jeff Next Year . . . and Will Do Another “Bad Boys” Movie

WILL SMITH just turned 47 a couple weeks ago, and maybe he’s going through a mid-life crisis . . . because he just announced several projects that are things he would’ve done 20 years ago.

In a new interview, Will said he’s returning to music, and has already recorded around 30 new tracks.  He has six or seven that he really likes.  He’s working with a bunch of different collaborators, but didn’t name any names.

Speaking of collaborators, he also said that he’s touring next summer with his old partner DJ JAZZY JEFF.  There are no dates yet, but he said it’ll be “extensive.”

He doesn’t plan on taking a break from Hollywood though.  He’s currently filming “Suicide Squad” . . . and he also announced that he has a third “Bad Boys” movie in the pipeline.

Music News October 5, 2015

Rage Against the Machine’s Bassist Doesn’t Believe in the Moon Landing or ISIS

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE bassist TIM COMMERFORD sounded cool when he was apologizing for inspiring LIMP BIZKIT.

But now the rest of his interview with “Rolling Stone” is out, and he said a lot of crazy stuff . . . and not crazy-funny or crazy-wild . . . CRAZY-CRAZY.

For starters, he doesn’t believe in the moon landing . . . even though his father worked for NASA in the Apollo program.  He said, quote, “We never went there . . . I’ve always felt it’s been fake since I was a kid.”

He even confronted Buzz Aldrin about it during a red carpet event a few years ago.  He asked him a bunch of questions about the flag planting, and why we can’t see it or anything else they left on the moon.

Tim said, quote, “He gets all frustrated and says, ‘I’m just trying to remember what they told me to say.’  That’s what he said!  Those were his exact words!  Then he and his wife . . . all plastic surgery-ed up and fake as they can be . . . bolted out.  It made him so mad.”

So maybe Buzz ADMITTED that the moon landing was a hoax to the bassist of Rage Against the Machine right there on the red carpet . . . OR he was just giving a sarcastic answer because he was annoyed.

In any event, it’s unclear why he has to take shots at Buzz’s wife.

On top of the moon thing, Tim also doesn’t believe ISIS exists.  He said, quote, “I don’t believe ISIS is real . . . I don’t believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, ‘OK, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let’s all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces.’

“That’s a bunch of [crap].  I don’t believe the Jihadi John beheading video.  Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don’t think they’re fake . . . we created [them] so we can go drop bombs.”

When asked what happened to the people who ISIS claimed to have killed in the videos, he said, quote, “They were already dead.”

There Are Seven New Albums in the Top 10, but the New #1 Album in America is

Fetty Wap’s long awaited self-titled debut sold 129,000 copies in its first week, which was enough to start at #1 on the Billboard 200.  Six other new albums made the Top 10.

They include Don Henley’s “Cass County”, which debuted at #3 with 89,000 in sales . . . and “Cold Beer Conversation” by George Strait.  It sold 86,000 copies, and is #4.   Here’s the Top 10 . . .

  1.  NEW:  “Fetty Wap”, Fetty Wap . . . 129,000 copies
  2. “What a Time to Be Alive”, Drake and Future . . . 107,000 copies
  3. NEW:  “Cass County”, Don Henley . . . 89,000 copies
  4. NEW:  “Cold Beer Conversation”, George Strait . . . 86,000 copies
  5. “Beauty Behind the Madness”, The Weeknd . . . 81,000 copies
  6. NEW:  “Tangled Up”, country singer Thomas Rhett . . . 76,000 copies
  7. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 41,000 copies
  8. NEW:  “Every Open Eye”, Chvrches . . . 38,000 copies
  9. NEW:  “Caracal”, Disclosure . . . 35,000 copies
  10. NEW:  “Dodge and Burn”, The Dead Weather . . . 33,000 copies

Music News October 2, 2015

New CDs from Janet Jackson, Avicii, Queensryche, and Lauren Alaina

Grumpy Old Men #1: Don Henley Hates Frank Ocean and Kanye West

It’s been four years since Frank Ocean dropped the track “American Wedding”, which is basically the Eagles “Hotel California” with new lyrics. Don Henley still hasn’t calmed down about it.

He says, quote, “Some of these young kids have grown up in a world that doesn’t understand or respect copyright material or intellectual property.  They look at songs as interactive playthings.

“I didn’t think he was cool.  I thought he was a talentless little [jerk].  And I still do.”

Don is equally curmudgeonly about KANYE WEST.  He says, quote, “I don’t like him, either.  He won’t be president.  He’s either incredibly arrogant or incredibly insecure, or some combination of the two.”

Grumpy Old Men #2: Art Garfunkel Hates Cell Phones

ART GARFUNKEL has a 9-year-old son.  And like millions of parents of 9-year-olds, he has a problem with the amount of time the kid spends in front of an electronic device.

He says, quote, “[We] try to have a dinner that includes him, but he’ll bring that little hand-held video screen that makes me lose his company.  It’s the scourge of American life.

“People keep their noses in their video game devices, and then gone are clouds, the act of looking around, listening to live people and talking with them?

“You lose your sense of being here on Earth to those little screens.  We ought to have a law that makes them illegal.  It’s really killing life itself.

But he admits, quote, “I’m not being the stern enforcer that I should be.  I love them too much.  What else was I talking about?”

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Music News September 30, 2015

Rage Against the Machine’s Bassist Has Apologized for Inspiring Limp Bizkit

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE bassist TIM COMMERFORD claimed responsibility for inspiring rap-rock groups like LIMP BIZKIT.

He told “Rolling Stone”, quote, “I do apologize for Limp Bizkit.  I really do.  I feel really bad that we inspired such bull[crap] . . . They’re gone, though. That’s the beautiful thing.  There’s only one left, and that’s Rage, and as far as I’m concerned, we’re the only one that matters.”

It’s unclear if Tim realizes that Limp is still around, or if he’s saying that they’re no longer relevant.

Limp Bizkit hasn’t commented . . . but Rage DID inspire them. They’ve covered Rage’s “Killing in the Name” countless times.  And before playing it at a show last year, FRED DURST told the crowd, quote, “This is dedicated to the rap-rock band that started this [stuff].”

Later, he added, “When I first heard this song, that [crap] hit me right [in the heart].  And this next part . . . changed my life.”  (Here’s UNCENSORED video.  He talks at the 2:40 mark.)

This isn’t their first clash either.  At the “VMAs” in 2000, Tim crashed the stage and climbed up the backdrop while Limp Bizkit was accepting an award.

Music News September 28, 2015

Watch Beyoncé and Pearl Jam do “Redemption Song”

The Global Citizen Festival went down in New York this weekend.  It’s a huge concert in Central Park to raise awareness about poverty around the world.  And one of the highlights this year was a duet between BEYONCÉ and PEARL JAM.

They did BOB MARLEY’s Redemption Song.

Pearl Jam also did JOHN LENNON’s Imagine.

And Beyoncé did another duet.  ED SHEERAN joined her onstage for Drunk in Love.

Meanwhile, ARIANA GRANDE and COLDPLAY teamed up for Just a Little Bit of Your Heart.

More Duets From The Weekend …

  1. LZZY HALE from HALESTORM joined the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES at the Rock in Rio festival for Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love.  The Hollywood Vampires are:  Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum . . . and their self-titled debut album ROCKS.
  2. Speaking of “Whole Lotta Love”, JEWEL did it with the FOO FIGHTERS in Phoenix the other night, but she’s no Lzzy Hale.  Not even close.
  3. CHINO MORENO from the DEFTONES joined SYSTEM OF A DOWN for Toxicity at Rock in Rio.

Drake and Future Have the #1 Album in America

Drake and Future’s surprise joint album “What a Time to Be Alive” sold 375,000 copies in its first week, which was more than enough to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.  Six other new albums made the Top 10.

They include Lana Del Rey’s “Honeymoon”, which debuted at #2 with 116,000 in sales . . . and Ryan Adams’ version of Taylor Swift’s “1989” album.  It sold 56,000 copies, and is #7, one notch ahead of Taylor’s album.

Here’s the Top 10 . . .

  1.  NEW:  “What a Time to Be Alive”, Drake and Future . . . 375,000 copies
  2. NEW:  “Honeymoon”, Lana Del Rey . . . 116,000 copies
  3. “Beauty Behind the Madness”, The Weeknd . . . 90,000 copies
  4. NEW:  “GO:OD A.M.”, Mac Miller . . . 87,000 copies
  5. NEW:  “Rattle That Lock”, David Gilmour . . . 71,000 copies
  6. NEW:  “Threat to Survival”, Shinedown . . . 65,000 copies
  7. NEW:  “1989”, Ryan Adams . . . 56,000 copies
  8. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 42,000 copies
  9. “Kill the Lights”, Luke Bryan . . . 37,000 copies
  10. NEW:  “Uncomfortable”, rapper Andy Mineo . . . 35,000 copies

Music News September 25, 2015

Are These the 10 Best Boy Band Songs of All-Time?

“Rolling Stone” has put out a list of ‘The 50 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time’ . . . and it hits everybody from The Monkees to One Direction, so it isn’t just ALL the easy stuff from the late ’90s and early 2000s.  It also includes some under the radar stuff . . . so it clearly wasn’t thrown together with the first 50 boy band songs someone could think of.

But The Beatles were NOT included.  And they specifically left out Hanson and 5 Seconds of Summer, because, quote, “they weren’t sufficiently svengali’d.”  Boyz II Men, All-4-One, and Color Me Badd were also omitted, because they were, quote, “too close to the Motown vocal group tradition.”  So who’s left?

Here’s the Top 20:

  1. “I Want You Back”, The Jackson 5 (1969)
  2. “I’ll Be There”, The Jackson 5 (1970)
  3. “Saturday Night”, Bay City Rollers (1975) . . . They’re reuniting, apparently.
  4. “I’m a Believer”, The Monkees (1967)
  5. “I Want It That Way”, Backstreet Boys (1999)
  6. “Bye, Bye, Bye”, ‘N Sync (2000)
  7. “ABC”, The Jackson 5 (1970)
  8. “Back for Good”, Take That (1995)
  9. “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, New Kids on the Block (1988)
  10. “Story of My Life”, One Direction (2013)

New CD’s!

A country album featuring collaborations with Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Ashley Monroe, and Dolly Parton.

Music News September 22, 2015

Watch John Lennon Make Fun of Handicapped People

A British TV show aired old footage of a BEATLES performance, where the guys are encouraging the crowd to clap their hands and stomp their feet.  And JOHN LENNON “demonstrates” how to do it.

Except what he’s really doing is mocking the physically handicapped.  By his body language, he looks like someone who’s suffering from cerebral palsy.  Advocates for the disabled obviously thought the footage was disturbing, but you do have to take into account that it was 50 years ago.  (Here’s video.)

Will One Direction and Coldplay Join Bruno Mars in the
Super Bowl Halftime Show?

According to a British tabloid report, ONE DIRECTION is being considered for the halftime show, along with COLDPLAY.  They’d be joining BRUNO MARS, who’s already been asked to “curate” the show.

One D will supposedly use the performance to say goodbye to their fans.  They’re taking an extended break sometime next year.

Music News September 21, 2015

The Band Wings Is Better Than Originally Thought . . . According to Paul McCartney

PAUL MCCARTNEY has listened to some of his old WINGS albums, and he’s realizing . . . they’re actually better than he thought they were.

He says, quote, “Wings were getting a bad rap [in the ’70s] because it was post-BEATLES, and anything you did or I did that was solo was stood up against [that].

“So . . . I went along with a bit of that thinking, ‘Well it’s never gonna be that good, but I’ll do it because I love doing it.’

“And then you listen to it back, and think ‘This is better than I thought it was.’  So that’s great to do, to really listen back and think ‘I’m glad I did that, glad I kept going,’ because you know if I listened to the critics, I might have given up.”

Paul also says he enjoyed spending time with MICHAEL JACKSON in the early-’80s, when they were doing “Say Say Say”.  Quote, “He came over to England and he hung out with me and the family.

“We had him to dinner, [but] he didn’t eat much.  I said ‘Michael, come on, eat ya supper’ . . . but it was always a [joke].”

