It’s a hobby perhaps more befitting of Sting than Flea , but the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist has become a full-fledged beekeeper with over 200,000 insects in his apiary. In recent months, Flea has posted numerous photos of himself in full beekeeping regalia on his social media accounts , and TMZ reports that his backyard is now home to three hives with over 60,000 bees apiece. The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Here Flea’s passion for beekeeping is twofold: In addition to his unabashed “love” for the insect – “Pleezus more beezus” and “Me about to get busy with my beautiful little bees that I love,” he wrote in June – the bassist’s environmental concerns also inspired him to cultivate an apiary of “Flea’s bees.” The honeybee population has steadily and staggeringly decreased over the past few decades, a decline known as the Colony Collapse Disorder, threatening a food chain that relies on the bugs to pollinate plant life. Deep to the hive super organism. I love my bees
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When a photo showed up on social media of Kip Moore holding what appeared to be joint, the “I’m to Blame” singer wasn’t mad at the fan who posted it — he was upset by the people who were asking him to take it down. Country’s 15 Highest Drug Odes “I got some texts and calls that this might not be a good look, and that I might want to be careful about this,” Moore tells Rolling Stone Country . “And basically, I said, ‘First of all, it’s not a joint.
Rick Springfield ‘s winding career has taken him from Australian pop sensation and soap opera actor to Grammy-winning hitmaker and, recently, a supporting performer on True Detective Season Two and Meryl Streep’s co-star in Ricki and the Flash . 20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 1980s: Rick Springfield, In a new interview with Rolling Stone , which can be viewed above, Springfield recalls his four-decade career, including bouts with depression and the determination and persistence that has kept him going since he first broke onto the scene in 1969 with his Australian pop rock outfit Zoot. Following Zoot’s success, Springfield moved to America, where he quickly scored a solo hit with 1971’s “Speak to the Sky.” As he tells Rolling Stone , he began doing interviews with outlets he assumed were rock press, but turned out to be adolescent-oriented magazines like Tiger Beat , which weren’t available in Australia. “I’d do articles about my music and, you know, I’m a serious writer, I’ve been playing guitar for years,” Springfield says. “And it would come out: ‘Is Rick Springfield Too Tall to Love?’ And it would list my friggin’ favorite color.
The “wild and crazy guy” that is Steve Martin continues to build his music résumé up to that of his comedy credits. The actor has been playing banjo since he was a teen and incorporated a little picking into his standup shows in the Seventies, along with memorable musical interludes on Saturday Night Live and on his comedy albums, among many public performances. But it wasn’t until the last few years that he really started to get critical acclaim for his musicianship. And now, on top of his five Grammy awards and three International Bluegrass Music trophies, the iconic entertainer is once again being honored by the IBMA, this time with one of five Distinguished Achievement awards. 10 Funniest Lines From Steve Martin’s AFI Tribute That coveted trophy is given to artists and organizations for their significant contributions to bluegrass music.
Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Johnny Depp , Alice Cooper and Joe Perry , have announced their first live dates, set for next month. Rounding out the lineup will be former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum, both of whom also play in the supergroup Velvet Revolver. Alice Cooper on ‘Very Talented and Cool’ Johnny Depp The name “Hollywood vampires” references a loose collective of rockers, including Cooper, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon, who got together in the early Seventies and drink on the Sunset Strip at the Rainbow.
