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  • Smells like middle-aged spirit - boom in big outdoor music festivals may not be sustainable

    06/27/2015 10:12:20 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 38 replies
    The Economist ^ | Jun 27th 2015 | no byline - The live music industry
    TO JUDGE by the crowds making their way to Glastonbury Festival on June 24th, it is a good time to be in the music industry. This week nearly 200,000 revellers set up camp across several fields in Somerset, where the festival has been held nearly every year since it first started as a small, hippyish event in 1970. Now hundreds of live bands and DJs will perform on 90 stages over five days. Each punter pays £225 ($353) for the experience, which, thanks to the damp British weather, tends to be a muddy one. Glastonbury is perhaps the most striking...
  • Who is your favorite rock band ever?

    05/02/2015 8:51:26 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 244 replies
    I saw The Doobie Brothers and Don Felder (Eagles) last night and they still sound great. Eagles are my all-time favorite. I never get tired of listening to them. I'm a believer in rock keeping us young!
  • Sly Stone Wins $5 Million Verdict in Lawsuit Against Former Manager and Attorney

    01/29/2015 2:12:20 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    variety ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ted Johnson
    Funk singer Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million by a Los Angeles jury in his lawsuit against a former manager and attorney he claimed diverted royalties from his music for their own benefit. The Los Angeles Superior Court announced its verdict on Tuesday, after two days of deliberations. Stoneís litigation, filed under his real name Sylvester Stewart, involved millions of dollars in royalties and stretched over almost five years. He filed suit in 2010, claiming that manager Gerald Goldstein and attorney Glenn Stone in the late 1980s induced him to sign an employment and shareholder agreement with Even Street...
  • Rockin' the Wall in Tucson with Freeper LS

    01/06/2015 7:13:01 AM PST · by LS · 6 replies
    self ^ | 1/6/2015 | LS
    We will be screening our film "Rockin' the Wall," about music's part in bringing down the Iron Curtain, at the Loft Theater on Speedway, tomorrow night, Wed. Jan. 7 at 7:00 p.m. I'll be there to sign books and do a Q&A. See you there.
  • Joan Jett: My full, uncensored fury (Anti-Republican e-mail screed)

    11/02/2014 1:06:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 159 replies
    MoveOn.Org e-mail | November 1, 2014 | Joan Jett
    Dear XXXX: If this weren't an email, I'd lay out my fullóuncensoredófury at Republicans and right-wing forces that hold women down, keep us subservient. But it is an email, so I'll say my piece as politely as I can: This election is ours to win, if we do the work. As I see it, politicians make laws that put women's bodies and our paychecks into their hands. But we're not just a voting group to be courted by ad execs. Women, and the men who stand with us, are the majority. And when we show up and vote, women win....
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to evict ashes of Alan Freed, DJ who gave birth to rock 'n' roll...

    08/05/2014 12:18:41 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 30 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | updated August 02, 2014 at 9:57 PM | Laura DeMarco
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is in Cleveland thanks in large part to Alan Freed. But Freed is no longer welcome in the Rock Hall, according to his son, Lance Freed. Lance Freed says he was told several months ago by Rock Hall President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Harris that he would have to "immediately" remove his father's ashes, which had been on display since 2002, from the building. "He said, 'look Lance, there's something strange, people walk past the exhibit and your dad's ashes and they scratch their heads and can't figure out what...
  • Tom Petty: ĎNo oneís got Christ more wrong than the Christiansí

    07/24/2014 1:29:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tom Petty says that no one has interpreted Jesus Christís teaching more incorrectly than Christians, as he was asked to explain the history behind his new song ďPlaying Dumb.Ē In an interview with Billboard, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explained his inspiration behind the song, which will be featured as a bonus cut on the accompanying vinyl release of ďHypnotic Eye.Ē ďCatholics, donít write me,Ē Mr. Petty said. ďIím fine with whatever religion you want to have, but it canít tell anybody itís OK to kill people, and it canít abuse children systematically for God knows how many...
  • Why Buddy Holly will never fade away

    07/22/2014 1:51:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Philip Norman
    On the basis of simply counting heads, rock music surpasses even film as the 20th century's most influential art form. By that reckoning, there is a case for calling Buddy Holly, who died in a plane crash 50 years ago next Tuesday, the century's most influential musician. Holly and Elvis Presley are the two seminal figures of 1950s rock 'n' roll, the place where modern rock culture began. Virtually everything we hear on CD or see on film or the concert stage can be traced back to those twin towering icons Ė Elvis with his drape jacket and swivelling hips...
  • Rip Tommy Ramone, Last Of The Ramones