The Weeknd Has the #1 Album in America for the Third Straight Week

The Weeknd’s album “Beauty Behind the Madness” sold another 99,000 copies . . . enough to keep it at #1 on the Billboard 200 for a third straight week.  Taylor Swift’s “1989” was the last album to be #1 for three weeks.  That happened in January.

“That’s the Spirit” by Bring Me the Horizon debuts at #2 with 62,000 in sales . . . country singer Brett Eldredge’s new album “Illinois” opens at #3 after selling 51,000 copies . . . and “Repentless” by Slayer debuts at #4 after selling 50,000 copies.


Here’s this week’s Top 10 . . .

  1.  “Beauty Behind the Madness”, The Weeknd . . . 99,000 copies
  2. NEW:  “That’s the Spirit”, Bring Me the Horizon . . . 62,000 copies
  3. NEW:  “Illinois”, Brett Eldredge . . . 51,000 copies
  4. NEW:  “Repentless”, Slayer . . . 50,000 copies
  5. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 41,000 copies
  6.  “Kill the Lights”, Luke Bryan . . . 37,000 copies
  7.  “Got Your Six”, Five Finger Death Punch . . . 34,000 copies
  8. NEW:  “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim”, Gary Clark Jr. . . . 28,000 copies
  9. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 26,000 copies
  10. NEW:  “Paper Gods”, Duran Duran . . . 25,000 copies

Music News September 16, 2015

Ann Wilson will Embark on First Solo Tour called “Alone”

Ann Wilson is hitting the road again … but not with Heart.

The rocker, 65, will embark on her first U.S. solo tour, The Ann Wilson Thing, this fall.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, the singer said fans should “expect it to not be Heart,” but suggested at least one of the band’s classics might be on the set list.

“They can expect a really diverse bunch of songs,” she said. “Probably no Heart songs. If I do ‘Alone,’ that will probably be the only one, for right now.”

Read more here… http://www.people.com/article/ann-wilson-talks-solo-tour-married-life

How Did the Spice Girls Get Their Nicknames?

If you woke up this morning wondering how the SPICE GIRLS decided on their nicknames . . . congratulations on coming out of that coma, and welcome to 2015. Here’s your answer:

MEL B a.k.a. SCARY SPICE says, quote, “It was actually a lazy journalist that couldn’t be bothered to remember all our names, so he just gave us nicknames.  And we were like, ‘Oh, well, that kind of works.  I don’t mind my name’ . . .

System of a Down Stopped a Show Twice, Because Fans Were Getting “Seriously Injured”?

SYSTEM OF A DOWN headlined “Riot Fest” in Chicago on Saturday, and things got a little TOO crazy.  Apparently, people were getting pushed to the ground just in front of the stage, and other people were trampling and falling over them.

The band stopped twice so that security and emergency personnel could comb through the crowd, pull people out, and make sure they’re OK.

At one point, Daron Malakian said, quote, “It’s extremely awkward to sing when there are people who look like they’re dying right in front of me.”

Lenny Kravitz has Launched a Furniture Line…

Rockstar, actor, and all-around fashion plate celebrity Lenny Kravitz is ticking off another box on his resume: Furniture designer.

His new collaboration with modern home goods store CB2, launching October 1st and available for pre-order next week, takes references from the “sleek glam of the 1970s New York club culture and the natural ease of the California music scene of the 1970s,” according to a statement. And from what we can tell from these newly-released photos, there’s plenty of bold patterns and gold flashiness to go around.

Read more here… https://www.yahoo.com/makers/lenny-kravitz-s-crate-barrel-c1254160823992374.html

Def Leppard Has Released a New Song…

Def Leppard have unveiled the first song for their new album, “Let’s Go.” Built around an inspirational lyric, the mid-tempo anthem sets the stage for Def Leppard’s forthcoming self-titled project, their first since 2008′s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge. You can listen to it above.

Frontman Joe Elliott says “Let’s Go” favorably compares with Def Leppard’s classic era and even links it to one of the biggest comeback stories in the history of rock.

“It has that swaggering, mid-tempo rhythm, like ‘[Pour Some] Sugar [on Me]‘ and ‘Rock of Ages,’” he tells Rolling Stone. “The idea was, we wanted something familiar. I mean, when AC/DC comes back after years away, you’re not going to get ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ from ‘em, you know? And you don’t want it, either. You want ‘Back in Black,’ or something like it. For us, this is what we do. And it’s something we enjoy doing.”

Read More: Listen to Def Leppard’s New Song, ‘Let’s Go’ | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/def-leppard-lets-go/?trackback=tsmclip

Music News September 15, 2015

REO Speedwagon Guitarist Gary Richrath dies at Age 65…

Gary Richrath, a former guitarist for the classic rock band REO Speedwagon who also co-wrote the group’s hit song “Take It on the Run,” died Sunday, according to a publicist for the band. He was 65.

Erik Stein confirmed on Monday that Richrath passed away but offered no details about the cause of death.

Richrath was born in October 1949, according to public records. He was a member of the band when it released its self-titled debut in 1971 and was with REO Speedwagon until 1989.

Richrath co-wrote some of the band’s songs, including “Take It on the Run,” which became a Top 5 pop hit on the Billboard charts.

Read more here… http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/09/14/reo-speedwagon-guitarist-gary-richrath-dies/


Iron Madien’s 2016 Tour to Start in U.S. and Visit China for the First Time…

Iron Maiden has announced the first run of dates for its 2016 Book Of Souls world tour.

The metal veterans on Monday shared the itinerary for its trek of Australia and New Zealand, and mapped-out details of a global tour which will kick off in the U.S. in late February and will make first-ever stops in China and El Salvador and work its way through Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Japan and South Africa before embarking on an “extensive” run of European countries.

So far, Maiden has announced just the seven arena shows for Down Under in April and May, with tickets going on sale Sept. 24 (earlier for fan club members).

Read more here… http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6693368/iron-maidens-2016-world-tour


A Drunk Fan Crashed A Stone Temple Pilots Gig, Then Collapsed Onstage

The STONE TEMPLE PILOTS were performing at a Weenie Roast in Charlotte, North Carolina last weekend . . . when some drunk moron stormed up onstage and rocked out, before collapsing.  And no, it was NOT SCOTT WEILAND.

STP was cool with it though.  When he came up, he hugged the guys in the band.  Then he sang a little with current singer, CHESTER BENNINGTON.  At the end of the song, he fell backward on the stage.  But he got back up.

Chester said, quote, “This guy’s really [an effing] champion right here.  I’ve never seen a mother[effer] jump onstage and hang out, sing, fall backwards, and still be standing here.”

Music News September 14, 2015

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Claims Jack White Tried to Fight him in a Bar….

Update: Jack White has issued a statement to Entertainment Weekly regarding his alleged altercation with Patrick Carney. “Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick,” he said. “Nobody touched you or ‘bullied’ you. You were asked a question you couldn’t answer so you walked away. So quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being. End of story.”

The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney took to Twitter this morning to claim that Jack White reportedly approached him in a New York City bar and tried to fight him. Carney’s tweets didn’t get in to the, er, blow-by-blows, but he did refer to the Dead Weather percussionist as a “40 year old bully [who] tried to fight the 35 year old nerd.” And the best (worst?) bit: “Jack white is basically billy corgan’s dumb ass zero t-shirt in human form.”

If you’ll recall, White once accused the Keys of ripping off his sound, a comment he later apologized for on his website, saying, “I wish the Black Keys all the success they can get.”

Read more here : http://www.spin.com/2015/09/black-keys-patrick-carney-jack-white-fight/?utm_source=spinfacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=spinfacebook

A Whitney Houston Hologram Will Tour Next Year

 We’ve seen a few dead artists resurrected with hologram technology . . . but no one’s been exploited to the very FULLEST yet.  Until now.  WHITNEY HOUSTON is launching a virtual tour next year.

There’s no word yet on any dates, but they’ll kick it off with a show at a “major U.S. venue” that’ll stream live at FilmOn.com.

Whitney’s sister-in-law Pat Houston issued a statement saying, quote, “It’s a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one of the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come.”

Krist Novoselic Says Kurt Cobain Might Be a Monk If He Were Still Alive

NIRVANA bassist KRIST NOVOSELIC talked to “Spin” magazine about what the band, and KURT COBAIN, might be like if both were still around.  First he talked about Kurt’s suicide.

He said, quote, “He should’ve never done that . . . I think he was out of his mind on heroin.”

Asked where Nirvana would be today if Kurt had lived, he said, quote, “You never know, maybe we would suck.”

Then he said, quote, “I wish Kurt would have lived, and then was like a monk somewhere . . . he woulda been a great monk, and he coulda been a great painter, he coulda been a great sculptor.

“He was such a talented artist, he could have done whatever he wanted to do.”

Kenny Loggins Will Play in a Fairfax Living Room This Weekend

Erick Sanchez is 29, and his dream of having Kenny Loggins play a concert in his living room is about to come true. Sanchez is a communications consultant for the communications and government affairs firm Frontier Solutions. He grew up in the DC area, attending Oakton High School in Fairfax as well as George Mason University. And he insists his Loggins quest is sincere: “If it was a joke, it was one that took a lot of work to get here,” he says.

Last July, Sanchez launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the soft-rock legend in his living room. The goofy goal earned him national press, including an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Even Loggins contributed. Last August, he hit his goal.

Read more at http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/afterhours/music/kenny-loggins-will-play-in-a-fairfax-living-room-this-weekend.php

12-Year Guitar Prodigy jams with The Scorpions

Rock is alive and well and being passed on to the next generation. If you need further evidence of this, then we suggest checking out the fan-shot video above which finds legendary rockers Scorpions sharing the stage with 12-year-old guitar prodigy Brandon Niederauer.

The bushy-haired third generation Scorpions fan was invited onstage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to join his favorite band will performing a rousing rendition of their classic hit, “No One Like You.”

As the youth headed toward the stage, he shared that “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was the first song and guitar solo he ever learned at the young age of 8. “The Scorpions’ music is a big influence on my playing,” said Niederauer. Like many youths of his age, he became a fan of the band while hearing their music in video games. Niederauer is set to grace the Broadway stage this fall in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s School of Rock, which launches on Nov. 9.

Scorpions Saturday night performance was streamed live on Yahoo. The veteran band is celebrating its 50th anniversary, while also promoting the Return to Forever album. Check out their current tour dates at this location.

Read More: Scorpions Joined By 12-Year-Old Guitarist Brandon Niederauer | http://loudwire.com/scorpions-joined-12-year-old-guitarist-brandon-niederauer-brooklyn/?trackback=tsmclip

Music News September 9, 2015

Is Bruno Mars Doing Another Super Bowl Halftime Show?

Word has it the NFL wants BRUNO MARS to do the Super Bowl halftime show again this winter.  He headlined the halftime show in 2014, and had the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS as his guests.  (There’s video on YouTube.)

Supposedly, he might even have more guests this time around, since he’s reportedly been asked to, quote, “curate” the entire show, which implies there’d be multiple performers.  There’s no official word from Bruno or the NFL.

If this happens, he wouldn’t be the only person to do it more than once.  Gloria Estefan did THREE in the ’90s . . . and Justin Timberlake and Nelly have both appeared twice.  (Billboard.com has more on that.)

The “Songs of the Summer,” According to Billboard, Spotify, YouTube, and Google Play

Now that Labor Day is behind us and the kids are back in school, everyone is releasing their “Songs of the Summer” lists.

Billboard uses an objective approach, which calculates the top songs based on chart performance from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  In the end, their #1 Song of the Summer is “Cheerleader” by OMI.

“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa is second . . . and the rest of the Top Five is:  “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, and “Watch Me” by Silento.

Last year, “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea was Billboard’s Song of the Summer.

Meanwhile, “Watch Me” was the most streamed song on YouTube . . . followed by “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap, “See You Again”, “Bad Blood”, and “Cheerleader”.

On Spotify, “Lean on” by Major Lazer was the most streamed song . . . with the rest of the Top Five being:  “Cheerleader”, “See You Again”, “Can’t Feel My Face”, and “Want to Want Me” by Jason Derulo.

