Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

Phil X on the ups and downs of a Hired Gun

Phil X says he can’t be himself when playing with Bon Jovi – and adds that he doesn’t even try to be like the man he replaced.

HBO Stocks Two-Night Frank Sinatra Doc With Rare 1971 Footage

Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s new, four-hour documentary on Frank Sinatra, Sinatra: All or Nothing At All , will premiere over two nights on HBO, airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT on April 5th and 6th. 25 Must-See Movies at Sundance 2015 The film takes an in-depth look at Sinatra’s life and storied career, with Gibney utilizing hours of archived interviews, as well as new commentary from those closest to the singer.

Madonna, AC/DC, Ariana Grande to Perform at Grammys

The 57th annual Grammy Awards have announced the first wave of artists that will perform live on the Staples Center stage February 8th: AC/DC, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Eric Church. The award show’s official Twitter made the announcement this morning following rumors late Monday night that Madonna had been recruited to take the stage. Exclusive: Madonna’s First ‘Rebel Heart’ Interview Madonna first teased her Grammy involvement Monday night when she tweeted a picture of her “Rebel Heart” artwork meshed with a Grammy Award. “Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th @TheGRAMMYs,” she wrote

Ronnie Milsap to Be Focus of Country Hall of Fame Exhibit

Country-pop superstar — and recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee — Ronnie Milsap will be the subject of a new exhibit at the Nashville museum. Opening February 6th, “Ronnie Milsap: A Legend in My Time” will take a closer look at the lengthy career of the artist who arrived in Nashville from Memphis in 1972 and, a decade later, became one of the biggest crossover acts in popular music. Ronnie Milsap Talks Ray Charles, Elvis and Disco Milsap, who turns 72 on Friday, January 16th, will also be the focus of a special program at the museum’s 750-seat CMA Theater. On Saturday afternoon, February 7th, museum writer-editor Peter Cooper will host “A Conversation with Ronnie Milsap,” with the North Carolina native discussing the music that inspired him and his often arduous childhood. In a career that has spanned six decades (and earned him 40 Number One singles), Milsap has not only had to overcome the challenges that come with being blind, but also the initial resistance of record executives like RCA’s Jerry Bradley, who didn’t think he was a good fit for country music.

Tim Drummond, Bassist for Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dead at 74

Journeyman bassist Tim Drummond, who performed with Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Bob Dylan among many more rock legends, passed away January 10th, the St. Louis County, Missouri coroner’s office confirmed to Rolling Stone . No cause of death was given but investigators revealed there was no trauma.  The Oral History of CSNY’s Infamous ‘Doom Tour’ Drummond served as primary bassist on Young’s 1972 masterpiece Harvest  and contributed to every studio LP the singer-songwriter released from 1974’s On the Beach to 1980’s Hawks & Doves . Drummond was also a member of Young’s short-lived backup bands the Shocking Pinks, the Stray Gators and the International Harvesters. After reuniting with the Harvest crew for 1992’s Harvest Moon,  Drummond’s two-decade-long tenure with Young ended with the rocker’s 1993 MTV Unplugged performance. Astrid Young, Neil Young’s half-sister who played alongside Drummond on Harvest Moon , wrote on Facebook, “RIP Tim Drummond.

Hear ‘Halloween’ Director John Carpenter’s Ominous New Song ‘Night’

John Carpenter has long been known for creating eerie, engaging soundtracks to match his unsettling and action-packed movies like Halloween and Escape From New York . Recently, he used that approach to making an ominous, stand-alone album, Lost Themes – due out February 3rd – which serves as home to “Night,” a chilly, slow-building synth-driven track that recalls his work on his action soundtracks like Assault on Precinct 13 and his Escape movies, which is now streaming. ‘Halloween’ Director John Carpenter on His Creepy Music “It’s ‘lost themes’ in the sense that we were scoring the movies that many people have in their imaginations,” Carpenter explained in a recent, career-spanning interview with Rolling Stone . “The perfect way to listen to this would be with a beautiful girl next to you — but if you can’t have that, turn the lights down, start the album up and let the music sink in with the imaginary movies in your mind.” Previously, Carpenter released the track “Vortex” from the album and used the song in a preview of sorts for the album on his label’s website by using clips from his filmography. When Lost Themes arrives, it will be available in a variety of formats, including colored vinyl, and the iTunes edition of the LP features remixes of Lost Themes tracks by Zola Jesus, Skinny Puppy’s ohGr, Foetus’ J.G.

Watch Eric Church Cover Skynyrd at Record-Breaking Nashville Show

Eric Church brought his Outsiders World Tour to his adopted hometown last night with a 28-song, two-hour-plus blowout at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. While hits like “Homeboy,” “Drink in My Hand” — his first ever Number One — and debut single “How ‘Bout You,” chosen by a fan from Carthage, Tennessee, were all well-represented, the concert was distinguished by the sheer depth of its set list. 40 Best Country Albums of 2014 Church drew from all four of his albums — 2006’s Sinners Like Me , 2009’s Carolina , 2011’s Chief  and latest LP The Outsiders  — to flesh out an at times raucous performance that was heavy on audience engagement. Fans hoisted boots aloft during live-show staple “These Boots,” tossed a NASCAR flag onstage during current single “Talladega” and sang along word-for-word to album cuts like “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag,” “Livin’ Part of Life” and “Lotta Boot Left to Fill.” The singer also dipped into the music that influenced him as an artist.

