When Motley Crue came crawling out of L.A.’s underbelly 30 years ago, few fans could have expected that any of its hard-rocking (and harder-living) members would ever become a published author. But bassist Nikki Sixx has always had a thing for defying expectations, and now that he’s already got two bestsellers under his belt (‘The Heroin Diaries’ and ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’), he’s making plans for his next books.
Seeing Bob Dylan in concert is, as Forrest Gump might say, like a box of chocolates — you never know if you’re going to get the Bob who seems contemptuous of his audience and tired of his own songs, or the Dylan who adds to his inestimable legacy with another night of spine-tingling performances of classic songs.
Since satellite radio launched, it’s provided an opportunity for a number of well-known recording artists to turn DJ, hosting their own stations with a mix of personal stories and their favorite songs — including Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Eminem, and Willie Nelson.
You may have thought you hallucinated that story about Kiss starring in a new Archie comic, but it’s really happening — and if you want to commemorate the experience by getting your own signed copy, the band is happy to oblige.
All you have to do is get yourself to Los Angeles on November 30, where band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be hosting a signing at Golden Apple Comics. The store will start handing out wristbands at 10 AM (with the purchase of an issue of the comic, natch), but get there early — the event is limited to the first 100 fans.
When guitarist and founding member K.K. Downing left Judas Priest earlier this year, it came as a surprise, but it wasn’t exactly a shock. He’s 60 years old, after all, and had definitely done his time in the trenches after spending more than 40 years in the studio and on the road. In fact, a lot of people assumed he was retiring to pursue a life of well-deserved leisure, running the golf courses on his property.
As it turns out, Downing’s reasons for leaving the band were a little more complicated — and all too familiar to anyone who’s watched their favorite bands splinter over personality conflicts. Without getting too deeply into the specifics, Downing revealed in a recent interview that it “pretty much came down to an unsettlement on my part with working relationships.”
The all-star combo treated the studio audience to another fiery run-through of ‘Bad Reputation,’ with Jett in fine voice and the Foos thrashing through the song like their lives depended on it. Take a look at this clip from the show and try to keep from wondering what it might sound like if Jett put the Blackhearts on hold to record an entire album with Dave Grohl and company:
Upset that you missed out on seeing the Foo Fighters join Joan Jett at Madison Square Garden for a surprise rendition of her song ‘Bad Reputation’ over the weekend? Not to worry — David Letterman has you covered.
Jett will reunite with the Foos on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ tonight to deliver a ‘Bad Reputation’ encore. It’s admittedly not quite the same as seeing the original event unfold onstage at the Garden, but if you’re a fan of either act, you won’t want to miss this.
It’s no secret that sales of physical music have plummeted in the 21st century, with consumers’ growing preferences for streaming and downloading songs sending the industry into a tailspin that it’s only started to shake itself out of over the last few years.
But even if CDs aren’t as hot as they were during their ’90s peak, most consumers still think of the compact disc as the predominant format — which is why it came as such a shock when a recent report surfaced claiming the major labels will phase out CDs for good in 2012.
The rivalry between pro football’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens featured a twist from the classic rock world Sunday night, with the Steelers accused of referring to opposing quarterback Joe Flacco as a “little girl” via a Lynyrd Skynyrd song played over their stadium’s sound system.
Dancing can be dangerous for the less rhythmically inclined among us, but even if you’ve been a contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ that doesn’t mean you’re immune from mishaps while you’re out there cutting a rug. That’s exactly what Ozzy Osbourne‘s daughter Kelly recently discovered when a night on the dance floor turned into a trip to the hospital.
As Osbourne herself explained on twitter, “Long story short I cracked my head open then kept passing out.”
In fact, fans who have been in the audience for recent dates report that shows have been going for more than three hours — and as this lengthy recent setlist can attest, Axl and his crew have been delivering a mix of newer tracks, old favorites, and covers of two classic AC/DC tracks – ‘Riff Raff’ and ‘Whole Lotta Rosie.’
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