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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.

Music News for June 2015

Music News June 19, 2015

Iron Maiden’s Next Album Has an 18-Minute Song On It

In 1984, IRON MAIDEN shocked the metal world with “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, a song off their “Powerslave” album that was almost 14 MINUTES LONG.

Well, 31 years later, they’re making that one look quaint.  Maiden will drop their next album on September 4th.  It’s called “The Book of Souls”, and it’s got a song on it that clocks in at EIGHTEEN MINUTES.

It’s called “The Empire of the Clouds”, and it was written by lead singer BRUCE DICKINSON, who just beat cancer.  Officially, it’s 18 minutes and ONE SECOND.

“The Book of Souls” will be a DOUBLE CD, because it’s 92 minutes long, and that’s with only 11 tracks.  The shortest song on the album is 4:59 . . . while there’s one that’s 13-and-a-half minutes, and another one that’s 10-and-a-half minutes.

Sign Dave Grohl’s Cast Virtually!

Adoring fans can now sign Dave Grohl‘s cast and all they need is Twitter.

Fans were blown away by the rock god’s insatiable desire to please his audience last week when he fell from the stage in Sweden and broke his leg, only to return and play the rest of the two-and-a-half-hour set before being rushed to the hospital.

So, to give back to the indestructible Foo Fighter, creative agency EVB and web development group Bauscode came up with a way for anyone, anywhere to show their support.

In what the team is calling Operation #SignDavesCast, fans can log into SignDavesCast or simply tweet their well-wishes to Grohl tagging it with the hashtag #SignDavesCast.

Read More : http://radio.com/2015/06/18/sign-dave-grohls-cast-twitter/

Sammy Hagar Claims Van Halen is trying to Prevent him from Performing Songs….

Sammy Hagar‘s latest band, the Circle, delivers a hit-studded live show that offers classic cuts from throughout his career — but he claims Alex and Eddie Van Halen would love to prevent him from performing the songs they wrote and recorded together during his stint in Van Halen.

Hagar made his surprising claim during an appearance on Eddie Trunk’s podcast (which you can hear below), after affirming Trunk’s observation that since Van Halen have stopped playing their hit from Hagar’s era, he and Circle bassist Michael Anthony are the only ones keeping the songs in front of audiences.

Read More: Sammy Hagar Claims Van Halen Are Trying to Prevent Him From Performing Songs They Wrote Together | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/sammy-hagar-perform-van-halen-songs/?trackback=tsmclip

Music News June 18, 2015

What the Heck Did Lady Gaga Do to John Lennon’s “Imagine”?

You probably didn’t know this, but there’s a massive, brand new sporting event called the European Games going on right now in Baku, Azerbaijan.

It’s for European athletes, it’ll happen every four years, and it’s governed by the European Olympic Committee.

LADY GAGA helped kick things off by singing JOHN LENNON’s “Imagine” during the opening ceremony.  Her take was . . . interesting.  And that’s probably the nicest thing you can say about it.  (Check it out here.)

Muse Scored Their First #1 Album

MUSE just landed their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.  “Drones” sold 89,000 copies in its first week.  Two other albums debuted in the Top 10 this week.

Of Monsters and Men’s album “Beneath the Skin” is #3, selling 61,000 copies . . . and the Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers” reissue debuted at #5 after selling 36,000 copies.  Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

1.  NEW:  “Drones”, Muse . . . 89,000 copies

2.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 64,000 copies

3.  NEW:  “Beneath the Skin”, Of Monsters and Men . . . 61,000 copies

4.  “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, Florence and the Machine . . . 37,000 copies

5.  NEW:  “Sticky Fingers (Reissue)”, Rolling Stones . . . 36,000 copies

6.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 34,000 copies

7.  “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . 31,000 copies

8.  “At.Long.Last.A$AP”, A$AP Rocky . . . just over 29,000 copies

9.  “V”, Maroon 5 . . . 29,000 copies

10.  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 27,000 copies

Music News June 17, 2015

The Foo Fighters Are Canceling Tour Dates, Because Dave Grohl’s Leg Is Worse Than Expected

It was pretty METAL when DAVE GROHL refused to end a FOO FIGHTERS concert after falling off the stage and breaking his leg . . . but they won’t be able to save their tour.

In an open letter on the band’s website, Dave says the injury was worse than expected, and that he needed surgery.  He went under the knife this week . . . had six metal screws inserted . . . and is unable to perform right now.

He says, quote, “My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while.  The most important thing now is for me [to] keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection / complication that could do long term damage.

“I’m not out of the woods yet, folks.  Which means, and it kills me to say it . . . [we have to] cancel shows.  I’m really so sorry.  You know I hate to do it, but I’m afraid it’s just not physically possible for me at the moment.”

So this month’s European tour is scrapped.  They’re supposed to begin a long stretch of North American dates on July 4th.  It’s unclear if Dave will be ready to return to the road then or not.

Here’s How Four Corporations Responded to Neil Young’s Lyrical Attacks

NEIL YOUNG calls out some big corporations on his next album, “The Monsanto Years”, which will be out June 29th.  They include:  Chevron, Walmart, Starbucks, and of course, Monsanto.

“Billboard” got ahold of the lyrics, and sent them to those corporations to see if they had a response.

Here’s what they heard back:

1.  Chevron declined to respond.

2.  Walmart refuted a lyric about workers not getting benefits . . . saying, quote, “Walmart raised its lowest starting wage to $9 an hour.  We’re proud of the opportunity we provide people to build a career and have a chance at a better life.”

3.  Starbucks declined to respond to Neil’s lyric connecting them to GMOs . . . saying, quote, “Starbucks has not taken a position on the issue of GMO labeling . . . we prefer a national solution.”

