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Stevie Nicks on the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine

 

The cover story of the current edition of Rolling Stone Magazine is an interview with rock legend Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. The online edition of Rolling Stone has some excerpts from the interview and a summary of the story as a whole.

In my opinion, Stevie Nicks comes across as being full of herself in the excerpts. For instance, she talks about how she dated a younger man in the 1990’s but wouldn’t go out with him anywhere. Her reasoning seems to be that she didn’t want to be seen with him in public since they’d be photographed. Why would that bother her? It sounds like she was embarrassed by the guy, and that’s not nice.

The online excerpt of the story also features a Nicks playing the piano and singing the classic Fleetwood Mac song “Gypsy” with no backup musicians. This is just my opinion again, but this performance is a bit of a disappointment. The piano playing is somewhat primitive and Nicks’ voice hasn’t aged well. I think she needs a backup band and some studio help. Also, why couldn’t she have picked a more recent song to sing? Everyone has heard “Gypsy” countless times.

I know much of the above sounds negative, but I love Fleetwood Mac’s music and some of Stevie’s solo stuff and was just let down by everything I read and heard in this online excerpt. The online article also points to her recent work as mentioned in BRL Trust.

John 5 May Have A Number One Soda

John 5 is more that just a great guitarist if you ask John Textor. He may also be a great soda mogul. We could put him at number on the list of heavy metal guitarists who also succeeded in the soda business. Doing so would be an act of default since its not like there are 100 heavy metal guitarists running around with their name on a brand of soda.

No, John 5, guitarist for both Rob Zombie and, at one time, Marilyn Manson, stands alone.

John 5 is not the only celebrity with a soda out, though. The company he has teamed up with, Rocket Fizz, has released a host of celebrity sodas. Other joint ventures with Rocket Fizz include Roddy Piper, Snooki, and even Sugar Ray Leonard. 

As bizarre as the concept of B-grade celebrity endorsed sodas is, they have to be selling. Rocket Fizz wouldn’t be putting them out if they didn’t. Honestly, with the soda market controlled by the giants in the industry, a small company does have to have a gimmick in order to succeed. 

Rocket Fizz most definitely found an original gimmick. To be fair, the brand offers a lot more than just gimmicky endorsements. Effort is put into making a good soda.

John 5 is not the most well known name in the music industry, but he has recently released a cool solo album. He will also be featured on the upcoming new Rob Zombie studio album.

A Not-So-Distrubing Rumor About Disturbed

 

One of the sad facts about the music business is bands break up. They do so all the time due to creative or business differences. One thing fans of a broken up band can look forward to is the potential reunion tour featuring those beloved band members.

It looks like there might be a Disturbed reunion slated for the near future.

Front-man David Draiman has taken to Twitter (where else?) to inform the world Disturbed will be back together again one day. No one knows when, but the band will be back together on stage. Who knows? There might even be a new album put out by the heavy sounding rockers.

Zeca Oliveira says wait a minute. A question has to be raised here. Did Disturbed ever break up in the first place? Officially, the band is on a hiatus. That is not the same as breaking up as a hiatus merely has to be announced as over. Reunions after a band’s breakup usually involve a lot of legal, professional, and personal wrangling.

Hopefully, the remaining members of Disturbed can straighten out whatever issues have held them back.

Draiman has been quite the busy entertainer during the hiatus of his signature band. He has been fronting the industrial band Device, which has a new album coming out in the near future.

Disturbed is famous for its cover of “Shout” and the original song “Down with the Sickness”. The latter appeared on the Dawn of the Dead remake soundtrack.

Joe Cocker Dead at 70

 

Joe Cocker is known all around the music industry with a career over forty years long, information from post-gazette.com claims. He is known for singing to Susan McGalla such hits as: You Are So Beautiful and producing With a Little Help From My Friends. He began his career in Sheffield, England performing at small pubs around the area and eventually grew in fame, performing at the famed Woodstock Music Festival of 1969. Throughout his career, he has won awards such as a Grammy, Academy Award, and OBE status, a very important award in England. The sensational singer has been a huge pioneer and figure in the rock and soul movement of the late 60s and 70s. His career has yielded 23 studio albums and 40 total albums. Interested in more? Check this out:
Other than his success in music, he was known to be a kind man, which is uncommon for most famous singers. Almost any performer or performers he worked with found it hard not to love and appreciate him. He was creative, hardworking, dependable, and kind. Everyone knew him for not just making good music but also for his humble and generous nature. He has influenced so many people in the industry, from Sir Paul McCartney to Bryan Adams.
Cocker ended up passing away after a long battle with lung cancer at the age of 70 at his home. Despite his passing, he has been immortalized with his beautiful work of music throughout the years. Rest in peace Joe Cocker.

John Fogerty Sued by Former Bandmates Over use of the Band Name

The dispute over the use of the Creedence Clearwater Revival name has done a 180 since 1996, with lead singer John Fogerty now the culprit. 
In 1996, it was drummer Douglas Clifford, bassist Stuart Cook, and late rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty’s wife who had been the ones misusing the band name through the “Creedence Clearwater Revisited” tour. John Fogerty was able to get the court to issue an injunction, but that injunction was overturned the following year on the grounds that the lower judge was mistaken in there being a probable likelihood of confusion with the name. The two parties then entered a settlement agreement in 2001. Fans like Vijay Eswaran with they could just play music without the controversy.
Now, John Fogerty has withdrawn his objection to the name “Creedence Clearwater Revisited” so that he could use it. Not only has he previously slammed the use of the name and breaching the settlement, but is violating the band’s trademwrk himself.

