We hear about rock stars getting banned from Holiday Inns all the time, but it takes a special kind of skill to get yourself banned from an ENTIRE COUNTRY! That’s dedication, friends. But still, that’s happened to quite a few musicians over the years!
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Underage, incestuous, drug-fueled….All love is good love, but some couples really push it! Rock ‘n’ roll is filled with folks who don’t play the rules, and this can also extend to their romantic life, leading to affairs that shock the world.
If you missed the television premiere of the 2013 Hard Rock Calling music festival last night on Palladia, don’t panic! VH1 Classic is airing the sonic extravaganza this Friday (that’s the 30th, folks!) at 9 PM ET. So you can catch unforgettable performances from Bruce Springsteen, Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown and so many more -all from the comfort of your couch. And you don’t even have to shell out for a ticket! Live is good, music lovers.
Every summer needs a theme tune, and each year pop music lovers passionately debate which single will earn the distinction of being named the Song of the Summer! In our eyes, this honor is wayyyy better than a Grammy. Record sales and official charts factor into it, but that’s definitely not all it takes to earn the exclusive title. These feel-awesome anthems have to permeate every avenue of our existence, playing seemingly at every moment, everywhere we go, during everything we do. Ordinarily that sounds like torture, but we’re too busy dancing to care. A true summer song is just THAT good! The polls are still open on this year’s song (*cough* “What rhymes with ‘Hug me’?” *cough*), but we’ve decided to take a look back the best summer jams from the past 15 years. Head down below and relive them all, and then vote on your ultimate favorite! These hot hits will keep you warm all winter long…
Rock and roll is filled with rags to riches stories, and the Hard Rock Cafe is no different. It started off as a humble musician’s hang-out in the heart of London, specializing in down-home American cooking. Guitar god Eric Clapton was a frequent customer, and he decided to mark his favorite seat by hanging his old Fender Lead II guitar overhead. Not to be outdone, Pete Townshend of the Who soon sent his own black Gibson Les Paul over with a note: “Mine’s as good as his. Love, Pete.”
From this playful game of one-upmanship grew a collection that weighs in at over 77,000 pieces to date, the largest assortment of pop music memorabilia on the planet. Much of their stash is on display in restaurants around the world, but I’m about to hit the mother-lode: An invitation to tour their Rock Vault in Florida! Off limits to the public, the vault is the epicenter for their restoration work, as well as the home-base for all of their priceless treasures. For anyone passionate about music history, or sound in general, this is sacred ground. And for me personally, it’s a dream come true.
Some musicians burst onto the scene with their artistic vision fully formed. But many other take some time to discover their true style, leaving a pile of weirdly uncharacteristic recordings in their wake. You know those awkward middle school photos you with bleached tips and Oakley glasses trying to look like a skater dude? Same kind of deal. Many of the primitive musical projects from these future-famous artists are straight-up bizarre, while others are so good that we wished they went that direction full time! They may not all be catchy, but they’re definitely all super interesting. Read on to see 10 of the most unexpected musical past lives of rock stars!
Mayer Hawthorne is not afraid to wear his influences on his sleeve. The writer/producer/multi-instrumentalist/DJ/rapper and possessor of the smoothest tenor this side of Smokey Robinson strutted onto the music scene with 2009′s A Strange Arrangement, a collection of seductively soulful tracks that payed tribute to his Detroit roots. The Motown-esque arrangements and masterfully crafted pop hooks (not to mention his perfectly tailored suits) saw him labeled as something of a retro ’60s throwback, although one with serious cred. But his latest long-player Where Does This Door Go sees Hawthorne take a great leap forward…one decade, to be exact.
Some of the most enduring images in pop culture have come straight off of famous record sleeves, becoming almost as important as the songs contained within. It sounds silly, but it’s actually a little upsetting to imagine zillion-selling, generation-defining records looking different! Obviously it shouldn’t matter, the music stays the same. But thinking of Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon without the prism, or Guns ‘n’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction without the skulls, or the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper without the crowd…it bums us out, man! It’s freaky to know how close we came to having totally different images grace the covers of these famous works. Either censorship reared its ugly head, or the band simply changed their mind, but some of these iconic shots were not the first choice. Head down below and see some early alternate versions of super famous album covers that we know and love.
Love and marriage, love and marriage, they go together like…well, definitely not rock and roll! Showbiz in general isn’t a very hospitable place for stable romantic relationships, but the life of an arena-packing musician seems to hold particular hazards ready to divide even the strongest unions. The constant travel and time apart, seemingly non-stop party, and untold number of groupies all could spell divorce…oh, and also paternity suits.
Budding musicians have to deliberate long and hard when choosing a name to give their band an itentity. Like expecting parents naming a baby, their choice must be catchy, contain plenty of meaning, and be appealing to all parties involved. It sounds like a lot of work! If you’re not careful, you could wind up with a name like Hoobastank, the Oneders, Puddle Of Mud or LMFAO…