4.  Monsanto had this to say:  Quote, “Many of us have been and are fans of Neil Young . . . we recognize there is a lot of misinformation about who we are and what we do, and unfortunately several of those myths seem to be captured in these lyrics.”

Madonna Is Releasing a Video with a Bunch of Celebrities, Just Like Taylor Swift Did

Sometime this morning, MADONNA is putting out her video for “[B-word] I’m Madonna”, which features NICKI MINAJ.

Nicki will also join Madonna in the video, along with Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, and Rita Ora.  So yeah, she’s doing the ALL-STAR VIDEO thing . . . just like Taylor Swift did with “Bad Blood”.

Music News June 16, 2015

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Smash Mouth Singer Steve Harwell Had a Meltdown Because Someone Threw Bread at Him

SMASH MOUTH was “headlining” an event called “Taste of Fort Collins” in Colorado on Sunday.  It’s a three-day food and music festival that claims to be “a family-friendly celebration.”

Well, things became a lot less family friendly during Smash Mouth’s set, when people began throwing slices of bread in the air.  Some of it went on the stage, and singer STEVE HARWELL completely FLIPPED OUT.

He launched into a profanity-laden rant, saying, quote, “You throw one more piece of [crap] on the [effing] stage . . . I’m gonna come find your a**, I’m gonna beat your a**, whoever the [eff] you are out there, OK?”

He invited them onstage, so he could, quote, “beat the [eff]” out of them.  Then he went into the crowd looking for the “[P-word] punk [B-words]” . . . only to be stopped by security.

How did the crowd get the bread?  Well, since it was a food festival, loaves were being given away for free at one of the vendor booths.

The whole time this was going on, the rest of the band played opening riff to “All Star” over and over and over.  Eventually, the CROWD started singing it, and Steve finally joined in at the chorus.

But he wasn’t done ranting.  At an interlude a couple minutes later, he continued cussing out the bread-throwers, and saying he deserves respect.

It wasn’t just Smash Mouth, by the way.  The bread-tossing happened during another set by the rock band Atlas Genius.  They were cool with it though, and made jokes about being gluten-intolerant.

Prince and Stevie Wonder Performed a Private Concert for Obama

PRESIDENT OBAMA hosted a private party last weekend at the White House, which included around 500 guests, and featured a concert by PRINCE and STEVIE WONDER.

The White House wouldn’t confirm the concert, but a spokesperson said the Obamas did have a party, and that they paid for it themselves.

So how did the cat get out of the bag?  Well, AL SHARPTON Tweeted, quote, “Leaving the White House party with POTUS and FLOTUS.  Awesome to see Prince and Stevie Wonder on keyboards together.  Unbelievable experience.”

Music News June 15, 2015

Dave Grohl Fell Off a Stage, Broke His Leg . . . and Still Finished a Concert

The FOO FIGHTERS were performing at a music festival in Sweden on Friday night, when DAVE GROHL tripped and fell off the stage.  It looked pretty bad, and it was.  He BROKE HIS LEG in at least one place.

They were just two songs into the gig when it happened.  But instead of cutting things short, he had the medics treat his leg, and then he came back OUT and FINISHED the entire three-hour set.

While Dave was still offstage, the band started playing “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie.  Then Dave came out in the middle of the song in a wheelchair, and did the rest of the show either sitting or standing on crutches.

After the show, Dave Tweeted a photo of his X-ray, which clearly shows the break.  He captioned it, quote, “Thank you Gothenburg.  That was amazing.”  As METAL as that was, the band was forced to cancel two shows this week due to the injury.

Duran Duran Announced New Album Title and Tour Dates!

Duran Duran has announced that its new album will be titled Paper Gods. The set will be the band’s first in nearly five years, and is due out in September. The group revealed the name via Twitter on June 12.

A day later, the group also announced a string of new tour dates, including their first concerts at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Paper Gods is the group’s 14th studio effort and first for Warner Bros. Records. (The act signed with the label in March.) The album will be preceded by the single “Pressure Off,” which features Janelle Monae. Paper Gods was produced by Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr. Hudson, and also features guest turns from Kiesza and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.

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5 Seconds of Summer Ended a Show Early After Their Guitarist Caught on Fire

The Australian boy band 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER were performing in London Saturday night, when their guitarist MICHAEL CLIFFORD caught on fire.

He got too close to the pyrotechnics, and the flames caught his hair on fire.  He immediately stumbled backstage . . . obviously needing medical attention.

Even though Michael is the LEAST cute member of 5 Seconds to Summer, they decided to call it a night.   ASHTON IRWIN told the crowd, quote, “Michael has hurt himself so we will not be continuing the show right now . . . He’s OK.  You guys have been the best crowd we could ask for tonight.”

Later, Michael Tweeted a photo of himself, with half his face bandaged up.  He captioned it, quote,  “Sorry I couldn’t finish the encore, but at least I look like two face.  Thanks for worrying everyone.”

Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis Fed an Artist Gummy Bears at Bonnaroo . . . and Then Sang “We Are the World”

“Mad Men” star JON HAMM and ZACH GALIFIANAKIS made a surprise appearance at Bonnaroo on Saturday, where they did a comedy bit.  They also crashed BELLE & SEBASTIAN’S set and fed singer STUART MURDOCH gummy bears by tossing them into his mouth.  (Here’s video.)

Later, they teamed up to lead the crowd in a rendition of “We Are the World”.   (Here’s video of that.)

Music News June 12, 2015

Toni Braxton Only Did “Un-Break My Heart” After She Traded Songs with Celine Dion

TONI BRAXTON wasn’t originally supposed to sing “Un-Break My Heart”, because it was intended for CELINE DION.  But then they traded songs.

She told “Entertainment Tonight”, quote, “I had ‘Because You Loved Me’.  I heard the song, [and] loved it.  My record company said, ‘It’s not really time to put out a song yet between your album.’

