“I play a little guitar, write a few tunes, make a few movies, but none of that’s really me. The real me is something else.”
George Harrison may have been one of the most famous men in the world - but he loathed super stardom.
Here are 10 things you may not have known about the former Beatle:
1. He actually came to the United States and played a show before the famous arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport on February 7th, 1964. On September 28, 1963, he sat in with the "Four Vests" for a show at the VFW Hall in Eldorado, Illinois
2. He was the first Beatle to release a solo album. Released on November 1, 1968 - Wonderwall Music was a first solo album from any of the Beatles, as well as the first LP issued by their new label, Apple Records.
3. He invented the mega rock star benefit concert - After learning about the plight of Bangladeshi refugees he recruited friends Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Badfinger, and Leon Russell, and together they played two sold-out benefit shows at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971
4. The song "CRACKERBOX PALACE" is about his mansion. Modest as he was - he did live in a 120 room mansion on a 66 acre estate.
5. He invited the Hells Angels to stay at the Beatles’ London offices. After meeting members of the gang in San Francisco - he told them "Oh, if you ever come to England, look us up,’ or something,” and a couple months later - they took him up on the offer - staying at Apple Records headquarters on their way to "straighten out Czechoslovakia"
6. He loved hanging out with Bob Dylan. Although all of the fab four were Dylan fans - Harrison would spend weeks with him at his NY home. The two eventually made music together as bandmates in The Traveling Wilburys.
7. Speaking of The Traveling Wilburys - he actually named the group. Wilbury was a slang term Harrison used for 'We’ll bury ’em in the mix” - a descriptor for removing minor mistakes and imperfections during recordings. When the record label asked the supergroup for a name - Harrison suggested the Trembling Wilburys. But the collective decided The Traveling Wilburys was better.
8. Sticking with The Traveling Wilburys - George was not exactly the quiet Beatle. Despite having this nickname - fellow Wilbury Tom Petty once said "He never shut up. He was the best hang you could imagine."
9. He once pranked Phil Collins for not being credited on All Things Must Pass. Collins sat in on the recording sessions - playing the conga drums - which are barely audible of the final mix. As an apology - Harrison sent Collins a version of the song that he claimed featured his lost drumming. Collins later told EW:
“I got a tape from George of the song that I played with the congas quite loud. I thought, Oh, my god, this sounds terrible. In fact, it was a Harrison joke. He’d recorded [percussionist] Ray Cooper. [He said,] ‘Play bad, I’m going to record it and send it to Phil.’ I couldn’t believe that a Beatle had actually spent that much time on a practical joke for me.”
10. He once performed his song "The Pirate Song" on TV in full pirate attire. He made a cameo as Pirate Bob on the 1975 Christmas special of Idle’s Rutland Weekend Television series
Thanksgiving is over ... Black Friday is here - so we thing it is now appropriate to listen to holiday music ... and one of the holiday albums we are most excited about is the soundtrack to Kacey Musgraves' Holiday Special - available now on Amazon Prime
Kacey is joined by some amazing guests for the album - including Lana Del Rey (for “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”), Fred Armisen (for a comedic version of Silent night) Camila Cabello (for“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”), Leon Bridges, Troye Sivan, James Corden, and Zooey Deschanel.
For a long time - Beck was a self proclaimed Scientologist. In a in a June 2005 interview with the Irish Sunday Tribune, he said:
“Yeah, I’m a Scientologist ... My father has been a Scientologist for about 35 years, so I grew up in and around it and stuff.”
He was was also married to famed Scientologist Marissa Ribisi (but the two filed for divorce earlier this year .. which may have prompted Beck to say the following in a recent profile with The Sydney Morning Herald:
I think there’s a misconception that I am a Scientologist. I’m not a Scientologist. I don’t have any connection or affiliation with it. My father has been a Scientologist for a long time, but I’ve pretty much just focused on my music and my work for most of my life, and tended to do my own thing … I think it’s just something people ran with.
You can’t be married to a Scientology family such as the Ribisi family and not be fully on board. Beck was there every day doing courses and auditing. He was very much a Scientologist. To say that he was more focused on his thing and the press just ran with it is a pussy move. This is his way of not publicly stating that he was very much in and now he’s not. It’s very clever of him to use these words. It allows him to evade publicly denouncing Scientology. It’s his way to get around being attacked as we all have.
