Archive for November, 2011

Remembering George Harrison, 10th year anniversary

On November 29, 2001, media outlets all over the world reported that former Beatle George Harrison had passed away, having lost his battle with cancer. But such statements were grossly insufficient to capture the breadth of Harrison’s life.

Often referred to as “the quiet Beatle”, Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian mysticism, and introduced it to the other Beatles, as well as their Western audience. Following the band’s break-up, he was a successful solo artist, later a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys. Harrison was also a session musician and a film and record producer. He is listed at number 21 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

Two concerts will take place in Liverpool later to mark the 10th anniversary of George Harrison’s death.

The concerts will take place at 14:00 GMT at St George’s Hall, and at 20:00 GMT at The Cavern Club where the Fab Four often played. Flags will also fly at half-mast at both the Liverpool City Hall and St George’s Hall.

take a look at George’s last live presentation for VH1 in 1997

20 years without the KILLER QUEEN, Remembering Freddie Mercury

Freddie on Vader

The British rockers, marking their 40th anniversary this year, are among the world’s biggest-selling artists ever – with most of their sales coming in the 20 years since Mercury died.

Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are busier than ever and Mercury’s songs such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” still endure as classics.

The Independent on Sunday newspaper said the singer’s death “seemed a mere hiccup in his career”.

In the years since, Mercury’s stock has risen, with a new generation of artists citing Queen among their influences, including Lady Gaga, Robbie Williams, Foo Fighters and Muse.

Mercury, 45, died at his London home on November 24, 1991. He had been diagnosed HIV positive several years earlier and died of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by AIDS.

Queen’s lead singer is remembered for his captivating live performances, spellbinding vocals and enduring hits including “We Are The Champions”, “Killer Queen”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.

With interest still high, a film about Mercury, starring Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen, is in the pipeline, focusing on the years leading up to Queen’s stellar performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.

“Even though physically he is not here, his presence seems more potent than ever,” May wrote in a blog marking Mercury’s 65th birthday in September.

“He will always epitomise the perfect frontman – the consummate channel of communication between a band and an audience.

“He devoured life. He celebrated every minute. And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come.”

In a statement on November 23, 1991, Mercury confirmed from his death bed that he had AIDS.

Within 24 hours he had fallen into a coma and passed away, having handled his illness in private and never complained of his suffering.

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Always a good time to trip The Beatles GIF

When I saw these animated GIF images of The Beatles, I just wanted to share them with our readers.

Click on any image to view the Animated SlideShow

Ozzy’s Boneyard – Ozzy Osbourne’s Satellite Radio Station

Ozzy’s Boneyard, channel 38, will feature classic hard rock and metal music from artists like Black Sabbath, Metallica, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Pantera and Van Halen. The 24/7 music channel is expected to launch later this year.

SiriusXM listeners will hear Ozzy present music as well as share personal stories about his career as a solo artist and as front-man for Black Sabbath. The channel will also air shows and specials hosted by Ozzy family members, Sharon, Jack and Kelly.

“After everything I’ve been through in my career I never imagined I’d end up with my own radio channel on SiriusXM. This is fucking amazing! Does this mean I can play whatever I want?” said Ozzy Osbourne.

“No one represents the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal more than Ozzy Osbourne,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We know Ozzy’s Boneyard will be alive and kicking.”

Ozzy Osbourne recently announced that Black Sabbath has reunited to record their first new studio album in 33 years and that the band will launch a world tour in 2012.

Ozzy’s Boneyard joins SiriusXM’s roster of channels created in partnership with legendary musicians, including Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem’s Shade 45, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Roadhouse, B.B. King’s Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville and Siriusly Sinatra.

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Bruce Springsteen First Dates of Tour Announced

Well, things are starting to heat up down on E Street.

A lot of you have been hearing that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be on tour in 2012. That is absolutely correct. The European dates run from the middle of May until end of July and are being announced this week. Info on the US dates and the World tour dates will coming up shortly.

In addition, we want you to know that the music is almost done (but still untitled), we have almost settled on the release date (but not quite yet), and that we are all incredibly excited about everything that we’re planning for 2012. That’s all the info we have for right now, but we’ll get back to you–real soon.

The first dates to be announced are:

Date City Venue On Sale
21 June Sunderland, England Stadium of Light 3 Dec
22 June Manchester, England Etihad Stadium TBA
24 June Isle of Wight, England Isle of Wight Festival 25 Nov
14 July London, England Hard Rock Calling 3 Dec


Jimmy Page Could be Knighted by the British Order

If one member of the British Parliament has her way, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page could soon share something in common with Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney. That is, something in common other than being British and a pretty decent musician.

The Daily Mail reports that Louise Mensch is campaigning for Page to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. “Clearly there is nobody more worthy of a knighthood and I am glad to say I have gathered support from every major record label in the UK,” Mensch says. Her husband is Peter Mensch, Page’s former manager. This is just coincidence, Mensch says. One of the most innovative guitarists of the 20th century deserves the honor on his own reputation.

In 2005 Page was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his charity work. The Daily Mail reports that he’s worked with charities like the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, ChildLine, the Mount Sinai Hospital, MusiCares, the Racehorse Sanctuary and Task Brazil.

Via: UltimateClassicRock

Foo Fighters and Joan Jett on Letterman TONIGHT!

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.

Check your local listings for tonight’s performance on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’!

Via: UltimateClassicRock

Video: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Monarchy of Roses

The Red Hot Chili Peppers got graphic on their new video Monarchy of Roses, really cool video. Trip it!

