Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A $400,000 gift from Susan Boyle to Neil Finn

Frumpy pop sensation Susan Boyle's new album The Gift may well be a $400,000 windfall for Neil Finn, who wrote one of the songs.

But the potential windfall is hardly going to change the fortunes of Finn – New Zealand's king of pop.

Even before Boyle covered it, Don't Dream It's Over had been the most performed work by a New Zealand artist overseas in all but one year since it was released, Mushroom Music Publishing general manager Paul McLaney said.

It was on Crowded House's 1986 self-titled debut, credited to Finn. Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, and Faith No More are among the artists who have covered it.

Songwriters generally get about 8c from each copy sold of an album with one of their songs on it.

The Gift has entered the New Zealand album charts at No1 this week, reaching platinum sales of over 15,000 in its first week. Sony is predicting it will sell about five million copies around the world.

That would mean a $400,000 payout for Finn in "mechanical royalties" – money given to an artist every time a recording of their song is made.

Most of the songs on The Gift are Christmas carols and in the public domain. Those likely to receive royalties alongside Finn are Leonard Cohen, for Hallelujah, and Lou Reed for Perfect Day.

Mr McLaney said artists outside Britain generally had little say in whether their songs were recorded by other artists but he doubted Finn would have any qualms about Boyle singing Don't Dream It's Over.

"I don't think it's doing any damage."

Finn had an "unprecedented level of respect" for a New Zealand artist abroad. "He's in that rarefied space of being a pop songwriter but writing songs that reach across the broad range of taste."

Boyle shot to fame on TV programme Britain's Got Talent last year.

Her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, sold 8.3 million copies worldwide.

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Taylor Swift Is Always Surprised...

Considering how many awards she's won recently, one would think that Taylor Swift would no longer act completely shocked when her name is called. This supercut, by Rich Juzwiak, begs—and proves—to differ. Watch Swift gasp and gasp, inside.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

U2 honoured the Pike River miners during the song One Tree Hill.

Two of music's biggest acts paid tribute to the Pike River miners at a sold out Mt Smart Stadium on Thursday night.

There was little doubt that a band with the social conscience of U2 would acknowledge the tragedy, even during the entertainment behemoth that is their 360 tour.

"People have ways of dealing with grief, in Ireland we sing," said charismatic front man Bono before an emotional version of Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.

They followed that with local favourite One Tree Hill as the names of the 29 dead scrolled down the massive screen at Mt Smart Stadium on Thursday night.

Earlier, hiphop mogul Jay Z dedicated Forever Young to the miners as he said "they will always be in our hearts and they will always be forever young".

Those were two moving moments in an otherwise upbeat night as U2 returned to New Zealand after an absence of exactly four years.
TRIBUTE: U2 honoured the Pike River miners during the song One Tree Hill.

In a show of more than 20 songs there was a run through their catalogue of hits including Beautiful Day, Elevation, Vertigo, Sunday Bloody Sunday, One and With or Without You.

They were interspersed with new songs like Magnificent and Get On Your Boots off their uneven 2009 album No Line on the Horizon.

- http://www.stuff.co.nz

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Bruce Springsteen and comedian Jimmy Fallon - Whip My Hair Parody

Music heavyweight Bruce Springsteen and comedian Jimmy Fallon have teamed up to take the mickey out of music prodigy and Will Smith's daughter Willow Smith.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

10 double passes to U2 to be won today

Three hours in Auckland was enough time for Ricky Malcolm and Cameron Betts to win 99 U2 concert tickets and meet American hip-hop star Jay-Z.

"We were standing there and Jay-Z walked past, so we said `hey bro' and he said `hey guys'," Ricky said.

Yesterday morning the New Plymouth pair were greeted at Auckland airport by the Cambell Live crew, who filmed them being taken to Mt Smart Stadium to see the concert set-up and their reaction to winning the national competition.

"We were sitting there waiting for the other two finalists to arrive and they said we better announce the winner and it was us," Ricky said.

"Our faces just lit up and we were screaming."

