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Music News April 6th – 10th

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.
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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.
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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.

Music News March 30th – April 4th

Music News April 3rd

Music Quick Hits

  • BRIAN WILSON has released a new song called “On the Island”, which features SHE & HIM . . . a.k.a. ZOOEY DESCHANEL and M. WARD(Here’s a video for the song.)

It’s on Brian’s new album “No Pier Pressure”, which comes out on Tuesday.

  • THE ROLLING STONES have put out a previously unreleased stripped-down version of “Wild Horses”.  It’ll be a part of the upcoming “Sticky Fingers” reissue, which is coming out on May 26th. 

Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig Are Doing a Lifetime Movie Called “A Deadly Adoption”

WILL FERRELL and KRISTEN WIIG are starring in a Lifetime movie called “A Deadly Adoption” . . . and no, this isn’t a belated April Fools’ Day joke.

It’s being described as a “dramatic thriller” about a couple who take care of a pregnant woman, with the hopes of adopting her unborn child.  But then something happens . . . that’s deadly, apparently.  Classic Lifetime.

But the “Hollywood Reporter” says this will be, quote, “campy, fun, and a contemporary wink” at Lifetime’s typical trashy melodramas.  Word has it that Will is actually a FAN of Lifetime movies, and has always wanted to do one.

Somehow they were able to do this under the radar, because it’s already been filmed and it’ll air sometime this summer.  Jessica Lowndes from “90210” is playing the pregnant woman.

After news of the movie leaked, Will Ferrell released a statement saying he and Kristen were scrapping it.  But that may have been either a joke or an attempt at misdirection, because other sources say it’s definitely still on.

Music News April 2nd

Who Managed ‘The Who’? The Wild Story of the Who’s Managers ‘Lambert & Stamp’

If you’re a dedicated Who fan you’re probably aware of the two men behind the scenes, Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert. Although the duo weren’t the best managers ever they did their best and finally the spot light will shine on their achievements.

James D. Cooper, who’s documentary Lambert & Stamp chronicles the ups and downs of the pair’s uneven reign, “They Wrote their own rule book.”

The film will hit American theatres April 3rd. You can get more information at rollingstone.com

Joni Mitchell is Awake and in Good Spirits

JONI MITCHELL seems to be recovering, after being found unconscious at her home Tuesday afternoon.  Her website says, quote, “She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits.”

There’s still no word how she ended up in the hospital in the first place.  Joni is 71.  She survived polio as a child, and also claims to have Morgellons disease . . . a skin condition that some experts don’t even believe exists.

12 Songs That Became Famous After Being Used as TV Show Themes

“People” magazine has put together a list of existing songs that didn’t become widely-known until they were used as the theme to a TV show.  Here are 12 of the ones they came up with, in no particular order:

1.  “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2, from “Mad Men”

2.  Joe Cocker’s version of “With a Little Help from My Friends” by The Beatles, from “The Wonder Years”

3.  “Far From Any Road” by The Handsome Family, from “True Detective”

4.  “Woke Up This Morning” by A3, from “The Sopranos”

5.  “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” by Cake, from “Chuck”

6.  “Superman” by Lazlo Bane, from “Scrubs”

7.  “Bad Things” by Jace Everett, from “True Blood”

8.  “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds, from “Weeds”

9.  “We Used to Be Friends” by The Dandy Warhols, from “Veronica Mars”

10.  “Save Me” by Remy Zero, from “Smallville”

11.  “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra, from “Married with Children”

12.  “Way Down in the Hole” by Tom Waits, from “The Wire”

Judas Priest Is Getting Their Own Coffee

JUDAS PRIEST is getting their own COFFEE, because . . . why not.

It’s called “British Steel.”  Dark Matter Coffee out of Chicago created the blend to mark the 35th anniversary of their “British Steel” album.

The coffee will be available on Dark Matter’s website beginning on April 14th, but they’re taking pre-orders now.  A 12-ounce bag will run you $18.00 . . . but it’ll come with a CASSETTE single containing two songs, “Grinder” and “Snakebite”.

