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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.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bruce-springsteen-plays-surprise-two-hour-bar-show-in-new-jersey-20150719#ixzz3gRhReKbn
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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.

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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.

You can read more of this story by clicking HERE.

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.”

Music News May 2015

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.

– See more at: http://www.fuse.tv/2015/05/sia-california-dreamin#sthash.4p6HvVow.dpuf

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.

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Music News May 8, 2015

Neil Patrick Harris’ NBC Variety Show has an Official Name

One of the big new tentpoles NBC will be touting at its upfront presentation to advertisers next week is its Neil Patrick Harris variety show, which until now has simply been referred to as … the Neil Patrick Harris variety show. But Vulture can now exclusively reveal the title of NPH’s weekly extravaganza: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. The one-hour series — bowing this fall and based on the long-running and very successful British show Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway — will offer a mix of comedy, music, and game-show elements. Harris seems to have been doing some on-site research on the format: He served as guest announcer on Takeaway a couple of months back. It also seems a safe bet to assume that Harris will make an appearance (and perhaps even perform) at NBC’s upfront event Monday at Radio City Music Hall.

You can read more here à http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/neil-patrick-harris-variety-show-now-has-a-name.html

Check Out the First Trailer for the New “Vacation” Movie

The first trailer for the new “Vacation” hit the web yesterday.  ED HELMS plays the adult version of Rusty Griswold, the kid from the original movies.  He decides to try to recapture the past by driving HIS family across the country to Wally World.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE plays his wife, LESLIE MANN is his sister Audrey, and CHRIS HEMSWORTH plays Audrey’s extremely well-hung husband Stone Crandall.

CHEVY CHASE and BEVERLY D’ANGELO have a cameo.  Sadly, no Cousin Eddie . . . although I’m guessing they definitely would have written him in if RANDY QUAID hadn’t lost his mind.

(WARNING!!!  This is a Red Band trailer, which means it contains R-rated content.  “Vacation” hits theaters July 29th.)

Just About Every Superhero Will Be in the Next “Captain America” Movie

The next “Captain America” movie, “Captain America:  Civil War”, will be LOADED with Marvel superheroes.  Close to ALL OF THEM, in fact.

We’ll see Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, the Vision, the Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man . . . and even Spider-Man will supposedly make an appearance.  But that hasn’t been announced yet, because the new Spider-Man hasn’t been cast.

So far, there’s no word on Thor or the Hulk.  But MARTIN FREEMAN from the “Hobbit” movies has joined the cast.  There’s no word who he’s playing.

“Captain America:  Civil War” comes out next May.  It picks up where “Avengers:  Age of Ultron” left off . . . in the aftermath of a second huge international incident involving the Avengers that led to massive collateral damage.

Now there’s political pressure to install a governing body to determine when to enlist the help of the Avengers, and to hold them accountable for what they do.

This results in a split between the superheroes.  One group led by Captain America is cool with it . . . while another led by Iron Man wants to go rogue.  Overly-long and impossible-to-follow CGI fight scenes will ensue.


Slash Said “Never Say Never” to a Guns N’ Roses Reunion, and the Internet Lost Its Mind

The Internet LOST ITS MIND yesterday when SLASH said “never say never” to a GUNS N’ ROSES reunion.  The thing is, he said absolutely nothing new.

It was during an interview with “CBS This Morning” . . . and obviously he’s not the one who brought it up.  He said, quote, “I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it.  I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that.”

Asked what the “right reasons” would be, he said, quote, “I mean, that’s a hard one.  That just starts to get into a whole complex thing . . . it’s really between the guys in the band.”

Then, asked if he thought a reunion was likely, he said, quote, “Never say never.”

In other words, he said A WHOLE LOT OF NOTHING, and a G’n’R reunion is NO CLOSER TO HAPPENING than it ever was.  Get over it.  (Here’s video.)

Music News May 7, 2015

Eddie Murphy has Released a New Single

Eddie Murphy is a big music fan and loves the Rastafarian culture, so it’s only natural that he hits the stage! Click here for a listen to his latest single ‘Oh Jah Jah’

Adam Levine gets Sugar Bombed…

Nice day for a white welcome — Adam Levine just got blasted with powdered sugar on his way into Jimmy Kimmel‘s Hollywood studio.

The Maroon 5 frontman was actually taking time to greet fans when the sugar bomber attacked — seemingly landing a head shot on Adam with some sweet sweet powder … and leaving one side of his face completely white. He did NOT look happy.

