Music News April 24, 2015
James Hetfield Wanted to Sing Like Chris Isaak on Metallica’s Black Album
Was JAMES HETFIELD trying to sound like “Wicked Game“ singer CHRIS ISAAK on “The Black Album”? Well, yes, actually.
Bob Rock produced the album, and on a recent podcast he explained, quote, “[James] said, ‘Bob, I’ve never really sang before . . . I’ve just kind yelled.’
“He played me a Chris Isaak record, and he said, ‘On ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and ‘The Unforgiven’, I want to sing. How do you sing like this?'”
Bob said he worked with him so that he could become a good enough singer that he wouldn’t have to double his voice in the mix.
He added, quote, “We set it up so he was comfortable and had a great vocal sound, and then he sang. Every day he got better, and he got comfortable with it. He became a great singer.”
Music News April 23, 2015
Bonnaroo Line Up Revealed!
Bonnaroo announced this year’s lineup back in January, and it includes headliners Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5 and Kendrick Lamar. Lamar will take the stage at 9:45PM on Friday followed by Deadmau5 at midnight. Mumford and Sons will headline Saturday at 9:30PM, while Joel will wrap things up on Sunday at 9PM.
As for ironing out potential conflicts — and there are a few — you might want to start choosing between Courtney Barnett, Tove Lo and Benjamin Booker, whose sets all overlap on Thursday. Just as Deadmau5 takes the stage on Friday, Run the Jewels and Earth Wind & Fire will kick off their sets at 12:15AM and 12:30AM, respectively. On Saturday, the War on Drugs, Jamie xx, Belle and Sebastian and My Morning Jacket’s sets all run into each other. And on Sunday, you’ll have to grapple between seeing Sturgill Simpson at 4:30PM and Spoon at 4:45PM.
You can start planning your itinerary now by browsing Bonnaroo’s schedule on the festival’s website.
Read More: Bonnaroo Reveals 2015 Daily Schedule | http://diffuser.fm/bonnaroo-reveals-2015-daily-schedule/?trackback=tsmclip
Are These the Top 10 Drinking Songs of All Time?
“Guitar World” magazine has put together a list of “The Top 10 Drinking Songs of All Time.” Considering the source, it’s skewed toward rock and blues, but it’s a pretty good list.
They gave the top spot to “Tequila” by The Champs . . . which some of you may remember as the song that Pee Wee Herman danced to in the biker bar in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”. Here’s what else they came up with
1. “Tequila”, The Champs
2. “There’s a Tear in My Beer”, Hank Williams
3. “Whiskey in the Jar”, Thin Lizzy
4. “Have a Drink on Me”, AC/DC
5. “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, John Lee Hooker
6. “Boob Scotch”, Bob Log the Third
7. “Cold Gin”, KISS
8. “Nightrain”, Guns N’ Roses
9. “Alligator Wine”, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
10. “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers”, ZZ Top
16-Year-Old Shawn Mendes is the Youngest Person of the Past Five Years to Have a #1 Album
16-year-old SHAWN MENDES tops the Billboard 200 chart this week with his debut full-length album “Handwritten” selling 119,000 copies. He’s the youngest artist to have a #1 album since Justin Bieber in 2010.
Reba McEntire earned her ninth Top 10 album with 62,000 copies of “Love Somebody” at #3 . . . Tyler, The Creator hit #4 with 58,000 copies of “Cherry Bomb” . . . and Halestorm rounds out the Top 5 with “Into the Wild Life” selling a career-high 56,000 copies.
Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .
1. NEW: “Handwritten”, Shawn Mendes . . . 119,000 copies
2. The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 79,000 copies
3. NEW: “Love Somebody”, Reba McEntire . . . 62,000 copies
4. NEW: “Cherry Bomb”, Tyler, The Creator . . . 58,000 copies
5. NEW: “Into the Wild Life”, Halestorm . . . 56,000 copies
6. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 43,000 copies
7. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 38,000 copies
8. “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 37,000 copies
9. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 36,000 copies
10. “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 35,000 copies
A Terrible Music Video for a Song Called “I Wanna Be a Duck”.. And You Thought “What Does the Fox Say?” Was Bad…
A bad music video for a terrible song called “I Wanna Be a Duck“ is getting some hits online right now. It’s not clear if the guy who sings it is just trying to be funny, or if he really has a weird thing for ducks.
But he posted another video back in December for a song called “You Weren’t Meant for Me” . . . and that one features some duck footage too.
Grateful Dead Fans… You will be Able to View the Final Show on Pay-Per-View!