Also speaking out against Beck's words - former Senior Executive of the Church of Scientology International, Mike Rinder - telling the same blog:
Beck took the chicken’s way out. To say, “I’ve never really been a Scientologist” is an “acceptable truth.” There is no doubt he was a Scientologist. But it’s a way of avoiding questions like “Why did you leave?” His father is still doing seminars at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre trying to attract new members.
Withthe question of Beck’s religious affiliation has preoccupied the music press for years - can we all agree with his sentiments that he would rather focus on his songwriting rather than his religion ?
But unfortunately - the 49 year old musical pioneer revealed some devisating news as well. He believes that the majority of his music has been destroyed in the fire that ravaged Universal Studios lot. This is the same fire that destroyed copies of music recorded by Al Green, Elton John, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Tupac Shakur, The Eagles, and Patti LaBelle.
Beck says he suspects the damage is far worse than initially reported -
“I have a feeling that my management is not telling me because they can’t bear to break the news.”
In an interview with the The Sydney Morning Herald - Beck revealed that the 14 albums he has released only represent 10% of his musical output with the other 90% lost in the fire
Albums thought to be lost in the fire:
an entire “album like Sea Change”
“There are completely different versions of songs and then there’s probably another 10 to 20 songs that aren’t on the record that [were] in progress ... things that I thought I would finish later. It wasn’t that they were bad songs, they just didn’t fit the mood of the album.”
a double solo album full of Hank Williams songs
“I wanted to celebrate that influence in my music and explore it, and I don’t have a copy of that; it’s on a master tape, so that’s probably gone,”
A country album recorded in Nashville in just two days before the fire
And an alubm of more straightforward indie rock songs
“I went and tried to make an indie-rock album, so there’s an album that sounds like a Pavement, Sebadoh kind of thing,”
The Who - are currently promoting their first new record in 13 years - simply titled WHO (hear the cut “All This Music Must Fade” below)
As part of the promo - Pete Townshend sat downinterview with Rolling Stone - in which he had some choice words about the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle
Over the years, Townshend has lamented the long-gone Moon, and after Entwistle’s death, Townshend said, “Without him, I wouldn’t be here…. When I did look over and he wasn’t there, I wanted to die.”
Today, he’s feeling less charitable. The Who’s current shows feature two video screens full of vintage shots of mad, mad Moon and Entwistle in his bemused and haunting solitude. I asked Townshend if he ever got nostalgic looking up at the pictures of his fallen bandmates. He snorted like an old horse.
“It’s not going to make Who fans very happy, but thank God they’re gone.”
“Because they were fucking difficult to play with. They never, ever managed to create bands for themselves. I think my musical discipline, my musical efficiency as a rhythm player, held the band together.”
Townshend took on his bass player first. “John’s bass sound was like a Messiaen organ,” he says, waving his angular limbs. “Every note, every harmonic in the sky. When he passed away and I did the first few shows without him, with Pino [Palladino] on bass, he was playing without all that stuff…. I said, ‘Wow, I have a job.’ ”
He was not finished. Moon is an easier target; he once passed out during a 1970s show in San Francisco, forcing the band to pull a drummer out of the crowd. “With Keith, my job was keeping time, because he didn’t do that,” says Townshend. “So when he passed away, it was like, ‘Oh, I don’t have to keep time anymore.’”
Fresh off her two Grammy nominations for “History Repeats” (Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song) - (former?) Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard has hit the TV circuit - starting with last night's amazing performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live - complete with some ad-libbing over some mesmerizing guitar noodling
You can also catch Howard on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on Wednesday, December 4th and The Today Show on Thursday, December 5th.
Singer song writer SOAK (and the latest artist to play a WRNR Pop Up Show) is no stranger to covers. She has released covers of the 1975’s “Love It If We Made It” and Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl" this year - plus in the past , the Derry Girl has released her versions of songs by Chvrches, St. Vincent, and Led Zeppelin.
The latest song Bridie Monds-Watson has covered though might be our favorite - applying her breathy vocals and clean strummed guitar to The National’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio (hear it below).
According to SOAK:
There’s something so special about the imagery the National manages to create within their music and I often catch myself imagining each song as its own movie trailer. I love the manic world this song creates.
17 years after joining forces, legendary Canadian roots rockers The Band decided to call it quits ... with a lavish farewell show at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom - on Nov. 25, 1976. The show was filmed by Martin Scorsese, and is considered one of greatest concert films and soundtracks of all time. To this day - musicians still gather to recreate the original show featured Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Ronnie Wood and more.
