Actor Jason Schwartzman once posed as Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis after a fan mistook him for the rocker. The Saving Mr. Banks star was out jogging a few years ago, when a fan approached him and asked him to sign some of his possessions, but the items turned out to be Red Hot Chili Peppers memorabilia.
He says, "This man came out... and he was holding some paraphernalia...He came up to me and he said, 'It's good to see you, how are you?' and I said, 'I'm good,' and he said, 'I'm a big fan are you still making music?' and I said, 'Yeah, I try to make music everyday...'
"So basically he said, 'Would you mind signing some stuff?' and I said, 'No, not a problem...,' and he handed me all this Red Hot Chili Peppers stuff... and it had everybody's signature in the band (on it)... He's like, 'I got Flea, I got Chad (Smith), I just don't got you Anthony'.
"I was so deep in this conversation with this man, it would be embarrassing to the both of us if I said, 'I'm not Anthony Kiedis'. So to make him feel OK, I became Anthony Kiedis..."
Chad Kroeger has laughed off a crowdfunded campaign to keep his band Nickelback out of London, branding the drive "hilarious". The project, titled #DontletNickelback, was launched on crowdfunding website Tilt.com earlier this month (Oct14) by a Brit determined to stop the Canadian band from performing in the U.K. capital ever again.
However, frontman Kroeger is adamant the negative publicity is actually helping the group.
He tells The Pulse Of Radio, "I love it. More controversy that surrounds either myself, my personal life, the band, whatever - I think it's hilarious. All these critics, they're just tireless. They keep ragging on the band. If they had stopped writing all this stuff about us, there would be no controversy left in the band and we probably would have died out years ago. They don't know that they're still responsible for us being around today. I hope the money goes to charity and not in this guy's pocket."
The campaign, which is raising funds for charity or for "therapy for those who've been affected by the band", had raised $282 (£176) of its $1,000 (£625) goal as WENN went to press.
Brit Craig Mandell has launched a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign to keep Canadian rockers Nickelback from performing in London. Inspired by recent online campaigns to raise funds for Foo Fighters gigs in Cornwall and Birmingham, England, Mandell has decided to offer music fans the chance to be part of an anti-concert initiative.
He is hoping to raise $1,000 (£625) to keep Chad Kroeger and his bandmates out of London for the foreseeable future.
On his Don't Let Nickel Back Kickstarter page, Mandell writes, "With your help, we can ensure that the band do not schedule any gigs here, do not attempt to come here - nor even phone here... Just imagine, thousands - perhaps tens of thousands of music lovers - all not witnessing an exclusive concert by Nickelback in London. It will be glorious."
Those who donate to the cause will have their names added to a collection of emails that will be sent to sent to Nickelback's management company.
Mandell has given himself until 3 November (14) to raise the funds.
The songwriter behind One Direction's latest hit Steal My Girl has spoken out to dismiss allegations of plagiarism.
Paramore singer Hayley Williams and her guitarist boyfriend Chad Gilbert took to Twitter.com last week (ends28Sep14) to point out similarities between the song and a track called It's Not Your Fault by his band New Found Glory. Gilbert wrote on the microblogging site, "Props to the @onedirection 'Steal My Girl' single for reworking the 'It's Not Your Fault' piano part into a top 40 single. Let me get a cut (sic)."
The song has also been compared to classic rock ballad Faithfully by Journey.
However, Julian Bunetta, who co-wrote Steal My Girl with One Direction members Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, insists any likeness is accidental. He tells MTV, "When we sat down and played the piano lick, nobody had any references in their head about what they wanted to write or anything and then I saw all the things (comments) about that (Journey song). At the end of the day, the lyric and the melody have nothing to do with any other song that I have ever heard. Sometimes there's only so many things you can do with a piano at that tempo. There is an age-old saying that great minds think alike so, naturally, sometimes people are going to write on the same inspirational wave lengths and come up with things that are similar and it wasn't anyone's intention to do that at all... But at least we are being compared to a classic song and not a s**ty song, so that's a compliment."
Rockers Live are to release their first album in eight years with new singer Chris Shinn, and they're asking fans to help. Shinn replaced Ed Kowalczyk in 2012, and his first album with the band is scheduled to hit stores and the Internet in October (14).
The release will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the group’s Throwing Copper album, and original members Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey have launched a Pledge Music campaign to help cover costs.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit charity Musicians On Call.
Former Nirvana rocker Chad Channing has opened the door for a return to the band by insisting he would love an onstage reunion with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Channing joined the band in 1998 but left by mutual agreement in 1990, just over a year before they shot to global superstardom with their 1991 album Nevermind.