And on Google Play, “See You Again” was #1 . . . followed by “Trap Queen”, “Earned It” by The Weeknd, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, and “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.

The Who Had to Postpone Four Shows …

The Who have postponed four concerts on their current 50th anniversary tour.

Shows scheduled for Sept. 14 at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Sept. 16 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Sept. 19 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Sept. 21 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles will get new dates. An appearance at the Sept. 18 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas has been canceled altogether.

The concerts are being put on hold to give singer Roger Daltrey some time to recover from an unspecified virus. The Who Hits 50! tour will resume on Sept. 24 in Portland, Ore. You can see the entire list of the band’s North American dates on the site listed before!

The four postponed dates were supposed to be the kickoff concerts in the Who’s latest run as they celebrate their 50th anniversary of the band (only Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend remain from the original quartet; drummer Keith Moon died in 1978 and bassist John Entwistle followed in 2002). They previously wrapped up a series of shows in May.

Read More: The Who Postpone Four Shows | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/the-who-postpone-shows/?trackback=tsmclip

Survivor is Upset with Kim Davis

Survivor frontman Frankie Sullivan is outraged Mike Huckabee carted out the freshly-freed Rowan County clerk Kim Davis to their song, “Eye of the Tiger,” and we’ve learned the group is now considering a lawsuit.

A sobbing Davis appeared in Grayson, Kentucky, arm-in-arm with Huckabee, as the song roared through the loud speakers.

The group is hedging on its plan of attack, but the band’s rep tells us they are determined to protect the integrity of their music.

Huckabee obviously didn’t hear about the whole “Rockin’ in a Free World” thing.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/09/08/kim-davis-eye-of-the-tiger-survivor-mike-huckabee-rally/#ixzz3lFqYr8b9


Music News September 8, 2015

The Weeknd Scored the Second Biggest Sales Week of 2015

The Weeknd’s new album “Beauty Behind the Madness” debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, after selling 412,000 copies in its first week.  That’s the second biggest sales week of the year, behind only Drake, whose album “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, which debuted with 535,000 in sales.

“Badlands” by Halsey debuted at #2 with 115,000 in sales . . . and that’s a bit of a coincidence because she’s going to be opening for The Weeknd on tour later this year.  Here’s this week’s Top 10 . . .

  1. NEW:  “Beauty Behind the Madness”, The Weeknd . . . 412,000 copies
  2. NEW:  “Badlands”, Halsey . . . 115,000 copies
  3. “Kill the Lights”, Luke Bryan . . . 50,000 copies
  4. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 44,000 copies
  5. “Compton”, Dr. Dre . . . 32,000 copies
  6.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 28,000 copies
  7.  NEW:  “Start Here”, Maddie & Tae . . . 28,000 copies
  8. NEW:  “Depression Cherry”, Beach House . . . 27,000 copies
  9. NEW:  “Brand New”, Ben Rector . . . more than 26,000 copies
  10. “Immortalized”, Disturbed . . . just over 26,000 copies

Music News Randoms

The FOO FIGHTERS had a gig in the U.K. over the weekend . . . and they invited Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones to join them on a cover of the Queen / David Bowie classic, “Under Pressure”.

Dave Grohl called it a “superdupergroup.”  And said they were living out their rock ‘n’ roll fantasy.

  1. STEVEN TYLER from AEROSMITH ran into a street musician in Moscow on Friday, and sang “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” with him.  (Here’s video.)

Music News September 4, 2015

Keith Richards Doesn’t Like Rap, Black Sabbath, or Metallica

KEITH RICHARDS isn’t like your average 71-year-old, except for one thing:  He has an opinion about everything, and he thinks we want to hear it.  In a new interview, he decided to gripe about everything he doesn’t like.

Here’s his take on rap.  Quote, “So many words, so little said.  What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there.  All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy.

“There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”

He’s also not a fan of BLACK SABBATH or METALLICA.  He says, quote, “Millions are in love with [them].  I just thought they were great jokes.”

Keith recently trashed the BEATLES’ “Sgt. Pepper” album too.  And now he has a little more shade to throw at them.  He says their famous 1965 concert at Shea Stadium was crap because, quote, “they weren’t in sync with each other.”

He adds that he WAS a fan of theirs, but he “gave up” when they started seeing the Maharishi Yogi in 1967.

Black Sabbath Announced Their Final Tour Dates . . . Still No Bill Ward

BLACK SABBATH announced a 2016 tour, and they’re promising that this is the end.  In fact, they’re even calling the tour THE END.  They made the announcement in a video that does NOT mention drummer BILL WARD.

The band is billed as just OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI, and GEEZER BUTLER.  Ward has been on the outs with his bandmates since they got back together to record and tour behind their comeback album “13”.

Ward has said the contract he was offered was unfair, but the band claimed he wasn’t physically able to participate in the reunion.  Basically, the last time Ward truly participated in Sabbath was a tour in the late ’90s.

The new tour goes from North America to Australia and New Zealand.  It kicks off January 20th in Omaha, Nebraska . . . and wraps up on April 30th in Dunedin, New Zealand.

The tour was announced with a video that frankly seems pretty low-budget for a band of their stature.  It’s got the cheesy computer graphics of a daytime TV commercial for a local law firm.

The narrator’s deep, ominous voice isn’t deep or ominous enough.  And there’s a part where he says the guys in the band were, quote, “barely out of their teens” when they started . . . and in the onscreen transcription, “teens” has an apostrophe before the “s”.

New CDs from Iron Maiden, The Arcs, Travis Scott, and Johnny Rotten

Prince will be releasing his new album “HitNRun”, exclusively on Tidal’s streaming service on Monday, September 7th.  But here are a few albums that you can actually pick up in stores today . . .

  • The Book of Souls, Iron Maiden
  • Yours, Dreamily, The Arcs . . . a side project of Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach.
  • Family of the Year, the third album from indie rock band Family of the Year
  • What the World Needs Now, Johnny Rotten’s band Public Image, Ltd.
  • Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise, the prog rock band The Dear Hunter
  • All Yours, the indie rock band Widowspeak
  • Too, the punk rock band Fidlar
  • Into the Air, new wave band Cold Beat
  • Got Your Six, Five Finger Death Punch
  • Deeply Rooted, Scarface.  His guests include Cee-Lo, John Legend, and Nas.
  • Invite the Light, Dam Funk.  His guests include Snoop, Q-Tip, and Jody Watley.
  • Only Way is Up, K Camp.  His guests include Snoop Dogg, T.I., and Jeremih.
  • Rodeo, Travis Scott.  His guests include Justin Bieber on a track called “Maria I’m Drunk” . . . The Weeknd on “Pray 4 Love” . . . and Future Presidential Candidate Kanye West on the not-so-conservatively titled track “Piss on Your Grave”.


Music News September 3, 2015

Lemmy Stopped a Motorhead Show Three Songs In and Said “I Can’t Do It”

FULL STORY:  Is MOTORHEAD coming to the end of the road?  They may be on the verge of canceling their tour.  Even worse, this could be the end altogether.

On Tuesday night, LEMMY stopped their show in Austin just three songs in, and said, quote, “I can’t do it.”  Then he walked off the stage.  There’s a video of it online, and the crowd chants for him while some fans talk about how sick he looked.

After a few minutes he comes back out, looking and sounding very frail.  Then he says, quote, “You are one of the best gigs in America, and I would love to play for you, but I can’t . . . So please accept my apologies. Next time, all right?”

Motorhead ended another show in Salt Lake City earlier this week, saying that Lemmy was having trouble breathing due to the high altitude.  And they canceled a show in Denver the following night for the same reason.

Lemmy’s health has been in decline for years.  In 2013, he had a pacemaker installed, and has had to curtail his rock and roll lifestyle due to various other health problems.  He’ll be 70 in December.


Music News September 2, 2015

The Grand Ole Opry Concert Movie Will Feature Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, and The Band Perry

There’s a Grand Ole Opry concert movie in the works that will feature performances from Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker, and Brett Eldredge.

It’s called “The Grand Ole Opry:  The Movie”, and it may be out as early as December.  “People” was at a live taping for it on Monday and they focused on Blake, who was suffering through the Opry’s no-alcohol policy.

He told the crowd it was the reason he’d been “standing out in the parking lot for the past two hours.”  He continued the joke after his performance by taking a huge swig from a flask as he walked off the stage.

Brad Paisley performed too, and he was a little more thoughtful.  He said, quote, “The thing about being a country singer is that there are sort of two places you play.  There’s the Grand Ole Opry . . . and everywhere else.”

Music News September 1, 2015

Christina Aguilera Will Teach an Online Singing Course

Now you can learn how to sing . . . or OVER-sing . . . like CHRISTINA AGUILERA without spending a fortune.  Because Christina is going to teach an online singing course, through a website called Master Class.

Courses only cost $90, and that includes video lessons, interactive exercises, learning materials, and workbooks.

Christina says she can’t wait to, quote, “share all I have learned about my craft with the world [and] connect with my fans.”

If singing’s not your thing, Master Class also offers acting instructions from Dustin Hoffman, tennis lessons with Serena Williams, and writing with James Patterson, the guy who wrote the “Alex Cross” crime novels

Upcoming classes include photography with Annie Leibovitz and “performance” with Usher.

Music News for August 2015

Music News August 31, 2015

Are these the best 200 songs from the 80’s?

A great deal of today’s music looks to the ’80s for inspiration, but there are so many different ideas of what “’80s” as a descriptor can mean. Here we return to the source material.

As we did for the 1960s, the 1990s, and the 2000s, as well as our 2010-2014 list, we polled our staff and contributing writers for their favorite songs of the era and tabulated the results. Every time we do one of these lists we learn something about how perceptions of decades change over time, and how the musical ideas from a given era filter through to later generations. For many selections, we provide some of our favorite related tracks for further exploration. Thanks for reading and listening.

With a list this long, go ahead and click the link à to take a look and listen


Video of David Lee Roth Flipping Out on a Fan Who Threw Beer Onstage

VAN HALENwas performing in New Jersey on Thursday, when a fan threw a beer onstage.  DAVID LEE ROTH was not amused.  He stopped the show, and said, quote, “In a younger day I would’ve promised I would’ve slept with his girlfriend.

“At this point in my career, the roughest, most [effed] insult I could probably make to this guy is that I probably already have slept with his wife.”  And then . . . possibly to the woman with the guy . . . he added, quote, “Can you control that mother[effer]?  I’ll talk to you later, sweetheart.”

That got a laugh out of EDDIE VAN HALEN.

Disturbed Scored Their Fifth #1 Album

Disturbedeasily scored their fifth #1 album after “Immortalized” sold 98,000 copies in its first week out.  They have six albums, and only their debut failed to hit #1.  It peaked at #29 back in 2000.

The three other new albums in the Top 10 are:  “Wild Ones” by Kip Moore, which debuted at #4 with 40,000 in sales, “The Great Unknown” by Rob Thomas, which sold 31,000 copies in its first week to rank sixth, and “Meliora” by the Swedish metal band Ghost, which debuted at #8 with 29,000 in sales.  Here’s this week’s Top 10 . . .

  1. NEW:  “Immortalized”, Disturbed . . . 98,000 copies
  2. “Kill the Lights”, Luke Bryan . . . 67,000 copies
  3. “Compton”, Dr. Dre . . . 61,000 copies
  4. NEW:  “Wild Ones”, Kip Moore . . . 40,000 copies
  5. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 32,000 copies
  6.  NEW:  “The Great Unknown”, Rob Thomas . . . 31,000 copies
  7.  1989″, Taylor Swift . . . 30,000 copies
  8. NEW:  “Meliora”, Ghost . . . over 29,000 copies
  9. “Straight Outta Compton”, N.W.A. . . . 29,000 copies
  10. The “Now 55″ compilation . . . 27,000 copies

Music News August 28, 2015

New Albums

Black Magic, Motorhead.

It includes a cover of “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones.

It includes the single “Can’t Feel My Face”, and guests Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey.

