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Set lists and a little bit of Rock

Monday, 31 March 2008

Smashing Pumpkins Centennial Park Setlist V Festival

The Smashing Pumpkins

Ou? Centennial Parklands; Sydney, AU

Quand? 29 March 2008

Que? V Festival.

Set list:

Today
Tarantula
Hummer
Tonight, Tonight
Stand Inside Your Love
Superchrist
Cash Car Star
For What It's Worth [Buffalo Springfield]
1979
That's the Way (My Love Is)
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
United States

Encore:

Reptile [The Church]
Cherub Rock

Australia

The Sauce: As ususal

Smashing Pumpkins set list on The Lair

MTV's - 'The Lair"'

Set:

That's the Way (My Love Is)
The Rose March
Lips Like Sugar [Echo and the Bunnymen]

Duran Duran concert setlist Cold Coast Avica Resort

GOLD COAST AVICA RESORT, AUSTRALIA
March 30, 2008

Duran Duran at the V FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA

Set List:

SUNRISE
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
PLANET EARTH
RCM
NITE RUNNER
SAVE A PRAYER
TEMPTED
NOTORIOUS
ORDINARY WORLD
GIRLS ON FILM
WHITE LINES
THE REFLEX
WILD BOYS

ENCORE

RIO

Duran Duran at the V FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA Concert Setlist

SYDNEY CENTENNIAL PARK, AUSTRALIA
March 29, 2008

Duran Duran at the V FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA

Set List:

SUNRISE
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
PLANET EARTH
RCM/ NITE RUNNER
SAVE A PRAYER
TEMPTED
NOTORIOUS
THE CHAUFFEUR
GIRLS
WHITE LINES/HOLD BACK THE RAIN
WILD BOYS

ENCORE:

ORDINARY WORLD
RIO

Sauce: ici

Duran Duran concert setlist at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney

March 28, 2008

Duran Duran at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia

Set List:

THE VALLEY
RCM
NITE RUNNER
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
PLANET EARTH
NEW RELIGION
FALLING DOWN
THE REFLEX
COME UNDONE
A VIEW TO A KILL

ELECTROSET;
LAST CHANCE/ALL SHE WANTS/LEATHERETTE
I DON’T WANT/SKIN TRADE/TEMPTED

RIO
NOTORIOUS
ORDINARY WORLD
SAVE A PRAYER
WHITE LINES/HOLD BACK THE RAIN
SUNRISE
WILD BOYZ

GIRLS ON FILM

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Smashing Pumpkins Sydney V Festival

Smashing Pumpkins Set list V Festival Sydney Australia

Today
Tarantula
Hummer
Tonight, Tonight
Stand Inside Your Love
Superchrist
Cash Car Star > Pieces of Me [Spears] > For What It’s Worth [Buffalo Springfield] > Let There Be Rock [AC/DC] (tease)
1979 (accoustic)
That’s The Way My Love Is (acoustic)
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
United States

Encore
Reptile [The Church]
Cherub Rock




The Sauce: voila!

Smashing Pumpkins concert setlist Sydney

Smashing Pumpkins concert setlist

27 March 2008, Sydney, Australa



The Sauce: Official Site

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I'm noticing they don't always play the big hits and mix it up a lot. I kinda like that. Unlike Kiss who apparently have done the same setlist for the whole recent tour..

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Saturday, 29 March 2008

Elivis would have been a sissy....

So like what are the best rock comebacks ever?

And before you say Green Day and American Idiot or U2 and Achtung Baby, I think we need some criteria ...

The comebackee's first public success must have been pretty major - the music must have ingrained itself into the some kind of national consciousness for a fair period. Not merely hve been a one hit wonder, they should have a body of work or range of songs that are still popular on the radio or being raided from some mum's old record collection..

Then they must have goneaway and been forgotten by way of not being able to write a d side, releasing shite music or gone on a drugs binge that would have made a line of coke blush.

The comeback - the success must have been the same all over again or bigger. The public (and probably a new generation of young fans) takes note of the new music with a fervour. Charts are topped and grammies won. It can not be a happy reunion tour like Kiss or Led Zep. It must be Youtube worthy.

Thus having written this criteria according to my pre determined choices... ;) here are my three best rock comebacks ever.

Meat Loaf


At the time of Bat out of Hell's onslaught it was the biggest debut of all time. The album was an instant rock classic. It had the hard rock of its time in the title track, it had sex mixed it into songs about baseball. It had the ballads. It brought the balls to rock.

And then he stopped being friends with Jim Steinman, hung out with Cher and made dire films like Roadie. He may have had some trouble with alcohol..

20 years pass with a couple of minor hits but the Meat had eaten his cake and couldn't have it twice...

...Until he became friends with Jim Steinman again and they re wrote the first album and Meatloaf stormed the charts to number one in twenty odd countries with the biggest hit of his career, I'd Do Anything for Love (BIWDT). Hell, he even got a pre world famous everywhere Angelina Jolie to appear in the video for Rock and Roll Dreams. People that kant listen good listened to the song and asked what he would not do (screw around !). Probably had the best coda to a song ever. This sucess also menas that Jim Steinman qualifies for one of the greatest comebacks ever too.

John Frusciante (Guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers)



Joined the RHCP when they were well into their career and made Mother's Milk. Soul to Squeeze showed he had the deft tones. Then he pulled out Under the Bridge and his place in rock history was assured.

And then he discovered herion, was booted from the band, lost his teeth and infamously gave a royalty cheque to a cabbie.

And then Kiedis and co realised Dave Navaroooooo was acutally a fucking pussy and asked Flea asked a newly sober JF back to the band. And he came out with Scar Tissue and the album, Californication which was the Chilli's biggest album and the comeback was complete.

Johnny Cash



Bono thinks that Elvis would have been as sissy without Johnny Cash. If you believe the stories about the drugs and the purdy ladies then it was ok for The King to hook up with a 14 year old (hey, if there's grass on the wicket).

Mr Cash was huge in the late 50s and 60s with his boy called Sue, songs about flags and guns, discussions about how high the water was and how his ring burnt somewhat.

And then he didn't sell so much, appeared to find Jesus, write the odd biography, and had a TV show.

