Every year millions of people sit down in front of their televisions to watch their favorite artists win awards or perform their hits. But little did they know that they would also get a little extra with the usual program. Throughout the years we have witnessed artists and fans lose their minds and do the craziest things, from a spazzing out on stage next to a rock legend to an artist wrecking what should have been a very special moment for another artist. The history of music awards shows are littered with acceptance speech crashers and performance crashes. Here are 10 of the most memorable! Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the #FAIL Awards.
Rock stars are invading the small screen! We aren’t sure what’s in the air, but lately some legendary musicians have been popping up on prime-time TV shows. Just last week we were blown away when Prince appeared as a guest star on The New Girl(apparently he’s a huge fan), and now we’ve got news that Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy is set for a stint on Parks & Rec. This got us thinking about other times when worlds collided and our favorite music makers turned up on our favorite sitcoms. Sometimes it was pretty weird, but it always made for GREAT television. Read on for more! Read more…
As we discussed earlier this week, first impressions are crucial…even in music! Like a well-written story, a good song always has a killer line to hook you in, set the mood, and get your imagination going. Some are funny, others are sad, some are mysterious, and then there are those that are straight up sexy. Whatever the case, a fantastic opening lyric is sometimes all you need to make a track unforgettable.
Bruno Mars may have been the true winner of last night’s Super Bowl, but Bob Dylan wins the award for blowing the most minds. The quintessential rock ‘n’ roll rebel stunned fans by appearing in a commercial for Detroit’s own Chrysler, urging folks to ”Let Germany brew your beer, let Switzerland make your watch, let Asia assemble your phone…We will build your car.” The ad is not the first time that Dylan has appeared in a commercial (check 2004′s Victoria’s Secret spot), or even the first time he’s schilled cars (try 2007′s Chrysler Escalade ad), but most fans still found it pretty surprising. The craziest part? That wasn’t even his only ad of the night! Read on to see 15 of the most shocking rock stars-turned-pitchmen of all time!
Bob Dylan is an artist who does things on his own schedule. Forty-eight years after “Like A Rolling Stone” was released in the summer of 1965, Dylan released a new interactive video for the classic track. The video features an expertly produced lip dub of 16 television channels with talent mouthing along to Dylan’s words.
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!
Alright guys, you survived your New Year’s Eve party this year. To think, just 2 days ago it was 2013. Well, out with the old and in with the new. Welcome to 2014!!!
Sorry. I shouldn’t have shouted. I’m guessing your head is still ringing from your NYE hangover… My bad. Those thingd can be brutal. In light of this rather headache-y feeling, I’ve chosen two excellent soothing songs to sweep you into this new year gracefully. Do you think Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire” or Bob Dylan‘s “Tangled Up In Blue” eases the hangover blues best? Vote now and decide for yourself!
Happy Thanksgiving! While you’re savoring the day with friends and family and a big ole’ feast, we’re celebrating with a crew of our favorite artists at the table this year. Here’s what everyone’s bringing:
Bob Dylan knows where to begin: with a “Turkey Chase.” Once wrangled, the bird can be topped with George Benson‘s famous “Giblet Gravy.”
While that’s getting prepped, Snoop will set up the beverage station — “Gin and Juice,” anyone?
Rick Ross, the real star of this meal, will handle the hors devours: “More better, more cheddar” (“Here I Am”); ”Air train and peanuts, it’s time to slide” (Yung Joc‘s “Brand New”); “Order crab legs with the heavy butter” (“New Bugatti”); some lobster bisque (“I Love My Bitches”); and let’s get an order of those lemon-pepper Wingstop chicken wings, because why not.
For years now, the fine folks at Daytrotter have been doing a great thing where they open their studio doors to bands, big or breaking, for an extra-stripped down set. Over the years, they’ve featured offbeat and intimate sessions with everyone from Bon Iver to the Avett Brothers, Kid Sister to Dawes (threetimesover). This week, Mumford & Sons get the Daytrotter treatment. Recorded on their tour bus during a stop-over in Illinois, the eight-song session counts Babel closer “Not With Haste” and a slew of covers, two of which are particularly noteworthy: Bruce Springsteen‘s “Atlantic City” and Bob Dylan‘s “Nine Hundred Miles.”
Dylan and Springsteen are giants in the American music landscape, but British Marcus makes for a worthy Dylan and their signature banjo makes for a dark and stormy “Atlantic City.” And we probably should have expected as much, they being the gang of Brits who sparked an Americana revival. Their first new album Babel had a killer first week out, they deserve this flexing victory lap.
Head over to Daytrotter and have a listen for yourself. What songs would you like to hear them cover?
A famous scene from D.A. Pennebaker’s landmark 1967 documentary Don’t Look Back shows Bob Dylan tangling with the press as they try draw serious answers from him. “Would you say you care about people particularly?” one woman asks, earning only another question in response: “Well, yeah, but we all have our own definitions of all those words. Care, and people?” Today the fine folks of TMZ have done their best Pennebaker-ing, making available to the greater public these three videos of Lil Wayne‘s deposition hearing with powerhouse lawyer Pete Ross that find Wayne working his charm just as Dylan did in ’65 — brilliant or insolent, as that charm may be.
For background, Lil Wayne has raised charges against Quincy Jones III, Quincy Jones‘s son, alleging that he used a number of unauthorized tracks in his documentary about Wayne The Carter. Given that this is Wayne’s case to win, you might assume that Wayne would be on his best behavior or at least cooperative; but these videos suggest, well, something else. Acting a wise guy, Wayne ducks and dodges the lawyer’s “stupid ass” questions, questioning the questions and pulling his hoodie over his head while refusing to give much more than “I don’t recall.” At one point, Wayne gets chastised for pre-empting a question — and a nice one, too, about whether or not he won a Grammy in 2008 — with an “I don’t know,” and he just rolls his eyes: “I’m sorry, that’s my psychic.”