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Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar's First Live Performance: Flashback

The original Farm Aid concert at Champaign, Illinois’ Memorial Stadium on September 22nd, 1985 was an evening of firsts. It was Bob Dylan’s first time playing with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, launching a partnership that would last two years and take them all over the world. It was the first time that Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson came together to aid family farmers, kicking off a massive charity initiative that continues to this day. It also marked the first time that Sammy Hagar played in public with Eddie Van Halen, beginning a whole new chapter for Van Halen.

The group had just parted ways with David Lee Roth following their blockbuster LP 1984, which hit just as Sammy Hagar was breaking through with his pop hit “I Can’t Drive 55.” He wasn’t shocked when he got the call to audition. “Who else were they gonna call?” Hagar told Rolling Stone in 2016. “At the time there was Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio and Sammy Hagar. We were the only solo artist vocalists that could jump into a band that high profile.”

He was initially unsure about the idea. “I never liked the band that much because I didn’t like the lyrics, personally, and I didn’t like Dave’s persona,” he said. “I had no intentions of joining the band, but then I heard this music. I thought I was going to grab Eddie and go, ‘Hey, come do my next record.’ But when I played with the three of them there was such chemistry and it was so exciting. We played until midnight, about 12 hours without stopping.”

Right around this time, Hagar was booked to play Farm Aid. At the end of his brief set, Eddie Van Halen came out for a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.” The chemistry was instantly apparent to everyone in the house, even if Hagar got a little excited and sang the first verse a second time at the end instead of the third one. Right afterwards, Hagar was announced as the new frontman of Van Halen, and the next year, they dropped 5150 and went on a world tour.

They were one of the biggest rock bands on the planet for the next ten years, but it all began imploding after Hagar left in 1996. He came back for a reunion tour in 2004 following their brief attempt to carry on with Extreme’s Gary Cherone, but Eddie’s severe alcohol addiction lead to major conflict, which Hagar laid out in tremendous detail in his 2011 book Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. Fans continue to dream that Hagar will come back for one final tour – possibly even with Roth on the bill as well for a mega evening of Van Halen – but that is almost certainly a pipe dream. For now, take a look back at Farm Aid in 1985 where the whole Van Hagar saga began. 

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The Shakur Estate Presents A Fully Authorized Documentary About The Life And Times Of Tupac Shakur, Directed By Academy Award Winner Steve McQueen

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the company created by Afeni Shakur to release her son’s posthumous projects, announced today that Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson will team up to produce…


Hear Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross' Chilling Piano Piece for Banksy's Hotel

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross contributed a foreboding new piano composition, “Green Lines,” to Banksy‘s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem in the West Bank. The project is both an actual functioning hotel as well as an immersive art piece located near the wall that separates Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The Walled Off Hotel features nine rooms, an art gallery, a museum and a colonial-themed piano bar with an automated player piano that features original pieces from Reznor and Ross, Massive Attack’s 3D, Flea and Hans Zimmer. Reznor and Ross’ contribution, “Green Lines” – ostensibly named for the demarcation line established after the 1949 Armistice Agreement – captures the fragile tensions of the region with a portentous bass part and skittish top melody that play perfectly off each other and occasionally stretch beyond the ominous into something more hopeful.

Along with contributing to the Walled Off Hotel, Reznor and Ross have been busy with a handful of other projects. The pair recently teamed with Todd Rundgren on his song “Deaf Ears,” and shared a Nine Inch Nails mix of the track, while they’ve also been working on music for Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s upcoming documentary, The Vietnam War. Last December, Nine Inch Nails released a new EP, Not the Actual Events. The group has a handful of festival dates lined up this summer, while Reznor also teased “two new major works” expected to arrive in 2017.

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Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei on Being Cyberbullied: People Called Me the 'N-Word'

For her Monday, May 8th appearance on Dancing With the Stars, Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei used the trauma of being cyberbullied with vicious, racist attacks to motivate her emotional performance. The 20-year-old singer opened up about her experience in footage from her rehearsals with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

Kordei detailed a moment in her life when she felt “helpless and desperate,” recalling the brutal backlash after a recent interview she gave had been taken out of context. “People were calling me the N word,” she revealed in a conversation with Chmerkovskiy. “It was really ugly.”

During a confessional interview, Kordei dug deeper into the type of abuse she suffered online, noting that racially motivated hate led to photoshopped images of her being “whipped, beaten and hung.”

“I shouldn’t want to change the color of my skin or texture of my hair or the fact that I’m a woman,” the pop star concluded, describing the loneliness she endured during the ordeal.

The “Work from Home” singer and Chmerkovskiy received a perfect score from the judges for the contemporary dance piece was set to “Freedom” by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton. Fifth Harmony, meanwhile, has yet to announce their plans for new music following the less-than-amicable departure of member Camila Cabello.

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IBM and Andrés Cepeda introduce First 'Cognitive Music' Project in Latin America

IBM Corporation logo. (PRNewsFoto/IBM Corporation) (PRNewsFoto/)CARTAGENA, Colombia, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Grammy-winning Colombian singer, songwriter and producer Andrés Cepeda will partner to collaboratively compose the artist’s next single, a pioneering initiative in the region, marking the convergence of artistic talent…


Miesa Joins COFFEED as the Face of the Brand and Partners for a One-of-a-Kind Summer Series

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Honeywell and NASA Fuse Hip-Hop and Physics to Inspire Middle School Students in STEM Education with FMA Live!

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and NASA are bringing FMA Live! Forces in Motion, an award-winning hip-hop educational experience, to middle school students along the East Coast. FMA Live!, on its 26th tour, kicked off in Virginia, followed by a stop…


Award-Winning Talents Common and OK GO to Headline Lowdown Hudson Music Fest, July 18 & 19, 2017

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Watch Perfume Genius' Elegant 'Die 4 You' Video

Perfume Genius unveiled an enthralling new video for “Die 4 You,” from his new album, No Shape.

The Floria Sigismondi-directed clip finds Perfume Genius mastermind Mike Hadreas moving slowly around a stage littered with chairs while the camera cuts between him and what looks like a mass of flesh. As “Die 4 You” morphs from an atmospheric ballad into a flute-laden slow jam reminiscent of Sade, Hadreas’ moves become deliberate and elegant.

The “Die 4 You” clip follows the theatrical video for No Shape‘s lead single, “Slip Away.” No Shape marks Perfume Genius’ fourth album and follows 2014’s Too Bright. Hadreas recorded the album in Los Angeles with producer Blake Mills.

Perfume Genius will kick off a North American tour in support of No Shape tomorrow, May 10th, in Detroit. 

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