    07/12/2014 8:48:01 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    NEWS 4 SAN ANTONIO ^ | 12 JULY 2014 | NEWS 4 SAN ANTONIO
    Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday. Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, said Ramone died on Friday. Frey didn't have additional details. Ramone ó born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary ó was 65. Tommy Ramone, a drummer, co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. The band members weren't related and had different last names, but took the common name Ramone. The...
  • Spies, Spooks, And Rock 'n' Roll At Twilight Of The Cold War

    05/06/2014 2:53:00 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    RFE/RL Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | Tuesday, May 06, 2014 | Carl Schreck
    WASHINGTON -- A pro-Kremlin lawmaker spawned a tsunami of scorn in Russia this week by alleging that Soviet rock star Viktor Tsoi's Perestroika-era anthems were composed by CIA operatives trying to destabilize the Soviet regime. Friends, acquaintances, and fans of the late frontman of the legendary band, Kino, call the claims ridiculous. But the U.S. government was keenly aware of the power of rock íní roll to rattle its Cold War rival, according to ďFree to Rock,Ē a new documentary that explores the impact of rock music on Soviet society. The White House, in fact, played a hands-on role in...
  • WATCH: Bono's Unexpected Response to 'Who Is Jesus?' Question

    04/17/2014 11:35:37 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 904 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 31 March 14 | Charisma News Staff
    U2 frontman Bono talks about his faith and answers the question "Who is Jesus?" in the video below. Click play to watch. Link Here with Video (2 mins 46 secs)
  • Devo guitarist Bob Casale dead at 61

    02/20/2014 12:53:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' Pop & Hiss Music Blog ^ | February 18, 2014 | Todd Martens
    Devo founding guitarist Bob Casale died Monday after medical complications unexpectedly led to heart failure, his brother Gerald said. Bob Casale was 61. Bob had recently been hospitalized due to stomach ailments, his brother said when reached by phone Tuesday, but had been thought to be recovering. Gerald said his brother was otherwise in good health and had been working on numerous Devo-related projects. "During testing, he de-stabilized. They were a little flummoxed," Gerald said. "He was sitting up, talking and the next thing he was in an ER, life-and-death situation. His blood pressure dropped too low and they couldn't...
  • Dick Dodd, Singer and Drummer of the Standells, Dies At 68

    11/30/2013 10:18:23 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 45 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | November 30, 2013 9:37 AM | Dave Swanson
    Lead singer and drummer for the í60s garage rockers the Standells, has passed away. He was 68 years old. Dodd, who came to fame via the Standellsí big hit, ĎDirty Waterí in 1966, had been battling stage four cancer. His illness was only recently announced via his Facebook page, and a Go Fund Me page was set up. A posting recently stated, ďThe doctors have found two places in Dickís brain. Right now, they arenít going to worry about it. The tumor in his esophagus will be treated with chemo directly into the tumor. He wonít be able to eat,...
  • Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71

    10/27/2013 10:58:25 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 120 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 10/27/13 | Jon Dolan
    Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.
  • Rock Hall nominations? No, it's time to start kicking people out

    10/19/2013 5:06:13 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 85 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | October 17, 2013 | By John Petkovic
    Enough of this arguing over who deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's time to look at those already inducted and issue some indictments. Darwin would call it thinning the herd. You could also call it correcting un-natural selection -- as in, evicting those acts and artists undeserving of being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It'Äôs time to vote people OUT of the Rock Hall. Feel free to choose from the following list of 15 names -- or add your own. It's time to storm the Bastille, er, I mean, that glass...
  • How To Read This Year's Rock Hall Nominations

    10/19/2013 4:57:42 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies
    NPR ^ | October 19, 2013 8:00 AM | Chris Molanphy
    If you look beyond the headlines that greeted this week's announcement of 16 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ó Nirvana, a foregone conclusion for first-round induction; KISS, long snubbed, getting its second shot at glory ó you might notice that two Rock Hall records were quietly set. They tell you all you need to know about how this mysterious institution works. The first involves '70sĖ'80s disco/R&B pioneer Chic. With this nomination, its eighth, Chic holds the current record for the most nominations for the Rock Hall without getting inducted. (The all-time record is still held by...
  • 'Justice for Trayvon': Bruce Springsteen dedicates song he wrote (Amadou Diallo)

