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Wednesday
Oct162013

Chris Brown Delays Upcoming "X" Album... Again

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Earlier this month, Chris Brown announced that his oft-delayed sixth studio album, X, was scheduled to arrive Tuesday, November 19.  Guess what?

Breezy revealed on Twitter that X has been delayed again, and will now arrive on December 3.  Fortunately for his fans, however, he wrote, "Since we pushed the album back to December 3, on 11-19-13 ima release 5 new songs just for my fans. Love y'all."

"These 5 are bangers so y'all better buy "X" dammit!! Lol," he added.

X, which was originally scheduled for a July 2013 release date, includes collaborations with Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa, Kelly Rowland, and Brandy, as well as his earlier singles "Fine China," the Aaliyah-assisted "Don’t Think They Know," and "Love More," featuring Nicki Minaj.

Fans can also anticipate Chris to soon release the video for "Autumn Leaves," featuring Kendrick Lamar.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Got $300? Have Cher Record Your Answering Machine Message

Warner Bros. RecordsImaging the reaction from your friends and family if they called you and instead of a standard boring voice mail greeting, they heard the unmistakable voice of the one and only Cher.  If you've got some cash lying around, it could happen.

Cher is one of many big names who've signed on to a campaign called Sound Off for Autism Speaks, which will raise money to support autism research and advocacy.  For $299, the legendary diva will record the personalized voice mail message of your choice -- or even a message specifically addressed to a friend or loved one. The only limit: it's got to be either 20 seconds or 250 characters of text.

The offer is only good through this Friday at 5 p.m. ET, so you'd better put your order in now.  One of the stars participating, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, is "sold out" -- he's not doing anymore, but Cher is still waiting for your order.  Other stars participating include Jack Black, Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, Star Wars icon Mark Hamill, Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and Batman himself, Adam West.

Last year's inaugural Sound Off for Autism Speaks campaign raised more than $100,000.  Visit AutismSpeaks.org and search "Sound Off" for more information.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Katy Perry Is the New Face of CoverGirl 

Image Courtresy CoverGirlKaty Perry is bringing her beauty to CoverGirl.  The star has been chosen as the cosmetic company's new spokeswoman, and will star in a series of ads that will debut next spring.

In a statement, Katy says, "In addition to music, I’ve always considered makeup to be a powerful creative avenue of self-expression. I’m honored to partner with CoverGirl and share more colors and textures of my approach to beauty to inspire my audience.” 

A CoverGirl executive adds that the singer is "the embodiment of a true CoverGirl -- someone we root for, identify with, and get inspiration from."

  Katy, of course, isn't new to the world of beauty products.  She's already released a line of fragrances and even false eyelashes.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Shania Twain Announces 2014 Dates for Shania: Still the One in Las Vegas

Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain has announced 15 additional performances of her Shania: Still the One show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas January 22 through February 15. Tickets for those dates go on sale this Friday at ShaniainVegas.com or The Colosseum.com.

Shania rounds out her first full year of residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with shows running this week through December 14.

Here are Shania's 2014 dates:

January 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31
February 1, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Alice Cooper's 2013 Christmas Pudding Benefit to Feature KISS, Vince Neil and Rob Zombie

Courtesy of Alice Cooper's Solid RockAlice Cooper has revealed the initial lineup for his 13th annual Christmas Pudding music and comedy benefit gala, which is scheduled to take place December 7 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.  This year's event will feature performances by all four members of KISS -- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer -- as well as Motley Crue frontman Vince Neill and horror rocker Rob Zombie.

Serving as host for the fundraiser will be John O'Hurley of Seinfeld and Family Feud fame, while comedian Bill Engvall will deliver a standup set.  Additional entertainers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Proceeds raised by the Christmas Pudding will go toward Cooper's Solid Rock Teen Center -- a Christian-based nonprofit recreational facility that provides art and music programs for at-risk young people.

"Although I have played more than 100 shows this year, Pudding is the one I look forward to most," says Cooper in a statement.  "We love bringing people together for Christmas, for the sake of music and dance and the mission of Solid Rock."

