Author: Tricia Weight
is shaping up to be an amazing year for Grammy Award winning guitarist
Slash. He closed out 2011 riding high on the success of his landmark,
self-titled debut album which managed to take the Billboard top spot for
Rock Album, Hard Rock Album and Independent Album as well as the #3
spot in the Top 200. He also joined Ozzie Osbourne on the Scream tour
(Read the Technorati Scream Tour Review).
On April 14th Slash will be joined by the other original members of Guns N' Roses for a live performance during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Full list of 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees). With several successful projects under his belt, including Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit and his widely acclaimed debut release, Slash recently released the album cover art for his forth-coming follow-up release, Apocalyptic Love.
Apocalyptic Love, which will feature Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, is set to hit the streets on May 22, 2012. The band will be hitting the tour circuit as well as several major music festivals in support of the new album.Along with the up-coming Apocalyptic Love tour Slash will be performing at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in L.A. on April 11, 2012 as well as Carolina Rebellion, May 5, 2012 at Rockingham Speedway, NC, Rock on the Range, May 19, 2012 at Columbus Crew Stadium, OH, Rocklahoma, May 25, 2012 in Pryor, OK and Download Festival, June 8, 2012 in Donnington Park, UK.Read more »
Author: Tricia Weight
For the latest collaboration in the "Three Artists. One Song." campaign Converse has teamed Gorillaz with OutKast's Andre 3000 and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy on Gorillaz latest single, "DoYaThing," which is available for listening or free download at Converse.com/doyathing.
"DoYaThing," is an absolutely amazing song. Undeniable proof that after 10 years of making music, Gorillaz is still packing heat and their ability to lay down ass-spanking, funky, hip hop/pop music has only grown over the years.
In conjunction with the release of "DoYaThing," Gorillaz' Jamie Hewlett has also designed a kickin' new shoe line for Converse.
As my profile says, I have a shoe/ boot fetish--one look at the limited edition Chuck Taylor Gorillaz Collection and it was done. Seriously. Stick a fork in it. These shoes will be mine.
Gorillaz' Damon Albarn has been working on an extended version of "DoYaThing" for a later release (that 13 minute -->explicit<-- version was leaked and hit Youtube today) while Hewlett has been focusing his creative juices on a new video that will capture the funky, wild spirit expressed in both the shoe line and the new song.
Gorillaz celebrated their 10th anniversary with the release of a new compilation album, The Singles Collection: 2001 - 2011, and on February 21st they were honored at the Brit Awards in their native UK with the Outstanding Music Contribution Award. Most important of all, Damon Albarn has also been working in collaboration with his other highly successful Britpop band, Blur, on new material and--in what is sure to become a megaton explosion of pop/punk/funk fusion--Gorillaz are looking at a return to the studio for a new album as well.
So pop over to the Converse website, check out the cool shoes and download the new hot tune, the download button is below the embedded player and it is red. You can't miss it. Gorillaz have also left a message that should make you feel right at home.
"Take a listen and, while you’re at it, get your mucky paws on a Chuck Taylor Gorillaz sneaker, part of the new limited edition collection featuring artwork by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett. Enjoy the tasty bits, kiddie-winkles."
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Author: Lulu K. Daniels
Singer Beyoncé, who famously played Etta James in the 2008 film Cadillac Records, is speaking out on the legendary singer’s passing and says she will be missed.
"This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time,” she wrote on her website.
“I am so fortunate to have met such a queen," she continued. "Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed."
Etta famously slammed Beyoncé and President Barack Obama when he picked the new mom to sing Etta’s famous hit At Last at the inaugural ball in 2009.
At the time Etta said, “Your President, the one with the big ears … he had that woman singing my song. She gone get her ass whipped. The great Beyoncé … I can’t stand Beyoncé,”
And today Etta’s pal Roseanne Barr slammed Beyoncé and Obama for the snub.
“I lost ALL respect for Obama when he dissed Etta James in favor of Beyoncé,” she wrote adding that she stopped listening to Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z’s music because, “their arrogance was disgusting.”Read more »
Author: Tricia Weight
Last night Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler did the honors of singing the National Anthem for a hometown crowd at the New England Patriot's AFC championship game. It was a performance that's sure to vie for a spotlight in the annuls of epic stars with epic anthem fails. Jezebel.com compared Tyler's vocals to a dying animal--and not in a good way.
It's going to be interesting to see what Steven Tyler has to say as a judge to wide-eyed American Idol hopefuls after yesterday's performance. It's sure to be a great punchline for the coming Idol season--perhaps a cautionary tale as well. Don't warble. Don't screech. And whatever you do, do not lose your shite and tear off your stage gear while glaring down the sound techs. [Aerosmith 1999 Grammy Awards] They will not help you. They do not care.
Unfortunately Steven's performance wasn't the worst of the anthem train wrecks, if it had been he could have at least counted on Madonna jumping to his defense. As it is she'd likely just tell him that he was trying way too hard... And Bootsy called. He wants his scarf back.
Madonna defends Roseanne Barr [1990 National Anthem Incident] (Language warning)
As it stands Tyler's performance wasn't the worst of the worst, and it wasn't the best of the worst anthem disasters either. It seems that the Lord of the Thighs is stuck somewhere in between--National Anthem Purgatory. But in those last few seconds, as fighter jets came barreling overhead, it sounded as if they might actually be dropping a bomb. It reminded me of another such ending...
Christina Aguilera destroys the national anthem LIVE - Hollywood Reacts
We knew right then and there--the end was bloody, frickin' nigh.
Of course, I'm a die-hard Aerosmith fan. Always have been. Always will be. Absolutely one of the best of the arena rock bands; rock stars who helped define the term. And they're still out there keeping the flame. I'd walk to see them live.
And hey, the Patriots won. They're Superbowl bound. That lucky scarf, I'm sure.Read more »
Author: Dean Howell
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set to hit theaters on Dec. 21st and if you haven’t read the book, you are really missing out. Steig Larsson’s Millennium trilogy is one of the best international mystery/thriller series ever published. The first novel is an epic that can stand alone, and it’s not necessary that you read the whole series. Also, it makes use of some really cool computer gear. Today, I am going to take the high-road, however, and try to not be a book snob. It is my expectation that you will be able to enjoy this movie without regret of having missed out on the novel.
Cast Daniel Craig
Yes, I know that all the books are supposed to be about Lisbeth Salander and the miserable existence that she has been forced to lead at the hands of a secret organization, but it’s really about Mikael Blomkvist. His altruistic personally and his complete intolerance for injustice is central to the story. Daniel Craig fits the bill for me as a believable Blomkvist, right down to his natural demeanor, not to mention his parallel looks to Sweden’s Michael Nyquist.Read more »