    07/18/2013 6:39:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 85 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 18, 2013 | Jill Reilly
    Bruce Springsteen is the latest famous face to call for justice for Trayvon Martin. At his show in Limerick, Ireland, the 63-year-old dedicated his protest song American Skin (41 Shots), to the 17-year-old who was shot dead in February 2012 by neighbourhood vigilante George Zimmerman. According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, after seeing the song written on a fan's sign Springsteen decided to play the track, dedicating it to Martin.
  • Paul McCartney Gun Control: Beatle Voices Support For New Regulations

    04/19/2013 12:52:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Latin Times ^ | April 18, 2013 | Charlie Creitz
    Paul McCartney lent his voice to the gun control proponents this week. The former Beatle joined singer Tony Bennett's "Voices Against Violence" campaign which allows Americans supporter tougher new regulations on the gun control issue to text a number to receive contact information for their local legislator. McCartney, a British citizen, is the latest celebrity to join Bennett's push for harsher gun control regulations. Gloria Estefan, Alec Baldwin, Rosie O'Donnell and Josh Groban are some of the other voices callers will hear in addition to Paul McCartney's plea that nobody has to "Live and Let Die" in his view. "Tell...
  • Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Blasts 'Anti-Gun' Media

    01/13/2013 6:32:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Noise Creep ^ | January 13, 2013 | Allyson B. Crawford
    Amid the media swirl surrounding possible gun control measures after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre just last month, many pro-gun advocates are speaking out. Musicians are no different. Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch, used his Facebook page to discuss his annoyance at the media and the concern that his guns will be confiscated by the government, despite the fact there is no evidence to back up that fear. Bathory writes: "Let's talk about 'assault' rifles for a second. Anti-gun advocates in the media placing all the emphasis on the word 'ASSAULT' for a reason. It sounds menacing...
  • Watch An All-Robot Band Rock Out To "Ace of Spades"

    01/06/2013 12:45:38 PM PST · by zeestephen · 19 replies
    now.msn.com ^ | 06 January 2013
    "Compressorhead" rehearsing for an upcoming gig at The Big Day Out Festival - Drummer has four arms
  • Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies at age 71

    07/16/2012 12:52:23 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 28 replies
    LONDON (AP) -- British rocker Jon Lord, former keyboardist for the band Deep Purple, died Monday. He was 71 years old. A statement on Lord's official website says the Leicester, England-born musician suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism in London after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
  • Swedish Satanic Rock Band Begins US Tour This Month

    01/11/2012 8:15:31 AM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 45 replies
    Women of Grace Blog ^ | 1/11/12 | Sue Brinkmann
    A satanic rock band from Sweden known as Ghost is planning a 13-stop tour in America beginning in New York City on January 18. The band, whose keeps the names of its members anonymous, is actually a devil-worshiping ministry that features a lead singer who calls himself ďPapa EmeritusĒ and dresses up as a kind of satanic pope in a skull mask and cardinalís robes. Their ď13 Dates of DoomĒ tour in the U.S. will include two other ďdoom rockerĒ bands, Blood Ceremony and Ancient Wisdom. Their flyers advertise the tour in this way: ďIn the name of Satan, we...
  • Working class hero? John Lennon 'was closet conservative and fan of Reagan'

    07/02/2011 11:03:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 37 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 30, 2011 | David Gardner
    He is still revered around the world as a peace-loving working class hero. But by the time he died, John Lennon was a closet conservative embarrassed by his radical past, according to his former personal assistant. Fred Seaman claims that the former Beatle was a fan of Ronald Reagan, who went on to become Americaís Republican president in 1981 and forged a close political alliance with Margaret Thatcher.
  • The Five Most Overrated Rock Bands/Artists Of All-Time

    03/25/2011 1:05:27 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 495 replies · 1+ views
    landofpunt.com ^ | June 3, 2010 | Ryan Hogan
    There is no way to quantify if a band or artist is overrated. It’s more of a feeling than anything else. There exists in popular music a hierarchy. It’s been created, and is constantly altered, by both natural and artificial means. At the top sits The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Michael Jackson, U2, and Madonna. At the bottom rests the 8th place American Idol contestant. Everyone else fall somewhere in between. Determining which artists are overrated and which are correctly rated is not a science. It’s not even an art. It’s just an exercise to start a conversation. It’s...
  • God Save Wills and Kate by Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols frontman Lydon wishes Royal couple well)