He is adamant he still considers himself an honourary member of the group and now he has spoken out about his hopes for a reunion.
Channing tells NME magazine, "It'd maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass. That'd be about the only arrangement I could think of that we could pull off."
In July last year (13), Grohl and Novoselic performed together in Seattle, Washington with Sir Paul McCartney - it was only the second time they have shared a stage in their hometown since Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain died in 1994.
Country music group The Band Perry are helping to cover the costs of funerals for a mother and her eight children who were killed in a house fire in Greenville, Kentucky on Thursday (30Jan14). LaRae Watson, 35, and her kids, ranging in age from four to 15, perished in a blaze at their home. Father Chad J. Watson and their 11-year-old daughter were the only survivors.
It has now been revealed that a representative for the group had been in contact with the family and offered to pay all funeral costs, as well as covering the hotel bill for relatives staying near Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where Watson and his daughter are being treated.
Family friend Pam Burden tells CNN.com, "I don't know why The Band Perry reached out to the family other than they are just very gracious. The family doesn't have any personal connection to the band before now."
The band has not commented on the generous donation.
On Sunday (02Feb14), the trio, comprised of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, took the stage in East Rutherford, New Jersey as part of the Super Bowl XLVIII pregame show.
New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein has been booted out of the band due to "personal differences" with the rest of the group. The announcement that Klein, the band's primary lyricist and founding member, has left the rock group came on Wednesday (11Dec13).
A post from the group on its official Facebook.com page reads, "It is with heavy hearts that we must let you know that Steve Klein is no longer a part of New Found Glory. We’ve had our differences with Steve over the years that have led us to this decision. We love Steve however personal differences have guided this decision and we no longer feel we can work with him.
"Rest assured that New Found Glory will still go on! After the Parahoy Cruise we are planning to write a new record and start this new chapter for our band. We have not decided on who will fill Steve’s position however we will let you know our plans as soon as we figure that out. We love you, our fans, so much and appreciate your dedication and loyalty to our band. We hope you stick by us during this difficult time."
Lead singer Jordan Pundik, guitarist Chad Gilbert, bassist Ian Grushka and drummer Cyrus Bolooki will remain part of the group.
As much as some people may be thanking their stars that the 1990s are over and Baja jackets are no longer cool, the fact remains that the decade had some of the best music ever. The '90s were coming off of the ridiculous excess of the '80s and went through a rollercoaster ride of numerous music genres.
Here’s a look at 7 artists that released their debut albums in the '90s and still have us pining for them.
Pearl Jam: Ten (1991) Ahhh, Ten – the album that launched a thousand crappy rock bands and horrendous singers who think their vocals are deep and profound (see: Scott Stapp, Chad Kroeger, Aaron Lewis, etc.). There could’ve been a legit Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam feud with Kurt Cobain telling Flipside magazine that Pearl Jam was nothing but “false alternative macho metal” when Ten came out, but unfortunately, Eddie Vedder is way too mature, reportedly reaching out to Cobain and ultimately getting on friendly terms before Cobain’s death. Ten took grunge into a whole new level and proved the diversity and lasting power of Pearl Jam. Dealing with everything from abortion to depression and murder to bullying, Ten was the perfect social commentary: effective without being preachy. The album also made Pearl Jam stand out in the grunge movement, as their sound was rooted more in classic rock than punk and low-fi.
Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted (1992) If you love indie rock (whatever that means to you), then props must be given to Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted. The band is constantly referred to as the most influential band of the '90s because of their ultimate reach over how the indie rock scene turned out. With their stream-of-thought lyrics, purposely shoddy production, and beautiful melodies, Pavement influenced just about every indie rocker that came out after them – what the Pixies and Sonic Youth did for grunge, Pavement did for a whole new generation of indie.
Dr. Dre: The Chronic (1992) One of the most influential albums in West Coast gangsta rap, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic is such a legendary album that it took Dre 7 years to make a worthy follow up. Dre’s debut solidified G-funk rap and also launched the career of Snoop Dogg. The Chronic also led to the legendary East vs. West rap beef that dominated rap scene in the '90s. The legendary “F**k Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)” took serious shots at Eazy-E and others, even using impersonators in his video, and all of a sudden rap beef was something more than “Yo mama’s so fat” jokes. The album also cemented Dre as a superstar producer, as the album boasted some of the slickest production that the genre had ever heard.