In conjunction with Cooper's Christmas Pudding, the semifinals of the Proof Is in the Pudding talent search are being held this week at the Alice Cooperstown bar and restaurant in Phoenix to choose emerging musicians who will get to play at the benefit.  The finals also will take place at Alice Cooperstown, on November 6 and 7.

Christmas Pudding tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time and can be purchased via Ticketmaster, at the Comerica Theatre box office or by calling (602) 379-2888.  Prices range from $38 to $253.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

First Official Keith Moon-Branded Merchandise to Be Available Soon

Ron Howard/RedfernsHe may have passed away in 1978, but The Who's Keith Moon still is considered one of the greatest drummers in rock history.  Now, a partnership between Moon's estate and the Artist Legacy Group management company could result in a whole new generation of fans becoming more familiar with the acclaimed rocker and his legacy.

As part of the deal, the first line official Moon items will be sold in collaboration with the Hi Fidelity Entertainment merchandise company.

"Our mission is to protect and promote an artist's legacy," says Artist Legacy Group CEO Ashley Austin.  "We aim to deliver the level of personal attention and quality of service these legends deserve."

No news yet on what new Keith Moon merchandise will be coming your way.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

ET's "The Katy Perry Experience" to Air Monday, Oct. 21

Credit: Ryan McGinleyKaty Perry's new album PRISM hits stores October 22, and the night before she's getting her very own Entertainment Tonight special.

Entertainment Tonight Presents: The Katy Perry Experience will air Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  It'll feature what's described as a "frank" interview with Katy, who'll talk about her new music, her past struggles and her feeling that she's "masquerading as a pop star."

In addition, the special promises an "up-close look at Katy's...personal life," as well as her key fashion moments and red carpet looks, plus "rare archival footage" of the singer.  Among that footage: her first-ever on-camera interview with ET, and interviews with family members dating back to her high school years.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockEric Church was once fired from which country group's tour for going over his allotted playing time? ANSWER: Rascal Flatts.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

The Band Perry Remembers Lessons Learned on the Road Opening for Country Superstars

Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry is playing a few headlining shows in the U.S. in between their dates opening for Rascal Flatts' Live & Loud tour through early November. The sibling trio takes their We Are Pioneers World Tour overseas starting November 8 in Sweden. As they prepare to become full-time concert headliners, the Perry siblings are calling on those lessons thdey learned from touring with the Flatts as well as Tim McGraw.

"I think it’s really what we’ve learned the most about the backstage area that’s important," says lead singer Kimberly Perry. "I remember Tim McGraw was so present backstage and he really taught us a lot about not only running a classy tour, but we’d always been a fan of Tim McGraw ‘The Artist’.  We became a fan of him as a human being and as a person."

Brad Paisley also made a large impression on The Band Perry with his efforts to keep tour morale high among all his opening acts. After one show, Brad went so far as to bring in a petting zoo backstage, complete with a horse, cow and goats.

Kimberly says, "They each had their way of making everybody feel welcome on tour and really keeping the backstage fun.  It’s important when you’re doing fifty dates out on the road, so I think we learned a lot of that, for sure."

The Band Perry headlines their own show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City Wednesday night.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Paris Hilton on Her Return to Music, Miley and Not Settling Down 

Courtesy: Paris Hilton EnterprisesIt wasn't that long ago that Paris Hilton was making headlines -- both good and bad -- on a daily basis.  But after some time out of the spotlight and the scandal sheets, the heiress and entrepreneur has now decided to turn her focus to music: she's back with a new single -- "Good Time" -- plus an upcoming album, and an unexpected career as a world-class DJ.

"I've just been staying out of trouble and really focusing on my business. That's all I care about," Paris tells ABC News Radio, explaining her absence from our daily gossip pages. "And I've been in different countries every day, and I've created such a huge brand and I'm so proud of it." 

She's not kidding: at last count, she had 17 different product lines, and 50 Paris Hilton stores around the world.  But the star, who last released music back in 2006, says that it's something she always wanted to return to.  She recently signed a deal with Cash Money Records, her friend Lil Wayne's label, and her album is due in early 2014.