    11/18/2010 12:42:14 PM PST · by Stoat · 6 replies
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | November 18, 2010 | SEAN HAMILTON
    † Well-wisher ... John Lydon famously railed against the monarchy in Sex Pistols anthem God Save The Queen By SEAN HAMILTON AS snarling punk idol Johnny Rotten, singer John Lydon famously railed against the monarchy in The Sex Pistols' Seventies anthem God Save The Queen. So you might not expect him to join well-wishers queuing to congratulate Prince William and Kate. Here he tells SEAN HAMILTON why he wishes them well. WHEN I heard William had popped the question to Kate, I had a nice cup of tea for them. Later on, I might even put some bucks fizz...
  • Big Hollywood's Review of (Freeper LS's) "Rockin' the Wall"

    11/18/2010 8:40:03 AM PST · by LS · 15 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 11/18/2010 | Ezra Dulis
    ĎRockiní the Wallí DVD Review: A Splendid Reminder that Rock and Roll Means Freedom! by Ezra Dulis You had to hide it somewhere that no one would find it: your very first record, tape, CDĖ whatever mediumĖ that Mom and Dad didnít approve of. You had to listen to it through headphones or when they were out of the house. You had to do this because you knew it was an act of rebellion; your parents did not want you hearing that music performed that way with those lyrics, and you decided that you wouldnít obey them. According to the...
  • Founding member of ELO killed in freak accident as giant runaway hay bale smashes into his van

    09/05/2010 11:29:07 AM PDT · by Stoat · 58 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 5, 2010
    A founding member of ELO has been killed following a freak accident involving a giant bale of hay.Mike Edwards, 62, who played cello for the band for three years, died when the giant bale weighing 50 stone crashed down on top of his van.Mr Edwards died instantly in the accident after the bale careered down the hill, and flipped over a hedge. † † † † † † Eccentric: Mike Edwards's bizarre costumes and ability to play his cello with fruit were a major part of ELO's appeal † † Bowing out: Mike Edwards, on the far right, played...
  • Rocker John Mellencamp likens Internet to A-bomb

    08/18/2010 1:00:28 PM PDT · by Borges · 50 replies
    Rocker John Mellencamp said on Tuesday that the Internet was the most dangerous invention since the atomic bomb, although new technology could paradoxically delay the inevitable demise of rock 'n' roll. But before then, "some smart people, the China-Russians or something" may have already conquered America by hacking into the power grid and financial system, he warned during a public seminar at the Grammy Museum. Mellencamp, 58, has established a reputation during his career as a bit of a loose cannon disdainful of music industry niceties. He still lives in his home state of Indiana, saying he never fit in...
  • But is it as good as 'Spinal Tap'? Beck and Nigel Godrich discuss the music of 'Scott Pilgrim vs....

    08/10/2010 1:55:44 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 10, 2010 | Todd Martens
    <p>Nigel Godrich has had no problem working with what some would consider the best artists ever. The real challenge is the acts that never were.</p> <p>"It's always terrible," Godrich said of movies that contain an artificial group. Action-romance "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" has four of them.</p>
  • Paul McCartney Joins Ringo Starr Onstage in New York (Meet The Twotles at Ringo's 70th birthday)

    07/09/2010 12:16:05 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies · 2+ views
    Billboard ^ | July 08, 2010 1:40 EDT | Courtney Baldasare
    Ringo Starr kept his 70th birthday celebration going on Tuesday night (July 7) with a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall that was positively star-studded, thanks in part to "a little help from his friend," Paul McCartney. The former Beatles bandmates topped off the show by surprising audience members with a performance of "Birthday" from "The Beatles [White Album]," and appropriately so. With McCartney on lead vocals and Starr behind the drum kit, the duo performed with classic rock 'n' roll flair. "Birthday" was preceded by another all-star collaboration, when Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band played "With...
  • Rockin' the Wall Trailer

