It’s difficult for bands to stand the test of time and stay intact. They’ve got all sorts of factors stacked against them, including breakups, premature deaths, and brutal band dismissals, plus folks who are just tired of the rock ‘n’ roll game and straight up quit. But then there are the guys who are still out there playing the hits, despite the fact that they’re the only original members left in their group!
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A man walked by me in a bikini. This was nothing out of the ordinary -it’s Midtown Manhattan, after all- but it was 35 degrees and raining. This swimwear required commitment. “I’m not even cold,” he said to no one in particular before linking arms with a wand-wielding mermaid. They were heading to the back of the line, which snaked from the entrance of the Roseland Ballroom across three whole blocks. In a sport coat and slacks, I was very much the one who stuck out. All around me were wigs of ever conceivable (and inconceivable) shade, leather dominatrix gloves, tutus, ninja masks, neon spandex, enough eye glitter to choke a unicorn, and (unforgivably) crushed velvet jackets. Many wore hats, sold in the Ballroom lobby, emblazoned with the three-word reason why 3,500 of us all braved the wind and rain and Monday morning hangover: Lady F-cking Gaga.
Far too many of music’s great artists have left us long before their time. Thankfully we have their music, and precious footage of them doing what they love -and what we loved them for. Continue on to see the spellbinding final performances from 15 music legends, just before we lost them.
Jumping around onstage can really do a number on your stomach, and it definitely doesn’t take much to push it past the point of no return. Whether it’s a hangover, dehydration, food poisoning, or just good old fashioned stage fright, sometimes musicians have to just…let it go. All over the stage. And the front row, if they’re not lucky. But -much like their lunch- you just can’t keep these pros down. The show must go on!
Regis Philbin is a broadcasting legend thanks to his long-time hosting gigs on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Live! With Regis and Kelly. He’s holds a Guinness World Record for spending more time in front of the camera than any other man, but now he’s about make a leap into a different kind of media. Ladies and gentleman, Wu-Tang Clan is about to get a brand new (and very old) member!
Everyone knows that having sex for the first time is pretty much the most important moment of your life. Hahaha, jkkk y’all. It’s usually pretty awkward and hilarious and (occasionally) humiliating. Or so we’ve heard. But that hasn’t stopped it the being romanticized in tons of classic songs over the years! Usually in a way that thoroughly creeps us out…From Rod Stewart to AC/DC, Lyfe Jennings and the great Vanessa Carlton, you’ll never forget THESE musical first times.
Roger Daltrey is definitely busier than you. Despite having just turned 70, the legendary frontman of The Who is still ambitious, still rebellious, and still the King of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Scream. This April marks 50 years since Keith Moon (Patent British Exploding Drummer) joined forces with the band, completing the lineup that made them unstoppable. Even though the tragic deaths of Moon and thundering bassist John Entwistle have reduced the original four to two, Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend are still out on the road, defending their title of Rock’s Best (and loudest) Live Act -until now.
Not all music videos have to be insanely sexy all the time. In fact, they don’t even have to have real people! Some of our very favorite clips feature the work of extremely talented designers and illustrators, who craft a colorful world that dazzle our eyes while the music seduces our ears. From A-ha to Yeezy, read on for 15 of the greatest animated music videos of all time!
Musicians aren’t just influenced by other bands. Sometimes it’s authors, comedians, or even film directors! Case in point, ’80s film icon John Hughes. VH1 News caught up with Foster The People, The 1975 and Jack Antonoff at SXSW recently, and they all had some serious love for the legendary director of beloved classics like The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Home Alone and so many more.
Companies are always approaching rock stars to lend street cred and coolness to their products. It’s an uneasy alliance, but it does mean serious exposure…and a serious paycheck. Hey, those private jets aren’t going to pay for themselves! Sometimes it’s a passive partnership, with the musicians handing over their classic songs for use in television commercials. But other times the star plays a more active role -singing a jingle, or even penning a whole new song!
Recently, Frank Ocean very nearly became the spokes-singer for Chipotle, but pulled out of the deal before he recorded the tune. Honestly, we had kind of a hard time imagining the rapper shilling for a burrito chain (although we love the guac, don’t get us wrong). Although we guess it wouldn’t have been any weirder than these 15 OTHER megastars who turned jingle-singers…