The Grateful Dead, along with special guest Trey Anastasio, will perform together one last time this summer at their Fare Thee Well concerts in Santa Clara, California and Chicago. All five shows sold out immediately, but if you were among the tens of thousands of fans who didn’t get tickets for the summer’s hottest concerts, there is good news: The three Chicago gigs will be available to watch live in the comfort of your home (or participating bar, club and restaurant) thanks to a pay-per-view broadcast produced by Live Alliance. All five shows, however, will also be available via an as-yet-unannounced online streaming platform.
The band’s Chicago shows, taking place July 3rd, 4th and 5th, will be available to watch on TV and in theaters (the latter courtesy of Fathom Events), while the Santa Clara gigs on June 27th and 28th can be streamed online. Starting May 1st through the 15th, Dead 50 will offer a pre-sale to purchase the webcast for all five nights for $79.95.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/grateful-dead-final-shows-will-be-available-on-pay-per-view-20150422#ixzz3Y95jSi4o
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Music News April 22, 2015
The New Kurt Cobain Documentary Has Audio of Him Covering the Beatles
The KURT COBAIN documentary “Montage of Heck” features a previously unreleased recording of Kurt playing an acoustic version of the BEATLES song “And I Love Her”.
It leaked online yesterday . . . but it was quickly pulled down for copyright reasons. The track will be included in the movie’s soundtrack . . . along with other never-before-heard tracks that were discovered in Kurt’s archive.
“Montage of Heck” hits theaters on April 24th, and will debut on HBO on May 4th.
An Original “Breakfast Club” Script Has Been Found . . . And Molly Ringwald’s Character’s Original Name Was “Cathy Douglas”
Thirty years after “The Breakfast Club” came out, an original script was found at a high school in Illinois where the movie was shot.
It’s a first draft, dated 1983 . . . and it was given to school district officials to read before they would give final approval to shoot the movie there.
So far, nobody has read through it yet and reported on how it differs from the finished film. But there is one difference they noticed: MOLLY RINGWALD’s character’s name was originally CATHY DOUGLAS.
In the movie, her name is CLAIRE STANDISH. Also, according to some memos between Universal Studios and the school district, the movie at one point had the working title “Saturday Breakfast Club”.
Is Jay Z’s Streaming Service Tidal Already a Bust?
When JAY Z announced the re-launch of his streaming service Tidal with 15 other big-name artists on stage with him . . . he was probably expecting the thing to light the world on fire. But that isn’t happening.
The Tidal app cracked the iPhone Top 20 download chart two weeks ago . . . but now it’s fallen out of the Top 700. Meanwhile, Pandora is #7 and Spotify is #23 on the same chart.
Music News April 21, 2015
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Streams Music Released on Record Store Day!
Congrats to those of you who took part in Record Store Day this weekend, and especially to those who were able to score Foo Fighters‘ Songs From the Laundry Room EP as one of the specialty releases. But as Record Store Day features primarily limited releases, we know not everyone may have been so lucky. Thankfully, Foo Fighters have offered a second chance for those who missed out.
The Songs From the Laundry Room EP is now streaming online after the Saturday (April 18) Record Store Day release. The four-song collection includes early demo versions of the songs “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me,” a raucous cover of the Kim Wilde ’80s favorite “Kids in America” and the driving EP closer “Empty Handed.”
Dave Grohl took full advantage of his role as Record Store Day Ambassador this year. He sang the praises of Metallica and their No Life ‘Til Leather cassette offering, set up an in-store performance at a Record Connection in Niles, Ohio, and dug into the vaults for the Songs From the Laundry Room EP.
As for that Ohio record store performance, it went off well with the band leaning on some of the heavier songs in their catalog. The group also played three of the Songs for the Laundry Room tracks in a row, as “Big Me,” “Alone + Easy Target” and “Kids in America” set the stage for the show closer “Everlong.”
Foo Fighters will be playing in much larger venues for the majority of the year. After a Hangout Festival headlining spot next month, the group will head to the U.K. and Europe for a tour before returning stateside in July for the launch of a North American trek. Dates can be found here.
23 Years Ago: Beastie Boys Released ‘Check Your Head’
You don’t get to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without taking a few chances along the way, and on April 21, 1992, the Beastie Boys turned a corner in their career with the release of their album Check Your Head.
The trio had long shown their rock influences through samples on their Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique albums, but with Check Your Head, they began to shift more toward playing their own instruments and reclaiming the punk and hardcore roots of their pre-fame days before rap put them on the map. Part of the reason for this was the increasing restraints on sampling that were happening at the time.