The show went until 2am - with the Holland-Dozier-Holland classic, “Don’t Do It (Baby, Don’t You Do It)” being the last song the classic lineup would ever play live.
Check out some raw video highlights from the show below
The Band - Coyote (with Joni Mitchell) - 11/25/1976 - Winterland (Official)
The Band - Four Strong Winds (with Neil Young) - 11/25/1976 - Winterland (Official)
The Band - Baby Let Me Follow You Down - 11/25/1976 - Winterland (Official)
Brooklyn duo Matt (Johnson, keyboards) and Kim (Schifino, drums) aka Matt and Kim are no strangers to wild shows ... from festival main stages to warehouse floors - there is always one constant at the duos shows: 100% FUN
Coldplay - who recently announced they won’t tour again until they can make concerts 'actively beneficial’ for environment - debuted their newly released double LP Everyday Life with two performances in Amman, Jordan– one taking place at sunrise, and another at sunset.
The shows were staged atop the capital’s aged citadel and each set mirrored the 2 halves of the album. On the track “Arabesque”, they were joined by Stromae, Femi Kuti, and a pack of sparkling horns. During the sunset performance opened they performed the album's lead single “Orphans” with a jumping choir.
Since the band has no plans on touring soon - this may be the best chance to see the songs from the new album live:
Coldplay: Everyday Life Live in Jordan - Sunrise Performance
Trouble in Town
When I Need a Friend
Coldplay: Everyday Life Live in Jordan - Sunset Performance
Cry Cry Cry
Champion of the World
U2 have teamed up with Indian musician A. R. Rahman and released a new song called “Ahimsa.” The title comes from a doctrine commonly translated as “do no harm” and a respect for all living things.
The song is the band's first new material since 2017’s Songs Of Experience, and it comes less than a month before from their first-ever show in India - Dec. 15 in Mumbai.
The band is currently still on their global Joshua Tree Tour.
On the track, guitarist Edge had this to say:
“It has been an absolute joy to work with A.R. on this track. A superstar and a talent both towering and generous, we are especially excited to visit his homeland in just a few weeks.
On their first ever show in India:
"India has been on our bucket list for a very long time, the principles of ahimsa or non-violence have served as an important pillar of what our band stands for since we first came together to play music. We can’t wait to experience the culture of India first hand, a place that brings together the modern and the ancient all at once."
This morning - the Beatles Bassist released two new tracks - “Home Tonight” and “In a Hurry” (listen below).
The songs we recorded during the sessions for his 2018 release Egypt Station and will be released next week, on November 29, the songs will be released together as double A-side 7" picture disc single for Record Store Day’s Black Friday.
The show - running at the Hudson Theater in NYC - was recently extended through February 16th. And Byrne was recently the featured guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He (biked on stage) and discussed transforming the musical performance into a stage show and even taught Jimmy one of the dances from the show
But the most magical moment was when Byrne and his Broadway cast performed “Road to Nowhere” off 1985’s Little Creatures - complete withtroupe members marching off stage and to Fallon’s desk and the show's house band - The Roots - joining in the performance
The 2020 Grammy Awards are a few months away - but today (11/20) on CBS This Morning - Alicia Keys - who will host 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26th - announced the nominees for some of the big Grammy categories.
Album Of The Year:
Bon Iver – i,i
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
H.E.R. – I Used To Know Her
Lil Nas X – 7
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride
Record Of The Year, the award for the year’s best single:
Bon Iver – “Hey Ma”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Ariana Grande – “7 rings”
H.E.R. – “Hard Place”
Khalid – “Talk”
Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road” (Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
Post Malone & Swae Lee – “Sunflower”
Song Of The Year, a songwriting award:
Lady Gaga – “Always Remember Us This Way”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”
H.E.R. – “Hard Place”
Taylor Swift – “Lover”
Lana Del Rey – “Norman Fucking Rockwell”
Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Love”
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
Best New Artist:
Lil Nas X
Tank And The Bangas
Legendary glam rock band had big plans for the end of 2019 - with a tour set for parts of Australia and New Zealand. But unfortunately - the tour was canceled because singer-guitarist Paul Stanley’s battle with the flu.
