By Frank Donovan
We don’t mean to bum you out, but damn—some of our favorite musicians were shockingly young when they released albums that have gone on to become American classics. Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson–they ALL would have had to pay that under 25 car rental fee, even after they had made their magnum opus. It’s not fair, we say, they didn’t have the internet to distract them.
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When you think of rock and roll drummers, the first word that comes to mind generally isn’t “hot.” That’s a word reserved for singers, guitarists and (maybe) bassists. But no matter what anyone says about their looks, the drummer is definitely the most badass member of the band. They sit there looking smooth, keeping the beat, smashing the skins and throwing their sticks up in the air. When you think about it, the drummer is the coolest guy or gal in the band. The only problem is, you probably didn’t even notice.
It’s difficult for bands to stand the test of time and stay intact. They’ve got all sorts of factors stacked against them, including breakups, premature deaths, and brutal band dismissals, plus folks who are just tired of the rock ‘n’ roll game and straight up quit. But then there are the guys who are still out there playing the hits, despite the fact that they’re the only original members left in their group!
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.
The big names appear next to some pretty “of the moment” new comers, including our You Oughta Know artists Foster The People (could this be Grammys round 2, performing with The Beach Boys again perchance?), The Civil Wars, Dawes and Fitz & The Tantrums (we LOVE to say we told ya so!). There’s also the dub act that’s taken the USA by storm, Grammy winner Skrillex, oldies but goodies like The Roots, Alice Cooper, Ludacris and Ben Folds Five. And is anyone as excited about the Black Star comeback as we are?? Hype acts on the list include Childish Gambino, 2011′s lauded tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, Kendrick Lamar, Kurt Vile, EMA and Das Racist to name but a few! Bonnaroo might just have the leg up on the other festivals — sure Coachella has a hype-led lineup with a smattering of superstar at the top of the bill and SXSW is ready to introduce us to the hottest new talent, but Bonnaroo seems to balance the classic and timeless with still relevant veterans and hyped new names across genres. Basically, Bonnaroo’s got something for everyone.
Bonnaroo tickets go on sale February 18th at 12 p.m. EST.
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Grammy fever is surging ahead of Sunday’s awards ceremony. And if this latest announcement doesn’t get you giddy with excitement, then we’re afraid nothing can help you. The surviving members of The Beach Boys will perform for the first time in over 20 years at the Grammys — and will be joined by Maroon 5 and Foster The People! Knowing our excitement at merely playing witness to the iconic occasion, we can only imagine the pure happiness that the Foster boys and Maroon 5 must be feeling to be included in what will surely be a moment to remember.
The Beach Boys lineup will include Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Mark, and in addition to the Grammys, The Boys will be touring and recording a new album. Of the reunion, Brian Wilson said, “I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.” The Beach Boys will be joining a legendary cast of performers for what is set to be a spectacular Grammys stage, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Adele, a duet from Coldplay and Rihanna, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars and Jason Aldean.
Beach Boys Reunion Begins at Grammys, With Foster the People & Maroon 5 [Billboard]
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Brian Wilson Is Back With The Beach Boys And They’re Going On Tour
Yep, you heard right. Brian Wilson is reuniting with The Beach Boys and they’re going to tour in 2012. We know it’s exciting, but try not to wet yourself. [Flavorwire]
Etta James Is Tragically Terminally Ill
The voice that launched a thousand ships (we just made that up then, but it makes sense), Etta James, is facing terminal leukemia and dementia at age 73. Our best wishes go out to Etta and her family. [Rolling Stone]
Jonesing for music on your television set? Well, you?ve come to the right place! Check out our shortlist below. For more extensive listings, read VH1?s Rock on TV schedule daily.
Beach Blanket Bingo, 6:30 a.m. (EST), ELOV: Cast your mind back to a simpler time — Britney had hair, Kanye had an appropriately sized ego, and there wasn’t even a show called Flavor of Love. Now subtract forty years, and you’re in the right era for this delightful relic of singing cinema — a bike gang kidnaps a matinee idol, and sky-diving surfers are involved. With Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, and Brian Wilson before he lost it.
Chasing Liberty, 8:00 p.m. (EST), FAM: Now here’s a double bill you don’t see every day: Mandy “I’m not a teen pop star any” Moore with Philly hip hop outfit the Roots. Works though, in this love-on-the-run teen vehicle that features Mandums as the frustrated First Daughter, and the Roots live in concert.