"I love music.  I love to sing.  It's something I really enjoy doing," she explains. "My fans have been begging for songs for so long."  As for "Good Time," the collaboration with Wayne that's the lead single from her upcoming album, Paris says, "Everyone loves it....everyone's thinking it's such a fun song...I feel so proud and happy."

"Good Time" is strongly influenced by the EDM, or electronic dance music, sound, and that's no surprise, since Paris has been immersed in that world for the past couple of years. She's been working as a top DJ on the Spanish island of Ibiza, the world's party capital, keeping crowds of up to 10,000 people per night dancing 'til all hours of the morning.

"I've....been raving since I'm 15 years old so I've been a fan of this kind of music for so long," Paris tells ABC News Radio. "It's awesome that it's so popular now and I was really inspired, just by being in Ibiza every summer...that music just brings such an incredible energy and that's what I wanted to do with this record."

As for how, exactly, Paris ended up being a top DJ, well, she's been working on it for the better part of a decade.

"My friend DJ AM taught me over ten years ago how to do it," Paris says, referring to the late DJ, musician and producer, who died in 2009.  "And I just loved it...then the past two years I got offered to do a huge festival and performing for 50,000 people, and I thought it would be a lot of fun so I agreed to it -- and then just started getting booked all around the world."

"I've never played the same set twice," she adds proudly.  "I like to make kinda of a journey for everyone in the club.  It has to be an experience....I always play different songs and make it new, 'cause the fans always come back every single night."

While Paris has been keeping out of trouble, a whole new crop of young starlets seem to have taken her place.  Five or six years ago, she was the one being called a bad role model: now, it's Miley Cyrus. "I think she just doesn't care what anyone thinks," says Paris, who feels that Miley has been handling her recent controversies quite well.  "I think she's living her life, she's having fun and she's unapologetic," adds Paris. "She just is having a good time...I think there's nothing wrong with that.  She's an artist.  She's expressing herself."

So what about Paris' own personal life?  She's been engaged a few times, but never married.  While many of her old friends, like Nicole Richie and Kim Kardashian, are settled down with babies, Paris tells ABC News Radio that that's not a lifestyle choice for her right now.

"My parents are really proud of me, and they can see that I'm a businesswoman," she says. "I just feel like, with traveling and all my work, that I couldn't be a mom right now.  And I'm not ready for it.  In a couple of years, maybe.  I would love to have a family one day.  I'm just not in the time right now." 

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Jaheim Recruits Chrisette Michele for Appreciation Tour, Announces Concert Dates

Facebook.com/ChrisetteMichele; AtlanticEarlier this month, Chrisette Michele posted on her Instagram page that she'll soon embark on a joint fall tour with fellow R&B star Jaheim. Now, the R&B crooner has announced the dates for the upcoming 15-city trek, dubbed the Appreciation Tour.

The outing begins November 14 at Procter and Gamble Hall in Cincinnati, then makes stops in major U.S. cities including Washington, D.C.; New York; and Atlanta before wrapping December 8 at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie in Dallas, TX.

Tickets are on sale now via TicketMaster.com. T he trek will support Michele's latest album, Better, as well as Jaheim's Appreciation Day.

Here are the dates for the Appreciation Tour:

11/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Arnoff Center: P&G
11/15 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace
11/16 -- Chicago, IL, Arie Crown
11/17 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
11/21 -- Columbia, SC, Township Auditorium
11/22 -- Richmond, VA, Landmark Theater
11/23 -- Washington, DC, DAR Constitution Hall
11/26 -- New York, NY, The Theater at Madison Square Garden
11/27 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
11/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
11/30 -- Memphis, TN, The Orpheum Theatre Memphis
12/1 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC ConcertHall
12/6 -- Houston, TX, Reliant Arena
12/7 -- New Orleans, LA, UNO Lakefront
12/8 -- Dallas, TX, Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie

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Wednesday
Oct162013

The Flaming Lips’ "Peace Sword" EP Gets Digital Release Date

Warner Bros. RecordsIf you thought the only way to get your hands on The Flaming Lips’ new EP was to duke it out with other vinyl aficionados on Black Friday Record Store Day, think again.