But since bassist-singer Gene Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer, and drummer Eric Singerhree had already gotten their Visas in order (and their flu shots) - they decided to make the trek to the land down under ...and play a single show ... on a boat ... for an audience of great white sharks. Seriously - you can't make this up ¯_(?)_/¯
There were 8 paying members of the KISS Army on the boat and a handful of other boats in the area to hear the shark's show. But alas- apparently no Great Whites got the memo - not even Jack Russell - despite the fact that sharks apparently “love the low-frequency sounds of rock and roll”.
Ok ... it wasn't all a gag - the show was to benefit the Australian Marine Conservation Society:
“Welcome to ‘Shark Rock City,’ where KISS will perform a live set off the southern coast of Australia to entice sharks, who love the low-frequency sounds of rock and roll.
This once-in-a-lifetime ocean concert takes place on November 18, 2019, in Port Lincoln, where you’ll board a boat at 6:30 AM and cruise along the coastline looking for birds, dolphins, and other wildlife. For the main event, you’ll head out to the deep waters of the Indian Ocean — one of the biggest feeding grounds for great whites.
As KISS rocks out above water, you’ll also get to see what’s down under it. Watch from a glass bottom boat as the music attracts the legendary band’s biggest (underwater) fans. KISS has played plenty of wild shows in the past, but this one will top them all.”
Back in 2003 - Disney struck gold (again) - not only with the film Frozen (it grossed $1.276 billion at the box office) but also with the soundtrack - with songs like Let It Go being engrained into parent's brains everywhere ...
With the upcoming release of Frozen 2, Disney has taken a different approach to the soundtrack - the album will feature some of the songs sung by characters as they appear in the film and again as covers by contemporary artists.
Panic! At the Disco have covered “Into the Unknown,” Kacey Musgraves gets spacey with “All Is Found,” and Weezer tackle “Lost In The Woods.” The soundtrack is out now - ahead of the movie’s release on 11/22.
You can hear the three covers below:
Kacey Musgraves - All Is Found (From "Frozen 2"/Lyric Video)
Weezer - Lost in the Woods (From "Frozen 2"/Lyric Video)
Panic! At The Disco - Into the Unknown (From "Frozen 2"/Lyric Video)
Last night (November 18), the Raconteurs Help Us Stranger tour brought them to Mexico City ... where apparently Julian Casablancas of the Strokes was hanging out ... and Jack White and co. decided to bring him on stage to help them cover "The Modern Age" (from the Strokes debut 2001 debut album Is This It) ... the version is a little more Racontuers than Strokes - but it works!
Mandy will be backed on the road by her husband and collaborator band - Dawes
On her return to music, Moore said:
“It’s been over a decade since I’ve hit the road but I am thrilled to put together an intimate, elevated evening of new and old tunes, performed with a superb group of musicians...I want the show to have threads of what the writing and recording process was like with this band, almost like you’ve been invited in our living room for an inside glimpse. It just feels good to be sharing this side of me again in its purest form, a real side of me I have been itching to put back into the universe.”
Her first single “When I Wasn’t Watching” is a classic piece of California pop centered on her captivating vocals that critics say "sways with Stevie Nicks energy"
Dec. 18 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Dec. 19 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Jan. 18 – Wed. Jan. 22 – Quintana Roo, MX @ Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky Festival April 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 18 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
April 19 – North Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival
April 20 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
April 22 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
April 24 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
April 26 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
April 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
2020 concert tour dates are pouring in - and count The Doobie Brothers amoung them ... but for a twist - they will be reuniting with Michael McDonald for the first time in 25 years - to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.
The 30 date tour runs from June to October with Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons and John McFee stopping locally at Jiffy Lube Live on June 24.
singer-guitarist Tom Johnston said in a statement:
“We’re truly excited about our 50th Anniversary Tour, as it’s a celebration of the band’s entire history...,We’ll be performing songs from our full catalog, as well as new music.”