“Celine had ‘Un-Break My Heart’ and I don’t know what the situation was, but I know I got it.  We kind of switched off there.”

Both songs were written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster.  Diane once said, quote, “Toni hated [‘Un-Break My Heart’].  She didn’t want to do it.”

Are These the 10 Best Rock Songs About Cars?

Don Jamieson from “That Metal Show” has put together a list of the “Top 10 Songs About Cars.”  Obviously, it’s all hard rock and metal.  Here it is . . .

1.  “Highway Star”, Deep Purple, 1972

2.  “Panama”, Van Halen, 1984

3.  “Under My Wheels”, Alice Cooper, 1971

4.  “Red Barchetta”, Rush, 1981

5.  “Fuel”, Metallica, 1998

6.  “Lovedrive”, Scorpions, 1979

7.  “Road Racin'”, Riot, 1979

8.  “I Can’t Drive 55″, Sammy Hagar, 1984

9.  ” Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”, Primus, 1991

10.  “Slick Black Cadillac”, Quiet Riot, 1978

Honorable mentions went to:  “Ready to Burn” by Krokus . . . “Black Sunshine” by White Zombie . . . “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”, by ZZ Top . . . “I’m in Love with My Car”, by Queen . . . and “Wheels of Steel” by Saxon.

Songs that were intentionally left off include:  “Slow Ride” by Foghat and “Trampled Under Foot” by Led Zeppelin, which are both about sex . . . and “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC, which is about touring life.

Music News June 11, 2015

Bonnaroo Is the Music Festival That Will Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck

The Bonnaroo music festival starts TONIGHT in Tennessee, and if you’re headed out there . . . you made a good choice.  The ticketing site Rukkus.com says Bonnaroo is the best value out of all the festivals this year.

They did some research, and found that at $299, a single four-day pass for Bonnaroo will save you almost 75% . . . compared to $1,165, which is roughly what it would’ve cost you to buy tickets to the separate gigs.

There are 98 acts playing Bonnaroo . . . and you couldn’t see them all, no matter how many drugs you’re on.  This takes that into account.  It assumes that you can catch seven acts a day, and estimates what their individual tickets would run.

By the way, the expected attendance for Bonnaroo this year is 90,000.  The population of Manchester, TN, where the festival takes place, is 8,294.

Bonnaroo’s attendance is roughly on par with Coachella and Outside Lands in California, Firefly in Delaware, and Electric Zoo in New York.  Lollapalooza attracts more than double that at 225,000, and Austin City Limits draws over 350,000 people.

Florence and the Machine Scored Their First #1 Album

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE just landed their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.  “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” sold 137,000 copies in its first week.

Two other albums debuted in the Top 10 this week.  Jason Derulo’s new album “Everything Is 4″ is . . . ironically . . . at #4, with 37,000 copies.  And the latest Willie Nelson / Merle Haggard collaboration, “Django and Jimmie”, debuted at #7 after selling 31,000 copies.  Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

1.  NEW:  “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, Florence and the Machine . . . 137,000 copies

2.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 66,000 copies

3.  “At.Long.Last.A$AP”, A$AP Rocky . . . 50,000 copies

4.  NEW:  “Everything Is 4″, Jason Derulo . . . 37,000 copies

5.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 36,000 copies

6.  The “Pitch Perfect 2″ soundtrack . . . 34,000 copies

7.  NEW:  “Django and Jimmie”, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard . . . 31,000 copies

8.  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . just over 30,000 copies

9.  “Jekyll and Hyde”, Zac Brown Band . . . 30,000 copies

10.  “V”, Maroon 5 . . . 29,000 copies

Music News June 10, 2015

Is Punk Dead? You Can Now Get Sex Pistols Credit Cards

It’s a little late to complain when rock bands “sell out”.  These days you can’t survive in the music industry UNLESS you sell out.  But it’s just a little bit sadder when a band like the SEX PISTOLS does it.

Richard Branson’s British bank Virgin Money is issuing three new Sex Pistols credit cards.  Two have art from their 1977 album “Never Mind the Bollocks”, and the third has a design inspired by the single “Anarchy in the U.K.” (Check ’em out here.)

The Pistols signed to Branson’s Virgin Records in 1977, and he says, quote, “Even after nearly 40 years, the Sex Pistols’ power to provoke is undimmed.”

Ed Sheeran Says All the Successful People Started Off as a “Weird Kid with No Friends”

If you’re a weird kid, ED SHEERAN has a message for you:  You’re gonna ROCK when you grow up.

Ed was at an event Monday called the American Institute for Stuttering’s Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala.  Yes, Ed used to have a stutter.  Not to mention thick glasses, a port wine stain birthmark on his face . . . and he was missing an eardrum.

He says, quote, “Most of the people I knew that were normal in school are all pretty dull right now.  They go to the gym four times a week and look at themselves in the mirror a lot, but they don’t really have a lot to say.

“Most of the people that are successful started life off as a weird kid with no friends . . . One of the cool kids from school now does my plumbing!  That’s a fact!”

Ed says that rapping along to EMINEM’s “Marshall Mathers LP” helped him get rid of his stutter.

Music News June 9, 2015

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Elton John Yelled at a Concert Usher . . . Then Brought Her Onstage and Apologized

ELTON JOHN freaked out on an usher during a recent concert in the U.K., because she was telling fans they couldn’t wave their hands in the air.

He said, quote, “I came here to play music, now all you stewards down there, especially the woman in the pony tail, [effing] lighten up will you? . . .  This is not [effing] China, so piss off.  You’ve got [an effing] uniform on and you think you’re Hitler and you’re not . . . Don’t have any sympathy with her, this is a concert.”

