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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