And after the prize of 99 tickets was handed out the boys got a surprise win of 10 inner circle tickets, which allow them to get even closer to the stage – and possibly another close encounter with their new mate Jay-Z, who will open for U2's concerts tomorrow and Friday.

Ricky and Cameron were part of a five-strong New Plymouth group who recreated the U2 video Elevation for the Cambell Live contest and plan to divvy up the tickets among themselves.

But they also want to give away 10 double passes.

If you want to win one of the double passes you need to be one of the first 10 people, dressed as Bono, to meet the group on Puke Ariki Landing in New Plymouth at 5.30pm today.

The group encouraged people of all ages to dress up and race down to the landing, but warned you must be decked out in the lead singer's rock costume.

"We want them really dressed up.

"They have to show us they are a hard core fan," Cameron said.

more info at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176705495676061&num_event_invites=0

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Joe Cocker and George Thorogood to play the Bowl of Brooklands

Rhythm and blues legend Joe Cocker is set to play at the Bowl of Brooklands this summer.

Joining him on stage for the January 28 show is master of the slide guitar George Thorogood and his Destroyers.

The Sheffield-born singer is one of the most successful and popular singers of the last 40 years. The 66-year-old is also one of music's most loved and most respected, becoming an international sensation with his performance at Woodstock in 1969.

Cocker will be performing songs from his latest offering Hard Knocks in addition to songs in his illustrious back catalogue including You Can Leave Your Hat On, Unchain My Heart, Up Where We Belong, The Letter, and You Are So Beautiful.

Support artist George Thorogood and his band The Destroyers are also stars in their own right. The blues and rock specialist has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, amassing a loyal following for his scorching live performances. Their hits include Move it on Over, You Talk Too Much, Bad To The Bone, and One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster from November 26.

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rihanna's message for todays youth

The written word is not Rihanna's friend. Here, she poses with children while wearing a necklace that says "Fuck You." Don't you hate it when adorable children interfere with your badass 'tude?

To be fair, this wasn't Rihanna's fault: The child fans bombarded her while she was wandering the streets of New York. It's a little like the time you surprised your significant other by opening the door naked, only to discover Grandma was dropping by to return that casserole dish early. It's so awkward when disparate spheres of self-presentation intersect. But, hey, these kids have a way cooler memento than bargained for: Wall-to-wall tabloid coverage! Everybody wins when pop stars corrupt America's youth.

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, November 19, 2010

“Born This Way” the new “I Will Survive” – and Kiwi remix singled out by the NYT

A Lady Gaga* remix by Auckland musician Patty Boy (the fourth most subscribed New Zealand musician on youtube) has been featured in a New York Times blog.

The New York Times called the remix "a pulsating battle cry of selfhood that plays in gay nightclubs, at circuit parties and on fan-made videos across the Web."

*The article also quoted Elton John as saying the Lady Gaga song Born This Way - which Cavill based his remix on - would "completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive as the gay anthem".


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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Shihad summer tour

Shihad are on the road againg this summer with Cairo Knife Fight and The Naked & Famous.

December 29 Riwaka Hotel
January 2 Brewer’s Field Mt Maunganui
January 3 Waihi Beach Hotel

Cairo Knife Fight and The Naked & Famous.

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Disturbed announce New Zealand show dates

Thr Rock.net.nz - Live Rock articles - Live Rock - Music & Events

Highly acclaimed heavy metal icons Disturbed will be returning for their massive ‘Music As A Weapon’ tour and are ready to annihilate arena stages in Australia and New Zealand this April, much to the satisfaction of their legions of fans.

Arguably one of the most successful heavy metal bands around today, Disturbed have sold over 11 million albums globally and are one of only three bands in music history to have four consecutive releases debut at #1 on the US Billboard Top 200 album chart.

Since the band’s formation fifteen years ago, Disturbed have had three Platinum albums in Australia thus far and a strong fourth contender in their latest offering Asylum which debuted at #2 on the ARIA Album Chart and #1 on New Zealand’s RIANZ Album Chart upon its release in August.