Music News April 1st

The Rolling Stones Have Announced U.S. Dates for This Summer

THE ROLLING STONES have announced a 15-date North American tour for this summer.  It kicks off on May 24th in San Diego . . . and is focused on slightly smaller markets than the ones they hit on their last tours in 2012 and 2013.

Middle America is getting most of the attention, with shows in Columbus, Minneapolis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Detroit, among others.  A full itinerary is up at RollingStones.com.

Tickets will go on sale April 13th, although people with American Express cards will get access to them a week earlier.


Steven Tyler Announces Solo Country Album

After months of speculation, Steven Tyler has confirmed the upcoming release of his first country solo album.

For years, Tyler has been playing up with country roots. He sang with Carrie Underwood on Aerosmith’s Music from Another Dimension!, duetted with Brad Paisley during last year’s CMA Country Christmas concert, sang background vocals on Jana Kramer’s upcoming single and hit up Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge — one of Nashville’s oldest honky-tonks — for an unannounced blues jam with Keith Urban in 2013.

What about a title for Tyler’s solo record? A release date? A producer? None of those details have been announced, and representatives from Big Machine aren’t talking. For now, rest assured that Tyler is in the process of getting his country wings.
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Joni Mitchell in Good Spirits After Being Hospitalized in Los Angeles

A note on Mitchell’s website confirmed that the singer was found unconscious, but “regained consciousness on the ambulance ride” to a local hospital. “She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits,” read the note. “Light a candle and sing a song, let’s all send good wishes her way.”

Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized, according to the singer’s official Twitter. “We are awaiting official word on her condition and will post it here as soon as we know,” the tweet said.

CBC News producer Leslie Stojsic tweeted that her sources told her Mitchell was in the hospital because of a “minor medical emergency.” “I’m told now she’s resting in hospital and is among friends – a good sign,” she wrote.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed to Rolling Stone that paramedics were sent to Mitchell’s home and transferred an individual to a local area hospital, though they could not confirm that Mitchell was the patient. A spokesperson for Mitchell was not immediately able to comment on the singer’s condition.

Over the years, the folk legend has reported suffering a variety of illnesses. Most recently, she told New York in February that she was still battling a condition called Morgellons for the past eight years. A 2013 Toronto Star profile of Mitchell reported that the illness weakens the immune system.
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Music News March 31st

Scott Weiland’s Guitarist Jeremy Brown has passed away.

Jeremy Brown, the lead guitarist in Scott Weiland‘s new band the Wildabouts, has died.

Weiland made a statement on his Facebook page saying he received a call from Brown’s family after the guitarist did not show up at a rehearsal on March 30. The band was scheduled to perform a record release show March 30 in Hollywood for their debut album Blaster, which comes out today (March 31).

“I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated,” Weiland wrote.  “It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words.  He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known.  A true genius.  It’s impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts.  A post on Facebook feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on but I felt it was necessary to at least start here.  Please keep his family in your thoughts.”

Weiland met Brown in 2008 during the recording of Happy in Galoshes and they have worked together ever since. Brown was key in writing riffs for many of the Wildabouts songs and his guitar playing was a powerful voice in the band’s sound.

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Led Zeppelin get Interactive with Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin‘s interactive new video for “Brandy & Coke” – the rough mix of “Trampled Under Foot” that appeared on last month’s deluxe Physical Graffiti reissue – allows users to peer into windows in the building on the original cover. When the record originally came out, it showed two conjoined buildings from Manhattan’s East Village with die-cut windows, so the inner sleeves could either show the band’s name and album title or clip-art-style vignettes. The new clip takes it one step further.

After pressing play, a user can click on a window and use their keyboard arrows to peer into different windows on the album cover as the song plays. Some feature people singing along; others show scenes like a woman taking a shower in her underwear, a movie theater playing the song’s lyrics and a little boy rocking out in his messy bedroom. One room shows video of the band performing “Trampled Under Foot” at Earl’s Court in the mid-Seventies.

Digital agency Interlude, who designed Bob Dylan’s 2013 interactive “Like a Rolling Stone” clip, worked on “Brandy & Coke” and premiered the track on LedZeppelin.com.

