Festival season has arrived, ladies and gentleman. Get ready for Paul McCartney at Lollapalooza, Drake at Governors Ball, and PERMANENT BATHROOMS at Coachella! No, really. There will be actual bathrooms at Coachella this year. In other news, AC/DC is headlining.
We’ve brought you a list of children who shred harder than you, and now three of them have joined forces for a pre-teen group that is destined for metal stardom. The Warning is a power trio that consists of three sisters: 15-year-old guitarist Dany, 13-year-old drummer Paulina and 10-year-old bassist Alejandra. They’ve been earning fans by posting incredible covers to their youtube channel (mandatory viewing), ranging from Metallica to Katy Perry. But clearly, their hard rock chops are honed razor sharp.
For most bands, the prospect of losing a lead singer seems catastrophic. The role is referred to as “frontman” for a reason: the main vocalist is the very voice and face of the entire group, putting his (or her) own personality out on the furthest edge of the stage, directly engaging audiences with self-created words and movements.
With that in mind, just try to imagine the Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger, Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant, or the Who without Roger Daltrey. They would simply no longer be the Stones, Zep, or the Who. Other music outfits, however, have faced down the prospect of soldiering on after their lead singer departs. Some have actually emerged from the ashes bigger, bolder, and more popular than they’d been in their original incarnations. It’s a rare occurrence, but when it happens, rock history gets made. Read more…
Concert opening acts tend to be a hit or miss. Sometimes, they’re awesome and succeed admirably in pumping up the crowd. Other times, they’re ear-screeching filler for the band you shelled out $200 to see. More often than not, opening acts — good or bad — never reach the fame of their headliners. (Remember Britney Spears’ 2004 tour opener Skye Sweetnam? Neither do we.) But sometimes they do, and that’s when it gets interesting.
AC/DC‘s classic “You Shook Me All Night Long” kicks serious ass, but does it still rock when played in a bluegrass style? Finnish viral video gods (yes, there is such a thing) Steve’n’ Seagulls set out to find the answer. Spoiler alert: it still rocks.
Put aside all the things in life that are draggin’ you down, but AC/DC is here to help “Rock The Blues Away” with their new music video! The song is a track from their latest album Rock Or Bust, which became a global smash after it’s release in December.
Before MTV, before VHS tapes, before DVDs, and way, way, way before YouTube, the only way for fans to see hard rock and heavy metal bands in concert was just that—in concert. For those who couldn’t make it to live shows, a handful of late-night TV programs offered respites, most prominently ABC in Concert, The Midnight Special, and Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. Then there was the concert movie.
Everybody missteps sometimes, even the mightiest overlords of heavy metal sound and fury.
In fact, for a metal band (or any band, really) to truly attain legend status, it seems as though they’ve got to experience one colossal blunder, be it a major performance gone wrong (Guns N’ Roses’ 1991 St. Louis Riverport Riot), a mortifying music video (Billy Squier’s “Rock Me Tonite”), or, toughest of all to take, an eagerly anticipated album that hits listeners in every wrong way possible.
Michael McDonald doesn’t think Kanye is talented enough to criticize Beck or the Grammys, Bon Iver and The National will headline this year’s Eaux Claires Music Festival, Jessie Ware releases the video for “Champagne Kisses,” and more on First Dibs.