    06/09/2010 9:44:49 AM PDT · by LS · 2 replies · 34+ views
    Rockin' the Wall ^ | 6/9/2010 | LS
    Ok, gang, the trailer to our documentary---coming in August---is now available. Among those you see in the trailer are "Mother's Finest," Robby Krieger, David Paich (Toto), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), Mark Stein and Vinny Martell (Vanilla Fudge), LA film score composer John Van Tongeren, Voice of America legal counsel Joseph Morris, Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), Hungarian/Euro star Leslie Mandoki, and me. Glenn Beck did a 15 minute interview with me to air tomorrow, three times, and the trailer is (I think) being played behind me for part of it. Rock on! www.rockinthewall.com
  • Conservative Rock Songs, Deconstructed (Is there such thing as conservative rock music?)

    06/01/2010 7:19:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies · 1,312+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/31/2010 | John J. Miller
    ¬† If you seek proof that liberal-arts scholarship is mostly a stinking heap of rubbish, behold the Journal of Popular Culture. Here are three recent examples of articles that have appeared in its dispensable pages: ‚ÄúQueer Dress and Biased Eyes: The Japanese Doll on the Western Toyshelf,‚ÄĚ by Judy Shoaf (February 2010); ‚ÄúSpongeBob SquarePants: Pop Culture Tsunami or More?‚ÄĚ by Jonah Lee Rice (December 2009); and ‚Äú‚ÄėThere‚Äôs Genderqueers on the Starboard Bow‚Äô: The Pregnant Male in Star Trek,‚ÄĚ by Stephen Kerry (August 2009). Yet the ultimate testimony to the journal‚Äôs shining irrelevance appears in its current issue: ‚ÄúRockin‚Äô the Right-Wing...
  • US fight Taliban with heavy metal and rock music

    04/07/2010 11:27:47 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 91 replies · 1,503+ views
    AFP via google ^ | April 6, 2010 | Karim Talbi (AFP)
    ...The playlist has been hand-selected to annoy the Taliban, according to one US special forces officer. "Taliban hate that music," said the sergeant involved in covert psychological operations, or "psy ops", in the area in Helmand province. "Some locals complain but it's a way to push them to choose. It's motivating Marines as well," he added after one deafening round of several hours including tracks from The Offspring, Metallica and Thin Lizzy. The officer said they also broadcast messages from the Afghan government, as well as threats to the Taliban -- there are no obscenities, "but we tell them they're...
  • Top 40 rejects: Why are none of these people in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

    03/16/2010 12:16:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 140 replies · 2,415+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | March 15, 2010 | Jim Farber
    Another year, another reason to raise bloody hell over who didn't get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ó and who did. Tonight, a fresh class of five historic names will march into the coveted main hall: ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, the Hollies and the Stooges.
  • Pink Floyd sue EMI over download royalties (claiming they are an album band...)

    03/10/2010 1:41:48 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 40 replies · 741+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Wednesday 10 March 2010 | Sean Michaels
    Pink Floyd are suing their record label EMI, claiming that it has no right to sell their songs except as part of full albums. According to a 1999 contract, tunes like Money and Another Brick in the Wall cannot be "unbundled" from the albums on which they appear; EMI alleges this does not apply to downloads. "Pink Floyd [are] well-known for performing seamless pieces," said Robert Howe, the band's lawyer, at a High Court hearing yesterday. "Many of the songs blend into each other." To reflect this, Pink Floyd's renegotiated 1999 contract "expressly prohibits" EMI from selling songs out of...
  • Oops! Bruce Springsteen greets concert crowd with 'Hello Ohio!' ... but he was in Michigan

    11/15/2009 8:13:56 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies · 1,937+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | November 15, 2009 | Kevin Deutsch
    Um, you've got the wrong state, Boss. Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen made an onstage geography goof Friday when he bellowed "Hello, Ohio!" to adoring fans at the Auburn Hills Palace -- in Michigan. The "Born in the USA" crooner referred to the neighboring state several times before trusty E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt whispered their actual location into his ear.
  • Freeper Help Requested: Rock and Roll Film

    10/28/2009 3:26:56 PM PDT · by LS · 49 replies · 1,138+ views
    self | 10/28/09 | LS
    Freepers: we are in the pre-production phase of a documentary film about rock music and its role in undermining communism and helping to bring down the Berlin Wall. (Please don't inundate me with the significance of Ronald Reagan. We know that. We exploring OTHER factors that also contributed to this). If you have ANY contacts, friends, relatives who were behind the Iron Curtain, 1970-1991, and went to rock concerts or played in a rock band over there, I'd like to be put in touch with them. We'd most certainly like to film them on tape. If you know ANY major...
  • (Bono) U2 explain Spider-Man 'opera'