This killer lineup is sure to have fans eagerly rearing their horns in anticipation and clamouring for a piece of the action. Tour information and ticketing details below.

Disturbed New Zealand:
Frontier Members pre-sale from 2pm AEDT, Wed 17 November – 2pm AEDT, Thu 18 November
General public on sale from 9am local time, Friday 26 November

w/ Trivium, As I Lay Dying & SUPPORT TBC at all New Zealand shows|

All shows are all ages.

Tuesday 3 May: Vector Arena, Auckland

Wednesday 4 May: TSB Arena, Wellington

Friday 6 May: Canterbury CBS Arena, Canterbury

Tickets available through Ticketek: 0800 4 TICKET or www.ticketek.co.nz

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, November 15, 2010

69 and pumping all night long

Ruth Flowers, is the matriarch and the hippest English deejay of our time.
At 69 years old, the woman known as MAMY ROCK is the latest sensation of the European club scene.

Following a high‐profile stint as resident DJ at the very private Villa Murano during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in front of stars including Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey and an exceptional set in January 2010 at the legendary Queen club on the Champs Elysées Paris, Ruth Flowers is definitely in the midst of an unexpected international success story at the age of 69.

After the launch of her first single « Still Rocking » in July and a successful Summer Tour through Europe's best Clubs and Festivals (including Glastonbury), the fabulous Mamy Rock will finally rock the USA. «The hippest Deejane in circulation», according to Vanity Fair, will give her US debut at the « I love electro » Festival on Nov. 5th in Los Angeles California.

« Everything began the night, when my grandson, whom I'm very close to, celebrated his birthday at a disco in London. He invited me to join him and his friends. When I arrived the doormen wouldn't allow me inside. Its true, I didn't look like their usual customer (laughs)... I did get in eventually... only to be dumbfounded...there was such an electric atmosphere! It was so different from the dances & the bands I used to go to when I was younger. There was a real osmosis between the music and the lights, it energized me!...made me feel so much younger!

That night shattered my view of things, especially the way I saw my life...I had a lot of free time...I discussed my idea with my grandson, he thought I'd gone mad. Sometime after our talk, an acquaintance put me in touch with a young French producer, Aurelien Simon. I told him my idea and he took on the challenge. I wasn't sure about it working but was prepared to give it a go, Aurelien was convinced and he took me with him. Since then I have made many trips around Europe, met quite a number of D.J.s. Aurelien introduced me to electro and house music. I went to clubs and been practicing a lot with the new machines. It was really fun!! Now I know I can make everybody move their ass on the dance floor (laughs)...»

The European Press has declared the 69 Year old Deejane from Bristol a role model, but also as a fashion and glamour icon. Adidas Originals along with the famous Marangoni Fashion Institute invited the coolest Granny on the planet to rock their 75th anniversary party in Milan. Previously, she entertained elite guests including Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis at the Karl Lagerfeld Chanel Party in the VIP Room at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Whoever said you have to mellow with age? Certainly not Mamy Rock, who gives retirement a big kick in the pants ! She is an unusual and charismatic woman who with great serenity presents her unique and dynamic personality. Nice and eccentric, strong and full of energy, she likes to have fun and share the good times with all around her.

Everyone loves Ruth Flowers: the trendiest clubs on the planet, all have their sights on this DJ with a difference, who inspires the young while encouraging respect of senior citizens. On Youtube her videos have reached more than 4 Million visitors and the French TV Canal said that « she mixes like the Queen of the Night! ».

More than mere DJ sets, Ruth Flower's mixes are fabulous shows bringing together the latest electro-hits that all the club‐kids love as well as the old school classics she adores. Ruth Flowers is a unique opportunity to meet an Artist who spins stereotypes about old people, but also the DJ world on their head.

« …Indeed, I'd rather sign a contract with a record company than sign up to a nursing home! »
Ruth Flowers – London, April 2009

from - http://www.mamyrock.com

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

The 'Beat It' Video Makes Less Sense Without The Music

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fun Fact #52: Where is Madonna's star?