Well, the woman ran off CRYING, and Elton felt bad.  So he apologized.

First he said he realized that the ushers were just doing what they were told.

Then he brought her onstage, sat her next to him on his piano stool, and apologized personally.  He told her, quote, “I got frustrated, and no one should ever talk to a lady like that.  I’m very, very apologetic.”  (You can see video of that here.)

Gavin DeGraw Uses Fake Names at Airport Baggage Claims!

No one’s ever going to confuse Gavin DeGraw with Mr. T — which explains why the singer uses the “Rocky III” villain’s name as an alias … but sadly for Gavin, we busted him at LAX.

Our photog was scouring the airport for Mr. T after seeing a Clubber Lang sign in baggage claim, but found Gavin instead … who explained why he chose the secret identity.

Hate to burst his bubble, but there’s a flaw in Gavin’s plan. Seeing “Clubber Lang” on a sign is always gonna draw attention from paps and fans.
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Music News June 8, 2015

Melvin’s Front Man Buzz Osborne says ‘Montage of Heck’ is mostly myth…

Brett Morgen’s documentary about Kurt Cobain, “Montage of Heck,” has been hailed by critics and music fans alike not only as the definitive record of the Nirvana singer’s turbulent life, but also as one of the most intimate and illuminating documentaries ever made of any rock artist. Reviewing the film for the Los Angeles Times, August Brown deemed it “revelatory.”

Try telling that to Melvins singer Buzz Osborne.

In a new essay published on the music website The Talkhouse, Osborne — who met Cobain in high school, long before Nirvana rose to fame, and remained friends with him until his suicide in 1994 — writes that “90% of ‘Montage of Heck’ is bull…,” dismissing the film as “mostly misguided fiction.”

Morgen spent seven years poring through Cobain’s private journals and home movies and interviewing bandmates, family members and the singer’s wife, Courtney Love, driven to the point of obsession trying to understand what fueled both Cobain’s creativity and his tragic undoing. “I have what I now refer to as the Kurt disease,” he told The Times in an interview last month.

But, in his impassioned (and profanity-filled) rebuttal, Osborne claims that the resulting film skews more toward mythology than truth — though perhaps, he suggests, Cobain would have wanted it that way. “That’s the one thing no one gets about Cobain,” he writes. “He was a master of jerking your chain.”

Rock n’ Roll Pranks: Mike Patton vs. Axl Rose…

A 1991 tour with Gun N’ Roses found Faith No More frontman Mike Patton playing some unbelievable scatological tricks on Axl Rose.

Patton “sh– in an orange juice carton, resealed it, and put it back in Axl Rose’s personal drinks vending machine,” says Jon Holmes, author of Rock Star Babylon: Outrageous Rumors, Legends, and Raucous True Tales of Rock and Roll Icons.

Some of Patton’s other more outrageous pranks were outlined by Exclaim in the wake of Faith No More’s surprise return after nearly two decades away. For instance, Patton once “pissed all over Axl Rose’s cue cards while Guns N’ Roses were onstage,” according to Holmes. Patton’s rationale for such outrageous behavior? “Ain’t that rock’n’roll?” he said, in a contemporary interview with Kerrang! magazine.

Rose wasn’t the only target of Patton’s unique brand of bathroom humor, by the way. During the same tour, Patton told Kerrang!, he “took a sh–, rolled it into a ball and put it in the hair dryer so that the next guest to dry their hair would get hot sh– in their face.”

Rose and Patton were more recently linked in a study that sought to definitively name the world’s greatest singer. The determination was based on each vocalist’s range. Rose boasts a five-octave instrument, while Patton’s is six.
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Flavor Flav getting friendly on a Southwest Flight


It all went down on a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Vegas on Saturday — when Flav decided he didn’t just want to be a passenger, he wanted to help out the flight crew.

Flav grabbed a bag of peanuts and pretzels (with the crew’s blessing) and began handing them out to the stunned passengers.

At one point, Flav proclaimed, “Today the back of the plane is 1st class!!!!”

We’re told everyone LOOOVED it — and Flav took pics with everyone who wanted a shot.

Buh bye now.

Walmart Hopes to Boost Employee Morale by Playing Less Celine Dion and Justin Bieber in Its Stores

Walmart announced some changes at a recent shareholders meeting, which are intended to help boost employee morale and customer service.

And the one thing that got the biggest reception is:  They’re ditching the old music that’s been playing on a loop in the stores and driving everyone INSANE.

It’s unclear what all was on the tape, but at the meeting it was made clear that it included a lot of painful JUSTIN BIEBER and CELINE DION.

One guy joked, quote, “One of my fellow associates recently developed a serious eye-tic from hearing Celine Dion’s greatest hits on loop in our stores.”

They’re replacing it with “Walmart Radio,” where they’ll have their own DJ creating fresh playlists that will be piped into the stores.  Other changes include tweaking the temperature in the stores, and slightly relaxing the dress code.

Music News June 4, 2015

Dave Matthews Flagged Down a Car with a Dave Matthews Bumper Sticker . . . to Ask for a Bar Recommendation?

Say what you want about his music, but DAVE MATTHEWS is an interesting guy.  Two years ago, he hitchhiked to his own concert after his bike got a flat tire, and then treated the people who picked him up to dinner and front-row tickets.

And now this:  On Monday, Dave got stuck in traffic near his hotel in Atlanta . . . and noticed an SVU with one of those DAVE MATTHEWS BAND “fire dancer” bumper stickers.

So he hopped out of his car, knocked on the driver’s window, and asked the woman inside if she could recommend a decent bar in the area.  She suggested one . . . took a photo with him . . . and drove off.  Dave hasn’t commented on the story.

