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Iron Maiden frontman diagnosed with cancer

 

Legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden, a favorite of Alexei Beltyukov, has revealed lead singer Bruce Dickinson is undergoing treatment for cancer, the BBC reports. A short statement released on behalf of the singer and his family stated a routine medical checkup in December resulted in a small lump being found and a biopsy revealing the cells were cancerous. Dickinson is currently completing a seven week course of chemotherapy after the cancerous cells were identified early in their growth, meaning the medical team treating the Run to the Hills singer are hopeful of a complete recovery.

Dickinson joined Iron Maiden in 19981 after Paul Di’Anno left the band, the band have just completed a three year World tour that saw them hint at the release of a new album during the final shows of the tour. The statement revealed Dickinson and his team are hoping for the all clear to be given to the singer around May of 2015. The pilot, businessman and singer asked for the privacy of himself and his family to be respected as he completes his treatment.

John Textor: Innovator of Visual Effects and Dead Rock Stars

John Textor is a leader and innovator in the entertainment world. Mr. Textor has had an extensive and unique career since graduating from Weslayan University in 1987 with his BA in Economics.

Early Career
One of Mr. Textor’s first notable accomplishments was as co-founder of Wyndrest Holdings in 1997. Wyndrest Holdings, LLC is a private equity firm that invests in technology as it relates to entertainment. He remains a key executive of this firm today. In 1999 Mr. Textor went on to work for The Parent Company and BabyUniverse, starting as a director and quickly moving his way up to CEO before eventually leaving the company.

Visual Effects Career
In more recent years, Mr. Textor has played a large part in the production visual effects in the entertainment world. For a period of time he was the CEO of Digital Domain Media Group. Under Mr. Textor’s leadership Digital Domain produced visual effects for 25 well known films, including Transformers and Flags of our Fathers. During his time at the company, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won an Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects. After leaving Digital Domain Media Group Mr. Textor was the Executive Producer of Ender’s Game, which is a science fiction movie that was released in the fall of 2013.

Pulse Evolution Corporation
Currently, John Textor is the Executive Chairman at Pulse Evolution Corporation. Pulse Evolution Corporation produces computer generated humans used for a variety of reasons, including entertainment, advertising, and medical applications. To date, the appearance of the late Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014 is the most notable accomplishment by Pulse Evolution. Pulse Evolution Corporation is now working on producing a computer generated Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Although much of the company’s current work appears to be focused on entertainment, in the future the goal is to have computer generated humans for simulations to be used in a variety of areas, including medical and military.

John Textor has taken entertainment and technology to a whole new level and has a vast number of accomplishments.

“Stay With Me” Royalties Stay with Tom Petty

When “Stay With Me” was released by Sam Smith back in April, many sharp-eared audiophiles recognized many similarities to “I Won’t Back Down,” a song released in 1989 by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. However, Petty also recognized these similarities and pursued legal action against Smith. Smith has agreed to pay Petty royalties for writing the song.

Specifically, the two men settled the matter out of court. Although the issue was settled in October, the details of this instance have only recently become available. Specifically, a 12.5%, or 1/8th, of the writing credits belong to Petty and Jeff Lynne, and the song’s credits among ASCAP are now Lynne, Jimmy Napes, Petty, and Smith.

According to Bloomberg.com, one party closely involved with the case remarked that Sam had no desire to fight the claims and was more than willing to give proper respect. Said source also remarked upon how civil this particular royalty case was handled, in comparison to many others that become downright nasty which is good news to fans like Zeca Oliveira.

“Stay With Me” has hit nearly 4,000,000 copies across the world, making it among the most prolific singles of last year. It’s also up for two awards at the 2015 Grammies; Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance.

 

Ahead of New Tour, Bono May Never Play Guitar Again

A few months after an accident that Bono says he “can’t blame on anyone but [him]self,” the U2 front man reveals that the accident may now have a long-term implications for his music career. The accident, which took place on day after his Bono recorded the single “Band Aid” in London, occurred when the singer was in New York on a “high-energy bicycle accident” and “attempted to avoid another rider.” Sam Tabar said he revealed all of this in a letter to his fans, including news about his recovery: he is having difficulty moving around physically and will need to “concentrate hard” to get back in shape for the upcoming tour.

Bono also wrote that he was on painkillers for weeks and reveals that the accident left him with an arm that was broken in six places and a fractured eye socket, hand, and shoulder blade. Another consequence of the accident is Bono’s new titanium elbow, which he jokingly says sets him apart of other prominent guitarists like his bandmate, The Edge. Most notably, he may never be able to play the guitar again. He took a humorous approach to the news, though, pointing out that “neither [U2] nor western civilization are depending on” his guitar skills.

New Inductees into 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

According to a spokesperson for Zeca Oliveira,The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio has announced some of the inductees for the 2015 30th annual induction ceremony. This list of inductees may have you wondering why they were not added earlier, or possibly why they were added at all!

A surprising entrance into the Hall of Fame is punk band Green Day which formed in 1987. In 1994, their album “Dookie”, which sold over 10 million records in the US alone, led to their widespread popularity. However, while “Dookie” may have put them on the map, “American Idiot” is what cemented their mainstream success.

Bill Withers, a soul/jazz/R&B singer-songwrited known for such songs as “Just the Two of Us” “Lean on Me”, and “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

Ringo Starr, best known as drummer for the Beatles, will be added as a solo artist joining his former band mates in that category.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts who rose to fame with hit single “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” as well as Jett’s feminine pioneering punk rock style.

