October 31, 2010

Alice Cooper: "Lady Gaga Has Made Rock History"

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Alice Cooper has heaped praise on Lady Gaga, insisting the Poker Face hitmaker has already made rock 'n' roll history.

The shock rocker is a massive fan of the eccentric singer, who has become famed for her outlandish outfits and huge stage shows, and Cooper is adamant Gaga has cemented herself in the music industry for all time.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "She's great because she gets it, but she can back it up. She can sing, she can write, she can play piano, she's not just a costume queen.
"You can be as outrageous as you wanna be, as long as you can back it up with the music. She said if you're gonna do it, go as far out on a limb as you can, like Alice Cooper did.

"She's totally outrageous. Lady Gaga's already in the history of rock 'n' roll."
Alice Cooper - Theatre Of Death-Live At Hammersmith 2009 (Blu-ray W/Bonus CD)

Rod Stewart "Regrets Giving Daughter Up For Adption

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Rod Stewart  still harbours regret over his decision to give his firstborn child up for adoption, but he's convinced he would have failed to provide her with a "halfway decent" life.

The singer was just 17 when his girlfriend Susannah Boffey gave birth to their daughter Sarah, and the couple decided to give the baby away.

Stewart has since had six more children with various partners, but he still feels anguish about his lost daughter.

When asked if he regrets the decision, he tells broadcaster Piers Morgan, "There's no way we could have given her a halfway decent start in life. Yeah, I certainly do (regret it). I missed it but we are seeing each other now and we're trying to make amends for what went on. She had parents for 70 per cent of her life. She's only just lost her adoptive parents so there was no point in me shouting it from the rooftops, 'I'm her father!' We all kept it quiet." The Maggie May hitmaker has reconciled with 46-year-old Sarah and they are now trying to forge a relationship, but he admits it hasn't been easy.

Stewart adds, "It's somewhat rocky, you know. I think I've got to sit down and I think you've just got to just open up. If we're going to get on, and you're going to get on with my kids, you've got to open up, be more friendly, be more cordial. So we're really working hard at it.

"In fact, I gave her my email address the other day so that's a big, big plus. I love emailing my kids. It does bond the family together. You can say things that otherwise you might have said on the phone in haste and regretted. I can do my emails and think, 'Does that look right? Are they going to read that the wrong way?' and adjust." At 65, Stewart is preparing to become a father again - the rocker's wife Penny Lancaster is pregnant with his eighth child.
Fly Me To The Moon...The Great American Songbook Volume V

October 29, 2010

Devo Forced To Postpone Upcoming Tour Dates Due To Serious Hand Injury

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DEVO deeply regret that they have had to postpone all of their upcoming live dates for 2010 due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh’s right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy.

Most of DEVO’s upcoming November tour dates, including Solana Beach’s Belly Up, , Los Angeles’ Club Nokia, and San Francisco’s Warfield Theater, will be rescheduled for next spring and the public will be informed once new dates have been confirmed.
DEVO founding members Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale will still attend Moogfest on October 29, in Asheville, NC. As previously announced, DEVO have been awarded the first-ever Moog Innovation Award by Moog Music. The Moog Innovation Award celebrates pioneering artists whose genre-defying work exemplifies the bold, innovative spirit of Bob Moog. Past recipients of the previously titled Moog Award include Keith Emerson, Herb Deutsch, Gershon Kingsley, Jan Hammer, and Bernie Worrell.
Something for Everybody

October 28, 2010

MTV Puts an End to Relationship Drama With Two New Shows Starting Monday, November 1

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This fall MTV will air two series featuring young people at crossroads in their romantic relationships with the third season return of Is She Really Going Out With Him?” and the new series “Moving In” airing Monday’s through Thursday’s beginning November 1 at 4:00pm and 4:30pm ET/PT respectively. “Moving In” turns dating rules upside down when parents are asked by their kids to decide who they should continue dating and “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” will show what happens when girls face the decision of whether or not they should ditch their loser partners.

MTV also announced today that it has renewed afternoon favorites “Silent Library,” the outrageous, non-traditional game show for 30 new episodes and the critically acclaimed, life altering, Emmy Award winning series “Made” returns with 20 fresh episodes. All new episodes of “Made” and Silent Library” are slated to premiere during Q1 2011.

Moving In (4:00pm ET/PT)
Putting a new twist on the saying “father knows best,” this new series will feature a girl or guy caught in a love triangle that they would like to end by choosing one of the people that they have been dating. In each episode, a suitor thinks they are going to spend a romantic weekend alone until another suitor arrives. Later, their love interests’ parents return to help decide which suitor is right for their son or daughter. After negotiating the rules of the weekend, the parents put the houseguests through a series of outrageous challenges to help determine who has what it takes to win their son or daughter’s heart. At the end of the weekend, the parents will make the final decision of which match is right for their child, and send the other packing.
Is She Really Going Out With Him? (4:30pm ET/PT)
“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” is the hilarious relationship show with a comedic twist that attempts to unravel the mystery behind why some young women with seemingly everything in their corner have fallen in love with complete losers. From Boston to Phoenix, this season the series will visit brand new cities to seek out brand new blockheads. Each episode will take a comedic look at one ticking time bomb relationship to examine why each beauty is going out with such a tool and see if the love they share is strong enough to lead to a storybook ending. With their trusted BFF in tow, our ladies will decide if they will ride it out with their clueless cutie or show them the door.

