You just knew the engagement announcement between punk-pop singer and pride of Napanee, ON Avril Lavigne and Nickelback screamer and pride of Hanna, AB Chad Kroeger was going to send the interweb into a frenzy, and it has, with pundits alternately mocking and supporting the couple with gusto and many bad puns.
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.
What is it with all these apparent child prodigies nailing rock and roll classics suddenly? We’ve seen six-year-olds slaying the Foo Fighters and Brit kiddos conquering Metallica. Heck, I think I just stepped on a teensy guitarist. Now we have a five-year-old kicking butt on Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”
The dubious trend of music-themed cruises has officially reached insane proportions. (Docked in Crazy Town?)
On the heels of the “Rock Legends II” cruise (with Foreigner, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, 38 Special and others performing at sea), the “Soul Train Cruise” (Patti LaBelle, The O'Jays, Kool & The Gang, War) and the “Kenny G Cruise” (*blogger shudders visibly, shakes tiny fist at the sky*) comes the Cruise for Beatles Fans.
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.
Josh Homme rocks, and his extra-curricular work with Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones with Them Crooked Vultures is all kinds of cool. But ultimately, his regular band Queens of the Stone Age is the main attraction, so news that the rock scorchers are cutting their sixth studio album couldn’t be more welcome.
Maui is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, which is why moneybags celebrities like Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson and heaps of others own homes there. But operating a business in Hawaii? Yes, if you are Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood who is set to launch his Fleetwood’s on Front Street restaurant in the town center of Lahaina on Thursday. (Trivia: the restaurant logo is Fleetwood’s image from the Rumours album).
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.
File under wacky and yet totally cool. An Edmonton-based artist has included a small piece of a tooth belonging to late Beatle John Lennon inside a sculpture of the musician in hopes of raising money for a children’s charity targeting malformed mouths.