Had a minor comeback in the 80s with the Highway Men... but then he met Rick Rubin in the mid 90s and his career went interstellar. His serious of American Recordings took songs of others and gave them a new heart and soul. When he sang Tom Petty's Wont Back down you believed it. When he said he was Hurt, you wanted to take him to the doctor. He became the Man in Black.

The Greatest Comeback Ever might be that of Axl Rose

Guns and Roses were one of the best Bands ever. Period. If you want to argue this I suggest you are late for Bible Class. Axl and Slash became two of the most readily identifiable people in rock. Their songs owned. Their concerts owned.

And then Axl did is megalomaniac thing and took over the band and proclaimed himself King. This effectively this ended the spirit of the band and the various players left.

Then for the past 10 odd years Axl has threatened to release an Album called Chinese Democracy. He as toured successfully in the last two years, playing new songs. And those songs sound great. The Blues, I.R.S. and Madagascar have Mega Hit written all over them. If Axl sorts his shit and releases Chinese Democracy, the people who are gagging for it will buy it (JJ inc) and he will have a whole legion of new fans. It will be a new GNR but it will be Axl's comeback.

What say you savage?

Smashing Pumpkins Christchurch Setlist

Smashing Pumpkins Christchurch Setlist

March 24, 2008 - Westpac Arena at Christchurch, NZ

Main Set :

Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Bring the Light
Superchrist
Come On (Let's Go)
Tonight, Tonight
Mayonaise
Perfect
Lily (My One and Only)
Today
Tarantula
Stand Inside Your Love
Ava Adore
Drown
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
1979
That's the Way (My Love Is)
My Blue Heaven [George Whiting and Roger Donaldson]
The Everlasting Gaze
Cash Car Star
Crush ?
United States


Encore :
Muzzle

The Sauce: Blamo

Split Enz at the TSB Arena in Wellington

From Scoop By Malcolm Aitken

Split Enz at the TSB Arena in Wellington on Tuesday night was huge fun and a remarkable nostalgia trip. As the band got more and more into it and the crowd limbered up, a great sense of the fondness a lot of Kiwis feel for the Enz became more and more apparent. You really could feel the love. These are our boys and they were here to remind us of their princely status in the annals of New Zealand rock/pop history, entertain us with some damned good music and have a ball in the process.


As over-whelmed, however, as I was by a strange musically-inspired nationalism, I was just as under-whelmed by the acoustics at the Arena. It’s been said before, but the acoustics in that building are just inferior. Anything visually-led such as the WOW Awards last year might work well. For musical performances, though, forget it.

The Enz took a while to get totally into the groove, I thought, especially Tim Finn, but once they were going it was as high energy, quirky and just, well, as Split Enz as ever. They still impress with their pure musicianship. These guys are masters. They’ve been in the business for a long time, although this concert along with one they’d performed in Christchurch and an up-coming Auckland show, were their first in New Zealand since the Millennium gig at the Auckland Viaduct.

They started with Shark Attack, which was hitting the ground sprinting and they carried it off well. A few pieces in and they got into some pretty serious keyboard and percussion antics with keyboardist Eddie Rayner’s old classic from the True Colours album, the instrumental Double Happy. And they did a wonderful rendition of Nobody Takes Me Seriously (anyway).

The brothers Finn are a fabulous team. Tim with his very wide vocal range, was hitting notes from all over the scale and Neil’s smoother, poppy roll-along sort of timbre complemented him well.

The crowd vibe was pretty quiet to start with, but when Tim burst into the now virtually iconic opening verse of Six Months in a Leaky Boat– “when I was a young boy…”– the urge to bop became too strong for many of us: this was the signal to get up on your feet. Neil had, after all, reminded the crowd a couple of times that he really wouldn’t mind if we danced in the aisles.

It’s worth keeping in mind the demographic of this audience. A personal highlight of the night for me was when this slightly tubby, grey-haired, probably 50-something guy next to me, stomping his feet and sweating his ass off, yelled out in joy when the Enz came back on for their second encore. His mirthful shouting was replete with expletives about what a big night he was having.

There were a few good-humoured moments on stage too, like when an obviously proud Neil alluded to his son, Liam, who was, “incidentally”–in case anyone was wondering–in Buffalo, Up-State New York (being a very successful musician). Although he had once played the song they were about to perform to Liam on loop as a lullaby, Liam was probably not asleep at that very moment. Thanks for that Neil. Well, what can you say? A proud dad. And who wouldn’t be?

No Split Enz concert would be complete without the somewhat odd and totally brilliant Noel Crombie playing the spoons in his inimitable style and there was a very cool percussion solo from the newest member of the band, Michael Barker. Obviously someone to watch out for: this man has serious talent.

The reality of the night was that Split Enz pulled off a gig-and-a-half, despite some audio and visual impairments. There was bad acoustics, an ugly backdrop that looked like a poorly-constructed Flintstones stage set or something, and their wardrobes! Creamy off white suits that were positively too Barry Manilow-esque for me anyway. The impressive lighting did mitigate things slightly.

At the end of the day, in the final analysis, the crowd and Kiwi musicianship were the winners. Thank you again Split Enz.

It Never Enz

Stuff Review of Split Enz Wellington Concert by Heather McCracken


It wouldn't be a Split Enz show without something weird and unexpected to start - in this case, a shuffling blob.


The billowing gold beast bobbed onto stage at Vector Arena before six members of the reunited band burst out, grinning wildly.

It was the first Auckland show for the New Zealand reunion tour, following a sold-out Wellington concert.

And there was no easing into it, with 55-year-old Tim Finn throwing himself around like a man chased by bees for the opening track, Shark Attack.

Little brother Neil took his turn on the microphone next with One Step Ahead and Give It A Whirl.

"It feels great already," Tim told the crowd. "This is going to be a good one."

In matching cream suits, the band known for their other-worldly style looked surprisingly demure.

But Noel Crombie's influence could still be seen in the billowing clouds of coloured fabric on the changing backdrop.

I Hope I Never and Message To My Girl were greeted with hand waving and syncronised swaying.

But it was Tim and Neil's harmony on the piano-led Stuff and Nonsense that produced the first genuine goosebump moment of the night.

"That was phenomenal, Tim," screamed an appreciative fan.

Not to be outdone, Noel Crombie took the spotlight for a show-stealing solo on the spoons, backed by Eddie Raynor on piano.

It was a two-hour set with no dull moments, and a celebration of a band overflowing with talent.

