Bill Wyman Done Playing With Stones
5/16/2013 10:48:00 AM
Those that had the lucky opportunity to see Mr. Bill Wyman play with the Rolling Stones when they did their 50th anniversary show last year at London’s O2 arena will be the last to see the bass player jam with the band. Bill Wyman played with the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993.
“They’d asked me the December before, and I had to jam with them for three days. I was under the impression I was going to get really involved, but when it came to it, they only wanted me to do two songs, which was very disappointing.”
As promised, many celebrities have joined the Rolling Stones on stage as their 50th anniversary tour continues through North America. So far, Keith Urban, Gwen Stefani, and Katy Perry have all shared the stage. Former guitarist Mick Taylor is along for the ride and is being promoted as a ...
Gene Simmons Talks New KISS Stage - Video
5/14/2013 11:05:00 AM
Never one to make a small impression, in the video below Gene Simmons goes over the details of the new over the top stage for their upcoming Monster tour. From what he says, it really does sound like a pretty amazing setup.
The stage description comes right at the beginning of the video, and then Gene takes some questions and comments from the crowd. Warning, there are some seriously aw struck fans grabbing the microphone. Imagine that.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Space Oddity Video
5/13/2013 1:18:00 PM
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has done an amazing job documenting his last 5 months on the international space station via Twitter, Facebook, and youtube. To celebrate his last day aboard the station, he released this very cool self made video of himself performing David Bowies classic “Space Oddity”.
Visually stunning, this self made video incorporated a little help from a former Bowie musician – Emm Gryner.
“The task was in front of me. I came up with a piano part. I then enlisted my friend, producer and fellow Canadian Joe Corcoran to take my piano idea and Chris’s vocal and blow it up into a fully produced song. Drums! Mellotrons! Fuzz bass! We also incorporated into the track ambient space station noises which Chris had put on his SoundCloud. I was mostly blown away by how pure and earnest Chris’s singing is on this track. Like weightlessness and his voice ...
Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters Black Dog (Video)
5/9/2013 11:01:00 AM
In preparation of his upcoming North American tour, Robert Plant has uploaded a new video of a live performance of Black Dog that he did with the Sensational Space Shifters. It’s a cool take on this Led Zeppelin classic that really highlights the Americana sound of the Space Shifters.
The Sensational Space Shifters include Justin Adams (guitar, bendir, vocals), John Baggott(keyboards), Juldeh Camara (ritti, kologo, talking drum, vocals), Billy Fuller (bass guitar, vocals), Dave Smith (drums and percussion) and Liam “Skin” Tyson (guitar, vocals).
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will be here in Chicago on Friday July 12th, performing as Part of the Petrillo Music Shell Concerts at Taste of Chicago.
More information can be found at the Loop Live page: http://www.wlup.com/ConcertsEvents/concertcalendar/Details.aspx?ConcertID=180114
Trooper Beer Sells
5/8/2013 9:28:00 AM
Tomorrow, Iron Maidens Trooper beer begins to hit the pubs in the UK. Pre-sales are through the roof, and the brewer Robinson’s says it’s really unprecedented.
“We haven’t spent a single penny on advertising,” said David Bremner of Robinsons. “This is history in the making for brewing.”
Robinson’s has been brewing 3 batches a day on a 6 day week, something that they have never done before, just to keep up with the demand. Over 250,000 pints have been presold with over 100 countries applying to distribute the libation.
If you’re headed over to the UK tomorrow and you’re looking for a pub that stocks Trooper Beer, Iron Maiden has posted a list of participating locations, here.
No word on when we can expect it here in Chicago, hopefully soon.
Bill Clinton Tried To Convince Led Zeppelin To Reunite
5/7/2013 11:02:00 AM
Even former President Bill Clinton couldn't talk Led Zeppelin into to reuniting.
According to the CBS "60 Minutes Overtime" webcast, which ran May 6, Clinton was recruited to encourage Led Zeppelin to reunite for the Superstorm Sandy benefit concert last year and failed to convince the British rock royalty to give it one more go onstage.