Unclear if the attacker was protesting on behalf of any particular group — or just some idiot prankster — but he was quickly detained by security until police arrived and arrested him for battery. Adam continued into the studio for his scheduled performance.

No word on what he and the band will play, but our best guess — “Sugar.”

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/05/06/adam-levine-powdered-sugar-flour-bombed-jimmy-kimmel/#ixzz3ZSsHv9Yw


The Zac Brown Band Earned Their Third #1 Album

The ZAC BROWN BAND earned their third #1 album this week with 228,000 copies of “Jekyll + Hyde”.  They previously hit #1 with “Uncaged” in 2012 and “You Get What You Give” in 2010.

Two other albums also debuted in the Top 10.  JOSH GROBAN earned his eighth top 10 album with “Stages” moving 180,000 copies in 2nd place . . . and country singer TYLER FARR debuted in 4th place with 42,000 copies of “Suffer In Peace”.

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

1.  NEW:  “Jekyll + Hyde”, Zac Brown Band . . . 228,000 copies

2.  NEW:  “Stages”, Josh Groban . . . 180,000 copies

3.  The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 53,000 copies

4.  NEW:  “Suffer In Peace”, Tyler Farr . . . 42,000 copies

5.  “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 37,000 copies

6.  The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 36,000 copies

7.  “Sound & Color”, Alabama Shakes . . . 34,000 copies

8.  “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 33,000 copies

9.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 32,000 copies

10.  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 31,000 copies


The Guy Who Sang “You Sexy Thing” Has Died

ERROL BROWN, the lead singer of the ’70s funk band HOT CHOCOLATE, died yesterday after a battle with liver cancer.  He was 71.  Hot Chocolate is best known for You Sexy Thing.

It was a Top 5 hit in 1976, but you still hear it in movies and commercials to this day.

The band actually got their start when JOHN LENNON heard their reggae version of Give Peace a Chance.  That got them signed to Apple Records.

Science Says the Emergence of Rap Made a Bigger Impact on Music Than the Beatles

A new scientific study shows that the emergence of rap made a bigger impact on music than THE BEATLES.

Researchers analyzed 30-second clips of roughly 17,000 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 charts from 1960 to 2010 . . . and used computer programs to look at their musical properties, instrumentation, chord patterns, and stuff like that.

They found that the rise of mainstream rap in the early ’90s was, quote, “the single most important event that has shaped the musical structure of the American charts in [that] period.”

After that, there were two other significant musical revolutions:  The synth, New Wave movement of 1983 . . . and the advent of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and other British Invasion bands in the early ’60s.

Researchers said that ultimately rap proved to be a more profound influence, because the British bands were inspired by Chuck Berry and Little Richard . . . and were found to have followed more existing trends.

Music News May 6, 2015

Check Out Footage of U2 Performing in a New York Subway

U2 performed a surprise acoustic gig on the platform of a New York City subway station on Monday night . . . they did Angel of Harlem”, “Beautiful Day”, and “Song for Someone”.

Apparently it was a stunt for their appearance on “The Tonight Show” on Friday.  JIMMY FALLON was there . . . and he’s been filming stuff with U2 all around the city, including a recreation of BONO’S bike accident.

Music News May 5, 2015

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Jimmy Fallon Joined Blur to Perform ‘Tender’

Blur is back, and they’re making the most of their return to the spotlight.

The British fourpiece appeared overnight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for an unplugged, backstage performance of “Tender,” the classic ballad lifted from Blur’s 1999 album 13. Damon Albarn and co. got by with a little help from Fallon on guitar and backing vocals, and a gospel choir.

Blur’s new album The Magic Whip is the leader on this week’s U.K. albums chart. Its the Britpop legends’ first studio set since 2003’s Think Tank, and the first as the classic line-up (Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James) since 13.

Watch the clip and read more here –> http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6553944/watch-blur-and-jimmy-fallon-perform-tender

The Who has Postponed Three Shows

Vocal problems for Roger Daltrey have forced the Who to put off a trio of scheduled shows, beginning on Tuesday. The postponements include a May 5 stop at Kansas City’s Sprint Center, then dates at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center on Thursday (May 7) and finally in Louisville on Saturday (May 9) at the KFC Yum! Center.