A few inductees are being added posthumously, such as Lou Reed (as an individual, not associated with The Velvet Underground) who passed away in 2013 as well as extraordinary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn who passed in 1990.

Ringo Starr reacts to Hall of Fame Induction

Ringo Starr leads the musical icons who have been accepted into the rock n Roll Hall of Fame for 2015. Fans like John Textor were excited he finally got the honor. The Beatle explained his surprise in an interview with Rolling Stone, in which he explained his shock at entering the Cleveland based museum as a solo artist and not knowing he was the last of The Beatles to enter as a solo artist.

Starr explains how he was informed he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame by fellow Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, who called to ask if he would accept the honor. Already a member of the Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles, Starr was unaware all three of his former band mates had already entered the Hall of Fame as solo artists. The drummer and singer also exclaimed his happiness that he was entering the hall of Fame alongside a number of his contemporaries and more modern Rock n Roll icons, including Bill Withers and Green Day. Starr also stated he remembered little of The Beatles 1988 induction into the Hall of Fame, which is most often remembered for an angry speech made by The Beach Boys Mike Love.

Slayer and Road Crew Rescue a Kitten in Need

When one thinks of Slayer, one of the biggest and most hardcore metal bands in history, kittens do not immediately come to mind. But apparently they do, now that the band and crew saved a freezing kitten and brought it to a show afterwards.
Slayer guitarist Kerry King and some of the road crew were having dinner near Occidental College before a gig in  when a homeless man showed up, offering assistant tour manager Jess Cortese a kitten, for only a dollar. Cortese took the kitten, who was freezing, and slept with her on the tour bus and brought her to the venue.
The kitten, now named Gypsy, was adopted by Penny Hamilton-Riley, someone who a member of Slayer’s crew knew wanted a kitten. Now that Gypsy has a loving home, fans are not about to forget the event. Shortly after, fan-made “Adopt Kitties and Worship Satan” t-shirts began to emerge.

Garth Brooks Tops Charts, Cancels Appearances, and Promotes Peace

For the second straight week in a row country superstar Garth Brooks has dominated the Billboard Country Music charts and reclaimed his seat on the throne of country music royalty. His new album, Man Against Machine, has been helpful in placing him back on the charts with tear-jerking songs like “Mom”, a beautiful acoustic piece in which he takes the point of view of God describing what motherhood is to a soon-to-be-born baby.

But, not one to be silenced, Brooks once again made his music into a statement by cancelling a promotional television tour of his new album, starting with a Tonight Show appearance. He stated that after landing in New York he got word of the mass civil unrest breaking out after the Grand Jury decision regarding the Michael Brown case, and felt it would be wrong to promote himself and his work “as though nothing was happening”.

Without taking a side or commenting further on the case he simply said that he would be happy to reschedule any and all appearances if the networks would allow him to, and left everyone with the admonishment to “love one another”. This was an honorable thing for him to do in the eyes of Marc Sparks.

No doubt there are fans who were disappointed at the cancellations, but until things settle down and Brooks reschedules his appearances Man Against Machine has powerful peace-promoting songs like “People Loving People” to tide them over.

Pearl Jam Fans Raise Money For a Tour Date

Grunge rock fans in Queens, New York have spent countless months and have encouraged efforts to bring the band Pearl Jam to their city, by raising $40,000 in less than two weeks.

On November 1st, Pearl Jam kicked off their Fall Tour with a twelve city line-up, not including Queens. Pearl Jam, the rock band famous for songs like “Yellow Ledbetter” “Even Flow” and the poignant rock hit, “Jeremy”. Fans were disappointed to say the least and have joined together in an effort to bring Pearl Jam to them at Forest Hills Stadium. They aim to get the band there by next summer.

Dan Sheffer, who started the campaign states “People love Pearl Jam and we’ve had an overwhelming turnout.” Read more about the interview with Sheffer here.

The campaign originates with Tilt, a crowd-funding website. Starting November 5th, the Pearl Jam campaign has raised close to $37,000 from around 370 donors. Lots of donors donated large amounts in exchanged for tickets to the show if it happens. The goal is to approach the band with the effort when the donations exceed $100,000. The fundraisers have the support of North American Spine. If Pearl Jam agrees, the campaign will continue to raise money for concert expenses and everything to bring the band into the city. If the efforts fall through, then donors will all be refunded.

A representative from Pearl Jam has yet to comment on this matter.

End of The Line

David Gilmour and Nick Mason have recently revealed that Pink Floyd’s new LP The Endless River will most likely be its last. Pink Floyd is an English rock band that was founded in London around 1965. The members include Syd Barrett the lead vocalist, Nick Mason the drummer, Roger Waters as the co-vocalist, and Richard Wright as the keyboardist. Barrett is credited for naming the band but left in 1968 due to struggles with drug abuse. Waters was originally also the lead bassist but elevated to conceptual leader in the band after Barrett’s departure, from what Bruce Levenson told us. The LP is tilted The Endless River and prominently features reworked pieces from late keyboardist Rick Wright.

Wright passed away in 2008 due to cancer and was a key member of Pink Floyd’s creative process. The group has expressed a definite decision to never support the album with a tour because of Wright’s departure. This instrumental piece was originally to be included with Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell album. These tracks were produced in 1993, only ten years without the group’s second chief songwriter and founder Roger Waters. A few years ago Gilmour and Mason decided to re-work the scrapped material to make The Endless River LP. The LP will be centered on Wright’s recorded works before his passing and the musical thought process of the group as a whole during that time period. The remaining members have thoroughly expressed their plans to retire the group after this project’s release.