Music/TV News for April 10th
Are These the 12 Best Sitcoms Starring Stand-Up Comedians?
“Rolling Stone” put out a list of “The 12 Best Sitcoms Starring Stand-Up Comedians,” and they went with the easy choice for #1: “Seinfeld”.
Here’s the list:
1. “Seinfeld”, starring Jerry Seinfeld, 1989-1998
2. “Sanford & Son”, starring Redd Foxx, 1972-1977
3. “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”, starring Garry Shandling, 1986-1990
4. “The Cosby Show”, starring Bill Cosby, 1984-1992
5. “Roseanne”, starring Roseanne Barr, 1988-1997
6. “Louie”, starring Louis C.K., 2010-present
7. “The Bob Newhart Show”, starring Bob Newhart, 1972-1978
8. “Ellen”, starring Ellen DeGeneres, 1994-1998
9. “Chico and the Man”, starring Freddie Prinze Sr., 1974-1978
10. “Mork & Mindy”, starring Robin Williams, 1978-1982
11. “Everybody Loves Raymond”, starring Ray Romano, 1996-2005
12. “The Bernie Mac Show”, starring Bernie Mac, 2001-2006
Music News for April 9th
All 102 Nirvana Songs Ranked
“Rolling Stone” recently dug through all 102 songs in the NIRVANA catalogue, and ranked them from best to worst. There were only 38 songs on their three studio albums, so this also includes the demos album “Incesticide”, the live album “MTV Unplugged in New York”, and other B-sides, bonus tracks, and officially released covers. You can get the whole list at rollingstone.com.
Frances Bean Cobain Doesn’t Like Nirvana, And Prefers Oasis
KURT COBAIN’s daughter Frances Bean is 22 years old now . . . and she definitely isn’t sitting around listening to NIRVANA.
She tells “Rolling Stone”, quote, “I don’t really like Nirvana that much. Sorry . . . I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in.
“But [Nirvana's] ‘Territorial Pissings’ is [an effing] great song. And ‘Dumb’ . . . I cry every time I hear that song. It’s a stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself . . . of himself on drugs, off drugs, [and] feeling inadequate.”
She says having a dad, quote, “would’ve been an incredible experience.” And she does seem bitter about how he’s celebrated . . . partially, because he IS gone.
She explains, quote, “Our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal. If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible . . .
“But he wasn’t. He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt. He became even bigger after he died than he was when he was alive.”
Music News for April 8th
Sammy Hagar Thinks Van Halen’s New Live Album Stinks
VAN HALEN put out their first live album with DAVID LEE ROTH last month. It’s called “Tokyo Dome Live in Concert” . . . and Dave sounds bad.
And SAMMY HAGAR has NO IDEA why they even bothered.
He told the “Las Vegas Review Journal”, quote, “I’m trying to tread lightly on the whole thing. Every time they do something, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, can these guys do anything worse to their reputation and to the level of the music of the band?
“They’ve got some pretty rough vocals . . . I try to stay away from criticism, but it’s impossible . . . I’m just going, ‘What the [eff] are these guys thinking?’”
The Billboard Music Award Nominees Have Been Announced
The nominees for this year’s Billboard Music Awards are out . . . and Taylor Swift leads everyone with 14 nominations. Sam Smith is next with 13, followed by Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor with 12 and nine, respectively.
Taylor and Sam are competing against Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, and One Direction in the Top Artist category. While Sam, Iggy, and Meghan are up against 5 Seconds of Summer and Hozier for Top New Artist.
ABC is airing the ceremony live on May 17th. For the second year in a row, Ludacris is hosting, this time alongside Chrissy Teigen.
Twisted Sister Is Calling It Quits After One Final Tour
TWISTED SISTER got together last month and decided that they wanted to call it quits, after one final tour next year.
Tragically, this came just one week before drummer A.J. PERO died of a heart attack. Despite that, they’re still moving forward with the plan . . . and adding two shows in the coming months, which will pay tribute to A.J.
The farewell tour will be called “Forty and [Eff] It,” and it’ll feature the core lineup: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Mark Mendoza, and Eddie Ojeda. Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy will sit in for A.J.