October 27, 2010

Mini-Concert Review: Robby Krieger Turns The Iridum Into A Roadhouse!

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We were lucky enough to visit the fabulous Iridium Jazz Club at 50th and Broadway last night to check out Robby Krieger with the Les Paul Trio. As you know, for many years Les Paul performed there on Monday nights (and prior to that, he had a decades-long residency at the now defunct Fat Tuesday's). Those in the know know that famous rockers and jazzmen sit in on Monday nights and everyone from Jeff Beck to Eric Clapton and back again came in to play with guitar innovator/"granddaddy or rock and roll" Les Paul.

     Last night's show started off with the Les Paul trio doing their fine tribute to their former boos, and they of course played his biggest hit, "How High The Moon" (no Monday night at the Iridium is complete without it)! When Robby Krieger took the stage, he started off his set with the unexpected "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (instrumental version) and then moved into "Georgia," which was the first song he ever played with Les Paul when they helped open the House Of Blues in LA together in 1994. RK then played what he calls "the first song I ever wrote"--the now legendary "Light My Fire"--and brought up his (not surprisingly) rather Morrisonesque singer from the Evan Marshall Band! The devilishly handsome Evan Marshall was sporting side lace up pants a la the Lizard King as he belted out the Doors classic. The high point of the set (at least for us here at themacwire.com) was "Road House Blues." There were some other Doors "fan faves" in there including "Spanish Caravan," but RK varies them from set to set--and our one regret last night is that we didn't have the energy after a long deadline day to stay for the second set, which included the legendary and mysterious axeman, Steve Miller. 

    We must say also that being our first trip tot he Iridium, we were impressed by the intimate setting which seems to seat less than 200 people and the fabulous acoustics (and thanks to proprietor Ron Sturm for showing up around and making sure we were taken care of in terms of getting to "meet and greet" with the star of the evening). Did we fail to mention that the food is several cuts above what many of the other new York live music clubs serve? Anyway, we will be going back soon to check out more guitar greats soon!—Anne M. Raso

Photos by Anne Raso; Gibson
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Dancing with the Stars Next Week: 200th Episode Celebration

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Next week, Dancing with the Stars will celebrate its 200th episode. Each celebrity will perform a dance they have not learned yet as well as a team dance.

To celebrate the 200th episode, past DWTS contestants will return. Among those confirmed to return to the ballroom are Helio Castroneves, Kelly Osbourne, Emmitt Smith, Drew Lachey, Mel B. and Gilles Marini. Musical guests include Taylor Swift and Rod Stewart.

Former Teen Idol Paul Anka Warns the New Generation

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The former teen idol Paul Anka wants to have a say about the new generation teen idol, especially when media compared him to the new icon, Justin Bieber. If the public sees a resemblance between the two singers, to Mr. Anka, there is no resemblance at all... 

When Usher first showed his dance moves, people would compare him to the late Michael Jackson. Then Celine Dion arrived and was considered as the white "Whitney Houston"… now Justin Bieber is admired by millions of fans and everyone sees him as a new Paul Anka. The 69 year old singer stays current but laughed over those recent comparisons and has his opinion on the matter. Indeed, he doesn't guarantee a long lasting career to the Usher protégé. Having been an entertainer for years, Anka knows how to separate an artist who will be a fading wonder from an artist who's built for a long and promising career. 

According to him, a career shouldn't be just a one-moment phenomenon but rather a brand that would survive through ages and generations. He fears for Justin Bieber a career that will soon dwindle much like the former teen idol Donny Osmond. We feel however that Justin has what it takes to last. He possess the stage confidence and has the hip-hop moves that have captured the hearts of his fans. He also has a team who manage his image, and finally he is connected to his fans daily through social networks, further becoming a part of their lives. These factors have made Justin Bieber one of the biggest headline lines attractions of 2010. But Paul Anka repeats again: " Popularity is a goal and Longevity, its secret ".
Similarly he's pointing at the Lady Gaga's mania, but never felt attracted to her style. "I listen to Lady Gaga lyrics, what the hell happened, the lyrics make no goddamed sense. All she does is talk about sex, but the lyrics sound like they're written by a 10 year old.'' Paul Anka belongs to another generation and his reluctance towards Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga is understandable but hopefully his advice didn't fall on deaf ears. Well Mr. Bieber, Miss Gaga, remember you've been warned, don't let the sudden fame fool you, play with it and make it last.

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Ke$ha Announced As Performers For The 2010 American Music Awards

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dick clark productions (dcp) President Orly Adelson has announced that Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Ke$ha will perform at the “2010 American Music Awards®,” making it the first time each of the artists will perform on the AMAs. They join previously announced acts including Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, P!nk and Usher. Bieber, Perry and Ke$ha are also all nominated for Artist of the Year, joined by Lady Gaga and Eminem.

Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. The show will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Tickets are now on sale (please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS).

AMA producer Larry Klein said, “Justin, Katy and Ke$ha have been on the top of the charts all year long. We are happy to see each of them make their own AMA history.”

Justin Bieber is a global sensation. His two albums, November 2009’s My World and March 2010’s My World 2.0 have sold more than six million copies. The video for his song “Baby” is the single most viewed music video on YouTube, and his total YouTube views total more than one billion. Bieber is currently out on his first headlining tour of North America.

Grammy-nominated Katy Perry's latest album, Teenage Dream, debuted at the top of the Billboard Charts and has already produced two #1 singles, “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream,” with third single “Firework” just breaking into the charts. Perry’s California Dreams 2011 world tour kicks off in Europe next February before hitting Australia and Japan in May, and then America during summer.

2010 has been an incredible year for Ke$ha, who has sold over 15 million combined units worldwide. Less than 10 months after the #1 debut of Animal in January 2010, the album, featuring the smash breakthrough single “TiK ToK,” has been certified platinum and sold over 2 million units worldwide. Ke$ha’s highly anticipated companion album, Cannibal, will be released on November 22.
My World 2.0

My Chemical Romance Give Fans A Window Into California 2019

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With the highly anticipated November 22nd release of their fourth studio album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys approaching, My Chemical Romance has created a unique way to transmit the album’s vision of California in post-apocalyptic 2019. The band shares its window into the future via a Transmissions Player on its website, at  http://www.mychemicalromance.com/transmissions/.
Users can decode numbers on the Player to access a clean channel where they can submit their own stories. Selected fan-created submissions will be featured on the Player and broadcast to the rest of the My Chemical Romance Community. By clicking on a lightning bolt on the Player, fans can obtain a share code enabling them to post the Player to their blog, MySpace Page, Facebook Wall, or website. Fans are already coming out in droves to share their stories with the rest of the Killjoys.
My Chemical Romance are riding high with the success of “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na),” the first single from Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, which will be released by Reprise Records on November 22nd, 2010. New Warner Bros. Records Chairman Rob Cavallo, who produced MCR’s platinum-selling album The Black Parade as well as albums by Dave Matthews Band, Jawbreaker, and The Goo Goo Dolls, among many others, produced the album. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes, will instantly receive the track “The Only Hope for Me Is You.”

October 25, 2010

Keith Richards 'Enraged By Mick Jaggers's Ego

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Keith Richards has opened up about his volatile relationship with bandmate Mick Jagger - revealing the ROLLINGSTONES almost split because of the frontman's ego.

Richards turns on lifelong pal Jagger in his new memoir Life, set to hit shelves next week (begs01Nov10).
The guitarist says during the 1980s Jagger took control over the band and refused to make group decisions because he thought he was "bigger than the Stones".

He tells the BBC the behaviour "started at first to annoy me and then slowly enraged me." But Richards insists the pair has managed to salvage their friendship over the decades, adding, "nobody has the perfect marriage."

'The Bee Gees: In Our Own Time' - On DVD and Blu-ray November 16

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Commemorating a sterling 50-year career of beloved music, Eagle Rock Entertainment will proudly release In Our Own Time, a revealing look at the history of The Bee Gees. This film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 16. [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray]

On In Our Own Time, brand new interviews with Barry and Robin Gibb, as well as Maurice Gibb shortly before his 2003 passing, tell the compelling tale of their family business. With a half-century of memories, and the amazing video clips to go with it, the Gibb brothers go through it all, and no stone is left unturned. Interweaved with live performances, TV and film clips, and early, rare videos of the band, this 116-minute documentary lavishly illustratesThe Bee Gees experience.

The Bee Gees remarkable candor on the disparity between their incredible successes and their heartbreaking lows make In Our Own Time essential and dramatic viewing even if one is only a casual fan. RobinBarry, and Maurice Gibb offer revealing and personal commentary on each step of the journey: their burgeoning childhood stardom in their native Australia, their first flush of success in London, the break-up and inevitable reunion, the phantasmagoria of fame ricocheting from Saturday Night Fever, and their work as songwriters, penning tunes not only for themselves, but Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Kenny Rogers, and Dolly Parton. It is, in essence, the history of pop music itself spanning the ‘60s, ‘70s and beyond. The DVD ends on a note of hope: Barry and Robin singing anew those classic songs again for the camera, leaving the door open to more Bee Gees chapters.

Most profound is the way the life and death of Andy Gibb is treated. We learn he desperately wanted to be a Bee Geeand his brothers wanted him in...but life has a cruel streak. This chapter gives the DVD its gravitasBarry and Robinhave never really explored this with any degree of finality. Until now. 

In addition to this DVD, In Our Own Time will air on A&E on November 20. The Bee Gees will also celebrate this milestone with the release of Mythology, a four-disc boxed set released November 16 via Rhino Entertainment. 
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