It contains a mix of new songs, covers, and remakes.

  • Poison Season, the indie rock band Destroyer
  • Four Pink Walls, the debut EP of Canadian R&B singer Alessia Cara
  • Mud Digger 6 . . . featuring music of Colt Ford, The LacsTrailer Choir,

Moccasin Creek, Lenny Cooper, Amber DeLaCruz, and Bubba Sparxxx.

  • Radio, Steve Martin’s bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers.

This is their ninth album, but Steve isn’t featured on this one.

Taylor Swift Brought Lisa Kudrow Onstage to Sing “Smelly Cat”

By now, TAYLOR SWIFT has brought just about every celebrity on the planet onstage during her “1989” tour.  But on Wednesday night at the Staples Center, she elevated it to another level.

Taylor was joined by LISA KUDROW for a duet of “SMELLY CAT” from “Friends”.

Music News August 26, 2015

Is “Lose Yourself” By Eminem the Most Timeless Song?

The website Polygraph took every “Billboard” Hot 100 hit from 1950 to 2005 and cross-referenced its play count on Spotify to determine what songs are most popular today.

Here, according to their relatively flawed research, are the 10 Most Timeless Songs:

  1. “Lose Yourself”, Eminem  (2002)
  2. “Mr. Brightside”, The Killers  (2005)
  3. “Numb”, Linkin Park  (2003)
  4. “Don’t Stop Believin'”, Journey  (1981)
  5. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Nirvana  (1991)
  6. “In the End”, Linkin Park  (2001)
  7. “Hey Ya”, Outkast  (2003)
  8. “Billie Jean”, Michael Jackson  (1983)
  9. “Seven Nation Army”, White Stripes  (2003)
  10. “Fix You”, Coldplay  (2005)

And here are the most “timeless” songs by decade

2000s:  “Lose Yourself”

1990s:  “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

1980s:  “Don’t Stop Believin'”

1970s:  “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Queen  (1975)

1960s:  “Paint It Black”, The Rolling Stones  (1966)

1950s:  “Jailhouse Rock”, Elvis Presley  (1957)

Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and Johnny Depp Couldn’t Believe They Got to Record with Paul McCartney

It wouldn’t seem like JOHNNY DEPP would be easily starstruck, and the same could be said for ALICE COOPER and AEROSMITH guitarist JOE PERRY . . . but apparently everyone can get that feeling working with PAUL MCCARTNEY.

Alice, Joe, and Johnny recently recorded a covers album called “Hollywood Vampires”, which is coming out in two weeks.  It was inspired by some wild drinking nights Alice and his buddies used to have at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip back in the early ’70s.

There are a TON of guests on the album, including McCartney, who did a new version of his song “Come and Get It”, which he wrote for Badfinger.  And Joe Perry couldn’t believe he was in the house.

He said, quote, “[Getting to] play it live with the guy who wrote it, and a Beatle was, like, stunning . . . to have [McCartney] just strolling in like any [of the] other cats that played on it was really amazing.  I still can’t believe it.

“[We all] were looking at each other like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.'”

Chris Cornell from Soundgarden is Working on New Material

If you’re a Soundgarden fan, you’ve likely been wondering what’s coming next after the band’s successful re-entry into the music scene. King Animal did well, their touring was a success and they even mined the archives for a massive box set collection, but it’s been quiet as of late. Add in the fact that there’s all sorts of anticipation for the new Chris Cornell solo album Higher Truth this fall and that recent comment the singer made about his openness to doing something again with Audioslave and you might start to worry about the band’s future. But rest assured Soundgarden fans, the foursome of Cornell, Thayil, Shepherd and Cameron will record again.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone about his solo disc, Cornell reveals of Soundgarden, “We’re already working on new material for an album. And then I’ve got several other irons in the fire and things going that I won’t mention now. There’s a lot of things coming in addition to Higher Truth, as well as a new Soundgarden album.”

Read More: Chris Cornell: Soundgarden ‘Working on New Material’ | http://loudwire.com/chris-cornell-soundgarden-already-working-new-material-album/?trackback=tsmclip

Music News August 25, 2015

The New Iron Maiden Album Has a Song About Robin Williams

Over the course of their career, IRON MAIDEN have pulled from history, literature, movies, and TV for lyrical inspiration.  But this is a new one:

Their upcoming album, “The Book of Souls”, will have a song dedicated to ROBIN WILLIAMS.  It’s called “Tears of a Clown”, and we’re gonna go ahead and assume it’s NOT a cover of the old Smokey Robinson and the Miracles tune.

Singer BRUCE DICKINSON says it’s his favorite song on the album, even though he didn’t write it.  He adds, quote, “I ask myself how could he be so depressed when he always seemed to be so happy?”

Music News August 24, 2015

Mark Mumford Threw a Guitar into the Crowd, Hitting a Woman in the Head…

Don’t let the horns and banjo fool you … Mumford & Sons can rock hard, so hard in fact … the band sent a guitar stand flying into the crowd and smashed a fan in the head.

A woman suffered the heinous blow during the band’s recent show in Walla Walla, Washington, during the encore. The band was jamming pretty hard (as hard as they can) to “Ditmas” when … for some reason … Marcus Mumford chucked the metal rod about 10-15 rows deep

According to witnesses, she was clearly hurt and the crowd tried to get the band to stop playing so she could get medical attention. But M&S kept going, and so did she … sticking it out for the rest of the show.

It’s unclear how badly she was injured. Reps for the band haven’t gotten back to us yet.

Ironically … the tour’s called Gentlemen of the Road.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/08/22/mumford-sons-fan-injured-girl-stays-encore/#ixzz3jkKa5cqU


Have Slash and Axl Rose Finally Buried the Hatchet?

AXL ROSE and SLASH have been feuding for DECADES, but apparently they’ve just buried the hatchet.

In an interview in Sweden, Slash was asked about reconciling with Axl . . . and he said, quote, “It was probably way overdue, you know . . . but it’s, you know, it’s very cool at this point.

“You know, [to] let some of that, sort of, negative . . . dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”

It’s unclear what prompted the interviewer to ask that question, but back in May, Slash hinted that things with Axl might be on the mend . . . quote, “We don’t have all those issues anymore.  There’s not a lot of controversy.  It’s something that’s more perpetuated by the media than anything.”

In the new interview, Slash was also asked about the possibility of returning to GUNS N’ ROSES, and he said, quote, “Oh I couldn’t answer that one . . . all right, let’s get off the subject, because that’s an old one.”  (???)

Axl hasn’t commented, and Slash hasn’t elaborated since the interview.
The Foo Fighters “RickRolled” the Westboro Baptist Church, While Driving Past Them in a Pickup Truck

For whatever reason, the hateful Westboro Baptist Church was protesting outside a FOO FIGHTERS concert in Kansas City on Friday . . . and the band decided to have a little fun with them.

They hopped in the back of a pickup truck . . . and drove past the protestors, while blaring RICK ASTLEY’S “Never Gonna Give You Up”.  So, it was sort of like a live “RickRolling.”

The band danced to the song, and held signs saying, quote, “You got Rickroll’d (Again)” and “Keep It Clean”.

This was their SECOND encounter with the Westboro bigots in Kansas City.  Back in 2011, they confronted the protestors by dressing up like truckers and performing a song called “Keep It Clean (Hot Buns)” on a flat bed truck.

Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights” Is Still the #1 Album in America

The two new albums in the Top 10 are “Cry Baby” by Melanie Martinez from “The Voice”, which debuted with 40,000 in sales, and “Venom” by Bullet for My Valentine, which sold 28,000 copies in its first week.  Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

  1. “Kill the Lights”, Luke Bryan . . . 99,000 copies
  2. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 97,000 copies
  3. “Compton”, Dr. Dre . . . 51,000 copies
  4. “Straight Outta Compton”, N.W.A. . . 44,000 copies
  5. The “Now 55″ compilation . . . 40,000 copies
  6.  NEW:  “Cry Baby”, Melanie Martinez . . . 40,000 copies
  7.  1989″, Taylor Swift . . . 32,000 copies
  8. NEW:  “Venom”, Bullet for My Valentine . . . 28,000 copies
  9. “DS2″, Future . . . just under 28,000 copies
  10. “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . almost 28,000 copies

Music News August 21, 2015

Axl Rose Was Once Late to a Show Because he was at The Movies…

AXL ROSE is always late to concerts . . . to the point where he doesn’t need excuses, since NO ONE is expecting him to be on time.  Of course, a good excuse is always nice.

And this one is a CLASSIC:  Axl was late to a GUNS N’ ROSES show back in 1991, because he was caught up in a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie.

According to Alternative Nation, the owner of the venue was getting mad, so he asked his assistant what the hold up was.  And the assistant told him this . . .

Quote, “Axl’s management said he was watching ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze’, and that his attention was 100% on the movie and [he] couldn’t be bothered.'”

A couple years ago, Axl admitted that he’s not a “punctual-type of person,” but insisted that every delay was, quote, “in one way or another, show-related or having to do with those involved with the show in some fashion.”

Music News August 19, 2015

A Parody Site Crowd-Funded a New Sleep Number Bed For Bob Dylan, and Actually Bought Him One

Clickhole.com is a parody site that “The Onion” created to mock Buzzfeed and UpWorthy . . . and as a JOKE, they recently set up a GoFundMe campaign to buy BOB DYLAN a bed.

The campaign site says, quote, “He’s given us everything while asking nothing in return, and for that, we think it’s about time that America said ‘thank you’ for all his contributions to our ears and our hearts.”

In two weeks, the campaign exceeded its goal by raising $1,555.00 from 156 donors. So, they actually bought the bed . . . and had it shipped to the Columbia Records headquarters in New York, care of Dylan.

With the extra money, they purchased a “beautiful Bob Dylan duvet cover,” with his image on it.  Dylan hasn’t commented . . . and probably won’t, sadly.

NOFX Is Paying Hippies to Leave Their Shows?

Here are two things you may not realize:  The punk rock band NOFX is still around, and they absolutely HATE hippies for some reason.

FAT MIKE stopped a show in Nova Scotia, Canada last week, to ask a guy in a GRATEFUL DEAD tie-dye shirt to leave.  He offered him $100 to go . . . or $20 if he’d take off the shirt.

The guy chose the latter, and threw the shirt onstage.  Mike kicked it around, and then continued with the show.  Mike later told TMZ that he’d, quote, “rather listen to Dick Cheney play guitar than Jerry Garcia.”

He added, quote, “Punk rock started because of those terrible dinosaur bands playing eight minute terrible songs.  The Ramones showed the world what rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to sound like.”  (Here’s video.)

For the record, NOFX have a history of silly antics like this, so there’s a decent chance that this was set-up, or that they weren’t totally serious.  The shirt-situation that is . . . I think it’s clear Mike isn’t a fan of Deadheads.

Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler to Perform at Addiction Awareness Rally

Two artists who have publicly shared stories about battling addictions, Joe Walsh and Steven Tyler, will perform at a Washington, D.C. rally this fall to draw attention to the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The free event – dubbed “Unite to Face Addiction,” which the non-profit organization Facing Addiction put together – will take place on the National Mall on October 4th. The Aerosmith singer will perform with Nashville country-rockers Loving Mary, and the event will also feature performances by Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, the Fray and Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik.

The rally will find Facing Addiction teaming with 450 other organizations from around the United States to draw attention to what its reps characterize as “America’s denial about the most urgent health crisis facing our nation today – addiction to alcohol and other drugs.” Along with the musical performances, the event will allow speakers from around the world to discuss addiction, and it will highlight celebrities’, politicians’ and other advocates’ viewpoints about the matter with an eye toward combating addiction in the U.S. The rally’s organizers have plans to announce more performers and special guests in the near future.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/joe-walsh-steven-tyler-to-perform-at-addiction-awareness-rally-20150818#ixzz3jH9KmPCl
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Ryan Adams Previews Songs from Album of Taylor Swift Covers

Ryan Adams has never been shy about releasing covers of artists he admires, so the news that he was going to cover the entirety of Taylor Swift‘s 1989 wasn’t completely out of the blue, but it was thrilling – especially for Swift, 25, who Tweeted she’d “pass out” if it was true. (No word on whether she made good on that.)