Foo Fighters Concert Review: Dave Grohl is the best frontman of rock and roll. Philadelphia 11/10/11

Get a little bit of Robert Plant, with some of the audience control of Freddie Mercury and you have Dave Grohl’s performance on stage. (not saying his voice is as the others mentioned).

Foo Fighters putted on a mind blowing show and an experience that I recommend to anyone who has the oportunity of seeing the band live. Foo’s live performance of Old School Rock and Roll in its most simple and purest way.

I’ve never seen so much energy from one person in my entire life, for over two hours he played guitar, sang, shouted, ran, jumped, and never stopped moving during his show.

The show opened their doors at 6 PM after a freezing wait in the GA line on a cold Phillie day.

7 PM light out, The Joy Formidable got into the stage, the trio made a great 30 minutes show, for me it was absolutely new, i had never heard them before and now I wanna get their record! the energy of Ritzy Brian (Guitar/lead singer) reminded me of a Courtney Love kind of show. cool thing to see before the foos.

The second band got the stage 7:45 and started a one hour show. they need no introduction. Social Distortion, the old american punk band performed some of their classic songs such as Bad Luck, Story of my life, Dont drag me down, and finished with Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, which made the audience sang their hearts out.

The lights went on again and later went out again! here comes the Foo Fighters!

The band introduced the concert with a set of wasting light! Bridge Burning and Rope, followed by The Pretender and Foo’s Classic My Hero. Grohl said early in the show: “We don’t do one of those little rock shows that last an hour and 45 minutes. We don’t do one of those little rock shows that last two hours; not that shit, either. Basically, we play till we want to fucking puke. Is that OK with you?”

the band continued playing all of their hits and the songs you expect to hear in a foo fighters concert! there was a lot of talking between Dave and the audience.

The band took a break after 2 hours of headbanging, jumping, runing, singing and screaming! During the break the stage screens showed a backstage camera where Dave Grohl discussed with the audience how many songs are they going to play on the encore. 2 more songs?? NOOOOO ok 3? MAKE IT 4!!! and Taylor Hawkins did 6 with the fingers! the audience really enjoyed that moment.

the encore began when Grohl emerged on the raised platform at the back of the arena for a solo acoustic set. “For the last two hours, you’ve had the (crappy) seats,” Grohl said to the fans in the back of the arena. “Guess who has the (crappy seats) now?”

He opened his solo set with “Wheels,” a song that he said was huge in Germany. During the song he made a deal with the crowd — if they sang loud enough on the chorus, the band would play the Electric Factory during their next visit to Philadelphia. The crowd passed the test. “See you at the Fucking Electric Factory,” Grohl promised.

The solo set continued with “Best of You,” and then Grohl began strumming the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” before stopping and admitting: “This fucking shit is hard. That’s why Paul McCartney is Paul McCartney. Rule No. 1: never do a song that’s better than any of your own songs.” Nevertheless, Grohl effectively played the first verse of the song.

He then began “Times Like These” acoustically before rejoining the rest of the band on stage, finishing the song with a full-on rock version. The rest of the encore included “Dear Rosemary” and Tom Petty’s “Breakdown,” both with Mould, and a show-closing “Everlong.”

the 24 song show was a night ill remember all my life. Foo Fighters is definitely a Band you have to see performing live. Is the Best Modern Rock Band and anybody who tries to argue with me about that they will lose the debate.


Dave’s Stage presence, he does all the rock and roll movements, including Chuck Berry’s duck walk.
Chris Shiflett Duel Solo VS Dave
In The Flesh (Pink Floyd Cover)
Stage Lights and Video

After the show you will feel more energetic than before.

Foo Fighters proved that they are the best purely rock and roll live show

Set List:
1. “Bridge Burning”
2. “Rope”
3. “The Pretender”
4. “My Hero”
5. “Learn to Fly”
6. “White Limo”
7. “Arlandria”
8. “Breakout”
9. “Cold Day in the Sun” (Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals)
10. “Stacked Actors”
11. “Walk”
12. “Monkey Wrench”
13. “Let it Die”
14. “These Days”
15. “This is A Call”
16. “In the Flesh?” (Pink Floyd cover)
17. “All My Life”
18. “Wheels” (Dave Grohl solo acoustic)
19. “Best of You” (Dave Grohl solo acoustic)
20. “Blackbird” (Beatles cover, Dave Grohl solo acoustic, one verse)
21. “Times Like These” (Dave Grohl solo acoustic, into full band)
22. “Dear Rosemary” (with Bob Mould)
23. “Breakdown” (Tom Petty cover, with Bob Mould)
24. “Everlong”


Black Sabbath Reunion with Ozzy Osbourne is Official

For all the Metal bangers out there here is the best news of 2011! Black Sabbath’s Reunion with Ozzy Osbourne is On.

Friday 11/11/11, The original line up made a Press conference at the Whisky a Go Go in the sunset strip exactly at 11:11 local time.

The Band is reuniting for new material and a new world tour. They also confirmed that they are headlining the Download Festival 2012.

Why now? “It was now or never, really. We have some great music to play.” -Tony.

“It was time.” -Ozzy

“The stuff that Tony’s been playing is brilliant.” -Geezer

Well it seems that Black Sabbath is going to have a busy 2012 while we, the fans, are going to get to enjoy their reunion! God Bless Heavy Metal

Photos: Metal Hammer