Madonna does not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was selected for the honour in 1990 but she showed no interest and the invitation has now expired. Walk of Fame spokeswoman Ana Martinez-Holler states that, in order to receive a star, Madonna would have to be "resubmitted for a nomination," adding, "since she is not interested, I highly doubt that she will give a nominator the permission to do so."

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Party Tip: Clever design

Make your own invitations, a clever design can be used for the envelope as well. You can even print the name and address on each one before folding.

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bee Gee Robin Gibb and the Pointer Sisters

Decade-Long Wait ends for Kiwi Bee Gees Fans as Robin Returns

Expect all your favourites and so much more as Robin Gibb announces New Zealand dates for his hit-laden shows…with Special Guests The Pointer Sisters

Pointer Sisters do you rember them? This might jog your memory.

His is a voice that set alight a million romances and as many dance floors and now Robin Gibb returns to New Zealand for three unforgettable evenings in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this November. Robin last performed here in 1999 when the Bee Gees One Night Only show attracted more than 60,000 to Auckland’s Western Springs – still one of the biggest concert attendances in New Zealand history.

Fans can expect to hear all the biggest Bee Gees songs: Massachusetts, How Deep is Your Love, Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, You Win Again, Nights on Broadway, Jive Talking, I Started A Joke, Words, To Love Somebody, New York Mining Disaster...and The Pointer Sisters vibrant and stirring hits: He's So Shy, Slow Hand, I'm So Excited, Automatic, Jump (for My Love), Neutron Dance, and Dare Me...plus many more.
No Bee Gees or Pointer Sisters fan can afford to miss out on joining Robin Gibb and sisters supreme for An Evening of Bee Gees Greatest Hits (with Special Guests The Pointer Sisters).


8th November
Vector Arena, Auckland

10th November
TSB Arena, Wellington

12th November
CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, November 5, 2010

November's Band to keep an eye on - Conditions

Shred favorite’s Conditions started the year with the news we’d all been waiting for; the band had finally signed on the dotted line with a label. After many offers and much speculation the guys joined Good Fight Music, a new independent label owned and run by Ferret Music owners Carl Severson and Paul Conroy. And after dropping that bombshell it seemed the good news just kept coming.

Not ones to conform to the ’scenes’ of modern music, Conditions strive to create music the good old fashioned way: with heart, honesty, integrity and – most of all- with real instruments! The band aren’t ones to hide their dislike of self-labeled ‘musicians’ who are anything but. Conditions recordings and live shows have been highly praised by their fellow artists as well as by the critics – back in 2008 the band Paramore invited them to open their UK tour alongside New Found Glory and Kids in Glass Houses, and popcore band A Day To Remember have even been known to express their support of the guys


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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Katy Perry sells out, second show announced

Tickets to Katy Perry's upcoming New Zealand show sold out in just 30 minutes this morning, forcing the chart-topping hitmaker to announce a second show.

Perry, who recently wed British comedian Russell Brand in India, will now perform two dates at Auckland's Vector Arena, on May 7 and May 8.
The pop star is known for her tight-fitting outfits and controversial hits like I Kissed A Girl. She is touring on the back of her recently-released album Teenage Dream.

"I am ecstatic to be able to see the glittering faces and also to go to New Zealand for the first time," Perry said. 

"I love going somewhere new because there's a special feeling in the air. It's like when you meet someone you love for the first time."

Perry promised Kiwi fans that her performance will be an extravaganza.

"I want it to be sensory overload. I'm figuring out the nuances, because I have these wild ideas, but they're not really traditional concert things," she told the Sunday Star-Times.

Tickets for the second show are on sale now.

Katy Perry
May 7: Vector Arena, Auckland
May 8: Vector Arena, Auckland

- www.stuff.co.nz

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

OMG Usher tour

Five time Grammy award winning, R'n'B super star Usher is to play a one-off concert at Auckland's Vector Arena March 29, as part of his worldwide OMG tour.

