Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Heart Strings for Christchurch

Six of New Zealand's biggest music stars are to receive guitars made from timber recovered from the ruins of buildings destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes.

The stars will use the "Heart Strings" guitars in concert before they are eventually auctioned to raise money for Christchurch.

Fly My Pretties frontman Barnaby Weir has been given one of the guitars.

"It's a clever concept and a great cause," said Weir, who embarks on a solo tour with Anika Moa next month, and then with Fly My Pretties in October. "I'm definitely keen to shred the gat on a few songs."

The project is the brainchild of Jason Pickering, who lost his home in the February quake, and is also the idea of his father Bruce. They wanted to give a piece of history a new lease of life as a musical instrument.

The Sunday Star-Times understands the other guitars will go to Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Op Shop's Jason Kerrison, Anna Coddington and Cairo Knife Fight's Aaron Tokona.

The guitars will be auctioned in November, and a seventh – the Memorial guitar – will be donated to the Christchurch Art Gallery.

If you would like to be involved or help in any way please go to our website www.heartstringsnz.co.nz or for further information on any aspect of Heart Strings please contact: - Sheena Hemens at Sheena Hemens Consulting Ltd on +6427 878 2498.


Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

20 Years today since Pearl Jam - Ten was released

CD Cover

Ten is the debut studio album by the American grunge band Pearl Jam, released on August 27, 1991 through Epic Records. Following the disbanding of bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard's previous group Mother Love Bone, the two recruited vocalist Eddie Vedder, guitarist Mike McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen to form Pearl Jam in 1990. Most of the songs began as instrumental jams, to which Vedder added lyrics about topics such as depression, homelessness, and abuse.

LP Cover
Ten was not an immediate success, but by late 1992 it had reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The album produced three hit singles: "Alive", "Even Flow", and "Jeremy". While Pearl Jam was accused of jumping on the grunge bandwagon at the time, Ten was instrumental in popularizing alternative rock in the mainstream.[1] The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA in the United States, selling over 9,800,000 copies, and remains Pearl Jam's most successful album.

Pearl Jam have released the first track from the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's forthcoming documentary Pearl Jam Twenty. "Crown of Thorns"

1-11 Crown Of Thorns by pj20

What do you think is Pearl Jam still as good as it was 20 years ago, or has it past its used by date?

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Taylor Swift announces second NZ concert

Press Release:

Demand for tickets for Taylor Swift’s first-ever New Zealand concert has been exceptionally strong during the pre-sale, with fans clearly signaling that they want a second concert by Swift.

So Michael Coppel is thrilled to announce that a second concert will be scheduled in Auckland at Vector Arena on; SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012  Pre-sale tickets to Taylor Swift’s second concert will go on sale from 12 noon Thursday August 25 through Ticketmaster.

The four-time GRAMMY winner’s SPEAK NOW performance is a two-hour theatrical presentation, reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage.
Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, plus two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. During the concert she moves right around the venue, using different stages, thereby giving every audience member a great seat.

Taylor’s 2011 Tour includes 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and her Speak Now album is the #1-selling album in all genres of music over the past twelve months.

Don’t miss Taylor Swift’s incredible Speak Now World Tour playing at:


Ticketmaster online pre-sale: 1pm Wed Aug 24 until 5pm Thu Aug 25

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Auckland leg of the #PJ20 (Pearl Jam 20 Years) teasure hunt

A worldwide treasure hunt by grunge rockers Pearl Jam leading up to the release of their new album included a prize hidden in Auckland.

The album, the soundtrack to their upcoming documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, includes 29 live tracks recorded during shows around the world and is being released on September 20.

The band hid the album’s song titles on posters in cities where each of the tracks was recorded and used clues to reveal them online as they were found by fans.

Sony Music - Chris Barry was the first to find the hidden Pearl Jam song title in Auckland.

Track six on the album, Blood, was recorded during an Auckland concert and the song title was found at The Fiddler bar in Auckland this afternoon by a fan called Chris Barry.

It took him about an hour to find the poster after the clue – “A fiddler plays across the street from this Auckland skyscraper” – was posted online.


Pearl Jam treasure hunt in Auckland

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The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)

August 16, 1977: Elvis Presley found dead in the bathroom of Graceland age 42

Elvis starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges, his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.

This year also marks the 55th anniversary of the release of the first two Elvis albums. In just that first year, 1956, Elvis sold 10 million singles and 800,000 LPs.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

20 Years today since Metallica ("The Black Album") was released

Metallica (also known as "The Black Album") is the eponymous fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on August 13, 1991 through Elektra Records. Metallica produced five hit singles that are considered today among the band's best-known songs: "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad but True".

It spent four consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard 200. Metallica is the band's best-selling album to date, with over 15 million copies sold in the United States. It is the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. The album was certified 15x platinum (diamond) by the RIAA on November 13, 2009.

Metallica was a departure from the thrash metal style of Metallica's previous four albums and saw the band moving towards a more commercial heavy metal sound. Many fans consider the album the initial turning point in their music, where "old" and "new" Metallica are distinguished from one another.

What do you think is it still as good as it was 20 years ago, or has it past its used by date?

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bob Dylan, Jack White and Norah Jones Record Unheard Hank Williams Songs

Rolling Stone - The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, a new collection of previously unheard songs by the country great recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan, Jack White, Norah Jones and Levon Helm, will be released on October 4th. The set, which will be issued on Dylan's imprint Egyptian Records, was originally conceived by veteran A&R executive Mary Martin as a Dylan-centric project, but eventually evolved into a multi-artist tribute to the late singer-songwriter.

The songs featured in the set were rescued from notebooks left behind in a leather briefcase by Williams after he died in 1953 at the age of 29. The notes contained lyrics and song ideas that were finished by the 13 artists who contributed to the disc. The full story of Williams' notebooks will be told in the album's liner notes, which were penned by Michael McCall of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Who is Hank Williams???? Have you played Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?

The full tracklisting for The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams is as follows:

Alan Jackson "You've Been Lonesome, Too"
Bob Dylan "The Love That Faded"
Norah Jones "How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart?"
Jack White "You Know That I Know"
Lucinda Williams "I'm So Happy I Found You"
Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell "I Hope You Shed a Million Tears"
Patty Loveless "You're Through Fooling Me"
Levon Helm "You'll Never Again Be Mine"
Holly Williams "Blue Is My Heart"
Jakob Dylan "Oh, Mama, Come Home"
Sheryl Crow "Angel Mine"
Merle Haggard "The Sermon on the Mount"

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Ke$ha disgusts Alice Cooper with her lyrics

Yahoo! has reported that Ke$ha's lyrics for her new Alice Cooper duet were so "disgusting", the shock rocker found himself having to "rein her in".

The veteran star has struck up an unlikely friendship with Tik Tok singer Ke$ha over the past year and the pals have even made surprise appearances at each other's concerts, teaming up for a rendition of Cooper classic School's Out.

Now the rock wildman has recruited Ke$ha, who affectionately calls Cooper "dad", to appear on his new album Welcome 2 My Nightmare and he insists fans will be surprised by how crazy the pop star can be.

"I like people that don't belong and yet what they're doing works perfectly. I don't care where it comes from, as long as it's right. If you tell me something doesn't work, I'll work my head off until it does then shove it down your throat.
"I think a lot of my audience is going to go 'KE$HA!?', but she probably wrote the most disgusting lyrics in the song - we had to rein her in. I like people to know that just because artists are put in a pigeon hole, that doesn't mean that's what they are. Give people a little room."

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.