Daily Archives: October 11, 2017

Tom DeLonge Announces Stars Academy for 'Outer Edges of Science' Research

Former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge has launched To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science. The organization comprises scientists, aerospace engineers and other creatives who will collaborate and enable researchers to explore the “outer edges of science” and technologies.

“The public interest in the outer edges of science and the understanding of phenomena has always been suffocated by mainstream ideology and bureaucratic constraint,” company President and CEO Tom DeLonge said in a statement. “We believe there are discoveries within our reach that will revolutionize the human experience, but they can only be accomplished through the unrestricted support of breakthrough research and innovation.”

As a “public benefit corporation,” the organization has started a crowdfunding campaign, which has raised more than $200,000 since it launched.

DeLonge has long been interested in UFO and extraterrestrial research. After parting ways with Blink-182 in 2015, he delved deeper into the subject, releasing the book Sekret Machines: Gods earlier this year and he’s also working on a movie that is related to those interests called Strange Times. “This project is aimed at creating a beacon and a vehicle to be able to interact directly with Millennials across the world,” DeLonge told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “Some of this stuff is empowering, and some of this stuff is frankly kind of scary. But you need to understand it, and you’re going to need to deal with it when we’re gone.”

The To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science will encompass three divisions: Science, Aerospace and Entertainment, and its team has an impressive resume. According to a statement, several of its team members have worked extensively within the intelligence and scientific fields, including some who have worked in and with the CIA and the Department of Defense.

“Imagine having 25th-century science this century,” Dr. Hal Puthoff, the company’s co-founder and vice president of science and technology, said in a statement. He is an advisor to NASA, the Department of Defense and has done research for a variety of entities, including General Electric, the NSA and Stanford University. “We’ve mobilized a team of experienced, connected and passionately curious minds to reveal and decode information that can challenge the limits of traditional theory, such as the study of UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon) technologies. Together, we’re bringing transformative science and engineering out of the shadows to introduce profound possibilities.”

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Flashback: Dave Grohl Plays First Gig With Nirvana in 1990

By the fall of 1990, the then three-year-old Nirvana had cycled through different band names and no less than five drummers before settling on their moniker and finding their groove with their final drummer Dave Grohl.

Prior to the band members’ first encounter, the then 21-year-old Grohl was a veteran of the Washington, D.C. hardcore scene, serving as the drummer for Washington, D.C. punk band Scream. At the urging of Melvins’ frontman Buzz Osborne, Nirvana’s singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic checked out a Scream show in San Francisco, which was their first time seeing Grohl perform live. Shortly afterward, Scream disbanded and Cobain and Novoselic invited Grohl to a session where they obviously clicked.

“Kurt was kind of a drummer himself. When he would play guitar or write songs, if you ever looked at his jaw, he would be moving his jaw back and forth, like he was playing the drums with his teeth. He heard in his head what he wanted from a rhythm, and that’s a hard thing to articulate,” Grohl told Rolling Stone in 2001 about the group’s difficulty in choosing a drummer and his eventually joining the band. “I think one of the reasons they wanted me was that I sang backup vocals. I don’t remember them saying, ‘You’re in the band.’ We just continued.”

Less than a month after their first session, Nirvana’s classic lineup was solidified and they played their first live show together on October 11th, 1990 at North Shore Surf Club in Olympia, Washington. In a clip filmed during that performance, the band is seen playing to a sweaty, engaged crowd and it showcases their new drummer, shirtless and hair flying as he propels the songs’ frenetic, thunderous beats. Grohl’s live Nirvana premiere included a rendition of Shocking Blue’s “Love Buzz,” which Nirvana had recorded as a single in 1988. The trio also performed Nirvana’s “Scoff” and “Sliver” as well as a cover of Devo’s “Turn Around.”

One year later, Nirvana would shape the alternative rock landscape with the release of their sophomore studio album, 1991’s Nevermind, which climbed to the top of the charts with the help of their hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Reflecting back on that “whirlwind” time, the Foo Fighters frontman called it “the greatest achievement of my life.”