“All of us knew that it was a monumental piece of work, just because of the various paths that we’d trodden along to get to this,” guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, who remastered the record, told Rolling Stone about Physical Graffiti in February. “It was like a voyage of discovery, a topographical adventure.”
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The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson will hit the Road this Summer ‘The End Times’

Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson will be spreading Nineties angst and nostalgia across the United States this summer when they embark on their co-headlining tour dubbed, The End Times.

The 23-date trek kicks off July 7th at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California and concludes August 8th at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tickets will go on sale April 3rd, while more information will be made available on the Pumpkins‘ and Manson’s respective websites. A full list of tour dates is below by clicking the link.

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The Gin Blossoms have been Named “The MOST 90’s Band of All Time”

After two weeks and six rounds of voting, the GIN BLOSSOMS came out on top.  They beat out the SPICE GIRLS in the finals by taking 58% of the vote.  Just like in the NCAA tournament, they started with a field of 64.

Joining the Gin Blossoms and the Spice Girls in the “Elite Eight” were:  The Smashing Pumpkins, Hootie and the Blowfish, Stone Temple Pilots, Boyz II Men, TLC, and ‘N Sync.

Boyz II Men beat out TLC to get into the Final Four . . . Hootie took out STP . . . ‘N Sync ran into the Spice Girls . . . and the Gin Blossoms took out the Pumpkins.

The seeding was a little rough, because some deserving groups couldn’t even get out of the first round.  Those included:  Live, Bush, and Soul Asylum.  For what it’s worth, the Gin Blossoms had a #1 seed.

Music News March 30th

The Guy Who Did “Spirit in the Sky” Was Critically Injured in a Car Crash

72-year-old Norman Greenbaum wrote and recorded Spirit in the Sky in 1969, and on Saturday afternoon, he was badly injured in a car accident.

It happened in Northern California . . . Norman was the passenger in a car that turned left in front of a motorcycle, and the guy on the bike was killed.  His passenger was critically injured too.

The guy driving Norman’s car wasn’t hurt.  It’s unclear who was at fault, but the investigation is on going.

Listen to a Song from Ben Stiller’s ’80s Garage Band

Back in the early ’80s, BEN STILLER played drums in a garage band called CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.  They self-released one album called “Roadkill” in 1982, and it was quickly forgotten.  Until now.

It’s being re-released next fall by a label called Captured Tracks.  There’s no word on an official release date.  But they put a song called Confusion on YouTube.  It’s a little weird.  Ben says they were listening to a lot of BRIAN ENO at the time.

To check out “Confusion” click here.

Top Five Rock Songs about Imaginary Creatures

Loudwire.com has a list of the best songs about imaginary creatures, and not surprisingly JUDAS PRIEST is #1.

They gave it to “The Sentinel” . . . but since pretty much ALL of Judas Priest’s songs are about imaginary creatures, they also mentioned “Nightcrawler”, “Jugulator”, “Green Manalishi”, “Sinner”, “Exciter”, “Painkiller”, “Lochness”, “Invader”, “Grinder”, “Starbreaker”, “Demonizer”, and “Hellrider”.

Here’s the Top Five:

1.  “The Sentinel”, Judas Priest

2.  “Iron Man”, Black Sabbath

3.  “Orgasmatron”, Motorhead

4.  “The Thing That Should Not Be”, Metallica

5.  “Godzilla”, Blue Oyster Cult

(The list is actually a Top 10, but it gets a little more obscure after these.  Check out the whole thing, with brief write-ups on each, here.)


Today in Rock History and Celeb Birthdays!

Norah Jones is 36

Celine Dion is 47

Tracy Chapman is 51

MC Hammer is 53

Eric Clapton is 70 Only person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame THREE times . . . once solo, once with the Yardbirds, and once with Cream.

Graeme Edge is 74. Drummer for the Moody Blues

Not music but famous artist Vincent Van Gogh was born today in 1853 and passed in 1890.

Music News for March 23rd- 27th

Music News March 27th

Here is an Unedited Version of “Boats N Hoes” from the Movie ‘Step Brothers’

Step Brothers is one of those rare movies that gets funnier every time you watch it. That’s probably why it received extremely mixed reviews when it came out, but has slowly become a cult classic – and widely considered to be one of the funniest movies of the 2000s.

