Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
According to the unofficial VAN HALEN site Van Halen News Desk, VAN HALEN has tapped producer/songwriter/musician John Shanks (whom Clive Davis calls "the father of that guitar-driven kind of pop sound") to helm the band's upcoming studio album, which the group plans to begin recording in January. "Sources" tell the Van Halen News Desk that the members of VAN HALEN are "very eager to tour, and that they want to tour behind new material. Eddie Van Halen has been very busy during most of 2010 writing music," reads a posting on the site. "Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen often join Eddie in the 5150 studio and the three of them have been hard at work jamming and recording demos. The three Van Halens have been sending the music to David Lee Roth, who's adding the lyrics." Two of the site's "sources" have "heard some of the early versions of the tracks (without vocals) and were very pleased. The music is said to sound like straight ahead rock 'n' roll and 'very VAN HALEN.'" In addition, "the band is re-exploring Eddie's extensive library of unreleased songs and riffs, even reaching back to their early unreleased demos for added inspiration. The band is retooling and tweaking some of this mostly-unheard, incredible music, which have completely new lyrics from Roth. Eddie is even considering developing a song or two from the material that he wrote for 'The Wild Life' movie score in the mid-1980s."
The readers of MusicRadar.com have voted Guns n' Roses frontman Axl Rose the greatest lead singer of all time, over such icons as Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant, Ronnie James Dio, John Lennon and Bruce Dickinson. MusicRadar.com says, "Forget the caricature of recent years and think back to the late 1980s -- he was dangerous, lean, angry, confrontational and controversial. The hot-headed, horny ginger stepchild of Steven Tyler and Robert Plant, a born rock star who made being fashionably late a lifestyle choice and started riots in the process."
Other singers to make the Top 30 are Paul McCartney, Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Roger Daltrey, Geddy Lee and Stevie Nicks. --Sal Cirrincione
1) Axl Rose (Guns n' Roses)
2) Freddie Mercury (Queen)
3) Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
4) Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio)
5) John Lennon (The Beatles)
6) Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
7) Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
8) Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
9) Matt Bellamy (Muse)
10) Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings)
11) Jim Morrison (The Doors)
12) James Hetfield (Metallica)
13) Maynard James Keenan (Tool)
14) Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)
15) James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
16) Bon Scott (AC/DC)
17) Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
18) Roger Daltrey (The Who)
19) Geddy Lee (Rush)
20) Morrissey (The Smiths)
21) Liam Gallagher (Oasis)
22) Jack White (The White Stripes)
23) Joe Strummer (The Clash)
24) Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
25) Iggy Pop (The Stooges)
26) Smokey Robinson (The Miracles)
27) Frank Black (The Pixies)
28) Diana Ross (The Supremes)
29) Debbie Harry (Blondie)
30) Martha Reeves (The Vandellas)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Three decades ago today, John Lennon was shot to death outside his home in New York's Dakota building, and in the time since, the world has changed immeasurably ... and not necessarily for the better. And while fans can endlessly debate how things would've been different, the iconic musician's most lasting contribution to the planet is, and will always be, his music — songs of hope and ideals, protest and prosperity that still contain the power, today, to make us strive for a better tomorrow. Per usual, The Afternoon Road Show will pay tribute from 3 to 5pm with songs, memories, requests and audio archives from the fateful day in 1980 when the world lost John Lennon.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Motley Crue drummer just fired off a letter to SeaWorld -- accusing the park of keeping Tilikum the whale in captivity because, "he is your chief sperm bank."
Tilikum -- as you may know -- made national headlines for being involved in the deaths of three people.
But Tommy is especially pissed about the way he believes SeaWorld extracts semen from Tilikum -- saying,
"We know from SeaWorld's own director of safety (as well as videos on the web) that the way you get his sperm is by having someone get into the pool and masturbate him with a cow's vagina filled with hot water."
"Even in my wildest days with Motley Crue, I never could've imagined something so sick and twisted."
Tommy has called for the whale's release into the wild. SeaWorld has always maintained that the animals receive expert care at its parks.
READ THE LETTER HERE
WATCH THE HOT WHALE SEMEN COLLECTION ACTION HERE
MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil and pro-skate partner Jennifer Wester became the second pair to be eliminated from ABC's newest reality show, "Skating With The Stars", after receiving the lowest combined judges' scores and audience vote.
"It was a lot of fun! It was really a great experience to re-learn something that I knew so long ago," Neil said after leaving. "There are some great skaters here and I'm really happy for everyone. Plus, the judges were nice to me!"
According to Digital Spy, here's what the judges — Olympian Johnny Weir, skating commentator Dick Button and celebrity choreographer Laurieann Gibson — said about Vince's final performance:
Johnny: Says that he's "proud and happy" that Vince took the judges' advice from past weeks but advises him to stretch his arms out and lengthen his body to "give us something gorgeous". (Technical Merit: 5 / Artistic Impression: 6)
Laurieann: Loves his "showmanship" and the way he lets the music move him and praises his choreography. (Technical Merit: 6 / Artistic Impression: 7)
Dick: Thinks it is a great compliment that Vince listened to past feedback and is glad that he seems to be more comfortable as the weeks go by. "I see the talent in you, and don't forget it!" he adds. (Technical Merit: 5 / Artistic Impression: 7)
Watch video footage of Vince's final performance below.
Queen's "We Will Rock You," "We are the Champions" and "Another One Bites the Dust" top a Yahoo! list of the top 10 best songs to motivate a team. Other classic rock songs to make the list include Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" and "Born in the U.S.A.," John Fogerty's "Centerfield" and Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It."
1) Queen -- "We Will Rock You," "We are the Champions" & "Another One Bites the Dust"
2) Survivor -- "Eye of the Tiger" & "Let it Fly Now"
3) Twisted Sister -- "We're Not Gonna Take It"
4) Bruce Springsteen -- "Born to Run" & "Born in the U.S.A."
5) Chumbawamba -- "Tubthumping"
6) John Fogerty -- "Centerfield"
7) Black Eyed Peas -- "Let's Get it Started"
8) Europe -- "The Final Countdown"
9) Kool and the Gang -- "Celebration"
10) "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
Monday, December 6, 2010
There’s a new Ozzy book on the way. It’s to be called Ask Dr. Ozzy, and is based around his regular health advice column for the Sunday Times. This will be published by Sphere in October, and written by Chris Ayres, who not only writes Ozzy’s column, but also did his autobiography, I Am Ozzy.
HELENA — A 1.4-acre parcel of land in western Montana that was once owned by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is on the market for $69,500.
The property is listed by John Pistelak Realty of Lincoln. Pistelak said he was in a meeting Friday morning and couldn’t immediately comment.
The listing offers potential buyers a chance to own a piece of “infamous U.S. history” and says the forested land “is obvi-ously very secluded.”
The Lincoln-area property, which had been listed at $154,500, does not have electricity or running water. Kaczynski was critical of technology.
The property does not include Kaczynski’s cabin. It is on display in the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Kaczynski is serving a life sentence for a series of mail bombings over 17 years that killed three and injured 23.
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