Archive for April, 2012
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Wow…big day for Rush fans! Not only did they release a new single from their upcoming album, Clockwork Angels…it’s called Headlong Flight, and we’ve got it here at the CITI page for you to listen to and rate…but Tom & Joe with Nesta announced that they are COMING TO WINNIPEG! The show will be Wednesday, September 26 at the MTS Center, with ticket on-sale datyes to be announced soon. But, for you All Access VIPs, you can enter to win a pair of beat the box office tickets RIGHT NOW! To get you into a Rush state of mind, check out this Funny Or Die video with Paul Rudd and Jason Segal reprising their characters from I Love You, Man!
On this day in 1980, Brian Johnson, 32-year-old English singer with Geordie, replaced the late Bon Scott in Australian rock band AC/DC…and they’re still going strong to this day! Angus Young later recalled, “I remember the first time I had ever heard Brian’s (Johnson) name was from Bon. Bon had mentioned that he had been in England once touring with a band and he had mentioned that Brian had been in a band called Geordie and Bon had said ‘Brian Johnson, he was a great rock and roll singer in the style of Little Richard.’ And that was Bon’s big idol, Little Richard. I think when he saw Brian at that time, to Bon it was ‘Well he’s a guy that knows what rock and roll is all about.’ He mentioned that to us in Australia. I suppose when we decided to continue, Brian was the first name that Malcolm and myself came up with, so we said we should see if we can find him.” For the audition, Johnson sang “Whole Lotta Rosie” from Let There Be Rock and Ike & Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits”. He was hired a few days after the audition.
It’s looking like it might be time to say goodbye to another old friend as Band co-founder and drummer Levon Helm battles through the final stages of cancer. Helm, who’s now 61, was first diagnosed with throat cancer in the late-1990′s. A message was posted on his official website, LevonHelm.com, stating: “Dear Friends, Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey. Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration. . . he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage. . . We appreciate all the love and support and concern. From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy“ Be sure to join Howard this Sunday for the Sunday Morning Resurrection where he pays tribute to Helm and The Band.
Former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson says that Kurt Cobain was working on a non-Nirvana music project before his death in 1994. Erlandson told Fuse.tv about Cobain’s solo album, which he compared to The Beatles’ “White Album.” “That’s really what he was going towards, a solo album but working with different people,” Erlandson said. “I got to see him play it in front of me.” Apparently there also was a cover song with Cobain’s other original demos. “I won’t say what it is. I don’t own the stuff,” Erlandson said. “I just hope that one day it will be released for fans.”
And can you BELIEVE this guy? Fabrice Morvan…better known as one half of duo Milli Vanilli says…he’s sort of a trailblazer, because nowadays almost EVERYBODY in pop music lip-syncs their songs. Fab says, “There is no difference between what I did back then and what people are doing now.” He explains, “If you wanna break it down, people might say, ‘Well you didn’t sing’, but the fact of the matter is now the machines are doing it.” Fab says technology like Auto-Tune allows singers to completely change their voice, duping fans into believing they can sing when, in fact, they can’t. “I ain’t pointing the finger, but if you’re doing all this and you’re not performing the song live, then you’re not doing anything different from what I did.”
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Monday, April 16th, 2012
Five classic guitars have been stolen from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ West Los Angeles rehearsal studio. The band is offering a $7,500 reward promising that “no questions” will be asked. The guitars include Petty’s 1967 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SG TV Junior, Ron Blair’s Fender Broadcaster, Scott Thurston’s 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, and Mike Campbell’s blue Dusenberg, which was built for Campbell to commemorate the band’s 30th anniversary.
Van Halen has just released a music video for “She’s The Woman,” the official second single from the band’s new album A Different Kind Of Truth. The clip is a combination of rehearsal and live footage, while the song is one of several on the new disc that was resurrected from the band’s vaults and retooled for the new album. The original version of “She’s The Woman” first appeared on a demo in 1976 that was produced by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons.
And Courtney Love is one bat s*** crazy woman. She’s once again taken to her Twitter account and this time she issued a public apology to her 19 year old daughter after making allegations that Dave Grohl hit on her. Frances Bean issued a statement last week responding to the allegation. She said: “While I’m generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I’m in a monogamous relationship and very happy. Twitter should ban my mother.” Grohl himself responded with, “Unfortunately Courtney is on another hateful Twitter rant. These new accusations are upsetting, offensive and absolutely untrue.” On Saturday, Love tweeted: “Bean, sorry I believed the gossip.. Mommy loves you.”
Don’t go anywhere on Sunday night…Fox is going to re-air the pilot to Married . . . with Children as part of its 25th-anniversary celebration on April 22th. That night will also feature an encore of The Simpsons’ 500th episode and then the network’s 25th Anniversary Special.
Back to the Future might have propelled Michael J. Fox to stardom, but he was less than impressed with his own performance in the film. In a recent interview he said he was exhausted making the movie because he was constantly traveling to and from the set of Family Ties. He recalled, “While we were making it, I thought I sucked in it. I really, truly thought I was terrible. So many times I was practically unconscious because I was so tired. My agent called me in London, where I was doing Family Ties Vacation. He said, ‘I just saw the movie.’ I said, ‘I’m sorry, I’ll do better next time.’ And he said, ‘No, you don’t understand. This is going to be the biggest movie of the summer.’”
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