If you’ve been in front of a computer with a working Internet connection today you’re probably aware that Bonnaroo has announced the line up for this year’s festival, and that everyone is getting a little breathy and excited about it. And why not — the lineup is absolutely out of this world, with huge names Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, The Beach Boys, Grammy winners Bon Iver, The Avett Brothers and The Shins headlining the festival. While we’re a bit perplexed as to why the legendary Beach Boys are billed fourth (we can understand Radiohead as a firm first, but surely The Beach Boys have more clout on a lineup than Red Hot Chili Peppers or Phish, especially as they’ve reunited to tour this year?), it’s hard to maintain any kind of indignation with such a fun lineup.
What a year, right? As we get ready to put the finishing touches on the year that was, it’s time to look back at the music videos that define the year 2011. Tonight, we’ll be airing a supersized edition of the VH1 Top 20 Music Video Countdown that takes a look back at the Top 40 music videos of the year. Be sure to tune-in to VH1 tonight at 7 p.m. ET/PT to see your favorite videos of the year in all of their widescreen, HD glory, but we couldn’t resist giving you guys a sneak peek at the list here on VH1 Tuner this morning.
So, without further ado, here is our list of the Top 40 Videos of 2011…
The 2012 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will include hard rock veterans Guns N’ Roses, funk-rock stalwarts Red Hot Chili Peppers, bratty hooligans turned socially conscious hip hoppers the Beastie Boys, trippy sixties folk singer Donovan, English blues rockers Faces/The Small Faces, and the pioneering female folkster Laura Nyro. These groups will all be inducted during a ceremony held this April, one that promises to be one of the most emotionally charged and exciting RRHOF events in recent memory.
We’re speaking, of course, primarily of the tumultuous relationship between W. Axl Rose and (most of) the former members of Guns N’ Roses, a band whose explosive brand of hard rock changed the face of not only the Sunset Strip sound of the mid-80s, but also propelled them into a short reign as the World’s Best Band around the time of Appetite For Destruction/G N’R Lies/Use Your Illusion I and II. Thanks to a potent combination of too much fame, too much money, and too many drugs, the group imploded after a disastrous two-plus year world tour that concluded in 1993, and most of the band members have not performed together since. Axl addressed this issue on a recent episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, noting that he has mended some fences with bassist Duff McKagan and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, but also intimated that he and Saul “Slash” Hudson are not on what anyone would describe as speaking terms. Can they put aside their differences for one evening, and maybe perform a few tracks? That, my friends, is likely a question that not even Hall organizers will have an answer to until the night of the ceremony.
If you missed this week’s VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, you’re in luck. Not only is it re-airing tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. on VH1, but we’ve got this week’s complete list of the week’s 20 hottest videos for you. After losing the top spot to Adele last week, our brand new VH1 Unplugged star Kelly Clarkson is sitting pretty in the top spot of this week’s countdown with “Mr. Know It All.” Check out the complete list of videos below, and be sure to visit Top20.VH1.com to vote for your favorite videos all week long.
The RRHOF’s induction process is mysterious and secretive, so you don’t see the same kind of public campaigning by nominees for induction that you see in, say, the sports world. However, that doesn’t mean that the committee who makes the decisions of who gets honored and who gets snubbed isn’t reading this blog post. So, with that in mind, vote for the act that you feel is most deserving of the honor in our poll below, and maybe, just maybe, Jann Wenner and his band of choosy cronies will pay heed!
As the Red Hot Chili Peppers release their tenth studio album this week, we can’t help but daydream ruminate about how much of a sex symbol frontman Anthony Kiedis was—who could forget the sock?!—and still is. Time has been kind to Mr. Suck My Kiss, and he is definitely not alone in that regard; there’s an entire legion of men in music whose good looks and sex appeal have fermented in the manner of a perfectly-mature wine.