When Tim brought the crowd to its feet with Six Months In a Leaky Boat, Neil responded with I Got You.

The main set ended with an I See Red eruption.

Nobody even sat down before the first encore, (Charlie, That Was My Mistake) featuring a 'sing after me' session with Tim and a delightfully eccentric guitar solo from Crombie.

The second time they returned to the stage it was to remind us of the quirky brilliance of Bold As Brass, and wrap up beautifully with History Never Repeats.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Poison drummer arrested on rape charges...

The drummer for 80s glam band Poison – the opening act at Easter's Rock2Wellington heavy metal concert – has been arrested on a rape warrant at Los Angeles Airport. This was after getting off a flight from New Zealand, US police said.
 
More here

Dr Pepper: genius marketing campaign

This is classic. Dr Pepper (a softdrink that is not too popular in NZ) has said it will buy every American a free drink if Axl releases Chinese Democracy this year.... um can mine have two shots of Night Train in it?
 

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Many have tried, but so far nobody has been able to pry the decade-in-the-works Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" from the hands of lone remaining original member Axl Rose.

Now, Dr Pepper thinks it's up to the challenge. The soft drink company says it will give a free can of Dr Pepper to "everyone in America" (excluding ex-Guns members Slash and Buckethead) if "Chinese Democracy" arrives anytime during the calendar year 2008.

Rose responded on his band's web site (http://www.gunsnroses.com) that the band was "surprised and very happy to have the support of Dr Pepper." But the offer did not prompt him to rose to the challenge.

"Chinese Democracy" was most recently scheduled for release in March 2007, but promptly vanished from the schedule without a new date being set. Rose said at the time that all the recording had been completed, but there were some "scheduling difficulties."

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Led Zeppelin Reunion: Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert Set List

Led Zeppelin Reunion Concert Set List: Ahmet Ertegün Tribute 

10 December 2007

Ahmet Ertegün was a Turkish American who co founded the musicl label Atlantic records. Later on he was  noted as  the chair of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a key component in the development in the career of Led Zeppelin. After his death the band performed the following tribute set.  

Led Zep's Set list:

Good Times Bad Times
Ramble On
Blacl Dog
In My Time Of Dying
For Your Life
Trampled Underfoot
Custard Pie (Intro)
Nobody's Fault But Mine
No Quarter
Since I've Been Loving You
Dazed & Confused
Stairway To Heaven
The Song Remains The Same
Misty Mountain Hop
Kashmir

Led Zeppelin Encore:

Whole Lotta Love
Rock and Roll

Duran Duran Auckland Concert Setlist:

"Duran Duran in Auckland, fucking it up in style."

Duran Duran Auckland Setlist 27 March Vector Arena

Opening Set:

The Valley
Red Carpet Massacre
Night Runner
Planet Earth
New Religion
Falling Down
Save A Prayer
The Reflex
Come Undone
A View To A Kill

Electronic Set:

Last Chance On The Stairway
All She Wants Is/Warm Leatherette
I Don't Want Your Love
Skin Trade
Tempted

Third Set:

Rio
Skin Divers
Notorious
The Chauffeur
Ordinary World
White Lines
Hold Back The Rain
Hungry Like the Wolf
Wild Boys

Encore:

Reach Up For The Sunrise
Girls On Film

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Looks like the played the hits, even the James Bond theme.
Spaghetti Source here

Captain Crash?

Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora done for drink driving, tsk tsk.

Wild Boys Duran Duran Auckland Concert

Duran Duran

Where: Vector Arena, Auckland

When: Wednesday, March 26

Reviewed by Nicholas Russell on good old Stuff

Every babysitter in Auckland must have been on duty when Duran Duran took to the Vector Arena stage on Wednesday night for their first ever headlining gig in New Zealand.

You could say most of the audience remembered the 80s really well - evidenced by their enthusiasm for the hits that propelled the English 'yacht rockers' to 85 million album sales.

From the minute Duran Duran walked on to the stage the seats were for handbags and it stayed
that way for the whole two hours.

Lead singer Simon Le Bon still manages to look sexy at the age of 49 and the high kick he pulled out for The Reflex would have had most men his age crawling off to the physio.

Classics like Planet Earth and James Bond theme song A View to a Kill got the party started, but cracks began to show when they stopped midway through the set and lined up across the front of the stage with synthesizers and an electric drum set.

The first show of a world tour is a bit like popping into a restaurant on opening night - there are bound to be teething troubles.

In this case it was during the "Electroset" as band members swapped bemused looks as they struggled to get the sound right.

They restarted two of the songs and stopped to fix a few faults - at one point they were left standing in front of their synthesizers like confused cashiers in a supermarket.

A less experienced band might have lost their momentum, but Le Bon casually laughed it off as "f**king up in style".

Bassist John Taylor called it "a work in progress" and the fans were happy enough with the dance floor beats, but when the band swapped back to their instruments for a fantastic rendition
of Rio the crowd erupted.

At times it seemed the audience was hanging out for the hits but were content to wait through some of the newer material.

As expected the band didn't get the same rise for new single Falling Down off Red Carpet Massacre as they did for the song straight after, Save a Prayer.

Save a Prayer was the first crowd participation moment of the night and fell a bit flat as the audience butchered the chorus - twice. They later redeemed themselves when lending a hand to a raucous rendition of Wild Boys.

Despite the "Electroset" issues, Duran Duran were as slick as you would expect considering their years of experience, but it felt like they interacted better on the older material and seemed to be finding their feet with new songs like Nite Runner and Skin Divers.

You've got to give them credit for trying as it would be easy to rest on their laurels and be a Duran Duran tribute band.

No-one struts quite like Le Bon and he proved it during the final song of the night - Girls on Film - as he took time out to introduce the band, which killed the song.

