Depending on your POV, this is either really sad news (“Fairy tales so DON’T come true!”) or really happy news (“Maybe I have a chance to score with a rock star!”). Either way, it appears to be news, which is saying something else entirely. Poison screamer and reality TV show star Bret Michaels has called off his engagement with longtime love Kristi Gibson.
The upside of being a world-famous rock star: Adoration, exotic travel, free designer clothes, the best tables at the hippest restaurants and more money than you can count. The downside of being a world-famous rock star: Paparazzi stalkers and batpoo-crazy fans. Just ask Sheryl Crow.
It’s arguably one of the most influential rock operas ever written (take that Tommy!). It’s Quadrophenia, the groundbreaking 1973 album – and subsequent movie – by classic rockers the Who. And now it’s getting the coveted documentary treatment.
The Who: Quadrophenia - Can You See The Real Me? promises a warts-and-all look at the making of the album with candid commentary by key players including Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey plus never-before-seen footage (Townshend: “What’s interesting about this album is, it kind of worked. And we never really ever made a truly great album again.”)
There was a time not long ago when the idea of a punk rocker – even a punk rocker with obvious pop sensibilities - playing nice with a mainstream belter would be perceived as an abhorrence certain to bring fire and brimstone crashing down upon Earth. But, meh, reality TV really has changed everything.
Billie Joe Armstrong has been tapped as a mentor for NBC's The Voice, the Associated Press is reporting. The Green Day frontman (and Broadway star) will join Christina Aguilera's team to help advise contestants in the singing competition.
There’s just never a dull moment when Steven Tyler is around and the cameras or tape recorders are rolling. And thank heaven for that because the last thing the planet needs is another bland music star.
In the wake of his departure from American Idol and in the lead-up to the first new Aerosmith studio album in nearly a decade, the rock screamer and perennial fashion risk has been offering typically candid (read: vaguely nuts) rearview assessments of his time on the reality TV show, and they are… uh… interesting.
It’s the news Metallica fans have been waiting years for: the metal maulers are set to return to the studio and Lou Reed is NOT invited. Yup, it’s hello crunching riffs, goodbye silly song cycles based on obscure German playwrights.
Anyone who has tuned into terrestrial radio lately probably didn’t need a team of eggheads in lab coats to confirm this but it’s always nice to have backup when you’re tossing off weird theories at a cocktail mixer. Spanish scientists have concluded that pop music has steadily become louder and blander over the last 50-odd years.
Thanks for that guys. And I suppose French fries with gravy are fattening and excessive speed kills?
Those pesky Americans. They are poised to score mucho medals at the London Summer Olympics, and (tee hee) they cleaned up in a British poll aiming to discover the most popular song at sporting events.
Yup, Van Halen’s classic 1984 synth-goosed anthem “Jump” earned top honours among members of the UK’s Performing Rights Society, who put their collective stamp behind everyone from the Rolling Stones to the Beatles to Queen… but not in numbers great enough to beat the Yank rockers for top spot.
So you call yourself a Bon Jovi fan, huh? You’ve bought all the albums, seen the concerts, snapped up the T-shirts and followed on Facebook. But just how big of a fan are you, really? If the answer is HUGE – and you also happen to have some dough – then we have the ultimate talisman for you.
It seems hard to believe now but there was a time not so long ago when arena rockers Aerosmith were considered uncool. Really uncool. So uncool, in fact, that it took an endorsement from happening rappers Run-DMC to nudge the Boston rockers back into favor via a hiphop-ified version of the hit “Walk This Way” complete with a pretty hilarious video.
You have seen that, right? If not, scroll down RIGHT NOW and watch it below. It’s practically rock history for heaven’s sake. Anyway, it was like 1986 all over again on Tuesday night in New Jersey when Run-D.M.C.'s Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels joined Aerosmith on stage for a recreation of that hit.