Daltrey is following a medical recommendation to rest his voice, the Who said in a Monday night release. “It is with great regret that the Who are postponing the next three shows of their ‘The Who Hits 50!’ North American tour based on doctors’ advice that lead singer Roger Daltrey remain on vocal rest, due to swollen vocal cords, for the remainder of this week.”

Daltrey has already admitted to other physical issues, as the Who continue a grueling schedule into their 70s. Both Daltrey and Pete Townshend have spoken frankly about this as their last globe-trotting trip, and they sound somewhat relieved to slow down a bit. “We don’t know how long it will go on for — it could be another 18 months — but that will be it,” Daltrey said last month. “I’ve got to the point where I’m having physical problems with my body now, joints going and all that.”

The Who’s rep said their tour should resume on May 11 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Replacement dates for these May 5-9 concerts will follow, they said, and tickets for the original appearances will be honored on the new dates.

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Which ’90s TV Show Should Get the Netflix / “Full House” Treatment Next?

A lot of old shows are being revived these days, either with new seasons like “Arrested Development” . . . as continuations of what they used to be like “Twin Peaks” and “X-Files” . . . Or as spin-offs with some of the same characters, like “Girl Meets World” and Netflix’s new “Full House” revival, “Fuller House”

So, that begs the question:  What other classic ’90s shows would YOU like to see get the Netflix / “Full House” treatment?

A list of suggestions online has these 13 shows:  “Moesha”, “Step By Step”, “Clarissa Explains It All”, “Saved By the Bell”, “Dinosaurs”, “Kenan & Kel”, “Family Matters”, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”“The Secret World of Alex Mack”, “The Adventures of Pete and Pete”, “Home Improvement”, “Married with Children”, and “Martin”.

Music News May 4, 2015

A New Kurt Cobain Album Is on the Way

The new KURT COBAIN documentary “Montage of Heck” features some previously unreleased recordings . . . and now, the director says he’s putting out a whole album of Kurt’s stuff sometime this summer.

He says, quote, “[It’ll] feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about.  It’s going to really surprise people.”  There aren’t any further details yet.

Rush Reveals Next Tour will be the Last Tour

We weren’t really sure if Rush‘s next tour would be the last time the group would ever go out on the road when we posted about it back in March. Road manager Ray Daniels alluded to the fact that the tour could be the last, but concrete answers weren’t available. Now guitarist Alex Lifeson has revealed to Global News that drummer Neal Peart has serious tendonitis and the next tour is basically the last time you’ll ever get to see Rush live.

Rush has had a hell of a career, and good on them for making it this far… but wow. A world where Rush is just a studio thought and that’s it. I wonder how long Rush can even be a studio entity with Peart in the condition he’s in? It’s not like Rush can get a new drummer.

Wait, there’s a bright side! Lifeson also says there will occasionally be one-off shows here and there if it’s possible! That and maybe even a new studio record soon-ish or some movie soundtrack work.

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B.B. King is in Hospice Care … and his Daughter is Making Elder Abuse Claims …

89-year-old B.B. KING was briefly hospitalized last week, but he’s since been released.  On Friday, a message posted on his website said, quote, “I’m in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas.”

His daughter Patty King says he suffered a mild heart attack . . . but the circumstances surrounding his care are up for debate.  B.B.’s longtime manager Laverne Toney has power of attorney, and they haven’t been seeing eye-to-eye.

In fact, Patty called the police last week when Toney refused to let her take him to the hospital . . . even though he wasn’t eating and was very dehydrated.  The cops agreed that he should be checked out, so they called the paramedics.

Patty is also accusing Toney of elder abuse and burglary.   She says she’s stolen tens of millions of dollars from B.B. . . . and was withholding his medications while on tour.  The police are investigating, but no charges have been filed.

For the record, Toney says, quote, “Mr. King is where he wishes to be . . . he’s always told me he doesn’t want to be in a hospital.  He wants to be at home.”

“Stand By Me” Singer Ben E. King Has Died

Soul singer BEN E. KING died on Thursday at the age of 76.  According to reports, he’d been suffering from a brief illness.  There aren’t any specifics, and his death is being attributed to “natural causes.”

King started out with the revamped lineup of THE DRIFTERS in the late-’50s and early-’60s, leading the group on songs like “There Goes My Baby” and “Save the Last Dance for Me”.

But he’s best known for his solo hits Stand By Me and Spanish Harlem.

“Stand By Me” was originally released in 1961, but it hit the charts again in 1986 when it was featured on the soundtrack of the movie of the same name.