Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bee Gee (just the one) Tour

One of the infamously falsetto-voiced trio the Bee Gees, Robin Gibb, has announced a three date New Zealand tour.

As part of his Bee Gees Greatest Hits tour, Gibb will perform with the Pointer Sisters, comprising sisters Anita and Ruth with Ruth's granddaughter, Sadako, at the TSB Bank Arena, Wellington and the CBS Canterbury Arena between November 10-12.

Gibb, who has maintained a successful solo career, last performed in New Zealand in 1999 when he played to more than 60,000 people in Auckland's Western Springs, one of the largest concert attendances in New Zealand history.

"It's been a long time, but I'm really, really pleased to be coming back one more time to play for the New Zealand fans," Gibb says.

The Bee Gees are the only group to have recorded number one songs in four different decades and there are more than 6500 cover version of the songs.

Gibb will perform the group's biggest songs including 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 many more.

The Gibb brothers, Barry, and twins Robin and Maurice, were born in Britain to British parents but moved to Australia in the mid '50s where their music career began, gaining their first chart success there with Spicks and Specks. Inducted into the Rock'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, it is estimated The Bee Gees have sold more than 200 million records. Maurice died in 2003. In 2009 Barry and Robin announced plans to record and perform together as the Bee Gees.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 5 through ticketek.co.nz.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Paramore announce NZ show

Paramore are returning to New Zealand, just seven months after performing two sold out shows here.

The American rock act, fronted by red haired front woman Hayley Williams, will perform in Wellington on October 7, and in Auckland on October 8.

The band last performed here in March, and according to a tweet by Williams, the band loved their time here.
 
"Why did it take us 5 years to get here? Can't wait to come back to New Zealand. Please, dear God, let it be soon. Never had so much fun in 3 days in my whole life. NZ, we'll miss you!" she said after the show.

Tickets for both shows go on sale on July 9.

Paramore
October 7: TSB Bank Arena, Wellington
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/3848981/Paramore-announce-NZ-show 

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Bon Jovi New Zealand tour

Rock’s global icons, Bon Jovi, return to New Zealand in December with two gigantic stadium shows as part of The Circle world tour.

Bon Jovi will play Westpac Stadium in Wellington on December 4 and Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on December 5. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 8 July.


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Fun Fact #151: Pete Doherty's bodily fluid art

Pete Doherty painted in his own blood! A selection of these gruesome artworks went on sale in 2006 via a London art gallery. They were daubed using a combination of Doherty’s own blood and that of his former James Mullord, who said: "He was very careful, he used a new needle.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fun Fact #97: Michael Jackson

In 1984, a U.S. library accused Jackson of owing it over $1 million in overdue book fines. Officials said they would scrap the fines if he returned the books autographed.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Crowded House - Intriguer

The wait is over...
Intriguer Album Released in New Zealand Today

One of the most distinctive bands of the past quarter-century return with their brand new album Intriguer.

Produced by Jim Scott and Neil Finn and recorded in Roundhead Studios in Auckland, Intriguer follows Crowded House’s 2007 release Time On Earth, which hit No. 1 in Australia and New Zealand, and No. 3 in the UK.



Get the Album Now!
- Grab it over at Marbecks
- OR jump onto iTunes
Available in Standard & Exclusive MP3 Versions, Vinyl & Limited Edition Deluxe version featuring an additional DVD with instudio and video footage


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Monday, June 14, 2010

Devo's new fan driven album

The alternative music act Devo, best known for its 1980 hit "Whip It," is pioneering a new method to help win fan approval. It is asking them what they want to hear.

Singer and co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh told Reuters Television that the U.S. band's first album for 20 years -- "Something for Everybody" -- was shaped through an online campaign which asked fans for their opinions.

"We thought people understood us enough to make observations which could be really important," he said.

The resulting disc bears a promotional sticker that reads "88 percent focus group approved."
Fans helped whittle a selection of 16 songs down to 12 which appear on the album, selected the new color for the band's trademark flower pot hats (blue rather than red) and even issued decisive advice on the cover art.