High-profile music documentaries on Janis Joplin , Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin and Sharon Jones will be included as part of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which commences September 10th. Toronto 2014: The Best of the Fest Janis: Little Girl Blue , directed by Academy Award-nominated Amy Berg ( Deliver Us From Evil ), will make its North American premiere at the fest. The film chronicles Joplin’s “short, turbulent, epic existence,” with Chan Marshall (Cat Power) reading the rock legend’s personal letters. The Arcade Fire documentary, The Reflektor Tapes , will make its world premiere at the fest. Director Kahlil Joseph followed the Canadian art-rock outfit as they created their acclaimed 2013 LP, Reflektor , blending performance footage with band member interviews and “exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.” The Aretha Franklin concert-documentary Amazing Grace features the renowned singer recording the titular live LP during January 1972 church services in Los Angeles
Luke Bryan has never shied away from infusing a little sex appeal into his brand of country music. Even if he regularly does so with a goofy “can you believe this?” grin. But last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon , Bryan went full-on Barry White , turning in a sultry take on new single “Strip It Down.” Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Luke Bryan Songs Even Fallon himself recognized the raciness of the song, introducing the singer in his own mock pillow-talk voice. But Bryan’s performance wasn’t cheeky
“Every artist feels like it’s about time, all the time,” Lera Lynn tells Rolling Stone Country . She’s relaxing by a pool in Saratoga, California, a few days before her last leg of opening for Sheryl Crow comes to a close, the True Detective season finale airs and she heads back home to Nashville to resume work on her third album. But she won’t be off the road for long: starting in September, Lynn will embark on a 30-plus date headlining fall tour, hitting cities from Los Angeles to Little Rock in her most extensive run thus far. Top 5 TV: ‘True Detective’ Staggers Off Into the Horizon Though Lynn has released two albums, including last year’s superbly sultry The Avenues , it’s her work on the HBO hit True Detective that has exposed her to a new legion of fans.
With a new album in the works — and auditions for the 15th (and final) season of American Idol already underway — Keith Urban couldn’t have picked a busier time to hit the road for a handful of summer dates. Even so, the “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ singer found enough time to swing by NBC’s Today show this morning, where he performed an outdoor, red-eye set for several hundred super-fans and early risers. 10 Best Country Songs of 2015 So Far: Artists’ Picks Before kicking his way into “Somewhere in my Car,” Urban talked with hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie about his work on American Idol , where he’s been a judge for three years. “It’s extraordinary,” he said of the show, adding that his favorite Idol hopefuls are singers who not only hit the right notes, but make strong connections too. “I know what makes that connection,” he explained, “and that’s what it’s all about.” Lauer then directed Urban’s attention to a TV monitor, asking him to “judge” a short performance clip. “Is this you singing, Matt?” Urban asked as the clip began to roll.
Ashley Monroe has no shortage of material to pull from these days — she just released her third solo album, The Blade, which made its debut on the country charts in second place. Still, the Pistol Annie loves a good cover tune, as evidenced by this version of John Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses” that brings her signature crystalline quiver to one of Rolling Stone ‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. See Ashley Monroe’s Intimate Dolly Parton Cover Mellencamp released “Pink Houses” on 1983’s Uh-Huh .
Pharrell Williams will face protests during his South African tour next months from a pro-Palestinian group that opposes his partnership with Woolworths, a major retailer in the country that has trade ties with Israel, Reuters reports. Watch Pharrell’s Liberating, Mesmerizing ‘Freedom’ Video The South African branch of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel (BDS) — a movement opposed to the Israeli occupation of Palestine — is upset about Pharrell’s involvement in Woolworths’ “Are You With Us” campaign. The musician will act as style director on several projects, including a fashion line and fundraising for education, all of which are centered around promoting sustainability.
The very early 1980s was a scary and confusing times for many rock gods of the previous decade. This new thing called MTV was turning oddball British acts like Kajagoogoo, Adam Ant, Culture Club and Haircut 100 into overnight stars, and 1970s stadium rock giants like the Who, the Eagles, Wings, Emerson, Lane and Palmer, Led Zeppelin and Yes were breaking up with stunning regularity. What do you do when you’re in your early thirties and all of a sudden your band is gone and nobody wants a 10-minute drum solo? Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin’s Sonic Adventure to India Few rockers was more flummoxed by these changes than Jimmy Page . Led Zeppelin was the culmination of his life’s work, and it ended the moment that John Bonham was pronounced dead after downing 40 shots of vodka in a single night