Now, Adams – who’s been documenting the entire process on his Instagram and Twitter – has some brief previews from the album.

Monday night, Adams, 40, Tweeted and Instagrammed glimpses of his renditions of “Style” and “Blank Space,” writing that “[The] whole record has a rough mix now!!!”

Viral Video Alert! 100 Theme Songs on Guitar… shred!
Check out the video here!
From nostalgia-rich classics played by the likes of Howard Roberts, to the contemporary favorites you skip over as you binge watch on Netflix, there’s no lack of infectious hooks to find in the annals of television. Take a look at the video above as local riff-master Joe takes a play from our pals at the Chicago Music Exchange and leads us on a journey through 100 TV theme songs.

Music News August 18, 2015

Tracy Morgan Is Coming Back to Host “Saturday Night Live”

“Saturday Night Live” has announced its first three hosts for next season, and they include TRACY MORGAN, who was nearly killed in a car accident last year.

Tracy wasn’t able to make it back for the show’s 40th anniversary special in February . . . but he’ll return to host the October 17th episode.  He Tweeted, quote, “Stoked to be going home.  #SNL.”

MILEY CYRUS will host the 41st season premiere on October 3rd, and AMY SCHUMER will make her hosting debut the following week, October 10th.  The musical guests have yet to be announced.

Tracy was on “SNL” from 1996 to 2003.  This is his second time back as a host . . . the first one came in 2009.  He also made a guest appearance in 2011.  And this will be Miley’s third time hosting.

Rod Stewart Invited a Bunch of Fans Out for Drinks, and Bought a Lot of Beers

In what seems like a move out of DAVE GROHL’S book, ROD STEWART invited fans out for drinks after a show . . . and picked up the tab.

Of course, there was a small catch:  You had to be wearing a jersey for Rod’s favorite soccer team, Scotland’s Celtic F.C.

On Friday, he Tweeted, quote, “To celebrate a very successful @CaesarsPalace run, after Sunday’s show, wear a @CelticFC shirt to Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and I’ll buy you a beer.”

And he followed through.  Rod just finished a four-year residency in Vegas, and Caesars Palace posted a video of him celebrating at the bar with other soccer fans.  There’s no word how much the tab was.

Sammy Hagar Wants a Reality Show Featuring his Family

Sammy Hagar may have found the one business venture he isn’t able to get off the ground.

Out on tour with his band the Circle, Hagar tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his expanding array of non-musical projects includes a new book and upcoming television show — but that he hasn’t yet found any takers for another TV project he has in mind: A reality series focused on his family.

“The response I got was that there’s no drama,” he laughed regarding the “sizzle reel” he put together for prospective network buyers. “How about that? We’re too happy. It’s disappointing in terms of doing the show, but it was also the biggest compliment I’ve ever had.”

In the meantime, Hagar should find himself in front of plenty of cameras with the pending debut of his Sammy Hagar’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Trip series, which is tentatively set to premiere on AXS TV this fall. September is also scheduled to bring the publication of his latest book, Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook.

“It’s pretty much the manual for throwing a party and the culinary lifestyle I’ve had on the road my whole life,” explains Hagar. “My grandfather was a chef, and my mom was a great cook. And I have all these chef friends — Emeril Lagasse and all these people that I hang out with and cook with and do charities with. So it’s all about that. All my drink recipes from my different spirits; what to pair while eating and drinking. It’s really fun.”

Read More: Sammy Hagar Wants a Reality Show Featuring His Family | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/sammy-hagar-reality-show/?trackback=tsmclip

Music News August 17, 2015

Billy Joel Couldn’t Enjoy Woodstock Because of the Subpar Restroom Situation

We’re in the middle of celebrating the 46th anniversary of Woodstock.  And the best part about Woodstock seemed to be that no one cared about ANYTHING other than the music . . . it was just, well, a party.

But BILLY JOEL couldn’t quite catch that whole peace and love vibe, because the restroom situation was NOT good.  (???)

He told “Entertainment Weekly”, quote, “I went to Woodstock, I didn’t play there, but I went up on a motorcycle, which was a good move because the highway was just a parking lot.  I wanted to see [Jimi] Hendrix and The Who.

“But after a day and a half with no real toilet facilities . . . what am I, a bear?  I have to go in the woods?  There was a lot of mud and people were smoking a lot of pot and taking a lot of acid . . .

“I didn’t do anything back then.  I drank a beer or something.  The first day, I saw Santana.  Or was it Joe Cocker?  I was dirty and itchy and covered with poison ivy and I thought, ‘Just get me out of here!  I’ve got to use a bathroom.'”


The New #1 Album in America Is . . . Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights”

After a record low last week, music sales rebounded slightly this week . . . at least at the top . . . with TWO big selling debuts.  Luke Bryan picked up his third #1 album, as “Kill the Lights” sold 345,000 copies in its first week.

Not far behind was “Compton” by Dr. Dre, which debuted with 295,000 copies.  The latest “Now” compilation started off with 76,000 in sales . . . and “This Is Not a Test” by TobyMac sold 38,000 copies in its first week.

Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

  1. NEW:  “Kill the Lights”, Luke Bryan . . . 345,000 copies
  2. NEW:  “Compton”, Dr. Dre . . . 295,000 copies
  3. NEW:  The “Now 55″ compilation . . . 76,000 copies
  4. NEW:  “This Is Not a Test”, TobyMac . . . 38,000 copies
  5. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 33,000 copies
  6. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 33,000 copies
  7.  “DS2″, Future . . . 31,000 copies
  8. The Disney Channel’s “Descendants” soundtrack . . . 30,000 copies
  9. “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . just over 27,000 copies
  10. “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 21,000 copies

Music News August 14, 2015

Bob Dylan Tops a List of the 100 Greatest Songwriters

“Rolling Stone” put together a list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters.  For #1, then went with the obvious choice:  BOB DYLAN.  He’s followed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Chuck Berry, and Smokey Robinson.

Here’s the Top 10:

  1. Bob Dylan
  2. Paul McCartney
  3. John Lennon
  4. Chuck Berry
  5. Smokey Robinson
  6. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
  7. Carole King
  8. Paul Simon
  9. Joni Mitchell
  10. Stevie Wonder

There’s a Metal Band Called Okilly Dokilly, Based on the “Simpsons” Character Ned Flanders

There’s a Phoenix, Arizona metal band that takes its inspiration from “Simpsons” character Ned Flanders.  They’re called OKILLY DOKILLY, and they’re pretty heavy.  Although they call their style of music “Nedal”.

Most of their songs are direct quotes from Ned.  They even dress like Ned, and their lead singer calls himself Head Ned.  The other members are Bled Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, and Stead Ned.

They have a page on Bandcamp.com, where they’ve posted four songs, “They Warned Me”, “Nothing at All”, “Press Destruct Button”, and “All That Is Left”.

Okilly Dokilly have their first live gig on September 5th.  Beyond that, they don’t have very lofty goals.  Head Ned says, quote, “This is all just an over-the-top attempt at getting [‘Simpsons’ creator] Matt Groening’s autograph.  Even if it comes on a cease-and-desist letter.”

New CDs from a “Voice” Contestant and an “America’s Got Talent” Contestant, plus Grace Potter, and Country Singer Pat Green

  • Midnight, the debut solo album by Grace Potter from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  • Cry Baby, Melanie Martinez, who you may remember from the third season of “The Voice”.
  • All For You, a pop covers album from country minx Emily West, who you may remember as the runner-up on last year’s “America’s Got Talent”.  It includes her new song “Bitter”, plus her covers of “Chandelier”, “Fallen”, “Nights in White Satin”, “You Got It”, and a duet with Cyndi Lauper on “True Colors”.
  • Home, country singer Pat Green.  His guests include Lyle Lovett and Sheryl Crow.

Music News August 12, 2015

Were Sammy Hagar and Ted Nugent Responsible for Breaking Up Styx?

STYX broke a lot of people’s hearts when they split up back in 1984, when America was still TOTALLY rocking out to “Mr. Roboto”.  And now, we know who to blame:  SAMMY HAGAR and TED NUGENT.

It happened when Sammy was opening up for Styx.  Ted came out to join him for an encore . . . a cover of “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin . . . and it was wild.

Sammy says, quote, “Not only did I blow up the Trans Am on stage, and smash my guitar into the speakers and blow my speakers up, but Ted Nugent comes jumping over the drum riser, lands on the ground and we go into that for an encore.

“And it’s like, ‘Styx will be right out, ladies and gentlemen.'”  Ted adds, quote, “By the time they hit the stage, 60% of the audience went, ‘I don’t want to ruin this high I just got on.'”

Sammy says, quote, “[They] came out with ‘Mr. Roboto’.  [Tommy Shaw] told me straight up, ‘I quit the band after that’ . . . we actually broke Styx up!”

Tommy went on to found Damn Yankees with Ted in 1989.  But no one could break Styx up forever.  After a brief reunion without Tommy in 1990, he rejoined the band in 1995 and has been with them ever since.

A Girl’s Natural Singing Voice Sounds Like She’s Auto-Tuned

A singer in St. Petersburg, Florida named Emma Robinson started getting big on YouTube about two years ago, because she SOUNDS auto-tuned, but she’s not.  It’s her natural singing voice.

She told the “Associated Press” it’s kind of like yodeling, and it’s the only way she can sing.  Her cover of “Stay” by Rihanna has gotten more than 2.5 million hits since 2013, and now a video of her doing “Paper Hearts” by Tori Kelly is going viral.

Aretha Franklin had to Cancel a Show…

Aretha Franklin is canceling her Friday-night show in Las Vegas because of exhaustion.

The 73-year-old singer said in a statement Tuesday (Aug. 11) that she has to reschedule the show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace after driving her bus from Detroit to the West Coast for concerts.

She recently performed in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, California, and Oakland, California.

Franklin wrote: “I thank all of my fans, friends and supporters who bought tickets. I hope to see you all soon.”

Music News August 10, 2015

The New #1 Album in America Is . . . the Disney Channel’s “Descendants” Soundtrack

The soundtrack to the Disney Channel movie “Descendants” sold 42,000 copies to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.  As usual, that number includes digital “track equivalent albums” and “streaming equivalent albums.”

If you only count PURE album sales, it moved 30,000 copies, which is the LOWEST sales number for a #1 album since at least 1991, when Nielsen began tracking album sales.  There was a time not too long ago when 30,000 in sales would’ve been a TOTAL BUST.

Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

  1. NEW:  The Disney Channel’s “Descendants” soundtrack . . . 42,000 copies
  2. “DS2″, Future . . . 37,000 copies
  3. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 35,000 copies
  4. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 30,000 copies
  5. “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . just over 27,000 copies
  6. “Woman”, Jill Scott . . . 27,000 copies
  7.  NEW:  “Professional Rapper”, Lil Dicky . . . 26,000 copies
  8. “Blurryface”, Twenty One Pilots . . . 25,000 copies
  9. NEW:  “In Through the Out Door (Reissue)”, Led Zeppelin . . . 24,000 copies
  10. “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 23,000 copies

Music News August 6, 2015

Keith Richards Says the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” Was Rubbish . . . Just Like the Stones Album “Satanic Majesties”

Everyone loves “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, right?  WRONG.  KEITH RICHARDS of THE ROLLING STONES HATES it.

Which is kind of funny, since the Stones also put out a psychedelic rock album called “Their Satanic Majesties Request” in 1967 . . . six months after THE BEATLES released ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ . . . and in addition to the style, they even ripped off The Beatles’ cover art a bit.  (Check out some pics here.)

Keith tells “Esquire”, quote, “The Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles.  But there’s not a lot of roots in that music.  I think they got carried away.  Why not?

“If you’re the Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away . . . you forget what it is you wanted to do.  You’re starting to do ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ . . .

“Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like ‘Satanic Majesties’ . . . ‘Oh, if you can make a load of [crap], so can we.'”

Sam Smith Photobombed a Local News Segment …

Sometimes when your career suddenly catapults you to superstardom, you miss out on smaller opportunities along the road.

