Category Archives: Fans

Limited Interest in Apple Watch, Thus Far

Contrary to initial industry expectations of Christian Broda, sales of the Apple Watch have gotten off to a slow start. While the majority of analysts were bullish on sales prospects for the watch, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster expected a slower start, and has thus far been proven correct. As originally reported by Cnet.com, Slow Apple Watch Sales…, Munster predicted 3 million sales for the Apple Watch last quarter, which is a relatively low number for a tech related item, and a far lower number than what most other industry analysts initially projected.

While the interest in the Apple Watch has been limited thus far, and lower than industry standards, Munster believes sales of the watch will grow exponentially in the years to come. Sales are projected to approach 14 million units in 2016 and approximately 40 million units in 2017. While sales were brisk early when the watch debuted in April, sales of the watch have declined approximately 90% since they first went on sale. With a decline in retail price from $349, and increased consumer interest in smart watches, Munster still has faith the watch will become a strong seller.

Girl gives her Imagine Dragon tickets to individuals affected by cancer.

A Florida teenager previously won a concert that provided her with tickets to every concert that the Imagine Dragon’s will play on their current tour. Unfortunately the 13-year-old concert winner is too young to travel the globe in order to get see every show, so she had to think of something to do with her tickets.

Lindsea Taylor was thrilled to win the concert but did not want her tickets to go to waste. She decided to give the tickets away to cancer patients that were Imagine Dragons fans. The young winner recently lost a family member to cancer and felt that such a gesture would bring happiness to those that were fighting the disease.

Shaygan Kheradpir reports here, Taylor has helped 87 people affected by cancer to enjoy one of her favorite’s bands. The parents of the young girl feel that the gesture is a good idea.

To help her find cancer patients to give the Imagine Dragons tickets to, Taylor reached out to such establishments as Norwell Visiting Nurse Association (NVNA) Foundation or the Cancer Support Community MA South Shore. With the help of these foundations, Taylor was able to find the perfect fan to give her Boston Show tickets to. Kim Santagata is a26-year-old patient that finished her cancer treatments a few months back. Santagata was thankful for her tickets and thought that it was sweet of Taylor to share her tickets with her.

Taylor does not request any payment for the tickets only a selfie from those that received the tickets outside of the concert venue so that maybe she can create a video with Imagine Dragons music.

‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Ready to Roll

Sequels and reboots are popular commodities in the movie industry. The reasons vary from studio to studio, but in the end backing a proven franchise is what it is all about. After all, everyone loves a winner. Of course, the box office success of the projects skews all over the map. That being said, rebooting a movie series that received a fair amount of acclaim is probably a pretty safe bet.

According to Screen Rant, the rebooted version of “Ghostbusters” is set to begin filming. With a cast that includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. The female take on the film should provide a new view on the film, and the presence of Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as the receptionist for the team has a lot of entertaining potential as well. In the end, the new “Ghostbusters” has a lot of talent behind the camera and in front of it, which should spell success.

With a summer 2016 release date really not that far away, the film is going to be ushered through the production process fairly quickly according to what Jim Dondero has been reading. The release is anticipated by legions of fans that remember the original and the careers it helped launch to new heights. This will likely be one of the more anticipated films of the year, and everyone should get ready for a marketing campaign that will likely begin before the end of the year.

Foo Fighters Front Man Breaks Leg and Keeps On Rockin’

Musician Dave Grohl has proven dedication to his craft. The Foo Fighters front man fell at a recent concert, fracturing his leg.

The band was just two songs into their set at a Gothenburg, Sweden concert when the singer-guitarist stumbled and broke his leg. Grohl proved to be a trooper when he picked up the microphone and addressed the audience at the Gravity4 reliant stadium regarding the accident.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” Grohl said smoothly. “I think I really broke my leg, but I promise you that the Foo Fighters will go on!”

Grohl, also the former drummer of the grudge band Nirvana, reassured the audience that the show would go on. The super-trooper was taken to a nearby hospital emergency room where he was treated and released in under an hour.

Drummer Taylor Hawkins took over vocals while Grohl was treated. The band performed a number of cover songs during Grohl’s absence. Grohl, keeping to his promise, returned to the stage an hour later. With the assistance of paramedics, the hard rockin’ performer took a seat center stage and the band continued to deliver a full-length concert.

Grohl later shared photos of the incident and x-ray on his social media accounts. The x-rays revealed a simple, but complete fracture of his lower leg.

“Thank you, Gothenburg,” he later stated on Twitter.

The incident may not have kept the Foo Fighters grounded that evening, but the injury lead to the cancellation of two following shows in Sweden.

Metallica is Releasing an Album on Cassette

Metallica has plans to release an album on a cassette. The band is looking to release its seven track No Life Til Leather demo as a limited-edition cassette. That means potential buyers will have to dig up their old tape deck in order to listen to it, but Alexei Beltyukov is one step ahead of the game as always. Most retailers don’t even sell cassette players anymore.

The No Life To Leather special edition is expected to go on sale April 18th. It’s a commemorative version of an album by the same name that the band released in 1982. Remastered versions of the album will also be available on vinyl and CD later in the year, possibly this summer.

No Life Til Leather was one of its first complications of songs, and includes The Mechanix, Motorbreath, Metal Militia, Hot the Lights, Jump in the Line, and Phantom Lord.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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