The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald 2020 Tour Dates:
06/09 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
06/10 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
06/14 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (Formerly Verizon Amphitheatre)
06/17 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
06/19 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/20 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
06/23 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach 06/24– Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
06/26 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
06/27 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
06/29 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
06/30 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
07/02 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
07/03 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
07/19 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
07/22 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
07/26 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/30 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
08/02 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
08/08 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/30 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
09/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
09/05 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
09/12 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
10/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
10/09 – Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory
10/10 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Bruce Springsteen surprised the 400 attendees of a private benefit for Boston University at the New Jersey night club The Stone Pony by playing a 2 hour set. He was backed by by Bobby Bandiera’s band, with E-Street Band drummer joining them midway through the show for “Rosalita,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out,” and “Born to Run” (see full set list and some fan-shot videos below)
Springsteen’s son went Boston University and, as Variety points out - Brucs has played similar benefits at The Stone Pony in the past
SETLIST: Bruce Springsteen @ Stone Pony 11/16/2019
Seven Nights to Rock
Spirit in the Night
Because The Night
Layonne Holmes “Boy From New York City;
From Small Things (Bobby Bandiera on lead vocals);
I’m On Fire
Waiting on A Sunny Day
Talk to Me;
Fourth of July Asbury Park (Sandy)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Dancing in the Dark
Born to Run
Twist & Shout
Thunder Road (solo acoustic).
We assume that he will be serving the official Modest Mouse ice cream flavor released earlier this month by Portland ice cream shop Ruby Jewel. The band posted a location map link to Reddit to the shop earlier to tease with the song's release
The band originally called "The Pizza Players" when they they debuted in 1977, the band eventually changed their name to "Munch's Make-Believe Band".
The band was given notice of their termination in 2017. The news struck a cord with one Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty - who left a lengthy memorial to the band on his social media:
“Having been a professional musician for a few years now, I can appreciate firsthand not only the strain of trying to sustain a flow of creativity for so long but the rigorous, pretty unexotic feat of physical endurance just getting through a few hundred shows a year, plus all the travel.
When I consider that this motherf–ker was playing up to 5 sets a night all over the country simultaneously [I] am reminded that, yes, it can be done, and that just by getting on that stage every night and leaving everything up there, I am part of [a] lineage, of a collective imagination that spans the generations. How he maintained that smile on his face, playing so consistently and with such little flash (even though I’m sure some nights he just wanted to stretch out and make it all about himself) is beyond me. Don’t forget: this man’s middle name was literally ‘Entertainment.'
“He didn’t write much, outside of his seminal ‘Happy Birthday’ but neither did Frank f–king Sinatra. Like Sinatra, Chuck wasn’t ‘the best.’ But he had a style, and style cannot be taught; something we tend to forget in this era of manufactured pop stars. Max Martin would’ve had nothing to do with Cheese. He was a little thick around the waste, and certainly refused to change with protean fads in the culture.”
Refurbished Chuck E. Cheese locations will include dance floors - where Chuck will dance with customers every hour, and plenty of video games :(
Little by little we're learning about The Killers new album - Imploding the Mirage. The band has announced that their 6th album is due out in spring 2020.
Lead singer Brandon Flowers told NME:
“We’ve been in Utah doing it. That’s where I fell in love with music for the first time; so it’s interesting to be there again and hear some of that music with the geography matching the sensation. Some of that stuff is starting to resurface and a lot of that had to do with synthesizer music. It’s always been part of our DNA but it’s definitely creeping up.”
“I can jam to Nirvana In Bloom all day! I LOVE NIRVANA,” Those are the words of 9 year old drummer Nandi Bushell who uploaded a video of herself playing Nirvana’s hit “In Bloom” - and absolutely nails every drum note - along with some of the lyrics (and you gotta love those silly faces she makes )
This isn't her first brush with fame - her Instagram videos have led to her hanging out with Questlove, Lenny Kravitz - and even a spot in some advertisments.
At a recent concert in Brighton, Jade Bird was asked by an audience member if she was taking requests ... to which she responded "No I'm not doing requests," She then announced the next song she would perform was 'What Am I Here For'
The jerk responded - "To do the washing up'
The singer and the crowd were not impressed - and his fellow audience members booed him as he left the show at Jade's request
Jade took to social media after the show, remarking:
"It's so important we keep raising girls up, it's so important feminism isn't a marketing ploy or brand but a support structure to strengthen those who are put in these situations, which often privately are more dangerous. I was told straight after the show that countless other girls had received sexual explicit remarks at their own shows. It's disgusting."
Here is the full tweet:
The singers fans clearly have her back - based on the incredible response:
He’s probably not use to women who talk you see? The only women he gets interact with, probably come with a foot pump and puncture repair kit.
As a fellow man - that is so horrible to read. He does not speak for all men. Just those who have no brain cells between them. Unfortunately they are still around in 2019. Just keep on going Jade with your tremendous talent!