But it didn't really matter. If you took a Duran Duran hits checklist with you to Vector Arena you would have crossed off nearly every one - and that left punters well satisfied.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

I'm a professional cynic, but my heart's not init

Bonjovi Setlist Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CN, USA

Bonjovi setlist

Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CN, USA

8 March 2008

Lost Highway / You Give Love A Bad Name / Wild In the Streets / Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars / I Get A Crush / I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Sleep (with Dancin' In the Streets) / Summertime / I Got the Girl / Someday I'll Be Saturday Night / Blood Money / Blaze of Glory (with Daughtry) / Whole Lot of Leavin' / Born To Be My Baby / We Got It Goin' On / It's My Life / Bad Medicine (with Shout) / These Days (Richie on vocals) / (You Want To) Make A Memory / I'll Be There For You / Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore / Who Says You Can't Go Home / Have A Nice Day / Keep the Faith / Livin' On A Prayer

Hallelujah / Wanted Dead Or Alive / Twist & Shout


Spaghetti Sauce: la ba

REM setlist, Austin, Texas

Austin City Limits, Austin, Texas, March 13, 2008


Setlist:

Living Well is the Best Revenge
Man-Sized Wreath
Drive
So. Central Rain
Accelerate
Fall On Me
Hollow Man
Electrolite
Houston
Supernatural Superserious
Bad Day
Final Straw
Losing My Religion
I’m Gonna DJ
Horse to Water
Walk Unafraid

Encore:

Imitation of Life
Supernatural Superserious (2nd Take)
Until the Day is Done
Man on the Moon

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Queens of the Stonage Age New Zealand Tour Setlists

Set lists for the Queens of the Stone Age NZ Tour of New Zealand (as openers for the Smashing Pumpkins)

Wellington, NZ TSB Arena - 20th March  (with the Smashing Pumpkins)


Go With The Flow
Feel Good Hit Of The Summer
Do It Again
3's and 7's
Burn The Witch
Sick Sick Sick
Misfit Love
Little Sister
Turning On The Screw
Make It Wit Chu
No One Knows
A Song for the Dead

Auckland, NZ Vector Arena - 22nd March (with the Smashing Pumpkins)

Millionaire
Misfit Love
Burn the Witch
Sick, Sick, Sick
Turnin on the Screw
The Fun Machine Took a Shit and Died
Make it Wit Chu
Little Sister
No One Knows
A Song For the Dead
- Do It Again
- Go With the Flow
- 3s and 7s

Christchurch, NZ Westpac Arena - 24th March (with the Smashing Pumpkins)

Turnin On The Screw
Burn the Witch
Monsters in the Parasol
Tangled up in Plaid
Misfit Love
Regular John
In the Fade
Do It Again
Sick Sick Sick
3's and 7's
Make It With Chu
Little Sister
Go With The Flow
No One Know
A Song For the Dead
 
The Spaghetti Sauce here

Just wiki it man...

Search for an artist on any of the popular search engines, and the top three results are practically guaranteed: the artist's official website, Wikipedia entry and MySpace page - often in that order.

But while artists and their handlers devote massive attention to the website and MySpace, the Wikipedia page is often overlooked. Recent data suggests they may want to reconsider their priorities.

According to data provided to Billboard from Yahoo - the second-most popular search engine on the web after Google - those searching for artist information are selecting the Wikipedia entry link over artists' MySpace pages by a factor of more than 2-to-1. The Wikipedia entries are also more popular than artists' websites.

"The interest that people had to go to MySpace to find out more about their favourite band is waning in favour of going to Wikipedia," Yahoo head of programming and label relations John Lenac says. "In the last six months, it's surpassed it."

Yet when compared with the number of artist profiles on MySpace, Wikipedia entries are noticeably fewer. MySpace claims 3 million artist profiles. Wikipedia does not have an exact count of artist entries, but estimates that it's in the "tens of thousands," according to Wikipedia Foundation head of communications Jay Walsh.

Full story here

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I always go to wikipedia first if am curious - it usually puts you on the right track for the history of the band/muscian. Who wants to read the lastest PR release from the band? Oh we're putting the album out on the interweb for free and you can remix it! Please. And as for myspace? WTF looks at myspace? Sorry, I forgot I'm 30 now and by law and so am prevented from doing so.

Rock2Wellington - 20 Arrests

Stuff reports further on Rock2Wellington

The arrests - which brought the Rock2Wgtn festival total to 20 in two days - were mainly for minor offences such as trespass, a Wellington police spokesman said.

Three people were also arrested for breaking into cars outside Westpac Stadium while Ozzy Osbourne, Poison and Whitesnake played inside on Sunday night.

Wellington Regional Stadium Trust chief executive David Gray said the crowd was generally well-behaved.

"I think it was pretty good, given the type of crowd that we had - all there looking to have a good time."

It was a long event with many people arriving early and lining up for hours, he said.

The stadium's bars were under pressure on both nights. Concert-goers drank some outlets dry, forcing a two-drink limit on the first night and going through all the bottled beer on the second night.

The stadium would not disclose the quantities drunk.
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I was there and when lining up for a drink they appeared to unilaterally switch the limit of 4 to 2 - people could still buy beer - I suspect it was more of a not let any one get too drunk move - half way through Ozzy all the outlets shut any way....

Smashing Pumpkins set list Auckland

Smashing Pumpkins set list Auckland March 22 / 2008 Venue: Vector Arena
 
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Superchrist
 
Doomsday Clock

Hummer

Bring the Light

Tonight, Tonight

Mayonaise

Porcelina of the Vast Oceans

Perfect

Lily (My One and Only)

Today

Tarantula

Stand Inside Your Love

Ava Adore

Drown

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

1979

That's the Way (My Love Is)

My Blue Heaven [Whiting/Donaldson]

The Everlasting Gaze

Cash Car Star

> For What It's Worth [Buffalo Springfield]

Crush

United States
 
The Spaghetti sauce: over here



Monday, 24 March 2008

W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose

An amusing review of an Axl Rose biography by Kim Simpson

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“Hey Dad, who’s the mean looking guy on the cover of that book you’ve been reading?”

“Well, son, the book’s called W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose, so that’s William Axl Rose on the cover. He was the singer for a rock group called Guns N’ Roses and most people just knew him as ‘Axl’. They were extremely popular way back before you were born. They played a kind of music a lot of people called ‘heavy metal’, and they played it louder and better than most other groups. They also used a lot of bad words and would sometimes say some not very nice things about certain kinds of people.”

“What does ‘unauthorized’ mean?”

“It means that the person who wrote the book didn’t have Axl’s permission to write it.”

“Then why did he write it? That doesn’t really seem fair.”

“In a way it’s not, but Axl Rose doesn’t like the guy who wrote it and the guy knew Axl would have said no. But because he wanted to write it anyway, he did. I think I can understand Axl’s feelings. How would you like it if I wanted to write a book about how your mom and I are disappointed how you don’t always clean your room when we ask you to and that we sometimes find surprising food items in your bed?”

