According to a published report, the management for Queen described the band’s attempts to stop Donald Trump from using its music in social media campaigns as an “uphill battle.” Earlier this week, Trump’s campaign used their classic song “We Will Rock You” in a video on TikTok competitor Triller. The video has not yet been taken down.A spokesman for Queen told BBC News said it has “repeatedly taken issue with the Trump campaign,” adding that “the band itself has been quite outspoken on the subject.” This is not the first time Queen and Trump have clashed over his unauthorized use of the band’s music. Last October, the band filed a copyright infringement notice over the unauthorized use of “We Will Rock You” in a another Trump campaign video. The clip was eventually removed from Twitter “in response to a report from the copyright holder.” Queen also clashed with Trump four years ago on the campaign trail when then-Republican presidential hopeful Trump for using the band’s 1977 song “We Are The Champions” without permission. Continue reading
Sad news as Foo Fighters have canceled their entire “Van Tour”. The trek, which was originally scheduled to take place in April and May, then rescheduled two months ago to this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe. The band released a statement explaining the cancelation for the tour that was to be part of their 25th-anniversary celebration in 2020. Continue reading
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana wrote an impassioned Op-Ed at The Atlantic about our collective depression over the coronavirus’s impact on the entire global music industry. Dave a fan of concerts himself, as well as a performer, who has had his Foo Fighters 25th anniversary Van Tour and day-long festival, DC Jam canceled. Dave echoed the feelings of all of us and also pleaded for folks to hang in there, even making a quarantine playlist. Continue reading
Arguably the architect of the Rock music genre that spawned Rock N Roll as a cultural phenomenon, Little Richard, has passed away. He was 87 years old. The musician’s son, Danny Penniman, confirmed the pioneer’s death to Rolling Stone but said the cause of death was unknown. Born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia in 1932, Richard’s incredible songwriting, unmatchable singing voice, and flamboyant androgynous, yet taboo-shattering mix of sexual energy and religious music in his personality became the playbook for all young rockers to follow. Rolling Stone Magazine eloquently said his “fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form.” His influence can be felt from The Beatles, to The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Elton John, Billy Joel, Keith Emerson, KISS, Motörhead, MotörheadLed Zeppelin, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, as far back as Elvis, and even into the early stages of Heavy Metal with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow, and Pentagram, his musical touch will be eternal. Starting a string of hits to start his career with ‘Tutti Frutti’, ‘Long Tall Sally’, ‘Rip It Up’ all in 1956,’Lucille’, ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ those early hits shaped generations of fans. We send out sympathy to Little Richard’s family, friends, and fans at this time.
Following up on last month’s relief efforts to aid bands affected by the coronavirus. Renowned Grammy-winning producer Marc Urselli (U2, Foo Fighters, Nick Cave, John Zorn, Mike Patton) is collaborating with Latin Grammy-winning Kevorkian Mastering (Beyoncé, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band) on a crazy giveaway!
In some hypercritical sections of the Stoner world, it was suggested that Hyborian, Volume I (The Company), the debut album from Kansas City heavies Hyborian, was rescued from a certain monotony merely by some lighter, synthetic nuances. Whereas it may seem an indicator of a lack of imagination to see the follow-up named Volume II (Season of Mist), it’s an all-too-common error to assume that the content will follow the same path. Continue reading
Foo Fighters have announced that their rescheduled “Van Tour” dates will take place later in 2020. The tour is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album and first tour. For a full listing of the rescheduled Van Tour dates, see below. Tickets for the original shows will be honored for the corresponding new performances. Continue reading
The advent of improved technology means “everybody can be a producer”, but talent, fundamentals, and studio skills still matter. We talked to a master who has made 100s of albums with legends. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #359 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Producer Marc Urselli (Foo Fighters, U2, John Zorn) Comes On the Pod! Marc’s contest for a FREE MIX for bands ends on 3/29/20! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading
Renowned producer Marc Urselli (U2, Foo Fighters, Nick Cave, John Zorn, Mike Patton) is mixing three bands for FREE as a part of a giveaway he is hosting to support independent artists during the coronavirus crisis. All bands need to do to sign up at the link below and enter their bands’ name. Bands can direct fans to this same page which acts as a poll. The three highest vote-getters will each get a song mixed for free by the legendary producer. Continue reading
Foo Fighters have informed their fans that they are postponing their 25th Anniversary “Van Tour”, celebrating their debut album due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic. The tour was originally scheduled to take place in April and May, will see the band playing at the same cities as during their debut 1995 tour when Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel and Pat Smear hit the road in a Dodge van. The dates are now rescheduled for later in 2020. As of now the Foof’s next scheduled show is their headline show at Boston Calling, and their 4th of July fest DC Jam, Dave Grohl commented: Continue reading