Many rock stars excel on just a single instrument, extending their virtuosity into an incredibly successful career in music. But every now and then you get artists who can make a nice noise on pretty much anything! These people ooze music, and pick up instruments in the way some people pick up languages. It’s easy for them…but not for the rest of us. They’re just born to be one-man-bands! Thanks to the magic of multi-track technology, these uber gifted folks can record entire songs and even albums BY THEMSELVES.
Today marks the 45th birthday of one of the most talented and successful musicians of the last 25 years, David Eric “Dave” Grohl. A native of the fertile Washington D.C. music scene, Grohl got his start playing drums for seminal hardcore band Scream but that was just the prelude to his real arrival, when he took over the drum chair for North West alt rockers Nirvana. Grohl’s powerhouse drumming were an essential part of the band’s loud and melodic post-grunge rock. Despite the band’s massive commercial and artistic success, the pressures proved too much for lead singer Kurt Cobain who sadly took his own life in 1994. It was then that Dave Grohl staged one of the greatest second acts in rock n’roll history. Moving from behind the drum kit to the front of the stage, Grohl strapped on a guitar and formed the Foo Fighters. The band has put out seven full-length albums to date and sold millions of records world-wide. But that’s not all. He continues to play drums when the mood strikes him, most notably for Queens Of The Stone Age and the super group Them Crooked Vultures. And he has now added “Director” to his long and diverse resume, manning the camera for 2013′s Sound City documentary. Is there anything he can’t do? When it comes to creativity, apparently not. In honor of his birthday today, we present Dave Grohl’s Greatest Accomplishments.
What’s an interview like between a famous rockstar and an OG emcee? Legendary. It’s Dave Grohl asking what a rapper does when he sees one of his enemies at the Grammys. And Nas explaining that you’ve got to stand by your word. Sounds about right. Read more…
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to see Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who, Paul McCartney and – just added! – The Rolling Stones perform in one night. But next Wednesday December 12th at 7:30pm EST, 121212 – The Concert For Sandy Relief will be broadcast from New York City’s Madison Square Garden to over one billion people in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and you shouldn’t miss it!
Performing together on 12.12.12 to raise awareness for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, these world-renowned, A-list artists will all help The Robin Hood Foundtation raise funds to rebuild communities and lives of those affected by the disastrous storm. Here at @VH1, we’ll be live-streaming the 5-hour long concert at 121212concert.vh1.com, so bookmark the page and feel free to donate what you can as you catch the historical night right here alongside us. If you can’t find an internet connection, tune-in to VH1 Classic or Palladia to watch the show over good old-fashion television airwaves!
Just a quick reminder that VH1 will be livestreaming the Global Citizen Festival, a benefit concert to support the Global Poverty Project, on Saturday, September 29 from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. ET. Just head over to Globalfest.MTV.com to watch the festival, which will be held in New York City’s Central Park, in its entirety; you won’t want to miss exciting performances from the likes of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and VH1 You Oughta Know artist K’Naan. If you happen to be home tomorrow afternoon/evening, our friends over at Palladia will also be broadcasting the concert in its entirety in glorious HD, too.
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Welcome to of the final VH1 Classic America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll! Over the past 10 days we’ve asked YOU, the FANS to help us sort our list of essential hard rock and heavy metal tunes and the response has been incredible! Since this is the final list, we’ll be keeping it active for a few days to make sure we have enough time to record all your votes. And, due to popular demand, keep your eyes open for a one final poll featuring those songs which got the most votes for our all-time Top 10!
IMPORTANT NOTE: You can vote AS MANY TIMES and for AS MANY SONGS as you want, simply click on “Return To Poll” after your initial ballot and if your favorite songs or bands are missing from today’s list please check one of our earlier polls, which are all still open for voting, to see if you can find it.
UPDATE (9/28/12): Head over to GlobalFest.MTV.com to watch the festivities, beginning on Saturday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. ET!
VH1 is excited to announce that we’ll be livestreaming the Global Citizen Festival, a benefit concert to support the Global Poverty Project, right here on VH1.com on Saturday, September 29 from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. ET. The festival, which will be held in New York City’s Central Park and feature performances from the likes of Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and VH1 You Oughta Know artist K’Naan. Our friends over at Palladia will also be broadcasting the concert in its entirety in glorious HD. We’ll have more details on this exciting project coming soon, but for now, here’s a press release about the event that just crossed the wires.
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL IN CENTRAL PARK ON SEPTEMBER 29TH TO MAKE HISTORY AS THE LARGEST SYNDICATED MUSIC CHARITY WEBCAST AND BROADCAST
Performances By Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’Naan; Hosted by Katie Couric, Jeffrey Sachs, Jack Dorsey, Olivia Wilde, Minka Kelly, Sophia Bush, Selena Gomez, Katharine McPhee
Historic Event & Ongoing Online Campaign Aims to End Extreme Poverty
New York City, NY, September 20, 2012 – The Global Poverty Project is proud to announce that their upcoming Global Citizen Festival, produced by AEG Network LIVE and delivered by AEG Digital Media, will be live streamed and broadcast by an impressive list of media partners. The simultaneous distribution of this historic event allows the world to “attend” the festival, which will bring together leading non-profit organizations, musicians and notables in Central Park on September 29, 2012 as part of a mass movement to end extreme poverty.
Welcome to Day 3 of VH1 Classic’s America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll where YOU, the FANS, determine the 100 best hard rock and metal songs of all-time! Each day we’ll be posting a new list of classic hard rock and heavy metal tunes for you to vote on to help us with the rankings.
PLEASE NOTE: If you don’t see your favorite bands or songs on today’s list (or on Day 1 or Day 2‘s list), don’t fret! Be sure and check back daily at noon, as we’re going to be adding new songs for you to vote on each day!
Another year, another rocking late-August weekend at the Reading Festival. The annual U.K. festival stunned this year, with highly anticipate sets from the Foo Fighters, At The Drive-In, Kasbian and The Cure; roaring young acts like Azealia Banks, Odd Future and Florence + The Machines; and surprise appearances from Two Door Cinema Club and Green Day. We didn’t make it across the seas in time for the fest, but lucky for us those who did have got us covered. Didn’t make it either? Check out five sets from the three day fest that we wouldn’t have missed, courtesy of YouTube!
R. KELLY BLAMES RYAN GOSLING FOR HIS DIVORCE
“As the film credits started to roll, I couldn’t move,” he writes in his new book Soulacoaster. “I burst into tears. People walking past me patted me on the back, trying to console me. The Notebook was beautiful, and I was crying because its hero and heroine had died together. But I was also crying because … my marriage had died. And there was nothing I could do to bring it back.” Perfect. [MTV]