“Or if I wrote a book about how Mom says you snored all night and…”

“Right, right. We wouldn’t really like it even though we like each other! Imagine if people we didn’t like wanted to write books about those same things.”

“What are some of the bad things Axl has done?”

“Well, son, are they ‘bad’ or just ‘misunderstood’? Or maybe they’re just ‘disappointing choices’. I already told you that he swore a lot and complained about certain kinds of people on his CDs. But he also fought a lot with his friends, especially his girlfriends. He fought so much with his friends in Guns N’ Roses, in fact, that they all left the group. And a lot of people are mad at Axl because of that.”

“But he’s still really famous and a lot of people still like him and buy his CDs and go to his shows, right? So none of that really matters.”

“The problem is, he hasn’t been exactly nice to the people who like him, either. Many times, he’s made the disappointing choice, at the very last minute, to not sing for people who have bought expensive tickets to see him. Or he’s made people sit in concert halls for hours on end waiting for him, sometimes until the sun comes up, just so he can finish watching TV. Remember that magic show we saw last weekend? Imagine if the magician showed up at midnight instead of six o’clock and then swore at us and talked all night about how great he was. We’d probably feel a little grumpy, wouldn’t we? One time Axl left a show almost immediately after it began, and people got so mad that they almost started a war! They almost had to call in the United States Army.”

“Do you think someone will ever write a book about Axl that he says is OK?”

“You mean an ‘authorized biography’? Someone might, but it probably wouldn’t have as many interesting stories in it.”

“Does Axl still make CDs?”

“He’s still working on one that he started before your mom and I even met. It’s called Chinese Democracy and he’s already spent $ 13 million on it.”

“Then it will probably be the greatest CD ever made!”

“Maybe so, son. I would sure think so.”

“Why does Axl hate the guy who wrote the book? What’s his name?”

“His name’s Mick Wall, and he’s from England. He already wrote one book about Axl and his group called Guns N’ Roses: The Most Dangerous Band in the World. Axl liked that book, and he and Mick Wall were friends until Mick Wall wrote a story in a magazine that he says Axl ‘authorized’ him to write. It talked about how Axl hated the singer of another heavy metal group called Mötley Crüe. But even though Axl had said earlier that it was OK for Mick Wall to write the story, Axl changed his mind and got mad at Mick Wall for writing it. He got so mad, in fact, that he did a whole song called ‘Get in the Ring’ where he screamed about how he wanted to fight Mick Wall! They were never friends again.”

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Full book review here

Alice Cooper Wellington Setlist

Alice Cooper setlist Rock 2 Wellington, NZ

23 March 2008

Venue: The Cake Tin Stadium

It's Hot Tonight / No More Mr Nice Guy / Under My Wheels / I'm
Eighteen / Is It My Body? / Dirty Diamonds / Halo Of Flies (with Drum Solo) / Welcome To My Nightmare / Only Women Bleed / Steven / Dead Babies / Ballad Of Dwight Fry / Devils Food - Killer - I Love The Dead / School's Out / Billion Dollar Babies / Poison / Elected

Jimmy Jangles reviews Rock 2 Wellington

Jimmy Jangles Review of the Rock 2 Wellington Festival

Saturday

The winners of the find a guitarist competition sponsored by Music Works came on about 6.30 pm. They could all riff out their chops faster than a bat out of hell. Only 2 of them really had any soul, the rest just playing as fast as they could. Still it was entertaining, the guy the smashed his guitar however was clearly a douche bag.

Best player: The Bald Guy

And the sun set and the darkness crept in and upon us stormed..

Lordi

All the way from Finland for this gig and they were not jet lagged, playing a high energy set consisting of their famous Hard Rock Hallelujah, Blood Red Sand Man, the Devil is a Loser etc. The front Monsterman, a Mr Lordi, has a battle axe for a microphone. Into one end he sings, and from the other comes fire sparks. Kind of like Rammstein for the Dark Ages.

Not many people knew the songs, but I sure did having borrowed them from the interweb and checking out youtube. For sheer pageantry this was a great gig - the fun monster / devil/ it snows in hell type songs, though while very derivative, were bloody fun.

Best Song: The Devil is a Loser

Alice Cooper

This guy was fareeking awesome. Best energy, great songs, great costumes, stabbed babies, hangings. If you wanted to get Trashed this weekend, this was the concert to be at. Alice Cooper's band is fierce! They played hard and had some great melodies coming out of the Marshall stacks. Alice delivered a great story, the songs all flowed together really well. Highlights for me were Halo of Flies and Only Woman Bleed (which we know is not true - men cut themselves shaving all the time). And for the physchos out there, an alice cooper concert is probably the only place that one can get way with stabbing a baby...

Best Song: Halo of Flies


Kiss

Overrated as a band, over rated as spectacle. Let's face it Kiss have 3 really really popular mainstream songs - playing only I was made for loving you and Rock and Roll all night at the end (missing out God gave you rock and roll). Like its a fun show but it got boring towards the end because of all the sameness of the songs.

Millions would disagree but Kiss have become the classic rock band that should bow out gracefully. Alice Cooper should have headlined. No doubt about it.

Best Song: The last one.. shesh

Poison

Look what the cat dragged in indeed. I was expecting Brett Micheals to be a douche but he actually came out like he was just one of the boys who likes a few beers. His mum must have raised him well as he thanked NZ for its hospitality after every song. He seemed genuine (unlike Kiss) in his exhortations to the crowd. CC plays well but he looks like he is giving a blowjob with his wide open mouth during every solo.

As expected, Every Rose was one of the highlights of the entire festival with probably the best crowd sing along of the weekend.

A real fun set, Poison knew there place and kicked off the night really well.

Best Song: Every Rose has its thorn (what a surprise)

Whitesnake

Awesome guitarists, Coverdale has a strong voice but only one truly great song and while it was fun at the time on reflection this was probably the weakest set of songs - played exceptionally well by the band though.

Best Song - Here I go again (what a surprise 2)

Ozzy Osborne

The reason for the season. The Prince of Darkness is now an old, deaf man. I knew to expect ozzy as one dimensional as he is and he is sooo boring on stage. The only good thing is his passable singing (effects assistance like Kiss had?) and his fucking awesome band.