Now Sam Smith is making things right. After sweeping the Grammys with his debut album, he’s making appearances on local news segments that no one asked him to make.

Smith played Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver on August 4th. But before the big show, he hung around the venue looking for some trouble.

Local news channel ABC 7 sent a team to Red Rocks because it had just been declared a national monument. While two women were answering a reporter’s questions about yoga in the park, Smith begged the cameras to stay with him.

Read More here: http://mashable.com/2015/08/05/sam-smith-local-news/

The Grateful Dead joined on Stage by John Mayer.

The Grateful Dead’s run of five sold-out shows earlier this summer, billed as Fare Thee Well and featuring Phish’s Trey Anastasio, was not a final farewell after all.

As previously reported by Billboard, three of the Dead’s “core four” players — guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — plan to continue the party, with John Mayer on guitar. Their first performance as Dead & Company is set for Halloween night (Oct. 31) at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where the Grateful Dead had played more than 50 times since its formation in 1965.

Joining the group on bass is Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers and Aquarium Rescue Unit and Ratdog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, who played all five Fare Thee Well shows alongside Bruce Hornsby. Dead bassist Phil Lesh will sit out this incarnation, but continue with his own side outfit, Phil and Friends.

Read more here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/grateful-dead/6655898/grateful-dead-john-mayer-show-tour


Macklemore Has a New Song Out, About Parenting

MACKLEMORE is a father . . . AND a husband.  On Instagram, he said his daughter’s name is Sloane Ava Simone, and she was born on May 29th.

Meanwhile, his longtime girlfriend Tricia confirmed that they’re hitched.  She said, quote, “[We] got married on June 27th, once the Supreme Court ruled same sex couples could too . . . and now new music.”

To celebrate parenthood, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis put out a song called “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)”, featuring Ed Sheeran.  He says, quote, “Half of it is advice about growing up.  The other half is trying to figure out how to grow up yourself.”

Music News August 5, 2015

Merle Haggard Says Prisons Are America’s Biggest Business

MERLE HAGGARD did some time behind bars back in 1957, so I guess that qualifies him to educate us on the state of America’s penal system.

He tells “Rolling Stone”, quote, “I believe that if you break the law and get caught, you should go to jail.

“But we’re in a hard time now, with all the trouble with police in the cities.  Prison’s the biggest business in America.  You got the money, you can build a prison out in Nevada and it’ll be filled before you finish building it.  That’s a fact, and that’s a shame.”

Paul Stanley is Now a Singer in a Soul Music Cover Band

This fall, Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley will begin a surprising new gig: soul singer. His new side group, Soul Station, which plays a mix of Sixties and Seventies soul classics, will perform its first-ever concert at Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre on September 11th. “I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single Kiss song,” Stanley said in a statement. “That’s not what this is about.”

The Kiss vocalist’s nine-person Soul Station backing band consists of musicians who have played with artists ranging from Christina Aguilera to Bobby Brown. Its drummer, Eric Singer, also plays with Stanley in Kiss. The group will play a mix of songs by the Stylistics, Dramatics, Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles and Blue Magic, among others. Their repertoire includes the Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby,” the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” and the Stylistics’ “You Are My Everything.”
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There Were Shootings at a Drake Afterparty in Toronto . . . and Outside a J. Cole / Big Sean Concert in New Jersey

There’s been some violence in hip-hop this week . . . or at least within close proximity to popular rappers.

There was a shooting at a Canadian music festival after-party that was hosted by DRAKE.  It happened at 3:30 A.M. yesterday morning, and at least two people are dead, with three others injured.  It’s unclear whether Drake was inside at the time.

Earlier that night, two people were shot outside a J. COLE / BIG SEAN concert in New Jersey.  Apparently, a fight broke out in the crowded parking lot, and some guy opened fire.  Police are still looking for him.  The victims are in critical but stable condition.

50 Cent Spends $5,000 a Month on Gardening

50 CENT is apparently “poor” now . . . and not surprisingly, he was being a little frivolous with his money.

In his bankruptcy filing, he said he spends $108,000 a month on expenses, including $5,000 a month on gardening, $9,000 on security, $1,000 for grooming, another $3,000 in wardrobe, and $72,000 to maintain his mansion.

He claims he makes $185,000 a month . . . and he gives $14,600 per month in support of his two kids and grandfather.

Music News August 4, 2015

The 11 Best Punk Songs Under 60 Seconds in Length

Short songs are nothing new. Herman’s Hermits and the Dave Clark Five singles would routinely clock in at under three minutes, and the Ramones, of course, made getting in and out a way of life. Following that lead, countless punk bands took that ethos even further, trimming off all the fat and condensing the song down to the bare essentials. Sometimes that worked, sometimes it didn’t prove a thing … but bless ‘em all for trying.

We now present a list of some of the finest little tunes, each and every one clocking in at under one minute. It took longer to write this than it will to listen!
Read the article in full here à http://diffuser.fm/best-punk-songs-under-60-seconds/

-Black Flag ‘Wasted’
-The Damned ‘Stab Your Back’
-Dead Kennedys ‘Hyperactive Child’
-The Germs ‘What We Do is Secret’
-Angry Samoans ‘Lights Out’
-Off! ‘Cracked’
-Pop-O-Pies ‘A Political Song’
-The Descendants ‘M-16’
-Minor Threat ‘Straight Edge’
-Redd Kross ‘Self Respect’
-Starvation Army ‘Fun’

Hear 14 Previously Unreleased Nirvana Songs

Merry Early Christmas, Nirvana fans. On August 3, 14 previously unreleased demos and alternative mixes of Nirvana songs made their way on to the internet, and Reddit users have sussed out the history of the mixes.

Check out the tracks with background info below All explanations via Reddit user r1ckyh1mself.


Here’s a Mashup of Radioheads’ ‘Iron Lung’ with the Seinfeld Theme Song… check it out here!


Jill Scott Scored Her Second #1 Album

JILL SCOTT scored her second #1 album.  Her new disc, “Woman”, sold 62,000 copies to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.  Her previous album, “The Light of the Sun” also hit #1 in 2011, selling 133,000 copies in its first week.

Lamb of God’s “VII: Sturm Und Drang” debuted at #3, selling 50,000 copies . . . the “Southpaw” soundtrack started at #5 after selling 45,000 copies . . . and 16-year-old former “X Factor” contestant Bea Miller is #7 in her first week, selling 33,000 copies of “Not an Apology”.  Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

  1. NEW:  “Woman”, Jill Scott . . . 62,000 copies
  2. “DS2″, Future . . . 52,000 copies
  3. NEW:  “VII: Sturm Und Drang”, Lamb of God . . . 50,000 copies
  4. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 47,000 copies
  5. NEW:  The “Southpaw” soundtrack . . . 45,000 copies
  6. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 34,000 copies
  7.  NEW:  “Not an Apology”, Bea Miller . . . 33,000 copies
  8. “Dreams Worth More Than Money”, Meek Mill . . . 31,000 copies
  9. “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . 27,000 copies
  10. “Black Rose”, Tyrese . . . 26,000 copies

Courtney Love Doesn’t Think a Miley Cyrus Collaboration Would Be a”Good Match”

COURTNEY LOVE and MILEY CYRUS recently connected over Twitter . . . and Miley invited Courtney to join her for coffee.

That got some people thinking they could be working on music together, but as it turns out, they both just like coffee.  Courtney says, quote, “I went and had coffee with her . . . I have not made any music with [her].

“I don’t know that that [we’d] be a good match, but she’s really put together and smart.  I liked her a lot.”


Music News August 3, 2015

Guns N’ Roses Has Lost Another Member

GUNS N’ ROSES has now lost two guitarists.  Last Monday, DJ ASHBA left the group . . . and now there’s word that BUMBLEFOOT is done, too.

A so-called “source with the band” claims he told Axl he was quitting last year . . . and that Vegas would be his last run with the band.  But last week, he was vague about his status.

He said, quote, “That’s the thing I am not to elaborate on.  I think there’s enough clues out there for you to figure out what I’m up to now.”  In the past, he’s expressed frustration with how often Guns intruded on his solo career.

DJ had been with Guns since 2009, and Bumblefoot has been a member since 2006.  Axl hasn’t commented, so it’s unclear where this leaves the band.

A New York Crowd Booed the Woman Who Called 911 for Bono, After She Insulted New Yorkers

Bono’s special guests that night were the firefighters who saved him, and the woman who called 911.  Both got the chance to speak.  The firefighters invited him to dinner, and the 911 lady took the opportunity to insult the audience.

After Bono said she was from Denver . . . she said, quote, “I have to clarify, it’s Alyssa and I’m from D.C., not Denver.”

“Here’s what happened:  I was running in Central Park, there was an accident, obviously I had to stop and help because I’m not from New York, I’m from Virginia, where people are nice . . . I called 911 because no one else was doing it.”

The crowd booed loudly, and she added, quote, “Sorry, New York . . . people, he would not be here tonight if it weren’t for me!”

Foo Fighters Promise to Visit an Italian Town after a Viral Video!

You can check out the video here.

Dave Grohl has promised to bring the Foo Fighters to Cesena, Italy after a video showing 1,000 Italian musicians performing the group’s “Learn to Fly” in unison went viral. 350 guitarists, 250 singers, 250 drummers and 150 bassists all banded together for the Cesena spectacle, which already racked up over 15 million views on YouTube in just three days.

Grohl was so moved by the performance that he quickly recorded a video utilizing the very little Italian he spoke to promise the people of Cesena that Foo Fighters would come there eventually, The Guardian reports. “We’re coming, I swear,” Grohl said in Italian. “We will see each other soon.”

Organizer Fabio Zaffagnini began the crowdfunding campaign to convince Foo Fighters to play in Cesena in May 2014. After raising nearly $50,000, Zaffagnini sifted through thousands of audition videos to assemble his “Rockin 1000″ group at Cesena’s Hippodrome Park. That mega band was then put under the guidance of composer Marco Sabiu, who previously worked with Ennio Morricone and Luciano Pavarotti.
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Aerosmith Gets Back to their Bar Band Roots Recent Show

Two thirds of the way through a varied and charmingly scraggly set spanning four decades of blues-informed rock and glam-saturated power pop, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler uttered something a little dangerous. Well, dangerous for any band playing an 18,000-capacity venue like Ridgefield, Washington’s Amphitheater Northwest.
“We’re gonna play a song that we’ve never played on this tour, and we’re gonna see who f***s it up first.”

And with that, the band dusted off a boogied-up version of “One Way Street,” a song that dates back to their 45-year-old self-titled debut. If there were any f***-ups, they were minor (including a small hiccup with the teleprompter that led Tyler to holler, “Wrong lyrics!” at the techs working stageside), and they wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Aerosmith were having far too much fun getting back to their roots as Boston’s best bar band.
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Paul McCartney Performs ‘Get Back’ with Alabama Shakes Britney Howard

Paul McCartney served as Lollapalooza‘s headliner Friday night in Chicago, and the former Beatle had a special guest in the store to help him out during the encore: Alabama Shakes‘ Brittany Howard, who joined McCartney for a rousing rendition of “Get Back.” The Sound & Color band had performed at the Chicago fest earlier in the day.
Howard contributed her unmistakable voice to the Let It Be track’s second verse and shared chorus duties throughout with McCartney. During a false stop in the outro, McCartney and Howard delivered a little call-and-response. “Hey Brittany, you wanna get back?,” McCartney asked, with Howard replying, “Let’s get on back home, Paul.” The rollicking outro picked up again full speed with McCartney and Howard trading off on vocals.

Howard’s cameo wasn’t the only surprise in McCartney’s headlining set. Seven months after McCartney, Kanye West and Rihanna first unveiled their collaborative single “FourFiveSeconds,” the rocker performed that song live for the first time solo. On an acoustic guitar, McCartney tackled the track’s opening verse and chorus before launching into the Beatles’ classic “We Can Work It Out.”
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Music News July 2015

Music News July 31, 2015

A Comprehensive Ranking of Led Zeppelin’s 74 Songs

Vulture.com ranked all 74 of LED ZEPPELIN’S songs.  They stuck to the stuff they did together as a unit, and left off the last album, “Coda”, since it wasn’t an official album.