DVDs don’t sell like they used to for obvious reasons, but the Step Brothers one is definitely worth checking out. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly turned their entire commentary track into a series of impromptu songs, and the rest of the disc is filled with amazing outtakes and alternate scenes. Maybe the best part is the complete, unedited “Boats ‘N Hoes” video that Dale and Brennan show their families while pitching Prestige Worldwide, an entertainment company they firmly believe will turn their lives around.

You can get more information and watch the video by clicking here.
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Meet The Beatle: A Guide to Ringo Starr’s Solo Career in 20 songs!

Since the Beatles called it quits in 1970, the three men who stood in front of the stage have had no problem building their legacies — John Lennon wrote the iconic “Imagine” and “Give Peace a Chance,” George Harrison released All Things Must Pass and spent time as a Traveling Wilbury, Paul McCartney headlines Super Bowl halftime shows and Olympic opening ceremonies. Drummer Ringo Starr, alas, has not been afforded the same luxury: After a string of hit singles in the early Seventies, he’s mostly been out of the musical spotlight, reappearing as a consummate session man (he’s drummed for Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Ben Harper among others) or as a voice actor.

Starr’s Award for Musical Excellence at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will give the drummer some well-deserved, and long-overdue, props as both a sideman and a solo artist. In the latter role, he’s released 18 albums, with his latest, Postcards From Paradise, due this month. Catch up with the career of our cover star with these 20 songs.

You can check out all the songs by clicking here.
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Watch Brandon Flowers Cover Robert Palmers’ “Simply Irresistible”

Brandon Flowers performed a handful of new songs from his upcoming solo LP The Desired Effect at a hometown gig at the Bunkhouse Saloon in Las Vegas earlier this week. But as Stereogum points out, amidst the new material, the Killers frontman snuck in a delightful cover of Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible.”

Considering he operates in similar vocal territory as Palmer — a baritone that bounces easily between relaxed and resplendent — Flowers was faithful to the original version of the song. Still, he was sure to inflect his performance with the kind of grandeur he’s known for, sporting a bright grin as he waltzed around the stage, mouthing the track’s “She’s so fine…” refrain as sung by his background singers.

Among the new tracks, Desired Effect opener “Dreams Come True” is a bounding pop-rock number reminiscent of classic Killers, though its harmonies and guitar work bear the distinct, effervescent sheen of Desired Effects producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Vampire Weekend).

You can check out the video by clicking here.
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Music News March 26th

Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence and the Machine Are This Year’s Lollapalooza Headliners

The lineup for this year’s Lollapalooza music festival has been announced, and the headliners will be Paul McCartney, Metallica and Florence and the Machine.

Some of the other notable acts include:  Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Tyler the Creator, FKA Twigs, Death from Above 1979, and Charli XCX.

The complete roster is up at Lollapalooza.com.  For the 11th year in a row, the show being held in Chicago’s Grant Park . . . and this year, it’s happening over the weekend of July 31st.  Most of the tickets are already sold out.

The “Super Troopers 2″ Crowdfunding Campaign Raised $2 Million in a Day

The Broken Lizard comedy team launched in Indiegogo campaign on Tuesday to raise money for a sequel to their 2001 comedy “Super Troopers”.  They were hoping to raise $2 million in a month.  They ended up doing it IN A DAY.

But that doesn’t mean you should stop donating.  They issued a statement saying, quote, “We can make the skinny version of ‘Super Troopers 2′ but I think we all want the muscular version so let’s keep going.

“We’ve got some big stuff in the script, and if we’re able to raise enough money, you’ll get to see all of it.”

Music News March 25th

Radiohead, The Doors, Joan Baez, Added to National Recording Registry

Radiohead‘s OK Computer, the Doorsself-titled 1967 debut and Joan Baez‘ 1960 album Joan Baez are among the 25 recorded works that have been selected for inclusion into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Lauryn Hill‘s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Sly and the Family Stone’s Stand!, the Righteous Brothers’ 1964 single “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” and Ben E. King’s classic “Stand By Me” were also picked for the Library of Congress’ Class of 2014, bringing the total number of inducted recordings to 425, Variety reports.