As a dad to Daughters, I thank you for doing what you do @JadeBirdMusic. You, and others like you, are great role models for my girls. Now, it looks like society needs to sort out some role models for these "musguided"** young men. (**most polite way to describe them). #poweron
It was my first time in Brighton for a gig (came just for you) & I didn’t hear what he said but I was so impressed with how you dealt with him. A night of great music & a great crowd except for one man. Rock on!
People put up a lot of crazy things for sale on Craigslist - but this one has to be one of our favorites ... a sweet 'Vintage Air Guitar' ... yes - an air guitar - otherwise known as air. lol
Apparently the 'guitar has quite a history - the seller's uncle acquired the ax at a Thin Lizzy concert in the 1970s and is a real “chick magnet.”
Here's the full post:
Reluctantly parting with this awesome vintage air guitar. My uncle saw some dude in the audience playing this at a Thin Lizzie concert back in the 70s. Long story short, my uncle ended up trading the dude a lid of Acapulco gold for it and then gave it to me about 20 years ago. I’ve taken it to more concerts than I can remember and always get great comments about it. It’s definitely a chick magnet, especially if you’re working the has-been tour circuit (Rick Springfield, Bon Jovi, Kansas, Cheap Trick, whatever). The only reason I’m selling is to fund my lifelong dream of an overseas snipe hunt. Otherwise I’d never let this one go. No lowball offers or scams please..
Kind of shocked he didn't include an air guitar stand:
Air guitaring is a highly competitive sport - so no doubt he received his asking bid
While much of the non country music world was shocked that Nine Inch Nail Trent Reznor took home a Country Music Award (he had a production credit on “Old Town Road”), it was Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson who stole the show with a very special performance.
The old and new guard of country music joined forces for a cover of The Muppets classic “Rainbow Connection”.
Both Nelson and Musgraves have connections to the track - Nelson covered the song on his 2001 album of the same name. And as Good Morning America points out with this adorable throwback video- Musgraves has been covering the track since she was just nine years old.
And for a taste of what you might see at the SNOWBALL - here they are performing Complainer off their new album "New Age Norms 1," the first in a planned trilogy of new albums - at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York
The band launched the tour with an intimate show Monday night at New York City's Bowery Ballroom. The band was tight in their the 60-minute set - showcasing the band's soulful lyrics, amazing guitar skills, and the glue of only a solid rhythm section can provide to hold it all together
The band played 11 tracks (see videos below)
The Black Crowes, Bowery Ballroom, New York, 11/11/19
1. “Twice as Hard”
2. “Jealous Again”
3. “Sister Luck”
4. “Could I’ve Been So Blind”
5. “Seeing Things”
6. “Hard to Handle”
7. “Thick n’ Thin”
8. “She Talks to Angels”
9. “Struttin’ Blues”
10. “Stare It Cold”
11. “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll”
The lead Foo recorded the segment last year and it has finally gone public. In his appearance, Grohl joins Elmo and Big Bird for “Here We Go Song,” a tune about how many people there are around the country who could be your friend if only you got the chance to meet them.
In case you were wondering - The Final Jeopardy answer was, "In the title of a groundbreaking 1890 exposé of poverty in New York City slums, these 3 words follow 'How the.'" The correct response was, "What is 'other half lives?'"
A repair of an old synthesizer turned into a long strange trip for Eliot Curtis, the Broadcast Operations Manager for San Francisco's KPIX Television.
Curtis decided to repair a vintage Buchla Model 100 modular synthesizer that had been sitting in storage at Cal State University East Bay since the 1960s.
When he got the unit home and opened up - he noticed “a crust or a crystaline residue on it.” He attempted to remove the residue with his fingers and soon started feeling a tingling sensation ... and for the next 9 hours - was high on LSD. This was confirmed by testing on the residue (LSD can stay potent for decades if stored in the right conditions)
Also - the instruments inventor - Don Buchla, has a connection to LSD - he was part of the 60's psychedelic scene and his equipment was purchased by LSD advocate Ken Kesey. Additionally, he was a friend of Grateful Dead sound engineer Owsley Stanley, who was an infamous manufacturer of an extremely pure strain of LSD.