“There would be times when we would really connect — smile and laugh and feel like a band. And there were times when you felt lost and questioned what you were doing there,” Grohl told Rolling Stone of the first album he recorded as part of Nirvana. “There were times when I had to back off completely and think, ‘I’m just the drummer in this band.’ And there were other times when we’d all share something really beautiful, like a show or recording or just a vocal harmony. That’s when you really felt like you were part of something great.”

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Roger Daltrey Memoir Coming in Fall 2018

Roger Daltrey’s long-awaited memoir will arrive in bookstores in the fall of 2018. “I’ve always resisted the urge to ‘do the memoir,'” Daltrey said in a statement, “but now, finally, I feel I’ve enough perspective.” The book will be released through Henry Holt and Co. in America and Blink Publishing in the United Kingdom.

“When you’ve spent more than half a century at the epicenter of a band like The Who, perspective can be a problem. Everything happened in the moment. One minute, I’m on the factory floor in Shepherd’s Bush, the next, I’m headlining Woodstock.” 

He first mentioned the book in an interview with Rolling Stone in May of 2016. “I’ll only release it if it’s a good book,” he said at the time. “I don’t care how long it takes…Most of the rock biographies that I’ve read I kind of got bored with about halfway to two-thirds of the way through. I hope not to fall into that trap.”

Now, Daltrey finally feels ready. “It’s taken three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon’s 21st birthday,” he said in the new statement. “I hope the result is more than just another autobiography. I’ve been lucky enough to live in interesting times. I’ve witnessed society, music and culture change beyond recognition. That I’m still here to tell my tale when so many others around me didn’t make it is nothing short of a miracle.”

Daltrey just concluded the final leg of the Who’s 2017 tour with a series of South American co-headlining dates with Guns N’ Roses. Their future plans are unclear, though Daltrey is working on his first solo album since 1992’s Rocks in the Head and is launching a tour in late October where he pledges to mix Who hits with rarities and selections from his solo career. He’ll be backed by guitarist Simon Townshend, bassist Jon Button, drummer Scott Devours and keyboardists Loren Gold and Frank Simes.

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RealNetworks Announces Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Release and Conference Call

RealNetworks LogoSEATTLE, Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), a leader in digital media software and services, announced today it will report financial results for its 2017 third quarter after the market closes on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. The company will host a conference…


Watch Beyonce's Female-Empowering 'Freedom' Video

Beyoncé marked International Day of the Girl with an empowering video with young women from around the world lip-synching and dancing to her 2016 song, “Freedom.” Chime for Change and The Global Goals co-produced the clip, which promotes the hashtag #FreedomForGirls and outlines horrifying challenges relating to health, education and violence.

The video cycles through a series of shocking statistics, including that a girl dies as a result of violence every five minutes, that one in four girls gets married as a child, that 71 percent of human trafficking victims are female, that 63 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation, that 130 million girls are out of school and that girls are twice as likely to become infected with HIV.

The producers end by challenging viewers to aid in tackling a series of “global goals” by the year 2030: ending child marriage, putting all girls in school, ending the AIDS epidemic and ending all forms of violence toward girls. The video also asks viewers to “share the film and tell us what #freedomforgirls is to you.” 

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Berry Gordy's Personal Piano Highlights 'Motown Mansion' Auction

Berry Gordy Jr.’s personal piano, Motown Records ephemera and over 600 original 45’s from the famed record label’s catalog are up for auction as part of a massive estate sale of Detroit’s famed “Motown Mansion.”

Countless Sixties-era home furnishings – including Gordy’s desk, an inscribed goblet from Jermaine Jackson’s 1973 wedding, “vintage boomerangs,” unseen home movies and slide and a “Motown Collection Barometer” – are also available as part of the Aaron’s Estate Sale auction, which takes place from October 12th to the 14th.

“This home is an important part of the fabric of the City of Detroit, and the sale will allow Motown fans from Detroit to Dubai to add a permanent piece to their own collection,” said Cynthia F. Reaves, current owner of the Motown Mansion.