Usher, whose full name is Usher Raymond IV, rose to fame in the early 1990s and has since sold more than 45 million albums worldwide.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sting and NZSO - Symphonicity Tour

The Mission Estate Concert is very proud to announce Sting – accompanied by a 50 piece symphony orchestra and band – will extend his critically-acclaimed Symphonicity tour to take in New Zealand’s biggest annual concert on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

Following sold-out performances across North America and Europe, Symphonicity finds Sting performing his greatest hits, re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. Drawing from a diverse and illustrious career that has produced numerous multi-platinum albums, a staggering list of number one songs, countless accolades and worldwide record sales of nearly 100 million, Sting’s most celebrated songs have been re-interpreted with brand new orchestrations arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin, and Nicola Tescari.

Selections, created especially for this tour, will include fan-favorites such as The Police hits “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, “Roxanne”, “Next To You” and “Every Breath You Take,” to notable songs from Sting’s enduring solo career – “Englishman in New York,” “Fragile,” “Russians,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold,” and “Desert Rose.”

Sting will also be joined by a group of accomplished musicians, comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist), Rhani Krija (Sting’s longtime multi-genre percussionist), David Cossin (a multi-percussion specialist in new and experimental music and featured member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), Jo Lawry (vocalist) and Ira Coleman (bassist).

The North American Symphonicity tour has taken the States by storm, with reviews capturing the spirit of the project and audience reaction thus far:
“. . . the real stars of the show were the arrangements: classical twists on classic hits that make Symphonicity a must-see.” - Globe and Mail

“... an all-star cast of arrangers reworked the songs, and time clearly had been spent making sure the pop musicians and orchestral players onstage would work together to create a genuinely hybrid sound.” – Los Angeles Times

“I am looking forward to performing in New Zealand, having a whole new palate of musical colors to work with and reinventing the songs that have been the staples of my live shows for over thirty years,” says Sting.

To accompany Sting’s world tour, Deutsche Grammophon recently released a companion CD, Symphonicities, to critical acclaim. Highlights include fan-favorites culled from The Police songbook such as “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, “Roxanne” and “Next To You,” as well as songs from Sting’s enduring solo career including “Englishman in New York,” “I Burn for You,” “Why Should I Cry for You” and “She’s Too Good For Me,” among many others. Symphonicities is produced by Rob Mathes and Sting, and mixed by Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac) and Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, Franz Ferdinand).

Sting’s first venture into the classical realm began with the success of his #1 album “Songs from the Labyrinth,” a lute-based interpretation of the music of 16th century composer John Dowland, released in 2006 on Deutsche Grammophon. After completing the enormously successful Police reunion world tour, Sting returned to pursue his passion for combining musical genres with his most recent release “If On A Winter’s Night...” which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s classical chart.

Prior to starting his solo career, Sting was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock music band The Police. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has received 16 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. He is also a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Thu 10/02/11
Sting - Symphonicity featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
CBS Canterbery Arena - Christchurch

Sat 12/02/11
Sting - Symphonicity featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
The Mission Winery - Napier

- www.eventfinder.co.nz

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NZ Bowie Rock Opera, promoted by Bowie Himself

From www.davidbowie.com
Let's turn on with me and you're not alone...

No, that's not Doctor Who's TARDIS about to move to another space-time continuum above...it's the Ziggy phone box, as seen on the back of the Ziggy Stardust album and used in the 1974 press adverts for the UK Rock 'N Roll Suicide 45, appropriately enough.

This news item is about a rock opera called ROCK AND ROLL SUICIDE taking place in Arrowtown, New Zealand from Wednesday the 27th through to Friday the 29th...and there is a link to the Time Lord's machine.

The thing is, even though I'm posting this during the afternoon of Tuesday the 26th, these NZ guys are from the future and they'll shortly be getting up on the morning of the 27th, the day of the first show. Bloody weirdoes.

Anyway, over to the details of what's about to go down...

