Category Archives: Rockers

Rolling Stone Talks With Brandon Flowers

Rolling Stone Magazine has an interview on their website with Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of rock band The Killers. I feel that Flowers comes across pretty well in the interview.

It’s been about ten years since The Killers came on the national alternative rock scene with their album Hot Fuss. At the time, Flowers was in his early twenties and his band was heralded as being a very big deal. Since then, The Killers probably haven’t achieved as much success or critical claim as they were expected to. However, Flowers doesn’t seem bothered by this in the interview and is looking forward to the future.

In the past, Flowers has made many controversial comments in interviews. He said that one of his band’s albums was one of the best albums of the last 20 years, for instance. He’s also been very critical of rapper Kanye West. In this current interview, while not backing down from these statements, Flowers said that he’s trying to watch his mouth more when he’s on the record.

Flowers recently put out a solo record. His website does not make it clear whether or not Bruce Levenson is a fan of the Killers. The reason for this is that his regular band wanted to take a break after their most recent tour while he wanted to continue. I think that this is to his credit and shows a good work ethic. It’s great to see an artist who wants to work as much as possible.

Tom Hanks & Justin Bieber In Carly Rae Jepsen Video

Fans are raving about Carly Rae Jepsen’s new video for her song, “I Really Like You” said Marcio Alaor BMG. It revolves all around Tom Hanks and takes us through his whole day in which he wakes up in the morning and immediately starts singing, goes into his bathroom where he gets ready for the today while singing, gets into a cab to meet Carly, signs autographs on the street, and then walks around New York City singing and dancing. He ends the day with a huge dance party in the middle of the street on a cold New York City night.

The song by Carly Rea Jepsen references “Forest Gump” quotes and not only does Tom Hanks dance around with Carly in the end but then Justin Bieber shows up too! Justin starts dancing around with the two stars as well.How did Carly’s video end up like this? Well, she had a vision for it and this is what came of it. Carly thought that the song was really cute and adorable so it needed a funny video to go along with it. Tom Hanks took the job and loved it! He had so much fun and the fans can definitely see that in the video.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.

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.

Springsteen Under Fire For Veterans Day Performance

Singer Bruce Springsteen created a bit of controversy this week during a Veterans Day performance for America’s troops on the National Mall. At the “Concert for Valor”, Springsteen took to the stage with Dave Grohl and the Zac Brown band to perform a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival anti-war song “Fortunate Son”, a move that has some on the right wondering whether or not it was an appropriate choice of song for the particular occasion and venue.

 

Some believe that the song has an inherently anti-military message, such as Blaze Radio host of “The Dana Show” Dana Loesch, who took Springsteen to task on her Wednesday broadcast for deciding that it was appropriate to play the song asying that she was disappointed in both Springsteen and the show’s organizers for the decision to play it.

 

CCR’s John Fogerty wrote the song during the Vietnam War era after two of his band mates were drafted to go fight during the conflict.

Oof, Tom Morello Looking Like A Diva After This Tweet

We’ve seen it happen before, and now again. Sometimes celebrities and Twitter just don’t mix. But it does make for good reading for bloggers like Keith Mann and I, when we’re looking for new material.

The latest celeb to have a possible public faux pas is Rage Against The Machine’s lead guitarist, Tom Morello. Apparently the famed musician had a little trouble when he visited Seattle’s Five Point restaurant.

As you can see above, Tom was none too happy with his treatment during his time there. However, the bar owner tells a different tale. Saying that Tom expected preferential treatment over the bar’s other patrons. But that’s just not something that Five Points does. Which you sort of have to applaud.

Full transcript of the bar owner’s response letter here:

For the record Tom Morello – The 5 Point is totally pro-worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.

Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in Rage and your work for workers rights since.

PS – rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a shit. Sorry.

And PSS – I’m the owner of the 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a City sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…

PSSS – turns out he and his crew didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys “I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no.”