The band has announced they’ll be offering a digital release of Peace Sword, the EP based on the 1985 science-fiction novel Ender's Game, on October 29. The release contains six tracks, including “Peace Sword (Open Your Heart),” which is featured in the soundtrack of the film adaptation of Ender's Game. Standard CD copies and a limited-edition 12” vinyl release of Peace Sword will be available on November 29.

The Ender's Game film, which stars Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield, will arrive in theaters on November 1.

Here is the track list:

“Peace Sword (Open Your Heart)”
“If They Move, Shoot 'Em”
“Is the Black at the End Good”
“Think Like a Machine, Not a Boy”
“Wolf Children”
“Assassin Beetle - The Dream Is Ending”

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Undergoes Intestinal Surgery; Postpones Art Gallery Event

Christopher WagnerWhile his estranged Black Sabbath band mates are touring Latin America, founding Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is recovering from a serious medical procedure.  A post on the 65-year-old rocker's website reports that Ward recently had an operation in California after suffering an intestinal condition called a "perforated diverticulitis."

According to the message, the surgery was a success, and Bill "is expected to make a full recovery over the next several weeks."

The illness has forced Ward to postpone an October 26 appearance at the Annapolis Collection Gallery in Maryland, where the debut exhibition of his artwork first went on display.  Ward was slated to discuss the pieces he created for the exhibit, titled "Absence of Corners: A Collection of Rhythm on Canvas."

"I am truly sorry that I have to postpone the Absence of Corners gallery reception," he says in a statement.  "The feedback I have received from everyone about this project has been astounding, and I was so looking forward to this event.  I want to thank the Annapolis Collection Gallery for everything they are doing. I am honored that they are exhibiting my art."

A rescheduled date for the event will be announced when Ward recovers from his surgery.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

"The Voice" Recap: The Battle Rounds Continue

Trae Patton/NBCThe battle rounds on NBC's The Voice resumed Tuesday night, with three more sets of teammates entering the spotlight.

Once again, the coaches and the special guest mentors helped tutor the artists in rehearsals. Adam Levine was joined by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder; Blake Shelton teamed with Cher; Christina Aguilera invited Ed Sheeran; and Cee Lo Green had R&B star Miguel by his side.

Here's a rundown of what happened on Tuesday's one-hour episode:

Team Christina's Jacob Poole and Matthew Schuler starred in the first battle round, performing a duet of the Fall Out Boy hit "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)." Adam complimented the performance by calling it a musical "a**-whooping." Christina marveled at the consistency of both artists when hitting the high notes in the song. She declared Matthew to be the winner of the battle round, and none of the other coaches opted to steal Jacob.

Kat Robichaud and R. Anthony of Team Cee Lo were assigned "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," by Aerosmith. Blake said Kat appeared "pumped" on stage, and thought she was the better artist. Christina compared her to a tiger. Kat advanced, and R. Anthony was eliminated.

Blake pit Monika Leigh against Ray Boudreaux. They took turns on the Grand Funk Railroad song "Some Kind of Wonderful." Adam said the sky's the limit for Ray. Blake liked the "freedom" that Monika expressed, but also enjoyed Ray's range. Ray triumphed over Monika, who was stolen by Cee Lo.

The show also quickly recapped three other battles:

-- Team Cee Lo's Cole Vosbury defeated Lupe Carroll.

-- E.G. Daily of Team Blake moved on after battling Sam Cerniglia.

-- Adam chose Ashley DuBose over Justin Blake.

The battle rounds roll on next Monday night on NBC.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Report: Beyonce Preparing "Secret" Single to Get Gaga, Bump Britney

Facebook.com/BeyonceSources are telling the New York Daily News that Beyonce will release a new single, "sometime from late November to early December," timed to "take out" her high-profile competition, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Mariah Carey.

The "massive" song that will be released on Columbia Records was "bankrolled" by Pepsi, the paper reports, and the release window is because Beyonce, "wants everyone to know exactly who the queen is."