    08/20/2009 10:51:23 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 11 replies · 735+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 19 August 2009 | Greg Cochrane
    Bono and The Edge have described their forthcoming Spider-Man musical as "dizzy" and "not a straight take on the myth". Turn Off The Dark, the production the Dublin band has written music and lyrics for, is set to open on Broadway in New York in 2010. They also confirmed American actress Evan Rachel Wood would play the part of MJ and revealed more about the other characters. ...Bono said: "We've got a new villain, it's a girl. It's a very extraordinary role. We've taken it to a much more dizzy place than you'd expect. We've got big tunes. We're very...
  • The Music Festival Grows Up (bands put out records to TOUR rather than tour to SELL records)

    08/12/2009 11:32:07 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies · 830+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 11, 2009 | JIM FUSILLI
    One lesson of this year's Lollapalooza, held this past weekend at Grant Park here, is a confirmation rather than something new: ≠Recorded music drives fans to live shows. Thus, it can seem like the recording industry exists to support the concert business. "The music business is upside down," said alt-country singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen. "You don't tour to support your record. You put out a record to support a tour." "Do you see people going ≠record shopping? No," said Perry Farrell of Jane's ≠Addiction. "Downloading free music. Yes. Going out for live music. Yes. I love recorded music, but the...
  • Sun Records' 'lost giant' Billy Lee Riley dies at 75

    08/05/2009 10:09:59 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 402+ views
    Commercial Appeal ^ | Sunday, August 2, 2009 | Bob Mehr
    The sky grew dimmer on Sunday, as another great ray of light from the Sun Records roster, Billy Lee Riley, died. Riley, who'd been battling cancer since May, died at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., after being admitted on Saturday. He was 75. Although Riley had been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, which had spread to his bones, his wife, Joyce Riley, said the singer was feeling optimistic. "We weren't thinking the end was coming so soon," said Joyce. "He was actually feeling better lately. So the very end was unexpected. But, he went peacefully." One of...
  • Ancient flutes more than 35,000 years old - world's oldest instrument

    06/24/2009 5:20:09 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 24 replies · 1,364+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/24/2009
    Found in a German cave, suggesting humans were piping tunes from bone and ivory flutes more than 35,000 years ago, new research has shown. Scientists discovered remains of the instruments in a German cave once populated by some of the first modern humans to settle in Europe after leaving Africa. Instrument has five finger holes and two deep V-shaped notches at one end The finds suggest that our oldest ancestors in Europe had a well-established musical tradition. The most significant discovery was a complete flute made from a griffon vulture bone. Measuring 21.8cm, with a diameter of about 8mm, the...
  • Flamin' Groovies in New Orleans (review)

    05/03/2009 7:58:03 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 1 replies · 260+ views
    SF Gate ^ | May 1st 2009 | Joel Selvin, Chronicle Senior Pop Music Correspondent
    ...The San Francisco natives, who barely rate a second glance on the streets of their hometown, can't walk down the sidewalks of Paris without being stopped. At the House of Blues after midnight Wednesday, the band was greeted by an audience that cheered with recognition at the start of every song, sang along on the choruses and clearly knew the whole Groovies story. But the Ponderosa Stomp is a special stage, a two-night festival-within-a-festival that has become something of a growing tradition between the two weekends of the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fair, which closes its 40th annual...
  • A Festival of One-Shots and Shoulda-Beens - Ponderosa Stomp rock/jazz/blues fest in New Orleans

    05/03/2009 7:42:45 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies · 295+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 30, 2009 | By JON PARELES
    ďYouíll be back again,Ē sang Barry & the Remains, starting their headlining set on Tuesday night at the eighth annual Ponderosa Stomp. Itís a song about a straying girlfriend, but the Remains could have been singing about themselves and many of the four dozen acts ó rockabillies, bluesmen, R&B shouters, swamp-rockers, honky-tonkers, psychedelic bands ó playing the House of Blues here in the Stompís two nights of nine-hour shows. In the mid-1960s Barry & the Remains toured the United States with the Beatles and made an album of crafty, surly garage-rock. Then they broke up, becoming one more rock-history footnote....
  • Against Insect Plague, Nevadans Wield Ultimate Weapon: Hard Rock (Stereos to Repel Mormon Crickets)