Road to Nowhere, Bar at the Moon, War pigs, Crazy Train and Momma I'm coming home were the highlights from Ozzie for me.

The true highlight for me of the whole event was Zakk Wyld. He is pretty much why I shelled out 300 bucks for this gig. Zakk makes Ozzy, there would be no Ozzy without him. Zakk plays fast but unlike so many other players you can feel his music. His solo solo, which surprise, surprise Simon Sweetman hated was one of the happiest moments of my concert going career. He roughed up the feedback really loud and then just made the guitar wail. It was monstrous and loud. It was bogan heaven.

Mr Oz is the supposed the Prince of Darkness, so the contrast of Zakk being seemingly a true god botherer, looking to the heavens, praising the baby jesus for every riff he just nailed is amusing. Hell, Ozzie even said god bless as he left the stage.

Overall this was a great gig, though he's an idiot on stage, he's extremely fun and plays up his image to the crowd just to the sterotype expected (even if he is that type) "lets go fucking mental" and "I can't hear you!" - the songs rocked out with a good mix of old and new so you cannot complain to Perry Mason for help.

Best Song: War Pigs outro, Road to No Where, Zakk Wylde solo.

Look what the cat dragged in...

Vaughan Smith survives the second night...

To my surprise, and the surprise of others I was with, Poison was the first band on stage this evening. We had all picked Whitesnake to open the proceedings. Bret Michaels, Poison frontman/Tv Reality Star was very polite, thanking New Zealand after every song and before the start of the next song. Often taking the time to tell us all that the lead guitarist's name is CC. CC was orange. Fake tan Orange, but he sure knew what to do with a guitar. The drummer had the sort of haircut you'd see of a skinny 15 year old boy dressed mostly in black, but again was very competent with the skins. Musical highlights of their performance were Unskinny Bop and the lighter igniting, romantic sing a long "Every rose has it's thorn". Poison thanked us again for our hospitality before leaving the stage to go and enjoy that very hospitality.


During the break New Zealand band Sonic Altar sung a song called "My name is Sue"... I think. The Weta Dragon reared it's head again, whilst an old play to a Rock2Wellington veteran such as myself it was a new ball game to the people who hadn't attended last night.

Whitesnake took to the stage and automatically won "The Best Band Logo" of the festival with a White snake looping around a large capital W. Brilliant in it's simplicity. David Coverdale, lead singer and ex member of Deep Purple (new fact for me), didn't talk to the crowd too much, when he did he welcomed us with a Kia Ora and told us that last time he was here, 32 years ago, he had been arrested and sentenced to 6 months jail, I think he was fibbing, and his fibbing continued when he said New Zealand had 3 pubs for every person, not only horrifically incorrect, but also highly economically improbable.

Although my friend assured me "You'll totally know some of their songs, you'll say 'Oh that song, I didn't know that was Whitesnake'" that never happened... Until the best sing a long of Rock2Wellington came in the form of the penultimate song from Whitesnake "Here we go again", the crowd were so into it and everyone screamed the chorus as best they could, filling gaps with noises, all in all far better than the Singing Bee. Whitesnake then bid us a due and departed the stage to thunderous applause for their fantastic musical abilities.

The Weta Dragon appeared again, this time it's lazer eyes found a home in the smoke around the stadium not put there by the smoke machines. It seemed the ideal time to seek refreshments, everyone else figured the same though and the 20 minutes I spent in line for water was spent mostly overhearing young and old, black and white, bogan and boganess, discussing how fantastic Ozzy Osbourne was going to be. The crowd roar signalled to me the Prince of Darkness was about to take the stage so I abandoned hydration and headed back to my seats for the final performance of the weekend.

The Ozzy Osbourne Experience begun with a montage of Ozzy edited into scenes from popular shows and movies, including The Sopranos, Entourage, The Queen and Dancing with the Stars, (in which he pulled on Heather Mills-McCartneys leg off and threw it at her) proving Sharon was keeping him up to date with the MTV Generation. He appeared on stage and begun his performance. He had an amazing guitarist who was introduced to the audience but I couldn't understand what his name was from the mouth of the Ozzy.

Ozzy told us between songs that he couldn't hear us, he said it so often I actually believe he couldn't hear anything, as many who attended the concert won't be able to hear anything for the next few days. I can recommend a good audiologist... Ozzy finished off his set with 'Mama I'm coming home' and "Paranoid" before leaving the stage and not returning. The lights came on and it seemed it was time to go home.

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Rock 2 Wellington First Night Review

The ever critical (but sharp) Simon Sweetman's review of the first night of Rock 2 Wellington gets it fairly right..

Rock2Wgtn
Where: Westpac Stadium
When: March 22 and 23

The first night of Rock2Wgtn featured three bands that have all drawn heavily from the horror movie genre and cartoon/comic book ideals for their overall look and inspiration.

Headlining the show, Kiss; the business-franchise/band featuring Gene Simmons (bass, vocals) and Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, vocals) and a better guitarist and drummer wearing the spaceman and cat-man makeup, replacing original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

The Kiss stage shows were legendary in the 1970s - and the band, now celebrating 35 years, played a set that had faithful members of "the Kiss army" chanting along, arms in the air. Shots of fire and a flashing neon logo in the background all made for a great show.

It is a pity that Kiss songs are close to terrible. Rudimentary riffing and basic rhythms are their stock in trade; the band members' make-up and personas cannot mask the lack of hooks in the songs.

Still, as a show, it was full of spectacle. In Gene Simmons' one-note bass solo, bathed in green lights and coughing up stage blood, he was elevated (barely) by wires. The cheap trick might have been amazing 30 years ago, but now seems sad.

Fans applauded - perhaps for the trip down memory lane?

Current guitarist Tommy Thayer sang Ace Frehley's Shock Me (from 1977's Love Gun), Stanley and Simmons went back to 1974's eponymous debut for 100,000 Years and Firehouse, and from 1976's Rock and Roll Over Simmons gave the rather embarrassing plodder Calling Dr Love.

Alice Cooper would have blown Kiss off the stage, given the chance to headline. The ageing rocker - leading a band of the same name - ran through early 1970s classic hits (No More Mr Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies) to his late 1980s comeback (Poison from the Trash album).