2020 will mark the 30th anniversary of The Black Crowes debut album - Shake Your Money Maker. And to honor the occasion - the band will reunite and tour - playing the album in its entirety along with a second set of music comprising of the rest of the band's greatest hits
The band had teased a reunion with some social media posts
But billboards spotted in New York have revealed the band will play July 17th at New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center and July 18 in New York at Jones Beach Theater. No other dates have been confirmed yet
Over the past 50 years - Sesame Street has aired thousands of episodes with numerous musical guests.
Some notable appearances include, REM doing even more kid friendly version of Shiny Happy People, complete with a a Muppet-ized version of The B-52’s Kate Pierson.
I wonder if more parents enjoyed Elvis Costello and Elmo more than the toddlers
Dave Matthews expressed his feelings to Grover - while showing off his Banjo skills ...
But there is one band who never got the chance to play at 123 Sesame Street:
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
In 1994, lead singer Anthony Kiedis told Rolling Stone:
“Did I tell you we’re going on Sesame Street? I’ve seen Dizzy Gillespie on Sesame Street, and a number of musicians have appeared in sketches. They play music, and the kids gather around, and it’s always a really cool thing. For a long time, we’ve wanted to play Sesame Street, and they weren’t too sure about it. But they finally said yes. So as soon as we finish this record, we’re gonna do a spot on Sesame Street. That could be the pinnacle of our career… I think it just took ’em a while to realize that we have an understanding with kids and that kids dig what we do.”
Unfortunately - the band was never allowed to make the appearance. According to Carolyn Miller - a Children's Television Workshop publicist - the show deemed the band "would not be appropriate" for the show.
In 2010 - a Sesame Street writer revealed that it was (ironically) a Rolling Stone photo that lead to the band's not being suited for the Sesame Street audience:
“I remember years ago, when the Red Hot Chili Peppers were on the cover of RollingStone [in the nude] and they wanted to do the show, and the executive producer at the time said no, but that’s the only thing in my memory where we said, ‘No, that’s inappropriate,’”
Besides Kiedis - drummer - and muppet enthusiast - Chad Smith was disappointed:
"Yeah, we really wanted to be on Sesame Street, so bad, because it was such a great, great show. And you know, we have kids, we love kids...We thought it would be so fun. And they were like, ‘Um, no, you guys are a little too racy for us. We were like, ‘No, come on! We don’t do that anymore! We’ll be good!’ But that was it. They ran it up the totem pole, and the totem pole came back down.”
Sadly - despite the band's love for the show - and show star Elmo listing the RHCP as his favorite band - this fan-made video of Kermit the Frog and Animal singing Under the Bride is probably as close as we'll get to the collab
Billie Eilish and her collaborator / brother FINNEAS were in Nashville for a surprise show at Third Man Records’ Blue Room last night (11/6). The two played 11 acoustic songs at the secret, invite-only event, according to The Tennessean.
A company called Data Is Beautiful has compiled data and created a visualizer that shows the best selling music albums and artists from 1969 - 2019.
According to the creator -
Timeline history of most popular music artists from 1969 to 2019 ranked by yearly certified record sales. Numbers are worldwide and adjusted to twelve months trailing average.
Recent years data includes digital singles sales as reported by online music retailers and streaming services. This data aggregates multiple sources and can serve as popularity indicator across different medias such as album sales, radio broadcasting, digital copies sales and online streaming frequency.
Country stare like Dolly Parton, John Denver, Loretta Lynn, and Johnny Cash have all had Christmas specials ... and now - 2019's country pop darling Kacey Musgraves is getting her own!
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show will debut on Amazon Prime on November 29
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show Teaser | Prime Video
Musgraves has lined up a pretty great group of guests for the special: Lana Del Rey, Leon Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, Fred Armisen, Dan Levy ( from Schitt’s Creek)Kendall Jenner, Troye Sivan, James Corden, Camila Cabello, and the Radio City Rockettes
Musgraves said of the special:
What started as the small seed of an idea one night over a year ago has turned into something I’m so proud of. Some truly brilliant comedic and musical guests are featured in the show — as well as my own Grandma. My vision was to bring my old Christmas album to life visually and create a modern and fashionable, fresh take on a classic format. It’s a nostalgic, Wes Anderson-inspired reimagining of the holidays. It’s heartfelt, funny, and most of all, real. I can’t wait to finally share.
Back in the 'dark ages' - everyone didn't have a computer in their pocket that could order them food, get directions, send money to people - oh - and make phone calls
With a whole generation of people growing up having never known life without a smart phone - Ellen challenged a 17-year-old to use three items that have become pretty much obsolete - maps, phone books, and rotary phones - and the results are hilarious!