Perry's new album Prism hits stores October 22; Lady Gaga’s anticipated ARTPOP is due Nov. 8, and Carey's new album, The Art of Letting Go, is supposed to be out before the year's end. Britney's upcoming album, Britney Jean, will be available December 3 -- the same day Beyonce's single is rumored to debut.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Report: J-Lo and Boyfriend On the Outs

JenniferLopez.comJennifer Lopez and her former backup dancer boyfriend Casper Smart may be dancing solo soon.

E! reports a "breakup may be imminent" for the high-profile couple. "They are bickering and it's clear to the people around them that there is an irritation between them at the moment. It's hot and cold, but more cold than hot right now," an insider says.

Lopez, 44, who has been divorced three times and has two kids with her third ex, Marc Anthony. She and Smart, 26, haven't been photographed together in public in more than three weeks.  However, her reps deny anything's amiss.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

BBC Music Panel Called Young Elton John “Extremely Dull,” David Bowie an “Amateur-Sounding Vocalist"

EltonJohn.comWould you describe Elton John’s singing as “extremely dull...without any feelings and precious little musical ability?” That was reportedly the opinion of a U.K. review panel in 1968 that decided which pop artists got to perform on BBC radio and TV shows.

The Daily Mail reports the scathing review of Sir Elton is revealed in a new BBC Radio 4 documentary entitled Auditioning for Auntie.

According to the report, Elton appeared before the BBC’s now defunct Talent Selection Group and performed three songs he co-wrote with Bernie Taupin: “All Across the Havens,” “Lady Samantha” and “Skyline Pigeon.”  The panel’s response: “The items are not songs. Pretentious material, self-written, sung in an extremely dull fashion without any feeling and precious little musical ability. Thin, piercing voice with NO emotion. Not a tuneful voice.”

A BBC producer said Elton “writes dreary songs and he sounds like a wonky singer.”

Luckily for Elton, a tape recording of his audition made its way into the hands of top BBC executives, who agreed to let him perform.

Elton wasn’t the only artist to feel the musical wrath of the BBC panel.  The report says David Bowie auditioned in 1965 with his version of “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from the movie Mary Poppins.  The Selection Group dismissed him as a “amateur-sounding vocalist who sings wrong notes and out of tune.”

The Who arrived for their February 1965 audition 25 minutes late, prompting one member of the panel to remark, “Not endowed with much sense of urgency.”  The panel’s reaction to the band: “Overall, not very original and below standard.”

Two years earlier, the BBC Talent Selection Group rejected the Rolling Stones as “unsuitable for our purposes.”

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Britney Says She Wants to Have More Kids: "Maybe Twins"

Image Courtesy Britney Spears via TwitterBritney Spears has plans for herself beyond the release of her new album and the start of her Las Vegas residency, and it involves expanding her family.

In an interview with Germany's RTL network, she hints that she'd like to have more children -- and tie the knot. According to a translation of the German voiceover, she said, "I'd love to have more kids, settle down, have kids, maybe twins, and get married."

Britney has two sons from her marriage to Kevin Federline: Sean Preston, 8, and Jayden James, 7. She's been married twice, to K-Fed and to childhood pal Jason Alexander. She announced the end of her engagement to Jason Trawick early this year.  Lately, she's been dating David Lucado.

The 31-year-old pop star also suggested in the interview that her life is pretty boring away from the stage and the recording studio, saying, "I really don't go clubbing, I don't do that." She added, "I like to stay at home, I like watching movies and eating lots of popcorn."

The program briefly touched upon Brit's new album, whose title, Britney Jean, was just announced. She called it the "most personal album I've ever done."

Britney Jean will be released on December 3. Her Vegas show, Piece of Me, begins December 27 at Planet Hollywood.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

James Taylor "Essential" Compilation Arriving Later This Month

Legacy RecordingsJames Taylor is the subject of a new installment of Legacy Recording's The Essential compilation series that will be released on October 29The Essential James Taylor will be the first two-CD retrospective featuring songs from throughout the folk-rock legend's entire career.