In a stage show that featured harmony guitar lines - evoking the classic twin-guitar attack from his mid-70s heyday - and plenty of Cooper's signature horror-show theatre (culminating in a fake hanging) there were constant gems (Only Women Bleed, Elected, School's Out, Welcome to My Nightmare). A class act.

Lordi, from Finland, were the opening night's curtain-raisers. Their monster costumes (a direct nod to the influence of Kiss) were close to hysterical.

The drummer looked like a Gamorrean Guard from Return of the Jedi; the lead singer (known as Mr Lordi) appears to have snapped up John Travolta's Battlefield Earth suit in an eBay bargain.

The band played Dungeons & Dragons-metal songs like Hard Rock Hallelujah (from their third album, The Arockalypse) and fireworks erupted in front of the group.

It was like 1987 all over again (despite the song being written and released in 2006).

Rock2Wgtn is a lot of fun, the audience is there for the right reason - a stroll down memory lane.

As one of 14 people (I counted) not wearing a black T-shirt or face-paint it was not as intimidating as it seemed waiting for the gates to open.

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Agreed, it was a pretty well behaved crowd, bogans just wanna hear their riffs and smoke their spliffs! The fighting came after the gig and in the street.

And despite the suggestion, this fellow below did not play drums for Lordi...

Got poisoned. White snake went off on their own again . . now the oz man cometh

Who is the Superchrist?

It is fun to pick on Billy Corgan, he makes himself such as easy target.

Chucky tells me at the Pumpkins gig in Wellignton at the end he asked the crowd to sing him Happy Birthday as they duly did. But then he asked them to do it again. And that was the end of the gig. Odd.


The reviewer from the Pumpkins Auckland gig also had some fun...


"If anyone was wondering if Billy Corgan is still one of rock's most arrogant artists, it didn't take long for the Smashing Pumpkins front man to set the record straight."

"Is everyone okay out there?" asked the alternative music icon at the beginning of the band's show at Auckland's Vector Arena. "I don't care, I'm just asking."

Nice. Not only did Corgan laugh at the audience, he regularly pleaded for applause and told them to each buy a T-shirt so drummer Jimmy Chamberlain could "buy a new Ferrari".

Kiss Concert set list Rock 2 Wellington

KISS' concert setlist for the Rock 2 Wellington Gig

March 22 2008

Kiss Set List

01. Deuce
02. Shout It Out Loud
03. Lick It Up
04. I Love It Loud
05. Firehouse
06. Calling Dr. Love
07. Shock Me
08. Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
09. 100,000 Years
10. God Of Thunder
11. Black Diamond
12. Love Gun
13. Detroit Rock City
14. Shandi
15. I Was Made For Lovin' You
16. Rock And Roll All Nite

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Update: Here's a copy of the actual setlist that Kiss used for the Wellington gig.



These guys while great theatrically, were fairly underwhelming music wise - every song sound the same. At times the crowd was hardly moving but they woke up not surprisingly for the last two songs.

While I'm no huge fan I'm pretty surprised out how bland they are - especially with all the hype about how awesome their reunions tours od recent times have been.

Alice Cooper had it all over these guys!

Other Kiss Set Lists can be found bleeding here

Oh Lordi, Alice Cooper is a nightmare

Vaughan Smith's Lordi and Alice Cooper Review
If I said to you "Lordi had an awesome onstage presence and the lead singer had a battle axe microphone" you might think to yourself that sounds fantastic, could it get better? Yes - because fireworks came out of it.

A weapon perfect for singing, battle and burning down houses with thatched roofs - or lighting a fire to keep warm in the Wellington stadium. They finished their set with the song that won them the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest "Hard Rock Hallelujah" and some flames from the axe.

And then to Alice

Alice Cooper then took to the stage wielding his cane and started dealing punishment to his guitarists straight away, telling them to play to the crowd. Then, in true Cooper style, he pretended to cut the throat of a woman who joined him on stage.

After which she returned with a baby carriage and he cut her throat for a second time before picking up the baby, shaking the baby, then hammering a stake into the aforementioned babies chest, before being put into a straight jacket.

It didn't stop there, of course, he then escaped and sliced yet another woman's throat. Not surprisingly, Coopper was then sent to the gallows for the excessive amount of throat-slitting and infanticide during his set.

Finally, he came back to life before launching into Singstar favourite "Poison", thanking himself for playing then signing off. It was a very pleasing performance, although admittedly slightly disturbing.

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I say Alice Cooper totally rocked. His young band is fierce and they pulled out the old hits with Misfit like attitude. Alice ran round stabbing babies and being hung for his troubles. Only woman bleed? Not if Steven has his way, he'd kill everybody if he had a chance...

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Steven . . . Steven . . . . Steven . .

Smashing Pumpkins Set list Wellington TSB Arena

And weeeeee don't even understand.....


Smashing Pumpkins Set list Wellington TSB Arena

2008 Friday 21 March

Pumpkins were touring to promote their first decent album in a long time, Zeitgeist.

Pumpkins Set List:

Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Hummer
Bring the Light
Tonight, Tonight
Mayonaise
Superchrist
Perfect
Lily (My One and Only)
Today
Tarantula
Stand Inside Your LoveStand Inside Your Love
Ava Adore
Starla
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
1979
That's the Way (My Love Is)
My Blue Heaven [Whiting/Donaldson]
The Everlasting Gaze
Cash Car Star
For What It's Worth [Buffalo Springfield]
Crush
United States

Smashing Pumpkins Set List Encore:

Muzzle

Pumpkins followed up with a set in Auckland.

Check out the recent smashing pumkins argentina set list

Source ici

Sweetman not so sweet on Pumpkins

Simon Sweetman's
Stuff
review of the Smashing Pumpkins Gig at Wellington's Queens Wharf / TSB Bank Arena Thursday 20 March

Twelve years ago, I watched Corgan's ego get the better of him in this same arena. He closed a fairly decent live set with just under half an hour of monotonous musical exploration. It was as if he was trying to take a deeper meaning from Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music.

This time Corgan dishes out some hits. Tonight, Tonight from 1995's faltering double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was the first call to arms. Mayonnaise and Hummer, both from the one great complete Pumpkins album, Siamese Dream, sound close to sublime. Today is tossed out like the greatest hit that it is – Corgan leaving Chamberlin to play the groove and the audience to belt out the first verse.