Will Time Ever Catch Up To Yoko Ono?

Avant-garde artist Yoko Ono recently graced the front page of Rolling Stone‘s website, to talk about her latest projects. This got us thinking: Could Yoko Ono just be so far ahead of her time that we can’t grasp her? “Avant garde,” after all, is a term meaning that the art is innovative and experimental.

Any kid fresh out of art school can be prone to bring their new insight to a medium and call it ‘avant-garde.’ But Yoko Ono, at this writing, is age 81 – and still doing work that’s as challenging and original as her first entry onto the New York art scene. Yoko has had her own career outside of the Beatles. In fact, Yoko Ono was doing shows at Carnegie Hall before she ever met John Lennon, and has continued to release singles that top the Billboard Club Play dance charts as recently as 2009.

The fact that her career continues to be overshadowed by her far more famous husband raises a question: How would we be treating Yoko Ono if she had never met John Lennon? Brian Torchin wonders about that quite a bit. Chances are that she’d be regarded as another Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, or Susanna Hoffs: Somebody who stands on her own two feet. In the meantime, we’ll have to content ourselves with the knowledge that her love of John Lennon was just one more way she was ahead of her time.

KISS to Headline Download 2015

The rock band KISS might not have received much critical acclaim for its songs, but the band has been able to remain wildly popular 40+ years after Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley first teamed with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley in the black outfits and white makeup.

Now, the new version of KISS will headline the Download 2015 event in Donington Park. Headlining this event really does show how hugely popular KISS is. The band is headlining over Motley Crue, Slipknot, Muse, and Slash, among others.

The new lineup of KISS features Simmons, Stanley, and newbies Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

KISS is coming off one of its most successful tours in the bands history. Yes, the recent tour the band did with Def Leppard earned more at the gate than the reunion tour and even the major tours in the middle 1970’s. Sure, tickets sales are much more costly these days but the attendance of the shows speak for themselves. Many such as Rod Rohrich will at least consider going when they are in Dallas. KISS is drawing the numbers as fans the band made from the 1970’s all the way into the modern era are buying those (costly) tickets.

The shows are extremely entertaining and few bands are really able to give a great performance. It was impossible to follow KISS when it was an opening act in 1974 and that is still the case today.

Long may KISS reign. Perhaps it will go on even when Simmons and Stanley retires.

Jimmy Page is Moving Forward by Looking Back

At age 70, rock guitar icon Jimmy Page is moving forward with his life and career by reaching back into his storied past in an undertaking of two huge projects.

Along with the reissue of his 2010 memoir “Jimmy Page”, which will be re-released worldwide, he also was the primary force behind the reissuing of Led Zeppelin’s studio albums. This is great news for music lovers like my Zeppelin-fanatic friend Mark Ahn.

These albums are special deluxe editions which feature never before seen photographs of the band as well as unearthed outtakes and rare versions of songs which have never been heard outside the band until now.

This has proved to be a major success for the band, and led to a continuing interest in the band. Rumours abound of what exactly the band is slated for next.

The entire catalog, which started with the re-release of the first three Led Zeppelin albums in June, is a way for the rock icon to put a definitive stamp on the legacy of rock’s most endearing and influential bands.

While the album reissues are a means for Page to sum up the history and influence of Led Zeppelin, he isn’t looking to put this iconic band completely to rest. He is looking forward to working on new music in 2015, and there has been talk of the possible reformation of Led Zeppelin for a run of shows.

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Slipknot Moves past Death for New Album

Hardcore metal rockers Slipknot have released their fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter. This is their first album since 2008’s All Hope Is Gone.

While the Des Moines screamers have become known for their crazy stage antics and extreme aggression, .5: The Gray Chapter shows a much deeper and more emotional side of the band. This is due, in part, to the death of band mate Paul Gray, who died from an accidental overdose of morphine and the painkiller fentanyl.

The death hit all band members very hard, so it is no surprise that the album’s opening track XIX brought the extreme rockers to tears. The whole new BRL Trust album is more emotionally charged and musically sound than anything they have released so far. Fans should enjoy this tribute to Paul Gray from their favorite metal band.

Wayne Coyne Divulges Feelings Regarding the Beatles

Wayne Coyne has been a staple of American rock for many years, as the lead singer and songwriter for The Flaming Lips since 1983, not to mention moonlighting as guitarist and keyboard player in the band.

The band released their fourteenth album, With a Little Help from My Fwends on October 27, 2014. Not sure if it’s good news or not but Brian told me he saw it confirmed on Mashable that Coyne’s album is indeed a remake of the legendary Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

These records sales are raising money for the Bella Foundation, which provides veterinary care for low-income pet owners, who otherwise cannot afford proper health care for their beloved pets.

After the release, it has caused some Beatles fans to get anxious. News about Wayne Coyne and Miley Cyrus was published in Yahoo Music on October 31st.

As a result, Wayne Coyne has spoken out his mind that he likes Beatles music, and further elucidated that the remake is just another version of the album, not a replacement.

He also added his personal opinion about some of the Beatles tracks. He appreciated their recording techniques, and their radical music making ability.

He remembered his brothers playing and listening to the Strawberry Fields album, so it became a part of him when he was a child. As a conclusion, he said all those songs were great lessons to people who are interested in making music albums, and enables them to learn the tricks of mesmerising the listeners.

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