    04/29/2009 10:37:12 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 32 replies · 658+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | APRIL 24, 2009 | JIM CARLTON
    ...Rock music blaring from boomboxes has proved one of the best defenses against an annual invasion of Mormon crickets. The huge flightless insects are a fearsome sight as they advance across the desert in armies of millions that march over, under or into anything in their way. But the crickets don't much fancy Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones, the townspeople figured out three years ago. So next month, Tuscarorans are preparing once again to get out their extension cords, array their stereos in a quarter-circle and tune them to rock station KHIX, full blast, from dawn to dusk. "It...
  • Woodstock's Michael Lang Seeking Sponsors For 2009 Festival In New York City

    03/24/2009 12:51:03 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies · 965+ views
    Billboard ^ | March 21, 2009 | Gary Graff, Austin, TX
    Michael Lang said plans for a 40th anniversary Woodstock concert are "all speculative ideas" for now, but he hopes to bring them to reality this summer. The Woodstock co-founder told Billboard.com that his vision is "a free event...a very green project," possibly in New York City. "We want to have as small a carbon imprint as we can and use as many green techniques as we can," said Lang, who was in Austin as part of a South By Southwest panel discussion about Woodstock. The holdup? "It's got to be sponsor-driven," he explained. "It's free, but it costs a lot...
  • Lions and Tigers and Bears, Beware: Nine New Band-Name Trends on the Rise at SXSW

    03/12/2009 11:52:29 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 28 replies · 795+ views
    Paste Magazine ^ | March 8, 2009 | By Rachael Maddux
    Around this time last year, Paste's marketing director (now-emeritus) Caren Kelleher compiled a pretty freakishly extensive blog post detailing statistical trends among bands playing at the 2008 SXSW Music Conference. It seemed, then, that animal band names were actually on the wane, but judging from this year's schedule, they've definitely made a comeback; there are more than 60 animal bands slated to play the 2009 conference (including associate editor Kate Kiefer's favorite, Kittens Ablaze). But still, what's next? At one point, it looked like crystal bands were the next big thing, but that trend seems to have spluttered out, so...
  • Hidden Meanings in Songs - Live Stream

    06/15/2008 4:11:31 PM PDT · by guinness4strength · 168+ views
    Sonic Moodswing ^ | 06-15-08 | 106.7 WRHC FM
    Sonic Moodswing weekly radio show is exploring the hidden meanings of some rock classics as well as some underground cult-classics .... you'll never hear these songs quite the same again: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen Lola Ė The Kinks American Pie - Don McLean and more...... Playing 7-9 eastern tonight: Winamp or iTunes: listen Windows Media: listen Real Audio: listen
  • Bruce Springsteen endorses Obama for president

    04/16/2008 7:54:40 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 86 replies · 212+ views
    AP ^ | April 16, 2008 | Joan Lowy
    WASHINGTON - Rock star Bruce Springsteen endorsed Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president Wednesday, saying "he speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years."
  • Playing with fire: Stones warned over public smoking

    09/04/2007 5:01:45 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies · 807+ views
    Press Association ^ | August 22, 2007
    A live UK music venue today dodged a fine after members of the Rolling Stones lit up cigarettes on stage in defiance of the smoking ban. The Stones are rounding off their two-year Bigger Bang world tour with a trio of dates at London's O2 Arena. On the first date, officials had to tell the band to stub out their cigarettes after the guitarists, Keith Richards and Ron Wood, performed while smoking.
  • Freep This Poll - The J Band (Christian-inspired group)

    07/23/2007 9:25:45 PM PDT · by americanophile · 4 replies · 218+ views
    Freepers: Major Los Angeles radio station, Star 98.7, is having a band contest, and one of the contestants is a popular rock band with Christian roots called "The J Band." You can help them out, and help them spread their message by taking a minute to go to the website and vote for their video. With all the trash out there, it's good to see a band with some good messages get a break. Visit the site to vote, and simply scroll down until you see, "The J Band": http://www.star987.com/pages/rock_star_vote.html?feed=204416&article=2403680 You can also visit www.jband.com for more info on the...