Posts by Jon Wiederhorn
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music4 hrs ago
For the better part of 40 years, Mick Jagger has played to roaring stadium crowds while his older brother, Chris, embarked on his own music career to the awareness of few and the applause of a very select fanbase. Chris Jagger's latest album, Concertina Jack , features younger brother Mick singing background vocals on two songs, the title track and "Pearl of a Girl."
In the low-budget video for "Concertina Jack," you can see a slight family resemblance between Mick and Chris, but their performances styles couldn't be more different. Chris is the yin to Mick's yang, the doughy good guy to Mick's scrappy bad boy. Chris, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, boogies to the camera as he sings, and dances and cooks bread with children, grinning widely throughout.
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music4 days ago
Less than two weeks ago, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor pulled out his cell phone during a concert in Las Vegas at the Joint and FaceTimed a call to his friend, established Los Angeles concert photographer Andrew Youssef. Youssef, who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2011, was too ill to attend the show.
"Andrew, what's up man? Just thought I'd say hi," said Reznor, before panning his phone across the crowd. "Can you guys say hi to Andrew?" he continued. The crowd repeatedly chanted the photographer's name, then Reznor wrapped up by saying, "Listen, I'll call you after the show," and dedicated the band's next song, Year Zero 's "In This Twilight," to Youssef.
Tonight's show goes out to our FRIEND @Amateurchemist. Wish you were here, man.
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) November 16, 2013
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music9 days ago
At a reception before the event, the Duke of Cambridge apparently chatted with Swift and Bon Jovi. During the acoustic performance at the gala, Bon Jovi invited Prince William to sing with him onstage. The prince said he would, but only if Swift joined them, reported the Daily Mail. The impromptu performance of "Livin’ on a Prayer" was posted on YouTube soon after. The paper added that William "is believed to have" performed the song at his cousin Zara Tindall's wedding reception, which may have sparked Bon Jovi's effort to coordinate the collaboration.
The event was organized to raise money for Centrepoint, a charity that provides housing and other services for young homeless individuals in the UK. After the performance, William presented Bon Jovi with the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award for his humanitarian work.
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music11 days ago
Beastie Boys members Mike D and Ad-Rock have written an open letter to clarify the misconception that they started the battle with GoldieBlox toys, which created a video that spoofs the Beastie’s song "Girls," from the 1986 album "Licensed to Ill."
The GoldieBlox video integrates the melody for "Girls" with new lyrics aimed at promoting the company's line of products, which encourage young girls to explore science and technology instead of just playing with "pink toys" and "dolls." So far the video has received more than eight million views.
According to the Beastie Boys, the group never filed a complaint, but GoldieBlox took legal action after they were contacted by the Beastie Boys, who saw their advertisement.
"When we tried to simply ask how and why our song 'Girls' had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US," stated the band.
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music14 days ago
Irish rock heroes U2 have released a lyric video for "Ordinary Love," the first taste of new U2 music since 2009's No Line on the Horizon . The song, available on U2's Facebook page, is from the soundtrack to the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom .
Mid-paced and pensive, the keyboard-driven number showcases Bono's vulnerable vocals and is comparable to such tracks as "The First Time" from Zooropa or "The Sweetest Thing," which was the B-side to the single "Where the Streets Have No Name."
Though it's fairly traditional in composition and structure, it's an enjoyable addition to the band's collection of sensitive songcraft.
The lyric video for "Ordinary Love" was created by Oliver Jeffers and Mac Premo and features evocative images of various mundane items: brick walls, fences, a blackboard, a globe, a painting. The lyrics are presented first in script scribbled by a moving ink pen over paper, and later over the many earlier images shown in the clip.
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music17 days ago
Comedian Louie Anderson has posted a video spoof of Puff Daddy called "Cream Puff Daddy" on Funnyordie.com. The clip was directed by Troy Miller (Flight of the Conchords, Tenacious D, "Mr. Show"), then leaked to the Web. It's unclear when it was shot or what the original intentions were for the video, which depicts Anderson as a stone-cold rapper with a raging sweet tooth.
— Louie Anderson (@LouieAnderson) November 19, 2013
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music22 days ago
Daltrey's comment was meant to clarify a quote guitarist Pete Townshend gave to the London Evening Standard late last month, which implied that the band would break up after 2015. "For the 50th anniversary we'll tour the world. It'll be the last big one for us," Townshend said. "There are still plenty of places we've not played. It would be good to go to Eastern Europe and places that haven't heard us play all the old hits." A source close to the band told the paper that after the tour Daltrey and Townshend would focus on their solo projects. The lead singer insists that's not the case. "We're not saying it will be the last shows," Daltrey said. "We're not saying we won't do events, but we have to be realistic. By then I'm going to be 71. At our age touring is incredibly difficult. It's incredibly taxing on the body. The shows are a joy, but the schlepping day after day is exhausting. We haven't got too many years of that left in us."
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music24 days ago
To date, James Blunt has sold more than 20 million albums and has played sold-out arenas across the globe. He has a home in Ibiza, Spain and a chateau in the Swiss Alps, and he's made numerous friends in high places, including actress and writer Carrie Fisher, with whom he stays when he's in Los Angeles.
"I met her years ago in London in a restaurant," Blunt told Yahoo in an interview. "She said I should stay with her when I wrote the first album, and now whenever I record, I've been living with her. It's very much my home away from home, and it's a very creative house. One minute Sean Lennon will be passing through and Harper Simon, who is Paul Simon's son. When I was working on this album, I'd come home from the studio at one in the morning and Carrie would be on her bed writing. She'd be the first person I'd play every song to. And after she heard it, she'd give me her critique and then send me out in the morning to fix it up."
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music1 mth ago
When Scott Stapp sat down in 2011 and started writing down his life story, his primary goal was to gain perspective on his troubled youth and put some closure on the debased and self-destructive life he had been leading since he became a rock star. He had no intention of publishing the story as his authorized biography, Sinner's Creed (written with David Ritz), and had no clue that the exercise would fuel the powerful content of his second solo album Proof of Life .
"One day I just sat down and started writing: 'I was born on August 8, 1973,' and just went from there," Stapp told Yahoo Music. "My initial plan was to write it all out and then burn it symbolically to say I'm letting this go and it doesn't define who I am today. I'm going to take what I can learn from it and the things I've been carrying around like a big bag of rocks and I'm going to let it go. My wife, who I shared some of it with, encouraged me to turn it into a book with the mindset of sharing my story with people who could maybe learn something from my mistakes so that everything I did wouldn't have been in vain."
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music1 mth ago
The first day Avril Lavigne started working with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger on songwriting for her fifth album, the pair sat with writer and producer David Hodges (ex-Evanescence) and penned the duet "Let Me Go." The number started out as a breakup song. "It was about letting go of someone and having them let go of you," Lavigne told Yahoo Music.
But then something curious happened. After the song was finished, Kroeger and Lavigne did the very opposite of letting go: they continued to work together — and soon they discovered their chemistry was more than musical.
"We started off [in March 2012] just getting to know each other, and then we really bonded through music," Lavigne said. "We became really good friends and then things blossomed. The effect was very natural." Lavigne and Kroeger became romantically involved in July 2012, and a month later they got engaged. The couple married July 1 in the South of France.