Daily Archives: July 12, 2017

Children Of Bodom Annnounces the "20 Years Down and Dirty" Tour

Children of Bodom will be returning to North America in the fall on their headlining run called the “20 Years Down and Dirty Tour”. Support will come from Carach Angren, Lost Society and Uncured. Check out …Read More


X Japan Launches Acoustic Miracle Tour in Osaka

X Japan began their most recent World Tour with a concert for over 10,000 fans at Osaka-jo Hall on July 11. “X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X Acoustic Special Miracle 6 DAYS” received …Read More


Seabourn Brings Jazz Greats Sandoval, Pizzarelli Aboard Two Fall 2017 Sailings

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is bringing two legendary jazz musicians aboard two select Caribbean voyages this fall. Guests can enjoy the iconic sounds of 10-time Grammy Award Winner Arturo Sandoval on board Seabourn Quest’s 24-Day Caribbean & Brazilian Exploration voyage, departing Nov. 5 from Miami; and esteemed guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli on Seabourn Sojourn’s 18-Day Panama Canal cruise departing Nov. 15 from Los Angeles.SEATTLE, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is bringing two legendary jazz musicians aboard two select itineraries this fall. Guests will be able to listen to the cool sounds of Arturo Sandoval and John Pizzarelli as they share some of…


Brian May Unveils Queen History in Expansive 3-D Photo Book

Queen guitarist Brian May will chronicle the band’s history through photos shot by his stereoscopic camera in the new book Queen in 3-D. It will be the first official Queen book authored by a band member.

Queen in 3-D features over 360 photographs, most of them taken with the guitarist’s 3-D still camera; May spent three years compiling the photos for the book, which features shots from all eras of Queen, from Freddie Mercury to Adam Lambert. Most of the photos have never been seen, with many undeveloped until May undertook the project.

“The whole process of writing this new kind of book was almost subconscious,” May said in a statement. “As I looked at the 3-D photos, memories were triggered and the stories poured out. It’s the 3-D element that makes it so evocative. I believe each image will draw readers in deeper, like me, inviting them to immerse themselves in a scene, to share a previously unseen Queen moment.”

May’s patented “Owl” 3-D viewer will accompany the hardcover book, which features May’s photos from onstage, backstage, in the studio and candid shots of Queen hanging out.

Queen in 3-D arrives stateside August 24th via May’s own London Stereoscopic Company. Check out the book’s website for more information.

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Flashback: Watch 'Disco Demolition Night' Devolve Into Fiery Riot

Thirty-eight years ago this evening, a doubleheader at Chicago’s Comiskey Park devolved into a fiery riot when crazed fans stormed the field as part of anti-disco promotional event dubbed Disco Demolition Night. The whole thing was the brainchild of disc jockey Steve Dahl, who dressed up like the general of an anti-disco army and called his followers “The Insane Coho Lips.”

“I hate the taste of pina coladas,” he told newscaster Greg Gumbel on the fateful evening shortly before smashing a disco record against his head. “I’m allergic to gold jewelry, so there’s nothing there for me. You have to spend so much time blowdrying your hair. It’s a waste of energy.”

At the time of that interview, Dahl thought the demonstration would consist of simply blowing up some disco records on the field between games. It was a scheme cooked up between the radio personality and White Socks owner Bill Veeck, who was desperate to increase attendance at the ballpark in the middle of a lackluster season. 

The game sold out, but thousands of additional ticketless fans showed up to voice their hatred of an entire genre. Many stormed the gates and filled the ballpark way beyond capacity, setting up a dangerous situation when Dahl blew up the disco records. Fans threw firecrackers and bottles onto the field, eventually storming onto it, starting fires and battling with police. The second game was eventually called off amidst the madness.

For many fans of traditional rock that had little love for disco, the incident was nothing more than a bunch of drunks having harmless fun on a summer evening. Disco had dominated the charts for the past few years, stealing the spotlight from their heroes or causing them to actually record disco music themselves, and this felt justified. 

But for minority groups, the incident had highly disturbing undertones given many of the perpetrators were white men and the genre was incredibly popular amongst homosexuals, blacks and women. “It felt to us like Nazi book-burning,” Chic’s Nile Rodgers once said. “This is America, the home of jazz and rock and people were now afraid even to say the word ‘disco.'”

Check out this amazing local news broadcast from the night of the episode where the newscasters try to make sense of the insanity in real time. “Perhaps some arrests, it’s hard to tell,” says one as images of absolute madness fill the screen. “We don’t know the exact nature of everything that’s going on out there.”

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Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson Estate Go to Court Over Royalties

Quincy Jones, one of Michael Jackson‘s key collaborators, is currently involved in a court battle with the King of Pop’s estate over money owed to the producer.

Jones sued the Jackson estate in 2013, claiming he was owed $10 million from a series of projects that were released after the singer’s death, including the 25th anniversary reissue of Bad, a Cirque du Soleil production and the This Is It concert film and live album.

Nearly four years later, the trial over the lawsuit has reached Los Angeles Superior Court, with Jones now seeking upwards of $30 million, Variety reports.

Jones’ lawyer Mike McKool argued that the producer did not receive an adequate share of licensing fees from the posthumous releases, nor did Jones get the appropriate royalties from the renewed interest in Jackson’s catalog following his June 2009 death; in the case of This Is It, Jones allegedly received $455,000 while the estate claimed $90 million from the film, which grossed $500 million worldwide.

The Jackson estate, represented by attorney Zia Modabber, stated in their opening arguments that Jones has been properly paid for his contributions, although testimony revealed that the estate offered Jones between $2 million and $3 million – the amount they feel Jones is owed – to settle the case.

“We believe the evidence will show that Mr. Jones is not entitled to anything but a fraction of the money he’s after,” Modabber said, adding that since Jackson’s death, “Mr. Jones has been paid over $18 million, and he will make millions more.”

Jones’ slice of the royalties will also come down to how the jury defines the term “videoshow” in the producer’s contract with Jackson, and whether concert films and the Cirque du Soleil show fall under the term’s umbrella.

Jones is expected to testify during the trial, which will likely last three weeks.

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Lana Del Rey Unveils 'Lust for Life' Details, New Songs With A$AP Rocky

Lana Del Rey premiered two new A$AP Rocky collaborations, “Summer Bummer” and “Groupie Love,” from her upcoming Lust for Life LP via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show on Wednesday.

On “Summer Bummer,” Del Rey croons in her trademark, dark noir-pop style over a rattling trap beat. “Be my undercover lover, babe,” she sings. “Groupie Love” has a similarly lush production. Del Rey’s vocals and Rocky’s verses weave gently together over a swell of clicking percussion and harmony.

Del Rey and A$AP Rocky previously collaborated on “Ridin’,” an unreleased track originally recorded for the Kickdrums’ 2012 mixtape Follow the Leaders. The rapper also appeared in Del Rey’s 2012 video for Born to Die single “National Anthem,” playing John F. Kennedy to the singer’s Marilyn Monroe. 

Lust for Life, out July 21st, is filled with high-profile cameos. The Weeknd appears on the title-track. Stevie Nicks will reportedly feature on a song called “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems.” In an April interview with Dazed, Del Rey revealed that Sean Lennon co-wrote and performed on a song called “Tomorrow Never Came.”

Del Rey’s fifth album will also include lead single “Love,” which she released in February. The vocalist recently debuted another new song, “Cherry,” onstage and released a contemplative ballad from the LP, “Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind,” inspired by mounting political tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Lust for Life Track List 

1. Love
2. Lust for Life [ft. The Weeknd]
3. 13 Beaches
4. Cherry
5. White Mustang
6. Summer Bummer [ft. A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti]
7. Groupie Love [ft. A$AP Rocky]
8. In My Feelings
9. Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind
10. God Bless America – And all the Beautiful Women in It
11. When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing
12. Beautiful People Beautiful Problems [ft. Stevie Nicks]
13. Tomorrow Never Came [ft. Sean Ono Lennon]
14. Heroin
15. Change
16. Get Free

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International Superstar, Jimmy Cliff Gleefully Dances and Celebrates in His New Video, from His Recently Released Song "Life," Which Debuted on Billboard

Jimmy CliffMIAMI, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Reggae’s first international global superstar, Jimmy Cliff delivers dancehall euphoria with his new video from his single “Life” debuted on Billboard. The song is from his upcoming 2017 winter release album SOMERTON, named after a district in Jamaica…


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LOS ANGELES, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, WE announces that the third annual U.S. National Special of WE Day will air commercial-free on August 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CBS. Highlighting some of the most important social issues facing America and the world today—from…


Hear Tyler, the Creator's Laid-Back New Song 'Boredom'

Tyler, the Creator staves off loneliness and isolation in his new song “Boredom,” a track off his Odd Future rapper’s upcoming LP Flower Boy.

“I been starting to feel like I don’t know anyone / So now I’m staring at my ceiling with no idea where I’m going,” Tyler says on the laid back cut. “I’ve been in the fucking room so long / My eyes are turning to drywall.”

“Boredom” features vocal contributions from Rex Orange County, Anna of the North and Corinne Bailey Rae, as well as guitar work from Austin Feinstein, who previously appeared in the same capacity on Frank Ocean’s Blonde.

The track follows previous Flower Boy offerings “Who Dat Boy?” featuring A$AP Rocky and “911 / Mr. Lonely” with Frank Ocean. Tyler, the Creator’s follow-up to 2015’s Cherry Bomb is due out July 21st.

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