English artist Gary Numan (real name Gary Anthony James Webb) gained international fame in the early '80s with his new wave sound and catchy lyrics on songs like "Cars," "M.E." and "Metal" from his 1979 debut solo album The Pleasure Principle. … [Read more...] about New Wave Singer Gary Numan ‘Memba Him?!
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General public tickets go on sale starting Monday, December 3rd at 10 a.m. local time. The band’s meet-and-greet experiences will be available Tuesday, November 27th at 10 a.m. local time through their website. A series of Kiss Army fan club pre-sales will begin Wednesday, November 28th at 9 a.m. local time. … [Read more...] about Kiss Expand Final Tour With New North American Dates
“54-46 Was My Number” (1968) Jamaica’s reggae musicians had yet to score many major hits outside their home country when Toots and the Maytals got there with this stirring cry of outrage against the criminal justice system. Listening to it now, you can hear why it became a defining early anthem of the genre. Hibbert’s vocal presence is volcanic, channeling James Brown when he runs the band through its paces (“Give it to me one time! Give it to me two times! Give it to me three times!”) and a righteousness all his own as he protests his innocence on a marijuana charge that really did land him behind bars at a crucial time in his developing career. “I was angry,” he said in his final Rolling Stone interview, insisting that he’d been framed. “I’m angry still.” … [Read more...] about Toots and the Maytals: 15 Essential Songs
But another of his legacies is undeniable: Before the classic-rock- and jazz-loving Bill Clinton and the hip-hop-friendly Obama, Carter was the first American president with even a remote connection to rock and roll. Although he hadn’t grown up with the music, which didn’t exist during his teen years, the politician understood its impact and reach, as well as the big business it had become by the Seventies. (The topic is explored in director Mary Wharton’s Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, which has its “virtual” premiere on Sept. 9th.) And in a manner that was both sincere and shrewd, he aligned himself with rock in ways no previous candidate or president had. Carter’s term paved the way for Oval Office visits by the likes of Beyoncé and Kid Rock, benefit concerts by indie and pop acts, and, for a fleeting moment, a White House record collection that would earn the begrudging admiration of even the biggest music snob. … [Read more...] about How Jimmy Carter (Literally) Rocked the Presidency
I saw Oscar winners Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence sending each other non-verbal signs of encouragement for the performances that have put them back in the race this year. At the cocktail hour mother! director Darren Aronofsky told me he hoped his words about the controversial film haven’t hurt Lawrence’s Best Actress chances as he thinks she is exceptional in it, and he’s right – she is. Richard Gere thanked me for supporting what I think is the best work of his career in Norman. That is a no-brainer. The movie’s only sin is that it came out in April, but as one Academy governor who came by to say hello to him noted, “it’s a movie that sticks to your ribs.” Let’s hope the never-nominated Gere can break through. The screener was one of the first sent this season. Gere knows it is important to bring attention to it and he was doing that, even though it’s tough in a room full of people … [Read more...] about Governors Awards Ignore Scandals, Hand Out Year’s First Oscars