Liz Phair: Exile In Guyville (1993) According to Liz Phair, her crazy influential debut Exile in Guyville was a track-by-track response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St.. Sure Liz, whatever – the point is, Exile in Guyville managed to change both the alt rock scene and also the way people perceived female singer-songwriters. Though her lyrics may seem tame now, at the time it was surprising to hear a young woman sing about sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, and crappy relationships. Her honesty was refreshing and gave women a voice that differed from the airhead pop songs that were previously associated with women. Though she never got the full recognition that she deserved, Phair helped pave the way for the angry/over-it rock chick to enter the mainstream.
Green Day: Dookie (1994) Okay, okay, so technically Dookie isn’t Green Day’s debut-debut album, but it is the band’s major label debut. Dookie was the record that took the band from playing at rowdy gigs to Bay Area kids at 924 Gilman to becoming known and emulated all over the world. After years of grunge, flannel, and low serotonin dominating the music world, all which was further exacerbated by Kurt Cobain’s suicide in April, 1994’s Dookie was a breath of fresh air, a testament to “F**k it all, let’s just have a blast.” Green Day is responsible for igniting the generally horrendous pop-punk movement of the '90s, but no one has been able to emulate the pop-punk perfection on Dookie, which succeeded in having all the elements of punk rock akin to bands like the Ramones: apathy, boredom, aggression, independence, and fun.
Oasis: Definitely Maybe (1994) Oasis’ debut album had a similar effect in England that Dookie had in America, albeit in a more drunken fashion. After the Stone Roses’ seminal self-titled debut in 1989, the Britpop movement had officially begun, and Oasis’ first album helped define it. Definitely Maybe paved the way for a completely new type of rock that kicked aside the emo-filled despondencies of shoegaze, filling it instead with tales of drunkenness, debauchery, and celebration. The Gallaghers weren’t moaning about not feeling good enough or getting dumped by their girlfriends – they were bragging about how blessed you were to be in their presence and how they don’t care about anything because they just want to get sloshed. The album was filled with songs that made you feel rowdy and confident, not sullen and moody, and marked a turning point in the direction the Britpop genre took in the mid-'90s.
Britney Spears: …Baby One More Time (1999) Though it may seem blasphemous to place Britney Spears on a list among the likes of Pavement and Oasis, the influence that her debut album had on the pop world is utterly undeniable. …Baby One More Time not only launched the career of a bona fide pop culture icon, but it also kickstarted the teen pop movement for the millennial generation. It’s hard to find any pop singer who came out in the 2000s that hasn’t been influenced by Spears, and regardless of whether that’s for better or for worse, ultimately Spears changed the pop landscape for good.
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You were probably too busy looking up the big words, or screaming at Dawson's bangs to notice these celeb cameos the first time you watched Dawson's Creek, but now that we're 15 years passed the original air date, let's take a look back at all the famous folk who walked the hallowed halls of Capeside High and hooked up with Katie (err, Kate?) Holmes. Michael Pitt as Henry ParkerBefore he was all gangsta on Boardwalk Empire, Michael Pitt was featured on season three as Jen's sappy, budding, young boyfriend. He allegedly left the show because he felt the role wasn’t challenging enough.Ken Marino as Professor WilderYou know him for his deadpan humor in We’re the Millers, Wanderlust, Party Down and Children's Hospital, but before hitting his comedic stride, Ken Marino waxed poetic as Joey's naughty English professor during season 5. They may have made out.
Seth Rogen as pot-smoking college kidIn a role he was born to play / has only ever played, he “porks” (his word, not ours) Joey’s roommate, Audrey (Busy Phillips – his former Freaks and Geeks co-star) during the show’s last season.Scott Foley as jock Scott Foley shines as a dim quarterback who took Jen on a date – forcing Dawson – who was also pining for her - to do some epic soul searching (for the seventh time that episode).Ali Larter as Kristy
Best known for her bangin' whipped cream-covered bod in Varsity Blues, (also Heroes and Legally Blonde), Ali Larter steals Pacey's heart as a popular chick who's out of his league (poor thing). Rachael Leigh Cook as Joey’s proxyThe She’s All That star (seriously, where has she been since then?) plays Joey in one of Dawson’s masturbatory movies (Season 2, Episode 13). He’s so meta.Jane Lynch as Mrs. WitterAs Pacey’s uber-religious, disparaging mother (we don't see the resemblance either) the incomporable Jane Lynch got practice for her role on Glee. (Season 4, Episode 12).Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd
This soapy darling's dimples had already appeared on Gilmore Girls and would go on to star in One True Hill after his stint on the fifth season of Dawson's. He plays a collegiate cad who sleeps with Jen and then has a miniature affair with Joey after she performs with Charlie's band “Aggressive Mediocrity" in a moment that's almost as cringey as when she performs "On My Own" during season one.
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