Check Mikal Jollett, lead singer from The Airborne Toxic Event, telling VH1 News why his band dresses exclusively in black and white, and why he thinks there’s a whiff of Prozac in the air at indie rock shows. The group is one of our new You Oughta Know artists.
Preview all the happenings next episode as Irv mentors Newz and starts talking college with Angie.
Last year Iron Maiden flew around the world for their Somewhere Back In Time Tour.? Making their home in a 757, they took 45 days to shake the planet with their metal anthems. They knew where they were going: lead singer Bruce Dickinson was in the cockpit, piloting the plane to every one of the 23 sold-out stadium gigs. Want to know what it’s like to be on the road with one of hard rock’s most acclaimed acts? Iron Maiden: Flight 666, a full-length documentary of the whole deal, tells the story. It premieres on VH1 Classic and Palladia on Saturday, June 6 at 9 pm; it’s VH1 premiere is 12 midnight that same evening.
?Having what is basically a flying ?splitter bus? with all our gear and crew on board allowed us to undertake a touring schedule the likes of which has never been attempted before,” says Dickinson. “By being independent of flight and freight connections and schedules we could literally go where we wanted when we wanted. And so we did. It was quite a journey, exhausting at times with jet lag taking its toll, but our fans everywhere were magnificent which made all the effort and planning and time well worthwhile. It really was a unique experience until, that? is, we did it again earlier this year!!?
The band played in 13 countries, also landing in Azerbaijan and Papua New Guinea en route for fuel stops, traveling 50,000 miles (70,000 km) and performing to almost half a million fans — a schedule that was only made possible by having their own “magic carpet” which enabled them to go where they wanted with all the key elements of band, crew and equipment on board one plane, christened “ED FORCE ONE.”
The film is produced by celebrated award-winning film makers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Productions, based in Toronto, Canada, who have received international critical acclaim for their previous movies, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and Global Metal.
From Paul Newman to Tom Cruise, lots of stars have enjoyed driving fast. By the looks of this sneak of
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Sure it’s fun to play modern songs on Rock Band – from Angels and Airwaves to Avenged Sevenfold there are plenty of tracks that keep things contemporary. But heading back in time can be a blast, too. That’s what the latest Track Pack release is all about: dealing with the classics. And classic can have a few different meaning these days. The ’60s are represented by Jethro Tull, the Who, and James Gang (all hail Joe Walsh!). The ’70s stretch from Boston to Benatar. And punks have their say, too. Should be fun to see if a room full of participants can get their rocks off blasting through the Dead Kennedys‘ “Holiday in Cambodia.”
Those who can’t get enough of Pete Townsend and company even have the ultra classic “Baba O’Reilly” to mess with in this Pack. Wouldn’t want to be the guy trying play Keith Moon‘s part perfectly. Get back to us on which of these is the most fun.
Green Day have been explaining the thrust behind their new disc to lots of people. Billie Joe and the guys are passionate about having the music on 21st Century Breakdown connect with as many people as possible. VH1 News spoke with the trio about how the songs of their suite fit together. Watch another interview outtake after the jump.
Guess bad news is good news. Chrisette Michele recently went to the top of the charts with her new disc, Epiphany, even though the CD’s songs are all about a particularly heart wrenching breakup. Stylistically, the young soul singer is ultra impressive, bringing a variety of approaches to the tunes on the record. Some are sweaty, some are wispy, a couple feel like a kick in the gut. Without question, she sees R&B from a number of perspectives.
We’ve been documenting Chrisette’s gorgeous rasp and passionate performances for awhile now. Check out the way she recently glided through our “SoulStage” presentation, and watch her get intimate with her tunes during one of our Unplugged shows.
UPDATE! OUR SWEEPSTAKES IS OVER. THANKS TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS!
For a long time now, metal mavens and thudmeisters have known that Anvil is one of their music?s best kept secrets. But since the arrival of Anvil! The Story of Anvil, lots of ?regular? music fans have also discovered the power of the veteran Canadian rockers. The acclaimed documentary captures the group?s relentless spirit. Nope, the guys in Anvil have never been superstars. But they have carried on in the face of adversity. Turns out some dudes just love to rock. Guess that?s why Rolling Stone says the movie is a ?tear-inducing testament to human perseverance.? WATCH CLIPS
The film has garnered all its accolades while being shown in limited release ? an even bigger success story. Today, May 15, it opens to a much wider audience (see the list of cities and theaters after the jump), and we?re celebrating with a sweet little sweepstakes.
