Posts by Jon Wiederhorn
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music1 day ago
The Buffalo Bills may soon have a new part-owner, one who is said to ride a steel horse. Yup, Jon Bon Jovi is going in with a group of Toronto investors to make a bid to purchase the football team, the Toronto Sun reported.
"Jon remains passionate in his pursuit of an NFL franchise," his publicist wrote in an email to the paper.
If Bon Jovi's bid is accepted, he may be wanted dead or alive by some of the locals, since he and his fellow financiers want to move the Bills from Buffalo — where they've been since 1960 — to Toronto.
Even then, the investors would have to hold their horses since the Bills must remain in Buffalo until 2020, according to a contract signed by the late owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. Wilson's family issued a statement following the former owner’s death stating that a "process will be established" to sell the team.
If they follow through, team Bon Jovi will be up against other bidders, including Donald Trump, who last week announced he would keep the Bills in Buffalo if his offer is accepted.
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music5 days ago
Since KISS announced in advance that they absolutely would not perform at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony without their current lineup — and the Rock Hall big-wigs only wanted to see a reunion of the original members — KISS did not rock and roll for even part of the night at Thursday's Rock Hall event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Instead it was Nirvana who provided all of the drama, excitement, and unpredictability upon which rock 'n' roll was founded.
Even so, for the band members and their fans, the induction was bittersweet. Almost exactly 20 years has passed since Nirvana singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain took his life, and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl (now the frontman for the Foo Fighters) haven't played Cobain's songs together in all that time.
"I'm probably going to cry," said Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor. "I'm already crying, because he'd be so proud. He'd say he wasn't, but he would be. I just miss him so much. I miss such an angel."
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music7 days ago
The four original members of KISS — guitarist and vocalist Paul Stanley, bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons, guitarist Ace Frehley, and drummer Peter Criss – will attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 10 at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York, along with ex-guitarist Bruce Kulick (who played with the band from 1984 to 1996) and the current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. But don't expect any of them to rock and roll all night together — not that Simmons and Stanley didn't originally want to.
"We volunteered to bring our 'Monster' stage for us to play with Tommy and Eric, and then for us to bring on Ace and Peter," Stanley tells Yahoo Music. "We were told [by the Rock Hall] that was a 'non-starter.' That was the quote that started to irk me more than anything, because I don't want to be told by a pencil-pusher what a 'non-starter' is, when I'm the person that has been playing the guitar."
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music7 days ago
After the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is over, veteran rebel rocker Joan Jett still may not give a damn about her bad reputation. However, if rumors that she'll join Nirvana onstage and fill in for the late Kurt Cobain prove to be true, she'll add another incredible bullet point to her resume.
The rampant speculation began on April 8 when Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl posted a photo on Instagram of Krist Novoselic’s black Gibson bass, Pat Smear’s purple/blue Fender Stratocaster guitar and a third guitar in the back that’s appears to be a white Melody Maker owned by Jett. The instrument is decorated with numerous stickers including “girls kick,” “fetish” (a Jett song), two pink female figures standing side by side, and a peace sign.
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music9 days ago
It looked like a setup waiting for a punchline: J.C. Chasez (*NSYNC), Michelle Williams, (Destiny's Child), Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and John Lydon — aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols —walked into New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom with musical theater legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Only, it wasn't a joke. It was an extravagant press conference in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom to reveal a U.S. arena tour of Rice and Webber's legendary musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" — with the diverse array of performers as the stars of the show.
Still, there were moments of humor, especially when Rotten interrupted Cohl and Webber and sneered and threw signed bananas into the audience, saying, “Anyone want a rotten banana?" But when Boyd (Judas Iscariot) took the stage for the show's title track, which he performed with a full backing band, including a horn section and keyboards, it became clear that the eclectic arena performers could be the perfect match for a high-tech revamp of the 1971 arena rock spectacle.