The Top Five Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own

“Rolling Stone” has put out a list of “50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own.”  Naturally, it skews older, but some contemporary country albums did make the list.  Here are the Top Five:

1.  “At Folsom Prison”, Johnny Cash, 1968

2.  “40 Greatest Hits”, Hank Williams, 1978

3.  “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music”, Ray Charles, 1962

4.  “Red Headed Stranger”, Willie Nelson, 1975

5.  “The Definitive Collection”, Patsy Cline, 2004

It includes the Dixie Chicks comeback album “Taking the Long Way” at #19 . . . Loretta Lynn’s “Van Lear Rose” collaboration with Jack White at #12 . . . the Garth Brooks disc “Ropin’ the Wind” at #14 . . . Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” at #27 . . . and the Waylon Jennings / Willie Nelson album “Waylon & Willie” at #30.

Music News June 3, 2015

Mariah Carey Joined Match.com . . . But Only As a Stunt for Her New Video

MARIAH CAREY may be desperate to replace NICK CANNON . . . but not desperate enough to join Match.com.  However, she’s totally willing to create an account as a stunt to promote her video for “Infinity”.

Her mock profile actually appears on the site.  Her user name is “MC1toInfinity” . . . and she lists her relationship status as “divorced” . . . her desire for more kids as “I’ll tell you later” . . . her body type as “curvy” . . . and her faith as “Christian.”

She says she’s 5-foot-9 . . . doesn’t smoke, but is a social drinker.  She lists her ethnicity as “black, Latino, and white” . . . and her occupation is “self-employed.”

Her interests are:  Cooking, movies / videos, music, concerts, religion / spiritual, swimming, and yoga.

She also posted the “Infinity” video, which was the whole point of all of this.  Her partnership with Match continues in the video, where there’s a shot of her using the site’s mobile app.

Music News June 2, 2015

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Chris Cornell Announces New Album ‘Higher Truth’, Acoustic Tour

Chris Cornell has announced plans to release his new solo album Higher Truth and embark on an extensive acoustic tour this fall. The new album will arrive on September 18th and was produced by Brendan O’Brien, who served as mixer on Soundgarden‘s Superunknown before becoming a go-to rock producer. Higher Truth will be Cornell’s first solo studio LP since his unexpected foray into pop music on 2009’s Scream.
Two days after Higher Truth drops, Cornell will hit the road for a long solo jaunt that kicks off September 20th at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall. The tour will conclude November 2nd with a performance at Austin, Texas’ Moody Theater for Austin City Limits. Check out the singer’s official site for full on-sale information. $1 from every ticket sold will go to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation.

Get more information and full tour date list below…
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chris-cornell-announces-new-album-higher-truth-acoustic-tour-20150602#ixzz3bv2Np6QO
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The Rolling Stones Performed “Hang On Sloopy” for the First Time in Almost 50 Years

During their show in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night, the ROLLING STONES rolled out a song they hadn’t played in almost 50 years.  And it wasn’t even one of theirs.

It was “Hang On Sloopy”, which was a #1 hit for The McCoys in 1965.  The Stones covered it for a while in 1966, before retiring it.

But it happens to be the official state rock song of Ohio, so that was a good opportunity to dust it off.  (Here’s video.)

Watch St. Vincent Fall Off a Speaker Stack

During a show in Knoxville Sunday night, ST. VINCENT tried to climb onto a speaker stack.  But she fell, and pulled the top speaker down with her, which could have KILLED her.  (Check out videos here and here.)

She ended up lying on the stage for a few minutes, before jumping back up and continuing with the show.

She later Tweeted that she was okay, thanks to a security guard named Patrick who probably saved her life.

It’s not clear in the videos how he was involved.  But he posted a photo with a cut above his eye and the caption, “Got knocked in the head by a speaker, but kept the little lady from getting crushed!”

Music News June 1, 2015

Paul McCartney Still isn’t Smoking Pot, But he will have a Margarita.

A few years ago, Paul McCartney told “Rolling Stone” that he’d given up smoking marijuana, because he didn’t want to set that example around his kids and grandkids. And now, he says he’s held to that.

He adds, quote, “I don’t do it… instead of smoking a spliff, I’ll now have a glass of red wine or a nice margarita. The last time I smoked was a long time ago.”

Maroon 5’s New Video Features Adam Levine’s Naked Backside

Maroon 5 released their video for “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Mother[effer]”.

It seems to be a single shot, which follows Adam Levine as he prepares for a show. You can search the video via youtube.com.

Enrique Iglesias Kept Performing with Blood all Over Him, After Being Attacked By A Drone.

Enrique Iglesias suffered a freak injury at a show in Tijuana over the weekend… when he had a run-in with a DRONE.

Enrique had a camera drone flying around getting crowd shots, and he’s been known to grab it, and angle it down from the stage to provide a “point of view” shot. But something went wrong and it sliced open his fingers.

He was bleeding like crazy, but he didn’t want to stop the show. So he drew a heart… IN BLOOD…. On his white shirt, and went on with the show.

He rep says he was, quote, “semi-treated” between songs at the side of the stage, and was advised to end the show for the night. But he continued on for another 30 minutes, blood as well.

It was serious, but apparently he’s fine. His rep says, quote, “After the concert, he was rushed to the airport where an ambulance met him there. He was then put on a plane to L.A. to see a specialist.”

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Music News May 29, 2015

A Woman Wanted Ed Sheeran to Be Her Nine-Year-Old Daughter’s First Kiss, But He Declined, Thankfully

In a recent interview with “Entertainment Weekly”, ED SHEERAN said that a female fan asked him to kiss her nine-year-old daughter, because the girl wanted him to be her first kiss.  (???) Naturally, Ed wasn’t into it.

He explained, quote, “[The woman] was like ‘Well, Carrie Underwood did it for this 11-year-old boy last week’ . . . If Carrie Underwood kisses an 11-year-old boy, he goes to school the next day and they go ‘Oh, you absolute lad!’