Here’s the Top 10:

  1. “Kashmir”, from “Physical Graffiti”
  2. “Good Times, Bad Times”, from “Led Zeppelin”
  3. “Whole Lotta Love”, from “Led Zeppelin II”
  4. “Stairway to Heaven”, from “Led Zeppelin IV”, which didn’t officially have a title.
  5. “Dazed and Confused”, from “Led Zeppelin”
  6. “Over the Hills and Far Away”, from “Houses of the Holy”
  7. “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, from “Led Zeppelin”
  8. “Immigrant Song”, from “Led Zeppelin III”
  9. “The Song Remains the Same”, from “Houses of the Holy”
  10. “All My Love”, from “In Through the Out Door”

The lowest ‘song’ was “Moby Dick” off “Led Zeppelin II”.  But that’s an instrumental with long drum solos.  (And one of my least favorite Zeppelin songs, “The Crunge”, off “Houses of the Holy” was #70.)

Music Gives Some People “Skin Orgasms”

Have you ever gotten actual CHILLS or GOOSEBUMPS from listening to a song or album?  Well, one psychologist says some people feel those sensations more than others . . . to the point where she calls that phenomenon “skin orgasms.”

Psyche Loui . . . who’s an assistant professor at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University, and also quite easy on the eyes . . .  says, quote, “The aesthetic experience can be so intense that you can’t do anything else.”

The BBC put together a playlist of the songs that seemed to elicit the most skin orgasms in lab subjects, and it includes Rachmaninoff, Adele, Rufus Wainwright, J.S. Bach, Celine Dion, Oasis, and some Australian chamber vocal ensemble.

Music News July 30, 2015

Billy Corgan on His Sad Disneyland Photo: “What the [Eff] Do You Want From Me?”

BILLY CORGAN of the SMASHING PUMPKINS has seen the photo of him that’s gone viral . . . where he’s looking really sad on a ride at Disneyland.

He tells “Alternative Nation”, quote, “I literally had somebody say to me the other day, I think it was at Disneyland:  ‘Hey, you don’t seem that into this.’  I was like, ‘I’m at [effing] Disneyland.  I just want to hang out at Disneyland.

“‘I’m not here to do a meet and greet, I’m here to be at Disneyland.’  You know what I’m saying? . . .

“It’s like, I’m not working, and I wasn’t being unpleasant, I wasn’t being rude.  I was taking pictures with people, I took a picture with every person that asked.  But then it gets into, what’s in your head?

“Like, you’re not smiling enough, or you don’t seem to be enjoying . . . and I’m like, what the [eff] do you want from me?”


Music News July 29 2015

Macklemore Says He Relapsed on Drugs, and Blames Fame

We haven’t heard much from MACKLEMORE recently . . . and apparently, that’s because he’s been busy relapsing on marijuana and pills.

He tells “Complex” magazine, quote, “The pressure and the fame . . . everything.  All the clichés, man . . . like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance . . .

“The criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of meetings, all of that put into one pie was just . . . I just wanted to escape.

“I held it together for a while.  But, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings.  I was burnt out.  I was super-stressed.  We weren’t sleeping . . . doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country.”

But then he found out that his fiancée was pregnant, and he got serious about pulling himself together.  He says, quote, “I’ve been trying to grow up this year . . . I was like, ‘I need to grow up right now.'”

He says he and RYAN LEWIS are back at writing new music, now that his work ethic has turned from “off-to-on.”  He adds, quote, “Songs write themselves.”


Music News July 27, 2015

Billboard.com has a list of “The Top 10 Bands That Formed in College.”  They’re not ranked, they’re just in alphabetical order:

  1. Coldplay, which formed at the University College of London in 1998.
  2. The Commodores, which came together at Alabama’s Tuskegee University.
  3. Pink Floyd, which originally formed in 1965 at London Polytechnic.  Roger Waters, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason were studying architecture . . . while Syd Barrett was working on an art degree.  He hooked up with the rest of them because he was a childhood friend of Roger’s.
  4. The Pixies, which began when Black Francis met guitarist Joey Santiago at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, hence their song, “U-Mass”.  They then dropped out of school, and added bassist Kim Deal and drummer David Lovering.
  5. Public Enemy, which started coming together when Chuck D and Flavor Flav met while studying at Long Island’s Adelphi University in the early 1980s.
  6. Queen, which started as a group called “Smile” when guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor met during their time at London’s Imperial College.  Freddie Mercury was studying at London’s Ealing Art College.
  7. R.E.M., which formed at the University of Georgia in 1980.
  8. The Strokes, which really came together at New York University.

Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Fabrizio Moretti, and Nikolai Fraiture began playing together in prep school, but didn’t call themselves ‘The Strokes’ until 1999, when they met guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. at NYU.

  1. Talking Heads, which formed after David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Tina Weymouth met while at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 1970s.
  2. Vampire Weekend, which came together at Columbia University.

Four Classic Rock Randoms, Including: Keith Richards Smokes Pot for Breakfast, and a Whitesnake Proposal

  1. KEITH RICHARDS is 71 years old, and he still enjoys a little marijuana for breakfast.  He says, quote, “I smoke regularly, an early morning joint.

“Strictly Californian . . . one of the most pleasant things to watch is a map of America [showing States where marijuana is legal], where it goes green, green, green.  Whether it’s a good thing in the long run, I don’t know.”

  1. ELTON JOHN and BILLY JOEL have had an up-and-down relationship, but Billy says they’re good now . . . quote, “We made up a long time ago.  We sat down and I was like, ‘Don’t throw your friends under the bus.’  He does that with everybody.  He runs off at the mouth and regrets it later.”
  2. The GRATEFUL DEAD made a ton of money from their five farewell shows in California and Chicago earlier this summer.  According to Billboard, the five concerts raked in an incredible $52.2 million haul, and drew 361,933 fans in total.
  3. WHITESNAKE bassist MICHAEL DEVIN proposed to actress DREA DE MATTEO during a concert in Atlantic City over the weekend.  Drea played Adriana on “The Sopranos”, Angie on “Desperate Housewives”, and Wendy Case on “Sons of Anarchy”.

The proposal happened just before they performed Is This Love.  Before accepting, she asked him if he’d “love her children forevermore.”


Ed Sheeran Once Pooped His Pants While Performing When He “Misjudged” Some Flatulence

ED SHEERAN said that he once pooped his pants while performing, when he underestimated some BACK DRAFT, if you know what I mean.

In an interview with an Australian radio station, he admitted to breaking wind onstage “all the time,” and added, quote, “I actually misjudged [some gas] onstage, which ended up being a [bleep].  (Careful:  He actually said “shart.”)

“It was like midway through a performance and I was really lively.

“I was like, ‘All right, I’m just going to stand still for the rest of this performance, and hope it’s over soon, and then go home and throw these [pants] out.'”

He said that it wasn’t the usual turbulence down below . . . it was because of all the traveling he’d been doing, which had him feeling “very ill.”

Music News July 21, 2015

Dave Grohl’s Orthopedic Surgeon Performed at a Foo Fighters Concert

If I knew doctors got perks like this, I might have applied myself a little more . . .

A guy named Lew Schon did the surgery on DAVE GROHL’S broken leg last month.  And Dave thanked him on Sunday, by letting him perform with the FOO FIGHTERS at a concert in Boston.

They did “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, and Lew sang it.  He actually did a pretty good job, but definitely looked more like a doctor than a rock star.

Daniel Radcliffe Did “The Real Slim Shady” at a Karaoke Bar

DANIEL RADCLIFFE did a decent rendition of “The Real Slim Shady” by EMINEM at a karaoke bar near San Francisco last weekend.  There’s a video of him on stage rapping while his girlfriend dances next to him, and then they both do the chorus.

This isn’t the first time Daniel’s showed off his rapping skills.  He also did “Alphabet Aerobics” by BLACKALICIOUS on “The Tonight Show” back in October.

Corey Feldman Played at a Minor League Baseball Game . . . and It Was So Bad, the Team Issued a Public Apology

COREY FELDMAN and his “band” Corey and the Angels performed at a minor league baseball game in State College, Pennsylvania on Sunday.  And even by Feldman standards, it was pretty lame.

He was dressed as Michael Jackson, but did some sort of club-mix thing.  The band didn’t play on the field . . . they played in the middle of a walkway, next to a salsa stand.  It’s hard to tell from the video, but it looks like maybe 50 people were there.

The baseball team’s general manager decided it was so bad, he had to issue a public apology yesterday, calling it, quote, “far below expectations,” and “not the type of entertainment we stand for, or stand by.”

Remember, this was at a MINOR league baseball game, where next month’s entertainment includes a bunch of monkeys that ride around on dogs.  Seriously.  (Here’s the ad.)

To be fair though, a bunch of fans posted on the team’s Facebook page, and said it wasn’t that bad.  A few of them also said Corey was really nice, and signed autographs.  Meanwhile, Corey says the stadium workers just didn’t know what they were doing.

This was his band’s second official gig.  Their first was a party at Bonnaroo last month, and they’re also supposed to play at the torch ceremony for the Special Olympics in L.A. this Friday.

Members of the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync Will Star in a Horror Movie by the Makers of “Sharknado”

If you’ve ever wondered what the opposite of box office gold is, I think I’ve found it.  Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, and A.J. McLean from the Backstreet Boys are doing a movie called “Dead 7″ with Joey Fatone of ‘N Sync.

Nick is writing it, and he calls it a “zombie Western futuristic horror movie.”  Oh, and it’s being produced by The Asylum . . . the company that makes the “Sharkando” movies and all those stupid “Mega Shark” flicks.

Carter says he also wants to bring in more people who were, quote, “in music in the ’90s and 2000s.”

A little TV News….

NBC is Remaking “Xena”

NBC is doing a reboot of “Xena:  Warrior Princess”.  There’s no word if LUCY LAWLESS will be involved, but since she’s 47, she probably won’t return as the title character.

Original producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are involved.  Tapert is Lucy’s husband, and she’s also in the OTHER project they’re working on, “Ash vs. Evil Dead”, which premieres in October on Starz.

The original “Xena” ran in syndication for six seasons, from 1995 to 2001.  The reboot is in the very early stages of development, so there aren’t any details yet.

Music News July 20, 2015

Bruce Springsteen Plays Surprise Two-Hour Bar Show in New Jeresey

Just three songs into Joe Grushecky’s concert at Asbury Park, New Jersey’s Wonder Bar Saturday night, Bruce Springsteen came onstage and stuck around for a blazing 15-song, two-hour set. Kicking off with “Never Enough Time,” the longtime friends tore through ‘”Adam Raised a Cain,” “Atlantic City,” “Because the Night,” “Code of Silence” and many others before wrapping up with “Light of Day.” Here’s a fan-shot video of “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”
Springsteen’s appearance was unannounced, but hardly shocking considering he plays a “surprise” set with Grushecky most every year at the annual Light of Day benefit concert just a few steps down the boardwalk at the Paramount Theater. Grushecky, who works as a special education teacher in Pittsburgh, has been buddies with Springsteen for over 30 years. In 1995, Springsteen produced his LP American Babylon and then briefly hit the club circuit with him. They’ve performed together many times since then.
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Wilco’s New Album is Titled ‘Star Wars’

Hipster dudes in their 30s are really excited for something called Star Wars for the second time this week.

Indie rock band Wilco made their newly released ninth studio album, Star Wars, available to download for free on their website.

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If you love Wilco and you love the movie Star Wars, only one of those two things matters in regards to this album because despite sharing the title, Wilco’s latest offering has absolutely nothing to do with the sci-fi classic.

The album contains 11 songs and is the band’s first since their 2011 release The Whole Love. And, even if you’re not a Wilco fan, you might still love the album’s amazing and hilariously incongruous cover art.

Is Maroon 5 Banned in China?

MAROON 5 was supposed to play Shanghai and Beijing in September.  But the shows were just canceled . . . possibly because they’ve been BANNED by the Chinese government.