At their best, the Smashing Pumpkins retain the anthemic quality that grunge was so desperate to possess – but when Corgan indulges the softer side (an acoustic version of Adore's fairly lame pop ditty Perfect) and rocks off with guitar solos that are not as good as he thinks, it is apparent that he is living in his own bubble.

A revamped version of Ava Adore showed class and energy – but the set fluctuated between joyful nostalgia and pointless faux-metal noodling from weaker Pumpkins albums – including the average-at-best Zeitgeist.

Smashing Pumpkins with Queens of the Stone Age. TSB Arena, Thursday.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Tonight, tonight the Egos land

Word on the street is that for the Smashing Pumpkins' concert at Queens Wharf (Wellington) tonight the security guards are under strict instructions not to make eye contact with anyone in the band. They are not even supposed to look at them if possible.

I'm sure the guards will have difficulty folllowing their orders because Billy Corgan's massive bald head is sure to knock them over as he passes by.

Billy my boy, we all float down here but can you fake it, for just one more show?

Which reminds me to paraphrase a drummer joke. What did Billy Corgan get on his IQ test?

Drool.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Rock 2 Wellington: bigger than a sunday prayer group

So here's the final line up for Rock 2 Wellington . Can't Hardly. Wait. I've been listening to heaps of Alice Cooper... willl you feed his frankenstein?

Easter 2008 - Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March

Saturday 22 March


Music starts at 6:30pm: Riff2Wgtn Guitar duels
Lordi plays 1 hour
Alice Cooper plays 1 hour
KISS plays 1 ½ hours
NZ bands in between: Sonic Altar + The Symphony of Screams
Total 5 hours

Sunday 23 March


Music starts at 6:30pm: The Valves
Poison plays 1 hour
Whitesnake plays 1 hour
Ozzy Osbourne (I'm guessing 1½ hours)
NZ bands in between: Sonic Altar + The Symphony of Screams
Total 5 hours

OMG Micheal Stipe is still gay. Call the Pope!

Micheal Stipe, singer for REM and hero for bald men everywhere has said the words he is gay. Again.

r.e.m. cartoon image

Oh how timely is a gay revelation when you have an album to release? Well I guess its good for REM, not so if you are a Back Street Boy.

Dunno what the big deal is, he outed him self when promoting Monster claimed himself as being an 'equal opportunity letch' and even before then he has previously called himself a 'queer artist". Visit his wiki for da goss.

From Stuff which is apparently borrowing from Spin Magazine.

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Stipey said: "It was super complicated for me in the '80s. I was totally open with the band and my family and my friends and certainly the people I was sleeping with. I thought it was pretty obvious.

"I didn't always see that. But I see now, of course that's the case, of course that's needed. I'd just never felt strongly enough about a particular relationship to say, ËœYeah, he's my boyfriend, that is what it is.'

"Now I recognise that for public figures to be very open about their sexuality helps some kid somewhere."
 
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Either way the supersonic superserious single rocks, the album has leaked to the internet and REM are back. Let's hope its better than the last album, which had some good tunes but no cohesion. That is to say, in recent times REM  (Reveal onwards) have been a singles band, not an album band.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Nin Inch Nails? More like Three Inch Nails

Industrial metal* band Nine Inch Nails has uploaded their latest record onto one of the world's most controversial file-sharing websites The Pirate Bay.

Less than six months since he encouraged Australian concert-goers find his music online and steal, steal and steal some more†, frontman Trent Reznor released the nine-track Ghosts I album as a torrent on the Swedish-based website.

A Swedish court is currently trying The Pirate Bay, which has the world's largest directory of BitTorrent files on the web, for alleged breaches of copyright law.
On a message posted on the notorious website, Reznor said the band personally uploaded the new album and said people were free to spread it amongst friends.
We believe BitTorrent is a revolutionary digital distribution method, and we believe in finding ways to utilize new technologies instead of fighting them, Reznor said.

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Industry metal? I don't think so Tim.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Beatles? Ah yes sucky name, piss off Jude

So stuff apparently stole* this from some where so I'll take a bit under the fair use provisions of the Copy Right Act ...

Full article ici


The talent scout who turned down the Beatles has long been credited with committing the music industry's biggest gaffe.

But Dick Rowe's billion-dollar boo-boo has been beaten to the top spot on Blender magazine's list of the "20 biggest record company screw-ups of all time" by the failure of record companies to capitalize on the internet.

The major labels took top dishonours for driving file-sharing service Napster out of business in 2001, instead of figuring out a way to make money from its tens of millions of users. The downloaders merely scattered to hundreds of other sites, and the industry has been in a tailspin ever since.

"The labels' campaign to stop their music from being acquired for free across the internet has been like trying to cork a hurricane – upward of a billion files are swapped every month on peer-to-peer networks," Blender said in the report, which appears in its newly published April issue.

Rowe came in at No 2 for politely passing on the Beatles after the unpolished combo performed a disastrous audition in 1962. Beatles manager Brian Epstein later claimed the Decca Records executive had told him that "groups with guitars are on their way out," a comment that Rowe denied making. He went on to sign the Rolling Stones...

*When I say stole I mean sourced from Reuters. Good fellows, Reuters. I like to Reut a lot my self.

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Ozzy Ozzy Ozzy Oi!

Stuff has this on Ozzy Osbourne.

Just in case you weren't entirely certain - Ozzy Osbourne is still "&*$%ing nuts". But there are some things you might not know. He thinks the war in Iraq was a bad idea, that troubled celebrities could learn from him, and he does not want to retire.

He thinks the US should have predicted the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and still suffers from stage fright. He's still Ozzy, though, the undisputed Prince of Darkness.
"I used to enjoy being &*$%ing crazy," he told The Dominion Post from Los Angeles. "I ain't no saint now. I'm still &*$%ing nuts."

Ozzy regretfully admits that, while he has fond memories of this country, he can't remember much about the place that he will soon visit for the Rock2Wgtn festival at Easter. He last played Wellington in 1973 with Black Sabbath and last played New Zealand in 1998.

He has been swotting up though. One of his entourage - a man named Howard who looks after the Osbourne mansion - is a Kiwi.

Ozzy said he had a personal connection with Aotearoa that dated back to well before he began biting the heads off bats; one that's not widely known. "I had an uncle that used to live there ... he was one of the black sheep of the family."

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