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music13 days ago
To commemorate the music of Nirvana and frontman Kurt Cobain — who took his life 20 years ago on April 5, 1994 — Yahoo Music delves into the stories behind the band's 10 best songs. Choosing Nirvana's top five tracks is a no-brainer; putting them into a list in order of quality is more difficult, but manageable. But limiting the band's catalog to 10 great songs is a serious challenge.
Though many of its compositions were structurally simple, Nirvana wasn't a one-dimensional band. The real beauty was the group's ability to cross boundaries and combine genres to create memorable and sometimes skewed numbers that resonated with contradictory elements of melody, dissonance, empathy, and angst. Nirvana was equally capable of delivering instantly infectious gems like "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "About a Girl," and "Come as You Are" as they were of challenging listeners with heavier and more unconventional tracks like "Curmudegon," "Scentless Apprentice," and "Milk It."
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- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music19 days ago
He has watched his girlfriend, Lorde, rocket to super-stardom; he's been shoved by paparazzi trying to score a money shot of the Grammy winner. He's even been the victim of vicious Twitter users who have deemed his relationship with the star inappropriate and insulted his Asian ethnicity. And the whole time 24-year-old photographer James Lowe remained silent.
Finally, Lowe has written his first post in four and a half months on his personal blog, and opened up about what it's like to be with someone who receives royal treatment — most of the time.
"I've written, deleted, re-written, and deleted this post at least five times over the past few months, wondering when would be an appropriate time to start writing again," Lowe wrote. "Having experienced how wrong taking the silent seat can go — I'd rather clear the air about a lot of misconceptions out there. To challenge the voices of ignorant writers who cower behind their anonymous comments."
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music23 days ago
Not many GWAR fans knew the band's front man Dave Brockie.
They knew his onstage character Oderus Urungus, the fierce leader of a band of disreputable warriors; which, as legend went, were banished from another planet to Antarctica. The deviants escaped, relocated to Richmond, Virginia and formed a metal band dedicated to touring the world, committing horrific acts of violence against the human race in every concert.
Fans in the first 50 rows of GWAR shows could expect to be splashed with fake blood as they watched the group perform in full costume; simulating decapitations, eviscerations, and countless forms of mutilations to the thunderous roar of songs like "You Can't Kill Terror," "We Kill Everything," and "Hail, Genocide."
Tragically Brockie's satiric murder spree came to an end when his roommates in Richmond found his body at their home on the evening of March 23. They immediately called the police, who declared Brockie dead. He was 50.
No foul play is suspected and the cause of death is currently unknown pending a coroner's report.
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music27 days ago
When Sebastian Bach opens his mouth, one of two things happens: Either a flood of high-pitched melodies pour out to accompany one of his uncompromisingly multifaceted metal tunes; or he says something that inevitably makes someone angry.
"I can't help it," the 45-year-old solo artist and former Skid Row frontman tells Yahoo Music. "I don't censor what I say and I always end up in trouble, but I don't f---ing care. I go on my Twitter feed and I read things like [Jan. 24] was the 25th anniversary of the release date of the first Skid Row album, and Skid Row doesn't give a f---. I would love to do something to celebrate it, and my former bandmates are like, 'Nah, we're playing a bowling alley. We're happy. We don't care.'"
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music29 days ago
A U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Mix, has written the lyrics for the next single by British classic rock band Foghat.
"There is no excitement that can compare to co-writing a song with a supergroup like Foghat, and having that song released as a single," Mix said in a statement.
The band – best known for the hits "Slow Ride" and "Fool For the City" – launched a contest last year for fans to write lyrics for their instrumental track "495 Boogie," from their 2010 CD Last Train Hom e. After receiving a pile of submissions, Foghat reduced the list to three, then posted the lyrics on their website for their fans to vote for their favorite. Phil Dessinger's "The World of Rock N’ Roll," won first place and the band released the song July 9, 2013.
But because the contest was so close, Foghat decided to record Mix's "Boogie Train" as well; they also shot a video for the song. "Boogie Train" will be available for download starting March 25.