Rock and Roll Suicide stars (from left) Shaun Vining, as Idol, Max Gunn (17), as Joe Rockstar,and Pearly McGrath, as Susie Diva, Joe's girlfriend, pose during the company's first dress rehearsal with the band, in the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, on Wednesday night. The rock opera debuts in the hall on Wednesday and plays until Friday. Photograph by James Beech.

London 1972.

JOE ROCKSTAR, is a young man who dreams of becoming a rock star. He takes his guitar and heads to London, where he is jostled and confronted, but eventually joins the groove. He finds himself in a local nightclub, where he sees IDOL on the stage for the first time. He is amazed by IDOL, and inspired. He decides this is who he wants to be.

JOE also notices SUZY DIVA and they quickly fall in love with each other and their mutual desire for fame. They dance together and are spotted by JUPITER, the record executive and his evil side-kick VEX, who quickly makes them a “deal”. JOE seizes the opportunity for fortune and fame and SUZI reluctantly agrees. JUPITER starts to favour JOE over IDOL and the public loses their love of IDOL, and embraces JOE. His fall from Grace pushes IDOL over the edge and he succumbs to madness.

Meanwhile JOE is eating up the hype. He swears to SUZI that he will not forget her as his fame climbs and hers stays the same. But this is not to be, as he begins to upstage her, neglect her, and indulge too far, too fast into his new found world of drugs and fame. Eventually, his drinking and drug taking over step the boundary, and SUZI leaves. He is left with his empty glamorous world and becomes self-destructive. JUPITER pushes him to keep going, regardless of his obvious decline. When JUPITER sees that JOE is blowing it on-stage, he drops JOE and embraces a new face, DJ.

JOE tries to commit suicide and his body loses life. However, he chooses life, and when SUZY finally lets go of his lifeless hand, he miraculously regains consciousness and reaches out for her. He escapes total destruction and reclaims himself, his music, and his love for SUZY regardless of fame.

Then everybody sings “Ziggy Stardust”.


You can read more regarding the show over at the Otago Daily Times, where director and co-producer, Margaret O'Hanlon, also talks about the production.

I'll leave you with a list of the songs performed during ROCK AND ROLL SUICIDE with the performer in each case....



1984 - ​​​​​​​COMPANY


DJ​​​​​​​ - DJ, COMPANY

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Beach Boys deny lip-sync claim

As reported on fasterlouder.com.au Mike Love has angrily denied claims that he lip-synced at a recent Beach Boys show on the Gold Coast. The much maligned singer doesn’t need to lip-sync to tarnish the legacy of the Beach Boys, but the accusation that he is following the lead of Ashlee Simpson and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland by lip-syncing at live shows is hardly welcome news.

The lip-sync claims came following Last Saturday night’s 600 Sounds festival on the Gold Coast, presented as part of the V8 Supercar post race entertainment.

According to V8 Supercars Australia Chairman Tony Cochrane “It’s a great shame some have insulted such an iconic band for the sake of a headline and some extra cheap points” adding that the “speculation was erroneous and totally false, and while there may have been a small number of patrons leaving the site due to the confusion, this number would have been a very small percentage in comparison to the approximately 20,000 strong crowd at the venue for the concert on the night”.

An official statement from the band and concert promoters angry denies the claims, declaring that “Suggestions that The Beach Boys were lip syncing are false. A slight delay between the vision being played on the big screens at the 600 Sounds presented by Hard Rock precinct and what was happening on stage did occur, as sometimes happens with live performances, and this may have contributed to the confusion felt by some event-goers… For many years the Beach Boys have been one of the world’s best live acts and they still are.”

The band performing at the Supercars event didn’t include Brian Wilson, or any of his brothers, but does feature founding Beach Boys member Mike Love and Bruce Johnston who joined the band in 1965.

Mike Love responded to the allegations noting that “We pride ourselves on providing a great live show to our millions of fans around the world and spent time that day sound checking our vocals to ensure a great live mix, in our almost 50 years of performing The Beach Boys have never lip-synched and we are not about to start!”

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.