“If a nine-year-old girl goes into school and goes ‘I got kissed by a 24-year-old yesterday,’ police are being called, you know?”

Taylor Swift Concert Wristbands Saved Some Kids’ Lives

A girl was driving her sister and a friend home from a TAYLOR SWIFT concert last Friday, when she fell asleep at the wheel.  The car crashed, the driver was knocked unconscious, and the other two girls were trapped.

The girls’ phones were dead, and they were having trouble getting passersby to stop.  Fortunately, the wristbands from the show have lights on them that are designed to sync up to the music.

The girls used those lights to try to flag down a car, and it worked.

Taylor saw the story, and Tweeted, quote, “This is unreal.  I’m so happy they’re okay.”

Music News May 28th 2015

Neil Young Thought Florence and the Machine Was Led By a Man Named Florence with a High Voice

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE performed at NEIL YOUNG’S Bridge School Benefit last year . . . and Neil may have been shocked when he saw FLORENCE WELCH for the first time . . . because she had BOOBS.

She tells “Rolling Stone”, quote, “He said that when he first heard my record, he thought that I was a man with a high voice.  He was like, ‘I live in the mountains.  I don’t know much media.  I just thought you were a man called Florence.’

“And I was like, ‘Hey, that’s pretty punk.’  I was like, ‘Thanks, Neil.  Thank you so much.'”  (???)


New Found Glory Saved a Horse Named “New Found Glory”

NEW FOUND GLORY guitarist CHAD GILBERT says he was recently searching the band’s name on Twitter . . . looking for fan reactions to their tour.

And he came across an ad for an old horse randomly named “New Found Glory,” which was “hours away from being slaughtered.”  He looked into it, and saw that it would only cost $350 to adopt the horse.  So he did.

Chad says, quote, “Everyone in the band thought it would be great for the band.”  They aren’t actually living with a horse now, though.  They found a person in Texas who was willing to take “New Found Glory” in.  (Here’s a photo.)

The Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of ’90s Alternative Rock

Uproxx.com has put together a fun list of “The Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of ’90s Alternative Rock.”

They considered any band a “one-hit wonder” if they only had one song crack the Billboard Hot 100.  They did make a few exceptions for bands that never had a top-100 hit, and for bands that had another song barely crack the Hot 100.

Here’s the Top 10:

1.  “No Rain”, Blind Melon, 1992

2.  “Cannonball”, The Breeders, 1993

3.  “The Impression That I Get”, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, 1997

4.  “Sex and Candy”, Marcy Playground, 1997

5.  “Flagpole Sitta”, Harvey Danger, 1998

6.  “Closing Time”, Semisonic, 1998

7.  “Pretend We’re Dead”, L7, 1992

8.  “You Get What You Give”, New Radicals, 1998

9.  “In the Meantime”, Spacehog, 1996

10.  “Counting Blue Cars”, Dishwalla, 1996


Taylor Swift is Back on Top of the Hot 100 . . . and Twenty One Pilots Have Their First #1 Album

TWENTY ONE PILOTSearned their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with 146,000 copies of “Blurryface”.  There were two other debuts in the Top 10 this week:  dance music star ZEDD sold 50,000 copies of “True Colors” in 4th place . . . and JAMIE FOXX moved 36,000 copies of “Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses” at #9.

A couple artists also saw a bump in sales thanks to the “Billboard Music Awards”Taylor Swift’s “1989” was up 146% and jumped from #9 last week to #2 this week with 91,000 copies . . . Meghan Trainor’s “Title” jumped from #12 to #5 with a 45% gain . . . and Ed Sheeran’s “x” was up 18%, rising from #13 to #7.

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

1.  NEW:  “Blurryface”, Twenty One Pilots . . . 146,000 copies

2.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 91,000 copies

3.  The “Pitch Perfect 2″ soundtrack . . . 74,000 copies

4.  NEW:  “True Colors”, Zedd . . . 50,000 copies

5.  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 47,000 copies

6.  “Just As I Am”, Brantley Gilbert . . . 39,000 copies

7.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 38,000 copies

8.  The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 36,000 copies

9.  NEW:  “Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses”, Jamie Foxx . . . 36,000 copies

10.  The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 35,000 copies

Music News May 26th 2015

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Art Garfunkel Says Paul Simon was a “Jerk” for going Solo.

It’s been 45 YEARS since SIMON & GARFUNKEL split . . . and since then, their relationship has been up and down.  In a new interview with “The Telegraph”, ART GARFUNKEL says he still can’t understand how PAUL SIMON walked away at the height of their success.

He says, quote, “It was very strange.  [It’s] nothing I would’ve done . . . I don’t want to say any anti-Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead.  Crazy.

“What I would’ve done is take a rest from Paul, because he was getting on my nerves.  The jokes had run dry.  But a rest of a year was all I needed.”

Then, as if addressing Paul, he adds, quote, “How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul?  What’s going on with you, you idiot?  How could you let that go, jerk?”

Those last lines came right after Art talked about how he’s felt stuck in the same place for decades, and how he’s basically just waiting around hoping that they will tour together again . . . so it seems more self-deprecating than anything.

B.B. King’s Daughters are Accusing King’s Closest Aid’s of Poisoning Him.

Two B.B. King heirs who’ve been most outspoken about the blues legend’s final days are accusing King’s two closest aides of poisoning him.

Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents provided by their lawyer to The Associated Press that King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, killed their father.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg (FYOU’-den-berg) said Monday that an autopsy was performed Sunday on King’s embalmed body, and test results will take up to eight weeks.

Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Steiber confirmed that homicide detectives are investigating.

Toney and Johnson each declined to comment.