Robin Hood Foundation's executive director David Saltzman said during the report that Clinton asked the band personally in Washington, D.C. when they were being saluted with the prestigious Kennedy Center honor: "Harvey Weinstein had this great idea that we could enlist Bill Clinton who could convince Led Zeppelin to reunite to perform at the 12-12-12 concert. Bill Clinton himself asked Led Zeppelin to reunite and they wouldn't do it."
Given the band's response last year to reporters presing them on a possible reunion, this shouldn't surprise anyone. When an AP reporter asked, "Is this ...
New Aerosmith Movie
5/7/2013 9:51:00 AM
A trailer has been released for the new Aerosmith movie called “Rock for the Rising Sun”.
Mr. Tyler said on Facebook "Hey ya'll…How 'bout sum of our new movie!!! 2 start ur day or nite. Can't wait for u to see it. Luv ST!!!"
Directed by long time Aerosmith collaborator Casey Patrick Tebo, the concert film chronicles the band’s visit to Japan just 6 months after the Tsunami. According to the Japan Daily Press, the movie was never intended to be documentary; instead the director secretly edited the film and surprised the band with a showing. Needless to say, the band loved it.
Rock for the Rising Sun will be released in June. All of the proceeds benefit the ongoing relief efforts in Japan.
Ozzy Explains Bill Ward’s Absence
5/6/2013 11:39:00 AM
It’s not easy being in a band, and it’s often described as like being in a dysfunctional marriage.. with several guys.. who all usually have a drug or alcohol problem. Very few bands are immune to this reality, most will succumb to the trails of recording, labels, touring, promotion, and fame. Sabbath has certainly been one of those bands, surviving the business by changing it’s lineup many times. Even the new reunion lineup has had its drama in regards to the loss of Bill Ward.
“There was also another side to it. When Bill came along, we all had to ask, ‘Can he do an hour-and-a-half, two-hour gig? Can he cope?’ said Ozzy to Mojo.
We must remember that the drummer in any band, especially a hard rock band, is a very demanding and integral part of the band. It requires endurance, durability, skill, musicianship, and tenacity. It makes sense ...
'F---ing Idiot' tackles Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars onstage in Canada.
5/5/2013 6:09:00 PM
Yesterday (May 4) was Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars’s 62nd birthday. And he almost certainly wanted to celebrate it by being assaulted on stage during a concert.
The Crüe was performing at Spectra Place in Estevan, Saskatchewan, and was singing “Primal Scream” when a guy rushed the stage, knocked over Mars and then grabbed singer Vince Neil before being tackled by security, TMZ reported.
Sunday afternoon, Mars tweeted the following message: "Thank all of you for your concerns about me being knocked down last night. I'm alright; nothing [is] broken. My bodyguard Rhyno got two busted ribs."
(WARNING: Video contains the kind of foul language you'd expect after a situation like this.)
Mars lives with Ankylosing Spondylitis, an inflammatory condition that affects the joints and slowly decreases mobility.
Diagnosed at 19, he vowed to continue touring and playing music despite the pain ...
Jagger, Clapton, Bono and Dozens of Others Featured in B.B. King Film
5/2/2013 3:31:00 PM
B.B. King - The Life Of Riley (Directed by Jon Brewer)
It may be a while before we get our hands on this film in the U.S., but it looks worth the wait. Narrated by Morgan Freedman with accolades from the likes of Keith Richards, Joe Walsh, Carlos Santana and may others listed below, the film celebrates the legacy of blues great B.B. King. At 87 years old B.B. King continues to tour extensively and often has famous friends happily joining him. In 2011 he played the UK's The Royal Albert Hall, joined onstage by Slash, Ronnie Wood, Susan Tedeshi and Derek Trucks in a concert for DVD also directed by Jon Brewer.
It's kind of a shame, but American blues greats have always been more appreciated in the United Kingdom, and even Japan, than they are here in their own land. That explains why the film was released to ...