The list’s choices range from comedic (Steve Martin’s 1978 LP A Wild and Crazy Guy) and historic (radio coverage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral from April 14, 1945) to influential (Blind Lemon Jefferson’s 1928 blues single “Black Snake Moan” and “Match Box Blues”) and educational (a 1995 collection of Sesame Street‘s “all-time platinum hits”).
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Elton John, Mumford and Sons, & Black Keys to Headline Outside Lands 2015

Elton John, Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys will headline this summer’s Outside Lands Festival, set to invade San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 7th through 9th. Filling out the impressive bill at the eighth annual fest are Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, Tame Impala, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, St. Vincent, Billy Idol and many more.

The San Francisco’s festival’s eclectic lineup will also feature rockers like Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and fun.’s Nate Ruess, EDM acts like Axwell & Ingrosso, Porter Robinson and Odesza, up-and-coming indie artists Django Django, James Bay, RL Grime and Mac DeMarco and hip-hop artists like DJ Mustard, SZA and Bay Area rapper G-Eazy. Visit the Outside Lands site for the complete lineup, although the fest promises to add more artists in the coming weeks.
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Former Creed Singer Scott Stapp Is Out of Rehab

Remember when former CREED singer SCOTT STAPP started going INSANE around
Thanksgiving of last year?  Well, we hadn’t heard much about him recently, but he’s actually NOT dead.  Or locked in his own prison.

He was in rehab.  And former Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti says he’s finished now.  He tells Loudwire.com, quote, “Thank God he got through it all and his family got him into treatment.

“I think he went through a 90-day program.  I know he went to get help, and now he’s out of the treatment, so hopefully he stays sober.  Family is the most important thing . . . for me, that’s what would always keep me out of trouble.”

Music News March 24th

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Music Randoms: Florence and the Machine, Hozier,  Ed Sheeran, and Muse .

1. FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE have put out a new song called “St. Jude”.  It’s off their upcoming album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” which will be out on June 2nd.  (There’s also a video on YouTube.)

2. HOZIER has unveiled his video for “Work Song”.

3. RAY LIOTTA pops up in ED SHEERAN’S new video for “Bloodstream” . . . playing a washed-up hair-metal singer.  This version is a remix of the original song that Ed did with a British group called Rudimental.

4. MUSE has a new song called “Dead Inside”.

David Crosby hit a jogger while driving recently ..

DAVID CROSBY was driving on a rural road in Santa Ynez, California on Sunday, when he accidentally struck a 46-year-old man who was jogging with his son on the side of the road.

David was doing 55 at the time, which was the speed limit.

The guy was hospitalized with multiple fractures, abrasions, and lacerations.  But none of his injuries are life-threatening.  His son was not hurt.

According to the police report, David was sober at the time . . . and he stopped immediately after hitting the guy.  He said that he’d been momentarily blinded by the sun, and didn’t see them.  There’s no word yet if he’ll face any charges.

David’s rep says, quote, “David is obviously very upset that he accidentally hit anyone.  And, based off of initial reports, he’s relieved that the injuries were not life-threatening.  He wishes him a very speedy recovery.”

Music News March 23rd

Videos of the Day: “Harry Potter” Re-Imagined as “Friends”, and “The Matrix” Done in Lego

1.  Someone took clips from the “Harry Potter” movies and set them to the theme from “Friends”.  And it really works.

2.  Somebody remade the lobby shootout scene from “The Matrix” with Legos. You can see that here (warning there is an uncensored “s-word”)

Billy Corgan Wants to Be Known as “William Corgan” Now?

BILLY CORGAN from the SMASHING PUMPKINS turned 48 last week, and apparently, he’s grown out of the name “Billy.”

At a show in Peru, he said, quote, “My name is not Billy.  My name is William.”  When they chanted “William,” he added, quote, “My mother thanks you, in Heaven.”  He seemed to just be playing around, but who knows.  (Here’s video.)

Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero Has Died

Longtime TWISTED SISTER drummer A.J. PERO died last week at the age of 55.  He was taken to the hospital after being found unconscious on a tour bus . . . but it was too late.  He apparently suffered a heart attack.

A.J. was on the road with his other band ADRENALINE MOB at the time.

He joined Twisted sister in 1982, and was with them four years before leaving in 1986.  He briefly reunited with the band in 1997 . . . and rejoined on a permanent basis in 2003.  (Twisted Sister’s Facebook page has quotes from the band.)


Metallica’s Last Few Projects Have Lost Them a Lot of Money

The authors of a recent book called “Into the Black: The Inside Story of Metallica” claim Metallica has lost a lot of money over the past five years with, quote, “a variety of vanity projects that haven’t exactly brought home the bacon.”

That includes their Orion Festival and their “Through the Never” movie.  The movie made just under $8 million worldwide.

Quote, “By their own admission, the two stagings of the Orion festival were disastrous financially, and the shambles that was the ‘Through The Never’ movie cost $32 million and will only recoup a fraction of that amount . . .

“[If you] factor in staff salaries, crew retainers, and assorted running costs associated with maintaining an entertainment corporation, you can understand why the band . . . of necessity now rather than by choice . . . are driven to tour.”

Even if it IS true, and these side projects had Metallica hemorrhaging money . . . they’re fine.  It isn’t like they’re going to have to shut it down because they can no longer afford to keep going.  This is Metallica.  Not RadioShack.

Van Halen Is Going to Perform on “Ellen”

VAN HALEN will be dusting off their equipment to perform on . . . Ellen.  Seriously.

They’ll play live on the show Thursday, April 2nd, to promote the release of their new concert album, Live: Tokyo Dome in Concert, which comes out on March 31st.  There’s no word what they’re playing.

Music News March 16th – 20th

Music News for March 20th

Pharrell Williams Says the “Blurred Lines” Verdict Threatens Our Freedom to Be Inspired

PHARRELL WILLIAMS is obviously upset that he and ROBIN THICKE have to pay MARVIN GAYE’s family $7.3 million for allegedly ripping him off when they wrote “Blurred Lines”.

But it’s not just personal for him.  He says the ruling affects anybody who creates anything . . . quote, “The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else.

“This applies to fashion, music, design . . . anything.  If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation.  This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”

“Everything that’s around you in a room was inspired by something or someone.  If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”

Mr. T Is Doing a Home Improvement Show Called “I Pity the Tool”

If you like home improvement shows and plays on words, you’re going to love this:  MR. T is starring in a show called “I Pity the Tool” for the DIY Network.

It sounds like your typical home renovation show, where they come in and make over someone’s house.

Mr. T will destroy the old set-up . . . and interior designer Tiffany Brooks will fix it back up.  She won the eighth season of “HGTV Design Star”, so if you’re into these types of shows, you may recognize her.

“I Pity the Tool” will premiere sometime this year.  (Check out the promo Mr. T did for it here.)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Star in a “Fraggle Rock” Movie

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT is going to produce and star in a movie based on the HBO puppet series “Fraggle Rock”.

The show was created by JIM HENSON, the same guy who created “The Muppets” and the puppets from “Sesame Street”.  It ran from 1983 to 1987.  (Here’s the intro.)

Gordon-Levitt says, quote, “Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles.  I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood.”


March 19th

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Presenters and Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed most of the presenters for their induction ceremony next month.  Here’s the rundown:

Paul McCartney is probably the biggest name.  He’s inducting Ringo Starr, and there’s a chance he may even perform . . . but that’s unclear.

Beck, Dave Grohl, Stevie Wonder, Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, and John Legend ARE performing, which is awesome . . . although it could’ve been better if they would’ve subbed out Beck for Beyoncé.

Stevie Wonder is inducting Bill Withers . . . Patti Smith is handling the duties for Lou Reed, who passed away in 2013 . . . Fall Out Boy is inducting Green Day . . . John Mayer is presenting for Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble . . .

Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band is inducting the Paul Butterfield Blues Band . . . and blues guitarist Steve Cropper is ushering in The “5” Royales.