The coroner says King’s body has been returned to a mortuary, and the investigation shouldn’t delay planned memorials this week in Memphis, Tennessee, and Indianola, Mississippi.


Dave Grohl joined Paul McCartney for “I Saw Her Standing There” over the Weekend in London.

You can watch that video right here.


Are These the Top 10 Alternative Albums of the ’90s?

Diffuser.fm put out a list of the “Top 100 Alternative Albums of the ’90s.”  They admit that they were loose in their classification of “alternative,” since it has been used to describe anyone from Nirvana to Radiohead to No Doubt.

Here’s the Top 10:

1.  “Nevermind”, Nirvana, 1991

2.  “OK Computer”, Radiohead, 1997

3.  “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”, Pavement, 1994

4.  “Dookie”, Green Day, 1994

5.  “The Downward Spiral”, Nine Inch Nails, 1994

6.  “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”, Neutral Milk Hotel, 1998

7.  “Summerteeth”, Wilco, 1999

8.  “Siamese Dream”, Smashing Pumpkins, 1993

9.  “Odelay”, Beck, 1996

10.  “Automatic for the People”, R.E.M., 1991

Music News May 22, 2015

Video of The Who Stopping a Show to Complain About Pot Smoking

THE WHO stopped a show in Long Island on Wednesday to complain about the excessive amount of marijuana smoke that was wafting up to the stage.  ROGER DALTREY threatened to end the show early if they didn’t stop.

So, is this a case of some old fogies harshing the vibe?  Well, not really.

In the past, Roger has said that while he used to smoke pot, he’s developed a severe allergy to cigarette and marijuana smoke, and it can completely shut down his voice.  And now, the crowd is asked not to smoke at Who shows.

Music News May 21, 2015

The “Pitch Perfect 2″ Soundtrack Topped the Albums Chart

The “Pitch Perfect 2″ soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 this week with 107,000 copies.  It’s the third soundtrack to hit #1 so far this year, following albums from Fox TV show “Empire” and the movie “Furious 7″.

The only other debut in the Top 10 was from INCUBUS . . . their new EP “Trust Fall (Side A)” sold 40,000 copies in 6th place.

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

1.  NEW:  The “Pitch Perfect 2″ soundtrack . . . 107,000 copies

2.  “Wilder Mind”, Mumford & Sons . . . 58,000 copies

3.  The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 48,000 copies

4.  “Listen”, David Guetta . . . 43,000 copies

5.  The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 41,000 copies

6.  NEW:  “Trust Fall (Side A)”, Incubus . . . 40,000 copies

7.  “Jekyll + Hyde”, Zac Brown Band . . . 39,000 copies

8.  “Stages”, Josh Groban . . . 38,000 copies

9.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 37,000 copies

10.  “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 36,000 copies

Lynyrd Skynyrd Will Release an All-Star Concert Album with Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, and More

LYNYRD SKYNYRD will release an all-star concert album and DVD on July 24th.  It’s called “One More for the Fans”, and it was recorded this past November in Atlanta.

Guest stars include Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule, Charlie Daniels, and Alabama, to name a few.

Singer Johnny Van Zant also does a duet on “Travelin’ Man” with the original singer, his late brother Ronnie, thanks to archival video.  Their brother Donnie Van Zant from .38 Special is also on the album.

Willie Nelson is Narrating a Documentary About His 90-Year-Old Roadie

WILLIE NELSON has a 90-year-old roadie named Ben Dorcy . . . and the guy’s had an incredible life. 

He’s toured with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Kinky Friedman, Jack Ingram, and Jamey Johnson, and he was once a gardener and chauffeur to John Wayne.  He was also the first inductee into the Roadie Hall of Fame in 2009.

The two met in the ’60s while on the road with RAY PRICE.  Willie was the bass player and Ben was, of course, a roadie.

Willie brought him along when he went solo . . . and Ben was lucky enough to be on the bus during one of the marijuana arrests.  Willie told “Rolling Stone”, quote, “He was over there asleep and I think I told them he was dead.”

Willie’s narrating a documentary about him called “King of the Roadies”.  Willie’s youngest daughter and his grandnephew are directing it, and there’s a Kickstarter.com campaign hoping to get it finished.


Nickelback is Wanted in Australia for “Crimes Against Music”

NICKELBACK was scheduled to play in Brisbane, Australia last night.  But before they could even plug in their amps, a local police department declared them WANTED MEN . . . for “crimes against music.”

Seriously . . . the Queensland Police Service apparently had nothing better to do but Tweet a “Be on the lookout” alert, complete with a comically bad drawing of the band.

They also put it on Facebook, saying, quote, “Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians . . . this evening.  Avoid the area.  It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred.”

Music News May 20, 2015

Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson Talked About Forming a Band with Flavor Flav and Jenna Jameson

MARILYN MANSON and SMASHING PUMPKINS are going on tour this summer, and Marilyn and BILLY CORGAN did a press conference this week to hype it.  That’s where we learned that they almost formed a band together in 1997.

It was going to be called FRUITY, after the feeling they got when they took muscle relaxers.  And Billy said, quote, “I think there was a fantasy of what it would mean to have a band together, and then everyone we would meet would be in the band.

“Like Flavor Flav was in the band, [porn star] Jenna Jameson was in the band, but then it never happened.”

Yes Bassist Chris Squire Has Leukemia

Longtime YES bassist CHRIS SQUIRE will sit out some upcoming tour dates, because he’s battling leukemia.  He’ll be replaced by BILLY SHERWOOD, who’s played with the band before.

Squire says, quote, “This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me.  But . . . the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years.”

Music News May 19, 2015

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B.B. King Public Viewing in Las Vegas Friday

Blues legend B.B. King will be buried in Mississippi, but a public viewing and a private service for family members will be held in Las Vegas before his body is sent home.