...In the form of the first song from the album - the track, called “It Might Be Time, has an interesting chorus - “It might be time to face it/ You’re not as cool as you used to be"
Tame Impala - It Might Be Time (Audio)
Parker also took to Instagram - sharing some insights on the track
Hey everyone sorry i’ve been a bit quiet for the last 4 billion years and sorry it’s all been a bit weird this year, there are all sorts of excuses i could serve you but it basically all comes down to me hating the idea of giving you anything that isn’t the best my entire heart and soul and brain can give. But i’m so fucking relieved the day has finally come that i can give you a date, I guess you are too… And i’m so excited for touring next year and beyond with a new show and new album of songs and yes we’ll come to peru and yes we’ll come to brazil and wherever you live in the world because that’s all i want to do for the rest of my life. I’ll be waiting anxiously with you until feb 14 2020, in the meantime enjoy this quirky new song about your own inner paranoid thoughts telling you you’ve lost your mojo, and whose drum sound took me about 1 of those 4 billion years. love you all
Finally - the group annouced some 2020 shows .. but you might have to call your travel agent to get to them -
03-09 San Diego, CA - Pechanga Arena #
03-10 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum #
03-13 San Francisco, CA - Chase Center #
03-19 Mexico City, MX - Foro Sol # $
Rage Against the Machine have annouced they will be reuniting in 2020. The band announced it in an Instagram post - see below - and it was confirmed (ironically?) in Forbes Magazine - who were told by Wayne Kamemoto, a longtime associate of the band just said, "The band's social media is accurate."
The dates include shows in El Paso, Las Cruces, and Phoenix, as well as two shows on the weekends of Coachella 2020 and the post was also shared by guitarist Tom Morello (with a little different message to fans) ... It is the band's ONLY Instagram post.
Rolling Stone has an amazing new feature called Musicians on Musicians - in which two artists interview each other. Previous episodes have had Billie Eilish with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstong, St Vincent and Kirk Hamett, and Lenny Kravitz with HER. In the latest installment - Rolling Stone had two drummers turned front men - Dave Grohl and Ringo Starr sit down together ... in a bath tub of course .. to discuss their craft, dealing with losing bandmates, and finding a new career after their original bands.
The two have a bit of history - Grohl spoke at the release of Starr’s first photography book and Starr took photos for the Foo Fighters 2014 album Sonic Highways. Grohl also admits that the first musical instrument he taught himself to play was guitar - using a Beatles chord book.
The two also got extremely candid in opening up to each other about the loss of their close friends and musical collaborators John Lennon and Kurt Cobain.
When Starr was asked what he thought of Nirvana, he responded
“Absolutely great, and the man himself [Cobain] had so much emotion. That’s what I loved. I’m an emotional guy. No one can doubt Nirvana, ever. And who knew he’d end up where he ended up. I don’t think anyone who listened to music with any courage could doubt him, ’cause he was courageous.I don’t know the end story, and it’s not about him, and we lose a lot of people in our business early … This is the famous 27-year syndrome. A lot of them went by 27, like it’s that number—what, had they got it all in by then? Or maybe that’s just the way God planned it; I don’t know"
Grohl discussed his dealings with Cobain's passing:
“Well, I realized when Kurt died that there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. It takes funny turns. You’ll be numb. You’ll remember the good things, then you’ll turn and remember some dark times. I stayed away from music for a while. I wouldn’t even turn on the radio. And then I eventually realized that music was the one thing that actually made me feel better. And music was gonna help me through that. So I started writing songs and recording them by myself.”
Starr recalled Lennon's death:
“I well up every time I think [about it]—he’s talking about me. He says [imitates Lennon], ‘Hey, Ringo, this’d be great for you.’ And I can’t help myself. I’m emotional now thinking of him 40 years ago talking about me on his tape and thinking of me. The four of us were great friends with a couple of side issues. And it was far out. So anyway, I didn’t know how to act. And then I got back to L.A., and I grieved, and then of course you always go through the grief."
Dave Grohl sat down with his hero and friend Ringo Starr for our Musicians on Musicians issue. The two went deep on their craft, losing John Lennon and Kurt Cobain, and finding life after their legendary bands https://t.co/8nDmIrP7Bxpic.twitter.com/DxLS8Rj4sr