Whether you grew up with one of their faces taped to your Trapper Keeper or you’re old enough to be their mom, there’s a hunk on this list for you. From rock to hip hop, songwriters to bass players, we’ve got Arena Gods, men who are Good With Their Hands, Smooth Operators, International Flavors, and like the Chili Peppers’ singer, Spicy Sex Symbols. Keeping it simple, we’re celebrating the 45 to 70-year-old vintages by exhibiting their physical evolution through their respective careers. You’ll be taking in images from when they got their start, their “middle years,” and how they look in the present. Take a moment to step into the wine cellar and relish in each man’s beauty of the past and, at the end,?toast to their continued maturing in the future by weighing in on who you think has aged best. Apologies in advance for the ladyboners!
The Beatles‘ last public performance, on the roof of 3 Savile Row on January 30, 1969, has become iconic since being included in the Let It Be film, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the latest to pay homage to the Beatles’ performance, in the Marc Klasfeld-helmed video for “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.” It takes more than just a rooftop and a PA to make a truly iconic rooftop performance, and five have stood above the rest; we’ve listed them chronologically. Check them out, and let us know in the comments if you think Kiedis and co. measure up!
1987: U2, “Where The Streets Have No Name” U2 were deep in Beatle-appreciation mode when they shot the video for “Where The Streets Have No Name” on a roof in Los Angeles, at the corner of Seventh and Main, which a radio announcer in the video describes as “not one of your more fun neighborhoods.” (Oh, 1987.) The video is a pretty direct homage, down to the shots of police trying to shut the performance down, though Bono looks less like a Lennon and more like an Eddie Vedder style icon. On U2′s tour that same year, the band covered “Helter Skelter,” which Bono introduced, (as heard on live album Rattle and Hum,) “This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles. We’re stealing it back.”
Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that when we shared a 30-second sneak preview on Monday, we credited the video to director Marc Klasfeld, not VMA-nominated artist Kreayshawn, who’d originally been tapped to direct, and who even reblogged a picture of the slate from on set. What happened? So far, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ camp isn’t talking, although bassist Flea did tweet, “for those asking, the Kreayshawn vid just didnt work out, that happens sometimes, i think Kreayshawn is awesome and a great artist.” Maybe she and the band just had irreconcilable ideas about what the video should be. In any case, barring some sort of leak, it’s doubtful that the Kreayshawn-shot footage will see the light of day.
That’s alright with us?Klasfeld did a fine job with this clip?a simple performance piece enlivened by its setting. The one absent Let It Be element is disapproving police or security, which was a good exclusion. 5-0 would have made this oceanside sunset performance significantly less chill.
The highlight of the video (other than, for punk fans, the Off! cap Anthony Kiedis sports at first) is guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. The Red Hot Chili Peppers haven’t changed much in their performance style or look (though they’re much more likely to wear more clothing than their occasional “one sock apiece” performances) but Klinghoffer is the new guy (brought in when his pal John Frusciante announced he wouldn’t be rejoining the band after their hiatus). At 31, he’s also a generation younger than the other guys, and his excited performing style is the diametric opposite of Frusciante’s laid-back lead guitar. To put it another way, Klinghoffer plays guitar like a bassist. Note in particular his solo, which he performs as though the guitar is leading him around and he can’t help but do its bidding. There’s nothing wrong with the Chili Peppers we know and love, but the fresh dynamic Klinghoffer brings to the table is a welcome addition.
The Peppers look to be pulling a reverse-Beatles in the clip, which, by the way, was directed by Marc Klasfeld. Like the Beatles’ iconic performance in London, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are performing from a rooftop, and the footage is shot in faux-documentary style, as though the set is impromptu. “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” is hardly a public farewell from an adopted home, though; the Venice Beach setting is very much a part of the SoCal band’s identity, not simply the capitol city where the Beatles’ studio was located. Also, the video is the band’s reintroduction (sans John Frusciante) after a brief hiatus. The guitarist (Josh Klinghoffer) may be new, but the rest of the band is a familiar bunch: a shirtless Flea bobbing and mugging and a shirtless Anthony Kiedis sporting questionable facial hair, and Chad Smith keeping the beat while wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt.
While you puzzle over the questions raised by this clip (mainly: Is it going to rain in the video?) take a look at two exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot: