Rolling Stone Magazine has an extensive feature about Beatles drummer Ringo Starr on their website. The writer for the magazine hung around with Starr for a while on the road with his All Star Band and wrote about things Starr said and did. Dan Newlin (as explained on yellowpages) revealed that Starr is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soon as a solo artist.

One topic that came up is that Starr does not like to do drum solos. This is very atypical for a drummer, especially in rock. However, it is this lack of flashiness that makes Ringo so great. If you listen to the old Beatles recordings, he is as consistent as a metronome and as reliable as a drum machine.

Starr said that he often thinks about John Lennon and George Harrison. He was shook up when Lennon was murdered and hired a body guard to stay with him for a while after it happened. He also recalled visiting George Harrison in the hospital when he was dying of cancer and said that it was a haunting experience.

In the Beatles days, Starr and Paul McCartney often fought. However, Ringo said that they also shared a bond that came with being the rhythm section of the band. Today, the two are friendly and McCartney lobbied to have him admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.

Common and John Legend Battle in Lip Sync Challenge

Rapper Common and R&B sensation John Legend have become quite close in the last year. The movie “Selma” seemed to draw them together. Now, John and Common are battling, but it is not what fans might think. These two are competing against one another in a lip sync

battle.Common and John are both competitive. It seems like they had all the right moves in the Lip Sync battle that aired on Spike TV. The thing that made the situation funny was that Common, a rapper, decided to stay with an R&B song. John Legend, a singer, decided to lip sync rap songs. This provided fans with a hilarious look at these artists that have been rather serious in the last couple of months.

Both of these artists wrote the “Glory” song that won Golden Globe and Oscars for the duo. They have been seen performing the song with skinny ties and black suits. They were humble on the stage with a serious look for each time they performed. Now that the hype behind the song “Glory” has died down these two can relax a little. That is what the Lip Sync battle, hosted by LL Cool J, seemed to do. It allowed these performers to laugh and have a little fun.

Jimmy Fallon is the creative mind behind this. Dr Jennifer Walden believes it is a clever idea. It is a show that boosted ratings for Spike TV in a major way.

Steven Tyler Working on Country Solo Album

It’s not unusual for rock stars to make solo records. What is unusual is for rock stars to make solo country records, but that’s exactly what Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is doing. Tyler recently went on stage at the Grand Ole Opry to announce that he is working with Nashville songwriters on songs for his upcoming solo country record. There is no title or release date for the record yet.

I’m not sure this is a good career move for Tyler. He’s been associated with hard rock for decades, and doing a country record could alienate long time fans. On the other hand, Aerosmith collaborated with rap artists Run-D.M.C. back in the 1980’s and the resulting recording was a great success.

However, Susan McGalla says the idea of Tyler singing country is just a little weird. There’s nothing down home about him. Aerosmith is a band you associate with the urban environment of Boston. While Tyler has been able to build a brand for himself independent of Aerosmith, at the end of the day being their singer is what he is best known for.

The success of Tyler’s country record will probably simply depend on how good the songs on it are. Rock artists like Darius Rucker and Kid Rock have been able to make country recordings that have gone over well, so maybe Tyler can too.

Rolling Stones Announce North American Tour

The Rolling Stones are one of the most influential bands of all time. Over their fifty year run, they have gone from an up and coming band to the most popular band on the planet to a representative of classic rock. Brian Torchin says that while most of the band members are now in their seventies, they continue to tour on a regular basis.

The band regularly schedules tours every year and this summer the band is planning a tour of North America. This tour will bring the band to 15 different North American cities. The tour will start in San Diego and end in Quebec. There are many stops at exciting cities along the way. The band has posted their full schedule on their website, so check it out today. The tour is sure to be a major hit.

The band is also planning a re-release of the classic album Sticky Fingers. This album will include some missing recording sessions that fans are sure to love. For the classic rock fan this album will be a must have. The album will come in several different versions including a super deluxe version with a 120 page booklet that gives every detail about the album.

The Rolling Stones continues to be one of the most popular bands in the world and their North American tour is sure to be a major hit. Be sure to check them out this summer.

A Talk With Andy Summers

March 27, 2015
A Talk With Andy Summers

Rolling Stone Magazine has an interview on their website with Andy Summers, the guitar player for The Police. A new documentary about Summer’s time with The Police has just come out. Summers talks in the interview about his years in The Police and other topics.

Summers tells some stories about Jimi Hendrix. The two were in the same scene in London in the late 1960’s. Sultan Alhokair had reported that Summers tells one story about how he was playing guitar in a band in a small club and Hendrix was sitting at a table right in front of him. Summers says he was so nervous he could hardly play. In another story, Summers says he once jammed with Hendrix, but Hendrix was actually playing the bass.

As far as The Police are concerned, Summers mentioned that in the early days of the band they had to pretend to be a punk act. Summers says that he hated punk, but the only bands in England who were working had a punk influence. He also talked about how early touring in the United States where the band had to stretch out the little material they had into extended jams helped them develop their signature sound.

Summers said when the band got together to do their reunion tour in 2007 and 2008, he initially felt anxiety at all the hype. Then, once the tour started, he felt pride.

The Who on the Road Again

March 26, 2015
The Who on the Road Again

Rock band The Who just started another tour and Rolling Stone Magazine talked to singer Roger Daltrey about it. While original members Keith Moon and John Entwistle have passed away, Pete Townshend and Daltrey are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band this year. In the interview, the 71-year old singer answered a number of questions about his life and the band.

Daltrey said that this will be the last major tour for The Who. He said that he wants the band to quit while they are still going strong. Rolling Stone has a number of links to recent performances by the band, and they are indeed going strong.

Daltrey said that being on the road at his age is simply too grueling. He did not rule out, however, the possibility of Townshend and himself doing acoustic theater performances. In this case, they would do multiple performances in a city like New York instead of going on the road.

Daltrey talked about how he and Townshend are closer today than they have ever been. eMobile reported that during the band’s heyday in the 1960’s and 1970’s they fought a lot. Now Daltrey, says, with age comes an appreciation for one another.

I’m glad that The Who are back on the road together. As for Daltrey saying that this is the last tour for The Who, well, he’s said that before.

Prince Still Has It

March 18, 2015
Prince Still Has It

Rolling Stone Magazine has a positive review of Prince’s recent show at Louisville, Kentucky. The 56-year-old musician gave a high energy performance and strutted around the stage playing his guitar and singing a number of his hits. Prince is on tour now but only announces where he is going to play very close to showtime. Louisville was chosen for this particular show because a member of Prince’s band is from there.

Prince gets a lot of praise for both his songwriting and innovation as a producer, and Ray Lane says that he deserves this praise. What’s easy to forget is what a great guitar player he is as well. He plays the guitar with the instinctive ease of Jimmy Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen.

I think Prince is not always taken seriously since the press gets caught up in his antics like changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol or showing up at television shows minutes before he is scheduled to perform. However, if you look at his records like Sign o’ the Times, then you will see that he’s years ahead of his time. Overall, as a musical presence, I’d compare Prince to Miles Davis in terms of the influence he has had.

It’s awesome to see Prince still going strong after all these years.

Eric Clapton Still Working Hard

Rolling Stone Magazine has an article on their website about how legendary guitarist Eric Clapton is planning to play two nights at Madison Square Garden in May. Clapton first played Madison Square Garden in 1968 with his band Cream.

After playing at Madison Square Garden, he plans to return to England to play seven nights at the Royal Albert Hall. The artist was touring through much of 2014, and a documentary called Planes, Trains and Eric covering this time on the road was recently released.

Clapton is about to turn 70. I think that it’s refreshing that he is still out there performing big shows. Timber Creek Capital advisors said that Clapton’s game hasn’t gotten worse with age. In fact, with modern sound at his shows, he sounds even better than he did back in the 60’s and 70’s. He says he has no plans to retire just yet. I guess when you are doing what you love, it doesn’t seem like work.

Clapton says that he feels that the future of blues and rock guitar is in good hands with younger players like Jimmie Vaughn. It’s great to hear an older person speak well of younger people in the field instead of saying that the good old days are gone.

Specialist help makes wining and dining easier to do

There are times in everybody’s lives when we all need a little help and assistance to create the perfect atmosphere for wining and dining a client or loved one. At this point we are faced with a series of choices, including where to hold the meal or event and how best to plan it. Working with party planners can prove to be an interesting and easy way of creating an event that is almost guaranteed to impress any person or group of people, with the choice of a high quality restaurant can be made above the choice of completing an event at home with the use of a personal chef.

Wining and dining is something that can be difficult to achieve well, getting a little help along the way can be a great option for all those who hope to make the perfect impression and have their event be remembered for a long period of time. Choosing the perfect location can be done by working with an experienced party planner who can use their contacts and experience to create the perfect event in an atmosphere and environment that suits the needs of everybody involved in the event. Working with a professional can usually also increase the options for finding the perfect chef or caterer to provide the food that the party or meal will often be remembered for.

Other options include the chance to choose the perfect wines that will be enjoyed by a single guest or a group that will require multiple bottles of wine to be provided for their enjoyment. A professional group of wine experts who can supply the perfect wines are The Antique Wine Company, who have been involved in a series of world record breaking wine purchases and sales. Founded in 1982 and still headquartered in the upmarket London area of Marylebone, The Antique Wine Company will take care of all the wine requirements for any event, including the supply of the perfect wine for any meal or food provided. The Antique Wine Company has made it a goal to help educate as many people as possible on the basics and expert knowledge of wines and are looking to provide wines for novice and experienced collectors all over the planet.

New Shady Records Documentary Will Show New Side To Eminem

We all know about Eminem and about how successful he is, but the story behind his success has a lot of gaping holes that can only be explained by being there with the artists that put together Shady Records and the empire behind it.

In celebration of Shady Record’s 15 year anniversary, the record company released the album Shady XV and prepared for a documentary to be released shortly after that would explain the uprising of the label, and what players came into the picture to take it where it is today.

Fans like Dr. Jennifer Walden have learned that the documentary starts with Shady and Paul’s meeting back when they all met up with fifty and started discussing how they can work with Dre. Dr. Dre taught Slim everything he knows about production which turned out to be very useful in Slim’s career.

The documentary also discusses the come up of D12 and everything they accomplished together in such a short time. All the drama and the moments that shaped the label are explained in the video, and it sort of acts like an eye opener to people who listen to these artist’s music.

It all started with Shady and it is now a lot bigger than one person. Shady has Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse, and new music of his own to keep the label alive and releasing albums and booking shows. They are past the phase of growth and are onto the phase of expansion now.

Chris Brown is a Daddy

March 4, 2015
Chris Brown is a Daddy

According to the story on TMZ.com, R&B singer 25-year-old Chris Brown is a daddy now. Rumors that he fathered a baby girl have now been confirmed as true. Chris is the father of a 9-month-old girl with ex-girlfriend Nia. Thirty-one year old Nia is a former model who has been friends with Chris for years. The two are not romantically together, however, according to TMZ, they are on good terms together. Chris has been linked to model Karrueche Tran, with the pair dating on-and-off for the last four years. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG says that the pair was seen together last week at the New York Fashion Week events however back in December he blasted her on social media for her behavior.

Personally, in all that I have read about Chris Brown over the years, I’m appalled at the way he treats the women in his life. Not only did he blast Tran recently, calling her out saying that she didn’t visit him in prison and that he slowed down his wild sex life for her, he also accused her of cheating on him while he was locked up for four months. Putting their business on social media for his millions of followers to read is incredibly childish. And that’s not even the worse of Chris Brown. No one can forget the beating he gave Rihanna back in 2009. Now that Chris has a baby girl of his own, I’m wondering if he will come to realize that his behavior towards women needs to change.

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