“The scope of the collection includes small items as well as impressive collection pieces. I wanted to make this an event that is available to the entire community and at the same time, celebrate the history of what Berry Gordy did for Motown.”

Gordy purchased the mansion in 1967 and continued to own the home even after moving to Los Angeles in the early Seventies. Gordy sold the home in 2002, but the “Motown Mansion” preserved the record exec’s style and décor.

Smokey Robinson was among the Motown artists that played the estate sale’s most notable item – Gordy’s Steinway piano – when they visited Gordy’s home. Diana Ross and the Jackson 5 also frequently graced the home.

Motown artists like the Four Tops’ Duke Fakir, Kim Weston, the Vandellas and more will also be on hand to autograph items from the estate sale this weekend.

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University of Chicago Laboratory Schools announce 9-month educational program based on the "American Epic" films, music and book

Legacy Recordings logo. Division of SONY Music Entertainment. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Emmy-nominated American Epic films directed and co-written by Bernard MacMahon and executive produced by Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett and Jack White tell the story of how music scouts in the Roaring Twenties set out across America and…


White Stripes to Reissue First Three LPs on Cassette for First Time

White Stripes will issue their first three albums on cassette tape for the first time to celebrate Cassette Store Day, which invades independent music stores on October 14th.

For the occasion – and to mark the White Stripes’ 20th anniversary – Third Man Records authorized the remastered albums – 1999’s The White Stripes, 2000’s De Stijl and 2001’s White Blood Cells – be printed onto white cassettes exclusively for Cassette Store Day.

Black cassette versions of the three albums, which were never before produced in this format, will be available in the future. Check out the Cassette Store Day site for a list of participating music stores.

The White Stripes previously announced plans to commemorate their first three albums with a three-vinyl collection boasting three of the band’s Detroit club gigs spanning from 1999 to 2001.

The White Stripes Live in Detroit: 1999-2000-2001, available through Third Man Records’ Vault Package, includes the White Blood Cells‘ record release show, where the album was performed in its entirety.

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Sammy Hagar Recruits Toby Keith, Chad Kroeger, DMC for 70th Birthday Film

Sammy Hagar recruited Toby Keith, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Run D.M.C.’s Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, Bob Weir, Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Eddie Money for his ongoing, four-day birthday celebration in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The event will be documented with a one-night-only film, Red Til I’m Dead: Sammy Hagar’s Rock-N-Roll Birthday Party, screening at select theaters nationwide on Tuesday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Hagar’s bandmates in rock supergroup the Circle – former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson – will also appear in the film alongside Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul. Red Til I’m Dead will highlight performances and partying from the event, which launched October 9th and concludes on the 14th at Hagar’s nightclub-restaurant Cabo Wabo Cantina. (The singer turns 70 on the 13th.)

“I’ve been celebrating my birthday in Cabo for almost 30 years, and I couldn’t begin to pick a favorite year,” Hagar said in a statement. “I’ve had hundreds of friends who’ve come down to perform and party. Each year is packed with so many insane collaborations and moments that I’m just happy that the rest of the world can finally get in – and celebrate alongside us as it unfolds on the big screen.”

Red Til I’m Dead tickets can be purchased online starting October 27th via the Fathom Events website and participating theater box offices. The Fathom site includes a full list of participating theaters. 

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Fred Astaire's Greatest Jazz Recording, "The Astaire Story," Returns As Deluxe 2CD Set For 65th Anniversary On October 20 Via Verve Records/UMe

In celebration of the 65th anniversary of "The Astaire Story," the album will be released October 20 via Verve Records/UMe as an expanded 2CD version and digital collection boasting 41 tracks including a previously unreleased alternate version of “I Won’t Dance,” one of Fred Astaire’s trademark numbers and three examples of his famed dancing.LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In 1952, the famous dancer, singer and film star Fred Astaire teamed up with the brilliant pianist Oscar Peterson and an all-star jazz sextet to record jazz versions of many of the songs that he helped introduce and make famous in the 1930s and…