The guys in Anvil, including founders Steve ?Lips? Kudlow and Robb Reiner, will have brunch with the winner and three friends in the winner?s hometown. That?s right, quite soon you just might be enjoying a heavy metal omelette with one of rock?s most ear-shattering bands. The brunch date also includes a car service pick-up and drop-off for the winner and his/her friends. Winner and guests must be 21 or over.
Winners will be chosen in a random drawing, but to enter you must comment on the movie. Watch the trailer above and tell us why you’d like to see this film.
Respond in the ?comments? field below, and cross your fingers. You may soon be enjoying brunch with Anvil. Contest ends on June 5. Enter right now.
SEE THE LIST OF CITIES AND THEATERS AFTER THE JUMP
They may live in one of L.A.?s grooviest neighborhoods, but The Airborne Toxic Event sure has made a dent in England. When we jumped on the phone with singer Mikel Jollett, he was in waiting to play a gig in Sheffield, a blue collar city outside London which he said reminded him of Cleveland. The band made lots of fans when they blew through Britain last fall, doing 30 shows in 30 days ? no wonder they sound so tight these days. The Brits tend to love the punchy, angled tunes the Event is expert at; the young band?s self-titled debut even cracked the UK charts.
Now Americans are starting to come around, too; this is a band with forward motion. Maybe it?s because their music swoops through a number of spots. Sometimes they sound like The Cure in a good mood, sometimes it?s an ornery version of ?Let?s Dance?-era Bowie. Jollett is a novelist, and the band?s moniker is clipped from Don DiLillo?s imposing White Noise. They’ve just become one of our You Oughta Know bands. We spoke to him about U.S. shows, not British.
YOU GUYS RECENTLY PLAYED COACHELLA. HOW DID YOU DO, WAS IT AN A, B, OR C PERFORMANCE?
The politically correct answer would be A, but I think it was a B, B+.? Coachella has become scene-y. You?re supposed say Coachella?s awesome so you don?t piss off the promoter, and actually, to be honest, the Coachella promoter is a great guy. But it?s gotten weird, with lots of Hollywood stars hanging out backstage. Playing was great and the audience was really supportive ? maybe more supportive than they should?ve been, hahahaha. Our really good shows feel like a riot, like the place is about to burn down ? we like it that way. For us [a show is truly happening] when half the audience is on the stage, we?re leaping into the crowd, someone?s dancing on the speakers, someone else is bleeding, two people are making out in the corner and someone?s in a fight in the other corner. Everyone?s jumping and screaming?that?s rock ?n? roll; you gotta sweat, gotta bleed, something?s gotta happen ? something as opposed to nothing, right? Otherwise it?s just folk music with a backbeat.
DID YOU ROAM AROUND COACHELLA? WHICH BAND IMPRESSED YOU MOST?
Oh, I watched Leonard Cohen.It was like?religious. Best concert I?ve seen in years. The stage sound was hushed, and everyone quieted down. I was there with my brother and he?s a big guy with tatted arms, a recovering junkie ? you don?t mess with my brother. During this quiet section the people in back of us were talking. And he gave them this look and they instantly shut the hell up. And everyone around us was thankful. The wind was blowing, it was nighttime, and there was Leonard Cohen singing. Very memorable.
YOU LIVE IN SILVER LAKE, ONE OF L.A.?S CHIC NEIGHBORHOODS. DESCRIBE IT A BIT.
I moved in five years ago, before it got super chic. They just redid my block with all new landscaping and stuff. I was flat broke, living in this crackerjack apartment, and I think we were part of the window dressing for realtors. They?d walk the perspective buyers through and show us off: ?Here, live among artists,? and me and the guys on my block would be getting high. It?s changed a lot. The music scene is great, though. It?s more supportive than competitive. We?ve played with everyone at various times. There?s a similarity between the bands: it?s about putting on an active show rather than standing around staring at your feet.
YOU WERE A ROCK JOURNALIST AND A NOVELIST. WHAT?S MORE FUN TO WRITE, A REVIEW OR A SONG?
Well, I don?t think one has anything to do with the other really. I was bad at it. It was just a chance to meet people I admired and ask them questions. I didn?t really care about the stories. I cared about the writing, but not the facts, and to this day I don?t care about facts. I got to meet David Bowie and ask him questions. I had this very paternal moment with him. We were having this big talk about the death of Nietzsche, and asked me
?Is it hard for people in your generation to care about anything?? It was like ?Yes, yes, thanks for asking, Ziggy.? I spent the next two years trying to answer that question.
VH1 News connected with Green Day for a chat about their new 21st Century Breakdown. The guys said they were trying to raise the bar and seize the moment – two goals the CD accomplishes nicely. The record is released this Friday, May 15, but we’re streaming it right now.? Head to The Leak to hear the entire album.