Found 50 posts tagged as "Beefs"
Oh, Metallica singer/guitarist James Hetfield: we love your unfiltered outspokenness … well, most of the time anyway. And occasionally, you even have a point, such as when you claim the web allows any bonehead able to strum a guitar to release music, thereby sucking overall music quality into the gutter. The appropriate response? Bad bands must die.
So sayeth Hetfield in an interview recently picked up by Artisan News Service which also surveyed Marilyn Manson and ex-GN’R guitarist Slash on the state of music and the music industry today. (Hey… you there in the back… wake up!)
It’s no surprise that John Lennon’s son Sean Lennon has a powerful activist streak. But the company he is keeping in his quest to stop the environmentally unfriendly “hydraulic fracturing” of natural gas out of New York state soil is dead impressive: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga and Bonnie Raitt have all signed on to Lennon and mom Yoko Ono’s campaign against so-called “fracking.”
If you’re in a pinch, Sir Paul McCartney is pretty much the best ally you can have. He’s got media wattage galore and a huge heart, especially for animals (not to mention members of controversial Russian punk rock bands).
The 70-year-old (!) former Beatle most recently pointed his laser light towards Sunder, a 13-year-old Indian elephant that was, according to the UK’s Sun newspaper, “kept chained in the dark for seven years” which sounds both ghastly and reprehensible.
Rock and roll feuds are usually pretty well documented (see: Slash vs. Axl, Noel vs. Liam, Nickelback vs. Black Keys, Ozzy/Sharon vs. everybody) but one that apparently fell off the radar (mine anyways) is one that’s been simmering for decades between motormouth Skid Row screamer Sebastian Bach and Jon Bon Jovi. And no sooner has it surfaced, it’s been resolved.
This might be something to watch, precedent-wise. Lawyers for corporate behemoths Pizza Hut and the Home Depot are denying that a pair of ads improperly used music by righteous American blooze rockers the Black Keys.
Do you feel something special in the air today? We all probably should since August 20 has bestowed on the world a heap of noteworthy musical performers: Led Zeppelin screamer Robert Plant, late, great Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynott and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell (R.I.P.), singer/songwriter John Hiatt, pop singer Demi Lovato, old school rapper KRS-One and Limp Bizkit howler Fred Durst.
Rare is the celebrity who grants a media interview without specifying which topics are permissible and which are off-limits. Usually, these rules are delivered by surly publicists (who often hover during chats for enforcement) and the reason is two-fold: to force interviewers to focus on whatever the celebrity is currently promoting and to avoid forays into uncomfortable areas (a.k.a. the stuff people really want to know about). Media seldom owns ups to this trade-off but it is standard practice, especially in the film world.
Happily, musicians have tended to be looser in this regard (Julian Lennon and Scott Weiland notwithstanding). And yet former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash – long noted for his candor – has begun issuing a list of off-limit topics to interviewers. Sigh... another rock star illusion shattered.
If he weren’t such a complete dope, Megadeth singer/guitarist and extreme right-winger Dave Mustaine might actually be dangerous. But his inflammatory comments – specifically, suggesting the U.S. President Barack Obama was somehow behind recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin - still manage to rankle the sane, namely, a member of schlock-metal outfit Gwar and, more poignantly, a victim of last month’s Colorado shooting.
Their detainment in a Russian jail has become a cause célèbre, gathering vocal support from Madonna, Sting, Björk, Red Hot Chili Peppers and, most recently, former Beatle Paul McCartney while sparking protests around the globe. But all for naught: the feminist punk trio Pussy Riot was today convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," and sentenced to two years in prison.
Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is many things – talented rock drummer, animal rights activist, lover of women and unabashed clown. But is he a thief? Yes, says an L.A. engineer who claims he pitched the idea for Lee’s wacky/awesome upside-down rollercoaster drum solo set-up gizmo thingy back in 1991 but was never given credit for it.