Van Halen ‘Amicably Resolve’ Name Usage Lawsuit

A three-year legal battle over the name “Van Halen” has finally been settled. Kelly Van Halen, who was once married to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s drummer, Alex Van Halen, until they divorced almost 20 years ago, has been fighting to use her famous last name on a variety of businesses like a construction and interior design company. 100 Best Singles of 1984: Pop’s Greatest Year When Kelly Van Halen attempted to trademark products donning her name, ELVH Inc., the entity that protects the copyright of the band’s moniker, argued in various courts that Kelly Van Halen’s use of her name diluted their brand, The Hollywood Reporter writes, ultimately filing a lawsuit in October 2013 to prevent her from infringing on “Van Halen.” However, on January 5th, both parties alerted the judge presiding over the case that they want the lawsuit to be dismissed after settling the matter out of court. As part of the settlement, Kelly agreed to not put her name anywhere near any music-related products. Secondly, “what she is going to do is to use Kelly Van Halen with another word like ‘Designer Originals by Kelly Van Halen,'” her attorney Daniel DeCarlos told The Hollywood Reporter .

Lauryn Hill Plots Intimate, Acoustic ‘Small Axe’ Tour

Lauryn Hill will hit the road in February for a string of small, intimate performances. Dubbed “Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series,” the two-week trek will spend two nights at Washington D.C.’s Howard Theatre before heading north for five shows in New York. Inside ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ Tickets for the gigs, each of which will only seat between 250 and 500 people, will go on sale January 10th at noon EST through Hill’s official site. In addition to regular tickets, fans can also upgrade to a VIP package that comprises of a meet-and-greet with Hill – photo with the singer and autograph included – plus a limited edition poster designed by Hill and a souvenir tour laminate.

Eric Garner’s Family Records Emotional Tribute Song

As protesters continue to gather in New York City following a grand jury decision not to convict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, the victim’s daughter Erica and family member Steven Flagg have released a tribute song, “This Ends Today.” The track is dedicated to the 43-year-old Staten Island man who was choked to death by a police office last year while a video camera captured it. The song, which includes a sample of Garner uttering “I can’t breathe,” a line that has become an unofficial slogan for the protests around the country, deals with the aftermath Garner’s death has had on his family, People writes. Black Lives Matter: 11 Police Killings With No Justice “Just to let y’all know/If you don’t know, you will/It’s sad how my brother Eric Garner was killed/The pain in my heart still refuses to heal,” Flagg raps on the melancholy cut. “Life should be protected if justice is real/Do you know how we feel?/All he had to do is let his lungs be filled.” Flagg then rhymes about how Garner’s family is struggling meal to meal now that their chief provider “could no longer pay bills.” “The grand jury lost their minds,” he rapped. “There needs to be an appeal.” In her Rolling Stone  cover interview, Nicki Minaj said she was upset by Garner’s unpunished killing. “It’s sickening, and I’ve been reading so many people saying, ‘Why are we surprised?'” she said.

Watch Brad Paisley’s Moving Performance at Little Jimmy Dickens’ Memorial

Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill weren’t the only stars who literally sang the praises of the late Jimmy Dickens Thursday afternoon, during a memorial service held at the Grand Ole Opry house. Brad Paisley, Dickens’ fishing buddy and longtime friend, pulled double-duty as host and performer, setting the tone for an evening that celebrated the larger-than-life personality of the 4’11” country legend by rattling off a string of anecdotes veering between humorous and poignant. He also strummed his way through a solo version of “Where I Get Where I’m Going,” his 2005 hit about finding peace and closure — rather than fear — in death.  See Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill Duet at Dickens Memorial “His mark will be left on this place forever, as long as the Grand Ole Opry… is here,” Paisley said by way of introduction, standing beside three belongings that seemed to accompany Dickens wherever he went: a cowboy hat, a pair of white leather boots and an acoustic guitar. “His memory is intact

Universal Explains How It Will Match Bands With Brands in New Initiative

Earlier this week, Universal Music Group revealed that it was working on a new ad-focused venture with Havas Media that would pair artists with brands, based on demographic user data. Here’s how it will work: Let’s say Bud Light wants to hire a pop star to appear on a Super Bowl commercial. But which star to hire? The beer giant’s customer base is mostly male, between 21 and 34 years old — possibly a fit for a band like Fall Out Boy. “You select the right artist, and the artist’s got the most affinity with that brand’s customers,” says Mike Tunnicliffe, a new Universal Music Group executive who is overseeing partnerships between artists and brands.

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