One of the most difficult things about being a successful musician is finding the inspiration to be creative. Some people accomplish this by relentlessly poking the still burning embers of charred relationships (*cough* Taylor Swift *cough*), others turn to illegal drugs to change their worldview, but the following artists were able to find their muses not with their bandmates, but rather by pairing off with other musicians that appear on the surface to be incongrous with their vibe. So, in salute of the deeply strange pairing of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and ivory tickler Norah Jones on the new album of Everly Brothers covers called Foreverly, here’s a rundown of unlikely musical collaborations from over the years and their results.
Not to generalize, but rock stars tend to have two main activities: Playing massive gigs in front of thousands of adoring fans, and partying pretty hard. Sometimes business and pleasure overlap, leading to an always interesting -but sometimes musically questionable- live performance! Not that we’re judging; rock ‘n’ roll can be a pretty grueling business, and whether they’re just exhausted (like their publicists claim) or they need to blow off steam with a bender, these rebellious bad boys (and girls) are gonna do their thing their way. Read on for some infamous boozy gigs from 15 legendary bands. Raise a glass and enjoy!
Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who, James Brown. These are legends who have written songs that changed the course of rock, and will live on as classics for as long as there are music lovers roaming the planet. In fact, all of these artists appear within the top twenty slots of VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll list, compiled by polling some of the greatest musicians and rock scholars around. So obviously these guys know how to pen a tune. But it would probably surprise you to learn that all these HUGE rock forces have NEVER had a number one song!
TLC week keeps rolling on as we get closer and closer to the premiere of CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story this Monday at 9 PM/8C on VH1! We’ve already told you all about the records shattered by T-Boz, Chili and Left Eye, but now let’s see how they stack up among the other uber- famous hit-making trios in the musical galaxy!
Rock ‘n’ roll is built on uncontrolled rebellion, passion, and spontaneity. So in other words, it’s not really made for the confines of live television. And that’s what makes it so great when bands perform live on the small screen…you never know WHAT kind of madness might happen! Check out the 10 most outrageous live TV performances in rock history.
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Green Day‘s most ambitious 2012 came to a screeching halt last fall when frontman Billie Joe Armstrong melted-down onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. A screed loaded heavy with f-bombs about Justin Bieber and one guitar smashed later, he was checked into rehab. Soon thereafter the band announced that they were cancelling and postponing all the remainder of their tour in order to give Armstrong the time he needs. Now they seem determined to begin this new year on a bright note nonetheless, with news that Armstrong doing better and with the reveal of those aforementioned rescheduled tour dates.
“We want to thank everyone for hanging with us for the last few months,” the band writes in a note posted to their website on New Years Eve. And then, for the first time since his breakdown, Armstrong chimed to personally thank fans, friends and family for support. “I’m getting better everyday,” he writes. The re-booted tour begins again in Chicago in March and will wind through North America and Europe. Tickets for shows that had been postponed will be honored at the new dates. As Armstrong himself says: “So now, without further ado, the show must go on.”
Check out the rescheduled dates behind the jump:
And last but not least comes ¡Tré!, the final installment of Green Day‘s ambitious three-album run that’s already given us greats like the big-bikes-and-fake-blood fueled video for “Kill The DJ” and this vintage Green Day-y MTV VMA performance. These last twelve songs — now streaming in full thanks to iHeartRadio — are, by Billie Joe Armstrong‘s own description, “epic” and meant for “cleaning up the mess.” But “cleaning up the mess” in the most punk-y fun manner, of course, because nothing here is a drag.
Their numbering system might be slightly off, but bear with us: Before ¡Trés!, the final installment in Green Day‘s ambitious ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Trés! trilogy drops on December 15th, comes ¡Quatro!, a documentary about their recording process that premieres tonight on VH1. And before we get ¡Quatro!, we get these sneak peeks.
Before embarking on this ambitions run, Green Day returned their act back to the intimate clubs and small venues they technically outgrew decades ago. “Playing clubs is really important to us because it just keeps us energized,” Billie Joe Armstrong explains of the shows that helped them shake of any dust and work out the kinks after so many years of performing together. “We needed to scare the sh*t out of ourselves a little bit.”
Green Day have not let Billy Joe Armstrong’s recovery be more than a tiny kink their ambitious year-end plans. Save for a few postponed tour dates, they have gone ahead with the release of ¡Uno! in September and ¡Dos! just yesterday, as well as a barrage of music videos. The boys have clocked lots and lots of studio hours for these mostly performance-centric clips, but this new one for ¡Dos!’s “Stray Heart” finally lets them catch a break by leaving them out altogether. Instead of Billy Joe or Mike Dirnt, we get a Green Day (and vinyl) fan whose heart has literally strayed, leaving behind a gaping hole and a distressed girlfriend. It’s pretty cute — the animated organ-gone-rogue, particularly so! — and befitting of the sort of whimsy-punk song, which is probably the album’s most playful. Read more…