The Rock Hall hasn’t announced who will be inducting Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, but there’s a chance it’s Dave Grohl . . . since he’s listed as a performer, and they’ve worked together in the past.

In fact, Joan performed with Nirvana when they were inducted last year.

The Rock Hall says more details about performances, additional presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.  The ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 18th.  It’ll air on HBO on May 30th.

Are these the Top 10 BEST Shows from the 80’s?

“Rolling Stone” recently polled their readers to come up with a rundown of “The 10 Best TV Shows of the 1980s.”  Here’s how the vote came out:

1.  “Cheers”, 1982-1993

2.  “Miami Vice”, 1984-1990

3.  “Hill Street Blues”, 1981-1987

4.  “Married with Children”, 1987-1997

5.  “The Wonder Years”, 1988-1993

6.  “Alf”, 1986-1990

7.  “The A-Team”, 1983-1987

8.  “Family Ties”, 1982-1989

9.  “Moonlighting”, 1985-1989

10.  “Night Court”, 1984-1992

Marvin Gaye’s Kids Explain Why They’re Suing Everybody

MARVIN GAYE’s kids released a very long statement explaining why they sued ROBIN THICKE and PHARRELL over the song “Blurred Lines”.

They said, quote, “If [our dad] were alive today, we feel he would embrace the technology available to artists and the diverse music choices and spaces accessible to fans who can stream a song at a moment’s notice.

“But we also know he would be vigilant about safeguarding the artist’s rights;  a sacred devotion to not only the artist, but key in encouraging and supporting innovation.  He also gave credit where credit is due.”   (Read the whole statement here.)


This Week’s Top 3 Albums Are . . . The “Empire” Soundtrack, and the New Madonna and Luke Bryan Albums

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

1.  NEW:  The soundtrack to the TV series “Empire” . . . 130,000 copies

2.  NEW:  “Rebel Heart”, Madonna . . . 121,000 copies

3.  NEW:  “Spring Break . . . Checkin’ Out”, Luke Bryan . . . 106,000 copies

4.  The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 72,000 copies

5.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 72,000 copies

6.  “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 61,000 copies

7.  “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 58,000 copies

8.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 53,000 copies

9.  “V”, Maroon 5 . . . 48,000 copies

10.  “Dark Sky Paradise”, Big Sean . . . 38,000 copies

Music News March 17th

New CD Releases

  • “Tracker”, Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits
  • “Down To Believing”, country singer Allison Moorer
  • “Stranger to Ourselves”, Modest Mouse
  • “Little Neon Limelight”, the country rock band Houndmouth
  • Seth Avett and Jessica Lee Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith” A Tribute album by Seth Avett from the Avett Brothers and alternative singer Jessica Lee Mayfield.


Brandie Carlile talks Secret Vocal Weapon of New Album

Brandi Carlile isn’t the only member of Brandi Carlile.

For more than a decade, the big-voiced roots-rocker has shared the road with twin brothers Phil and Tim Hanseroth. Everyone sings. Everyone plays. Everyone writes songs. At its most collaborative, Brandi Carlile — the band, not the person — recreates the sort of primordial Americana pioneered by vocal groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, swirling country harmonies and folk-rock strut into a sound that’s more Déjà Vu than “Ho Hey.”
Nowhere are there influences more evident than on The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Released earlier this month, it’s a fiery, frayed-edge follow-up to 2012’s Bear Creek, with songs that were recorded in single takes and produced by the bandmates themselves. Columbia Records, their label of nearly 10 years, had cut the group free after Bear Creek‘s release, allowing Carlile and company the freedom to do whatever they wanted in the studio.
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Grateful Dead Original Lyrics, Furniture, and Posters go to Auction

A selection of Grateful Dead memorabilia, including posters, original drafts of lyrics and even the group’s office furniture, is headed to auction. The Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction will take place at Donley Auction Services in Union, Illinois on April 11th and 12th, in advance of the band’s upcoming block of summer Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago. Former employees and friends of the Dead contributed the items in the auction.