"The focus group liked the picture of the woman eating a piece of candy in the shape of a Devo hat," Mothersbaugh said The campaign was devised by U.S. advertising agency Mother.
"People nowadays really don't like surprises," Mother creative director Bill Moulton told Reuters. "They look at surprise as something negative, as something scary."
Forrester Research media analyst Mark Mulligan said the band's approach made sense in an era where fewer fans were buying music.

"The relationship between fans and artists is much closer than it was before and will continue to become closer, and that's simply because the role of record labels cannot be relied upon as a guarantee of success anymore," Mulligan said.

Devo frontman Mothersbaugh said the band's focus group strategy is also meant as a statement in itself.

"We were doing it both for real and also kind of a little bit as a joke, poking fun at pop culture."

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Engagement tip: Bride & groom trivia

Play games at the party to help the families get to know each other.
bride / groom to be trivia, is a great one to get the ball rolling. Split into mixed family groups with the bride & groom as the hosts.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fun Fact #1: Hey Jude f*** up

At 2:58 in Hey Jude Paul McCartney can be faintly heard saying "Hit the wrong chord!", followed by, "Oh, fucking hell!" after he made a mistake during the recording of the song



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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June's Band to keep an eye on - VersaEmerge

2009 seemed to be a huge year for female fronted bands, with the likes of Paramore finally blowing up in terms of worldwide popularity and with VersaEmerge slowly but surely carving their very own path to the top. Formerly a five piece, VE lost two members over the course of the year – Anthony Martone (Drums) and Jerry Pierce (Guitar) – both due to personal reasons, yet the group continued and have come back strong ready to drop their highly anticipated debut album this summer. According to a couple of tweets, Chris Pollock is currently filling in as the drummer for the band. It has not been announced whether this is permanent or temporary.

Their experimental-style melodies teamed with Sierra Kusterbeck (Vocals) and Blake Harnage’s (Guitar/Vocals) almost classical style vocals have meant that critics are keeping a close eye on the band. Whilst some simply pass them off as ‘copycats’, most seem to have noticed that VE’s unique musical creations place them well above the average band of today, their dedication and professionalism have earned them much respect

Fixed At Zero Album is set to drop June 22nd


http://www.shrednews.com/ten-artists-to-watch

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

June's Artist to keep an eye on - Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding

23 year old Ellie Goulding has already achieved in 2010 what most artists struggle to achieve in a lifetime. Having won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2010 poll Goulding went on to win the critics choice Brit Award in February before her debut album had even been released. The ten-track full length Lights went straight into the UK chart at number one when it was released this March, knocking Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster from the top spot. Currently on tour with rockers Passion Pit, Goulding embarks on a UK headlining tour this March/April and has been confirmed for this years V-festival in August. Most of the upbeat pop-artists shows have sold out so be sure to get your hands on a pair of tickets next time she comes to a venue near you
http://www.shrednews.com/ten-artists-to-watch



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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Top 10 banned songs

It's almost exactly 43 years to the day since BBC suits heard The Beatles' ‘A Day In The Life' and deemed it too far out for the British public. It wasn't the increasingly experimental band's decision to bolt together a host of different sections, including the spectacular orchestral crescendo, that upset their ears.

What the network took great offence at were the lyrics, particularly John Lennon's supposedly druggy refrain of "I'd love to turn you on". Nowadays the landmark ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' track is little short of an unofficial national anthem and no one would dream of criticising, let alone outlawing, it.

yahoo.com's top 10 banned songs.

10 'When I'm Cleaning Windows' George Formby

The much-loved, ukulele-playing comedian's finest moment was deemed too smutty for radio broadcast in 1936 because of these lyrics: "The blushing bride she looks divine / The bridegroom he is doing fine / I'd rather have his job than mine / When I'm cleaning windows." Going on these rules, this week's entire Top 40 would be empty.