Nobody really knows why the shows were scrapped, but guitarist JESSE CARMICHAEL recently attended an event to celebrate the DALAI LAMA’s birthday, and Tweeted that he, quote, “sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to his holiness.”

China HATES when people show support for the Dalai Lama and Tibet.  Linkin Park, Bjork and Oasis have all been banned for it . . . although Linkin Park are making their return this week, for the first time in six years.

New Music: Cee-Lo Sings About Robin Williams . . . Five Seconds of Summer Has a New Track . . . and the First Single from David Gilmour’s New Album

  1. CEE-LO GREEN released a new song called Robin Williams.  The lyrics are about the day Robin died, and also reference Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, and a few other comedians who died too young.
  2. FIVE SECONDS OF SUMMER released a new song on Friday called She’s Kinda Hot, and they posted a video for it on their YouTube page.  (Warning: The lyrics include the word “b*tch.”)
  3. DAVID GILMOUR from Pink Floyd released a new song called Rattle That Lock.  It’s the first single off his new solo album, “Rattle That Lock”, which comes out in September.

Music News July 14, 2015

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Tom Cruise Actually Clung to the Outside of an Airplane for the New “Mission: Impossible” Movie

TOM CRUISE has been doing his own stunts for years . . . but he may have performed his most dangerous stunt yet for “Mission:  Impossible – Rogue Nation”.

There’s a scene where Tom clings to the outside of an airplane as it takes flight . . . and yes, he REALLY DID IT.  He was strapped to the plane, of course.  But it’s still pretty insane.  And they had to do EIGHT TAKES.

In a behind-the-scenes video, Tom admits that he didn’t sleep the night before the stunt, and when it came time to do it, he was, quote, “Scared s***less.”

Music News July 9, 2015

Listening to Heavy Metal as a Kid Makes You a More Well-Adjusted Adult?

According to a new study, people who grew up with heavy metal might be more well-adjusted than people who listen to other types of music.

Researchers found that metal-heads from the ’80s “were significantly HAPPIER in their youth.”  Quote, “[Fans] felt a kinship in the metal community, and [had] a way to experience heightened emotions with like-minded people.”

It’s possible the data was skewed though, because most of the people in the study were, quote, “relatively high functioning individuals.”  In other words, you’re not that likely to sign up for a study if you still listen to Slayer and get hammered every day.

Mike Reno from Loverboy Apologizes for Writing “Working for the Weekend” in a New Ad

LOVERBOY’S lead singer Mike Reno is in a new ad where he APOLOGIZES for writing the song “Working for the Weekend” . . . but it’s all just a joke.

The ad is for the job website Indeed.com, and he says the lyrics don’t apply anymore, because Indeed is helping millions of people find jobs they actually LIKE.  (Search for “Working for the Weekend, the Rewrite.”)

The New #1 Album in America Is . . .

MEEK MILL scored his first #1 album.  His album, “Dreams Worth More Than Money” sold a strong 246,000 copies to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

Miguel’s album “Wildheart” started out at #2, selling 48,000 copies . . . the X Ambassadors’ debut album “VHS” came in at #7 with 30,000 copies . . . and the “Magic Mike XXL” soundtrack debuted at #10, just below the new album from the Christian metal band August Burns Red.

Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

  1. NEW:  “Dreams Worth More Than Money”, Meek Mill . . . 246,000 copies
  2.  NEW:  “Wildheart”, Miguel . . . 48,000 copies
  3. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 48,000 copies
  4. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 39,000 copies
  5. “Before This World”, James Taylor . . . 33,000 copies
  6. “Dark Before Dawn”, Breaking Benjamin . . . 31,000 copies
  7.  NEW:  “VHS”, X Ambassadors . . . 30,000 copies
  8. “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . 29,000 copies
  9. NEW:  “Found in Far Away Places”, August Burns Red . . . 29,000 copies
  10. NEW:  The “Magic Mike XXL” soundtrack . . . 26,000 copies

Music News July 8, 2015

Corey Taylor from Slipknot Explains Why Kanye West Isn’t the “Greatest Living Rock Star”

KANYE WEST called himself the greatest living rock star back in 2013, then said it again at a show in the U.K. last month.  And SLIPKNOT singer COREY TAYLOR is SICK OF IT.

He issued an open letter to Kanye on YouTube yesterday, and said the fact that he has to TELL people he’s the greatest rock star in the world is proof he’s NOT.  He also compared him to guys who brag about how much they hook up . . . because those guys never hook up as much as they claim to.

A Full Recovery is Expected for Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell‘s prognosis isn’t as dark as it’s been reported — the folk music legend’s attorney says she’s making amazing progress since an aneurysm … and the words “full recovery” have been used.

According to court documents, an attorney appointed to Mitchell’s conservatorship case visited the legendary singer/songwriter on June 26 at her home.

The attorney, Rebecca Thyne, said Mitchell was feeding herself lunch when Thyne arrived and they talked about the care she was receiving from long-time friend, Leslie Morris. In the docs, Thyne says Mitchell said she wants Morris to continue as her conservator.

Thyne’s encounter is interesting … multiple reports, including one account last month from Joni’s friend David Crosby, claimed she was not able to speak.

Thyne concluded, Joni was making “remarkable progress” — and added she’s “expected to make a full recovery.”

Mitchell was hospitalized on March 31 after being found unconscious in her home after suffering an aneurysm.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/07/07/joni-mitchell-medical-condition-improving-aneurysm-conservatorship/#ixzz3fJepKtcD

Aerosmith Bassist Tom Hamilton Says he is Cancer Free!

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has faced a couple of cancer scares, but thanks to the potentially lifesaving efforts of his doctors, he says he now has a clean bill of health.

“I was faced with losing my way of life … if not my life,” Hamilton told the Long Island Pulse when asked about his latest battle with throat cancer. Saying his doctor thought he was cancer-free after facing the disease in 2006, Hamilton didn’t take any chances when it reappeared in 2011.

“There’s a guy here in Boston that Adele referred to [Steven Zeitels], who does novel surgeries,” said Hamilton. “He was able to do a procedure that got the cancer out of my throat without having to ruin the rest of it. I just saw him the other day and he said, ‘You beat this one. You can keep coming to see me if you want, but I don’t think you need to worry about this cancer coming back.’ I said, ‘I’ll come back to see you every six months from here until eternity, if it’s all right with you!’”

Elsewhere in the interview, Hamilton was also asked to name some of his favorite bands and albums, and took the opportunity to praise Jethro Tull. “I was just thinking about the second Jethro Tull album Stand Up. For a rock album, it’s just amazing — the musicianship on it and the writing,” he argued, calling Tull frontman Ian Anderson “a guy who brought the flute into a hard rock setting and pulled it off. Nobody’s really done that. There are so few virtuosos on flute — you just don’t see that.

Read More: Tom Hamilton Says He’s Cancer-Free | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/tom-hamilton-no-cancer/?trackback=tsmclip

Music News July 7, 2015

Damon Albarn Refused to End His Set, and Security Carried Him Off the Stage

DAMON ALBARN played an EPIC set at a music festival in Denmark on Saturday.  He’s the lead singer from BLUR and also started the band GORILLAZ, but he was playing with a group called Africa Express.

He was about FIVE HOURS in when he started playing “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash.  Then a security guard walked on stage and told him he had to stop, because it was four in the morning, and he was breaking the noise curfew.

But he refused to leave, so the security guard grabbed him around the waist . . . picked him up . . . and CARRIED him off the stage while the crowd booed.

Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” If 20 Different Singers Did It

The guy behind a YouTube series called “Ten Second Songs” posted a new video where he covers “Bad Blood” by TAYLOR SWIFT, but does it in the style of 20 different artists.  He does it as Kendrick Lamar, The Rolling Stones, Def Leppard, TLC, Black Sabbath, Coolio, Pearl Jam, and a bunch more.

Shaggy Has a Plan to Defeat Isis: Reggae Jams and Marijuana

 SHAGGY has already given the world a TREASURE TROVE of excellent music . . . “Boombastic”, “It Wasn’t Me”, “Angel”, and so on.  Frankly, it’s unfair to ask any more of him.

But he DOES have more to offer us:  A foolproof plan to defeat ISIS.

Shaggy told the “Miami New Times”, quote, “ISIS can go [eff] themselves.  That’s some crazy [stuff] they’re doing.  It’s horrible, man . . . I don’t get that much hate . . . I just don’t get that level of evil.  I can’t understand it.”

And that’s when Shaggy shared his antidote to the world’s problems . . . reggae jams and marijuana.  He said, quote, “If you’re able to cut a man’s head off, you’re sick.  But . . . music evokes emotion.

“So if they’re listening to Shaggy music or reggae music, they’re not going to want to cut somebody’s head off.  There are two things you want to do when you listen to reggae:  You get somebody pregnant, or you’re [effing] high.

“High people don’t want to kill nothing, they want to love.  They need to bag some Jamaican weed and distribute it amongst ISIS.  I guarantee there won’t be any more wars out there.  Man, it’ll put them in a vibe.  And throw some Bob Marley up in there and there’ll be peace.”

Music News July 6 2015

The Most Patriotic States, According to Spotify

Spotify released a list on Saturday of the most-patriotic states according to the music people listened to LAST Fourth of July.  And TEXAS listened to more patriotic music per capita than any other state.

The rest of the top five were Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, and Utah.  Vermont came in last, followed by West Virginia, South Dakota, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.  (Check out the full list here.)

As far as specific songs go, “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen was the most popular Fourth of July song in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line was the most popular song in Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, South Dakota, and West Virginia . . . and “We Are Young” by Fun was number one in Nevada.

Billboard’s Mid-Year Charts: Snobby Vinyl Enthusiasts Are Buying . . .

Taylor Swift?

Billboard’s mid-year numbers are out, and music sales are down AGAIN, for what feels like the 97th year in a row.  Overall, the industry is down by 4% compared to a year ago, and CD sales are down 10%.  Again.

But for the eighth straight year, vinyl sales are up, growing by 38%.  And get this:  TAYLOR SWIFT is incredibly popular among the vinyl-loving purists of the world.

The #1 vinyl album is Taylor’s “1989”, which seems surprising, until you stop and consider what else it could’ve been.

Or maybe it’s not surprising at all . . . and you’ve been to multiple cocktail parties that were serenaded by the pops and crackles of “1989” on vinyl.  (???)

“1989” is also the top selling album overall in 2015, with over 2 million in sales.  Drake’s album “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” is second . . . followed by “X” by Ed Sheeran and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack.   All three of them are in the 1.4 million range.

“Uptown Funk!” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars is the #1 selling digital song through the year so far, with over 4.8 million downloads.  “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran is second with 3.4 million, followed by “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa with 3.1 million.


Chumbawamba Is Raising Money on Kickstarter for a Documentary

The British band CHUMBAWAMBA did the song “Tubthumping” in 1997, and it’s probably their only song you’ve ever heard.  But the lead singer thinks the world needs a Chumbawamba DOCUMENTARY anyway.

He wants to call it “I Get Knocked Down (The Untold Story of Chumbawamba)”, and he’s trying to raise 60 grand on Kickstarter to make it.  As of last night, fans had already donated over $22,000.

Even though they only had one hit, they were together for 32 years.  And they were big into the anarchy movement, so apparently that’s what it’ll be about.

One of the other former members says people don’t realize how they indirectly affected politics in the U.K.  Quote, “Stuff we did with the money had invisible repercussions that nobody would ever connect to Chumbawamba.”

Dave Grohl Sat in a Huge Throne for His First Show Since Breaking His Leg

The FOO FIGHTERS celebrated their 20th anniversary with a Fourth of July concert in D.C. on Saturday.  It was their first gig since DAVE GROHL broke his leg falling off a stage in Sweden last month . . . and obviously he still can’t stand and perform.

So he had a special chair made that looks like a giant THRONE with lights on it.  And he played the entire show with his leg propped up.  (You can check out photos on their website, and there are a few videos of it here.)

Their tour is going ahead as scheduled, by the way.  They’ve got a show in Camden, New Jersey tonight, and another 40 shows between now and November.