Most notable among the offerings are an original draft of Robert Hunter’s lyrics to “He’s Gone,” which appeared on the band’s Europe ’72 live release; it is expected to go for $150,000. A chair with lion-paw legs used by Jerry Garcia in a 1987 Rolling Stone photo is expected to fetch $50,000.
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Sinead O’Connor Will No Longer Perform Her Good Song


You might want to sit down for this:  SINEAD O’CONNOR has announced that she will no longer perform Nothing Compares 2 U live.

In a Facebook post, she said, quote, “The first principle of the manner in which I’m trained as a singer is we never sing a song we don’t emotionally identify with.

“After 25 years of singing it, nine months or so ago I finally ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it.

“I don’t want audiences to be disappointed coming along to a show and then not hearing it, so am letting you know here that you won’t.  If I were to sing it just to please people . . . I’d be lying.”  (You can read the whole post, here.)

This SEEMS like a big deal, since it’s her most popular song . . . and probably the ONLY song of hers that most of us can even remember.  But then again, if you’re a big enough fan to still be hitting Sinead concerts . . . maybe you won’t miss it.

It should be noted that Sinead didn’t write the song . . . Prince did . . . and her version was about her mother, who’d died in a car accident.


Music Randoms … including Tom Hanks wife Rita Wilson and Of Monsters and Men

1.  TOM HANKS’ wife, 58-year-old RITA WILSON, has dropped a HOT NEW TRACK.  It’s called “Girls Night In” . . . and that’s basically what it’s about.

She explains, quote, “I’ve always loved having my girlfriends over for dinner.  Staying in, instead of going out, frees you up to be totally yourself.  No judgments.  No one watching.  You can be loud, crazy, cut loose.”  Sounds fun, no?

“Girls Night In” has a strong country feel.  It’s unclear if Rita has another album on the way.  Her debut album “AM/FM” came out in 2012.  (Tom Hanks has a cameo at the end of the video.)


2. There is a new Of Monsters and Men song out. It’s called “Crystals” … and it’s the first single from their next album “Beneath the Skin”, which comes out on June 9th.

Music News March 16th

What are the Top 10 Rock Songs… about Drugs?

Here’s the Top 10, along with the drugs they’re about:

1.  The full album “Dirt”, by Alice in Chains . . . heroin

2.  “Snowblind”, Black Sabbath . . . cocaine

3.  “Master of Puppets”, Metallica . . . cocaine

4.  “Just One Fix”, Ministry . . . heroin

5.  “Combination”, Aerosmith . . . heroin and cocaine

6.  “Dead Men Tell No Tales”, Motorhead . . . heroin

7.  “Mr. Brownstone”, Guns N’ Roses . . . heroin

8.  “A Passage to Bangkok”, Rush . . . marijuana

9.  “Stoned and Drunk”, Black Label Society . . . pills and alcohol

10.  “Use the Man”, Megadeth . . . heroin

Gene Gene the Dancing Machine from “The Gong Show” Has Died

GENE GENE THE DANCING MACHINE is no more.  He died last week at the age of 82 of complications from diabetes.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you obviously never watched “The Gong Show” back in the ’70s.

Gene’s real name was GENE PATTON.  He was an NBC stage hand when “Gong Show” host CHUCK BARRIS just happened to catch him dancing behind the scenes one day.  The rest was history.

During any given episode, Chuck would just stop everything and announce Gene, who would come out onstage and dance to the jazz tune “Jumpin’ at the Woodside”, often while people backstage threw things at him.


John Madden Isn’t Cool With Will Ferrell’s Baseball Stunt


Not everyone loved WILL FERRELL’s Minor League Baseball stunt last week.  Legendary NFL coach and commentator JOHN MADDEN HATED the idea.

In a radio interview the morning before it was going to happen, he said, quote, “That’s a lack of respect. That’s a lack of respect for the game and respect for what players have to do to get where they are . . . I’ve never believed in that type of stuff.”

Madden then told a story about something that happened when he was coaching the Oakland Raiders.

NBA star RICK BARRY came out during training camp and said he wanted to suit up and take the field, just to mess with Raiders owner AL DAVIS, who was a friend of his.

Madden says, quote, “I said, ‘Go ahead and dress, but we’re going to treat you like a football player and not like an NBA player.'”  After hearing that, Barry decided NOT to go through with it.