The album offers a selection of Taylor's classic original hits and cover tunes, album gems and concert performances, spanning from his 1970 Warner Bros. debut, Sweet Baby James, through the 2007 live album One Man Band.

Among the many memorable recordings featured on The Essential are "Fire and Rain," Taylor's chart-topping rendition of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend," "How Sweet It Is," "Shower the People," "Carolina in My Mind" "Handy Man" and "Your Smiling Face."  Other interesting tracks on the compilation include the singer/songwriter's hit 1981 duet with J.D. Souther, "Her Town Too," and a version of the Stephen Foster-composed standard "Hard Times Come No More" recorded with the string trio of Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor.

Taylor has been focusing on making a new studio album and has no current tour dates on his schedule.

Here is the full track list of The Essential James Taylor:

Disc 1
"Sweet Baby James"
"Fire and Rain"
"Long Ago and Far Away"
"You've Got a Friend"
"Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"
"Walking Man"
"How Sweet It Is"
"Mexico"
"Shower the People"
"Steamroller"
"Something in the Way She Moves"
"Carolina in My Mind"
"Handy Man"
"Your Smiling Face"
"Honey Don't Leave LA"

Disc 2
"Millworker"
"Her Town Too" (with J.D. Souther)
"Everyday"
"Only One"
"Never Die Young"
"Copperline"
"The Water Is Wide"
"Country Road" (Live)
"Secret o' Life" (Live)
"Little More Time with You"
"Another Day"
"Hard Times Come Again No More" (with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor)
"Caroline I See You"
"My Traveling Star" (Live) (with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
"You Can Close Your Eyes" (Live)

 

Wednesday
Oct162013

Marky Ramone Says He "Didn't Want Any Part of" the CBGB Movie

Photo: Martin BonettoCBGB, the theatrical film about the heyday of the famed New York City punk-rock club, is playing in select theaters around the U.S.  The movie has been getting a mixed reaction from critics as well as from some of the well-known musicians who were a part of the scene that formed around the venue during the 1970s.

One rocker with some negative opinions about the flick is Marky Ramone, who prior to becoming The Ramones' drummer was a member of fellow CBGB mainstays Richard Hell and the Voidoids.

Marky spoke recently with ABC News Radio and revealed that he wouldn't allow his likeness or image to be used in the movie, because he suspected that the production would not deliver an truthful portrayal of the story of CBGB.

He explained that he was very disappointed with the 2010 film about Joan Jett's old band The Runaways, and felt that CBGB would be similarly inaccurate.

"I didn't want any part of it and neither did any of the other major players that were around in those days at CBGBs that had helped create punk rock in New York City," he insisted.  Ramone also suggested that the movie likely would end being an extension of the exploitation of the CBGB legacy that's been occurring since the closing of the club in 2006 and the death of its owner Hilly Kristal the following year.

"Everybody jumps on the CBGB bandwagon, and now it's a high-end sneaker store," he declared, referencing the John Varvatos clothing store that opened on the site of the venue.

In addition, Marky took issue with the fact that British actors were cast in several key roles, including Alan Rickman as Kristal; Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome, guitarist of the Cleveland-based band The Dead Boys; and Mickey Sumner, Sting's daughter, as Patti Smith.

"I have nothing against the English, but what does that have to do with New York City, with New Yorkers?" explained Ramone.  "It's like us going to England, and going to one of their clubs when the punk scene started there, and trying to figure out what really happened, you know what I mean?"

Lastly, Ramone said he was concerned that the filmmakers didn't get enough input from musicians who were involved in the CBGB scene and wouldn't bother paying attention to the timeline of events with regard to the club's history.

"You need the major players to be on board to make it accurate, and…also, it has to go year by year by year," he said.

Meanwhile, Marky is carrying on the legacy of The Ramones by playing their music with his own group Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg.  The band, which currently features Andrew W.K. as its frontman, performs more than 30 classic Ramones songs.  Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg just wrapped up a U.S. tour and will play three shows in the U.K. next week.  Find out more information about the group at MarkyRamone.com.

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