09 ‘Lola' The Kinks

Back in 1970, drunken romps with transvestites weren't exactly all over the radio. However, it wasn't the lewd backstory of this track that caused offence but the fact it mentioned "Coca-Cola". The BBC's strict advertising code forced The Kinks to change the offending lyric to "cherry cola" and the band found themselves with a smash hit on their hands.


08 ‘Honky Tonk Angel' Cliff Richard

Imagine Sir Cliff's utter horror when he realised that the subject of his 1973 cover was not a lovely little housewife with a keen eye on the kitchen but a brassy hooker with a bedroom fixation. The God-fearing pop star promptly banned the track himself and prayed day and night that it would not impact on his elevation to The Big House.


07 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' The Beatles

Here they are again. The Beatles were on a rich vein of creative form during this period, inspiring many but upsetting others with their uncompromising vision. At the time of its 1967 release, Paul McCartney claimed this was inspired by a Julian Lennon drawing. Others, taking the song's initials as a massive hint, insisted it was actually about LSD. We're really not sure how they came to that conclusion...


06 ‘Love To Love You Baby' Donna Summer

This unstoppable disco monster came out in 1975 with a pioneering Giorgio Moroder production, falling just shy of the 17-minute mark on the extended mix. However, it also featured a series of erotic groaning passages, taped as the US star writhed around the recording booth. In fact, the BBC later claimed it contained 23 "orgasms". That must have been a long night in the studio.


05 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' Wings
Sir Paul McCartney was never one to shy away from controversy in his post-Beatles career. Let us not forget this is the man who penned the ‘Frog Chorus'. But before that, he marked his departure from The Fab Four with this 1972 single. So inflammatory was the subject manner that BBC Radio 1 DJ Alan Freeman had to refer to it as "a record by the group Wings" on the chart show ‘Pick Of The Pops'.


04 'Glad To Be Gay' Tom Robinson Band

Originally written for 1976's London gay pride parade, this went on to make the top 20 in 1978. It may have dissected every aspect of British society's views on homosexuality with wit and style, becoming the era's official "gay national anthem" according to infamous activist Peter Tatchell, but that didn't stop the BBC refusing to play it. Ironically, Robinson now works for the corporation as a DJ.


03 'Ebeneezer Goode' The Shamen

"He created the vibe / He takes you for a ride and as if by design / The party ignites like he's comin' alive / He takes you to the top, shakes you all around / Then back down, you know as he gets mellow." What on earth were The Shamen singing about back in 1992!? ‘Ebeneezer Goode' was banned and eventually withdrawn, but not before it had gone to number one during the BBC's drug awareness week.


02 'God Save The Queen' The Sex Pistols

When Queen Elizabeth II was planning her Silver Jubilee in 1977, it's unlikely she was hoping to receive a special present from the ghastly punk movement or its obnoxious figureheads. But that's exactly what happened with this untouchable Sex Pistols protest anthem, which told the UK we had "no future". The public reacted by sending it to number two although the BBC were less impressed and refused to play it.


01 'Relax' Frankie Goes to Hollywood

When Radio 1 DJ Mike Read decided to draw his listener's attention to the debut single from a new band from Liverpool, it's unlikely he was intending on making them one of 80s' pop's most famous and infamous bands. But that's what happened in 1984 with ‘Relax', which the BBC banned only to see it go to number one for five weeks as Frankie Goes To Hollywood became household names. Good work Mike!


That was yahoo.com's top ten, do you think they missed any?

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Rock - Kiwi Ton

The Rock have just finished their top 100 Kiwi rock songs. Here is the top ten.


# Song Artist Last Year
1 Home Again Shihad 1
2 Bliss Th' Dudes 7
3 Pacifier Shihad 3
4 Nil By Mouth Blindspott 8
5 Phlex Blindspott 4
6 Slice of Heaven Dave Dobbyn/Herbs 9
7 Why Does Love Do This To Me The Exponents 2
8 One Day Opshop 12
9 Rain Dragon 29
10 City Limits I Am Giant Debut

Check out the rest here therock.net.nz


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