In a 1992 interview with Uncut, Mike D. stated, “It’s kind of a drag cause there’s no real established guidelines … You just kind of have to do it and then try to make a deal for it.” In doing so, they ran into a few issues. The Jimi Hendrix estate initially denied a wealth of samples used in the song “Jimmy James,” but later granted the group permission. They were not as lucky when it came to a sample of James Newton who took the group to court over the use of a portion of his track “Choir” in “Pass the Mic.” The band had paid Newton’s label, but the artist was not happy with the situation. Eventually, the Beasties were found not liable for the sample.
Motley Crue has Announced 21 More Dates on their ‘Farewell Tour’
MOTLEY CRUE has added 21 more concerts to their “farewell tour.” The new dates are scheduled between October and December. As they’ve previously announced, their final show will be in L.A. on New Year’s Eve.
The new shows will all take place in arenas, so TOMMY LEE will be flying out over the audience on his “drum rollercoaster.”
On top of that, they’ll have something called “The Crue’s Nest”. It’s a levitating platform away from the main stage, which the band will “ride” with select fans during the last song.
NIKKI SIXX says, quote, “We have a ‘B’ stage that goes up about 40 feet in the air, so we were like, ‘Why don’t we just strap a bunch of fans to it?’ . . . We had to build special seats with harnesses and seatbelts, but it’s really cool . . . it’ll be like an amusement park ride.”
Music News April 20 2015
Eight Rock Hall Induction Highlights, Including Yoko Ono Calling Ringo Starr “The Most Influential Beatle”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony went down Saturday night. The televised version won’t air on HBO until May 30th . . . but here are eight highlights:
1. One of the more interesting quotes came from Yoko Ono, who called Ringo Starr the, quote, “most influential” member of The Beatles in a backstage interview. And no, she didn’t mean the most influential SURVIVING Beatle.
She said, quote, “No one is probably going to believe it, but he was the most influential Beatle.” She didn’t elaborate directly . . . but she added that when she came onto the scene, Ringo was the most popular Beatle.
Quote, “John would go up and down and all that, but Ringo was always just very gentle. And he really believed in peace and love . . . he just sort of embodies peace and love.”
She also took a shot at the Hall for taking so long to induct Ringo: Quote, “John got it, then George got it, then Paul got it. So why didn’t they think about Ringo?”
2. During Ringo’s speech, he offered up this helpful tip for musicians in a band: (Careful!) Quote, “If you fart, own up. It’ll cause hell if you don’t own up because everyone will blame everyone else. Make a pact that you’ll own up to it. We did, and that’s why we did so well.”
3. When Paul McCartney was inducting Ringo, he had this to say about the first audition: Quote, “Most of the drummers couldn’t nail the drum part. It was a little bit difficult to do, but Ringo nailed it.
“I remember the moment, standing there, and looking at John [Lennon] and looking at George [Harrison] and the look on our faces was . . . [effing] . . . what is this? And that was the moment, really, that was the beginning of the Beatles.”
4. Ringo closed out the show by performing “Boys“ with Green Day . . . “It Don’t Come Easy“ with his brother-in-law Joe Walsh . . . and “With a Little Help from My Friends“ and “I Wanna Be Your Man” with Paul, and basically everyone else who was there.
5. As we were warned beforehand, Miley Cyrus was there to induct Joan Jett. She gave a speech, which a lot of people actually liked . . . but then in true Miley fashion, she ended up topless, and wearing only NIPPLE PASTIES with “Js” on them, for “Joan Jett.” She was also sporting some ARMPIT HAIR.
6. Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performed with Joan . . . so it was kind of like he was returning the favor for her joining him for a “Nirvana” performance last year.
She did “Bad Reputation”, the Runaways’ classic “Cherry Bomb”, and her cover of “Crimson and Clover”, which she did alongside Miley, Dave, and the original singer, Tommy James of the Shondells.
7. Green Day drummer Mike Dirnt thanked the Ford motor company for, quote, “creating the Ford Econoline van, the best damn van any smelly touring band could have.” They performed “American Idiot”, “When I Come Around”, and “Basket Case”.
8. Patti Smith opened her mostly serious speech inducting Lou Reed with the details of an intimate conversation they shared in a hotel bathroom.
She said, quote, “I found him in the bathtub dressed in black. So I sat on the toilet and listened to him talk. It seemed like he talked for hours, and he talked about, well, all kinds of things.
“He spoke compassionately about the struggles of those who fall between genders. He spoke of pre-CBS Fender amplifiers and political corruption. But most of all, he talked about poetry.”