Marilyn Manson Got Punched in the Face at a Denny’s
MARILYN MANSON went to a local Denny’s after performing in Alberta, Canada over the weekend. It was around 2:00 A.M., and sources tell TMZ that he got into an argument with a group at another table.
It escalated to the point where Manson called a guy’s girlfriend the B-word.
He didn’t like that . . . so he PUNCHED Manson in the face.
But Manson’s rep says he was taking a photo with two girls when the guy came up and sucker-punched him for no reason. In the chaos, his female makeup artist also got elbowed in the face. The rep adds that they DO plan on pressing charges.
Music News for April 7th
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Grateful Dead’s Fifth Annual Movie Meet-Up to Screen Unseen 1989 Show
For the fifth straight year, Deadheads will flock to their local cinemas for Fathom Events’ Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2015, the annual one-night-only event where a classic show from the legendary jam band is projected on the silver screen. On May 4th, Fathom will screen a previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert from their July 19th, 1989 show at the famed Alpine Valley venue in East Troy, Wisconsin.
This late Eighties incarnation of the Dead featured Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland and Bob Weir, while the setlist boasts favorites like “Sugaree,” “Morning Dew,” “West L.A. Fadeaway,” “Box Of Rain” and “Terrapin Station,” plus a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row.”
The Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies is just the latest event to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. Producer Martin Scorsese and director Amir Bar-Lev will collaborate on the first authorized documentary about the band, featuring never-before-seen footage, interviews and live performances out of the Dead’s vaults.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/grateful-deads-fifth-annual-movie-meet-up-to-screen-unseen-1989-show-20150407#ixzz3Wdgtsh5B
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Mick Jagger: “I’m Not Thinking About Retirement.”
Mick Jagger may be a great-grandfather just three months away from his 72nd birthday, but slowing down doesn’t seem to have crossed his mind. He’s spent the past two and a half years on the road with the Rolling Stones and he’s gearing up for a 15-date North American stadium tour this summer. Hours after the tour was announced, Jagger called up Rolling Stone to discuss plans for the show, the new Sticky Fingers box set and the possibility of a new Stones album.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/mick-jagger-im-not-thinking-about-retirement-20150407#ixzz3Wdi5ZsRj
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Check Out What 30 Bands Would Look Like if All the Members Were Merged Into One
Someone took 30 rock bands and made composite pictures, merging the faces of every member. And the results are pretty interesting. The Nirvana composite really just looks like Kurt Cobain. Same for Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder.
The Beatles picture looks like a cross between John and Paul . . . and in Metallica, you can see James, Lars and Kirk.
They also did the Who, Zeppelin, Sabbath, the Stones, Pink Floyd, the Ramones, Aerosmith, Radiohead, Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. (Check it out here.)
B.B. King Has Been Hospitalized with a Diabetes-Related Illness . . . And Joni Mitchell is Getting Better
89-year-old blues legend B.B. KING was hospitalized recently with dehydration due to his Type 2 diabetes. But his daughter says he’s “much better” since getting treatment.
Last October, King had to cancel the remaining dates of a tour due to the same problem.
He’s been battling diabetes for about 20 years.
Another music legend, JONI MITCHELL, was hospitalized last week after being found unconscious in her home.
We still don’t know what happened to her, but a new message on her website says she’s “resting comfortably” and getting “stronger each day.” Last we heard, though, she was still in the hospital. Joni is 71.
It’s Kiss vs. Motley Crue This Weekend . . . On the Arena Football Field
The battle for rock and roll supremacy between KISS and MOTLEY CRUE moves to a new venue this weekend: The Arena Football field.
This Saturday night, the L.A. Kiss takes on the Las Vegas Outlaws at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Kiss are part-owned by GENE SIMMONS and PAUL STANLEY, while VINCE NEIL from the Crue is a part-owner of the Outlaws.
If you have a few extra bucks, my advice is to put it on the Outlaws. They’re a new team, but last week they crushed three-time defending champs the Arizona Rattlers by a score of 70 to 53, despite being 19-point underdogs.
The Kiss, on the other hand, debuted last year and went 3 and 15. So far this year they’ve lost their first two games while scoring a league-low 65 points.
The game will air live on ESPN2 Saturday night at 10:00 P.M. Eastern.