Rock ‘n’ roll is packed with rebellious bad boys (and bad girls!) who drink, fight, have tantrums, and just generally do things their-way-or-the-highway-dammit! But occasionally, some combination of drugs, booze, ego, money and general rock star excess pushes them over the line, and that’s what police get involved. Sometimes it’s fairly light-hearted stupidity (usually involving urination), but others times it’s far more serious, and changes the way we think about them and their music forever.
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John Lennon was always a man who broke new ground, so we like to think he’d be a fan of John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes, a cutting-edge interactive iPhone app that blends music, game play, documentary film, and charity work in a way that has never been done before! Released today, the app allows us to hear rare Lennon acoustic demos for the very first time, and lets us learn about the near-death experience that inspired his final album, Double Fantasy.
Listen up, rock fans: The DVD of Eric Clapton‘s 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival is going to drop on November 19th (that’s soon)! Held only every three years, Crossroads is like a rock ‘n’ roll Olympics, chock full of the world’s greatest six-string virtuosos and axe shredders. In celebration of this impending release, VH1 Classic will be broadcasting a marathon of the 2004, 2007 and 2010 Crossroads concerts this Sunday, November 17th at 3pm.
Mariah Carey celebrated the release of her new single “The Art of Letting Go” by upping her already considerable glam game for an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon…But not before she posted a photo to Instagram showing off her fab physique in a very revealing (and certainly underwear-free) dress!
With the appropriately-titled ARTPOP, Lady Gaga became the latest rock star to tap an acclaimed mega-famous fine artist to design her record cover. The world-renowned Jeff Koons (of balloon sculpture fame) created the unforgettable image, featuring a statue of Mother Monster apparently giving birth to a large shiny bowling ball. Yeah, we were a little confused too, but this guy is kind of a big deal. Just yesterday, one of his sculptures sold for a record breaking $58.4 million -the highest price ever paid for a work by a living artist!
You ever wonder why rock stars wear such tight pants? Size always matters, no matter how many number one records records you have! Legends concerning musicians with amazing “greatest hits packages” have become part of the rock ‘n ‘roll myth. And we’ve assembled 10 of the very biggest…
Miley Cyrus stole headlines during the MTV VMAs back in August, and she managed to do the same thing last night during the European Music Awards! What did she do? Well the show was held in very-liberal Amsterdam, so let’s see if you can guess…
If you’re familiar with Eminem’s music, you know that some of his greatest tracks are inspired by his love of daughter Hailie Jade Mathers and the constant struggle with estranged wife Kim Scott for custody. Despite her undeniably huge role in pop culture history, not much is known about what became of Slim’s little girl…Until now!
Eminem has been acting from the moment he first picked up a mic. The multi-faceted rapper was never shy about filling his passionate verses with different voices, and many of his songs are filled with distinct characters that tell a story. So by the time he was cast in big-screen debut 8 Mile, he was primed for an acting tour-de-force. Em offered up an incredible performance, and even took home the Best Song Oscar for “Lose Yourself”.
Rock clubs are frequently noisy, smelly, dark and cramped…and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Music history is born out of these crowded and smokey venues, where tomorrow’s megastars are today’s opening act, struggling to be heard over a drunk dude’s repeated request for “Free Bird.” The recent film CBGB paid tribute to the eponymous NYC rock spot, which gave us dozens of timeless bands before closing in 2006. This got us thinking of some other incredible joints that have earned their spot in rock mythology. Read on to see our picks for the 10 most legendary rock clubs of all time!