King died Thursday at home in Las Vegas at age 89.

His business agent, LaVerne Toney, says the viewing will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Palm Mortuary West.

Mortuary manager Matthew Phillips says there won’t be a memorial service during viewing, but people will be able see King’s open casket.

Toney and Phillips say a private family funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at a larger Palm Mortuary chapel in downtown Las Vegas.

Toney says she’s still making arrangements for a funeral and burial next week in Indianola, Mississippi.

Courtney Love releases New Track ‘Miss Narcissist’

Singing in operas, appearing on Empire and touring with Lana Del Rey aren’t the only things Courtney Love has been working on lately. Wavves’ Ghost Ramp label has dropped a new track by the Hole singer called “Miss Narcissist.” Though not much is known about the raucous track, Ghost Ramp will release the new Love song as a seven-inch single backed with unreleased track titled “Radio Killer” in the near future. “Miss Narcissist” is available now as a digital download through the Ghost Ramp store, Stereogum reports.

“Miss Narcissist, come on / Magnificent and obvious / Bless us with your presence / And your paranoia,” Love snarls on the biting, grungy rocker. “Miss Narcissist, she’s a thief / sucks out all the energy.” The single’s artwork, hand-drawn by Love herself, plays on the song’s theme as a nude woman (resembling Love) is shown embracing her own reflection in a cracked mirror.
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Is It On Between David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar?

SAMMY HAGAR has taken some shots at DAVID LEE ROTH and VAN HALEN recently, so it isn’t surprising that Dave would jab back at Sammy when he was asked if he’d sing any of Sammy’s songs on the Van Halen tour.

He said, quote, “Well, there’s a credibility issue there.  Good, bad, or in the middle, you know Roth means it, the other guy doesn’t.  And that’s why it sold half as well . . . never did better than half.  And why would you bring that into the proceedings?

“This hamburger don’t need no helper . . . ain’t no rehearsin’ pants in my closet.”

Music News May 12th 2015

Sia has Released her Version of ‘California Dreamin’’

From reggae-tinged torch songs to Broadway classics, Sia‘s emotive vocals can really handle any kind of music. We were floored to hear the singer would take on the classic 1965 single “California Dreamin'” by folk-rock pioneers The Mamas & the Papas for the upcoming blockbuster flick San Andreas.

Sia’s “California Dreamin'” has a hauntingly gorgeous orchestral opening for the first verse, complete with a choir and everything. It’s all extremely epic and sounds nearly Oscar worthy…until we hit the second verse and a very flat-sounding drum machine and hard-hitting beat are added to the mix, with all those gorgeous orchestral elements getting watered down.

The cover redeems itself a little for the final chorus when the beats are dialed down a bit and Sia begins incorporating the same vocal layering from the original, which makes it such a gripping tune even today.

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Paul McCartney Played with the Band at His Stepson’s Graduation Party

PAUL MCCARTNEY played a surprise gig in Winter Park, Florida on Saturday.  Sort of.  He was at his wife’s son’s graduation party, and decided to sit in for a few songs with the band she’d hired.

One of the band members said, quote, “He had us play a blues progression and he improvised a song about his stepson’s graduation . . . We went through basically the whole catalog of Beatles songs we knew and he really wanted to do ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, but we had never played it.

“Our piano player pulled up a chart off the internet and we just totally winged it.  It turned out great.”  He added, quote, “[Paul was a] super nice guy . . . He seemed to want to hang out more with us, but his wife wouldn’t have it.

Why is Thom Yorke on the Cover of an Iranian Book About Sexual and Marital Problems?

THOM YORKE from RADIOHEAD showed up in an interesting place:  On the cover of an Iranian book called “Marital and Sexual Problems in Men”(???)

Someone Tweeted a picture of the book . . . which was apparently found in a bookstore in Mashhad, Iran.

There’s no word how Thom ended up on the cover.  It’s probably just a coincidence . . . some book company just saw the image somewhere and thought it fit.

Music News May 11th 2015

Marcus Mumford Thinks It’s Funny When People Tell Him He Sucks

MARCUS MUMFORD has had a lot of people tell him that MUMFORD & SONS is terrible . . . and he thinks that’s hilarious.  (???)

He tells Britain’s “Sun” tabloid, quote, “One weird kid came up to me in a guitar shop in New York.  He was very strange and knocking stuff over.  He stood in the doorway and shouted, ‘Mumford and Sons [effing] suck.’

“Then he turned away and ran.  Weird.

“Another time, I was at a gig when a guy came up to me and said:  ‘I just want you to know that I [effing] hate your music.  It’s repulsive.’  So I said, ‘OK cool, thank you for your opinion.’  He then added, ‘You seem like a nice guy, but your music, it just disgusts me.’

“I don’t think people are brave enough to say it to our faces most of the time . . . when people do, I find it very funny.”


The Darkness Landed on a New Drummer, Roger Taylor’s son Rufus.

Rufus Taylor, the son of legendary QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor, has been named new drummer of British rockers THE DARKNESS.

Taylor‘s hiring comes just days after THE DARKNESS announced the departure of drummer Emily Davies in a Facebook post.

Rufus made his debut with THE DARKNESS at the Gibson release party for the band’s upcoming album, “Last Of Our Kind”, in London on April 24.

THE DARKNESS guitarist Dan Hawkins confirmed the replacement in an interview with Real Radio XS on April 25. He said (hear audio below): “We already have someone, and we actually played our first show with him last night. The ‘drummist’ will be known as Rufus Taylor, son of Roger Taylor.”

THE DARKNESS‘s fourth album, “Last Of Our Kind”, will be released on June 1 in partnership with Kobalt Label Services. The CD was penned in Ireland and was produced by Dan Hawkins.